This was one of the most interesting dialogue during the conference. Sami Awad, from the Holy Land Trust, interviewed Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Muslim who used to live and work in Gaza, before Israeli military killed his daughters during the last war there, and now resides in Canada.
Review of Chapter 7 – The Gift of Discernment
by Nana Danelia, World Vision Georgia
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1
All Christians are given gifts of the Holy Spirit that serve to bring unity to the church by manifesting the Spirit and serving other believers. Among these gifts is the gift of spiritual discernment. People with this gift will have special ability to separate truth from error and to discern whether something originates with God or with Satan. There are a wide variety of opportunities to serve the church through this gifting. Even though not everyone has been given the spiritual gift of discernment, we are all to pursue this discipline. Read More…
I have decided to take a break from Facebook and my blog for the time until Easter.
A few more posts are already planned to appear on my blog until 31 March and then there will be a bit of silence, which is good for the soul.
Warning: I am not planning to approve or respond to comments on this blog during this period. Thanks for your understanding.
I wish you all a blessed Lent time.
This is the last clip in the series Five-Minute Film Festival: Resources for Teaching About Character
Jack Andraka, a high school sophomore, has developed a revolutionary new test for pancreatic cancer. The future of science is in the hands of our youth.
Winter 2014 has become the most tragic period in Ukraine’s history of national development. For more than three months, there has been a very aggressive confrontation between the people of Ukraine and government special police forces. Demonstration lost its peaceful character after people were killed, and the 19th of February was a horrible day, marked by close to 900 injured people and 77 dead due to gunshot wounds. Prayer is much needed for families of those who lost their loved ones. May the Lord protect their hearts, minds, and souls from hatred and aggressive decisions.
Questions and thoughts on the lectionary reading for Sunday 30th March 2014, Fourth Sunday of Lent – Psalm 23, with Rev. Jonathan Fleming – Minister at Erskine Parish Church, Rev. Daniel Manastireanu – Minister at Bishopton Parish Church and Rev. Alison McBrier – Minister at Inchinnan Parish Church. The video is recorded in Inchinnan Parish Church.
Professor Larry Hurtado discusses critically NT Wright’s position on Israel as the ‘People of God’ in his new boo on Paul’s theology. Hurtado believes that NT Wright does not to justice to the New Testament by not allowing for any future for ethnic Israel (whatever that means today)
Originally posted on Larry Hurtado's Blog:
Wright’s treatment is set within what he regards as one of the three main foci in Paul’s theology, in this case “election” (or the divine choosing of God’s people). Indicative of the importance of the topic for Wright, Chapter 10, “The People of God, Freshly Reworked,” is by far the largest chapter…
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One of the best ways to study Scripture is to use the lens of cultural anthropology; in other words, to learn about the social setting in which Jesus lived and the problems with which he was dealing. What we find is that the Mediterranean culture at his time was overwhelmingly dominated by an honor/shame system largely based on externals. Actually, we still live that way in the United States and Western Europe, although we pretend we don’t!
The fifth (and last) clip in the series Five-Minute Film Festival: Resources for Teaching About Character
We believe that children are curious and that curiosity is a wonderful thing. This video honors children’s curiosity as it shows them asking questions, exploring, experimenting and being imaginative. As you view the video, consider ways that you might do more to encourage curiosity in the children that you spend time with. This video was created and produced by introductory level university students studying early childhood development and learning.
I recommend to you today a book. It is written by a friend. Not a close friend, but a friend nevertheless, and a lady I appreciate and respect a lot. It is a book about Syria and it is worth reading at this time when this country is a lot in the media. Find below the presentation of the book as you can find it on the Amazon website (the book also exists in KIndle form). And, please, remember Syria in your prayers.
Kati Woronka – Dreams in the Medina
From the heart of Syria, Dreams in the Medina is a coming-of-age tale which explores the aspirations, passions and tragedies of a group of young Syrian women, who on the surface seem to have nothing in common but who are brought together in the deepest of bonds as they study and live together at the University of Damascus.
All lyrics contained in this song are the transcribed prayers of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero (1917-1980). Romero was murdered in 1980 while celebrating mass in a small hospital chapel in San Salvador.
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This dialogue has been for me the absolute highlight of this conference. The irenic dialogue between Gary Burge, a critique of Christian Zionism, and Daniel Juster, a leader of Messianic Christians was a model for the way that Christians holding strongly opposing views on important matters should engage with each others.
Dear friends around the world:
Today, world society is divided on how to assess developments in Ukraine. One demands that we choose sides. But doing so means rejecting those people of good will on the other side of the barricades. At a time like this, we remember the words of Job in chapter 37:23: “The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.”
God humbled Himself and accepted His undeserved reproach, torture and death at the hands of those whom He had created. He accused no one, even though he had infinite numbers of reasons, arguments, physical evidence and documents at his disposal. He condemned no one and did not label people as “friends” or “enemies”. And God is the same, yesterday, today and forever. Read More…
Review of Chapter 6 – The Will and Discernment
by NV, World Vision MEERO
‘Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect’ – Romans 12.2.
We are talking here about discerning God’s will for our lives, not about knowing everything we may want to know (God’s un-revealed will). The larger framework of discernment is described by our relationship with God as spiritual being (being filled with the Spirit), the desire to live a holy life (not intentionally dwelling in sin), and a thanking attitude. Read More…
This is the third clip in the Five-Minute Film Festival: Resources for Teaching About Character. I have posted this clip previously, but here it is again, as part of this initiative. Because gratitude really matters.
What makes you happy? Have you ever wondered why? Join us as we take an experimental approach on what makes people happier. Behind the Scenes of the episode!
And, if you have seen this already, here is the seond episode: Read More…
The Examen of Consciousness is a spiritual practice developed by St. Ignatius Loyola which can help you grow more sensitive to your own spirit and its source. Here, Jesuits and laypersons discuss their practice of the Examen. Produced by Paul Hanley, Pacifica-Sunset A.M.D.G., Pacifica, Calif. Used by permission of Paul Hanley.
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