Posts in Theology

Blood Moons and the End of the World

By Mark Saucy Apr. 17, 2014 4:15 p.m. Theology, Historical Theology, Culture, New Testament, Old Testament

... I’m all in favor of blood moons (awe-inspiring astronomical phenomenon!), tetrads (rare!), Jewish feasts (our overly Gentilized Church calendars should be more dominated by these—as they are fulfilled in Christ), and apocalyptic (it can be literal too—resurrection is a feature of apocalyptic and we all believe in that one). But put them together in yet another sensationalized, factually crazy, books-flying-off-the-shelf spectacle for the world, and I just shake my head.  We’re in the same ditch as those who have no hope ...

 

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To Hope From Despair

By Joy Mosbarger Apr. 16, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

The week from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday must have been an emotional rollercoaster for the disciples, Jesus’ friends and family, and Jesus himself. Together they experienced the triumphant celebration of Palm Sunday, the poignant fellowship of the Last Supper, the deep despair of the cross, and the amazing joy of the resurrection. In Ezekiel 37:1-14, Ezekiel has a vision that takes him on a similar journey from a place of deep despair to a place of incredible hope.

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The Meaning of "Head," Part One

By John McKinley Apr. 14, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Church Life, Culture, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

I’ve begun reading into the topic of women and men in ministry. I noticed immediately that the concept of “head” stands out in the debate between egalitarian and complementarian interpretations. As a metaphor, the concepts and specific applications intended by Paul can be elusive. For help, I turned to an expert on the subject, my colleague, Dr. Michelle Lee-Barnewall. Below are her explanations of four questions as part of beginning to explore the meaning of “headship.”

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That You May Stand Firm in the Fear

By Dave Keehn Mar. 19, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

Superman is dead… I don’t know when it occurred, I don’t remember the moment that I realized I was mortal. What I do know is this feeling of Fear lurks around every corner like never before.

Perhaps it began with a serious car accident I experienced in late 2012 – an accident I walked away from uninjured but my beloved Ford truck was declared DOA. Or maybe it was the diagnosis of medical condition that I did not fret, but soon began to hear random stories of people with the same condition dying of cancer at too young of an age. Perhaps it is the uncertain future of my young adult children, or… The list could continue for all us.

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The Story of the Old Testament: An Interview with Dave Talley

Mar. 18, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Old Testament

Dave Talley, professor of biblical and theological studies at Talbot, just released the new book, The Story of the Old Testament. He graciously took some time to answer a few questions about the book.

 

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Theological Arguments in Support of an Infinite Past

By William Lane Craig Mar. 14, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Philosophy

Hello Dr. Craig,

I hope you are fine.

I have theological objections to your proposition that an infinite regression of events into the past is impossible.

I adhere to a particular Islamic denomination and my denomination doesn't accept the view that it's impossible for there to be an infinite regression of events into the past...

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Christian Theological Slogans

By John McKinley Mar. 11, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Church Life

I occasionally hear students repeat a slogan in class when they hear me say something that calls the slogan into question, or that directly contradicts a slogan. This is a shock for the students. The slogans are an oral tradition circulating in evangelical churches, a weak catechism of some of our most important beliefs.

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