“Why do you celebrate Christmas?” my Muslim friend asked at our Grill a Christian event. “I mean isn’t it a pagan festival emphasising materialism? Surely it isn’t something God’s people should be involved in?”
The panel were flummoxed. They’d never really thought of Christmas in these terms. Had they been celebrating some worthless pagan festival all their lives?
Is the high point of the Christian calendar just a capitulation to paganism? Is it actually doing more harm than good? Should Christians celebrate Christmas?
Last week I gave an account of how difficult I have found being in the workplace. It seemed to ring true with many of you and you have provided some excellent examples of how you have overcome this in your lives.
Whilst I in no way consider myself to be an expert, let me add my own ideas on how to the workplace can be made a place of worship:
A few months ago I alerted to you the fact that I had started a new job. In the following months I’ve failed to minister to you guys properly over those months, and for that I apologise profusely.
Now I want to get back into the swing of things and it seems best to just comment on the difficulties I’ve experienced in the world of work.
Why, on entering the world of work, do so many of us who were excited about Christian things at University goes so stale?
If you’ve been visiting this site recently you may have noticed I’ve been absent. In the mean time I started my first job and have been using my commute to listen to some sermons. Amongst those sermons have been Mark Driscoll’s Pray Like Jesus series.
Many people have questions about prayer but few are willing to open up to what the scripture puts forward as an example for prayer. Here are a few things that Jesus did that we should copy:
When we hear stories of martyrs told from others’ lips we can often think of them as superhumans on a different scale of faith that we can never attain. However, in reading their own descriptions of themselves, we see a fight against inward sin and a determination to do God’s will that we can imitate.
In Shadow of the Almighty the second is true as Elisabeth Elliot collates the diaries and letters of Jim Elliot.
John Dyer has set up BestCommentaries.com site where you can read and give reviews for some of the best English language commentaries.
I hope many will join this community and offer their reviews so that Christians can find commentaries that will help them understand the Bible better and point them more to Christ.
However, it’s not easy to write a good review. How can you write a review that will best serve the kingdom of God? Remember to answer the following questions:
Summer is drawing to its close, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put your final weeks to good use.
Over the past few weeks we’ve talked about various ways students in particular can use their summer holidays for good.
Here are my last four tips for a useful summer:
What does rejection from God look like? We are told it is hell, that it is the worst thing ever but what is that like? Is there any way we can picture God’s rejection.
In Amos 5:1-3, Amos gives us a haunting account of Israel’s fate under God’s wrath. In it we get a clearer picture of the wrath of God and what rejection from him truly means.
Summer comes and it’s the time when you pack studying in for a few months right?
Wrong! The extended period of time you have on a Uni holiday gives you plenty of time to study something with great spiritual value!
Last time we discussed how to use your summer to help other Christians. Today we’ll discuss how you can use it to become more knowledgable on certain topics.
This week we’ve been looking at confessions and the nature of the reformed faith. So I thought I’d give some reformed/confession related links:
- Right on cue, Christ the Center have released a discussion with Lig Duncan on “The Westminster Confession for the 21st Century”. It comes from a presbyterian perspective that is a bit more confessionialist than me, however it is helpful and interesting
- Over at Resurgence, last year they recorded the entire Heidelberg Catechism. The great thing is it comes with scriptural support, so you can always check up what it says against scripture.
- Castle Church (linked with Christ the Center) are producing audio verisons of the Westminister Confession, Larger Catechism and Shorter Catechism. Along with Heidelberg, Westminster is one of the most famous and subscribed to confessions of the Reformed faith and so are a great place to start if you want to look at confessions.