Author: bchollon

Morning Prayer, January 25th, 2017

Commemoration of the Conversion of St. Paul Opening Sentence of Scripture The Lord has shown forth his glory: O come, let us adore him. Confession of Sin The Officiant says to the People Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God. Silence is kept. All kneeling the Officiant and People say Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. we have followed too much the deceits and desires of our own hearts. we have offended against your holy laws. we have left undone those things which we ought to have...

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The Bailey Fellowship

Thanks to a generous gift from Dr. and Mrs. Early Bailey, the Center for Christian Faith & Culture is pleased to announce the Bailey Fellowship Program. The goal of the program is to develop and mentor individual students, encouraging them to embrace and participate in the Center’s mission and to promote our work within the student population and the broader community. Fellowship Award: $500.00 per student, per semester Individual students are eligible for the Fellowship for up to three semesters. The Center will offer three Bailey Fellowships per semester. The fellowship will also cover expenses for field trips, retreats,...

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American Protestants and the Fullness of Faith

I was reading a friend’s dissertation and came across a great statement from an essay by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, with which I was previously unfamiliar. Bonhoeffer remarked that American Protestant denominations are characterized by the tragic tendency to be more concerned about “faithfulness to [their] own church history” than to Christian truth or the Word of God in its fullness. In Bonhoeffer’s mind, this tendency is distinctively American and quite contrary to the original spirit of Protestantism, which sought reform, not out of any sectarian agenda, but in pursuit of the fullness of the gospel. Bonhoeffer’s critique is just as salient today as it was when he...

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Post-Biblical Evangelical Christians

Several years ago, I had an honors class conduct a research project. We broke students into groups of four and sent them into churches of their own choosing in order to examine biblical content in worship services. All of the groups chose to attend services at large, contemporary churches, which are quite typical (in terms of worship culture) of christian churches across the country. Although I did not ask them to do this, the students took recording devices and produced complete transcripts of the services. Then, they produced reports describing both the quantity of scripture and the way that scripture was used...

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On Irreligion and Drug Use

A friend alerted me to the following story today. Despite its utilitarian approach to religious conviction, the essay is certainly worth sharing. Parents do their best to provide a wholesome, healthy environment for children in the Newburyport area, yet it’s often to no avail. Scores of young people find their lives ruined by drugs, as evidenced most recently in a spate of heroin overdoses. It doesn’t have to be this way. We have in our midst a powerful, much-overlooked tool that’s been proven in other regions to help young people come of age, healthy and whole. The tool is...

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