A Theology of Fellowship

A Theology of Fellowship

Fundamentalism is best known for its separatism, a willingness to separate when biblical truth is at stake. Separation, however, is the flipside of fellowship. If we can fellowship with someone (or something like a church or an association), we cannot separate from him (or it). If we do not have a basis for biblical fellowship, then we will struggle with our basis for biblical separation.

Joy to the World

Joy to the World

A few years ago I was in Kuala Lumpur (KL), the capital of Malaysia in late November. Malaysia is a “secular Muslim” country with some interesting political quirks. About two-thirds of the people are Muslim, and Islam is the official, constitutional religion. All ethnic Malays are by law automatically Muslim; any Malay that leaves Islam [Continue Reading...]

Dispensationalism: A Basis for Ecclesiastical Separation

Dispensationalism: A Basis for Ecclesiastical Separation

There is a crisis in Baptist life today which cannot be resolved by bigger budgets, better programs, or more sophis­ticated systems of data processing and mass communication. It is a crisis of identity rooted in a fundamental theologi­cal failure of nerve. The two major diseases of the contem­porary church are spiritual amnesia (we have forgotten who we are) and ecclesiastical myopia (whoever we are, we are glad we are not like “them”). While these maladies are not unique to the people of God called Baptists, they are perhaps most glaringly present among us. . .

Postmodernism 6 – Politics

Postmodernism 6 – Politics

Constitution Day seems an appropriate time to discuss postmodern politics. While postmodern thinking has been around for a number of years, we have now in the White House America’s first postmodern president. America was founded by people deeply engrained in the modern mindset. Individualism, with both the protection and encouragement of the individual, is at [Continue Reading...]

Chad and Courtney Phelps

Chad and Courtney Phelps

Maranatha wants to add our voices to those who are expressing their sorrow over the deaths of Chad and Courtney Phelps, and Tonya Weindorf from Colonial Hills Baptist Church. Chad and Courtney were students at Maranatha and left their impact on the faculty and students. We cannot begin to imagine the loss of a son, a daughter-in-law, [Continue Reading...]

Postmodernism 3 – Characteristics

Postmodernism 3 – Characteristics

Gene Veith identifies a series of characteristics held by most postmodernism. Social Constructivism. Meaning, morality and truth do not exist objectively. This is at the heart of the postmodernist worldview. Truth, with its attendant concepts of meaning and morality, are “constructed” by society. Everything centers around the story that the community has created to establish [Continue Reading...]

Postmodernism 2

Postmodernism 2

Characteristics of Postmodernism There are several characteristics of postmodernism that lie at the foundation of this worldview. Just as in the previous two meta-worldviews (premodernism and modernism), not everyone accepts all of these. Nevertheless, we can see some similarities among the postmoderns and draw at least some general conclusions. Gene Veith has identified five key [Continue Reading...]