Posts for Aug, 2006.

8/31/2006 11:42:00 AM

Sin Leading to Death

1 John 5:16

Posted Thursday, August 31, 2006 by Charlie Trimm
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We are having a "question box" sermon on Sunday this week. We put out a box for the past two weeks and asked for theological and exegetical question. We get several good ones, and on one of them I wanted to gather opinions. The issue is 1 John 5:16. What is the sin leading to death? My take on the issue is that the death is spiritual death, and the first part of the verse refers to a true brother who is sinning, but not sinning in a consistent manner. The sin leading to death is the sin committed by a non-believer. This fits in with how death and life are used in the book as well as the common contrast in the book between the saved and the unsaved. But I'm still bothered by the command to not pray for the sin leading to death. The other main view takes death as bodily death.  Read more of Sin Leading to Death

8/30/2006 5:07:00 PM

Scriptural Authority

Posted Wednesday, August 30, 2006 by Brian Beers
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The furor over the inerrancy of Scripture has been at a fever pitch for decades now. One might get the idea that it is more important to toe the line on inerrancy than it is to believe the deity of Jesus. After all, is it even possible to believe the Messiah without ascribing to The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy?

Collectively, we seem to have forgotten that faith is central to well…our faith. We each trust Scripture to varying degrees, and it is this trust of Scripture that I want to emphasize. We cannot get away from the need to trust scripture. The certainty that is claimed for Scripture is a matter of faith, but it is promoted as though it was established by the scientific method.

There are many different degrees of confidence that a person may have in Scripture. Most of these fall far short of the certainty that many have in the Scriptures, but we must first acknowledge our dependence on the testimony of others.

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8/28/2006 1:59:00 PM

Spurgeon Anecdotes

Posted Monday, August 28, 2006 by Charlie Trimm
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In the course of my research for the sermon about Spurgeon, I came across many funny stories from his life. They were so humorous I could not keep them to myself, so here are some of my favorites.  Read more of Spurgeon Anecdotes

8/24/2006 5:05:00 AM


A trading-post for books

Posted Thursday, August 24, 2006 by Brian Beers
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Due to tasks such as bringing this website into a more carefree state August has been somewhat of a dry month for reading material here at Theoblogian. To compensate for this, I would like to introduce you all to This site is for trading books. You offer some of your books for trade, and when someone decides they want it, you slap a shipping label on it, and send it off to the lucky new owner. For each book you put up for trade, you get a certain number of points based on the value of the book. You can trade these points in for that book you have always wanted that someone over in Tennessee put up for trade. Those points plus $3.99 gets the new book.

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8/23/2006 7:22:00 PM

Sermon on Spurgeon

Posted Wednesday, August 23, 2006 by Charlie Trimm
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This post is a sermon I preached last Sunday. It is a little unusual because it is not based on a text, but is a biographical sermon about Charles Spurgeon. I think that there are many things we can learn from him and his faith, and it is these points that I highlight in the sermon. And Spurgeon is a fun one to talk about because he was really funny, so there are lots of good stories! I hope you are encouraged by Spurgeon's example.
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8/20/2006 2:45:00 PM Reopens

Posted Sunday, August 20, 2006 by Brian Beers
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Welcome to the new and improved

Many of you may have noticed that the site was unavailable some of the weekend. This was due to a change in our name servers. Since you are here reading this, you may be confident that the change was successful!

On the surface looks much as it always has. The biggest change is in how you make comments. You must log in before you can make comments, and in order to log in, you must first become a theoblogian.

In my eagerness to eliminate spam in the comments (web-graffiti) on Theoblogian, the site is up minus some features. The archives will be added back in soon, and various others odd and ends will be corrected too.

This means that over the next several weeks, you may find the site temporarily unavailable as new things get moved out. Updates will take about 15 minutes, so if you find the site unavailable, please try back a little later.

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8/14/2006 11:16:00 AM

Lack of Activity

Posted Monday, August 14, 2006 by Brian Beers
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Lack of Activity

You may have been noticing a lack of activity here at Theoblogian this month.

My excuse is that I have been reprogramming the website. We have been getting about 8 spam comments a day for the past three weeks. So I decided to upgrade my knowledge of ASP.Net to version 2.0 and eliminate the possibility of the spam at the same time. Consequently I haven’t had a lot of time for writing interesting stuff.

If any of you are burning with curiosity you may go and see the upgraded site, but the visible differences are very minor. The biggest difference is that you will need to log in to make comments. I am interested in any suggestions or comments that you may have. Please leave any comments here, but if they start with “Nice Site,” “Cool site,” or anything Italian, I may think it is just more spam.

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