Advent Series Part 1: A Conquering King

By Joe Stowell on December 3, 2018

Sometimes I go out of my way to buy a special Christmas gift for Martie, and when I do, I find it hard to wait until Christmas to give it to her! So, the best thing that I can do is to drop hints along the way: "You're going to love it!" "It's what you've always wanted!" "It's something you can wear!"

I can't help but think that's the way it is with our God and His greatest gift of all: the Christmas…

Richard and Betty Sterkenburg: Living Out God's Calling

By Kimberly Atwood on December 3, 2018

Listening to the Call

At the age of fourteen, Richard Sterkenburg (M.Div. ’56) pledged his life to the mission field. But it wasn't until senior year of high school, in making a college decision, did the Lord remind him of that promise. This prompting led Richard to begin his college career, in which he obtained his B.A. in secondary education from Calvin College, his M.Div. from Grand Rapids Theological…

How to Use Your Spare Time in College

By Bailey Linton on December 7, 2018

Your last class has ended for the day, and you give a long, drawn out sigh as you begin to relax into an evening filled with … what? You rack your brain for ideas. Surely, you didn't forget to make plans, right? Tonight would stink if I have to spend it watching Netflix alone again, you think to yourself. What are you going to do with your free time?

It can be a surprisingly tough question to answer…

Advent Series Part 2: A Suffering King

By Joe Stowell on December 10, 2018

I'm fascinated by how intrigued we are with royal births. When British royalty, like Kate, Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a royal child it draws international attention. We can't wait to see pictures of the baby surrounded with regalia, pomp and circumstance.

This Christmas we will be reminded of how different it was with the royal birth of King Jesus. King Herod, driven…

Alexiana Fry: On the Lips of the Faithful

By Bailie Rouse on December 7, 2018

This week in chapel, Alexiana Fry taught from James 5:13-18. Alexiana reminds us that James is a letter to Jews by Jews, and as James writes, he is expressing what it means to live as kingdom people, a people group who are holy and set apart. In this Scripture, James is inviting us into confession and intercession, two things that distinctly distinguish members of the body of Christ. Alexiana emphasizes…

Is the Smartphone Bible App the Same as the Bible?

By Sergio da Silva on December 11, 2018

Editor's Note: On this blog we feature staff, faculty and students from GRTS, as well as the broader Cornerstone University community. Today's post comes from Dr. Sérgio da Silva, associate professor of psychology, and offers some insightful questions from the lens of psychology about how we engage with Scripture.

“Today we will read from first Corinthians, chapter 13…” As the preacher starts the…

How to Spend Your First Christmas Break in College

By Bailey Linton on December 11, 2018

I understand that for many of you, Christmas Break is something you're familiar with and have experienced many times before. However, returning home from college during Christmas Break can be a completely new beast for a variety of reasons. You're going to be treated as an adult by family members, and they are going to want to know EVERYTHING about you. The barrage of questions will make it easy to…

Advent Series Part 3: A Gift-Giving King

By Joe Stowell on December 17, 2018

You can't think about Christmas without thinking about gifts. And when it comes to opening gifts on Christmas morning, children are the best! It's so fun to watch them shout with amazement and jump for joy as they open their presents.

Speaking of gifts, imagine that you were invited to the palace of a king for Christmas. My guess is that you would go out of your way to give him a gift that would impress…

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

By David Turner on December 20, 2018

Editor's Note: We are blessed to have Dr. David Turner, professor of New Testament at GRTS for many years, continuing to contribute to the life and health of our seminary. As he shifted out of his full-time teaching role, he launched a new website and blog which we're honored to highlight here as well. We hope you're edified and encouraged by this honest, biblical Christmas reflection.

If you've been…

Advent Series Part 4: Holiday Visitors

By Joe Stowell on December 20, 2018

One of our great Christmas traditions is opening our homes to visitors who come to help us celebrate—like gift-bearing grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles, friends and neighbors—which reminds me of the fact that Joseph and Mary welcomed visitors who came to celebrate the royal birth of King Jesus.

Advent Series Part 5: Our Conquering King

By Joe Stowell on December 21, 2018

The royal birth of King Jesus was filled with themes of joy and hope. Mary and Joseph had been told by angelic messengers that this baby would be the long-awaited Messiah, and the shepherds had heard that this royal baby promised salvation, peace and good will to all.