Posts in Church Life

Value-Based Spending

By Dave Keehn Nov. 24, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Marriage and Family, Spiritual Formation, Theology

The national pastime has become a sacred holiday: shopping on “Black Friday.” The day after Thanksgiving has developed into a manic state of sales and spending as retailers, seeking bigger holiday profits, offer new bargains and longer hours to lure holiday shoppers to good deals and great values on amazing products. The spending hype reaches fever pitch as stores open earlier and earlier each year, replacing the day dedicated to gratefulness with unashamed greed and giddiness for a purchase that is meant to show our love for another, bought in rushes of grabbing items that has led to fights, stampedes and debt. Many justify this intense season of shopping with the value of the purchase – the money saved on an item they would buy at a higher price later indicates this was a good value-based purchase ...

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¡Animo! / Cheer up!

By Octavio Esqueda Nov. 23, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership

¡Animo! Es una exclamación que todos necesitamos escuchar con frecuencia. A pesar de la presión popular que nos obliga a mostrar siempre nuestra mejor cara y a declarar que siempre estamos bien cuando alguien nos hace la tan común pregunta ¿cómo estás?, la realidad es que todos batallamos con diferentes circunstancias y siempre necesitamos que alguien nos muestre su apoyo y nos anime. Es importante que tengamos personas cercanas que nos alienten a seguir adelante. ¡Todos necesitamos a alguien en nuestro equipo! ...

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2015 Biola/Talbot Speakers At The Annual Scholarly Conferences

By Charlie Trimm Nov. 10, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Theology

Every year, the week before Thanksgiving brings the annual scholarly conferences for biblical and theological studies. Like most years, Biola and Talbot professors and students are well represented at these meetings in a variety of ways ...  The following list (mostly compiled by David Roberts) includes all those at Biola and Talbot participating in the meetings this year. As always, Biola professors and students are doing fascinating work in many different areas! ...

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The “Cool” Factor

By Joe Hellerman Nov. 4, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, New Testament

I came to Christ as a last resort after a year-long quest to find God back in 1975. With two thriving evangelical churches just a few blocks from my doorstep, why did I explore the Christian faith last instead of first? The cool factor, of course! I was a long-haired, pot-smoking keyboard player in a rock band. Eastern and New Age religion were “spiritual” and cool — Christianity definitely was not ...

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Do We Need Another Reformation?

By Thaddeus Williams Oct. 31, 2015 4:29 p.m. Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Missions, Theology, Historical Theology

The 16th century church was in dire need of a Reformation. What about today, nearly a half millennium later? Is the 21st century church due for another Reformation, a Re-Reformation? Professor Williams shares his thoughts ...

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Joe’s Glory Story: Reflections for Reformation Day

By John McKinley Oct. 31, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Spiritual Formation, Theology

... Deeper than the recent history, we seem to be pushing against the same thing that Martin Luther identified as the theology of glory. Luther recommended to us the contrast of the theology of the cross ...

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La creación maravillosa de Dios / The Wondeful Creation of our God

By Octavio Esqueda Oct. 28, 2015 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Christian Education, Church Life, Theology

El gran pensador cristiano, Francis Schaeffer afirmó que el cristianismo como sistema de pensamiento no empieza con Cristo como Salvador sino con el infinito y personal Dios quien creó el universo. Dios es la explicación de la realidad y la fuente de todo lo que existe. Por lo tanto, en Dios, y en su revelación, la Biblia, encontramos las respuestas a las más grandes preguntas de la vida y un testimonio claro de la grandeza de Dios ...

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