Archive for June 2014

Can you be a Christian and not Believe?

Please forgive my blatant hook of a title, but I do wish to seriously ask this question. In a previous post I said that the bible does not actually tell us to believe, but rather that the word we translate “believe” is actually “do faith.” If you want to know more about this, please read…

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Truth as Relationship II

I’ve been thinking more about John 14 lately, and I am still wrestling with Jesus’ claim to be the “truth.” In the past, I’ve written about how if are not careful we will mistake our assumed knowledge of truth for Jesus. An other way of saying this is that because we think we know what…

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Being for Others

If I can be so incredibly arrogant as to assess the enduring legacy of conservative evangelicalism as a culture, it would be a culture of fear. Fear of the “world” (try figuring out exactly what the “world” is in the bible. I guarantee it will scare the bejesus out of you); fear of knowledge; fear…

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The Believable Lie pt II: Authentic Beliefs

A cataclysm occurs at the point where authenticity becomes entrenched in the system of belief, for when our beliefs become authentic to who we are they become who we are. It is as if an alien life form had taken over the space in your brain that controls what you do, make, say or think.…

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The Problem of Authenticity

Ever since Kierkegaard coined the term and Sartre popularized it, the value of authenticity has maintained a prominent place in the minds of those in individualized society. The general consensus is that it is better, nay, crucial, that a person be authentic- that they be who they truly are. Of course, this means that a…

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The Believable Lie Pt. I

Over the past months I have been writing about the difference between faith and beliefs, and between lies and truth. I have written that faith is not about believing, and that Jesus’ claim to be the truth in John 14 is not to be confused with him claiming to be our own, personal understanding of…

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Faith, Folly, and a Green Pontiac

In the the spring of 2003, I bought my first car. Well, my second car, actually. The first one was a gift from my Grandpa. That was in 1996, the year my second car was made, ironically. But in 2003, I bought my first car. A green Pontiac Grand Prix. A four-door SE model, complete with…

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