Juvenile Christianity – Christianity Today

                An article to make one think about the state of our maturity in the Church. Here's my favorite part: ...instead of naively thinking we can eliminate juvenilization, we should instead work to tame it by helping local congregations build an intergenerational way of life that fosters spiritual maturity. Pastors and youth leaders can begin by teaching what the Bible says about spiritual maturity, with a special … [Read more...]

The Christianity I Dont Believe In

  Earlier I wrote a post indicating the Christianity I believe in – here now is a discussion of what I DON’T believe.  The point of this exercise is to help me think things through, as well as help clarify for those with struggles on debatable points, and also for those who love to pin these type of beliefs on us Christians, the Truth notwithstanding. Santa Claus God God is the Prime Mover; the Creator; the source of all Logic and Reason and Purpose (logos) and … [Read more...]

The Christianity I Believe In

I find that a lot of people argue against, or are dismayed with what they think Christianity is.  They assume that all Believers believe thes things, and lump us all in a group and attack that group.  Often, they pin a belief on us that they 'think' we believe, and argue against that.  Yes - this is basic 'straw man' arguing. It's kind of annoying to be expected to 'defend' something I don't believe.  It's also annoying to see other Christian's proclaim, yet be unable to defend those beliefs … [Read more...]

Polemics and the Abortion Debate

  Evangelical Oupost has a great article on the use of language and its sometimes passive/aggressive nature, as displayed in the abortion debate. Read it here They highlight the use of Euphemism, Ambiguity, Emotional Appeal, and Appeal to Authority Excellent reading for general study of polemics, as well as insight into the abortion debate Grace and peace Mike … [Read more...]

Peter Singers Defense of Infanticide

Scott Klusendorf, defender of all life, has a great summary of the horror ethics of Princeton Ethicist Peter Singer. Here's an example of what passes for Ethics at a great American Institution: “Human babies are not born self-aware, or capable of grasping that they exist over time. They are not persons”; therefore, “the life of a newborn is of less value than the life of a pig, a dog, or a chimpanzee.” These are the times I am glad I studied apologetics and … [Read more...]

Dr Craig At His Best

Some call it the humiliation of Dr Peter Atkins, but I'm just not comfortable with those words.  However, he does show how an Apologist can and should be knowledgeable, respectful, and aggressive in the defense of the Faith. Watch this and enjoy and learn both some realities about science, and how to conduct a discussion... Grace and Peace to you Mike … [Read more...]

Harry Potter and Sacraments

Is the world represented by Harry Potter developed from Christian roots?  David Nielson at The Evangelical Outpost desribes some 'history' in his post   Evangelicals And The Sacramental World Of Harry Potter There's an odd thought.  Here's the authors main point:  As long as we remember that we cannot actually do “magic” (even in a sacramentalized form), then we are free to appreciate the magical symbolism for the deep Christian … [Read more...]

Christianity and the Brain

A great website True Free Thinker has a wonderful post that explores our favorite militant atheist on their pursuit proving that people of faith are 'insane'.   “The Neural Correlates of Religious and Nonreligious Belief” – Sam Harris’ Neuroscientific Escapades Pretty deep, cool stuff.  Here's an example... In Sam Harris we are dealing with a person who has admitted that he did not get into the field of science in order to perform the ideal … [Read more...]

Do We Need A Darker Christmas

    The Evangelical Outpost has a different take for us to consider - that Christmas shouldn't be all happy and sweet!? We Need a Darker Christmas is a little thought provoking... We needn’t dwell on the darkness, but we need to recognize that we live in the midst of darkness, for it’s only the people who walked in darkness who have seen a great light.  Only then can we distinguish the true light of Christ from the cheap thrill of a string of lightbulbs, and … [Read more...]

Apologists in the Church

  One of my profs at Biola has a blog, and has an excellent post entitled An Apologist In Every Church. Ephesians 4:11-16: And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, … [Read more...]