I am aware my speed of blogging really tanked… become non-existent with taking on my first Church and having to focus on Sermons and evangelism. Lots of new directions! I decided to really par down on what I didn’t need to do and to focus on the task at hand. Most my website effort has gone into making eppingcommunitychurch.org respectable. You can catch my sermons right now by following my Podcast. I’m probably going to throw down on enough hosting juice to get rid of the third party app soon. And given that Facebook is practically forcing videos and I’m […]
I apologize a tad for this one being incomplete; I want to get what I have done from 6 years ago out to some folks while I work on updating it Of Dualism, Monism, and Pluralism – Why a Trinity? There is a tendency in a human logical systems to run down to a base unit of reality; there is a similarity between Buddha saying that there is a comic “one” at the bottom of it all, theist coming to one god, philosophers pointing to an unmoved mover, and a scientist looking for a singular formula. In what follows I […]
It’s been a while since I gave my blog any attention. As some may know, I got my first ministry Job in New Hampshire at Epping Community Church. Yet, also in typical fashion everything went off at once so I had to move 5000 miles and had to have orthopedic surgery. Yay! Anyways, NH is the least religious state… and I am new in the pulpit… so I figured why not go for it! I write with spaces so it can be read easily. And I still don’t deliver exactly whats written. The sermon The Christmas eve service is a […]
“Constitutional humanity” is a materialist stance regarding human persons. It is an anthropological position that stands counter the normal idea that people have “souls.” At the same time, it is a position striving to avoid better or worse a materialist reductionist stance. Such would teach people are only material accidents. Corcoran is a theist; overall, he is closer to “scientism” than the popular Thomas Negel a secularist who also seeks a reductionist alternative but favors telic arguments.
John Calvin’s Beliefs about the purpose and function of the Lord’s Supper as a Christian Sacrament aimed to retain mystery but avoid overstatement. While some have made him infamous for his uncompromising attitudes, in reality Calvin sought a middle-ground between the Real Presence and Memorial camps.
From ancient Greeks until today the idea of a soul has followed a complex and sometime controversial path in the Christian Church’s history. From completely non-Hebrew thought, and Arabic musings, this Greek idea has become a cornerstone of almost all Christian’s views of human nature. But for some reason, no one ask… “How did we get this idea in the first place?” Read more to find out!
I preached a sermon last time John 4’s story of the “Woman at the Well” came up in the lectionary, and it turns out that many in my audience (who are Educated) liked the novelty of the thesis I used. Sometimes it’s the familiar that surprises! As the Samaritans represent the Northern Kingdom, and the Pharisees represent ideals in Nehemiah / Ezra that remove them from Israel, Jesus rapprochement shows a new inclusion of the “lost tribes”
In On Christian Doctrine, St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, promotes his view that the biggest error possible for an exegete can make is to take a figurative sign or narrative literally; to do so, betrays that one is only thinking in a “this worldly” carnal and nonspiritual sense and for Augustine is the root of idolatry and much error. The importance of this insight in my own personal theology, and its importance to Calvin’s view of the Eucharist, Luther’s ideas, etc. have made this, in my own opinion, arguably one of the strongest critiques of “human religion,” a powerful corrective […]