Eternity is a Really Long Time…

How secure is our place in eternity? That’s the question this week. In the multifaceted debate between the Calvinist and Arminian perspectives, this issue is a big one, not because of the grave differences between then, but rather because very often both sides tend to agree. That’s not to say however that there isn’t a rather subtle difference that needs to be addressed; a difference that supersedes both sides in the conflict, and that may ultimately prove impactful for all believers…

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The Price of Admission

How great is God’s love? Even as I write this, I’m drawn to a particular hymn and the precious words thereof:

“To God be the glory, great things He hath done;

So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,

Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,

And opened the life gate that all may go in.”

What is the price of admission to eternity? Who paid it? As our look at the contrast between Calvinism and Arminianism continues this week, we will specifically consider who he paid it for…

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A Chosen Few vs. the Choices of a Few

You know, this topic here, this debate into which I have wadded, is not an easy one. It’s full of sore issues and harsh realities and no small amount of hostility. Even so, there is merit – I believe – in digging in, in really trying to see what the Scriptures are trying to reveal to us. As we continue along, you will see that the extent – indeed, even the very existence – of will power is again at the forefront…

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The TULIP & the DAISY

The debate between Calvinism and Arminianism is one that impacts (to the extent they take it seriously) an individual’s personal theology, and – by extension – how they subsequently minister to those around them. One’s stock in either of these positions, either wholly or otherwise some combination of the two, effects their understanding of human nature, the origin of evil, the will of God, the will of man, the condition of salvation, and the authority of the Scriptures. Though many are unaware of the debate itself, in reality it’s kind of a big deal…

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A Quiet Debate

Many, many churchgoers are happily unaware of a particularly troubling philosophical struggle that has rippled behind the scenes for several centuries. Though the average congregational member isn’t engaged in this debate, the weight of the arguments on both sides hold dramatic implications for how our churches view the lost, how believers view their salvation, and how we all view our great God. The battle concerns nothing less than our individual relationship with God and how we are saved… Continue reading “A Quiet Debate”

Merry Christmas from FOUNDRY4

I just want to take a moment today and wish you all a merry Christmas! I pray that it’s a blessed one for you, full of life and love, great sights and sounds, full bellies and full hearts, and endless good cheer. Most of all, I pray that on this day that is so often – and so easily – sullied by merchandising and commercialism, you remember what it’s all about, and what the celebration is meant to commemorate in the first place. This is not about Santa. It’s not about presents, or food, or eggnog. It’s about the birth of our Savior, a babe born some 2000 years ago who ultimately paid a price for each of us that we could never pay ourselves. Thank God for Christmas!

Merry Christmas 2018

 


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A Wise Celebration of Christmas, Part 3

The gifts of the Wise Men hold significance in and of themselves. As we are told in the scriptures (Matthew 2:11), the Magi presented the young Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Apart from the general richness of these gifts, there is vast meaning hidden within each, and certainly this was understood by those who presented them to the Messiah.

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