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Les Misérables and the Surprising Gospel of Grace

Les Misérables and the Surprising Gospel of Grace

“That was perfect.” That's what my wife and I said to each other the first time we saw Les Misérables on stage several years ago. Through the generosity of others who have helped pay for tickets, I've been privileged to see it twice since then. I still think it's pretty near perfect. And now it's in theaters. I've been waiting for it for months, and yet unbelievably I haven't had a chance to see it yet this week. Be assured…

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Why the SSM Debate Is So Challenging: The Slogan Effect

Why the SSM Debate Is So Challenging: The Slogan Effect

I was at a meeting not long ago discussing what it would take for sanity to prevail on the question of same-sex “marriage.” I pointed out what I have also said here on this blog: what we face is not so much a successful set of arguments against real marriage. It’s more a case of successful branding. We will not really reclaim sensibility on this until we can carry bumper stickers saying (for example), “Marriage is a distinctive human good,”…

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A Worldview/Apologetics Blog For Real People

A Worldview/Apologetics Blog For Real People

On January 1, Lord willing, I’ll be introducing a whole new approach to blogging on this site. I’ve made graphical changes before, but this is different. I don’t know of anyone else who is doing this. In some ways it will be experimental. The plan is still evolving in the preparatory stage, and will probably continue to be that way for a few months while I discover the best way to go about it. Here’s what’s new. Every worldview/apologetics blog…

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Christ Above All at Christmas

Christ Above All at Christmas

I was blessed to grow up with two of the world’s best parents. My brother and three sisters and I are all still friends. We’re having an almost-family reunion in my hometown of Auburn, Michigan this Christmas. Mom isn’t with us—she passed away a few years ago, so I’m missing her a lot. My brother and his wife work in the retail and restaurant businesses and couldn’t arrange to get here the same time as some other out-of-town family members….

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Finally! Dawkins Being Called to Account on Child Abuse Claims

Finally! Dawkins Being Called to Account on Child Abuse Claims

Mike Gene has been running a series on Richard Dawkins’ outrageous claim that Christian teachings are often more harmful than sexual abuse. Apparently he’s finally being called to account. It’s about time. It’s been almost six years since I showed in a BreakPoint article that science completely contradicted Dawkins’ claim. At the time he was the Oxford University Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, or in other words, a complete hypocrite with respect to this issue. Almost four years…

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Second Call: New Christian Blogs in 2012

Second Call: New Christian Blogs in 2012

A few weeks ago I invited new Christian bloggers (new in 2012) to leave a note here with their main URL and a link to their favorite post so far, so I could feature them here. I want to repeat that invitation in case someone missed it. It went like this: It’s December, which means it’s time for my third annual New Christian Blogs feature. I’ve had a great time with this the past two years, getting to know new…

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Quoted by the Pope? “We do not hold the truth, the truth holds us.”

Quoted by the Pope? “We do not hold the truth, the truth holds us.”

The English translation provided here uses “possess” rather than “hold,” but it was a translation, after all. That’s been on my masthead for eight years now (the idea is developed here and here) and it’s the title of my first ebook. Still, although he used it without attribution, I have no intention of bringing suit against the Pope. 🙂

Leadership for Post-Comfortable Christianity

Leadership for Post-Comfortable Christianity

Some writers have described America as moving into a post-Christian era; others have spoken of religious persecution. There is truth in both views. There are large and influential segments within our country that consider Christianity a culturally interesting but otherwise irrelevant vestige. There are pockets of persecution, and some genuine threats to religious freedom in America. But Christianity remains too vibrant here for America to be truly post-Christian after the European model. And although persecution is on the increase—and for…

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Cold-Case Christianity

Cold-Case Christianity

Book Review Is it too late for Christmas book shopping? I can’t link to it now as I write this—our Internet is down due to nasty Ohio weather—but I’m sure you don’t need my guidance to find J. Warner Wallace’s Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels. (Link updated in a later post revision.) The book is one of the most readable arguments for the faith I have ever encountered. Part of its intrigue is in…

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