In the Nick of Time

In the Nick of Time
  • Intermission: Doings at Central Seminary

    October 17, 2014
    The past four issues of In the Nick of Time have begun an extended series of reflections upon Pastor Matt Recker’s evaluation of The Gospel Coalition. I have a bit more to say about that, but for the moment it is worth pausing to talk about some of the goings-on at Central Baptist Theological Se...

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  • Matt Recker and The Gospel Coalition, Part Four: In All That It Affirms

    October 10, 2014
    Faced with numerous denials of inerrancy from professing evangelicals, theologians and church leaders gathered in 1978 to form the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy. Meeting at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago, the new organization adopted a statement that attempted to explain th...

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  • Matt Recker and The Gospel Coalition: Part Three: The Production of Scripture

    October 03, 2014
    The wording of 2 Timothy 3:16-17 forces the reader to certain conclusions about biblical inspiration. First, the writings and not the writers are inspired. Second, the words and not merely the ideas of Scripture are inspired. Third, inspiration is about a result and not about the process by mean...

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  • Matt Recker and The Gospel Coalition: Part Two

    September 26, 2014
    In his recent series on The Gospel Coalition, Pastor Matt Recker devoted an entire essay to the doctrine of Scripture. Pointing to a 1956 article in Christian Life magazine, he noted that one element in the development of New Evangelicalism was a “re-opening of the subject of biblical inspiratio...

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  • Matt Recker and The Gospel Coalition

    September 19, 2014
    For many years, Matt Recker has been a church planter and pastor in New York City. He has started churches in Brooklyn and Queens, and he presently pastors the Heritage Baptist Church in Manhattan. He has written and taught on urban ministry, becoming recognized among fundamentalists as somethin...

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  • I Don't Understand

    September 12, 2014
    Organizations often choose names that advertise their purpose or emphasis. The Federal Aviation Administration regulates aviation. The American Automobile Association helps drivers of automobiles. Alcoholics Anonymous is devoted to alcoholics—and anonymity. Names correlate with purposes. Co...

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  • Central Seminary Gains Standing with ATS

    September 05, 2014
    We are pleased to announce that Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis has been granted associate membership in the Association of Theological Schools. This recognition gives Central Seminary standing in the most credible and widely acknowledged organization for accrediting seminari...

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  • Reflections on Summer Teaching, Part Four: Challenges of Short-Term Missions

    August 29, 2014
    Jeff StraubShort-term mission trips are now part of the warp and woof of evangelical Christianity. Like so many other things, short-term trips have their pros and cons. Last week, I considered some of the virtues of taking a short-term missions trip. This week, I want to examine some of the chal...

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  • Reflections on Summer Teaching, Part Three: The Short-Term Missionary

    August 22, 2014
    Travel through any international airport in the world today, especially during the summer, and you will see them: in numbers large and small, youth, college, career, even senior citizens are headed to or returning from a short-term mission trip. Quite often, you can identify them from across the...

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  • Reflections on Summer Teaching, Part Two: Church Planting, Theological Education, and the Great Commission

    August 15, 2014
    Last week, I shared some observations gained from a busy summer of teaching internationally. I received a number of replies, both supportive and questioning, that merit some further clarifications. Let me say categorically—I unequivocally support church planting! But I also believe in theo...

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