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Loyalty needs Trauma: Loyalty and the Moral Defense, Part 3

I remember an elderly woman whose¬†mother grew up on a sheep farm in Texas, unpopular in those days, because sheep grazed the grass so short there was nothing left for the cattle. One of my her¬†favorite expressions was: “I could … Continue reading

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Translating Fundamentalese: Empathic Listening

I’m reading NonViolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg. He has a chapter on listening empathically instead of taking things personally. This is probably the most difficult part of dealing with my family: listening to their needs rather than their judgments and … Continue reading

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The Rules are Written on your Heart

There is a theory put out by the hard line Churches of Christ that Jesus gave the apostles all the rules for the work, worship and organization of the local congregation between his resurrection and his ascension. This is then … Continue reading

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The Rude Guy Who Beeped at me in Traffic

A recent commenter to this blog wrote: The bible is perfect and complete (James 1:25), it was written for and applies to everyone forever (Acts 2:39-42), and Jesus is referred to as the Word incarnate and sent the word through … Continue reading

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The Only Way to Worship is according to these Rules

Hard line Churches of Christ from the Restoration Movement (about 10% to 20% of Churches of Christ) have theology that is based on the belief that all the early churches recorded in the New Testament writings adhered to a rigid … Continue reading

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Restoring First Century Christianity

Many hard line Churches of Christ claim to practice the real Christianity, saying they follow the Bible only, restoring first century Christianity. That is an oxymoron. 1. First century Christianity did not follow “the Bible”. Their only Bible was the … Continue reading

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Using Church Tradition

Why do Churches of Christ, who eschew tradition as authoritative, appeal to church tradition to prove the first day of every week, and no instrumental music? Lord’s Supper When Churches of Christ try to prove that we must take the … Continue reading

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