Posts from March 2012

Who's Your Daddy?

By Joe Hellerman Mar. 28, 2012 9:35 a.m. Culture, New Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology

At the intersection of Christian psychology and theology, much has been made in recent decades of our identity in Christ. I am assured that grasping the fact that I am “chosen, holy, and loved by God” (Colossians 3:12) is indispensable to a true view of myself as a Christian. Appropriating my identity in Christ forms the crucial foundation for healthy relationships with others, as well.

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Who Blinked?

By Mark Saucy Mar. 23, 2012 12:57 p.m. Church Life, Evangelism, Missions, Theology

So here on the eve of Biola’s Conference “Israel the Church and the Middle East Crisis” I’m flushed out of my long blog hiding (or lethargy).  That’s right, my maiden venture to blog-country is urged by some real angst in my heart about neglect of Israel.  Now, Israel-angst of this kind is a subgenus to a larger malady I’ve seen around me in evangelicalism for some time—Eschatolitis—a form of the passive neglect of doctrine in general, but in this case, the doctrine of the End Times.

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Praying without Pitfalls

By Joanne Jung Mar. 21, 2012 11:18 a.m. Church Life, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Theology

This post is written for and dedicated to those who desire a deeper communion with God through prayer and who struggle with distractions, distortions, or disillusionment.

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Family Phone Contract for [Junior High Daughter]

By Kenneth Berding Mar. 20, 2012 10:52 a.m. Church Life, Marriage and Family

This past Christmas we purchased a cell phone for our 13 year old daughter (Ela), and added her to our family plan—including texting.  (We blocked internet access.)  Five years ago when we acquired phones for our two older daughters (now 22 and 20), texting was a small part of the culture; now it has permeated our culture.  Because of this, we decided to write up a contract for our junior high daughter outlining our expectations for cell phone use—and texting in particular.  Our daughter is quite responsible, and we’re confident that she will function well under these guidelines.  But we thought it would be wiser to express our expectations up front than to attempt to “make it up” as we go.  I share this “contract” with you in case you are a parent trying to figure out how to negotiate cell phone use—and texting in particular—with a middle-school-aged daughter.  Feel free to use it, change it, send it, or ignore it.  (This contract can also be used with a son if you make a few adjustments.)

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The Horror and Splendor of Human Sacrifice

By Kenneth Way Mar. 19, 2012 8:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Ethics, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology

Human sacrifice is at once a most disturbing and inspiring theme of the Scriptures.  It can demonstrate both what is wrong with the world and what is right.  Let me explain.

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Godly Leadership in the Home

By Dave Talley Mar. 14, 2012 2:17 p.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Theology

Men are called to be leaders in their homes, but what does this mean?  Does it mean that we make sure we pray with our families, have regular family Bible readings, own a good set of commentaries so we can be the “Bible Answer Man” when called upon, make sure the family is at church whenever the doors are open, create Power Point presentations to teach our family Bible doctrine, set up guidelines for our children that come straight out of the Bible, etc.?  What does godly leadership look like on a day to day basis?  In order to answer this question, I want to offer a definition of godly leadership in the home and then propose two major errors one makes in seeking to be a godly leader.

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Filling the Gaps in Church History

By John McKinley Mar. 13, 2012 11:21 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Missions, Theology, Historical Theology

Feminine Threads: Women in the Tapestry of Christian History, Diana Lynn Severance (Ross-Shire, Scotland: Christian Focus, 2011) 336 pp. $15 ($12 on Amazon; or $11.39 on Kindle)

Overall, the book is challenging and informative for me as a male Christian. I have been mostly ignorant of the many deep and lasting contributions of women throughout the history of the church. The fascinating chronicles informed me to be full of admiration for these particular women, and for Christian women throughout the world today who struggle for basic human rights. I recognize that women continue to be disregarded, demeaned, patronized, minimized, and marginalized in evangelical churches and Western cultures today. Severance’s book is the beginning of a helpful corrective for the church to value women as equal heirs of the gift of grace.

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