A Worker’s Manifesto: Why Do Excellent Work?

A Worker’s Manifesto: Why Do Excellent Work?

I once heard a story – I don’t recall where – of a builder who was commissioned by his employer to build a house. The builder’s employer gave specific instructions regarding the quality of the house. He wanted it to be excellent, but the builder tried to save money...

How Can I Know God’s Will For My Life?

How Can I Know God’s Will For My Life?

In a study addressing why millennials stay in church, the Barna group discovered that 65% of active church goers or those who believed their faith is very important to their life believed that the Bible contains everything a person needs to live a meaningful life,...

2016 SCS Commencement Address by Dr. Christopher Cone

2016 SCS Commencement Address by Dr. Christopher Cone

GO FROM THIS MOMENT AND DO SMALL THINGS Commencement Address, Southern California Seminary, May 14, 2016 Christopher Cone, Th.D, Ph.D, Ph.D   It is one of the great honors of my life to have been invited to share these precious moments with you today. I express my...

Why Go to Church?

Why Go to Church?

A recent survey showed that the percentage of those in the U.S. who identify as Christians declined sharply by 8% from 2007 to 2014, with millennials leading the exodus. Roughly 36% of millennials now consider themselves to have no religious affiliation (“nones”)....

The Rise of Philosophy and Conflict With Theology

The Rise of Philosophy and Conflict With Theology

(An excerpt from Life Beyond the Sun: An Introduction to Worldview and Philosophy Through the Lens of Ecclesiastes) – Despite assertions that “any conflict between philosophy and theology must be apparent rather than real, the result of a misunderstanding,”[i]...

How to Choose an English Bible Translation, Part 2

How to Choose an English Bible Translation, Part 2

In the previous article, we introduced some significant aspects to consider when deciding on an English translation for Bible study (formal versus dynamic equivalence, and transparency in the source material used, for example). While no translation can equal the value...

How to Choose an English Bible Translation, Part 1

How to Choose an English Bible Translation, Part 1

What a blessing it is to have many English Bible translations from which to choose. Not too long ago there were none, and attempts to translate the Bible into English were met with severe persecution (read about William Tyndale, for example). So when we are faced with...

Seeking Excellence? Don’t Start With “Why, Start With “Who”

Seeking Excellence? Don’t Start With “Why, Start With “Who”

In seeking to identify the seeds of excellence, there is a popular device (the Golden Circle) that traces the beginnings of excellence back to the question Why? In this model, we could critique a more common alternative of beginning with the outcome (the What) and...

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