Posts from August 2013

The Cyrus Cylinder in SoCal

By Kenneth Way Aug. 26, 2013 8:29 a.m. Apologetics, Biblical Exposition, Old Testament

By Thomas Finley and Kenneth Way

From October 2 to December 8 of this year the Cyrus Cylinder will make a visit to The Getty Villa (in Malibu, CA) as part of a tour of the United States. This will be an amazing opportunity to see in person this artifact that gives significant background information for the Bible.


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The Logic of the Logos: Mirroring the Mind of Christ Together This Semester

By Thaddeus Williams Aug. 23, 2013 12:54 p.m. Apologetics, Christian Education, Spiritual Formation, Theology

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” This slogan, first broadcast by the United Negro College Fund in 1972, has become something of a John 3:16 for educators seeking to evangelistically rouse students out of intellectual slumber. If I could tailor this slogan for our Biola community as we embark on a new semester, it would become: “The mind of Christ is far too precious to not cultivate.” While lacking the elegant phrasing and bumper sticker quote-ability of the original, it does express something I hope we can pause to ponder as we enter our classrooms. 

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Jesus is Worthy: And He Has the Right to Send our Children Overseas

By Kenneth Berding Aug. 10, 2013 8:31 a.m. Evangelism, Marriage and Family, Missions, Spiritual Formation

This week was a week of tears in the Berding household.  We cried as we sent our oldest daughter, Lydia, overseas into a needy and difficult region of the world as an ambassador for Jesus Christ.  She will be gone for at least one year, and is open to and actively praying about making a long-term commitment after that year.  We cried before we sent her.  And we cried afterwards.  But we will not hinder her from going out.  Quite to the contrary, Trudi and I are entirely supportive of the mission Lydia is on; she is going out with our full blessing.  But many young people don’t enjoy the support of their parents as they depart for overseas service, and many never actually make it—in large part because their parents have opposed them.  Their Christian parents…!  Family opposition may be the number one reason young people with a call to overseas missions don’t ever arrive there.  And this is a grave sin on the part of the parents.

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True Communion

By Joy Mosbarger Aug. 7, 2013 4:24 p.m. New Testament, Spiritual Formation

Most of us are familiar with Jesus’ words at the Last Supper—or at least with some of those words.  When we celebrate communion together, we regularly hear “this is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me” and “this cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”  Recently, however, I read through Luke 22, which includes the Last Supper and the events surrounding it.  In addition to these familiar words from the Last Supper, I was struck by some of the other words spoken by Jesus on this momentous occasion.

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A Response to Zealot by Reza Aslan

By Gary Manning Jr Aug. 4, 2013 10:18 p.m. Apologetics, New Testament

Reza Aslan’s new book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (Random House, 2013), is in most ways a typical attempt to paint a new picture of Jesus. Because so many hundreds of books of this type have been published, Aslan’s book would most likely not have received significant attention at all, except for two factors. First, a botched interview of the author on Fox News caused a huge surge of interest, making his book an overnight best seller. And second, Aslan is a very good writer. His primary teaching role, after all, is as a professor of creative writing at UC Riverside. Aslan is able to take a lot of important historical background and present it in a riveting manner, accessible to most readers.

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A Few Notes on "Blended" Worship Services

By Kenneth Berding Aug. 2, 2013 1:33 p.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Is it possible to successfully “blend” the hymns of the past with modern hymns and worship music in a single service?  Let's talk about it.

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