Tag Archives: poverty

Double-Minded

By | 31 Dec 2021

My wife and I enjoy watching period movies and TV series. Recently, we stumbled across another British-clergy-as-crime-fighter TV series on PBS called Grantchester. The series takes place during the 1950s and 60s in the eponymous real-life village close to Cambridge University. The protagonists are an Anglican parish vicar and a hardened police inspector who develop an unlikely mystery-solving… Read More »

Blessed

By | 12 Aug 2020

One of my wife’s and my favorite Bible passages is commonly known as the “Aaronic Blessing,” “Aaronic Benediction,” or “Priestly Blessing.” If you have a religious heritage based in Judaism or a liturgical Christian denomination, such as Methodist or Episcopalian, you have certainly heard it pronounced over the congregation by the rabbi or pastor, usually at the end… Read More »

Racism

By | 8 Aug 2019

For those of you who haven’t read my bio here at Miscellaneous Ramblings, I was born in El Paso, Texas, in addition to my mother, her sister, and my half-sister. I spent my childhood and tween years there departing for Northern California with my parents as an early teenager. I later returned as an adult after I was… Read More »

The Plague of Pietism #1:
Pietism vs Christianity

By | 19 Jun 2019

The Barna Group recently found that 80% of professing Christians do not know how to apply their Christian beliefs to their everyday lives. This condition is called “pietism.” The NT calls it by another term: carnality. Pietism divides human existence between the “spiritual” and the “unspiritual” aka the “sacred” and the “secular,” therefore pietist Christians do not believe… Read More »

Divine Prosperity: Heresy or What? # 10:
Were Jesus’ His Disciples Actually Poor?

By | 15 May 2019

One of the common objections raised against the prosperity message is that Jesus, as our perfect earthly Example, and His disciples were all poor folks who didn’t have two shekels to rub together. This article will hopefully put that myth out of our misery once and for all. One of my favorite non-fiction authors is Rodney Stark, Ph.D.,… Read More »

Divine Prosperity: Heresy or What? #8:
Objections to the Prosperity Doctrine

By | 15 Mar 2019

One of the poster-children of the anti-prosperity crowd is an internationally-famous-within-Christendom Calvinist theologian, pastor, and published author named John Piper. He is considered a theological titan among Calvinists. He is the founder and teacher of desiringgod.org, chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary, pastor emeritus of Bethlehem Baptist Church, and a Council member of the Calvinist website The Gospel Coalition.… Read More »