Monthly Archives: September 2019

Book Write-Up: Health Care (Opposing Viewpoints, 2012)

David Haugen and Susan Musser, ed. Health Care: Opposing Viewpoints. Greenhaven, 2012. See here to purchase the book. I decided to revisit the Opposing Viewpoints series. I read these when I was a kid. Although my mind was usually already … Continue reading

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Church Write-Up: Remember Jesus; Heaven

The main text for this morning’s church service was II Timothy 2:1-9: “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the … Continue reading

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Does Purgatory make sense? — Triablogue

1. A common rationale for Purgatory is that are sanctification is incomplete at the moment of death, but sinners can’t enter heaven, so we require an interim postmortem state to complete our sanctification before we are ready for heaven. 347 … Continue reading

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Church Write-Up: Mortal and Venial Sins; Muslims and Souls in the Grave; Unaware Ghosts; No Firm Ground

Here are four items for my Church Write-Up about last Sunday’s church activities. This is an LCMS church. A. The Sunday School class is about death, and the teacher was going into what various religions believe about the afterlife. He … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: Matthew 1-7, by John MacArthur

John MacArthur. Matthew 1-7. Moody, 1985. See here to purchase the book. This is the first volume of John MacArthur’s extensive “MacArthur New Testament Commentary” series. It covers Matthew 1-7. Here are some thoughts and observations: A. I felt crushed … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: The Economists’ Hour, by Binyamin Applebaum

Binyamin Applebaum. The Economists’ Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society. Little, Brown and Company, 2019. See here to purchase the book. Binyamin Applebaum writes about business and economics for the New York Times. The Economists’ Hour … Continue reading

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Church Write-Up: Mark 9-10 and Becoming Like a Child

My church resumed its Wednesday Bible study, after a three month hiatus. It will not meet next week, though, since the pastor will be at a funeral. The pastor talked about Mark 9-10. He was arguing that the pericopes in … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: Trinity without Hierarchy

Michael F. Bird and Scott Harrower. Trinity without Hierarchy: Reclaiming Nicene Orthodoxy in Evangelical Theology. Kregel Academic, 2019. See here to purchase the book. This book attempts to refute the view that God the Son has been eternally subordinate to … Continue reading

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Church Write-Up: God’s Persistent Love; Immediately After Death

Here are some items from church last Sunday: A. The theme of the service was God’s persistent love. The main text was Luke 15:1-10. The Pharisees are criticizing Jesus for receiving sinners and eating with them, so Jesus tells them … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: The Transparent Cabal, by Stephen J. Sniegoski

Stephen J. Sniegoski. The Transparent Cabal: The Neoconservative Agenda, War in the Middle East, and the National Interest of Israel. Enigma, 2008. See here to purchase the book. Stephen J. Sniegoski has a doctorate from the University of Maryland and … Continue reading

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