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0160 — Context? Context? What is Context?

How can something be “out of context?” Or, how can something said (or written) be taken “out of context?” More particularly, is all scripture always “in context,” or can scripture be taken “out of context” too, i.e., does it sometimes NOT say what it SEEMS to say?

One of my sons has been writing a […]

0156 — Plague of Patternism

I’ve been saving the following article by Edward Fudge to share with you. When I “saved” it I didn’t realize it would be years before I shared it, but… that’s ok. Here it is:

 

THE PLAGUE OF PATTERNISM

Part 1 – Background

Aug 16, 2009

All Christians agree that Jesus is our pattern, […]

0148 — IS God “in control?”

God’s will does not always come to pass.

Does that sound… wrong… somehow?

How many times have we heard, though normally stated in softer, more compassionate terms, “Just get over it! It happened, so it was obviously God’s will; accept it and get on with your life!”?

Sometimes it takes the form of, “Don’t grieve […]

0143 — What Is a Restoration Church?

Sorry, don’t have much time to expound on this right now, but listen to this sermon (really more of a “talk”) when you get time!

Why? Because this “What is…?” talk is from someone with a lot of credibility with the “The Church of Christ IS The Kingdom, inclusively and exclusively” group… and he basically […]

0142 — Diary of a Believer (002)

Sheila explains why she published her Diary:

The Diary of a Believer also includes the events that encouraged, and sometimes forced me to examine my faith, figuring out exactly what I believed and why. These were the same events that slowly opened my spiritual eyes, leading me out of my incorrect assessment of the Lord, […]

0141 — Diary of a Believer (001)

I ordered DIARY OF A BELIEVER (by Sheila Gibson) about a week after I first heard about it on Al Maxey’s site. He did a complimentary review of her book back in July of 2008. He titled his review “A Quest to Break Free from Religious Mediocrity.” After reading her book I think a better […]

0140 — The Franchise Agreement

It’s (Almost) Friday! The Franchise Agreement

[acknowledgements below]

The other day, we elders were chatting about the possibility of canceling Wednesday night services for part of the summer. The volunteers in our children’s ministry are worn out, and the school year has gotten so long that the summer is filled with mission trips, VBS, and […]

0139 — Do you have DOGMA? (Part 2)

0139 – Do YOU have DOGMA? (Part 2)

Note: Part 1 was posted 7/14/2009. THIS part, Part 2, includes the first posting, for continuity, but then concludes the posting below, i.e., if you read the 7/14/2009 posting when it was published you may think the below is a duplicate, but only the first part below […]

0138 — Do YOU have DOGMA?

Well, do you? Have DOGMA, that is?

What is dogma, anyway? Is it bad or good? Well, I suspect that the answer is: It depends.

What is dogma?

Merriam-Webster thinks it is:

1 a: something held as an established opinion ; especially : a definite authoritative tenet b: a code of such tenets <pedagogical dogma> […]

0133 — Christian Oxen

Well, I’m sitting here at the airport, trying to get to New Orleans but the DFW weather is not cooperating! Heavy thunderstorms there, so my flight to DFW is on hold, waiting for the DFW airport to be opened. <sigh> But, I had a thought to share with you, and have time to share it, […]