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Egalitarianism V Complementarianism

posted by rgaffney

A long time ago I wrote an article about Calvinism and Arminianism (Free Will and Predestination) where I argued that the debate itself was theologically valuable, and that the reason it was able to persist so long was that both […]

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Literal And Figurative

posted by rgaffney

I get asked often whether I believe Genesis to be “Literal” or “Figurative” I usually say figurative. I’m a theistic evolutionist, I think the universe is about 4 and a half billion years old, and that life on earth was […]

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The Banality Of Evil Part II

posted by rgaffney

I hijacked a term in my previous post in order to make a point about how sucky and lame evil is. The words “Banality of Evil” come originally from Hannah Arendt. “Banal” means trivial or common. So I first used […]

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The Banality Of Evil

posted by rgaffney

It’s common, when telling stories about good versus evil to try to make good sound extra special heroic. We want the good guys, whoever they are to seem to have overcome ridiculous odds, because after all a little good can […]

The Ultimate Testimony

posted by rgaffney

I don’t have a good testimony. Most people hate it when I say that, but it’s really true. Some people have awesome testimonies and some peoples testimonies are boring like mine. The great testimony goes something like this: “I was […]

The Best Movie Ever

posted by rgaffney

What is the best movie ever? Go on. Leave a comment. Which movie is best? Not your favorite movie. I want to know the best movie. Objectively. This is another one of my favorite conversation questions, along with “What is […]

Jesus In Wonderland

posted by rgaffney

“Let’s consider your age to begin with –how old are you” “I’m seven and a half exactly.” “You needn’t say ‘exactually,’” the Queen remarked. ” I can believe it without that. Now I’ll give you something to believe. I’m just […]

Why Do We Color Eggs For Easter?

posted by rgaffney

It’s the kind of question that gets asked again every year? So why do we color eggs to celebrate the resurrection of the LORD? I used to pester my mom with this sort of question all the time when I […]

What Are We In Favor Of Again?

posted by rgaffney

Christians are against abortion, gay marriage, and evolution. Against the continuing decay of moral values, and the increased need to be “PC” at the expense of frank honesty. We’re against socialism, communism, fascism, and liberalism. We disagree with postmodernism, nihilism, […]

HOLY $#/+!

posted by rgaffney

I want to talk a bit about some f***ing profanity. I feel strange doing it. I find myself asking “Really? This is the most important thing to talk about right now?” But I honestly think it is. Not as an […]

Zombie Christians

posted by rgaffney

Johnathan Coulton sings a song about a polite Zombie. The chorus goes All we want to do is eat your brains, We’re not unreasonable, I mean noone’s gonna eat your eyes! All We Want to do is eat your brains […]

Christ’s Alignment

posted by rgaffney

It’s clear to me where Christ stands on the scale of Alignment he is obviously Neutral Good, The same alignment as Dirty Harry, the same as Spiderman, Luke Skywalker, The Boondock Saints, and The Doctor. Jesus cares about others more […]

Alignment

posted by rgaffney

Christians don’t like Dungeons & Dragons as a rule. We generally suspect that it just may possibly be a little bit The Devil. But since when have I ever payed attention to christian social conventions? I think D&D provides some […]

Serve God and Die

posted by rgaffney

"They called me Mr. Fun" said Mick, as he sat there on stage. We all understood what he meant, periodically the community would need something to break the tension or the monotony, a game, or a joke, maybe a song. […]

God is Not in Danger of Ceasing

posted by rgaffney

I get in a lot of theological conversations with people. It’s my job. I rely heavily hypothetical questions as a tool to get Christians off of the script and begin thinking with their logic centers as opposed to memory centers. […]

Patronage

posted by rgaffney

Once upon a time there were only two jobs a person could have: Hunter or Gatherer. There were no Pastors then, no Artists, no Personal Enrichment Gurus. Over time our economic system expanded, we developed farming for plants and animals, […]

Protecting the Sanctity of Marriage.

posted by rgaffney

Would somebody please explain to me how having a battle with the federal government in the courts about the interpretation of the constitution is supposed to protect the sanctity of a God ordained institution between men and women. Seriously, use […]

Freeeeeedom!

posted by rgaffney

The lesson in church today was out of 1 Peter, and it began with a discussion question for the tables we were seated at “If you could be free from anything what would you want freedom from, What would that […]

The Car Accident Incident

posted by rgaffney

A strange thing happened the other night… I was out for a walk late at night, and I found that the intersection by my house was all blocked off in police tape because of an accident, walking by I could […]

Bread

posted by rgaffney

So I’ve been learning to bake this year, and in my experimentation I found to my great joy that bread is incredible when the 5tsp or so or butter is substituted for ½ cup of Bacon grease. Further proof of […]

CTR

posted by rgaffney

I finally found my CTR ring again. I’d taken it off for a shower nearly a year ago and thought it was gone forever. While I’m celebrating I thought I’d take some time to explain on the internet what so […]

Colostrum

posted by rgaffney

A friend of mine works in the Labor and Delivery ward at a local hospital. She’s loves working with babies and new mothers and being inundated with that whole experience (the kind of thing which would make me run for the hills) And through […]

The New Athiests

posted by rgaffney

Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris. Have made themselves famous with arguments against religion that center on the damage it does to society. For example: "Christianity has been responsible for an untold number of travesties like the crusades and […]

Teen Leadership Camp

posted by rgaffney

I spent last weekend up at camp. I was volunteering with my old church for “Teen Leadership Camp” an extension/clone of “Royal Family Kids Camp” for Jr. High and High School Youth in the foster system. The idea of both […]

Storage Unit

posted by rgaffney

Today I bought a storage unit so I could move out of the apartment I've been renting and make way for a new tenant. I'll just couch surf for a couple of weeks until I'm ready to move to Kansas. […]

Calvinism V  Arminianism

posted by rgaffney

It has been my contention for some time that most of the great debates withing the church, having raged for centuries, are able to do so only because both sides hold a piece of truth that the other misses.  Classic […]

On Valleys In The Christian Life

posted by rgaffney

Tomorrow I will be sworn into membership of the church I’ve been going to since summer. It’s going to be the first church that I’ve belonged to since my parents split up. Now I dunno what it is, maybe It’s […]

Faith: A Crisis of the Evidence of Things Hoped For

posted by rgaffney

I’ve been wrestling with the understanding of faith from a 1st century perspective for 2 years now, I haven’t gotten to any solid ground, but I promised you all some half baked theories, so I’d like to share where I […]

Sandwhiches

posted by rgaffney

I go to a post-contemporary service at a Presbyterian church…. I realize that’s a little odd, but I'm going to have to suggest that you get used to it because it’s one of the less paradoxical aspects of my walk… […]

Lent

posted by rgaffney

So Ash Wednesday was this last Wednesday… that can only mean one thing! It’s Lent. Happy Lent Everyone!!! …Can I say that? …Sad lent?….Contemplative lent? I really don’t know. Either way it’s lent, and that’s what I’m going to talk […]

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Bus Odyssey Again
You may be wondering why, after my last experience with Greyhound Inc, I would ever consider patronizing their services again. Well it’s a long and a sad story, but basically I keep putting myself in positions where I believe they might be the ...

posted 7:23:13pm Apr. 03, 2015 | read full post »

Voy A Mexico
Today I am leaving for Monterrey, Mexico. People keep asking me if it’s a mission trip or a vacation. I like that they have to ask. It’s mostly a vacation. I have a friend down there, and I live nearby, and I like tacos. But the more I ...

posted 9:59:45am Mar. 13, 2015 | read full post »

Theologically Correct
Lord I lift your name on High Lord I long to sing your praises I'm so glad you're in my life I’m so glad you came to save us You came from heaven to earth to show the way from the earth to the cross my debt to pay from the cross to the ...

posted 12:17:00am Mar. 04, 2015 | read full post »

The Majority Of Scholars
There is a phrase I have been hearing a lot, which I have come to detest. “The majority of scholars agree that…” It is raised in bar rooms and classrooms, it comes up in discussions about every subject, at seemingly every level. It is a ...

posted 10:55:15pm Feb. 18, 2015 | read full post »

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear About “Troublesome Lesbians”
There is an article Here (I hesitate to link it lest I help propagate the popularity of the article) it is titled “When Two Lesbians Walk Into a Church Seeking Trouble” and features the story of a wonderfully loving and accepting church and ...

posted 12:19:45pm Mar. 17, 2014 | read full post »

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