Author Archives: Kevin T. Bauder

Most Interesting Reading of 2020

Most Interesting Reading of 2020

Kevin T. Bauder Lots of people produce recommended reading lists. Typically these are bibliographies of the books that the compiler found most useful. The lists are often labeled something like “Best Books of…” or “Best Books about….” I do my list a bit differently: I give you a list of the reading that I found… Continue Reading

Regional Delicacies

Regional Delicacies

Kevin T. Bauder Last week I wrote about foods that I’ve sampled as I’ve traveled around the world. As it happens, I missed a favorite: Wienerschnitzel, which I have enjoyed right in Wien (Vienna). Did you know that it’s sold as a fast food there? International travel is no longer part of my agenda, but… Continue Reading

International Delicacies

International Delicacies

Kevin T. Bauder During the years that I was president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary I did a good bit of traveling. While traveling I also did a good bit of eating. I’m not exactly what you’d call a gourmet—I can enjoy a good hamburger as well as I can enjoy a steak. Nevertheless, one… Continue Reading

Those Little Churches

Those Little Churches

My father’s first pastorate was in Cambridge, Iowa. Other fundamental Baptist churches were located nearby. Slater had one less than ten miles to the west. Both Ames and Nevada had churches of like faith and order, each about twelve miles away. Ankeny had a regular Baptist church about twenty miles down Interstate 35. Skip ahead.… Continue Reading

Christianity and the Alt-Right

Christianity and the Alt-Right

Kevin T. Bauder The old dictum says that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. I disagree. A friend is someone who values and honors what I value. An enemy is someone who destroys or debases what I value. It is quite possible for an enemy of my enemy to destroy or debase what… Continue Reading

The Progress of Temptation

The Progress of Temptation

Kevin T. Bauder [This essay was originally published on January 18, 2013.] Christians often make mistakes in the way that they think about temptation. On the one hand, they sometimes see any temptation as an evil in itself, as if to be tempted were already to commit the sin. On the other hand, they can… Continue Reading

I Love Christmas. And I Hate Christmas.

I Love Christmas. And I Hate Christmas.

Kevin T. Bauder If the ghost of Christmas past is composed of the memories of our earlier Christmases, then I am haunted by a splendid one. When I think of Christmas celebrations during my childhood, every memory shines like a Christmas candle. I remember decorating the tree in our big, country home: stringing lights and… Continue Reading

Why the Virgin Birth? The Necessity of the Incarnation

Why the Virgin Birth? The Necessity of the Incarnation

Kevin T. Bauder God made humans to rule the earth (Gen 1:28–29). Conversely, He made the earth to be ruled by humans (Psalm 8:6–7). When humans flourish the earth will flourish, and because humans have sinned the earth suffers (Rom 8:19–22). Human rule has been partly thwarted by sin (Heb 2:8). God’s purpose, however, has… Continue Reading

Why the Virgin Birth?

Why the Virgin Birth?

Kevin T. Bauder Old-line liberals used to argue against the virgin birth of Christ. They saw it as an unreasonable and unscientific theory that was, on their view, completely dispensable. Whatever was special about Jesus they held to lie in His unique but quite human God-consciousness, not in His actual deity. These old liberals and… Continue Reading

Can We Be Thankful?

Can We Be Thankful?

Kevin T. Bauder At the end of 1990 I left the church that I had pastored for six years and moved my family to Dallas so I could pursue doctoral studies. I had no source of income, no friends in Texas, and no family nearby. After a few weeks I found a job in a… Continue Reading

Patience

Patience

Kevin T. Bauder As I write this essay, the 2020 presidential election is still undecided. After two days of counting, some states are still not certain which candidate won—and until those counts are complete, their votes in the electoral college are hanging in the balance. Neither candidate presently has enough to win the presidency. The… Continue Reading

How to Vote 2020

How to Vote 2020

Kevin T. Bauder The church’s place is not to address political questions. Rather, its work is to proclaim the whole counsel of God. Christian individuals, however, are responsible to act upon moral and spiritual concerns before they address merely temporal ones. Matters of principle should take precedence over matters of preference. Therefore, part of the… Continue Reading

Death and Funerals

Death and Funerals

Kevin T. Bauder To everything there is a season . . . a time to die (Eccl 3:1–2). It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. Sorrow is… Continue Reading

God’s Self-Existence: Part Two

God’s Self-Existence: Part Two

Kevin T. Bauder The book of Job includes a conversation, spread over several chapters, about what God needs from humans. Job speaks, then Eliphaz replies. Job speaks again, then Elihu answers. Job never replies to Elihu because God interrupts. God challenges Job with these words at Job 41:11. “Who has given to Me that I… Continue Reading

God’s Self-Existence: Part One

God’s Self-Existence: Part One

Kevin T. Bauder One day a deacon from a church in my area phoned me to share his philosophy of creation-and-salvation history. He began his story by claiming that God, having lived forever without companionship, became lonely and needed someone to fellowship with. Thus compelled, God created the world and the first humans. When they… Continue Reading

Social Justice

Social Justice

Kevin T. Bauder All people everywhere want justice. Even a hardcore logical positivist feels a sense of injustice if you step ahead of him after hours of waiting at the Department of Motor Vehicles. The universal yearning for justice has been expressed in documents from the Code of Hammurabi and the book of Job to… Continue Reading

A Pastor’s Reading Plan, Part Two: Books

A Pastor’s Reading Plan, Part Two: Books

Kevin T. Bauder For me, learning to read was like being initiated into the mysteries of a secret society. The ability to look at marks on a page and to register those marks in my brain as words, sentences, ideas, and stories—well, it seemed magical. It still does. People who did not enjoy reading perplexed… Continue Reading

A Pastor’s Reading Plan, Part One: Periodicals

A Pastor’s Reading Plan, Part One: Periodicals

Kevin T. Bauder Pastors work with people, so they need personal skills. Pastors work with churches as organizations, so they need administrative skills. More than anything else, however, pastors work with ideas. They do the work of the mind. At minimum, they seek to grasp the meaning of God’s Word and to communicate it to… Continue Reading

Implications of a Commandment

Implications of a Commandment

Kevin T. Bauder The Sixth Commandment forbids murder. This commandment is one of God’s moral laws, grounded in His nature, and articulated across the dispensations. The first murderer, Cain, faced God’s judgment for his crime (Gen 4:8–12). After the Flood, God pronounced capital punishment to be the penalty for murder (Gen 9:5–6). Jesus expounded the… Continue Reading

Before I Forget

Before I Forget

Kevin T. Bauder (With apologies to Wilbur Smith, who has already used this title, and to Murray Harris, who borrowed it from him before I could) I won’t sugar coat the news: I just turned sixty-five. I can remember when my mother’s father turned this age. He seemed ancient and used up. But then he… Continue Reading