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A Response to Ricky Gervais’s “Holiday Message”

20 December 2010 Ministry

Hot off the heels of my frustration with SparkLife, I decided to tackle Ricky Gervais’s “Holiday Message.” Due to its length, I will skip some stuff. I don’t feel like I’ve skipped anything particularly crucial, but correct me if I’m wrong. Let me also say that I think Gervais is a fantastic comedian. I love The Office and Extras.

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Ecclesiastes, Heraclitus, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

20 August 2010 Biblical Studies

In Plato’s dialogue Cratylus, Socrates gives us one of Heraclitus’s most important ideas: You cannot step twice into the same stream. For Heraclitus, this idea epitomized his doctrine of flux — everything is constantly changing. Though it may seem as if you are stepping into the same stream a second time, so much has changed since you have stepped into it — you are feeling different water molecules, there are microscopic shifts in sediment, the temperature has changed by a thousandth of a degree, etc.

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“The Living God” :: Now and Then

3 August 2009 Biblical Studies

I find it interesting that throughout the Bible, God is referred to as “The Living God.” For example, in Acts 14, Paul and Barnabas are preaching in Lystra. After Paul miraculously heals a crippled man, the townspeople begin referring to him as Hermes and to Barnabas as Zeus. The priests of the temple of Zeus in that town bring gifts to sacrifice to their gods. Paul, of course, is incensed.

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Multiplex God

28 July 2009 Ministry

The Bible is a group of texts written by many different authors over the course of 1,000+ years. Each author added a patch (or patches) to the quilt by the inspiration of the divine one himself. If we take seriously that God inspired these men (and women?) to write, then we are putting a great deal of validity in the Truth that is contained in this document. Why try to superimpose our understanding on top of it? In the name of what? Harmony and evangelism?

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