Tag Archives: epistemology

Stones of Conviction

There is no magic formula. In your everyday life, you experience all kinds of influences pushing you in different directions. Some are internal, some are merely internalized, and many are external. If all you have is sensory data and reason, … Continue reading

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Present versus Future Orientation

Live in the moment. I’ve read excerpts from court cases where judges have ruled that the only proper orientation is a future-oriented outlook. Some have flatly said that living in the moment is barbaric. If you aren’t working for tomorrow, … Continue reading

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Disentangle from This World

The only thing you can trust are the convictions in your heart. We should never be surprised when fools act foolish. You should have no reason at all to expect them to ever do anything else. It should never shock … Continue reading

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Religion versus Faith

Again: We cannot ape the ancient Hebrew society. We can learn from their ways and their covenant how to discern God’s moral character woven into Creation. Your own personal heart-led wisdom, and your sense of mission and calling for divine … Continue reading

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Make Up Your Mind

Someone asked a question that seems worthy of a wider response. If one reader speaks up about being puzzled, a dozen more are puzzled without saying anything. If you do a quick search in English translations of Scripture for just … Continue reading

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The Rotting Carcass

At least as early as my days at OBU, I recall smart-aleck fools who insisted that Ecclesiastes was simply existentialism. This conclusion is entirely natural from a Western point of view. Existentialism is the rotting carcass left after you murder … Continue reading

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Carving the Carcass of the Fall

Over the years in my reading of scholarly literature about Church History, I’ve noticed a major problem with the literature. The whole sweep of Church History published in English, and even a great deal of translated works from other languages, … Continue reading

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