Posts from November 2013

Ser agradecidos / Be Thankful

By Octavio Esqueda Nov. 27, 2013 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Spiritual Formation

Por los tres últimos años, el índice de felicidad planetaria ha dado a conocer los países más felices del mundo de acuerdo a ciertos parámetros. Los resultados sorprendentes de la última edición en el 2012 señalaron que país más feliz del mundo es Costa Rica, en segundo lugar se encuentra Vietnam y en tercero Colombia. Los Estados Unidos se ubicaron en el lugar 104. Este índice de felicidad se basa en tres cosas: 1) Se hace la pregunta la persona, "¿Qué tan feliz es usted?" En una escala del 0-10. 2) Luego se mide la expectativa de vida de las personas de ese país. Finalmente se mide cuanta “tierra” (o recursos ecológicos) necesita la persona en ese país para ser feliz.

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How to Invite and Host a Guest Speaker for a Retreat, Part Two

By Ben Shin Nov. 26, 2013 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

In my last blog, I wrote on how to invite a guest speaker to a retreat well. This included knowing how to choose a speaker for your group’s needs, giving enough time to prepare for the retreat, and serving him well as he arrives to the retreat. The goal for the time at the retreat is to serve the speaker well so that he would gladly want to return in the future without a second thought. This entry will concentrate on how to host the speaker well at a retreat.

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Doing the Right Thing: An Interview With Scott Rae

Nov. 25, 2013 11:25 a.m. Culture, Ethics

Scott Rae, professor of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Talbot, just released the new book, Doing the Right Thing: Making Moral Choices in a World Full of OptionsHe kindly took some time to answer a few questions about the book.

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The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving

By Joy Mosbarger Nov. 21, 2013 10:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

For the past several years I have had an autoimmune disease called ITP (Immune Thrombocytopenia) in which the immune system targets the platelets resulting in a low blood platelet count, which can cause spontaneous bruising or bleeding. Earlier this year, my platelet count took a significant jump. Though not in the normal range, it was higher than it had been in over five years. I was very excited and immensely grateful to the Lord and to those who had been praying faithfully for me and my platelets for years. Somehow, verbally expressing my gratitude seemed inadequate and insufficient. What, I wondered, would be an appropriate response? This question prompted me to look at the sacrifice of thanksgiving as outlined in the Old Testament.   

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Women in Jesus' Genealogy

By Nell Sunukjian Nov. 20, 2013 2:00 p.m. Biblical Exposition, Marriage and Family, New Testament, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

Genealogies rarely contain interesting tidbits about our ancestors, especially the more unacceptable ones. But Jesus’ genealogy does. In fact, it even seems to highlight several rather shady characters. And they are women.

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Book Review: The Aleppo Codex (by Matti Friedman)

By Tom Finley Nov. 19, 2013 9:00 a.m. Culture, Old Testament, Historical Theology

Is it possible for a true story about an ancient manuscript of the Hebrew Bible to be thrilling

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Seek the Welfare of the City: The Biblical Argument for Gun Control, Part One

By Moyer Hubbard Nov. 18, 2013 9:00 a.m. Culture, Ethics, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology

This is the first of a series of blogs dealing with gun control from a Christian perspective. In this first installment, I sketch the general theological case for sane restriction on guns, particularly assault weapons, and apply biblical principles to common objections. In subsequent (shorter) posts, I will respond to alleged “biblical” arguments used by gun advocates, who claim that Scripture supports unrestricted access to lethal weaponry for private individuals. [I have slighly modified this post in the wake of the horrible tragedy at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.]

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