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Twilight Musings: “A Selection of Mini-Musings”
By Elton Higgs    On the surface, it may seem that one who is downcast because of his lack of accomplishment or his moral inadequacy is being self-deprecating. It is equally possible, however, that he is engaging in a subtly perverse game of “unholier than thou.”  It may be a retreat from the obligation of godly sorrow by sharing with others a problem for w...

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What Happened to James
By Tom Thomas  What happened to James?  James was our Lord’s brother.  Sometime after Jesus’ death, James was known for being on his knees praying.  Before Jesus’ death James was known for his unbelief.  Before I get to James, let me ask you this:  what happened to David Wood?  What happened to Saul, the Pharisee hunter of Christians?  What do any of these q...

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Twilight Musings: “Gender Benders”
by Elton Higgs   The worldwide Women’s Marches earlier this year brought to the fore once more the tangled morass of arguments and battles about sexuality launched in the 1960s.  Marchers interviewed by the news media were eager to assert that the marches were not just about women’s rights per se, but about justice in all matters pertaining to freedom of cho...

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The Case for Christ: Movie Review
By Zach Breitenbach  While God certainly draws people to Himself via apologetic arguments and evidences, He certainly has many more resources in His arsenal than that. This truth is illustrated beautifully in the recently released movie The Case for Christ. The movie is set in Chicago in 1980 and tells the story of the conversion to Christianity of the well-...

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Tuesdays with Tom: “They Didn’t See Him”
By Tom Thomas  Suppose I returned to Spring Hill cemetery several days after burying my father?  I reach his plot. I noticed the grave was disturbed; the marker overturned, and the clay dirt scattered around the sides.  Inspecting closer, I saw the casket opened.  The body was missing.  What would I conclude?  What would you conclude? Suppose you were among ...

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Dennis F. Kinlaw: Naming and Showing That Mysterious Quality
Service Celebrates Past President Kinlaw By Jerry Walls Dennis F. Kinlaw finished his course on April 10, 2017 at the age of ninety-four. He was an Old Testament Scholar, a former President of Asbury College (now University), and an icon in the Wesleyan-Holiness movement. Dr. Kinlaw was one of the most popular camp meeting preachers in America, and it is eas...

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 Was this Resurrection Really Necessary?
  By Elton Higgs Recently a pastor friend asked me how I would have answered a question from a member of his congregation: “Wouldn’t Jesus’ death on the cross have been enough, without the resurrection?”  I can see how someone with only a casual or beginning knowledge of the Bible could ask that question, since we often speak of Jesus dying for our sins...

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Simon of Cyrene Takes the Cross (Luke 23:26)  
  But I was only looking on! No lover of this miserable Nazarine, Who pushed his truth too far And tempted power to kill. The cross he bears Is self-inflicted shame and pain. I have no part in this Except conscripted brawn! –Heavier than it looks; A burden more than wood. Amazing That he bore the thing this far, And carries still A weight He can...

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The Slaughtered Lamb
by Tom Thomas  Only one person was worthy to rule Britain – the person who could pull the sword from the stone.  In the novel, ‘The Sword in the Stone’, the king’s son had died.  The king had no heir.  Rival dukes and lords fought over who was fit to reign.  Magician Merlin created an orderly way to identify the King’s worthy successor.  He inserted a magic ...

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John Hare’s God’s Command, 6.2, “Human Freedom”
summary by David Baggett Hare now takes up the same three figures, but in relation to the different question whether human beings have freedom of choice in what they do, or whether our actions are only the product of divine causation. This question is the subject of prolonged discussion by all three, but we will focus on material that has implications for th...

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John Hare’s God’s Command, 6.1.2, “Al-Ash’ari,”
 summary by David Baggett Al-Ash’ari issues several criticisms of the Mu’tazilites, but we’ll focus on those relevant to DCT. According to one story, he was persuaded to attack them by three dreams in which Mohammed himself spoke to him and commanded him to defend Islam as it had traditionally been taught. In chapter seven of Kitab al-Luma, he answers the ch...

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“The book that truly got to me was Romans. It spoke to me about human evil, the way our deepest selves struggle against our best intentions, and I felt a shock of recognition: This is it! This is me! Nobody else gets this right! Some liberal theologians seem to think that talk of sin drives people away from Christianity (‘so negative, after all’). To me, the traditional Christian view of sin was attractive because it was obviously true.”

Brian Leftow