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Stay, Listen, and Understand; Or Leave and Be Left Wondering

Stay, Listen, and Understand; Or Leave and Be Left Wondering

In my last post I explored data revealing Jesus’ surprising penchant for leaving people wondering. I’ll continue today with another revealing chart from the same study of the Gospels: The abbreviations in the legend stand for the Pre- and Post-Transfiguration periods in Jesus’ ministry. These are followed by the Passion Week (including the Crucifixion), and the Post-Resurrection period. Jesus tended to explain things more clearly as he went along; or rather, he explained more clearly to those who stuck with him to…

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Because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will leave you wondering

Because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will leave you wondering

Because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will leave you wondering. Those are not the words our Lord spoke in Revelation 3:16, but it’s what he practiced in his ministry. That’s the surprising finding of the analysis I just completed on Jesus’ method of teaching. I had noticed a stark contrast between Jesus’ methods and most Bible teaching today. Jesus didn’t always explain himself clearly. Unlike most teachers today, he didn’t always resolve the questions he raised. He didn’t…

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Joining with The Stream!

Joining with The Stream!

I wrote here a few days ago that I had another major life event to share soon. This week is the week. I’m in training this week at Life Outreach International to come on board as Senior Editor and Ministry Coordinator with their major new ministry outreach, The Stream, specifically to focus on apologetics and inspiration. A Necessary Ending Someone wrote a book called Necessary Losses. I don’t know the book but I can appreciate the wisdom present in the…

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What it’s like recovering from a long-term injury

What it’s like recovering from a long-term injury

I’m looking back on a year of very low activity on this blog. I never thought I’d slow down this much. There are three primary reasons for it. I can share two of them, one today and another tomorrow or Tuesday. The first one has to do with what it’s like recovering from a long-term injury. There’s more to it than most people realize. Recovering from a long-term injury It’s been eleven weeks since my fourth foot surgery for a…

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Lessons From a Football Game

Lessons From a Football Game

This is somewhat off topic, but not entirely. I have to brag about my college for winning an amazing football game last Saturday. There’s a lesson here, too, about character and coaches. Michigan State beat the University of Michigan in a game that dominated sports news all weekend. The fumble recovery and touchdown that won them the game will be replayed on TV for years. According to ESPN, prior to that play MSU had a 0.2% chance of winning. Did…

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“Making It All Up” — The Weekly Standard: Science is a Human Enterprise

“Making It All Up” — The Weekly Standard: Science is a Human Enterprise

Interesting article from Andrew Ferguson in The Weekly Standard: “Making It All Up:” “Behavioral science suffers from these afflictions only more so. Surveys have shown that published studies in social psychology are five times more likely to show positive results​—​to confirm the experimenters’ hypothesis​—​than studies in the real sciences. ” This has been swirling around the science community for years. The article refers to a ten-year-old study by Ioannidis showing how statistical manipulation can be used to cook scientific results, and…

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Doesn’t this university’s decision send a message that LGBT persons are more emotionally fragile?

Doesn’t this university’s decision send a message that LGBT persons are more emotionally fragile?

“Allowing an Anscombe Society event could cause suicides, a student claims.” An upcoming conference on heterosexual marriage is being denounced as hate speech by the Stanford Graduate Student Council (GSC), which is seeking to quash the event. Last week, the council at the top-ranked California university voted ten to two to deny funding for the event “Communicating Values: Marriage, Family, and Media,” sponsored by the Stanford Anscombe Society…. In the minutes (transcribed without editing), one student claims that “an event…

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Sources for “Where the Gospels Came From”

Sources for “Where the Gospels Came From”

Someone on Facebook asked for a footnoted version of my satire, “Where the Gospels Came From. Here it is. The links I’ve placed in here are representative of many, for these beliefs are widespread. I doubt you could find one single atheist source that makes all these claims about the source of the gospels, but they’re all floating freely “out there” on the atheist Internet. RS is shorthand for representative source material. Back in the Bronze Age the world was…

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Where the Gospels Came From

Where the Gospels Came From

Have you ever wondered where the gospels came from? Here’s your answer, compiled from Bart Ehrman (for the telephone game) and too many atheist Internet sources to list. (Yes, this is satire.) Back in the Bronze Age the world was naive. People knew nothing of the sciences of reproduction, decay, entropy, metabolism, genetics–and therefore they didn’t know that babies are never born to virgins, and men who die never rise from the dead. One of those naive tribes was the…

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