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    February 23rd, 2012 @ 1:27 am by Kevin

    When it comes to hell--or any theological issue--we all tend to gravitate toward a regulating text of some kind, a Scripture passage or theological concept that becomes the lens through which we view the rest of Scripture. Over time, this text or concept often becomes a non-negotiable, the foundation on which we (wittingly or not) build the rest of our theology. For example, people in the Universalist camp will often cite 1 John 4:8 as their regulating text: "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love" (emphasis mine). If love is the essence of God's being, then

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    February 21st, 2012 @ 11:13 pm by Kevin

    But don't take that as an indication of anything other than my obsessive devotion to ironing out the argument flow of Act 2. I've kind of been in crisis mode over the last couple of days, cutting together section after section, talking it over with whoever would listen (mostly my wife), and writing outline after outline, but still not feeling like I had quite nailed it. Then I took some time off this morning to drive my daughter to dance class and make a fool of myself on the hockey rink (not a total fool, I did score one goal). And when

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    February 17th, 2012 @ 3:27 pm by Kevin

    I've been having a protracted debate with a Catholic friend of mine lately about the issue of authority. The crux of our argument has to do with the basis on which we can claim to say we have true knowledge. My friend accuses me, a Protestant, of being my own highest authority. He would rather see me adopt a position where I submit to the authority of the Catholic Church, which he believes to be the only legitimate manifestation--or perhaps the fullest representation--of the Church Jesus founded. I've responded by arguing that even if he chooses to submit himself

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    February 15th, 2012 @ 5:58 pm by Kevin

    Most evangelical Christians aren't too big on Catholicism, Anglicanism or Eastern Orthodoxy, which makes their embrace of C.S. Lewis a bit of a mystery, seeing as he was pretty enthusiastic about all three. Despite his Catholic leanings, virtually all of Lewis' books have been put on the "approved reading list" for evangelicals, with Mere Christianity and the Chronicles of Narnia cited as favorites on Facebook pages everywhere. I find this a bit ironic seeing as fellow Brit and Christian J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter books are still viewed with suspicion. Rowling writes

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    February 14th, 2012 @ 3:13 pm by admin

    Simon (editor) and I have pretty much signed off on the content for Act 1 of the film. It's all assembled. Now it's up to Simon to make it look pretty. Meanwhile, I'm deep into the assembly of Act 2, which is always the most difficult part of any film. Some days I feel like I'm running around in circles chasing my tail. Other days I'm surprised by how quickly things come together. At this stage it's really important to make sure the two sides of your brain (Author and Editor) are working in sync. I tend to be fairly intuitive when

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    February 9th, 2012 @ 6:42 pm by admin

    I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my father, brother and almost all of my friends, will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable doctrine. -- from The Autobiography of Charles

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    February 8th, 2012 @ 6:28 pm by admin

    In a recent tweet, John Piper said:

    If you are having trouble reading your Bible with deep and affecting meaning, imagine that you will die in about eight hours.
    In other words, if the Bible isn't doing it for you, the next time you read it, imagine someone is holding a gun to your head. That should make those Scripture passages pop. I can only imagine how he would advise someone struggling to get through "War and Peace." And what would John Piper be doing if he found out he had only eight hours to live? Tweeting

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    February 7th, 2012 @ 4:20 pm by admin

    When we are young we are often puzzled by the fact that each person we admire seems to have a different version of what life ought to be, what a good man is, how to live, and so on. If we are especially sensitive it seems more than puzzling, it is disheartening. What most people usually do is to follow one person's ideas and then another's depending on who looms largest on one's horizon at the time. The one with the deepest voice, the strongest appearance, the most authority and success, is usually the one who gets our momentary

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    February 6th, 2012 @ 9:52 pm by admin

    When I walked away [from the faith], I was rejecting the whole thing. It was the whole system of Christian belief — that a remnant of people would be saved from the fire,” she said. ”I don‘t believe the God of the universe would create a place called ’hell.’
    You can read an extended interview with Anne Rice

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    February 6th, 2012 @ 2:29 am by admin

    Strong hate, the hate that takes joy in hating, is strong because it does not believe itself to be unworthy and alone. It feels the support of a justifying God, of an idol of war, an avenging and destroying spirit.  From such blood-drinking gods the human race was once liberated, with great toil and terrible sorrow, by the death of a God Who delivered Himself to the Cross and suffered pathological cruelty of His own creatures out of pity for them. In conquering death He opened their eyes to the reality of a love which asks no questions about

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