Posts from April 2013

Praying without Asking

By Michelle Lee-Barnewall Apr. 30, 2013 5:37 p.m. Spiritual Formation

One of the exercises I have my spiritual formation students do is a prayer exercise in which they are to spend 30 minutes in prayer however they wish, but with one specific instruction – they are not supposed to ask for anything, for themselves or anyone else.

I tell them that the reason for the exercise is that while we are certainly told to bring our requests to God (e.g., Matt. 7:7-11; Luke 11:9-13; Phil. 4:6; 1 John 5:15, etc.), prayer is much more than requesting things.  However, sometimes we get so accustomed to filling our times of prayer with requests that we forget to leave room to wait on God and listen to His voice.

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Why, God?

By Joy Mosbarger Apr. 29, 2013 3:20 p.m. Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

A family outing goes horribly wrong when a bomb goes off nearby leaving the son dead, the mother with a brain injury, the daughter with a missing limb, and the father to cope with this devastation to his family.  A woman who has faithfully paid her health insurance premiums for years is faced with a serious illness, but the insurance company refuses to pay her medical costs due to a purported preexisting condition claimed to have been discovered in a brief notation by a doctor on her medical records years ago.  A young college student, peacefully sleeping just moments ago, finds himself in the midst of a home invasion robbery during which he is shot and killed by the robber who was recently released from prison due to overcrowding.  Why, God?  How can you sit by and let these things happen?  It isn’t right . . . it isn’t fair . . . it isn’t just.

 

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Nurturing the Spiritual Lives of our Children

By Kenneth Berding Apr. 23, 2013 3:13 p.m. Christian Education, Marriage and Family, Spiritual Formation

My wife Trudi and I spoke for a parenting seminar this past weekend.  We offered 14 “tips” for nurturing the spiritual lives of one’s children.  I’ve included the 14 teaching points here for your own consideration.  Our prayer is that many parents will take on the call to intentionally train their children in the ways of the Lord.

If you want your children to grow up to be passionate followers of Christ…

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Great Expectations

By Dave Keehn Apr. 16, 2013 9:42 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

There is a pressure that is constantly battling around us to give people whatever they want. When you are younger it was labeled peer pressure.  However, as we grow older the peer pressures continues throughout life, we just call them “Expectations”…  

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Origins Today Event with Dr. John Walton

By Kenneth Way Apr. 16, 2013 8:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Old Testament, Philosophy, Theology

Dr. John Walton, Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School, will present “Origins Today: Genesis Through Ancient Eyes” at Biola University.  John Walton’s work on Genesis 1-3 offers a fresh perspective on the complex issue of faith and science by seeking to understand the message of Scripture within its ancient context.

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A Gospel Parable of the Kite

By Doug Huffman Apr. 11, 2013 1:38 p.m. Christian Education, Evangelism, Missions, New Testament

       A search of the Internet will reveal several different kite parables, including one in support of the (un-Christian) idea that by holding tight to the string of God’s commandments people can fly themselves up into the heavens. I’d like to suggest a different kite parable, one that is more in keeping with Christian orthodoxy. My parable focuses on the kite itself (not the string) as the gospel of salvation through faith in Christ alone, but not a faith that is alone. 

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The Secret to Becoming Irrelevant: Spend All Your Time Trying to Be Relevant

By Thaddeus Williams Apr. 4, 2013 5:06 p.m. Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Theology

Often times it seems that harder the church tries to be relevant, the more irrelevant we become. The Bible is full of this kind of upside down logic. The self-clingers lose themselves, the prideful end up humbled, those jostling to be first end last, and, now it seems, those trying the hardest to be relevant end up most irrelevant. Thaddeus Williams explores what happens when the church puts relevance to culture ahead of reverence to Christ. 

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