Monthly Archives: July 2008

More MacDonald on Witnessing

In George MacDonald’s The Baron’s Apprenticeship, Pastor Thomas Wingfold gives Barbara advice on how to witness to her friend, Richard: “Now, Miss Wylder, don’t try to convince the young man of anything by argument. If you succeeded, it would do … Continue reading

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George MacDonald on Witnessing, Atonement

I’m reading George MacDonald’s The Baron’s Apprenticeship (or There and Back, which was its original title). George MacDonald was a nineteenth century Scottish author, poet, and minister. He had a profound influence on J.R.R. Tolkein, Madeleine L’Engle, and C.S. Lewis. … Continue reading

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What’s Going On? 3

I’m watching The Dead Zone right now–the series with Anthony Michael Hall and David Ogden Stiers. At 10:00, I’ll be watching a movie with Elisabeth Shue. Shue plays a woman who goes crazy after she has her first child. Not … Continue reading

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My Picture of God: Above our Pettiness

In How to Know God, Deepak Chopra discusses various stages of human interaction with the divine. In the first two stages, we see a reliance on God as a protector and provider. In the later stages, however, we see less … Continue reading

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My Picture of God: Stages 1 and 2

In my last post, The God Mirror, I talked about Deepak Chopra’s How to Know God. For Chopra, our picture of God reflects who we are and where we are at spiritually. Here, I want to discuss my image of … Continue reading

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The God Mirror

I recently read Deepak Chopra’s How to Know God. To be honest, I didn’t understand a lot of it, and there were aspects that seemed a little too New Agey for my taste. You know those philosophers who say that … Continue reading

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"Natural" in Romans 1:26-27

In Another Addendum on GLBT Posts, Michael Westmoreland-White states the following: “In 1 Cor. 11:14, Paul asks rhetorically, ‘Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him. . .?’ … Continue reading

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Homosexuality and Romans 1

I’ve been reading some of Michael Westmoreland-White‘s posts on homosexuality and the church. Today, I want to interact with points that he makes on Romans 1:26-27, a key proof-text that conservatives cite against homosexuality. I will also allude to other … Continue reading

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Samson: Good or Bad?

For my weekly quiet time, I studied Judges 14. In this chapter, Samson goes into a vineyard and encounters a ferocious lion, which he kills through the spirit of the LORD. When he returns to see the lion’s corpse, he … Continue reading

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Manoah the Dunce

In Judges 13, Samson’s father Manoah comes across as a complete dunce. His wife tells him that she saw a man of God who resembled an angel, and Manoah wants to feed him and find out his name. The angel … Continue reading

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