Category: Mark Blain

My Bent and How I See It, by Mark Blain

Theologically speaking, I generally accept and follow Calvinism, when it comes to the acronym “T.U.L.I.P.” However, my theological ventures, and interpretation of Scripture, are much more to the bent of what some might label “Jewish Mysticism.” In point of fact, there are very few theologians whom would subscribe […]

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Peace Was Won, by Mark Blain

With an eager heart, and a will on fire, I sought to win my great desire. “Peace shall be mine,” I cried! But life grew bitter in the endless strive. My heart grew weary and my pride wounded deep. To heaven I wailed, “God give me peace!” The […]

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Hermeneutics (S.1.6), by Mark Blain

“Principles of Biblical Interpretation” Introduction: In the “Course Syllabus” (1.1), I, Pt. A., I made mention of “Philippine’s Minister Lack of Books” narrative. We will not be examining this. Instead, we will skip it and begin with Pt. B, which is included within the main course material coming […]

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Appreciation, by Mark Blain

Greetings Fellow Humans and All Other Entities of Intelligence, I am not certain how many people this salutation and expression of appreciation may reach, but it is my highest hopes that it — if possible — it reaches every single sentient life force in existence. First, I’d like […]

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by Mark Blain

This is, to me, the REAL “Lord’s Prayer” as taught by Matthew 6:9-13, and reiterated by Dr. Luke at 11:2-4: “Our Father (“Spiritual Guide”), who is leading us on this Spiritual journey called “deh-rek” (pronounced “day-reck”-Heb.#1870; meaning “The Way”). Who art in heaven (“the Eternal”-Gk. #3772); hallowed (“holy, […]

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Hermeneutics (S.1.5, “bbb”), by Mark Blain

(cont. of article, “Absolutizing the Relatives,” By: Earl D. Radmacher) But Paul stressed that if such customs caused “contentions”, then, “we have no such customs (adherences), neither the Churches of God”(1Cor.11:16), because there should not be anything that would cause “division” (11:18) in the Body of Christ. Let […]

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Hermeneutics (S.1.5., “b”), by Mark Blain

(email attachment to S.1.5., “b”, “Reader’s Response”, “Using Woman” By Nancy Hardesty, to Edwin Yamauchi’s article, Aug., 1972) “Using Woman” – By: Nancy Hardesty Edwin Yamauchi’s use of the woman issue to illustrate the problems of “Christianity and Cultural Differences” was quite apt. Unfortunately, however, he seems to […]

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Hermeneutics (S.1.5, “aa”), by Mark Blain

(cont. of E. Yamauchi’s article, “Christianity and Cultural Differences”) (Last one was S.1.5) Margaret Mead defines culture as: An abstraction from the body of learned behaviour, which a group of people who share the same tradition, transmit entirely to their children, and, in part, to adult immigrants who […]

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Adam … Eve, by Mark Blain

When we come to the (so-called) “fork in the road,” where everyone asks the ultimate question: what is the meaning of life? why am I here? What is the answer? I cannot answer the question for you. All I can do is suggest a beginning… When a new […]

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Hermeneutics (S.1.5), by Mark Blain

“Relativizing The Absolutes” By: Dr. Earl D. Radmacher, Th.D. (The Communicator, President’s Corner, Fall 1972) There is a problem in our approach to the Bible that seems to be inevitable in our midst, and especially so in times of rapid change, like today. It is the tendency to […]

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Hermeneutics (Pt. 1.5), by Mark Blain

(Sample Lesson Plan Cont.) c.2. Transmission – This is the copying of the original manuscripts, and then copying the copies. Westcott and Hort — 1/1000th substantial variations but no doctrine affected that is not clear in another part of Scripture. This is where Yahweh “passed the ball” to […]

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Hermeneutics (Pt. 1.4), by Mark Blain

SAMPLE LESSON PLAN Targeted Student Count: 5 1. Objectives: Each student will be able to list at least three (3) advantages of diligent Bible study; and 2. Each student will be able to define and identify each segment in ‘Yahweh’s Communication Bridge.’ You will demonstrate this accomplishment by […]

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HERMENEUTICS (Part 1.1), by Mark Blain

Recommendations of Study Tools, Etc.: 1) Vine’s Expository Dict. of Greek 2) The Language and Imagery, By Caird 3) Aims In Interpretation, By Hirsch 4) Discovering The Bible, By Ralph Eisen 5) The Two Horizons, By A. Thistleton 6) Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance 7) Theological Wordbook of the Old […]

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Hermeneutics (S.1.1), by Mark Blain

(Session 1.1 — Hereafter “S.1.1” and “S.1.2” and so forth, as the course progresses, til it culminates in an ending of each Session and ultimately the course itself). (S.1.1) Title: “How To Know What the Bible Means By What It Says” Pre-Session Reading Assignments: * “How To Know […]

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