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Archive for January, 2015

Predestination 7

Jesus’ parable contains a few groups that I’ve tried to correlate to real life groups, which is what we should do with a parable. The original chosen were God’s chosen people, the Jews. In the parable, the many chosen were replaced in this part of God’s kingdom plan by a few, who are chosen but on […]

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Predestination 6

Many are called but few are chosen  (Matthew 22:14 NASB) You’ve probably not thought deeply about what this might mean. They are the words of Jesus, the summation of a parable. I used to think, just in passing, that it meant God called many to the faith but few actually responded but that doesn’t make […]

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Predestination 5

I’d like to think we’ve built a strong case for two different paths to the same salvation, some were predestined and some came when they heard the word of truth. All come through Jesus, for there is one name under heaven by which someone must be saved. We’ve considered that we are setting a false […]

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Predestination 4

We’ve been in Ephesians 1, looking at the pronouns. I’ve put forth the idea that when Paul writes “you,” he means us. Not so hard to swallow. The hard part of that idea is that when he uses a word that means the opposite of “you,” he doesn’t mean us. He means himself and the […]

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Predestination 3

And now on to the third way of looking at predestination. We’ve seen how a Calvinist might say God has predestined who gets to heaven (and how everyone else by default goes to hell). We’ve also seen how the Arminian can point to all the commands to believe, and all the commands for believers to […]

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Predestination 2

We can’t start right in with the subject at hand. In order to get clarity, in order to find that third way, we have to start with the Apostle Paul’s mindset. There is a thread that runs through most of his letters. Most of the time it is imperceptible. Occasionally it rears its head a […]

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Predestination

I believe in predestination but not Calvinist version of it. That’s not even true, I would agree with John Calvin as to an informal definition: Predestination is God determining before birth that some people will be followers of his. I only disagree with his ideas about who is in the chosen group and who is not. He […]

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A Third Way (Predestination 0)

It’s time for me to stop dallying with silly football posts and start to address some of the ideas that made me want to start this blog in the first place. I want to deal with some places in our theologies and doctrines where we might have drawn some improper conclusions. I know I might […]

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I’m Tradin’ My Sorrows

Or at least I’ve been thinking about it. I’ve been a Chicago Bears fan for over 50 years. I watch the games, and record them if I can’t watch live. I listen to sports radio during the season (and preseason and now that the coach and GM have been fired and probably at least through […]

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