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Celebrating One Year With Ratio Christi!

Posted on Jul 16, 2014

I’m celebrating one year as National Field Director with Ratio Christi today! I’m asking you to help me celebrate by coming alongside in support of this urgently needed ministry.

I can’t tell you how privileged I feel to be working alongside our staff: some of the most faith-filled, knowledgeable, and evangelistically-motivated people in the world. They’re taking the word of Truth to where it’s least welcome and most urgently needed, the university campus.

You must have some sense of how urgently this movement is …

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I don’t understand indifference toward Jesus Christ

Posted on Sep 13, 2014

Of all the possible ways to think about Jesus Christ, the one that baffles me most is indifference. He is the most remarkable character in all history and literature, and for that reason alone he deserves a close look. I don’t think that’s disputable. Obviously there’s debate as to whether he’s an historical character or a fictional one. The thing is, though, either way, he stands out above all the rest.

He stands out in the eyes of the other major religions. As Craig Hazen …

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Something Different About This Philosopher

Posted on Sep 08, 2014

A philosopher came through the university, explaining the purpose of life, the way to happiness, the answer to the question of immortality, and the truth about right and wrong, good and evil.

He spoke plainly. He avoided argument except over his right he speak; for he spoke on his own authority, and as if speaking for God himself: “It is true because because God says so, and I speak for God. My words are attested by the power of my works. Search the Scriptures and …

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Bible Contradiction Resolved, via the Commentary on the NT Use of the OT (Logos)

Posted on Sep 05, 2014

I’ve entered into a cooperative agreement with Logos Bible software recently, as you might have surmised if you saw my recent giveaway blog post. Logos has offered me review copies of some of their products, one of which is Beale and Carson’s Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament.

Unlike other books I’ve reviewed, I can’t speak to this one’s overall effect. It’s a reference work, after all. The great thing is to have it integrated with the Bible …

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From Logos: A Chance To Win the NavPress Spiritual Formation Collection!

Posted on Sep 03, 2014

About the Giveaway

In case you have never participated in a Punchtab giveaway, here’s what you need to know:

The Prize

NavPress Spiritual Formation Collection. The winner will be chosen at random on September 19th and the collection will be sent to the winner’s Logos account. Don’t have an account? No problem! You can sign up for free here and download free apps to read your books on any device here.

How to Enter

Login below with your email address or Facebook account …

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College History Without Wars: Truth, Salvation, or None of the Above?

Posted on Aug 27, 2014

My daughter called home yesterday from college, during the first session of a course on World History Since 1500. “I’m dropping this course,” she said. “The teacher said she’s not going to cover any wars. She thinks it’s more important to study the ways people have saved other people than to talk about people killing people.”

Granted, I heard the story at third-hand. Maybe the teacher just meant she wasn’t going to cover war in great detail. I have to wonder, though, how she understands …

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Ten Reasons the Bible Has It Right on Slavery

Posted on Aug 24, 2014

I read Keith’s comment #172 this morning with deep grief in my heart. He wondered whether there was something unique about Christianity that would cause it to be more liberating than other worldviews (especially Jainism). My grief is this: we Christians have not explained and demonstrated the most basic realities of our faith. If we had, Keith would never have had to ask.

Slavery is many things. It’s a form of relationship between human beings. It’s an economic system, a way that work gets …

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Technical Problem With Comments?

Posted on Aug 24, 2014

Someone emailed me to ask,

Is there some technical issue that needs sorting on your end or mine? I’m only able to read about two thirds of the comments and then the rest of the section is blacked out. Hope you reply soon because I really look forward to reading the rest of them – especially yours.

Is anyone else having this issue? If so, would you please comment (if possible) or contact me with a description of what you’re seeing, and what browser …

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Why does the Bible get the blame?

Posted on Aug 23, 2014

We’ve ben talking about whether the Bible endorses slavery, and ScottInOh wrote last night,

Like Melissa, I feel like I’ve made my point: no one writing on this thread would consider American slavery… morally justified, but … prominent Christian voices endorsed [it], believing God’s Word gave them the basis for doing so.

That’s all I’ve got. If that means you win the debate, so be it. Thanks.

Why does the Bible get the blame?

I’ve taken the freedom of focusing on just …

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Genocide in Iraq

Posted on Aug 22, 2014

My friend Eric Chabot gathered this information. Click links with caution.

Remember, this famous quote: — ‘Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.’–Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Unless you’ve been living on a desert island the last few weeks, you probably know that our brothers and sisters in Christ are getting butchered in Iraq. Hence, there is a mass genocide going on, the attempt to wipe …

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