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Back from Paternity Leave

I am back from paternity leave and am considering resuming posting here at Thoughts of Resurrection. However, when I checked my stats of views over the past few months, I found something interesting. In the month of January, I made no posts to the blog and the average page views per day was only down […]

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Trinity as a S’more

I heard this way of considering the Trinity for the first time recently from a co-worker. If you take out the graham cracker, chocolate, or the marshmallow, you do not have a s’more. Each is integral to the reality of the s’more. Each person of the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit is integral to […]

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Picnic Monday!

Today, I neither had a picnic nor is it Monday, but I had a great time picnicking with a group of those in the congregation whose last names begin with M-R. We met at the Young Christian Outdoor Recreation Park off 199th on 69 highway. Each night this week there has been a different pastor […]

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Why was God depicted as a woman in The Shack?

Various forms of this question were also common last Thursday at Discussions on The Shack. Also the follow up question of – Is this depiction of God okay? I believe that God was depicted as a woman in this book to provoke strong reactions in people and push the reader out of her or his […]

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With what theology in The Shack do you disagree?

Out of all the questions that I received last Thursday at Discussions on The Shack, I experienced this as the most pressing from those that were there. All quotes come from Young, William Paul. The Shack. Los Angeles: Windblown Media, 2007.┬áHere are a few my areas of disagreement… The church “‘It’s simple, Mack. It’s all […]

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Discussions on The Shack

Last night, I had a great time leading over 100 people in discussions on the book, The Shack by William Paul Young. Thanks to all of you who were there. You can find the handout, notes and schedule that I had prepared before the class at this link. Feel free to use it to lead […]

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life

Happy Fourth of July

I really enjoy the 4th of July and love the United States. However, I am very clear that my first allegiance is to God and that my primary identity is as a child of God, disciple of Jesus Christ, and enlivened by the Holy Spirit. Let’s celebrate.

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Relationship with the Son and Holy Spirit

What is a correct relationship between the Son / Holy Spirit and me? Who can I depend on for strength in time of weakness? I believe that it is faithful to consider yourself a child of God the Father, a sister or brother of God the Son and as one living with God the Holy […]

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Holy Spirit in the Old Testament

Are there any references to the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament? The particular understanding of the Holy Spirit as a person of the Trinity comes out of thought around the revelation of Jesus Christ. Thinking about the relationships between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are not something that originate out of the Old […]

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Equality of the Three Persons

Is the Holy Spirit equal to the Father and the Son or is it a go-between? Diagrams… This question included a drawing of my description of a way of Visualizing the Trinity that Thomas Weinandy’s thesis might suggest. I think that this question points out a possible weakness in this way of thinking about the […]

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Explaining the Trinity

With the idea of the Trinity being so easy to say “Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” I want some pointers on how to begin explaining to somebody that doesn’t understand (as much as I try to). How do you correct people that say that there can’t be the three separate things and one God? I […]

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Activity of the Son

I see the Father and the Holy Spirit as still active but just see the Son as by God’s side. Can you explain how the three are still active today? Is the son’s role over after his death and resurrection? I believe that God is very active in the world in many different ways and […]