Glimpse

Transfiguration C    Exodus 34:29-35    Luke 9:28-43 In the Gospel text for today Jesus goes up on the mountain to pray. Not only might this be interesting to those of us who live in the midst of such beautiful mountains but there are also many interesting things that happen on the tops of mountains in the […]

http://theshepherdesswrites.com/2016/02/06/glimpse/

Glimpse

Transfiguration C    Exodus 34:29-35    Luke 9:28-43 In the Gospel text for today Jesus goes up on the mountain to pray. Not only might this be interesting to those of us who live in the midst of such beautiful mountains but there are also many interesting things that happen on the tops of mountains in the […]

http://theshepherdesswrites.com/2016/02/06/glimpse/

What’s your problem?

What is your problem?  Its an abrasive question.  Only had someone ask it of me a few times as I usually go out of my way not to offend or step on toes.  But in truth, if the question could be asked in a loving way, its probably the most important question one can ask.  […]

https://silverdalelutheran.wordpress.com/2016/02/07/whats-your-problem/

The Middle and Last Man: The Balance Between Mediation and Being-Unmediated

This week’s readings were on two figures, Herodotus (484-425 BCE) and Josephus (37-100 CE). I read excerpts of these readings below (the titles in italics are the primary source materials): “Jewish War” by Josephus “Josephus’ Interpretation of the Bible” By Louis H. Feldman “Making History: Josephus and Historical Method” By Uriel Rappaport “Understanding Josephus” By […]

https://emorykyle.wordpress.com/2016/02/09/the-middle-and-last-man-the-balance-between-mediation-and-being-unmediated/

Prayer

“…I must learn about prayer. Most of my struggles in the Christian life circle around the same two themes: why God doesn’t act the way we want God to, and why I don’t act the way God wants me to. Prayer is the precise point where those themes converge.” Gathering my thoughts on this book […]

https://eecooke.wordpress.com/2016/02/07/prayer/

Food for thought,  Dear Christian, please stop misunderstanding the Old Testament.

Is the Old Testament a book of moral lessons and life philosophies? Or is the Old Testament a historical narrative? How should we, as believers who claim redemption in Christ and complete submission to His word, treat this collection of Biblical truth? To answer these important, life-changing questions, I want to present two summaries of […]

http://viewpointofthecross.com/2016/01/12/dear-christian-please-stop-misunderstanding-the-old-testament/

Robert Abbot on the Sign of the Cross

Robert Abbot (1560–1617) was Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford, bishop of Salisbury, proponent of Reformed theology, and opponent of Laudianism and Arminianism during the reign of James I. In a rather amusing incident, Abbot once preached a sermon in defense of the Puritans. Laud himself was in attendance, and as John Rushworth later recalled Abbot, seeing Laud […]

https://epistole.wordpress.com/2016/01/12/robert-abbot-on-the-sign-of-the-cross/

Knowing God

More than 200 names for God are recorded in the Bible.  All of them are important.  Each of them reveals and affirms certain characteristics of God.  While God is incomprehensible – we will never exhaust what there is to know about Him – He is nevertheless knowable.  He has revealed himself to us.  To know […]

https://wdennisgriffith.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/knowing-god/

Lessons from Islamist violence within Saudi Arabia

I recently read a fantastic paper, titled “Islamist violence and regime stability in Saudi Arabia”, written by Thomas Heghammer and published in 2008 in International Affairs, pp701-715.  It presents a compelling and well-researched analysis of why al-Qaeda was unable to destabilize Saudi Arabia and the rule of the House of Saud during its terrorist campaign between […]

https://jnanayuddha.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/lessons-from-islamist-violence-within-saudi-arabia/