Gospel and Identity Markers in Galatians

written by Dr. Peter D. Spychalla, Assistant Professor of New Testament & Spiritual Formation   Perspectives on Paul—New and Old. New Testament scholarship of the past half century bears witness to vigorous debate, and voluminous literature, regarding the Apostle Paul’s understanding of first-century Judaism (how much legalism was present within its variegated nomism?) and his theology…

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My Daily Walk with God

written by Andrew Kamm, pastor at Christ Community Church in Champaign, Urbana Theological Seminary Alumnus Let me open up with a bit of straight talk. This may surprise you, but carving out space in my day to read the Bible, pray, and relish the presence of God is not something that comes naturally for me….

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Discern and Affirm What is Pleasing to the Lord

written by Peter D. Spychalla, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of New Testament & Spiritual Formation  Multiplying When Light is Dim.  I just counted.  It’s 177 plus three more.  But that’s just upstairs in my home office—I’m always uncovering more hiding in the basement.  When I go downstairs, quickly turn on the light, and scan those delightful bookshelves,…

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From Darkness to Light

written by Rick D. Williams Anyone whose life work centers on education or ministry experiences the familiar rhythm of the annual cycle. Our years are marked in quarters and semesters, by “ordinary” time contrasted with the “strong” seasons of Lent, Easter, Advent, and Christmas. We are come once again to the major transition point in…

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Christian Community

Dr. Jeffrey Hallett Recently I have been convicted by the fact that I am a rich Christian, and generous, but I typically pay others to help the poor. Giving out of our abundance is something Jesus calls us to do, but how many of us actually know and love the needy, as Jesus did? When…

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Implementation of Jesus’ example for managing human suffering. Honest reflections on my years as a Family Physician.

By Dr. David K. Webb In the first chapter of his Gospel, Mark describes an encounter between Jesus and a leper.  This particular leper, sufficiently confident of Jesus’ ability to make him “clean,” begs Him to also be willing to do so.  In response to this request, most versions of the Bible describe Jesus as…

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A biblical perspective on suffering and Jesus’ response to it. Jesus as a model for man’s approach to one who is ill.

By Dr. David Webb In the first chapter of his Gospel, Mark describes an encounter between Jesus and a leper.  This particular leper, sufficiently confident of Jesus’ ability to make him “clean,” begs Him to also be willing to do so.  In response to this request, most versions of the Bible describe Jesus as being…

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