Thinking Christian

Thinking Christianity for church, home, and community

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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Join Me at the Ratio Christi Symposium and Student Retreat in Charlotte, October 11 and 12

Posted on Sep 29, 2014

Hear Josh McDowell and meet David Limbaugh!

Coming up soon, in connection with the [National Conference on Christian Apologetics](http://conference.ses.edu>, the annual Ratio Christi Symposium, near Charlotte, NC, October 11 and 12.

We have tracks designed just for students, including great speakers and great fellowship, including a white-water rafting adventure. There’s more, specially designed for Christian leaders and lay persons, too.

I hope to see you there. Let me know if you’re coming and we’ll find a way to meet up.

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Contact form re-enabled

Posted on Sep 24, 2014

There was an upgrade done on my web hosting server a few weeks ago. I didn’t realize it at the time, but it broke the contact form’s function here. I have fixed that now so you can reach me that way again.

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If not the Bible, then how did we come to know that slavery is wrong?

Posted on Sep 24, 2014

That WWJTD’s response to my August 24 post, Ten Reasons the Bible Has It Right On Slavery, was scornful is hardly surprising. First, he caught me legitimately in an error: I misused the word “condone” where I meant “heartily affirm.” I should have said, “Note that the Bible does not heartily affirm everything that it recognizes, nor even everything that it regulates (divorce being one other example).”

JT notes correctly that the Bible does condone slavery, which is to say, it allows that …

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