Posts from March 2013

Resume Red Flags: How to Read a Ministry Resume for All Its Worth

By Ben Shin Mar. 29, 2013 12:24 p.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Ethics, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Looking over a resume in order to hire a person for ministry can be trickier than one realizes at first. This is especially true because they typically want to give the benefit of the doubt to one’s accomplishments and experiences as listed on a resume. However, it has been the experience of this writer that what is often listed on a resume may not actually be the truth. There are those who like to “stretch” the information or possibly “embellish” the facts to point in favor of the applicant. Then there are those who just flat out lie about who they really are and what they’ve done. This blog will highlight some clues or signs of “red flags” that may show up in ministry resumes. 

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Two wills in Jesus?

By John McKinley Mar. 28, 2013 12:26 p.m. Theology, Historical Theology

Dyothelitism means that Jesus possesses two wills, one divine and one human. God the Father and God the Son are distinct persons, but they share the same divine will. The difference of Jesus’ will from his Father’s will in Gethsemane is his human will. By incarnation, God the Son took up a second way of living as a man. He now possesses two natures. Each nature is complete, including a will for each. I define will as the spiritual capacity for desires and choice in the exercise of personal agency. A caution to remember is that these are mysterious operations (desiring, choosing) of mysterious realities (persons, wills, Trinity) that may leave us continuing to wonder even after thinking it all through as best we can. We will consider briefly Jesus’ divine will, his human will, the situation of Gethsemane, and how this affects our thinking about the Trinity.

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La reflexión por el pecado y la celebración de la resurrección

By Octavio Esqueda Mar. 28, 2013 11:54 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Spiritual Formation, Theology

Esta semana se conmemoran los días más importantes para el cristianismo y, por consiguiente, para todo el mundo. La muerte y resurrección de Jesucristo marcan el eje central de nuestra fe. Durante la semana santa recordamos la muerte de Jesús en la cruz por nuestros pecados y su victoria sobre la muerte a través de su gloriosa resurrección. 

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Bunnies, Malted Milk Balls, and the Crucifixion

Mar. 28, 2013 8:37 a.m. Culture, Spiritual Formation

While Christians decry the secularization of Christmas, the spirit of that season (gift-giving, twinkling lights, warm cocoa) coalesces rather well with the celebration of God coming to earth in the birth of Jesus. Easter is more difficult. For the Christian, the meaning of Easter is directly connected to the brutal and unjust execution of the one born in Bethlehem. Easter is the exuberance of the empty tomb, and yet it stands in solidarity with the alienation of a blood stained cross.

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Lessons from the Fog

By Joy Mosbarger Mar. 26, 2013 5:38 p.m. New Testament, Spiritual Formation

A few weeks ago I had an early morning meeting that required me to get up and leave home way before it was light.  As I walked out my front door, I noticed for the first time that, not only was the world still shrouded in darkness, but it was also shrouded in fog. This immediately brought back strong memories of the years I lived in California’s Central Valley where heavy fog at certain times of the year was commonplace.  And most of those memories were not pleasant.A few weeks ago I had an early morning meeting that required me to get up and leave home way before it was light.  As I walked out my front door, I noticed for the first time that, not only was the world still shrouded in darkness, but it was also shrouded in fog. This immediately brought back strong memories of the years I lived in California’s Central Valley where heavy fog at certain times of the year was commonplace.  And most of those memories were not pleasant.

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What God is Doing in This World and Prayer

By Dave Talley Mar. 26, 2013 11:30 a.m. Church Life, Evangelism, Missions

Can anything good come out of Kansas City? Absolutely! A global event is taking place there now at the International House of Prayer. You are invited to participate in what God is doing.

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For and Against: The Majority Text Approach to Textual Criticism

By Kenneth Berding Mar. 21, 2013 9:30 a.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament

Which is the best Greek text to use when translating the New Testament?  Some people argue for a “majority text” (a text like the one that lies behind the KVJ or the NKJV but none of the other major translations).  What are the arguments that have been put forth in favor of the superiority of the Byzantine (majority) text of the Greek New Testament?  How would you respond to someone who insisted that the majority text approach is correct?

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