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Wandering Planets

“Nature and Nature’s laws lay hid in night; God said Let Newton be! and all was light.” Alexander Pope (1688–1744), British satirical poet.  Epitaph Intended for Sir Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey (1730).   During Galileo’s childhood, the most widely accepted belief about the mechanism to explain planetary motion was that planets rode on an eternally unchanging…

Why Chan Can’t Erase Hell: Invalid Argument

In order for an argument to be valid, the “if” part of the conditional statement, the premise for the argument, must justify the conclusion of the argument. The premise doesn’t have to be true in order for the argument to be valid, but the conclusion must agree with the premise. I have already demonstrated that Chan’s conclusion does not necessarily agree with his premise. Next, I will demonstrate that the premise is so vague that it is impossible to decide whether the conclusion agrees with it. Chan’s premise, once again, is: “if Jesus did not agree with the view of hell presented in the last chapter…”

Dear pastor, please open mouth and insert foot.

Please read and carefully consider this scripture: Wherefore Jesus also, that He should be hallowing the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Now then, we may be coming out to Him outside the camp, carrying His reproach.  Hebrews 13:12-13. The other day I listened to a local…

Locke and Demosthenes

Locke and Demosthenes. The two names for some, conjure up the concept of philosophy, but for Orson Scott Card fans, Locke and Demosthenes are the pseudonyms of Valentine and Peter, two super-intelligent children who get “citizen’s access” to the net and pose as adults…

Hand-Smacking, Scissor-Snatching

The last time I’d gone for a professional pedicure was almost a year ago, for our daughter’s wedding, so when I went last week, it seemed to me to be a little piece of heaven.  I never expected to find blogging material there, but as I said in Ten Tips…

Those Who See May Become Blind

In John’s gospel, there is an interesting account of Jesus healing a blind man.  Although the miracle is the catalyst, it is not the main theme of the passage. The main theme of the passage is the contrast between Jesus’ approach to religion and religion’s approach to Jesus. As [Jesus]…

Amazed Exceedingly

Now that we have taken a tour through history to see what various influential people have taught regarding free will and election, I would like to add my two cents.  Take it or leave it.  Embrace it or hate it.  Stew on it patiently or blow a gasket.  Be silent…

What about Hitler?

“It seems to me that you paint will [sic] a broad brush everyone who does not subscribe to the doctrine of universalism,” observes Mary Vanderplas in her comment on the blog “The Non-Judgmental Search Engine.”  She says, “I happen to be one of these, though I rather resent being dubbed…

Holy, Holy, Holy God and Ugly, Ugly, Ugly Sin

Woe is me… This is the last in a series I have written in response to various reviews of Rob Bell’s book Love Wins.  In this blog I will address the holiness of God, and whether there is post-mortem hope for those who do not know Jesus.  Kevin De Young’s…