Why Youth Stay in Church When They Grow Up – This is worth reading. The three main points are these. 1) They are converted. 2) They have been equipped, not entertained. 3) Their parents preached the gospel to them.

What the New Atheists Don’t See – “The British parliament’s first avowedly atheist member, Charles Bradlaugh, would stride into public meetings in the 1880s, take out his pocket watch, and challenge God to strike him dead in 60 seconds. God bided his time, but got Bradlaugh in the end. A slightly later atheist, Bertrand Russell, was once asked what he would do if it proved that he was mistaken and if he met his maker in the hereafter. He would demand to know, Russell replied with all the high-pitched fervor of his pedantry, why God had not made the evidence of his existence plainer and more irrefutable. And Jean-Paul Sartre came up with a memorable line: “God doesn’t exist—the bastard!””

Male sexuality and marriage-onlyism — or, actually… – “Anyone thinking the ‘male sexuality’ battle is over & done, we still have a long way to go. Marriage-onlyism, even when delivered with trendy clothes & a cool haircut, is still merely the oppression of men. My heart aches to see younger men grow up free from this teaching, so they don’t have to doubt their sexual gifting, their equality in the Body of Christ, or their equality within society.” You must read the whole article (it’s not long!) for that to quote to really mean what it ought.

It Only Takes One Generation for a Church to Die – It’s important that we not take our churches for granted. This is why.

The Real Issue

August 18, 2011 — Leave a comment

I spend a bit of time on the Christian Apologetics Alliance Facebook page. It’s a place for people to discuss Christianity and apologetics. Overall it’s a good experience. I’m surrounded by a bunch of people sharper than I am (as if that were a high ladder to climb), as well as some thoughtful atheists and skeptics. One of the challenges, though, in posting there is trying to discern if someone asking a question is really asking a question, seeking dialogue, or actually trying to refute some element of Christianity—or, if the poster is merely a troll that thinks Christians are Jerry Springer (does he still have a show) guests that are amusement and fun for the mocking. I’m near convinced that trolls like that make up the majority of posters when it comes to all things religion. Whilst the thoughtful skeptic is a breath of fresh aid, the norm is not such as this. Continue Reading…

Was Adam Saved?

August 15, 2011 — 2 Comments

I saw asked a question I don’t think a lot of people have considered. The question is, “Was Adam saved?” Because it was a private forum and I don’t have permission to post some of the thoughts posted there, let me summarize and say that opinions varied. Greatly. But let me relay my position for your consideration.

Was Adam saved? Yes.

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Thankfully not everyone has the consistency of Ted Bundy: “Then I learned that all moral judgments are “value judgments,” that all value judgments are subjective, and that none can be proved to be either “right” or “wrong.” I even read somewhere that the Chief justice of the United States had written that the American Constitution expressed nothing more than collective value judgments. Believe it or not…”

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