Posts from January 2012

A Lord's Supper Meditation

By Alan Gomes Jan. 31, 2012 11:13 a.m. Church Life, Theology, Historical Theology

[This Lord's Supper meditation was given at Grace Evangelical Free Church of La Mirada on 1.29.12.]

Tonight we are about to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, in which we focus our thoughts on the marvelous work of redemption that Christ accomplished for us. In the next 10 minutes or so, I’d like us to mediate upon the depth of what transpired.

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The Easiest Way to Memorize the Bible: What I Learned from Dr. John Mitchell

By Kenneth Berding Jan. 28, 2012 4:09 p.m. Christian Education, Spiritual Formation

One of my professors in college was really old.  I can hear everyone asking:  “How old was he?”  (No, his social security number wasn’t 7…).  Let’s put it this way:  he was the founder of the college at which I was studying (Multnomah in Portland, Oregon), and the school was celebrating the half century mark of its founding while I was there!  In fact, Dr. John Mitchell was over the age of 90 when he taught the two classes I took from him.  He continued to teach well into his mid-90s.  Not surprisingly, he was getting forgetful about some things by the time I had him as a teacher, but what he definitely was not forgetting were the Bible verses he had memorized.  His ability to recall Bible verses was astounding.  I do not know this for a fact, but I would guess that he had all of the New Testament and large sections of the Old Testament committed to memory.  All of his students were profoundly impacted by his immersion in the Scriptures.

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Union with Christ and TULIP

By Uche Anizor Jan. 26, 2012 2:29 p.m. Theology, Historical Theology

In the second chapter of Billings’ Union with Christ, he takes issue with the reduction of Reformed theology to the TULIP acronym. Specifically, regarding “total depravity” he questions the notion that one can properly understand a Reformed (or biblical) doctrine of depravity within the limited scope of the so-called “five points.”

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Can You Dig It? (2012 Edition)

By Kenneth Way Jan. 25, 2012 7:33 a.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament, Old Testament

Early last year I did a blog post by this same title, and I want to revisit the subject again.  Around this time every year the excitement begins to build for archaeologists and for those who are interested in archaeology.  The reason for elation is that summer plans for excavation in Israel are announced every January.  This summer, there are around twenty excavations in Israel that are open for volunteer participation.  Yes, that means YOU can be a part of unearthing the next great discovery in Israel!   

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Billings on Adoption

By Rob Price Jan. 23, 2012 9:48 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Culture, Theology, Historical Theology

I’m not the only one who’s been reading BillingsUche Anizor has been at it, too, and he’ll soon be posting comments here on specific chapters of Billings’s book.  Meanwhile, I’ll add a few of my own on Billings’s foundational first chapter on union with Christ as the ground of our adoption.  

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Billings, Union with Christ

By Rob Price Jan. 17, 2012 12:18 p.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Theology, Historical Theology

Todd Billings is one of evangelicalism’s brightest up-and-coming pastor-scholars.  From missions work in Uganda, to a Harvard Ph.D., to an adopted daughter from Ethiopia, Billings is advancing many of the projects dear to evangelicalism.  You may have seen his wonderful cover article for Christianity Today (October 2011) on the theological interpretation of Scripture.  In November 2011 he published the distillation of nearly a decade’s sustained reflection on a theme that is central to the gospel: the believer’s union with Christ. 

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Biblical Mandate for Youth Ministry (Pt. 1)

By Dave Keehn Jan. 12, 2012 10:46 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

“Ancient Roots of Modern Day Youth Ministry”

(Pt. 1 of a 3 part series)

Adolescence is a relatively new phenomenon, but what does Scripture have to say about the model of youth ministry many churches insist is "right"?  This 3 part series will look at the Biblical rationale that should inform our youth ministry philosophy, 

starting with a discussion on the historical roots of youth ministry that have influenced youth ministry practices today.

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