Reading Kevin Bauder’s article telling of a near merger of
the Conservative Baptist and GARBC (“One in Hope and
Doctrine,” May/June) was a blast from the past.
As a Coast Guardsman in boot camp during the Korean
War, I attended Foothill Baptist Church, Oakland, Calif. The
buzz was the possible merger. As a member of a Conservative
Baptist church at Hillsdale, Wis., I perked up my ears. When
boot camp ended I was off for the high seas.
I never heard anything more of the possible merger until
now. After service, I came home to find Hillsdale Baptist no
longer Conservative Baptist, Dr. Riley no longer popular, Pills-bury College now the big deal.
We eventually moved to another town and joined a
GARBC church. Thanks for the memories. I’ll get Bauder
and Delnay’s One in Hope and Doctrine to learn “the rest of the
As a student in 1967 at Grand Rapids Baptist Bible College
(Cornerstone), I was in the Ketcham Library. I took a study
break and found The Conflict between the Modernist and the
Fundamentalist in the Northern Baptist Convention since 1920
by G. H. Moulds. It was reprinted in the Baptist Bulletin
starting in January 1941. After reading it, I started thinking about
what an ordinary pastor would know and do about the things
as they were happening as reported in this paper. As a student planning on becoming a pastor, I wondered how I would
I never became a pastor. Through the years, I have collected
books and articles about this issue. I see that the people in our
churches do not know about this issue. But worse is that they
do not know about their local churches. In these churches,
God worked many things in many different ways. Just as
Israelites had memorials of what God did for their forefathers
in order that they fortify their beliefs. We in our churches need
memorials to fortify our beliefs and give glory to God. Plus we
can know the people who went before us for good and bad.
Grand Rapids, Mich.
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values in Baptist churches. His solution was an emphasis on
properly understood Baptist history and polity, a course he has
taught at FBBC for more than 40 years.
“Through the years, Dr. George Houghton has articulated
one of the clearest and most responsible understandings of
what Baptist fundamentalism is and what it ought to be. He
has also demonstrated by his actions that commitment to the
principles of fundamentalism is fully compatible with broad
academic interest and full Christian charity,” Bauder said.
One of George Houghton’s first responsibilities at Faith
was to become the academic advisor to “a clueless, 17-year-old
freshman by the name of Kevin Bauder,” admitted Bauder,
who has studied with all three honorees.
Central Seminary tends to award honorary doctorates
infrequently, Bauder said, and in recent years has given honoris
causa degrees only to recipients who have already earned
academic doctorates. In Myron Houghton’s case, he has two
earned doctorates (Dallas Theological Seminary and Concordia Seminary), along with other degrees from nondenominational, Baptist, Brethren, Catholic, Methodist, and Orthodox
“In short, Dr. Houghton collects diplomas like some people
collect stamps,” Bauder said.
“Few fundamentalist theologians have achieved recogni-
tion within broader evangelicalism, let alone among non-
evangelical theologians,” Bauder continued in his tribute. “Dr.
Myron Houghton’s reputation, however, is widely respected
within the theological community. He has become known
for his willingness to engage those whose theology differs
from his, and his clear, charitable explanation of the truth has
After decades of teaching his signature seminary course,
Myron Houghton wrote Law and Grace for Regular Baptist
Press. “When I discuss characteristics of my own theology
with my students, I often tell them that understanding the
distinction between law and grace is the key to understanding
my theology,” Houghton said in the book’s introduction.
All three recipients have ties to Faith Baptist Bible College.
Robert Delnay was founding dean of Faith Baptist Theological Seminary. George Houghton was academic dean and vice
president for academic services; in retirement he continues
to teach as adjunct faculty. Myron Houghton, who formerly
taught at Denver Baptist Theological Seminary, continues as
senior professor and systematic theology chair of FBTS.
All three recipients are members of GARBC churches:
Robert and June Delnay are members of Maranatha Baptist
Church, Sebring, Fla.; Myron Houghton is a member of
Ankeny (Iowa) Baptist Church; George and Karen Houghton
are members of Urbandale Baptist Church, Des Moines.
Sam Horn, a former GARBC pastor who is now Central
Seminary’s president, commended each of the recipients for
their humility, love of the Lord, and gentle leadership.
“It isn’t just that we honor you today with the academic
and theological contributions that you have made to the
next generation of Christian leaders,” Horn said. “But we
honor you more for the spirit that you have modeled and the
way that you have imparted that spirit into the lives of your
Kevin Mungons is managing editor of the Baptist Bulletin.
Photo by Daniel Day.