“The Gospel is the victory by which the world is overcome!” Dr. Matt Jensen shares on the power of apologetic work from a two-ist perspective, and that the key is not smooth arguments, or knowing the right answers on the hot topic questions. But the key in apologetic work is the assurance of believers that Jesus, who is our hope, has overcome the world.Read More
Feel the shock of the infinite divide of the Creator and His creation. But then look at the scandal of the incarnation, the mystery of the incarnation, and the beautiful purpose of the incarnation.
Dr. Dennis Johnson helped us at the Think Tank 2012 to consider the amazing reality and implications of the incarnation.
Thou who art God beyond all praising, All for love’s sake becamest man;
Stooping so low, but sinners raising Heavenwards by thine eternal plan.
Andrew Peterson has a song that begins, “So you’re sitting at the movies. You’re watching how the story finds a way. And you’ve seen it all before, but still you love to see the hero save the day. It’s a window in the world, a little glimpse of all the goodness getting through. And all along the way the days are made of little moments of truth. ” I love that song. I love the way he uses words and music to speak about the beauty and truth of a Two-ist perspective. (I don’t think he’s ever used the word Two-ism to describe it, to be fair) When I was listening to this song the other day I thought of it as the perfect introduction to Steve Baarendse’s marvelous talk about Two-ism in Art and Literature. Just listen to it and see if you can make it through to the end without shedding a tear of joy about the beauty and the marvel of Two.Read More
“When we talk about the missional life, we are going to have to understand that mission is always cross-cultural. All of us have a culture we come from, and culture is not an a-moral thing. There are elements of every culture that are bad and there are parts of every culture that are good. There are things in most cultures that are worthy of redeeming. To live missionally we are necessarily going to have to learn to live cross culturally. To do this effectively it’s going to take huge doses of grace and humility mixed with boldness in the gospel. We are taking the gospel that exists in a ‘Two-ist worldview’ and attempting to communicate it in a culture that largely has a ‘One-ist worldview’.” Pastor David Fandey speaks about the experience of planting a church in a beach community in Southern CA and realizing how vast the difference is between the Two-ism of Christianity and the One-ism so prevalent in the culture and how to reach across that spiritual divide. This was a completely practical, insightful, and extremely encouraging talk for our participants and is one that continue to come in conversation about the think tank in 2012.Read More
“There is nothing like the Biblical Gospel in all of history: the transcendent Lord above, bearing our sins on the Earth below, bestowing merit on undeserving sinners. –This Two-ist doctrine of God is the jewel of our historic Christian faith. Without it, Christianity becomes one more form of sentimental One-ism.” With this profound, beautiful statement, Dr. Jones opened the 2012 truthXchange Think Tank, “The Beauty of Two”. It rocked us when we heard it that first night and it is our hope that it rocks you wonderfully as you listen to it now. Reality is Two, and Two-ism is beautiful.
Yoga, mantras, and the new spirituality— Is it true America has evolved into a new Hindu culture? A 2009 Newsweek article in 2009 presented America as a conceptually Hindu nation. Dr. Peter Jones quotes C.S. Lewis, who stated that the two forms of opposing religions are Christianity and Hinduism. Please click the link below to listen to Janet Mefferd and Dr. Peter Jones discuss this fascinating spiritual rift.