I personally felt that this book is not only for Christian ministers or leaders but for everyone and anyone because, as mortal human beings, we live in a societal world where caring or helping each other is indispensable. I like the way Nouwen makes us see the four chapters of this book, as entering into four different doors, each representing the ‘problems of ministry in the modern world’ (Nouwen, 2010, p.3). I’ve categorized my reflections on this book into three particular headings. The Human Condition Nouwen starts the first chapter by portraying Peter, a young man going through the contemporary human condition, which is, the search of meaning to their life. As I reflect on Peter’s condition, he sounds exactly like a normal young adult of our generation.
I during my time found that you cannot just develop one law or pamphlet, I instead emphasized rationale in the different cases in my life such as my trial in England to the founding of Pennsylvania (Frost, W. J. (2012, March)). My view on religious figures such as Jesus is varied depending on the case, Jesus for example was sent to us to help establish the concept of the church by renouncing his life and defying it by rising again he establish the principles upon which the Church’s governance was founded upon (Frost, W. J. (2012, March)). I would actually consider Jesus a great example in regards to what powerful religious figures should do in their life Jesus preached to inform and notify people because of his faith not to spite the Roman government at the time (Frost, W. J.
Roy Lessin, an American author, wrote “you’re here not by chance but by God’s choosing, to fulfill His special purpose in your life for this generation.” In many ways this quote ties to A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. As Johnny Wheelwright (the narrator) revisits his past with his best friend Owen Meany, he sees signs that a greater force was interfering in their lives, and some coincidences are too perfect to be natural. Owen himself realizes he is on Earth for a specific purpose, God’s purpose. Irving uses a litany of references, symbols, and images to distinguish Owen Meany as a Christ figure. Owen Meany is the reason Johnny Wheelwright believes in God.
Rick Warren and Sam Harris are undoubtedly leaders in different spheres of thought. Warren, a big-name evangelist and founder of one of the largest churches in the United States, debated Harris, a soft-spoken neuroscientist and key player in the proliferation of New Atheism, under the supervision of Jon Meacham for a Newsweek special. In the conflict of theism versus atheism—God or no God—Warren makes a case for the former, explaining that because of our limited knowledge of the universe and our inherent feeling of spirituality, we must have faith in the traditional Christian God. I agree with Warren in that the human scope of knowledge is extremely limited, but I staunchly disagree that this assumes the existence of God. Not only are Warren’s claims about miracles, atheists and his rationale regarding morality factually unfounded, they are primarily the result of some characteristic psychological fallacies.
There was much focus on the Spirit in the old testament even though there are clear passages that could have been used to show the holy spirit in action. Then we see in Judges that he sees Samson and Gideon as persons we should emulate. Rather I think the book of judges as a show of God’s faithfulness.He also begins to say that we need to make ourselves worthy vessels for the Holy Spirit. Which I think will make think they need to earn the holy spirit Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Thats the point of Jesus Christ we will never be worthy enough no matter how hard we
Biblical perspective should be our worldview, so when one states that we are integrating our worldview into the classroom, theoretically they should be integrating Biblical principles into the classroom (MacCullough, 2008) In his book , "The Universe Next Door", James Sire defines worldview as providing a foundation on which we live, move, and have our being based on stories from our heart whether they be true , partially true , or false . Another definition of worldview is defined as, “a set of presuppositions or assumptions which we hold consciously or subconsciously about the basic makeup of our world (McCullough p.14). Worldview also deal with our background; culture; values; philosophy of life; religious choices and faith together, creating our identity. Biblical Integration is seeing how the topic reveals the character or nature of God, Creation, Mankind, Moral Order, Purpose Biblical integration should be carried out through the whole day in class . It is important to know that biblical integration cannot be thrown together.
I was somewhat reluctant to give it a try. With many prayers and asking God for his favor, grace, along with the focus and tenacity to understand all that was ahead of me. However, after researching several universities, I felt strongly God was leading me to enroll at CCU. This verse comes to mind in writing this paper, “Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say” (Exodus 4:12 NIV). Reflection Paper Introduction The Bible teaches us that our first calling is to serve Christ.
So true justice does not rest on what society reflects upon with reason alone. The place to learn about justice is first and foremost from the biblical narrative of God’s creative, sustaining and redeeming activity in the world. The meaning of justice is known primarily from God’s revelation in history, and in the Bible is found the record of this revelation. The Bible is the story of God’s self-disclosure in both word and deed, and it is from this disclosure that one comes to know and understand more what justice entails. Social justice finds its beginning in God, who is both social and just.
Christian educators are beginning to realize that to be truly Christian, is more than providing a theoretical guidance and generalization about education and work. It is a vital part of the content of the curriculum and integrated with all subject matter. Consequently, some persons are exhibiting an idolatrous attitude towards Christian “education and work” undertaken in capitalist societies” (Cates, 2005). Even though the Bible should be the integrating factor around which all other subject matter is correlated and arranged, and provides the criterion by which all other subject matter is judged. The philosophical work of human hands tends to conceal the work being done by the hand of God, ironically heightening the alienation experienced by workers and educators (Cates, 2005).