Mount Ranier in the background
Snow capped peaks in the Olympic Mountains
Sea Shore on West Coast of Vancouver Island
Olympic Mountains at Sunset
Deer by small lake in Olympic Mountains
Small alpine lake in the Olympic Mountains
Near the small town of Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada
Olympic Mountains with fresh snow
Olympic Mountains in the early summer
Shoreline near Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada
Snow capped peaks in the Olympic Mountains

August 2012

Middle Knowledge: Foreknowledge and Foreordination.

Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." John 4:10 (NIV)

Object to Person

The most common way for humans to acquire knowledge is to study external objects. The objects that surround us in the universe are the sources of this type of knowledge. In fact, this is the normal way we learn and acquire knowledge.  Humans are not born with a storehouse of knowledge, so we have to acquire knowledge about the world that daily surrounds us by investigating it.


galaxy photo

The majesty of the mountains and the expanse of the oceans remind us of the majesty, wisdom, and power of God.  It causes us to question and reflect upon our purpose and role within creation. Who is the Creator of the universe and what is our relationship to this Creator?  What should our relationship be to other humans as well as to the rest of creation?

What is the relationship between faith and reason?  Why is evil such a difficult problem?  What is the purpose of death and the grave?  Are they the final end of our human existence when we die and become food for microbes.  There have been numerous and conflicting answers to these questions during the course of history.  So, maybe we should ask ourselves if it is even possible to know whether or not our answers are correct?  Maybe the answer is that there are no real answers to life's questions.  Perhaps, our questions are just the meaningless occupation of over-sensitive fools.

Is Apologetics Biblical?

Is Apologetics Biblical?

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer (apologian ,ἀπολογίαν) to everyone who asks you to give the reason (logon, λόγον) for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

Karl Marx: The Union of the Faithful with Christ

Karl Marx: The Union of the Faithful with Christ

Karl Marx1 wrote a devotional commentary on abiding in Christ that was based upon the fifteenth Chapter of John’s Gospel. He wrote it on August 17, 1835 when he was seventeen years old. At that time, he was attending the Trier Gymnasium and fulfilling the Gymnasium’s religious graduation requirement. What makes this devotional commentary so significant is its stark contrast to his fame and later writings.


The Gospel in Relation to our Sins

Chapters 3:21—5:11.

It is with a sense of the greatest relief that we turn from the sad story of man's sin and shame to contemplate the wondrous grace of God as told out in the gospel, the divine remedy for the ruin that came in by the fall. And this presentation of the good news is in two parts: it presents the gospel first as having to do with the question of our sins: and then when that is settled, as having to do with our sin; the sin-principle, sin in the flesh, the carnal mind which dominates the unsaved, unregenerated man. The first theme is fully taken up in chapters 3:21 to 5:11, and this we will now consider.