HT: Ryan Reeves
Monday, September 26, 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016
As 9/11 this year coincides with the Great Islamic Feast and is followed by the Orthodox Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross I wanted to share one of the most impactful events in my life that through 9/11 led me from Islam to the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I had just turned 14 years old over the summer enjoying my last days of summer vacation before going back to school and beginning my O Levels. On that day my parents were out of town for a funeral of a distant relative. My mother’s sister was babysitting. My 11 year old brother was sick with the flu and my 2 year old baby brother was playing in his room. My aunt was in the kitchen making chicken soup. Our house was big, on the Mediterranean coast of Tripoli, and each of us had his own section of the house to themselves. It was a sunny afternoon but I chose to watch a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie on Abu Dhabi TV instead before I headed out in the evening for Tennis practice at the Club down the street.
at 9:41 AM
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
HT: Thomas Kidd
My bread and butter course at Baylor University is the "America to 1877" survey class. The most troubling issue I cover in the class is slavery. What especially piques the interest of Christian students is the biblical case against slavery - or the lack thereof.
"How do we know the Bible is against slavery?" I ask. Most students have never given much thought to the issue. Of COURSE the Bible is against slavery, they assume, because slavery is wrong. "OK, give me some verses that tell us that slavery is wrong," I say. Silence. Some savvy students might cite the Golden Rule of Luke 6:31.
Occasionally someone remembers Galatians 3:28, and its note that in Christ there is neither slave nor free - although that does not quite tell us that slavery is wrong. Just because in Christ there is neither male nor female, slave nor free, Jew nor Greek, does not mean that those identities cease to exist.
What does the Bible say about slaves and masters, I ask them? Again, some remember the household codes of Ephesians and Colossians, where servants/slaves are told to obey their masters. Or they note various other Old and New Testament practices where the authors seem to assume the existence of slavery, rather than commenting on its morality.
It is hard to imagine a more challenging historical and scriptural topic than slavery. It has become ammunition used by skeptics who have denounced the Bible as fundamentally immoral. I believe that maturing Christians should grapple with these kinds of Bible "problems," instead of just assuming that the Scriptures give us transparent answers to all of life and history's conundrums.
at 10:41 AM
Monday, September 19, 2016
Remember when, in film, prequels were a fad? Well, how about a prequel apologetics book?
I only say "apologetics" because that's Barnes & Noble's best categorization, which isn't exactly fair. Tim Keller has always been possibly the most personable and charitable author among modern Christian pastors, and his books certainly don't take the sadly and unnecessarily reactive and combative tone of many other works on apologetics (or even on non-essential theological issues). I always joke that Tim Keller is the one person that might, just might, stand a chance of making me jump on the Neo-Reformed bandwagon. But I digress.
Tim Keller is releasing a new book tomorrow! It's entitled Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical. It's a prequel to his popular book Reason for God.
You can read some excerpts.
I know I'd like to get it.
HT: Tim Keller and Matt Smethurst
at 10:51 AM