The Doctrine of Election

 By Dr. Todd Daly The doctrine of divine election/predestination is too often associated with acrimonious debates between the followers of Calvin and Arminius, debates that not only distort the concept of election but subtly suggest that Christians are better off jettisoning this troubled doctrine altogether. However, this troubled debate often engenders legitimate questions about the…

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G. K. Chesterton

Ravi Zacharias, Philip Yancey, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien:  these are just a few of the popular Christian writers who have acknowledged that the writings of G. K. Chesterton influenced their thought and faith.  This alone is reason enough for the rest of us to pay attention and  find out what he wrote…

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Why We need Christian Ethics

In this blog post, Dr. Todd Daly talks about Christian Ethics, what they are, and why they matter:   Last week a team of scientists in Portland, Oregon announced that they had successfully edited a genetic mutation which causes heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heritable disease that afflicts many unsuspecting adults. The appeal…

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Vocation and Everyday Callings.

by Peter D. Spychalla, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of New Testament & Spiritual Formation I have many questions about vocation and everyday callings – I wonder if you do too. What is a vocation? What is a calling? Does each believer have one? Or many? Is it the monk, priest, or nun who has a vocation,…

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Islam class description

For this blog entry, Dr. Mike McQueen describes his upcoming class on Islam and Radical Fundamentalism: “Islam is a religion of peace. All Islam needs is a reformation like the Church went through in the 16th century and its violent aberrations will disappear.” Have you ever heard this line of thought? I hear it frequently…

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The Fingerprints of God

In this “Word from Urbana Seminary,” Rob and Jean Gill explain the spiritual life forum that Urbana Seminary will be hosting on October 24: Christian ministry can be some of the most joy-filled and satisfying work there is. Walking deeply with people. Sharing in the joys and sorrows of their lives. Helping others to know…

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