Fairest Jesus – “We insist on meeting Jesus on our own terms, and our ideas of who he is invariably take the form of our most cherished images. Like the proverbial queen in Snow White, our questions about Jesus are sometimes motivated by predetermined answers. We ask, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, which Jesus is the fairest of them all?” and the only answer we will accept is the one that best suits our fancies.” – J.M. Njoroge
Peter Kreeft (Catholic) on the gift of tongues – A very interesting discussion on this matter from someone of the Catholic tradition. I do not exactly know how to process this. Although theologically I am charismatically inclined, I have a hard time wrapping my mind around the idea of Catholics speaking in tongues. (purchase full audio discussion here)
Cosmos Conceals the Source of Scientific Inspiration for Michael Faraday, James Maxwell – An article critiquing Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos, and its portrayal of Faraday and Maxwell as two scientists who “checked their religious beliefs at the door.” As the author points in this article, the two scientists did not check their beliefs at the door, but in fact their beliefs were the inspiration behind their research and contributions to science.
I found the following article in The Norton Reader: An Anthology of Nonfiction Prose. It was originally published in The New York Times Magazine in 1977. I was struck by the author’s bluntness and it challenged me to think about human nature, about how I am perceived and how I perceive others. You can read this short and timeless article below.
Gaylin, Willard. “What You See is the Real You.” The New York Times Oct. 7, 1977.
It was, I believe, the distinguished Nebraska financier Father Edward J. Flanagan who professed to having “never met a bad boy.” Having, myself, met a remarkable number of bad boys, it might seem that either our experiences were drastically different or we were using the word “bad” differently. I suspect neither is true, but rather that the Father was appraising the “inner man,” while I, in fact, do not acknowledge the existence of inner people.
Since we psychoanalysts have unwittingly contributed to this confusion, let one, at least, attempt a small rectifying effort. Psychoanalytic data—which should be viewed as supplementary information—are, unfortunately, often viewed as alternative (and superior) explanation. This has led to the prevalent tendency to think of the “inner” man as Continue reading
At Easter, in celebrating Christ’s death, burial and resurrection we also celebrate the salvation that we receive through the atoning work of the cross. Although our minds may rightfully be focussed on the Son that was given to die for our sin, it is also important to remember that in our salvation God reveals himself as a Trinity. (The following was originally posted June, 2nd, 2013)
The Trinity is the source and means of salvation. In the work of salvation the Godhead reveals both his plurality and unity. His plurality is seen in the reality that salvation is an agreement, or operation that takes place not between God and man, or between God and Satan, but a transaction that takes place within the Godhead. In order for such a transaction to take place more than one person is required. In the work of salvation the tri-unity of God can be seen as the Father (the righteous judge) sends the Son (who satisfies the Father’s judgment,) and the Son sends the Spirit (who convicts man of his sin.) This process continues, as the Spirit also Continue reading
Not long ago a Christian coworker overheard a conversation I was having with a nonbeliever. The nonbeliever was asking many questions, some of them very meaningful yet difficult to answer. Some of the questions however were outright pretentious, questions he desired no answers to, that were asked simply to justify his lifestyle and worldview. I strugled to provide the best answer I could give, only to be confronted by my fellow Christian with the often misquoted verse “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” (Mathew 7:6)
This made me ask my own questions. When is the appropriate time to “cast pearls?” How do I know when a question is dishonest? When do I “answer a fool according to his folly?” And when do I refuse to answer a fool according to his folly? (Proverbs 26:4-5)
While studying Jesus’ interaction with those around him I discovered an instance where Jesus Continue reading
In the few dialogues with non-believers where the subject of abortion came up, I found that the most persuasive pro-life argument is not an argument from Scriptures but an argument from science. The times when Scripture passages were brought in, the pro-choice(er) tended to point that our differences are religious, and he does not want to participate in a “religious conversation,” or even worse, that the pro-life argument is merely religious and not scientific.
For this reason I wanted to look closer into pro-life groups that approach the argument against abortion from a secular worldview Continue reading
Lately I’ve been more and more interested in finding ways to be actively involved in pro-life ministries. Although I am almost certain I don’t have what it takes to protest in front of an abortion clinic, I am truly convicted to start somewhere. This conviction is born out of a struggle within my heart as I try to justify the fact that although I consider myself to be pro-life, there is nothing that I do in my daily life and ministry that is directly ‘pro-life.’
As I try to figure this out I thought I would share with you about some people who are active in protecting life and also share a couple of pro life themed songs. Yet first i would like to recommend the following article by Allie Jones via The Business Insider.
The Rape Exception? Why?
“When you make that rape exception, it’s like you’re saying to me that I deserved the death penalty for the crimes of my father. According to the U.S. Supreme Court, my father didn’t even deserve the death penalty. The Supreme Court has said there is no death penalty for rapists. But you say that I, as the innocent child of rape, deserved the death penalty?” – Rebecca Kiessling
Dark Secrets: Life after Abortion. The testimony of women who dealt with post abortion trauma.
Ever since I was a child the thought of beginning a new year brought forth mixed emotions of excitement and fear of what the future holds.
Just before New Years Eve I read a passage from Isaiah (43:18-21) that compelled me to take a more optimistic (call it faithimistic) approach to the year that stands in front of me. This is not meant to be a ‘prosperity message’ which would give readers a false hope for the year ahead (neither is this is meant to me a fine exercise in exegesis). This is simply a contemplation.
Judah at this point is in captivity in the far away land of Babylon, oppressed and humiliated, desperate for the times past. Times when they had a land to call their own, and king to look up to. It was here in Babylon that the books of 1 & 2 Chronicles were written, primarily to keep the memory of their past alive.
1. Do not dwell on the Past
“Remember not the former things” – Isaiah 43:18(a)
A. The past is not as great as you think
The word however commands Judah to leave their past behind. Implied in this command is the hint that the version of the past they contemplated on was much more glorified than what honest history would say. Continue reading
Over the past 40 years the church has struggled to become more relevant and appealing to the “real world”. The church attempted to do this by using different strategies, which almost always involved the borrowing of ideas, practices, and visions from the world.
Yet the world still looks at the church and sees mostly powerless, divided and chaotic groups of people who claim to be superior to the rest of the world. In other words, the church is still unable to answer the questions of those living in the “real world,” the only difference is that now the church is equally Continue reading
When reading Paul’s epistle to the Galatian Church, one can notice that the Galatian Church was plagued by two different perversions of the Gospel. First, a legalistic group known as ‘Judaizers,’ “had persuaded the Galatian Christians with the error that gentiles should be circumcised and follow the Mosaic Law.” A second, group of syncretistic, “half-assimilated Gentile Christians were interpreting the liberty of the Christian man as a freedom from any moral obligation.” These legalists threatened the true message of the Gospel as salvation by grace and not by works, while the syncretists threatened the unity and purity of the Church. Paul set out with passion and emotion, to rebuke them for their errors and to convince the Galatian believers to turn back to the true Gospel.
Galatians 3:15-29 contains the thesis of Paul’s argument against the Judaizers, and the argument is initiated in verse one of the same chapter through rhetorical query; “who has bewitched you?”. Continue reading
I have a great privilege this semester to have as a professor one of the most passionate and inteligent people that I have ever known. He has a great passion to teach and to minister to the needy, and he can be seen many times walking with a bucket which both students and staff use to donate their quarters for his inter-semestrial missionary trips to Kenya. Dr. Sanders teaches NT Focus Study on Trinity.
Why study the Trinity: expanded PDF version
Wherefore, since we desire to understand the eternity, and equality, and unity of the Trinity, as much as is permitted us, but ought to believe before we understand; and since we must watch carefully, that our faith be not feigned; since we must have the fruition of the same Trinity, that we may live blessedly; but if we have believed anything false of it, our hope would be worthless, and our charity not pure: how then can we love, by believing, that Trinity which we do not know?