Links on Theology, Life, and Culture to encourage us to be — and to make — disciples.
Seeing the World in Black and White: How Much Do Assumptions Divide Us? Justice seeks what’s right, including assigning intentions in how we see the world.
Anne Bradstreet and Phillis Wheatley: Poster Girls for Christian Courage Jenny-Lyn de Klerk, a frequent lecturer with our Immerse MDiv students, provides some insight into courage from which we all could benefit: “Bradstreet was the first person (male or female), and Wheatley was the first African-American woman, to publish poetry in America.”
Did Moses Think Sinners Could Keep the Law? Is obedience impossible? This 14 minute podcast (and transcript) explain: “”Genesis, at the front end of the Pentateuch, and Deuteronomy, at the back end, both draw our attention to the righteousness that comes through faith. And sandwiched in between is the Mosaic law, which came in 430 years after Abraham, and it does not nullify what was taught as the righteousness of faith.”
Is the Sabbath Command Still Relevant? Though much debated (and this does not answer all the questions), here are some helpful thoughts to keep in mind. Two key ideas include: “The sabbath is not simply a rest from labor, but it is a rest unto the Lord. We can lie in the bed all day on Sunday and not keep the sabbath holy … because we have neither turned our attention to the Lord nor been thankful for His salvation!” And “The answer here, in the fourth commandment, is that we can love God with our time (perhaps our most precious possession in today’s hurried society), our focused attention in a world abounding with distractions, and our energy (which will include both recharging our spiritual batteries and serving God/others).”
The Great Tradition: Patristic Edition This month’s edition of Credo Magazine explores some people and issues that have often been overlooked: “Few Christians today have ever heard about the church fathers. Those that have heard about the fathers have been warned that they are Roman Catholic or untrustworthy exegetes, or both! However, there is a retrieval underfoot. … Christians are now rediscovering the fathers for the first time. They are also noticing that many of the doctrinal missteps today could have been avoided if we had only paid attention to the insights the fathers offer.”