Welcome to Advent, readers! This week, we take a look at a series of free devotions for Advent, the role of women in the church, fossilized soft tissue, and more! Check them out, and as always, drop a comment to let me know your thoughts.
The Advent Project– A pretty sweet deal: Biola University, one of the best schools out there (not biased at all ;)), has a series of Advent devotions going up daily available on their site. Each has a work of art, a music selection(s), and a brief reflection upon the coming of Christ, the incarnate God, into our lives. I’ve been following them as they go up and have enjoyed them all. Check them out for an excellent way to meditate on the meaning of Christmas.
The Incomplete Gospel of Biblical Womanhood– I found this post regarding the notion of “biblical womanhood” to be quite informative and thought-provoking. What is meant when people refer to the concept of “biblical womanhood”? How do women fit into this concept? Check out the post for some good thoughts.
Do Fossilized Ink Sacs Discolor the Case for an Old Earth?– One common argument from young earth creationists is that findings of soft tissue undermine a case for an old earth. After all, how would such soft tissue remain preserved for such a long period of time? Here, Fazale Rana, a biochemist, investigates such claims.
Did the Apostles Really Die as Maryrs for their Faith?– A brief but interesting look into the claim that the disciples died for their faith.
Our Love-Hate Relationship with Christian Art– Christianity has long been at the absolute cutting edge of the arts. No, seriously! But nowadays there is a lot of skepticism against Christians being involved in the arts. Check out this article on Christianity and the arts.
Is it allowed for a girl in Biola university to learn theology if her self-acknowledged purpose is to become a pastor or theologian?
Biola doesn’t have an official stance on women in the ministry, so I would assume so. I am not on campus there so I don’t know what the demographics are like. Also, I’m not sure as to whether the majority complementarian position would say women can not be theologians. Perhaps they do, which I would see as another strike.