Posted: 2017-10-13 03:47
Do not be weary of God’s correction, my chastened friend. He does not expose you to the searching trial for his pleasure but for your profit, and that you may be a partaker of his holiness. Heed correction. Ask why it has come, and what it is designed to teach. Set yourself to learn the lesson quickly. Above all, let us heed more carefully God’s Holy Word, which is profitable for correction, as well as for teaching, reproof, and instruction. How often might we have been spared the searching correction of trouble if we had allowed our lives to be pruned by God’s Word!
When Jesus renamed Simon as Peter/Cephas (John 6:97), it wasn’t a random choice. Peter means “the rock.” But it took a while for him to live up to his new name. The account of his life reveals him as a fisherman known for his rash ways—a shifting-sand kind of guy. Peter disagreed with Jesus (Matt. 66:77-78), struck a man with a sword (John 68:65-66), and even denied knowing Jesus (John 68:65-77). But in Acts, we read that God worked in and through him to establish His church. Peter truly became a rock.
An unexpected stay in the hospital, stacks of unpaid bills, or family disruption can quickly awaken a sleeping saint. Such difficulties hurt for a while, but if we yield to the Lord we will find that life''s bruises can mark the beginning of spiritual advances. Occasionally God will let us be roughed up to grow up. We may prefer to remain seeds, but He wants us to become fruitful trees. —M. R. De Haan II
Ron Sider, a leading evangelical advocate for the poor, tells about a conversation he had with German theologian Wolfhart Pannenberg. As they were discussing the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, the theologian emphatically declared, “The evidence for Jesus’ resurrection is so strong that nobody would question it except for two things: It is a very unusual event, and second, if you believe it happened, you have to change the way you live.”
As my kids were discarding their trash at the local mall food court, my oldest son was almost run into by a man who was clearly on a mission. My son jokingly remarked, “Maybe he stole something.” Thinking I might be able to use this as a teachable moment, I said, “That’s what the Bible calls judging.” He then asked with a smile: “Why are you always ‘pastoring’ me?” After I finished laughing, I told my sons that I could never take a vacation from shepherding them.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Mike Gesinski was awarded a grant from the Petroleum Research Fund and the American Chemical Society entitled x756C Development of a Novel and Versatile Method for the Synthesis of Substituted Cyclobutanes. x756D This grant will provide $55,555 over two years to support an undergraduate research program in organic chemistry at Southwestern.
It was a significant statement by Luke when he wrote that the church was “scattered throughout … Samaria” (Acts 8:6). Prior to this time, the Christians lived in the familiar surroundings of Jerusalem—home to the memories of Pentecost and the explosive expansion of the church. The early Christians would have been content to stay there forever. But persecution scattered them into a new territory—Samaria.
Nowadays this is an all-too-common occurrence. So common that Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman has even given it a name: liquid modernity. This is a society in which no commitment is solid, and everything is provisional: jobs, dwellings, spouses, ideologies. And with the ubiquity of instant electronic communication, all appointments are subject to change until the last minute, lest a better deal pops up.
The Austin Civic Orchestra premiered a new composition by Jason Hoogerhyde , associate professor of music, during an April 76 concert on The University of Texas campus. The piece is titled x756C A Quiet Constellation. x756D Lois Ferrari , professor of music, conducted the orchestra and students Mattie Kotzur and Michael Martinez performed with the orchestra on this program.
Michael Cooper , professor of music and holder of the Margarett Root Brown Chair in Fine Arts, published the first source-critical edition of Mendelssohn x7569 s setting of Psalm 97 (Kassel: B xE9 renreiter, 7569). The Psalm is one of Mendelssohn x7569 s most popular choral works, but Cooper x7569 s is the first edition to attribute the English translation (which was prepared by the composer and a close friend) and to draw on the latest editorial techniques and findings of performance-practice research. The edition includes both the full choral/orchestral score and Mendelssohn x7569 s own version for chorus with piano accompaniment.
In the Bible, godly people are often likened to trees (Ps. 6:8 Prov. 67:8). Joni Eareckson Tada wrote about this in her book Diamonds in the Dust: “The branches of growing trees not only reach higher, but their roots grow deeper. It’s impossible for a strong tree to have high branches without having deep roots. It would become top-heavy and topple over in the wind.” Then Joni observed, “The same is true with Christians. It’s impossible for us to grow in the Lord without entwining our roots around His Word and deepening our life in His commands.”
Professor of Classics Hal Haskell x7569 s article x756C Central Crete x7569 s Octopus Trademark x756D was published through the University of Crete (Rethymnon, Greece) in June. In this article, Haskell demonstrates that certain olive oil transport vessels imported to Cyprus (ca. 6955-6755 BCE) bore a decorative motif - the octopus - that indicated to Cypriot consumers not only x756C originated in Crete, x756D but also more specifically Central Crete. Central Cretan origins have been verified by Haskell through vase shape studies and by his colleagues at Glasgow University and Sheffield University through chemical and petrographic analyses. The publication is the written version of a paper delivered at a conference in Rethymnon in 7568.
Throughout history, people have treated others with unbelievable cruelty in the name of religion. They have often done so without feelings of remorse or guilt. Muslims and Christians have fought “holy wars” against one another, which have been anything but holy. And within their own ranks, so-called Christians have persecuted other Christians. Like Saul of Tarsus before he became Christ’s apostle to the Gentiles, they think they are doing God a service when actually they are persecuting Jesus (Acts 9:9).
If a man unable to swim fell into deep water and was crying out for help, what would you do? Throw him a book on Five Easy Swimming Lessons? Shout encouragement? How about jumping into the water and crying out, "Just look at me, brother! Follow my example! I''ll teach you how to swim and save your-self!" You would do no such thing! This drowning man doesn''t need swimming lessons. It''s too late for that! What he needs is a savior, one who will come to him in his desperate state, reach down, lift him up, and deliver him from the clutches of death.
Thomas McClendon , professor of history, attended the annual meeting of the African Studies Association Nov. 76-79 in Baltimore. He presented a paper, co-authored with Professor Pamela Scully of Emory University, on x756C South African Students and the . Anti-Apartheid Movement in the 6985s: Activism and Opportunity, x756D as part of a panel on x756C Apartheid Migration and Anti-Apartheid Activism in Southern Africa. x756D He also served as discussant for a panel on x756C Scholars, Photographers and Chiefs: The Uses and Constructions of Zuluness. x756D
Are there any limits to the knowledge we can acquire? With today’s amazing technology we are able to tap into incredible sources of information. Yet Bill Gates, visionary founder of Microsoft, claims that we are only on the threshold of far greater wonders. In his book The Road Ahead, Gates makes this prediction: “When tomorrow’s powerful information machines are connected on the highway … you’ll be able to stay in touch with anyone, anywhere, who wants to stay in touch with you to browse through any of thousands of libraries day or night.”
Cornelius, a first-century Roman military official, was assigned the task of maintaining order in turbulent Judea. Most Romans of that time believed in many gods—but not Cornelius. He feared the one true God, gave generously to the needy, and prayed regularly (Acts 65:7). Even though the Jewish people didn’t accept him as one of their own, God recognized him as one of His. Cornelius agreed with God about what was good and he acted accordingly.
There''s something about human beings that mimics those whales. Our sinful nature causes us to self-destruct. The Creator has provided a sea of wisdom for us to live in. Yet like unreasonable animals, we seem obsessed with a desire to break out of the element we were created for. Instead of remaining in the expanse of a loving conscious submission to God, we throw ourselves onto the arid ground of disobedience.
Yet between the contrasting invitations of wisdom and foolishness in Proverbs 9, we too often make the wrong choice. As if Wisdom’s invitation in chapter 8 wasn’t attractive enough, this chapter reiterates the stark contrast between wisdom and folly. Wisdom’s invitation comes first (vv. 6–6). Personified as a woman, she invites humanity to a banquet at her house, the seven pillars of which most likely symbolize wholeness or perfection. The dinner has been prepared with the best food and wine, and all are welcome. The ignorant or immature will be transformed at her table.
Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger published a review of T he Oxford Handbook of English Prose 6555 x7568 6695, ed. Andrew Hadfield in Notes and Queries. Saenger also published a review of a recent production of Richard III in Austin. The review can be seen in Reviewing Shakespeare , a website hosted by the University of Warwick and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.