Gagnon: Bridging the Bible and Gender Confusion, Part 3

Robert A. J. Gagnon.  2001.  The Bible and Homosexual Practice:  Texts and Hermeneutics.  Nashville:  Abingdon Press. (Goto part 1; goto part 2) By Stephen W. Hiemstra If homosexual conduct reduces life expectancy today when modern medicine is readily available, then it must have been even worse in the ancient world. In a context where the poor routinely […]

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Jesus: Show Mercy, Receive Mercy

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” (Matt. 5:7 ESV) By Stephen W. Hiemstra Our tension with God is never more obvious than when we need to model ourselves after his mercy. Mercy is mentioned about 30 times in the Old Testament and all but 4 times it is God’s mercy that is […]

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Gagnon: Bridging the Bible and Gender Confusion, Part 2

Robert A. J. Gagnon.  2001.  The Bible and Homosexual Practice:  Texts and Hermeneutics.  Nashville:  Abingdon Press. (Goto part 1; goto part 3) By Stephen W. Hiemstra What does it mean to be human? The focus of the modern church since the nineteenth century has been on finding new interpretations of the Bible’s view of anthropology—anthropology is the […]

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In Jesus Completeness is Restored

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Gen. 1:27 ESV) By Stephen W. Hiemstra Our tension with God, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, arises out of our incompleteness. We are created in God’s image, but only as a complement with […]

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Schaefer Analyzes Social Media Logic and Purpose

Mark W. Schaefer.  2014. Social Media Explained:  Untangling the World’s Most Misunderstood Business Trend. Schaefer Marketing Solutions[1]. The rapid pace of innovation in social media continues to evolve and reshape how we communicate both socially and commercially. This innovation brings new opportunities, but it also challenges businesses to evolve with these changes.  This evolution requires […]

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Scazzero Links Emotional and Spiritual Health

Peter Scazzero.  2006.  Emotionally Healthy Spirituality:  It’s Impossible to be Spiritually Mature While Remaining Emotionally Immature.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan. By Stephen W. Hiemstra The collage provides an important symbol of the postmodern era.  A collage is collection of art objects strung together  whose defining concept is balance.  The solar system is a kind of collage, but before […]

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