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Month: August 2015

So here’s what happened…

So here’s what happened…

I had my web host do some work on the back end of this website. They forgot to make one final adjustment (on the nameserver, for those who know and care). The site just disappeared from view for a while. My apologies.

Signals of Transcendence

Signals of Transcendence

Os Guinness, in his outstanding new book Fools’ Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion, page 139: The foundational assumption is always the same. Whatever anyone claims is the truth over against God’s view of truth, the real truth is still the truth, always the truth, and it points toward its Creator. We are therefore homesick for truth, and through the signals of transcendence the whole of creation is inviting us to think of its Creator—and ours. Inevitably and inescapably, then,…

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Xe, Zir, Xyr: From “In Loco Parentis” to “Loco-Parental

Xe, Zir, Xyr: From “In Loco Parentis” to “Loco-Parental

Un-be-lievable. University of Tennessee tells staff and students to stop using ‘he’ and ‘she’ | Daily Mail Online They’re supposed to “start referring to one another with terms like ‘xe’, ‘zir’ and ‘xyr’ instead.” A gay-rights administrator there said, “the new language regime will make the university ‘welcoming and inclusive’ and stop people feeling ‘marginalized’.” The university did declare that the rules were not compulsory. Someone said they were absurd. I’d say that’s putting it mildly, but that would be putting…

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The Overwhelming, Mysterious, Multi-dimensional Glory of God’s Goodness

The Overwhelming, Mysterious, Multi-dimensional Glory of God’s Goodness

I don’t know how to speak this well enough. It would take a poet. God is good, and his way is good. It’s very good. It’s rich, it’s beautiful, it’s mulit-dimensional, it’s mysterious where it ought to be, and it’s plain where it should be. It’s dizzyingly satisfying. It’s glorious. It’s right. I don’t know how to say that well enough, partly because there’s an aspect in it of “you had to be there.” You could go there, actually, because…

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The Range Master and the Doctor: A Parable About Abortion

The Range Master and the Doctor: A Parable About Abortion

You’re on a firing range holding a loaded pistol. The target area is curtained off, all but a piece of cardboard standing about three and a half feet tall, cut in the shape of a little girl, no more than five yards down the range. The range master says to you, “See that cardboard there? There’s a girl behind the curtain who’s about that tall. We’ve told her to walk behind the cardboard any time she wants to during the…

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Atheism and Evidence: Self-Defense Against Belief?

Atheism and Evidence: Self-Defense Against Belief?

I’m in a Facebook dialogue today (visible to friends) with an atheist, Spencer Hawkins, who says, The methods of science and history are not able to verify supernatural causation…. It is possible that these historical claims are all true, yet some other God exists, leaving the metaphysical claims of Christianity false…. the central problem that I have is an epistemological one: there is no reliable procedure to either confirm or disconfirm claims of supernatural causation. Demanding Incontrovertible Evidence Here’s what…

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Why “Jesus Saves” Is More Real Than “Jesus Affirms You”

Why “Jesus Saves” Is More Real Than “Jesus Affirms You”

Jesus saves vs. Jesus affirms: which is the better answer for the moral questions of our day? A whole lot of people are telling us Jesus Christ approves of homosexual practice and gay marriage. That’s one way of solving a moral issue: find a way to hear Jesus saying it’s okay after all. I don’t think much of that, and the reason I’m going to give probably isn’t what you think it’s going to be. I’ve written often enough here…

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Yup, God Does It Again (Practiced Faith)

Yup, God Does It Again (Practiced Faith)

There’s faith, and then there’s practiced faith. Practiced faith can make all the difference in a changing world. That’s the topic of my most recent BreakPoint column: Yup, God Does It Again. Check out my other BreakPoint articles while you’re there, too!

Why “Jesus Saves” Is So Much Better Than “Jesus Approves”

Why “Jesus Saves” Is So Much Better Than “Jesus Approves”

Yesterday I wrote, with examples, There was a time when people knew what it meant that “Jesus saves.” The punsters’ follow-up, “at First National Bank” degraded the concept when the concept was still known widely enough for the pun to work. In most of Western culture now, though, neither the biblical phrase nor the pun is heard anymore. The concept now (if not the wording) is Jesus approves. “Jesus saves” means almost nothing to most people outside the Church today. Saves what? is…

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