In his sermon this morning, Ryan briefly talked about God’s command for the Israelites to destroy the Canaanites upon their entrance to the Promised Land. If you’d like to read more about how to understand this difficult and sobering chapter of biblical history, I’d invite you to look at a short series of articles I wrote a few years ago called “Wrestling with the Old Testament Holy Wars.”
Part 1 deals with a challenge to Christianity from a well-known atheist regarding this episode, while part 2 and part 3 discuss several biblical considerations we need to keep in mind as we process God’s command.
How would you respond to a statement like this one: “All religions basically believe the same thing”? It’s a common enough idea, so it’s worth asking how we might respond if someone brings it up in a conversation.
My suggestion? Start asking questions.
Does it make sense to believe in God? Author and pastor Tim Keller thinks so, and has written a book to explain why. I’m convinced it’s one his best efforts, as well as one of the best books I’ve ever read.
The book is called Making Sense of God, and it’s particularly helpful in challenging many widespread beliefs associated with modern secularism, including the idea that belief in God is based on non-rational faith, while non-belief simply makes sense of the facts. Following Dave’s excellent sermon from last Sunday, reading the book would be a great next step for anyone wishing to strengthen his or her own belief, or grow in the ability to engage contemporary challenges to truth and reasonableness of Christian belief.
By all means pick up a copy for yourself, but here are a few quotes to give you the flavor of the book:
As someone who became a believer in Jesus after decades of debauchery, I find it difficult to consistently embrace a child-like gratitude for all that God has done for me; I often find myself grappling with a near-constant regret over the disaster that is “my former life.” In other words, even after all these years
As a young man, regardless of any and all good intentions, those who tried to interest me in the Person of Jesus sounded something like this: “Hey, I want you to meet this friend of mine. Pretty much all he likes to do is harshly scold you for everything you are doing wrong, take away
This past weekend, I spent most of a 24-hour period at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, at a mini-conference entitled “Stand Firm: Christian Courage and the Struggle for Civilization.” Speakers making an appearance at Covenant Seminary’s Francis Schaeffer Institute Lecture Series included author and social critic Os Guinness; William Edgar, professor of apologetics at
As one of our daughters made her way through her degree program at Mizzou, my wife and I found ourselves increasingly mystified by the “Walking Dead” watch parties she attended. These much-anticipated events were such a priority for her that competing calendar items were nearly always declined. Initially, the idea of a show dedicated to