Category Archives: Culture

On the Spirit and Education in Scripture Interpretation

I recently had a conversation with a few brothers about the relationship between the Holy Spirit and education in biblical interpretation, and wanted to follow up on it with a few thoughts. The Scriptures teach that because of our sinfulness, … Continue reading

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One Part of Why I Became a Christian

The world’s a pretty big place, that’s for sure. There’s so much we don’t know. I believe that. However, I do think you have to make a choice at some pretty important junctures because the ways of thinking and living … Continue reading

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Is God a Male?

I have recently been reading Anthony C. Thiselton’s book Hermeneutics: An Introduction (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009). Chapter 14 discusses Feminist and Womanist Hermeneutics (pp. 279-305). This raised some questions for me that I had never thought through before, specifically regarding … Continue reading

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Bonhoeffer on the Strong and the Weak

There has been a passage from Bonhoeffer’s “Life Together” that I have been thinking about a lot lately: …from the moment when a man meets another person he is looking for a strategic position he can assume and hold over … Continue reading

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Grant Osborne and Paul Hiebert on Critical Realism

I was working on a paper this week on theological method, and one of the issue that came up was “critical realism.” Grant Osborne, in his book The Hermeneutical Spiral, says (on p. 310) that “the basic premise of this … Continue reading

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Why do People Reject Darwinism?

Alex, Rosenberg, a philosopher of science and author of An Atheist’s Guide to Reality says this in his book Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Introduction: Many biologists and not a few philosophers have held that after Darwin, evolutionary biology took … Continue reading

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My View on Christianity and Politics

How should a Christian view politics? While I don’t have the definitive answer to that question, here are a few basic principles that I hold to in light of Scripture and the Christian tradition that I embrace. Here are three … Continue reading

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Islam: the difference between Sunni and Shi’ite

I realized today while studying for a Christian Missions exam that I couldn’t explain the difference between Sunni and Shi’ite Islam. I found a helpful description in the book World Religions: A Historical Approach by S. A. Nigosian. This in … Continue reading

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We Are Not Anti-gay, We Are Pro-people

In the debates surrounding marriage in our country, it is often easy to get the impression that conservative Christians are against homosexual people because we are arguing against incorporating homosexuality into the definition of marriage in our society. That makes … Continue reading

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A Critical Review of James K. A. Smith, “Desiring the Kingdom”

A few weeks ago I wrote a post on some of the concepts found in James K. A. Smith’s book “Desiring the Kingdom.” A few days ago I cam across a helpful review of the book on Reformed Forum’s podcast … Continue reading

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