Author Archives: Kevin T. Bauder

It’s Not a Cadillac! Part Five: A Personal Testimony

It’s Not a Cadillac! Part Five: A Personal Testimony

Kevin T. Bauder When I was thirteen, my father became convinced that the Lord was calling him to pastor. He moved our family across several states to attend Bible college. He took his first pastorate while he was still a student. That put me in a position to hear the week-by-week results of his classroom… Continue Reading

It’s Not a Cadillac! Part Four: Where Should We Learn?

It’s Not a Cadillac! Part Four: Where Should We Learn?

Kevin T. Bauder What training do pastors need? It depends entirely upon the ministry that they intend to pursue. Becoming a social justice warrior takes one kind of training. Becoming an ecclesiastical impresario takes another. Learning to work a crowd for high-pressure evangelism takes yet another. New Testament pastors must engage in a particular kind… Continue Reading

It’s Not a Cadillac! Part Three: What Do We Need?

It’s Not a Cadillac! Part Three: What Do We Need?

Kevin T. Bauder As General Motors’ top line, Cadillac has become a metaphor for the best and most luxurious of something. A Cadillac is never a necessity: a Chevy could get you from one place to another. The people who purchase Cadillacs are after class, prestige, and comfort. Consequently, when the Religious News Service recently… Continue Reading

It’s Not a Cadillac! Part Two: What Are We Doing?

It’s Not a Cadillac! Part Two: What Are We Doing?

Kevin T. Bauder The Religious News Service recently published a story stating that future pastors are turning away from the traditional M.Div. and toward the shorter M.A. for their ministry preparation. That story labeled the M.Div. as the “Cadillac” degree for pastoral preparation. It also noted that other seminaries are shrinking the M.Div. from the… Continue Reading

It’s Not a Cadillac! Part One: A Bit of History

It’s Not a Cadillac! Part One: A Bit of History

Kevin T. Bauder The Association of Theological Schools, the primary agency that accredits seminaries, recently produced a study showing that the number of M.Div. students is falling, while the number of future pastors taking the shorter M.A. program is rising. The study was picked up by the Religion News Service, which opined that, while the… Continue Reading

In Praise of Ordinary Men, Part Eight: Paul Greene

In Praise of Ordinary Men, Part Eight: Paul Greene

Kevin T. Bauder Paul Greene was already into his mid-eighties before I met him. Our relationship remained distant and casual until I began to plant a church near Dallas, Texas. To my surprise Paul and his wife Mildred quickly identified with that small congregation, later becoming charter members of and pillars within the resulting church.… Continue Reading

In Praise of Ordinary Men, Part Six: Dave Keith

In Praise of Ordinary Men, Part Six: Dave Keith

Kevin T. Bauder I met David Keith in January of 1974. He had just been discharged from the Army (where, as company clerk, he was reputed to have awarded his whole unit a Good Conduct Medal). He rode his Honda 350SL from Panama City up the Pan American highway through Central America and Mexico, then… Continue Reading

In Praise of Ordinary Men, Part Five: David Nettleton

In Praise of Ordinary Men, Part Five: David Nettleton

Where is the line between ordinary and extraordinary men? A man may be quite ordinary in most aspects of life, yet quite exceptional in others. If the unique aspects of his life are seldom noticed, he may be remembered only as an ordinary person. David Nettleton was such a man. I cannot claim that I… Continue Reading

The Progress of Temptation

The Progress of Temptation

Kevin T. Bauder [This essay was originally published on January 18, 2013.] Christians often make mistakes in the way that they think about temptation. On the one hand, they sometimes see any temptation as an evil in itself, as if to be tempted were already to commit the sin. On the other hand, they can… Continue Reading

In Praise of Ordinary Men, Part Four: Garry Rhoades

In Praise of Ordinary Men, Part Four: Garry Rhoades

Kevin T. Bauder In the fall of 1979 I began my first semester as a student at Denver Baptist Theological Seminary. One day the missions professor, Dick Tice, asked if I might be interested in a pastoral staff position. I had been asking the Lord for something like that, and I told him so. That… Continue Reading

In Praise of Ordinary Men, Part Two: John Javaux

In Praise of Ordinary Men, Part Two: John Javaux

Kevin T. Bauder The first time I met John Javaux was on the gridiron. He was playing linebacker; I was a tight end. We got acquainted when he decided to blitz the quarterback. I met him with a cross-body block, then slipped down into a crab block. He was bigger and stronger than me, but… Continue Reading

In Praise of Ordinary Men, Part One: Robert Weckle

In Praise of Ordinary Men, Part One: Robert Weckle

Kevin T. Bauder My parents were led to the Lord by a church planting missionary in Freeland, Michigan. I was only three or four years old. When that missionary left, the church went through a series of pastors. Some were more qualified and some less. The congregation finally called a church planter from the Fellowship… Continue Reading

The Fundamentalists and Billy Graham

The Fundamentalists and Billy Graham

Kevin T. Bauder Some of you new students may not understand just exactly why we take the position we take in regard to Billy Graham’s ecumenical evangelism…. Billy Graham and I have been for many years personal friends. This is not a personal difference between my father and Dr. Graham—that is what defenders of Dr.… Continue Reading

Freedom of the Will?

Freedom of the Will?

Kevin T. Bauder Imagine a man who has, somewhere deep within his cranium, a pair of dice. Every time he has to make a decision, a spasm in his brain casts these dice. How the dice roll is what determines the choice. In other words, every decision is pure, random chance. Would it make sense… Continue Reading

Mandate?

Mandate?

Kevin T. Bauder Genesis 1:28 is sometimes called the cultural mandate: “And God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” The context… Continue Reading

Baptismal Regeneration in Acts 2:38

Baptismal Regeneration in Acts 2:38

Kevin T. Bauder Some professing Christians believe that baptism is a sufficient condition of the forgiveness of sins. Others believe that baptism, while not a sufficient condition of forgiveness, is nevertheless a necessary condition. Roman Catholicism belongs to the former category; the Stone-Campbell (the Churches of Christ and the Christian Churches) movement to the latter.… Continue Reading

A Fundamentalist’s Education

A Fundamentalist’s Education

Word has come that Donald K. Campbell passed away last Sunday, January 14. Campbell was the third president of Dallas Theological Seminary, following John Walvoord and preceding Chuck Swindoll. He was still the president when I moved to Dallas to work on a Ph.D. in 1991. At the time I was still completing a D.Min.… Continue Reading

Initial Thoughts on Distance Education

Initial Thoughts on Distance Education

It’s no secret that Central Seminary has begun to deliver seminary courses through distance education. We talked about doing something like this for nearly a decade but were hesitant because we questioned whether we could deliver an on-line educational experience that was comparable to classroom participation. While we were thinking and discussing, the technology was… Continue Reading

The Baptist Paradox

The Baptist Paradox

Denominations are like cans of soup. Each can contains a different mix of ingredients, and the label tells you which ingredients to expect. The ingredients of the soup with the Baptist label are called the Baptist distinctives. Taken together, these distinctives set Baptists apart from all other Christians. Briefly stated, the distinctives are: The absolute… Continue Reading