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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Is Job by an “unreliable narrator”?

In church today we sang the song that repeats, “You give and take away.” And I suddently recalled that in the book of Job, right after Job says that the LORD gives and takes, the narrator says “Job did not…charge God with wrong.” Here is the passage: Job 1:20-22 ESV Then Job arose and tore …

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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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Josephus: On why Moses is Superior to Greek Legislation

Below is Josephus’ comment on the superiority of Moses’s legislation to the Greek laws: The reason why the constitution of this legislation was ever better directed to the utility of all than other legislations were, is this, that Moses did not make religion a part of virtue, but he saw and he ordained other virtues …

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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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Science Fact of the Day: Pregnancy and Strength Training

When I was a personal trainer I had always hypothesized that strength training would lead to positive outcomes for pregnant women and the child, particularly if they had been training prior to the conception of their child. Since I’m not a research center and such training could be high risk, I just wouldn’t train a pregnant …