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Of Idol Factories and the King of Glory!

From this we may gather that man’s nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols…Man’s mind, full as it is of pride and boldness, dares to imagine a god according to its own capacity; as it sluggishly plods, indeed is overwhelmed with the crassest ignorance, it conceives an unreality and an empty appearance as God.                                                                                             (John Calvin, Institutes, 1.11.8)

We naturally make idols in our hearts. We naturally turn from the true God and worship replicas of our own likeness and image. We naturally suppress the truth of God’s self-disclosure in general revelation. We naturally are lovers of self: meaning, we are self-absorbed, self-seduced, self-interested, self-intoxicated . . . downright selfish beings.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Zarephath?(Geography-Theology Part Deux!)

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Ah, geography-theology, you’ve got to love it! In our last post, we discussed the pericope of Jesus taking his disciples up to Caesarea-Philippi and broaching the subject of his Messianic identity and mission. We discussed how Jesus perhaps did this to remove them from the tensions of Israel and find a safe haven to discuss such a weighty, and, controversial issue.

At the end of that pericope (i.e. Mt. 16.13-20) Jesus tells them not to discuss the matter with anyone. As the Gospel writers point out from time to time, his time had not yet come. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2016 in Bible study, Christ, Christian, Christianity

 

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Kindergarten Level Theology!

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My wife was with driving with my six-year old daughter the other day, when she asked her mommy a rather strange question.

Mommy, who is the moon?

My wife responded something like, Do you mean what is the moon?

No mommy, our daughter insisted, who is the moon? Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Learning Theology from My Four-Year Old Daughter

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My four-year old daughter is going through a stage. If you are a parent you know all about stages! Kids seem to have more stages than a mechanic has wrenches.

In this current stage, we shall call it Dark Bathroom Stage, she has become afraid of going to the bathroom by herself. It is a sudden stage because she has never had that much of an issue before. She does not even want to go when the light is on and she can clearly see her mother or me. She wants one of us to accompany her to the bathroom and stand there and wait until she is done. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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The Enigmatic Book of Hebrews! Inquisitive Firsts . . .

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I have mentioned before that I teach an adult men’s bible study class on Tuesday evenings at a local church. We went through the book of Jude and then James. We are now starting the book of Hebrews. Being an OT guy and a theology nerd (I guess you could say!) I love the book of Hebrews. Hebrews is a wonderful book for many reasons.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2013 in Grace in the Everyday, Hebrews

 

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Cyber Viruses and Heresies

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I recently had to install some new virus software on my laptop.  It seems a few viruses had come in through the backdoor and were causing a nuisance.  If you have been using computers or surfing the net for very long you have encountered these pests.  Some of them are minor in scope and are more annoying than anything.  Of course others, are quite serious and pose a real threat to your computer and personal information.  I have dealt with both types.  The simple truth of the matter is no virus is wanted and any virus is potentially threatening and dangerous.  Heresies, I would argue, work much the same way. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2013 in Jude, Thoughts on Scripture

 

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