Written by R. Todd Mangum Friday, 10 January 2014 00:00

Christmas Traditions

By the time this blog is posted, the holiday season will be well behind us — and with the speed of things, will probably seem like months ago already. But I’m writing this while the events of the season are still fresh in my mind; so before I forget . . . three thoughts on fads and family.

Just because a cliché is corny doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

For example, the Statler Brothers once put an old cliché into a song: “The greatest Christmas present is something you can’t buy” time together. Yep, it’s a cliché, and it’s corny — and it’s still true. (What are some corny clichés that you’ve learned are more true than hackneyed? Or perhaps ones you have learned the hard way are really true? . . . )

 

Written by Stephanie Lowery Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:00

Biblical Seminary

I attended Biblical for 4 years, taught there after I graduated, and am now back here teaching again. Yes, I’m committed to Biblical: I love it.

Why did I choose Biblical?

Is Biblical the right place for you?

The first factor is the interdenominational atmosphere. Staff, faculty, and students are from a variety of backgrounds: Presbyterian, Baptist, Episcopal, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Bible Fellowship, etc. The result is a setting that allows everyone to focus on core aspects of the Christian faith, while dialoguing in a loving way about differences. In my opinion, it’s very important for evangelical Christians to be able to distinguish between issues that are major, minor, or personal opinion.

   

Written by Jeffrey Monk Friday, 03 January 2014 00:00

Suffering in God

What does it look like to walk with God through suffering? Quite often, when a major crisis or trial hits, we are thrown off balance by it. It tests the reality of our faith when we encounter it.

Are you going through a blistering trial right now?

Have you felt alone or discouraged in your situation?

Hebrews was written to a community of believers who had become discouraged at the looming threat of persecution and had begun to ask, where is God now? Their confidence in Christ had begun to waver so that they suffered from a loss of vision, and a consequent loss of hope.

The writer knows that if he is to help this community regain confidence, they must understand how it is that their confession of faith is relevant to what they are facing.

   

Written by Charles Zimmerman Friday, 27 December 2013 00:00

Where have they gone & where are they now?

Alumni Update – Paul Chi, class of 1999

This month I continue with updates on some graduates of Biblical Seminary and this entry fills us in on the whereabouts of Paul Chi.

Believe it or not, I am in contact with Paul more than most alums. The main reason for our regular communication is that Paul is the point person for the OIL conferences and I have spoken at OIL more years than I can count. I always enjoy my interactions with Paul because he has a great sense of humor and a real passion for the gospel. Paul is one of our many graduates involved in church-planting; putting into practice what he learned at Biblical Seminary.

   

Written by Administrator Monday, 23 December 2013 00:00

Christmas day will soon be here and with it comes an array of emotions for Christians: wonder, gratitude, hope, and loving kindness; also worry, regret, and longing—sometimes gut-wrenching longing—for restoration, peace, forgiveness.

The Christmas “season,” as it’s called commercially, emphasizes emotions like joy, peace, and happiness while hushing allusions to suffering, pain, and loss.

But the true Christmas season for those who welcome the Christ child embraces all emotions because in the celebration of the birth of Christ we remind each other—and the whole world—that the light that shines in Christ promises that the love of God is in us and among us.

   

Written by Kyuboem Lee Friday, 20 December 2013 00:00

Christmas Gifts for the Poor

It has become a well-established tradition in the Western world for good folks to come together at the end of the year and give back to the community by looking out for the less fortunate among us, in the spirit of the season.

We give out turkeys and serve at soup kitchens during Thanksgiving.

We make out checks to worthy charities and make year-end, tax-deductible gifts.

And we purchase toys—good ones that we’d get for our own kids, not some cheap, dollar-store kinds—and bring them wrapped to poor homes and deliver them to delighted children who wouldn’t have been able to enjoy such warm Christmas cheer if not for us good people.

What could possibly be more demonstrative of the Christmas spirit?

   

Written by Steve Taylor Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:00

On Sunday Nelson Mandela was laid to rest at Qunu, his ancestral home, ten days after he passed away. In the interim between his death and burial, South Africa was not so much a nation in mourning as it was a nation in celebration and thanksgiving—celebration of and thanksgiving for the life of Nelson Mandela.

This was true even for the great majority of South African Christians. White South African, Michael Cassidy, founder of the evangelistic organization, African Enterprise, and regarded by many to be the Billy Graham of continental Africa, marked Mandela’s passing with these words:

The moment South Africa has in many ways been dreading has come upon us and our Madiba [Madela’s tribal name] has ended his long earthly walk to freedom. Nelson Mandela has died and South Africa is bereft. The country will never have a greater son nor one who left a greater legacy. We need to pray that the values he sought to bequeath to us of forgiveness, reconciliation, large heartedness, non racialism and true democracy benefiting all should not be in any way compromised or abandoned but re-embraced with renewed commitment and deep resolve. . . . If as a nation we can do this it will constitute the best expression of gratitude possible to this great man who has left our midst.
   

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