Who’s Messing with the Bible? The NIV and Those Missing Verses

The different translations of the Bible available at your local LifeWay sound like President Roosevelt’s alphabet soup: Whereas FDR had the NRA, TVA, FHA, and the WPA, LifeWay sells the NIV, KJV, ESV, and CSB, to name but a few bestsellers. Further complicating our baptized alphabet soup are the strong opinions Christians hold about the … Continue reading Who’s Messing with the Bible? The NIV and Those Missing Verses

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 … Continue reading A Crash Course on the Bible

Of Crawfish and Bacon: Christians and Those Quirky Old Testament Laws

A few pounds of boiled crawfish (just like the ones pictured above) are a Louisiana delicacy! The worst thing about crawfish is that they’re only available during the first half of the year; though we eat a lot of other shellfish, such as shrimp and crabs, crawfish is the king of shellfish in Louisiana. Between … Continue reading Of Crawfish and Bacon: Christians and Those Quirky Old Testament Laws

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 … Continue reading The Gospel and Race

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 … Continue reading What is Apologetics?

Who Made God?

One of my favorite things to do is peruse a bookstore. I often pick up books and scan the contents, read the summaries on the back, and read things that sound interesting. I did this once with the book Atheism for Dummies. One of the sections I read concerned arguments for God’s existence. One argument … Continue reading Who Made God?