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"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…
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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…

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

EVIDENCE FOR THE CONVINCIBLE

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…

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

Where Does Jesus Live? (Not where you might think)

     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…

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Added by Tyrone Flanagan on September 5, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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…

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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…

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Added by Robert Atwood on August 1, 2014 at 11:03am — 1 Comment

Fear....how 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,…

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Added by Gordon T Eldridge on July 6, 2014 at 2:27pm — No Comments

kikenshiso

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…

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

Gender Roles in Evangelical Thought

INTRODUCTION

 

          “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.”…

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

SOME IDEAS ON THE SYMBOLISM IN REVELATION

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…

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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…

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

EVANGELICALS MIGHT LOVE CHANTING

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…

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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…

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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.…
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Added by Brad Epp on April 27, 2014 at 5:45am — No Comments

ISLANDS

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…

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

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Added by Sharon Winters on April 18, 2014 at 8:26pm — No Comments

10 Ways Noah Could Have Been Even Worse

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…

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Added by Marv on April 15, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

What Part of Noah Don't You Understand?

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…

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Added by Marv on April 12, 2014 at 10:00pm — 10 Comments

For My old "Theooze.com" Companions

You know who you are.....

The old (good) ooze is back in archive form......

http://theooze.annex.net/forums/

Come re-experience again some of the old humor and fun... (i.e)…

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Added by Addai on April 3, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Classical Greek religion (in part)

From time to time the discussion revolves around the influence that Hellenistic thought had on early Christianity.  In the following, I want to write a bit about the relationship between Greek religion and Greek philosophy.  There are a number of texts available that indicate ways in which religious and philosophical ideas interacted.  The Greeks were probably religious long before they became philosophical.  While Greek religion is the paradigm for classical polytheism, there is also a…

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Added by Robert Atwood on March 31, 2014 at 2:23pm — No Comments

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