The Simple, The Fool, The Wise and The Wicked.

June 27th, 2015

We all want to make good choices. We want to make the best choices. We even define wisdom as making the best choice in every situation. But we don't always do that! Why?  It's the stuff that's already in us that influences how we choose. If my ability to choose is a great gift, then using that gift to its full benefit is in the interest of everyone I interact with. And yet the stuff that's holding us back and influencing our inability to make wise choices isn't always easily detected. Let's look at that.

 

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Sin Stupidity Sanity and Security Week 2

June 24th, 2015

The roots of wisdom run deep and take years to grow.  So also do the roots of destructive  practices. This is true for individuals, for communities, and for countries. Let's look at that this week.

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Sin, Stupidity, Sanity and Security

June 13th, 2015

What is Wisdom? The ability to choose well in a diverse array of circumstances which the average person encounters. Sometimes we choose well, and other times not. Sometimes we choose in ways which are sinful, while at other times our choices are simply stupid. They are choices informed by inadequate understanding, or personal desires which override good thinking.

To live life well, To leave behind a good legacy. These desires require great wisdom.  In this first of a multi-part study on wisdom, we'll explore the basics.

 

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Sound and Silence

June 1st, 2015

People love to talk. Well, at least mostly they do, unless giving someone the "silent treatment". What, though, is the power of the words we each offer. Silence, after all, is our default "setting". We are "quiet until acted upon".  Since that's true, then could it be that the spoken word could or should be offered with purpose in mind?  Could it be that our words, rather than being random and idle, or self-defensive, could be used at means of creative construction? Let's take a look today.

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King and Kingdom Part 3

May 24th, 2015

In a great kingdom, everyone has a role to play. Everyone has things to do. But they also each have some expectations. Let's look at 3 words which can sum up all of life within any kingdom.  Relationship, Responsibility, Reward.  Let's dig in.

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King and Kingdom Part 2

May 17th, 2015

A good king makes a great difference. Why? Let's look at that.

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What IS the Kingdom of Heaven

May 11th, 2015

Jesus often used two phrases followed by either a description or a parable. They were, The Kingdom of Heaven and The Kingdom of God.  "The Kingdom of Heaven is like..."  is something he was heard to say on numerous occasions. All sorts of ideas and images can come to mind, but perhaps those are secondary. Perhaps we need to ask this one question: How did Jesus intend for his listeners to understand that phrase. Or, how did they already understand the phrase, and thus how are we to understand what this Kingdom is like.

Let's take a closer look. This will be the first of a several part series.

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Are Miracles Possible? Can they provide some added supporting evidence pointing toward the existence of God?

May 3rd, 2015

Is the miraculous possible? Not in the sense of merely  amazing or incredible things, but in the most literal sense of the word? Are there occurances which are inexplicable apart from a purposeful action originating with God? Are the things written down and preserved in accounts like those of the Biblical book of Acts real? Just as important a question may be "and can things like that happen today?"  The Big Question behind this is simple really. Do miracles provide some evidence for and justification for belief in God?  Let's take a look.

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The Challenge Presented by Evil, Pain and Suffering

April 25th, 2015

Not many are immune to asking the "why" question when suffering comes. Why did this good person get sick, or why do innocent children go without food, or why did the Tornado strike here or there? Every theist must have answers - if for no other reason than to satisfy the ache or doubt in his own heart. Every Biblical Theist is offered from the pages of Scripture some limited answers to why both Natural and Moral evil are a constant presence in this world. Still, when we ask the question, "what best explains reality as we see and understand it?" it sometimes appears that the naturalist has an intellectual edge in the discussion. If there is no ordered purpose, plan and meaning behind what we see then bad things, just are. They don't need to be explained. And they really aren't bad, they are just bad because we experience them as such. But the Theist is bound - in this case - to provide a more careful and reasoned answer. Since the Theist believes in a powerful and good God, he is called to answer the skeptics question about evil's presence in this world.

Do we have credible and reasonable answers? Let's consider that.

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Where Do Beliefs Originate? What types of doubts assault people and why?

April 18th, 2015

Most people have experienced doubts about their critical and foundational views of life. But where do our beliefs arise from to begin with?

Knowing why we believe is as important as understanding what we believe. Most people would like to "believe" that their beliefs are based on sound reason and logical assumptions. But is that true? Do we believe BECAUSE we know? Or do we believe some things simply because we've never had the interest or passion to see where those beliefs originated? Let's look at that this time.

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