New Hymn by David Oestreich and Josh Bauder
In January I mentioned the sudden passing of our friend, David Oestreich. David had been a supporter and occasional contributor here on the blog, and his tragic death due to complications from pneumonia was a shock to us all. David was quite an accomplished poet. He had several of his poems published in various collections, and he had even had a solo collection published--"Cosmophagy." After David died, I stumbled across his poetic setting of " [more]
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 3:15. Likewise, God exalted Him as “leader” in Acts 5:31. Closer to our meaning and within the book of Hebrews itself is Hebrews 2:10: “it [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) [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]