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- Name: Jim V.
- Location: Kansas City, Kansas, United States
I live in K.C. with my wife, Kim, and our 5 kids (which we homeschool). I've been a believer in Jesus Christ since 1993.
Friday, April 29, 2005
What get's the hackles up on those who find themselves thinking like the authors represented in this book is the exclusivity of Christianity. If biblical (not 'extremist') Christians do not allow them to re-make the God of the Bible after their own fashioning then such Christians are labeled as "intolerant" and "dangerous." And yet they cannot understand what biblical Christianity is about because their foolish minds are darkened and have not been regenerated by the power of the Spirit of God. Still, this type of rhetoric must be addressed, lest the foolish minds that read the ravings of these foolish minds will be convinced of the "danger" of Christianity. I believe that I may yet return to that store and purchase the book. Not that I desire to put money in the pockets of the writers and editor, but in order to study their position more fully so that I may dismantle their straw-man arguments that the name of Christ would be glorified in the face of their godless efforts. More on this later.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
New Covenant Theology
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Sad state of affairs
There once was an owl who lived in an oak;
The more he heard, the less he spoke;
The less he spoke, the more he heard.
Why can't we be like that wise, old bird?
Monday, April 25, 2005
I start teaching through 1st Peter in my church starting this Sunday (May 1) through July. I'm looking forward to sharing what I've learned.
I finally got the class schedules for this fall from Midwestern Seminary. I will be taking a class on Christian Ethics on Tuesday evenings. I'm so looking forward to getting back in the classroom!
I must be going now. Have to read another chapter from John MacArthur's Twelve Ordinary Men so I can prepare a lesson for our small group from church this Thursday. Until then... God Bless!
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Right after my first wife and I split up, while I was in college, I began to feel an emptiness in my life. I continued to try to fill it with alcohol and women but it wasn't working. I felt lonely and depressed. Then I met a guy (an alumnus that came up for football games) that was different from all my drinking buddies. He was nice and had a sense of peace about him. He was quiet and seemed happy most of the time. I also noticed he kept a Bible in his car and always left for home early enough on Sundays to get to church. That was a strange concept to me.
Over time, I met more people that were "churchgoing" people who read the Bible. I didn't know it at the time but God was pulling me in.
I moved in with my brother and decided I wanted to read the Bible to see what all these other people were seeing in it. I started with the beginning (Genesis) and read straight through. By the time I got through the Gospels, in the spring of 1993, I was going to church regularly with my girlfriend (now wife); and in July of 1993 God changed my heart and I placed my faith in Jesus Christ to save me from the penalty of all my sins.
Since then, I've continued to learn more and more about the faith I've been given and I strive, through God's help, to become more like the one who saved me.
I understand there may be some terms and/or ideas in this story that you, the reader, may not be familiar with but I'm more than happy to discuss and explain these with any individual who asks.