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GOD Needs Serious P.R.

Why is the GOD of the New Testament full of love and eager to save us, when the GOD of the Old Testament was so angry all of the time, wanting to kill all opposed to GOD’s plan? Even more … Continue reading

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Spiritual Intimacy – Predestination’s Preordained Problem

Tom and Ashley are on a date and walking down the street. Tom, feeling romantically and sexually attracted, timidly reaches out to hold Ashley’s hand and feels a thrill as their hands touch. Ashley does nothing, but six months later … Continue reading

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Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once

What if only the present exists? No past! No future! Only the present! Sounds like science fiction stuff – the kind found in the Star Trek. Fifty-three occurrences of time travel exist in the Star Trek universe: 5 episodes dealing … Continue reading

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Filters and the Big Picture View of Scripture (Part 1)

The Bible can be such a confusing book! Just consider how much David valued the Law of Moses: Oh, how I love your law!  I meditate on it all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they … Continue reading

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Predestination is only a matter of perspective

When reading the Bible, I would rather take everything at face value.  But this is the immature, lazy way out.  Reading Scripture literally requires no adult-level thinking.  Instead, for me this means reading and studying the Bible with a “special … Continue reading

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Predestination and Free Will

An episode from Star Trek: The Next Generation captured the tension between two key theological concepts: predestination and free will.  In “The Perfect Mate” (aired April 27, 1992), Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the starship Enterprise must transport Kamala (Famke … Continue reading

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Where To Begin

Playgrounds exist for children. At the playground children swing, climb and run. Their muscles grow and their social skills develop amid laughter and tears, victories and scars, and make-believe adventures or extended games of tag. The climbing wall invites the … Continue reading

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