2014 in review

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QUOTE (Noel Paul Stookey) – Dec 30

A DEVOTED LIFE

Moving (Peter, Paul and Mary album)

“The union of your spirits, here,
has caused Him to remain
For whenever two or more
of you are gathered in His name
There is love, there is love.”
~ Noel Paul Stookey, The Wedding Song (There is Love)

In honor of Noel Paul Stookey, American folk singer and member of the 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary, who was born on this day in 1937.  Shortly after he became a Christian, Stookey wrote the Wedding Song (There is Love) to bless the wedding of his fellow band member Peter Yarrow.

Resources:
Today in Christian History
Wedding Song (There is Love)

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The fundamental conflict between Calvinism and Arminianism is not sovereignty but God’s character–Roger E. Olson

Roger E. Olson

Roger E. Olson

“Basic to Arminianism is God’s love. The fundamental conflict between Calvinism and Arminianism is not sovereignty but God’s character. If Calvinism is true, God is the author of sin, evil, innocent suffering and hell. That is to say, if Calvinism is true God is not all-loving and perfectly good. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” “God so loved the world.” Calvinists must explain this as meaning that God loves “all kinds of people,” not everyone. Or that “God loves all people in some ways but only some people [the elect] in all ways.” Arminians believe these interpretations distort the clear message of the Bible about God’s love. If Calvinism is true, John Wesley said, God’s love is “such a love as makes the blood run cold.” It is indistinguishable from hate—for a large portion of humanity created in his own likeness and image.”

Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rogereolson/2013/03/whats-wrong-with-calvinism/#ixzz3NLbVvXR9

Predictable Christmas fare: Newsweek’s Tirade against the Bible by Daniel B. Wallace

Daniel B. Wallace

Every year, at Christmas and Easter, several major magazines, television programs, news agencies, and publishing houses love to rattle the faith of Christians by proclaiming loudly and obnoxiously that there are contradictions in the Bible, that Jesus was not conceived by a virgin, that he did not rise from the dead, ad infinitum, ad nauseum. The day before Christmas eve (23 December 2014), Newsweek published a lengthy article by Kurt Eichenwald entitled, “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin.” Although the author claims that he is not promoting any particular theology, this wears thin. Eichenwald makes so many outrageous claims, based on a rather slender list of named scholars (three, to be exact), that one has to wonder how this ever passed any editorial review.

My PDF of this article runs 34 pages (!) before the hundreds of comments that are appended. Consequently, I don’t have…

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