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God
how God describes himself – I discuss how God describes Himself when God makes statements about who He is. Primarily God defines himself by his actions and His relationships.

I AM is the relational name of God – Craig Fisher explains how God uses the term “I AM” and shows that God uses this as a very relational name for His people.

omnipotent versus almighty – I show why Christians should describe God as Almighty and abandon the term omnipotent.

how God is eternal – I discuss why “eternal” means from forever past to forever future, as opposed to an “eternal now”.

learning the attributes of God from Jesus – Jesus explains to his disciples that they can see God by looking at Jesus. I discuss what this tells us about God.

made in the image of God – I discuss what it means to be made in the “image” of God. The Hebrew word for image seems to be visual in the Old Testament.

on God and the ability to lie – I discuss the definition of a lie, how it is defined in the Bible, why God blesses certain liars, and address the times God uses lies and deceit throughout the Bible against His enemies. I show God can be faithful and honest while lying.

God is true and faithful – I show that one of God’s primary attributes is faithfulness, and that to remain faithful and true, sometimes God lies.

God is not omnipresent – I discuss the scant evidence for omnipresence in the Bible and show that God is always depicted as locational throughout the Bible.

is God invisible or just not seen – I speak to the difference between being not seen and being invisible. I show that the Bible indicates God is unseen, not invisible.

misquoted verses – God does not change – I show that Malachi 3:6 does not mean God is immutable. The immediate context is God changing.

restraint of free will – I examine how God affects His plans. God uses manipulation, coercion and other means to bring to past His will. God does not override individual’s free decision making.

Pentateuch
genesis introduces man to God – I talk about Genesis 1 and what it tells us about the character of God.

God threatened to kill adam – I discuss God’s threat in Genesis 2:17 and why it means instant physical death.

God responds to rejection – I discuss the context of God’s repentance in Genesis 6:6 and show that it is very real.

understanding genesis 18 – I discuss the story of God’s visit to Abraham and their negotiations for Sodom.

abimelech changes God’s mind – I discuss the context and implications of the pagan king Abimlech’s conversation with God in Genesis 20. Abimelech changes God’s mind.

God offers a plan b – I discuss the several times in the life of Moses in which God offers up a plan B: to destroy Israel and make a new nation out of Moses (Exodus 32 and Numbers 14).

The Writings
God changes the future – In 2 Kings 20, God extends Hezekiah’s life by 10 years. I discuss how life extension shows an open future.

God kills king ahab – In 1 Kings 22, God devices a plan to kill king Ahab. God sources the angels for ideas, and then chooses one presented to Him.

Prophets
God sometimes wrongly expects us to change – I discuss the parable of the vineyard in Isaiah 5. The parable shows God’s relentless attempts to convince Israel to repent. God’s failure causes Him deep grief and anger.

overview of isaiah 40 – I introduce Isaiah 40-48, passages on God’s power. I show that the primary claim in Isaiah 40 is that God is powerful to affect His will.

understanding isaiah 41 – I show how the modern Calvinist understanding of Isaiah 41 is flawed. This is a passage about power, not knowledge.

the wayward prophet – I discuss the time that one of God’s prophets attempted to flee rather than obey God. I examine how God reacted and how God used His power to make the prophet prophesy.

Jesus
precursors to the gospel of Jesus – I discuss the individuals immediately before Jesus’ ministry and how they viewed the gospel.

the real Christmas story – I discuss how modern depictions of Jesus’ birth are flawed, and describe an alternative sequence of events.

was Jesus sent to the Jews only – I talk about various texts in the gospels that indicate either for or against the idea that Jesus was sent only to the Jews. I conclude that Jesus was, in fact, only sent to the Jews.

Jesus did not know everything – I show the one irrefutable text that shows Jesus did not know everything. Jesus did not know when the end times would come, and states his own ignorance of this fact.

Jesus did not preach circumcision – I discuss the implications of Jesus’ silence on the subject of circumcision.

Jesus and his secret teachings – I show that Jesus tried to teach only his closest followers that he would be killed, but they did not believe Jesus. Jesus told them to tell no one.

Jesus preaches the gospel of the kingdom even after he is risen – I discuss the ministry of Jesus during the 40 days Jesus was on Earth after he rose from the dead.

Jesus on contract law, minimum wage, and discrimination – I show that Jesus used parables friendly to the notions of property rights and freedom to contract. Jesus endorsed capitalism.

Paul and the Twelve
communism in acts – I examine the reasons and context of the communist experiment in the beginning of Acts. I show that it ended to absolute disaster for all involved.

peters vision in acts – I talk about the significance of Peter’s vision in Acts and what it tells us about Peter’s thought process up until that time.

an overview of james – I briefly describe the main themes and ideas throughout the book of James.

justification and salvation in james – I show that James’ idea of salvation was not being included in the coming slaughter of the wicked. James’ ministry was apocalyptic.

apocalypticism in james – I point out various apocalyptic references in James. James was preaching an imminent end of the world in which God would judge the wicked and kill them.

the acts 15 narrative – I provide a coherent narrative of the events in Acts 15 that fits the text. This narrative answers pressing questions on who groups were and their motivations.

false brethren in acts 15 and galatians 2 – I talk about the group of men who Paul confronts in Acts 15 and Galatians 2. I show that these are men from the twelve apostles who teach circumcision salvation.

why was paul persecuted and by whom – I examine every time Paul is persecuted, figure out the reason for each event, and then show generally why he was persecuted.

understanding galatians chapter 1 – part 1 – I intricately examine the first part of the first chapter of Galatians, showing Paul’s struggles and the implications of his writing.

galatians 2 – Paul writes incoherently – I show how standard non-dispensationalist understandings of the events in Galatians 2 just do not fit the text.

does galatians 2:7 indicate two gospels – I show that in context, Paul shows that his ministry is unique to that of James. James’ ministry includes teaching circumcision, Paul’s does not.

paul taught salvation by faith alone – I discuss how we know that when Paul uses the term works, he sometimes includes moral laws in the definition.

how paul defines works of the law – I show that Paul in Galatians 5 includes moral laws under “works of the law”.

evidence that moral law is not now required – I show that in Romans 2, moral actions were classified under the “law” which is now abolished.

The Bible text
matthew was the first gospel written – I show that Matthew was probably the first gospel written based on the content and the early witnesses.

dating the biblical book of mark – I use John AT Robinson’s material to speculate that Mark was written around 45 AD.

foreknown – proginsko – I discuss why “foreknown” does not necessarily mean “known since eternity past”. I point out the Calvinist double standard when reading this word in the Bible.

anthropomorphisms – I show that labeling a verse an “anthropomorphism” is not a suitable way to avoid the content of the text.

Open Theism and Calvinism
95 Open Theism verses – I host a list of 95 verses (compiled by ApologeticJedi) on Open Theism.

countering open theism – I explain what logically needs to be show to convince an Open Theist of a classical understanding of Omniscience. I then examine all common proof texts and show why they are not good evidence for the Classical position.

omnipotent man – I use Calvinist interpretation hermeneutics to show that Calvinists should believe man is omnipotent.

beware calvinism – I explain the origin and dangerous thought process behind a widespread theology in Christianity.

why Biblical prophecies fail – Several prophecies throughout the Bible fail. I discuss several reasons why this happens.

one day is like a thousand years – I explain why an “God is eternal” interpretation of 2 Peter 3:8 does not make sense in context.

names in the book of life – I show that the Book of Life does not operate like a global prediction list. Names are added and removed as events occur.

Misc Theology
render to caesar reconsidered – I show that when Jesus stated Jews should render to Caesar taxes, it was not a general call that all taxes are justified.

the object of faith – I show that not all people believed the same “gospel” or had the same “object of faith” throughout the Bible. Faith is a generic term and should not be used like a proper noun.

was Canaan the child of Ham and Noah’s wife – I demonstrate that the Bible uses idioms and one such idiom is “seeing someone naked”. This means to have sex with their spouse.

understanding satan – I discuss who Satan might be and Satan’s motivations for his actions.

Biblical Morality
is it a sin to drink wine? – I show that alcohol, in itself, was not a sin throughout the pages of the Bible.

is getting drunk a sin? I highlight a very interesting verse in Proverbs which discusses getting people drunk in order to forget misery.

divorce for abandonment – I discuss the nature of divorce and Biblical reasons for divorce.

History
huffington post is ignorant of history – I explain why when Jesus talked about the “poor”, he was not speaking about the American “poor”. The standard of living of the American poor are countless times more than the rich of Jesus’ day.

cortes – hero for Christianity – I examine the historical Cortes, his mission, and his achievements. Cortes was not the villain that modern pundits would have him be.

apologists for the aztecs – I discuss the atrocities of the Aztecs. I detail their human sacrifice, and show conversion of the natives was a driving force for Cotres.

anarchy in the walled city – I examine the Kowloon Walled City, an anarchist micro-nation in the heart of Asia.

the simon- ehrlich bet – I examine the famous wager made between Julian Simon and Paul Ehrlich. The environmentalist failed on all accounts.

women during the industrial revolution – I use witness accounts to show that life for women improved greatly due to the industrial revolution.

Economics
deadweight loss – I explain the concept of deadweight loss (the loss of production due to taxes or regulations).

hetty green – why money does not mean wealth – I used the strange case of Hetty Green to illustrate the difference between having money and having wealth.

Intellectual Property
the christian case against copyright – I show that the concept of copyright is foreign to the Bible. Copyright violation is not the moral equivalent of theft and is not immoral.

the first intellectual property pirate – I detail the first case of copyright violation. Circa 565 Columba copied the Bible.

misc
homosexuality is not genetic – I use twin studies to show that genetics proves that homosexual is not linked to DNA.

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