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Author: Brian Condra

Why Do We Stand and Greet during Service?

There are many different elements to a Christian worship gathering. The practices we perform on Sunday mornings (or whenever the church decides to meet) have a purpose. Participating in the Lord’s Supper serves as a reminder of Christ’s death, which Paul says is how we “proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1 Corinthians 11:26) Baptism is, despite the church’s many controversies, an act that signifies a person’s initiation into the church. These acts are connected to many different accounts recorded in the scriptures besides Christ’s death and resurrection, such as the blood over doorways in Exodus for communion...

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A Talk with a Buddhist Part 4 of 4

Recently, I was tasked with an assignment at seminary that called for me to interview someone with a different religious belief from mine. The purpose was to get to know someone and engage in a conversation that revealed what beliefs they had specifically. What follows is the fourth part of a series of posts that will describe my interaction with a self-proclaimed Buddhist. Click here for part 1, part 2 or part 3.  In the end, it seemed Carrie is melding some agnostic, postmodern tendencies with Buddhist philosophy. It is a syncretism of philosophies rather than religions. She made clear that she didn’t see Buddha as a god and didn’t see...

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A Talk With a Buddhist Part 3 of 4

Recently, I was tasked with an assignment at seminary that called for me to interview someone with a different religious belief from mine. The purpose was to get to know someone and engage in a conversation that revealed what beliefs they had specifically. What follows is Part 3 of a series of posts that will describe my interaction with a self-proclaimed Buddhist. Click here for part 1 or part 2. A phrase Carrie kept using was “I really believe that.” That led me to wonder if she really did, or if she was trying to convince herself of it. I think what she was trying to get across was that peace was the thing we...

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A Talk With a Buddhist Part 2 of 4

Recently, I was tasked with an assignment at seminary that called for me to interview someone with a different religious belief from mine. The purpose was to get to know someone and engage in a conversation that revealed what beliefs they had specifically. What follows is Part 2 of a series of posts that will describe my interaction with a self-proclaimed Buddhist. If you have not read part 1 please click here. “What really drew you to Buddhism anyway?” I asked. Carrie told me that she has a fine arts degree, has travelled quite a bit, and “just became open to whatever.” She moved to California...

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A Talk With a Buddhist Part 1 of 4

Recently, I was tasked with an assignment at seminary that called for me to interview someone with a different religious belief from mine. The purpose was to get to know someone and engage in a conversation that revealed what beliefs they had specifically. What follows is Part 1 of a series of posts that will describe my interaction with a self-proclaimed Buddhist. Part 1 I arrived on a Dallas Buddhist temple ground to interview a local Buddhist about their beliefs. Oddly enough, the first person I encountered was a Thai monk wearing an orange robe. The problem was he only spoke Thai.  I knew I...

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