An occasional blog
by Gary D. Collier

 

Biblical Conversation

PROBE & Biblical Conversation Sep 17, 2021

Yahweh was passing by.
     Before him a raging wind 
          digging into the mountain, 
             ...

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Part 5: Joy & Evangelism Aug 30, 2021

5. Certainly there was Some Joy in the Roman Empire. Without it, Evangelism would be Impossible.

            We are leading to the notion that...

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Part 4: When Culture Thwarts Joy Aug 23, 2021

4. A Government and Society and Culture that Thwarts “Joy.”

            What about the Roman Empire? Beard wrote a chapter titled...

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Part 3: Making It Personal Aug 16, 2021

3. A Way to Understand “Joy” that Avoids the Tangle of Vocabulary.

As we seek to discuss the concept of “joy,” we will not seek a definition, but we will seek a way to...

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Pop-Christianity & the Apocalypse Aug 11, 2021

One of the biggest problems when reading the Book of Revelation (the Apocalypse) is that Christians too often don't have any kind of historical sense about apocalyptic thinking or apocalyptic...

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Part 2: Understanding Aug 09, 2021

2. Seeking to Understand “Joy.”

What is joy? We would like to know how joyful the society and the individual people were. The problem with this question is finding a good definition of...

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Part 1: Trust Aug 03, 2021

1. Could People in the Roman Empire Trust One Another?

In the New Testament we find few professions (or occupations) mentioned. The first of these few to come to mind is that of Paul, Priscilla,...

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Passive-Aggressive Is Not Passive May 29, 2021

I talked about Supportive Engagement in a previous post. I would like to build on those comments now. It is very interesting to contrast two types of conversation: 

supportive engagement...

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Inspiration of the Bible--Part 4 May 13, 2021

Part 1  /  Part 2  /  Part 3  /  Part 4

I say again: I believe in the inspiration of our scriptures!  But that is not the same thing as saying...

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Inspiration of the Bible--Part 3  May 13, 2021

Part 1  /  Part 2  /  Part 3  /  Part 4

I believe in the inspiration of our scriptures!  I believe it so strongly, that I feel the need...

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Inspiration of the Bible--Part 2 May 13, 2021

Part 1  /  Part 2  /  Part 3  /  Part 4

Of course, many will regard what I wrote in Part 1 as incredibly "weak." I have a very dear preacher friend...

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Inspiration of the Bible--Part 1  May 13, 2021

Part 1  /  Part 2  /  Part 3  /  Part 4

Q: Is "Biblical Inspiration" like Ulysses S. Grant Writing His Memoirs? 

A reader has asked this...

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What about the Sovereignty of God? May 06, 2021

Book Review (by Dr. Mike Parker)

I recently came across a book authored by Nicholas Taleb by the title of The Black Swan.  The title describes a highly improbable event.  When you are...

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Snowfall Apr 13, 2021

While reading in the LXX (Septuagint: the Greek OT), I ran across a Proverb, and I thought of a dear friend. He is currently tending to his father (grave in illness), to his own family, and to the...

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What did you think of the "4 Decisions" video? Apr 12, 2021

Just in case you haven't seen the "4 Decisions" video yet, the billing on it is correct:  it could literally change your Bible reading life.  This might challenge you; it certainly ...

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Blenderizing Our Bibles Apr 11, 2021

It is very sad to say that, among Christians, "blenderizing the Bible" is the most popular method on the planet for reading the Bible . 

The point here is not that we cannot compare...

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Unmixing the Message Apr 04, 2021

Easter eggs, bunnies, pastel colors, family gatherings. I'm not here to decry any of these fun things. And my title is not about removing such things from the holiday. It goes a little deeper than...

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Commenting on Posts Apr 04, 2021

This post is about logging in so that you can make comments to posts in this Blog.  It is not talking about logging in to the website per se. 

In order to make comments on these blog...

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New Beginning 2021 Apr 04, 2021

With this post, the IABC blog, Biblical Conversation, begins a new phase. The intention is to begin posting weekly from this point on. If you will Subscribe to this Blog (in the...

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