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Sola Scriptura – Is it Self-Defeating? by Justin Day
February 26, 2009, 8:00 am
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by Justin Day

So you’re sitting there in English class waiting for class to start. Sitting there all by your lonesome, you just happen to hear a conversation taking place beside you. “Well that might be true for you,” he says, “but it’s not for me. There is no such thing as absolute truth.”  Did you catch what was just said?

Our postmodern friend just said that it’s objectively true that there are no objective truths.  Hmm…It seems like his argument is self-defeating. It cannot even keep its own standards. As Christians we can humbly disregard such nonsense as postmodern gibberish, but do we commit the same fallacy of holding a self-defeating belief?

Sola Scriptura, one of the main proclamations of the Reformation, teaches that all authority in forming doctrine is given (in totality) to Holy Scripture. We form and understand church doctrine by the Bible and the Bible alone.

My question is this, does the Bible teach that we should follow Sola Scriptura? If it does not, then Sola Scriptura is self-defeating because it does not meet its own standards. If it is not explicitly found in scripture, then we have formed this doctrine by reason, and have abandoned our “Bible alone” philosophy.

(1) Is Sola Scriptura self-defeating?

(2) If yes, does it matter? If no, where is it found in scripture?



Free Stuff Is Very Masculine by joshcan
February 25, 2009, 10:38 pm
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Just like grace is free, and pancakes were free from IHOP yesterday (you bet I hit that up), a gracious fellow at Boomer In The Pew blog is giving away a FREE CALFSKIN ESV STUDY BIBLIA!!! Check it out, and then you’ll know why I posted here.

Keep in mind though, the grace of God is even free-er than this giveaway. Praise the Lord!

–joshcan 



The Culture of the Student by Travis Evans
February 25, 2009, 1:51 pm
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By: Travis Evans

Why do we go to college? Why are we students? During the “education years”, one lives in a world, in a culture, known as “the student.”

Most students don’t get excited about studying. I know I never did. It’s a daunting task between me and what I want (a good grade on the test). That’s part of the problem. Instead of viewing studying as a process; it is seen as an isolated thing to do on occasion.

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WHO FIRST? by Caleb H.
February 23, 2009, 5:10 am
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by Caleb Hancock

One of my friends recently shared a few verses with me that REALLY ENCOURAGED ME as I reflected on the implications of the words that were shared. Once again, I am amazed at the effects of God’s words in scripture and their affect on my soul. (Although, we shouldn’t be too surprised as scripture relates over and over that this is so!)

But, without further ado, let me share these verses with you as well:

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Top 5 – Blogs by Travis Evans
February 21, 2009, 9:34 am
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Blogs. You know what they are. If not, take a good look at where you are right now. No, look back at the screen…

We currently have 25 of them on our Blogroll. Each one is highly recommended. In fact, why are you still on this one? WAIT! At least name your Top 5 blogs before you go. What are your Top 5 blogs?



Assurance through Experience by Tyler Thayer
February 19, 2009, 8:00 am
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by Tyler Thayer

For the next month or so I have decided to pose questions to get at our souls.  Many of the next few topics will hopefully help us men question our allegiance to Christ.  It is good for us to discuss theology and culture; however, I strongly believe it is more important for us to think about our salvation and the roots of our desires.  Philippians 2:12 calls us to “work out [our] own salvation with fear and trembling.” Paul clarified that this salvation is from God, but that we must apply ourselves to it and do so with fear of God with trembling. So to begin, let’s think about our assurance.

Should assurance come through religious experience?  Spiritual experience is often highly regarded within charismatic churches.  Usually the experience manifests itself in one of the spiritual gifts as described in 1 Corinthians 12.  On the other side, we have cessationists who don’t believe the gifts have continued. However, even cessationists will claim some sort of experience or feeling when speaking of salvation or assurance.  Most Christians, no matter what their beliefs, will claim some sort of feeling or experience during their Christian journey, and rightly so.  To say other wise would be saying that God is not active and not present. (And that is another topic.)

So the question at hand must be about the importance of experience in our faith. Should an experience with God the Father, Jesus, or the Spirit be the keystone of our Faith?  Do you long for an experience with God, and if you don’t have it, do you question your salvation? Where do you go to find an experience? Does experience inform faith or should something else inform our assurance?

These should be essential questions to any Christian, where does your assurance come from?

Here is an article that presents at least one side of the argument on experience.



THE WORD… by Caleb H.
February 16, 2009, 12:05 am
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by Caleb Hancock

Recently, I have had many conversations with my Christian friends and have found a common thread between the conversations, that link them to my own experiences as well. One friend is dealing with fighting for faith and is regularly bombarded with doubts. Another related that his times of devotion (reading God’s word and prayer) were marked by a feeling of absence. He described them as “dry”.

Do these descriptions sound familiar? Have you ever walked through a period of time that was marked by these symptoms? Are you discouraged by this?

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