Change in Direction

TIMES CHANGE, WE CHANGE. God never changes. There is a sustained reality in the universe (some refer to this as "metanarrative") that defines and upholds all that exists. All religions speak of this. It is the responsibility of every Christian to present for consideration the story of Christianity as more than "just another worldview" among …

Science and Religion: The Two Must Meet

Written by Steven Barto, B.S. Psy., M.A. Theology The relationship between science and religion has always been complicated. The scientific revolution featured tension and collaboration between religious viewpoints and innovative scientific theories. ALISTER McGRATH SAID, "HISTORICALLY, the most significant understanding of the relation between science and religion is that of 'conflict,' or perhaps even 'warfare'" …

Integrating Christian Theology and Psychology: Part Three

By Steven Barto, B.S., Psy., M.T.S. IN PART ONE OF THIS SERIES we discussed the advent of social science, whose practitioners slowly changed the face of mental health counseling. Psychiatry stood as the primary specialty for treating psychiatric conditions such as bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. Psychiatrists typically do not engage in meaningful long-term clinical …

Let’s Go to Theology Class: Literature and Theology

Written by Steven Barto, B.S. Psy, M.T.S. This blog post is the last discussion in Topics in Theology at Colorado Christian University in pursuit of my Master's in Theological Studies (M.T.S.) I will be starting a Master's in Divinity (MDiv) at Denver Seminary in April 2021. *** “I saw well why the gods do not …

Let’s Go to Theology Class: C.S. Lewis and The Great Divorce

The following is from my class "Topics in Theology" as part of my master's degree program in Theological Studies at Colorado Christian University. I find C.S. Lewis more engaging every time I read another of his amazingly theological stories. I cannot help but compare The Great Divorce to Dante’s Inferno. Although the towns people were …

Let’s Go to Theology Class: The Poor in Spirit

The following is from the third discussion assignment in Christian Ethics in pursuit of my M.A. in Theological Studies. We were instructed to apply the authority of Scripture to one of the beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount. Written by Steven Barto, B.S., Psy. I chose blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs …

Let’s Go to Theology Class: What Difference Does Christianity Make in Ethics?

The following is from my Second discussion assignment in Christian Ethics in pursuit of my M.A. in Theological Studies. We were asked to determine whether a person can be moral without Christianity; and, further, what difference being a Christian has made in our personal sense of morality. Written by Steven Barto, B.S., Psy. My initial …

Let’s Go to Theology Class: Christian Ethics and the “Good Life.”

I am now only 9 credits from completing my M.A. in Theological Studies. I have enjoyed sharing with you what I have learned. I started Christian Ethics last week. The following is from my first discussion assignment. In the first class (Classical Methodologies of Ethics) is about Consequences. Consequences. Every choice we make results in …

Lectio Divina and Spiritual Formation

It can be overwhelming to prepare a capstone-like summation of coursework in discussion form at the end of a class. As noted in the course shell, we have been building a plan of action for our personalized “spiritual practice” since the first session. I love the question, “What is your plan for a preferred spiritual …

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