Christian Colleges & Seminaries

Waving the Flag, Part 1

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

It is instructive to study the history of institutions to see how they have broadened and moved away from the original vision of their founders. Such a study is important because this process is taking place in many organizations whose heritage is one thing but present reality is another. Many view this broadening as progress, but others who cherish the founding ideals with their parameters, are saddened. The founding statements of institutions such as Harvard (which speak of Christ as the foundation for learning and one reason for the institution's founding being a "dreading an illiterate ministry" —that is, a fear that they would not have educationally qualified pastors to guide them—) when compared with the institutions today, demonstrate only too well just how far the broadening can go.

What is it that allows this process to take place? While many factors may be involved, surely a key matter is tolerance on the part of those charged with an institution's oversight. While in some contexts tolerance may be a virtue, when it comes to keeping an institution true to founding principles, tolerance becomes a vice, and intolerance—the steering of a determined course—becomes a virtue.

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2008 Mid-America Conference on Preaching, Part 3

General Session 2: Departures (James 4:4)—Sam Horn

MACP LogoSam Horn earned B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in New Testament Exegesis at Bob Jones University. In 1996, he joined the staff at Northland Baptist Bible College in Dunbar, Wisconsin. He is also pastor of Brookside Baptist Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Sam and his wife, Beth, are regular speakers at couple’s conferences, family camps, and teen retreats across the country. Dr. Horn spoke during General Session 2. Below is a summary of his message.

The topic we are looking at this year is one of the most significant topics we could be looking at in this time in history. Pastors today are concerned that their young people are not interested in being part of the ministry that raised them once they go off to school. Many of these young people are looking for others to engage in certain conversations and to give responsible answers. Since their churches are not willing to have those conversations, they are being swayed by those who are willing to do so.1611.jpg

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2008 Mid-America Conference on Preaching, Part 2

General Session 1: The Wisdom of God vs. the Wisdom of This Age

1 Corinthians 2:6-16

MACP LogoThe opening session of the conference began simply with prayer, two hymns, and a musical ensemble. Dave Doran delivered the first address.
Jigsaw WorldDr. Dave Doran is senior pastor at Inter-City Baptist Church and president of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, both in Allen Park, Michigan. He serves as chairman of the Practical Theology Department and teaches the core pastoral theology courses in the M.Div. program. He received his education at Bob Jones University (B.A.), Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., Th.M.), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (D.Min.). The following is a summary of his presentation:

The conference theme is “Culture, Contextualization, and the Church.” Hearing this theme engenders lots of reactions, some of confusion and some of rejection. There are about as many definitions of “contextualization” as there are people talking about it. For some it means applying the Scripture. For others it shapes the very message they are going to proclaim. The term is only about thirty-five years old, but it’s not going to go away.

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2008 Mid-America Conference on Preaching, Part 1

Introduction

MACP LogoEach fall, Inter-City Baptist Church (Allen Park, MI) and Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary host the Mid-America Conference on Preaching (MACP). This year’s event is being held October 16-17. I have attended six of the conferences in the past ten years or so and have thoroughly enjoyed every one. I have also attended a Shepherd’s Conference, the Lansdale Leadership Conference, and a Together for the Gospel (T4G) Conference. The MACP, in my opinion, is the most beneficial in a number of areas.

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The Bible Faculty Leadership Summit

In The Nick of Time
I’ve just returned from the fourteenth Bible Faculty Leadership Summit. The BFLS is sponsored annually by a different institution within mainstream fundamentalism. It is attended by biblical and theological faculty from the mainstream fundamentalist institutions. The point of the meeting is to challenge one another academically and intellectually. It is an event in which the educational leaders of fundamentalism help each other to think, write, and teach better.

The format of the BFLS is rather like that of an academic society. Usually there will be some sort of a general address, but the main focus of the meeting is on presenting and responding to the results of research. Papers are read; responses are offered; arguments (sometimes vigorous ones) ensue. Many, and probably most, of the participants are involved in the learned societies, but the BFLS gives them an opportunity to address questions that are of unique concern to fundamentalists.

The meeting began as a collaborative effort between David Doran, then chancellor of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, and Bob Jones III, then president of Bob Jones University. At the time the meetings began, I was a Ph.D. student at Dallas Theological Seminary. I remember my initial delight when I heard what was going on. I also remember wondering what I would have to do to finagle an invitation!

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Book Review: God's Harvard

Rosin, Hanna. God’s Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America. San Diego: Harcourt, 2007. Hardcover, 304 pages. $25.00
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ISBNs: 0151012628 / 9780151012626

Subjects: Patrick Henry College, Christian higher education, colleges

Hanna Rosin has covered religion and politics for the Washington Post. She also has written for the New Yorker, the New Republic, GQ, and the New York Times. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband, Slate deputy editor David Plotz, and their two children.

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