Posts in Culture

Blood Moons and the End of the World

By Mark Saucy Apr. 17, 2014 4:15 p.m. Theology, Historical Theology, Culture, New Testament, Old Testament

... I’m all in favor of blood moons (awe-inspiring astronomical phenomenon!), tetrads (rare!), Jewish feasts (our overly Gentilized Church calendars should be more dominated by these—as they are fulfilled in Christ), and apocalyptic (it can be literal too—resurrection is a feature of apocalyptic and we all believe in that one). But put them together in yet another sensationalized, factually crazy, books-flying-off-the-shelf spectacle for the world, and I just shake my head.  We’re in the same ditch as those who have no hope ...

 

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Pre-Marital Counseling Asian-American Style, Part Two

By Ben Shin Apr. 15, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership

In my last blog, I discussed the concept of how the parent-child relationship is viewed differently from an Eastern Asian style than a Western American style. With this difference comes the difficulty of “leaving and cleaving” as found in Genesis 2:25. This also relates to obedience from parents for a lifetime since being a child is viewed more as a permanent status rather than an age range. This is also coupled with a long-term care of the parents supported by passages such as 1 Timothy 5:8 which states that if one does not care for his family that he is worse than an unbeliever.

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The Meaning of "Head," Part One

By John McKinley Apr. 14, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Church Life, Culture, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

I’ve begun reading into the topic of women and men in ministry. I noticed immediately that the concept of “head” stands out in the debate between egalitarian and complementarian interpretations. As a metaphor, the concepts and specific applications intended by Paul can be elusive. For help, I turned to an expert on the subject, my colleague, Dr. Michelle Lee-Barnewall. Below are her explanations of four questions as part of beginning to explore the meaning of “headship.”

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¿Qué Piensan Hacer Usted y Su Iglesia Durante la Cuaresma?

By Octavio Esqueda Apr. 1, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership

La navidad y la pascua son los dos eventos claves en el calendario cristiano. En la navidad celebramos la encarnación de Hijo de Dios quien se hizo hombre y habitó entre nosotros. En la pascua recordamos la muerte y resurrección de Jesucristo. Aunque conmemoramos dos acontecimientos, la realidad es que ambos están unidos porque Jesús nació para morir y darnos vida a través de su resurrección de entre los muertos.  No se puede explicar la navidad sin la pascua y viceversa.

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“Let the One Who Has No Sword, Buy One”: The Biblical Argument for Gun Control, Part Two

By Moyer Hubbard Feb. 25, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Culture, Ethics, New Testament

This is the second post in a series of blogs dealing with gun control from a Christian perspective. In the first installment (“Seek the Welfare of the City”), I sketched the general theological case for sane restriction on guns, particularly assault weapons, and applied biblical principles to common objections. Now I will begin looking at biblical texts used by Christian gun advocates to support their view that Scripture supports unrestricted access to lethal weaponry for private individuals. In this installment I examine Luke 22:36, where Jesus tells his disciples, “And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.”

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Ain’t That a Shame, Part Two: Learning Important Lessons Today from Examples of the Past

By Ben Shin Feb. 17, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

In my last blog, I attempted to explain some aspects of shame and how it is different from guilt, as well as to show how shame should be defined more in terms of a relational understanding rather than simply a judicial aspect of exchange. This blog will show a connection between 1st century Roman culture and 21st century Asian-American culture and the lessons that can be learned from studying and comparing both.

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Taste and See: Theology and Food, Part Two

By Andy Draycott Feb. 10, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Spiritual Formation

Of course, if you are going to use a lens of food and hospitality to teach theology, you’d better be ready to feed your students. The beginning of semester means a marathon Welsh cake baking session in the Draycott home. In our January intensive Interterm, I get to welcome the whole class to our home for a session of teaching. In regular semester the larger classes don’t allow this. But hospitality then becomes an experiential learning project for the students. Throughout the semester, in groups they will have eaten a meal together and deliberately fasted and prayed together.

 

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