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Book Review: How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test for Faith, by David Marshall

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Book Review

How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test: The Inside Story by David Marshall.

(Full disclosure: David Marshall is a friend and a contributor to True Reason, in which he wrote an early, brief form of part of the argument in How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test. This review is based on a draft David sent me before final editing, so I will not be quoting much from it.)

In the earliest days of the church there was a skeptic named Celsus whose …


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

Friday, July 18th, 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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Book Review: “The Insanity of God”

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Book Review:  The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected by Nik Ripken with Gregg Lewis.

Let me get a couple of beefs out of the way to begin with. This is an outstanding book (see below), even though the title doesn’t fit and seems wrong.

The choice of title often a publisher’s call to make, rather than the author’s, and I have a theory about that, which you’ll see in a moment. There was nothing in here of faith dying, …


The Great Commission and Your Children

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

One of my daughter’s best friends is an Olympic hopeful gymnast. I went to one of her meets earlier this year, and sat with her parents for part of it. After her balance beam performance I asked her dad what it was like watching his daughter on that apparatus. He said something like, “I can’t stand to watch. And I can’t stand not to watch.”

His daughter won the competition that day, first place all-around. Needless to say, the dad was very proud.

I have …

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On Teaching the Great Commission In Our Age

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Almost every passage of Scripture gets challenged by atheists and skeptics these days. The Great Commission is no exception.

The first and most important lesson we all need to get out of Matthew 28:18-20 is what’s right there on the surface: Jesus Christ is Lord, and he has sent us to make disciples in his name and in his power. The world mission movement is God’s most exciting work, and we are privileged be alive in the generation that is very likely to see the …

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Jesus’ Final Words: Matthew 28

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Jesus’ First and Last Words

The Great Commission

And Jesus came and said to [his disciples], “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of …


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