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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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Christianity’s hardest question concerning homosexuality

Posted on Sep 19, 2014

What is Christianity’s hardest question concerning homosexuality? I’m pretty sure it’s the one I write about in this month’s BreakPoint column. It’s not just a question for “somebody else” but for me.

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How real was Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross?

Posted on Sep 17, 2014

It never occurred to me, when I wrote my Touchstone article on the Jesus-legend theory, how many readers would find it hard to understand Jesus’ sacrifice as being truly genuine. Recently Andy wrote,

it is inconceivable to me how an infinite being could “sacrifice” anything – if Jesus was God allmighty, and he knew that he was, then he was never in any real danger and didn´t sacrifice anything. To “sacrifice” means to give up something valuable – but what has he …

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I don’t understand indifference toward Jesus Christ

Posted on Sep 13, 2014

Of all the possible ways to think about Jesus Christ, the one that baffles me most is indifference. He is the most remarkable character in all history and literature, and for that reason alone he deserves a close look. I don’t think that’s disputable. Obviously there’s debate as to whether he’s an historical character or a fictional one. The thing is, though, either way, he stands out above all the rest.

He stands out in the eyes of the other major religions. As Craig Hazen …

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Something Different About This Philosopher

Posted on Sep 08, 2014

A philosopher came through the university, explaining the purpose of life, the way to happiness, the answer to the question of immortality, and the truth about right and wrong, good and evil.

He spoke plainly. He avoided argument except over his right he speak; for he spoke on his own authority, and as if speaking for God himself: “It is true because because God says so, and I speak for God. My words are attested by the power of my works. Search the Scriptures and …

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