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Sep
5

Humor — An Untapped Christian Apologetic

Humor — An Untapped Christian Apologetic The existence of humor in the universe is a powerful argument for the existence of God. Have you ever noticed that newborn babies do not laugh? Why is that? No matter what you do, they will not laugh. The reason for that is they do not understand language and they do not have life experience. There are many elements that make something “funny”: Surprise, parody, imitation, incongruity,...
Jul
23

To Christians Who Don’t Read Books

To Christians Who Don’t Read Books I often meet Christians who don’t read books. They don’t even read Christian books. Some are rather ashamed of this, but others seem quite proud of it. Their reasons vary, but there are a few fairly predictable categories. They don’t have time. They are too lazy. They don’t like to think (or don’t think they can). They don’t read well, so they don’t try. They...
Jul
22

In Defense of Shame

In Defense of Shame Shame (and shaming) is something our culture seeks to avoid at all costs. It is deemed to be “unkind,” and therefore, “not nice,” and therefore something we should never experience, or hope for others to experience. Is that how God sees the subject? What is God’s view? Are we viewing this issue through the lenses of Scripture, or the lenses of secular culture? First of all,...
Dec
12

The Threat of Smaug: A Call for Christian Unity

The Threat of Smaug: A Call for Christian Unity Christians can be so short-sighted. I’ll never forget a vivid illustration that author / speaker, Kevin P. Swanson, used once regarding Christian unity at a national homeschool leadership meeting. He said (based on his best guesstimate) that if you total up the entire gross revenue of all of the major right-wing Christian organizations in the U.S. (Focus on the Family, Concerned Women for America,...
Dec
11

Johannes Kepler on Mathematics, Astronomy, Harmony and Worship

Johannes Kepler on Mathematics, Astronomy, Harmony and Worship As I’m working on a writing project this week, I have been reading through some of Johannes Kepler’s book, Harmonices Mundi (Harmonies of the World) (1619).   Kepler was discussing a fascinating correlation he discovered between the interdependence of planetary motion, geometry, and musical harmony. Admittedly, I am, intellectually, to Kepler what a paper airplane is to a fighter jet. So many...

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