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Brain-washed

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I’m worried about some of my friends. They’re really good people, and I deeply value our relationships. But I’m growing concerned that some of them may have been sucked into a mind-bending cult. They seem, well…brainwashed. They don’t appear capable of thinking independently any more. Any attempt to engage with them on an intellectual level is met with a glassy-eyed …

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Is nature in conflict with scripture? – Some reflections on the Gungor drama.

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Well, last week was a typical week in a world where Christian celebrity, social media, and theological convictions collide. A well-known Christian musician voiced his evolving theological conclusions, convictions, and even doubts about things like a real first-couple named Adam and Eve, a six-day creation (which he was taught happened 6,000 years ago), and a version of the Biblical account of a global …

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Toward a framework for a “Christian” Worldview

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Three key ideas inspire my motives for writing this post. First – I recently read a series of posts asking the question, “Is there a ‘the Christian Worldview” by Roger Olson. You can read the first in the series here (then follow Olson’s links to the rest) if you want to enjoy them. Second – Three years ago I was asked …

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Theological Face-Palm

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Somebody recently posted a link to an intriguing article from the online version of Charisma: Remembering the Latter Rain. I’m not sure how recent the article is, but it’s fascinating — in a train-wreck sort of way. It’s amazing to me — a face-palm moment, if you will — that long after the Latter Rain movement was rejected as unbiblical …

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God sometimes changes his mind, but it’s only because he never changes!

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One of the great struggles we have with the God revealed in Scripture has to do with texts that say, “God never changes,” and other texts that seem to say things like, “God changed his mind,” or “God regretted…” For instance — Malachi 3:6 – “For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. …

How helpful is the Cosmological Argument?

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There are multiple approaches to the Cosmological Argument. Here is my best simple explanation of it: Something exists (e.g. a universe) There is not, therefore, nothing at all – therefore “Nothing” does not exist. Only “something” exists. Something cannot arise out of nothing There must be a cause for the “something” that exists God is the first cause God exists …

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Strange Fire Turns Toward Strained Polemics

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So the firestorm from the Strange Fire Conference has been steadily building throughout the past few weeks and is now in full swing. When word got out that the conference was going to take place and that John MacArthur was releasing a book of the same name, Dr. Michael Brown appealed to MacArthur to embrace God’s true fire and then …

Covenantal Apologetics, by K. Scott Oliphint

Much has been made of K. Scott Oliphint’s latest book, Covenantal Apologetics: Principles & Practice in Defense of Our Faith. Apologetics is the theological discipline of defending the Christian faith. Readers who are familiar with the subject will know that there are a variety of methods used in defending Christianity (for a survey, see Five Views on Apologetics). Covenantal Apologetics is to …

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Random Question(s) on Creationism

My oldest daughter and I had a fun conversation this afternoon. She’s a 4th grader who is super smart and curious. I have a hard time keeping up with all of her questions. In fact, our new game includes her trying to ask me questions that I don’t know the answer to that she does. So she is constantly asking …

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Introduction to N. T. Wright: Books You Should Read

I’m often asked by pastors which books by Wright they should read and I used to always refer them to the Christian Origins and the Question of God series because, quite frankly, you can’t be into NT studies without having interacted with his works in that series. His book on the Resurrection is one of the best. But the reality is …

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Learning, Listening, & Engaging: My Interaction with Jehovah Witnesses

Today I had a scheduled meeting with two Jehovah Witnesses (JW’s to save space) to discuss the Bible and our religious beliefs. A friend from the church I serve had been approach by them and invited me to come and to talk. I was excited to sit down and have a conversation with them and to learn about their views. …

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The Chick-Fil-A Hoopla

So I was going to write a long post about what I thought concerning today’s “Support Chick-Fil-A” reverse boycott. I planned on explaining that I’m sure the intentions of those who started this idea and promoted it and took part in it were probably nothing but good. I was going to say that if I were near a Chick-Fil-A, I might have …

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Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith?, ed. by Hoffmeier & Magary

There are a lot of books that seek to expose problems in the Bible and many others that seek to defend its truthfulness. My shelves are full of books that address issues related to the historicity and truthfulness of the Bible. But there area lot of people, especially in today’s postmodern culture, who tend to take a rather apathetic approach …

Advice for Helping Doubters…

J. I. Packer writes, “How can one help doubters? First, by explaining the problem area (for doubts often arise from misunderstanding); second, by exhibiting the reasonableness of Christian belief at that point, and the grounds for embracing it (for Christian beliefs, though above reason, are not against it); third, by exploring what prompts the doubts (for doubts are never rationally …

Would Polygamists Discuss the Foundation for their Theology?

I’ve noticed that polygamy has become the latest craze in reality TV (TLC’s Sister Wives). Given that the interviews I’ve seen of these “plural marriage” advocates have stated that their “faith” is the reason that they are practicing this lifestyle, I was wondering where they come up with the foundation for that faith decision. I’m searching for some support for …

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God Will Wipe Away Every Tear: Interacting with Time Magazine on Revelation 21:4

Justin Taylor reports thatTime Magazine’s cover story is on Rob Bell and his latest book Love Wins. Surprise, surprise. As Denny Burk points out, “Every year during Easter season, the news weekly’s like to feature stories that tweak traditional Christian belief (for example, The Gospel of Judas, the tomb of Jesus, etc.). For these publications, Holy Week has become heresy …

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The Best Response to Roman Catholicism I Have Ever Read

Dr. Keith Mathison has written a detailed response to the claims of Rome in what I’d consider to be perhaps one of the best responses ever (article here). I know that’s saying a lot, but the biblical, theological, and historical detail is simply incredible. It’s an essay, so it’s not as detailed as some of the books that have been …

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CNN Falls for Ehrman Hook, Line, & Sinker

Is it just me or do most media outlets have an overly trusting infatuation with Bart Ehrman? I recently noted Ehrman’s overall role within NT scholarship (here) and now I just read an article at CNN.com – Former Fundamentalist ‘Debunks’ Bible. There is such a weird intriguing infatuation within most media outlets with this guy. But that’s not what’s so interesting …