Are Apostles and Prophets For Today?

Apologetics and Theology

“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers.” (Ephesians 4:11 NIV) Apostles and prophets are mentioned numerous times in the […]

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Apologetics of Love

Love

It is always a fair question to ask: Why Christianity?  Why choose to be a Christian rather than adopt any other worldview?  I can see a number of good reasons but there is one that […]

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Fruit Inspector

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck […]

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Stand to Reason

If you are looking for quality apologetics resources, I would encourage you to check out Stand to Reason.  This is the ministry run by Greg Koukl.  There is much about Greg’s style that I like. […]

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Tim Keller on Creation and Evolution

What is a Christian to do with the whole creation/evolution debate?  Do we clutch our Bibles with one hand and try to protect our ears from the claims of science with the other hand?  This […]

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Faithful Thinkers

I would like to continue and point you to good quality apologetics blogs.  This time I would like to send you to Faithful Thinkers by Luke Nix.  Check out his blog and make sure to […]

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History of Philosophy Podcast

Apologetics and Theology

I am currently listening to the History of Philosophy podcast by Peter Adamson from King’s College London.  You can find this on iTunes here.

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John the Baptist

John the Baptist

“But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those […]

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Fallacy Friday

I do not think I am mistaken in recommending a podcast called Fallacy Friday.  It is a short podcast by Matthew Flannagan on logic and critical thinking in cooperation with www.apologetics315.com.  You can find Fallacy […]

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Herod the Great

Herod

“Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I […]

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The Magi

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of […]

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Matthew’s Genealogy

Matthew

One of the projects I am working on is an apologetic commentary on the Gospel of Matthew.  I am going to start it as a series of posts and then collect them as a book. […]

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Jesus, Socrates and Alexander the Great

Apologetics and Theology

In a recent discussion in the comments section of one of my blog posts, a person who doubts the historicity of Jesus suggested that an appropriate comparison of ancient figures would be that with Socrates, […]

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How to Do Apologetics

Apologetics and Theology

I have been having some interesting conversations with some fellow apologists connected with the Christian Apologetics Alliance.  A question was asked about where we need work in apologetics.  My burden is that we get back […]

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Why I Believe in the Resurrection

Is believing in the resurrection of Jesus reasonable? Since we have just come out of Easter, I thought I would share why I believe in the resurrection of Jesus.  These are not “proofs.”  If you […]

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Six Surprises of Easter

Easter

Introduction Some surprises are good and some are bad.  I remember some bad ones.  I remember biting into what I thought was a chocolate donut and finding out it was a pumpernickel bagel or what […]

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Jesus as the Solar Messiah

Much of my research is in the area of the Jesus myth theory.  Part of this theory is that Jesus was created as another solar messiah or god along the lines of Helios, Apollo and […]

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Destruction of the Alexandrian Library

In my reading, I have encountered claims that the the great library at Alexandria was destroyed by Christians to prevent people from discovering the pagan origins of Christianity.  There is a problem with this.  You […]

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What is Heresy?

Heresy

There seems to be quite a bit of labeling of people as heretics in recent years.  It is easy to discount people with a label, but have people really thought through what this means?  The […]

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Are YHWH and Allah the Same God?

Apologetics and Theology

What should people do with questions of the relation of the God of the Bible and the God of the Qur’an?  Are YHWH and Allah the same God?  This is a hard question to answer. […]

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Words for Apologists

I was preparing for my message on Sunday and was going over this passage: “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right […]

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When It’s Wrong to Be Right: Conversion

One of the things that some people do not like about conservative Christianity is the focus on converting people who are not Christians.  The attractive thing about liberal Christianity is that it can focus on […]

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Hope’s Reason: Volume One

The first volume of Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics is now complete.  You can find the entire issue here.  I really like how it turned out.  There are articles on Islam, teleology, resurrection, presuppositional […]

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When It’s Wrong to Be Right: Other Religions

One of the problems with conservative Christians is that they are intolerant of other religions.  The religious right insists that their beliefs are correct and all the other religions are wrong.  In our pluralistic society, […]

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The Republic

Apologetics and Theology

One of the most important works in philosophy is Plato’s Republic.  It should be read by anyone interested in philosophy.  To aid in your study of Plato, you can get the Republic as a podcast. […]

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Mary and Pagan Virgin Mothers

Mary

Very often, skeptics claim that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is just another version of other pagan virgin mothers such as Isis.  I have done some work to demonstrate that often these pagan mothers are […]

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Following the Star

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of […]

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Empty Tomb Review

Apologetics and Theology

Mike Licona reviews Daniel A. Smith’s Revisiting the Empty Tomb: The Early History of Easter in the Review of Biblical Literature.  You can read the review here.

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Justin Martyr

Apologetics and Theology

I just finished the writings of Justin Martyr.  Justin is known as being on of the first apologists.  I thought I would share a few thoughts about his work.  First of all, as important as […]

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Is Jesus God?

Apologetics and Theology

This is a controversial question.  But here is something to keep in mind.  Here are a couple of verses from Revelation.  The verses are from the same book and so we cannot be accused of […]

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Fabricating Jesus

Fabricating Jesus

One of the best Jesus books that I have read in the last couple of years is Craig Evans’ Fabricating Jesus, where he deals with some of the recent radical theories regarding Jesus.  Here is […]

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Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Holy Spirit

Jehovah's Witnesses

In the Oct. 1 2010 issue of the Watchtower there is an article entitled “What is the Holy Spirit?”  One of the main purposes of this article is to demonstrate that the Spirit is not […]

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Raymond Brown on the Testimonium Flavianum

One of the top New Testament scholars of recent years has been the late Raymond Brown.  I like what Brown says about Josephus’ witness of Jesus in his Death of the Messiah vol. 1 on […]

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Five Hundred Witnesses

Apologetics and Theology

One of the most important passages for demonstrating the resurrection of Jesus is the first part of 1 Corinthians 15.  There is one part of this that some people have questioned: Then he appeared to […]

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What We Can Learn From Tom Harpur

As many people know, I have some serious disagreements with Tom Harpur.  However, it is easy to get so caught up in how much we disagree that we neglect to take the opportunity to learn. […]

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Praying to Jesus

Apologetics and Theology

Should we pray to Jesus or should we only pray to the Father?  Certain groups, including Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that we should pray to God in the name of Jesus but should never pray to […]

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Is Christianity True? E-Book

Christianity

Brian Auten over at Apologetics315 has put together an essay series called Is Christianity True? together into a free e-book.  It includes and essay that I wrote looking at the uniqueness of Christianity among the […]

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Clay Jones on the Jesus Myth Theory

Clay Jones on his blog recently addressed the Jesus myth, which argues that Jesus never existed and that the story was based on pagan myths.  Since that is of interest to me, I thought I […]

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Case For the Trinity

Apologetics and Theology

The AnsweringIslam web-site has a nice article on the development of the doctrine of the Trinity by K. Dayton Hartman.  While the web-site is aimed as responding to Muslims, this article is useful for anyone […]

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Review of the Theology of John’s Gospels and Letters

Apologetics and Theology

My review of Andreas Kostenberger’s Theology of John’s Gospels and Letters is now up at the Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism. You can find the review here.

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Is Christianity True? Podcast

Christianity

A while back, Brian Auten and Apologetics 315 sponsored a series entitled Is Christianity True? I participated in this series with an essay on a comparison of Christianity with other ancient religions.  This series has […]

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Surprised By Hope

N.T. Wright‘s Surprised By Hope is one of the best books that I have read in a long time.  I had read his Resurrection of the Son of God, which is much more scholarly, but […]

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Bible and Archaeology

Apologetics and Theology

I enjoyed this article from Time about Bible and Archaeology.  Most conservative Christians would love to see archaeology prove every verse of the Bible to be true.  Many skeptics would love to see archaeology disprove […]

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Why Doesn’t God Do Something?

We just had a Bible study at church that led to a common conversation: There is so much suffering in the world, so why doesn’t God do something?  This is a frequent criticism of Christianity. […]

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The Devil’s Delusion

I recently finished David Berlinski’s The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions. This is not your typical evangelical Christian response to the new atheism.  David Berlinski is a secular Jew who writes as a […]

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Apologetic Value of N.T. Wright

I happen to quite like the work of N.T. Wright and even considered at one point looking at the work of N.T. Wright as the subject of my doctoral dissertation.  I find his work inspiring […]

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Mormons and the Blessing of Families

Apologetics and Theology

Mormons stress the importance of families as seen in their comments about the Gospel That Blesses Families.  This is one of the areas in which Mormons are strong.  Even if people have theological questions about […]

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Mormons and the Heavenly Father

Mormons

Mormons proclaim that God is your loving Heavenly Father.  No Christian would disagree with that statement.  While there is something suspicious with the reasoning that God is Father because he is father of our spirits, […]

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The Bacchae

I just finished reading Euripides play The Bacchae.  This is a very important ancient writing as it is one of our best texts for understanding the Dionysus cult.  This is of importance to me as […]

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Reasonable Faith

Reasonable Faith

I recently started listening the Reasonable Faith podcasts by William Lane Craig.  I found them quite enjoyable and helpful.  They are mix of answers to questions sent in and portions of debates with background on […]

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Audio Course on Islam

Islam is becoming a religion that people need to know about.  Muslims are not people from a far and distant land but likely your friends and neighbours.  There are some pretty bad resources out there […]

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When Athens Met Jerusalem

It is important for Christians to understand our Jewish heritage.  It is equally important for us to understand our Greek heritage. There is a reason why the New Testament was written in Greek.  Even Judaism […]

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New Testament and Mythology

New Testament and Mythology

I have been meaning to read something by Rudolf Bultmann for some time and I finally got around to reading a collection of his essays entitled New Testament and Mythology.  I have encountered a number […]

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Knowing Christ Today – Review

Apologetics and Theology

Some time back I gave a short review of Dallas Willard’s Knowing Christ Today.  You can read my full review in the McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry here.

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What is Ancient Judaism?

Most of us take the phrase “Judaism” for granted, even in its ancient setting.  Josephus scholar Steve Mason had a very interesting article on what the word “Judaism” really means in the latest issue of […]

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nuChristian

A few months ago, I read an interesting book called unChristian written by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons. It dealt with the perceptions that people outside the church felt toward the church and Christianity. It […]

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Wright and Dunn on the New Perspective

I must confess that I have not taken a position on the new perspective on Paul.  I think that there are some important correctives raised by the new perspective scholars but I am not yet […]

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Is Open Theism a Heresy?

Apologetics and Theology

I was recently listening to an audio course on apologetics that made the brief comment that open theism is a modern heresy.  What is open theism?  Open theism is an attempt to remove Greek philosophical […]

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Who is the Father of Jesus Christ?

Let me put my cards on the table: I believe Jesus to be the Son of God and that his human father was Joseph, the husband of Mary.  Why do I believe that Jesus is […]

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Why Do I Believe in the Virgin Birth?

There has been quite a conversation about the virgin birth on my post comparing the virgin birth of Laozi and I thought it was time to take it to a new post.  I would like […]

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Portable Seminary

I recently read a book called the Portable Seminary: A Master’s Level Overview in One Volume.  The idea is that it covers all of the topics that could come up in seminary.  Of course the […]

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Mystery Religions

Apologetics and Theology

Samuel Angus’ Mystery Religions is an older but still interesting book on ancient mystery religions.  One of the things that I like about this book is that it does not just describe the religions but […]

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Knowing Christ Today

Apologetics and Theology

I just finished reading an excellent book: Dallas Willard’s Knowing Christ Today.  Willard is an incredible writer and thinker.  He brings philosophy, theology and biblical studies to bear on relevant issues and leaves the reader […]

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Did Jesus Exist?

Among Christians, it is common to think of a trilemma in regards to the identity of Jesus. In part inspired by C.S. Lewis, the trilemma suggests that there are three options for the identity of […]

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Christology of Early Jewish Christianity

My New Testament professor at McMaster Divinity College during my M.Div. days and one of my readers for my M.Th. thesis was a scholar named Richard Longenecker.  He was a great teacher and I can […]

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Top Ten Problems With the Jesus Myth Theory

Jesus Myth

As I sit here watching the documentary on Tom Harpur’s Pagan Christ, I find myself reminded of all the problems that I see in the Jesus myth theory.  I will share my top ten problems […]

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Meri, Mary and the Mother of the Saviour

A recent comment on this blog asked about the Egyptian Meri as a name for Isis as a connection to Mary the mother of Jesus.  If you Google Meri and Mary you will find dozens […]

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Laozi, Jesus and the Virgin Birth

One of the most common arguments of the Jesus myth hypothesis is that the virgin birth of Jesus in the Gospels is just another version of the many virgin births in other religions.  When one […]

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The Late Dating of the Gospels

I have been listening to a podcast by York University professor Philip Harland and have been enjoying it.  I disagree with about 25% of what he says but there are enough good insights for it […]

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Misquoting Truth

I recently finished reading Timothy Paul Jones’ Misquoting Truth: A Guide to the Fallacies of Bart Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus.  Despite the title, it is in fact a response to both Misquoting Jesus and Lost Christianities.  […]

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Yahweh vs Allah

Allah

I found a great mp3 on the different conceptions of God in Christianity and Islam including a look at the unity and Trinity of God.  You can find it here.  The lecture is by Andy […]

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Misquoting Jesus

I recently read Bart Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why.  In some ways, Ehrman should be commended for this book.  He took what is to many people the very […]

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The Quest of the Historical Jesus

I finally got around to reading book I have been interested in for some time: The Quest of the Historical Jesus by Albert Schweitzer.  Schweitzer (1875-1965) was an incredible individual with doctorates in theology, medicine […]

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Bart Ehrman and N.T. Wright on Suffering

Suffering

The Beliefnet web-site has a very interesting “blogalogue” between Bart Ehrman and N.T. Wright on the issue of suffering.  Both are respected biblical scholars but Ehrman is a former evangelical who has left the faith […]

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Is Jesus the Archangel Michael?

One of the distinctives of the Jehovah’s Witnesses is their belief that Jesus is not God but is rather the archangel Michael.  They derive this from the following passage. “For the Lord himself, with a […]

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Bocking at the Jesus Seminar

The web-site www.bethinking.org has a great lecture by Darrell Bock on the Jesus Seminar.  I enjoy Darrell’s work and I read his blog regularly.  Dr. Bock teaches New Testament at a conservative seminary (Dallas Theological […]

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Why the Trinity Makes Sense

Groups such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses sometimes point out that the Trinity is never mentioned in the Bible and yet traditional Christianity uses the Trinity as one of its major tests of orthodoxy.  Could the […]

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Divinity By Decree: Part Two

Did Jesus receive his divinity by a vote at the Council of Nicaea?  In part one of this discussion, we looked at Jewish monotheism and saw that there was some flexibility within that monotheism that […]

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The Bible and Pagan Holidays

The subject of holidays with pagan origins came up recently in our discussion on Jehovah’s Witnesses.  I mentioned that I consider this a “Samaritan” issue, that is a nonessential.  However, I would like to pursue […]

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Virgin Birth

Apologetics and Theology

How much of the Gospel accounts about Jesus are historical?  What actually happened in Jesus’ life and what was the invention of the Gospel writers?  E.P. Sanders says in his book The Historical Figure of Jesus, […]

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Testamonium Flavianum

When we look for the evidence of the historical Jesus, we must spend time dealing with the first century Jewish historian Josephus.  Josephus wrote a number of books including one called the Antiquities of the […]

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Josephus, John the Baptist and the Historical Jesus

Josephus

The idea that Jesus was not a historical figure stubbornly remains in some areas.  Is there truly any historical evidence for Jesus?  There most definitely is.  Some of the best non-biblical evidence comes from the […]

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Gospel of Judas

Gospel of Judas

My co-author on Unmasking the Pagan Christ, Stan Porter, was recently on the Drew Marshall Show, a Christian radio talk show.  Stan co-wrote a book on the Gospel of Judas with the church history professor […]

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The Muslim Jesus

Muslim Jesus

There seems to be no lack of Jesus movies but a new one has come out that should capture some attention. It is called the Messiah and it was made by Iranian filmmaker Nader Talebzadeh. […]

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The Jesus Myth

One of my interests is the claim that Jesus was not a historical figure but rather just another myth.  Despite my interest, I must confess a certain level of frustration.  In many ways it is a […]

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What is a Cult?

It was commented that my use of the category ‘cult’ for Christian Science is not the most helpful for dialogue.  I must confess that in the past I have been uncomfortable with that term as […]

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Divinity By Decree: Part One

One of the things that I have encountered from time to time is the claim that Jesus received his divinity by vote at the Council of Nicaea (325 AD).  For many Christians it seems preposterous […]

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Christian Science is Not Christian

Christian Science

We are very fortunate in our area to have a very high quality Christian radio station called Life 100.3.  I enjoy the station but I was shocked this morning.  At the end of their news […]

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Paul and the Historical Jesus

One of the things that I get frustrated with is the claim that the Apostle Paul never spoke of the historical Jesus.  If this is true, it leaves wide open the claim that the early […]

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Apologetics and the Emerging Church

Apologetics and Theology

As part of my studies with the Arrow Leadership Program, I am doing some reading on the emerging church, specifically the book, Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Community in Postmodern Cultures by Eddie Gibbs and Ryan […]

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