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Is God Arrogant? (Reading Paul Copan Together)

Is God Arrogant? (Reading Paul Copan Together)

It’s time at last to kick off my promised series, reading through Paul Copan’s Is God a Moral Monster together. Ignoring two chapters of background material that’s not germane to our purposes, the meat of the book starts off in chapter 3 with a relatively easy question: Is the Old Testament God arrogant? Is he guilty of sinful pride? Nobody likes to hang around someone who’s haughty, arrogant, or overly aware that he or she is better than you. We…

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Jesus Christ: Greater Than You Knew, Too Great Not To Be True

Jesus Christ: Greater Than You Knew, Too Great Not To Be True

Today I’m announcing a new argument for the historicity of the Gospels, published just now through Touchstone Magazine. The editors have titled it The Gospel Truth Of Jesus: What Happens to Apologetics If We Add “Legend” to the Trilemma “Liar, Lunatic, or Lord”?. The main point of the argument: Jesus Christ is greater than you knew. I say that with all confidence. I say it to atheists and skeptics, who doubt that his reality is great at all, or who…

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Recognizing the Real Thing: Is Christian Worship Manipulative?

Recognizing the Real Thing: Is Christian Worship Manipulative?

The music in church was great last Sunday. Unfortunately my mind wasn’t on it totally. I flashed back on the memory of some atheist or skeptic’s complaint that we Christians subject ourselves willingly to emotional manipulation with our minds in cognitive neutral. Later I went to look for where I had read that, and while I didn’t find exactly what I recalled, I ran across this from a blog post lovingly(?) labeled “dining with dunces:” … contrary to how evangelicals…

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Earth, Air, Fire, Water—and God

Earth, Air, Fire, Water—and God

Several years ago my wife and I were hiking in the Anaheim Hills when we heard a drumbeat ahead of us. Our first thought was of a Boy Scout troop, but it turned out instead to be a pagan circle chanting their praises to earth, air, fire, and water. I can’t help thinking about that this week. We’re feeling the approach of Hurricane Irene this morning. It will be my second experience with a serious hurricane, but it’s the first…

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On the Greatness of God

On the Greatness of God

A guided exploration of the greatness of God, unlike other podcasts I’ve done, in that it’s not a talk I gave before a group. It is instead a meditation, intended for contemplation and worship—and to stretch your thinking about the greatness of God. You won’t want to listen to it in your car, but someplace more relaxed than that. https://www.thinkingchristian.net/wp-content/audio/GreatnessOfGod.mp3

The Preeminence of Christ

The Preeminence of Christ

I was reading Colossians this morning, and felt compelled to journal some of my thoughts and responses to one passage. One translation titles this section “The Centrality of Christ,” and it indeed puts Christ at the center, for the highest worship. Colossians 1:15-22 (ESV) He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all…

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What Is Christianity? Worship

What Is Christianity? Worship

At the core of Christianity—at the core of everything—there is God, uniquely revealed in Jesus Christ. From the earth-bound, human perspective, Christianity is primarily about being in a right relationship with God through Christ. This is a many-faceted relationship involving reconciliation with God, experiencing his forgiveness and intimate love, learning his character and living consistently with his ways, studying his works, reflecting his creativity through our own expressiveness, and more. Wrapped around in all of this is worship. I suspect…

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The Cross: Not One of the Universe’s “Nice” Ideas

The Cross: Not One of the Universe’s “Nice” Ideas

Dallas Willard writes in The Divine Conspiracy (p. 335), “God,” Paul said, “makes clear the greatness of his love for us through the fact that Christ died for us while we were still rebelling against him” (Rom. 5:8). The exclusiveness of the Christian revelation of God lies here. No one can have an adequate view of the heart and purposes of the God of the universe who does not understand that he permitted his son to die on the cross…

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God’s Heart For Missions

God’s Heart For Missions

Missions is the most crucial thing taking place on earth today. It is the whole point of human history. And it is at its most exciting point in history, when the conclusion, the completion of the task is in sight. It is at the center of God’s heart, and thus it belongs at the center of every Christian’s heart. The progress is most encouraging, though obviously there remains much to be prayed for, much to be done. When it’s all…

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