Posts from December 2013

La navidad ha llegado, ¡bendito sea el Señor! / The Lord has come, blessed be the Lord!

By Octavio Esqueda Dec. 25, 2013 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Spiritual Formation

El nacimiento de Jesús cambió al mundo. La navidad es, sin duda alguna, el acontecimiento más importante en la historia de la humanidad y, por lo tanto, la mayor celebración de cada año. El Dios creador del universo se hizo hombre y habitó entre nosotros. Dios no está lejos ni es distante sino que a través de Jesús su presencia es real y personal. De hecho, el milagro de la navidad se resume con la palabra “Emanuel” que significa apropiadamente “Dios con nosotros.”

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Book Review: The Poverty of the Nations: A Sustainable Solution (by Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus)

By Dave Talley Dec. 24, 2013 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership

I feel overwhelmed when people refer to a book as a “must read.” If I read all of the “must read” books that have been recommended to me in the past year, I would have to quit my job in order to read each one. So I will not heap one more “must read” on you in this review. However, if you are particularly interested in the issue of poverty, then I do highly recommend that you have this book in your library. I will also provide you with my advice on how you can read it quickly and still glean from its contents.

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Pastors, Seminary Students and Economics, Part Two

By Scott Rae Dec. 23, 2013 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Theology

Why do pastors need to know all that much about work and economics? Last week we introduced this subject and suggested that there are very few areas of our lives that have nothing to do with work and/or economics. Remember that even the notion of our eternal salvation has something to do with economics, since the Bible actually describes the elements of our eternal salvation in economic terms. In addition, life on this side of eternity matters greatly. If we refuse to separate out the sacred from the secular, and thus affirm that all of life is spiritual, then there are few, if any, areas of our spiritual lives that are not impacted by economics.

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Does a Denial of a Historical Adam Impact Other Christian Doctrines?

By Kenneth Berding Dec. 19, 2013 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Culture, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology

Yes. If you deny that Adam was a historical person it negatively impacts other Christian doctrines. An affirmation of the historicity of Adam positively and necessarily connects with a number of key Christian doctrines.

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The Incarnation and the Mind of Christ, Part Two

By John McKinley Dec. 18, 2013 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament, Theology

In Part One, I introduced the implausible situation that Jesus lived from His infancy with full divine awareness. I presented one argument that the New Testament presents Jesus as functioning with a human mind. This claim has been affirmed by the Council of Chalcedon (451) in opposition to some teachers such as Apollinaris, who denied that Jesus possessed a human mind and will. An incarnation involving two minds is complicated, but such is the historic teaching of the church.

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Giving Jesus the God-Card

By Mark Saucy Dec. 17, 2013 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology

As a rule, Evangelicals are great defenders of the deity of Christ. That’s not something we mess around with, and anyone who might had better take care—be they Bart Ehrman or the Jehovah’s Witness at your door!

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Pastors, Seminary Students and Economics, Part One

By Scott Rae Dec. 16, 2013 10:10 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Theology

Why do pastors need to know all that much about economics? My friend and writing partner, Austin Hill, tells the story of a conference he attended as a graduate student, when the facilitator posed the provocative question, “Can somebody name for me one area of our lives that has nothing to do with economics?” The group was silent for more than a few moments, as the students were pondering this, most for the first time. Then a student spoke up in a southern drawl, and said what I suspect many were thinking.  He said, “As a Christian, I believe that my eternal salvation has nothing to do with economics.” The group was taken aback by his forthrightness, and the facilitator then rephrased the question this way, “Ok, let’s assume you’re right about that, and let’s assume that one’s eternal destiny has nothing to do with economics (a debatable assumption), can somebody name a second area of our lives that has nothing to do with economics? He went on to suggest that “every facet of our earthly lives is impacted on some level by both economic activity and economic conditions.”

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