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Written by R. Todd Mangum Monday, 29 September 2014 00:00

ThM at Biblical

Some of you have asked about it or asked for it for years. But now, by God’s grace, it is finally happening.

At our first meeting of the new year on September 17, faculty voted unanimously to launch a ThM degree program, with first courses in this program likely to be offered as early as this coming spring. So it’s official; we’re doing it!

The Structure of Our ThM

The basic structure of the program envisions a new, scholarly/academic/research-oriented degree in Biblical Exposition and Hermeneutics. Capitalizing on the academic capacities and credentials of our resident faculty and high-caliber scholars among our adjunct faculty, it’s a post-graduate degree program that will foster rigorous skills in understanding and interpreting the Bible. The goal is not to achieve just an antiquarian understanding or technical prowess, though; the goal is to foster advanced skill in applying and conveying the truth of God’s Word in the complexities of context faced by disciples of Christ seeking to follow Him into the world.

 

Written by David Lamb Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00

Joel Osteen

A few weeks ago I received an email from Nicola Menzie at The Christian Post. She wanted to know what I thought about a recent post on Joel Osteen Ministries’ Facebook page. The post focused on Psalm 2:8.

Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.

The Facebook post claimed that in Psalm 2:8 God is telling us to ask him for “those hidden dreams” in our hearts and “those unborn promises” that seem unlikely. The post generated over 12,000 comments, many of the positive.

Joel Osteen
   

Written by Dr. Diane Langberg Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:00

Greatness in the Kingson

What is the condition for greatness in the kingdom of God? That seems like a pretty important question, doesn’t it? In essence, what does it take to be great in the greatest kingdom of time and eternity?

If we look around the faith community today there seem to be some who have achieved greatness. They are respected, followed, lauded and raised high. They are articulate, charismatic, read by thousands and verbally powerful. They are known. However, such lives do not provide us with the answer. In response to the question raised by his disciples, who while jostling for greatness, nevertheless asked a highly significant question, Jesus placed a little child in their midst. Apparently, Jesus measures greatness differently in his kingdom.

   

Written by R. Todd Mangum Monday, 22 September 2014 00:00

Back to School

A new school year. As I write this, I’m coming off a number of “first this year” meetings and interactions – new student orientations; first faculty meeting; first Cabinet meeting; first community faculty-staff meeting. As the new school year kicks off, and as the schedule fills up, it’s easy to get focused on the business of busyness.

But then . . . there are the students. And thinking about them, particularly as I think about each one . . . brings a new (re-)focus.

This past June, 80+ students walked across the platform at graduation. Last year, another 80; and the year before that, too. The year before that, and so on. I’ve been teaching at Biblical and watching these students graduate since 1998. For some, it’s the last time I ever see them.

   

Written by R. Todd Mangum Friday, 19 September 2014 09:58

Christians in Iraq

We’ve seen the reports of ISIS/ISIL, the depravity of their taking captive journalists and humanitarian workers and beheading them before a camera to be broadcast on the internet. Not surprisingly, what they’re doing off camera is even more horrible.

We just got word from missionaries in northern Iraq that, in one town taken over by this terrorist group, they’re identifying the Christians by systematically going house to house.

And what are they doing?

   

Written by Philip Monroe Friday, 22 August 2014 17:27

responding to reacism

Responding to Accusations of Racism: Confessing the Sins of our Fathers (And Our Own)

The news and social media seem to be all about race these days. Comments (not necessarily conversations!) range from criticism of police to criticism of the Black community. And surely there are plenty of reasons to criticize. And notice how it is so easy to identify and name the sins of those who are not us! And when others point out our sins, we tend either to get defensive or tell a story. Neither response gets us to where we need to go!

Pointing out the sins of others (individuals and groups) fails to promote healing and reconciliation. As Jesus calls us, we must start with our own log before removing the speck in the eye of the other (Matthew 7:3f). And our own log exists beyond our own specific misdeeds. We must also acknowledge the ways we have participated in and benefitted from the sins of our “own kind” (culture, ancestors, etc.)

   

Written by Susan Disston Friday, 01 August 2014 10:14

Spiritual Journaling

“One of the best gifts of a journal is that it gives you a place to show up.” Helen Cepero

Journaling as a spiritual practice has deep roots and many practitioners, some of whom struggle with purpose and focus. If you are one of the strugglers or want fresh ideas, Helen Cepero’s Journaling as Spiritual Practice will likely free you to let your journal be all about you “showing up” in God’s presence. Helen is convinced that the “primary wonder of our Christian faith is that God comes to the place where we are and says our name. All spiritual practice, including journaling, is meant to tune our awareness, just as you might tune a stringed instrument, so that we can hear the true note of God’s grace playing through the sometimes discordant chords around us and in us. And then it means choosing to let this graced note bless us and others.”

Helen suggests several ways to “tune your stringed instrument” in your journaling. They fall into three main categories: seeing the present, exploring your life, and silencing your inner critic.

   

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