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Where I stand on Kneeling

September 26, 2017

Some perspective, perhaps, on the controversy of the moment.

Source: Where I stand on Kneeling

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The World is Passing Away

September 25, 2017

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“For the present form of this world is passing away.” (1 Corinthians 7:31)

Perspective makes all the difference in how we see the world and live our lives. The perspective of faith is wholly different than the perspective of skepticism. The person who has been born again, born from above, born of the spirit[1], is a new creature; the new has come and the old has passed away.[2] We are no longer of this world, though we continue to live in it.[3]

Do we really grasp the meaning of these things? Sometimes I wonder. I wonder about myself as I look back at the things that have captured my attention at times, the anxiety and worries I have had about temporal things, and all the time I have wasted doing trivial things.

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Whether God Exists: Distinguishing Emotion from Reason

September 25, 2017

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Emotional arguments hit hard,

but they sometimes lack any rational substance.

Source: Whether God Exists: Distinguishing Emotion from Reason

A Discourse on Belief

September 22, 2017

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Is it possible to go through life without believing in anything? Can we do science and limit ourselves in our thinking to nothing but the facts? Source: A Discourse on Belief

Balance Between Scripture and Spirit

September 20, 2017

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I feel compelled by the Holy Spirit (I hope) to explain myself a bit. Please forgive me if this gets into a little self-conscious rambling.

I have touched recently on some important doctrinal issues without really addressing them in a doctrinal way. That is intentional, but that leaves me a little self-conscious about it.

I have brushed past many doctrinal issues in this blog, and some of them are themes that I come back to quite often. Recently, I have veered dangerously close to issues like the inerrancy of the Bible and Bible hermeneutics, though I have not used words like that, other than to acknowledge at some points those rocks that exist in the turbulent waters.

I often reflect on the sovereignty of God and the free will of man. I often reflect on atonement, redemption, salvation and similar themes, though I don’t often use those words. Anytime we speak of the cross, the specter of those doctrinal ideas arises.

I am usually not all that conscious about doctrine in the sense of academic formality or denominational purity. This also is intentional, though it isn’t intended in any rebellious, skeptical or heretic away.

What I always aim for is “mere Christianity”.

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What If God Is Cruel

September 20, 2017

In light of recent events and the difficulty, pain and suffering in the world, here is a thought experiment that might offer some perspective.

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Take a moment with me and consider: what if God was cruel? What if God was completely unpredictable and wholly uncaring towards us? What if God was arbitrary, uninterested and unkind?

Some might say that God seems to be that way… if there is a God… pointing to passages in the Old Testament that portray God as angry, wrathful, retributive and seemingly callous about human life and suffering. Some say that they cannot believe in a God like that.

But, hold on a second. Why should God be the way we think He should be? Why should God be the way we want Him to be?

If God is God, and there is no higher authority, who are we to demand God be anything other than whoever He is and wants to be?

Indulge me a little here.

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Should the Bible Be Taken Literally?

September 16, 2017

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Whether the Bible should be read and interpreted literally seems to be an open question in the 21st Century. Some Christians, and many people who criticize Christians, seem to think it must be read that the Bible must be taken literally, and it must stand or fall based on its literal interpretation – the Bible is either literally true or literally false, and there is no third position.

So, let me put this out there – these choices present a false dichotomy.

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