Month: February 2014

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Divine Impassibility and God’s Love

When I was in seminary, I abandoned the doctrine of divine impassibility. For readers who do not know, it is the idea that God is not affected by creation. It sounds weird at first because in the Bible God answers prayer, get involved with Israel, and shows wrath against sin. But, the idea is that …

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On Writing About the Gospels

Mike Bird has noted over his blog that Start with the Gospels as they are, engage them on the level that we have them, get into their story, figure out what they are doing, admire the artistry and theological sophistication, and then afterwards begin looking at things like genre and sources. ¬†Along similar lines, Chris …

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Greg Boyd and Roy Baumeister on Free Will

In Greg Boyd’s book, God of the Possible: A Biblical Introduction to the Open View of God, Boyd makes a claim that at first seems to be non-testable. He notes that certain viewpoints about the future, the possibilities of life, and of God’s nature tend toward certain mind sets. Along the same lines, if we …

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Evangelical Myth: Be as uneducated as children

¬† There exist several mythologies in evangelicalism. One of these mythologies is that thinking about the Bible is bad. Bertrand Russel cites this myth and this interpretation of the following scripture as one of the many reasons for rejecting the gospel. One passage of Scripture that is utilized in the myth to follow is Matthew …

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Reasons Modern Books on the Christian Life are Bad

I don’t want to just be a content aggregator. Those things are fairly awful, so I’ll quote some content from this post and add my own. The author wrote about nine reasons that modern books on the Christian life are bad. Here are two of them: 3. Drawing on illustrations that apply to only 0.01% …

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Anger, Venting, and the Puritans

One of the most interesting features of being angry, in my personal experience, is how gratifying it is to vent. It just feels great to yell, say something awful, or even break something. Some people might read that sentence and make fun of the whole thing. But, there is a great deal of music of …