Sunday, 18 February 2018

Debating Abortion: Potential Humans – Produce as Many Real Ones as Possible!

Quite often, in the abortion debate, one hears the “potential Mother Theresa” or potential human argument. Potentiality is quite problematic. After all, any given human is also a potential mass murderer or potential Hitler. Potentiality, as a concept, is rather dubious at best. The idea is that killing a foetus is killing a potential human. […]

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http://www.patheos.com/blogs/tippling/2018/02/19/debating-abortion-potential-humans-produce-many-real-ones-possible/

1 John 4:11-12

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”

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https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?version=NIV&search=1%20John%204:11-12

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Free Will or Predestination? Let the Bible Guide You…

Here are a number of quotes from the Bible that certainly muddy the waters in terms of advocating for free will. A few comments are interspersed (from my friend Julian) in between these quotes: God chose us “before the foundations of the world were laid” (Eph.1:4a) “according to the good pleasure of his will” (Eph.1:5). In the […]

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http://www.patheos.com/blogs/tippling/2018/02/18/free-will-predestination-let-bible-guide/

Romans 8:38-39

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

from
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?version=NIV&search=Romans%208:38-39

Rural Fish Bowl

Pastor Dad needs to be just Dad.

Growing up in a rural town, I came to understand the lack of privacy just by picking up the local newspaper. Our local gossip column was called “Out and About.” It kept everyone in the loop of how many ladies made it to bridge club that week and that Ida Hayes was absent due to a cold.

Holidays were always a little more interesting because of folks coming to visit. Every time my aunt came down from Kansas City, it was big news! I remember reading my pastor’s name in this section on a regular basis. He had been “out and about” delivering groceries, meeting for coffee, or praying for the meal at the fire hall fundraiser.

As he was my mentor, I was destined to do the same. As a young 20-something youth pastor, I went to the Assisted Living Center to have coffee and lead a Bible study. Sure enough, I would be in the news. I thought it was cool because I was meeting the expectations of the community and they all knew it.

Unfortunately, it did not occur to me that those expectations would be placed on my wife and my children. It has been a harsh reality-check and weight that I hate they have to bear. It seems like it’s magnified in a small town.

My daughter is a sophomore in high school and has always been very responsible, helpful, and smart. Teachers often tell us that she’s a leader among her peers. However, this past semester has been a challenge of a different kind.

Although she attends a public school, God and his provisions are often referenced in literature class. Every time religion or spiritual topics come up, many students (and even the teacher) look to her for the answers. After all, she is the pastor’s daughter so obviously she would be the expert on the subject.

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Friday, 16 February 2018