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Berding’s Burden: Promoting Bible Revival

(Last updated on 15 June 2014) Berding, Kenneth. Bible Revival: Recommitting Ourselves To One Book. Wooster, OH: Weaver Book Company, 2013. 121 pages, paperback. ISBN 978-0-9891671-3-0. Correcting deficiencies of the contemporary church has been the focus of a number of … Continue reading

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True Reason: Worth Thinking Your Way Through

(Last updated on 14 April 2014) Gilson, Tom, and Carson Weitnauer, editors. True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, 2013. ISBN 978-0-8254-4338-1. Abridged versions of this review may be found on Amazon and Goodreads. … Continue reading

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Visit Prompts Letter: Baptist Edition

Not long ago, lack of reliable funding for automobile fuel had me visiting some churches a little closer to home than the one of which I’m officially a member. It also had me wishing that active involvement in a local … Continue reading

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Prophet on the Run: Profitable Reading

(Last updated on 11 February 2014) Maoz, Baruch. Prophet on the Run: A Devotional Commentary on the Book of Jonah. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, 2013. ISBN 978-1936908-844. If you’re like me, you tend to avoid books labeled “devotional” because you’ve … Continue reading

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Noah’s Ark & Other Boats: Responding to a Craigslist Post

(Last updated on 5 July 2014) Re: abitwiser, “how the [expletive deleted] could Noah know with any” (posted 27 November 2013, accessed 28 November 2013), which rejects the Bible’s flood narrative based on the belief that other persons than Noah … Continue reading

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Clear, Sufficient Scripture or Rachel Held Evans: Choose One

(Last updated on 10 July 2014) A couple of my Facebook acquaintances seem to share most of what a certain Christian feminist/egalitarian (she self-identifies as both), Rachel Held Evans (hereafter, RHE), posts to her blog. (That’s what I get for … Continue reading

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Petty’s Little Black Book of Compromise: Science and God

(Last updated on 4 February 2015) [jp-rss-feed]Petty, Scott. Science and God. Little Black Books. Kingsford, Australia: Matthias Media, 2011. Paperback. 108 pages. ISBN 978-1-921896-19-4. Rating on 5-star scale: 2 stars.Promoters identify Science and God as intended for Christian youth between … Continue reading

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Creation Conference 2013: Why Carp Parts and Bahnsen Matter

(Last updated on 5 July 2014) Creation Conference 2013: Why Origins Matter, also promoted as an Answers in Genesis “Answers Conference” and an Institute for Creation Research event, Monday 28 January 2013 and Tuesday 29 January 2013, hosted by Southern … Continue reading

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Intermittent Yahoo! Groups Dialog with Mormons Continues

(Last updated on 5 July 2014) I’ve made a new post to the evangelicals-Mormons discussion group. Find the original, complete with any typos I’ve corrected below (but without added links), here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/evangelicals_and_lds/message/3815. Sorry for the long delay in responding. Though … Continue reading

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Do Zombies Matter? Uh, Not So Much.

(Last updated on 5 July 2014) In his Moore to the Point blog, Russell D. Moore suggests an analogy between currently popular zombies and spiritually dead humankind in general: http://www.russellmoore.com/2012/10/31/why-zombies-matter/. Though I find this analogy superficially appealing, closer reflection suggests … Continue reading

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To See Scripture’s Plain Meaning Requires A PIOUS Eye

(Last updated on 16 January 2013) Do Christians disagree in their interpretations of Scripture because Scripture is unclear, perhaps because spiritual truths transcend human language and so cannot be perfectly captured in words? Though many today would answer, “yes,” Samuel … Continue reading

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If It’s Nonsense, It’s (Still) Not Pious

(Last updated on 5 July 2014) Ronald H. Nash emphasizes the nature of the Christian God as one who can be known and who communicates verbally with persons he has specially created with an ability to understand such communications. Rationality … Continue reading

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Pious Ranking of Information Sources

(Last updated on 10 July 2014) Tim Chaffey and Jason Lisle explain how and why Scripture must take precedence over (theories about) nature in Christian scientific work.…since the Bible has never been wrong about anything, and since it is the … Continue reading

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