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by steve
Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Calvinism, Arminianism & Open Theism
Topic: Diug Wilson's "pennies"
Replies: 6
Views: 130

Re: Diug Wilson's "pennies"

Ah, yes! But that is your problem. You will or will not eat the apple as it pleases you and as you exploit the opportunity to do so, without outwork duress. If someone knows you will do such a thing, then it will indeed happen. If I know you will do it, that does not make me actively involved in you...
by steve
Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Calvinism, Arminianism & Open Theism
Topic: Diug Wilson's "pennies"
Replies: 6
Views: 130

Diug Wilson's "pennies"

Doug Wilson’s “tossed pennies” illustration Steve, In your debate with Douglas Wilson on Calvinism, you affirmed that God knows the future decisions we will make, but does not determine them, because we have free will. Doug responded (quite reasonably, it seems to me) that if you had a handful of p...
by steve
Sun May 03, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: What should a pastor do? Coronavirus edition
Replies: 10
Views: 1663

Re: What should a pastor do? Coronavirus edition

Hi Singalphile and Darin, Singalphile, thank you for asking. Your questions seem to dovetail well with Darin's post, so I will answer both of you jointly. Darin,thank you for the clarifications. I think you might agree they do not address cases of a Christian's civil disobedience for actual conscien...
by steve
Sat May 02, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: What should a pastor do? Coronavirus edition
Replies: 10
Views: 1663

Re: What should a pastor do? Coronavirus edition

Hi Darin and Singalphile, First, Singalphile, I did not say the state's mandate is to uphold " social justice, " but rather, "societal justice." I know the terms should be interchangeable, but that cannot be assumed today, when "social justice " is specifically a buzzword for " identity politics "—o...
by steve
Fri May 01, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: What should a pastor do? Coronavirus edition
Replies: 10
Views: 1663

What should a pastor do? Coronavirus edition

Dear Steve Pastor R. and I are seeking your Biblical Counsel regarding the relationship to government authority and this COVID 19 pandemic. This relates to Romans 13 regarding "Let every should be subject to the governing authorities". We live in the state of Illinois and as most states, we have be...
by steve
Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Theology Proper, Christology, Pneumatology
Topic: Paul and Jesus
Replies: 3
Views: 344

Re: Paul and Jesus

The idea that there are gifts of the Spirit in no way contradicts anything Jesus taught. The idea that we are members of Christ's body, and variously gifted to carry out different functions, no doubt, has its precursor in the image of the Vine and the branches, in John 15:1-6. Paul diversifies the c...
by steve
Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Roman Catholicism
Topic: Letter to a newly-Catholic friend
Replies: 6
Views: 1496

Re: Letter to a newly-Catholic friend

Homer wrote:
Tue Apr 14, 2020 3:35 pm
Hi Steve:

You wrote:
The difficulty in your suggestion is that, while God does teach the church through anointed teachers, there is no guarantee that those teachers will be the ones whose understanding will most influence the institutional churches.
Oh so true!
by steve
Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: Roman Catholicism
Topic: Letter to a newly-Catholic friend
Replies: 6
Views: 1496

Re: Letter to a newly-Catholic friend

Hi Homer, I took your advice and reworded some parts of the section you cited. The difficulty in your suggestion is that, while God does teach the church through anointed teachers, there is no guarantee that those teachers will be the ones whose understanding will most influence the institutional ch...
by steve
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Roman Catholicism
Topic: Letter to a newly-Catholic friend
Replies: 6
Views: 1496

Letter to a newly-Catholic friend

Hi S—, I have always acknowledged that Catholics and Protestants alike can be true Christians, though salvation does not come automatically by being either Catholic or Protestant. I do think that the more aligned with truth we can be, the more genuine liberty in Christ will be ours. So it does make ...
by steve
Wed Apr 08, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: The Gospels
Topic: Birth accounts harmonized
Replies: 0
Views: 621

Birth accounts harmonized

I answered the following question today for a correspondent: Hi Steve, There seem to be several contradictions between Matthew and Luke in their relating the birth stories of Jesus. MATTHEW says that an angel came in a dream to JOSEPH telling him his wife would give birth to Jesus. Then Jesus was bo...

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