October 2013

Halloween Movie Picks

October 30, 2013
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Fifteen of my favorite Halloween movies (in no particular order):

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Free Book: The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails

October 30, 2013
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I don’t generally recommend books I haven’t read, but in this case I’m happy to make an exception. Randal Rauser’s writing is always thought-provoking, relevant and worthwhile — and given today’s special, it’s now eminently affordable! Today only (Wednesday, October 30), the e-version of Rauser’s book The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver and Other Apologetic […]

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Community and Individuality in the Body of Christ

October 28, 2013
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It’s easy to point out divisions within Christianity, to criticize those who we think are wrong, to bemoan the lack of unity within the Church and to focus on the divisive disagreements that define our discussions. But it’s important to remember that, despite our constant bickering, we do have something in common and that, like […]

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Holy Hotlines

October 21, 2013
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This lovely meme crossed my path today. I was going to print it out and hang it on my refrigerator next to the magnet with the plumber’s name and number, but instead I thought I’d share it here. Despite my issues with the presentation and substance of this meme, I want to make it clear […]

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A Brief Response to Anti-Charismatics

October 19, 2013
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John MacArthur’s Strange Fire conference wrapped up yesterday. This three-day conference centered around the work of the Holy Spirit — or more accurately the lack of the work of the Holy Spirit. MacArthur is a hard cessationist when it comes to the charismata, believing that miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit such as speaking in […]

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The AFA and the KKK

October 16, 2013
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The American Family Association (AFA) is in a tizzy because the U.S. Army listed them as a hate group in a training presentation. The Army identified the AFA as a hate group based on information from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Heroes & Pirates

October 14, 2013
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The above post came across my Facebook news feed this weekend. Captain Phillips is a film based on the true story of the 2009 hijacking of an American ship by Somali pirates. I haven’t seen it so I can’t comment on its overall quality or the performance of Mr. Hanks — but I am familiar […]

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Abraham, Isaac and the Search for Truth

October 8, 2013
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The story of the binding of Isaac in Genesis 22 offers fertile ground for theological reflection. It is a tale that is simultaneously reassuring and disconcerting, straightforward and complex, pragmatic and melodramatic. These divergent challenges are a crucial part of its enduring relevance to Christians, Jews and Muslims. It’s a story that defies reductive interpretation […]

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Review: What on Earth Do We Know about Heaven? by Randal Rauser

October 4, 2013
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If you pick up Randal Rauser’s book “What on Earth Do We Know about Heaven?” expecting a scintillating first-hand account of Rauser’s near-death experience and his subsequent journey into the afterlife you’ll be greatly disappointed. Instead of serving up an epic tale of post-mortem exploits, Rauser, a prolific blogger and self-described “progressive evangelical,” offers thoughtful […]

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