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Who is this Jesus? #3 – the gentleness and fierceness of Christ

Following are the rough teacher’s notes from lesson 3 of a four-week Sunday School series titled, Who is this Jesus? See also the series preface, lesson 1, and lesson 2. Who is this Jesus? lesson #3: the gentleness and fierceness … Continue reading

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Ad hominem

Ad hominem, or an attack on an opponent’s character rather than an answer to the contentions he has made, is categorically considered a fallacy by the world and categorically a sin by many Christians.  But when we study the Scriptures, we … Continue reading

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Contextualization: Fight or Flight?

You ever get sneaking suspicions? Here’s my sneaking suspicion: I suspect that the reason that everybody’s into contextualization today has nothing to do with the diversity of people groups at all: nothing. As a matter of fact—this is radical—what I … Continue reading

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On confronting sin

If we saw that such would reform without reproof, we would gladly forbear the publishing of their faults. But when reproofs themselves prove so ineffectual, that they are more offended at the reproof than at the sin, and had rather … Continue reading

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On leaving no room for discussion

I had a couple of exchanges with Tim Margheim, a Christian brother from Texas, on a comment thread of the Team Pyro blog a few weeks back, and his comments were so helpful I asked his permission to re-post them … Continue reading

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Violent submission

Give ear to my prayer, O God; And do not hide Yourself from my supplication. Give heed to me and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and am surely distracted – Psalm 55:1-2 NASB The psalmist is bold: … Continue reading

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When charity requires strong words

I have employed irony, perhaps sometimes sarcasm, in some of my “issues” writings in the process of making a point. Is this sin on my part?  Doesn’t it violate 1 Corinthians 13 about the way of love?

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