Living Out Poor in Spirit

“So when they had come together, they asked him, Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel? He said to them, It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon […]

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Brackey: Look for Moments of Joy

Jolene Brackey.  2007.  Creating Moments of Joy for the Person with Alzheimer’s or Dementia:  A Journal for Caregivers.  West Lafayette:  Purdue University Press. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra What brings you joy? One morning I met a woman who had been in a horrible car accident.  The accident broke pretty much every bone in her […]

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Schnabel: Treat Missions as a Hermeneutic

Eckhard J. Schnabel. 2004. Early Christian Mission: Jesus and the Twelve: Volume One.  Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. Review By Stephen W. Hiemstra Evangelism is one of the fault-lines in the postmodern church. Some critics see evangelism as cultural imperialism; most just neglect it. What was the role of evangelism and missions in the early church? In […]

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Jesus: Be Humble, Be Salt and Light

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” (Matt 5:13 ESV) By Stephen W. Hiemstra The importance of Jesus’ teaching on the poor in spirit comes […]

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Gilbert Simplifies Family Systems Theory

Roberta M. Gilbert. 2006. The Eight Concepts of Bowen Theory:  A New Way of Thinking about the Individual and the Group.  Front Royal (VA):  Leading Systems Press. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Families matter.  How much they matter to our health and well-being is sometimes shocking.  Frequently in patient visits in an emergency room, physical […]

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Jesus’ Mission Statement Gives Us Hope

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Matt 5:17 ESV) Recorded in Matthew 5:17, Jesus’ mission statement links the law, the prophets, and the fulfillment of both. In Jewish thinking, the term, law, brings to mind the […]

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