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. A common fate of history's notables is to have their true lives and personalities distorted by the legends that grow up around them. In time, the authentic identity of the person becomes submerged in the image and narrative that becomes associated with them. The great Roman conqueror Julius Caesar, for instance, was a balding man who suffered from seizures and a painful form of muscular neuritis. Baldwin the 4th, the crusader king of Jerusalem who defeated Saladin, was a sickly…Continue
Added by Tyrone Flanagan on November 17, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments
God forgive me for adultery, fornication, covetness ... in the Name of Jesus amen
This is the sinners prayer ten days or more before baptism so that all admitted sin be washed away test for yourself to see if this is the truth
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I read some of the responses to Addai's forum question about convincing atheists. I could not read all 15 pages to see if ideas that I would have contributed were mentioned.
so I respond here:
the old testament prophets prophesied that there would be those who would hear but not hear and see but not see.
Jesus spoke of jewish establishment types (with hard heart- as opposed to those that were open to reasonable evidence) who would choose to deny signs that were…Continue
At he beginning of John's gospel two of Jesus' disciples asked him this question. He answered them simply by saying, "Come and you will see"(Jn 1:38-39). Let's follow along in their footsteps and discover this for ourselves.
Jesus's first residence was a shelter cave for pasture animals near the town of Bethlehem in Roman Palestine. Hardly an imposing residence and his first bed was an animal trough. In spite of his humble beginnings, prominent men from the east…Continue
Added by Tyrone Flanagan on September 5, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments
When I was in high school I had a science teacher. His teaching domain consisted primarily of “biology” with the odd “zoology” class thrown in once in a while. He fancied himself an intellectual, a free thinker, and a scientist. From that lofty height he made a point of making the point that any sort of theistic claims within his realm on the part of his students would result in mild (good humored) ridicule. Evolution was fact and anything else was so much sand in which theists…Continue
As some of you may recall, I have an interest in the relationship between nihilism and Christianity. A part of my research involves the meaning of nihilism in literature and philosophy.
In the 18th century Immanuel Kant is awakened from his “dogmatic slumbers” by the writings of the British empiricist David Hume. Among the results of that awakening is Kant’s critique of what we may rightly claim to know through reason. The result is that Kant can find no…Continue
Many people today have fears of all kinds. Some are afraid of flying, some are afraid of enclosed spaces, some are afraid of bugs or snakes or anything which crawls on the ground. These are natural fears, the kind that we learn while growing up and some are just fears which are genetic. Now, that is not to say that there is anything wrong with fear. A little fear can keep you from getting killed in certain situations, fear can give you a bit more speed at times when you really need it (Feet,…Continue
Added by Gordon T Eldridge on July 6, 2014 at 2:27pm — No Comments
If I understand correctly, the Japanese language has a word, kikenshiso, which translates into “dangerous thoughts”. Broadly speaking, thinking about certain things in an open, frank, and “objective” inquiry poses the problem of discovering the border that marks the transition of such thoughts into dangerous thoughts. But to whom are they dangerous? In the first instance one may suppose that there are certain cherished institutions and beliefs that such thoughts may…Continue
“I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet” (1 Timothy 2:12).” As straightforward as this sounds, complementarians and egalitarians hold widely divergent opinions on how to apply it in the church today. The ensuing disagreement has been referred to as “one of the most controversial . . . facing the Global Church.”…Continue
maybe the symbolism in revelation is more symbolic and less actual. I don't know where I came up with this idea; but, for instance, what if the seven-headed monster is like the hydra already in popular thinking of that time- like the hydra in that killing one or two or four heads will not kill the beast; and the number seven might be symbolic as a number associated with God, as the perfect number (symbolically implying that the beast would pretend to represent God); and the number ten might…Continue
Charles Dickens’ words, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity” describes life leading to the French Revolution. Those words are an apt description of life in Germany during the 16th century. It was a tale of two catechisms. Martin Luther's (1524) and Peter Canisius (1555) both wrote stirring defenses of the faith. We all know about Luther. Who was Peter…Continue
Today's a big day for our brothers and sisters in "Catholicdom."
Two of their rock stars become a a saint. Most protestants yawn at this point thinking of several reasons why this is nothing more than a marketing ploy. After all, we are saints, only Jesus can answer prayers and its wrong to elevate one Christian over another.
I am not even close to being a theologian but let me give you three reasons why we Southern Baptists and the non…
Added by Brad Epp on April 27, 2014 at 5:45am — No Comments
i read at least one reference to islands in the psalms where it seems that God and the writer were referring to non-jewish nations. i was trying to come up with a reason that the word "islands" was used instead of "the nations" or something else.
one possibility is that the writer wants us to think about the existence of isolated people in non-christian communities that ARE open to God and are waiting in their isolation to hear the wonderful Good News.
i know many people who…Continue
Added by Sharon Winters on April 18, 2014 at 8:26pm — No Comments
Our beloved founder Michael Patton, recently saw the movie Noah by Darren Aronofsky, whereupon he tweeted: "Not sure if I could have liked it less. "
I say, "No? Here let me help..."
The following "pitches," by the grace of Almighty God, never actually made it to the…Continue
Note: the following contains spoilers. If you haven't seen the film but plan to, you might not want to read this post.
I am beginning to get the impression that reaction to Darren Aronofky's film Noah is proving to be something of a watershed among Christians. No pun intended (okay, maybe just a little).
As an example, I will begin by inviting the wrath of man, viz. to agree with Mark Driscoll. Dissing Driscoll has become…Continue