Mile 273.9 Hot Springs, NC Follow (x4) the white-blazed trail.

We’re off to reach Katahdin, the wonderful mountain of Maine. We hear it is a hike of a hike if ever a hike there was. If ever a hike there was, it’s this because, because, because, because…because of the mountains and miles it does. Before getting back on the trail Chaos, Dip & Sip, and …

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Mile 164.6 Fontana Dam, Fun Patrol Plus, Storms?

I’m on a frustratingly slow computer in the Fontana Lodge and with a 25 minute time limit so I’ll have to make this fast. Due to the slowness of this computer I’ll have to skip adding photos for now. There is also no phone reception here thus making life more difficult. But, I embrace the …

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Mile 109.8 Winding Stair Gap – Franklin, NC

I’m taking a nero (near-zero) day today to recover after some tough hiking. Whenever someone on the trail says “nero day” I think “Wow, I didn’t know anyone celebrated the life of Caesar Nero.” But I refrain from saying this out loud and thus outing myself as a “smart person.” I meant to post in …

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Appalachian Trail Gear List

Sleeping Bag: Western Mountaineering Ultralite 20 Deg – 1.6 lbs Tent: Tarptent – Sublite Sil – 1.5 lbs Backpack: Mountain Laurel Designs Exodus (3200 cu in) – 1.1 lbs Thermarest: Z-Rest – 0.88 lbs Umbrella: SnowPeak – 0.29 lbs Water Filter: MSR Autoflow Microfilter – 0.66 lbs Thru-Hiker Guide Book – 0.42 lbs Digital Camera: …

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Hiking Texas Trails

Here is a report from all the hikes I’ve made in Texas. Hikes near Austin: Barton Creek Trail(s) – This trail, or collection of trails, is also called the greenbelt. Since it is accessible from Zilker Park and other locations in South Austin it is quite a busy trail. Popular with hikers and bikers alike. …

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Graphical Representation of Lutheran Soteriology and (lacking) Theodicy

Soteriology:Theodicy: This first graph is the Lutheran view of soteriology (as it has taken me years to pry out of them).  They believe there are three major soteriological teachings of Scripture (“Christ died for all”, “Not all will be saved”, and “Salvation is a work of God Alone”) and that we should not try to …

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On Literal Interpretation of the Bible, Part 2

Genre Analysis In “Hermeneutics, Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation” by Henry A. Virkler (not to be confused with the Fonz, Henry Winkler) we read the following regarding genre analysis or literary form: “For purposes of our analysis at this point, it is sufficient to speak of three general literary forms – prose, poetry, and …

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Soteriology, Calvinist and Lutheran

Calvinism and Arminianism are commonly presented as the only two options regarding soteriology, the doctrine of salvation. Either 1) Jesus’ death sufficiently atoned for the sins of a specific number of people elected by God to salvation (as in Calvinism) or 2) Jesus’ death made salvation possible for each and every person who decides to …

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Robert L. Reymond and Sensory Experience

Robert L. Reymond discusses Gordon H. Clark’s philosophy in his book The Justification of Knowledge (Reformed and Presbyterian Publishing Co., 1979). Reymond says there are two areas in which he is in disagreement with Clark: “first, his limitation of ‘knowledge’ only to his basic axiom and to what by good and necessary consequence may be deduced …

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Clark, Van Til, and the Incomprehensibility of God

Although the discussion has been called a debate on the “incomprehensibility of God”, both Gordon Clark and Cornelius Van Til agreed that God is incomprehensible. By this, it is meant that no one does, or ever can, know God fully. The true nature of the debate is regarding the content of man’s knowledge and the …

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Gordon Clark and Billy Graham

Here is a recollection from Samuel Faircloth, a student in Gordon Clark’s Medieval Philosophy course at Wheaton College.  Billy Graham was also a student in the very same class. “Clark was a very systematic, philosophical, orthodox elder – Presbyterian elder. He objected to communion on campus.  He said communion belongs to the church. You shouldn’t …

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The Ocotillo is not a Cactus – On the Importance of Definitions

Properly defining terms is necessary for understanding.  In a Christian context, it is important to know the meaning of the terms worship, praise, and holy, etc.  Particularly challenging, and thus all the more necessary, is properly defining the term “person” as it relates to the Trinity.  Some of these terms, such as “holy” are used …

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