Monthly Archives: October 2013

psalms 8 describes God as relational

Psa 8:1 To the Chief Musician. On the Instrument of Gath. A Psalm of David. O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! Psa 8:2 Out of … Continue reading

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an example of absurd calvinist thinking

On Facebook, I encountered a Calvinist who very well illustrates their mentality about the Bible. Which is to say, he holds philosophical premises that he forces into the text of the Bible. It doesn’t matter how absurd his interpretation is, … Continue reading

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Biblical illustration of sloth

In Proverbs there is a fairy humorous illustration of a lazy person: Pro 19:24 A lazy man buries his hand in the bowl, And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again. The picture is a man … Continue reading

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how you know you are doing something right

Joh 15:18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me [Jesus] before it hated you. A picture from my college days. It was events like these that confirmed I was doing the right things. This was in … Continue reading

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eating twice a day is gluttony

In Athenaeus’ Banquet of the Learned, he quotes Plato talking about his visit to Italy. Now Athenaeus lived around 200AD and Plato lived around 400BC, but both authors seem to think of multiple daily meals as exuberance. Here is Plato … Continue reading

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the hedonist king sardanapalus

In Athenaeus’ Banquet of the Learned, we read about a hedonist King named Sardanapalus, a somewhat legendary figure. While other historians write of him, Athenaeus seems to provide a complied account including variants of Sardanapalus’ death. Sardanapalus, by all accounts, … Continue reading

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repentance in the Bible

Repentance is a very versatile word. It can be used in various contexts to express various meanings. Christians often fall for the mistake of trying to force only a single meaning onto this one word. Some people say repentance always … Continue reading

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paul was afraid of different heresies than the disciples

I have written before about the separate ministries of Paul versus the rest of the apostles. One such minor issue which illustrates their different gospels is what heresies each group condemns. Both groups, that of Paul and that of the … Continue reading

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taking things by faith

In modern Christian discussions, when one hears that Christians must “take things by faith” that is usually code for “taking what the pastor says by faith” and ignoring the Bible. Man’s teaching is being elevated higher than the Bible. This … Continue reading

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paul taught salvation by faith alone

1Co 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. In 1 Corinthians Paul tells Christians that “all things … Continue reading

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