Concerning Romans

Bible and Scripture, Personal
Well, judging by my blog stats for the past 48 hours -- as compared with the past few months -- I'd get many more views on this post if it concerned the chaos at Cedarville University!However, my schedule and blood pressure won't allow me to devote any more time to my shameful alma mater at the moment. I've got a presentation at the 2014 Southeast Regional Meeting of ETS tomorrow (see my previous post, and come to my presentation at 5:00pm in room S009!), and even though Beeson Divinity School's Spring Break is right around the corner, I've still got a fair share of reading to get done. Nevertheless, given the current discussion in my New Testament Theology -- two classes on Romans -- I thought I might re-post two of…
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Cedarville…

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I wish I could say I was proud of my alma mater...Despite my Lenten Facebook fast, I was made aware of the following post by my friend Marlena Graves. I thought I'd share it, just in case anyone is considering Cedarville as a choice for college. I'd still strongly recommend you attend another institution, where you can trust the administration. My previous thoughts on these matters still stand.======"Dear friends, "Every. Single. Week. I am contacted by people who attend and work at CU who are just miserable. I pray about what to say and what not to say; my motives aren't malicious. This morning I was reading about Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and how he couldn't believe that the Christians in Germany remained silent about Hitler or actively conspired with Hitler to…
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Peru 2014!

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I'm happy to announce that Rachel and I will be completing my required Cross Cultural Ministry Practicum for Beeson Divinity School along with our good friends Kyle, Rebekah, and baby Luke DeBoer in Lima, Peru this summer! Our goal is to assist the Stone families (Dave & Evelyn; Jonathan & Angela) in their various local ministries, including: Seminario Teológico Bautista (Seminary) Luz del Camino Iglesia (Church) Vida Nueva Centro Prenatal (Pregnancy Center) The goal of Beeson's required Cross Cultural Ministry Practicum is to "expose students to issues related to cross-cultural ministry through first-hand experience in a cross-cultural ministry setting." In addition to fulfilling this goal, we believe that this trip to Peru will be influential in determining the future involvement of both our families in global missions. God's given each of us unique gifts -- ranging from…
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Alabama Update

Alabama Update

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Rachel and I are in the middle of our second month of calling Birmingham, Alabama "home." While we could both do with a little less humidity (!), we're enjoying ourselves and our surroundings down here in Alabama. What's Happening in Birmingham, AL: I don't start my M.Div. coursework at Beeson Divinity School until late August, but I've already started working at Beeson's Media Center (follow our nascent Twitter account here). It's an incredibly convenient on-campus job. I'm already thankful for the hospitality of my boss and coworkers. It's helpful as I learn the ropes of AV, IT, and sundry other tasks. Before diving into my required reading for the Fall, I've been working my way through a few books so far this summer. On the fiction side of things, I…
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Requiescas in Pace, Mi Avia

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"Depart, O Christian soul, out of this world;In the Name of God the Father Almighty who created you;In the Name of Jesus Christ who redeemed you;In the Name of the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you.May your rest be this day in peace,and your dwelling place in the Paradise of God."
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A Farewell to Cedarville

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(Originally posted in The Ventriloquist. Go check out the rest of Issue 10!) "A Farewell to Cedarville" - Joshua Steele As what was once a vision for the future has become an agenda for returning to the past, the list of people who no longer fit the Cedarville mold is growing. I contacted former vice president of Student Life, Dr. Carl Ruby; former professor Dr. Michael Pahl; current professors Dr. TC Ham, Dr. Shawn Graves, and Dr. David Mills; and former trustees Dr. William Rudd and Rev. Chris Williamson to see where things stand as this academic year comes to a close. Although Dr. Ruby does not know what the long term future holds, he is pouring himself into immigration reform. When asked about his plans, he replied: "I'm motivated…
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Honors, Grace, and Generosity

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Yahweh and others have been too good to me. Today I received two awards at Cedarville University's 49th Annual Academic Honors Day Chapel. The first: The Oxford University Press Award in Preseminary Bible, given to the graduating senior with the highest cumulative GPA in the preseminary major. The second: The Daniel Award. "Established in 2001 by David and Jean Heyd, this endowed award was created to honor their parents, Charles and E. LaRue Wilcox and Elmer and Kathy Heyd. The scholarship assists a graduating full-time male senior student who has been accepted by a conservative evangelical seminary. The recipient must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3, demonstrate the spiritual qualifications and godly leadership skills necessary to excel in this ministry, and plan to serve as full-time pastor of a…
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On Building/Burning Bridges

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DISCLAIMER: there's a fair bit about the Church that frustrates me.However, I'd like to address those frustrations in a way that builds bridges, not burns them down. Especially since sin and justice are both relational. It does no good to flee the former for the latter in a way that creates more rifts than it heals.Therefore, any criticisms I level against my sisters and brothers in Christ, (many of those criticisms coming from outside the walls of the Church), I'd like first to aim them at myself. After all, if I want to witness self-righteous pride, xenophobia, misplaced anger, etc., I need look no further than the mirror.However, building bridges (much less walking across them and back unscathed) can be quite difficult in our post-/hyper-modern day. Each post I pass…
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