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What Is Wrong With Man?

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 in Anthropology, Culture, Theology, Worldview | 0 comments

by Andy Woods – The Real Reason for Violence Because of the recent shooting and stabbing spree by Elliot Rodger near Santa Barbara University last Friday, we are once again engulfed in a national conversation concerning what caused the killer to do what he did. When these types of tragic incidents occur, the killer’s destructive behavior is typically blamed on everything from a lack of access to affordable health care, to listening to too much political commentary, to the easy accessibility to firearms. In this particular case, Ann Hornaday, in a column published last Sunday in the Washington Post, opines: Rodger’s rampage may be a function of his own profound distress, but it also shows how a sexist movie monoculture can be toxic for women and men alike. How many students watch outsized frat-boy fantasies like “Neighbors” and feel,...

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Another Attack on Homeschooling?

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Education, Ethics, Worldview | 5 comments

by Charlie Clough – Remember those 4 quotes from the law journals against the right of parents to teach their children?  Ohio SB-248 is the first expression of their attempted implementation. Paganism, because it can’t have unity by submission to the transcendental ethic of God’s Word, must strive to create an artificial unity by totalitarian implementation of whatever suits the fancy of the reigning elite.  This savage intolerance to biblical faith has been over a century in coming.  John Dewey, the great shaper of American education, wrote: “I cannot understand how any realization of the democratic ideal as a vital moral and spiritual ideal in human affairs is possible without surrender of the conception of the basic division to which supernatural Christianity is committed.” [A Common Faith (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1934), p51].  God, Dewey, insists, is dangerous...

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How God Knows the Future

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 in Bible Exegesis/Exposition, Philosophy, Theology, Worldview | 0 comments

by Keith Sherlin – I have extracted this article from my full book on a Theodicy titled, “How Can God Be All Powerful and Totally Loving When he Planned a World With Sin and Suffering: A Reformed Evangelical Dispensational Theodicy.” Yet while I offer this as a proposal to a most difficult question in the minds of many who ponder the ways and orderings of the universe by our omnipotent, omniscience, omnipresent, and omnibenevolent LORD, I do so hopefully in the book and in this extracted article in the spirit of humility. I certainly seem to concur with one of my favorite theologians and Christian administrators of the 20th and 21st century, Dr. Paige Patterson, who said: “Salvation is the most complicated subject in Holy Scripture. The longer I study it, the more convinced I am that no one has...

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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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Drowning in Apostasy

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 in Eschatology, Theology, Worldview | 0 comments

by Thomas Ice – Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. (Jude 3–4) I will never forget what one of my church history professors told us one day in class in the late 1970s at Dallas Seminary. He said something like the following: Those of us who will follow Christ and His Word, as opposed to the rising emphasis upon religious experience, will increasingly become a smaller group until one...

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A Look at Depression Through the Lens of Scripture

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 in Hope, Love, Marriage, Philosophy, Prayer, Priorities, Spiritual Formation, Success, Worldview | 0 comments

by Gary Gilley – The man sitting before me would not respond to my questions. He sat, motionless, staring at the floor. That he had been under a great deal of stress was a fact known to all who loved him, but that he was this close to the “edge” surprised us all. Soon he would find himself on the psych ward of a local hospital, medicated and undergoing both individual and group counseling. Unfortunately his life would never be the same. He had come to this state of deep (what some would call “clinical”) depression because of unbiblical and sinful choices that he had been making in his life. Even though he would overcome his depression, the counseling he received reinforced and validated these choices. He would ultimately leave his wife and child, drop out of the church and pursue...

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