Posts tagged: Talking Points

Dr. Jonathan Greer on How Bible Backgrounds Will Strengthen Your Preaching

By Kris Rolls on February 13, 2017

One of my favorite theologians, Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer, once said, "For, when the church responds to the Word of God as it ought, the church demonstrates the love of God and the mind of Christ, in word and in deed."[1] The catch is, that in order to respond to the Word of God "as we ought," we must understand what Scripture says in the first place. Pastors and teachers must regularly wrestle with what…

Rediscovering the Distance Between Us: Preaching the New Testament

By Kris Rolls on February 22, 2017

What types of biblical literature are easiest for you to preach? What portions of Scripture do you feel most at "home" in while preaching or reading? If you're a Protestant evangelical, chances are you are most at "home" in the New Testament, and even more comfortable in Paul's letters. When compared with Law Code portions of Leviticus, prophetic visions in the Minor Prophets, narrative complexities…

Serving in the Possible, Trusting the Impossible to God

By Ana Cruz on March 28, 2018

Editor's Note: Today, we've asked Ana Cruz, a GRTS counseling student, to share about her experience serving in her home country, Honduras, coming to the US, and leading others to continue serving. She offers a story of trust, simple obedience and God's faithfulness in hardship. She also offers an opportunity for others to join her and the team in Honduras this summer, July 2018. Prayerfully consider…

Marvin Williams: "Submitting Our Biases to Lord Jesus"

By Andrew Kischner on March 30, 2018

Editor's Note: Over the next two weeks, we are featuring several messages from Cornerstone University's undergrad chapel, which engage the topics of justice, race, reconciliation and love (listen to all CU chapel messages here). Today's message is by Marvin Williams, lead pastor at Trinity Church, Lansing, Mich. With each message, we've provided a "Talking Points Takeaway" as a point of reflection…

Kenneth Russell: "When Revelation Hits the Road"

By Andrew Kischner on March 29, 2018

Editor's Note: Over the next two weeks, we are featuring several messages from Cornerstone University's undergrad chapel, which engage the topics of justice, race, reconciliation and love (listen to all CU chapel messages here). Today's message is by Kenneth Russell, director of diversity and multicultural affairs at CU. With each message, we've provided a "Talking Points Takeaway" as a point of reflection…

When is Tension a Good Thing? (Reflections on King's Letter from Birmingham Jail, Part 1)

By Jordan Grooters on April 2, 2018

Editor's Note: This week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights activist, minister and spokesperson for nonviolent activism. He was killed on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn., but his legacy lives on today. As we prepare for our series on Justice + Unity: Toward the Healing of a Fractured Church, two Cornerstone University staff members, Jordan…

Brothers and Sisters Who Do Nothing (Reflections on King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, Part 2)

By Jordan Grooters on April 4, 2018

Editor's Note: This week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights activist, minister and spokesperson for nonviolent activism. He was killed on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn., but his legacy lives on today. As we prepare for our series on Justice + Unity: Toward the Healing of a Fractured Church, two Cornerstone University staff members, Jordan…

Trillia Newbell: “Humility and Race”

By Andrew Kischner on April 6, 2018

Editor's Note: Over the last two weeks, we are featuring several messages from Cornerstone University's undergrad chapel, which engage the topics of justice, race, reconciliation and love (listen to all CU chapel messages here). Today's message is by Trillia Newbell, Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. With each message…

Christina Edmondson: "Luke 19: An Act of Restorative Justice and the Response of the Exploited"

By Andrew Kischner on April 5, 2018

Editor's Note: Over the last two weeks, we are featuring several messages from Cornerstone University's undergrad chapel, which engage the topics of justice, race, reconciliation and love (listen to all CU chapel messages here). Today's message is by Christina Edmondson, Dean of Intercultural Student Development at Calvin College. With each message, we've provided a “Talking Points Takeaway” as a point…

Hope of the Resurrection

By Bailie Rouse on March 30, 2018

This week in chapel, Pastor Kizombo Kalumbula preached from the scripture 1 Corinthians 15:1-21 to emphasize the hope found in the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord and because Christ rose from the grave, we can trust that God will also raise our bodies after death. Without the truth of the resurrection, our Christian faith would be hopeless. Pastor Kalumbula taught that there are grave consequences…

Got Any Neighbors?

By Joe Stowell on August 7, 2018

Recently at Cornerstone we held a Talking Points event focused on the theme of justice and unity. We had a good turnout with insightful teaching and a panel discussion about issues that tend to divide the body of Christ.

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…

Dr. David Turner: And now for something completely different on women in ministry...

By David Turner on March 6, 2019

Editor's Note: Today, we are reposting a piece originally published on Dr. David Turner's personal blog regarding our upcoming Talking Points conference on Justice + Unity and focusing on the experiences and perspectives of women. We are hoping for a robust conversation on April 16th among all sides of the theological discussion on this topic, and we're grateful for Dr. Turner's biblically reliable…

Haven't Women Always Been Influential in the Church?

By Darrell Yoder on March 11, 2019

As we conclude our "Justice + Unity" series on April 16, and as we explore the biblical vision for women in God's kingdom, we will also take up the question of church history. How have women been influential in the history of the church?

Dr. Lynn Cohick will engage this question based on her book, co-written with Dr. Amy Brown Hughes, "Christian Women in the Patristic World: Their Influence, Authority…

How Do You Recognize and Encourage Women in Their Careers?

By Darrell Yoder on March 13, 2019

The goal of our Justice + Unity series has been to understand more deeply the biblical teaching and practice around justice and unity so that we might move toward greater healing in a fractured church. Our next conference on April 16, focusing on women, will explore a number of topics related to the church's vision and ministries for women. If you haven't registered yet, I hope you will join us. Click…

Can We Move Toward Healing in a #MeToo, #ChurchToo Moment?

By Darrell Yoder on March 18, 2019

We are in a remarkable moment in our society. Over the past couple of years, the #metoo movement has advocated for the need for women to speak up and be heard when they've experienced sexual assault. It seems that many women are feeling freer and more confident to share their stories, and it seems many men are realizing just how unaware they have been. Personally, I relate to one pastor's journey who…

Warriors of the Kingdom

By Susan Burner on April 15, 2019

Editor's Note: In today's post, Susan Burner offers a compelling preview of our upcoming Talking Points conference on justice and unity through the lens of women's experience and perspective. She reviews a book by one of our speakers, Carolyn Custis James, highlighting many of the key questions we will explore. The conference is tomorrow (Tuesday, April 16). If you haven't registered yet, you still…