Top Theological Issues for Seminaries

December 21, 2014 ...

Biblical authority given science and the enculturated nature of revelation. The gospel’s implications for human flourishing and eschatological salvation. The biblical vision for family, marriage, gender and sexuality. The plausibility of the Christian life-view and the relevance of the church to contemporary life. David Clark Vice President and Dean, Bethel Seminary 1. Seminary graduates are …

Our Doctrinal Core

December 21, 2014 ...

Therefore, while not glitzy, a core theology must be carefully hammered out by anyone claiming to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Since we operate with the same instructional manual, the Bible, it should be possible to agree on a doctrinal core. If we agree on sound hermeneutical principles, we should arrive at a similar …

Changing Denominations Common Among Evangelical Leaders

December 1, 2014 ...

“Evangelical traditions and denominations have more in common than many realize,” said Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). “There is a healthy fluidity among evangelicals as they seek to find church and denominational homes where they can worship and serve.” Shirley Mullen, President of Houghton College, said, “As a result of …

Less Divided Over Doctrine

October 1, 2014 ...

“Evangelicals across the denominational and non-denominational spectrum find much to agree on and much work to do together,” said Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). “We have grown closer over the last 25 years.” The October Evangelical Leaders Survey reports that 84 percent agree that American evangelical churches and Christians are …

The Humor of Christ

September 22, 2013 ...

I don’t buy this gloomy assessment. Of course Jesus laughed. Realize we don’t have all the information on Jesus’ life in our New Testament. John says that Jesus did many other things that were not written in his book. So the absence of explicit reference proves nothing. We know that God laughs. The psalms tell …

Taking Humor Seriously

September 22, 2013 ...

The last paragraph of G. K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy goes like this: “Joy, which was the small publicity of the pagan, is the gigantic secret of the Christian…The tremendous figure which fills the Gospels towers in this respect, as in every other, above all the thinkers who ever thought themselves tall. His pathos was natural, almost …

Deliver Us From Evil

September 22, 2012 ...

On the other hand, there are parts of the church which teach that God’s promised shalom encompasses the here and now in such a way as to ensure health, wealth, and safety for any Christian walking in his will; to miss out on these things is evidence of lack of faith and obedience. The fact …

Shout it Out!

September 22, 2011 ...

As a pastor I recently preached three weekends on Micah 6:8, “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” When studying the text and researching what early Christians wrote, I read the …

Evangelical Leaders Say Tithe Not Required

February 1, 2011 ...

“The Old Testament called for multiple tithes, sort of combining government taxes with religious stewardship. Many churches later adopted 10 percent as the standard,” said Leith Anderson, NAE President. “Since there is such a strong evangelical tradition of tithing I was a little surprised that a majority of our evangelical leaders say the tithe system …

Premillennialism Reigns in Evangelical Theology

January 1, 2011 ...

“It’s in our human nature to want to prepare ourselves – physically, emotionally, spiritually – for what might be ahead,” said Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). “Among evangelicals, the most popular strand of eschatological thought is premillennialism, but even within premillennialism there varieties of views and beliefs.” The January Evangelical …