Ravi Zacharias and Abdu Murray Team Up to Look at Jesus – Christian Article

Review: Seeing Jesus from The East: A Fresh Look at History’s Most Influential Person by Ravi Zacharias and Abdu Murray (Zondervan, 2020) One of the challenges when multiple authors combine to cover a particular topic — especially when the individual chapters were not written collaboratively — is that that there is often nothing which unifies the book as a whole. When I started reading Seeing Jesus From the East, I resigned myself to reading it as a collection of nine…

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I know you’re a church leader, but do you truly know the gospel? – Youth Work Hacks – Youth Ministry Christian Article

We love to be black-and-white don’t we? We love to be super clear on where we stand on complex issues. We know exactly what the Bible says about… [fill in the gap.] We can talk intelligently, with rehearsed answers and memorised verses about all manner of social, ethical, and philosophical ideas. We know how to reduce complexity to a snappy soundbite. We think this boldness on issues and our uniqueness in a relativistic world comes from the gospel’s influence in…

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Parents, Your Kids Need Big Theology – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The Rich Theology of Hymns Before our daughter was born, my husband and I made a long list of “musts” and “nevers” like any ambitious parent. As you can imagine, most of those fell by the wayside in the days and months after she was born, but one tradition was born from that list that has turned into one of my favorite parenting victories. We vowed to teach our children classic hymns. We carefully picked out which song would be…

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Integralism with Pater Edmund Waldstein – Mere Orthodoxy – Christian Article

Nearly every Christian tradition has its own view on Christ & Culture; that is, how the Christian church relates to secular culture and political powers. In this episode, Pater Edmund joins Matt and Derek to discuss the classic Roman Catholic political theology of Integralism. Timestamps: Intro + definition of Integralism [0:00 – 5:10] What does the subordination of the temporal power to the spiritual power look like? [5:10 – 7:40] Would it be wrong, then, for spiritual authorities, like bishops,…

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A 1hr a day reading list to make 2020 a year of theology – Youth Work Hacks – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Did you ever wish you knew more about theology or wanted to brush up on the basics? Maybe you’ve been a youth worker for years, but you skipped training and now you feel like you’re playing catchup? If you start the year right, then you can work in some new reading habits that – with a little commitment – should help you exit 2020 with a firmer grasp on Theology, the Bible, and Youth Ministry. There’s so much you can read,…

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Theology’s basic task | Skillful Shepherds – Christian Article

“What is theology’s most basic task?” Adam Neder asks in this CT article. This is a good & timely reminder (at the start of a new semester). There is a difference between knowing theology & knowing God. The same can be said of why we read or study the Bible. Read the full article here. Like this: Like Loading… Related This is Only a Snippet of a Christian Article written by skillfulshepherds Read Full Article

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“Science and The Good,” with Dr. Paul Nedelisky – Mere Orthodoxy – Christian Article

Can science tell us how we should live or why we should be good and not evil? Paul Nedelisky joins Matt, Derek, and Alastair to explore these questions and discuss his latest book (co-written with James Davidson Hunter), Science and the Good: The Tragic Quest for the Foundations of Morality. Timestamps: Intro + historical overview of science as a reason for morality [0:00 – 9:10] The naturalistic fallacy, and moral norms and the sciences and how these two consisted of…

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Advocating for Women in Youth Ministry – we really must do better! – Youth Work Hacks – Youth Ministry Christian Article

A couple of years ago I received a bit of pushback to my 11 essential youth ministry books because none of them were written by women. My response was that this, unfortunately, is the reality of the market. For every youth work book written by a woman there are dozens written by men. There is an enormous problem with the body language of youth ministry towards women. Women and Youth Ministry I’m always nervous writing on topics like this because I don’t want to…

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5 Myths about John Calvin – Christian Article

This article is part of the 5 Myths series. Dispelling Urban Legends Like many larger-than-life figures in the history of the church, the memory of the French Reformer John Calvin has been subjected to various distortions that amount to urban legends. Myth #1: Calvin had Michael Servetus executed. During what has been called the Servetus Affair in Geneva in 1553, Calvin was embroiled in the trial and execution by burning of Anabaptist Michael Servetus (c.1511–1553), who was adamant in his…

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Watch for the Light – Advent. – Youth Ministry Christian Article

“When the angel Gabriel came to Mary, he told her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” And she answered, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” It was in this submission, this surrender and obedience, that Christ was conceived. And it is the laying down of power that is revealed in his birth.…He was born in a stable, at the…

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John Calvin’s Legacy | Crossway Articles – Christian Article

Wondrous Awe for God John Calvin was a Gulliver in the land of Lilliputians, a titan in the midst of dwarfs. He stands head and shoulders above the rank and file of theologians, scholars, and biblical experts down through the ages. He abides in the elite company of men like Saint Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, and Jonathan Edwards. As Aristotle received the epithet “the philosopher,” so Calvin received a similar sobriquet from Philipp Melanchthon, who referred to Calvin simply…

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Quick Shot: “There is no such thing as sin” – Christian Article

  Quick Shot: “There is no such thing as sin” by J Warner Wallace Our “Quick Shot” series offers brief answers to common objections to the Christian worldview. Each response is limited to one paragraph. These responses are designed to (1) answer the objection as concisely as possible, (2) challenge the objector to think more deeply about his or her claim, and (3) facilitate a “gospel” conversation. In this article, we’re offering “Quick Shot” responses to the objection, Quick Shot:…

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Where’s Jesus in the Old Testament? Start with These 12 Verses. – Christian Article

We often read our Bibles as if Jesus made his first appearance in this world as a baby in the New Testament. Our story as Christians, we sometimes think, starts with the book of Matthew. But the Bible’s witness to Jesus did not begin there. A common thread runs throughout the pages of our Bibles from the beginning of Genesis to the last page of Revelation: Christ. Here are 12 New Testament verses that point to Jesus in the Old…

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Did you know about these two false gods? – End Times Christian Article

By Elizabeth Prata I finished reading through Amos. A hard book, but a majestic one. God is at the center of it. His wrath, righteousness, and holiness. It ends with a promise, as do most of the prophetic books- I will plant them on their land,and they shall never again be uprootedout of the land that I have given them,says the LORD your God.Amos 9:15 Earlier in Amos 5 we read of yet some more false gods the people were…

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Feeding the Two Wolves | c y b e r f i z h – Christian Article

There is a Cherokee story of a grandfather teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” said the grandfather to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.” The…

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Introducing Emblems of the Infinite King – Christian Article

A Journey through Systematic Theology In an imaginative journey through the grand story of the universe, Emblems of the Infinite King: Enter the Knowledge of the Living God by J. Ryan Lister introduces kids ages 10+ to God’s radiant beauty using the main categories of systematic theology: God, humanity, sin, Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and last things. Full of captivating illustrated “emblems” meant to symbolize key facets of Christian doctrine, this unique book seeks to bring theological…

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Searching for the Rich T – Christian Article

I was raised on Rich Tea biscuits. That is not exactly true but certainly some of my favourite childhood memories are of eating Rich Tea biscuits at my grandmother’s house and the secret she shared with me that they tasted even better when dunked in tea. It is a memory I treasure and one that still prompts me to search for the Rich Tea biscuits when shopping. Treasure comes in many forms – or what I call ‘Rich T’. Recently we…

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Olympos Games | c y b e r f i z h – Christian Article

“Love was as hardwired into the structure of the universe as gravity and matter.” (Dan Simmons) Dan Simmons is an American science-fiction writer whose works often include themes of history, fantasy, religion and horror. Simmons is mainly known for his novels such as the Hugo award winning ‘Hyperion’ (1989), ‘Ilium’ (2003), and its sequel ‘Olympos’ (2005). In these particular works Simmons cleverly interweaves the storylines from more classic writings such as Chaucer’s ‘The Canterbury Tales’ in ‘Hyperion, and Homer’s ‘The…

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Have God’s Attributes Changed Your Life Yet? – Christian Article

Puritan theologian William Ames (1576–1633) offered my favorite definition of theology: the art of living well. Robust theology ought to lead to robust living. Matthew Barrett’s new book, None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God (Baker) [read TGC’s review] characterizes this truth well. Before he became a scholar, Barrett had an awakening to the God of the Bible, and now he’s seeking to make his character and attributes clear and accessible to laypeople so that learning the attributes of God…

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Responding to The Game of Thrones Debate – Youth Work Hacks – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Game of Thrones. Is it the gloves off, gruesome, grim and gristly opiate for the masses – or the fantastical story that grapples with the true complexities of human experience? Is it right for a Christian to watch it for entertainment, or perhaps missional research – or should they steer clear of it all-together? Could this be a random cracking of the whip? Like Sabrina prompted last year, Deadpool three years ago, or Harry Potter ten plus years ago? It’s…

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The Peculiarities of the Definition of Sin

How many times have you sat in church and been told by the pastor that the word for sin is taken from the word hamartia, which means missing the mark? You’re then told that the meaning of the word is based on an archery term and perhaps you were given a teaching slide which showed such an image. In the examples above, there is only one arrow and it lands appropriately in what we could call the center of God’s…

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Sustainable Youth Ministry – Don’t Miss This Training Day at Youthfront With Mark DeVries – Youth Ministry Christian Article

What makes a youth ministry sustainable? How do you stay on the road to success? In the world of youth ministry, there are a handful of constant factors that thrive over the long haul. Our upcoming Youth Ministry Training seminar, Foundations of Sustainable Youth Ministry, introduces these factors and offers a strategic design for instilling these foundational patterns into the fabric of any youth ministry, regardless of its model.   Join us April 11 as special guest Mark DeVries shares…

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