Tag: philosophy

The Error

The failure to see the wholeness of a thing is the failure to see its essential character because it is its wholeness that defines it as the thing that it is. The failure to understand God’s holiness amounts to a failure to stand under His wholeness. People do this when they engage in compartmentalization, the unconscious psychological defense mechanism used to avoid the mental discomfort.

The Church and the Future

We who are in the church, especially pastors and denominational executives, have a vested interest in maintaining the church as it currently exists. Of course we’d like our church and/or denomination to grow, but what we mean is that we would like more of what it already is, more of the same kind of people, more resources, etc. What we really want is a better status quo, churches like the ones we have, but bigger. But is that what God wants or what God is doing at this time in history? It doesn’t seem to be. The church plural is in crisis. I don’t have a magic solution for this problem, but it is worth discussing, worth facing up to some harsh realities, and taking stock. Which is better: harsh realities or false hope? …

Foolishness

Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. –Ephesians 5:17 The usual contrast to foolishness is wisdom, but here Paul contrasts foolishness with knowing God’s will. This contrast then suggests that wisdom is equated…

Fixity, Take II

“They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. –Ephesians 4:18 Paul said that the Gentiles do what they do “due to their…

Constitutional Sin

“They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.” –Epheisians 4:18 Those who walk as the Gentiles do, suffer from a darkened or…

The Eight Senses of Man

Dichotomous Human Sensory Inputs by Phillip A. Ross “seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear” —Matthew 13:13 For millennia it has been thought that human beings have five senses—smell, hearing, sight, touch and taste. Each of…

Wiles

(From In Christ–the Church at Ephesus, forthcoming.) The purpose of wearing the armor of God is to “stand against the schemes of the devil” (Eph. 6:11). Schemes (μεθοδεία) is translated wiles in the Authorized Version. It is a compound word…

Peter’s Vision of The End

Add To Cart Price $12.95 ISBN: 978-0-9820385-9-8 Publisher: Pilgrim Platform Copyright: ©2012 by Phillip A. Ross 195 pages 195 pages by Phillip A. Ross Introduction A couple of years ago a friend asked me about my interpretation of 2 Peter…

The True Mystery of The Mystical Presence

Add To Cart Price: $14.95 ISBN: 978-0-9839046-0-1 Publisher: Pilgrim Platform Copyright: ©2011 “Nevin’s Mystical Presence fell into my hands quite providentially at the most impressionable stage of my theological formation, and it made a lasting impression on me. Nevin’s burden…

The Moral Landscape

I heard Sam Harris defend his new book, The Moral Landscape, last night on BookTV.Very Interesting. I’ll have to get a copy and read it. From what I could tell, he has borrowed liberally from the biblical Christian perspective, but…