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Progress 11 years on

How has the economy been doing for the since the bust of 2001? It is pertinent question for we often hear of Japan’s lost decade but not much of America’s. And while our situation may not be as dire as … Continue reading

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A Summary of Jervell’s Perspective on Acts

Jacob Jervell’s work Luke and the People of God: A New Look at Luke-Acts has transformed studies of first century christianity and early jewish-christian relations. It informs and is informed by the new perspective on Paul as we continue trying to … Continue reading

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Links

I decided that the frequent asides are cluttering the blog, so I will delete all of the previous asides (links preserved below) and from now on instead do irregular posts of a collection of links with, I hope, some commentary … Continue reading

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Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians in a Nutshell

In a nutshell 1 Corinthians is concerned with factionalism and paganism in the church of God at Corinth. The first, factionalism, is revealed as the focus of Chloe’s report in the first chapter and taken up in chapters one through four. After … Continue reading

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A Summary of the New Perspective on Romans

To understand the new view on Romans, and its bedfellow the new view on Paul, one must understand the old view (“of course it wasn’t called that at the time”). Prior to the work of Sanders, Dunn (who coined the … Continue reading

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Romney creator of Obamacare

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A rehash of Capital-Gains-less Effective income tax rates

A little late for tax season. In response to an article at the NBER highlighting the difference between income inequality and consumption inequality in the states I decided to look into effective federal tax rates as a function of income. If you … Continue reading

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God’s Love and God’s Hate

How to reconcile God’s Mercy and Compassion and Love and God’s Holiness and Justice and Hate is a difficult question we should not just gloss over. If words when used in relation to God flatly contradict the plain language understanding … Continue reading

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An online ethnography of China

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I am not a Calvinist for the same reason I am a Theist

In Christianity there are many views on the foreknowledge of God varieties of Reformed positions-Calvinism and Arminianism-and also the traditional Roman Catholic Augustinian view and Molinism a Roman Catholic compromise position. These can be sliced and diced many different ways but for me the question comes down to … Continue reading

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