Where is God?

Jay Smith, President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics
April 13, 2018

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I have the great privilege of speaking to hundreds of young men and women at some of the best colleges and universities across the United States. Many of them are anxious to serve God in some capacity in life after college. On the other hand, many more are wondering “where is God?” Indeed, when given … MORE

All Fuzzy Bunnies, Colorful Eggs, a Fancy Lunch; Oh, and a Church Service…

Jay Smith, President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics
March 30, 2018

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Is this what we settle for? Easter… When we really think about Easter in contemporary America, what are we really celebrating? Christians know that we are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus; or at least so we think. In an increasingly secular America, Easter has returned to its Saxon and Germanic roots: Eostre, or Ostara. Ostara … MORE

Thoughts On the Incarnation of Jesus…

Bill Fowler, Church Relations, Professor of Biblical Studies
December 14, 2017

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God Is Present In Our World Christmas is about God’s presence in our world in a radically new way. The God who had created the universe, and who had personally interacted with our world in amazing ways (recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures), got up close and personal in the incarnation. The Word became flesh and … MORE

Another New Essay on Human Understanding

Jay Smith, President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics
July 18, 2017

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For several centuries, Western culture has been in the grasp of an inadequate understanding of human nature. Allow me to make a short historical survey to explain how this happened. In the late 17th and early 18th centuries, it became vogue for philosophers and naturalists in Western culture to write essays on the topic of … MORE

Repent FOR the Kingdom…

Bill Fowler, Church Relations, Professor of Biblical Studies
July 13, 2017

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God’s Available Kingdom Is Good News… John the Baptist: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” Matthew 3:2 Jesus: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” Matthew 4:17 The Gospel according to Matthew will not let us miss the core message of John the Baptist who prepared the way, and Jesus … MORE

Dust to Glory

Bill Fowler, Church Relations, Professor of Biblical Studies
June 13, 2017

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History and Destiny Friends of mine in Texas have what I call a Christian country rock band that they call “Dust to Glory.” I love the thought of that. It speaks of both our humble human history AND our glorious ultimate destiny in Christ! Crafted from the dust of the earth at creation, we are … MORE

The Other Side: An Easter Reflection

Jay Smith, President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics
April 16, 2017

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Crucifixion and Sacrifice In recent years, I have encountered something very strange on Easter Sunday in churches all over the United States: pastors preaching about the crucifixion and the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for our salvation. Don’t misunderstand me. I give God glory and honor for what was done for the world on … MORE

Good Friday Reflection

Bill Fowler, Church Relations, Professor of Biblical Studies
April 14, 2017

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Jesus’ Last Words From the cross of Calvary Jesus uttered seven statements that are often referenced as “The Seven Last Words of Jesus.” Of course, these are NOT the seven last words that Jesus ever spoke. The risen Christ had much to say, and he continues to speak to those who follow him! But as … MORE