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John Umland
Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ
Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ

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Changing minds in a post-truth society
After reading this long article by David Roberts at Vox I've been thinking about the possible solution to his detailed analysis of the problem, tribal epistemology . Roberts has little to offer for soultions except the self-acknowledged trope "listen to eac...

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Not everything biblical is Christian part 22 - the Jesus hermeneutic
Even Jesus explicitly refutes a flat reading of the bible, where every verse in one part of the Bible, say Joshua's genocidal passages, have the same weight in understanding God as the passages where Jesus himself, claiming to be equal to God, describes God...

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up in the balcony
Jesus talks about generosity in terms on not letting your right hand know what your left hand is doing. The metaphor works on his teaching to not trumpet our charity but rather to keep it quiet, so that our Father who sees in secret will reward us. However,...

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book report: Tempting Faith by David Kuo 2006
Before he passed away from brain cancer, David Kuo , a Republican speech writer and political activist wrote his memoir about the clash between his earnest faith and the politics that kept prevailing over it, Tempting Faith, and inside story of political se...

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Greater works than Jesus's
source In John 14 Jesus tells his disciples "Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do ...

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interim book report: The Jesus Driven Life by Michael Hardin
I have been taking The Jesus Driven Life slowly over the past month because Michael Hardin has many important things to say and I can only hold a few of them at a time in my cluttered mind. My 22 part ongoing series, Not everything Biblical is Christian , t...

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two Biblical martyrs but only one a saint
The day after Christmas is a day to remember the first Christian martyr, Stephen. Rembrandt Acts 7:59 – 8:8 (NRSV) While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “ Lord, do not ...

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eyes to see but cannot see
It has really not been until this election that I understood Jesus' use of parables and his justification for them. The parables weed out those with confirmation bias. Let me explain. Jesus, and the prophets he quotes, likes to say about their critics they ...

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Is God Love or not?
One of my conservative Christian friends on facebook shared this comic by Christian comic artist Adam4d. I used to take this line of reason, but now I disagree with it because the "bottom line" for Adam's theology is not what I find in Jesus. For Adam's com...

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How to get Russia interested in your blog
I've written about Trump with his name in the blog title twice. Suddenly, I have more interest in my blog posts from Russia than I ever have. Here is a picture of my stats, courtesy of Google's Blogger platform, over the past week. I am a very little guppy ...
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