“Every Baptist a Missionary” Johann G. Oncken and Disciple-Making in Europe

“Every Baptist a Missionary” Johann G. Oncken and Disciple-Making in Europe

David Saxon1 Disciples of Jesus Christ are acutely conscious of their inability to replicate themselves. It is not a natural process. A miracle is necessary every time another person embraces Christ in repentant faith and sets out on the path of following Christ. Nevertheless, disciples can be supremely confident that sowing seed will result in [Continue Reading…]

School Choice and Intellectual Freedom

School Choice and Intellectual Freedom

Michael Dean1 Education policy is like any other policy. The only question that really matters is, “Who gets the money?” Because whoever has the money will decide where and how children will be educated. “School choice” is the policy that parents—not the state—control the money allotted to educate their children.2 School choice has many justifications. [Continue Reading…]

A Brief Evaluation of Lutheran Theology

A Brief Evaluation of Lutheran Theology

Fred Moritz1 The Reformation was characterized by at least two distinct movements, the Magisterial Reformation and the Radical Reformation. At the outset it is important to understand the nature of the two groups. Magisterial Reformation The Magisterial Reformers are so called because their reform efforts were supported by at least some ruling authorities, or magistrates, [Continue Reading…]

Theological Misinterpretations of the Confessing Church

Theological Misinterpretations of the Confessing Church

Matthew Spurlock1 Before the Third Reich obtained full political power in Germany, there was an effort to unify the Protestant churches, mostly Lutheran, into one church, merged with the ideologies of the Nazi state. Though there was much support from a large portion of Protestants, known as the Deutsche Christen (German Christians), who supported such [Continue Reading…]

5.1 – Book Review

5.1 – Book Review

Rolland McCune, A Systematic Theology of Biblical Christianity (3 vols). Detroit: Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, 2009–2010. 1341 pages. Reviewed by Larry Oats. Rolland McCune was professor of Systematic Theology at the Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary in Allen Park, Michigan. He was President of the Seminary for 10 years and Dean of the Faculty for six [Continue Reading…]

A Brief Evaluation of Roman Catholic Theology

A Brief Evaluation of Roman Catholic Theology

Fred Moritz1 Bible believers should study Roman Catholic theology for several reasons. Numerically, Rome claims a significant Catholic population. The Pontifical Yearbook states that Catholicism claimed 1 billion, 214 million communicants around the world in 2013.2 In 2010 there were 63.4 million Catholics in the United States.3 Theologically, Rome claims to be the true church, [Continue Reading…]

The Wizardry of OSS: Life in the Land of Technological Promise

The Wizardry of OSS: Life in the Land of Technological Promise

Jonathan Rehfeldt1 Though Biblical Christianity has not been without its able defenders in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, its influence has seemed to decline in the West. This is largely because of negative portrayals through the secular media, bombastic “fundamentalist” leaders, and confusion over the relationship between Christianity and culture. The recent debate between Ken [Continue Reading…]