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Category: Theology Thursday
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By Matt Hampton
Faculty, College of Theology

Proverbs 27:19 states that as in the water the face reflects the face, so the heart of man reflects the man. James 4:1 asks what causes the quarrels and fights among you? Is it not this that your passions are at war within you? At a recent National Pickle ball Tournament God revealed my true character and inner heart.

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By Todd Forrest
Faculty, College of Theology

In a recent conversation with a friend, I was given a car wash coupon. The coupon stated, “good for the redemption of one super deluxe wash at —“. Being a hose and bucket guy in my driveway, I was anxious to use this. This was the hand wash and dry with wax, sun screen and other stuff I did not know my car needed. This simple piece of paper was going to transform my car inside and out. At the bottom of my coupon was a small signature of the owner. It was not the coupon, but the signature of the man that would be paying for my carwash that made all the difference.

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By Brett Berger
Faculty, College of Theology

Worldviews come to us through stories. We do not form our most basic beliefs and assumptions about the nature of the world through a set of propositions. Neither do we come to these most basic convictions through a comprehensive analysis of all the evidence. Our lives are storied. From our earliest days, we are told stories and these shape our view of the world. Our parents may have read us the “The Little Engine that Could” to reinforce the principle that we can do anything if we believe it but our exploits on the Little League field may have more persuasively confirmed or denied that principle in our minds.

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By Chip Lamca
Faculty, College of Theology

Can you be a missionary in a place that has no apparent physical needs? In 1998, I was on a seminary mission trip to a Central American nation and worked with a translator. He told me that he wanted to be a missionary and that he was going to an island nation in the Caribbean. He said that the island was the only place open to him because it was the only place in the world poorer than his own country. When I asked if he had ever considered Uruguay or Costa Rica, he said that it would be impossible to be a missionary in either of those countries because they had the best economies in Latin America.

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By Steve Sherman
Faculty, College of Theology

My academic writing project on “The Knowledge of God” made me realize both what a HUGE topic this was and why, as a Christian I needed to dive deeply into the Scriptures for grounding and meaning of a truly biblical perspective. After months of research (and 85 written pages later!), I set out to summary the findings, which are presented here for your consideration—and in hopes of encouraging you to “know God”—in the ways the Bible itself describes.

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By Justin McLendon
Faculty, College of Theology

Our Christmas celebrations often focus upon the drama of the Christmas story. We listen in carefully as we imagine Joseph and Mary and their pursuit of a suitable place for delivery. We are awestruck by their fears and faith. We marvel at the shepherds, minding their own business in a nameless field, whom the Lord reveals a plan far greater than tending sheep. Our curiosity stirs as we inquire about the wise men and their placement in the chronological events of our Lord’s birth. And we equally imagine what it was like to witness our Lord’s birth in a lowly manger. Yet, if we are not careful, we’ll become absorbed in the drama and miss a crucial aspect of the story’s main character.

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By Joshua Greever
Faculty, College of Theology

Happy New Year! Around this time of year, many across the globe make New Year’s “resolutions.” They hope that somehow their own personal past of broken resolutions isn’t a prelude to more broken resolutions in the future. They hope that in some way these resolutions will bring them to live a better lifestyle and enjoy a more fulfilling existence. Whatever resolutions you may have set out to accomplish this year, I want to encourage you in 2018 and beyond to resolve to rest in Jesus.

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By Brett Berger
Faculty, College of Theology

During this season, it seems we cannot help but be more tuned-in to time. The term “Holiday Season” itself forces us to think in terms of time. As we approach Christmas, the pace of time seems to increase as we scurry about in our preparations and celebrations. We may think there is not enough time. As we move past Christmas and come to New Years, we think about the last year, we naturally assess where our lives are and where they are going. Perhaps, we lament another year has escaped us.

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By Anna Faith Smith
Associate Dean, College of Theology 

Having spent the last six weeks of Theology Thursday considering the fall of humanity and the consequences of sin, we can clearly see that we need hope and that we are incapable of providing that hope for ourselves. What should come as no surprise to us is that God knew we would sin. In addition to that, he knew that we would be incapable of restoring our relationship with him after we had sinned.

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By Jason Hiles
Dean, College of Theology

Throughout my “glory days” in high school, I played on the football team. During the course of one game, I was hit so hard that I recall standing up to find that the field around me was shaking. Of course, the field wasn’t actually shaking. My perception had been altered by a brutal hit to the head that left me with the impression that I was experiencing something like an earthquake. Since no one else seemed to notice the “earthquake,” after a few seconds I realized that the problem was in my head rather than on the field. Imagine how my experience would have differed if I had been born into a world that seemed to shake and quake from day one because of an issue in my mind. And imagine if everyone else around me experienced the world in the same shaky way. When our experience is off for a few moments we can generally determine that our perception is the problem, but making that determination is much more challenging when our perception is perpetually out of whack.

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By Scott Hovater
Faculty, College of Theology

Life can seem scary and frightening at times. The daily news is full of stories of innocent people being killed or seriously hurt by natural disasters, disease, mass shootings, drunk drivers or just simple accidents. It seems like no matter what we do, we might just end up in the wrong place at the wrong time. What are we to do? Should we hide away from the world trying to avoid all possible scenarios that might cause us harm? Certainly most would agree that hiding away from the world is not really an option. Besides, who’s to say tragedy cannot befall us even while we are trying to avoid it. We live in a fallen world were bad things can happen to any one of us at any time.

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