Posts in Culture

La Vida es un Regalo Divino / Life is a Divine Gift

By Octavio Esqueda Apr. 4, 2016 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Theology

Todos los viernes en la tarde un grupo de estudiantes y maestros de la universidad cristiana en donde trabajo se reúnen a jugar basquetbol. Hace unas semanas fui a jugar con ellos  y lo que parecía un día normal se convirtió en una experiencia que me ha impactado y que también ha tenido el mismo efecto en muchísimas personas. Después de jugar por más de una hora uno de mis alumnos del doctorado se disponía a irse a su casa cuando le pedí que me esperara unos minutos porque necesitaba hablar con él. Primero se sentó y después se recostó en el césped a un lado de la cancha en lo que terminaba de jugar mi partido. En cuanto el juego terminó fui a hablar con él y en ese momento me di cuanta que estaba inmóvil, sin respirar y con una apariencia pálida y descolorida. Inmediatamente pedí ayuda y mientras algunos lo trataban de resucitar yo llamé a los servicios de emergencias. Gracias a Dios lograron que respirara otra vez y se lo llevaron a la sala de emergencias de un hospital cercano ...

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The Culture of Complaint: Moving from Complaining to Gratitude

By Karin Stetina Mar. 23, 2016 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

This past fall a friend shared an article from the New York Times entitled The Microcomplaint: Nothing Too Small to Complain About. It was amusing to read about all the silly complaints that celebrities tweeted to the world. Everything from the misery of only decaf coffee being available to what the writer deemed a “complaintbrag” of not being able to buy a Persian rug with cherub imagery. This habit, however, does not appear to be limited to celebrities. Cruise ship directors have received equally amusing complaints. For example, one passenger reported that the sea was “too loud” while another passenger grumbled about there being no celebrities on the Celebrity Cruise ship. In the past complaining was something often reserved for private ears. Today, however, it is not only acceptable to publically complain about the littlest inconvenience, it is often encouraged. It has even been identified as a communication style, particularly of Americans, who frequently see themselves as victims. Are Christians exempt from “microcomplaining” or are we part of the “culture of complaint”? What does Scripture have to say about complaining? ...

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Reflections on Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, Part One: The Long Defeat

By Charlie Trimm Mar. 21, 2016 9:00 a.m. Culture, Theology

J. R. R. Tolkien produced a masterpiece of fiction with his Lord of the Rings, one of the best-selling novels of all time. This post will begin a series of reflections based on Tolkien’s work, not only surrounding the 600,000 word Lord of the Rings but the entire world of Middle Earth (as recounted to us in great depth in the Silmarillion and other posthumously published work by Tolkien) and Tolkien’s thoughts about what he was trying to achieve through his world (largely recorded in The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien) ...

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Neither Complementarian nor Egalitarian: An Interview with Michelle Lee-Barnewall

Mar. 17, 2016 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Theology

Michelle Lee-Barnewall (Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Talbot School of Theology) recently wrote and published Neither Complementarian nor Egalitarian: A Kingdom Corrective to the Gender DebateWe wanted to learn more about this book, so we had Michelle respond to some questions ...

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When the Old Testament Was More Popular Than the New Testament

By Charlie Trimm Mar. 14, 2016 9:00 a.m. Culture, Old Testament, Theology

Most agree that knowledge about the Bible in the United States is very low today (our own Ken Berding’s helpful Bible Fluency Program seeks to rectify this). What little Bible knowledge is present usually is focused on the New Testament, leaving the Old Testament as a scary foreign land that few visit. However, this was not always the case. A recent book by Eran Shalev, American Zion: The Old Testament as a Political Text from the Revolution to the Civil War, gives us a glimpse of a somewhat different world as he shows how important the Old Testament was in political discussions in the United States before the Civil War ...

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Gravitational Waves Detected!

By William Lane Craig Mar. 11, 2016 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Culture, Philosophy

Question

A 17 year old Indian from the Middle East who's a big fan of your work for Christ.

My question deals with recent discoveries in physics. How would the new discovery of gravitational waves affect Lorentzian relativity, the Kalaam argument and the A-theory of time?

Xavi

India

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How do You Motivate People to Care about Apologetics?

By Sean McDowell Mar. 10, 2016 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership

Recently my newest book, A New Kind of Apologist, was released. One of the unique chapters, written by my friend Mark Mittelberg, is about how to motivate people in the church to care about apologetics. Enjoy the selections below in which Mark focuses on equipping church leaders and motivating church members ...

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