We make countless decisions in our daily lives. In all of them we seek to make good and right choices. The Christian has resources to help. We have the Bible, especially with its words about Christ. We have the Holy Spirit. We have Christian sisters and brothers. And we have insight from centuries of Christian voices.
Online Written Resources
Therefore: Christ and the Powers
We are all familiar with the powers that be: the government, the military, the academy, corporate America, the religious establishment…. The truth is that the course of our existence is profoundly influenced by the powers that be, the powers that frame our lives. Click here to read more.
Therefore: The Prophetic Imagination
While the phrase “prophetic imagination” never occurs in the text of scripture, these two words provide a critical key for understanding the message of scripture. We often think of imagination as a form of fantasy, as fanciful thoughts or mental constructs which contrast with the actual realities which frame our lives. Click here to read more.
Therefore: Death, Resurrection & the Redemption of the Body: Practicing Watchfulness
Reflecting biblical teaching, the Apostle’s Creed ends with the affirmation, “I believe in… the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” Yet against the testimony of Scripture and creed, our lives observably end in death…. Scripture gathers all of our observations into a solemn pronouncement: “You are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Gen. 3:19b) Click here to read more.
Book Thoughts: Connecting the Spiritual Life to Ethical Living – “Thirsty for God,” by Bradley P. Holt
Christians typically think of spirituality as dealing with the interior life of prayer, meditation, contemplation, and possibly worship without connecting it to how they live their lives outwardly in the world. Bradley P. Holt, in his book, “Thirsty for God: A Brief History of Christian Spirituality,” is persistent in connecting inward spiritual experiences with outward expressions of Christian love and activity in the culture. Click here to read more.
Other Written Resources
“Inner Strength for Outer Action,” by Ruth Haley Barton, The Transforming Center
There is no question that the primary rhythm that sustained Dr. King for the long haul of his leadership was the rhythm of prayer and action, action and prayer. He knew that God and God alone gives us the interior resources to bear the burdens and tribulations of life, especially those that come as we fulfill our call to serve others and to stand for what is right in this world. Had he not chosen to move back and forth between action and prayer—regularly tapping into a Source of soul-strength deeper than mere human activism—there is every evidence that he would have been swept away by fear and discouragement. The forces of evil would have prevailed, at least for a little while longer. Click here to read more.
“A Perennial Moment of Opportunity,” Cadus, Aug. 7, 2012
Yes, we want faithful participation in art, business, politics, education, and every other sphere. But how do we arrive at a worldview? Intuition may get the conversation started, but biblical knowledge will win the day. Click here to read more.
Newspaper and Magazine Articles
Among devout business students, narcissism impairs ethical judgment (Baptist Standard, May 9, 2012)
Ethics is ‘glue’ that runs through Christian disciples, says Bill Tillman (Baptist Standard, March 16, 2012)
Christian service no place for cowards, Pastor Michael Evans tells CLC conference (Baptist Standard, March 12, 2012)
Church finds mission of compassion by remembering Jesus, ethicist Allen Verhey says (Baptist Standard, March 12, 2012)
“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled underfoot.
“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16 NRSV
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