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Beauty and Christianity’s Primary Endeavors – Christian Article

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series “Doxology: A Theology of God’s Beauty” Read more posts by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. Once we understand that beauty is close to glory in meaning, we will without any difficulty find beauty at the heart of many Christian endeavors. The most obvious is worship. Worship is the act of returning to God affections corresponding to His beauty. Psalm 29:1-2 captures this: “Give unto the LORD,…

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Epaphras: An Example for Prayer – Christian Article

In closing his letter to the Colossians, Paul gave some greetings, including one from Epaphras: “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God” (Col 4:12 ESV). As simple as this verse is, it gives us some helpful points in how Epaphras prayed for others and how we can pray for others today. The…

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Beauty as Scripture’s Theme | Religious Affections Ministries: Conservative Christianity, Worship, Culture, Aesthetics, Classical Education, Homeschooling, Family – Christian Article

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series “Doxology: A Theology of God’s Beauty” Read more posts by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. The idea of beauty is present in the first chapters of the Bible, as God creates and then makes the evaluative judgement that it was “good”. God was not judging the morality of the world, but praising the the beauty of creation. The Bible opens with God creating a cosmos which…

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Beauty in Scripture’s Words and Forms – Christian Article

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series “Doxology: A Theology of God’s Beauty” Read more posts by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. C. S. Lewis once wrote that the modern dilemma is either to taste and not to know or to know and not to taste—or, more strictly, to lack one kind of knowledge because we are in an experience or to lack another kind because we are outside it. As thinkers we…

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The Sad Case of Simon the Magician: A Warning to Us All – Christian Article

Acts 8:1–25 records the great persecution of the church by Saul and the consequent spread of the gospel to Samaria through Philip. “Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ” (Acts 8:5), and “there was much joy in that city” (Acts 8:8; cf. 8:6–7). ((All biblical quotations are from the ESV.)) Prior to Philip’s coming, “a man named Simon” had wowed Samaria with his magic (8:9–11). “But when they believed Philip” (Acts 8:12), so also…

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Beauty in the Hebrew Bible – Christian Article

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series “Doxology: A Theology of God’s Beauty” Read more posts by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. Few Christians would say that beauty is unbiblical. After all, they vaguely remember references to “the beauty of holiness” or the desire “to behold the beauty of the LORD”. But many might think of beauty as extra-biblical: mostly an aesthetic and philosophical concept, more at home in art galleries and philosophy…

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In Pursuit of a Doxology – Christian Article

This entry is part of 1 in the series “Doxology: A Theology of God’s Beauty” Read more posts by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. In 1962, A. W. Tozer warned that the evangelical church was missing a jewel. “Now, worship is the missing jewel in modern evangelicalism. We’re organized; we work; we have our agendas. We have almost everything, but there’s one thing that the churches, even the gospel churches, do not have: that is the…

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