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  • Biblical Theology – Getting to the Theological Heart of the Bible

    Biblical Theology is concerned with the big picture of the Bible. This message is a look at why that should matter to every Christian and how they can learn to apply it themselves.

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  • The Nature of God (Pillars of Faith Series)

    Lots of peoplel have lots of ideas about God. Are all the ideas true? Simply saying “I believe in God” isn’t enough. In order to have faith in the God of the Bible, we have to believe in the right God. To explain this, I need to talk about God’s essence That may sound weird, […]

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  • GCengage: Do Pain and Evil Disprove God? (A New Testament Perspective)

    Read Part One: Do Pain and Evil Disprove God? Two Skeptical Challenges Read Part Two: Do Pain and Evil Disprove God? Three Talking Points Scripture never assumes that God must explain to us why He brings about or permits the things  He does (read Job, for example). However, the New Testament writers spend quite a […]

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  • GCengage: Do Pain and Evil Disprove God? (Three Talking Points)

    (Read Part One: Do Pain and Evil Disprove God? Two Skeptical Challenges)  #1 Everyone has to deal with the problem of evil Everyone seems to agree: something has gone horribly wrong. Existence could be different; maybe it even ought to be different. Wherever we look in the world, and in every corner of the past […]

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  • GCengage: Do Pain and Evil Disprove God? (Two Skeptical Challenges)

    The problem of suffering and pain in a world that the theist claims has been created by an all-loving, all-powerful, all-knowing God has long been a flashpoint in the debate surrounding God’s nature and existence. The argument about the mere presence of evil pushes the limits of human history (i.e. Job), but the escalated horrors […]

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  • GCengage: Is God A Monster?

    Richard Dawkins famously wrote: “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” That kind of accusation makes sense coming from […]

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  • GCengage: Do All Roads Lead To God?

    Religious people generally choose one of four different positions when talking about God: exclusivism, inclusivism, pluralism or universalism.   Exclusivism (particularism). There is one true religion. An exclusivist follower of Christ claims Christianity is the only true religion, and salvation is impossible without explicit trust in Christ.  Inclusivism. Others can experience the benefits of the one true […]

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  • GC:engage – Does God Exist?

    (Part 1: Becoming An Effective Ambassador For Christ) Christian theologians often cite three classic reasons for believing the Christian God exists. Theologians do not claim that these arguments lead to final, complete truth, only that their cumulative impact (through the use of abductive reasoning) presents a reasonable, compelling case for God’s existence. 1) The Cosmological […]

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  • Letter to a Corinthianized Church

    About 2,000 years ago, Corinth was a financial, religious, and cultural mecca. It was a major commercial hub located on a four-and-one-half mile wide isthmus of land. Sailors wanted to avoid the danger of sailing around Malea, so they would move their ship across the isthmus on a series of log rollers. If the ship […]

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  • The Potter and the Clay (Part 2)

    In the previous post, we looked at how the Potter pulls the clay from the ground and prepares it for His use. He “wedges” it to get rid of air holes, then throws it into the center of the wheel. After that, of course,  the shaping begins. “Opening the form” happens after centering.  The potter […]

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