Charlottesville (Part 3): The Fallout Over This Past Week…I give up

For most of today, while my son was at school, I worked on writing this “Part 3” of my thoughts related to the Charlottesville tragedy last week. But then, after watching the news tonight, I decided I wasn’t going to use anything I had written. Here’s why. We Don’t Want Healing It occurred to me…

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Charlottesville, Racism, and Politics (Part 2): Institution, Privilege, and Supremacy

In my previous post, I focused on what I felt was the biggest obstacle we face in this country when it comes to addressing our current racial divisions (not to mention other contentious social issues): we’ve made partisan politics our religion, and we are so intent on defending out ideological turf, that we absolutely refuse…

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Charlottesville, Racism, and Politics (Part 1): What Are We Doing Wrong?

Eight years ago, I started my first blog back when I was still teaching Worldview at my former school. You could have called me either fearless or naïve, but fairly regularly wrote posts on contemporary social issues that were deemed controversial. I thought that if Christians were open and honest with each other, regardless of…

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The Genre, Historical Context, and Purpose of Genesis 1-11

***I am starting to develop what will hopefully eventually become some webinar courses later this fall. I want to offer inexpensive “courses” on various books of the Bible that will help anyone who hasn’t gone to graduate school for Biblical Studies, and who finds so much of the Bible rather daunting or hard to truly…

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Early Christian Writings: The Didache–Circa Late First Century AD (Chapter 5-16)

The Didache is one of the earliest Christian writings after the Apostolic period (i.e. the first century) that we possess, and it gives us a glimpse into early Christianity–what was emphasized and taught–immediately after the Apostolic period came to a close. To read the first four chapters of the Didache, click here. Here, in chapters…

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Early Christian Writings: The Didache–Circa Late First Century AD (Chapters 1-4)

For the next few posts, I am going to share a more “reader-friendly” version of The Didache. It is one of the earliest Christian writings after the Apostolic period (i.e. the first century) that we possess, and it therefore gives us a glimpse into early Christianity–what was emphasized and taught–immediately after the Apostolic period came…

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The Writings of the Early Church: The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus (Part 3: Chapters 11-12)

To read chapters 1-5, click here. To read chapters 6-10, click here. Chapter 11: These Things are Worthy to be Known and Believed Just so you know, I’m not speaking about anything I don’t know about. I’m no stranger to these things, and nothing I’m speaking about is inconsistent with proper reason. I have been…

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The Writings of the Early Church: The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus (Part 2: Chapters 6-10)

For Part 1, check here. Chapter 6: The Revelation of Christians to the World If I were to sum up all this in one word, I’d say that the Christians are to the world what the soul is to the body. Just as the soul of a person is dispersed throughout all the members of…

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The Writings of the Early Church: The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus (130 AD) (Part 1: Chapters 1-5)

***Chances are, if you ever have tried to read the writings of the early Church Fathers, you have found them to be quite difficult to understand. Even the English translations are not exactly the easiest to read. Therefore, more out of a desire to understand these writings better myself, over the next year or so,…

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In the End, Only Two Things are Certain: Death, and the Ark Encounter’s Attempt to Avoid Taxes

As anyone who reads my blog knows, I’ve written quite a bit about Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis over the past two years. My focus, though, has always been specifically on what he and AiG teaches, and how it does not reflect good biblical exegesis or good science, and how the claims of AiG…

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