Beliefs Lead to Practice or Vice Versa?

Stained Glass Window of ChurchA professor of mine recently offered a quote on the reality of whether belief leads to practice or practice leads to belief. This is the ever-debated discussion around orthodoxy and orthopraxy.

The quote comes from Miroslav Volf, in his co-authored book, Practicing Theology: Beliefs and Practices in Christian Life. I confess that I greatly appreciate Volf’s thoughts, including this reflection on orthodoxy and orthopraxy.

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Immanuel Before & After Christmas

When we hear the word Immanuel, we might be quick to think of two words – Jesus and Christmas. It is at Christmas time, this time of year, that we celebrate Immanuel, that is, “God with us,” seen in the incarnation of the Son of God. We turn to both Isaiah 7 and Matthew 1 and find a most well-known passage in Scripture:

Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel.

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Human Beings, Not Human Doings: A Call to Create Space

clockMaybe The Matrix was right. We’re just programmed units doing a job, filling out a task force, being driven by machines. Such a thought makes me shutter, though. Does it for you as well?

The drudgery of our daily habits does lend itself to such an approach to life. Think about our jobs, our families, our churches. We are directed by the programatic pressures of western society.

Listen, I’m not against the simple daily habits of life. We all have daily rhythms we enter in to. And I love that word rhythms. Some might call them rituals. Both are correct. It’s just that one causes an unnatural churning in our stomachs when we think about it. Hence, why I use the word rhythms. But I’m not against the daily habits and rhythms of life. As humans, we need them and should appreciate them. Continue reading

Visible Music College New Campus – Chicagoland

It’s that time of year – kicking off a new academic year! With things launching as usual at our Visible Music College main Memphis campus, we are now launching a new Chicagoland campus this academic year. To see learn a little about that new campus site, check out the video below.

What is Visible Music College – we train and equip musicians, technicians, and business professionals in skill and character for effective service in the music industry and in the church.

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God Accommodating in Scripture

I continue to plod my way through Kenton Sparks’, God’s Word in Human Words: An Evangelical Appropriation of Critical Biblical Scholarship. Though, by no means do I agree with every statement and nuance put forth by Sparks, I am very much appreciating his overall approach in thoughtfully helping Christians consider the way God has communicated his inspired, God-breathed revelation and truth in Scripture through its actual human authors.

If it weren’t for it’s 400-page length, I would probably recommend the book to many people. But I could start by introducing Pete Enn’s book, Inspiration and Incarnation

One important word of discussion in understanding how God ‘breathed out’ Scripture as he utilised the human writers is the word accommodation. This word is all about how God decide to adapt himself, come down to the writer’s level in communicating his revelatory truth.

You see, Scripture is a team project. Both from God and from humanity. One really cannot deny such. And I don’t see Christians ever denying such. Continue reading