Articles of Note
In recent discussions of ministry training, it is observed that, because of the escalating costs of college education, students are tending to graduate with greater levels of debt load. This is tending to exclude lower-income students, those who historically have made some of the greatest contributions to ministry. This increase in the cost of Christian higher education has been the result of the tendency of Christian colleges to migrate toward being Christian liberal arts colleges rather than strictly Bible colleges. Here I offer a plan . . .
Jeff R. Rada - Jeff has done urban mission in the Los Angeles area for 10 years. He currently works by day as a surveyor for the City of Los Angeles, and is a graduate student in the philosophy department at California State University, Los Angeles. Email: [email protected]
In this essay I am analyzing the first two statements of the venerable Restoration Movement [RM] slogan, "In matters of faith, unity; in matters of opinion, liberty; in all things, love." . . . I am not a fan of this slogan. Correctly interpreted and understood, it can be valid and useful. But its terms are so ambiguous that (in my opinion!) in recent times it has not been understood and used correctly. Let me summarize the problem.
"Context is the backdrop of all historical and religious events" so said the American Historian Henry Steel Commager. To properly position my remarks today, I want to see if we can understand the environment of early 19th century America. It is important to cite this perspective as one discusses Cain Ridge, Kentucky and the context of the frontier of Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton. People were flooding into Kentucky and Ohio for land and opportunity. According to the U.S. Census Bureau records, the Kentucky population stood at 221,000 by 1800. However, the spiritual aspect of the frontier had become pathetic. Michael Hines notes one Colonial Historian that said, "By the turn of the century (1800) the first great awakening had become a great sleep." . . .
But what was the catalyst that united the ideas of revival on the frontier and moved whole families to embrace such a movement . . .