theology

Bible software: Freely you have received

I was going to rant and rave about how Bible software like Logos and Accordance makes you pay huge amounts of money for public domain texts. I imagine to replicate my Sword library of Bible texts and commentaries would cost me over $500 with either of those two solutions, which is a shame, because I got all that for free. But, just for once, before ranting, I thought I'd check out why it is this way. I wrote to Logos and Accordance to ask why they charged so much for free stuff. Accordance wrote back; Logos did not reply.


Warning: Hermeneutics may cause World War III

Hermeneutics - how we know what something means - is a subject that gave me a lot of frustration at Bible college, and continues to plague me. Hermeneutics classes generated far more heat than light; I came away at the end of the course not with answers but with a better class of questions. You go around and around in circles: How are we supposed to read the Bible, and who says? How do we determine the interpretation of a difficult verse, and who has the final say? Read more about Warning: Hermeneutics may cause World War III


Transformational Evangelism

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I came across an idea when I was at mission HQ which seems enticing; that Christian witness should not just transform lives but have a transformative effect on society as a whole. Crime rates would fall, marriages would stay together, education would improve, all because there were active Christians witnessing in the area. It’s a good idea, but with the new nenkan coming out, I decided to do a little bit of thinking. Read more about Transformational Evangelism





On non-disparagement and protest

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H asked this morning what my New Year's resolutions were. I said something about getting more fresh air - I was careful to word it that way instead of committing myself to “exercise”… - but I have another one that I didn't mention because I wasn't sure about it, and it's going to be difficult. But what's life without challenge and accountability: My New Year's resolution, aside from getting more fresh air, is to stop disparaging other Christians in blog posts.