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這並不是約翰尼·貝瑞(Johnny Berry)的計劃,但他相信那更大的一位。 現在,約翰尼·貝瑞正在思考如何在太空中給植物澆水。 他在美國太空署工作,協調那些設計實驗的科學家和那些進行實驗的太空人之間的溝通。今年12月,貝瑞和他的團隊將向國際太空站發送一個名為XROOTS(暴露根部的在軌測試系統)的專案。在距離地球248英里處環繞著的太空人,將測試在零重力下澆灌植物的新方法。 美國太空署希望在未來幾年內再次將人類送去月球,跟著通過載人的火星任務,為未來的火星探索以及可能有一天在那裏居住而奠定基礎。如果這計劃實現的話,太空人將需要蔬菜,貝瑞正在幕後為太空探索計劃做那部分工作。 這都是長期計劃的一部分,來自阿拉巴馬州38歲的五旬節派信徒貝瑞認為這是上帝計劃的一部分。 他說:“當我越來越多看到科學,越來越多看到科學裏的秩序,我就越來越多看到上帝在我生命中的奇妙作爲,祂是如何看待所有最小的細節,並確保他們在同一時間完美運行。” 但是,雖然上帝是秩序之神,但這並不意味著天意的軌跡是一條直線。無論如何,在貝瑞的人生中就不是這樣。其實他對自己去到阿拉巴馬州亨茨維爾 (Huntsville) 的馬歇爾太空飛行中心工作,感到相當驚訝。他沒有去過合適的學校學習,甚至沒有從合適的專科開始。如果事情不是那樣進展的話,他可能成爲一名醫生。他同樣可能成為一名傳教士。 就在短短幾年前,他是一名教師。 但現在貝瑞看到自己在一個基本上是世俗的工作場所,在一些宇宙中最深和最複雜的實驗中,他是坐在前排座位的一個基督徒。在這一切,他看到上帝的指紋。 貝瑞說:“我知道我所處的位置是上帝為我預備的機會。祂要以某種方式用這個來榮耀祂。我的問題是,‘上帝啊,祢要做什麼,祢要怎樣使用我?’” 這種思維方式,他可以追溯到他少年時發生的事情。他的父親在他13歲去世。當他的哥哥姐姐們搬出家門時,孤獨感籠罩著他。但隨後在阿拉巴馬州歐佩利卡(Opelika)的神召會(Assemblies of God),一位新的青年牧師將他送上了一條新的軌道。 丹·查普利克 (Dan Chaplick) 幫助貝瑞看到自己的潛力——渴望知識、渴望為人民服務。貝瑞相信上帝呼召他去事奉,就去了在佛羅里達州萊克蘭(Lakeland)的東南大學,攻讀青年事工和教牧事工。當他不在上課時,就忙著在教會事奉。 但他不快樂。他現在說:“我討厭那樣子。我想做一些不同的事情, 我不知道那究竟是什麼。” 他猶豫地決定攻讀生物學/醫學預科學位。 東南大學榮譽級學院(School of Honors)院長戈登·米勒(Gordon D. Miller)表示:“當約翰尼測試不同的學術和職業選擇時,他一直意識到並相信上帝有一個遠遠超出他當時所理解的計劃。約翰尼堅定不移地繼續下去。” 當他接近學位的終點時,貝瑞開始質疑上帝究竟要他做什麼。他祈禱,感到被呼召去從事教學行業。他覺得他想成為學生的基督徒榜樣。但在獲得第一份教學工作之前,他攻讀教牧領袖碩士學位。 在回顧中,貝瑞說到當時他內心就像在爭戰,究竟愛上帝還是愛科學。他擔心,太深入科學會使他離開上帝,儘管他知道科學是理解上帝如何運作的一種方式。 在他的第一篇教牧領袖論文中,他做了對《創世記》1:1的解經。他腦子裡的燈泡亮起來。 他說:“對於我個人來說,這是一個美麗的時刻,我意識到我可以服事上帝,我可以深入到任何祂要我深入的地方,但我仍然可以看那環繞著我的自然世界的美麗,並尋求瞭解它如何運作的絕對核心。” 得到釋放後,他成為了一名高中數學和科學老師。他喜歡這職業生涯,如果不是在LinkedIn上的一個帖子吸引了他,他可能會繼續下去。 一位老朋友接受了美國太空署的工作,就要搬到亨茨維爾。貝瑞主動提出了一些建議,有關如何與該地區的人聯繫,並開玩笑地在最後一行加了一句,說如果美國太空署請人的話,請告訴他。 這位朋友回信說:“把你的簡歷寄給我,因為有一個職位,你會非常適合。” 貝瑞以為這是個玩笑,或者她誤解了他的經驗和資歷。但幾星期後,她再次寫信給他,並重複了這一請求:“我現在就需要你的簡歷,因為他們即將就這個職位做決定。” … Continue reading…

这并不是约翰尼·贝瑞(Johnny Berry)的计划,但他相信那更大的一位。 现在,约翰尼·贝瑞正在思考如何在太空中给植物浇水。 他在美国太空署工作,协调那些设计实验的科学家和那些进行实验的太空人之间的沟通。今年12月,贝瑞和他的团队将向国际太空站发送一个名为XROOTS(暴露根部的在轨测试系统)的专案。在距离地球248英里处环绕着的太空人,将测试在零重力下浇灌植物的新方法。 美国太空署希望在未来几年内再次将人类送去月球,跟着通过载人的火星任务,为未来的火星探索以及可能有一天在那里居住而奠定基础。如果这计划实现的话,太空人将需要蔬菜,贝瑞正在幕后为太空探索计划做那部分工作。 这都是长期计划的一部分,来自阿拉巴马州38岁的五旬节派信徒贝瑞认为这是上帝计划的一部分。 他说:“当我越来越多看到科学,越来越多看到科学里的秩序,我就越来越多看到上帝在我生命中的奇妙作为,祂是如何看待所有最小的细节,并确保他们在同一时间完美运行。” 但是,虽然上帝是秩序之神,但这并不意味着天意的轨迹是一条直线。无论如何,在贝瑞的人生中就不是这样。其实他对自己去到阿拉巴马州亨茨维尔 (Huntsville) 的马歇尔太空飞行中心工作,感到相当惊讶。他没有去过合适的学校学习,甚至没有从合适的专科开始。如果事情不是那样进展的话,他可能成为一名医生。他同样可能成为一名传教士。 就在短短几年前,他是一名教师。 但现在贝瑞看到自己在一个基本上是世俗的工作场所,在一些宇宙中最深和最复杂的实验中,他是坐在前排座位的一个基督徒。在这一切,他看到上帝的指纹。 贝瑞说:“我知道我所处的位置是上帝为我预备的机会。祂要以某种方式用这个来荣耀祂。我的问题是,‘上帝啊,祢要做什么,祢要怎样使用我?’” 这种思维方式,他可以追溯到他少年时发生的事情。他的父亲在他13岁去世。当他的哥哥姐姐们搬出家门时,孤独感笼罩着他。但随后在阿拉巴马州欧佩利卡(Opelika)的神召会(Assemblies of God),一位新的青年牧师将他送上了一条新的轨道。 丹·查普利克 (Dan Chaplick) 帮助贝瑞看到自己的潜力——渴望知识、渴望为人民服务。贝瑞相信上帝呼召他去事奉,就去了在佛罗里达州莱克兰(Lakeland)的东南大学,攻读青年事工和教牧事工。当他不在上课时,就忙着在教会事奉。 但他不快乐。他现在说:“我讨厌那样子。我想做一些不同的事情, 我不知道那究竟是什么。” 他犹豫地决定攻读生物学/医学预科学位。 东南大学荣誉级学院(School of Honors)院长戈登·米勒(Gordon D. Miller)表示:“当约翰尼测试不同的学术和职业选择时,他一直意识到并相信上帝有一个远远超出他当时所理解的计划。约翰尼坚定不移地继续下去。” 当他接近学位的终点时,贝瑞开始质疑上帝究竟要他做什么。他祈祷,感到被呼召去从事教学行业。他觉得他想成为学生的基督徒榜样。但在获得第一份教学工作之前,他攻读教牧领袖硕士学位。 在回顾中,贝瑞说到当时他内心就像在争战,究竟爱上帝还是爱科学。他担心,太深入科学会使他离开上帝,尽管他知道科学是理解上帝如何运作的一种方式。 在他的第一篇教牧领袖论文中,他做了对《创世记》1:1的解经。他脑子里的灯泡亮起来。 他说:“对于我个人来说,这是一个美丽的时刻,我意识到我可以服事上帝,我可以深入到任何祂要我深入的地方,但我仍然可以看那环绕着我的自然世界的美丽,并寻求了解它如何运作的绝对核心。” 得到释放后,他成为了一名高中数学和科学老师。他喜欢这职业生涯,如果不是在LinkedIn上的一个帖子吸引了他,他可能会继续下去。 一位老朋友接受了美国太空署的工作,就要搬到亨茨维尔。贝瑞主动提出了一些建议,有关如何与该地区的人联系,并开玩笑地在最后一行加了一句,说如果美国太空署请人的话,请告诉他。 这位朋友回信说:“把你的简历寄给我,因为有一个职位,你会非常适合。” 贝瑞以为这是个玩笑,或者她误解了他的经验和资历。但几星期后,她再次写信给他,并重复了这一请求:“我现在就需要你的简历,因为他们即将就这个职位做决定。” … Continue reading…

Release after seven weeks of captivity comes as Christian Aid Ministries starts three days of prayer and fasting. A Christian aid group based in Ohio announced Monday that a violent gang in Haiti has released three more hostages, while another 12 remain abducted. The statement from Christian Aid Ministries (CAM) said the people were released on Sunday in Haiti and are “safe and seem to be in good spirits.” The group provided no further details. On November 21, CAM announced that the 400 Mawozo gang had released the first two hostages of a group of 17 kidnapped in mid-October after…

“Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.”

Yes, power corrupts some people. But maybe corruptible people seek power. This piece was adapted from Russell Moore’s newsletter. Subscribe here. A famous New Yorker cartoon depicts a flock of sheep grazing before a campaign billboard of a wolf—whose slogan is “I am going to eat you.” Under the frame, one sheep says to another, “He tells it like it is.” I wince with recognition whenever I think of that cartoon, knowing that Jesus probably did not have blind allegiance in mind when he called his followers sheep. Still, maybe the message of the cartoon helps explain why we end…

Same-sex attracted believers pay the cost of discipleship every day. Our witness needs to be heard. After a recent conference, a gay friend reached out to me with a heartbroken message: “I thought the yoke of Jesus was supposed to be light.” Some leaders responding to the event, he said, were “making it sound like faithfulness to Jesus either means Jesus changing something that he hasn’t changed yet” or “God really [wanting] me to lie to people and just say that I’m not gay anymore.” He felt like crying, he said. My friend’s story is just one example of the…

“[Dispute Over Jesus’ Testimony] When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.””

Una breve guía sobre el movimiento exevangélico Deconstrucción es una palabra de moda en estos días. El término exevangélico ha surgido como un marcador de identidad y como un movimiento activista [enlace en inglés]. Las historias de fe de las personas, así como las historias de su «pérdida de la fe», a menudo son emotivas y vulnerables. Nacen de su vida y de sus experiencias, y los cristianos que luchan con la fe necesitan amor y un oído atento, no meros argumentos. Con todo, como iglesia tenemos la responsabilidad de incluir serias y más amplias conversaciones culturales en torno a…

Orthodox edict puts holiday unity in the Holy Land—where Christians in Jordan and Israel have long agreed to observe Western Christmas and Eastern Easter dates—in doubt. AMMAN, Jordan — The Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, whose authority extends over some 130,000 Middle Eastern Christians, has posted a memo on the patriarchate website that appears to overturn a 45-year-old agreement with Western Christian churches to unify the celebration of Christian holidays. Since 1975, Western and Eastern Christians in Jordan, the Palestinian territories (with the exception of Jerusalem and Bethlehem), and Israel have publicly celebrated Christmas according to the Gregorian calendar, on…

What happens to your faith when your church is torn apart? Five days after resigning as lead pastor of Mars Hill Church, Mark Driscoll was once again in front of a crowd—this time, a packed conference of pastors who offered him a standing ovation in support. It only took 474 days for him to announce he was planting a new church in Scottsdale, Arizona. But while Driscoll wielded his own force of personality to get as much distance from Mars Hill as possible, life in Seattle was a different story. A confused and hurting church was displaced, hundreds of people…

“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Of all the aspects of the fruit of the Spirit, perhaps kindness and goodness seem the most normal or customary. We often hear talk of “common decency” and “common courtesy,” and we have come to expect that friends, family, and neighbors will show a modicum of kindness in most circumstances—even if they don’t feel like it. It is all too easy for us to miss, then, just how exceptional and outstanding genuine kindness can be. True kindness isn’t just about having a pleasant attitude or refraining from doing harm to others. Rather, Christian kindness, grounded in God, spills over from…

An unprecedented ruling asserts practicing and promoting Christianity at home is not a national security threat. Yet advocates debate whether it will be heeded or ignored. Currently at least 20 Christians are jailed in Iran because their faith was deemed a threat to the Islamic republic’s national security. Of the more than 100 Iranian believers imprisoned since 2012, all have faced similar charges. But a recent decision by a Supreme Court justice gives hope to them all. “Merely preaching Christianity … through family gatherings [house churches] is not a manifestation of gathering and collusion to disrupt the security of the…

The latest Supreme Court case over public funding for sectarian education challenges distinctions between religious identity and religious purpose. The latest Supreme Court case over public funding for religious schooling examines a policy in Maine, a state dotted with small towns too tiny to run their own public schools. Over half of the state’s school districts (officially called “school administrative units” or SAUs for short) contract with and pay tuition costs to another nearby school of the parents’ choice—public or private. And that’s where the hangup lies. By law, Maine mandates that partnering private schools be “nonsectarian in nature, in…

A journalist pieces together the messy lives of Norma McCorvey, her family, and other central figures from the case. The life of “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade was not what it seemed. When Norma McCorvey, using the alias “Jane Roe,” sued Dallas district attorney Henry Wade for the right to an abortion that Texas law prohibited, she won plaudits from pro-choice feminists throughout the nation. Years later, in the late 1980s, McCorvey abandoned the anonymity of her alias and became a public advocate of abortion rights and a sought-out speaker on the pro-choice lecture circuit. But in 1995, McCorvey…

The history of Christian celibacy is more complicated than we’d like to think. Lately, Christians have cast their minds and social media musings back to the early church on the topics of singleness and sexuality. Much of the conversation centers on past spiritual practices of celibacy and claims about what early church leaders taught about singleness. Some suggest that early church leaders enthusiastically ‘tore down’ the centrality of marriage within the church. Others argue that the way we understand the (so-called) “gift of singleness” today is a direct inheritance from apostles and the church’s earliest centuries. As a history nerd,…

“[God’s Final Word: His Son] In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.”

Dear Friend, “Jesus is a real problem,” I said to a man I had just met in a hotel lobby. He was sitting with his wife and two very attractive children. When I learned that he was from India, I told him how much I had enjoyed my visits to his homeland. In short order, we identified ourselves as Christian and Hindu, respectively. He quickly suggested that all religions were the same and that all roads lead to heaven as they do to Timbuktu. It was then that I made my comment about Jesus. It took him by surprise and…

Here are our favorite new releases by Christian artists, including The Porter’s Gate, Chris Tomlin, and more. Last year at this time, my family was weighing decisions about whether to have Christmas gatherings. This year, we started celebrating earlier than usual, like we’re making up for lost holiday cheer. We have already decorated Christmas cookies and put the tree up before Thanksgiving. My Christmas 2021 playlist has been in the works since mid-October. Perhaps, like me, you have an annual Christmas playlist that is populated almost entirely with nostalgic favorites. Mine always includes Amy Grant’s Christmas albums and a collection…

Does Scripture warn about Big Pharma? Endorse mask-wearing? Christians Googled for answers in 2021. As the pandemic first hit in 2020, Christians sought out Scripture about fear, comfort, and healing. A year later, their Bible searching habits reflect ongoing clashes around COVID-19 responses. The fastest-growing search term on Bible Gateway in the past year was “sorcery,” which drew 193 percent more queries than in 2020. The boost was inspired not by the recent rise in witchcraft but by arguments against the COVID-19 vaccine. “The increase in sorceries is related to heightened interest in the Greek word pharmakeia, which, according to…