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“It’s In the Bible, So Believe It!” Won’t Help Youth At All

“It’s In the Bible, So Believe It!” Won’t Help Youth At All

I’m on my way to Little Rock for an interview with FamilyLife about my book Critical Conversations: A Christian Parents’ Guide to Discussing Homosexuality With Teens, I decided to re-read the book on the way, and I came across a passage in it that applies to any question, any issue with our children. I want to share it with you, because it’s absolutely vital. I’d just told the story of a friend whose faith was shipwrecked for years by her…

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John Loftus’s Bad Reasons for Not Going To Church, and a Few Good Ones For Going

John Loftus’s Bad Reasons for Not Going To Church, and a Few Good Ones For Going

John Loftus, the affable hat-wearing atheist who loves to poke quasi-informed fun at Christians, posted this on Facebook yesterday: Except for extremely rare circumstance I don’t go to church. For one thing, I don’t need to be reminded to be good. For another, I find a deity who commands people to worship him egocentric, regardless of whether he deserves it or not. For yet another reason, I can get more things done by actually doing something rather than by praying. Then…

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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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“To explain God so that God makes sense without God”

“To explain God so that God makes sense without God”

I spent a summer in China back in the early 1980s. I was absolutely enthralled with the architecture, the commerce, and especially the language, which was the main thing I was there to study. I would have loved to go back and spend my life there, but it was not the path for me. While I was there, though, I kept wondering, What would it be like for this to feel normal? What would it be like for dragons and…

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Slavery and Freedom

Slavery and Freedom

Skeptics criticize the Bible for not condemning slavery, with some taking it to such an extreme level that they refuse to recognize the clear historic good that Christianity has done in freeing slaves. I think we need to think more deeply about slavery and freedom. Freedom has classically been understood not as freedom-from, but as freedom-to. Freedom-from has to do with restrictions: freedom from interference, from want, from boundaries, and so on. Calls for freedom of this sort are typical…

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“Good Without God:” What’s the Reality?

“Good Without God:” What’s the Reality?

Someone on Facebook (“Zach”) was touting the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, and the Foundation Beyond Belief yesterday, saying they were “doing good without gods.” Zach’s point was that atheists can be just as compassionate as Christians, or even more so. I have to say I am impressed with the Gates’ generosity and the great work DWB does. I’m not familiar enough with FBB to comment on that group. What He Meant to Say Was… But there’s…

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God Is Still Good

God Is Still Good

Not long ago I wrote a post titled “God is Still Good,” about the report I had received that I had a torn tendon in my foot–the same tendon that I’d had surgically repaired last February. What I hadn’t mentioned here was that just over a week ago I got a second opinion that made it clear the first opinion was nuts–the MRI did not reveal any tearing at all. I was greatly relieved to find out surgery wouldn’t be…

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God Is Still Good

God Is Still Good

I’m sitting on the recliner in the corner of our living room, typing with my Mac on my lap. It’s one of my more familiar places to be. There are crutches right next to the recliner I’m sitting in. That’s becoming all too familiar. I had surgery to repair a torn tendon in my left foot just six months ago. Now I’m told there’s another partial tear in the same foot. I have an appointment scheduled with a surgeon, who…

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