Jacob wrestles with God

The Violent Absurdity of Faith

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Faith is often thought of as an all-in or all-out decision. It’s as if there is a clear line in the sand – on one side is faith and on the other is not. You either completely trust God, submitting to His every word, or you don’t. In an era of cliché preachers and obtuse fundamentalists, “faith” has two faces. To some, it is a militant compliance with no (or at least very little) questions asked. To others, it is an emotional optimism ignorant of personal failures and painful circumstances. In Scripture, faith …

2016 Election Advice

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During this heated and divisive election season, I thought it would be beneficial to offer some advice when it comes to November 8th, which is now a week away. These are things that are actually important for all of us to remember. 1 – Take a deep breath. Believe it or not, this is not the worse thing to ever have happened. America, as well as humanity, has faced worse times than this. So, take a deep breath, count to ten, and chill out. 2 – Don’t vilify the other side. …

Allegory of the theological dispute between the Arminianists and their opponents

The Theology of Jerks and Idiots

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You’re wrong. Not sure what about, but you are. Something you believe is wrong. It’s doubtful that anyone would publicly profess that one hundred percent of everything they believe is irrefutably true. While most would agree with the premise, in practice we inherently assume the validity of all we believe and teach. In some sense, it is difficult to maneuver around it. We can not go on living in constant skepticism of our own fundamental beliefs. However, many have developed a dysfunctional habit of staunchly opposing all contrary viewpoints and fighting over every ideological hill. Untold bodies are spread …

Schrödinger's cat in a quantum superposition

Schrödinger’s Cat and the Immortality of Men

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Is man immortal? More specifically, is the soul immortal? We all know that we die, but what of our souls? Do they go on? Most would answer, “yes.” For most, the soul is an immaterial thing that dwells within a physical machine called a body. This, though a rough generalization, is the view of many religious and non-religious groups, Christians included. Throughout my first years as a Christian, there was a supposition of the immortality of mankind, usually specifically attributed to the soul. I, like many of you, had never been taught differently. However, …

True Glory Lifts Up

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This tangenetic thread of thought was inspired by a quote I heard from Ravi Zacharias in one of his podcast episodes. I do not recall which one but you can find his podcasts linked on his website, http://rzim.org/media/listen. The quote is by F.W. Boreham in his essay titled “The Poppies And The Corn,” discussing their mutual glory; There is a very lovable thing about poppies in the corn that I can never sufficiently admire. The poppies never belittle the corn, they glorify it. You’d think not the less but the more …

7 Reasons Christmas Might Be More Important

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Visit a Christian church any time of the year and the Cross will most likely be mentioned, as it should. The sacrificial death of Christ is obviously a climatic point within the arch of Scripture. However, churches often stop at the Cross and neglect to discuss much about the resurrection. I mean, yeah, we do but the weight of our message and time spent is unequivocally centered on the death of Jesus and not His resurrection. Then, once a year, we really emphasize His resurrection just as, once a year, …

Tower of Babel

East of God – West of Man

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If you pay close attention as you read through the first chunk of Genesis, you will notice a directional movement of people. When Adam and Eve are exiled from Eden, they go east (Genesis 3:24). Then Cain wanders east (Genesis 4:16). Later, God brings Noah back west when He reboots humanity. Then in Genesis 11:2 we read, “It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.” The “they” here is referencing mankind and Shinar would later be known as Babylon. …

“Where are you?”

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“I’m just a sinner.” You may have heard it before. Sometimes they add a qualifier to the end, such as, “…saved by grace” or “…in need of a Savior.” On the surface, it sounds pious and humble. Such sayings are often innocent attempts at being accepting of each other’s flaws or sometimes less innocent attempts of minimizing our flaws. In general, I’m fine with it. I understand the basic idea and point. However, the more I’ve chewed on the underlying idea, the more it tastes rotten. Romans 6 has this rhetorical question: “How …