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Thursday, January 8, 2015

NAE - Winter 2014/15 ­Newsletter

Winter 2014/15 ­Newsletter
Our Doctrinal Core
By J. Paul Nyquist, President of Moody Bible Institute

Theology is not a popular topic today. Compared to other trendy subjects, basic doctrine draws few fans. Yet life, as it unfolds on a daily basis, is intensely theological. You live what you believe. A. W. Tozer captured it well when he said, “What comes to our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us” (“The Knowledge of the Holy,” p. 7).  (read more)

Amazing What We Don't Know
By Leith Anderson, NAE President

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) surveyed 2,500 randomly chosen Americans about our country, and the majority flunked the 33-question test. Twice as many knew that Paula Abdul was a judge on “American Idol” than knew that the quote “government of the people, by the people, for the people” was said by Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address. Forty-three percent of those who hold elected office don’t know that the Electoral College elects the President. One fifth of them think it “trains those aspiring to higher office” or “was established to supervise the first televised presidential debates.”  (read more)

Soundtrack of Evangelicalism
How our Music Reflects & Defines our Tradition
By David Neff, Past Editor-in-Chief of Christianity Today

Every new Christian movement has its soundtrack. The Reformation had the hymns of Luther and Walter as well as the psalms of Marot and Bourgeois. The 18th-century Pietists had Zinzendorf’s songs and, as Pietism spread to the English-speaking world, the hymns of Charles Wesley. The 19th-century revivals had the gospel songs of Sankey and Bliss. And African American slaves developed their own songs focused on biblical stories of liberation and deliverance.  (read more)

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