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Monthly Archives: August 2008
I am posting a link for prayer needs of our dear friends J.D. and Traci Cashion. Please check out the prayer needs and see if you or someone you know can help them. It may be as simple as getting them in contact with churches that you know who are eager to give.
How are we to teach? I am troubled by the approach some take at teaching these days. The nature of teaching must fit the situation I suppose. So, what should the nature of teaching be at a seminary?
First, let me state briefly what type of teaching I am troubled by and what type of teaching I long for. Often times teaching is basically an unbiased or biased view of the historical views on a certain topic. This part is great. I hope all teachers attempt to do this in their teaching. However, the teachers seems to stop right there. Should this be the case?
I think they should present their position as well with clarity. I want to here how they have wrestled with the Scriptures and how they came to conclusions. I want them to articulate their position with great precision. Not only are we seeing how the process of wrestling with and concluding on the truth of Scripture came about but we are seeing the thoughful presentation of those conclusions.
This process teaches me more than doctrines. I learn that it is hard to understand some things. I learn what attitude to have in approaching the Scriptures. I learn how to articulate a view. I learn how to answer questions and remain compassionate. All of this is seemingly being left out. I long for my teachers to do this. May our teachers teach us well.
Job: When the Righteous Suffer
Desiring God 2008 Regional Conference
The book of Job asks the earnest question we all ask: “Why do bad things happen to good people?”
Afflicted with disease, stripped of his wealth, and asked to confess to evil, Job reaches through his cloud of suffering and strains to touch his God.
As we ponder Job’s misery, do we also see the threads of God’s mercy in it?
We will all face suffering at some point in our lives; it is inescapable. But what makes calamity endurable is not that God shares our shock, but that through every flame of pain and flood of fear, his sovereign goodness sustains us and turns it all for our good.
For you who suffer, for you who will suffer, and for you who walk alongside those who suffer, we invite you to this conference to see and savor the One who suffered in our place, and who promises never to leave or forsake us.
Please join us for this two-day event on October 17-18 in Austin, Texas.
October 17 — 18, 2008
Hill Country Bible Church NW