There is a deadly problem evident throughout society today. When someone hurts or threatens us, most of people want to retaliate. We strike back with words or actions. Even a pastor who had been slighted told me that he knew how to “get even.” Continue reading “Loving your Enemy”
of the preacher rather than the divinely imbedded message.
The following suggestions are based on my seven-year experience as a seminary student. They are written particularly for seminary students, but may be more broadly application for students enrolled in other programs of higher education.
best investments a Christian can make to prepare for studying and teaching the Bible.
What are the ingredients of a successful and lasting marriage? Just as the right ingredients in your favorite dessert is the key to a taste dish, so having the right ingredients is essential to a successful marriage. Here are a few of the factors that will make a marriage strong and lasting.
The History of the Issue
All the church fathers except one (Ambrosiaster) agreed that remarriage after divorce, whatever the cause, constitutes adultery. Even in the case of adultery, the faithful spouse did not have permission to remarry. This remained the standard in the church until the 16th century when Erasmus suggested that the “innocent” spouse not only had a right to divorce an unfaithful spouse, but could also contract a new marriage. This view was
accepted by the Reformers and is the standard Protestant evangelical position on divorce and remarriage today. But is this viewpoint consistent with Scripture. There are a number of important questions that must be answered to arrive at a biblical teaching on marriage and divorce.
In his article, “Getting the Big Picture: How we can know the Bible and not just Bible trivia,” (Christianity Today, April 18, 1986, pp. 12 13), Dr. Richard Foster, associate professor of theology at Friends University, states: “Today a form of illiteracy abounds that is especially dangerous precisely because it is unrecognized. It is particularly prevalent among those of us who read the Bible regularly, memorize verses, and are committed to the authority of Scripture. I am referring to our biblical and historical myopia–or nearsightedness. We lack a world view, a vision of the whole.”
Foster goes on to point out that the problem of biblical myopia is especially acute in our Sunday schools. As we teach Bible stories, we often tack on little morals. But that is what they remain: Bible stories with little morals. He is concerned that “we may never explain how the pieces all fit together, giving a sense of the great flow of holy history.” Seldom are believers
presented a picture of God’s all encompassing plan for the ages.