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  • You’re incredibly naïve or in total denial if you think your tattoos aren’t going to have a significant positive or negative influence on people who don’t know you well.
  • Our current society craves individuality and self expression.
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  • tattoo and body piercing are always associated with bad elements in the society

  • But without even raising the question of whether this or that specific activity is acceptable, indifferent, or out-and-out evil, we surely ought to be able to say that controlled substances and other symbols of secular society's seamy side are not what the church of Jesus Christ ought to wish to be known for.
  • no symbol of sin’s bondage is more seductive or more oppressive than booze.
  • It is, of course, a sin to give one’s mind over to the influence of alcohol or to bedeck one’s reputation with deliberate symbols of debauchery.

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  • chapter 7 is really the main chapter in the epistle to the Hebrews, because it tackles the key question which concerned the Jews, and that was the question of priesthood.
  • to the Jew, the priesthood was very exalted, and the priesthood was very intrinsic to Judaism. The priests really were the ones who connected men with God...and the Latin word for priest is pontifex. Take it apart, and it means bridge builder. The priest was the one who built the bridge from man to God; and to the Jew, the priesthood was really very, very important. To them, you see, religion was access to God; and since they couldn't go directly to God, they had to go through a mediator; and the priests were designed to be mediators.
  • He built the bridge.

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  • Phonetic transcriptions requires that you learn using the phonetic alphabet
  • At the bottom of the table you will see some further instruction on how to use the phonetic symbols, as for instance information about how to specify lexical stress, glottal stops and so on.

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  • "What I did was embarrassing to the denomination,"
    • Many questions must be addressed by restoration process, among them:

      1. Which offenses require absence from ministry?
      3. Is exposure to pornography an equally serious offense as an actual sexual affair?
      5. How long is the pastor to be out of ministry?
      7. What are the requirements for counseling and who will oversee it?
      9. Will there be any financial support for the pastor and family?
      11. Will the pastor's spouse be included in counseling and in meetings with the denomination or restoration team?
      13. After the restoration process, how will the pastor find a new position?
      15. And what will the new congregation be told about his season on the sidelines?
  • to walk with him through a process of examination, confession, and restoration.

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  • The foremost requirement of a church leader is that he be above reproach (1 Timothy 3:2,10; Titus 1:7). That is a difficult prerequisite, and not everyone can meet it.
  • In 1 Corinthians 9:27 he says, "I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified."


    When referring to his body, Paul obviously had sexual immorality in view. In 1 Corinthians 6:18 he describes it as a sin against one's own body-sexual sin is in its own category. Certainly it disqualifies a man from church leadership since he permanently forfeits a blameless reputation as a one-woman man (Proverbs 6:33; 1 Timothy 3:2).

  • Trust forfeited is not so easily regained. Once purity is sacrificed, the ability to lead by example is lost forever.

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  • The “Not Even Wrong” author explains one of physics’ most famous theories—and why it may have led thousands of scientists down a cold trail.

  • claiming, "There is a sound scientific explanation for the making of our  world—no Gods required"
  • According to Stephen Hawking, "Because there is a law such as gravity,   the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation   is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe   exists, why we exist."
  • However, neither gravity nor any other law of physics   provides a mechanism by which universe can be spontaneously created. The question   Hawking never answered was why those   laws of physics exist? Although it is possible for things such as particles   to pop into existence from "nothing," it has never been shown that   non-quantum-sized objects can perform such feats. Even if it were possible,   why would it be expected that such laws of physics would exist that   universes to be created from nothing? Why wouldn't a true nothing consist of   no laws of physics and no possibility of anything popping into existence?

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  • if God doesn’t need a cause, why should the universe need a cause?’ In reply, Christians should use the following reasoning:
  • the world of quantum mechanics routinely produces something out of nothing.9
  • their ‘quantum vacuum’ is a lot of matter-antimatter potential—not ‘nothing’.

  • Much speculation and theoretical research has been expended in developing a way in which the universe could come into existence strictly by natural processes consistent with the physical laws operating in the universe. The majority agrees that the most promising mechanism is the view that the universe arose as a quantum fluctuation, with no supernatural agent involved.
  • The smaller an energy violation, the longer that the violation can last. In this view, the total energy of the universe is precisely zero, so the violation (the universe) could exist forever. Astrophysicists must very cleverly devise ways in which the total energy of the universe can be zero. While this idea is not universally accepted, and there are major logical problems with it,22 it is the obvious trend of current research.
  • Russell Humphreys has pointed out a very important popular misunderstanding of the big bang by Ross and other popular writers. The ‘big bang’ is actually based on a non-scientific assumption called the cosmological principle, which states that an observer’s view of the universe depends neither on the direction in which he looks nor on his location. That is, the earth is nowhere special.28

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  • What are some reasons to believe and not to believe in String Theory?
  • Arguments For “Believing” String Theory:

    String theory is a mathematical frameworknot a scientific theory — so if you “believe” in mathematics (which is not a science, but a tool used in science), you should “believe” in string theory, as a fabulous work in mathematics, a major mathematical research effort.

  • Arguments Against “Believing” String Theory:

    String (M) theory makes no testable or observable predictions (albeit some say it makes way too many, as in there are 10^520 string theory landscapes (possible universes)), and therefore can (should?) not be “believed in” as we “believe” in scientific theories, based upon results yielded by application of the scientific method

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  • "Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing," he writes. "Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist.

  • "In Stephen Hawking’s new book The Grand Design, he says that because of the law of gravity, the universe can and will create itself out of nothing. But I thought that gravity was a function of mass, as per Einstein. How can you have gravity before mass and therefore how can gravity explain mass?"
  • If you do the math, you find out that the sum total of matter in the universe can cancel against the sum total of negative gravitational energy, yielding a universe with zero (or close to zero) net matter/energy
  • It does not take net matter and energy to create entire universes.

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  • Was He preparing Hell for people who asked such questions?
  • In the Steady State theory, as galaxies moved apart, the idea was that new galaxies would form from matter that was supposed to be continually being created throughout space.
  • We showed that the universe couldn't bounce. If Einstein's General Theory of Relativity is correct, there will be a singularity, a point of infinite density and spacetime curvature, where time has a beginning.

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  • The power of these technologies are increasing rapidly, and while they may bless the man on the street, they also bolster the man at the bureau. 
  • Lewis notes that when a culture has jettisoned objective value (what he also calls the Tao)—real, knowable truth and goodness—then gradually the way it wields power shifts from serving people to conditioning them to act the way the power-holders think best.  And what a power-holder thinks best is not determined by an objective standard of what is right and good, precisely because such standards have been rejected.
  • Could it be that immense power in the hands of few, in a culture without objective value will lead to man-moulding policies that seek to shape citizens into conformity with the prevailing ideals of those exercising this power?

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