Month: September 2016

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The Critical Mindset

One of the most powerful aspects of Christianity is how it provides an ideal: the character of Jesus Christ. This provides individuals and communities with several opportunities: The opportunity to more fully apprehend this idea. The opportunity to compare oneself to the same ideal. The opportunity to take steps toward this idea through spiritual disciplines …

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John Calvin on Good Teaching

In a remarkable little comment on Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, John Calvin made these remarks: Imitators of me…Paul had [in the previous chapter] there brought forward his own example in confirmation of his doctrine. Now, in order that the Corinthians may understand that this would be becoming in them, he exhorts them to imitate …

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Evangelism and “The Neg”

When I worked at a coffee shop I observed a man in line make a rude comment and a woman who did not know him said, “There are ladies present.” He said, “Where?” She then spent the rest of her time in line explaining her lady-ness to him. Then she sat at his table. It …

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The Psychological Difficulty of 5-Point Calvinism

This isn’t an argument against Calvinism. Nevertheless, a doctor friend once told me that the reason he couldn’t be a calvinist any more was that it stole his hope. He could, he reasoned, have no certainty that God wasn’t simply giving somebody the apparent gift of faith specifically in order to make them apostasize and …

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Music Monday: Coheed’s Eraser

For those of sensitive ear, this song does have a bit of language. My least favorite Coheed album is, by far, their newest. But this particular song is quite good. The lyrics below are particularly awesome: Turn the clocks back to the way things were I never wanted to be this me Erase, eraser Show …

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Jesus, Rhetoric, and Dialectic

In the past I’ve written pretty extensively about the difference between rhetoric and dialectic. The distinction between the two, I think, can be quite important for understanding Scripture. Here’s a short review: Dialectic is the art of using logic and facts in order to find what is true. In reference to discourse (written or spoken) it …

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The Quasi-Stoicism of Ecclesiates

Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others. (Ecc 7:20-22) How can you deal with people who speak ill …

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On saying yes and saying no

In the lives of those who are trying to help others and or trying to be successful there is a sort of unspoken debate about yes and no. Here’s what I mean: Have Firm Boundaries Learn to say no. If you do too much you’ll run yourself ragged, give people unhealthy expectations, be spread too …