Challenges to Faith

One of the most seductive arguments against faith in God is the idea that faith is optional. This argument is usually offered by people who refuse to accept any ethical obligations. This argument is insidious because it is normally preceded by excuses for why God does not exist or the church is unattractive or just […]

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Peterson Writes About His Life as a Pastor

Eugene H. Peterson. 2011. The Pastor: A Memoir. New York: Harper Collins Publishers. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra One of the most dramatic appearances of God in the Bible comes in chapter 3 of Exodus when God appears to Moses in form of a burning bush. It is interesting to ask why God would appear […]

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Prayer Dialogue

Oh dear Lord: Hear me; answer my prayer; righteous God whom I follow; for you have rescued me from suffering; be even more gracious and listen to my prayer again. I hear you, but how long must I endure your shaming me? How long oh righteous blowhard will you prefer lies to my word? For […]

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Importance of Meta-Narrative

A meta-narrative is a grand story which contains and explains the other stories that we observe. The meta-narrative of scripture, for example, is often described as a three-act play: creation, fall, and redemption.[1] Continuing the analogy to the theatrical model, Vanhoozer (2016, 98) argues for five acts: Act 1: Creation, the setting for everything that […]

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Vanhoozer Confronts Dualism Dramatically. Part 2

Kevin J. Vanhoozer. 2014. Faith Speaking Understanding: Performing the Drama of Doctrine. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press.  (Goto part 1) Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Vanhoozer’s uses the theatrical model to show that faith and action can be taught together in a way that teaches faithful balance of the two. In my own writing, I […]

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Prayer of Rememberance

Blessed Lord Jesus, We praise you for remembering us— in our celebrations and joy, in our loneliness and fear, in spite of who we are or were or will ever be. We confess that we forget you— when things go well, when pain becomes overwhelming, when we ought to know better and do not. We […]

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The Christian Memoir

The Christian Memoir By Stephen W. Hiemstra Talk scheduled for Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, McLean, Virginia (www.Lewinsville.org) in the Chapel following the 11 a.m. worship service. All are welcome. A memoir is an autobiography with a theme.[1] A Christian memoir is an autobiography with a focus on God’s role in our own […]

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Vanhoozer Confronts Dualism Dramatically. Part 1

Kevin, J. Vanhoozer. 2014. Faith Speaking Understanding: Performing the Drama of Doctrine. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press. (Goto part 2) Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra One of the most pernicious heresies in the church of our time is old fashioned Greek dualism which separates faith and action. This dichotomous thinking, however, is inconsistent with the […]

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The Christian Memoir and Self-Publishing

The Christian Memoir and Self-Publishing   On Sunday, March 19th, 2017 author and publisher Stephen W. Hiemstra (PhD, MDiv) will talk about writing a Christian memoir and self-publishing after the 11 a.m. worship service at Lewinsville Presbyterian Church (www.Lewinsville.org) in the chapel. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.   Mark your calendar and RSVP […]

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Spring Prayer

Blessed Lord Jesus, We praise you for new life; for not leaving us alone in sad graveyards of our sins and limitations; for planting seeds in the soil of our hearts, where daffodils can sprout and grow and flower unexpectedly and we can participate in your resurrection. We confess that we seldom look for you […]

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