Fellowship in 1 John
The Greek word koinōnia is translated four times as “fellowship” in 1 John 1. John wrote the letter of 1 John to his readers to clarify what true Christian belief and living really were, primarily to assure them of the eternal life that they possessed (1 John 5:13). Assuming they held fast to what he wrote and thus possessed this eternal life, the readers would continue, as John said to his readers, to “have fellowship [more]
The MBA 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 others. Eventually the local associations within particular states or other large regions formed a second layer of associations. These second-layer associations incorporated both the individual Baptist congregations and the local associations within [more]
An Overview of 1 John
Apart from the introduction (1:1–4) and conclusion (5:13–21), students of 1 John find little agreement as to how to outline his book. Some see a “spiral” outline in which John repeatedly spirals around themes of doctrine and Christian living. Others see John having a general overview of topics, only then to move more specially into an emphasis on Christian living and then doctrine. Either way, however we outline first John, it is clear that he addresses certain themes and comes back to them again and again throughout his letter. Some of themes include Jesus as the divine Son of God, [more]
A Plea for a Three-Year Master of Divinity, Part Two
Jeff Straub Last 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 intensive theological education. During the fundamentalist-modernist controversy of the early 20th century, many Bible colleges were founded to provide an orthodox alternative to the liberalized education of many of the seminaries. Pastors were afraid that if they sent their ministerial candidates to those denominational seminaries, they would imbibe heterodox [more]
Why Christians Should Care About Meaning in Art
Christians claim to be concerned with meaning. They debate over the meaning of texts of [more]
Join us for Knowing, Loving, Ministering: The Substance of Conservative Christianity
Join us for this meeting of conservative Christian friends for fellowship and to discuss how [more]
A Plea for a Three-Year Master of Divinity, Part One
Jeff Straub It has become a bit trendy in recent days to pare down the [more]