1. "Out with the Old and In with the New...."
    16 Jul, 2017
    "Out with the Old and In with the New...."
    I moved back to California about a month ago and have been living in a church. As a natural byproduct of living in a house of worship there are various meetings that take place where I reside, one of which is an addiction recovery ministry. While I don't have addiction issues and never have, it is a Christian ministry and I am always up for getting to know people, especially when it involves actively pursuing some form of evangelism, and so I have attended the meeting several times since I
  2. "No Chance!" Really?
    09 May, 2017
    "No Chance!" Really?
    Over the last decade or so, since I began studying philosophy, Apologetics and so on, I have had a growing disdain for arguments dealing chance and/or probabilities. Now, I do not mean quiet what you probably think I mean here. So what do I mean, and what kind of chance arguments am I really referring to? It seems these days, quiet frankly, that most Christian apologists spend a good chunk of their time and energy dealing with and arguing against various scientific, mathematical, and
  3. Apologetics and Its Purpose and Place in Conversation
    20 Apr, 2017
    Apologetics and Its Purpose and Place in Conversation
    Several years ago I began noticing a substantial shift in my methodology regarding the way I was doing Apologetics. Now, before we go further I must clarify that I am not referring to various methods, as in classical vs evidential vs presuppositional and so on. I am, rather, referring to the actual way I conduct myself in relation to the person (or people) I am communicating with.  When I started doing Apologetics about 8 years ago, and even further back when I began witnessing nearly 29 years
  4. The Art of Distinction (A brief look into ideological laziness)
    10 Apr, 2017
    The Art of Distinction (A brief look into ideological laziness)
    Over the last few months I have been pondering and mulling over whether or not it is worth writing a certain book, and I have recently come to the assumption that, quite frankly not only is it worth it, but it is absolutely vital to do so, and soon. The book will revolve around the issue of making the proper distinctions at all levels of thought, speech, and communication. You see, so many of us, including myself at times, fail to fully think through and/or properly articulate our ideas. We
    22 Oct, 2016
    HOMELESS NO MORE!!!!! For the last 8 months I have been living out of cars, vans, homeless shelters, and often, quite frankly, on the streets of Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, and Seattle, BUT NO MORE. Things a horrible turn for the worst three days ago when I was removed from the homeless shelter in Kearney, NE due to a disagreement between myself and the guy that runs the place. He is a good guy, but, well, for the sake of respecting the dignity of his personhood, I will leave it at that. I
  6. Molinism and Calvinism are compatible (continued)
    17 Oct, 2016
    Molinism and Calvinism are compatible (continued)
    About six months ago I wrote a not so well formatted article that spurred a bit of controversy, and virtually everyone disagreed with me, except one person. Kirk McGregor, a leading expert on Molinism, although not agreeing that my position was correct, nevertheless found it plausibly viable. Last week he published a guest blog on my great friend Tim Stratton's ministry website at that argued for the actual coherence of holding to both Calvinism and Molinism both
  7. Biblical Inspiration and what it really means
    14 Oct, 2016
    Biblical Inspiration and what it really means
    What does it mean for the Bible to be "inspired?" Is there some mystical spell that God put on the Bible to keep it from being tainted, and even if so what is it that is not tainted? Or is it that God has some kind of hidden spiritual truth in the Scriptures? The answer to these questions and all those like them is, quite simply, NO! So what does it mean? The Bible is a book, yes, and much of it is just like the other books out there. It deals with truth with regard to science, history, and many
  8. God's will....Are you living in it or "outside" of it?
    31 Jul, 2016
    God's will....Are you living in it or "outside" of it?
    My friend and van-mate, Derrek, lost his job this past Thursday, and immediately after that he started to question several of his decisions in life regarding that job. Was it God's will that he take the job in the first place? Was it God's will that he take three days in a row off? What is God's will for him to do now? Derrek was really struggling and beating himself up over not only what God's will was for his life, but also how to discern what God's will is for his life in each moment of his
  9. The Day I Left The Rat Race
    20 Jul, 2016
    The Day I Left The Rat Race
    Two weeks ago today I left my amazing job in LA for a new life. I left, as it were, for a woman. Within two days I realized that she was the one for me, so we made plans to, well, to put it bluntly, get a room the next night and have some fun. Those of you who know me well know that that is not the kind of person I am at all. However, that night as I slept in my car I happened to inadvertently leave the car radio on all night, oddly enough for that time in my life, on a Christian radio station.
  10. The Ignorance of Presumption
    09 May, 2016
    The Ignorance of Presumption
    As many of you know, I moved to Los Angeles, California about 2 months ago. I began working at a local dealership shortly after moving here, and I love working there! One thing that bothers me a little, though, is the fact that so many of the people I work with assume certain things about me based on where I told them I moved here from (not where I am from, but where I moved here from). They assume since I came from the Mid-west that I am uncultured, that I don't understand the way people do it
  11. Racism and the Dignity of Humanity
    04 May, 2016
    Racism and the Dignity of Humanity
    I have always hated racism, but in light of now having a girlfriend that is not only African, but is actually from Africa and lives in Africa currently, it has resurfaced in my mind. I just want to share some brief thoughts with you all today. An informal way to provoke and entice thought in your minds on the subject. Are people somehow Inherently different based on the color of their skin? I think not. In philosophy we call color an accidental attribute, as in it is not inherently part of the
  12. Does Christianity Matter Prior To Death?
    30 Apr, 2016
    Does Christianity Matter Prior To Death?
    I have had many conversations with my good friend Tim Stratton, AKA The Free Thinking Theist, over the last few months. Several of the conversations were about the unevangelized and the afterlife. Yesterday I had the privilege of speaking for about an hour with a retired high school science teacher about the ultimate questions of life. During this process he said several things that struck me as very problematic from both a spiritual and an intellectual perspective. One of those statements
  13. Does God Speak Through Unrighteous Means?
    28 Apr, 2016
    Does God Speak Through Unrighteous Means?
    ​As I stood there listening to her speak, it hit me like a ton of bricks! God was using this homeless, drunk 62 year old woman whom I had never met before in my life to speak His message of truth to me in that moment. As I drove the long mountainous highway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles a few nights ago, I occasionally would stop to stretch my legs and wake up a bit, as I typically have trouble staying awake on long drives at night. However, this time was different. There was a cute girl
  14. The Canaanite Genocide? Did God Really Say.....?
    24 Apr, 2016
    The Canaanite Genocide? Did God Really Say.....?
    Yesterday I was over at my great and awesome friend Tim Stratton's house. Over the last few months of being in Kearney, NE, he has pushed me intellectually in ways that I have not been pushed in quite some time, and vice versa (I assume he would agree). Tim asked me to read over his upcoming blog post, and what happened in the next thirty minutes shocked me! You see, ever since I read my friend Paul Copan's article in the Christian Research Journal regarding the Canaanite genocide and God I
  15. The Problem of Evil
    19 Apr, 2016
    The Problem of Evil
    Why is there evil in the world? I think, if I may, that this is an entirely misguided question. The right question is, "Why do we assume evil is real? You see, so many of us seek to ponder on and about the purpose and meaning of the evil in the world, but no one ever seems to stop and think about the assumption inherent within the question of why evil exists! Let me briefly explain.  For one to even ask the question "Why is there evil in the world?" one is assuming within the asking of that
  16. A Case of the Mondays
    11 Apr, 2016
    A Case of the Mondays
    Many of you may recall a movie from a number of years ago. This movie was vulgar and I don't really recommend it, but nevertheless, there was a saying in the movie that has become infamous over the years since it came out, and that phrase is "a case of the Mondays." The primary meaning of this phrase is that when Monday roles around people tend to absolutely dread going back to the "work life." Now, this tends to resonate into virtually all aspects of life for many who espouse such a mentality,
  17. Can People Come to Christ Through Apologetics?
    06 Apr, 2016
    Can People Come to Christ Through Apologetics?
    Many people these days say that people DO NOT come to Christ through apologetics. Well, Sunday night I proved that to be absolutely FALSE! A man 29 years of age came into the college service at my church, Kearney E-Free Sunday evening and immediately began to head to the door to leave. I sensed he was leaving. He was clearly a rough individual who had experienced some pain in life. He was all tattooed up and had earrings in, chew in his mouth and a rough demeanor about him. I stopped him as
  18. "Christian Rap"....Is It Edifying?
    02 Apr, 2016
    "Christian Rap"....Is It Edifying?
    I was brought up being taught that all rap and rock was evil. However, in the ninth grade I began listening to Christian metal bands like Project 86, Tourniquet, and Living Sacrifice. I was also introduced around the same time to Christian rap, which, back in the mid 90's was not much for good music with the exception of the Tunnel Rats and T-Bone. Today is a MUCH different story. Most Christian rappers, or rather rappers who claim to be Christian and have a strong positive message in their
  19. The Gospel is NOT about Prosperity
    31 Mar, 2016
    The Gospel is NOT about Prosperity
    Many people tell us that when we become Christians life will be awesome, happy go lucky and just down right great. The prosperity gospel movement goes even further. People like Joel Osteen, TD Jakes, Creflo Dollar, Joseph Prince, and even Joyce Meyer make it seem like the more depravity in life we experience, the farther from God we must be. But is this really the case? Let's take a quick look at the life of the Apostle Paul. He was imprisoned numerous times. He was shipwrecked. He was
  20. Accepting Christ as Savor is NOT Enough for Salvation
    28 Mar, 2016
    Accepting Christ as Savor is NOT Enough for Salvation
    So many people these days say something like, "I have accepted Jesus as my Savior," or ,"If you don't want to go to Hell and you instead wish to experience eternal happiness in Heaven then accept Christ." While these are good things to consider, they are not sufficient. You see, Christ is not in the market of just saving people. He is in the market of bringing people who accept Him as their Lord into a personal relationship with Him for all eternity. These people, also known as Christians, love