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Biblical Thinking Category

Where we’ll talk about things the Bible talks about and maybe seek to apply them deep into our lives.

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October 16, 2018 • Biblical Thinking

What is Your Concept of God?

I think that the phrase that Christianity isn’t a religion but a relationship has reached peak cliche status. To the point that it means almost nothing given the contexts the phrase is used in.

There is one fundamental area where it does shine drastic insight. This area is the nature of our relationship with God. The nature of how we relate to God.

In this video, Paul Vanderklay lines out two ideas about God. One is an idea of God as being an entity but not really a person. This god as an idea is handy in rationalizing the world in which we live. The second is the idea of God as a personal agent. This video actually discusses some philosophical areas that I don’t want to get into here. But, it explains two concepts that are often held about God and thus our relationship to the two concepts.

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July 6, 2018 • Biblical Thinking

Why We Really Get a Sabbath

It’s a bold claim to say that you aren’t entitled to your day of rest when so many Americans think they are entitled to their weekends and vacations. It is bold, but it isn’t without reason or distinction. To understand this, we need to understand the historical reasons for the Sabbath and what Jesus has called us to with the Sabbath.

Key Biblical Texts for Understanding the Sabbath

If you want to read the article and reference them as I do, go ahead, it may save you 6 minutes.

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June 28, 2018 • Biblical Thinking

Do you Know the Difference between Moralism and Morality?

Moralism is more about the compulsion for doing moral things whereas Morality encompasses the hopeful impact of moral actions.

A common by-product of our increasingly complex lives, as modern citizens of the world, is that we have available to us hundreds of perspectives and deviations of any sort of thought; in an instant. Suppose you were to research the science behind a new diet. Jump over to Google or maybe Youtube and what you would find are hundreds of people providing their 2 cents of anecdotal reasoning and the pontifying of that given method, fad, or diet. And again, you may find another hundred people demonizing the very same thing. Interesting enough, they often use the same words, the same sources, but just have different slants or opinions which causes even more confusion for us.

This makes wading through the massive amount of data out there, cumbersome, to say the least.

Key Working Idea: There are Complex Thoughts that are Butchered through Simplistic Thinking

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May 27, 2017 • Biblical Thinking

Consumed Generation

We live in a consumed age. Those from the city busy themselves with nightlife and high-stress careers. Simpler folk from Rural Town, USA gorge themselves with fishing trips and fried foods. Introverts take to their books and movies; hardly ever looking up. Extroverts plan for parties and dinners. Men with sports and ladies with fashion.

Generalities, yes, but the picture is sure. Every ounce of our American culture has taken on various forms of self-indulgent behaviors and habits. We are consumed with our desires and sooner or later wake up realizing the slaves that we’ve become. Continue Reading

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January 19, 2017 • Biblical Thinking

50 Questions on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood – eBook Resource

I stumbled across this refreshingly nuanced explanation and defense of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. In a day and age where the Bible is taken less and less seriously (most notably among Christians!) it is of utmost importance that we think deeply and dialogue well with people and culture. God  has always spoke to His people but we don’t listen all that well or often.

50 Crucial Questions is a short read going over many of the questions that come up when talking about this subject. It is both thorough and concise. Something that I’ve grown to enjoy about Piper and Grudem.

The issue we face in this book is how men and women should relate to each other according to the Bible. We are concerned especially with how they relate in the home and in the church. The position we take affirms the complementary differences between men and women and spells out the implications of those differences for the way men and women relate to each other in the most fulfilling way.

We defend what Larry Crabb calls “enjoying the difference,” namely, that “the sexes are distinct in what they were fundamen- tally designed to give and in what brings them the greatest joy in relationship. . . . At the deepest level, a man serves a woman differently than a woman serves a man.”

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January 18, 2017 • Biblical Thinking

Pray for Faith. It will be Answered

Asking for more faith is a prayer that’s not outrageous. It’s been answered before.

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January 17, 2017 • Biblical Thinking

‘Oh My God’ It’s just a word

Imagine you’re one of the teenagers running around the church at the tail end of a potluck. Your mom is picking up the last of your families contribution to the holy banquet and your dad is talking shop to some of the guys on the worship team. You look back over and your mom needs some help carrying the casserole to the car. You roll your eyes. Only a few more minutes to hang out with friends and now you have to clean up after the grown ups, great.

You take what you can, but you missed something. “Honey, can you grab the umbrella we brought in this morning too?” mom says in the distance. You keep walking; pretending not to hear. She speaks a little louder. You turn around, “Oh my God mom, give me a second.”

Suddenly, your moment of teen rebellion hits a high note. You’re getting stares from the old church ladies. They roll their own eyes and mumble something about using The Lord’s name in vain. Really? Is that really a big deal?

Big God – Small View

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