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July 2011 Blog Posts (29)

Face The Future With Confidence

G. Campbell Morgan was an excellent teacher, the pastor of The Westminster Chapel, and frequent speaker at the Moody Bible Institute in its early days. I find myself reading from his set of sermons regularly and am never disappointed. As was common in this period, Morgan would take a verse, or part of one and expound on it powerfully. In a men’s meeting recently, we discussed this sentence taken from one of these powerful sermons based on Deuteronomy 8:2 – “As you face the new, never…

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Added by Jeff Klick on July 29, 2011 at 10:50am — 2 Comments

Out-N-Out Evil

There I was excercising my dominion over every beast of the field, and availing myself of every green herb which shall be to me for food: lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup (or is that a fruit?), and bun, on which was not its seed. Fool that I was, my feet were swift to go to the new In-N-Out Burger here in Dallas.

 

When I walked in, I suddenly realized that unless the line be shortened there should no flesh be consumed.

 

Soon, however, I was standing before the…

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Added by Marv on July 27, 2011 at 2:30pm — 11 Comments

The Same Old Thing

Recently, I picked up a book I have read twice previously. It is John Eldredge's The Journey of Desire, or now entitled Desire. Whereas some have not appreciated Eldredge's writings, thinking it is somewhat humanistic or noting his deep passion for the outdoors, I do truly enjoy his works and what he is communicating. And I especially enjoy The… Continue

Added by Scott on July 27, 2011 at 3:42am — 5 Comments

On Mary's remaining a virgin...

I just wrote a blog post about this.  Unfortunately, I don't have a "replicate to Theologica" option, so I'm just going to link it:  http://ps27-4.blogspot.com/2011/07/on-marys-continued-virginity-after.html

 

I don't check the comments on the actual blog that much, so please feel free to comment here instead. :)

Added by Steve on July 26, 2011 at 5:18pm — 2 Comments

Inconceivable

Poetics examines the structure of text from the text; poetry is a type of structured text.

Added by Rey Reynoso on July 21, 2011 at 8:10am — 3 Comments

Defining "Charismatic"

The conversation continues over at Parchment and Pen, between Cessationist C. Michael Patton and Continuationist Sam Storms. The current round aims at definition of terms, particularly asking the question: "What Does it Mean to Be Charismatic?" Each one has proposed a theory and definition, first Patton,… Continue

Added by Marv on July 20, 2011 at 11:45am — 3 Comments

Allah: A Christian Response by Miroslav Volf

The tragic event of 9/11 left an indelible mark upon people not just in America, but many around the world. With such an event, coupled with other pre- and post-9/11 terrorist attacks, it has left a sense of suspicion and fear regarding Muslims.



But should this be our response, especially for Christians? Should we view all adherents of Islam through such eyes? And, even more, is there common ground… Continue

Added by Scott on July 20, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments

Stages For Accepting Truth

In a book I recently began reading, I came across this quote from German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer:

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident.

Added by Scott on July 17, 2011 at 1:37pm — 8 Comments

Anxiety for The Churches

Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwrack, a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeyings often, in perils of waters, in…

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Added by Jason on July 16, 2011 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Quotables: Temple Prostitution For Today

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This was reposted on Evangel but since I don't want to quote part of it, I'll link to the entire article. Perfect satire but may not be suitable for some readers.

Now imagine all those problems solved with one simple innovation. The answer: temple prostitution.

I know, I know. Outrageous and offensive. I can hear readers already…
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Added by Rey Reynoso on July 16, 2011 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Salvation: Is There More?

This week I took up a study on the two words salvation and peace. My study was like a cold glass of water on a summer's day as I realised the larger setting to which these words speak.



You see, we tend to set these words simply within a 'spiritual' context. And actually, that is not incorrect, for the word spiritual simply refers to that which is 'of God's Spirit'. But we normally think that, when something is spiritual, it is something more… Continue

Added by Scott on July 15, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Mary, Quite the Contrary

By Professor Gleason A. Gumby

 

"Mary had a little lamb"

 

All of us are familiar with this line from childhood. Many may recall seeing pictures of a little girl with a prancing pet lamb at her feet. You may not be able to hear these word, even now, without that mental image in your mind. As charming as the iconic scene may be,…

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Added by Marv on July 15, 2011 at 8:25am — 20 Comments

Tweet Blog: Belief Biathlon

Constantly jumping hurdles to different beliefs doesn't earn you the wiser, scientific and more mature gold medal: it just makes you restless.

Added by Rey Reynoso on July 14, 2011 at 8:34am — 1 Comment

Awareness Sunday

This week begins a two-month count down to what could be an important opportunity in our global world today. That opportunity is known as Awareness Sunday.



On September 11th of this year, it will mark the 10-year anniversary of the infamous and dreadful 9/11 attacks in 2001. A significant date of remembrance for hundreds of millions of…

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Added by Scott on July 14, 2011 at 2:30am — No Comments

Sense and Subjectivity

This is the story of two sisters--and the man who loved them.

 

"Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus." (John 11:5)

 

Mary, and Martha, and Lazarus--Jesus was their particular friend. There's not a friend like Jesus--the soul of kindness, and if anyone had a just claim on that kindness, it is a particular friend.

 

But one day He disappointed them. Lazarus fell ill, and though they dispatched word to Jesus, they sat at their brother's…

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Added by Marv on July 13, 2011 at 10:56am — 16 Comments

We Can Be Angels Today

Angels are awesome. They stand in the throne room of God. They have the ability to slay armies. They can appear at the flash of light, fight demons, and even be a comfort to people when the Lord sends them.



But people have an incorrect view of angels.



They think that angels are some special beings, and though it’s true that there are a special category of well known angels, it is something that is attainable for us all. Indeed, I think that not only are angels…

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Added by Rey Reynoso on July 13, 2011 at 7:30am — 8 Comments

The White Dove Inn

Three theobros, friends, colleagues, agreeing on much, differing on some things, sitting around the studio in relaxed but intelligent banter--joined together with joy, but for a serious purpose. And the podcast is ours to enjoy, to learn, to be edified by. It's great stuff. I keep thinking though--all it needs… Continue

Added by Marv on July 12, 2011 at 1:31pm — 6 Comments

Spontaneous, Natural, Physical Resurrection

Oh the universe is full of amazing and wonderful things and very few subjects have been the source of more fiery debates than the topic of evolution. But in all the hubbub of debates about creation, or intelligent design, or cosmological origins one major facet of the Christian faith goes unnoticed: the explanation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.



Though the evidence for evolution is vast and far reaching and applied to origins, none of the same thinking has been weighed…

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Added by Rey Reynoso on July 12, 2011 at 7:30am — 11 Comments

Prayer Mondays--Ancient Hymn via Longfellow

Barring my faulty memory (and if I’m not lazy) I want to post prayers on Monday from all over Church History and then throughout the modern day, and then my own. This is an ancient hymn translated by Longfellow in The Golden Legend.



O Gladsome Light

Of the Father immortal,

And of the celestial

Sacred and blessed

Jesus, our Saviour!

Now to the sunset

Again hast Thou brought us;

And seeing the evening

Twilight, we bless Thee,

Praise…

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Added by Rey Reynoso on July 11, 2011 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

The Word/Message of Knowledge

It's been a few weeks now since I posted my article on the gift of the word, or message, of wisdom. In this article I want to focus in on the gift of the word, or message, of knowledge, which is referred to in 1 Cor 12:8 just after the message of wisdom.



What Is The Gift?



As I mentioned with the gift of the message of wisdom, the Greek could be more… Continue

Added by Scott on July 11, 2011 at 2:30am — 4 Comments

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