Dec 20 2014

JacobFields.org: Created Good

Jan Brueghel: The Younger Creation of Adam

A fundamental aspect of how we see the world around us and how we understand Christianity stems from how we understand who we are. What is our nature as humans? If we were created by a good God why is there suffering? 

Christians for centuries have been trying to answer these questions. Many of the voices in Protestantism about human nature come from theologians around the time of the reformation. You may notice that people like John Wesley and Rob Bell have a very different perspective than your average evangelical Christian. Their theology is strongly influenced by a 3rd century theologian named Irenaeus whose work laid the foundation for the beliefs the church would grow on. There were many different sects who claimed to follow Jesus’ teachings that were far from what you or I believe about God, and Irenaeus wrote directly confronting those groups and in doing so laid out a convincing perspective that continues to have appeal even today. Irenaeus had this concept that we were created good and that makes all the difference. Below is a paper I wrote attempting to explain this concept in some depth. I hope you are able to see truth in it that you have known with your life, and that you can see aspects of things you hear in a Methodist church, or even in Rob Bell’s books/videos.

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Dec 20 2014

Commmonplace Holiness blog: Rob Bell: The Cross

   

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Dec 20 2014

Allan R. Bevere: Saturday at the Cinema: One Day, God Will Get What God Wants

Original post at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/allanbevere/ROss/~3/VoN9yzidzno/saturday-at-cinema-one-day-god-will-get.html

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Dec 20 2014

Hopeful: Devotions to Our God in the Manger: Joy of the Redeemed

A D V E N T  2 0 1 4:    D E V O T I O N S   T O   O U R   G O D   I N   T H E   M A N G E R Week 3                                                                                                            … Continue reading

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Dec 20 2014

Sunday's Child: Reflection on One-Year-Bible readings for December 20

O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.(Psalm 139:1-2)Haggai 1:1-2:23Historical context: Judah’s rebellion against the Babylonian empire resulted in an ove…

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Dec 20 2014

Uniting Grace: Like Midas’ Touch, But in Reverse: Further Reasons to Distrust the Rob Bell/Oprah Vortex

The conversation around Rob Bell’s recent career move has been interesting.  Many are fascinated at what the Oprah Machine will turn out.  Some are skeptical, and others are quick to defend.  It seems that Bell has now been “claimed” by the progressive camp, and anyone who questions his sanctity  must be rooted out and destroyed, much … Continue reading Like Midas’ Touch, But in Reverse: Further Reasons to Distrust the Rob Bell/Oprah Vortex

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