I wrote this article . . . oh . . . maybe fifteen years ago. It has set on my hard drive ever since. I’ve let maybe a dozen people read it to mixed reviews. I recently offered this to another reader, and he insisted that I should publish it. He made a good point …
You Tube video for second session This session was broken down into two parts A and B and C and D. It is an overview of the history of Philosophy or maybe said better, the history of human thought. The evolution of human thought and particularly the developments of Greek thought and its impact on …View full post
“John, I owe you an apology. You were exactly right,” said Bartholomew. To which I replied, “You are correct. You do. And I told you so.” While Bartholomew’s name is fiction, this snippet of conversation occurred in the fall of 2001 in a church parking lot. The broader subject was the institutional mistreatment of a …View full post
I am confident that the universal answer from most any Church that has a group of leaders, is they have a TEAM accountability fully equipped with stories where the big leader has been reigned in and had his mind or heart changed by someone’s gallant opposition. >shrug< of course they have stories to affirm their practice. So, what follows is my take on Accountability and TEAM Leadership… at its heart and soul the idea is a myth. I’ll make my point with a conversation I had with a Pastor. The conversation that I recount really did happen.View full post
Hahahah This is what happens when Neo Calvinist preachers actually think they are clever. Tullian Tchividjian maybe you should put down the social media and step away from the iPhone. But I hope you don’t because you reveal the madness deep underneath the doctrine. Just so everyone knows what Herr Tullian is saying …View full post
Click Here for Youtube video 2C Click Here for Youtube video 2D This session was broken down into four parts A and B and C and D. It is an overview of the history of Philosophy or maybe said better, the history of human thought. The evolution of human thought and particularly the developments of Greek …View full post
As I have said in previous TANC homework assignments the challenge I have is directly tied to what and how much too present. This is particularly true when discussing specific ideas advanced by specific people. I try to avoid taking people out of context but establishing context in the conference is very time consuming and …View full post
Click here For You Tube This is my introductory session for the confrence. The slides below are companion to the discussion.View full post
Any preacher teaching spiritual dependence is as much a drug dealer as any South American cocaine lord. His drug is Spiritual Crack. And the effects are equally horrific. People are robbed of everything that is dignity. The disaster is harder to see because people appear ‘respectable’ in their Sunday best, and live in neat and tidy houses, and retreat to the very sterile safe haven of steepled buildings.View full post
by John Immel “Run, run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me! I’m the Gingerbread Man!” Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there were two bloggers taking on abuses in twenty-first century American Christianity. Rumpelstiltskin was clever, adorably blunt and talked about Metaphysics and Epistemology. The Gingerbread Man was …View full post
If you haven’t caught it yet, here is a review of Blight in the Vineyard. This article was originally posted at Pauls Passing Thoughts. [vc_button title=”Get a Free Sample of John’s Book” href=”http://spiritualtyranny.com/freesampleofblightinthevineyard/” color=”btn-success” size=”wpb_regularsize” icon=”none” target=”_self” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”]View full post
When the man on the street can name the Borg battle cry, “We are Borg. Resistance is futile,” without out a blink, you’ve created a cultural icon. When the average man in the pew advocates collectivist ideology without the blog equivalent of a blink you’ve achieved the hive mind. The hive mind is … really, really bad.View full post
The assumption bothered me. What is the assumption? That the above 37 questions are a check list of specific CULTIC failings. Meaning all things Christians think are bad, evil, erroneous, driven by demons, and able to seduce humanity to perdition in a single utterance of intellectual error? That kind of Cultic?
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Okay . . . so I’ve been a touch busy. My company closed operations. They paid me pretty good to be the very last one out the door, so now I’m retooling my skill set. I have a major certification exam coming, so I’ve been buried in textbooks and class work dealing with net present …View full post
Apocalyptic scenarios are fascinating. It is fun to ponder how does a person survive in the face of full societal breakdown, and a zombie infestation is a wonderfully entertaining end of the world scenario. Of course, I’m not the first to offer this vision of the future and most likely not the last. To be …View full post
We say morality and mean “Don’t cuss, smoke or chew or have sex with those who do.” We think it an extraordinary moral stand to put on our Puritan hats and boycott movies that mention testicles. We get agitated when someone is blunt, but conciliatory when tyrants advocate all manner of despotism. We can stab each other in the eye as long as we smile and heaven forefend the victim complain about ill treatment with any passion.View full post
So, I’m riding down the road with my sister the other day and she says: “I really wish they planted more flowers along the roads. That would be pretty.” My sister has cooties but she loves me anyway, so I said: “Nah…you don’t want that. That would really clog up traffic and crush the American …View full post
I’ve been pretty slow to get this one up. This is the summation session where I tied all the fundamental elements of tyranny together. Also while you listen to this session hold the previous two articles in your mind. I suspect you will see how they fit into the elements of tyranny. Click Here for Video …View full post
So I was going back through some old comments and I found this one addressing the ongoing obsession with trying to “Reconcile” with SGM and its leadership. I wrote this response to an overarching discussion on the post Reform or Not to Reform in 2009. Now that almost four years have passed and now that …View full post
For some of you women lurking here, I do believe it will help. What happened to Free Bird happens with striking regularity to women at SGM. The following kind of intellectual and spiritual tyranny, which divides husband and wife for the cause of doctrine is despicable.View full post
TANC 2015 Homework This is an advanced question that hasn’t been fully covered in class. I have however made mention of this in some comments here and on Paul’s Passing Thoughts, my book Blight in the Vineyard and my readers are smart. So I’m confident you can answer the following. If nothing else this …View full post
Here is my own version of Carolyn Mahaney’s “Modesty Check for Women”. Many SGM women are subjected to this list during their membership in SGM. I always fought against the legalistic and condemning spirit behind this – and the implication that women alone are to blame for men lusting. Time to take the chains off ladies – and realize that we each give an account to God – check yourt hearts of course and don’t be foolish in your dress, but don’t be legalistic about it.View full post
By John Immel Unless the rapture only included about four people, I’m going to assume that it didn’t happen. I know, I know, some of you are shocked. Your calculator said the same thing that Harold Camping’s calculator did. I could crack a blonde joke, but that might get me in trouble. We can just …View full post
One of our own, Juli, recently had the opportunity to argue before the Texas state legislature on behalf of a bill directly affecting information given to women considering abortion. Some of you might ask what does this have to do with Spiritual Tyranny. Here is my answer. I have been saying for some time that …View full post
Let me be the first to welcome you to the Marxist States of America. The 2012 election marks the culmination of a hundred years of social philosophy: the villainization of all things individualistic/capitalist and the veneration of all things collectivist/Marxist. Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are in fact archetypes of these clashing worldviews. And they …View full post
by John Immel I”m sitting in my living room hanging out with friends, cracking jokes, talking about ideas, barbequing tyrants, on occasion sharing struggles, pains and turmoils about life’s pressures and experiences. Some newcomers join the conversation adding their 38 cents worth. They don’t agree. They say so. No biggie. This is the Arena of …View full post
I am hardly hiding, but have avoided being express in laying claim to some intellectual or spiritual pedigree for three reasons:
To let my critics twist in the wind.
To let interested parties come this historic conversation without having to wade through the preconceptions imbedded in those pedigrees.
To illustrate that I don’t give one good rip about being an intellectual pure blood vetted by the historic consensus and refuse to pay homage to dead men’s ideas.
I don’t speak of my life beyond the web page much, but I am feeling particularly self-revelatory at the moment. So I’m going to offer a few lines of personal disclosure in my State of the Blog for this year. I confess 2010 has been a good year for me. When I am not writing …View full post
By John Immel James Madison: The Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments, 1785: 7. Because experience witnesseth that ecclesiastical establishments, instead of maintaining the purity and efficacy of Religion, have had a contrary operation. During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less …View full post
Dear Reader, If you don’t know it yet, TANC 2015 is at hand. ( a little biblical language for you Calvinist Aficionados) I am assigning homework for the attendees. Answer the following questions. They should be pretty easy. Questions: 1. Zeus references the Sophists. Who were the Sophists? (Hint: watch my 2013 lectures) 2. Is Cyniscus …View full post
Eric Simmons from Sovereign Grace Ministries says: “There are a lot of heretics out there with a lot of false teachings that have blogs. And it’s phenomenal to me in our age now, that what is represented on the Internet is now seen as fact, and authority, and truth! And the reality? Most of these guys who are writing blogs are 24-year-old guys living in their moms’ basement, sitting there in their underwear! That’s what they’re doing! They’ve got a robe on, and they’re just typing away. And they’re typing away their false teaching, which is honestly a bunch of garbage.View full post
Anytime we speak of church polity, we are talking about government. There is nothing specifically magical or pure in this government just because it is the Church. So often the conversation about the who, what, when, and where, and how of Ecclesiology gets lost in an endless pursuit of doctrinal precision. But the foundation of …View full post
You have walked out from underneath the pastoral “Covering” and now you are looking around at the events of your life playing an elaborate game of divine charades. God’s leading doesn’t take on specific words, but you have impressions or leadings that have told you to RUN, and your first steps at extracting yourself (and your family) is agony.View full post
Your Daddy has spoken. You have been told: respect yourself, don’t give yourself away, expect commitment, and be cautious with intimacy. When leaders come groping about your soul like they are entitled to your spiritual nudity. You tell ‘em: “My daddy told me not to get in the car with boys like that!”View full post
What important things?
Hummm… protecting the prophesy mic and making sure that those who want to preach on my blog are subject to my good pleasure. I am a blog tyrant, and many of you are tyrants in training like Timothy. You need that oversight.
As one dear brother in the faith Larry Tomczak put it: “Faulty foundations are also beginning to give way in the Body of Christ. Christians are discovering that one source of the cracks is a lack of recognizing foundational apostolic/ prophetic ministry. Many are realizing today they can’t ignore God’s pattern for building his church “…having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone” (Eph. 2:20).”View full post
Nelson Mandela died recently. It is inconceivable that people haven’t heard that Nelson Mandela passed away because if you are alive and in the United States, it should be almost impossible to miss the lovefest pouring out from the American media for the one-time president of South Africa. Of course, whenever the American media starts …View full post
Recently someone called Spiritual Tyranny a “discernment blog.” This surprised me because my blog has nothing to do with “discernment,” and I thought this was self-evident. And then I realized it probably isn’t. I write about the tyranny and despotism within contemporary Christianity, and the current mad dash into Calvinism dominating the religious landscape. And …View full post
I can make you lay your mind down in one blog post. And once you lay it down I can grantee you will not think. And once you stop thinking you will accept my every judgment and embrace my every assertion of wretchedness. And then you will surrender your time talents and resources to my hands.View full post
A Shepherd and a three sheep walked into a bar
The Shepherd stands at the door and says: “All manner of temptation is in this den of inequity. Don’t drink the beer, you might get drunk.”
Sheep One says: “baahhhhh!”
Sheep Two says: “baahhhhh!”
Sheep Three got drunk.
The Shepherd said: “Stupid sheep! I shall discipline you! ” He then struck the sheep with his staff and the sheep died. “We shall flee the temptations of this world. Follow me to the promise land.”
Men shall live by faith; Lapdogs live by handout
Men make their own lives, prepare their own food, and accept the challenge of living. Dogs on the other hand, wait for someone to feed them, eat the same monotonous food from the same bowl, and beg scraps from his master’s table.
Jesus was a man, and he lived his life like he was a man.
OK … so, I just heard that the world is supposed to end in a few days. I should be excited but, I must confess, I’m sad. I have been so stoked about my plan to rule the world, my “zeal” and “Concern” have been driving me towards that expression of leadership. I can’t believe …View full post
Here is the Hill-Jack translation.
“Woman! Now gets them thaar shoes off and make me some victuals! And while you’re at it, let’s get another baby baking in oven. I need my man parts pleasured! Don’t you now God meant for you to be a breeder!”
Here is the Neanderthal translation.
Wielding a club: Whack! “Uhg. Woman! Me Man! Me hunt Woolly Mammoth.
Me chain you here! You no feed yourself. We no divorce! Me love you much!”View full post
I’m going back through and recording core posts. This, of course, means that in my never-ending pursuit of perfect, I end up re-writing. Which I did with this post Lay Down Your Mind. RE Read Here. Or Listen to my latest Pod Cast. (MP3) Further Comments can be made on the original page.View full post
By John Immel (Mp3 audio) Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – George Santayana The man who has no sense of history, is like a man who has no ears or eyes. – Adolf Hitler We learn from history that men and women never learn anything from history. – Friedrich …View full post
The function of tribalism is nothing more than protection. When individuals realize they do not have the requisite strength fend off all interlopers against their person they look for ways to increase that power. The historic challenge was to know who was willing to share mutual best interest: value you and defend you. The easiest distinction is to gravitate to those who look like you do. Tribal-ism is effectively racism.View full post
Although…the tale of Ms. Riding Hood’s woe does have a striking similarity: a wolf in Grammy’s Jammies, a wolf in sheep’s clothing. You get the picture. If the stories are any indication, then wolves do not seem particular about fashion as long as the costume makes it possible to hang close to the food.View full post
CJ Mahaney, El Primo Doctrinal Mover and Shaker of Sovereign Grace Ministries fame, recently released a letter stating that he is stepping away from being the Alpha Big Dog at the top of the “First Among Equals” governing egalitarian hierarchy. It is my current understanding that he wrote this letter to the leaders within his …View full post
It is the cry of many hearts in the blogosphere that SGM reform. Many of you hope that the leadership in that bunch takes a good long look in the mirror and says “Eureka!” or “John Calvin!” or “I could have had a V-8″ or whatever they are inclined to say when they discover a thought not found in Sin and Temptation.
This assumes they like mirrors, which in my cynical olderness, I’m inclined to think not so much. Or maybe better said, they do look in the mirror, mirror, on the wall, and it affirms that they are the Fairest Wretch of them all. They knew they were wretched; they saw what they expected so how can they be faulted for seeing their failings and therefore are utterly qualified to persist?View full post
Or maybe this post is to provide facts. A poster, MC, asked the following on my article Dear Christian Chicken Little. The question is a good one that needs some clarification. (I edited their comments for brevity, but tried to maintain the integrity of the comment.) I stumbled onto this site, and I have read …View full post
Doctrines of “Community” and “Relationship” are making the rounds in Christianity, AGAIN, for the umpteenth time, trotting us down the path to where collectivism ALWAYS ends: Bloody Despotism.
The Doctrines play on our feelings of isolation and our fears of inadequacy. It appeals to our deep seated drive to be KNOWN, to embrace and be embraced. It uses a series of bible passages to set a standard of transparency and vulnerability that is utterly absent personal boundaries, or common sense.View full post
The idea of philosophy has been further tarnished because the bible doesn’t speak to favorably on “vain” philosophies. So most Christians usually turn their mind off when the word comes into a conversation. The tragedy is everybody has a philosophy. Actually better said they have a whole basket full of philosophy but rarely do folk know they are carrying the basket, let alone what that basket contains.View full post
You guys suck at teaching your own body of doctrine. How is it that you can have a true SGM believer that can utter such inane doctrinal words? Come ON guys…my salvation demonstrated in using the word ASS? And not even Jackass or stupid-ass or ridicule-ass.View full post
The cry of wisdom fades in their ears after a moment or three and they remain oblivious to the cause and effect of success, prosperity, life, and blessing. They blame the meagerness of their survival and the injustice of life on the intentions of divine will, or the moral superiority of Altruism, or the selfish indulgence of the successful, or the evil actions of demonic hordes.View full post
Deliberately walking into an Arena where people try to change your ideas is similar to walking into a loins cage and realizing he’s trying to change you into lunch: to have someone change their ideas is tantamount to death.
As a rule people believe what they believe just because they do. Maybe they can make a case for themselves about why they believe, but believing for most people is an inexplicit function, that when pressured, is not much deeper than the polish on a dresser.View full post
I am talking to you pastors, in the DC Metroplex and for that matter all you church “leaders”-any county, any state, any country-where Sovereign Grace Tyrannies are perpetrated and the spiritual carnage limps into your counseling sessions for some serious triage. You KNOW the stories.
So here is the question: where are YOU? Puckering up at the SGM backside?View full post
This is how modern History’s Hitlers joined forces with ancient Mystic Despots: they use morality as cudgel to drive the “depraved” masses into Collective Conformity. Collectivism, also known as Tribalism, also known as Sectarianism, also known as Socialism, also known as Communism, also known as the “Greater Good,” has always been the Holy of Holies in political, social, and religious, corruption, death, and destruction. No need to send in the High Priest to offer sacrifice because the people have been seduced into bloodletting themselves.View full post
It is a strange feeling to watch the American Republic’s decline into the madness of tribal collectivism. As a philosopher and historian I know the symptoms of cultural implosion so it is fascinating to watch the infection progress through the body. It is kind of like the interest a medical doctor has for the mechanics …View full post
I wrote this article . . . oh . . . maybe fifteen years ago. It has set on my hard drive ever since. I’ve let maybe a dozen people read it to mixed reviews. I recently offered this to another reader, and he insisted that I should publish it. He made a good point …View full post
A poster offered this addition to the ongoing spiritual tyranny conversation. While I am not familiar with the whole of Dr. Linda Elder’s work and it is possible that I’d find myself in agreement with much of what she says, I must confess that as I pondered Dr. Elder’s points that follow, I found myself …View full post
Altruism is a philosophical premise that levels the playing field by justifying moral larceny. Altruism is a philosophical premise that validates ethical sadists and lets them hide behind the pretense of “brotherly love,” and “the greater good” and “self-sacrifice.” Altruism is the philosophy of vicious human beings that hold all men in contempt. Altruism is the philosophy of tyrants and autocrats who seek to place humanity in bondage to the greatest moral degenerate with the will to enslave everyone else to their own “selfless” despotic ends.
Ladies and Gentlemen this CANNOT be ChristianityView full post
Consciousness The Human Choice (Click here to listen to an Presage Publishing MP3 Audio production) By John Immel The challenge before me, in my ongoing quest to address the sources of tyranny, is the dual task of deconstruction and construction. Responding to historic tyrants and the philosophical bulwark offered by modern day theological and political …View full post
Soooo… in the grand scheme of threats: the tides of European Collectivism washing across the face of American culture; the Social Gospel preached with ever increasing regularity from pulpits; Islam’s overt declaration of Christian/Western destruction; and Communisms enforced Atheism perpetrating despotism throughout entire continents. The threat befuddling Christians is yoga?View full post
The Walls of Mystic Despotism I dares ya ta’ step across this line. – Bugs Bunny Click here for audio I had thought to let this series of posts go, (June 12th, 12:20 a.m. to June 13th, 2:43 p.m.) on Women and Children First, offered by self-identified Mike Doherty. My reasons were equally divided across …View full post
The following is excerpted from a book I self-published in 2000 called Blight in the Vineyard. (I’ve got a new version of that book coming, so there will be more later.) Welcome to the Arena of Ideas Do you feel the expanse of the coliseum, and the crowd looking on, and the tides of opinion …View full post
Alakazam poof! Dark Ages.
But this narrative stands against the easily verifiable historic realities: Middle East, Egyptian, and Mediterranean cities continued to thrive, as centers of learning, commerce and development long after the fall of Rome. It wasn’t until the mid 7th century that the decline began. In case you are unfamiliar the founding of Islam dates roughly 620 and was in full tilt conquest boogie by 700 AD.View full post
It turns out that Sovereign Grace Ministries is getting sued. I have mostly ignored the goings on in that world for a while so I was unaware of the sundry details. Someone sent me the article from the Washington Post three days ago. I browsed the article, mostly unmoved. And then one of my readers asked …View full post
I ask this question of people often because I find the answers to be interesting and revealing. I am always fascinated by how few folk can successfully answer this question. And in my informal scientific survey, the more the person has been a member of an authoritarian group the less they can successfully answer that question. The ability to answer this question is foundation to how I would define spiritual health. I won’t go into why I think that just yet, so for this post lets just assume that my assertion is true. Let’s take our pulse and see if we can honestly effectively answer the question: what do I want?View full post
Many of the Church collectivist ideology use words like precious, helpless, loving, feeding, leading, disciplining, straying, and caring to discuss the need and objective of Church Governance. The assumption is we are all a bunch of infants, naïve, and pure, and needing mommy’s loving touch. This is the Brady Bunch interpretation that sounds churchy and wholesome but it’s really just marketing and packaging. In another breath or three those same folk will talk of human depravity and unremitting sinfulness, and utter culpability.View full post
I am always pleased to watch people work with their ideas and offer their thoughts on the most foundational of all questions: Philosophy. Argo, a long time commenter on Spiritual Tyranny weighed in on Objectivist thought developed by Ayn Rand. Most people are introduced to Ayn’s thought via Atlas Shrugged and the Fountain Head. However …View full post
Dear readers, the time for TANC 2015 is fast approaching. I’m in the middle stages of prep, trying to figure out what to present and what to omit. This happens to be my greatest challenge because there is so much to cover and so little time: so many ideas and concept to introduce to people who will …View full post
We have decided that starting a JOB without skills is the same as GIFTING in the Body of Christ.
Why do we think this? Simple: Uber Church leaders need free work so they need a carrot to go with the stick of “Submit to Authority.” It isn’t all that hard to sell folk on the idea that “ministry” starts with lowly service and manufacture a hierarchy of important church occupations. Big Spiritual Stuff is preaching in the big room to the big people, under the lights to 5,000 filled seats. Everything else is less important.View full post
I don’t post other people’s material very often for a list of personal reasons, but on occasion I find an article that I wish I had written. The following is such an article by Alex Guggenheim. He has graciously allowed me to post it in its entirety. Alex runs a blog called Pedestrian Christian. I …View full post
Modern Christianity is filled with doctrines that dis-empower and de-humanize people into the cogs of a vast church machine, designed to do little else but employ a few in the business of making the machine bigger so they can travel in nicer cars, and bigger planes, and fill larger buildings. We are no longer a people …View full post
These definitions have been added to the definitions page. But I want them fresh in my readers minds. Keep checking back. I may add more items to this list. Metaphysics is the broad formal study of the nature of existence. Ontology is a specific metaphysical inquiry into the nature of being. Cosmology is the metaphysical …View full post
Most people don’t even realize they are advocating historic political theory when they quote bible passages advocating various Government FORMS because they don’t realize the source of the philosophical assumptions. At the moment I’m not going to extract those historic sources. My point is…View full post
Horhey Zimmerman needs Heysus. Thus is the summary judgment from Trillia Newbell in her article Not Guilty: Now What? on the Gospel Coalition blog. Who is Trillia Newbell? Well, according to her the little blurb at the bottom of the article she is “. . . a freelance journalist and writer. She writes on …View full post
You have been indoctrinated to think that the historic tragedy is OUR existence. There is nothing more erroneous in modern philosophical thought. Whatever western sins might be, most of our assumptions drive us toward abandoning bad ideas and striving toward good ideas with all ships rising on the tide. Our GOOD ideas are always about individual liberty, freedom, social cooperation, industry and prosperity. The only parts of our philosophical background currently threatening to reduce us back to the oppression of yesteryear are the humanity-crushing predicates of Dictated Good: Pervasive Depravity and Altruism.View full post
Click here for Youtube presentation. This session was broken down into four parts A and B and C and D. It is an overview of the history of Philosophy or maybe said better, the history of human thought. The evolution of human thought and particularly the developments of Greek thought and its impact on Christianity …View full post
Would we gleefully let him lead us to our own ACTUAL persistent sin so that we can demonstrate our glorious humility by honest self-deprecation?
By this definition a homosexual pedophile priest who shoots his victims in the head would be the greatest spiritual leader amongst us as long as he demonstrates his humility by confessing his moral depravity.View full post
I was recently asked to read James MacDonald’s book The Vertical Church to address his criticisms of Aristotle. I’ve known for a while that Christianity was in trouble, that the seven-headed beast of Mystic Despotism was waking from its long slumber, that the haunting moan of Medieval European Religion was desperately trying to crawl out …View full post
And then, insult to injury, when Jesus term of service was at an end, the “community” he was “organizing” killed him, which leads me to the rather obvious application of the “community organizer” simile.
Let’s see, are there any bible characters that fit the objective definition of someone setting out to engage in political reform by applying mass pressure.View full post
Somehow I ended up on a Frank Viola e-mailing list. Someone was very kind to add me. I suspect that the motive was either counterargument by proxy or they assumed that I would agree with what Mr. Viola is teaching. Whatever the reason and whoever put me there, thanks. I now have more fodder …View full post
Come to me all you are weary and heavy laden and I will give you … covering.
As of today, I have decided that I want be all y”ll’s covering. That is right… today is the day. I am officially, in all my self appointed glory the effective “covering” for everybody.
I’m a leader. I’m spiritual. I figure hey… I can do this. I can be a covering.View full post
Look around you. Take inventory of your environment. Every specific thing you see is called a particular. Particulars are singular objects. These particulars have qualities: length, width, height, texture, odor, color, and sound. So you see a blue couch and a blue hat. This is the only quality that these two particulars share. But since …View full post
All right, we’re studying and studying and studying, we’re trying to compile our stack of scriptures to Systematically make our 20th century doctrinal point. Suddenly, low and behold, (a little biblical language for you) some bright boy raises his hand and says, “But what did those Israelites think about God, I mean they were closer to the source wouldn’t that make their understanding better?” So we say, “Oh darn, now we have to figure out what their culture and politics and so forth were to understand what they believed.” We have to draw out the meaning from their culture. This is called Exegetics.View full post
Jul 22 2015
As I have said in previous TANC homework assignments the challenge I have is directly tied to what and how much too present. This is particularly true when discussing specific ideas advanced by specific people. I try to avoid taking people out of context but establishing context in the conference is very time consuming and …
Jul 12 2015
TANC 2015 Homework This is an advanced question that hasn’t been fully covered in class. I have however made mention of this in some comments here and on Paul’s Passing Thoughts, my book Blight in the Vineyard and my readers are smart. So I’m confident you can answer the following. If nothing else this …
Jul 03 2015
Dear Reader, If you don’t know it yet, TANC 2015 is at hand. ( a little biblical language for you Calvinist Aficionados) I am assigning homework for the attendees. Answer the following questions. They should be pretty easy. Questions: 1. Zeus references the Sophists. Who were the Sophists? (Hint: watch my 2013 lectures) 2. Is Cyniscus …
Jun 30 2015
Dear readers, the time for TANC 2015 is fast approaching. I’m in the middle stages of prep, trying to figure out what to present and what to omit. This happens to be my greatest challenge because there is so much to cover and so little time: so many ideas and concept to introduce to people who will …