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About StriderMTB

Hi, I'm Matt. "Strider" from Lord of the Rings is my favorite literary character of all time and for various reasons I write under the pseudonym "StriderMTB. As my blog suggests I seek to live out both the excitement and tension of a Christian walk with Christ in the 3rd world context of Asia. I am unmarried yet blessed to oversee an orphanage of amazing children in South-East Asia. I hate lima beans and love to pour milk over my ice-cream. I try to stay active in both reading and writing and this blog is a smattering of my many thoughts. I see the Kingdom of God as Jesus preached it and lived to be the only hope for a broken world and an even more broken and apathetic church.

Disavowing media bias while not avowing Trump: Part 2

*I wrote this for my facebook a couple days ago. At the date of this posting, some press outlets are starting to pick up on the NY Post story—but mostly to dismiss it out of hand. This is Part 2 … Continue reading

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Disavowing media bias while not avowing Trump: Part 1

Time to get slightly political—because that’s always FUN, right? 😅 As someone who voted 3rd party write-in during the 2016 election and will attempt to do so again with an absentee ballot, I’d like to take a middle-of-the-road approach in … Continue reading

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Born again prior to faith? John Piper says “Yes.” Scripture says, “No.”

Are sinners “born again” as regenerated people before they believe in Christ or even have a single, God-fearing thought? What about Cornelius, the God-fearing Gentile in Acts 10 who had developed a long-standing reputation for being a devout man who … Continue reading

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Was Paul unconditionally called? Paul did not think so and here is why.

Recently I saw something I never noticed before about Paul’s calling. Many Calvinists say Paul is an example of God’s unconditional salvation because he was a persecuting murdering. Moreover they say Paul’s call into ministry was likewise unconditonal and could … Continue reading

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Romans 9-11 Part 3: The hardening and blinding of national Israel

Romans 9–11 Part 3: The Hardening and Blinding of National Israel By StriderMTB   How should we understand the hardening and blinding of Romans 11:7-8? Romans 9-11 Part 1 can be found here. Romans 9-11 Part 2 can be found … Continue reading

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Romans 9-11 Part 2: The Thriving of Arminianism

Romans 9-11 Part 2: The Thriving of Arminianism and Declining of Calvinism By StriderMTB Introduction: Why is the gospel “first to the Jew” if (according to Calvinism) God hardened Jews so that they would not believe the gospel? At the … Continue reading

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Romans 9-11 Part 1: Paul’s Battering Ram Against Limiting Salvation

Romans 9 Part 1: Paul’s Battering Ram Against Limiting Salvation By StriderMTB Introduction Lets begin with a multiple choice question. Is Romans 9 a theological explanation about: (A) God’s sovereign choice to limit salvation by unconditionally choosing to love some … Continue reading

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An Arminian Analysis of Acts 13:48 as Covenant Transfer

Acts 13:48 is considered by many to be one of the strongest verses in defense of Calvinism’s view of individual election. We read, “And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and … Continue reading

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The March for Women: When Diversity Demands Conformity

I was really impressed by the large turnout of women around the world marching to be heard yesterday. Truly amazing. Yet at the same time I was dismayed at the volume level given to abortion and some of those chosen … Continue reading

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1 John 5:10-11 The Death Knell of Calvinism

1 John 5:10-11 states: “Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this … Continue reading

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