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Certainty

Mission-from-GodHave you ever been on a mission for God? One tension with aging is between our dreams and our regrets. When I was young, I tended to see things in black and white. In many ways, my mind was closed for repairs. My understanding of Scripture was likewise rigid. Theological positions were mountains to conquer and debates to be won. I arrived at a place where I thought all my questions were answered. Years followed in which my interactions with the Word of God were incremental, returning minor corrections to my already settled theological positions.

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A Very Personal Easter Story

April 2017

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“Christianity is a subjective, transformative event that upends, ruptures, and transforms human life. At this level, much like the blind man in John 9, we may find ourselves simply able to say, ‘One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see’ (John 9:25)”
Scot McKnight and Kevin Corcoran

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Inclusivism That Returns a Story of Hope

A Wideness in God’s Mercy – Clark Pinnock

Clark Pinnock in A Wideness in God’s Mercy: The Finality of Jesus Christ in a World of Religions, offers an optimistic view of salvation. Pinnock further proposes an Evangelical theology of religions with an emphasis on inclusivism that returns a story of hope. Pinnock’s compelling case for optimistic salvation has broad impact for mission and it helps us understand the breadth of God’s purpose in the world. Continue reading “Inclusivism That Returns a Story of Hope”

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Who Is The Rock Really?

Who is the authoritative interpreter of the Christian faith? Where does authority reside?

The authoritative interpreter is clear for the Catholic Church. I believe most evangelical Protestants would say their authority rests on the bible alone. “On the solid word I stand all other ground is sinking sand.”

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The Reason For God Effectively Establishes Reason For Doubting The Prevailing Secular Worldview

Snip20160710_11The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism – Timothy Keller

Keller’s challenge to modern skeptics is for them to “doubt their doubts” about the existence of God. Keller responds to seven dominant rational arguments that are blockers to the secular mind believing that God exists. Keller counters objections that assert that religious belief is not only irrelevant in the age of rationality but worse that religion is the source of worldwide injustice. After addressing the “leap of doubt” that excludes God, Keller offers “reasons for faith.”

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Lee Exhorts Christians Not To Be Conformed To This World

Snip20160710_5From a Liminal Place: An Asian American Theology – Sang H. Lee

Lee uses liminality to define the positive consequence of being caught between two worlds or two cultures. Liminality is a “transitional time in which persons are freed from social-structure hierarchy” and is associated with being on the margins of society. Asian Americans are neither accepted by Asians or White America as belonging. In the case of White America, Asian Americans are marginalized because of their physical appearance and because of the systemic social and institutional racism of the dominant culture that excludes those that are different (Lee, Kindle Location 99).

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