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Apr 30, 2015 Dave McDowell
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"May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all." In his final message as Interim Chaplain at Wheaton College, the Rev. Dr. Dave McDowell tells three stories to Wheaton students, all centered around the theme of his benediction: the parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard from Matthew 20:1-16, the "Tairy Fale of Prinderella," and an excerpt from Flannery O'Conner's "Revelation." Drawing from...
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Apr 30, 2015 Canon Andrew White
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What does it mean for us to be heirs of Christ, destined for glory, yet called to suffer? Taking as his text Romans 8:17, Canon Andrew White—the "Vicar of Baghdad"—speaks to Wheaton students on the topic of suffering and persecution. Describing the persecution faced by the church in the Middle East, specifically in regards to his ministry in Iraq, Canon White calls Wheaton to follow Christ wholeheartedly, sharing not only in His glories, but also in His sufferings. While ISIS...
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Apr 20, 2015 Kingsley Kwayisi
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Apr 20, 2015 Philip Ryken
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How did the apostle Paul grapple with the realities of trouble and suffering in his ministry to the early church? Drawing from Paul's second letter to the Corinthians, Philip Ryken shows how "a decision to live for Christ is really a decision to die for Christ." Paul's troubles also provide a stark reminder of the sufferings endured by the persecuted church around the world, and Dr. Ryken cites examples of these sufferings, exhorting Wheaton students to solidarity with these brothers...
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Apr 20, 2015 Willie Jennings
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What is the importance of story? In connection with the 2015 Wheaton Theology Conference, Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School Dr. Willie Jennings speaks to students on the power of story as demonstrated by Christ. Dr. Jennings exhorts Wheaton students to embrace the "new belonging" to which God is calling them, a reality beyond the boundaries of "color, kin, and kind."
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Apr 20, 2015 Emily Verseveldt
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Apr 6, 2015 Ken Medema
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Guest musician Ken Medema and the Wheaton College Concert Choir lead Wheaton College students in Easter Monday worship.
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Apr 2, 2015 Jeffery Bingham
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What does it look like to "listen 'Christianly'"? Associate Dean of Biblical & Theological Studies and Professor of Theology Dr. Jeffery Bingham speaks about the Cross of Christ. Beginning with a call to "slay the dragon of Christian entitlement," Dr. Bingham draws from the Gospel of Mark, expounding on the need for self-denial in the Christian life. Pointing out that "the Cross doesn't do something for you; It does something to you," he calls Wheaton students...
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Mar 31, 2015 David Hooker
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How does sacred art inform our worship, especially during Holy Week? Associate Professor of Art and Chair of the Art Department David Hooker meditates on the crucifixion of our Lord through the lens of his work, "Corpus": a sculpture of Christ on the cross covered in vacuum dust. Drawing from his experiences of encountering beauty throughout his life, Prof. Hooker speaks to the way we should approach beauty in the light of the glory of God.
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Mar 31, 2015 Thomas VanDrunen
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What does a faith that Jesus admires look like? Speaking in connection with Wheaton College's 2015 Science Symposium, Associate Professor of Computer Science Dr. Thomas VanDrunen examines the story of the faithful centurion in Luke 7:1-10. Observing that 1), this faith is built on knowledge and understanding, 2) this faith is a humble faith, and 3) this faith does not rely on externals or incidentals, Dr. VanDrunen draws a parallel between faith and science. He uses examples from computer...
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Mar 19, 2015 Clayton Kennon
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Mar 19, 2015 Jeffery Barbeau
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Mar 19, 2015 Karen Jobes
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Mar 19, 2015 Laura Barwegen
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Mar 19, 2015 Jill Baumgaertner
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Mar 19, 2015 Greg Waybright
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Mar 19, 2015 Stephen Bauman
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Mar 19, 2015 Daniel Treier
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Mar 19, 2015 Krista McGarvey
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Mar 19, 2015 John Macikas
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Mar 19, 2015 Emmanuel Ndolimana
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Mar 18, 2015 Dave McDowell
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What do we mean when we speak of "revival"? Interim Chaplain Dr. Dave McDowell explores the characteristics of revival throughout church history. He lists five characteristics of revivals: 1) Revivals are often preceded by faithful preaching of the Word, as well as a time of crisis; 2) they entail acute awareness of the resplendent glory of God, as well as awareness of the depth of our sin; 3) they consist of both confession and repentance of sin, as well as knowledge of the...
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Mar 17, 2015 Winnie Fung
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Mar 17, 2015 Danilo Diedrichs
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Mar 17, 2015 Lynn Hybels
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How can we pursue peace in our communities and around the world? Author, speaker, and global activist Lynn Hybels shares stories of her experiences around the world as part of her meditations on the season of Advent. Through her social justice work in the Middle East and in Africa, Lynne learned four lessons: 1) violent conflict has the capacity to destroy everything from the lives of the poor to the lifelong works of the powerful; 2) what happens on the grassroots level has more impact than we...
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Mar 17, 2015 Clayton Keenon
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Mar 17, 2015 Dave McDowell
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Mar 17, 2015 Dave McDowell
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What does the forgiveness of Christ mean for us? Interim Chaplain Dr. Dave McDowell turns to the parable of the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18 to see what Jesus had to say about forgiveness. Drawing three observations ((1) forgiveness is not earned: it is given, (2)forgiveness is an obligation that flows from God in Christ, and (3) forgiveness is the costly, uncompromising evidence of our discipleship), Chaplin Mac shows how the Gospel—the story of the most incredible act of forgiveness in...
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Mar 17, 2015 Dave McDowell
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Mar 17, 2015 Stephen Bauman
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Mar 17, 2015 Nathan Hatch
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How should respond fleeting nature of the trends and movements of today? Dr. Nathan Hatch, president of Wake Forest University and Co-Founder of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, challenges Wheaton College students to strengthen their faith by breathing in the "clean sea breeze of the centuries": studying the works of God in the lives of His saints throughout the history of the church.
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Mar 17, 2015 Christine Colon
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Mar 17, 2015 Sharon Coolidge
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Mar 17, 2015 Roberta Green Ahmanson
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Where is our citizenship? In the last of three chapel messages focusing on Haydn's Creation, art patron and philanthropist Roberta Green Ahmanson asks Wheaton students where their vision comes from. Drawing on lessons of idolatry and a need for belonging in her own life, she calls us to place our citizenship in our eternal home and take as our vision the God's kingdom. Mrs. Ahmanson uses examples of art and architecture from around the world to meditate on the beauty and the glory of the...
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Mar 17, 2015 Stewart Ruch
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Mar 17, 2015 Philip Ryken
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Mar 17, 2015 Allison Ash
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Mar 17, 2015 Philip Ryken
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Mar 17, 2015 Franklin Ballenger
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Mar 17, 2015 Philip Ryken
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Has any mother suffered as much as Mary, the Mother of Jesus? Dr. Philip Ryken tells the story of Mary and the trouble she experienced in her divinely-appointed role. From the startling news of the Immaculate Conception, to the agony of birth in stable, to the unusual adolescence of her Son, and finally to the despair of the crucifixion, Mary found trouble throughout her life. Despite these trials and sufferings, Mary's life is a model for our submission to God's will for our lives, whatever...
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Mar 17, 2015 David Choi
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Mar 17, 2015 Stuart Briscoe
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How do we know what God has called us to do? Author, speaker and pastor Stuart Briscoe of Elmbrook Church tells Wheaton College student stories from his own youth and time in the British Royal Marines in which he learned the importance of attempting things he didn't know he could do, of being upfront about his devotion to Jesus, and of growing from right belief to right actions. God used these moments to help him discover his own spiritual gifts and vocation, and to kindle his passion for the...
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Mar 17, 2015 Phil Vischer
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What matters most in our lives and careers? The mind behind VeggieTales and the founder of Big Idea Productions, Phil Vischer, shares the story of his life and career—from his growing up in Iowa to his leadership of one of the biggest animation studios in the United States. Through the bankruptcy of Big Idea and the failure of his dreams and aspirations, Phil realized that his pride stood in the way of following Christ. God showed him that his dreams were more important to him than He was. By...
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Mar 17, 2015 Afrizo
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Mar 17, 2015 Terry LeBlanc
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Mar 17, 2015 John Walton
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How does the creation account in Genesis reflect the glory of God? In the first of three chapel messages anticipating the Wheaton College Artist Series performance of Haydn's Creation, professor of Old Testament John Walton examines our ordered world in the light of Genesis 1. By meditating on God's wisdom in creating the cosmos and by employing our wisdom that comes from God, we should come to live lives characterized by rest (the absence of unrest), Shalom (the absence of fear), and coherence...
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Mar 17, 2015 Andy Crouch
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Mar 17, 2015 Greg Fuchs
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What should we do when we find our spiritual lives growing complacent? Guest speaker Greg Fuchs, director of Denver Urban Semester for Mile High Ministries in Denver, Colorado, issues a call to Wheaton Students to break barriers and leave their comfort zones to serve poor and broken-down communities in need of the love of Christ. Taking as his text the story of the Samaritan woman at the well, Mr. Fuchs shows how Jesus purposefully broke barriers and traveled into areas that most people...
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Mar 17, 2015 Philip Ryken
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Have you considered what temptations you will face today? Dr. Philip Ryken tells the story of the downfall of King David, an upright and moral man. Despite his righteousness and status as "beloved by God," David succumbed to temptation and sin. Dr. Ryken commends cultivating a life of prayer and study of God's word, as well as remembering God's promises of faithfulness, as strategies to combat sin and temptation. Moreover, when we do fall into sin, Dr. Ryken shows the necessity of...
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Mar 17, 2015 Philip Ryken
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Mar 17, 2015 Scotty Smith
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Mar 17, 2015 Scotty Smith
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Mar 17, 2015 Greg Waybright
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Mar 17, 2015 Scotty Smith
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Mar 16, 2015 Philip Ryken
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How did Jesus Christ approach trouble and tribulation during his betrayal and crucifixion? Drawing from the Passion Week narrative in John 12, Dr. Philip Ryken examines how our Lord underwent trials and difficulty at the Cross that dwarfed any He had experienced so far. While most of us would seek to avoid trouble at any cost, Jesus obeyed His Father, embracing the calling of the Cross. Truly, Jesus understood what it was like to be in trouble. Rather than turning away, as He was tempted to do,...
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Mar 6, 2015 Karen Jobes
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How can we "live worthily" of the gospel of Christ in our lives as Christians? Drawing from experiences and stories from her own life, Professor of Greek and New Testament Exegesis Dr. Karen Jobes shares three things she's learned while writing three of her academic books. Focusing on the Book of Esther, 1st Peter, and 1-3 John, Dr. Jobes shows how, as Christians, we are called to suffer for the sake of Christ, and that anyone who loves God must also love the unlovely.
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Mar 4, 2015 Grant Henley
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What should be our reaction to the Bible and the words of God? Drawing from his own story of conversion, Associate Professor of German Dr. Grant Henley shares reflections on a passage of scripture that has special meaning for him: John 7:40-46. This account of the Hebrews' reaction to the teachings of Jesus—"No one ever spoke like this man!"—eventually drove Dr. Henley to repentance and faith. Emphasising that hearing God's word with a right heart requires appreciation and awe,...
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Mar 2, 2015 Emily Langan
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What does it look like to live a life trusting in the providence of God? Associate Professor of Communication Dr. Emily Langan shares three reflections from her own life on the subject of trusting God. She comments on her perceived shortcomings, brought to the surface by a thoughtless comment from student; her times of basking in abundance, specifically through the Wheaton Passage program; and her experiences of crashing and beginning again: dealing with personal hardship, loss, and...
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Feb 25, 2015 Harold Dean Trulear
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How do we deal with the differences that arise between expectation and experience? Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at the Howard University School of Divinity Dr. Harold Dean Trulear speaks to Wheaton students on this "gap," specifically as it relates to those in prison. Showing how our criticism and judgement of inmates is so often unfounded and misplaced, Dr. Trulear calls us to love offenders with the love of Christ, Who strengthens us.
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Feb 20, 2015 Stan Jones
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As Christians, how do we navigate sexual identity in a fallen world? Wheaton College Provost Dr. Stanton Jones engages the Wheaton College community with a discussion on sexuality and sexual orientations. Drawing on the story of the Samaritan woman at the well, Dr. Jones exhorts students—regardless of their experience—to remember that their sexuality is a gift from God, and reminds them that the ultimate goal of their sexuality is to reflect truth about God and His grand design.
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Feb 18, 2015 Philip Ryken
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How did God lift up the prophet Elijah from deep trouble? Continuing his series on the trouble faced by God's servants, Dr. Philip Ryken examines Elijah's suicidal depression in 1st Kings 19. Despite the great works that God had worked through him and his great faith, Elijah faced doubt and distress in the face of persecution. Fatigue, isolation, spiritual oppression, and dashed expections all played a role in his depression, but God did not leave him alone. Ministering to Elijah with...
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Feb 11, 2015 Wayne Gordon
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What do we need to do to undo the wrongs done by the Church over the centuries? In this final talk of a three-day Chapel series, alumnus and guest speaker Rev. Dr. Wayne "Coach" Gordon concludes his message on Kingdom living with an exhortation for Christians to pursue the Kingdom of God in their day-to-day lives. Using illustrations and anecdotes, Coach demonstrates the neccessity of "incarnational ministry," modeled by Jesus Christ, Who came into our hopeless and offered...
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Feb 11, 2015 Allison Ash
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Wheaton College's Associate Dean of Student Care Allison Ash recounts her personal journey with pain and depression, and shows how Christ's work in her life enables her to boast in her weakness.
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Feb 10, 2015 Wayne Gordon
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How have we, as Christians, strayed from the Kingdom of God? Alumnus and guest speaker Rev. Dr. Wayne "Coach" Gordon continues a three-day series of Chapel messages with a talk on how Christians have "messed up" fulfilling our Kingdom call. Citing historical examples of the injustices and atrocities committed by the Church, Coach demonstrates the need to recognize these evils in order to move foward. Racism. Systemic injustice. Gun violence. These are all problems that...
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Feb 9, 2015 Wayne Gordon
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What does it mean to be a part of the Kingdom of God during our time on earth? Alumnus and guest speaker Rev. Dr. Wayne "Coach" Gordan kicks off a three-day series of Chapel messages with a talk on Jesus' ideal for Kingdom living. Drawing on his experiences as a teacher and coach in inner-city Chicago, he shows how Christ's Kingdom is "already, but not yet." Through the early years of his inner-city ministry, Coach experienced both frustrating hardships and an outpouring of...
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Feb 6, 2015 Elisha Eveleigh
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How do we as Christians respond to seasons of anxiety? Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Elisha Eveleigh engages the Wheaton College community with a discussion on anxiousness, worry, and how these feelings fit into a Christian's discipleship. Using the story of the Woman at the Well (John 4:5-14), Dr. Eveleigh shows how, for the Christian, the Gospel provides a place where rest can be found. As we seek the One from Whom peace flows, we become less and less confined to our current...
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Feb 4, 2015 David Setran
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How do we as Christians respond to seasons of spiritual dryness? Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry Dr. David Setran shares of his own experiences with lack of desire to partake in fellowship with the Savior. Despite an adolesence of committed spirituality and devotion to God, Dr. Setran experienced a loss of Christian vitality during his junior year at Wheaton. Discrediting a vision of God as a "cosmic vending machine"—distributing good feelings in return for pious...
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Feb 2, 2015 Clayton Keenon
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How do we as Christians respond to seasons of lament and sorrow? Drawing on personal experience, Chaplain's Office Ministry Associate Clayton Keenon identifies with Wheaton students facing difficulties and troubles. He cites the book of Psalms, noting that thirty to forty percent of these prayers are prayers of lament. Even so, many Psalms intertwine expressions of hope with cries of "why?". Taking as his text Romans 8, Keenon notes that while "groaning is the backbone of human...
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Jan 31, 2015 Ben Lowe
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How are we called to be stewards of God's creation? '07 Alumnus Ben Lowe, National Organizer and Spokesperson for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, addresses the Wheaton College community on the importance of climate conciousness and environmental stewardship, especially in the context of the church and of our Christian lives. Ben points out that environmental problems are people problems—they are justice issues. Using stories from his own life to illustrate the need for widespread...
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Jan 28, 2015 Noah Toly
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What must be our response to the poverty, racism, and social injustice that surrounds us in our country? Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Politics and International Relations Dr. Noah Toly issues a call for increased awareness from Wheaton students and others. Calling 2014 the "Year of Outrage," Dr. Toly cites numerous examples of social evils from this past year and calls out social structures that favor success from majorities and oppresses minorities. He shows how, through...
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Jan 22, 2015 Os Guinness
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How can people of different faiths and backgrounds live together in the midst of deep religious and ideological differences? In the second of three Spring Special Services, author and social critic Dr. Os Guinness asks Wheaton students several pointed questions about their role in today's changing world. Painting a picture of Christians through the ages as pioneers, perpetrators, and persecuted, he asks why we need urgency in the public sphere today and why freedom of conscience is so...
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Jan 21, 2015 Os Guinness
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How can people of different faiths and backgrounds live together in the midst of deep religious and ideological differences? In the second of three Spring Special Services, author and social critic Dr. Os Guinness asks Wheaton students several pointed questions about their role in today's changing world. Painting a picture of Christians through the ages as pioneers, perpetrators, and persecuted, he asks why we need urgency in the public sphere today and why freedom of conscience is so...
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Jan 20, 2015 Os Guinness
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What global challenges face today's generation of students and young people? Author, speaker, and social critic Dr. Os Guinness draws Wheaton students' attention to several areas of necessary involvement for their generation. Two grand, global tasks face the church in this century: preparing the Global South and winning back the West for the Lord. Dr. Guinness points out the unlikely relationship of the gospel and civilization: the Christian religion accepts the world while renouncing much of...