Blessed are the meek? Blessed are the peacemakers?

Blessed are the meek? Blessed are the peacemakers? by Peter D. Spychalla, Ph.D., D.Min. Assistant Professor of New Testament & Spiritual Formation The speech of a first-century Jewish prophet arrests me: “blessed are the meek, . . . blessed are the peacemakers.” It puzzles, intrigues. How can this be? What could he possibly mean? Why would anyone want to be peaceable and meek? Will his vision play in the theatre…

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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 nature of God, the meaning of grace, and our understanding of human freedom: ·         How can…

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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 and said.  But as the creator of pithy statements such as “the Bible tells us…

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What’s a Christian to Do with Harry Potter?

In this blog entry, Dr. Melody Green shares a couple of  her experiences as a college teacher dealing with a series of books that is now twenty years old and just as popular as it ever was.   Several years ago, when I was teaching a class called Foundations of Children’s Literature to future teachers at a public university, one of the required texts was a book from the Harry…

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Why should American Christians study World Religions?

By Dr. Mike McQueen While the United States was once a melting pot, it is now more of a multi-cultural/religious stew.  What was once unique to the various ethnic enclaves in major cities (like Chinatown, Little Tokyo, etc) and college towns is now making its way to even rural areas where adoptions, refugee resettlements, and new businesses are being established.  How can a Christian hope to reach out and be…

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