Author Archives: Kevin T. Bauder

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

The Three Christmases

The Three Christmases

Kevin T. Bauder Conservative Christians have long debated the observance of Christmas. While most Christians celebrate Christmas with joy and enthusiasm, a few object on one or more of several grounds. Some say that Christmas is a pagan holiday. Others insist that it is a Romanist holiday (as evidenced by the “mass” at the end… Continue Reading

The Christ We Need

The Christ We Need

Kevin T. Bauder Our understanding of Christ connects directly to the gospel. Gospel means good news. The goodness of the good news stands out only against the backdrop of the bad news, and the bad news is that we are sinners who stand under the just condemnation of the eternal God. The good news is… Continue Reading

Accusation and Evaluation

Accusation and Evaluation

Kevin T. Bauder Sadly, accusation is part of life in a sinful world. Sinful people must sometimes be accused when they do wrong to others. Other sinful people, however, sometimes accuse those who have done no wrong at all. Accusation can be a necessary recourse for the injured, but it can also become a weapon… Continue Reading

Conservative Christianity: The Rejection of Crisis

Conservative Christianity: The Rejection of Crisis

Kevin T. Bauder [This essay was originally published on February 27, 2009.] Conservative Christians recognize that they have received a doctrinal and moral patrimony. They wish to leave this legacy to be enjoyed by their children for generations to come. In order to conserve their heritage, they must pledge themselves both to guarding the integrity… Continue Reading

The Importance of Weighing Doctrines

The Importance of Weighing Doctrines

Kevin T. Bauder George Dollar’s 1973 History of Fundamentalism in America includes a section warning against dangers that face fundamentalism. One of those dangers was “Crusading Calvinism,” which, Dollar warned, “will continue to attract the more intellectual to its position, confuse others, and cause its opponents to be disturbed and sensitive over the issue” (276).… Continue Reading

Our Eternal Occupation

Our Eternal Occupation

Kevin T. Bauder Christian writers from Augustine to Dante picture the eternal destiny of the righteous as beatific vision. The idea is that in eternity, purified from our sins and glorified in our resurrection bodies, we shall behold God in the fullness of His glory. Transfixed with His beauty, our eyes shall gaze upon Him… Continue Reading

Don’t Pray Like This, Either

Don’t Pray Like This, Either

Kevin T. Bauder [This essay was originally published on May 11, 2012.] Jesus wanted to teach His disciples how to pray, but He also wanted to teach them how not to pray. In the Sermon on the Mount, He told them that they should not pray like the hypocrites (Matt. 6:5-6). For Jesus’ followers, prayer… Continue Reading

The Benedict Option

The Benedict Option

Kevin T. Bauder Central Seminary does not usually use In the Nick of Time for book reviews. The Nick is an opinion piece. It is aimed at pastors and students, and designed to address sundry issues from the general perspective of the seminary—which can be partly summarized as Baptist, fundamentalist, dispensationalist, cessationist, and complementarian. Every… Continue Reading

More Interesting Reading from 2016-2017

More Interesting Reading from 2016-2017

Kevin T. Bauder Last week I published a list of the most interesting books that I had read during the 2016-2017 academic year. The problem is that I got wrapped up in a couple of categories of reading, with the result that several interesting books were left out. So this week I want to fill… Continue Reading

Most Interesting Reading of 2016-2017

Most Interesting Reading of 2016-2017

Kevin T. Bauder Just over a year ago I published a “best reading of the past year” list. It was my first in years. Since my reading patterns are a bit odd, I thought perhaps that no one would be interested. To my surprise, I heard from quite a number of people who enjoyed the… Continue Reading

Roger, Roger | Part Four: Today’s Situation

Roger, Roger | Part Four: Today’s Situation

A few weeks ago, Roger Olson of Baylor University devoted a blog post to asking “What Is ‘Fundamentalism?’” By way of contrast he was also trying to say how fundamentalism differs from evangelicalism. He used Edward John Carnell’s critique of fundamentalism as the fulcrum of his argument. Olson did not mention that Carnell’s “Exhibit A”… Continue Reading

Roger, Roger | Part Three: Necessary Qualifications

Roger, Roger | Part Three: Necessary Qualifications

Kevin T. Bauder [Editor’s note: A technical difficulty prevented last week’s essay from being emailed. Part Two of this series can be found on Central Seminary’s website.] Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been responding to Roger Olson, who teaches at Truett Seminary (Baylor University). Not long ago Roger blogged about the difference between… Continue Reading

Roger, Roger | Part Two: Fundamentalism and New Evangelicalism

Roger, Roger | Part Two: Fundamentalism and New Evangelicalism

Kevin T. Bauder I am responding to colleague Roger Olson who, in a recent blog post, attempted to articulate the difference between fundamentalism and evangelicalism. His argument relied upon an old critique in which Edward John Carnell labeled fundamentalism as “cultic orthodoxy.” My first step was to flesh out Carnell’s critique by placing it in… Continue Reading

Roger, Roger | Part One: Edward John Carnell

Roger, Roger | Part One: Edward John Carnell

I appreciate many aspects of Roger Olson’s work. He has written a clear exposition of Arminian theology that I require my students to read. He can show civility and charity toward those with whom he disagrees. We are on opposite sides of certain issues, but I know him to be a man of both clarity… Continue Reading

Concluding Thoughts on the NTAIBC and the FBFI

Concluding Thoughts on the NTAIBC and the FBFI

Kevin T. Bauder Over the past several weeks I’ve been writing about the founding of the New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and the renaming of the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship from the old Conservative Baptist Fellowship. This is not ancient history, but it is history that has been largely forgotten. Many younger leaders who… Continue Reading

The NTAIBC and the FBF

The NTAIBC and the FBF

Kevin T. Bauder The New Testament Association of Baptist Churches voted itself into existence and adopted a constitution in 1965 at Beth Eden Baptist Church in Denver. The occasion was a gathering of the Conservative Baptist Fellowship, which set aside time during its meeting to initiate the new association. That summer, B. Myron Cedarholm resigned… Continue Reading

The Beginnings of the New Testament Association

The Beginnings of the New Testament Association

Kevin T. Bauder By the early 1960s three issues divided the Conservative Baptist Movement. First was the question of separation, especially in view of neoevangelicalism and Billy Graham’s tactic of “cooperative evangelism.” Second was eschatology—many Conservative Baptists had moved away from pretribulationism, and some had abandoned premillennialism. Third was the relationship between the agencies (such… Continue Reading

The Conservative Baptist Conflict

The Conservative Baptist Conflict

Kevin T. Bauder The Conservative Baptist Movement formally began when the Fundamentalist Fellowship organized the Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society in 1943. The CBFMS was originally meant to function within the convention, but it was rapidly rejected by convention officials who effectively disenfranchised its supporters. In response, the Fundamentalist Fellowship renamed itself the Conservative Baptist… Continue Reading

Corrigendum

Corrigendum

Kevin T. Bauder In a recent edition of “In the Nick of Time,” I wrote about the founding of the New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and the renaming of the Conservative Baptist Fellowship to the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship. The CBF was the parent organization of both the NTAIBC and the FBF(I). Unfortunately, I… Continue Reading