The Stochastic Gospel?

The Stochastic Gospel?

The word “stochastic” is used in contrast with the word “Deterministic”. Without getting too nerdy, I’ll briefly explain their use from a purely Radiological standpoint, and how they realistically illustrate the proper vs improper setting of spiritual goals.

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Pray Like No One is Looking

Pray Like No One is Looking

When called on to pray publicly, sometimes people will inevitably feel pressure to “knock it out of the park”. Sure, this is often a fleshly, self-imposed pressure. But it should never be a peer pressure. People asked to pray in church should not feel any social obligation to impress with their praying, but rather just pray in humility and sincerity with “clean hands, and a pure heart” (Psalm 24:3-4). And those being led in the public prayer ought to have enough brotherly charity to not care how it came out.

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How to Fish For Striped Sea Bass - Skill Collecting

How to Fish For Striped Sea Bass - Skill Collecting

One guy can throw a $20 surface popper and the guy next to him a $2 clearance swim bait and they both catch fish. The next day, one catches and the other doesn’t. The day after that, neither one catches a thing. Anglers act like they know, but we all just throw something out there and hope for the best. At best, we’re just trying to manage patterns that change too often to be patterns.

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Disclaimers and the Christian Outrage Mob

Disclaimers and the Christian Outrage Mob

…They separate from you, not because you changed what you stand for, but simply because you stopped offering virtue-signaling disclaimers to them. They likely feel guilty that your unwillingness to play the game makes them look juvenile and foolish. Then they get mad at you. Then you become the brunt of their griping with whatever inequitable and uncharitable brethren they can find next.

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Scientifically Testing Salvation Claims (Is it reasonable?)

Scientifically Testing Salvation Claims (Is it reasonable?)

John’s tests give us a means by which we can follow the trail of evidence to a reasonable conclusion with the Obedience test and the Love test, and a perfect conclusion with the truth test. Still, I must be careful to not allow personal biases or personality dislikes to skew the test results. I must be vigilant, careful, and prayerful in how and why I use this Biblical information.

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Skill-Collecting: Make a Cowboy Hat Rack

Skill-Collecting: Make a Cowboy Hat Rack

I’m not a cowboy, nor do I own cowboy hats. However, many guys still wear these things, so here are few ideas if you have some tools and want to make a place to hang your hat… or hats. Or you can buy one, custom made here.

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Lessing's Broad, Ugly Ditch

Lessing's Broad, Ugly Ditch

In the same way, historically, biblically, and rationally, Christianity is a consistent thing. It’s a conclusion you can feel safe adopting. The preponderance of evidence for its veracity is overwhelming. There are Cosmological, Moral, Teleological, and transcendental arguments to support it. There is historical evidence, literary evidence, archeological evidence. Most of all, it is intuitively evidentiary because of the moral, spiritual, and rational constitution of man.

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Anchor People

Anchor People

I once had a guy stop attending church because he wanted preaching that “blows my hair back.” I’m not exactly sure how to accomplish that in preaching without the supplemental use of hair dryer, and a very large one at that because he always sat on the back row. I may have been happy to oblige if he’d have picked up and extension cord.

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The Cognitive Bias of illusory Expertise

The Cognitive Bias of illusory Expertise

What seems so crazy about all of this is that this is a phenomenon that unregenerate, likely God-denying secularists have observed and studied. Some even seem willing to examine themselves for it. Yet, as Biblicists, we know that the Bible gave it a name long ago. And so many of us seem unwilling to examine ourselves with honest examination to see if we’re affected.

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