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The Iowa Caucus

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A hum …. hello? Obama and Huckabee victors? Now, I’m of course not one to say “I told you so,” so I won’t… but just FYI, I did. (See previous blog) Let’s see if I’m…

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Very Random Reflections to Start The New Year

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HAPPY NEW YEAR all you internet lovers of truth!! Yes yes yes, a little belated. So what. Time is relative. Well, this blog is called RANDOM reflections, and the blog today will show why. I’m…

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The Cosmic Dance Project

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The story behind The Cosmic Dance The idea for The Cosmic Dance arose out of Greg’s sharing his latest ideas with his small group (the three couples he and his wife Shelley share life with)….

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Bio

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Greg Boyd received his Ph. D. from Princeton Theological Seminary (1988), his M.Div. from Yale Divinity School (1982) and his B.A. from the University of Minnesota (1979). He was a professor of theology for 16…

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What’s your view of the tribulation period and the rapture?

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I along with most other evangelicals believe Jesus is going to return one day and establish his Kingdom. Jesus himself promised his return (Matt. 24:30; 26:64; John 14:3). At Jesus’ ascension, two angels proclaimed, “Men…

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Can a Christian be demonized?

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I along with most evangelical scholars and pastors do not believe it possible for a Christian to be “possessed” by a demon or by Satan. Christ in principle defeated Satan, and all who are “in…

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Is speaking in tongues the initial evidence of receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

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Pentecostals have traditionally taught that speaking in tongues is evidence that a person is filled with the Holy Spirit. Those who defend this position do so primarily on the basis of a pattern they discern…

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Are all believers baptized in the Holy Spirit?

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All Christians believe that all believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, but there is debate over whether all believers are baptized in the Holy Spirit. John the Baptist prophesied that while he baptized with…

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What happens to babies who die?

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The Bible does not directly address the issue of what happens to babies who die before being able to make a decision for or against Christ. People have thus had to arrive at conclusions about…

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Christians and Politics: What are the different views?

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How involved should Christians be in secular politics? Throughout history, Christians have embraced a number of different perspectives on this issue. These perspectives can basically be broken down into three groups. First, some Christians believe…

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Must wives submit to husbands?

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The apostle Paul writes: Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the…

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Was Noah’s flood global or local?

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Though many regard the biblical story of a great flood in the days of Noah to be an ancient legend, evangelical Christians affirm it as historical fact because Scripture presents it as such. However, a…

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How should evangelicals “do” theology?

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A central debate among evangelical theologians concerns the question of theological method. In other words, how should we “do” theology? All evangelical Christians believe the Bible is God’s inspired revelation. Thus, evangelicals agree that Scripture…

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Response to the September 11th attacks

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Was God Punishing Us? Since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11th, many people have asked the question, “Why did God allow this to happen?” In response, some Christian…

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Response to Bruce Ware’s “Defining Evangelicalism’s Boundaries: Is Open Theism Evangelical?”

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The following essay was written in response to Bruce Ware’s article, “Defining Evangelicalism’s Boundaries: Is Open Theism Evangelical?” Published in The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, June 2002. Introduction I want to begin by…

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A Brief Outline and Defense of the Open View

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While many Christians have found the open view of the future to be the most helpful and accurate view of God’s foreknowledge of the future based on biblical, philosophical, and experiential evidence, others have criticized…

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Scientific Support for the Open View

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If a position is true, every avenue of reflection ought to point in its direction. What follows are two more “pointers” to the view that the future is at least partly open (indefinite, composed of…

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Neo-Molinism and the Infinite Intelligence of God

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Classical Molinism holds that, since God is omniscient and knows all truths, he knows not only what every agent will do in the future, but also what every agent would have done in every other…

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Five Brief Philosophical Arguments for the Open View

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Introduction I believe that sound philosophical arguments support the open view in which God doesn’t foreknow the future free decisions of humans. My main reasons for holding this view are biblical and theological, but since…

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Finding an Alternative Jesus

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The “Newly Discovered” Jesus One of the most common, and most disturbing, refrains heard in the media’s coverage of contemporary radical views of Christ is that New Testament scholars have recently “discovered” new sources of…

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