Posts in Culture

Taste and See: Theology and Food, Part One

By Andy Draycott Feb. 6, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Spiritual Formation

I teach my Theology II undergraduate survey course through the lens of a theology of food and hospitality. Over a few posts I’ll share a number of elements that constitute the overall logic of the class. First, here, I share the formal shape of the class and how I see it fitting with our key concerns as a university. I shall later comment on my textbook choices and other resources that explore the theme. Also to come will be an account of how I frame what the task of theology is for my students through this lens, along with the measure of what I think can be achieved in a class.

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What Does the Fox Say? Who is the Fox Anyway?

By Kenneth Berding Feb. 5, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Culture, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

The Fox is Herod Antipas.  Jesus says so.  If you don’t believe me, look at Luke 13:32.

But what does this arrogant, sensual, and power-hungry tyrant say? 

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Super Bowl Player Turns Interview Into Invitation to Trust Jesus

By Jason Oakes Jan. 31, 2014 11:20 a.m. Culture

I have watched Russell Okung play since he was a college player at Oklahoma State. Now he is the starting left tackle for the Seattle Seahawks. (If you don't know your football, it is the same position on the offensive line that was highlighted in the movie "Blind Side.") This week, amid the media frenzy that leads up to this huge event, Okung capitalized his interview time to give a compelling case for Jesus.

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The Story of Charles Lee Feinberg: Talbot’s First Dean

By Clint Arnold Jan. 20, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Culture, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions

It was the fall of 1930.  Just a year had passed since the stock market crash that triggered the Great Depression. Adolf Hitler was on his meteoric rise to power in Germany. But God was powerfully at work in the Pennsylvania steel town of Pittsburgh. A 21-year-old Jewish man named Bezalel Feinberg had heard the Gospel and prayed to receive Christ. It sounds so simple, yet it was anything but. 

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Ain’t That a Shame, Part One: Understanding An Older Concept In Today’s World

By Ben Shin Jan. 15, 2014 1:45 p.m. Theology, Church Life, Culture, New Testament

The dynamics of shame are one of the greatest cultural dynamics of the New Testament. This paradigm is key in understanding other concepts and various texts accurately especially as it relates to topics such as approval, reputation, glory, and status. While these practices were prevalent in the 1st century of the Mediterranean, they also have current bearing to different segments of society today, specifically Asian-Americans in the 21st century. This blog will be the first in a series of blogs that will demonstrate the correlation of Paul’s use of shame in light of the framework of Roman cultural practices as well as how it relates to modern 21st century Asian-American spiritual tendencies.

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La navidad ha llegado, ¡bendito sea el Señor! / The Lord has come, blessed be the Lord!

By Octavio Esqueda Dec. 25, 2013 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Spiritual Formation

El nacimiento de Jesús cambió al mundo. La navidad es, sin duda alguna, el acontecimiento más importante en la historia de la humanidad y, por lo tanto, la mayor celebración de cada año. El Dios creador del universo se hizo hombre y habitó entre nosotros. Dios no está lejos ni es distante sino que a través de Jesús su presencia es real y personal. De hecho, el milagro de la navidad se resume con la palabra “Emanuel” que significa apropiadamente “Dios con nosotros.”

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Book Review: The Poverty of the Nations: A Sustainable Solution (by Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus)

By Dave Talley Dec. 24, 2013 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership

I feel overwhelmed when people refer to a book as a “must read.” If I read all of the “must read” books that have been recommended to me in the past year, I would have to quit my job in order to read each one. So I will not heap one more “must read” on you in this review. However, if you are particularly interested in the issue of poverty, then I do highly recommend that you have this book in your library. I will also provide you with my advice on how you can read it quickly and still glean from its contents.

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