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Monthly Archives: February 2008

How Would You Answer?

More thoughts springing from the discussion we’re having in Seminary 101, which features the Apologetics and Outreach class of Professor Jerram Barrs (available for free on Covenant Seminary’s website): Imagine if someone came up to you and asked a simple question: what must I do to inherit eternal life? I’d guess that, for many Christians,

Must Read Story On Forgiveness And The Power Of The Gospel

Over and over we read in the Bible that one of the marks of a Christian is that he (or she) forgives those who have hurt him. And yet many Christians have said that is one of the most difficult things that Christ has ever called them to do, especially when they have been hurt

The Point That I Had To Cut From My Message

Most Sunday mornings when I am getting ready to preach, there is something that must be cut from the sermon due to time restraints. I’d argue that that’s not always a bad thing. In other words, sometimes cutting a paragraph or two helps focus the sermon making it clearer and more understandable. This past Sunday

Mike Huckabee’s Problem Is Our Problem

Here is a short quiz. Can you identify what the following quotes refer to? 1. “It’s the same power that helped a little boy with two fish and five loaves feed a crowd of 5,000 people.” 2. “Sometimes, one small smooth stone is even more effective than a whole lot of armor.” 3. “We’ve also

Help on the Relationship Between Science and Faith

The relationship–or the lack thereof, according to some–between science and faith is one of the more controversial and widely discussed topics in the current cultural discourse. Can one believe that God exists and has communicated in an inspired word while at the same time holding science in high regard? What would such a view practically

Baseball, Steroids, And Confession Of Sin

This is a great article by C. J. Mahaney on what we can learn from Andy Pettitte’s reaction to being caught using HGH. If you find this article beneficial, you might want to check out some of Mahaney’s books at The Crossing’s Bookstore.

Who Thought to Pray for Saul?

Here’s an interesting question that sprang from our class discussion in Seminary 101 last Wednesday night: who thought to pray for Saul of Tarsus, i.e., the man who would later become the apostle Paul? The question becomes important when we take a moment to consider who Saul was. The New Testament—including several autobiographical passages—tells us

Liberal Theology Exposed On ER

(2:29) HT: Trevin

Are There Biblical Alternatives To Church?

David Wells, a highly respected theologian and author of many books, comments at the 9 Marks Blog on a newly released Barna Report. It’s pretty amazing stuff and well worth reading. Perhaps all of us to examine whether our attitudes toward church participation are biblical. A recent Barna report offers an interesting snapshot of the

The Charitable Consequences of Religious Belief

The latest issue of Books and Culture offers this intriguing write-up of Arthur C. Brooks’ Who Really Cares, which looks to be a rather provocative examination of the dynamics behind charitable giving in the United States. Here’s an excerpt of the review: Drawing on some ten data sets, Brooks finds that religiosity is among the