Pray for Paris? Only Paris?

Horrible, terrible news from Paris today.

Absolutely horrific.

If you don’t know what happened, look at any news site on the entire internet.  100+ people killed in several coordinated attacks upon Paris, France.

The hashtag #PrayForParis went nuts on Twitter, and the people of Paris, France definitely need prayers. That’s certainly true.

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A Public Service Announcement Regarding Goshen and EMU.

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So, at the “convenient” time when the US legalized same-sex marriage across all 50 states, two Mennonite Church USA schools were prepped and ready to flee biblical fidelity.

The US supreme court ruled in favor of Obergefell v. Hodges on June 26, 2015.  Eastern Mennonite University released there newly revised “Non-Discrimination Statement” on July 16, 2015, and Goshen College released theirs two days later.

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Quick Thoughts: The Predator Prey Problem.

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Over on the Cripplegate, I recently addressed several thorny theological questions.  One was the question of what’s known as “the predator prey problem” in Creation Science.  In a nutshell, the problem arises when one speculates how in the world animals that appear to be engineered for predation were not originally predators.

In other words, how were venomous snakes part of God’s “very good” creation when their fangs and venom glands appear specifically made for hunting other organisms.  What purpose would venom have had before the fall?  What purpose would fangs have had before the fall?

Due to the predator prey problem, some people have found an old earth/theistic evolution paradigm far easier to believe than a young earth/biblical creation paradigm.

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Admittedly, it’s a difficult problem.  It’s not difficult because there aren’t answers, but rather that the answers are inaccessible to everyone since the only way to answer the question would be to somehow see what creation was like before the fall.  The Bible doesn’t give people a whole lot of information about the world before the fall, so the question is shrouded in a colossal amount of rather annoying mystery.

In the comment thread, I interacted with a good brother who was wondering why venomous snakes before the fall was a problem.  I wrote a long enough answer that I wanted to save it for posterity…and also share it as a post unto itself.  For those who think about such things, here’s what I said to him: Continue reading

Where in the WORLD is Lyndon?

If you’ve been wondering where I was, your search is over.

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I haven’t been blogging much in the last while.  Well, I haven’t been blogging here much.  I have written some original material over at the Cripplegate though, so I’ll simply send my readers over there to see what I’ve been doing. Continue reading

Bible Bite: Leviticus 18

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It’s 2 am, and I cannot sleep, so I’ll toss up some thoughts about a passage that has been on my mind: Leviticus 18.  Now these days, people tend to think that verse 22 is the only verse in the passage, but I’ve been actually thinking of the broader chapter.  Allow me to outline it briefly to illustrate why it’s been troubling me:

Lev. 18:1-3 opens up with a command: “You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not walk in their statutes” (18:3). Continue reading