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November 8, 2017 @ 6:02 am

Angel or Man?

In his excellent book, Jesus an Obedient Son, author Michael Phillips probes the long-standing debate in some religious circles over Jesus' identity: was he an angel or a man? And if a man, as Christianity claims, why a man? 

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November 1, 2017 @ 6:17 am

Learning to Know God Aright

How have we learned Jesus? Is it through the absorption of thoughts and ideas about him as expressed by others who may or may not know him at all? Or is it through the hard work of thinking about what Jesus said and then obeying him as best we can with the help of his Spirit?   

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March 15, 2017 @ 6:02 am

Blessings or Childship?

"There are many secondary aspects of God's will that are good, right, and scriptural elements of spirituality with which we should be concerned... But what is God's primary will for his people?" Michael Phillips 

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January 4, 2017 @ 7:03 am

Increase Your Knowledge of God

Author Michael Phillips takes a penetrating look at the foundation for true "knowledge of God" to find that, at the core, it is God's Fatherhood. Understanding this is key to our ever deepening intimacy with God. 

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April 11, 2016 @ 8:37 am

Just What Is a Christian Anyway (Part 1)

I recently heard one of the Republican candidates running for President described as a RINO: Republican In Name Only. In other words, although the individual was running on the Republican ticket, some in the party felt his positions fell short of a true representation of traditional Republication values. In fact, these critics were saying his voting record looked more like someone who was a Democratic.

So it goes in politics…

But the point made is an intriguing one: we can call ourselves one thing while, at the same time, behaving more like something else. We can call ourselves a “Christian” while looking quite unlike its founder, Jesus Christ.

So just what is a “Christian”?

Literally and simply stated, a Christ-ian is a follower of Christ. He or she may not look like much when they first start following Jesus but, over time, they mature into an ever closer reflection of their Elder Brother and Lord. But only if they truly follow and do what Jesus tells them to do.

Let me share with you an excerpt from Michael Phillips’ book, The Commands, in response to the question of what it means to follow Jesus.

Quite simply: To obey what he tells us to do, to do what he says, to think as he thinks, to respond as he responds, to love as he loves, to see people as he sees people them, to see God as he sees him, to pray as he prayed to lay down self-will as he laid down his self-will, to take his example into every decision, every response, every attitude, every conversation.

One might well despair of such an all-encompassing definition rightly acknowledging the distance between ourselves and Jesus Christ. Perhaps it will help if we read together the last two chapters of C.S. Lewis’s classic work, Mere Christianity, aptly titled Nice People or New Men, and, The New Men, respectively. For, if we follow Jesus, God intends to make us, like his Son, perfect. True Christ-ians.

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March 10, 2016 @ 2:45 pm

On the Need for Bold Thinking - Part 2

In the previous episode, I read the first half of the Introduction to Michael Phillips’ thought provoking book, Bold Thinking Christianity. Today’s episode is the second half of that Introduction in which Michael shares a clear distinction between his effort and that of C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity. 

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March 8, 2016 @ 6:02 am

On the Need for Bold Thinking

As I made clear in my introductory episode to FatherBound, thinking is the hard work vital to both individuals and society as a whole—especially when it comes to God. I want to expand on this by taking a detour for the next episode or two. A detour that I hope will explain what I mean and elevate the importance of each of us taking on the hard work of really thinking through things. 

~m

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