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WHAT TOPICS ARE "IN" THESE DAYS IN MANY SEMINARIES?S PDF Print E-mail
Ecclesiastical - Today's Issues and Trends
Written by Calvin Fox   
Friday, 17 April 2015 10:25

What are evangelical Seminarians reading?  What should they read?  Here is a revealing survey.  What is the "in" trend?

A few years ago the fashion was "small groups".  That was followed by "spiritual formation".  Then came "Missional"  Today it is "Leadership".

http://www.seminarygradschool.com/article/The-Essential-Seminary-Reading-List

http://www.seminarygradschool.com/article/20-Books-That-Are-Changing-Ministry

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Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 10:30
 
J I PACKER EXPLAINS WHAT ANGLICANISM IS PDF Print E-mail
Ecclesiastical - Anglicanism
Written by Calvin Fox   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:00

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2015/03/23/what-is-anglicanism-j-i-packer-speaks/

"I do believe that Anglicanism embodies the richest, truest, wisest heritage in all Christendom."

I agree with him- the problem I have is finding an established Anglican Church as he describes it where I live



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HUMAN SEXUALITY PDF Print E-mail
Bible Studies - Bible Studies
Written by Calvin Fox   
Friday, 06 February 2015 14:52

Like other living (breathing) physical beings and all primates, we are are born with a gender. Some have male genitalia and some have female genitalia. God created humans to be male and female. People are conceived and born as either one or the other (Gen 1:27) Besides different body parts and organs, there are distinctive male and female traits or distinguishing characteristics.  This is known intuitively, eg-a person who has a female body says she always knew deep within herself that she was a man.  In the Bible, gender and gender traits are determined by God at conception and realized from birth (Psalm 139:13-16)

The Doctrine of the Incarnation teaches that the person we are born as (including gender) is the one we became at conception. If that is a fact, gender can not truly be changed later, ie- transgeneration would not be possible.

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GENDER ROLES PDF Print E-mail
Bible Studies - Bible Studies
Written by Calvin Fox   
Friday, 06 February 2015 14:41

Gender Roles

The primary gender roles are assigned by God. They are described after the Fall this way-

Genesis 3:16 [Female Role: subservient wife and suffering Mother] To the woman He said, "I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you."

Genesis 3:17 [Male Role: dominating, but hard working Provider] And to Adam he said,…cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground,

It is important to note that we say these roles are "described". They are not "prescribed". These roles, as described here in chapter 3, are among the consequences of the Fall. However, the roles prescribed and expected by God of men and women are found in chapters 1 and 2. Couples (male and female) are to reproduce and are to work together as equal partners to cultivate the earth. The Fall added a "curse" to their original roles. Redemption removes that Curse and restores the original relationship and roles. Marriage is meant to be redeemed in Christ. See Eph. 5:21-32

I agree that many other and specific gender roles are culturally and arbitrarily assigned to men and women which are not innate, eg- housekeeping (female) and truck-driving (male). Such roles have changed through the centuries.

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Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2015 14:45
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