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Misconceptions about Middle Knowledge | Reasonable Faith

But what about your critique of the Molinist perspective? It seems to me that it is predicated on a number of misconceptions. You're right that in order to have a truth value the counterfactuals in question need to have sufficient information in their antecedent clauses specifying the circumstances. Some counterfactuals may be neither true nor false because the circumstances in their antecedent clauses are insufficiently specified. Now in practice we solve this problem by simply assuming that the actual world is held constant except for the alteration of the circumstances mentioned, and then we ask what would be true. Even in your example of cutting off all your hair, you hold constant the actual laws of nature governing the rapidity with which hair grows! But in dealing with divine middle knowledge Alfred Fredosso and Thomas Flint resolved this problem neatly by simply stipulating that what they call "counterfactuals of creaturely freedom" have fully specified circumstances in their antecedents. Such counterfactuals have the form "If agent S were in circumstances C , then S would freely do action A .

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We’re Praying for True Life Church

Caleb and Sara Davis had been doing ministry in the Pacific Northwest and praying about planting a church in Denver for years. After helping to plant two churches in Seattle, they sensed God leading them to the make the move, and they were prayed over and sent out by Caleb’s fellow pastors in 2012. True Life Denver officially opened their doors to the public in September 2013.

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Idolatry in Corporate Worship

It’s easy to be distracted by sloppy playing, unsophisticated songs, an out of tune guitar, a vocalist who sings sharp, a drummer who drops a beat, or a mix that’s out of balance. That’s why skilled musicianship is commended in the Bible (Psalm 33:3). But rather than just internally criticize what’s going on, I can thank God he uses the weak things of this world to confound the wise (1 Corinthians 1:20–31). I can remind myself that Jesus perfects all our offerings of worship through his once and for all sacrifice (1 Peter 2:5), and that even the most polished performance is insufficient on its own to merit God’s favor. It also might be helpful to talk to the leader after the meeting to humbly communicate what you’re hearing out front.

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Overcoming the World

How do we know who has been born of God? It is not the use of the term “born again Christian.” It is not church attendance. It is belief that Jesus is the Christ. This is not a matter of intellectual assent. It is about understanding what it means for Jesus to be the Christ and what that means for those who put themselves under that authority.

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Christ's Cleansing of the Temple: Can Mark and John Be Reconciled? - Christian Research Institute

Finally, as even a cursory reading reveals, John not only kairologically (see below) orders his gospel by theme (e.g., seven signs, seven-day opening, seven-day account of the passion, etc.) but presents a more highly developed Christology than that offered in the Synoptics. As such, John says that the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us (1:14), which fulfills the Old Testament promise that God’s glory would again return to His temple (e.g., Malachi 3:1). Moreover, John reinterprets the meaning of Passover by revealing Jesus as the quintessential Passover lamb (John 1:29, 36). As such, it could be logically (and charitably) surmised that John might introduce his account of Christ’s temple cleansing early in his gospel narrative—and within a context in which Jesus is revealed as the substance that fulfills the types and shadows of temple, priest, and sacrifice. While such a notion does not set well with a fundamentalist reading of literature, it accords well with a nuanced and highly sophisticated reckoning of time particular to the ancients (i.e. a kairological interpretation, which reckons time not in terms of our familiar chronological ordering but in terms of a quality of purpose in which an event is said to occur at “just the right time” [cf.

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Hope's Reason: A Journal of Apologetics Vol. 4

The 2013 issue of Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics is now available online. There are some tremendous articles and book reviews. I encourage you to check it out. There will be a print edition out eventually. You can find this issue and all the other previous issues here .

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Hope's Reason: A Journal of Apologetics Vol. 4

The 2013 issue of Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics is now available online. There are some tremendous articles and book reviews. I encourage you to check it out. There will be a print edition out eventually. You can find this issue and all the other previous issues here .