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 as general director of the old Conservative Baptist Association to take the presidency of Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in Owatonna, [more]
Christians and Critical Judgments
Most Christians are happy to accept the authority of expert opinion. What is instructive to note is which domains of knowledge they are comfortable to refer to experts, as opposed to those in which they actively oppose expert opinion. To paraphrase what I wrote to one commenter, Christians are happy to listen to experts when they are biologists or geologists, and the topic is creationism/evolution. Christians are happy to turn to experts when they [more]
2 Timothy 3:16–17 – Part 4 of 4: The Sufficiency of Scripture
Click to read part 1, part 2, and part 3 of this series. The emphasis in the second clause of 2 Tim 3:17 is to clarify for what and to what the extent the man of God has become “complete.” Specifically, Scripture has “equipped” him for good works, the extent of which is “every good work.” If a man of God ever wonders what it is that he should do, he need only to look in Scripture and find instruction as to “every good work.” Here we find something of the sufficiency of Scripture. Wayne Grudem defines this phrase in [more]
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 as the seminary in Denver or the Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society) and the local churches. Of the two parties, the “hard core” favored stricter separatism, pretribulational premillennialism, and local church priority. Those who favored the “soft [more]
But we never talk like that in real life!
It appears today that "authenticity" has become the most important virtue. In one sense this [more]
Authority, Soul Competence and Vocation
Soul competence and the priesthood of the believer are two sides of one doctrine that [more]
2 Timothy 3:16–17 – Part 3 of 4: The Purpose of Scripture
Click to read part 1 and part 2 of this series. All Scripture is inspired [more]