Category: Christianity

Contemporary Trends, Christianity, Culture

The Church in Africa is Unimpressed

In response to efforts of the American leaders in the United Methodist Church to influence Africa’s Methodists to reject the Biblical teaching on homosexual marraige, they did not budge: I thank God for His precious Word to us, and I thank him for you, my dear sisters and brothers in Christ.As the General Coordinator of …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity

Just Once

More and more articles on the standard Christian websites and highly read blogs have articles that follow this pattern: I used to believe idea ‘X.’ After agonizing, recognizing how bigoted the church was, and really following the Holy Spirit [God told me!], I realized I was wrong about ‘X.’ Now that I believe ‘Not X,’ …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

The Rabbis and Biblical Interpretation

Mike Heiser makes a compelling case against referring to the rabbinical authors uncritically when trying to understand the Bible: You have to realize appealing to rabbis means nothing. Rabbinic thought and biblical thought (and academic work) are miles apart. Hey Christians enamored with rabbis: The rabbis can’t even get the messiah right (or, to be …

Contemporary Trends

Sex Laws: Do They Pass the Reality Test?

If you know me, you know I’ve got an anti-authoritarian side. This is temperamental first and only then morphs into ideology. I noticed this about myself in my late teens. Because of that, I typically found myself siding w/libertarian in most areas of political theory. But I knew, even in high school, that pure anarchy …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

Did Jesus come to make bad people good?

A common evangelical slogan, which I think comes from a Ravi Zacharias sermon is: Jesus didn’t come to make bad people good, he came to make dead people live. While I think I agree with the main point of this phrase (Christianity is not merely morality), I usually hear it said in a way that …

Christianity, Philosophy

The Foolish Atheist

Bruce Charlton comments on an atheist who didn’t follow his folly far enough: Dawkins is a good example of one who refused to follow his path of excess to the palace of wisdom; because he was not even aiming at wisdom; he refused to persist in his folly, hence he remained a fool rather than …

Bible, Christianity

Is the author of Job an unreliable narrator?

The literary device of an unreliable narrator may make an appearance in Job. The literary device is essentially when a narrator presents reality in a way that contradicts the logic of the narrative. Some unreliable narrators could be crazy people like the narrator of Fight Club, deceitful gods as in Aristophanes’ Frogs, in the Dark Knight, Heath …

Bible, Book-Review, Christianity, Philosophy

Dallas Willard on the Beatitudes

Dallas Willard‘s understanding of the Beatitudes: It will help us know what to do—and what not to do—with the Beatitudes if we can discover what Jesus himself was doing with them. That should be the key to understanding them, for after all they are his Beatitudes, not ours to make of them what we will. …

Christianity, Self-Mastery

Is Venting a Good Strategy for Overcoming Anger?

Everybody gets mad and everybody likes to vent their anger. 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 various genres dedicated to lashing out in anger. Even country …

Christianity

Knee Tendinitis and Squatting Every Day

TLDR I did an experiment based on some new data I discovered about tendons. My 8-year knee tendinitis is gone as of 2014. It had to do with exercising more frequently. I got a lot stronger in just 3 weeks. After 6 weeks, I hit my then all-time squat max of 365 for an easy …