Copyright 1999 by Bob and Gretchen Passantino Analogy, parable, metaphor, symbol, icon, myth, epic, type — all of these words relate to the idea of communicating intangibles by means of the tangible, and all are used in Scripture, both Old and New Testaments, to communicate many times in many ways the sublime truth of God’s […]Read More "The Spider and the Fly Now Learn from the Parable . . . ."
By Bob and Gretchen Passantino (c) Copyright 2001 by Bob and Gretchen Passantino Within Christian orthodoxy there are three views regarding the use of force: pacifism, activism, and selective activism (sometimes called selective passivism). Regarding war, Christians generally hold to the view that participation in one’s own country’s war is always right, sometimes right, or […]Read More "A Christian View of Selective Activism"
by Gretchen Passantino Copyright 1986 by Gretchen Passantino. An earlier version of this appeared in Discipleship Journal, Issue 36. Colorado Springs, CO: The Navigators, 1986, pp. 44-46. Musty pine smell, glittering balls, and smooth, softly faded creche figures: Christmas packed in an old yellow trunk at the back of the children’s closet. Outside the sun […]Read More "Santa Claus And The Gospel"
by Gretchen Passantino Copyright 2002 by Gretchen Passantino God has given us three reasons to “keep the Sabbath,” or dedicate one day each week to worship and rest. The first two reasons were to commemorate God’s acts in history which are earthly examples of spiritual realities. We are to keep the Sabbath in memory of […]Read More "Celebrating the Sabbath"
Psycho-Analysis, which is easier to understand than to spell, tells us what we really think when we think we think a thing. Without psycho-analysis, we should never know that when we think a thing, the thing we think is not the thing we think we think, but only the thing that makes us think we […]Read More "Psycho-Analysis Finally Explained"
It is our opinion that the Promise Keepers Christian men’s movement is an over-all Christian movement attempting to encourage Christian men to fulfill their biblical potential as individuals and as family members. We do not condemn the movement, and, in fact, encourage its leaders to continue modifying its content and presentation to achieve a more […]Read More "AIA, Promise Keepers: An Answers In Action Summary Opinion"
A Christian Parenting Round Table Discussion with Frank and Barbara Peretti, Bob and Gretchen Passantino Copyright 1992 by Bob and Gretchen Passantino. The brilliant blue of the sky contrasted with the deep green of the fir trees spiking the horizon as the sun climbed above the islands of Washington’s Puget Sound. Seattle lay across the […]Read More "Battling for the Minds and Hearts of Our Children"
Bob and Gretchen Passantino A New Mission Field Almost forty years ago the late Dr. Walter Martin challenged the Christian church to widen its missions commitment to include the millions of cultists “on the doorstep” of the church, cultists who had fallen away from their former Christian upbringing and who were as close as our […]Read More "The Mission Field on Your Desktop"
A FAMILY GUIDE TO DEVELOPING MEDIA WISDOM Copyright 2003 by Dr. Ted Baehr and Dr. Tom Snyder Storytelling and Mythmaking Stories matter deeply. They make a profound difference in our lives. They bring us laughter, tears and joy. They stimulate our minds and stir our imaginations. They help us to escape our daily lives for […]Read More "** SIGNS OF A BEAUTIFUL MIND **"
Watch television with your children and discuss what you see. What kinds of values are promoted in the programs you watch? How do those values differ from biblical values? If you were to take a typical television problem and resolve it in a biblical way, what would that be? Check the video store where you […]Read More "Ten Easy Steps to Make A Difference, Christians and the Media"