Tuesday, December 8, 2015

34 Theses on a 34th Birthday

 


Similar to Martin Luther’s 95 theses that he nailed to the All Saints Church door in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517, I am composing 34 theses on my 34th birthday about the church plus some.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Evangelical and Mormon Coversations


For the last two years, my wife and I have been talking with members the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. These conversations have been edifying and at the same time can be frustrating because it can seem we are talking past one another.  Evangelicals use, more often than not, the same terms as our Mormon neighbors (local or otherwise).  Grace, priesthood, church, salvation, merit, authority, standard works, justification, etc are all subjects that both sides share yet have a variant meaning compared to the either camp.  To alleviate this, one must dig into books that have both views represented by the best minds (that is to say theologians, biblical scholars, and the like) on either side of the dialogue.  Here is a working bibliography that I have of some of the works you might consider reading yourself.

Blomberg, Craig L. and Stephen E. Robinson, How Wide the Divide?: A Mormon and an Evangeical in Conversation Downer Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1997.

McDermott, Gerald R. and Robert L. Millet, Claiming Christ: A Mormon-Evangelical Debate. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing, 2007.  

Millet, Richard L. Gregory C.V. Johnson, Bridging the Divide, Rhinebeck, NY: Monkfish Book Publishing Company, 2007.

Mouw, Richard J. and Robert L. Millet, Talking Doctrine: Mormons and Evangelicals in Conversation, Downer Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2015.


If one, on either side of the debate, can dig into works that can bridge the divide between Evangelicalism and Mormonism, more fruitful conversations will appear.  Consider the reasons.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Planned Parenthood


It has been hard to avoid the new video’s put out about Planned Parenthood.  I am not really schooled on bio-ethical issues, but it is my short opinion that Planned Parenthood should be and should have been defunded a long time ago.  Moreover, males have to step up to the plate when it comes to fatherhood, including myself. If we do, many problems will be alleviated.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Answers To Biblical Objections Against Christian Apologetics

Friday night high school football games were exciting for two reasons. The greasy concession stand food and getting to watch my older brother play in the band’s half time show. Being 7 years old, I was ecstatic about the music, but especially the drum line. The percussion section intrigued me with their constant playing between cadence and song. After the game, I would go home, bust out some old Halloween buckets, and play to my heart’s desire with my pencil’s turned drumsticks. Later, some of these developing skills were honed in junior high and high school band. All in all, I turned out to be a decent drummer eventually playing in praise bands in college.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Letter to the Editor: A Third View on the Supreme Court's Redefinition of Marriage


Recently, there have been many letters written in about the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage in our local newspaper. I hope to offer a third view in a open letter format that I decided to submit here on my blog instead of in the paper due to length. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Review of Avengers: Age of Ultron

 
Many have declared that Avengers: Age of Ultron is one of the top films that will be released of our time. Of course, this has yet to be seen. Initial feedback from the critics, according to Rotten Tomatoes is: 

Critics Consensus: Exuberant and eye-popping, Avengers: Age of Ultron serves as an overstuffed but mostly satisfying sequel, reuniting its predecessor's unwieldy cast with a few new additions and a worthy foe.[1]

Monday, April 13, 2015

My Personal Thoughts On Suicide: There Is Another Way

 When it comes to the subject of suicidal thoughts/actions, one should seek help from a licensed professional therapist or even end up going to the emergency room (for immediate help call 911 or the appropriate emergency number in your area).[1] Moreover, I refer to a network of certified counselors below through New Life Ministries or 1-800-NEWLIFE (1-800-639-5433).[2] However, I was led to write a personal footnoted layman' account on the issue, partly due to so many recent suicides in local (Missouri), national, and world news.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Newsweek’s Latest Story about the Bible

Newsweek Kurt Eichenwald Bible New Testament Canon Manuscripts

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People with different perspectives are a lot like two ships passing on a foggy night, moving in different directions, not able to see the other. Except for a few flashing lights, the roar of massive engines, and the blast of a loud horn, it’s as if they were in the deep all alone. A collision is always a threat.[2]

Chuck Swindoll


Our job, is to faithfully give the best arguments possible from the purest heart possible.” [3]

Douglas Groouthuis, Christian Apologetics




Introduction

A day before Christmas Eve 2014, professional journalist Kurt Eichenwald wrote a lambasting cover story in Newsweek criticizing Christian leaders, politicians, and some pastors over certain claims they make about the Bible.[4]