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On Preaching

"An expository sermon rises and falls on exegesis. Exegesis involves a thorough, analytical study of a biblical passage in order to develop a useful interpretation of the passage. Before we can preach any passage, we need to thoroughly understand it; exegesis is the process by which we determine the meaning." Paul D. Wegner, Using Old Testament Hebrew in Preaching: A Guide for Students and Pastors (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2009), 68-69. Absolutely right. I wish more would preach the text and…

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Natural Law: The Hope for Solid Footing in a Sea of Objectivity

In his new book Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults, Christian Smith writes: "[W]hen we interviewers tried to get respondents to talk about whether what they take to be substantive moral beliefs reflect some objective or universal quality or standard [or] are simply relative human inventions, many if not most could not understand what we interviewers were trying to get at." That is, not only are they moral relativists, they can't conceive of a moral…

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To ignore what you ignore

“The talkative old woman, the doting old man, the long winded dialectic speaker: they all pretend to know something about scripture, mangling it and teaching before ever having learned. Others, with supercilious airs, bellow out big words, play the philosopher and prate about Sacred Scripture to feeble females. Others — shame on them — learn from women what they teach to men. And, as though this were not enough, having a certain gift of the gab, or more correctly impudence,…

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Some Things Said… (September 09)

Disintegration “The genius of America in the early nineteenth century, Tocqueville thought, was that it pursued ‘productive industry’ without a descent into lethal materialism. Behind America's balancing act, the pioneering French social thinker noted, lay a common set of civic virtues that celebrated not merely hard work but also thrift, integrity, self-reliance, and modesty–virtues that grew out of the pervasiveness of religion, which Tocqueville called ‘the first of [America's] political institutions, . . . imparting morality’ to American democracy and…

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Some Things Said… (June 09)

Last night the Congress passed the Climate Change Bill. At 1,800 pages plus, and as they had just initially received it mid afternoon; it was simply not possible that any of them, any of their staff members, or anyone else could have possibly read the thing and noted any details before the vote. This is the latest empirical evidence ( and yes, it is anecdotal) that no one reads, or does any research on much of anything. It seems some…

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Some Things Said… (June 09)

Not Relativity... One of the chief tenets of postmodernism is relativism - the notion that neither morality nor wisdom is absolute and definable, but instead simply predicated on what those with power and advantage say they are. -- Victor Davis Hanson Where human governments (even the best of those) all tend... I see an innumerable crowd of like and equal men who revolve on themselves without repose, procuring the small and vulgar pleasures with which they fill their souls. Over…

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Some Things Said… (Long Ago)

Here is one listing from an external historical record of the NT. This is from a fellow named Clement, who had lived from 30 to 100 AD. This is a piece of his first letter to the Corinthian church. It was not included in the NT because God did not see fit to include it (dare I say such a thing!), and because some other scholarly folks saw some reason not to as well. But it is in part an…

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Good Math

Mark Zaveson sent the following in an e-mail: I read these statistics in a TIME magazine article  and ran some quick calculations . . . In the 2008 survey, 16% of Americans said they had no religious affiliations, but of that group, only 10% identified themselves as atheists and 15% as agnostics. Far from joining in religion-bashing, roughly 4 out of 10 current unaffiliated said that religion is at least somewhat important in their life. And many said they are…

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Global Warming Lies

I saw a very inaccurate test done on TV where temperature tests were conducted comparing sun heated plastic soda bottles filled with carbon dioxide (CO2) and air. A soda fountain was used to fill a plastic bottle with compressed CO2 while the other was filled with air. Compressed CO2 is quite a bit more dense than air and it seemed like far too much CO2 was used. Naturally the CO2 bottle warmed much faster than the air bottle to the…

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