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Giving Thanks for the Privilege of Following the Good and the True

Posted on Nov 28, 2014

I’ve been insanely busy the past two or three months, working at a pace I wouldn’t advise anyone—myself included—to keep up much longer than this. It’s been worth it, though, and today, the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S., I want to express my thanks to God for the privilege of serving him.

It’s too easy to let the work of apologetics, including a blog like this one, turn into a sort of academic exercise, or worse, a game to see who can score the …

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David P. Gushee: The Scholar Who Should Have Been Hard To Ignore

Posted on Nov 22, 2014

It’s hard to ignore when a top evangelical ethicist urges believers to change our minds about homosexual relationships. David P. Gushee, who co-wrote the widely used textbook Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context (IVP Academic, 2003), has just released Changing Our Mind: A call from America’s leading evangelical ethics scholar for full acceptance of LGBT Christians in the Church.

It is the most thoughtful work I have seen so far in favor of gay and lesbian relationships. Gushee’s skill as a …

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Different Is Better

Posted on Nov 17, 2014

Different Is Better:

“As Ruden says, ‘Paul was not a 20th-century feminist . . .  but [modern women are] the beneficiaries of a very long list of reforms. [And] Paul, I think, got all that started.’

To understand why that’s the case, it helps to remember that much of the sexual activity Michael Kruger refers to was far from-consensual. It was little more than ‘institutionalized violence,’ which included ‘the rape of slaves, prostitution, and violence against wives and children.’

Paul’s denunciation of …

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Swing and A Miss? (Jeffery Jay Lowder, Secular Outpost)

Posted on Nov 13, 2014

I’m confused.

According to Jeffery Jay Lowder of the Secular Outpost, I failed to refute Schellenberg’s argument on divine hiddenness; in fact, I failed so badly I didn’t even address Schellenberg’s argument. What worse failure could there be?!

I can tell I let you down, Mr. Lowder. I’m not sure, though, how I set you up for that disappointment. After all, I didn’t actually say the blog post was intended as a refutation of Schellenberg. There are three clues that might have indicated …

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Five Reasons In One We Can’t Judge God By Human Standards

Posted on Nov 13, 2014

Ebaur was wondering about why I set up one of the decision points in this chart the way I did, and asked yesterday,

God doesn’t pass muster against human moral standards. I don’t understand why we should be required to only judge God’s actions by the standards God puts forward. If the consensus of most humans is that some action is morally objectionable and God does just that thing… then can’t we still conclude God is immoral?

This is a very important question, …

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What Would It Take To Make the Charge Stick? (Reading Paul Copan Together)

Posted on Nov 10, 2014

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Reading Paul Copan

The first chapter of Paul Copan’s Is God a Moral Monster raised very little reaction. It won’t always be that way in this Reading Paul Copan series.

I thought it might be helpful to do some advance work on what it would take to make the charge of God’s immorality stick. This flowchart presents a graphical view of what’s required to get there.

This …

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Is God Arrogant? (Reading Paul Copan Together)

Posted on Nov 09, 2014

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Reading Paul Copan

It’s time at last to kick off my promised series, reading through Paul Copan’s Is God a Moral Monster together. Ignoring two chapters of background material that’s not germane to our purposes, the meat of the book starts off in chapter 3 with a relatively easy question: Is the Old Testament God arrogant? Is he guilty of sinful pride?

Nobody likes to hang around someone …

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Liberty U Student Editor Criticized for Recognizing Homosexuals’ and Christians’ Shared Humanity

Posted on Nov 08, 2014

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series To Treat One Another As Humans

The Christian News Network posted an article last Thursday calling into question a Religion News Service opinion piece by Tré Goins-Phillips, an editor at Liberty University’s student newspaper, in which he called for common ground with homosexuals.

I think I can see where the criticism comes from. That doesn’t mean I agree with it.

I have a personal connection …

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“Stunted By Sexuality”

Posted on Nov 01, 2014

Could our overemphasis on sexuality ended up stunting us as persons, in our friendships and even in our sexuality? Read my latest BreakPoint column,”Stunted by Sexuality,” and see what you think.

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