Textual Criticism and Why I Throw Stones At Adulteresses January 29

Textual Criticism and Why I Throw Stones At Adulteresses

As it says in the Holy Scriptures, “People in glass houses should not throw stones…” No, wait. That’s not right…. Maybe it is, “God helps those who help themselves.” Nope, that isn’t there either. As amazing as it is to see a scholar of his merit make such a  blunder, even 50 Cent is mistaken […]

A REJECTION OF OBJECTIVE MORAL VALUES 2 January 28

What is Moral Relativism?

“Are we living in a culture of moral relativism?” This is a question I have heard asked often in churches and in conservative political circles. The answer to this question is complicated and in my opinion, the answer offered in said circles is frequently over simplified. The question has philosophical and geographical implications that are […]

51-SVmIjUYL January 28

A Review of Jonathan R. Wilson’s God’s Good World

“Are Christians World-Engagers and Changers or Resident Aliens and a Heavenly ‘Colony’ (or Both)?” An Essay Review of God’s Good World: Reclaiming the Doctrine of Creation (Baker 2013) by Jonathan R. Wilson Friday Symposium, DBU, September 6, 2013[1] There were several things I liked about Jonathan R. Wilson’s book God’s Good World (Baker 2013), and […]

Beginnings 23 January 27

Beginnings

How did we get here? Most ancient creation stories start with either a formless space that spontaneously gives birth to a god, or earth; or they begin with an eternal being that existed before creation. In some of these, this being is the creator of all original things, or it is destroyed and the debris […]

Os Guinness and the Public Square January 27

Os Guinness and the Public Square

Recently, I have been systematically reading through the works of Os Guinness. In particular, his writings on the American founding fathers and the global public square. For those unfamiliar with Guinness, he is a social critic who has written at length on the subject of American culture and politics. Below are a few major themes […]

7 Practical Implications of the Trinity 2 January 27

7 Practical Implications of the Trinity

A couple of years ago I was given a copy of Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears book, “Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe.” I picked it up the other day and started flipping through the pages again. It is an interesting and easy-to-read book for anyone who would want to read about…. well, doctrine. I’d recommend […]

Who Did He say that He was 2 January 24

Who Did He Say That He Was?

C.S. Lewis presented his famous Lord, Liar, or Lunatic dilemma in his classic, Mere Christianity. His argument is that if Jesus claimed to be God, he was either lying about his identity, or he was crazy in thinking so, or he was indeed Lord. Notice that these options exclude the possibility of Jesus being simply […]

8 January 22

On Communion and Real Presence

Preston Yancey is currently one of my favorite authors/bloggers. His writing is beautiful, and his use of language captures something of the raw essence of living that you can’t quite put your finger on. This week, Preston wrote a piece on Communion that I think is something that should be read by those of us […]

Trinitarianism Is Not January 21

Trinitarianism Is Not __________

The doctrine of the Trinity. It’s the biblical teaching about who God is that leave so many scratching their heads saying “Huh?,” others who are apathetic wondering “What’s the use?,” and still others who simplify the God of the Bible that results in heretical false teaching about him. I’ll admit the doctrine of the Trinity […]

The Gospel of Going to Heaven 2 January 21

The Gospel of Going to Heaven

One of my favorite genres of music is the Americana folk style. It blends gospel, country, and blues with religious imagery and experiences of American life. Many current artists have taken old hymns and brought them back in this resurging genre. The most famous hymn is the classic “I’ll Fly Away.” The song became popular […]

Eschatological Pantheism VI January 21

Eschatological Pantheism VI

I am revisiting this series as I did not provide a final post last semester. See previous posts to catch up on the train of thought. The objective is to provide a biblical explanation of how Christian doctrine may possess similarities with some major themes of pantheistic thought. I focused on our eschatology in order […]

all-great-truths January 21

BIG Anthropology News: 2013

I’d like to share a blog, today.  I have many thoughts and ideas to write about, but today, I want to simply share.  I’ll see you in the comments… URL: http://tinyurl.com/koclyv7  

Symbol Versus Reality 2 January 21

Symbol Versus Reality: What Is “True?”

“Symbolism is not a denial of historicity but a matter of literary genre.” [1] This quote by Robert Mounce, a respected premillennialist, sums up very well how we must approach our study in Revelation. There are things mentioned here that are both clearly and possibly symbolic, but calling it so does not mean that we are saying […]

154 January 20

Desire and the Death of Autonomy

Today marks our first day that we delve into a basic rundown of René Girard’s Mimetic Theory. Some of it will sound a little theoretical, but by the end (within the next three or four weeks) I am hoping to show how these parts all tie together and why I think the theory is so […]

1.10.14 January 10

Macklemore, Lorde, and the Protest against Excess

I’m a big fan of a lot of current hip-hop and pop music. Like huge. Katy Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Lorde, you get the picture. Some of it is pretty ridiculous (Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” comes to mind). But I have noticed a sort of subversive, anti-materialistic attitude in some of the […]

1.9.14 3 January 09

Onan’s Wasted Seed

I’m doing a study in Genesis with a group at my church and got an opportunity to share on one of my pet peeves this week. It’s found in Chapter 38, and talks about wasting “seed.” Judah went on the town and got a couple of wives, had sons and then got wives for his […]

1.9.14 January 08

An Evangelical-Barthian View of Scripture

One of the trends I have noticed in evangelicalism – particularly in the more progressive evangelical sphere – is a willingness to rethink what the authority of scripture means and how the Bible should function in the life of the believer and the Christian community as a whole. With the rise of scientific inquiry, the […]

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