Monthly Archives: December 2018

Interpreting Within the Limits of Why

Striving to understand the specific purpose for which a Bible author wrote what they did is essential to right interpretation. That might seem obvious, but history demonstrates that it is rarely applied. What is far more common is to take … Continue reading

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Faith is not Conviction

When conviction for a desired outcome defines our faith, we have gotten off track. Many believers have stumbled over the belief that God will grant whatever we ask, if we are convinced of getting what we want and don’t allow … Continue reading

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Blind to Blindness

As the saying goes, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” Someone who is physically and completely disabled in their eyesight, knows they are blind, but when blindness is referenced as an analogy, it implies that a person doesn’t realize … Continue reading

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Immortal Jelly

Creation exists, in part, to make us reflect on God: that includes contemplating jellyfish. I came across an article on a curious scientific discovery (www.bbcearth.com/blog/?article=the-animal-that-lives-forever). Apparently several types of jellyfish can grow, age, and mature, then when in danger of … Continue reading

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Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Woe to us when men are tempted to change the words of God. The religious leader of the largest denomination of professing Christians, with influence over the beliefs of a billion members, is suggesting that the Lord’s Prayer teaches error … Continue reading

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Talented vs Gifted

Measuring excellence is a tricky business. It assumes that the one doing the measuring is especially skilled at recognizing the difference between what is normal and what is extraordinary. In a sense, it takes talent to identify talent, but when … Continue reading

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Interpreting Symbols on a Page – Category vs Substance

Language is a curious thing. It is the vehicle through which we convey our thoughts, wants, and meanings, but of itself it is just a lifeless set of repeating patterns. Neither words, nor the letters that form words, have any … Continue reading

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