Monthly Archives: February 2019

Fredriksen-Paul’s “righteoused” pagans

Originally posted on theoutwardquest:
According to Paula Fredriksen in Paul, the Pagan’s Apostle, people have misinterpreted Paul partly because they have used the concept of religion. She has absorbed a lot of the ideas of Brent Nongbri who thinks religion…

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5 Encouragements for the Long Road to Finding “Your People”

Originally posted on Brandon J. Adams:
It took me a while to find “my people”. Returning home after the Air Force, I found friendmaking difficult. I’m far from a natural. First I tried the church’s college group. Never really fit…

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Can God lie? — Triablogue

In my experience, Calvinists typically contend that while God can and sometimes does deceive certain people through secondary means (e.g.1 Kgs 20:23), God cannot lie directly. He can deceive through the instrumentality of others (e.g. Ezk 14:9-10) but he can’t … Continue reading

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Luther on those who Leave the Church — Zwinglius Redivivus

“Upon brothers who withdraw themselves from us, we are unable to inflict more severe punishment than to let them go their way and do what they will. One exception, however, we make to this: we shall not consent to be … Continue reading

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Acts 15:7-11 – Peter and the Yoke of the Law

Originally posted on Reading Acts:
Peter reports his experience with Gentile salvation and argues that requiring Gentiles to keep the Law is placing an unnecessary yoke upon them (Acts 15:7-11).  He first briefly reminds the assembly of his encounter with Cornelius,…

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Book Write-Up: The State of the Evangelical Mind

Todd C. Ream, Jerry Pattengale, and Christopher J. Devers. The State of the Evangelical Mind: Reflections on the Past, Prospects for the Future. IVP Academic, 2018. See here to purchase the book. Mark Noll is an evangelical scholar and historian. … Continue reading

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1 John 3:19-24 The Single Commandment: Belief and Love

So, if belief in Christ and His propitiation is the magic bullet in relational love, why is there a commandment at all? Isn’t He asking us to do something? It is a command, right? Yes He is. He is asking … Continue reading

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Practical Holiness Is Wesleyan Orthodoxy — Mercy Not Sacrifice

Reblogging for future reference: I just spent a three-day Cursillo retreat with mostly older, conservative small-town United Methodists in our very conservative annual conference of Louisiana. It was an incredibly beautiful, life-giving experience, much of which I can’t share. What … Continue reading

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Virtual hell — Triablogue

Hell has fallen on hard times. There are “evangelical universalists” and “evangelical annihilationists”. As interactive video games and virtual reality become increasingly sophisticated, it will be possible to be the “god” of your own virtual world. 221 more words via Virtual … Continue reading

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Is There “No Possibility” That God Exists? Thoughts about Stephen Hawking’s Final Declaration — Roger E. Olson

Is There “No Possibility” That God Exists? Thoughts about Stephen Hawking’s Final Declaration In his last book Brief Answers to Big Questions (Bantam, 2018) physicist Stephen Hawking argued that not only is there no proof of God’s existence but that … Continue reading

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