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Daniel of Doulogos Name:Daniel
Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
About Me: I used to believe that evolution was reasonable, that homosexuality was genetic, and that people became Christians because they couldn't deal with the 'reality' that this life was all there was. I used to believe, that if there was a heaven - I could get there by being good - and I used to think I was more or less a good person. I was wrong on all counts. One day I finally had my eyes opened and I saw that I was not going to go to heaven, but that I was certainly going to suffer the wrath of God for all my sin. I saw myself as a treasonous rebel at heart - I hated God for creating me just to send me to Hell - and I was wretched beyond my own comprehension. Into this spiritual vacuum Jesus Christ came and he opened my understanding - delivering me from God's wrath into God's grace. I was "saved" as an adult, and now my life is hid in Christ. I am by no means sinless, but by God's grace I am a repenting believer - a born again Christian.
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Friday, August 17, 2007
Moor Blogging...
Jonathan Moorhead tagged me recently with an interesting meme, and I am well pleased, and even honored to be included in that tag, so without much adieu, here it is.

Here was his preamble, and I think it works best unchanged...
Are you able to look at your blog, shake your head, and identify your worst post? Maybe it would be more difficult to identify your best. And how about that post that you have changed your mind about, or the one that yielded the most comments?


Worst Post: Without hesitation, I think my worst post was a post that I hastily put up on "Free Grace" theology. I say worst because I was being needlessly insulting in the post, and I hate when I give into the flesh like that. My carnal inclination is always to cover up my errors so that I look like I have none. But I left the post up even though it reveals so much that is wrong with me that it does anyone else. Never the less, I regret having written it.

Best Post: I am too critical and biased to know what my best post was. I do like posts where I take history, and talk about it as it relates to doctrine, but I couldn't say this is my best post - I leave that to others.

Changed His Mind Post: Well, I was wrong to ever post about my Nautilus machine. Wrong I say, because this one post is perhaps the biggest reason people come to my blog. Not for anything I have to say, but because they are consumers looking for information about this machine. Clearly, I am missing my calling, I should be selling sports equipment...

Most Comments Post: Though paltry by most standards, a post I made on the topic of the Mosaic Law, and how it cannot produce righteousness in us, topped the count at 68 posts.

Now I tag others:
Frank Turk
Phil Johnson
Daniel J. Phillips
Fred Butler
Tim Challies, and
James White.
posted by Daniel @ 3:01 PM  
11 Comments:
  • At 4:29 PM, August 17, 2007, Blogger Jonathan Moorhead said…

    Daniel, thanks for playing my silly game. I enjoy reading these because it really does say a lot about a person and his/her blog. BTW, I love the best post, but I think I would change the worst post to the one where you started off telling about how a church couple was killed . . . only to explain later that it was a farce! I still laugh over that.

     
  • At 5:11 PM, August 17, 2007, Blogger Daniel said…

    I forgot about that couple one. I thought about it after I had already posted, but for myself, it wasn't personally a "worst" - rather people didn't understand where I was going, and that misled people, but it wasn't because I intentionally meant to do so - I was using it as a teaching tool, and I was quite surprised to find anyone took offense at it. The other however, I was full of guilt over - feeling that I should not have singled out anyone one person in particular.

    But both were bad.

     
  • At 8:39 PM, August 17, 2007, Blogger Susan said…

    Somehow I missed your post on Arius, but after reading up a bit on church history a year ago, I bought a shirt from Frank's store that has that image of Athanasius on it with the label "orthodox gansta." Still makes me laugh to look at it, but it's so esoteric, no one else who sees it gets it. I suppose it's a good opportunity for me to share a bit of history myself - as long as I can remember it.

    Your best post in my book was "Do you love your spouse?" It introduced me to Reformed theology. I haven't been the same since.

    Hey, I asked you questions to your comment (thanks!) at my blog. Can I repost them here?

    "...our pastor highly favors the NASB-Updated, which he refers to as the NASU. So I'm pondering purchasing it since I respect our pastor's opinions.

    Since I also respect yours, may I ask you:

    1. I thought all translations would be based on the same manuscripts. (How many old manuscripts can there be?) Do various translations use different manuscripts? What manuscripts did the KJV use that the newer translations wouldnt?

    2. What are the NET and HSCB?"

     
  • At 8:43 PM, August 17, 2007, Blogger Susan said…

    Btw, that's two people now who have tagged Frank with this meme (Jonathan and yourself), Tim Challies and James White (both tagged by David the Thirsty Theologian). I was mighty impressed that David could tag James R. White. I didn't know anyone could tag him. He's pretty high up there in my book - not to mention busy. I'm impressed you can tag him as well.
    Does he read your and David's blogs?

     
  • At 10:24 AM, August 18, 2007, Blogger Daniel said…

    Susan - I had considered using the "Do you love your spouse?" post as my "Changed his mind" post. Not that I have changed my mind about that post, but rather that I strummed a single note there where a chord is preferred. There are many ways our lack of love is fed by the flesh, and seeing our sinfulness as God sees it is certainly an important part of understanding how it is that we don't love God - but it isn't the sole reason, and were I to write the same today, I would add to that note another - that the reason we do not love God is because we do not know God, and that we cannot know God while we are full of the world - what the bible describes as "loving" the world. We need to pursue the Lord for the sake of a relationship with him, and that pursuit is characterized primarily by being willing to obey such that we actually do obey - consistently. We can see ourselves as wretched sinners, and this will cause us to marvel at God's love for us, but unless this is blended with obedience, we will not ascend God's holy hill - we must purify our hearts and cleanse our hands - there is no other way. So it isn't so much that I changed my mind, as I wish I had written more on it. Anyway, that was one reason that I didn't pick that one. What I like about that post is that it articulated the idea of boasting well enough - and some people need to understand what it means to have something to boast about. Yet I never thought of it as an introduction to reformed theology - I just think of it as the way it is and ought to be understood.

    I tagged all the big name people because I thought - why not? And not because I think they read my blog. ;-)

     
  • At 6:13 PM, August 18, 2007, Blogger Susan said…

    Daniel,
    That particular post perhaps wasn't any kind of introduction to Reformed theology, but for one (me) who had never heard of (or investigated) TULIP, Reformed theology, or God's sovereignty as it is in the doctrines of grace - the post and comments therein caused my jaw to drop and eyes to open and just stare in wonderment and say "REALLY???". I printed and highlighted those comments, read and reread, shared with others, and from there began the journey.

    For anyone reading these blogs that embrace and promote the doctrines of grace, one never knows who might be reading and thereby be exposed to God's Word and sovereignty as never before, even in a post like that that didn't set out to explain Reformed theology.

    That is why, in the post that you consider to be your worst, I thank you for introducing me to such things. My comments had nothing to do with the subject of that post as much as they reflected my gratitude for your expounding the differences between man-centered systems and the horrible effect they can have (I walked in such a system for years, and I had no idea of any different way) and blessedness of the Truth of the gospel and the impact on one's life walking in the Spirit can have.

     
  • At 6:15 PM, August 18, 2007, Blogger ThirstyDavid said…

    Of course James White reads my blog. I taught him everything he knows--but not everything I know.

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

    I kill me. James White doesn't know I exist.

     
  • At 7:11 PM, August 18, 2007, Blogger Daniel said…

    You're supposed to write, "of course James White reads -my- blog"

    - note the stress on the "my" - it's the little nuances that make it easier to place the correct emphatic, um,... nuance..., on the pronoun.

    I was going to include your blog in that list David, but you had already been tagged and I didn't want to belabor the point.

     
  • At 7:12 PM, August 18, 2007, Blogger Daniel said…

    Susan, I am ever humbled that God can use such things to teach his little ones. I marvel that one day in heaven we shall see with clarity the hand behind the tapestry - and we shall glorify him ever anew.

     
  • At 9:06 PM, August 18, 2007, Blogger ThirstyDavid said…

    Yeah, I know. I'm more nuisance than nuance.

     
  • At 3:29 PM, August 21, 2007, Blogger Jon Nunley said…

    Daniel,
    I also tagged Turk for this one. Though I did not name him. The tag link is called "the person who said he would never do a meme again"... which is what he wrote when I tagged him for a restaurant meme... he did it, but said it was his last. :-/
    We shall see.

    Lisa (Jon's wife)

     
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