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    Principles & Particulars

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. Presbyterians generally teach that the principles of their organization, not the particulars, are taught in Scripture. So let us briefly look at principles and particulars to see if this statement can stand as true or if it is an untenable position to hold.

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    Scientology As A Worldview

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. In February 1954 the Church of Scientology was incorporated in California by L. Ron Hubbard.[1] While this date marks the beginning of the Church of Scientology, it does not denote the beginning of Hubbard’s efforts to start a religion. Those efforts begin in May 1950 with the publication of Hubbard’s book Dianetics, which means through the soul, and is claimed to be a science of the mind,[2] laid the groundwork for what would become Scientology. Scientology, like many religions, and specifically Buddhism, offers an explanation to humankind’s suffering, as well as a means to alleviate said suffering.

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    Leadership & The Imago Dei Part III

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. Introduction   What Is Leadership? Leadership is the process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal. Leadership is often thought of as a one-time event or opportunity, but it is actually a process over time that requires implementing methodology, building structure, and fostering relationships. Leadership requires that there be a group of individuals, known as followers, being led. The role of the leader is to motivate, mobilize, and equip his or her followers towards a shared vision, and the role of the follower is to buy into and carry out the vision presented by the leader. This means honoring…

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    Leadership & The Imago Dei Part II

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. Introduction   What Is Leadership? Leadership is the process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal. Leadership is often thought of as a one-time event or opportunity, but it is actually a process over time that requires implementing methodology, building structure, and fostering relationships. Leadership requires that there be a group of individuals, known as followers, being led. The role of the leader is to motivate, mobilize, and equip his or her followers towards a shared vision, and the role of the follower is to buy into and carry out the vision presented by the leader. This means honoring…

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    Leadership & The Imago Dei Part I

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. Introduction What Is Leadership? Leadership is the process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal. Leadership is often thought of as a one-time event or opportunity, but it is actually a process over time that requires implementing methodology, building structure, and fostering relationships. Leadership requires that there be a group of individuals, known as followers, being led. The role of the leader is to motivate, mobilize, and equip his or her followers towards a shared vision, and the role of the follower is to buy into and carry out the vision presented by the leader. This means honoring and…

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    The Beginnings of Leadership

    Written By Victor Stanley Jr. Most Christian leaders would agree that they should look to Jesus as the example of a perfect leader. However, to truly understand what it means to lead like Christ, one must consider the theological implications of several doctrines. Three such doctrines that should inform a person’s idea of leadership are: man and the imago dei, the kingship of Christ, and the Trinity. While many begin a discussion on leadership by discussing the character traits of great leaders, how to cultivate those traits, and strategies for putting those traits to work, the Christian should start with two questions: who is God, and who is man.

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    Buddhism, The Four Noble Truths, & Christianity

    Written By Victor Stanley Jr. Introduction Buddhism is a religion birth out of Hinduism in India; it was founded in the 5th century B.C. by Siddhartha Gautama, more commonly known as Buddha, and subsequently spread throughout the East Asian continent. In the latter half of the twentieth century it began to spread rapidly in the United States. It is a difficult religion to understand because it is very syncretistic, and as a result lacks objective concrete doctrines to analyze, understand, and refute. This fact, combined with the many forms of Buddhism that exist, means that there is no formula or strict method for engaging and evangelizing a Buddhist.

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    The Problem of Evil

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. The following is my personal theodicy, scriptural support is provided in the endnotes. How can an absolutely good God exist when there is evil in the world? This is the question posed by many who reject theism, and Christianity specifically. Many attempts are made to reconcile this tension between a good God and an evil world, and these explanations are called theodicies. Here I will present my own theodicy where I address the philosophical problem of moral evil, the philosophical problem of natural evil, and the religious problem of evil.

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    FYI

    It has been a couple months since my last post. I have been traveling, vacationing, and working some crazy hours the last couple of months, and did not have the time to commit to writing; but not to worry, I will be resuming my writing within the next week. I look forward to the encouragement, criticism, debate, agreement, and so on from all you who read my blog. Unfortunately Tuesday Topic Live will not be resuming, but we may potentially do special broadcasts to address certain issues. However, my blog, “The Double Edge,” will feature several guest writers, some of who appeared on Tuesday Topic Live. So add me to…

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    Five Minimal Facts for The Resurrection Parts I-V

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. The Christian faith receives a great deal of criticism from the secular world on its claims of Jesus being God, and the savior of the world. While many agree that he was a ‘good’ teacher who died for his beliefs, they deny that he resurrected and is indeed the one true God. Dr. Gary Habermas, who is a leading theologian, apologist, and philosopher specializing in the historical Jesus, offers what he calls the “Minimal Facts approach to a critical study of the resurrection of Jesus.”