Author Archives: Kevin T. Bauder

Ending the Year, Beginning the Year

Ending the Year, Beginning the Year

As of last Monday, I’ve spent nineteen years as a professor at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. That’s more years than I spent in pastoral ministry (about fifteen or sixteen), and certainly more than I spent printing checks, selling appliances, teaching college students, guarding a major communications facility, stocking and pulling auto parts, laying hot asphalt… Continue Reading

The Incarnation and Angelic Salvation

The Incarnation and Angelic Salvation

The apostle Paul clearly taught that Christ’s incarnation is essential to our salvation. He wrote to the Corinthians, “Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor. 15:22). To the Romans he added,… Continue Reading

Hearing the Message

Hearing the Message

Preaching is hard work. On the one hand, it is a technical exercise, almost a science. A preacher has to handle the Scriptures well. His sermon has to unpack the biblical message accurately and apply it faithfully. A good preacher has to be a competent exegete and theologian. On the other hand, preaching is an… Continue Reading

Justification and the Gospel

Justification and the Gospel

First Things, founded in 1990 by the late Richard John Neuhaus, has become the flagship neo-conservative journal of opinion. Its mission has been to argue for a “religiously informed” public philosophy. Not surprisingly, the journal has brought together conservative writers from the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant traditions. One of the evangelicals who writes for First… Continue Reading

Give to the Max 2016

Give to the Max 2016

Before Ronald Reagan went into politics or even tried out for the stage, he was a radio broadcaster. He worked for WHO in Des Moines, Iowa. His station used to boast that it broadcast its signal “coast to coast, border to border, and then some.” Well, Central Seminary has trained pastors who are ministering from… Continue Reading

This Was Jack’s Life

This Was Jack’s Life

I encountered my first Chick comic at Pine Hill Hunting Camp near Alpena, Michigan. I was a boy, evenings were slow, and somebody had left the thing lying around. It was an amusing little booklet entitled “This Was Your Life.” It pictured the postmortem agonies of some unsaved “everyman” as his life was replayed on… Continue Reading

Limited Atonement: Evaluating the Argument

Limited Atonement: Evaluating the Argument

I want to discuss Limited Atonement (Definite Atonement, Particular Redemption—I choose to use the traditional terminology). At the moment, I am not concerned with the question of whether Limited Atonement is true. What I am concerned with is the way that some Calvinists argue for it. Before we can even discuss the argument, however, we… Continue Reading

Convictions and Preferences

Convictions and Preferences

The evangelical world has come to make much of the distinction between convictions and preferences. For example, evangelical preacher Andy Stanley recently preached a sermon in which he stated that preferences arise from emotion, while convictions are based on principle; preferences are oriented toward here and now, but convictions are oriented toward the future; preferences… Continue Reading

The Sentimentality Trap

The Sentimentality Trap

Benjamin Myers is poet laureate of the State of Oklahoma and Professor of Literature at Oklahoma Baptist University. He offers an article in First Things that deals with recognizing sentimentality in poetry. Here is a sample: Sentimentality is a defect in the quality, not the quantity, of feeling in a poem. But how is a… Continue Reading

Events Around Central Seminary

Events Around Central Seminary

The new school year has been underway for just over a month. So far it’s been a good year for Central Seminary. The Lord has been meeting the seminary’s needs in unexpected ways. He has also been opening doors of ministry in front of us. New Provost. Our new provost is Brett Williams. Brett comes… Continue Reading

The Heart and Outward Appearances

The Heart and Outward Appearances

In any political campaign, some politicians would like to reduce policy statements to slogans and soundbites. Soundbites, however, admit no qualifications or nuancing. They resist examination and exclude careful thought. They are bad for statecraft. They are also bad for theology and church order. Take the following as an example, drawn from a real sermon… Continue Reading

Brooks and Warren on Sentimentality

Brooks and Warren on Sentimentality

“The presence of this straining for an emotional effect is one of the surest symptoms that one is dealing with a case of sentimentality. In its general sense sentimentality may be defined as an emotional response in excess of the occasion. We speak of a person who weeps at some trivial occurrence as being sentimental.… Continue Reading

Afraid of Emotion in Worship?

Afraid of Emotion in Worship?

Roger Olson asks, “Why are we afraid of emotion in worship?” The short answer is that we–as in we at Religious Affections Ministries–aren’t. Not in the least. In fact, we are convinced that emotion is absolutely necessary to worship. If you’re not emotionally engaged, you’re not worshiping. Emotion in worship is important, so important that… Continue Reading

Loud Clanging Cymbals

Loud Clanging Cymbals

In the last issue, I wrote about a speaker who deviated from his topic to deliver certain remarks—apparently extemporaneously—in defense of contemporized worship. I am not interested in indicting the speaker, but I am interested in evaluating the soundbites that found their way into his address. Last issue I discussed his suggestion that we are… Continue Reading

A New Song?

A New Song?

It is possible to disagree with people whom we respect. I had that experience earlier this year when I heard a speaker try to defend several aspects of contemporized Christianity. His name doesn’t matter, but what he said does. While I genuinely appreciate some of the leadership that this speaker has shown, his remarks in… Continue Reading

Reading to Understand Conservatism

Reading to Understand Conservatism

The current political season has revealed that many avowed conservatives are less driven by ideas than they are by resentment and ambition. The turn from thoughtful conservatism to a conservatism of bitterness is unfortunate. Conservatism begins with ideas before it moves on to policies and then political candidates. Sadly, few today who label themselves conservative… Continue Reading

What Seminary Gave Me

What Seminary Gave Me

In June of 1979 my wife and I left Cambridge, Iowa for seminary in Denver, Colorado. We were towing a fully-loaded twelve-foot U-Haul trailer with a 1976 Chevy Nova. When we pulled out of Cambridge, the temperature had risen to upwards of ninety degrees. We had to drive gingerly so the little six-banger didn’t overheat.… Continue Reading

A Colorful Life

A Colorful Life

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… Continue Reading

Indefensible Dispensationalism 2

Indefensible Dispensationalism 2

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 to occur. Dispensationalism has always had these… Continue Reading

Indefensible Dispensationalism

Indefensible Dispensationalism

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 indefensible, sometimes even by former dispensationalists. Some of the reasons for… Continue Reading