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When Satan Goes Nuclear

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Note: This post starts with a massive disclaimer. Whenever the word "nuclear" appears on a religious blog online, the rest of the content usually isn't worth reading. With that said, please divide this post in your judgment into two sections: (a) a mere conjecture that hellfire could be caused in …

My Favorite Doctrine: the Millennium, Vindication of God's Character, and the Honoring of Our Free Will

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There are many critiques that people raise against God. Usually, these critiques take a great deal of time to unpack and explain. For example: One of the critiques of Christianity that I've received from my friends is that God seems partial. At first pass, it seems that because God gave …

Abraham's Bid on Membership Attrition

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Several weeks ago, I was asking God to show me a story in the Old Testament about member retention. There are many stories and examples about conversion, but there are fewer stories that readily come to mind about member retention. God then turned my attention to Abraham in the Old …

You Become Like the God You Worship

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It is a law both of the intellectual and the spiritual nature that by beholding we become changed. The mind gradually adapts itself to the subjects upon which it is allowed to dwell. It becomes assimilated to that which it is accustomed to love and reverence.1

We become like …

The Fairness of Hell

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I was going through my notes this afternoon, and was wanting to better organize them for future retrieval. I figured this was as good a place as any to put them.

I happened across this website several months ago. I haven't gone through the whole site, so I can't attest …

Why Didn't God Write the Whole Bible with His Finger?

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One of my friends recently became interested in studying the Bible. She is as smart as a whip, and frequently approaches me with lists of questions. Deep questions.

Many of the questions that she asks are questions that I've wrestled with in the past. In my studies, I've only found …

Young People, Go to Board Meeting

Posted in Reflections
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I'm hearing it on both sides of the aisle. Old people are complaining that young people aren't getting involved. Young people are complaining that they're not being given a chance at leadership. And young people are leaving the church in droves.[citation needed]

My solution: get all of your young …

Nine Reasons to Stop Gaming

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It's 9:36 on a Thursday evening, and I've just destroyed my save file for the Kittens game, and uninstalled Pokemon Go.

If there's one addiction that Jonathan has yet to overcome, it's an addiction for video games, especially idle games. Here's how it goes:

  1. Jonathan is interested in how …

The Church Retirement Plan

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For a long time, I struggled with this notion of sacrificial giving for the Church. It didn't seem like a responsible thing for people to give everything that they had to advance the mission of an organization. Back in the days of Acts, people would cash out their houses and …

Thief on the Cross – My Kingdom is Not of This World

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So what did Jesus mean when He said "You will be with me in paradise?" When you Google the phrase "Paradise" in the Bible, theologians almost unanimously say that Paradise is the place where the righteous go when they die.

There's some disagreement between exactly what this looks like. Here …

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