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Two Common Myths about Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual gifts are all supernatural in the sense that the Spirit is involved. The Bible affirms, “All these are the work of one and the same Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:11). Join this week’s discussion as author Andrew K. Gabriel, Ph.D., deconstructs common myths behind spiritual gifts and how a church’s capacity multiplies when it chooses to invest in members’ development.

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Is Auto-Pilot Dominating Our Liturgy?

It seems like every week a worship band outputs a new album. We frequently are flooded with new Christian music; yet, when you enter a typical church on Sunday, the worship team often still sings “Oceans.” Michael Steiner, MBA, compares and applies one of the basic theories of behavioral economics, the dual-system theory, to the repetitive nature found in contemporary worship services and suggests how this negative posture can impose on congregants’ spiritual experience.

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Illumination by Translation

Language identifies common ground by allowing us to communicate with one another succinctly and with a standard. Many times we discover portions of reality that have yet to be created in modern language. This week, Luke Marchesani, a graduate student at Southeastern University, engages with creativity, as defined biblically, while providing a methodology for Christ-followers to embody as they interpret Scripture.

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Profoundly Lonely

According to recent research, about half of all Americans could be considered lonely. Young people in the United States are profoundly lonely. Yet, the loneliness that is plaguing so many young people is not temporary, not born out of a particular event, not a reflective or contemplative isolation. It is a deep, abiding, and cyclical alienation from other people. In this week’s article, Master of Divinity candidate at Boston University School of Theology and a United Methodist Director of Children and Youth Ministries in New England, Dominic J. Mejia explores ways the church as loving community can serve as a means of grace in the lives of folks who feel alienated and disconnected.

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Making Peace with the Warrior God

How are we to deal with certain brutalities found in the Old Testament? How do we know what is and isn’t worthy of God? The good news is that God means to put us in that difficult place. He means to save us not from interpretation but through it. Dr. Chris Green, professor at Southeastern University, provides four approaches on how Christians today should perceive and interpret God’s seemingly violent Old Testament acts in a rather confounding context.

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Finding Courage to Ask and Believe

The biblical example of Habakkuk’s wrestle with God over restoring his modern culture back to Him serves as an aid in addressing today’s conflict against God. What should be done to revive humanity’s spiritual suppression? In this week’s article, Southeastern University President, Kent Ingle, leads us through a sentimentality of asking God for a significant breakthrough amidst our culture’s confusion.

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La Posada Sin Fronteras

Image of First Lady Pat Nixon shaking hands of Mexican citizens across the border fence at the dedication of Border Field State Park in 1971. National Archives and Records Administration.

Christmas should always be a time to pause and reflect on the meaning of Jesus birth. Cristina Maria Hernandez, a guest contributor and grad student at Boston University, reflects on both the story of the birth of Jesus and its meaning as she participated in La Posada Sin Fronteras, a Christmas celebration centered on the story of Mary, Joseph, and the birth of Jesus practiced in some latina/o countries.

This post is a part of a special series of posts from students at Boston University, Boston College, and These pieces are brought to you by our past student editor and now graduate student at Boston University, Hanna Larracas.

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Christ, the Savior is Born!

Christmas is the season when families share gifts with one another, hope with those around them, and memories that last a lifetime. The holidays also represent a responsibility to share the good news with others under the firm biblical-grounded belief that Jesus Christ is Savior. In this week’s article, a fresh perspective carries believers into new areas where our attention can be refocused during this busy winter season.

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Anxiety, Despair and Hope in the Light of Advent Season

Behind the power of Advent lives incomparable joy and encouragement for the believer to partake in. This week, PhD student Justin Rose, provides valuable insight in which he proposes all humanity is in need of the hope, promise, and joy Advent openly extends, gifts so often obscured by obsession with want and wealth.

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A Kinder and Gentler Nation: A Tribute to George H. W. Bush

At his inauguration in 1989, Bush implored that Americans have a responsibility “to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world.” In this week’s discussion, Dr. Zack Tackett reminisces the impact of George H.W. Bush’s presidency on our nation and dispenses a powerful parallel to how the church may learn from his gentle, political posture.

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