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Jesus Christ is King of kings

by Hiram R. Diaz III [N.B. Given the tumultuous times we live in, I thought this sermon might be profitable to repost. I wrote and preached this sermon in July, as the supposed "second wave" was being preached by the secular media and turncoat pseudochristian leaders. I hope it is a blessing to you, an encouragement to keep trusting our Sovereign King. In this world we will have tribulation, but take heart - the Lamb of God has overcome.] Matt 28:16-20 – 16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teachi n g them to observe all that I

Seeing What Works ≠ Epistemic Justification

by Hiram R. Diaz III Something I've learned from engaging with many opponents of Christianity is that they will attempt to justify some negative belief they hold about Christianity with almost any argument they think will suit their purposes. Justification, as I’m using it, can be defined as “the right standing of a person’s beliefs with respect to knowledge.” 1 This kind of ad hoc justification is purely pragmatic; it is not a justification of the veracity of their belief, but a means to an end. The goal is not to establish that their belief is true, but to multiply their reasons for not believing in the God of Scripture. The person in question holds to some underlying negative belief about Christianity, e.g.- "Christianity is a dangerous and antiquated system of beliefs that should be criminalized." Let’s call this CD [Christianity is destructive]. CD is a complex of the following beliefs – 1. Christianity is dangerous. 2. Christianity is antiquated. 3. Chr

Addressing a Common Unitarian Retort

by Hiram R. Diaz III While I no longer write for Biblical Trinitarian , I am still the manager for its Facebook page . This means I still notified of people's comments. Overall, there haven't been many antagonistic posts or retorts from unitarians. However, from time to time they do come, and it can sometimes be a hassle to deal with, seeing as unitarians are a recalcitrant sort. The good thing about this, though, is that their retorts are pretty much the same as they've always been. For instance, I recently received a notification from the Facebook page that a  unitarian had expressed his desire to debate the proposition "The one true God is one person." I told this person that I don't debate, but that he could contact Mike Burgos. Mike is a good debater and is usually willing to engage with unitarians in formal debate. Rather than seeking out Burgos, however, this person sought to wedge his way into a comment debate by asking questions. Before I get into the

Carpe Corpus: Seize the Body?

by Hiram R. Diaz III The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. - Proverbs 16:1 Over the past month, I've come to understand that God is Sovereign over all things - including my body. A few weeks ago, I awoke to the sound of my city's local EMT firefighters loudly mispronouncing my name as my wife gently explained what was happening. Honey, you had a seizure. They're going to take you to the hospital. Okay? Little to my knowledge, and quite apart from anything I had planned for the night, while I slept my body shook violently, my muscles stiffened, and my consciousness of what was occurring in me and around me, apparently, went blank. It was a reality that I had faced before, about 37 years or so ago. I remember the stories of how I had almost suffocated on plastic while having a seizure, and thinking it was weird that I had no recollection of those times. The seizures were always something I thought I had grown out of, a neurologic

An Update on My Relationship with BiblicalTrinitarian

by Hiram R. Diaz III Given my past recommendations of Biblical Trinitarian , I would like to give you all a personal update on my relationship with the site. When Mike Burgos and I met over a decade ago, there was much that we held in common. Mike has been a consistent friend and encouragement – in matters theological, academic, ministerial, and personal – and I cannot thank him enough for that. Mike exemplified Christian brotherhood, but as time passed and our understanding of certain aspects of systematic and practical theology changed with our study and experience, I felt morally obliged to part ways with him. I just didn’t feel I could partner with him in good conscience given some of the positions to which he holds, which I will only briefly mention below. Firstly, however, let me be clear: Mike Burgos is a brother in Christ. He is not a heretic and enemy of the faith. Moreover, if you are interested in hearing good deb

The Crown & My Crown

by Semiotician/Hiram R. Diaz III If you are my friend on social media, you're probably aware of the fact that I've recently had a grand mal seizure. As you could imagine, this has put a monkey wrench in my plans to write profusely from dusk to dawn with wild-eyed enthusiasm. I'm not entirely unproductive, though, as I've begun putting more effort into my music and merchandise production. Being a golden age hip hop fan, and bedroom producer, I recently put out a new album with the all too apropos title "The Crown."  If you're interested in supporting my extra work on research and writing for my blog, Thorn Crown Ministries, and other platforms please consider purchasing a copy of the album for yourself or a friend or loved one. And if you're interested in what it sounds like, take a listen here. The Crown by Semiotician And if you aren't the biggest fan o