Posts in Church Life

Hidden Sins, Part Two

By Dave Talley Jan. 11, 2016 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Spiritual Formation

This article builds on “Hidden Sins, Part One,” which was written previously (August 24, 2012). I forgot to post Part Two, so here it is. The next question to be asked is: What are the results of “hidden sins”, and what can we do about it?

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Citizenship and Politics

By Andy Draycott Jan. 6, 2016 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture

Why should Christians care about citizenship and politics? After all, didn’t Jesus say that his kingdom was not from this world? (John 18:36) Didn’t the apostle Paul write that our citizenship in in heaven? (Philippians 3:20) God may have instituted civil authorities and empowered their coercive judgments (Romans 13:1) but that doesn’t mean we need to like that brood of vipers, anymore than we suppose Paul was a fan of emperor Nero. Some theologians (rightly worried about the easy assimilation of comfortable Christianity to unquestioning patriotism) have for some time now advanced the view that a Christian’s identity is determined by belonging to the one global church of Jesus Christ and not at all by local loyalties of citizenship. How else are we to understand our spiritual fraternity and equal standing before God? Earthly political citizenship, by contrast, as distributed solely by geography of birth or forced migration, clearly marks some as winners and some as losers in the paths to flourishing ...

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The Theology of the Cross in Personal Life

By John McKinley Dec. 21, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Theology

This devotional is a reminder that God works through us as his instruments in ways we don’t choose. While there are many valuable things of research and teaching that God works through us in various ways, a primary mode of God’s work is easy to forget.

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The Dean and His Son Co-Author a Book on the Basics of the Faith

Dec. 2, 2015 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Christian Education, Church Life, Evangelism, Spiritual Formation, Theology

An Interview with Talbot's Dean, Dr. Clinton E. Arnold, and his son, Jeff Arnold, about their most recent book: Short Answers to Big Questions about God, the Bible, and Christianity.

 

 

 

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Together With Them – Hebrews 13:3

By Dave Talley Nov. 26, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Marriage and Family, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

Voice of the Martyrs has offered an excellent idea for those who may be travelling during this Thanksgiving season or who might be looking for some special activities to do while gathered with families and friends. 

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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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