Posts from May 2012

How to Keep Up: Reading, Writing and Networking

By Kenneth Way May. 30, 2012 8:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament, Old Testament, Philosophy, Theology

A frequently asked question from my graduate advisees is this: How do you keep up with the latest scholarship in your discipline?  Or, how do you stay on the “cutting edge” in your academic field?  There are at least five maintenance disciplines that come immediately to my mind.

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Look Out! The Immigrants are Here.

By Gary McIntosh May. 29, 2012 4:35 p.m. Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership

Have you taken the Wal-Mart test? If not, it is time to do so. One day this week drive to the Wal-Marts in a twenty-mile radius of your church, and see who is shopping there. If you do not have a Wal-Mart in your community, drive to a local mall and check out the people walking around inside. What you find may surprise you. The United States is dramatically more diverse than it was only ten years ago, a fact often missed by church leaders.

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Everybody can learn!

By Octavio Esqueda May. 23, 2012 4:55 p.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Formal education at educational institutions has become in many ways the most popular understood form of education that in general we have the tendency to equate our ability to learn with our GPA or success at school. In this way, if adults earned good grades at educational institutions, it is assumed they “know” how to learn because they were good students. For this reason, this kind of people perceive favorably words like “Bible study” or “Sunday school” and usually they like to be involved in them.

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Finding Receptive People

By Gary McIntosh May. 22, 2012 4:27 p.m. Church Life, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership

One of the Church Growth Movements contributions to our understanding of evangelism is the discovery of the principle of receptivity. This principle basically states that people vary in being open and closed to the gospel message. Thus, people who are open to the gospel message today may not be tomorrow. Those who are closed to the gospel message today may be open tomorrow.

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Where's the Gift?

By John McKinley May. 17, 2012 11:02 a.m. Spiritual Formation, Theology

I heard recently that the Jewish and (East) Indian mentalities expect life to be full of difficulties and pain as a matter of course. The American mentality expects the opposite: a happy life overall, and usually an improvement over the previous generation. Americanism includes the idea that we may, through hard work, ingenuity, and divine blessing, avoid pain and lack that others suffer. Some American Christians have even preached that material prosperity in this life, including healing of all physical ills, is God’s will for His people. Reality, however, counts against the so-called prosperity gospel. 

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Raising Daughters

By Nell Sunukjian May. 16, 2012 8:21 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Culture, Ethics, Marriage and Family, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

How does one raise a daughter? What does a young girl need from her parents? What does she need from her mom?

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Seven Brief Thoughts on the Doctrine of Scripture

By Uche Anizor May. 15, 2012 8:46 p.m. Biblical Exposition, Theology

After a semester of teaching an undergrad course on Scripture and Tradition, a number of things emerged in our discussions that might be worth reflecting on regarding the Bible and its interpretation.

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