Spring 2010 Chapel - January 13th
Spring 2010 Chapel Message - 01/13/10
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Of Kingdoms, Castles and Compartments
Dr. David Alexander
January 13, 2010
Welcome to the Northwest Nazarene University Spring Semester 2010. I hope you had a restful, invigorating and rewarding Christmas break. I want you to know we have been praying for you and we wish you the happiest of New Years and a challenging and fulfilling spring term.
Would you join me in welcoming the new students who have joined us this semester?
I want to begin my remarks this day by sharing some vacation photos with you. In the summer of 2007, my wife Sandy and I traveled to England and Scotland to celebrate our 30thththth century prints.
The Christ Church Chapel
The Christ Church Library
I had these two prints mounted together and they hang in my office.
They represent what I want to talk to you about today. The symbolism of those two prints is directly linked to words on the wall of the NNU chapel.
Those of you who were students here last spring may remember that in the first chapel of the second semester I spoke about the words on that side of the wall, the NNU motto, Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God, Matthew 6:33.
Today I want to speak about and reflect upon the words on this wall:
United the pair so long disjoined,
Knowledge and vital piety.thFides et Ratioimago Dei(An Essay Concerning Human Understandingex nihilioFides et RatioFides et RatioAtheist Delusions, David Bentley Hart). We are free to choose well, to choose Him. To come to know ourselves and to choose to know God.
Consequently, these new Christ-ones, these people saved from the kingdom of this world, and given citizenship in the Kingdom of our Lord, learned to live in His way. The early Christians lived out the example they saw in their God of self-outpouring love. As David Bentley Hart points out in his refreshing work, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable EnemiesAtheist DelusionsAtheist DelusionsThe Clash of OrthodoxiesThe Clash of OrthodoxiesFinding God Beyond Harvardveritas, christo et ecclesiaEssays in Theology of CultureScriptures. We seek to know His Word, the place where the revealed, absolute truths of God are recorded and remembered.
We further shape our faith and thinking via the traditionreasonexperiencebe transformed by the renewing of your mind
Resources and Recommended Reading:
Robert George. The Clash of Orthodoxies. Wilmington, DE: ISI Books. 2001.
David Bentley Hart. Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and its Fashionable Enemies. New Haven: Yale University Press. 2009
John Locke. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books. 1693: 1995.
Mark Noll and James Turner. The Future of Christian Learning: An Evangelical and Catholic Dialogue. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press. 2008.
Mark Noll. The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994.
Robert Jensen. Essays in Theology of Culture. Vatican. 1998.