Everybody Wants a Piece of Jesus It Isn't Gonna Work

Everybody Wants a Piece of Jesus It Isn't Gonna Work

Everyone wants a piece of Jesus. Major religions want to claim him for their own. And political and social activists try to make him stand for their causes, too. He will have none of it. So how then can we avoid that mistake in our own lives? How can we discern it in others? That’s my topic for this week’s edition of Contentious Questions (Because some questions just are that way). Image Credit(s): Austin Neill, Unsplash.

Apologetics in Your Teaching: Four Ways You Can Aim Your People Higher The Most Frequently Emphasized Theme in the New Testament Is ... ?

Apologetics in Your Teaching: Four Ways You Can Aim Your People Higher The Most Frequently Emphasized Theme in the New Testament Is ... ?

I’ve been writing on how to bring apologetics into your teaching without scaring people away. (The series got interrupted by a string of unexpected events here. All is well, just a lot busier than I’d planned on.) There’s a fine line between challenging people and scaring them. Of course I use the word “scare” advisedly. I’m talking about what happens when people get pushed beyond their comfort limits — which could happen in all kinds of ways in church. Talk…

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Theme Correction

Theme Correction

Another theme change here. I liked the look of the previous one, but there were four problems: Most important: The sidebar was far too prominent on smaller screen. Subheading sizes were wrong in mobile view. Comment numbering was off: my own comments weren’t numbered. With this fix, all comment number references should be correct again except on the very most recent posts. That’s an unfortunate problem that I can’t correct. Many style/formatting tags failed to work in comments. Thanks for…

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Why Hebrews 11:1 Doesn’t Mean Faith Is Without Evidence

Why Hebrews 11:1 Doesn’t Mean Faith Is Without Evidence

Edited and republished from a post on November 15, 2013. Jerry Coyne’s recent Slate article on science and faith gives another chance to clarify the contentious meaning of “faith.” In that article he presents three religious and one putative scientific usage of the word, then comments, The three religious claims (Christian, Jewish, and Muslim, respectively) represent faith as defined by philosopher Walter Kaufmann: “intense, usually confident, belief that is not based on evidence sufficient to command assent from every reasonable…

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Who’s Being Anti-Science Now?

Who’s Being Anti-Science Now?

This week’s edition of Contentious Questions (Because some questions just are that way): They say that Christianity is anti-science. I wonder who’s really being anti-science. See also my related article at The Stream. It includes a list of references for those who want to know more, since what I’m diving into here is just a hint of the whole story, which fills entire volumes if told in its entirety. Image Credit(s): Austin Neill, Unsplash.

Mike Licona Answers Regarding Lydia McGrew

Mike Licona Answers Regarding Lydia McGrew

Mike Licona has asked me to post this in response to my article last week urging him to answer Lydia McGrew’s objections to his work on Why Are There Differences in the Gospels. I’ll add a short, final response of my own. There is a link to Lydia’s response at the end of Mike’s message. This is the one and final time I expect to pass along a message on this topic, but I did think it was fair to allow…

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