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    Overtime, however, something has been lost. The power of the story of God and His people has been robbed of its promise and power. Brueggemann writes, “The contemporary American church is so largely enculturated to the American ethos of consumerism that it has little power to believer or to act,” he continues, “that enculturation is true not only of the institution of the church but also of us as person.”1 The restoration of the power of God 's story in contrast to this enculturation is central…

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    The unfortunate reality of evil being an element of humanity is a hard pill for some to swallow, and can be an even more difficult concept to comprehend and breakdown philosophically. In a pluralistic world with many competing religions and worldviews, the concept of what is morally wrong can definitely be distorted to fit one’s lifestyle, or the norms of a particular culture. The presence of wickedness introduces the proverbial monkey wrench scenario for atheists, pantheists, agnostics, and…

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    Job's Summary: Enemy

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    discussion? No. There are those [check Habel, Balentine, Newsom, others] who presume that Job could never draw the identity of his known Enemy, God, together with an Advocate, also God. That was logically irreconcilable and would tax his cognitive capacities in the…

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    goals and go after what their heart desires. I will be explaining my personal thoughts about who I am, How I arrived at this point in my life ,What I have accomplished, why it is of value, what I have learned about myself and my relation to others and God through my college and life. I’m a very happy person and love being happy at all times. I love learning new things everyday because I don’t like to be in a gathering where…

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    when I was about six. Even today there are parts of our understanding of God I do not understand such as the Trinity which from the talks we have had in class I don’t think I ever could truly wrap my mind around it, due to the complexity of the idea and my limited understanding. But when I was about six the stories I heard about Jesus began to sink in and with the help of my parents I came to understand more and more about God and Jesus. My brother was going through this understanding about the…

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    God may have placed people here on this earth intending for them to live according to his will and his way, and to fulfill a purpose. However, it appears that many people today are failing to live a purpose driven life. Sadly, they’re not living their life with God in mind at all, possibly because they don’t know how, because they don’t believe in God or because they feel they have plenty of time for salvation. Thankfully, for those who have the desire to live a life that is pleasing to God,…

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    tornadoes being the finger of God. Piper presents God as a God that causes destruction because society refuses to believe him. Well there is evidence to point out that but C.S. Lewis puts it in a good way is that pain and destruction are God’s way of calling us to repent. These events were not cause directly by God but were not stopped neither to have society as a whole think about life and how we ought to live our lives. I think C.S. Lewis explains it the best is that God allows these…

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    from sin. They believe that sin is a spiritual element, and one needs a mental approach to deal with issues in life as opposed to psychotherapy. The writers also think that there are two sources of ideas in the human realm. The two sources are God…

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    Odyssey In Beowulf

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    An epic is a long, stylized narrative poem celebrating the deeds of a national hero. Also, known as the odyssey or Beowulf both books/poems are very well written especially in the given time period. Beowulf to a lot of people is one of those books that you could really learn from in life and in other situations. It is often one of those books that get over-looked because they don’t feel like reading all of that. The same can go for the odyssey as well. Morality plays an important role in…

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    The Shoe Box Book Report

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    this being said, creating my own God box for this year will help tremendously with anxiety about this year in general and create a sense of comfort that God will and forever be by my side. On the topic of campus ministry, I feel as if incorporating an activity with the God box in a retreat or simply having a God box within the ministry room will serve as a way to convey to others that it is okay for you to lean on God for help at any given moment. The idea of the God box is a really unique way…

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