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- The Early Church and Military Service: The main question is not whether the theologians permit military service. This much is clear. They condemn it. The question, though, is why? On what grounds are Christians forbidden to join the military?
- Lifetime of Reading Slows Cognitive Decline: New research finds mentally challenging activities build up cognitive reserves, providing protection against the effects of common old-age neurological disorders.
- What We Can Expect From The Next Decade Of Technology: Technology tends to run in cycles. Microsoft ruled the 90’s by building essential software for enterprises. Then Apple created a new device driven marketplace in which the consumer was king. What will drive the next decade?
- The Importance of Rejection in Academic Careers: Rejections are a dirty secret among academics. Publication successes are cause for celebration, or at least a proud listing on C.V.s and departmental lists. Failures — rejected papers and unsuccessful grant and promotion applications — are usually hidden and sometimes a source of shame. The result is that many scholars, especially junior ones, have unrealistic expectations.
The English puritan Richard Sibbes was a famous exegete, preacher, and writer active in the period just before the English Civil war. He is probably best known for his sermons and devotional works, through which he influenced such later figures as Thomas Hooker, Charles Spurgeon, and Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
Sibbes died on July 5, 1635. In honor of his life and ministry, today’s prayer comes from him.
Gracious and holy Father who has… sanctified this day for your own service and worship, and for progressing us in the way of salvation, please, sanctify our hearts by your Holy Spirit now, so that we may perform our various obediences in a way that brings you your greatest glory and us our greatest comfort.
- 10 Things Every Christian Should Know about Islam: Islam is a fast-growing religion, especially in the Western world. Christians increasingly need to be aware of Islam and, most importantly, how to engage its adherents with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here are 10 things I learned about Islam during my 20 years as a missionary in a Muslim-majority country.
- Church Thieves: Her last day on the job should not have involved handcuffs, but that’s the way it played out. The church secretary for a tall steeple church a small town was put in the backseat of the police car and taken away. Her crime? Stealing from the church.
- It’s too early to write off the lecture: For as long as the lecture is regarded as better than internet-based learning, it will survive on a substantial scale. And wherein lies its superiority? An interesting question. It is live. It is real. It is put on with you in mind, even if you are one of a large crowd. You experience it with other people. And, perhaps the clincher: it takes place in a university, bursting with life and interesting people who will inspire you in unexpected ways.
- Christian Monks Square Off at One of Jerusalem’s Holiest Sites: For centuries, six Christian sects have fought over the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. And they’re not afraid to come to blows to claim it. Meet the Muslim men tasked with keeping the peace.
- Beware of Beauty Overload: The Adaptive Eye of the Beholder: The harmful side effect for guys … is this: Real women … do not look as attractive once the mind has been calibrated to assume the centerfolds are normal. And for guys in relationships, exposure to beautiful photos undermines their feelings about the real flesh-and-blood women with whom their lives are actually intertwined.
- The New Theist: How William Lane Craig became Christian philosophy’s boldest apostle.
- Our fear of boredom is simply a fear of coming face to face with ourselves: Actually, I don’t think there is anything much wrong with a bit of boring now and again. No, I will go further. I think the experience of boring is good for us. But we now live in a culture that is pathologically fearful of being bored.
- 5 shocking facts about the painkiller ‘epidemic’ among women: The number of fatal prescription painkiller overdoses among women has risen fivefold since 1999, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Tuesday.
- How to make a baby with 3 people’s DNA: The U.K. is slowly winding its way toward approving a controversial in vitro fertilization technique that combines three people’s DNA in one embryo — making what some journalists are calling a “three-parent baby.”
- The Gospel According to ‘Me‘: The booming self-help industry, not to mention the cash cow of New Age spirituality, has one message: be authentic! Charming as American optimism may be, its 21st-century incarnation as the search for authenticity deserves pause.
- How Not to Help Someone Who Is Hurting: We are in a cultural moment that is obsessed with FIXING. With magic diet and lifestyle changes that promise, when implemented, to make us a whole new, better person.
- A Catholic, a Baptist, and a Secular Humanist Walk Into a Soup Kitchen…: Why it’s important to examine the agendas and assumptions behind the idea that secularists aren’t committed to relief efforts.
One of the most prominent poets of Victorian England, Elizabeth Barrett Browning was well known for her incredible literary output and the influence she had on later writers like Edgar Allen Poe and Emily Dickinson. Keenly interested in biblical studies (apparently she could read Hebrew) and theology, Barrett Browning’s writings were notable for their overt religious and theological themes. And she was also an active member of several Bible and missionary societies.
After 55 influential years, Elizabeth Barrett Browning died on June 29, 1861. In honor of her amazing life, this Sunday’s prayer comes from her.
NOW, by the verdure on thy thousand hills,
Beloved England, doth the earth appear
Quite good enough for men to overbear
The will of God in, with rebellious wills !
We cannot say the morning-sun fulfils
Ingloriously its course, nor that the clear
Strong stars without significance insphere
Our habitation: we, meantime, our ills
Heap up against this good and lift a cry
Against this work-day world, this ill-spread feast,
As if ourselves were better certainly
Than what we come to. Maker and High Priest,
I ask thee not my joys to multiply,–
Only to make me worthier of the least.
- Christians Are Not Called to Have Amazing Sex: The fact that sexual compatibility does not matter to Christians when choosing a spouse makes the shocking and countercultural statement that sex is not our God. It indicates that we are willing to make a commitment to someone with whom we may be sexually incompatible, with whom we may never have good sex, because the purpose of marriage is not pleasure, but formation.
- 7 “Tricks” to Improve Your Writing Overnight: No matter how bad (or good) your writing is today, it’s possible to improve it overnight.
- Sex Without Bodies: Christians cannot simply accept or reject “same-sex marriage” and think we have settled our sexual ethics. The LGBTQIA coalition has other challenges for the church.
- Why the Biblical Languages Matter—Even if You Forget Them: Many students assume that the study of the languages is useless if the specifics are forgotten at a later point. Indeed, this may be the biggest assumption in the mind of today’s seminary students. This assumption, however, is profoundly mistaken.