The Burning Bush, the Rublev Icon, and The Shack – Dr Marty Folsom

The Burning Bush, the Rublev Icon, and The Shack – Dr Marty Folsom

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If you ignite a bush in the wilderness, you may be an arsonist. If you come across a burning bush and God speaks to you, your name is Moses. If you encourage others to light bushes to see if God shows up, you are possibly starting a religion to conjure up God through strange fires. If you are Moses and follow the Voice that has spoken to you, doing what it says, you will see God liberate and bring people to Himself. God will fulfill His gracious and loving covenant, using humble means to achieve His restorative end. God can use burning bushes to speak, but we are called to pursue the God who speaks -- without limiting how God may address us. Moses himself was a kind of burning…
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Life, Light and Union – Stuart Johnson

Life, Light and Union – Stuart Johnson

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The Bible is probably the most contentious book in human history.  It draws the most intensive attention from both believers and nonbelievers alike.  As many as 30000+ denominations depend on the Bible for their unique view on the gospel.  Whatever is said is validated by the Bible.  Using the very same Bible other denominations will either agree in principle or disagree entirely.  The Bible never points to itself as the means for a close relationship to God.  Like John the Baptist, the Bible is primarily a witness to Jesus Christ.  Then again, a careful navigation of what we mean when we say the name Jesus Christ makes all the difference in how we read the Scriptures.  If we read the Scriptures with the view that in them we find eternal life,…
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Global Warming and the Relational Ice Age – Dr Marty Folsom

Global Warming and the Relational Ice Age – Dr Marty Folsom

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The world of relationships is in crisis. Tragically, we are easily distracted from approaching disasters by our pursuit of success. The quest for financial success at the expense of natural resources and environmental caretaking has blinded us to this dawning conclusion: small steps pursued for short term progress can have unintended long term consequences that destroy the world that sustains us. This is true in the ecosphere and in the field of personal relations. Individualism in Western thought has evolved into a license to primarily act in self-interest. We have neglected paying attention to the consequences of our priority on self-fulfillment. While intent on ensuring that the self is satisfied, a coolness develops in our relations as we drift apart. In the absence of the warmth of connection, an icy…
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Facing  Great Changes – Stuart Johnson

Facing Great Changes – Stuart Johnson

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One who is deemed qualified to teach from the Bible holds a place of prestige.  In mainstream Christian churches, the privilege of teaching from the Bible requires forming training.  This training has to be approved by the church and the campus from which a student earns their qualifications must be properly accredited.  The task of understanding the Bible has not been made very easy for the everyday Christian.  It is even more difficult for the average person to pick up the Bible and make sense of it.  With tens of thousands of denominations throughout the world how is anyone going to know if the denomination they involve themselves with is not leading them astray?  This task is made much more difficult for those who have encountered God as Triune disclosed…
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Spread Like Wildfire – Stuart Johnson

Spread Like Wildfire – Stuart Johnson

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How many of us have felt like we want to share the gospel but have no idea where to begin?  Before I fully grasped the gospel in the Trinitarian frame, I worked very hard at sharing the gospel through the local media in the country town we lived in and even ran ads on the country TV station nearby.  I have no idea of the impact we had.  I knew there was great interest in the articles I wrote as I was in a heavily Catholic area.  The local Catholic church gathered all the articles I wrote and kept them on file.  I found out about this when we tried to get our children enrolled in the local Catholic school. Sharing the gospel when the opportunity arises is something I do…
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The Devil is in the detail – Stuart Johnson

The Devil is in the detail – Stuart Johnson

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It has been nearly eighteen years since I first read The Human Person as an Icon of the Trinity by Kallistos Ware.  This transformed my whole way of thinking from confusion to peace of mind.  It has been a journey of coming to grips with the truth of God revealed to us as Triune in the Person and work of Jesus Christ.  Since that time, I have seen how the Trinitarian movement has grown.  I have been blessed to meet many people over the years thanks to social media.  The encounters I have valued most are those in whom I have the privilege of talking face-to-face.  The common thread for our fellowship is the axis for all that we talk about, Jesus Christ.  When we focus on Him, we find there is…
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Empty Spaces – Stuart Johnson

Empty Spaces – Stuart Johnson

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Christian theology does not answer all our questions.  Our theology is revealed to us by God Himself.  God has chosen Himself to come to us as the Man Jesus Christ clothed in our humanity so that a point of contact might be made to open dialogue with us.  If it was not for this event of the Incarnation, it would be impossible for God to be known.  Among humanity, there is only one Teacher, Jesus Christ.  He has left us the Spirit of Christ to remind all that Jesus Christ has said.  Every single human being is a student to God.  To know God, God has to make Himself known. The uniqueness of the Christian message is God has made Himself known to all human beings.  The incarnation meant that…
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Those who have ears to hear – Stuart Johnson

Those who have ears to hear – Stuart Johnson

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There is nothing that beats face-to-face interaction when discussing the gospel.  The medium of cyberspace sometimes lacks the courtesy and respect when engaging in a debate.  In addition to this there are some who act like trolls looking to derail any reasonable proposal or enquiry.  The only reason theological discussion is able to occur is the fact of Christ in us who is united to our whole human being, our soul, our flesh and our rationality.  This means the rationale of God overlaps our rationale and actual dialogue can take place.  What complicates matters in theological discussion is the mere fact that what we say about God should actually line up with what God says about Himself.  The more we understand the mutual and indwelling relationship between the Father, Son…
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Keeping it simple! – Stuart Johnson

Keeping it simple! – Stuart Johnson

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Though many of us think about the finer details of the gospel, the message itself is far more simple than what is contained in all the theological books.  There is the risk of over complicating what is purely an encounter of persons ie the Person of God who fellowships with ordinary human beings.  When we become aware of the reality of the One behind all things, Jesus Christ. who has actually set up His home in us, this simple but beautiful revelation can easily become overshadowed by the overwhelming amount of resources telling us what we should and should not know.  You see, theology can be as complex as we want it to be.  It is for the small group of people who have the time and patience as well as the…
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It it the gospel? Or is it just Theology?

It it the gospel? Or is it just Theology?

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I live in a very secular country.  There are two discussion many try to avoid: Religion and politics.  The amazing thing about such an unwritten rule in our country is we find the topic in any given situation will often lean towards religion and/or politics.  There have been many situations where I have been in a normal conversation with people but as soon as I mention that I am a Christian, there is immediately an awkward silence.  They stop swearing and try to clean up the conversation.  In one such situation, I said the word 'bullshit."  Someone made a quick response and said, "You can't swear, you are a Christian!" Which I responded, "That's bullshit!"  It amazes me those who outrightly make it known their distaste of Christianity appear to…
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