An occasional blog
by Gary D. Collier

 

Biblical Conversation

 
A Word about Patriotism Jul 03, 2022

I’m certain that I would not be considered a patriot by many people. I am grateful for many things about the country of my birth and life, and I could write extensively about those things,...

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Why I Read the Bible May 29, 2022

Day after day, I am reminded by what I see around me that my culture does not have viable or worthwhile answers to my biggest questions.  In this video, I express my deepest reasons for...

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Could Adam and Eve Have Left? (5) May 13, 2022

By Gary D. Collier (Index:  1 2 | 3 | 4 | 5  )

I want to thank you, Alan, for kindly inviting us to look over your shoulder...

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Could Adam and Eve Have Left? (4) May 11, 2022

Response by Alan Mudd  (Index:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5  )

I don't know how to respond to the list of questions you made. To me, they do...

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Could Adam and Eve Have Left? (3) May 11, 2022

Response by Gary D. Collier  (Index:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5  )

Being in near total agreement with your entire treatment of this subject,...

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Could Adam and Eve Have Left? (2) May 08, 2022

Response by Alan Mudd  (Index:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5  ) 
(See editor's note at the end.)

I take it from your post that your position on...

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Could Adam and Eve Have Left? (1) May 07, 2022

By Gary D. Collier (Index:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5  ) 

What do you think?  Could Adam and Eve have left the garden on their own had they...

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Context Attention Disorder Apr 02, 2022

The list below—an instance of what I'll term CAD—was projected during a sermon I heard.

 With some guidance, one might legitimately compare brief texts by six different authors...

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Is Revelation Poetry? Dec 16, 2021

This post announces a new translation of the book of Revelation that will allow readers to consider the book from a very interesting perspective:  Revelation as a Poetic Text. At the time...

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Reading Revelation Today Dec 14, 2021

My encouragement to all who would read the book of Revelation is this:  Spend less time listening to theories about the book (how it is said to apply to this or that thing today or tomorrow),...

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Is it right to question inspiration? Nov 28, 2021

A reader has sent the following paragraph and granted the right to post it: 

Yet, I see the author(s) of the book of Revelation giving their interpretation and ideas of what is going on...

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The Most Difficult Verse? Rev 18:20 Nov 18, 2021

By the time we get to Revelation 18:20, the beast-riding woman from chapter 17 is promised for swift destruction in a futile attempt at war against God.  And so we come to this: 

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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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