The Future of Seminary Education, Part II
Brett Williams In my last article, I discussed the future of seminary education in relationship to consumer-driven academia and consumer-craving ecclesiology. It seems as though the mass of ministerial pragmatism, multiplied by the acceleration of globalization in higher education, has produced such a force within contemporary religious education that there is little to do but watch. Consumerism, it seems, is here to stay, deeply embedded into the life of church and seminary. Given the students [more]
Jesus: the Pioneer and Perfecter of our Faith
In Hebrews 12:2, Jesus is identified as “the founder and perfecter of our faith.” What do these two titles mean? The title “founder” is variously translated: “author” (NASB, NIV, KJV, NKJV); “pioneer” (NET Bible); “source” (HCSB). Other suggestions in commentaries are “forerunner,” “initiator,” “beginner,” “champion,” “leader,” and “originator.” I remember a sermon in which He was the “trailblazer.” The same Greek word (archēgos) is used to identify Jesus as “the Author of life” in Acts [more]
What Do You Mean, Relevant?
Kevin T. Bauder Many contemporary American Christians obsess over relevance. They seem to feel personally obligated to make Christianity relevant. This wish to make Christianity relevant, however, raises two questions. First, why should Christianity be made relevant? Second, what would a relevant Christianity look like? The answer to these questions will depend partly upon the meaning of the word relevant. It is used in at least four ways. First, it is used as a synonym for germane or applicable. In this sense, a thing is relevant when it addresses some concern that matters, or ought to. For example, a prescription [more]
A Tidbit on “Taste”
This week I am studying Psalm 34, and the two instances (one noun, one verb) of a Hebrew word for “taste” (טעם) caught my attention. Since discussions of “taste” frequently accompany discussions of the topics addressed on this website, I thought that it might be useful to share a bit regarding the biblical usage of the term. The noun (טַעַם) speaks of the “taste” of food in Exodus 16:31; Numbers 11:8; Job 6:6; and metaphorically in Jeremiah 48:11. But as is typical for human language, since we are living souls (Gen 2:7), the noun builds off of this bodily sense [more]
Cleanse Yourself: A Look at Paul’s Metaphor and Its Application in 2 Timothy 2:20–21
In between two passages telling Timothy how to deal with false teachers (2 Tim 2:14–19, [more]
Why a Baptist Can Be Thankful for the Protestant Reformation
Jeff Straub This year marks the 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 theses. Last week [more]
25 more hymns added to our free online collection
We've just added 25 more hymns to our free, downloadable collection of hymns. These were [more]