Posts from January 2013

Living for God's Kingdom

By Dave Keehn Jan. 31, 2013 3:41 p.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

There is poignant scene in the movie “Amazing Grace” that pans onto a country field in which William Wilberforce is lying on the wet grass contemplating the magnificence of God.  He is mesmerized by the dew on a spider web as evidence of God’s handiwork.  In this instant he feels the inner tension between staying in the moment, meditating on God and returning to ongoing struggle in politics.  He cannot discern which is better: to sit in solitude with God or enter the realm of politics where he is seeking to bring God’s justice?  It is only later that some abolitionist ministers suggest that he could do both: seek to be with God and serve God – at the same time.  It is this special combination that I believe is the key to living for God’s Kingdom - not at a glorious future in heaven above, but now in this broken world in need of God’s redeeming justice and hope! 

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What Spiritual Gifts Really Are

By Kenneth Berding Jan. 25, 2013 5:44 p.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology

What are spiritual gifts, really?  Andrew Faris posted an interview with me on this question at the "Christians in Context" blog.

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Recommended Books From 2012

Jan. 25, 2013 9:55 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Theology

Talbot faculty members share some of their picks for the best books released in 2012. Read about their recommendedations here, listed in alphabetical order:

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Take Heed How You Read

By Rob Lister Jan. 25, 2013 12:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Spiritual Formation, Theology

As we near the outset of a new academic semester, I thought this comment from John Frame was a fitting word of encouragement for Talbot faculty and students alike concerning the nature of our engagement with God’s word.

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Under the Banyan with Bunyan, on Hell

By Joanne Jung Jan. 24, 2013 4:59 p.m. Spiritual Formation, Theology, Historical Theology

Hell. I don't think about this subject often, so you can imagine my surprise when I found such moving thoughts on hell from an author I regard: John Bunyan. 

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Eve's Deception

By Nell Sunukjian Jan. 22, 2013 10:10 a.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

How did this world we live in get to be such a crazy place?

And will 2013 be as crazy as 2012? Will it be filled with fiscal cliffs, slaughter of innocents, and nations bombing other nations?

It started in the Garden of Eden when the serpent tempted Eve and Adam and they yielded.

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Why An Asian-American Doctor of Ministry Program?

By Ben Shin Jan. 22, 2013 1:25 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership

I am very excited to announce that Talbot School of Theology will be launching a new Doctor of Ministry track in Asian-American Ministry in June of 2013. This is a 2-week residency that will run from June 3rd to the 14th, 2013. This track will be taught and guided by some of the most experienced leaders, instructors, and practitioners in Asian-American ministry. The track is geared towards anyone who pastors or leads Asian-Americans in a church or parachurch.

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