Many are conscientious in some things, and not in others; they listen to the monitor within when he directs to important duties, but in smaller matters they often disregard the voice of conscience and follow present inclination. Such cannot grow in grace.
Putting the words “Spirituality” and Biblical together seems almost improper. But it shouldn’t. Here are some reasons to allow these words to re-enter your vocabulary.
Firstly, lets recognize that these words seem out of place. But are they? The word spiritual is not often used in the context of Christianity. When the word is used, it often used to refer to “alternative spiritualities” or as Wikipedia puts it, “almost any kind of activity through which a person seeks meaning.” However, in the Bible, spirituality is a word used to describe something about reality generally and man specifically.
I’m studying toward a PhD in Biblical Counselling at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The reason I’m studying for a PhD isn’t because I want a few letters before my name, in fact letters are quite meaningless to the bulk of people in New Zealand. The reason simply is that New Zealand needs biblical counselling. I want to share the need for biblical counselling in New Zealand to explain my trajectory.
I’ve spent lots of time thinking about our union with Christ in His death and resurrection lately. It is a crucial theological issue, essentially the hub around which all other doctrines about our salvation are centered. Recently I was able to preach on Colossians 3:1-4, one of the central passages dealing with our participation with Christ’s resurrection.
In Colossians 3:1-2 Paul commands because Christ is in heaven and because we are united with Him (Eph 2:6) the focus and direction of our life should be heavenward, and the attention of our minds will determine this direction. Then in verses 3-4 Paul provides an additional consequence of our union with Christ in His resurrection – the anticipation of being joined with Him in glory when He returns.
I have long wanted to write a few thoughts down regarding Atheism and it’s naturalistic foundations. I have previously written on the subject, and the paper below extends the thinking behind that post and adds a couple of other things I’ve come across since then.
This paper depends on the connection between atheism (the belief that there is no God) and naturalistic evolution. This connection seems to be a necessary connection, so if naturalistic evolution falls, atheism is robbed of its only real chance to be “intellectually fulfilling” (to use Richard Dawkins’ words). In this case, atheism is in my opinion irrational, or as James Speigel said, “Atheism is a form of intellectual suicide.”
For details and the argument, read the paper below.
How should a Christian respond to Atheism?