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Apologetics In Your Teaching: Start With the Questions That Matter

Apologetics In Your Teaching: Start With the Questions That Matter

Fourth in a series on “How to Use Apologetics In Your Teaching Without Scaring Anyone Away.” If you want to help your hearers know the answers to their questions, it pays to start with knowing what they’re asking. These questions — their questions — are the questions that matter. Discovering these questions used to be difficult. Not any longer. Now, I’ve been encouraging pastors and other teachers to bring apologetics into their churches. I don’t care if you actually use the…

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Causes in Christian History, From Stark’s “The Triumph of Christianity”

Causes in Christian History, From Stark’s “The Triumph of Christianity”

Book Review, Part 1 The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World’s Largest Religion by Rodney Stark. I’m about one-third of my way through Rodney Stark’s 2012 book, The Triumph of Christianity. an historical survey of sociological causes and effects in Christian history. Stark is an historical sociologist; and in this work he speaks with that voice, and that voice only. When he speaks of the Christian movement’s effects, that focused sociological approach works well: he’s well within his…

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A Message to Our Prayer and Financial Supporters

A Message to Our Prayer and Financial Supporters

This morning, over our traditional holiday breakfast of homemade Norwegian tea ring and scrambled eggs, our family’s conversation turned to how the holidays are being overdone. I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but it’s true: commercialization is increasing every year. Thanksgiving has become as much about Black Friday as giving thanks. In some places Friday isn’t soon enough: Meijer stores near here are having a “Thursday” sale all day today. And so our family had a long talk about how…

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For Religion News Visitors: Peter Boghossian Article Roadmap

For Religion News Visitors: Peter Boghossian Article Roadmap

Welcome to Visitors Coming By Way of Kimberly Winston’s Religion News Service Article (Click headline if this post does not display correctly.) Here is a more or less complete list of my articles on Peter Boghossian. The main series contains the meat of it. The Main Series Twelve Articles on Boghossian (Table of Contents) More A Dialogue on “Faith Is Belief Without Evidence” The Faith-Knowledge Connection, Part One What Does Faith Have to Do With Knowledge? (Faith-Knowledge Connection Part Two)…

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Are You Closed To Evidence?

Are You Closed To Evidence?

Commenter kaapstorm posed an interesting scenario some time ago. It’s led me to think of a new way to discuss what it means to be open or closed to evidence. It’s fanciful, of course; but it’s an interesting thought experiment nonetheless. Imagine your friend Matt spent the weekend with his friend Josh in a cabin in the woods. You see Matt the following Tuesday and he is very excited. You’ve never met Josh, but you have no reason to question…

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Dallas Willard Goes Home

Dallas Willard Goes Home

Sad news for the rest of us: Dallas Willard, a prominent philosopher on a “quiet quest to subvert nominal Christianity” (according to a 2006 CT profile), died today after losing a battle with cancer. He was 77. . . . According to Gary Moon, executive director of the Dallas Willard Center at Westmont College, Willard died early Wednesday morning, but “awakened to a full experience of the reality of the Kingdom of the Heavens he described so beautifully. Fittingly, his…

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