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The Gospel In Up-Goer 5 Speak (Common English)

Posted by thethousandmarch on January 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

It can be challenging to explain the Gospel, especially if you need to speak simply and concisely. This is a challenge I’ve thought a lot about recently in relation to talking to my four year old daughter.


Language is meant to communicate. But something most of us don’t realize it...

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My Basic Philosophy Part II; Law & Gospel

Posted by thethousandmarch on April 8, 2013 at 7:20 PM

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

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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How Not to Interpret the Gospel

Posted by thethousandmarch on February 8, 2013 at 1:55 PM

The other day I was at a Bible study and the pastor was teaching from John 15:5 where Jesus says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” His stated focus was on the “I am the vine” statement of Jesus. He focused on what he felt it meant to remain in Jesus. And being as it was a men’s Bible study he focu...

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Christianity: Foolishness to the Gentiles

Posted by thethousandmarch on January 27, 2013 at 1:55 PM

In 1 Corinthians 1:23 Paul says, “we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.” But what makes Christianity foolish? Is it because faith, Christian faith in particular is irrational, requiring the suspension of reasoned thought? Is Christianity only for people who aren’t too bright? Does Christianity stand in opposition to common sense and reality? Is it because we beli...

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O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Posted by thethousandmarch on December 21, 2012 at 8:45 PM

One of my favorite songs is O Come O Come Emmanuel. I learned this year that it is not a Christmas song, it is an Advent song. I also learned that traditionally the Christmas season does not start until December 25th and then lasts twelve days. The days before the 25th are part of Advent which is not just another name for Christmas. During advent we remember the first advent (coming) of Jesus Christ and look forward and p...

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Christianity is for Losers

Posted by thethousandmarch on May 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM

As I said a few posts ago, Christianity is offensive. However if you are offended by Christianity why be concerned? Christianity is for losers. It is understandable that people are offended by the message of Jesus – the religious people of his day certainly were – but why should anyone really care about what Jesus said if they conclude that he was a fool? I myself feel a little uncomfortable when a raving fundame...

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The Antifragile Christian

Posted by thethousandmarch on March 11, 2012 at 9:45 PM

I was recently listening to an interview on Econ Talk with Nassim Taleb (The author of The Black Swan) on the subject of antifragility – a...

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Mark Driscoll is a Joke, and So am I

Posted by thethousandmarch on January 29, 2012 at 7:30 PM

This post is a follow up to my last two posts.

I just happened to see this clip on youtube of Francis Chan admonishing men to act like men, which got me thinking. www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAe5ULE8n_4

Then I saw this clip of Mark Dris...

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Living in Light of the Gospel

Posted by thethousandmarch on January 28, 2012 at 4:55 PM

This is a follow up to my previous post Church/Law/Religion?

How are we supposed to live the Christian life? Do we just get to keep on sinning since God’s grace will cover it all? Or, are we actually supposed to do that which Jesus commands? If so, how? How do those who have already believed the Gospel live in light of it?

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