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Discussion in 'Baptist Colleges / Seminaries' started by Rolfe, Mar 6, 2015.
I am curious. What is the general opinion of people here about the place? Thanks.
I personally don't know much about it, except that in the mid-70's if you were an IFB and were going to attend a Bible college in the upper Midwest, it was either Pillsbury Baptist Bible College (P.U.) in Owatonna, MN or else it was Maranatha.
The school is now going by 'Maranatha Baptist University'. Somehow it survived past presidents #2, #3, & #4 (divorce, massage parlor, and molestation coverup scandals, respectively).
Knew about #2. Pres. was a family friend of the in-laws. Somewhat familiar about #3, but news to me about #4.
Leaving aside the bad news, the good news is:
MBU was founded by men interested in training properly rounded workers in for a local church. That is unlike other Bible colleges of the era, MBBC was not an English Bible only school. The Greek classes were fairly demanding.
It is fairly stable in its doctrinal stand, academics (MBU is regionally accredited), student body, and finances.
It was one of the first Fundamental schools to get regional accreditation.
What other questions do you have?
Thanks, everyone. You have been helpful.
Squire, I do not have any specific questions. I am mostly curious about their reputation with those on this site.
Another factor to consider is how the school weathered the bad news listed above. All in all the school's Board of Trustees have stepped up to the plate and took the actions they needed to take.
This min contrast to a certain school in Chicago land whose late founder spoke at MBBC on an annual basis.
I am an alumnus of MBU with the MA and recommend it highly. Despite the occasional poor choice of presidents (and their poor decisions), the faculty and staff and trustees and board have the highest of standards. The school itself is regionally accredited, which is a rarity in IFB circles, so the courses are all rigorous. I remember contrasting it to the unaccredited seminary where I had studied a year and being surprised at how much more Maranatha grad school (now a seminary) required.
When my son went there for his BA, fresh from Japan where he had grown up, even though that first year was very difficult for him, he was treated with respect and appreciation, something missionary kids often don't receive even at Christian colleges. I believe it was his second year when he received the "Student Worker of the Year" award.
I am glad that you have posted this. Presently have a niece there in her first year. Thus, my question.