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September 12, 2018

Canonical Model and Self-Authenticating

Summary: Below is an excerpt from Dr. Michael J. Kruger's class on the Self-Authenticating Model and the canon. In this class, he addresses the question, “How do we authenticate the canon in such a way that we don’t undermine its authority?” Dr. Kruger takes you through the Community Determined Model and the Historically Determined Model and the fundamental problems in each of those models. He then presents the Self-Authenticating Model and discusses why this model is the only one to authenticate the canon because it uses the canon to do so and not outside sources which would undermine its authority.
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September 6, 2018

What effect did Constantine's conversion have on Christianity?

Summary: In the beginning, Christians actively met in homes, later in cemeteries and then in basic structures. When Constantine converted to Christianity, the imperial influences became pervasive in Christianity. The pomp and circumstance usually reserved for the imperial court became common. As a result, congregations themselves had less active roles in worship.
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August 29, 2018

Deliver Us From the Evil One

Summary: This is an excerpt from the online Bible study, Basics of Spiritual Growth, by Dr. Stephen Martyn. In this online Bible study, Dr. Martyn discusses The Lord's Prayer, particular the last part of Matthew 6:13, "but deliver us from the evil one." Satan is described as a lion on the prowl seeking to catch us in his jaws. What recourse do you have to withstand this great enemy?
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August 15, 2018

What are your motives for being in ministry?

Summary: This is an excerpt from a Q&A session at the end of a recording session of The Spiritual Life of the Minister, which will be released soon. The discussion revolves around how to deter those of us in ministry from building our own personal kingdom rather than God's Kingdom.
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August 7, 2018

Do you consider culture when training leaders?

One of the greatest needs today is that there are so many Africans coming to Christ that there’s a large gap between those who are following Christ initially and coming to Christ and coming to Christ and being brought into churches with effective leadership. There’s a great need for leadership development in the African context – people well-trained in Bible, in theology, in church history -- that can answer some of the very difficult questions that some of these new African believers are bringing to the table. And right now, evangelism in Africa is running at about 24,000 new believers every day. And the result is that we can hardly train leaders fast enough for the growing African church. And if we don’t train leaders more quickly and better, then we’re going to end up with innumerable problems and heresies and difficulties that create problems in the Christian expressions in Africa. So this is a very important theme.
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