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Conversation Partners For Reading The Sermon

Conversation Partners For Reading The Sermon

Before we dive into the history of interpretation on the Sermon on the Mount, let me introduce you to my main conversation partners. READING THE BIBLE WITH THE DEAD (Who, Though Dead, Yet Speak) Clement of Alexandria (150-215): Stromateis Book 4, Chapter 6. Tertullian (160-220): Four Books Against Marcion, Book IV, Chapter XIV. Origen (184-253): Commentary on Matthew & On First…

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What Books I Am Reading In 2018

What Books I Am Reading In 2018

Nick Roark (over at Tolle Lege) will inspire just about anyone to keep a book log. And so I shall. Some books will involve current issues in my field of study, or important works that inspire current conversation. But my heart lies with Lewis, who made an impassioned plea to recover a love for old books, and the wisdom that…

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Charge to HU Ministry Students 2018

Charge to HU Ministry Students 2018

[On May 4, 2018, I was honored to give the charge on behalf of the faculty to graduating students of ministry at Harding University’s blessing ceremony. Due to time constraints, I offered a condensed presentation. The following is the longer, written version of that charge.] Repeat after me: Communion. Community. Character. Calling. Tonight, I draw my charge from the latter…

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Why I Preach Christ Crucified

Why I Preach Christ Crucified

“I preach Christ crucified. Not as some sad moment to get your sympathy; not as a trinket I wear around my neck to sub for some piece of sympathetic magic. No. I believe heaven touched earth in the person of Jesus Christ. I believe the powers of darkness were lassoed at the cross. I believe Satan and all of his…

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Ministry Job Search Tools

Ministry Job Search Tools

Looking for a job opening? Below is a list of online resources for anyone searching for a ministry position among Churches of Christ (as well as the larger Stone-Campbell restoration and unity movement). Churches often post in diverse places, and finding a central ‘hub’ from which to begin a search can be daunting. Several people have compiled similar lists, and…

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My Favorite Online Lessons (6): Biblical Text

My Favorite Online Lessons (6): Biblical Text

BIBLE SURVEY Craig Koester, Luther Seminary (20 OT & Intertestamental; 10 New Testament) Biblical Studies lecture series (with some very good presenters) Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ Bible Studies (led by Austin Grad School of Theology professors) George B. Caird, New Testament Theology lectures, University of Oxford (1979-1983). OLD TESTAMENT TEXTS NEW TESTAMENT TEXTS Gospel of Matthew Craig Keener series…

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My Favorite Online Lessons (5): Christian Social Engagement

My Favorite Online Lessons (5): Christian Social Engagement

A PLEA FOR CHRISTIAN SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT The Christian’s Call To Public Social Engagement Os Guinness, A New Christian Renaissance Communicating Effectively In Our Culture Os Guinness, Civility in the Pubic Square Os Guinness, Fools for Christ Tim Keller, Writing From A Christian Worldview Alister McGrath, Being A Christian In Academia CHRISTIAN POLITICAL THEOLOGY God and Religion as Integral to Notions…

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My Favorite Online Lessons (4): Christian Apologetics

My Favorite Online Lessons (4): Christian Apologetics

GENERAL APOLOGETIC WEBSITES AND COLLECTIONS Apologetics 315. See especially their audio and podcast collection. Apologetics Canada BeThinking Phil Vaz Stand to Reason CHRISTIAN APOLOGISTS Greg Boyd Gordon H. Clark John Clayton William Lane Craig. Debates and speech videos. Douglas Groothuis Gary Habermas Tim Keller Peter Kreeft C. S. Lewis Alister McGrath. See also here. J. P. Moreland Lee Strobel Richard…

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My Favorite Online Lessons (2): Developing A Healthy Christian Theology

My Favorite Online Lessons (2): Developing A Healthy Christian Theology

DISCOVERY: CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY 101 Foundations: The Mind and Heart of a Disciple William Lane Craig, Foundations of Christian Doctrine. (Two parts) Tim Keller, Come and See. What Is Theology? A Practical Introduction Randy Harris, An Idiot’s Guide To Theology. Three Parts. Video and audio (itunes #60, 123, & 191). Harold Hazelip, Theology for the Pew: Basic Christian Doctrines & the…

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