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Slavery in the Old Testament: A Biblical Overview via Logos 6

Posted on Oct 30, 2014

Very soon I’ll be opening up a group study of Paul Copan’s Is God a Moral Monster?. Be sure to get a copy if you want to join with us. The idea to study Copan’s book was kicked off, courtesy of Keith, during conversations on slavery in the Bible. I’ve never done a thorough analysis here on what the Old Testament says about slavery, so with this week’s release of Logos 6, I thought I’d take the opportunity to find …

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Logos 6 Is Here!

Posted on Oct 29, 2014

Logos 6 is here! As a member of a Logos cooperative bloggers program I’ve had a chance to give it a spin already. Soon, possibly today, I’ll be posting some of the study I’ve done via Logos 6 on the sticky topic of slavery in the Bible. You’ll see some of the results of the research that can be done on your desktop or laptop.

For now, check out the videos:

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Notes for Faithful Word Assembly

Posted on Oct 27, 2014

Yesterday I had a great time of fellowship with some warmly loving fellow believers at Faithful Word Assembly in the New Orleans area. My message there was, “Jesus Christ: Too Good Not To Be True;” here are some notes to go with that talk.

From the introduction to the talk:

Ratio Christi, the student apologetics alliance with which I serve My personal ministry updates page; somewhat in need of updating even today A series on Peter Boghossian, and an ebook …

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For-Profit Religious Organizations

Posted on Oct 24, 2014

Two pastors in Utah who were faced with jail time and/or imprisonment for not agreeing to marry a same-sex couple finessed the question by re-organizing their “Hitching Post” wedding chapel as a not-for-profit religious organization. The law was written to exempt religious non-profits, but not any for-profit.

This raises the question, can a for-profit corporation have a religious purpose? Asked differently, could there be any such thing as a religiously-motivated entrepreneur? If he started a business, could it have a religious purpose? Would it have …

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Religious Freedom and SSM: Pastors Being Forced To Wed Same-Sex Couples

Posted on Oct 23, 2014

Fresh on the heels of outrageous government encroachment into religious liberty on Sunday mornings in Houston, now we’re hearing of pastors being forced under threat of fines and imprisonment to violate their religious beliefs by performing weddings for gays:

Two ordained ministers have filed a federal lawsuit and are seeking a restraining order to prevent local officials from forcing them to marry same-sex couples, saying they have been threatened with fines and possible jail time over their refusal.

Donald and Evelyn Knapp, owners of …

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Evidence for God: Humanness and Personal Identity

Posted on Oct 14, 2014

Part of the extended series Evidence for the Faith

Are you the same person you were when you were two years old? Not entirely: you’ve changed in many ways since then. But are you the same person? I heard someone recently ask it this way: were you ever two years old? Of course you were. Whatever the differences between the you of today and the two-year-old you, there is something about you that has endured across the years, to make you the same “you” …

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Reading Together: Is God a Moral Monster?

Posted on Oct 14, 2014

Today only(?) on Kindle: Paul Copan’s Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God  for only $2.99!

A few weeks ago Keith suggested we read through this book together, and now, after a long hiatus due to travel, meetings, and conferences, I’m ready to kick off the discussion. It seems providential that this sale is on today–you can download your copy of the book and start reading. You can use your computer or smartphone to read it if you don’t own …

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A Great Time To Contribute To Apologetics Ministry

Posted on Sep 29, 2014

It’s been centuries since the Church in the Western world has experienced the kind of pressure we’re facing today. It’s been about that long since we’ve been so blessed by God with reasons for confidence in Christianity.

Through Ratio Christi, I’m working to equip students and the broader Church with strength to stand.

I want to ask you a particular favor today. You know about my writing, my beliefs, and my passions through this blog. You might not know about the rest of it, …

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David Barash, Evolution, and God: Pretending Authority Far Beyond His Qualifications

Posted on Sep 29, 2014

David Barash has a capital-T Talk he gives college students every year. He tells about it in a NY Times op-ed, God, Darwin and My College Biology Class:

Every year around this time, with the college year starting, I give my students The Talk. It isn’t, as you might expect, about sex, but about evolution and religion, and how they get along. More to the point, how they don’t.

Barash is a biologist, a professor at the University of Washington. I’ve looked at his …

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