Choosing a Christian College: An In-Depth Guide
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by Thomas Kidd
3M ago
Today’s post is from Dr. Perry Glanzer. He is professor of Educational Foundations at Baylor University and the editor-in-chief of Christian Scholar’s Review. Professor Glanzer is the author of books including the newly-released Christian Higher Education: An Empirical Guide. A few years ago, I wrote a guest essay for this blog entitled “A Guide to Choosing a Christian College.” After its publication, I received dozens of e-mails from parents who wanted additional help choosing a Christian university. All of them mentioned a problem similar to what this parent articulated: “My daughter is ..read more
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The Reformers Were Not Innovators: An Interview with Matthew Barrett
The Gospel Coalition Blog » Evangelical History
by Thomas Kidd
8M ago
In this post I am interviewing my colleague Matthew Barrett about his new book The Reformation as Renewal: Retrieving the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.  Dr. Barrett is Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. He is also the Director of the Center for Classical Theology and the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine. [TK] The Reformation as Renewal is clearly a monumental new assessment of the Reformation. Why did you write this book? [MB] John Henry Newman once said, “To be deep in history is to cease to ..read more
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How Three Friends Dropped Out of Princeton Theological Seminary, Joined the Inaugural Class of Fuller Theological Seminary, and Changed Evangelicalism
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by Justin Taylor
8M ago
Daniel Fuller died on June 21, 2023, at the age of 97. In my 2015 doctoral dissertation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on the four key influences on John Piper’s life and thought, I have a chapter dedicated to Fuller’s story and his influence. One of the interesting things about Fuller’s early life is that two of his best friends, Bill Bright and Ralph Winter, would go on to become two of the most influential post-war evangelicals in the areas of evangelism and missiology. And three of them all started seminary education together. Navigators and Bible Memorization Daniel Payton F ..read more
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Confessions of Faith and the Baptist Tradition
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by Thomas Kidd
9M ago
One of the most-cited arguments against Baptist standards of doctrine and practice is that Baptists have historically opposed confessions of faith. This anti-confessional argument has been used by certain Baptist leaders over the centuries, but it is a false argument. Confessions have been a consistent feature of Baptist life since the 1600s, though Baptists have often disagreed about the content of these statements of faith. The latest version of the anti-confessional argument comes from Pastor Rick Warren. His Saddleback Church is protesting the decision of the Southern Baptist Executive Com ..read more
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Giving It All and Getting It All: Puritan Women and Their Spiritual Practices
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by Thomas Kidd
10M ago
Today’s guest post is from Jenny-Lyn de Klerk (PhD, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary). She is the author of 5 Puritan Women: Portraits of Faith and Love (Crossway, 2023) and has contributed to the Essential Lexham Dictionary of Church History (Lexham, 2022). She works as an editor at Crossway and you can follow her on Twitter at @puritanjenny. When I first started reading Puritan women, I was not surprised that they wrote about spiritual practices. They were, of course, Puritans! Holiness, discipline, and zeal were in their theological DNA. But I was surprised to find that they often re ..read more
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Choosing the Right College: A Guide for Christian Parents
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by Thomas Kidd
11M ago
One of the most anxiety-inducing choices for parents, including Christian parents, is the selection of a college for children. Public school? Community college? Private? Christian? Vocational school? Apprenticeship? Having so many choices can seem overwhelming. Once you get into the process itself, there are college visits, filling out FAFSA, applications and scholarships, and more. No wonder many parents feel stressed about it! As I write this, my wife and I are nearly “empty nest.” I’ll go ahead and do our college “reveal” at the outset – both of our kids are going to Dallas Baptist Universi ..read more
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5 Great Books to Read Before Visiting Israel
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by Thomas Kidd
11M ago
In 2019, almost a million Americans – many of them evangelicals – visited Israel. If you are like me, when you’re getting ready to visit another country, you want to read some things to get oriented to the culture of the place. Israel offers an unusually rich array of reading choices, including theology, archaeology, history, politics – and of course the Bible itself! For today’s post, I asked Andrew King, my colleague at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, to suggest a go-to list of books for those thinking about visiting the Holy Land. Dr. King is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies ..read more
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“Amazing Grace” at 250: An Interview with Bruce Hindmarsh
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by Thomas Kidd
1y ago
Today’s interview is with Dr. Bruce Hindmarsh, the James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology and Professor of the History of Christianity at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author (with Craig Borlase) of the new book Amazing Grace: The Life of John Newton and the Surprising Story Behind His Song. [TK] To start with the most obvious question, what has made the hymn “Amazing Grace” so powerful for such a wide range of people? [BH] First, there is the marriage of the words and the tune. It is hard to separate the two. We don’t know what tune was used when it was firs ..read more
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The Scandal of the American Evangelical Intellectual
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by Justin Taylor
1y ago
D. A. Carson, writing in his 1996 book The Gagging of God, expresses appreciation for Mark Noll’s 1994 book, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. He does, however, think there was a missing angle in that book. Over 25 years later, I think the problem Carson identifies may be worse today in some quarters than it was back then: While Noll rightly excoriates the anti-intellectualism that characterizes a wide swath of contemporary evangelicalism, especially in the populist approaches of some leaders, and easily marshals evidence that would sometimes be funny if it were not so sad, it see ..read more
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Tradition, the Bible, and America’s Debate over Slavery
The Gospel Coalition Blog » Evangelical History
by Thomas Kidd
1y ago
This guest post is by Dr. Paul Gutacker, director of the Brazos Fellows Program based in Waco, Texas. Gutacker has a Ph.D. in History from Baylor University, and is the author of the new book The Old Faith in a New Nation: American Protestants and the Christian Past (Oxford University Press). Historians lately have made a great ado about American evangelicals relying on “the Bible alone” for belief and practice. The standard account goes something like this: After the American Revolution, many Protestants rejected traditional religious authority and relied just on a plain reading of scrip ..read more
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