Why was the church established after the resurrection of Jesus? What is its future, and the future of all humanity? Drs. Carl Sanders and Ronn Johnson introduce you to the theological discussion of the institution of the church and the biblical doctrine of eschatology (“end times”). Attention is focused on the nature of the church, systems of church government, church rites (baptism, Lord’s Supper), the relationship of the church to social issues, and how doctrinal thinking about the church affects one’s theology of end times. Various views on prophetic interpretation, the rapture, and millennialism are presented, as well as an extended discussion on how the two major theological approaches (dispensationalism and covenant theology) function and disagree.
Gain a wider view of several of the most important contemporary issues in the life of the church, with the guidance of experts in the field.
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Dr. Carl Sanders is an associate professor of theology at Lancaster Bible College’s Capital Bible Seminary. He has taught at college and seminary levels since 1999 at several schools: Bethel University (St. Paul, Minnesota), Northwestern College (St. Paul, Minnesota), and Washington Bible College in Washington, DC, where he also served as chair of the Bible and theology department (2003–2012).
Dr. Sanders is well liked by his students for his down-to-earth presentation of Bible doctrine. Students quickly learn that he enjoys talking about theology and has a quick wit. Among his strengths as a lecturer are his ability to distill information to essential elements, as well as his good-natured way of fairly explaining differences in theological positions. Dr. Sanders has a keen interest in urban ministry and has served for many years in racially diverse urban congregations. His interest in local-church experience helps him practice theology in ways that reflect the diversity present in the body of Christ. He strives to make theology interesting and practical.
Dr. Ronn Johnson, lecturer in biblical studies at the University of Northwestern St. Paul, Minnesota, has been the senior pastor at his church, Coon Rapids Evangelical Free, since 2006. He previously taught in the Bible departments at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College (1991–1994) and The Master’s College (1994–1996).
Dr. Johnson is well known by his students for demanding that they think about what they believe instead of being passive listeners. His approach is the opposite of proof-texting—simply quoting Bible verses without consideration of what they might mean in context. His goal is to drive home the point that the Bible is more than a collection of verses to be memorized and thrown into play—it’s a message from God that had a clear, coherent purpose that we need to hear without imposing our own traditions on the text. That approach of loyalty to the Bible above all else comes through in his Mobile Ed sessions on Bible doctrine.
He and his wife, Susan, have three teenage children. His pastimes include reading and giving too much attention to Kirby, the family dog.