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Reposting: The Incarnation of Jesus Christ

Reposting: The Incarnation of Jesus Christ

Merry Christmas! This is the first of three previously published posts I’m reposting in celebration of the coming of Jesus Christ–his first coming, that is. This was originally posted on February 21, 2012, as part of a teaching series, not as a Christmastime article. I was surprised when I opened and read it just now: the biographical information it starts with is almost exactly true again today. The only difference is that this was a re-do of that surgery, and…

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Why Won’t I Answer James Lindsay’s Questions?

Why Won’t I Answer James Lindsay’s Questions?

James Lindsay is asking, “Why won’t Tom Gilson answer my question?” Why Won’t I Answer? What a Strange Question! Expressed Willingness To Discuss in Due Time First of all, unlike you (see below) I responded very directly to several of your points. I did not respond to every one of them, to be sure, but that could hardly have been construed as unwillingness to answer, for I wrote, So once again, I’m going to request that if it’s your purpose…

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Why Did A&E Suspend Phil Robertson?

Why Did A&E Suspend Phil Robertson?

I wrote the following last night, and then decided it was too speculative to publish. I had opinions in it that I couldn’t  stand by with confidence. More information came in this morning, however, that leads me to put this before you anyway. Why did A&E TV suspend Phil Robertson? What purpose did it serve them? What did it gain? If it had to do with a principled objection to his beliefs and statements, then why aren’t they distancing themselves…

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On James Lindsay’s Response to My Open Letter To Peter Boghossian

On James Lindsay’s Response to My Open Letter To Peter Boghossian

James, I appreciate the thoughtfulness of your response to my Open Letter to Peter Boghossian. You anticipated many of my thoughts, answered several others, and gave me much to think about. As you might expect, however, I do have some concerns. A Children’s Book By Dawkins A Christian thinker could little other than lament the situation, however, where he has presented an argument heavily influenced by the great Christian thinkers of all times, and he is answered by a reference…

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Re Phil Robertson: Beyond Anger To Grief

Re Phil Robertson: Beyond Anger To Grief

I learned an important lesson several years ago about a way to move beyond anger, to a more godly and healthy response to upsetting events. I’ve thought about it again in light of A&E’s dismissal of Phil Robertson. In short, it’s about moving beyond anger to grief. A Life Lesson Learned I can explain it best by the story of how I learned it. I was a director of Human Resources at Campus Crusade for Christ (now “Cru”). One of…

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On Phil Robertson’s Suspension: So It Begins

On Phil Robertson’s Suspension: So It Begins

My initial response to Phil Robertson’s suspension by A&E is best expressed by Theoden, at the beginning of the battle of Helm’s Deep, in The Two Towers, Lord of the Rings Trilogy. They, too, were fighting to defend their families against powerful aggressors. The “it” that I sense beginning (accelerating, actually) now is not some new culture war. It is the culturally- and legally-mandated suppression of Christian religious liberty, with people losing jobs and being faced with fines and jail…

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“Duck Dynasty’s’ Phil Robertson on Indefinite Hiatus Following Anti-Gay Remarks”

“Duck Dynasty’s’ Phil Robertson on Indefinite Hiatus Following Anti-Gay Remarks”

They said the gay rights movement wouldn’t harm those who didn’t go along with it. A&E has placed Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus following anti-gay remarks he made in a recent profile in GQ. [From ‘Duck Dynasty’s’ Phil Robertson on Indefinite Hiatus Following Anti-Gay Remarks] Related: “So It Begins: On Phil Robertson’s Suspension From Duck Dynasty“

The Absurdity Of “Faith” as Pretending To Know

The Absurdity Of “Faith” as Pretending To Know

James A. Lindsay, atheistic mathematician and physicist, decided to take Peter Boghossian’s advice to heart and put the absurdity of”faith” on display—faith as he understands it, that is. He has edited the 1566 Roman Catholic Catechism of Trent, according to this plan: After reading Peter Boghossian’s thought-provoking book, A Manual for Creating Atheists, I thought it would be rather interesting to engage in an exercise he recommends. Specifically, I am taking a piece of text and changing out the word…

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Obstacle Course Racing Chooses King’s Domain For 2014 World Championship Course

Obstacle Course Racing Chooses King’s Domain For 2014 World Championship Course

I’m really psyched about this. I’ve never run an extreme obstacle course (pretty hard to do with an injured foot), but my son helped buid one, and some of my best friends are running it: the Mud, Guts, and Glory course at King’s Domain. Today I got word that it was chosen as the site for the next OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) world champtionships! Congratulations, Mud, Guts, and Glory, and congratulations, King’s Domain. Way to go!

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