In the Nick of Time

  • Retrospective

    August 21, 2015
    This has been the final week before the beginning of the fall semester at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. Our faculty has spent most of the week on in-service meetings. These meetings are complicated by the fact that Central Seminary is closely related to both Fourth Baptist Church and Fou...

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  • Would You Rethink This, Please?

    August 14, 2015
    “These creationists are inadvertently and blindly trusting man’s fallible dating methods for archaeological data.” So says Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis. Who are these blind individuals who have so readily capitulated to modernist scientific categories? They are the creationists who “believe the...

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  • The Bible Faculty Summit

    August 07, 2015
    The Bible Faculty Summit is an annual gathering of professors in the biblical and theological disciplines. These individuals represent the colleges and seminaries of mainstream or normal fundamentalism. This year’s meeting hosted faculty from ten institutions, plus several independent scholars w...

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  • The Minnesota Baptist Association

    July 31, 2015
    Very few of the current organizations within Baptist fundamentalism existed before the 1920s. Of those, I know of only one that was actually founded before the Northern Baptist Convention (now the American Baptist Churches in the USA). This grandfather fellowship among fundamental Baptists is th...

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  • The GARBC in Omaha

    July 24, 2015
    This summer I was able to attend the annual meetings of three Baptist fellowships. One of those was the annual conference of the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches. The conference was held Monday through Friday, June 29-July 3, in Omaha, Nebraska.Of the three groups whose meetings I ...

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  • The Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Association

    July 17, 2015
    Among the benefits of my summer schedule is the opportunity to visit several Baptist associations and fellowships. This June and July I have attended three in particular: the Minnesota Baptist Association, the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, and the Fundamental Baptist Fellowshi...

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  • Friendship

    July 10, 2015
    Philosophers and poets have waxed eloquent on the subject of friendship, but one verse from the Bible says more than all their panegyrics combined. It is Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” What haunts me from this verse is the expression, “at all ...

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  • Change or Die

    July 02, 2015
    In a recent blog post, Pastor Travis Smith attributed the closing of Clearwater Christian College largely to a change in its position and standards. I agree with Pastor Smith that those matters certainly played a role. Still, the “change and die” narrative does not really explain why fundamental...

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  • Change and Die?

    June 26, 2015
    I don’t know Pastor Travis Smith, but I like and respect him. For one thing, he has ministered at the same church for thirty years—an exceptional achievement, and one that I believe glorifies God. For another, he has a pretty decent blog, “From the Heart of a Shepherd,” in which he specializes i...

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  • Adoration

    June 19, 2015
    The adoration of God is one of the most neglected practices in American evangelicalism. Many evangelicals could not even describe what adoration is. This neglect is unfortunate. Adoration is the most fundamental aspect of biblical religion. It is the goal of both creation and redemption. The prac...

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