The Atheist and the Bear…

Humors for days! Love this blog

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bear-and-atheistAn atheist was taking a walk through the woods, admiring all that evolution had created. 

“What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful animals!”, he said to himself. As he was walking along the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. When he turned to see what the cause was, he saw a 7-foot grizzly charging right towards him. He ran as fast as he could. He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear was closing, He ran even faster, crying in fear. He looked over his shoulder again, and the bear was even closer. His heart was pounding and he tried to run even faster. He tripped and fell on the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up, but saw the bear right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw and raising his right paw to strike him. 

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Tales of King Agbar and the Doctrine of Addai

Take 30 seconds to read this. pretty cool

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The account begins with the story of the letter of king Abgar, who is afflicted with an incurable disease, to Jesus Christ, and the reply of the latter. Abgar is unable to travel to Jerusalem so as to not anger the Roman authorities for border contravention. It is for this reason that there is a claimed correspondence between both Abgar and Jesus. Eusebius particularly treasures this correspondence insofar as it exhibits a compassionate bond between Jesus and the pagan world. The reply, blessing the King of Edessa for believing in Jesus without having seen him, and informing him that an Apostle will be sent once Jesus goes to “[his] Father,” is carried by a royal courier Hanan, who also paints a portrait of Jesus for Abgar (Appendix 2). Following Jesus’ Ascension, Judas Thomas sends Addai [or Thaddeus], one of the seventy-two disciples and new ambassador, to Abgar. Addai…

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Have Your Views Changed?

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I’ve been getting asked this question a good bit recently. Due to some of my public writings, my views are typically not hard to find, and I have criticized certain ideas and positions which I once held. In fact, I’ve done this a few times in my short life, and so from time to time, I suppose, explanation is in order. 

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Book of the Week, Tolle Lege!

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This weeks I read another commentary, this time from Gary North on the book of Proverbs.
Proverbs 1

North is a Christian economist who has worked for men like Ron Paul and writes occasionally on Lew Rockwell’s website. He is a strict Austrian when it comes to economics and has been influenced by men like Von Mises, Hayek and Rushdoony.

Recently (August 2012) he finished a 31 volume economic commentary on the Bible drawing out the Austrianism found therein.

North is a very easy author to follow and he writes in tidbits that are packed with good doctrine. He gets straight to the point and does so clearly.

In this commentary on the Proverbs he draws out some of the themes that deal with wealth, money, wisdom, good-dealings, justice, etc. I managed to write down some of my own notes while going through the 438 page book and wanted to share them.

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Book of the Week, Tolle Lege!

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productive ChristiansThis week I picked up a book recommendation I heard a while ago during a sermon by Joseph Morecraft in his Proverbs series. The author is the late David Chilton whose works I’m greatly indebted to and his keen insight on economics, theology and eschatology have tremendously helped shape many of my beliefs. The title is “Productive Christians in an Age of Guilt Manipulators” a biblical response to a “christian scoialist” named Ronald Sider.

This book of was written in 1981 as a critique of Sider’s book “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger” which was embedded with scoialistic dogma and guilt manipulating. Chilton manages to go through all the arguments by Sider and critique them in a biblical, gentle and many times comical way.

Chilton starts off the main chunk of his book by laying down the biblical model of economics while responding to some of Sider’s points.

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This weeks Book of the Week is from Dr. Joe Sprinkle of Crossroads College, entitled “Biblical Law and its Relevance”.

Biblical Law and Its Relevance

Dr. Sprinkle does a great job in uncovering the difficult topic of the Mosaic law in relation to the Christian. He takes a Principlizing Approach, made famous by Dr. Kaiser Jr, wherein the “general equity” , if I may, of the Mosaic law is applicable to the Christian. In other words, we are to see the principle behind all the law and apply it properly in the Christian epoch.

Dr. Sprinkle also interacts with other approaches, viz, the Reformed, the Dispensational, Lutheran, and Theonomic and reveals the strengths and weaknesses of each approach, finally establishing his own (Principlizing Approach).

What I found was that Dr. Sprinkle was very close to Reformed and Theonomic scholars. His view isn’t all that different. In fact he said, what sparked his interest in the…

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