Daily Archives: June 3, 2013

Redeemed Through the Blood of Christ

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  (Hebrews 9:13-14 NASB)

Central to Covenant Theology is understanding that the Old Covenant represented the former age. The Ceremonial Law given to the Israelites by Moses consisted of earthy copies of the “heavenly things,” which made up the Old Covenant (Hebrews 9:23). These were “shadows of the good things to come” (Hebrews 10:1). Our Lord spoke often of the age we are in now as “this age,” with an age still to come. The New Covenant is God’s economy in this age. Instead of our faith revolving around the earthy copies of…

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A Must Have Chart Featuring Critical Thinking Skills

Critical thinking is an essential skill in our life.It is through thinking critically that we get to sideline our biases(cultural, racial,ethnic…etc) and see the clear picture.Critical thinking is a sort of meta-thinking, that is thinking about thinking. It is a key to self-reliance : memorize the solution to a particular problem and you may master the solution to that particular problem, but improve your critical thinking and you ll get yourself the tools to create your own effective solutions to a multitude of unfamiliar problems.

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Critical thinking refers to a diverse range of intellectual skills and activities : analyzing, conceptualizing, defining, questioning, inferring, listening, reasoning, synthesizing…etc When you think critically, you are actually engaged in a process of evaluating information and thoughts in a disciplined way. It is a way to refine your thoughts and think and assess information more comprehensively.
Someone with critical thinking skills is able to do the following :

  • understand the logical connections between ideas
  • identify, construct and evaluate arguments
  • detect inconsistencies and common mistakes in reasoning
  • solve problems systematically
  • identify the relevance and importance of ideas
  • reflect on the justification of one’s own beliefs and values
Here is an awesome chart from Enokson featuring  different thinking skills. Check it out below. Enjoy

Barely 4 in 10 MDivs Plan To Pastor Full-Time

Seminary grads who expect to pursue full-time ministry careers are down 10 percent over the past decade.

Today’s seminary graduates still plan to go into ministry—but fewer than half of them say that means a full-time pastoral role.

According to The Washington Post, “skepticism about religious institutions (in recent years) has led to a broadened concept of what it means to minister.”

As a result, seminary grads are taking their Masters of Divinity (MDiv) degrees elsewhere, outside the church context. The Post reports that only 41 percent of MDiv graduates plan to seek a career in full-time church ministry. That’s “down from 52 percent in 2001 and from 90-something percent a few decades ago, according to the Association of Theological Schools, the country’s largest such group.”

But it’s no secret that seminaries—and their graduates‐are struggling to adapt to the changing economic and religious tides. Nearly 20 years ago, experts told CT that seminaries were facing a credibility crisis, graduating students who were well versed in ancient languages but not necessarily equipped to minister in the current culture. Similarly, Inside Higher Ed reported earlier this year that the economic downtown deeply affected many seminaries, and CT’s sister publication Leadership Journal discussed whether or not the church still needs seminaries.

And full-time pastoral roles may be out of reach even for MDiv graduates who do hope to pursue church ministry careers: Today’s seminary graduates are leaving school with more debt than ever before.


18 Signs That Massive Economic Problems Are Erupting All Over The Planet

This is no time to be complacent. Massive economic problems are erupting all over the globe, but most people seem to believe that everything is going to be just fine. In fact, a whole bunch of recent polls and surveys show that the American people are starting to feel much better about how the U.S. economy is performing. Unfortunately, the false prosperity that we are currently enjoying is not going to last much longer. Just look at what is happening in Europe. The eurozone is now in the midst of the longest recession that it has ever experienced. Just look at what is happening over in Asia. Economic growth in India is the lowest that it has been in a decade and the Japanese financial system is beginning to spin wildly out of control. One of the only places on the entire planet where serious economic problems have not already erupted is in the United States, and that is only because we have “kicked the can down the road” by recklessly printing money and by borrowing money at an unprecedented rate. Unfortunately, the “sugar high” produced by those foolish measures is starting to wear off. We are going to experience a massive amount of economic pain along with the rest of the world – it is just a matter of time. (Read More….)