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Dodge Trucks and the Kingdom of God

This article originally appeared in “The Kingdom of God as Biblical Worldview,” the first session in Ridley’s A King Called Jesus:  A Biblical Theology of Christian Citizenship.  Registration to attend in person or participate via our livestream service remains open for two more weeks.  Sign up today!

Stories are all around us.  They’re in books.  They’re in film.  They’re in advertising.  They’re in family traditions as well as national ceremonies.  These stories shape what can be called a worldview.  Anglican Bishop and New Testament scholar N.T. Wright describes the function of worldview as the means by which we address:

the ultimate concerns of human beings…all deep-level human perceptions of reality, including the question of whether or not a god exists, what he, she, it or they is or are like, and how such a being, or such beings, might relate to the world.

For both the medieval as well as much of the modern period of Western history, Christians have enjoyed a monopoly on worldviews in the Western world.  This however, is no longer the case.  In the late modern era, which some describe as postmodernity, worldviews have proliferated like popcorn in the kettle.  Rather than one coherent worldview presented by a religious majority, now worldviews are conceived and shared by traditional majority groups such as governments and religious organizations as well as ethnic and sexual minorities as well as commercial interests such as Silicon Valley as well as entertainment interests such as Hollywood as well as …. we could go on and on. (more…)

This post was written by Rob Sturdy

J.C. Ryle: Reasoning through the reliability of the Bible

Screen Shot 2017-01-19 at 3.36.20 PM“How do I know that the Bible is really God’s word?”

“What evidence can you give me to prove that?”

Any Christian who has ever had a conversation with a non Christian about our faith has faced these questions.  Sure, there’s lots of information in the Bible about it’s authority, but answering this person with 2 Timothy 3:16 won’t be convincing.  So, how are we to begin to convince them?

19th Century Anglican Bishop J.C. Ryle faced the same problem.  In his sermon “Inspiration” (which you can read for free here), he offers many arguments for the Bible which make even the most hardened skeptic pause.  Over the next three months,I will outline these arguments in a three part series.  I will begin where he begins: six arguments which appeal to common human experience.

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This post was written by Rob Sturdy

Scrooge’s New Year

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There’s more than a bit of magic associated with the New Year.  And not the good kind.  I’m not talking of course about the “magic” of being in Times Square when the clock strikes twelve, which I’m certain would be “magical” in the sense of being awed.  Surely such a thing conveys the sense of participating in something that feels existentially grand (unless you happen to be Mariah Carey).  Rather, the magic I’m talking has more the flavor of pagan superstition and wizard’s spells.  It is quite a thing that in these modern and rapidly secularizing times, an age which increasingly prides itself on the use of reason, that we would in mass invest the changing of the calendar with the magical properties of being able to change ourselves.  And thus enter stage right, the New Year’s Resolution.

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This post was written by Rob Sturdy

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