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(The church Reformed and always reforming according to the Word of God)
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Miracles for Sale – Darren Brown (Subtitle Indonesia)
by Jeremiah Johnson
Christians sometimes find their theology in the strangest places.
That’s not meant as an indictment—most of us are not searching for truth outside the confines of Scripture. But the church seems to have a nasty habit of allowing the world’s influence and wisdom to encroach upon territory that rightfully belongs to God alone.
That’s why we’re occasionally dumbfounded by other believers who boil down Christ’s work of salvation and regeneration to little more than His taking up residence in your heart. It’s why we have to patiently correct and disciple others who are sincerely confused when they can’t locate the Bible verse that says we need to first love ourselves before we can love others. Frankly, it’s why we’ve undertaken this blog series on debunking popular Christian clichés—there aren’t enough biblically minded gate keepers in the church.
What makes the cliché before us today all the more embarrassing is its bizarre origin. Given its pervasive use in the church, you’d think it came from some pseudo-theological work or apocryphal book—something close to the truth, in relative terms.
But no. Instead, it comes from The Sound of Music.
Written by: Stacy Reaoch
As a new Christian in college, I was an impressionable young woman. Studying the Bible was novel to me and I depended on the guidance and mentorship of some “older” women to help me figure out how I was to live the Christian life. I was eager to understand God’s word, and was full of questions for Christian friends and leaders in my campus ministry.
Not long after coming to faith in Christ I realized there were two distinct groups in the ministry I was a part of: those who believed in predestination and those who didn’t. Later I realized a more formal name for those camps were the Calvinists and the Arminians.
Baca juga: Hamba-hamba Tuhan dan Keluarganya, Dewakah Mereka ?
Ditulis oleh: Oleh Grace Emilia
Ketika seseorang menyatakan bahwa ia dipanggil sebagai “hamba Tuhan” maka pada umumnya hal ini merujuk pada panggilan sebagai klergi. Para hamba Tuhan ini biasanya bergelar pendeta atau evangelis dan bertugas dalam kepemimpinan di institusi gereja serta terlatih dalam ilmu teologi. Sementara itu, istilah “pekerjaan pelayanan” pun seringkali terbatas pada tugas-tugas yang berhubungan dengan pekerjaan di seputar institusi gereja atau di badan-badan “pelayanan” atau organisasi non-profit. Hal-hal di luar itu (misalnya berdagang di pasar, bekerja sebagai akuntan, politikus, dsb) dianggap sebagai pekerjaan sekuler yang dilakukan oleh “kaum awam” dan bukan merupakan panggilan atau pelayanan dari para “hamba Tuhan”.
by. James Montgomery Boice
HOW SHOULD WE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS?
If you are not a Christian, the best way to celebrate Christmas is by becoming a Christian, that is, by believing in Jesus, asking Him to come into your heart and determining to follow Him as His disciple. But perhaps you already are a Christian. Perhaps you already have believed in Jesus. How should you celebrate Christmas then?
The story of Mary and the shepherds and the angels gives us some clues.
Written by: Timothy Paul Jones
Once upon a time, there was a season in the church year known as “Advent.” The word comes to us from the Latin for “coming.” The purpose of the season was to anticipate the coming of Christ to earth; it was a season that focused on waiting.
As early as the fourth century AD, Christians fasted during this season and ended their fasts with celebrations either of the arrival of the wise men or of the baptism of Jesus. For many Christians today, the most familiar sign of Advent is the lighting of candles—two purple candles, followed by a pink and then another purple—on each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas.
Advent has fallen on hard times, though. In the Protestant and free-church traditions, the loss is somewhat understandable; we Baptists in particular tend to be suspicious of anything with origins in ancient or medieval tradition. Yet even in congregations that closely follow the rhythms of the church year, the meaning of Advent seems in danger of being misplaced. By the closing week of November, any sense of waiting has been eclipsed by the nativity scene in the lobby, the tannenbaum in the hall, and the list of Christmas parties in the newsletter.