Posts from January 2014

Biblical Characteristics of Good Disciplers (Audio Recording)

By Frederick Cardoza Jan. 27, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

In this audio recording, Dr. Cardoza uses 1 Thessalonians 2 to discuss eight biblical characteristics of disciplers. "Discipling people is one of the most fundamentally important  things we can do as Christians. The great commission tells us to make disciples; the New Testament is replete - especially in the gospels and acts - with examples of discipling..."

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Identifying Who to Personally Disciple (Audio Recording)

By Frederick Cardoza Jan. 21, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

In this audio recording, Dr. Cardoza discusses the idea of identifying who to personally disciple. "Because time is of the essence and our time is so valuable, and because we must invest our time wisely as stewards, something I often think about is this: If I'm going to work with someone, who should I work with?"

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The Story of Charles Lee Feinberg: Talbot’s First Dean

By Clint Arnold Jan. 20, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Culture, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions

It was the fall of 1930.  Just a year had passed since the stock market crash that triggered the Great Depression. Adolf Hitler was on his meteoric rise to power in Germany. But God was powerfully at work in the Pennsylvania steel town of Pittsburgh. A 21-year-old Jewish man named Bezalel Feinberg had heard the Gospel and prayed to receive Christ. It sounds so simple, yet it was anything but. 

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Wright On, Part Two

By Joe Hellerman Jan. 16, 2014 9:00 a.m. Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Theology

I am not particularly enthralled with the spiritual gifts debate that is currently undergoing a renaissance of sorts, via John MacArthur’s Strange Fire conference and publications. Been there. Done that. I was a new believer when the same debate was raging back in the late 1970s, and it is a bit discouraging to see the church divided, once again, over a topic that was beat into the ground a generation ago. 

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Ain’t That a Shame, Part One: Understanding An Older Concept In Today’s World

By Ben Shin Jan. 15, 2014 1:45 p.m. Church Life, Culture, New Testament, Theology

The dynamics of shame are one of the greatest cultural dynamics of the New Testament. This paradigm is key in understanding other concepts and various texts accurately especially as it relates to topics such as approval, reputation, glory, and status. While these practices were prevalent in the 1st century of the Mediterranean, they also have current bearing to different segments of society today, specifically Asian-Americans in the 21st century. This blog will be the first in a series of blogs that will demonstrate the correlation of Paul’s use of shame in light of the framework of Roman cultural practices as well as how it relates to modern 21st century Asian-American spiritual tendencies.

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Thoughts on the Old Testament and Economics

By Scott Rae Jan. 14, 2014 9:00 a.m. Ethics, Old Testament, Philosophy

From the beginning, we learn that God created the world and called it good, making the material world fundamentally good (Gen. 1:31).  He further entrusted human beings with dominion over the earth—giving them both the privilege of enjoying the benefits of the material world, but also the responsibility for caring for the world.  We also learn that, from the beginning, God has implanted His wisdom into the world and given human beings the necessary tools to uncover His wisdom and apply it for their benefit (Proverbs 8:22-31).  God set human beings free to utilize their God-given intelligence, initiative and creativity in discerning and applying what the wisdom He embedded into the world—this is all a part of the responsible exercise of dominion over creation that brings innovation and productivity to benefit humankind.

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Deo Volente o El Hombre Propone y Dios Dispone / Man Proposes and God Disposes

By Octavio Esqueda Jan. 13, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

Los propósitos de año nuevo son parte de la costumbre anual de muchos de nosotros. La llegada del nuevo año nos da la oportunidad para detenernos por un momento y planificar un futuro mejor. Por ejemplo, los gimnasios aumentan sus membrecías considerablemente en enero con personas que desean bajar de peso o mejorar su condición física. También escuché que el índice de divorcios crece considerablemente las primeras semanas del año. Independientemente de la sabiduría de los propósitos, todos los deseos persiguen un mejor destino.

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