Church History

The First 499 Years . . .

By PAUL J. SCHARF, M.Div. Editor in Chief Throughout history there has been a fascination with this date of October 31. The day has been significant to pagans, occultists and Roman Catholics, in particular. But for the past 499 years, it has also held genuine importance for true, Bible-believing Christians. It was, of course, on Oct. 31, 1517, that Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, publishing them for all to see when [...]

Dr. Ralph Turk: Passion for Christ, Zeal for Ministry

Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him (Job 13:15). Ralph Turk (1930-2002) had the privilege of growing up in a pastor's home, laying the foundation for a life of service for the Lord. His salvation at age eight provided him with years of knowing and walking with the Lord before he began his ministry. Turk's ministry in churches—in both rural and urban settings—for 23 years in Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa gave him great credibility in his 25 years of Bible [...]

A Dispensational Discourse with Dr. Woodrow Kroll

By PAUL J. SCHARF, M.Div. Editor in Chief Editor’s Note: What a wealth of knowledge and Biblical wisdom we have in Dr. Woodrow Kroll! For 23 years we listened to him on Back to the Bible, where he served as president and senior Bible teacher. Since retiring from that position, Dr. Kroll has stayed busier than ever. Endeavoring to teach the Bible to pastors with no formal education, he spends his days writing and recording theology lectures for The HELIOS Projects, which is [...]

Ten Principles for Life and Living—And Other Biblical Convictions

Editor’s Note: If I were in need of wisdom and could only do one thing (besides praying, of course—James 1:5), I would call Dr. Ralph Turk, as I did as a young pastor and seminary student. There are no phone calls to heaven, where Dr. Turk has resided since 2002, but we can still draw on the wisdom that he left for us. His widow, Jeanne, has noted that one goal that was left unfinished in her late husband’s very accomplished life [...]

A Dispensational Discourse with Dr. Christopher Cone

By PAUL J. SCHARF, M.Div. Editor in Chief Editor’s Note: September is back-to-school month, so I thought it would be a great time to interview someone who could offer a unique perspective on the future of higher theological education. And I certainly found the right person to talk about it! I have watched the ministry of Dr. Christopher Cone from afar for quite a while. He has achieved an incredible amount in terms of both education and ministry—yet he has earned some of [...]

Reviving the Classics

Thus says the LORD: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it’" (Jer. 6:16). This word of the Lord given to the prophet Jeremiah shows us the inherent value of seeking time-honored, godly wisdom. The Bible is replete with such admonitions, urging us to "recall the former days" (Heb. 10:32) and commanding [...]

Five Dispensational Books That Shaped My Theology

By PAUL J. SCHARF, M.Div. Editor in Chief Editor’s Note: Tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 13, we will launch our Revived Classics line with a special blog article. In it, I will introduce you to some of our plans as well as the first authors that we have permission to list as those whose works we hope to "revive" in the future through the publishing of blogs, booklets, books and other resources. In preparation for tomorrow's article, I am writing two introductory pieces this week that describe how God has used [...]

Five Dispensationalists Who Changed My Direction

By PAUL J. SCHARF, M.Div. Editor in Chief Editor’s Note: On Saturday, Aug. 13, we will launch our Revived Classics line with a special blog article. In it, I will introduce you to some of our plans as well as the first authors that we have permission to list as those whose works we hope to "revive" in the future through the publishing of blogs, booklets, books and other resources. In preparation for Saturday's article, I am writing two introductory pieces this week that describe how God has [...]

A Dispensational Discourse with Dr. Ron Bigalke

By PAUL J. SCHARF, M.Div. Editor in Chief Editor’s Note: Are you tempted to think that dispensationalists are a dying breed? That this dispensational theology that we love and treasure is destined for the doctrinal dustbin? Well, not if Dr. Ron Bigalke has anything to say about it—or if others are encouraged to follow his example. I am not sure how he has packed all that he has accomplished to date into his young life, but I am glad that he is on [...]

‘The Genesis Flood’: A Renewed Call to Biblical Literalism

When I think of the great flood of Noah, I usually think immediately of my revered seminary teacher, Dr. John C. Whitcomb, in whose many classes I came to a deep appreciation of the Old Testament Scriptures. He was in the vanguard of a renewed call to Biblical literalism in Bible-science studies, beginning with The Genesis Flood (Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1961). This book was in collaboration with Dr. Henry Morris, a professor of civil engineering at Virginia Tech University and an [...]