The Greatest Generation

When we think about the Greatest Generation, most of us think of WWII battlefields and the sacrifice that the generation who grew up in the depression, served their country in Europe and the Pacific, gave their lives, and those who lived came home to build the greatest country the world has even seen.

Fox News today discussed a new survey, apparently from the Higher Education Research Institute, that indicates that today’s college students believe that they are greatest generation in history. There has always been a bit of self-worth among young college students, but this year’s survey shows a surge in self-love. The survey also showed that there is a disconnect between the students’ opinion of themselves and their actual abilities. Read more…

Happy New Year from Maranatha Baptist Seminary

While purely symbolic, the start of a new year leads many people to consider some change in their lives. We live in a world where change seems to be the only constant anymore, and much of that change makes many of us nervous.  Change is not inherently a bad thing, however. New Year’s Resolutions are usually good things, although these Resolutions should not be limited only to January 1st.  This is a good time to consider some needed change.

Change requires an initial, honest analysis of where we are. Some questions concern our spiritual life – how is our relationship with God? Are we content with our knowledge of Scripture? Do we pray enough – either in length or in frequency? Read more…

Anemia in Fundamentalism

Fundamental Christian colleges are challenged with what seems to be an increasing trend in carnality and worldliness in the current generation.

Historically the manifestations of carnality were revealed in superficial worldly conformity (immodesty, fleshly music, or careless social behavior). Such manifestations presented challenges, but the environment of many of the fundamental Christian colleges was relatively effective in helping Christian young people “reset” to biblical norms. Positive peer pressure and a semi-controlled environment presented positive socialization while exposure to godly examples (peers and adults) and the ministry of the Word and Spirit produced wondrous transformational changes in many Christian young people over the course of their march toward graduation and autonomy. Read more…

Congratulations Dr. Mayes

Congratulations to Dr. Preston Mayes. Dr. Mayes successfully defended his dissertation and has been awarded his Ph.D. in Old Testament. His dissertation was “The Resident Alien, the Fatherless, and the Widow in Deuteronomy: the Priority of Relationship with Israel’s God for Social Benevolence.”

Dr. Mayes’ completion of his PhD means that every faculty member at Maranatha Baptist Seminary now has an earned doctorate. And all but one of our adjunct faculty (and that one is in the process of writing his dissertation) have earned doctorates, as well.

People often ask, “Why is there such an emphasis on getting a doctorate?” Does it make someone smarter? Yes – but usually in a very narrow field of study. As far as teaching at the college or Read more…

God’s Pressure Cooker, Pt.1

Practical Help from 2 Corinthians 4:7-18

As a child, I well remember the sound of a whistle blowing to indicate that dinner was almost ready. It was the release valve on one of my mom’s favorite cooking utensils, her pressure cooker. She used the cooker to prepare vegetables and other dishes that needed to be cooked in water at high temperatures.

The pressure cooker is an interesting device because it is designed to help water exceed its normal properties. If one puts water in an open pot and applies heat, the water will begin to boil when it reaches 212 degrees Fahrenheit (100 degrees Celsius). It will rise into the atmosphere as steam and be lost for cooking purposes. If you put the water in an enclosed pot, however, the steam is Read more…

Gird Up Your Loins

As twenty-first century Christians we often are limited in our perceptions and interpretations of the Bible. We look at the Word of God through our own clouded lenses reflecting our personal backgrounds, education, language, and cultural biases. Without meaning to, we may limit the importance, significance and impact of idioms used in Scripture. In this article we will strive to illustrate the value in having a basic understanding of the customs and manners of the Bible (See book review on The New Manners and Customs) . To fully understand and apply biblical truth it is often necessary to study the cultural and historical background of the reference or idea expressed. It is necessary to identify with the people of the Bible.

A good example of this is the use of the expression “gird up the loins of your mind” by Peter in I Peter 1:13. What was the historical basis and meaning of this statement to a person living in the New Testament era? How are we to understand Peter’s use of this expression? How do we apply it to our lives? Read more…