A few days ago, I was chatting with various members in my family about higher education and how much change there has been from the original intent of instruction compared to the indoctrination we see today. So, for this month's post, I decided to showcase a few folks who felt the same way in the 19th century.
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Faith, Love, and a Simple MessageIn the United States and Canada, the origins of the Bible college movement are in the late 19th century. The first Bible schools in North America were founded by A. B. Simpson (Nyack College in 1882) of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, and D. L. Moody (Moody Bible Institute in 1887). Many were established as a reaction against established theological colleges and seminaries, which conservatives believed were becoming increasingly liberal and undermining traditional Christian teachings, such as Biblical inerrancy.
|Albert Benjamin Simpson
Albert Benjamin Simpson (A. B. Simpson) was a Canadian preacher, theologian, author, and founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He had a passion for global evangelism and reaching what he considered to be the "neglected masses" through the spreading of the gospel message. After being inspired at age 16 by a visiting evangelist from Ireland in 1859, Simpson pursued theological training, graduating in 1865 and becoming ordained.
|The students of 1894–95 (Missionary Training Institute)
Dwight Lyman Moody (D. L. Moody) was an American evangelist and publisher who founded the Moody Church, Northfield School and Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, Moody Bible Institute, and Moody Publishers. One of his most famous quotes was, "Faith makes all things possible...Love makes all things easy."
|Dwight Lyman Moody
|Using "The Wordless Book"
|Moody Bible Institute (Chicago)
Today, the separation between the secular higher education institutions and the Bible colleges has grown only wider. It makes me wonder what it would look like to have someone like A. B. Simpson or D. L. Moody alive today and preaching against the cultural "norms." Would they attract the masses and crowds the same way today as when they were alive in the 19th century? Would the hope and love presented in the simple gospel message appeal to as many today as it did over 100 years ago? What do you think?
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NOW IT'S YOUR TURN:
* Did you go to a college or university? What was your motivation? What did you study?
* What do you feel should be the responsibility of the higher education institutions? What should they teach, and what should they NOT teach?
* Would you encourage a teenager today to pursue higher education immediately after or during high school, or would you recommend they wait until they are a little older? Why or why not?
* What was your favorite part about today's post?
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