A Crash Course on the Bible

A Satan worshipper once told me that the Bible said that it wasn’t the word of God. Though there are probably better responses, I handed him my Bible and said: “show me where.” I’ve often thought of that conversation and the puzzled expression on the guy’s face as he gently thumbed through my Bible’s soft […]

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Good Reads: “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

There are no spoilers in this book review. All parenthetical citations are from this edition: Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov. Translated by Constance Garnett. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2005. 718 pages. Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov is a fascinating murder mystery about the exploits of three brothers: Ivan, Dmitri, and Alyosha. The three brothers, though […]

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Intolerance and Christian Exclusivism

The only match for our culture’s flaming love-affair with the buzzword “tolerance” is our hatred of intolerance. Our hatred of intolerance is not without its bright spots: For example, it is bad to be intolerant toward a Muslim simply because they are Muslim. Similarly, it would be inappropriate for an employer to be intolerant toward […]

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The Gospel and Race

“In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then […]

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What is Apologetics?

Apologetics is an extremely popular fixation at Christian colleges and seminaries. Every year New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary hosts the Defend conference—which is open to the public and well worth attending—featuring some of the world’s top apologists. Some influential Christians consider apologetics to be so important that they say things like: “In this day and […]

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The Things God Can’t Do

The Old Testament book of Job is a fascinating story that dwells upon the problem of evil and suffering. In the book, Job, who is eminently righteous by all accounts, loses his wealth and family in the course of a few days. Job and his friends then give a series of speeches to one another […]

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Baptized Clichés: The Buzzwords of Western Christianity

A key component of the modern de-intellectualization of Christianity is the devaluation, if not outright rejection, of biblical doctrine in churches. Instead of learning what is proper to theology and godly living, Christians have unfortunately settled for clichés and aphorism; such phrases as, “it’s not a religion, it’s a relationship,” or “all roads lead to […]

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