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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

Beauty’s Difficulties: Accounting for Taste

Beauty’s Difficulties: Accounting for Taste

This entry is part 16 of 18 in the series Doxology: A Theology of God's Beauty You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

How can beauty be a real property if the question of “taste” enters in? If so many people find so many different things beautiful, then surely beauty is just a synonym for what people like. One of the obstacles to understanding the question of taste is common view that art is to be a matter of… Continue Reading

Sale On Some of Our Favorite Homeschool Curricula

Sale On Some of Our Favorite Homeschool Curricula

Some of my favorite homeschool curricula for older students are on sale. Compass Classroom is having their Back to School Sale through August 5th. We use the following three products in our homeschool: Visual Latin (approximately 6th grade and up). Visual Latin is the Latin scheduled in our homeschool curriculum, A Gentle Feast, which I… 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

Homeschool Curriculum Spring Sale

Homeschool Curriculum Spring Sale

Some of my favorite Christian homeschool video curricula is on sale this week. I recommend Visual Latin (approximately 6th grade and up), Grammar of Poetry (junior high and up), and Old Western Culture (high school). I pay attention to sale prices, and this is the lowest price of the year on Visual Latin, so snatch… 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

A Conference for Pastors and All on Monday, May 18: “Ministry in 2020: The Pastor, the Church, and Challenges Today.”

A Conference for Pastors and All on Monday, May 18: “Ministry in 2020: The Pastor, the Church, and Challenges Today.”

I want to say thank you to Scott Aniol for letting me post this invitation. What follows below is what I believe will be an outstanding conference at my church this year. The conference website is http://ccggrockford.org/. We’d love to see you come! — Dear Pastors, Deacons, and Fellow Believers in Christ, Please mark your… Continue Reading

How Hard Is It to Quit Revivalism?

How Hard Is It to Quit Revivalism?

We usually hear about churches embracing lasers, fog machines, and other gimmicks and experiencing massive swelling in attendance. We occasionally hear about other churches that have grown tired of such gimmicks. In many of those cases the tendency is to pirate older practices from stable traditions and turn them into new gimmicks: this is why… Continue Reading

Recent article publications

Recent article publications

I’ve had several recent academic article publications that may be of interest to readers: “The Holy Spirit’s Work in Worship: Extraordinary Experience or Disciplined Formation?” Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal 24 (2019). Download “Worship that Cannot be Touched: A Theology of Christian Worship from the Book of Hebrews.” Journal of IRBS Theological Seminary, 2019. Print version… Continue Reading

“But Casting Crowns Are Different!”

“But Casting Crowns Are Different!”

The Christian music industry is an industry before anything. Now, you may pretend otherwise, citing “deep” lyrics or some kind of theological emphasis that reverberates with the Gospel Coalition as it was ten years ago. You might be one of those guys whose principles go all weak in the knees as soon as the EL84’s… Continue Reading

The New American Evangelical Liturgy | Roger E. Olson

The New American Evangelical Liturgy | Roger E. Olson

Roger Olson describes what he calls “the new evangelical liturgy”: Here is the new evangelical liturgy: The worship service begins with loud music either recorded or sung by a “worship team” led by a “music minister.” Then there is a “welcome” and sometimes encouragement to greet each other (in the congregation). Then there follows a… Continue Reading

Return to the Ordinary Means of Grace

Return to the Ordinary Means of Grace

Giving in to the constant pressure to satisfy the world’s hunger for bigger, flashier, and more impressive, we put on slick productions and programs, often at the expense of biblical faithfulness. Six-figure budget lines devoted to sound and lighting systems, in-church coffee shops, stage props and set designs—these things are foreign to the pages of… Continue Reading