A frequently asked question from my graduate advisees is this: How do you keep up with the latest scholarship in your discipline? Or, how do you stay on the “cutting edge” in your academic field? There are at least five maintenance disciplines that come immediately to my mind.
I wrote this article with two groups in mind: 1) Those who are so task-oriented that they underemphasize the foundational role of spiritual life for the mission God has called them to do; 2) those who are so focused on the inner life that they underemphasize the very positive role that involvement in ministry and mission has upon the spiritual life.
At final judgment, all evildoers will be reconciled to God’s purposes in the sense that they will be subdued, conquered, and stopped from hostility and resistance to God. By contrast, believers have already surrendered to Jesus voluntarily.
God's perfect justice means that worse criminals will suffer worse punishments for their crimes. This is not torture or exacting pain as somehow accomplishing something for God, as if God were a fiendish tormentor. But then what is it?
It’s one thing to be a scandal for the Gospel—the Gospel of Jesus Christ is scandalous to the world. Paul felt that, and I am proud to own that, too (1 Cor. 1:18-25). But blood moons as signs of the prophecy clock ticking is a scandal in the wrong direction.
There are lots of hints in the biblical book that bears his name that Nehemiah was a person who lived with an ongoing awareness of the presence of the Lord, and who highly valued the importance of communion with God.