February 2013

Like A Rock

February 23, 2013
Peter the Rock

In light of Pope Benedict’s abdication, it seems relevant to take a look at one of the verses often understood as relating to the papacy, Matthew 16.18: “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” The NIV […]

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And It Wasn’t Very Good

February 19, 2013

It’s nice to see that my site is on the first page of Google search results for “list of biblical principles that twilight the movie is against.” So, since you asked, here’s the list (it’s a short one): “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” (Gen. 1.31a) In case that’s […]

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The Johannine Pentecost

February 19, 2013

In my post Baptism in the Holy Spirit, I discussed the Biblical basis for understanding Spirit baptism as an initial experience that occurs at conversion. In this post, I’d like to briefly discuss the passage that Pentecostals often refer to first when defending their understanding of baptism in the Holy Spirit: On the evening of […]

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Why A Crucifixion?

February 13, 2013

Tony Jones, as part of hit #progGOD challenge, asks: why a Crucifixion? There’s a whole lot of theology wrapped up in such a simple question, but rather than delving into all the varying views of the atonement or tediously exegeting Scripture I’m just going to share some thoughts that come to mind when I think […]

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Who Wrote 2 Timothy?

February 11, 2013
P46: You won't find 2 Timothy here!

In his post Secrets and lies and the deeper scandal of the evangelical mind, Fred Clark poses this hypothetical exchange: Question: Who wrote the second epistle to Timothy in the New Testament? Fundamentalist preacher: Paul. Biblical scholar: We don’t know, but Paul was long dead by the time it was probably written, so not him. […]

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Does Your State Have An Official Rifle?

February 9, 2013

Last Tuesday in the Montana State Legislature, Representative Edward Greef put forth HB 215, which proposed designating the Winchester Model 1873 as the official Montana state rifle. Fortunately Native American legislators gave powerful and personal testimonies in opposition to the bill which ultimately led to its failure. Notable was State Representative Carolyn Pease-Lopez‘s emotional appeal:

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In Defense of an Evangelical Christian Education

February 8, 2013
Wheaton College

Lately there have been a few blog posts critiquing the notion of evangelical education and drawing attention to some of the problematic aspects — and even the potential futility — of such an undertaking. I agree that this is an important issue and that so-called Christian Education faces a unique set of systemic challenges — […]

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Fifty Shades of God

February 5, 2013
God working on his next literary masterpiece

I recently heard a Christian author promoting his book, and in doing so he claimed that the book’s message must truly be from God since it had sold far more copies than anyone had expected. In essence, unexpected book sales equaled evidence of divine inspiration. Churches often use a similar metric. Attendance up? We must […]

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