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Lord, Liar, Lunatic...or Legend?

The first time I heard C.S. Lewis' Trilemma challenged was nearly 20 years ago. A local college professor invited Greg to speak to his philosophy class each term. The professor was a skeptic, but was happy to expose his students to good thinking even if he didn't believe what the Bible taught about Jesus. After one class period, he chatted with Greg and presented his challenge to the Trilemma. It was incomplete, he said. There is a fourth possibility: The Gospels are legends.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | May 7, 2014

Copernicus and the Scientific Revolution

It's funny that many secularists believe that Christian myths about Jesus evolved over time until they were written down generations later. This is the thesis in Bart Ehrman's latest book. It's not accurate. It's funny because there are things believed by some of the same secularists that actually are myths that evolved over time to create the impression that Christianity is a science stopper and anti-intellectual.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | May 1, 2014

Unparallels

Denny Burk makes a careful and important point why the NBA/Sterling case is not like the Mozilla/Eich case. While the concerns for precedents being set and used illegitimately in the future are a valid concern, we still need to make careful distinctions when there are relevant differences. Burk quotes Andrew Sullivan on how actually saying and doing racist things is quite different than holding principled views and supporting them politically. 

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | April 30, 2014

Gifts, Talents, and Character

One of the resources I like best in Logos Bible Software is the library of Timothy Keller's sermons from over 20 years at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. I've been listening to sermons by Keller for a couple of years now, so when I saw they were releasing transcriptions, I was anxious to get them so that I could also read them.

Blog Post | Miscellaneous | Melinda Penner | April 29, 2014

No-Fault Divorce Led to Confusion about Marriage

This article caught my eye – a movement to change no-fault divorce laws. We began tinkering with traditional marriage decades ago, and some of the force behind the case for same-sex marriage is drawn from ideas introduced to make divorce easier in the 60s. One of the key ideas: Marriage is about love.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | April 26, 2014

Totally Dedicated to Science and Religion

Einstein said of Michael Faraday "that he, of all people, had made the greatest change in our conception of reality." He was one of the most famous scientists of his time.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | April 24, 2014

Welcome to the Kingdom. Now What?

C. Michael Patton from Reclaiming the Mind and Credo House has written a great little book to help new believers become disciples – Now That I'm a Christian: What It Means to Follow Jesus. I say "little" book not to demean it or even because it's that much briefer than other books, but because it's not intimidating.

Blog Post | Miscellaneous | Melinda Penner | April 23, 2014

Bart Ehrman's Latest Book – How Jesus Became God

I realized something about Bart Ehrman’s books reading his latest, How Jesus Became God. Most of his books are the same premise applied to different topics. Ehrman’s fundamental premise is that the New Testament documents, and most critically the Gospels, were written late, long after the eyewitnesses were gone. He thinks that they record oral tradition that changed over time before being committed to writing. So we have no authoritative or reliable record of Jesus.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | April 21, 2014

Dr. Rambo

Victor Rambo spent his career restoring sight to the blind in India, physically and spiritually. He was born to missionary parents, studied medicine in the U.S., and returned to India for the rest of his career. He trained students and developed mobile eye clinics that would go to the villages to help prevent blindness and restore sight. His success rate was comparable to that in the U.S. at the time. He told his patients before treatment that they were being healed in the name of Jesus.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | April 17, 2014

Student Worldview Training

Summit Ministries has been equipping Christian students to think more deeply and robustly about their Christian convictions, preparing them for the challenges they'll face as they leave home and enter the university and the secular world. STR's speakers have been part of that training for years, along with many other outstanding Christian teachers like Scott Klusendorf, Frank Beckwith, J.P. Moreland.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | April 15, 2014