The MBA 2016
Baptist churches in America organized their first local association (the Philadelphia Association) in 1707. That group soon grew to include congregations all the way from Connecticut to Virginia. As it grew it birthed a number of daughter associations. Subsequently, Baptists have founded yet others. Eventually the local associations within particular states or other large regions formed a second layer of associations. These second-layer associations incorporated both the individual Baptist congregations and the local associations within [more]
An Overview of 1 John
Apart from the introduction (1:1–4) and conclusion (5:13–21), students of 1 John find little agreement as to how to outline his book. Some see a “spiral” outline in which John repeatedly spirals around themes of doctrine and Christian living. Others see John having a general overview of topics, only then to move more specially into an emphasis on Christian living and then doctrine. Either way, however we outline first John, it is clear that he [more]
A Plea for a Three-Year Master of Divinity, Part Two
Jeff Straub Last week, I began a discussion on the trend to combine college and seminary education into a shortened five- or six-year program. By the end of the 19th century, the M.Div. was a graduate degree built off a non-ministerial undergraduate degree so that it required three years of intensive theological education. During the fundamentalist-modernist controversy of the early 20th century, many Bible colleges were founded to provide an orthodox alternative to the liberalized education of many of the seminaries. Pastors were afraid that if they sent their ministerial candidates to those denominational seminaries, they would imbibe heterodox [more]
Why Christians Should Care About Meaning in Art
Christians claim to be concerned with meaning. They debate over the meaning of texts of Scripture, and urge particular hermeneutics, so as to arrive at the correct meaning of Scripture. Many claim to be concerned with the meaning of cultural trends, explaining their ethical significance. Some are fascinated with current events, and are hungry to hear some Christian interpretation of the meaning of these events. Few Christians would openly confess to an indifference to meaning in general. Enough Evangelical Christians are indifferent to meaning in art, though. Art (meaning music, literature, poetry, film, theatre, architecture, painting, sculpture) is relegated to [more]
Join us for Knowing, Loving, Ministering: The Substance of Conservative Christianity
Join us for this meeting of conservative Christian friends for fellowship and to discuss how [more]
A Plea for a Three-Year Master of Divinity, Part One
Jeff Straub It has become a bit trendy in recent days to pare down the [more]
The Path
It was to be his first journey through the forest. Gram watched excitedly as his [more]