Monthly Archives: November 2011

David Marshall: “Have Christians Lost Their Minds?”

I read the Introduction and Chapter 1 of David Marshall’s The Truth Behind the New Atheism.  Chapter 1 is entitled “Have Christians Lost Their Minds?”, and Marshall in that chapter is responding to the new atheist charge that Christians believe … Continue reading

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Sabbatai the Antinomian, Two or More, Eternal Torah, Structured Anger

I finished W.D. Davies’ Jewish and Pauline Studies, and I have four items: 1. Davies has an interest in Sabbatai Zevi, a seventeenth century Sephardic Jew who claimed to be the Messiah.  I will not touch on every issue that … Continue reading

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A Brief Break from Stephen King, To Read David Marshall

I’m going to take a little break from Stephen King to read some books that my aunt got me a few Thanksgivings ago.  They’re by evangelical author David Marshall, and you can read more here about him and his Kuai … Continue reading

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Sweet to Hear

I finished Stephen King’s Needful Things.  I’ll use as my starting point a passage on page 641: “Alan found himself remembering something else—-something his grandmother used to tell him when he was small: The devil’s voice is sweet to hear.” … Continue reading

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Torah or Moral Freedom?; Davies on I Corinthians 9

I have two items for my write-up today on W.D. Davies Jewish and Pauline Studies: 1.  On page 216, Davies states: “The battles of Paul over the observance of the Law in Galatians and Romans especially have made it easy … Continue reading

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Questions at My Pastor’s Recommissioning

Yesterday afternoon, I went to a special church service in which my pastor was recommissioned by some Presbyterian Church (USA) officials.  The Constitutional Questions intrigued me.  Here are a couple of them, along with my comments: 1.  “Do you accept … Continue reading

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The Seventh-Day Adventists

For my write-up today on Stephen King’s Needful Things, I’ll use as my starting-point a statement on page 608: “Babs and her husband were, after all, Seventh-Day Adventists, and as far as she was concerned, the Catholics and the Baptists … Continue reading

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Davies on Gentiles, Jews, and the Torah

I have two items for my write-up today on W.D. Davies’ Jewish and Pauline Studies: 1.  In Romans 11:17-18 (in the KJV), we read: “And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, … Continue reading

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Company When Watching Stuff; the Cleansed Zealot

I have two items from yesterday’s reading of Stephen King’s Needful Things: 1.  Eleven-year-old Brian Rusk committed suicide because he felt guilty about setting into motion a chain of events that took two people’s lives, all to get a baseball … Continue reading

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Disappointed, Yet Delivered

At church this morning, one of the prayers stood out to me.  It said: “Today we light the Candle of Hope.  The people of Israel hoped in God’s promises and were disappointed.  Again and again God delivered Israel from its … Continue reading

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