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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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Blogging will resume soon

Posted on Jul 29, 2014

In case you’re wondering, since I haven’t blogged here in quite a while, I’m doing well and about to resume blogging soon. The last few weeks have  been very good, sometimes a bit rough, and all a bit busy. I’ll fill you in on some of it by tomorrow.

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Mission Celebration Week Continues: One Year in Ratio Christi National Leadership

Posted on Jul 18, 2014

My anniversary week continues, a mission celebration week: one year with Ratio Christi! God has launched this movement into a jet stream. I’m constantly praying, and always trying to keep up with all he’s doing. As before, I’m asking you to join in with me in support.

Just today—in fact, just since lunch today. I’ve been on the phone with Ratio Christi leaders who have told me about…

New ministry cooperative efforts ramping up at Northwestern Michigan college, A new student leader appearing …

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Stumped

Posted on Jul 17, 2014

My latest BreakPoint column: Raising Kids Who Can Stump the Dad. It’s a biblical view on raising kids who can think.

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Atheists Are Smarter Than Christians (?)

Posted on Jul 16, 2014

[Update July 20: I have come to the decision that before God and all readers here, I regret writing this piece. It was poor judgment at the end of an unusually stressful week. The error I made was in forgetting the breadth of the audience that would read it. I know that Christians who read New Atheist or other Internet atheist sources regularly will recognize what's going on in this parody, because we've experienced the things this piece is lampooning. I should have recognized that ...

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What Is the Arizona Atheist Really After?

Posted on Jul 11, 2014

I had previously posted a set of screenshots here showing that comments of mine had been removed from the Arizona Atheist’s web pages. I am removing them now, in view of this that he has just posted on his site:

I apologize everyone. I noticed on a number of posts the Disqus comment system disappeared and reverted back to the standard WordPress comment system. I finally saw what happened. It got disabled somehow. I have just re-enabled it but all comments that were in …

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What Is the Arizona Atheist After? (True Reason Criticisms)

Posted on Jul 08, 2014

I’m having trouble figuring out what the Arizona Atheist is after in his critique of my Chapter 14 in True Reason: Responding to the Irrationality of the New Atheism. (You can read a version of that chapter here.)

He might be trying to show that my explanation was ad hoc. He mentioned something to that effect early on, but if that was his purpose, he didn’t carry it through. He proceeded to write as if trying to show that my explanation was …

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“Gay Christianity:” Matthew Vines’s Empty Argument From Silence

Posted on Jul 07, 2014

Is there such a thing as gay Christianity? Just over a week ago, Michael Brown and Matthew Vines met on Moody Radio’s “Up for Debate With Julie Roys” for an online/radio conversation on that question. The two have taken opposite positions in books they’ve each released this year.

Last week in their debate (starting at 30:40), Vines repeatedly pressed Brown on the question, “Can you cite me any first-century text that refers to long-term, committed same-sex relationships?” His purpose in asking was to …

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Hobby Lobby and the Freedom To Be Wrong (Or Right)

Posted on Jul 02, 2014

I’ve been appalled at the criticisms leveled at the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Hobby Lobby this week. Frank Schaeffer called it a “Victory For Ultra-Right Roman Catholic Co-Conspirators With Chuck Colson’s Ghost.” Brooklyn Magazine breathlessly , bemoaned, “Less Than Human: How the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision Reduces Women to Nothing More than Baby-Incubators.”

I could have listed dozens more reactions like those. They’ve got the whole thing wrong. I’m thankful they have the freedom to get things wrong. Are they?

There’s no …

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