Reading and Praying Scripture for Spiritual Transformation (Lectio Divina)

By Dr. Peter Spychalla The religious poet, a worshipper of Israel’s God, YHWH, exclaimed, “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long” (Psalm 119:97). Biblical authors commend, through command and example, sustained reflection on God, His character, His works, His ways, His plans, and His instruction as revealed in the…

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Early Christian Writers

Dr. Andrew Blaski As twenty-first century Christians, we sometimes treat the New Testament as though it were written in a vacuum, without considering how it was received (and indeed, compiled) by those who immediately followed its composition. It doesn’t always occur to us that there were men and women who actually knew the apostles, and that those individuals may…

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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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Mike McQueen speaks

In this blog, Urbana Seminary Professor Mike McQueen discusses his reaction to a recent article in The Atlantic: It seems a couple of previously unused terms have broken into the academic vocabulary in the last year. In case you have missed them, “microaggression” and “trigger warnings” are now making their debut on college campuses across…

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“God Bless Us Everyone”

 written by Brent Dickman, Urbana Seminary Alum and Adjunct Professor “A merry Christmas, uncle! God save you!” cried a cheerful voice. It was the voice of Scrooge’s nephew, who came upon him so quickly that this was the first intimation he had of his approach. “Bah!” said Scrooge, “Humbug!” He had so heated himself with rapid walking…

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The Metaphorical Gospel

written by Rick Williams, Urbana Seminary student, for the class “A Journey with Hobbits: The Work of J.R.R. Tolkien” I have, on numerous occasions, stood before a class of high school seniors and asserted, “Reading the Lord of the Rings changed my life.  It gave me my first glimpse of the Gospel and started me…

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