Liberal Education

In The Nick of Time
When I applied for admission to seminary, part of the application process involved a physical examination. As I talked with the physician about going to seminary, he commented, “Most doctors are highly trained but poorly educated.” The distinction was not one that I had heard before, and it puzzled me. When I asked what he meant, he said that members of his profession were taught to perform tasks rather than to respond to ideas. From that physician’s comment I learned an important distinction: education is not the same thing as training.

Years later, I heard an erstwhile seminary dean declare, “I want to teach students how to think, not what to think.” In principle I agreed with what he said, or at least I thought that I did. The more he talked, however, the more I got the impression that what he really wanted was to induce students to agree with his opinions in opposition to the views of most of the rest of the world. In this context, “how to think” actually meant “how I think.” From that conversation, I learned another important distinction: education is not the same thing as indoctrination.
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Love Your Enemies

by Pastor Dan Miller

Editor’s Note: This article was reprinted with permission from Dan Miller’s book Spiritual Reflections. It appears here verbatim.
SorrowOn January 26, 2001, a killer earthquake rocked the state of Gujarat in northwestern India. Tens of thousands of people lost their lives. Others lay buried for days. Whole villages were left without a single inhabitable building. Cold weather left suddenly homeless people huddled around makeshift fires night after bitter night.

The quake struck on Republic Day, the foremost Indian holiday on which the country celebrates her independence. In a moment of time, national celebration turned to panic and then to mourning. The soul of India groaned in deep anguish.

The eyewitness reports and visual images transmitted around the world were difficult to process. In one village 700 flag-waving school children were marching in parade formation down the main street. One moment they proudly celebrated Republic Day. The next moment each of those 700 children was buried alive under rubble from buildings that had only moments earlier lined the street on which they marched.
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The Destiny of Those Who Die in Infancy

Note: This article is reprinted from The Faith Pulpit (May/June 1999), a publication of Faith Baptist Theological Seminary (Ankeny, IA). It appears here with some slight editing.


In this paper an attempt will be made to show what the Bible teaches about the destiny of those who die in infancy. In order to accomplish this purpose, the major views on this subject will be presented followed by an examination of the biblical material.

The Major Views:

Infants who die in infancy unbaptized do not go to heaven: In Roman Catholic theology there is no official dogma on the destiny of dead unbaptized infants. Nevertheless, the weight of tradition teaches that they go to a place called limbo, which is neither heaven nor hell, a place of natural happiness but without full communion with God. Cf. Limbo: Unsettled Quesion by George J. Dyer (NY: Sheed & Ward, 1964) or Encyclopedia of Theology, edited by Karl Rahner (NY: The Seabury Press, 1975), pp. 850-851. Read more about The Destiny of Those Who Die in Infancy

What is Worship? Part 2

Note: Reprinted from Worship in Song by Scott Aniol, published by BMH Books, Winona Lake, Indiana, Used by permission.



What is Worship?

Worship in All of Life

Worship Begins with Understanding Biblical Truth about God.

Worship in Scripture always includes a presentation of truth about God. Perhaps a few more examples will be helpful.
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What is Worship? Part 1

Note: Reprinted from Worship in Song by Scott Aniol, published by BMH Books, Winona Lake, Indiana, Used by permission.



What is Worship?

What worship style do you use? Do you prefer traditional or contemporary worship? Is worship for you or for God?

These questions and many more like them are prevalent in evangelical circles. Professing believers of various nationalities, denominations, and associations have begun asking the question, “What is worship?” Is worship the rituals and liturgies we find in the Old Testament? Is worship what goes on during a Sunday morning church service? Do I worship when I mow the lawn? Can I worship God by myself? Is worship even necessary today?

Godly men throughout history have tried to define worship:
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Hope Is Here!

by Pastor Dan Miller

Editor’s Note: This article was reprinted with permission from Dan Miller’s book Spiritual Reflections. It appears here verbatim.
Police LineWhile I attended seminary, my wife and I rented a tiny apartment in the inner city. In three short years, we witnessed more crime and violence than one might see in a month of cop shows. Within a block of our home, we saw street fights, guns, prostitution, drug activity, car thefts, stalking and more.

One night, our elderly next door neighbors were dragged out onto their front lawn, beaten and robbed. A man was shot to death on the street a half block from our home. In the parking lot below our living room window, I saw one man hold a gun to another man’s head in broad daylight. Drunks sometimes slept on the front steps of our apartment building. Men repeatedly harassed my wife on the street.

There are some things about living in that neighborhood I will never miss. There are other things, however, that I miss very much. What I may miss most is the consistent opportunity to speak with people—often complete strangers—who were willing to talk freely about the miseries of life and the emptiness of their souls. I loved that environment.
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Announcing . . . SharperIron 3.0!

(And yes, we need money)

SI 3.0The great British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli is credited with saying, “The good is the enemy of the best.” Sage advice. Scripture also calls us to pursue excellence, not settling for one “talent” but striving to double whatever the Lord has entrusted to us (Matt. 25: 20-21). As adopted sons and daughters of the One whose “way is perfect” (Ps. 18:30 NKJV), believers must strive for excellence in everything to reflect the character of their Father.

As usual, Jesus said it best. “Be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matt. 5:48).

But pursuing excellence and perfection is complex. We can’t simply—as many say—“give one hundred percent, one hundred percent of the time.” The math doesn’t work. As soon as we give one hundred percent of our time and energy to one thing, we have zero percent left for anything else. And God has given us all multiple responsibilities.

No, excellence has to do with the overall quality of a life or an enterprise, and all pursuit of perfection must be incremental and dispersed. That often means settling for far less than perfection in one area in order to make needed improvements in another and advance the whole.
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