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Atheist Delusions

I recently read and enjoyed David Bentley Hart’s, Atheist Delusions, especially after I had subjected myself to Richard Dawkins’, God Delusion, with quotes like this, “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all of fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak, a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic… Read more »

We have enough time…for what we want

“…we frequently say that we do not have enough time for something. In reality, these statements are rarely true. If we are honest, ‘not enough time’ can almost always be translated as, ‘I did not do that because it was not a high priority.’ Someone committed to an individualistic worldview will find time for different… Read more »

How to Fight Like a Christian

This time of year we gather around the Thanksgiving table with family.  Fall colors, generous portions of pie, football games, and a golden brown turkey are all on the menu.  The warmth of hearth and home fill our hearts during this special family holiday.   If only the actual members of our families were as pleasant… Read more »

Surprised by Hope

I just finished reading, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church, by NT Wright. Wright is a New Testament theologian and currently serves as the Bishop of Durham in the Church of England. What I appreciate about his writing is his ability to “get into the shoes” of first… Read more »

Think, Act, Befriend

“All meaningful knowledge is for the sake of action, and all meaningful action for the sake of friendship.” John Macmurray, The Self as Agent

Who Am I?

I’ve enjoyed reading Joel Green’s Body, Soul, and Human Life.  While I can’t say I fully understand or agree with everything I’ve read, it has been very helpful in connecting the dots of several concepts, particularly, how we are to think about ourselves.  Green makes the case that we shouldn’t see ourselves in a Cartesian… Read more »

Where are you being formed?

“For 1 Peter, then, human life is life on the potter’s wheel, so to speak – being shaped one way or the other, by the ancestral ways expressed in taken-for-granted social conventions, or by the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit and the formative influence of the people of God. Humans act out of their… Read more »

God’s Good – Scarcely Imagined

“Like those who live with life-long disease, humans easily adjust their lives to account for their maladies. The human family can scarcely imagine what the freedom to chose God’s ‘good’ would be, so much has humanity adapted itself to estrangement and alienation.” Joel B. Green, Body, Soul, and Human Life

Justification

I recently read N.T. Wright’s book, Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision. His driving force for this book is a response to a book published in 2007 by Dr. John Piper called, The Future of Justification: A Response to N. T. Wright, which probes the foundations of Wright’s understanding of Paul and if this is… Read more »

Embrace judgment

As Christians we are not delivered from God’s judgment. Because of the kindness and mercy of our God our judgment is transformed to discipline. Sin is unthinkably destructive. Because it causes suffering it can’t be ignored or flippantly passed over. It will not do to just receive a clean bill of health when the cancer… Read more »