Monthly Archives: March 2011

A Case for Catechesis

The New Testament, particularly the book of Acts, indicates that the usual procedure in the first century was for recent converts to Christianity to be baptized first and then instructed in the Christian faith. By the second century (i.e., the … Continue reading

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Thought for the Day

“It is hard to think of a teaching that is more evidence-based than the doctrine of original sin” (John Hobbins) Or, as the old joke says, “I believe in total depravity because it’s the only doctrine I can truly live … Continue reading

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Of Prostitutes and the Kingdom of God

“Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors … Continue reading

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The Fallacies Keep on Coming

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Matt Flanagan’s “Fallacy Fridays” feature that he’s been running since January. (I regret not having mentioned it before now!) It’s not quite a full-blown course in logic, but it is an excellent introduction to what counts … Continue reading

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It’s Not Harry Potter

How to read a scholarly journal, and how to teach students to do so. There is much to learn here, but this is the best part because it’s the most honest: Students register surprise when I confess that I share … Continue reading

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Of Preschoolers and Theology

Why is it that the more trivial something is, the easier it is to explain? Should we be concerned when we can’t put the things that matter most in language a preschooler could understand? Or are some things simply unexplainable … Continue reading

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The Westminster Catechism…Rap?

Word. (H/T: Euangelion) Share this: Digg this postRecommend on FacebookTweet about itSubscribe to the comments on this postTell a friend

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The Biblical Origins of Lent

Admirably explained by Michael Barber at The Sacred Page. I hope Michael understands that a growing number of Baptists thoroughly embrace the Lenten season. Readers may also want to read a brief rant on the subject I wrote about this … Continue reading

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A Rant from a Loser in the Worship Wars

Robert Webber used to paraphrase the ancient dictum lex orandi lex credendi (“the rule of prayer/worship is the rule of faith) as, “You show me how you worship and I’ll tell you what you believe.” I think Chaplain Mike of … Continue reading

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The Preacher Who Could Have Prevented an Epidemic

…except the medical and scientific community wouldn’t listen to him. (H/T: Pseudo-Polymath) Share this: Digg this postRecommend on FacebookTweet about itSubscribe to the comments on this postTell a friend

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