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Why Is the Old Testament So Violent?

June 4, 2019

As Christians, what are we to think about Old Testament passages that seem violent and ruthless? How do we answer those who think the Old Testament is inconsistent with the love of Jesus shown in the New Testament?

Dr. Dan DeWitt, Associate Professor of Applied Theology and Apologetics at Cedarville University, examines these questions and offers 5 points we should consider when thinking through the divine war that we find in the Old Testament.

  1. We can’t separate God’s promise to deliver the Israelites to the Promised Land from His promise to drive out the nations who stood in their way.
  2. Careful study is needed when working through these passages; language may actually suggest a decisive victory, not total annihilation.
  3. Commands to destroy people are limited to locations that were military centers, not civilian populations.
  4. Divine war was for a limited time and for a specific purpose; God was patient and loving and gave ample opportunities for people to repent.
  5. Commands for divine war in the Old Testament were not intended to wipe out entire people groups; it was about God’s judgment on false religions.

Above all, we must remember that God led His people to the Promised Land, driving out the people before them, so that He could establish His people through whom the Messiah would be born to bring salvation to all nations. As you interact with others on this often concerning issue, point them to a holy, loving God who desires all mankind to be a part of His redemptive plan.

Watch the video to learn more from Dr. Dewitt.

Posted in Apologetics MMin

5 Keys to Sharing the Gospel

April 23, 2019

For many Christians, sharing their faith can be intimidating, especially when it’s with someone who denies the very existence of God. In the video below, Dr. Dan DeWitt, Director of the Center for Apologetics and Public Christianity at Cedarville University, gives 5 Keys to Sharing the Gospel to encourage believes as they live their faith to the world around them:

  1. Be a good friend; make the other person a priority
  2. Pray for them daily
  3. Stay true to your worldview; don't "water down" your beliefs
  4. Ask really good questions; get them thinking about what they believe
  5. Emphasize the Gospel; always bring the discussion back to the big picture of the Bible

 From being a good friend to asking the right questions, Dr. DeWitt explains how to break down barriers and deliver a concise, clear message of salvation through Jesus Christ.

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Posted in Apologetics

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FNP Clinical Requirements: 3 Things You Need to Know

March 11, 2019

Nurse practitioner standing in front of patientAs you consider pursuing graduate education toward becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), it’s important that you ask the right questions to set yourself up for success. M.S.N. FNP programs require clinical hours for degree completion. Securing a clinical placement can be challenging and a source of stress for many students.

There are three important questions you should consider as you plan to pursue graduate education toward becoming an FNP:

1. Is it possible to work full time while completing clinicals as part of an FNP program?

Many FNP students maintain full-time employment. The key is having a job with a flexible schedule. Once you begin clinical courses, you will need the flexibility to complete clinical hours one to three days a week, depending on the program requirements.

2. What should I look for in a clinical site?

FNP students need the knowledge and skills to care for patients across the lifespan. Mapping out a clinical plan that includes the majority of hours in a primary care setting with a mix of preceptors (MDs and APRNs) in a variety of clinical sites will provide optimal preparation for practice and the national certification exam.

3. Will I have to travel for clinicals?

Travel/commuting to clinical sites is often necessary to complete the required direct care clinical hours. While FNP students hope to find clinical site placement as close to their geographical location as possible, it may be necessary to commute one to three hours a day to complete the required clinical hours. Keep in mind that finding a quality clinical site that prepares you for clinical practice and certification is worth the drive!

Cedarville University’s M.S.N. FNP program has a Clinical Placement Coordinator (CPC) that will help prepare you for your clinical placement and secure the right site. You will meet with the CPC early in your graduate program to establish goals and map out a clinical plan. Your clinical preceptor site will be a critical part of your educational experience in Cedarville’s online nurse practitioner program, and your CPC will be with you every step of the way to make sure it is successful.

Posted in MSN