Author Archives: Kevin

Jesus Seminar

Someone wrote to me: For their presuppositions to be valid, the Jesus Seminar must prove them and support them with scholarly sources. They have nothing to support their presuppositions. A true scholar does not base his or her work on … Continue reading

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Inerrancy

(Mark 8:12 NRSV) And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation.” The Bible is a subject that seems to … Continue reading

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The Letter Kills

Why literal-mindedness is the greatest threat to Christianity in the world today. Continue reading

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How I became a Christian

Conversion I became a Christian at age 9. It was a fairly easy choice. I saw what Christians were and I wanted to be one of them. It was a good start. I joined the Southern Baptist Church that my … Continue reading

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The All-Male Priesthood

I wanted to make some comments about the requirement made by some Christian denominations (notably the Catholic and Orthodox) that their priests (ministers, pastors) be exclusively male. I suppose that we begin with the historical fact that Jesus, his disciples … Continue reading

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Homosexuality

This a topic about which I have written much both on USENET, mailing lists and IRC. It is a difficult topic to discuss because those with whom I’ve discussed it had strong opinions which were not really open to change. … Continue reading

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I Don’t Know When Jesus is Coming, but Neither Do You

A few years ago I was pedaling my bicycle down a back road when a woman driving an old station wagon full of kids pulled up beside me, matched my speed, rolled down the window and shouted, “Do you know … Continue reading

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Unity

In 1997-98 the Lutheran Church (ELCA), the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), the Reformed Church (RCA) and the United Church of Christ (UCC) all approved resolutions aimed at mutual recognition and unity. When proposals of this importance are made, there are arguments … Continue reading

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I Prefer Roses to Tulips

I’m no expert on Reformed theology, but I do know a couple of things: John Calvin was a smart fellow, and Reformed folks have this T.U.L.I.P thing: Total Depravity Total depravity means that human persons are entirely unable to do … Continue reading

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Animal Sacrifices

The Old Testament speaks over and over again in opposition to the infidelity of the Hebrews when it came to the worship of “foreign gods”. For this reason we know historically that there were influences from the surrounding peoples exerting … Continue reading

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