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The Defining Character Trait of God

“The price you paid for us has fully been accepted,

Because of your shed blood we cannot be rejected.”

This is the the beginning lyrics to a bridge in a worship song. Who is the one who has paid for us? Jesus – The Son of God. Who is The One Who would reject us if not for Jesus? God The Father. Sadly many hold to, and some adamantly defend, the view of this Father God who needs to be pacified by some sin-payment before He will be willing to forgive the sinners. (Which one has to ask if that’s really forgiveness at all since payment was still exacted… but another topic for another day, perhaps.) The idea propagated in the song (Penal Substitutionary Atonement) is founded upon the idea that God’s defining Character trait is holiness, and that since God is holy, He cannot just forgive sin. The belief is that God’s primary attribute is holiness. Yes, God is love, mercy, just, BUT above all HE IS HOLY! It is this holiness that demands He not merely forgive sin, but exact payment for sin. A verse of Scripture used to support the idea of God’s dominant holiness attribute is Isaiah 6:3 “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” The thought is that nowhere else in Scripture is it said God is thrice anything. Never does it say, “God is love, love, love.” or, “God is mercy, mercy, mercy”; therefore holiness wins out in the attribute battle. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2014 in God, Jesus Christ

 

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The Table of The LORD

I just ended a weekend men’s conference at The Cove in Ashville, NC. I enjoyed a wonderful weekend of fellowship with my dad and another gentleman from the church I grew up in. The music was wonderful and the messages were encouraging; but none of that was the highlight of the weekend. The highlight was the Eucharist that we all partook of at the conclusion of the 3 day retreat. The drama we all lived out in that moment was phenomenal. It was something I had never experienced before as I partook of communion. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2014 in Church, Family

 

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To Sit or Not to Sit:

The past two times we have been out at a restaurant it has been extremely busy. Both places were packed and the line to the door. And in both places, the actions of people were the same – un-Christlike. How? Glad you asked. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Discipleship

 

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Stop Bogarting the Bible

bogarttingThe recent debate between (Young Earth Creationist) Ken Ham and (Natural Evolutionist) Bill Nye (“the science guy”) has sparked much conversation, especially within the Christian community. There is diversity on the issue within Christendom as not everyone who believes the Scriptures to be the Word of God is a young earth creationist (YEC). Yet, there is an overwhelming tendency of YEC-ers to “bogart” the Bible. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Punishment vs. Discipline

I had the blessing of teaching the 3rd grade boys Life Group something today that I didn’t learn until I was 30 years old – The difference between punishment and discipline. For 98% of my life, those two words were grossly conflated (actually, the definition of “discipline” was almost completely dropped), and the problem it created was massively screwed up view of God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2013 in God, Jesus Christ

 

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Seeing Thing Upside Down

There is a considerable amount of talk floating around among Christians in the social media world concerning comments that Pastor Mark Driscoll made in regards to the belief many Christians hold concerning Jesus’ teaching to “love your enemies”. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Christian Life, Discipleship, Jesus Christ

 

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Getting it EXACTLY Right… why you don’t have to

This past Sunday the lesson I taught the 3rd Grade boys was in 2 Kings, chapter 5, the account of how God heals Naaman of his leprosy. After Naaman is healed, he goes back to Elisha and professes his faith in Jehovah, but he says something interesting. He explains to Elisha how King Aram worships a false god and that Naaman’s job obliges him to go into the temple with the king and bow before the idol. Naaman requests that God forgive him in advance as when this situation occurs, Naaman will bow, but the bow will be completely meaningless and merely a formality. The prophet Elisha tells Naaman that this is okay as he says, “Go in peace.” I found this highly intriguing. Here, we have a picture of how God expresses His love to us as it is displayed in His patient understanding. This isn’t to say we shouldn’t try to be like Him, it’s that we SHOULD strive to be like Him.. and above all HE IS LOVE! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2013 in Christian Life, Devotion, Discipleship

 

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