Love and Knowledge

There is a close connection between love and knowledge. To be loved and yet not to be known is terrifying. One would always doubt if the lover of one would continue in that love if he or she were to know all that there was to know of one. If he or she would just […]

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Bottom-Up or Top-Down?

How do we know that what we say of God is actually accurate about who he is? How do we know what God is like? Well, in answer to this question, there are functionally two answers. 1. Bottom-Up Reasoning – this view says that whoever God is, we can say true things about God just by virtue […]

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Jakarta: Reformed and Loving – Oxymoron or Organicity?

Upon conversing with dozens and dozens of Jakartan Christians, the church situation here, at least on the level of perception, presents to us a stark choice between attending a church which values core biblical doctrines in the place of a warm community, on the one hand, and a church which values community without a biblical doctrinal […]

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“… But he’s still saved, right?”

There’s always that one moment, most likely in the context of a heated debate concerning an aspect of Christian doctrine within the church, where someone will ask the question: does this issue even matter? does this issue determine whether someone will be saved? … person X disagrees on this issue with us, but he’s still […]

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Faith

What is Faith? Ask a random person on the street and she will probably answer that the things of faith are those that are outside the realm of the knowable. Science determines knowledge, while faith rests on blind ignorance. Others will say that faith is a private, internal, or supplementary aspect of one’s cognitive life […]

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Flappy Bird, Pascal, and Distraction

I’ve got a confession to make. I’m deeply addicted to Candy Crush. And I never got into Flappy Bird. But there’s a whole lot of hullabaloo going on nowadays about this apparently annoying yet addictive game.  These sorts of games seem so trivial, silly, and downright a waste of time. Why are we so addicted to […]

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Frozen: the Self, Integrity, and Inconsistencies

Everyone’s been raving about the (fairly) recent animated movie, Frozen. I quite enjoyed it myself when I saw it in theaters with the family. It’s got a whole host of positive things about it – making fun of the earlier disney princesses who fell in love instantly with that dashing prince; embracing the truth that […]

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