Archive for April, 2011

What is the gospel?

Posted: 26th April 2011 by ElShaddai Edwards in Faith & Theology

Over the weekend, I was briefly sucked into a theological discussion thread on Facebook in which the original question was posed along the lines of “If Calvanism is the gospel (cf. Spurgeon) and I am not a Calvanist, do I reject the gospel?” Despite my attempt at a quick diversionary answer, the thread quickly transformed into a TULIP discussion, so I left it behind…

Finding Hope in Christianity’s Past

Posted: 23rd April 2011 by ElShaddai Edwards in Church & Community
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Are current events part of a cyclical, God-planned upheaval of Christianity or just the results of random social circumstances? My former teacher, Trace James, has published some thoughts on his Studies in Grace blog on why he sees hope for the future in Christianity’s past. A Hope-filled Christian History, Part One A Hope-filled Reading of Christian […]

We are risen!

Posted: 22nd April 2011 by ElShaddai Edwards in Faith & Theology
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You once were dead because of your sins and wickedness; you followed the ways of this present world order, obeying the commander of the spiritual powers of the air, the spirit now at work among God’s rebel subjects. We too were once of their number; we were ruled by our physical desires, and did what […]

A wilderness of words

Posted: 14th April 2011 by ElShaddai Edwards in Faith & Theology

A wilderness of words So subtly blurs the truth That men rejoice in lies They learned in Sunday School […] Read the rest at Vine and Fig: Poems and Comments for the Lord

He will have us all…

Posted: 12th April 2011 by ElShaddai Edwards in Bibles & Books
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God loves his whole creation. Once sin was present in it, God began a long campaign to win the hearts of people so as to restore creation. God means for us […] to love everyone we can into the great mission of restoring everything in creation to all it is meant to be. The eventual […]

Former translation nut seeking good home for many Bibles

Posted: 11th April 2011 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

Former Bible translation nut seeks an organization to which to donate many varied English translations for loving Kingdom use. Local (Minneapolis) would be ideal, but willing to entertain other options. If you have any suggestions, please respond in the comments to this post. Thanks!

Losing a third of me: Making a commitment to change

Posted: 11th April 2011 by ElShaddai Edwards in Personal
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None of the workouts or diet tips and tricks that I’ve previously discussed could have been effective until I was willing to commit to the schedule changes and lifestyle changes necessary to support them. When I first started to think about losing weight two or three years ago, I added myself to my wife’s gym […]

Elected to bless the nations

Posted: 10th April 2011 by ElShaddai Edwards in Faith & Theology

HT: Peter Kirk, Gentle Wisdom Election needs to be seen as a doctrine of mission, not a calculus for the arithmetic of salvation. If we are to speak of being chosen, of being among God’s elect, it is to say that, like Abraham, we are chosen for the sake of God’s plan that the nations […]

The marriage of the millennium

Posted: 8th April 2011 by ElShaddai Edwards in Faith & Theology
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We tend to spend a lot of time interpreting Revelation 20 and trying to understand the 1,000 year reign of Christ with the saints. In our linear Western mindset, we mainly read the text as a narrative in which Event C follows Event B, which followed Event A. I have my doubts that this is […]

Beyond the sanitized page: plunging into the letter to Thyatira

Posted: 5th April 2011 by ElShaddai Edwards in Translation
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We’re in the middle of a sermon series at church on the letters to the seven churches in the book of Revelation. This past Sunday, we looked at the letter to Thyatira — Revelation 2:18-29.  In the middle of the letter is God’s statement of intent to punish a person or source of authority that was […]