Friday, June 29, 2012

New Perspectives on Paul: Where Wright is Right and Crucially Wrong

Depending on the setting, the words “New Perspective” either garner approving nods or violent repudiations. The topic elicits such varied responses because it cuts to the heart of Christianity: by what means a sinner is found to be acceptable by a holy God. In fact, adherents to this thinking would argue that the problem thus outlined is not the priority of Scripture at all, at least not a priority of Paul's. This paper shall seek to generally outline the ideas put forth by the New Perspective, and interact with the position as both a contributor and detractor to the orthodox Christian faith.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

10 Reformed Seminary Jokes

#1 How do you throw a party at seminary?
- Keep the library open past 11pm.

#2 What happens to Hebrew studies as the semester progresses?
- Compensatory lengthening.

#3 Why do they call it seminary?
- Because they ran out of Greek words.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Christopher Hitchens and Dinesh D'Souza

Back in college I attended an atheism vs. religion debate at the University of Colorado campus in Boulder Colorado. Two men took the stage: a confident and voguish Atheist, Christopher Hitchens, and the humble but also confident, Dinesh D'Souza. I sat in a crowd of 600 people listening and waiting for my chance to speak up and challenge.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

From Muslim to Christian

The Love story between Jesus and I contain a lot of pain, sacrifice, growth and fulfillment. I grew up Muslim here in the states. Within an abusive and strict household I grew to question God at a young age. My confusion got me into a lot trouble and suspicion within my immediate family which caused us all to become devoutly dedicated to our Muslim traditions.

Friday, June 15, 2012

What is the Doctrine of the Trinity?

There are many ways to explain the Trinity. Most are heretical. Few are orthodox. So in this article we've put together not one, but two definitions of our Triune God. It's not so much two completely different explanations, but two ways of looking at the same God. One view is simply a definition of God explained by his attributes. The other... is a bit more complicated.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

50 Christian Blogs by 50 Non-Famous Christians

There are lots of links to the famous blogs out there that everybody knows about, but what about those blogs that rock but more people need to go to the show? This is my shout out to you! Here is a list of 50 Christian blogs by 50 Non-Famous Christians. Awesome people write them, and you should visit every single one of them.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Christian Horror by N. Paul Williams

“So, explain Christian Horror. I mean, exactly how does that work?” The question is like a joke that never gets old. Better yet is the look on their faces after I’ve explained the passion that’s driven me for the last decade. You know the look. It’s the one that says, “Wow! That really does make sense. Why didn’t I think of that?”

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

How to Fast for the First Time

After hearing a pastor preach on fasting, I decided my time had come to take the leap into hunger. The pastor said that in Matthew 6:17 Jesus taught on fasting. Jesus started teaching on fasting with the words, “When you fast.” The pastor said Jesus didn’t say, “If you fast” but "when you fast." I’d never read the verse that way before. It meant I had to fast, not because it would give me a spiritual high, but because Jesus called me to do so. Fasting would teach me why.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Seminary Reading List - M.Div Year 1

Go to this list (aff link) to see all the books I read my first year as a Master of Divinity student at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Depending on what order you take your  classes, and what electives you sign up for, this reading list could easily change. However, it should still give you a good idea of the types of books you may read your first year, and some books you could read to better prepare yourself if you haven't yet begun classes. Each class usually has between 1,000-2,000 pages of required reading.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Alis Aquilae

Feathers scattered across crimson cobble
Love’s wings shattered this petrified heart
I am who I am, Infallible