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Your Truth is Too Small

Your Truth is Too Small

A 69 year-old man in the Netherlands has asked a court there to lower his legal age to 49. He feels 49, and his doctor says he’s got the body of a 49 year-old. Undoubtedly that much is true. But his truth is too small. Skeptics point out the Old Testament’s restrictions against eating shellfish, and demand to know why Christians “don’t really believe what the Bible says after all.” Their reference to that restriction is true, but their truth…

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Don’t You Just Hate the Culture Wars?

Don’t You Just Hate the Culture Wars?

Don’t you just hate the culture wars? I was live on Facebook just now talking about four false beliefs that make it harder on Christians than it needs to be. It was episode three of my series “Contentious Questions (Because some questions just are that way).” Read more on this at The Stream. (I made a comment near the end about not knowing the news. Turns out the commenter I was responding to wasn’t talking about current breaking news tonight, as…

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7 Reasons You’ll Be Glad You Saw The Case for Christ

7 Reasons You’ll Be Glad You Saw The Case for Christ

The Pure Flix film The Case for Christ opens nationwide tonight. I saw it last night in an advance screening. My word to you: Go see it! You’ll be glad you did. Directed by Jon Gunn, this movie tells the true story of Lee Strobel,  legal editor at the Chicago Tribune in the late 1970s and early 80s. His marriage fell into crisis after his wife, Leslie, chose a path in life totally unlike his own. She knew their marriage…

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Parents Take Note: “We Want Diverse Books”

Parents Take Note: “We Want Diverse Books”

Parents, take note. Agents, publishers, and their customers at schools and libraries are looking for “more diverse books.” There is a “shift in thinking” among agents for children’s book writers, says Julie Masis in the February 2016 Writer’s Digest. Agents are seeing a demand for “stories with diverse and LGBTQ main characters’” “more LGBT YA [Young Adult]. Esp. if you have a trans protagonist.” “Would love LGBT YA realistic sports fiction for ‘tween boys with gritty, raw, and honest depiction…

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They Also Serve

They Also Serve

I’m waiting. I’ve been waiting. I can’t tell you how much of my life lately has been about waiting. I’m waiting for my foot to heal from surgery so I can walk again. I’m waiting for someone’s decision on a major proposal. I’m waiting for the release of my next book. I waited days for tech support to bring this website back up again from disaster. I’m not waiting passively. I have plenty to do, and I’m keeping busy. Still…

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Jesus Christ and Mr. Spock

Jesus Christ and Mr. Spock

I’m geeky enough to have been a fan of Star Trek most of my life, and I’m seriously saddened by Leonard Nimoy’s death last week. So was the famous Jesus mythicist Robert Price, who wrote a eulogy, The Second Death of Mr. Spock. “Anyone remotely familiar with the Star Trek episodes and movies,” he says, “knows that Mr. Spock was a Christ figure.” The tenor of his piece is reflected by a comment left there by “BiologicalBert”, which reads in…

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A Master Artist/Craftsman on Beauty With Promise

A Master Artist/Craftsman on Beauty With Promise

Jake Weidmann is one of 11 master penmen in the world today. He speaks of the permanence of the pen stroke and of beauty through the passing of the days: “As one stroke builds off of another, so one man’s heritage builds off of another’s. For what was once beautiful in the past, and is still beautiful today, holds the promise that it will be beautiful in the future.” Also… “We bear God’s image … in our desire to create…….

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Certainly Wrong: Are We Making Harold Camping’s Mistake?

Certainly Wrong: Are We Making Harold Camping’s Mistake?

Harold Camping was certain the world would end on May 21, 2011. He was convinced that was what the Bible said. You might say he was certainly wrong. He wanted to deliver a warning to those who disregard the Bible. It ended up being a warning to those who misuse the Bible. We, too, could be certainly wrong. How would we know? There are ways. Lessons From Harold Camping’s “Last Days” I got an email a while ago from Zeke Piestrup,…

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Anti-Humanistic Atheism, or, “Do you really see Christians that way?”

Anti-Humanistic Atheism, or, “Do you really see Christians that way?”

Could atheism be anti-humanistic? Yesterday ScottinOH wrote a comment asking, among other things, about the love of God. He wrote, Jesus’s short-term self-sacrifice (and God the Father’s short-term sacrifice of His Son) is only laudable in the sense that a mob boss or an abuser “sacrifices” something in order to convince himself not to blow up a business or hit his wife. The whole game is about God’s/Jesus’s self-interest. Now in answer to that, I could ask Scott, “Do you…

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