Monthly Archives: December 2010

On The Difference Between Greek Thought and Hebrew Thought

What is the difference between Greek thought and Hebrew thought?  It would be most picturesque to picture a scene.  In one scene you are watching a group of people argue in black and white, elegantly splitting hairs, while in the … Continue reading

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Somaliland, China, Oil, and Legitimacy: A Potential Minefield of Issues

In today’s news about Somaliland, here is an update about the coming official visit of Somaliland’s president to China and the reasons for China’s friendliness.  Though I have already discussed the extreme friendliness of China towards Somaliland [1] and the … Continue reading

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Divinely Authorized Rebellion And Its Limits: An Examination of 1 Kings 11:26-40, 12:25-33

Continuing our series on the Biblical Art of War, let us examine the issue of righteous rebellion.  Does God ever authorize rebellion, and if so, what are the limitations and terms of that authorization?  As some unprincipled people use the … Continue reading

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Exploring The Ironies of the Unity of Faith And The Gifts of Christ: Ephesians 4:1-8

In the second post on what will probably be a series on the ironies of the claims of the new COG America group [1], I would like to point out some of the particularly rich ironies of their claim to … Continue reading

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On The Fundamentals of Theology

Today I would like to talk about an aspect of my education that is perhaps little known to friends, especially outside of my church.  In 2004, I went to a Bible program called the Ambassador Bible Center, where my favorite … Continue reading

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Not What You See: The Problem of Mental Filters

Today I would like to talk about the problem of mental filters.  Why is it that we fail to see what is right in front of us, what someone is telling us, and make all kinds of false judgments and … Continue reading

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Yeonpyeong Island and Fort Sumter: An Essay on Provocation

In the face of war threats from North Korea [1], South Korea promises to conduct artillery drills from Yeonpyeong Island, the island fired upon last month by North Korea’s forces in a move that brought the Korean Penninsula to the … Continue reading

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Diplomacy And Its Discontents: A Note On The Line Between Game and Reality

Those who have played the game of Diplomacy, either in person (as I have not) or by e-mail (as I have, many times) will note that one of the fascinating problems of the game is the problem in separating possibility … Continue reading

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Like Toy Soldiers…

As I was doing research yesterday night for my entry on Somalia’s Tin Wars [1], I was struck by just how few references there were to warfare over tin (despite its prominence in the current events of Somalia and the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Am I The One?: Clues To Finding & Becoming A Person Worth Marrying

[Note:  This book review appeared originally on my other blog, strictly for book reviews, but I thought it worthwhile to put here as well considering the context of my recent piece on anti-celibacy counseling.] Am I The One?: Clues To … Continue reading

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