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"The Bible Is Just a Story" (Or "Can a Story Do That?")

People often say the Bible is just a story that helps some people out. The Bible's defenders often get deep into evidence it's true. This defines what the Bible says it is, looks at it through non-believers eyes like it's a story, describes its impact in story terms, and that looks less believable than a God making it. Also, the results of America watching Netflix all of 2020 should settle this once and for all. Did all those stories do what the Bible has done?

Using the Bible to Test Joseph Smith's Revelations

Folks involved in the Church of Latter Day Saints, often called Mormons, follow different beliefs than Christians. Both types of people seek God, believe the Bible is His Word, and try to find salvation in Him. They believe very different things about that, though, due to extra revelations Joseph Smith said God gave him. We'll give them a fair shake by looking almost entirely what the Bible says followed by Smith's claims.

Why Small Sins Can't Be Tolerated: A Human-Centered Explanation

Many people believe they should still go to heaven or a good place if their sins, or wrongdoings, aren't that bad. Responses usually use concepts like holiness that humans can't wrap their heads around easily. This brief article (1.5min) shows why small sins can't be allowed into a heavenly place just using your life experiences on Earth.

The In's and Out's of Evangelism in Mark

There's been arguments about using brokenness, the Law, or benefits of the Gospel for evangelism. Especially how God might want us to do it (and bless). Well, let's just dedicate some daily reading to how Jesus did it. Maybe there's things to imitate. :)

Free Will vs Predestination: What's Gaming Teach Us? (Quick Draft)

Aspects of Free Will vs Calvinism debate, esp creating people for hell, really bothered me. Neither side fit all of Scripture. I asked God for a view that did. One morning, this poured out: proof one can accomplish predestination-like results with free will. Further, hundreds of millions of people can understand this from personal experience. I lazily put main points in but never finished it. EDIT: An elder told me this is Molinism. I don't know if Molinists strongly proved it would work or just wrote theoretically.

Why Women Can't be Pastors

Out sharing and serving, I ran into a woman who said she pastored a whole church. She appeared to have a strong love for Jesus with everyone there delivering free food to the poor. She wanted to talk to me later. I felt necessary to admonish her being a pastor but in the Word and with respect to women. She never called. God did use the OT and NT paragraphs on male headship in another group, though.

Justifying Eternal Punishment

Many people, esp non-believers, object to eternal punishment for even one sin as unjust. I think many believers don't think God is just. After prayer and lots of waiting, this popped out one morning as a potential explanation. We have it all backwards: we're eternal beings judged and reacted to over a relationship, not finite beings' extended for punishment over deeds. My theory mostly uses timelessness, unchanging character, and relationships. It's clearly incomplete. I'm sharing it now because I think it covers the hardest parts.

Martial Arts Metaphor for Our Walk with God

Paul describes our walk with God as a race we have to keep running to get the prize. A Gracie Jiu-Jutsu tournament I saw seemed to paint a much more thorough picture. I wrote up this draft comparison. You don't need to know anything about martial arts to understand it.

Dishonest Manager: Expository, Bible Study

I read in a study Bible that this was a hard one to interpret with a lot of debate. I delayed reading its notes to take in on later. Now is later. I hope readers enjoy it.

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Homosexuals Coming to Christ: Their Book; My Favorite Testimonies

I know and love many homosexuals who need Jesus like everyone else. How churches treat that subject bothers me. Beyond inadequate. Plus, are there Christians like them they could relate to and learn from? After praying God send guidance, I stumbled on this site made by people having "same-sex tempation" who found Jesus, experienced His love, were transformed by it, and want to share that with others like them (everyone actually). I read every testimony. Powerful! Jesus reaches LGBT people, transforms them, and gives them inner fulfillment just like everyone else in many ways. I have a pile of testimonies on this page with brief descriptions.

On Sin in Entertainment and Churches

Back with Christ, I was strongly obedient for months before slipping. Then, barely praying, barely in the Word, and tempted/distracted more. Before, the Spirit helped me avoid all sin (even fake!) in entertainment and groups. Purged it from my life. Got closer to people again, esp in churches. Fell quite a ways. What goes in our brain and comes out our mouth has a huge impact on how holy we can live. I wrote this essay to illustrate the danger, inspire discussion about it, and encourage getting even pretend sin out of churches.

Getting the Gospel Everywhere. And Fast.
Rapid Translation of the Gospel

Two articles. Jesus returns after the Gospel reaches all people. This is a summary of our situation. We have the resources to get it done fast. The second article tries to solve the problem more rapidly at lowest cost. Even community-sized churches can try it on their own, too.

Analyzing "Judas Betrays Jesus" to Test Inerrancy vs Infallibility

People who say the Bible is true believe it's either inerrant or infallible. Infallible says core message is true despite some contradictions and errors. Inerrant says it has no errors or contradictions at all: they harmonize somehow. I weigh the evidence for inerrancy vs infallibility in one event that all four Gospels cover.

Other Works

Might eventually add sections on music, sermons (expository and topical), articles on variety of topics, book reviews, etc. I've collected way more stuff than I have time, energy, or will to organize and share. Might get more up here eventually. Meanwhile, prioritizing whatever will help people live holy and share Gospel.

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