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Christ As Clinician

This has been one paradigm I've been playing with in my mind for the last two weeks.    And I would say (I think there is some kind of best selling Christian book to be had by taking that theme and really, really running with it).   (And my intuitions are seldom wrong when it comes to "what is hot", what works etc.)

This is assuming, a person actually had access to a real life publisher.   OF course come to think of it there is always "Net publishing".



Added by Addai on December 14, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Less Theology and more psychology

I seem to be taking another sharp corner down the road of life and

probably won't be that active any more discussing theology.   That's not to say, that I won't be here, but going to be shifting my attentions else where.    I'm afraid the circumstances of life have caused me to blow the dust off of pursuing a once past love (psychotherapy), that I gave up on two decades back.

But the good news, is I do have lots to talk about regarding that other field and Christianity.     And…


Added by Addai on December 4, 2014 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

The daring life and faith of Miriam eesha Joseph

.     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…


Added by Tyrone Flanagan on November 17, 2014 at 4:30pm — 7 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

Added by Worship on November 1, 2014 at 7:01pm — No Comments

"Sugar Babies" seeking "Sugar Daddys"? Godly Way To Get Money For College? On CNN

Sugar Babies & Sugar Daddys - Godly Way To Get Money For  College?

Sunday night on CNN there was a report on the burgeoning business featuring a web site specializing in  older men with incomes of $ 250,000.00, who were looking for young pretty girls, and young…

Added by Asha Brown on October 6, 2014 at 9:16pm — 5 Comments

Pietism revisited

When I was a graduate student I took a Christian Ethics seminar from the late Professor George Forell.  Within his sphere of influence Forell was among those Messieurs qu'on nomme grand.  Although he did not know me, he knew of my Pentecostal background and referred to me in the seminar as a “Schwärmer”, which, he explained with a hint of disdain, was Luther’s term for those of the Radical…


Added by Robert Atwood on September 22, 2014 at 9:11am — No Comments


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…


Added by joan elizabeth mazzu on September 18, 2014 at 3:05pm — 1 Comment

Where Does Jesus Live?

     At the 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…


Added by Tyrone Flanagan on September 5, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

On Genesis

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…


Added by Robert Atwood on August 20, 2014 at 12:52pm — 1 Comment

More nihilism notes

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…


Added by Robert Atwood on August 1, 2014 at 11:03am — 1 Comment can we overcome it?

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,…


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…


Added by Robert Atwood on June 26, 2014 at 10:08am — 4 Comments

Gender Roles in Evangelical Thought



          “I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet” (1 Timothy 2:12).”[1] 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.”…


Added by E. A. Johnston on June 3, 2014 at 3:53pm — 8 Comments


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…


Added by joan elizabeth mazzu on May 22, 2014 at 12:31pm — 1 Comment

The Protest is Over

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…


Added by Brad Epp on April 27, 2014 at 5:51am — 1 Comment


I worked for a fortune five hundred company for about 9 years.  Everyone had a copy of its mission statement plastered on their desk.  One day I had the bright idea to teach a class on chanting the mission statement.   Everyone loved it.

I am of the opinion that Evangelicals might love to chant.  As I see it, there are three major road blocks:

Road Block one:  Only monks chant…



Added by Brad Epp on April 27, 2014 at 5:49am — 4 Comments

Evangelicals Need Saints Too

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 5:47am — 2 Comments

Review of Noah

Darren Aronofsky's Noah stirred my soul.  I knew going in,  the film was more "cinematic midrash" than a literal retelling.  But if all my soul had to consume were literalisms, I think it would dry up like Jesus' cursed fig tree.


Surprisingly,  Noah the film doesn't change the  simple meaning of Genesis 6-9.  Because of man's sin, God sent the flood to destroy mankind.    Even though there were numerous factual errors (cf.…

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…


Added by joan elizabeth mazzu on April 19, 2014 at 5:58pm — 1 Comment

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