Introduction In human existence culture and spirituality and two separate subjects yet they overlap. Culture belongs to the human sphere while spirituality has its place in the divine. Culture has either good or bad features; and can only be measured by a standard objective. Spirituality has to do with a person’s position before God. The aim of this essay is to discuss the relationship a Christian is to have with his culture and the standard to judge culture.
Emerson, displeased with the current state of religion, offered the solution to the graduating class: themselves. Urging them to recognize and to preach the importance of self, Emerson believed that, to fix Christianity and religion as a whole, preachers must introduce religion as a fluid, equivocal concept that focuses around self. Although one should approach Emerson’s writings and beliefs with an open mind, I argue that Emerson’s opinions in “The Divinity
New York: Bredford St.Martins. 2009. 930-942. Flannery O’Connor, author and graduate from Georgia Sate College for Women, asserts that danger is a demonstration of God’s tests on human faith and morals because religion is something that people need to stand firm by and have full confidence in. O’Connor provides insightful facts and evidence about the morals established from a Christian faith, such that how a person behaves is based upon these morals.
How should you respond to unjust criticism and ridicule? How should you live a holy life when others persecute you? The term “gentleness” is often used in the Bible in the context of persecution and opposition. For example, Paul appeals to the “gentleness of Christ” in 2 Corinthians 10:1 as the reason for his own gentleness in his dealing with the false teachers who slandered him. In a society hostile to the Christian faith and values, Christians are called to respond with gentleness.
Kenotic Christology argues incarnation in terms of Logos “giving up” of “laying aside” of divesting itself of emptiness itself or certain properties normally belong to divinity. The term "kenosis" is used in the two-fold sense in theology. Originally it was used by the Lutheran theologian to show self-restriction, not of the Logos, but the God-man, where he, for the sake of his humiliation, the exclusion of the actual use of His divine attributes. In the teachings of Kenotic, however, it signals the doctrine that the Logos in His incarnation was bald transitive or of all of His attributes, has been reduced to a mere potential, and then, in union with human nature, developed into a divine-human person. Kenosis Doctrine argues that kenosis is the period of divesting corresponding to the life-span of the earthly life of Jesus and after 33 years of His earthly life the Logos resumes possession of all divine properties.
The goal in this process it seems was not so much to determine the truthfulness of the client’s beliefs, as it was to determine the extent to which their beliefs affect their cognitive, emotional, and physical wellbeing (Hodge, 2013). Hodge’s assessment consisted of two parts, a short, preliminary assessment and a longer more extensive assessment. The latter would only be conducted if the former deemed the person to be religious and therefore it would be necessary. If not, the therapist could move on to more relevant topics in their client’s life. If the first assessment did find religion relevant, the second assessment would be vital to gain knowledge about the clients’ spiritual beliefs and experiences and how they related to the client’s problems and eventually solutions.
Calvin was influenced by humanists. The preaching idea of Calvin is that the preaching becomes revelation when if God agrees to add to it the Holy Spirit. The Spirit does not speak anything that has not already been said in the scripture. Preaching can be called as the Word of God only by the preaching expounds and interpret the Bible. He sensed very low level for human activity in preaching.
I wonder how many of us here really have that eagerness when it comes to learn about the Word of God. As Christians we need to devote ourselves in reading and studying of God’s Word. Nothing is more saddening than to see a Christian with no understanding of his own faith. And as current and future pastors and preachers, all the more we need to immerse ourselves in reading and studying of the Word, just like Ezra did. Getting ourselves deeply rooted in the Word will not only revitalize us, but also the flock that we are
21201085 WENDY KARANI APOLOGETICS MIDTERM OPEN SOURCE PAPER. 1. What is Christian Apologetics and why should we do it Apologetics is defined as "reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine." It is to be specific with this class, a branch of Christianity that deals with the aspect of defending the Christian faith against those who care to attack us. Apologetics comes from the Greek word “apologia” or in Greek: ἀπολογία which when translated mean a “defense especially of one's opinions, position, or actions”.
Vanhoozer, Kevin, Charles Ansderson, Michael Sleasman, eds. Ordinary Theology: How to Perused Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends. Terrific Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2007. Ordinary Theology offers the conversation starter, "How would we decipher society?" Seminary understudies and ministers work to see how to peruse Biblical writings.
Scriptural rambling can bring confusion to younger Christians because they are not equipped yet to follow. However, when it comes to the older Christians, can feed their pride and lead to sin. Collins stated,”the purpose of the sermon is to edify the congregation in their faith, not to convince them that you swallowed a chain reference Bible or a seminary Rolodex.” Therefore, we should only use and teach messages that the congregations can