Seven-and-a-half years ago I began writing this blog called “Salvageable.” It was a chance to share my thoughts with the larger world and to try out some ideas on a smaller audience before moving on to publishing them in book form. Over time, I published several books through the Kindle/Amazon connection, and much of what I put into print had first been read in this venue. Also, over that time, I met many interesting people, some of whom I now consider close friends.
But this year writing is more difficult. I don’t know why. I can only assume that my muse has taken a break. Maybe I have said all the thoughts in my mind that are worth saying. Maybe I want to dedicate more energy to creating books without the discipline of the blog format. Maybe age is catching up with me. Maybe I’m just tired after all the…
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Romans 12-says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
“Conformed,” it means like-shaped, formed, fashioned, molded, compliant, and to act in accord with prevailing standards.
Why be not conformed, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind? Because it is then and only then that, “you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
We are putting the cart before the horse. We are automatically equating obedience with God’s will. Well, we will have absolutely no idea what God’s will even is, unless we spend some time allow Him to renew our minds and transform us. Without that key piece of the puzzle, all we are going to be doing is obeying all the worldly things that already shape…
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Shao Kai Tseng. Immanuel Kant. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, November 16th 2020. 232 pp.
5 out of 5
Have you heard of the philosopher Immanuel Kant? Kant as a philosopher is hard to understand and yet Kant was such a watershed individual in philosophy. Through his writings philosophy went from the trend of large speculation on the “big ideas” of God, freedom, morality, religion, etc., to the overall trend today of being interpretative and analytic, and dare I say “less ambitious” in its scope and aims. Given Kant’s importance and the difficulties of interpreting him this book has been immensely helpful. The author Shao Kai Tseng has done a superb job writing this book. He’s given us a rigorous introduction to Kant from a Reformed standpoint. A professor of philosophy, the author is also a Reformed Christian with an impressive academic background in philosophy and…
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Here’s an article from Live Science presenting seven popular theories on the origin of life.
There’s actually no scientific evidence suggesting life could arise naturally. None. The idea that it could stems from a secular worldview adhering to naturalism. If one denies God (or the supernatural), then, naturally, life must have come about by some unknown natural process. There aren’t any other options. Either life arose naturally, or there was a supernatural origin.
So it’s unsurprising there are scientists who want to solve what appears (to them) to be a great mystery.
The article begins by expressing the belief that life on earth began more than 3 billion years ago. Well, that’s an unwarranted assumption, but I’ll accept that premise for the sake of argument. Then it acknowledges the dilemma: “Science remains undecided and conflicted as to the exact origin of life, also known as abiogenesis.”
Okay, where to begin?…
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Establish the need: Is there any Messianic prophecy in this song?
Purpose: We will consider reasons why we consider Hannah’s Song in 1 Samuel 2:1-10 is Messianic Prophecy.
- Hannah’s Song is prophetic
- Hannah’s Song is Messianic prophecy since she was informed by Old Testament Theology
- The mention of the Messiah seem to refer to Someone greater than a local King of Israel
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Our Text – Romans 1:1-17
Our memory verse
Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek”
The Gospel of God and that Jesus Christ is the center of the gospel, wherein He uses people to spread His gospel around the world.
Paul is the author of this Epistle and begins his letter to the Romans with the longest of his salutations. In verses 1-7 he tells them who he is (1:1), gives them the heart of the gospel (1:2-4), the nature of his mission and ministry (1:5) and addresses the audience he has presumably never met (1:6-7).
In verses 8-15, Paul wants to tell his readers how he longs to visit them in order that both they and he will…
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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Do Christians know how to pray?
Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:
Yes, Jesus taught them how to pray.
““Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father, who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” (Matthew 6:9-13)
No, they don’t know how to pray.
“Now in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;”
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Grass roots urban renewal
I did not win the big lottery prize this month. I have been able to fantasize, though, about the things I might do with that much money. Among the several dreams I would fund would be an effort towards grass roots urban renewal. Progress in this area would be good for the United States and its citizens, and its success would also help the Republican Party and its supporters.
The problem with grass roots movements is that they frequently wilt and dry up before they become established. Often such movements are linked to a single popular personality, and for that reason their success lasts only as long as the fame and good reputation of that person last. Our two major political parties focus most of their attention on the next election. They write party platforms that see far into the future (and, perhaps, are well-anchored in…
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The second chapter of Judges opens with the Angel of the LORD – the Messenger of YHWH, the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ – visiting with the leaders of Israel and giving them a stern warning, reminding them of their duties to God. He tells them,
and as for you, you shall cut no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.’ But you have not listened to My voice; what is this you have done?(Judges 2:2).
He goes on to say,
“Therefore I also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; but they will become as thorns in your sides, and their gods will become a snare to you.’”(Judges 2:3).
As early as Exodus 23:20-33, God’s people were to “cut no covenant” with the pagans in the land they were to conquer (Exodus 23:32), but instead they were to “tear down their…
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All in good fun here, but we’ll clean your clock, tear you to shreds, and eat you for breakfast, that’s the problem with she-bears…..
I read a lot of fairy tales as a child, not the Disneyfied modern versions, but the old tales of myths and legends that are often quite brutal and graphic and do not always have a happy ending. Children do get eaten by witches, wolves, and trolls.
A meme was going around the other day that gave me a chuckle, couple of trolls under a bridge and one says, “The doctor says I can never have children!” And the other troll says, “Stop whining about your food allergies, Marge.” Made me laugh.
So is that troll meme a historical account? A literal translation? An allegory or metaphor? A myth designed to teach a moral lesson? Bad translation? A coded political commentary? Do those who giggle secretly…
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Establish the need: Is the Messiah going to be like Moses in any way?
Purpose: We will consider Deuteronomy 18:15-19 as pointing to Christ with the following five points.
- The focus on an individual prophet like Moses
- Objection: There’s nothing about this about a future prediction
- Deuteronomy 18 is not predicting Joshua
- Deuteronomy 18 is not predicting Muhammad
- Jesus is like Moses
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Children can be cruel to one another and even to themselves. Boys with feminine traits might be called “sissies,” while girls with masculine traits might be called “tomboys.” Sometimes these are temporary phases, part of childhood development. Sometimes they reveal characteristics that will remain part of an individual’s personality into adulthood. Most of the time, they are not related to an individual’s gender identity and sense of self. They might be teased or bullied at school because they are different from their peers, but even that experience is not as harmful as having adults overreact to those childhood tendencies, having those adults try to respond in a permanent way to behavior that is only a temporary part of being children.
This leads to discussion of a distinction made in my daughter’s nursing school materials, which is the distinction between gender identity and gender presentation. Some men enjoy dressing as women…
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Tricia did an awesome post called, “A Needed Reckoning.” She talked about many good things and poked fun at the notion of belonging to the Bad Christian Club, one of the “unforgiving ones” when it comes to covid lock downs and vaccine mandates.
Well, yeah. They disregarded people’s rights, locked us down in our homes, and violated the Nuremberg Code when it comes to medical experimentation on unwitting civilians who weren’t even granted informed consent. Don’t even get me started about the public health disaster caused by this horrific abuse of power. We haven’t even begun to survey the damage and take an inventory.
Also, I’m about 2 years into this stupid, “2 weeks to flatten the curve” crap and my county just voted to continue their emergency powers act for another year so as to well, continue their power trip.I ain’t forgiving nobody.
The issue of forgiveness…
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Over the years I have posts on my blog on the self-attesting nature of the Bible. See Master’s Thesis: The Self-Attesting Nature of the New Testament Canon by John Gordon Duncan, Quick Thoughts on the self attesting nature of the Bible and Introduction to Hermeneutics Series: Session Four: The Doctrine of the Self-Attesting Word of God.
I believe the Word of God when read is powerful to draw people to Himself and save sinners.
Here’s my own testimony.
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The world around us—the scientific world, the world of medical professionals—has become confused about gender and about gender-related issues. At one time, attraction of one man to another or of one woman to another was condemned as sinful and as shameful. Then such attractions were classified as a form of medical illness. Then they were classified as inborn tendencies, not subject to choice and not blamable as sin. People were told to accept one another without judgment, even to think that God created people with those tendencies. Meanwhile, professionals debated the extent to which same-sex attraction is genetic and the extent to which it is formed by childhood influences. Regardless of the conclusion, professionals generally asserted that such preferences are part of a person’s identity. They say that it is harmful and wrong to try in any way to change a person’s preferences or to show any disapproval of those…
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Last month I got to spend a few days with family. One evening at the dinner table, my grandniece (who is eight years old) began reciting the famous saying about what little girls are made of and what little boys are made of. I don’t know where she learned that old-fashioned rhyme—I’m sure it wasn’t in public school or at the public library. I bit my tongue to avoid saying, in the presence of children, that the poem must have a lot of additional verses now that we are living in the twenty-first century.
More than ten years ago, my very liberal friend said in an off-handed way that “we now know” there are more than two genders. At the time I made no response, figuring that this was just one of the very liberal things he liked to say, trying to shock the rest of us. But one of…
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There’s an old joke I really appreciate that says, “when satan fell from heaven he landed in the choir loft.” That’s poking fun at some of the envy, rivalry, comparison, infighting that can happen among musicians and performers of all sort.
Probably a much more serious truth, “when satan fell from heaven he landed smack dab in the middle of the church.” I actually take some comfort in that saying, it resonates with me, and it makes a certain kind of sense. An evil doer is not going to work among the darkness, the dark stuff of the world is already workingfor him, so he is going to go right where the light is.
That means there must be some light going on within the darn church, somewhere. It wouldn’t be a target for such evil and deception, if it didn’t have something that was at least, potentially good.
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Establish the need: Sometimes other relatives, in-laws, parents and sibling who oppose us disciplining our kids. How do we discipline our children when facing opposition from other adults?
Purpose: Today we will go over five points concerning what to do when adults object to our discipline of our child.
- Examine ourselves to see if others have legitimate biblical concerns with how we discipline our child
- Explain to the other person why you discipline is because you are following the Bible
- Discipline in a private place
- Spank quickly and firmly
- Explain to your child why you discipline so they take your side
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NightWind recently mentioned Bjorn Bull-Hanson, novelist, blogger, you-tuber. I’ve also enjoyed listening to him, watching his videos. It’s much colder in his part of the world, or perhaps he is just braver then me, but he often goes marching out in the snow to build a fire and have a cup of tea.
The last few years hubby and I have spent a great deal of time around our own fire pit right in the back yard with a foot of snow on the ground, often with a hot drink in our hands. We have an awning in case it rains, lots of solar lights that twinkle, and it’s become a bit of a winter oasis for us. Firelight is actually good for you, it produces low wavelength red light which has many health benefits. Getting outside exposes you to some vitamin D and improves your melatonin so you sleep better.
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