Living in Grace Land

Romans 6:1-14 Introduction I believe that there is one question that is essential for all of us to ask: So what?  You say you love your children?  So, what does that look like in reality?  […]

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The Original Jesus

I am a big believer in focusing apologetics on the person of Jesus and not getting distracted by nonessentials.  The challenge is to have good resources in getting the truth of Jesus across to people. […]

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Two Men and a Sin Baby

Romans 5:12-21 Introduction Why do things happen to us?  Why do we experience some good things and some bad things?  In our society, we pride ourselves in personal autonomy.  We want to believe that things […]

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Robert Cara on the Gospels

I recently listened to the audio course on the Gospels by Robert Cara from Reformed Theological Seminary.  I thought it was a pretty good course.  I thought Cara was a little too critical of critical […]

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Peace and Joy

Romans 5:1-11 Introduction I like it when things make sense.  I enjoy it when things are logical and reasonable.  This is the challenge of being a parent.  Amanda and I look at some of the […]

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Michael Kruger on Canon

One of the most important areas for study is that of canon.  Why do we have the books in the New Testament that we do?  Who picked them?  Are they a late invention?  Most of […]

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God, Allah and Barack Obama

I have been in ongoing discussions with people about the identity of the God of Christians and the God of Muslims.  I argue that Christians and Muslims believe in the same God.  I must make […]

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Father Abraham

Romans 4 Introduction I find family resemblances to be very fascinating.  Physically, I do not look much like my dad.  However, I am now at the age that my dad was when I have some […]

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Chick-fil-A, Starbucks and Boycotting What We Disagree With

Sometime ago, Starbucks took a stand for same-sex marriage.  Many evangelical Christians were offended and called for a boycott of Starbucks.  Advocates of same-sex marriage saw this as intolerant and as an overreaction.  More recently, […]

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Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics Vol. 1 No. 1

Our first issue of Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics came out in 2010.  I am very excited about this journal.  There are some great articles by some talented apologists is this issue.  There are […]

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Now, the Good News

Romans 3:21-31 Introduction What do you want first?  The good news or the bad news?  Whenever I am asked that question, the answer is very easy.  I want the bad news first.  There are a […]

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Podcast Music

I hope that you have been listening to my podcast.  One of the things that I have wanted to add to it was some fun music to start it off.  Glenn Peoples was great enough […]

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Suffering, Protection and the Pre-Trib Rapture

There was an interesting conversation at our most recent class on Romans.  We were looking at a number of passages on suffering. “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance.” […]

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Tyndale’s Modular Program

Do you live in the Toronto area?  Do you work full time?  Do you wish you could study at the undergraduate level at a Christian university?  You may be interested in Tyndale University College’s modular […]

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Shades, Sex and the Gospel Coalition

The web is ablaze with comments on the blog post by Jared Wilson, who quotes Douglas Wilson, titled The Polluted Wayers of 50 Shades of Grey.  The controversial comments are: In other words, however we […]

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How to Share Your Faith Apologetically

I recently saw a question about apologetic related resources for a clear Gospel presentation.  My immediate reaction was: How do you have one Gospel presentation that fits everyone from the atheist to the Muslim to […]

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Columbia Evangelical Seminary

I often get asked about where someone should go to get apologetics training.  There are many options and thankfully the list is getting longer.  But the first thing I ask before giving an answer is […]

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Two Rules For Witnessing

A basic element of Christianity is sharing the Good News of what God has done in Jesus Christ.  But witnessing is not always done well, not just in effectiveness but in terms of ethics.  I […]

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Miroslav Volf on Jews, Muslims and the Trinity

The question of whether or not the God of the Christians and the God of the Muslims is the same is a controversial one.  For many Christians, the answer is quite easy.  Christians believe in […]

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Preaching a Stranger’s Funeral

I have done a number of funerals for people and families I did not know.  The Gospel Coalition provides a nice article giving tips on how to go about this.  You can read the article […]

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So, How Bad Are We?

Romans 3:9-20 Introduction So, how bad are we?  Now that is a dangerous question.  Do we really want to ask that?  Imagine putting yourself out there, taking a risk, and doing something outside your comfort […]

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Journal of the International Society of Christian Apologetics

The vol. 5, no. 1 2012 of the Journal of the International Society of Christian Apologetics has come out.  The issue includes the following articles: “A Short and Easie Method with Postmodernism” by John Warwick […]

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Faithfulness of God

Romans 3:1-8 Introduction Think about the people you know, your family and friends and acquaintances.  What are the virtues that you value and admire most?  There would be things like politeness and kindness and intelligence […]

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Imagine

Many years ago, John Lennon painted a picture of the beautiful world that would exist if there was no religion.  Now, decades later that dream continues for many people.  It is not difficult to find […]

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Registry of Homophobic Acts

I am proud to be a Canadian.  But I am not proud of everything that takes place in Canada.  I just read this story about a registry set up in Quebec, with government approval, to […]

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Unmasking Religion

Romans 2:17-29 Introduction How do people feel about religion?  My experience is that people are quick to dismiss “organized religion.”  They don’t mind faith in God or even spirituality but they hate organized religion.  There […]

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Inter-Religious Dialogue

“It is a fallacy to believe that argument has no place in inter-religious dialogue.  Argument, so long as it does not descend to the level of caricature and invective, is a form of respect towards […]

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The Problem With Judging

Romans 2:1-16 Introduction “Judge not, lest you also be judged.”  These are very well known words, even by people who do not know Jesus spoke them or that they are found in the Bible.  Well […]

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Hope for Hope, Reason for Reason

Over at my podcast, I made a short announcement about the future of Hope’s Reason Ministries.  You can have a listen here.  Basically, we want to make this ministry official and have it as a […]

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A Bad Exchange Rate

Romans 1:18-32 Introduction Paul’s letter to the Romans is very much about being in right relationship with God.  No matter what subject he is looking at, he connects it to our relationship with God and […]

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J.W. Wartick on the Jesus Myth

Apologist J.W. Wartick has published a blog post on the Jesus myth.  This is an important subject that has for too long been ignored by scholars.  You can find his post here.

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Bart Ehrman vs Richard Carrier

Bart Ehrman, who is normally a critic of Christianity and the Bible, recently wrote a book defending the existence of Jesus against the claims of the Jesus mythicists.  Richard Carrier, an atheist and a scholar […]

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Miracle of the Incarnation

Romans 1:1-7 Introduction What is it that is essential for us to get right?  Do we need to get the style of our worship music right?  Do we need to get the balance of liturgy […]

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Does God Still Heal?

James 5:13-20 Introduction Each Sunday, we have an opportunity to share our prayer requests.  Very often people share requests for physical healing, either for themselves or for their sick loved ones.  Have you ever thought […]

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Things Are Not What They Seem

Luke 25:13-35 Introduction Have you ever been really down in the dumps?  Have you had your plans, your expectations and things went the complete wrong way?  Have you ever been deeply disappointed?  I think that […]

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Introduction to Cosmology

I continue to believe that it is important to have a wide range of learning and I am thankful for the resources available at iTunes University.  As someone long interested in astronomy, I found the […]

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Leadership Lessons From the Godfather

We all want to be better leaders.  Lessons on leadership can come from the most unexpected places.  This article provides some helpful leadership lessons from the Godfather movie.

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Ethics of Evangelism

What are your thoughts on proselytization?  Most people have strong feelings, few just don’t care.  Many evangelicals strongly emphasize the sharing of their faith (although they would prefer the term evangelism to proselytization).  Some Christians […]

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You Poor Rich People

James 5:1-6 Introduction What is the purpose of life?  According to one bumper sticker: “The one who dies with the most toys wins.”  Look at almost every area of life and it would seem to […]

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Humanities Lectures

I believe that it is important for those interested in apologetics to have a wide breadth of knowledge.  Bethel University makes a number of lectures from their humanities department available online.  You can find lectures […]

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You Want to Do What?

James 4:13-17 Introduction I am a person who always likes a plan.  By a plan, I don’t mean just some general hopes to one day do such and such.  I like timelines and concrete goals.  […]

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So You Want to be a Jesus Mythicist?

You want to be a believer in the Jesus myth theory, the idea that Jesus never existed and that the Gospel account of Jesus is based on pagan myths.  It could be because you are […]

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How to Become a Muslim

James 4:1-12 Introduction How to become a Muslim?  Did you come to the right place?  I want to reassure you that I am not preaching a form of Chrislam.  Chrislam is a view that puts […]

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Karl Barth on the Origin of Christianity

“In a secondary sense we can, of course, explain the necessity of the rise of Christianity in the light of Judaistic development and the political, spiritual and moral circumstances of the Mediterranean world in the […]

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Christianity Through the Reformation

I am a firm believer that Christians should have good handle on history, especially church history.  You can find the audio of a course on Christianity Through the Reformation taught by Anthony Heideman at Front […]

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So You Want to Be a Wise Guy?

James 3:13-18 Introduction If you could have any of the God-given abilities of people in the Old Testament, who would you want to be like?  You could be like Abraham and Sarah and be able […]

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Cosmos and Creator

If you are interested in how science can inform theology, you might find this conference from Seattle Pacific University of interest.  Speakers include John Polkinghorne, Stephen Meyer and others.  You can find the audio at […]

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After-Birth Abortions and Infanticide

Philosopher Peter Singer is famous for advocating infanticide, acknowledging that if it is okay to kill a baby in the womb, nothing magical happens in the journey down the birth canal.  Recently, two ethicists, Alberto […]

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Online Apologetics Conference

Athanatos Christian Ministries is presenting their annual Online Apologetics Conference on April 19-21, 2012.  The focus is on literary apologetics, but they will have talks on general apologetics as well.  I will be speaking at […]

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Doctrines and Covenants

What are the Doctrines and Covenants?  The D&C is a book that is considered scripture by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the Community of Christ.  A large portion of this […]

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James Danaher on the Problem of Evil

The problem of evil is one of the most challenging issues, not just for Christians but for people in general.  In a recent issue of the McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry, there was an […]

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Viewpoint on Mormonism

I have been enjoying a podcast called Viewpoint on Mormonism.  You can also get it on iTunes here.  It is put on by Mormon Research Ministries.  What I enjoy about this podcast is that they […]

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A Revised Jesus and Attitudes Toward the Poor

I have been very much shocked by what I am seeing concerning attitudes of the poor by some conservative Christians.  This comes up particularly when it comes to healthcare for the poor.  I have no […]

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Darwin’s Heretic

If you are interested in the background of both evolution and intelligent design, you might enjoy the documentary Darwin’s Heretic, which is the story of Alfred Russel Wallace, who was a contemporary of Charles Darwin. […]

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For Richer and Poorer

James 2:1-13 Introduction I want you to imagine the perfect church.  New people would come in and the church would be completely oblivious to their outward appearance or circumstances.  I don’t mean we wouldn’t care […]

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Fringe View: The Jesus Myth

One of my primary areas of interest is that of the Jesus myth theory, which suggests that the historical Jesus did not exist and the stories are based on myth.  I was pleased to see […]

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Cessationism and Hebrews 1:1-2

Whenever the topic of cessationism comes up, I am used to 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 coming up. “Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, […]

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Hearing and Doing

James 1:19-27 Introduction A long time ago there was a man who was very active in church.  He had a great desire to live a life pleasing to God.  There was only one problem.  He […]

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Trial by Fire

James 1:1-18 Introduction Why do bad things happen to good people?  It is a question that has crossed most of our minds.  We have all seen people, that from our perspective, deserve an easier life […]

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Resurrection and Historical Inquiry

When some historians look at the historical Jesus, they will look at his life and teachings and then usually end at his crucifixion.  While they may look at what early Christians believed to have happened […]

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The Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:16-26 Introduction What should the Christian life look like?  That is not an easy question to answer and every tradition has struggled with it.  I can see this in my own church background.  I […]

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Jesus and Forgiveness of Sin

“And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And […]

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Is Social Justice a Fad?

I recently read an article by Michael Giere called Can the Gospel Survive the “Social Justice” Fad?  It is basically a critique of Tim Keller’s Generous Justice.  I have to make two confessions.  One is […]

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The New Covenant

Jeremiah 31:31-34 Introduction I want you to imagine that you were in some serious legal difficulty.  You hire a lawyer and you discover that he is an expert in Canadian law and he has read […]

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Logic Audio

If you are interested in learning about logic, you might like this course on audio from Front Range Community College by Mike Coste on iTunes U.  You can find it here.  The style of the […]

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Where’s There a Good School?

I am a firm believer in good theological education.  Quality varies from school to school.  How can you know if the school you are applying to is any good?  The best thing to do is […]

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Foundation University

I just came across a neat school called Foundation University.  There are a number of schools by that name but this one is specifically Christian.  I really like the vision of this school.  They provide […]

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Chronology of the Last Supper

How do we fit the events of the various Gospels together to come up with a chronology of the Last Supper?  Barry D. Smith provides a solution in an article from the Westminster Theological Journal. […]

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Paul Maier on the Date of the Nativity

When was Jesus born?  Historian Paul Maier tackles this issue in this article.  He includes a discussion of the problem of Quirinius and the date of the census.

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An Experiment in Ministry

For a long time, the basic style of ministry was about the same.  The pastor is hired by the church, moves the family into town, works throughout the week with a day off (maybe) and […]

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Science Related Podcasts

I have been listening to a couple of science related podcasts that people might find interesting. I Didn’t Know That is the podcast of Hugh Ross’ Reasons to Believe ministry.  You can find it on […]

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Journal of the International Society of Christian Apologetics

I am currently reading the JISCA Vol. 4 No. 1 (2011) which has the following articles: “A Beginner’s-and Expert’s-Guide to the Big Bang: Separating Fact From Fiction” by Hugh Ross “Evangelical Anabaptism-Historical Disproof of Quinn’s […]

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Michelle Bachmann and the Kinsey Myth

Michelle Bachmann has come under fire for questioning the Kinsey Report’s figure of 10% of the population being homosexual.  You can watch the video here.  Before I go any farther, I would like to make […]

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You Light Up My Life

John 1:1-13 Introduction One of the things that I find very interesting is the near universal fear of darkness, at least at some point in our life.  We do not teach children to fear darkness, […]

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Jesus and Pagan Mythology

One of my main interests is that of the pagan myth theory.  One of the few other scholars working in this area is Mary Jo Sharp.  You can pick up a talk she did in […]

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Darwin or Design

I have been listening to the Darwin or Design podcast with Tom Woodward.  Tom interviews a number of important figures in the intelligent design movement.  It is worth checking out.  You can find it here.

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Have Some Faith

Luke 1:5-20, 26-35 Introduction Growing up, I did not realize how easy my parents had it at Christmas.  Since I was an only child, not only was it cheaper to buy presents for only one […]

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Podcasts I Listen To

I am a fairly busy guy and do not have the opportunities to read that I would like to.  I try to make up for that by listening to podcasts (not that podcasts could ever […]

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Sin is the Reason for the Season

Mark 1:1-8 Introduction What are the images that we have of Christmas?  Probably the typical nativity scene.  We see a proud Joseph and Mary with adoring shepherds and wise men and submissive animals, all surrounding […]

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Preaching at Nursing Homes

One of the obligations that many pastors have is to preach at a nursing home from time to time.  When I started, I went in with very low expectations.  My aim was simply be a […]

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Journal of the International Society of Christian Apologetics

I always am happy to see a new journal arrive in the mailbox.  I was particularly happy with this one as it included an article written by me.  The vol. 3, no. 1 2010 issue […]

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Christian Apologetics Journal

The Volume 9, No. 2 Fall 2011 issue of Christian Apologetics Journal has come out.  It contains the following articles: “What Help is a Suffering God?” by John Ferrer “Death and Dying-The Ultimate Apologetic Challenge” […]

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Notice the Women

Matthew 1:1-18 Introduction Communicators know very well that how you begin greatly affects how people listen to everything else you say.  That is true for how we speak and how we write.  People are looking […]

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The Geisler – Licona Controversy

I have been hesitant to enter into the debate between Norm Geisler and Mike Licona over inerrancy.  Partly because I am embarrassed about the whole thing and that this situation grieves me.  However, since this […]

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Which Way to Heaven?

Acts 16:25-34 Introduction There are things about church that you just do not need to know.  You do not need to know why churches started using pews or organs or why other churches have stopped […]

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David Lamb on the War on the Canaanites

One of the hard questions people have about the Old Testament is the nature of the war against the Canaanites.  Does this make God violent and hateful?  I thought David Lamb gives a good summary […]

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Letter to Sam Harris

Dear Sam: I just read your book, Letter to a Christian Nation.  First of all, I would like to commend you on your clarity and honesty.  There are probably many atheists who feel as you […]

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Being a Confident Christian

Hebrews 11:1-6 Introduction As a child, I was always someone who was unsure of myself.  It is not that I could not do anything, I just lacked the confidence to try.  The people I envied […]

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A Different Kind of Service

We had a wonderful worship service today at Woodford and First Baptist Church Meaford.  It was a service like I had never been to before and I thought I would share about it here.  We […]

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Experiencing God Without Losing Your Mind

I believe that it is important for us to experience God in a real way and not just participate in religion.  At the same time, I believe that experiencing God does not mean we have […]

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Roots of Morality

In “The Roots of Morality: Why Are We Good?”, Richard Dawkins attempts to look at morality as being possible without religion.  He starts off with examples of hate letters by “Christians.”  What is the point […]

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