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The Dean Recommends: Remembering Our Veterans with Thanksgiving and Prayer

By Denise George
November 10, 2016

Ninety-eight years ago, on November 11, 1918, Georgians awoke to the Monday morning headline in The Atlanta Constitution: “Germans Sign Armistice: World War Comes to End.”

The Great War – the “war to end all wars” – was over. Americans rejoiced. Two decades later, in 1938, as rumbles of yet another world war threatened the planet, November 11 became an official national holiday, a time set aside to remember our nation’s veterans. Americans were encouraged to commemorate the day “with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations…”

Seventy-two years ago next month, on December 17, 1944, Georgia’s Private Robert Leroy Green and his ten African-American comrades, all part of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion, were brutally massacred by German soldiers in the small village of Wereth, Belgium. In the spring, when the snow began to melt and examiners discovered their bodies, they discovered small Bibles in the men’s pockets. The New Testament, with Psalms included, had been a gift from President Franklin Roosevelt to each entering member of the Armed Forces. The flyleaf held a special message from the White House:

January 25, 1941: As Commander-in-Chief I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries, men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration. It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspirations of the human soul. Very sincerely yours, Franklin D. Roosevelt.

During America’s involvement in WWII (1941-1945), like Private Robert Leroy Green, some 320,000 Georgians served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and countless other Georgians worked in needed wartime industries. Read the rest at Christian Index.

Posted by Hunter Upton at Friday, November 11, 2016
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The Dean Recommends: The Election Is Over. Let’s Get Political.

By Jonathan Leeman
November 9, 2016

So Donald Trump won. (I can’t believe I just typed that.) Maybe you voted one way. Maybe the other. What now, Christian?

To you who voted Republican, I would say, make good on your commitment to life. Fight for the unborn. Fight for the minority. Fight for all who are oppressed and abused. Fight for whatever is true, right, and admirable.

To you who voted Democratic or third party, your fear is understandable. No one but God knows what the next four years hold. While believers trust that authorities have been instituted by God, we must hold those authorities accountable to do justice for all. Remember your Christian brothers and sisters around the world, under better and worse administrations, and know that God is on his throne no less today than yesterday for them or for you.

One thing, I think, is probably clear to everyone after yesterday’s unexpected results: America is a divided country. Even more regrettably, some of that division characterizes our churches. Do you understand why some of your fellow saints are feeling numb right now? I pray so. Read the rest at The Gospel Coalition.

Posted by Hunter Upton at Thursday, November 10, 2016
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‘All work is God’s work’ New York Times Bestseller Tim Keller Tells Samford Crowd

By Kristen Padilla
November 10, 2016

“How does the gospel transform your daily work?” Tim Keller, New York Times best-selling author asked a crowd of almost 1,750 at Samford University Nov. 8. Keller also is pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.

Keller, who was the featured speaker for Beeson Divinity School’s Faith and Work Lecture, explained that early on in his ministry in New York City, a new convert in his church approached him about how to be a Christian in his line of work of acting.

“Somewhere in the midst of this discussion, I suddenly realized I had been trained to disciple people by getting them out of the world into my church,” Keller said. “I realized I didn’t know how to disciple people for their whole life, not just their private life, for every part of their life.”

Keller had five principles for how the gospel transforms work. First, Christian faith gives you a new identity without which work can sink you. Second, faith gives you a new concept of dignity of all work without which work can bore you. Third, faith gives you a moral compass without which work could corrupt you. Fourth, the Christian faith gives you a new worldview without which work will be your master not your servant. Fifth, Christianity gives you a sophisticated hope without which work will frustrate you.

“When you make your work your identity, if you're successful, it goes to your head, and if you are unsuccessful, it destroys your heart,” Keller said in discussing his first principle.

If you do not want work to sink you, then your identity must rest in the person and work of Jesus Christ, not your work, Keller explained.

“We live in a culture right now in which everyone wants to change the world and make lots of money while they are doing it,” he said about his second principle. But “all work that helps people is God's work.”

“What is the Christian way to fly a plane? I’ll tell you what the Christian way is to fly that plane — land,” Keller said amid laughter. “If you are really good, land the plane so it can take off again.”

Do your work as “unto the Lord,” Keller urged the crowd, and be encouraged that “the vision God has given you he will one day bring to pass.”

The Faith and Work Lecture is made possible by a grant from the Kern Family Foundation, directed by D. Mark DeVine, associate professor of divinity at Beeson Divinity School.

Keller also spoke earlier in the day at a private chapel service for Beeson Divinity School employees and students on “The Temptation of Ministry.” Following the lecture, he was interviewed by Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School, during a private luncheon. The interview will air Tuesday, Nov. 22, on the Beeson podcast.

Media from the chapel service is now available at www.beesondivinity.com. Media from the lecture will be available at a later time at www.beesondivinity.com.

Posted by Kristen Padilla at Thursday, November 10, 2016
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