Author Archives: Kevin T. Bauder

A Conversation With a Friend

A Conversation With a Friend

Kevin T. Bauder After two days of the rioting in Minneapolis, I had occasion to visit with a friend—I’ll call him Simon. Simon is nearly my age and has recently retired from two simultaneous careers: as a police detective and as a platoon sergeant in the National Guard, with whom he served multiple deployments in… Continue Reading

A Life Well Spent

A Life Well Spent

Kevin T. Bauder Robert G. Delnay arrived at Denver Baptist Theological Seminary when I was beginning my Middler year during the late summer of 1980. He came to the school both as dean and as a professor. In the latter capacity he taught Greek, homiletics, and church history. The Greek class met at 7:00 AM… Continue Reading

The Future of Fundamentalist Education: Curriculum

The Future of Fundamentalist Education: Curriculum

Kevin T. Bauder Whether American churches are really facing a new Dark Age is debatable. What cannot be doubted is that ministry has become more complicated. We live in an increasingly secular culture that confronts Christians with new challenges. Christianity will not be conserved in its integrity without pastors to provide conservative leadership. Consequently, schools… Continue Reading

The Future of Fundamentalist Education: Challenges

The Future of Fundamentalist Education: Challenges

Kevin T. Bauder Anybody who gets into the business of predicting the future is on hazardous ground. None of us can see even one second into our future. Only God can, and where He does not reveal it to us, we had better admit ignorance. What we can do, however, is to project trends and… Continue Reading

The Future of Fundamentalist Education: Delivery

The Future of Fundamentalist Education: Delivery

Kevin T. Bauder Twenty years ago almost no reputable college, university, or seminary offered distance education. In fact, “distance ed” was one of the marks of a diploma mill. Nevertheless, the new computer technologies, and especially the internet, were about to provide platforms that could be used for widespread experimentation in distance education. An early… Continue Reading

The Future of Fundamentalist Education: Students

The Future of Fundamentalist Education: Students

Kevin T. Bauder By every indicator, historic, mainstream fundamentalism is a shrinking movement. Churches are shrinking. Fellowships are shrinking. Mission agencies are shrinking. Schools have closed and those that remain are scrambling for students. Furthermore, the churches are producing fewer young people who feel any sense of calling toward vocational ministry. From an educational perspective,… Continue Reading

Weighing Goods and Making Prudential Decisions

Weighing Goods and Making Prudential Decisions

Kevin T. Bauder To get to work I have to drive south about five miles and then west about four miles. I can take a variety of routes to cover that distance. I can drive south through city traffic on either Douglas or Winnetka Avenues. Alternatively, I can take County Road 100 or US 169,… Continue Reading

Pollution

Pollution

Kevin T. Bauder One of the reasons I went to seminary in Colorado was because of the mountains. The Rockies were not my only reason. They weren’t even the most important reason. Some might think that they were a carnal reason, though I disagree. Nevertheless, the natural beauty of those high peaks certainly entered into… Continue Reading

Devices and Creeds

Devices and Creeds

Kevin T. Bauder  “My faith has found a resting place not in device nor creed….” This line opens one of the hymns that used to be sung regularly in Baptist churches. It is still sung in some. It can be taken in two ways. One is to suggest that devices and creeds (or symbols or… Continue Reading

Preparing for Hard Times

Preparing for Hard Times

Kevin T. Bauder How many recessions have I lived through? The first one I can remember was the “stagflation” triggered by the oil crisis and stock market crash in 1973-74. Then came the recession(s) of the later Carter regime: a double dip in 1980, which was then aggravated by the Iranian Revolution and its subsequent… Continue Reading

Is The Laborer Worthy?

Is The Laborer Worthy?

Kevin T. Bauder Can we talk? There’s a problem that I’d like to share with you. It’s not one that I can fix, but maybe you can. Since I’ve been at Central Seminary, the Lord has permitted me to occupy many pulpits. I’ve enjoyed visiting the churches, getting to know the people, and fellowshipping with… Continue Reading

Most Interesting Reading of 2019, Part Two

Most Interesting Reading of 2019, Part Two

Kevin T. Bauder Last week I published the first half of my “Most Interesting Reading of 2019” list. These books aren’t necessarily the best that I read. They’re not even necessarily the most commendable. Instead, they were the books that I found most interesting, for a variety of reasons. In some cases, the reason may… Continue Reading

Most Interesting Reading of 2019

Most Interesting Reading of 2019

Kevin T. Bauder Every year I try to publish a list of the books that I found most interesting during the preceding twelve months. Usually these are books that I have just read for the first time. Occasionally they are books that I’ve found either so important or so interesting as to merit a second… Continue Reading

Tried With Fire: Finally: Mystery

Tried With Fire: Finally: Mystery

Kevin T. Bauder The book of Job makes sense to us readers because we know what happened outside the story. We know that Job was a righteous man. We know that Satan slandered Job before God, and we know that God granted Satan permission to test Job. We know that Job’s sufferings were part of… Continue Reading

Tried With Fire: On the Shelf

Tried With Fire: On the Shelf

Kevin T. Bauder Gabe was an old man. He had spent years on a mission field where his ministry had produced marked results. Now retired, his will to serve was strong, but his body was feeble. He deeply wanted to do something for God, but it seemed as if he could no longer do anything… Continue Reading

Tried With Fire: Vindication and Retribution

Tried With Fire: Vindication and Retribution

Kevin T. Bauder Paul and Silas arrived in Thessalonica with their backs still torn from their whipping in Philippi. In spite of their pain they made themselves bold to preach the gospel (1 Thess 2:2), so that some Jews and many Gentiles believed (Acts 17:1-4). Quickly, however, opponents of the gospel organized persecution (Acts 17:5-9).… Continue Reading

Tried With Fire: Like Jesus, Part Three

Tried With Fire: Like Jesus, Part Three

Kevin T. Bauder The conception of Jesus Christ and His birth in the manger were events that occurred in history, but they pertained to a person whose life came from outside history. The events represent the point at which an eternal person became Jesus. He already was, but in the conception and birth He began… Continue Reading

Tried With Fire: Like Jesus, Part Two

Tried With Fire: Like Jesus, Part Two

Kevin T. Bauder Last week we explored the concept of Jesus Christ as the God-man. We learned that He is one person in two natures. Each nature is complete, possessing all the essential properties of that nature. The properties of each nature communicate to the person but not to the other nature. Consequently, paradoxical statements… Continue Reading

Tried With Fire: Like Jesus, Part One

Tried With Fire: Like Jesus, Part One

Kevin T. Bauder The incarnation of Jesus Christ brings with it certain mysteries that defy complete description. When we speak of them we step to the brink of an abyss, and if we creep so much as a hair further we risk precipitating ourselves into heresy. When we speak of Christ, we know both that… Continue Reading

Tried With Fire: Direction

Tried With Fire: Direction

Kevin T. Bauder We face a kind of paradox in doing the Lord’s work. On the one hand, God often places us in positions that require us to overcome obstacles. As we depend upon Him, these circumstances require determination, persistence, and courage if we are to succeed. In fact, God often uses difficulties to develop… Continue Reading