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Three Books

I wanted to call this piece “Three Books on Racism” but it really isn’t. The books are about Marxism and social manipulation. Then again, calling it “Three Books on Marxism” would scare a lot of people away. And to some it would be misleading as the topic of...

Book Review: Fault Lines by Voddie Baucham

To say that there is division in the church on the question of critical race theory (aka CRT) is to understate in a way that only the British might appreciate. The division is deep. The division is serious. And the division shows few signs of abatement. What is at...

Christianity & Society

A Replacement Theory Mess

The question of “white replacement theory” is gaining some steam. First, let me say that the position held by the supremacists and separatists is an ugly position and is contrary to the teachings of Christ. It has no place in church life. The Christian has no business...

Ethics

A Time for Discussing Christian Ethics

Recent events involving legislation in New York and Virginia are part of our national conversation on the question of life and related matters. These are certainly not insignificant matters. In that light we will be entertaining a discussion group to look at these...

Crafts

The Novice Woodworker

Or, Getting out of the “Not Really Good Enough” Rut I have been at it about 6 years now. As a hobby it can be rewarding. It is always satisfying to see a quality piece finished for home, family, or friends. You know the sensation. It is more than just a feeling. It...

Making Utility Look Good

This week's woodworking project: Canning shelves. 2x4 (inexpensive white lumber) posts were first cut square. Then the width was face-jointed, followed by adding a shaped corner with the router. The dados allowed a shelf to be held up without the need for extra...

Theology

Why Biblical Theology is Not Enough

It seems like it has been around forever -- the idea of just studying the Bible and letting things fall into place. It is how most Bible study groups behave. It allows for an inclusiveness that transcends denominational and theological barriers. That's a good thing,...

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Events

Events

I plan on being at the EMNR conference 2017. "Apologetics: Handmaiden to Evangelism and Discipleship" At the New Hope Community Church in Palatine, IL on April 28-29, 2017.  See you there!

Apologetics

Stephen Law’s Empirical Apologetic for Atheism

The question of morality, of good and evil, is an artifact that fits better with the providential existence of God. The question of pain and pleasure, of being red in tooth and claw, fits better with naturalistic materialism. The skeptic borrows the language of the Christian to the detriment of his argument.

Education

Recommended Reading List

Recommended Reading List

There are books and there are books.  For the Christian who wishes to understand the world around him/her it is important to get a handle on both the history and the philosophy of the past that has contributed to where we are at. Then the Christian can respond to the...

Ministry

Acts 19 Evangelism

While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the interior and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” “No,” they answered, “we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”...

Factions, Ignorance, and Issues

It’s easy to blame revivalism and the “Second Great Awakening” for many of the problems in evangelical and even fundamental Christianity. The movements took us into anti-intellectualism and radical individualism. They turned us into something other than confessional...

Politics

The Trump Years, a Review

To say that the last four years have been interesting is the greatest of understatements. President Trump has done things that no other president could or would do. Some of the things he did no other President would want to do. But whatever your opinion these have...

Science

The Systematic, Evangelical Mind

This is standard for all orthodoxies. No naturalismist constructs an apologetic for YEC, OEC, or TE. They just don’t. These are called “belief systems.” It seems silly to have to say that, but it seems Mr. Enns missed something really basic.

Essay

Our Libertarian Problem

“Cogito ergo sum,” or “I think, therefore I am” finds the identification of self in one’s ability to think. This is more than just a philosophical speculation. It represents the independence of the individual apart from creation and apart from dominant ecclesiastical and governing authorities. You became free because your mind was free.