November 2012

I Do Not Permit A Woman

November 30, 2012

In 1 Timothy 2.12 Paul says “I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.” (NIV2011) What’s up with that? Is Paul really issuing a definitive command regarding women’s roles that’s binding upon all Christians today? Is this a clear directive that severely limits women’s […]

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Junia the Apostle

November 28, 2012

Any discussion of women’s roles in the church must take into account the apostle Junia. Paul writes in Romans 16.7, “Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was” (NIV2011). Though generally accepted as a female […]

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Review: Existence by David Brin

November 25, 2012

David Brin’s novel Existence is set in an alarmingly plausible near future: a post-climate-catastrophe and post-nuclear-disaster world of artificial intelligence, augmented reality and ubiquitous inter-connectivity that is but a short imaginative leap from our present state. With this backdrop, Brin introduces us to a bevy of characters and sets up several narrative threads that, to […]

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Sunday Cat Picture: 11/18/2012

November 18, 2012
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It’s All Greek To Me

November 16, 2012

When I write posts referencing Greek words or when I have discussions about the meanings of words in particular Bible verses, I’m never sure to what extent others are familiar with Koine Greek. Can I write μέτοχος? Should I transliterate it to metochos? Or maybe the answer is that you should learn Greek! Every Christian […]

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Partakers of the Holy Spirit

November 14, 2012

“For it is impossible in the case of those who have once been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, become partakers of the Holy Spirit, tasted the good word of God and the miracles of the coming age, and then have committed apostasy, to renew them again to repentance, since they are crucifying the Son of […]

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Sunday Cat Picture: 11/11/2012

November 11, 2012
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Review: The Language of God by Francis Collins

November 9, 2012

Collins presents his personal testimony as well as his understanding of topics concerning science and religion. He argues for a synergy between the two and lays out his views on theistic evolution or “Biologos.” Many of his beliefs may not sit well with conservative evangelicals, but his discussion of modern science as it relates to […]

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Post-Election Perspective

November 7, 2012

Post-election, regardless of the results, it’s important to keep things in the proper perspective: Matthew 28.18 Then Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Romans 13.1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except by God’s […]

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Why Are You A Christian?

November 5, 2012

Something Dr. Norman Ericson said many years ago has always stuck with me. Although I don’t remember his precise words, it was essentially this: “Why are you a Christian? For most of us, it’s because our parents were Christians, and because their parents were Christians and so on. Our faith was passed down to us by […]

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