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Wisdom About Debt From the Mosaic Code

In our Bible study we covered Deuteronomy 15. Some interesting excerpts: 1“At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release. 2And this is the manner of the release: every creditor shall release what he has lent to his neighbor. He shall not exact it of his neighbor, his brother, because the LORD’s release has been proclaimed. 3Of a foreigner you may exact it, but whatever of yours is with your brother your hand shall release. 4But there will be no poor...

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The Possible Utility of Mosaic Dietary Code

In my Bible study session tonight we covered Deuteronomy 14 which contained, among other things, the following rules for diet: 3“You shall not eat any abomination. 4These are the animals you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat, 5the deer, the gazelle, the roebuck, the wild goat, the ibex,a the antelope, and the mountain sheep. 6Every animal that parts the hoof and has the hoof cloven in two and chews the cud, among the animals, you may eat. 7Yet of those that chew...

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A Difference in Worldviews

At church today that pastor was introducing our series on the Book of Revelation. I was talking with my son afterwards, and I mentioned that–among other things–it dealt with “the end of the world,” quite literally. It details the Apocalypse. That explains why so many movies are based on it: the end of the world is quite a gripping and dramatic topic. But from the perspective of those who believe in Jesus, it is actually a relief. The suffering of this world finally...

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Jesus, the Perfect Sacrifice

Someone (who gave me permission to post) wrote to me: “How could Jesus’ sacrifice be sufficient? Here’s what I mean: No matter how terrible his sacrifice was, it was only for a finite period of time, but he paid the price that for me would only be payable by torment for an infinite amount [of] time. How could it have been enough? Thanks.” Here’s what I wrote in response: I think I see what you’re saying, but I think it’s crude to conceive of it God wanting a certain...

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Living With the Passover Lamb Before Sacrificing It

Even those with a passing familiarity with the Exodus account know that God (through Moses) told the Israelites to slaughter a Passover lamb and spread the blood on each household’s doorpost, in order that the angel of death would “pass over” that house while killing all the firstborns of Egypt. However, it wasn’t until a recent sermon that I realized that the Israelite households were supposed to choose the unblemished lamb and then let it live with them (inside...

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Your Whole Life Has Prepared You for God’s Purpose

I was watching the movie Paul the Apostle of Christ with my son. It focuses a lot on the anguish Paul felt for his earlier sins, when he persecuted Christians. I pointed out that God used Saul’s sins in order to motivate his zealousness for Christ. Among other aspects, Paul really meant it when he told people, “Jesus’ blood covers all of your transgressions.” Paul knew that from firsthand experience. So Paul’s epistles can break through to people who otherwise might...

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One Man’s Testimony

This is really powerful. It has almost 283,000 views. My girlfriend sent this to me saying she’d stumbled across it and it was really good, to see how deep into darkness this guy went, but God called him back. I thought I would watch for 10 minutes and come back to it, but I watched the whole thing straight through.

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My Thoughts on Jordan Peterson’s Take on the Bible

Rory writes (and gives permission for me to quote): I did want to ask though, what your opinion on Jordan Peterson is in regards to Biblical literalism. From your writings and your appearance on Steve Patterson’s podcast it would seem you believe in Biblical literalism. You have also seemingly spoken approvingly about not only Jordan Peterson, but his biblical interpretations, yet as I understand him he appears to be at the very least agnostic as to the literal...

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The Power of Faith

I am sure I’ve commented on this before, but I recently read the following with my son and wanted to share. This is from the beginning Mark 6: 6 He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? 3 Is not this the...

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