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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 (182)

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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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 (1)

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 (9)

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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What's Wrong With the New Chipotle Commercial and Why Good Intentions Can Hurt

Posted by thethousandmarch on October 23, 2013 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

If you haven’t seen it yet take a moment to check out this new Chipotle commercial

 

I first saw this commercial on the Facebook page of a man I greatly resp...

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What Causes Me Doubt

Posted by thethousandmarch on September 22, 2013 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

There are two things that cause me doubt in regards to my faith. The first is the exclusive nature of my faith’s story. I must admit that when I hear people criticizing the belief that faith in Jesus is the only way to be saved from hell, I must admit it gets me thinking. It does seem a bit arrogant, narrow minded and foolish to believe such a thing. Yet this is the Christian story. “Salvation is found in no one ...

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What Would it Take to Convince Me I'm Wrong

Posted by thethousandmarch on September 11, 2013 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

What would it take to convince me that I’m wrong? This is a question I’ve been thinking about lately in regards to my faith. Why? It is my belief that faith, particularly faith in Jesus the Christ is rational. It is not merely a subjective emotional response to my own experience, nor is it a complete leap. The Christian faith is built upon objective historical truth claims whi...

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The Church is a Sign, Not the Solution

Posted by thethousandmarch on April 21, 2013 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's a link to the sermon I gave today.


The Church is a Sign (click on the link to go to my audio page and there you can download the recording.) Act 9:32-43 was my jumping off point. This is my response to death and suffering in the world. What follows is an edited text version of the sermon....

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My Basic Philosophy Part II; Law & Gospel

Posted by thethousandmarch on April 8, 2013 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The law makes clear my obligation to both God, my creator to whom I am indebted for my being, and to the rest of creation. The law shows me how I am to relate to God and his creation in such a way that I do and be that which I was created for. All of creation exists to glorify God – which means it exists to make the creator known. The law, written upon our conscience and revealed through prophets, is the guidance God h...

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What's the Difference Between "Progressive" and "Conservative" Christianity; or What do Marcus Borg and Joel Osteen Have in Common; or Marcus Borg isn't Wearing Any Clothes

Posted by thethousandmarch on March 30, 2013 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The other night I went to a talk given by Marcus Borg. There was much of what he said I found to be true and insightful. I agreed whole heartedly with a large proportion of his critique of modern American “Conservative” Christianity. However, though I agreed with him in regards to some of the problems, I did not agree with a single one of his solutions. There is much I could say about Borg’s theology. I wil...

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