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A great article on the Apostle Paul

Posted by joelbyer on July 28, 2011

The Paul We Think We Know | Christianity Today

This article identifies 3 great myths that have been widely held about the Apostle Paul…
1) He was anti-Jewish
2) He was merely about a personal relationship with Jesus to the neglect of living and working within a Christian community.
3) He had a dynamic, alpha-male type leadership personality

For the record, I largely agree with this article.
I think that American individualism, a distorted emphasis on legalism, and American CEO-type leadership styles have wrongly colored our view of the great Apostle Paul.
I would love to get your feedback on Facebook. Read this article and tell me what you think.
But be nice! 🙂

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How should Christians think about the death of bin Laden?

Posted by joelbyer on May 2, 2011

Some Thoughts on the Death of Bin Laden | Denny Burk
I think this article pretty closely mirrors my views…

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Ever received grace?

Posted by joelbyer on April 3, 2011

For Christmas vandals, the spirit of forgiveness | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

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Obesity…

Posted by joelbyer on January 6, 2011

Here are 2 blog posts on obesity that say it well, I think. With the New Year, people often think about losing weight…well, let this motivate you!

Blog post #1

Blog post # 2

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New Conservative Holiness journal….

Posted by joelbyer on November 2, 2010

Rev. Robert Booth of Lebanon, PA has started a new venture called “Fotia”. This is an online journal that addresses topics of interest and challenges
that church leaders face in the twenty-first century.  Its primary
audience is within the conservative holiness movement. 
Different people (including yours truly 🙂 ) have contributed.

Click here to read!

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These are good!

Posted by joelbyer on September 23, 2010

10 Personal Growth Questions :: Perry Noble | Leadership

Simple. Practical. To the point.

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Stirring thought from John Maxwell….

Posted by joelbyer on November 1, 2009

No one can connect with everybody. It doesn’t matter how hard you work at it. Though I strive to be an effective communicator, I know there are people I leave cold when I talk. That’s okay. But you can be sure that I will do everything in my power to keep them from falling asleep. The longer they stay engaged, the better the chance I have of winning them over. And the better the chance of adding value to them.

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Another day…another atheist…

Posted by joelbyer on May 30, 2009

OK, as some of you know, a while back I got into a debate with some atheists. It was never my intention to taunt or be inflammatory, but I DO like to think and discuss issues.

The following is a 20 point list in which a person gives for giving up his faith. He now feels “relief”… (Incidentally, many people who leave the CHM also use this or similar terms…which thus shows that that feeling is not in and of itself proof of a right decision.)

I don’t recommend this link for new Christians or young people. Also, I did not read the comments, so I don’t know about the language used. However, as mature Christians we should have answers to the big objections raised against our faith.

http://thebeattitude.com/2009/05/28/losing-my-religion-why-i-walked-away-from-christianity/

I would love to respond more indepth…point by point…and maybe I will some time, but for now, my overall response to all of this would be something like this. This person is attempting to define God by his narrow-minded definitions as shaped by pop culture. Since the Christian God of Biblical orthodoxy doesn’t fit today’s views of what God should be…he thus rejects God.

I almost hesitate to ask, but anyone who wishes to comment, may do so, so long as the language is clean and the tone respectful. Thanks in advance!

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I’ve never heard of an atheist who wasn’t angry

Posted by joelbyer on December 5, 2008

Atheists take aim at Christmas – CNN.com
Again, this proves the point!

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