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Book Review: God’s Crime Scene by J. Warner Wallace

Posted on Nov 25, 2015

Book Review

God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence For a Divinely Created Universe

Crime Scenes

If this book is about a “crime scene,” I have two additional charges to file.

One is against myself. J. Warner Wallace sent this book to me months ago, and I haven’t been able to read and review it until now. I’m criminally late.

One is against the author. He’s criminally competent. I like to think of myself as a fairly capable thinker and writer, …

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Christians Are Called to be Great

Posted on Nov 23, 2015

While I learn my new position as senior editor with The Stream, I’ll  be re-posting older, “evergreen” blog posts that were written on an older blogging system and aren’t directly accessible from this one. This one was originally published in 2005. It’s a long study, admittedly. It’s also been extremely influential in my own thinking and in others’ from around the world.

Called to be Great

This message is intended primarily for people who don’t think it’s for them: those who will look at the …

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Stay, Listen, and Understand; Or Leave and Be Left Wondering

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

In my last post I explored data revealing Jesus’ surprising penchant for leaving people wondering. I’ll continue today with another revealing chart from the same study of the Gospels:

The abbreviations in the legend stand for the Pre- and Post-Transfiguration periods in Jesus’ ministry. These are followed by the Passion Week (including the Crucifixion), and the Post-Resurrection period. Jesus tended to explain things more clearly as he went along; or rather, he explained more clearly to those who stuck with him to find out what he …

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Because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will leave you wondering

Posted on Nov 08, 2015

Because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will leave you wondering.

Those are not the words our Lord spoke in Revelation 3:16, but it’s what he practiced in his ministry. That’s the surprising finding of the analysis I just completed on Jesus’ method of teaching.

I had noticed a stark contrast between Jesus’ methods and most Bible teaching today. Jesus didn’t always explain himself clearly. Unlike most teachers today, he didn’t always resolve the questions he raised. He didn’t always try to wrap up all …

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Joining with The Stream!

Posted on Nov 04, 2015

I wrote here a few days ago that I had another major life event to share soon. This week is the week. I’m in training this week at Life Outreach International to come on board as Senior Editor and Ministry Coordinator with their major new ministry outreach, The Stream, specifically to focus on apologetics and inspiration.

A Necessary Ending

Someone wrote a book called Necessary Losses. I don’t know the book but I can appreciate the wisdom present in the …

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What it’s like recovering from a long-term injury

Posted on Nov 01, 2015

I’m looking back on a year of very low activity on this blog. I never thought I’d slow down this much. There are three primary reasons for it. I can share two of them, one today and another tomorrow or Tuesday. The first one has to do with what it’s like recovering from a long-term injury. There’s more to it than most people realize.

Recovering from a long-term injury

It’s been eleven weeks since my fourth foot surgery for a complicated tendon problem. I’m approaching …

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Lessons From a Football Game

Posted on Oct 19, 2015

This is somewhat off topic, but not entirely. I have to brag about my college for winning an amazing football game last Saturday. There’s a lesson here, too, about character and coaches.

Michigan State beat the University of Michigan in a game that dominated sports news all weekend. The fumble recovery and touchdown that won them the game will be replayed on TV for years. According to ESPN, prior to that play MSU had a 0.2% chance of winning. Did you know there …

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“Making It All Up” — The Weekly Standard: Science is a Human Enterprise

Posted on Oct 14, 2015

Interesting article from Andrew Ferguson in The Weekly Standard: “Making It All Up:” “Behavioral science suffers from these afflictions only more so. Surveys have shown that published studies in social psychology are five times more likely to show positive results​—​to confirm the experimenters’ hypothesis​—​than studies in the real sciences. ”

This has been swirling around the science community for years. The article refers to a ten-year-old study by Ioannidis showing how statistical manipulation can be used to cook scientific results, and (even more interestingly) can …

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Doesn’t this university’s decision send a message that LGBT persons are more emotionally fragile?

Posted on Oct 12, 2015

“Allowing an Anscombe Society event could cause suicides, a student claims.”

An upcoming conference on heterosexual marriage is being denounced as hate speech by the Stanford Graduate Student Council (GSC), which is seeking to quash the event. Last week, the council at the top-ranked California university voted ten to two to deny funding for the event “Communicating Values: Marriage, Family, and Media,” sponsored by the Stanford Anscombe Society…. In the minutes (transcribed without editing), one student claims that “an event such as this would be …

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