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  1. "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
  2. "Which Path Should I Choose, and WHY?"
    01 May, 2017
    "Which Path Should I Choose, and WHY?"
    As talked with my good friend Tate last night over the phone I began to realize something about my current situation and my struggle with making decisions about my future. I realized, to be blunt, that I am confused, but not as many would assume. This same realization returned this morning as I sat at the Starbucks on Bluemont Avenue in Manhattan, KS talking to my friend Adam. I just couldn't shake the feeling that somehow, somewhere along the line I became confused; but what was it that I was
  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
  5. I AM NO LONGER HOMELESS!!!!!!
    22 Oct, 2016
    I AM NO LONGER HOMELESS!!!!!!
    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 Freethinkingministries.com 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. I Am a TULIP Calvinist AND a Molinist and the Two Do Not Contradict Each Other
    19 Mar, 2016
    I Am a TULIP Calvinist AND a Molinist and the Two Do Not Contradict Each Other
    Initially read this 13 premise and 4 conclusion syllogism! If God is perfectly purposeful, then he must actually utilize all his actual attributes. if God is just, then he must legitimately judge.  If God possess LFW then he must necessarily actually have the option of judging both ways, that is both condemnation and justification.  If God has the option of judging both ways, that is both condemnation and justification, then some must necessarily be condemned and others necessarily
  10. Love and Acceptance: Are they the same thing?
    08 Mar, 2016
    Love and Acceptance: Are they the same thing?
    I was talking with my friend Darrel the other day and I realized something while we were talking about people's misunderstanding of love. What was it that I realized? It was that most people these days tend to mistake acceptance for love. I fear that I have done that twice in marriage and several times with girlfriends, and also many times otherwise as well. You see, acceptance makes us feel wanted, and so we tend to think of it as being valued, which in turn in our minds often translates to
  11. An original analogy regarding the Trinity
    02 Mar, 2016
    An original analogy regarding the Trinity
    I have been reading a lot of papers and journal articles on the Trinity for my PhD research over the last few weeks, and I have come up with a new analogy for the Trinity. I have seen in the past that the vast majority of analogies for the Trinity do not take the theological information into account, but rather just try and deal with the aspect involving the Three in One. However, mine goes far beyond this. I will first present the analogy and then I will explain it in minor details. I hope to
  12. Up and coming new podcast series and the guest and topic list so far
    01 Mar, 2016
    Up and coming new podcast series and the guest and topic list so far
    In the next month or so I will be starting a new podcast. It will likely not be set to the exact same times and days of the week, but it will be regular in the sense of frequent updates and uploads to this website. The show will be called The Way It Is with The Messed Up Apologist! The show will cover a range of topics from world religions to theology to apologetics to evangelism and everything in between. Please check out the guest list thus far and the topics that I will be discussing with
  13. Is Being Divorced a Sin?
    17 Feb, 2016
    Is Being Divorced a Sin?
    Is being divorced a sin? NO! is the short answer.  Now for the longer answer.  I was recently told that I cannot be an effective minister until I "deal with my sin." What was the sin that this person was referring to? It was the fact that I have been divorced twice. This is the mentality of the church and has been for quite some time, but is it justifiable in Scripture? NO! You see, while the Bible does say that divorcing someone is a sin, it does not say that being divorced is a sin. In our
  14. The Danger of Arguing "Around" Theology and the Gospel (originally posted on 5/23/2015)
    05 Feb, 2016
    The Danger of Arguing "Around" Theology and the Gospel (originally posted on 5/23/2015)
    ​(originally posted on 5/23/2015) I know a lot of apologists, some very prominent and others just getting started in the industry. One of the things that I have noticed is that some of them tend to argue and converse with non-believers in a way that seems to avoid talking about their personal, spiritual beliefs relative to their Christianity in order to make the other person more comfortable and willing to accept their arguments. This, however, is a huge problem. Why? Because this leaves out
  15. Apologetics and the Suffering Christian (originally posted on 9/19/2015)
    05 Feb, 2016
    Apologetics and the Suffering Christian (originally posted on 9/19/2015)
    ​(originally posted on 9/19/2015) As many of you know I have been going through a lot lately to put it lightly. I have, for the first time in my life as an apologist, realized the unhelpfulness of most apologetic arguments when one is in an extreme state of depression. It is not that the truth does not matter, but rather certain truths, such as the reliability of the Bible, arguments for the existence of God, and so on, are virtually irrelevant in the mind of the depressed believer who already
  16. The Mentally ill and Christian Apologetics (originally posted on 10/3/2015)
    05 Feb, 2016
    The Mentally ill and Christian Apologetics (originally posted on 10/3/2015)
    ​(originally posted on 10/3/2015) I recently spent 8 days in a mental facility for the 5th time in my life due to the fact that I was without my medication for nearly 6 weeks. While I was in the hospital I met many different kinds of people with many different religions and beliefs.  One of the saddest things that I realized while in the hospital this time was that, quite frankly, no one seems to want to correct the mentally ill when they are clearly being irrational about their belief systems.
  17. The Value of Community Driven Churches in Modern Christendom (originally posted on 10-12-2015)
    05 Feb, 2016
    The Value of Community Driven Churches in Modern Christendom (originally posted on 10-12-2015)
    (originally posted on 10-12-2015) Many people these days, including myself until yesterday, have sought to discredit the value and validity of the community driven church with regard to how they usually tend to focus more on fellowship than discipleship. Well, on my way to church yesterday, to a Mega-Church I might notably add, I realized something, nay, I had somewhat of an epiphany as it were. There are various times in a Christian’s life, as well as in a non-Christian’s life, in which they
  18. To be Intellectual or Emotional? That is the question!
    30 Jan, 2016
    To be Intellectual or Emotional? That is the question!
    This will be a short blog post, as I want the point to be clear and succinct. Many, if not most people appeal to emotion on some level when coming to hold their truth convictions. Even if they don't do it on purpose, they do it nonetheless. The reason for this is irrelevant here. What is relevant is the fact that to even assume that emotion exists in the first place one must necessarily bow at the feet of logic and reason. After all, logic is necessary to think in the first place, and we cannot

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