Posts for Feb, 2006.

2/28/2006 9:46:00 PM

So What Do I Get?

The Reward for Seeking God

Posted Tuesday, February 28, 2006 by Brian Beers
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Hebrews 11:6
If you are going to come to God you must believe that
1. He is
2. He rewards those who seek him

What is the reward for seeking God? I have never really tried to answer this question. Maybe it is my aversion to a "contract based" relationship with God. Maybe it is my Baptistic upbringing. Perhaps I have considered this a which-came-first kind of question. It was a question that shouldn’t really be asked. But once I admitted that I was asking the question, I was able to seek an answer. Context is always a good place to look when I don’t understand a portion of Scripture, so I read the rest of chapter 11. I read Hebrews 11, keeping verse 6 at the front of my mind: “What is this reward?”

I understand why many so-called exegetes prefer proof-text to context. I do. Context muddies the waters. I, for one, am uncomfortable with the answer I found to my question, “What is the reward for seeking God?”

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2/27/2006 11:22:00 AM

Killing Jews in the name of Jesus Part Two

Posted Monday, February 27, 2006 by Charlie Trimm
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This section of the paper examines why the attacks took place. Not quite as distressing as the first section of the paper, but more distressing in some ways since the church was involved in the attacks. Read more of Killing Jews in the name of Jesus Part Two

2/24/2006 2:47:00 PM

Killing Jews in the Name of Jesus

Posted Friday, February 24, 2006 by Charlie Trimm
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This is a slighty different topic than is usual for this blog, but I thought it would be close enough. It is a paper I am writing for my church history class. I have not yet turned it in, so if you have any helpful comments, I would be appreciative. It'd be kind of cool to quote a blog.

Ever since my time in Israel, I've been interested in anti-semitism and Christianity. A fairly common view is that anti-semitism results directly from Christianity, and that in fact the NT itself is anti-semitic. This paper is an attempt to examine some specific acts of anti-semitism and the links between those attacks and the church. It is rather depressing, but a topic that should be thought about. The first post is a little long, but it tells the gruesome details of the attacks. The next two (shortert) posts will discuss why the attacks happened and their relationship to the church.

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2/21/2006 12:09:00 AM

Recipes for disaster

Mal-handling the Word of Truth

Posted Tuesday, February 21, 2006 by Brian Beers
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The last time I wrote something here, I decried the disconnect between Scripture and doctrine. Then I went off and worked 70+ hours a week to complete a major project at work. But now I am a free man again, and I wish to address how Scripture is used in the pulpit. “The pulpit” is shorthand for any occasion in which the man of God teaches or preaches. On these occasions, he teaches how to handle the Word of Truth by example.

As with any sincere endeavor, it is much easier to identify ways of missing the target than it is to actually describe the target. So in the interest of ease, and some light-heartedness, I bring you the Scriptural equivalent of lutfisk, a cookbook of recipes to avoid. Each of the following “recipes” is a way to mal-handle the Scriptures. You don’t have to merely read about my…err-no…make that “others’” efforts. You may experience them yourselves.

Some preachers cook up full-course meals, filled with the meat of the Word. Other preachers provide all the meat of a can of Ham & Beans. These recipes are in the style of the latter. If you have sampled or even prepared such recipes, please add them to my cookbook. Give a catchy title, and brief directions, and we will all be edified.
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2/18/2006 6:47:00 PM

The Fate of Infants and Unborn Children Who Die - Part 6

Conclusions and Closing Thoughts

Posted Saturday, February 18, 2006 by Sam Yeiter
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In this final post I offer what I consider to be the most and least likely responses to the data at hand.  In some ways I feel like my conclusion is too brief...but perhaps I'm just spent by this point.  I've been editing, re-writing, and re-thinking all along the way, and yet have come to the same conclusions.  If you have experienced the sort of grief we've been talking about, I hope that this paper has helped you work through some of that.  If you want to carry on the conversation with me on a personal basis, my e-mail is always open, I'd be glad to talk with you.

                                                                                                    - Sam

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2/18/2006 6:08:00 PM

We're Bad, and that's Good

Let's not get our hamartiology from Serenity.

Posted Saturday, February 18, 2006 by Sam Yeiter
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I recently watched Joss Whedon’s (soon to be cult classic) Serenity.  I suggest you run out right now and rent this movie.  I suggest this for two reasons: First, it’s a fun, provocative movie (though disturbing at times – this is not a good flick for kids).  Second, I’m going to ruin vast parts of it for you if you read any further than this summary.  Aside from just being a rather interesting movie, it takes on the topic of sin and handles it in an interesting way.  So, watch the movie and then come back to read and interact with this post…

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2/17/2006 2:34:00 PM

Well, that explains it.

Bode Miller’s foibles accounted for...

Posted Friday, February 17, 2006 by Sam Yeiter
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This is one Theoblogian's response to an interview between NBC and Bode Miller aired right before the opening ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics.  If you are a parent (or thinking of becoming one), you'll want to read this...especially if you've ever considered homeschooling. Read more of Well, that explains it.

2/16/2006 2:29:00 PM

Serenity Soon

Coming soon to a blog near you....this one, actually.

Posted Thursday, February 16, 2006 by Sam Yeiter
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While I am waiting for me to finish my series on the Fate of the Unborn (which I highly recommend), I thought I would take Brian's advice, and let you know about a post I have coming on the movie Serenity, so you can go watch it in advance.  I will be ruining endings, etc, if you haven't watched it.  Now, it's PG-13, but with a few variations on violence, it could have been R (in my opinion).  As it stands, most of the violence is done Jurassic Park know the guy gets gutted and eaten alive by the velociraptors, but it's just hear his screams.  I think Serenity is a good movie, and fun to watch, but I wanted to give you a bit of warning if you're squeamish. Read more of Serenity Soon

2/16/2006 11:40:00 AM

View of Scripture

Posted Thursday, February 16, 2006 by Charlie Trimm
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Well, it appears that I am taking over the list with random thoughts that I am having. Maybe someday I'll get around to writing some more scholarly work on here again. I'll just use the excuse that I am waiting for Sam to finish his series. Well, my thought today is how we view the Bible. Read more of View of Scripture

2/14/2006 9:53:00 AM


Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2006 by Charlie Trimm
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I had another interesting thought from the book I was reading (see previous post). They looked at the story where the disciplies tried to heal someone and were unable. Then when Jesus comes, he expresses frustration at the "unbelieving generation." The authors then said that it is proper for us to express frustration when things go wrong, as long as the frustration is not directed at other people or we are blame shifting. Now, I'm not happy with the hermeneutics of that (Jesus did it, he's perfect, so we should do it too), but the thought is an interesting one. How is expressing frustration different from complaining? Is venting good? If my wife makes plans without telling me and they conflict with my own plans, how should I respond? I guess that some expression of frustration ("shoot! that will make my life difficult!") would be better than something like this ("you idiot! What were you thinking!"). And I know that my wife would want me to express what I'm feeling, but that may be just because I am naturally not expressive. Just thinking out loud. Read more of Frustration

2/12/2006 9:07:00 AM


Posted Sunday, February 12, 2006 by Charlie Trimm
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I've been reading a free book recently (a deal from the national ETS where they sent me a free book if I bought a book there). This book is called The Lost Virtue of Happiness by JP Moreland and Klaus Issler. Overall, it isn't great, but there are some good points. One of them that I have been thinking about recently is their definition of happiness. I have always been taught that happiness was based on circumstances, while joy is based on something deeper. They however, state that happiness has changed definition over the years, and that previously happiness meant what joy means now. This would put a new spin on both the Founding Fathers of America (pursuit of happiness) and the Bible (such as Matthew 5). It was just an interesting thought. Read more of Happiness

2/9/2006 6:15:00 PM

The Fate of Infants and Unborn Children Who Die - Part 5

Concepts Which Seem Inclusive

Posted Thursday, February 09, 2006 by Sam Yeiter
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In this fifth (and next-to-last) installment, we deal with five concepts that contribute to my view that the unborn do, in fact, receive salvation.  I introduce an idea herein that has moved some to gather kindling, firewood, and a bit of rope.  Oh well, what's a little martyrdom among friends?

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2/2/2006 7:03:00 PM

The Fate of Infants and Unborn Children Who Die - Part 4

Concepts which seem restrictive

Posted Thursday, February 02, 2006 by Sam Yeiter
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In this post and the next, we will look at concepts that seem to either restrict salvation from or extend it to the unborn.  This brief post deals with the former (bad news first).  Because of its brevity, I am including the Works Consulted in this post as well.  This might be helpful for those who have wanted to utilize my sources.  Read more of The Fate of Infants and Unborn Children Who Die - Part 4

2/2/2006 3:48:00 PM

Church Membership: Biblical or of the Devil?

Or Maybe Somewhere In Between?

Posted Thursday, February 02, 2006 by Charlie Trimm
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Adam and I got into a debate in class the other day about church membership, so I thought we could spill it over into the blog. I'll present a little about my side, and Adam can add in his side. To state my position up front: I do not think church membership is biblically commanded or necessary, however it is a good idea for American churches. Read more of Church Membership: Biblical or of the Devil?