In the Nick of Time

  • Leisure

    February 12, 2016
    In no previous civilization have ordinary people experienced greater leisure than in ours. In the past, leisure was the privilege of the aristocracy. Now, however, with a standard forty-hour work week and a house full of labor saving devices, even blue collar workers have significant leisure at ...

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  • Vocation and Vocations

    February 05, 2016
    The Reformers erected the doctrine of calling in reaction to the Romanist distinction between clergy and laity. At the time, Catholics recognized only two vocations: the calling to consecration (which typically involved joining an order) and the calling to ordination (priesthood). In other words...

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  • Understanding the Evangelical Theological Society

    January 29, 2016
    The Evangelical Theological Society was founded in 1949. Fundamentalists have been involved from the beginning. Indeed, several ETS presidents were identified with fundamentalism: Charles Woodbridge, Alan MacRae, and R. Laird Harris are examples. Another fundamentalist, John R. Dunkin (who was pr...

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  • What About Muslims?

    January 22, 2016
    Controversy over Islam is increasing both within American religion and among American political candidates. On the one hand, a Wheaton College professor was recently disciplined for suggesting that Christians and Muslims really worship the same God. This action has sparked a robust dispute among...

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  • Missionary Sacrifice, Sixty Years Later

    January 15, 2016
    Jeff StraubFriday, January 8, was the sixtieth anniversary of what is likely the best known missionary sacrifice of the twentieth century. Jim Elliott and his four companions, Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Pete Fleming, and Ed McCulley, all surrendered their lives to follow Christ. They gave up t...

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  • An Elder Statesman Rests

    January 08, 2016
    On Christmas Eve, Donald M. Brong slipped into the presence of his Lord. He had served in vocational ministry for more than fifty of his ninety-six years. Over the decades he pastored First Baptist Church in Russell, Iowa, and First Baptist Church in Monroe, Iowa, then served as director of the ...

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  • The Power of God

    January 01, 2016
    [This essay originally appeared in In the Nick of Time on January 26, 2007.] “Do you have the power of God?” The Great Man bellowed this question in a mock-Texas accent. With popping veins and a hoarse voice, he bawled out a second time, “I said, do you have the POWER of GOD!” Clearly, he thou...

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  • Shepherds: A Prayer

    December 18, 2015
    The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Let none disdain the office of shepherd, for shepherds are appointed by You. Did not Israel keep flocks? Did he not claim the spotted and ringstraked as his own? You became his shepherd all the days of his life. How then shall You not claim us ...

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  • Christians and Christmas

    December 11, 2015
    I had to work my way through both college and grad school. Over the years I held a variety of jobs. I worked in a woodshop and a metal fabrication plant. I was a lifeguard at a community swimming pool. For several years I worked in warehouses. I ran a stitching machine in a bindery and a Heidelbe...

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  • Reflections on the Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society

    December 04, 2015
    The third week of November is always reserved for the gathering of the Evangelical Theological Society, now in its 67th year. As we do not publish a new Nick during Thanksgiving week, I had to wait until this week to offer a few comments on the meeting. Three of our full-time professors atte...

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