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Pentecostal Turned Catholic Ulf Ekman Illustrates in His Conversion the Role Of Authority

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 in Epistemology, News | 4 comments

by Christopher Cone – In a Christianity Today article entitled, “Sweden’s Pentecostal Megapastor Converts to Catholicism,” Ruth Moon provides several recent quotes from pastor Ulf Ekman as he informed the 3,300 members of Word of Life Church in Uppsala, Sweden, that he had converted to Catholicism. Ekman’s announcement included one particularly insightful comment, that is worth noting here:   “We have seen a great love for Jesus and a sound theology, founded on the Bible and classic dogma. We have experienced the richness of sacramental life. We have seen the logic in having a solid structure for priesthood, that keeps the faith of the church and passes it on from one generation to the next. We have met an ethical and moral strength and consistency that dare to face up to the general opinion, and a kindness towards the...

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The Terrible Temptations and the Trusted Treasure of Truth (Prov. 1:7-19)

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 in Bible, Epistemology, Theology | 1 comment

by Keith Sherlin – In Proverbs chapter one after the introduction we see two lines of thought that practically apply to all people. People will experience temptations towards sin. Yet too, people will experience or hear the call of God through truth in the form of wisdom and knowledge. How a person responds to either of these two options will mark that person’s life in monumental ways for the good or for the bad. Proverbs 1:7 highlights for us the two categories that play out in the rest of chapter 1. This verse says: “The fear of the LORD is the beginnings of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” I like what Dr. MacArthur says of this text. He says, “This reverential awe and admiring submissive fear is foundational for all spiritual knowledge and wisdom” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 698)....

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Are You Epistemologically Self-Conscious?

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 in Epistemology, Philosophy, Worldview | 0 comments

by Jason Lisle – Epistemology is the study of knowledge – how we know what we know.  When a person has a belief, it is reasonable to ask the person “how do you know this?”  The way in which a person responds to this kind of question will reveal his or her epistemology.  All people have an epistemology because they have some beliefs, and they have reasons for their beliefs.  But not all reasons are good reasons.  And if the reason isn’t very good, then there is a good chance that the belief is wrong.  So epistemology is very important if we want our beliefs to correspond to reality. Most people have not consciously reflected on their own epistemology.  They haven’t stopped to ask themselves, “How do I ultimately know anything?  What are the standards by which truth is determined?  And are these standards reasonable?” ...

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Finding & Following God’s Will, Part 1

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 in Communication, Epistemology, Trends | 0 comments

by Steve Spurlin − I have been noticing an upswing in the discussion concerning how God speaks to HIs people today.  The arguments range from the idea that God still speaks to each individual believer through dreams, visions, audible voice, and other people, to those of us who are staunch cessationists.   First, allow me to explain what I mean by “cessation/cessationist”. “Cessation” is a term used to explain that the miraculous sign gifts that existed during the first century, which God used to forward His plan and message, are no longer in effect.   This includes the belief that God is not presently granting new revelation of Himself to mankind, including His elect, His children.  A cessationist is one who holds to the aforementioned belief.  Notice that I did not say that God is not speaking today.  That is the...

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Keeper of Mysteries

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 in Epistemology, Hope | 0 comments

by Matt Hagemeier − Yesterday I woke up, and my shoulders screamed. Knots were climbing up and down my spine, swinging joyfully through my neck, and taking raucous residence in the penthouse at the top of my skull. I tried stretching and deep breathing, an uncomfortable number of ibuprofen, and even humming (in hopes that the vibrations would shake something loose in my back). Nada. So I packed myself off to my local industrial-organic grocery store, who, I dimly remembered, kept a chair masseuse available during the day. Now, I am not a “massage person.” I don’t go in for pain, in any shape or form, ever. The thought of someone digging their elbow into a tender spot on my spine causes me intense mental anguish. I’ve had a massage before, and the only thing I remember is squirming like...

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