The Mod | “What Happens When Women Walk In Faith” by Lysa TerKeurst – Christian Article

My two young daughters who discovered glow sticks a few years ago. Bendable gleaming rods you can wear as bracelets became the craze in our home and an addition to our nighttime routine. My daughters would go to bed with a glow stick around their wrists but would wake up to find the light long gone. In many ways, Lysa TerKeurst’s What Happens When Women Walk in Faith reminds me of those glow sticks. TerKeurst’s popular book has a definite…

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The Mod | Textual Criticism: What It Is And Why You Need It – Christian Article

Why Do We Need Textual Criticism? One of the classes I teach each year covers textual criticism of the New Testament. Even as I write that I know how boring it sounds. When I mention this class to someone as we make small talk, I can almost feel the waft of boredom fill the room. It’s no surprise. Most don’t know what it is, and those who do must admit that “textual criticism” is not the catchiest phrase. But textual…

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The Mod | “God’s Two Words: Law and Gospel In The Lutheran and Reformed Traditions” ed. Jonathan A. Linebaugh – Christian Article

In an emerging genre that includes recent titles from Brian Thomas (Wittenberg vs Geneva, 2016) and Robert Kolb & Carl R. Trueman (Between Wittenberg and Geneva: Lutheran and Reformed Theology in Conversation, 2017), Jonathan A. Linebaugh, lecturer in New Testament at the University of Cambridge, edits an outstanding contribution from noteworthy Lutheran and Reformed scholars on a shared yet divergently emphasized theological tradition that distinguishes God’s two words: law and gospel. Given the confused state of evangelicalism and the theological…

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The Mod | Law & Gospel: An Interview With Jonathan Linebaugh – Christian Article

The law / gospel distinction is a concept that gets a fair amount of air time in Reformational circles—why is that?  We know that God’s two words of law and gospel show up throughout Scripture. What happens when God gives the law to his people?  How should they respond to the proclamation of the gospel?  If we’re not saved by our obedience to the law, do we still need to obey it?  If the gospel is the good news of…

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The Mod | “The State of the Evangelical Mind: Reflections on the Past, Prospects For the Future” – Christian Article

Thirty years on from the publication of The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, author Mark Noll and other interested parties reflect on how things have and haven’t changed. The result—The State of the Evangelical Mind: Reflections on the Past, Prospects for the Future—provides an assortment of essays that do not so much assess evangelicalism as provide a snapshot of the current mood of evangelical intellectuals. Noll’s chapter reads very much as an end-of-career address, complete with mild humor and thanks…

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The Mod | Neurodiversity In The Church – Christian Article

Recently there was a brief article in the Orange County Catholic, titled “Supporting Diversity and Inclusion Means Teaching Kids about Those with Disabilities,” by Cathi Douglas. While Douglas’s article focuses on children, congregation members of all ages would benefit from conversations on diversity and disabilities in the church—not only are they better able to love and welcome every member of the Body of Christ (not just those who are able to sit still), but they’re reminded of their own frailty…

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The Mod | Why Language Is Everything – Christian Article

Everyone has a window, a lens through which they see the world around them and organize their understanding of it.    I began looking through it when I was studying the work of Kenneth Pike and Vern Poythress, and by continual observation have seen more of who God is, who we are, and what our world is like.  More specifically, I better appreciate the purpose God has given language (for communion with himself and others), the way in which I…

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The Mod | “The Dangers of Christian Practice: On Wayward Gifts, Characteristic Damage, and Sin” by Lauren F. Winner – Christian Article

Those who came of age reading the youthful Lauren Winner of Girl Meets God and Real Sex might be surprised to find Winner—now an Episcopal priest and professor of Christian spirituality at Duke Divinity School—writing for a decidedly academic audience in her newest work, The Dangers of Christian Practice: On Wayward Gifts, Characteristic Damage, and Sin. Perhaps her interest in the (de)formative potential of communal practices can be traced to her earlier, more popular-level writing—for example, in Real Sex, Winner…

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The Mod | Demolition Man: Nietzsche For The Christian – Christian Article

The Enlightenment, if not quite dead on arrival, began to fall apart very shortly thereafter.  The French Revolution offered a bloody testimony to the limits of reason as a foundation for building a new society.   The Romantics pointed to the ineradicable importance of the deeper longings of the human heart. Hegel identified a key flaw in Kant when he highlighted the importance of historical consciousness.  And then came the Demolition Man, Friedrich Nietzsche.  No-one before him (with the possible exception…

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The Mod | Appearances of Christ Before The Incarnation – Christian Article

A cursory reading of Scripture might leave a new reader wondering what exactly the Old and New Testaments have to do with each other—the Old Testament talks a lot about Yahweh; the New Testament seems primarily concerned with Jesus.   Where do the two (not forgetting the third!) persons of the Godhead meet?  Was there some kind of rotating duty among the persons of the Trinity during redemptive history?  Christmas is the time in which we celebrate the incarnation of Jesus Christ, the…

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The Mod | Is Faith Opposed to Evidence? – Christian Article

For the past fifteen or twenty years, ‘faith-based’ culture has enjoyed something of a resurgence—faith-based films do well at the box-office, faith-based books regularly dominate the bestseller lists, and meditation / mindfulness / wellness seminars abound.  What exactly is ‘faith’?  Is faith the warm assurance of a higher order that helps us make sense of the world?   Is religious faith substantively different from rational belief?  Editor-in-chief Michael Horton sat down with a few friends to discuss it. Michael Horton:  Today,…

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The Mod | “When One Religion Isn’t Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People by” Duane R. Bidwell – Christian Article

It’s fitting that a book about the phenomenon of “spiritual fluidity” or “religious multiplicity” should aspire to be several things at once.  Duane R. Bidwell’s When One Religion Isn’t Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People aims to describe the experience of participating in more than one religion while also helping the spiritually fluid feel less alone, while also persuading the monoreligious to approve religious multiplicity.  Readers who already practice syncretism or identify themselves as spiritually fluid will probably take…

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The Mod | “The Nationalist Revival: Trade, Immigration, and the Revolt Against Globalism” by John B. Judis – Christian Article

Words like “globalism,” “nativism,” “populist backlash,” and “liberal elites” pepper thinkpieces trying to make sense of anti-EU movements and Donald Trump’s presidency. Amidst the speculation, John Judis has written a short book arguing for the importance of nationalism and the dangers of ignoring it, holding forth the promise of an explanation for recent events. He doesn’t quite deliver on that promise, but The Nationalist Revival raises important questions for the thoughtful citizen. Judis aims to rehabilitate nationalism as a neutral…

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