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Small Steps to a Community of Goods

I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of the community of goods lately. For those unfamiliar with the phrase, this means a voluntary community where everything is held in common, as demonstrated for us in the book of Acts. It’s not political communism, which forces redistribution on everybody. I...

40 Questions for Affirming Christians Part 5

32. If “love wins,” how would you define love? 4 Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant,5 it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, 6 it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is...

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40 Questions for Affirming Christians Part 4

21. On what basis, if any, would you prevent consenting adults of any relation and of any number from getting married? If we’re talking about legal rights, I’m not sure there’s anything that would I say prevents two adults with fully informed consent getting married. The legal system probably can’t determine...

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40 Questions for Affirming Christians Part 3

Let’s continue with the 40 Questions posed for affirming Christians. 14. Do you think children do best with a mother and a father? There’s no reason to believe that the average two-mother or two-father family is any less loving than a mother-father family. Ok, there are some scenarios where the two...

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eBooks vs Print Books

I’m going to be a tech nerd for a post here. A while ago, fellow MennoNerd Paul asked in our vlog about eBooks vs print books. Here’s how I would summarize the difference, and why for my priorities I tend to go with eBooks. Pro: Physical Space Paul mentions how...

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Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit

Mark 3:20-35 came up in my daily lectionary. Here’s the full text: 20Jesus went back home, and once again such a large crowd gathered that there was no chance even to eat.21When Jesus’ family heard what he was doing, they thought he was mad and went to get him under control....

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40 Questions for Affirming Christians Part 2

Continuing to tackle some questions aimed at affirming Christians. 7. When Jesus spoke against porneia what sins do you think he was forbidding? Most translations render porneia as something broad like “sexual immorality.” Some older translations like the KJV use “fornication” which doesn’t really carry moral weight in modern English....

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40 Questions for Affirming Christians Part 1

Kevin DeYoung of the Gospel Coalition posed 40 questions for affirming Christians. I’m guessing most/all of them are meant to be more attacking than genuine questions, but I’d like to try to answer at least some of them briefly for those who really do want to know. A few other...

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The Destruction of Sodom

Cue the screams of pain from American dominionists* that the Supreme Court has declared marriage equality a right in all states. Comparisons will be made to Sodom. This comparison is made often. It’s also a really bad self-defeating argument. A simple search of what the Bible says about Sodom reveals...

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Narcoleptic Spirituality

I have narcolepsy. I’ve referenced it here before, but I generally don’t dwell on it, especially on a blog about following Jesus. Of course, it does sometimes impact the way that I follow Jesus, much like any other disorder does. For those who aren’t familiar, narcolepsy is a sleep disorder. It’s...