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“That’s what I choose to believe…”

                I saw Prometheus in 3D while I was in San Diego for a conference. The movie pretends to ask deep philosophical questions about the origin of humanity (aliens) and one phrase that … Continue reading
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The Vanity Games

If you haven’t heard of the Hunger Games (Susanne Collins, 2008, Scholastic), you soon will. The movie comes out March 23rd. It will be the most anticipated movie of the year (until the Hobbit comes out in December). Go read … Continue reading
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The “Red White and Blue,” the Black, and the Gray Religious Markets

An Iranian pastor arrested in 2009 was convicted of “apostasy” for turning from Islam to Christianity. He was sentenced to death because he would not recant his faith, and he may already have been executed before you read this blog. … Continue reading
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Atheism 2.0 is Vintage Ignorance

I’ve been watching TED talks recently—those “Ideas worth spreading.” Recently Alain de Botton gave a talk called “Atheism 2.0” with the tag line “What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt?” Alain de Botton suggests a “religion for atheists” — … Continue reading
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Does the Universe Have a Purpose?

Over the weekend I watched a fascinating “debate” that featured William Lane Craig, Doug Geivett, Rabbi David Wolpe, and atheists Matt Ridley, Michael Shermer, and Richard Dawkins. The topic was “Does the Universe Have a Purpose.” It took place in … Continue reading
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Bart Ehrman Speaks at KSU

Bart Ehrman, billed as “one of the world’s leading authorities on the Bible,” spoke at Kent State University on January 20, 2011 to a standing-room only crowd of maybe 350. Ehrman’s speech was titled “Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions … Continue reading
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Review of “the Lost Virtue of Happiness: Discovering the Disciplines of the Good Life”

 by J.P. Moreland and Klaus Issler Good “anti” but bad “thesis”               My favorite philosopher J.P. Moreland’s 2006 offering (with Klaus Issler) is a brief read that ultimately makes a strong case for the problem, but then offers a wrong-headed … Continue reading
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Life is Relationships

At KSU the summer reading project was “This I Believe”–a collection of essays by famous and ordinary people. I made all the students in my class write a “This I Belive” essay. Here’s mine, which I shared with the whole … Continue reading
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Young adults are less religious

Well, tell me something I don’t know. This story appeared on the front page of USA today or online at: http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2010-04-27-1Amillfaith27_ST_N.htm “Most young adults (18-29) today don’t pray, don’t worship, and don’t read the bible.” Thom Rainer, who wrote Breakout … Continue reading
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Sucks to be you: Review of “Why we love the church”

by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck               Top honors in this year’s jaw-dropping title category go to DeYoung and Kluck’s latest “Why we love the church: in praise of institutions and organized religion.” That’s just about the opposite of … Continue reading
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Reaching the Campus Tribes: review part 2

Hines is right. He is right on both points—Christian ministry to college students needs attention, and ministry to college students is missions. He writes “…the sad truth is that we have reached these people for Christ far less than we … Continue reading Continue reading

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Download this book: Reaching the Campus Tribes

Notorious instigator Abbie Hoffman’s “Steal this Book” (1971) ingeniously captured the dissident spirit of the Yippie counter-culture. It was, in contemporary parlance, very relevant. In the new millennium, to not write a book is now the most relevant way to … Continue reading Continue reading

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Updates from the decline of Christianity in America

OK, I ain’t blogged in three months. But I was stirred from slumber by some recent news from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, the Barna site, and a new e-book “Reaching the College Tribes.” First; Check out … Continue reading Continue reading

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Why don’t we sing?

Slaughtering Sacred Cows   We recently met to “Review, Plan, and Pray” about the many new directions that NeoXenos seems to be heading. I was astounded at how easily we agreed to become a “church without walls.” This is one … Continue reading Continue reading

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