God uses Oppression to draw you to Him; Repentance is a gift of grace.

How do we make proper sense of plagues and disasters when they come? Are they always temporal punishments? Afflictions are not always temporal punishments. Sometimes they can be temporal punishments or natural consequences for specific sin but more importantly afflictions are consequence for general sin, which is used to call us closer to God. It …

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The Love of God

It is no secret, we are all sinners who have committed such crimes against God that we deserve temporal and eternal punishment. One, honest, deep glance into the mirror of God’s law shows us our terrible condition. Of course none is more damning than the fact that we cannot, nor do we want to, love …

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Thomas Paine, John Calvin, St. Robert Bellarmine and Forms of Government–Part 1

Common Sense is Thomas Paine’s great work in which he argued for the America Colonies' rejection of the rule of England’s monarchy and the rule of King George III. Paine famously argues by a commentary used for political means that 1 Samuel 8 is a rejection of Monarchy writing: “As the exalting one man so …

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A Return of Authentic and Faithful Biblical Scholarship

Bible Scholar and Skeptic Bart Ehrman argues that the Gospels have been altered so much that they cannot be viewed as history,  Ehrman explains, “The authors too were human beings with needs, beliefs, worldview, opinions, loves, hates, longings, desires, situations, problems—surely all these affected what they wrote…” (Ramage, Jesus, Interpreted, 104). One of the pieces …

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Defining 365 Days- A Series of New Beginnings

In the beginning... John 1:1 What is a beginning? In today's gospel reading, a "beginning" means a "starting point." I love that! A moment in time when I can start start again! God creates moments and we can enter those moments if we choose. The world says that tomorrow is another day, but God says …

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Elder Scrolls Theology: A study in competing interpretations of shared data

The title of this post is rather tongue-in-cheek. However, it serves as a warning for the unwary who wish to read real academic material - the prose is dense and should be read slowly. Given the gravity that tends to characterise a lot of our discussions, it seemed good to have something more frivolous today …

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