Monthly Archives: March 2005

“Baptism” in the New Testament

Here are the NT occurrences of the noun “baptism” and the verb “baptize.” Obviously by listing the word and its congnates alone, I don’t list every occurrence of the concept. Also, I did my search in the Greek text, so … Continue reading

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Methodists Lag – and it’s a good thing

For some years Methodists have – for good or ill – led American culture. Methodists were the first denomination to officially recognize the new US government. Methodists split over slavery 17 yeras before the country did – rehearsing many of … Continue reading

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Thinking Like a Pastor

In my years of pastoring I have sometimes looked at my congregation and wished that I had so-and-so (or someone like so-and-so) in my congregation. I’d see people like that in other churches, in my reading, or in my imagination … Continue reading

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Death and the Nation State

Curious comment from Glenn Reynolds (the Instapundit) today. He says: I think that’s right. I feel somewhat that way about capital punishment. I’m utterly unpersuaded by the argument that there is something uniquely immoral about state-sanctioned killing. (At its core, … Continue reading

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More Trouble in (and for) North Korea

Ah the destructive power of modern culture!

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Salman Rushdie Speaks

Salman Rushdie, in a recent opinion piece says: … The simple truth is that, wherever religions get into society’s driving seat, tyranny results. The Inquisition results, or the Taliban.And yet, religions continue to insist that they provide special access to … Continue reading

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Big Brother is Still at WOrk

We live in a dangerous world. No, I’m not talking about terrorists or global warming. I’m talking about really dangerous things – like the laws of physics and Aunt Myrtle’s cooking. As this piece in Christianity Today indicates, the State … Continue reading

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