2:13 But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory … Continue reading Summer in Thessalonica – Encouraged by Grace
Jehovah's Witnesses are famous for their door-to-door evangelism techniques. Maybe you've groaned as you have seen them walk toward your door? The Jehovah's Witnesses trace their roots to Charles Taze Russell in the 1870s who, with a group of friends studying the Bible, came to new teachings on Jesus' second coming. For centuries Christians had … Continue reading Summer in Thessalonica – Do not be Deceived!
I just finished a book called Suspicion and Faith: The Religious Uses of Modern Atheism by Merold Westphal. The author argues that rather than simply seeking to refute the atheistic criticisms of religion of Freud, Marx and Nietzsche, Christians should realize that much of what they say may ring true. If we know our scripture, … Continue reading When Atheists sound like Prophets…and Jesus?
Paul had preached the message that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior in the city of Thessalonica (Acts 17). While there he faced persecution, soon leaving for the nearby city Berea. He left a very small community of Christians behind. After traveling to Athens and then Corinth, he wrote a letter to this tiny church … Continue reading Summer in Thessalonica – The Second Letter
CS Lewis's lecture, "Learning in War-Time" provides an excellent defense for Christian study at university. Beyond just that, it shows what is the value of Christian living in everyday life. The question every Christian who comes to the university faces is how it is right for "creatures who are every moment advancing either to Heaven … Continue reading CS Lewis on the Holiness of Learning and Work
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall...Humpty Dumpty had a great fall...all the Kings's horses and all the king's men....couldn't put Humpty together again Amazing grace, how sweet the sound....that saved a wretch like me...I once was lost, but now am found...was blind, but now I see. God shows his love for us in this...while we … Continue reading Summer in Thessalonica – Grace and Work
In the year 1347 a merchant ship docked in the port of Genoa, in Italy. Three years later 1/3 of the population of Europe, 30 million people, were dead. This ship landing in Genoa brought the black plague to European shores and despite the best efforts to stop its spread, spread it did. These were … Continue reading A Little History is a Good Thing
5:4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are … Continue reading Summer in Thessalonica – How Should We Live?
The final chapter of Souls in Transition serves as a summarizing conclusion. First of all, we must recognize that emerging adulthood is a new phase of American life between adolescence and adulthood. It is a phase of life filled with "disruptions, transitions, and distractions" (280). Applied to campus ministry, we are reminded that college students … Continue reading Souls in Transition – Conclusion
Two years ago I read a fun little book called Flatland. It begins in a two-dimensional world (flatland, like one you would draw on a piece of paper) with the main character, a Square, telling his story. In the story the Square is visited by a three-dimensional Sphere from Spaceland. But having never lived in … Continue reading Summer in Thessalonica – Flatland and the End