Posts in New Testament

Everything I Ever Learned About Leadership I Learned from NCIS

By Nell Sunukjian Jul. 31, 2014 9:00 a.m. Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

In the top-ranked TV show, NCIS, special agent Tony Dinozzo is on assignment in Marseille, France, charged with bringing home to the USA the grown daughter of an Admiral, who is one of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Both of their phones have been destroyed or compromised, so Tony has limited contact with his Boss, Leroy Jethro Gibbs ...

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Some Thoughts on Work

By Michelle Lee-Barnewall Jul. 24, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Church Life, New Testament, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

I am all for weekends (even when I have to work, such as doing lesson planning, grading, or writing a blog post!). But sometimes we can fall into the trap of thinking of work as the negative and leisure or rest as the positive aspect of our lives. Work can become something we need to “get through” in order to make it to the weekend; Sundays are our “spiritual” days as opposed to our “working” days that begin on Mondays, and so forth.

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A Short Book Review of One of the Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

By Kenneth Berding Jul. 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Historical Theology, Biblical Exposition, New Testament, Old Testament

After six months of on-and-off reading, I have just completed N.T. Wright’s book, Paul and the Faithfulness of God.  The book is 1660 pages long if you include the bibliography and indices.  (If you don’t it’s only 50 pages long…just kidding.)  Here are three things I liked about this two-volume book, and two things that I struggled with.

 
 
 

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What a Difference a Century and a Half Can Make!

By Kenneth Berding Jul. 8, 2014 9:00 a.m. Historical Theology, Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, New Testament, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

In 19th century England, Atheists knew more about the Bible than most Christians do today. So did Liberal Anglicans, Anglo-Catholics, Unitarians, and Agnostics. So claims Timothy Larsen in A People of One Book: The Bible and the Victorians (Oxford, 2011) ...

 

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Wealth and Following Jesus

By Aaron Devine Jul. 2, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Biblical Exposition, Church Life, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

A question that naturally surfaces in [the reading of Luke 18:18-27] is whether Jesus considers wealth to be compatible with a life of faithful discipleship. Some interpret this story to say that material things and following Jesus do not mix well. This interpretation is sometimes based on a plain reading of passages like this, but it can also be motivated by material excesses in Christianity that make us uncomfortable. Too much focus on material blessing as a necessary indicator of God’s approval can stifle efforts at legitimate Christian disciplines such as frugality, generosity, and financial sacrifice. As such, divesting material wealth is sometimes seen as a corrective to bad prosperity theology ...

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When the Bible Arrests Me

By Dave Talley Jun. 9, 2014 9:00 a.m. Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

I love moments when I am reading the Bible, and the words I am reading come alive and arrest me. All the rules I have learned about proper interpretation are not in the forefront of my mind. The literary context is not controlling what happens in that moment. The language in which it was written is not ignored, but it is not a factor in that moment. The historical context may be obvious in the passage I am reading, but it is temporarily set aside in that moment. What the passage meant in their day pales in that moment.

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A Father’s View of Adoption

By Dave Keehn Jun. 5, 2014 9:10 a.m. Church Life, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

In November 2009 my family had the incredible honor to adopt Mfundo from South Africa. The journey to that point was filled with unknown challenges to us, as we happened to be the first adoptive family from the United States to legally adopt in South Africa. We were not the first to try to adopt from this country; we were just the family that happened to be furthest into the adoptive pre-work when the two countries came into agreement for international adoptions.

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