Category: Spirituality

Origins of Original Sin 

By: Michelle Zorzella

Original sin, the Christian doctrine regarding the moral corruption of mankind as a result of Adam and Chavah (Eve) eating the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. As consequence of their disobedience, all of humanity is imparted with an ancestral fault; that is, a hereditary state of sin which can only be remitted by the will of God.

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God Versus Pharaoh

By: Monique Zorzella

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The Tanakh (more commonly referred to as the Old Testament) contains many profound tales that have perplexed the minds of those who have studied it throughout history. A well-known narrative that readers find especially striking is in the book of Exodus, where God frees the Hebrew people through the works of the prophet Moshe (Moses) from the oppression they were facing at the hands of the Egyptians. A particular area of contention in this narrative is Gods declaration that He would harden the Pharaohs heart, which is often interpreted to mean that God took over his will and made the decision to refuse Moshe’s requests on Pharaohs behalf. As an an act of punishment, the Lord devastates the Egyptians with a series of catastrophic plagues.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. & The Parable of the Good Samaritan

By: Alexander Ciurana

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On November 20, 1955—less than one month after becoming the pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church—Martin Luther King, Jr. preached on the parable of the Good Samaritan (Carson, 2007, pp. 239-240). The story is found in the gospel of Luke chapter 10. Doubtless, this parable has been the subject of thousands of sermons throughout Christian history. The vast majority of these would be focused on kindness and neighborliness. Yet on this Sunday service, in that Montgomery, Alabama church, the familiar story would receive an interpretation remarkably unique and insightful. The sermon’s title alone is striking, “The One-Sided Approach of the Good Samaritan” (Carson, 2007, p. 239). Continue reading

Grieving From Another Side

By: Monique Zorzella

There is something deeply heartbreaking about someone innocent and fragile losing their life much too soon. Such is the story told by Priscilla Blossom in the flamboyant article My child is not in heaven: Your religion only makes my grief harder, sharing of the experience she had three years ago, when her daughter Margaret passed away after only 8 hours of life. The mother laments that her “tiny, frail, lifeless daughter […] never even got a chance to see.” Although what physically remains of Maggie is but a plastic box in her mother’s bedroom closet, her mother says “[she] continues to exist with us in her own way […]” until this day. May her precious memory continue to live on in the hearts of her loved ones.

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A Little Chat Concerning 5 Point Calvinism

By: Alexander Ciurana

Dear Pastor Ciurana,

I am currently a student of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary at Houston campus. For an assignment of Systematic Theology, I am doing a survey of the view of different pastors on “Five Points of Calvinism – TULIP.”
May you give me a favor and list your view on this – which points of TULIP you agree/disagree with? What is your theological/biblical argument, especially on those points you disagree or partly agree with?
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