“Christian” – an elastic term

Stephen Prothero writes in his latest book, God is Not One (HarperOne, 2010) (see the latest review): Christianity is now so elastic that it seems a stretch to use this term to cover the beliefs and behaviors of Pentecostals in Brazil, Mormons in Utah, Roman Catholics in Italy, and the Orthodox in Moscow. (p. 67) Verily, […]

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Hebrews – what the English translator thought 475 years ago

Do you know what William Tyndale wrote as he translated Hebrews into English, around 475 years ago?  . . . Now therefore to come to our purposes again, though this epistle (as it saith in the sixth) lay not the ground of the faith of Christ, yet it buildeth cunningly thereon pure gold, silver and […]

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Some more Joseph Smith ouch to John’s Gospel

John 6:65 – And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. John 9:4 – I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. John 13:10 – […]

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August 20, 2006

That date marked the day when our church family began a serious study of The Gospel of John.  And it was soon after, I began Heart Issues for LDS (HI4LDS). Yesterday, we finished our examination of the 879 verses.  I am greatly privileged that my church family would allow me to lead them in over 150 hours […]

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Hell’s Half Acre in S.E. Idaho

My youngest boy and I are standing in the midst of Hell’s Half Acre in S.E. Idaho.  Cub scouts walked for 7 miles in this rugged, volcanic terrain.  I am proud of them. Here is a shot from NASA.

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Two Clear Categories: Made and Unmade

Two categories: Unmade – The eternal Triune God Made – Everything else By reading the 66 books of the Bible, is this not clear to the reader?  For starters, clear off your shelves every other religious work and contemporary author, and spend the next three years reading and rereading three books:  Genesis, Isaiah, and John’s […]

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A Divine Spark in Humans

“The problem with both Platonic and Gnostic ideas is similar to the problem of early twentieth-century liberalism in that they all advocate a divine spark in humans.  But human beings are not divine, not even a small part of them.  They are created beings, and even when they join God in his presence they are […]

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Eikona

Tonight, we are in Hebrews 10. Eikona is in Hebrews 10:1. (I googled “Eastern Orthodox Eikona”, and this came up on the top of the google page.) Eikona is an important Greek word.  Yes, you must have the very image and not the shadow.

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The Trinity in the Scout Symbol

When you see the scout symbol, don’t think of the Aaronic priesthood.  That is all old covenant. Reorient your thoughts.  Start thinking of new covenant passages.  Think outside the cultural box. Check out this link.  Could you not see the blessed Trinity in the symbol?  Follow me, boys, to gaze upon the glory of the Triune God.  This will be […]

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The Trinity in St. Peter’s Fish

When I visited the Sea of Galilee, I ate some of St. Peter’s Fish.  It was quite delicious. At the end of John’s Gospel, Peter drew a net full of 153 fishes to the shoreline. You can tell that the early church fathers had the Trinity on their minds when they wrote things like this: Cyril […]

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