We are witnessing the rise of a “get ’em” culture characterized by a mob mentality and a taste for retribution. Refusal to toe the line of political correctness leads to loud and intolerant public outcry calling for the silencing and punishment of the offending party.
Has a Bible college education become culturally passé and financially unobtainable? Should churches encourage their young people to attend a Bible college? Should church members …
Representatives from GARBC churches across the nation gathered in St. Petersburg, Fla., for the conference June 23–27. In his message John Greening called the attendees to self-assessment in order to realign themselves with “the essential gospel,” the theme for the week.
The media has made much of the changes in higher education. Foremost among the changes is the adoption of a different delivery system called distance education or online education. Many students may never go to a brick-and-mortar campus to receive their degrees. Rather, they study online. Last year a third of college students—about 6.7 million—took at least one online class.
Encouraging young people to be good stewards by developing careful spending habits and the practice of saving money may help them make wiser financial decisions as they learn to assume responsibility for their life choices.
The impact of the Bible college movement “has been felt in every part of the world, producing a large percentage of North American evangelical missionaries and serving as a primary educational enterprise for local church development,” says the Association for Biblical Higher Education. But what is the future for the Bible college movement?
Bible colleges are tasked with the responsibility of putting together the best program possible to train and equip God’s people for effective, Christ-honoring ministry. But it’s not always easy knowing exactly what to require in a Bible college curriculum.
The combination of unrealistic cost, suffocating debt, and diminishing outcomes has led to numerous calls for comprehensive reform, with many experts offering dire predictions about higher education being the next bubble expected to burst. One silver lining that these problems have created is innovation with real potential to simultaneously cut tuition, reduce student debt, and improve learning and outcomes.
The Bible college offers Christian students one of the best alternatives to plunging headlong into a secular academic environment. Concentrated Biblical study buttressed by classes in apologetics, evangelism, church history, Christian ethics, and even Biblical languages equips students well to confidently survive a secular university environment.