Thinking Christian

How to Have a Merry Christmas — Even in 2020!

I wrote this originally for The Stream, but I'd like to share it with you. It's about being able to celebrate even during this hard year — or even more so, just because of the hard year it's been. It's ...
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Forget the Myths, Ignore the Hype; Here’s What We Really Know About Jesus’ ‘Missing Years’

I'll bet you missed this in the post-election brouhaha: "Christmas" began for Hindus with their Divali celebration in November. It fits for them because Jesus is the son of Brahman, one of their avatars (divine incarnations), the son of (Brahman) ...
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A Different Kind of Giving Tuesday Opportunity

You Can Give, Just By Spreading the Word on Social Media! The song goes, “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth." It's not your normal Christmas gift request, is it? Today on Giving Tuesday I’ve got a ...
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Faith at Work at Exxon-Mobil: A Conversation on Too Good to be False

A few weeks ago the Christian Community at Exxon-Mobil (Houston Campus) invited me to share with them on Too Good to be False. The host is Samuel Ortiz. I have to tell you, it was encouraging for me to be ...
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My Puzzling Problem with Too Good to be False

I’m looking for some help. Here’s the challenge I’ve been facing. It’s a good one; I’m not complaining; but it’s also a head-scratcher. I'm sure you've heard them (whoever “they” are) talking about "elevator pitches." I'm supposed to come up ...
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This Critique of ‘What Passes for Serious Thought’ Comes Up Short on Serious Thought

He's a writer, he's a professor of biology, and Nathan Lents thinks my Evolution News essay on the gift of fall colors this week is "silly." It's "what passes for serious thought at the Discovery Institute," and it's pretty bad, ...
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And the Skeptics Are Silent

It's been a month. I'm still waiting for an answer. Who wrote Jesus' character, and how? I said before, they treat Jesus as such an easy character to write, any old story-scrambler could come up with him. That's my term ...
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Jesus is Greater Than You Knew (Video)

What a great week! Exactly seven days ago my wife took off from visiting family in southern Mississippi for an 800-mile drive home here to Dayton. (That was a great visit, too.) Since then I've had the privilege of writing ...
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Does Too Good to be False Make the Muslims’ Mistake, ‘It’s Perfect, So It Must Be From God’?

Most people responding to Too Good to be False so far have been Christians telling the surprise and delight they’ve experienced in it by seeing Jesus in a new light. There's more to it than that, though, in Part 2, ...
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Why Do So Many Atheist Book Reviewers Want to Display Such Ignorance?

Too Good to be False received its first negative review on Amazon today. It's exactly as I'd expected. I knew, based on prior experience, that there would be 1-star reviews coming, and I figured they’d be mostly from people who ...
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