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Am I A Pelagianist? (Do We Earn God's Love?)

Posted by thethousandmarch on August 17, 2014 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I was drinking from my son’s Mickey Mouse cup the other night and it prompted my daughter to tell me that she had decided for her birthday that she would have Pony (My Little Pony) cups for the girls and Mickey cups for the boys. This may seem like a trivial thing, but it’s moments like this that give me great joy. In them I see an expression, no matter how small, of my daughter’s individuality. She is expr...

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2013 in Review

Posted by thethousandmarch on July 23, 2014 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

My perennial, and as usual extremely late, review of the best stuff I saw, heard, and read last year (not all actually released last year). I’ve also included the stuff I really want to see, and have high expectations of, but haven’t had a chance to get around to.

 

Best Movies I Saw This Year

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The Miracle of Choice (part 2 of 2)

Posted by thethousandmarch on May 25, 2014 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Many scientists and philosophers believe that the laws of nature preclude even the slightest amount of self-determinism. And many Christians agree; they may think that choice – as I’ve described it in my previous post – would violate the sovereignty of God. I agree with these Christians that God is Sovereign, which means he is the supreme authority and has ultimate control over all creation. However this d...

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The Miracle of Choice (part 1 of 2)

Posted by thethousandmarch on May 4, 2014 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

This post was inspired by an interview with physicist Leonard Mlodinow on the podcast On Being with Krista Tippett

 

Many scientists, philosophers and even theologians will tell us that “free will” is an il...

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Is it Irrational to Believe That a Man Can be Raised From the Dead?

Posted by thethousandmarch on April 20, 2014 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

To be a Christian is to be a follower of Jesus. Not simply to believe he was a wise man, a great moral teacher, or a significant socio-political catalyst. We believe this man is God’s Anointed One (Messiah) sent to redeem and restore the world. We believe this man is God; so we trust him to save us from the corruption of sin – to save us from death. How could we believe such a thing? Because we believe that Jesus...

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Community Without Institutions - The Church Without Institutions (part 5)

Posted by thethousandmarch on April 6, 2014 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

What I’ve attempted to do in this series of blog posts is to begin a justification for the abandonment and deconstruction of some or our church institutions. But not without understanding their benefits, so that we don’t destroy what is valuable, or what is necessary. What is essential is an understanding that those who are abandoning institutional churches are not doing so bec...

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In Support of Individualism - The Church Without Institutions (part 4)

Posted by thethousandmarch on March 9, 2014 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

In this post I will discuss individualism, tribalism and church government.

 

A person’s response to the question – “is individualism bad?” – is very telling. Some people will of course say yes outright. Others will feel a need to qualify their answer; no but . . . . Their qualification then reveals a bi...

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Disorganized Religion - The Church Without Institutions (part 3)

Posted by thethousandmarch on February 16, 2014 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I suggest we refrain from using the term organic in relation to social institutions such as the Church. If we are speaking of gardening, organic means something very specific and measurable. But as a metaphor it can get rather tortured. So instead of stretching the metaphor past its usefulness, I think it is best to simply define organic as natural. But what would a natural community look like? When we ask this we may then d...

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The Church Without Institutions (part 2)

Posted by thethousandmarch on February 9, 2014 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

In my last post I discussed the nature and role of institutions. In this post I will discuss the nature and role of the Church. The Church is a worldwide collective made up of every true Christian. I distinguish a true Christian from a person who merely professes to be a follower of Jesus. If I may be so presumptuous, the use of the terms true and professing are a better way of describing what Augustine described as the visi...

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The Church Without Institutions (part 1)

Posted by thethousandmarch on January 28, 2014 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

It is claimed that young people are leaving the Church at an alarming rate. But this claim assumes that no longer associating with an institutional church equals leaving the Church. However abandoning a formal institution is not the same thing as abandoning the body of Christ, and some may feel it is necessary. I would like to consider whether this trend (if it really is something new) should be embraced rather than feared. ...

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