Monthly Archives: November 2014

Scattered Ramblings on the Holy City, Hell, Church

At church this morning, the pastor compared Jesus coming back with Santa Claus coming to town.  The pastor portrayed Santa as a benevolent judge: Santa does not expect kids to be perfect, but to be good.  Similarly, the pastor said, … Continue reading

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14 Suggested Readings for Budding Apologists

Originally posted on THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM:
Well the holiday season is upon us. I know time is short. But for those that are looking to come up with some book ideas, here are some my picks for budding apologists. 1. Aquinas…

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Book Write-Up: The Skeletons in God’s Closet

Joshua Ryan Butler.  The Skeletons in God’s Closet: The Mercy of Hell, the Surprise of Judgment, the Hope of Holy War.  Nashville: W Publishing Group (an Imprint of Thomas Nelson), 2014. Will God torment people in hell forever and ever … Continue reading

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II Chronicles 9

In II Chronicles 9, the Queen of Sheba visits King Solomon of Israel and tests his wisdom by asking him difficult questions. The Intervarsity Press Bible Background Commentary argues that there was probably an economic or a political motive to … Continue reading

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Thinking of Revisiting the Love Comes Softly Series

A while back, when I got the Hallmark Channel, the channel would frequently play the movie versions of Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly series.  Michael Landon, Jr. directed some of them, and Katherine Heigl was in the first two.  Sometimes, … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: The Centurion’s Wife

Janette Oke and Davis Bunn.  The Centurion’s Wife.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2009. I know Janette Oke as the author of the Love Comes Softly series.  Michael Landon, Jr. made these books into movies for the Hallmark Channel.  Katherine Heigl … Continue reading

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“But if You Do Not Forgive Others Their Trespasses, Neither Will….” Is God’s Love Really Unconditional?

Originally posted on theology like a child:
“One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?…. he who is forgiven little,…

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Book Write-Up: Herodotus and Religion in the Persian Wars

Jon D. Mikalson.  Herodotus and Religion in the Persian Wars.  Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 2003. Herodotus was a fifth century B.C.E. historian, and he wrote about fifth century wars between the Greeks and the Persians.  … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: Your Life Still Counts

Tracie Miles.  Your Life Still Counts: How God Uses Your Past to Create a Beautiful Future.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2014.  See here for Bethany House’s page about the book. Tracie Miles had an abortion.  Her book, Your Life Still … Continue reading

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The First Witnesses of the Resurrection

Originally posted on Reading Acts:
According to John 20:1, the first witness to the resurrection is Mary Magdalene, who visited the tomb very early on Sunday morning. Who is this Mary? The name “Magdalene” indicates she was from a town…

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