In the Nick of Time

  • A Colorful Life

    August 26, 2016
    Every once in a while God sends a person into our lives whom He uses as a means of grace. A person like that is more than an acquaintance, more than a friend. By their mere presence such individuals show us that God is working in our behalf. They spur us toward greater sanctification and service....

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  • Indefensible Dispensationalism 2

    August 19, 2016
    In the last issue of In the Nick of Time I suggested that one of the reasons for the decline of dispensational theology is the irresponsible conduct of some dispensationalists. I pointed particularly to those dispensationalists who scan the newspaper headlines for signs that the Rapture is about...

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  • Indefensible Dispensationalism

    August 12, 2016
    Dispensational theology has gone out of style. Fifty years ago, probably a majority of American evangelicals held some version of dispensationalism. Today, the balance has tilted in the opposite direction. Not only are dispensationalists in the minority, but their system is widely viewed as inde...

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  • On Civil Disobedience

    August 05, 2016
    The year was 1986. Even though Ronald Reagan was in his second term, abortion-on-demand remained big business in every state. That was when Randall Terry decided to initiate a more vigorous kind of anti-abortion activism. He chained himself to a sink in an abortion clinic, effectively preventing...

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  • Perry Noble’s Missed Opportunity

    July 29, 2016
    Jeff StraubThe fall of mega-church pastor Perry Noble has stunned the evangelical world. Noble founded and pastored NewSpring Church of Anderson, SC, for 18 years. NewSpring was listed as the third largest church in the United States in 2015. Outreach Magazine reports its attendance as approachi...

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  • The MBA 2016

    July 22, 2016
    Baptist churches in America organized their first local association (the Philadelphia Association) in 1707. That group soon grew to include congregations all the way from Connecticut to Virginia. As it grew it birthed a number of daughter associations. Subsequently, Baptists have founded yet oth...

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  • A Plea for a Three-Year Master of Divinity, Part Two

    July 15, 2016
    Jeff StraubLast week, I began a discussion on the trend to combine college and seminary education into a shortened five- or six-year program. By the end of the 19th century, the M.Div. was a graduate degree built off a non-ministerial undergraduate degree so that it required three years of inten...

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  • A Plea for a Three-Year Master of Divinity, Part One

    July 08, 2016
    Jeff StraubIt has become a bit trendy in recent days to pare down the M.Div. degree to something much less than the traditional 96 hours. Some schools now offer an expedited program that will give the student both the B.A. and the M.Div. in as little as five years. There are a number of factors ...

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  • Central Seminary Receives ATS Accreditation

    July 01, 2016
    Meeting in Pittsburgh, the Board of Commissioners of the Association of Theological Schools voted to grant candidate status to Central Seminary on June 17. Central Seminary has been an associate member of ATS for about two years, seeking to expand the base of accreditation that it already holds....

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  • Reflections on the 96th Annual Meeting of the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International

    June 24, 2016
    Jeff StraubLast week, I had the opportunity to attend the annual meeting of the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International, held in the beautiful facilities of Colonial Hills Baptist Church of Indianapolis, Indiana. My good friend, Wendell Heller, started this church and the ministry continues...

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