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 of justification and the atonement. Paul’s teaching in Galatians 2:16 stands at the heart of…

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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. In fact, there are times when I am just bad at it. Inconsistency is likely…

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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, I see more of them scattered among the books on prayer, books on spiritual formation,…

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Hydrology and the Poetics of the Incarnation

written by Peter D. Spychalla, Ph.D,  Assistant Professor of New Testament & Spiritual Formation Cycle 1 — The water cycle.  My family raises potatoes on a farm in Northern Wisconsin, a state that receives about 30 inches of precipitation annually and sits upon 1.2 quadrillion gallons of underground water . . . enough water to cover the state to a depth of nearly 100 feet.  Life-giving water, falling from the…

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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 both our academic and liturgical calendars. Reflection often accompanies transition, and this particular turn has…

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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 we speak to Him on Judgment Day, and He asks us what we have done…

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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 being “filled with compassion.”  Some earlier versions describe Him as being “filled with anger.”  Clearly,…

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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 “filled with compassion.”  Some earlier versions describe Him as being “filled with anger.”  Clearly, Jesus…

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The Death of John Stott: Passing the Torch of the Gospel

written by John Roekeman, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship staff member A couple of summers ago I worshipped at a large Southern Baptist church in Austin, TX.  The Texas pastor surprised me by quoting John Stott, an Anglican preacher and British author. When I spoke with the Southern Baptist pastor after the service, his eyes watered as he expressed his deep appreciation for the impact of John Stott on his life. David Brooks,…

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Strategic Prayer – Continued

by Mike Jebb “If Jesus was right that the prayer of faith could cause a mountain to be cast into the sea, it makes one wonder what might be possible, if the church could actually be mobilized in fervent, righteous, and strategic prayer…” As we touched on last week, The Strategic Prayer Initiative(TM) (SPI) is striving to find ways to successfully help move large numbers of American Christians into much…

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