The Lost World of the Torah (1) — Introduction

The Lost World of the Torah (1) Introduction Though [it] is a popular view, we will contend, in contrast, that Scripture is not a body of information containing propositions that are always valid in all places and times. Instead, we will find much greater need to resist the thinking that there is a divinely inspiredContinue reading “The Lost World of the Torah (1) — Introduction”

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis (2) — In the end of all things is their beginning

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis 2: In the end of all things is their beginning David Bentley Hart’s book, That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation, sets forth a powerful, passionate argument against the traditional Christian doctrine of eternal conscious punishment — that sinners wind up forever in hell —Continue reading “David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis (2) — In the end of all things is their beginning”

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis (1) — Introduction

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis 1: Introduction David Bentley Hart’s book, That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation, sets forth a powerful, passionate argument against the traditional Christian doctrine of eternal conscious punishment — that sinners wind up forever in hell — and for the belief that all shall beContinue reading “David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis (1) — Introduction”

Is God saying something to us?

Seen on Facebook this week: • Hear it again: “God allows trials to come our way to get our relationship back in tune with Him in order to keep us from eternal calamity.” Is that what God is saying to us in these challenging days? Is a text from 2 Chronicles a word from heavenContinue reading “Is God saying something to us?”

Sermon for Lent IA: Jesus goes to Boot Camp

Sermon for Lent IA: Jesus goes to Boot Camp The Lord be with you. I’ll begin with a quote: “You don’t want the first time that they have to dig deep [to be] when they have to face one of our enemies.” Those are the words of Maj. Gen. Pete Johnson, the commander of theContinue reading “Sermon for Lent IA: Jesus goes to Boot Camp”

Christmas and the Empty Chair

Dear imonk friends. On Tuesday night’s Christmas Eve Service I shared some thoughts on what Christmas means to me after a year of great loss and pain. I am posting them here in hopes it may help someone.   2019 has been the worst year of my life. I won’t go into details, but justContinue reading “Christmas and the Empty Chair”

Why isn’t God more Obvious?

In his book, Contact, Carl Sagan satirically asks why God doesn’t place a glowing cross in the sky at night to serve as irrefutable proof of Jesus’ resurrection. One could just as well ask why God doesn’t set up a website, or place billboards around.  Why must we read and understand an ancient book toContinue reading “Why isn’t God more Obvious?”

Monday with Michael Spencer: Mom’s Money

Monday with Michael Spencer: September 23, 2019 Mom’s Money My parents were always poor. They came from poor people. They lived through the Depression. The first house I remember was small, run down and drafty. Dad never was able to stay with a good job for very long, then his health broke down and heContinue reading “Monday with Michael Spencer: Mom’s Money”

God’s Good Earth: The Case for an Unfallen Creation, by Jon Garvey, Chapter 6 – When Life Was Good, Chapter 7 – Creation Fell in 1517, and Chapter 8 – Tracking the Fall of Creation

God’s Good Earth: The Case for an Unfallen Creation, by Jon Garvey Chapter 6 – When Life Was Good, Chapter 7 – Creation Fell in 1517, and Chapter 8 – Tracking the Fall of Creation We will continue our review of God’s Good Earth: The Case for an Unfallen Creation, by Jon Garvey.  Today isContinue reading “God’s Good Earth: The Case for an Unfallen Creation, by Jon Garvey, Chapter 6 – When Life Was Good, Chapter 7 – Creation Fell in 1517, and Chapter 8 – Tracking the Fall of Creation”

The Bible’s Formation: Beyond a “Binder” Mentality

One of the best books available on the subject of how the NT canon was formed is Craig Allert’s A High View of Scripture. Allert is an evangelical, but he became troubled with the “dropped from the sky” view of scripture that evangelicals hold. He came to believe “that a high view of Scripture shouldContinue reading “The Bible’s Formation: Beyond a “Binder” Mentality”