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Judas' Setup

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ray_N Jul 3, 2013. 11 Replies

Found this from Peter Leithart. Makes sense of a good many things.I heard a sermon yesterday in which it was suggested that Judas’s betrayal of Jesus was a failed set-up. The sermon followed the…Continue

Syrian Orthodox Bishop Beheaded By Syrian Rebels

Started this discussion. Last reply by Char Jul 11, 2013. 15 Replies

Christ Have Mercy!Not advocating watching the video or the opinions of the source, but that aside...Is arming…Continue

Char... was right

Started this discussion. Last reply by Phil James Aug 18, 2012. 21 Replies

It is on this site that I was first accused of being Passive Aggressive. I discounted the charge- partly out of defensiveness towards the one who made it, but mostly because I didn’t know what the…Continue

Blessed Ascension Day to Each of You!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jason May 17, 2012. 1 Reply

God’s intent was to perfectly rule heaven and earth through the men and women that he created in his image. This is the nature of his kingdom, and that is our vocational end as human beings; and…Continue

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Phil James replied to Robert Atwood's discussion Creation ... again.
"Robert, I think the parallels are pretty commonplace in Xian thinking. At least I was taught them. Israel as God's new humanity is the source of St. Paul's Adam Christology."
Apr 3
Phil James replied to karl kleinpaste's discussion The meaning and contextual use of "porneia" (πορνεία)
"I think you'd really appreciate this too: Paul Among the People"
Mar 28
Phil James replied to karl kleinpaste's discussion The meaning and contextual use of "porneia" (πορνεία)
"Karl, I think there is a need to look at how Second Temple Judaism appropriated these concepts. Paul (and Christ) would have been speaking specifically out of the assumptions of that context. This might be helpful."
Mar 28
Phil James replied to Ryan's discussion Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham
"Robert, your comment made me think of this"
Feb 25
Thomas Argante liked Phil James's blog post A Prayer at Sammy's Death
Feb 13
Phil James replied to Robert Atwood's discussion What is spirit?
"Dave, it is the exclusive Christology of Evangelicals in my experience. The only significance of Christ's humanity is that it allowed him to bleed. You might recall the late, great unpleasantness in which the Queen of Mean created a new…"
Feb 1
Phil James replied to Robert Atwood's discussion What is spirit?
"When we ignore the 'low Christology' of the synoptic gospels, and insist on reading all of scripture from the 'high Christology' of St. John and Colossians, we end up with a gnostic Christology."
Jan 31
Phil James replied to Robert Atwood's discussion What is spirit?
"Dave, I think you're right. Interpretation is a spiral of text and experience. No way around it; and to deny it seems either blind or dishonest. I suspect that the orthodox formulation of the trinity was a way of explaining not simply a few…"
Jan 29
Phil James replied to Robert Atwood's discussion What is spirit?
"Dang it, Jason; I just sat down with another bowl of popcorn. And surely self defense is justifiable."
Jan 28
Phil James replied to Robert Atwood's discussion What is spirit?
Jan 28
Phil James replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion Paul's Use of Jewish Law as Corroboration
"Addai, I think that is a good way of putting it. The OT was the scripture of the church, which is to say that it was authoritative, and yet something had changed in how it was to be understood and applied. My comments were an attempt to get at…"
Jan 28
Phil James replied to Robert Atwood's discussion What is spirit?
"You can get a King Size for a couple of bucks... a whole bag of fun size bars for under five."
Jan 27
Phil James replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion Paul's Use of Jewish Law as Corroboration
"Probably not, but I'll try. Authority can be of various kinds. It can take the form of ‘simon says’ command. It might be the conductor’s general oversight which allows the free talents of the individual orchestra members to…"
Jan 27
Phil James replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion Paul's Use of Jewish Law as Corroboration
"Frank, I agree that Paul is not referring to Natural Law or the supposed overlap of 'moral law' that some distinguish from the civil and 'religious' tenets within the Torah. I believe that the Torah is authoritative for all…"
Jan 26
Phil James replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion Paul's Use of Jewish Law as Corroboration
"I guess we'd disagree with the opening claim that 'Paul's general theology (says) that gentiles are not under "the law" at all.' It seems that in some sense the Law is authoritative for gentiles in Paul's mind. I…"
Jan 26
Phil James replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion Paul's Use of Jewish Law as Corroboration
"I think- and I know the opinion is that of an amateur :-)- that there are many different ways in which something or someone may be authoritative. Under the old covenant, which Christ brought to completion, the Torah was authoritative in a legal…"
Jan 26

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Tell us a little about yourself
I'm a wondering Mere Christian who's daily repenting (and blushing) from the sheer volume of my past certainties. Committed to the foolishness of divine glory as revealed in the face of Christ. The husband (Oh, happy thought) to Sandi. A father of six. Befuddled reader, aspiring prophet of corporeality, and chili dog’s (fully loaded) greatest advocate. On any given day I may be found sinning, cooking, repenting, conversing, struggling, reading, apologizing, imbibing, wondering (quietly and out loud) and smelling old books.-- Order varies
How would you describe yourself theologically (ie. what do you believe)?
A Nicene catholic in the Anglican communion who trusts a great deal more and knows a great deal less than I used to.
Who, outside of Bible characters, is your favorite theologian or pastor of the last 2,000 years.
Athanasius, The Cappadocians, Calvin, John McLeod Campbell, Thomas Torrance, Lesslie Newbigin and N.T. Wright
What is your web-address (NOTE:This is not your email address and should not be spam)?
http://www.dappledthoughts.wordpress.com
Have you read our goals and stated purpose on our About Page at the top of the site?
Yes

Phil James's Blog

Letters to My Kids: Be Who You Are- Ascension Day

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 7:32am 0 Comments

Blessed Ascension Day!

It’s been 40 days since Christ overcame death on Easter morning. Scripture tells us that it was on this day that he ascended into the presence of his father and sat down at his right hand. There are all sorts of important things to say about that amazing event, but I hope you remember one in particular. Today is about who you truly are as a Son of Adam and Daughter of Eve.

God created men and women to rule over creation in his stead. That is what the…

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Blessed Ascension Day!

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 10:22am 0 Comments

God our Father,
make us joyful
in the ascension of your Son Jesus Christ.
May we follow him into the new creation,
for his ascension is our glory and our hope.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Letters to My Kids: Same Sex Marriage VIII- Why I'm Not Heterosexual and I Hope You Aren't Either.

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 3:00pm 8 Comments

Dear Kids,

I have a confession. I’m not heterosexual, and I hope you’re not either.

One of my concerns with the debate about Same Sex Marriage- especially as argued on the basis of civil rights- is that the revision will legally redefine our most basic institution by affirming a really significant fiction. It’s not simply a fiction, but a newfangled fiction and a dehumanizing fiction. It identifies persons by something called sexuality (another newfangled creation). It says…

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Give It a Listen

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 4:34pm 1 Comment

NT Wright and James White.

Talking.

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At 6:28pm on April 27, 2012, Phoebe said…

Hi Thanks the friend add. (again) :D

Hope you are well, and enjoying Eastertide. 

At 9:27am on August 18, 2011, JRKH said…
Just have to say that I love your profile information.  I can tell that you have a great outlook on life.
At 1:53pm on July 12, 2011, Dave Z said…

Hey Phil, didn't realize you were back until Rey mentioned it today (been trying to keep a low profile myself, mostly due to time).  

Anyway, I'm glad to see you - you've been missed.  Looking forward to your input on stuff.  I've always appreciated your viewpoint.

At 7:42am on February 24, 2011, Scott said…
You're back.
At 2:29am on February 24, 2011, Phoebe said…
Hi Phil, hope you don't retreat back to lurking for too long. I really enjoyed reading your post :)
 
 
 

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