Religion

The Uniquely Christian Nature of Thanksgiving in America

Posted by on November 27, 2016 at 6:45 pm

Who (or what) do non-theists thank — for whatever they are “thankful” for — on Thanksgiving? That’s the question I was pondering, however briefly, this Thanksgiving. I mean, I think most non-theists here in America participate in the holiday, and you’ll often hear them mention things that they are thankful for. But, if one is […]

Does the ESV Have a Calvinist Bias?

Posted by on October 30, 2016 at 7:36 pm

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)) Have you ever heard someone claim that such-n-such a Bible translation is biased towards a […]

Why I Will Still (Reluctantly) Vote for Trump

Posted by on October 16, 2016 at 11:26 pm

“[W]e do not have the choice to vote for [some] ideal candidate but only for the real ones that are on the ticket. In an ideal world this would not happen, but we do not live in an ideal world…. [W]e can only choose the best one available, not the best one conceivable. And as […]

Truth and Compassion: A Christian Response to Transgenderism

Posted by on October 9, 2016 at 11:40 pm

“The legal/cultural battle over whether biological males who have a female gender identity (or vice versa) can use the public bathroom, spa facility, or school showers reserved for the opposite sex is consuming the attention of the national media and the national conscience. Christians find themselves caught in an awkward situation, facing another obstacle they […]

A Symphonic Approach to Reality

Posted by on October 2, 2016 at 7:10 pm

“Is a scientific analysis in terms of light waves more ultimate than a human being’s perception of a red apple?… No, neither one is more ultimate. Reality has many levels, and human beings have many legitimate perspectives.”  — Dr. Vern Poythress As you may recall, I blogged on an excerpt from Vern Poythress’ book, Redeeming […]

Would God Communicate Through a Book?

Posted by on September 18, 2016 at 7:54 pm

“He is there, and He is not silent.”  — Francis Schaeffer This should sound familiar to some of you…. Sometimes, skeptics of Christianity or of “revealed truth” more generally will throw out various claims about the Bible or about what (they think) God would/should/could do, in an attempt to undermine Christians’ faith in what we […]

Sola Scriptura: What It Is and Isn’t

Posted by on September 11, 2016 at 10:25 pm

“[T]he Bible alone is the written Word of God, and as such is the only infallible, definitive standard in matters of controversy in the church.”  — Robert M. Bowman, Jr., Orthodoxy and Heresy If you are a Christian (and maybe if you aren’t), you have probably heard of the term sola scriptura. It is one […]

How to Defeat Terrorism

Posted by on August 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm

“If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”  — Sun Tzu One of the biggest issues in national security today is what to do — what can be done? — about the rise in terrorism. Specifically, the terrorism that is perpetrated and supported by those who hold to a […]

Khizr Khan and Sharia Law

Posted by on August 7, 2016 at 8:53 pm

“We already have creeping Sharia law in this country.”  — Mark Levin, political commentator, author, and radio host By now, we’ve all heard Khizr Khan’s speech (or part of it) at the Democratic National Convention, including his critical comments directed at Donald Trump and his ideas about banning Muslim immigrants. Khan had every right to […]

Why I Don’t (Usually) Recommend the King James Version

Posted by on July 17, 2016 at 9:32 pm

“That languages change over time is one of the strongest arguments either for the revision of older Bible translations or for completely new translations.”  — Dr. James White, The King James Only Controversy I am sure that some who love the King James Version (KJV) will immediately be defensive. (Especially if they are KJV Onlyist, […]

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