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Blog Archives: February 2015

Dangerous Christianity

February 25, 2015
Chris Castaldo
Søren Kierkegaard (1813 – 1855) was a significant Danish philosopher who is widely considered to be the father of modern existentialism. A trenchant critic of the German thinker G. W. F. Hegel, Kierkegaard believed that the former’s philosophy poisoned the well of civil, ecclesial, and philosophical discourse. Kierkegaard saw the Church of his day as cold and lifeless, a victim of Hegelian rationalism. His frustration emerged in his scathing Attack Upon Christendom, which, despite appearances, was written by someone who deeply cared about ...

Never Alone

February 18, 2015
Chris Castaldo
Dale Ralph Davis (1944 – ), an honored professor of Old Testament, was called back into full-time pastoral ministry. He is well known for his lively devotional commentaries on Old Testament history books, such as Joshua, which combine thoughtful study with practical application. In Joshua 14, Caleb recalls how he and Joshua had stood alone and trusted God, when they spied out the Promised Land (cf. Num. 13-14): faith can sometimes be lonely. Davis writes: Hence [for Caleb] the devotion of faith required courage, a willingness to stand ...

Power to Save

February 12, 2015
Chris Castaldo
Pain and sorrow are disorienting. It’s like riding in a train car that seems to be moving forward, when you are actually moving backward, and suddenly you become aware of the real direction. We often experience such circumstances, watching beloved friends suffer, and occasionally walking through them ourselves. In such moments, we recognize with greater clarity our desperate need for God. This podcast (click here) explores the reason why there is real hope in such situations. (Transcript of the podcast follows.) The real world has little ...

Dialogue on Christian Mission

February 04, 2015
Chris Castaldo
How can Roman Catholics and evangelical Protestants discuss the good news of Jesus? The following text of Scripture, in my humble opinion, should be at the forefront of our reflection: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14, emphasis added). With a balance that can only be described as perfect, our Lord Jesus Christ embodied the virtues of grace and truth in full measure. In every conversation, Christ responded with the utmost ...