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"Don’t Judge” and other Ironies

Posted by Dr. Todd Hall on March 21, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Perhaps the greatest irony of our present age is the absolute moralism of a culture which rails against institutionalized morality. “Don’t force your morality on me” is often uttered in complete sincerity and without a hint of irony.

Increasingly in our contemporary world, this commitment to the morality of moral relativism is becoming manifest in the church. And as has always been the case, there’s “no Catholic like a convert.” One can often see in the language of these converts to the new morality of the West all the righteousness of the raging prophets, dealing out the fiery judgment of God against those who would dare to “judge others.” This desire to raise ourselves above others—to present ourselves as righteous crusaders for God’s cause—is not new; in fact it is ancient, maybe the oldest impulse of humanity. But it can be terribly destructive, and it is symptomatic of a deeper problem: the desire for self-justification (usually in comparison to others, maximizing their “faults” while minimizing our own) is the full expression of a lack of trust in the goodness of God.

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Topics: On-Topic Today, Relationships

"Up with Authority"

Posted by Dr. Woody Woodrow on March 2, 2017 at 9:30 AM

In 2009, TV actor Tony Danza, star of “Who’s the Boss?” and “Taxi,” spent one year teaching 10th grade English at Northeast High in Philadelphia. Danza readily admits to being a “discipline problem” himself in high school. Subsequently, he wrote a best-selling book about his experience at Northeast: I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had.

Education, government, business, communication, transportation, sports, the military, families, churches—virtually any cooperative effort—requires authority and respect for authority.

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Topics: On-Topic Today, Personal

Help Your Seminary Record the New Timeless CD

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on February 7, 2017 at 9:30 AM

After a couple of years hiatus, we will be recording a third Timeless CD at Lone Pine Studios in Orlando, Florida this February. 

The first CD, “Be Still and Know: Psalms of Trust, Comfort, and Hope,” was followed by “Where Are You, Lord? From Lament to Praise in the Psalms.” The third CD will focus on psalms of Torah, wisdom, and creation, including psalms 1, 8, 14, 19, 24, 32, 36, 37, 49, 53, 74, 78, and 112.

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Topics: On-Topic Today, Personal, Old Testament

Black Friday and Blue Laws: What’s Lost in Post-Constantinianism

Posted by Dr. Todd Hall on January 26, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon argue in Resident Aliens that the opening of the movie theater in their hometown on Sundays represented the end of Christendom, and the beginning of an opportunity for “real” Christianity to emerge from the shadow of Constantinianism. This insight is important, and there can be no doubt that the end of “blue laws” at least embodies the shift in epoch experienced as these United States transitioned from a society structured around the edifice of the religion called “Christianity” to a secular, market-driven social structure. Is this a good thing, though?

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Topics: On-Topic Today, Church History, Politics

Being Children of Light

Posted by Dr. Daniel Napier on January 24, 2017 at 9:30 AM

There’s an old trade secret among preachers. The word is that there are three topics any of which will ensure an audience. If you want to draw a crowd, you can preach on sex, on the end times, and on will there be sex in the end times?

The religious mania over imagining and predicting the future is well known today. We even have TV series that turn on popular conceptions. Evidently, some in Paul’s churches would have understood the attraction – they might have even tuned in. But this impulse isn’t unique either to religious groups or to one particular age. It’s a human thing.

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Topics: On-Topic Today, Politics, New Testament

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