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Month: January 2013

Ah, the Irony: Dawkins, Memes, and God

Ah, the Irony: Dawkins, Memes, and God

Book Review Preview Soon I’ll be posting a review of David H. Glass’s Atheism’s New Clothes: Exploring and Exposing the Claims of the New Atheists. When I read this on p. 181, though, I just had to post a preview. This one sentence captures the tone of the whole book (the topic is Richard Dawkins’s concept of memes). It is surely ironic that one of Dawkins’s most significant contributions to human thought is a concept that cannot be detected directly,…

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The Teaching Parent: Who, Me?

The Teaching Parent: Who, Me?

I just wrote about parents’ responsibilities to teach our children the truths of the faith, including the reasons we believe. That’s a challenge, for sure. But I don’t think we can deny how eternally important it is for our children. I’d like to open up this thread for discussion on how we can learn how to teach, and teach our children to learn. The floor is open.

“The ‘Nones’ and Their Parents”

“The ‘Nones’ and Their Parents”

Stories of young “nones,” in my latest BreakPoint Worldview and You column: Yusuf thinks some of God’s commands must be crazy. Kyle says the facts of science and evolution prove there’s no God. Melissa can’t understand what’s wrong with homosexuality. Rigoberto was raised in a religious home, but his father drank a lot, and his family was wracked with painful tragedies. Lizz thinks the most important thing is to make sure she gives meaning to this life, not the next….

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Equipping Parents As Teachers

Equipping Parents As Teachers

My latest Worldview and You column pointed to parents’ responsibilities, both to set a sound example for their children and also to teach them well in the faith. Obviously this is a challenge. Obviously also it would be great if the church could step in and help parents be more effective in training up their children. Some churches are doing it well. None would claim they’re doing it perfectly. Most churches major on the message of living the Christian life….

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I Promise To Obey Jerry Coyne’s New Rule

I Promise To Obey Jerry Coyne’s New Rule

If the time comes for me to criticize Jerry Coyne again, I promise I’ll obey his new rule, which goes like this: However, if you’re going to go after me on your own site, you will have to have the guts to reveal your own name—after all, I do. [From New roolz « Why Evolution Is True]

Jesus’ Amazing No-Explanation Lesson

Jesus’ Amazing No-Explanation Lesson

Jesus' message in John 6:26-70 broke all the rules: His major points were difficult and confusing He didn't explain them His closing questions left matters even more unexplained He didn't preach that way every time, but early in his ministry as John records it, this was typical of Jesus' approach. When might that be appropriate in your teaching ministry? It might have something to do with letting our listeners work hard to acquire understanding, so that it goes deeper into…

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Jesus’ First Words: John

Jesus’ First Words: John

Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. “What are you seeking?…. Come and you will see” These first words of Jesus in the Gospel of John (John 1:38-39)…

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Let the Questions Roll!

Let the Questions Roll!

Children love to ask questions. Teenagers' questions can be disturbing: “Is this church thing for real?” “Why do I have to obey your rules?” “I'm not sure I believe in God anymore.” Even more disturbing might be the questions they keep to themselves. Jesus encouraged questions. They were a major part of his ministry. They're good for us. It's good to be equipped with answers, too! But we need to respect the questioning process, and let it happen. So we…

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A Note on Teaching Leviticus 19:19

A Note on Teaching Leviticus 19:19

As much as we would love to explain everything clearly when we teach, for some purposes it’s not necessary. Leviticus 19:19 is a great example. As a teacher I want to express the full meaning of these instructions. There are multiple opinions on it in the commentaries, enough so that it’s almost a take-your-pick situation. No matter what we say, though, there’s something there that’s going to remain foreign to most of us no matter how hard we try to…

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