Long time educator Robert Ferris has struggled in his own thinking regarding the fuzzy boundaries that separate the Christian liberals arts college from the Bible college. In this brief, highly personal essay, he provides a helpful distinction that will be useful to students, faculty, administrators, and mission agencies.
The Bible college movement has suffered a significant decline in recent years. The authors propose a reassessment of the movement which focuses on three factors: commitment to Christian vocational preparation; biblical formation; and spiritual development. In addition, the authors point to the increasing dissonance between mainstream evangelical values and those institutionalized in many Bible colleges. The authors suggest an outline for serious consideration in order to close this gap and reassert the central role of the Bible college.
Renewal is needed in theological education, suggests the writer, but not for the reasons David Wright posits. Wright's diagnosis is faulty in five critical areas. In addition, he provides diagnosis but no prescription, says this writer.
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