Posts in Culture

La Santidad de la Vida / Sanctity of Life

By Octavio Esqueda Feb. 3, 2016 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Culture, Ethics, Theology

Hace un par de semanas estuve en Guatemala para iniciar un curso semestral en un programa doctoral en educación teológica. Este programa es singular en Latinoamérica y enseñar en él me da la oportunidad de convivir con líderes de diferentes países y también aprender de ellos. A pesar de que este doctorado se enfoca principalmente en la educación teológica formal a través de universidades y seminarios, la realidad es que todo nuestro entorno debería tener un enfoque teológico porque Dios es el creador del universo y el centro fundamental de toda la existencia. Por esto el conocimiento de Dios o educación teológica nos debería ayudar a “pensar teológicamente” sobre todas las áreas de la vida ...

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Cynicism and Affirmation

By Greg Ganssle Feb. 1, 2016 9:00 a.m. Culture, New Testament, Philosophy, Spiritual Formation

Each age has its particular hazards. Each age encourages certain vices and devalues certain virtues. Because we are immersed in our age, these hazards are often invisible to us. We simply cannot see the effects of certain cultural ideas and practices on our characters ...

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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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This Was the Year the Adults Gave Up

By Kenneth Berding Dec. 30, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Culture, Ethics, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Columnist Joel Stein in the December 21 issue of TIME (p. 174) labeled 2015 as “The Year the Adults Gave Up" ...

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How Much Money Should You Spend on Christmas Gifts for Your Children?

By Kenneth Berding Dec. 15, 2015 9:30 a.m. Christian Education, Culture, Ethics, Marriage and Family

I have no intention of answering this specific question. (Do you think I’m crazy?!) But since this is a truly difficult question for many Christian parents, let me offer a suggestion about gift spending that might help you in the future. I know that you’re probably reading this post too late in the season to make any changes for this upcoming Christmas, but now may be the ideal time to formulate plans for the future ...

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Curious What the Bible Says about Gender? Get This Book!

By Mark Saucy Dec. 14, 2015 9:00 a.m. Culture, Marriage and Family, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology

While I’m not usually too much into “merchandising in the Temple,” I must here. That’s because the book at issue in this modest review is a grabber. Not only does it concern a topic most pressing in our ever secularizing world—and therefore one Evangelicals must get good at talking about—it’s a topic that touches every one of us in everything we do ...

 

 

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One Way to Pray About the ISIS Crisis in the Middle East

By Kenneth Berding Dec. 9, 2015 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Culture, Evangelism, Missions, Spiritual Formation

Praying for peace is good. Praying for justice is good. Praying for your Christian brothers and sisters who are facing torture and death is good. Praying for non-Christians who are facing torture and death is also good. But there is one crucial thing you can pray about that could change the course of history in the Middle East.

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