Month: November 2014

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John Wesley’s Summary Of the Aims of Pastoral Ministry

In his “Earnest Appeal to Men of Reason and Religion” Wesley recounts this exchange: But I hear,” added he, “you preach to a great number of people every night and morning. Pray, what would you do with them? Whither would you lead them? What religion do you preach? What is it good for?” I replied, …

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SciLab and Engineering

Recently I’ve made a major change in my life direction. I’ve mentioned it before. I am pursuing an engineering degree. One of my favorite things in the whole world is open source software. Not just because its free. But ever since I was in high school, the notional of editable software has really intrigued me. …

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John Wesley on the Christian Life

Toward the beginning of John Wesley’s journal, he goes through a series of questions that he asks people who are critical of what he and the early Methodists are doing. They are pretty intense, but most Christians, even now, would approve of them. I wonder why we don’t do this kind of thing.  Whether it …

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Two ways to store grain

Luk 12:16-21 ESV  And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, (17)  and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ (18)  And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and …

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Origen and the Historical Jesus

I was reading the ACCS commentary on Joshua when I came across this gem from Origen. In this manner, therefore, Jesus [Joshua] with his chiefs and princes comes to those who are attacked for his name by opposing powers, and not only does he furnish assistance in war, but also he extends the length of …

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Dates and Biblical Studies: When were the New Testament books written?

Pro 18:17  The first to put forth his case seems right, until someone else steps forward and cross-examines him. Attempting to discern the dates of the literature in New Testament is in many ways a fools errand. It has some value, but not a great deal. For instance, if James Crossley or David Alan Black …