Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Paul the Philosopher

Acts 17 and becoming all things to all people

Paul the Apostle said that...


"I have become all things to all people, so that by all means I may save some."  (1 Corinthians 9:22b)


Acts 17 is an example where Paul becomes a philosopher to reason with philosophers. Of particular interest is Paul's willingness to provide reference to God with the idol of the unknown God.

Dan Barker's Easter Challenge

Harmony of the 4 gospels on the resurrection account

Dan Barker's Easter Challenge For Christians


Dan Barker, many years ago issues a challenge to Christians to take the 4 gospels and build a reasonable narrative of them. Presumably, he feels it is difficult, when in fact, the 4 gospels harmonize nicely without adding any commentary at all.


The conditions of the challenge are simple and reasonable. In each of the four Gospels, begin at Easter morning and read to the end of the book: Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20-21. Also read Acts 1:3-12 and Paul's tiny version of the story in I Corinthians 15:3-8. These 165 verses can be read in a few moments. Then, without omitting a single detail from these separate accounts, write a simple, chronological narrative of the events between the resurrection and the ascension: what happened first, second, and so on; who said what, when; and where these things happened. ...His premise is that the gospels contradict and cannot be reconciled. 

Isaiah's Divine Warrior

Better than sons and daughters

Isaiah 56 should be interpreted as the opening panel of a chiastic structure that starts with 56:1 and ends with chapter 66.

A. Righteous foreigners (56:1-8)

B. God's people unable to do right (56:9-59:15a)

C. The Divine Warrior (59:15b-21) 

D. God's righteousness dawns in his people (60:1-22) 

E. Anointed to preach the Good News (61:1-3)

D. God's righteousness dawns in his people (61:4-62:12)

C. The Divine Warrior (63:1-6) 

B. God's people unable to do right (63:7-66:17)

A. Righteous foreigners (66:18-24)

Is Christianity Myth? by Rev. Ben Edwards

What is Myth and Why Christianity Doesn't Fit the Category

  • 2 March 2017
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 1038
While other ancient literatures all see reality in essentially the same terms of one-ness with the earth, the Bible differs radically on all the main points and cannot reasonably be considered mythology. Rather, the Bible asserts a two-ness as a corrective to those who reject the Old Testament’s testimony about a transcendent God who breaks into time and space and reveals himself in and through human activity.

Defining Myth: 0:00-9:13   Characteristics of Myth: 9:14-24:00   Characteristics of the Bible: 24:00-33:30   Jesus and Pagan Myths: 33:30-43:35   Historicity of the Gospels: 43:35-59:32   Importance of History to Christianity: 59:32-1:02:29   Why This Matters: 102:29-1:11:27

Science in Scripture

Yes, the Bible does contain scientific information.

  • 22 February 2017
  • Author: Guest Blogger
  • Number of views: 702

by Bob Savery

It is often said that the Bible is not a book of science.  This statement is usually made to suggest that the Bible is not scientific or not concerned with scientific information. I wish to challenge that suggestion. While it true that it is not a textbook of the sort used in a science classes, the Bible does contain scientific information and make claims consistent with modern science if the reader will learn to recognize them. Here I wish to give some examples.