Fundamentalists and Scholarship, Part 7

To Make a Scholar

In The Nick of Time
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Suppose we fundamentalists wanted to produce scholars—real ones. In what sort of resources would we have to invest? What does it take to make a scholar?

The first bit of news here is good: there are certain activities in which we would not have to invest. For example, there is no reason for Fundamentalism to educate its own scholars in the sciences and humanities. If we equip church members to be serious Christians, then they will be able to integrate their faith into the scholarly training that they receive in any institution. The only scholars that Fundamentalism needs to produce are theological scholars.
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Three Essentials of Spiritual Development

A Meditation on 2 Corinthians 3:18

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit (2 Cor. 3:18 ESV).
camera_smith.jpgAlthough electronic digital cameras with their instant results have exploded with popularity, perhaps you still remember or use a camera that requires actual film. These cameras cause an image to be captured as a negative on the film. The film is taken to a photo development lab, where equipment in a darkroom transfers the image from a negative to a positive print. While a digital camera allows you to see an image of the finished picture instantly, you actually have to wait (usually at least an hour) before seeing what the film captured.

Sometimes pictures do not turn out like we expected. A picture might show up completely black, or it may have several colors blurred beyond recognition. One should ask certain questions if a picture does not turn out as expected. The questions might include: Did I take the lens cap off? Did I give the camera sufficient exposure to the scene I tried to capture? What does the development actually show?
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Remembering Maggie Jackson

Repetition aids memory; meditation internalizes. That’s why the psalmist was confident that a steady diet of Scripture would keep him from sin (Ps. 119:11). Elderly people tend to get forgetful, and they also tend to lose certain inhibitions that once would have kept private thoughts from being advertised. Observe this phenomenon and take it to heart. Your river_osborne.jpgmother warned you not to make faces, lest your face would get stuck that way. And she was right. If you smile (or frown) a lot today, your octogenarian face will show it, like it or not.

Maggie Jackson made it well past the octogenarian stage. She was over ninety when we knew her—my wife and I, newlyweds, picking her up from her nursing home and bringing her to church so many Sunday mornings. She’d reminisce to us. Even though she was ninety plus, her repertoire was limited. She was getting a bit forgetful. So we listened to the same stories week after week. Her salvation as a young person; her attendance at Moody; her long and happy marriage to a pastor about twenty years her senior (he had died long ago). Whatever the story, the moral was the same: “God has been so good to me.” This statement from a lady with no family but the church, in poor health, recently moved into a nursing home.
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Fundamentalists and Scholarship, Part 6

How Do We Get Scholars?

In The Nick of Time
Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.

Fundamentalism needs scholars—particularly scholars who specialize in the theological disciplines. We don’t need many of them, but we do need some. Unfortunately, we do not have all that we need (though we do have a scant handful).

What would Fundamentalism have to do in order to develop the scholars that it needs? I want to answer that question in two essays. Here in the first essay I want to suggest two things that fundamentalists must stop doing before scholarship can begin to flourish. In the next essay I hope to offer a brief description of the investment that we will have to make if we really become serious about training scholars.

If we hope to foster scholarship, we must first stop believing a lie. The lie is one that we hear repeated often within Fundamentalism. It is simply this: that scholarship is somehow antithetical to and prohibitive of either devotion or service. Read more about Fundamentalists and Scholarship, Part 6

Why Am I So Angry?

Editor’s Note: The following is reprinted with permission from the book Why Am I So Angry? For more information about the book, please contact Iron Sharpeneth Iron Publications.

by Debi Pryde

Where do anger and fighting among people originate? What causes strife? James answers these questions in James 4:1, and his answer is swift and simple, but not exactly what we like to hear. The Bible clearly declares that the problem lies within us, not without. James makes us understand that anger originates in our corrupted human nature and is the angeroutward manifestation of inward self-motivated desires. “But,” you might object, “what about righteous anger? And isn’t anger just an emotion? Surely being angry can’t be wrong or selfish when someone has just wronged you or treated you with cruelty! Wouldn’t expressions of anger be justified in such cases?”
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What Is Modesty?

Editor’s Note: The following chapter is reprinted with permission from the book What Is Modesty? For more information about the book, please contact Iron Sharpeneth Iron Publications.
modesty_cover.jpgWhen you think of modest clothing, what words come to your mind? Can you describe a modest person? Maybe you think of a mousy, quiet soul with no personality, or an unattractive woman who is proud of how she dresses and is openly critical of anyone who differs from her style in the least bit. Do you think of a beautiful woman at all? How about the way she acts? Does that factor into your assessment of her modesty?

Your answers to these questions reveal to some degree how you understand the concept of modesty.

Because many people (including Christians) have difficulty understanding what modesty is, we should begin by establishing a good definition of modesty. It is helpful to begin by examining how a modern dictionary describes modesty. The American Heritage Dictionary says that modesty is “reserve or propriety in speech, dress, or behavior.”
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