Posts in Spiritual Formation

“Cut and Paste” Biblical Living

By Dave Talley Sep. 20, 2017 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Spiritual Formation, Theology

There is no end of opportunities to be blessed with the teaching and preaching of God’s word. Great preachers can be heard on the radio. Podcasts can be automatically downloaded to our phones or iPads. The teaching of God’s word is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on cable television networks. Christian bookstores are full of books by the greatest authors of our day. Electronic books can be carried with us everywhere with ease. Churches have program after program geared toward teaching God’s word, not to mention a worship service every week, which includes a Bible-based sermon. From the cradle to the grave, opportunities abound ...

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Sophomore Syndrome

By Kenneth Berding Sep. 14, 2017 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

About ten years ago, some of my fellow professors and I began to observe a trend among undergraduate Biblical & Theological Studies majors at Biola. We noticed that freshman students arrived on campus eager and ready to learn, but at some point during their sophomore year, these Biblical Studies majors became aware that on average they generally knew more theology than did the average Biola student ...

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What is the Core Reason Kids Leave the Faith?

By Sean McDowell Sep. 11, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Christian Education, Church Life, Marriage and Family, Spiritual Formation

There has been a lot of discussion recently about why kids leave the faith. People have rightly drawn attention to the role of poor theology, the importance of kids owning their faith, the significance of intellectual issues such as the apparent tension between science and religion, and more.

But there seems to be a core issue that is often overlooked—to develop a lasting faith, kids need to grasp their need for God. Let me explain ...

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How Do We Cultivate the Art of Listening Well?

By Sean McDowell Aug. 14, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Along with asking good questions, cultivating the art of listening well is one of the most important skills for Christians to develop today. And it is especially important for those who want to be effective apologists in our “argumentative” culture ... So, how does one develop the art of listening well? Here are four tips I have learned from personal experience as well as through my undergrad Communication Studies program at Biola University ...

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The Forgiveness of Jesus: Interview with Matt Williams

Aug. 9, 2017 9:00 a.m. Church Life, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

Dr. Matt Williams (Professor of Biblical & Theological Studies) recently released a new DVD Bible study series titled The Forgiveness of Jesus (a DVD Bible study, in the Deeper Connections series). We were able to catch up with Dr. Williams to learn more about this exciting series ...

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Using a Daily Devotional Book

By William Lane Craig Jul. 14, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Spiritual Formation

Dr. Craig,

I have noticed something that troubles me while surveying common devotional books and guides that many Christians rely on in their daily lives. I have noticed that a common template for your average devotional tends to quote a Bible passage but then follows it with a well-meaning anecdote, or inspirational messages that are vaguely relevant to the quoted passage, or sometimes even trite aphorisms re-packaged with Christian overtones ...

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A Lesson from the Last Moments of Jesus’ Life, Luke 22-23

By Dave Talley Jul. 5, 2017 9:00 a.m. Church Life, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

Overall point: The major battle we face in this life is not what is seen, but what is not seen—Satan is intensely and intentionally opposed to what God is doing. AND the greatest defense we have is not our offense, but rather our dependence. Jesus is prayerful and successful; the disciples are prayerless and careless ...

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