In the Nick of Time

In the Nick of Time
  • Knowing God

    November 21, 2014
    You hide Yourself from prying eyes, From faithless seekers veil Your face, Conceal Your form, confound the wise, Your brightness dim, though not Your grace.      Shekinah garbed in smoke and cloud,      Invisible to them that peer,   ...

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  • "Give Attention to the Reading"

    November 13, 2014
    This essay was originally published on July 17, 2009.The apostle Paul instructed the young preacher Timothy to give himself to reading. In the ancient world, reading was normally done aloud, and it was often a public activity. Books were scarce, and if you were going to read aloud anyway, why should...

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  • Give to the Max Day

    November 07, 2014
    Give to the Max Day is coming. This event is sponsored annually by Minnesota philanthropists in behalf of charitable organizations such as Central Seminary. It represents a concerted effort for the non-profits to raise as much funding as they can online in a single day. This year’s Give to the Ma...

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  • Matt Recker and The Gospel Coalition, Part 6: Knowledge and Certainty

    October 31, 2014
    Earlier this year, Pastor Matt Recker from Heritage Baptist Church in New York City authored a series of blog posts dealing with “New Evangelicalism and the New Calvinism.” The past several issues of In the Nick of Time have interacted with Pastor Recker’s posts, expressing both agreement and dis...

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  • Matt Recker and The Gospel Coalition, Part 5: Inerrancy and Creationism

    October 24, 2014
    The foundational documents of The Gospel Coalition clearly articulate a commitment to the historic, orthodox understanding of biblical inerrancy. Nevertheless, one of the cofounders of TGC, Tim Keller, has positioned himself to defend at least some versions of theistic evolution and progressive ...

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  • 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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