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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. An exciting development in my life!
    16 Mar, 2016
    An exciting development in my life!
    I am MOVING OUT OF THE HOMELESS SHELTER TODAY!!!!! I got a great job offer yesterday, but there was a catch.....I had to have my own place to live to store the equipment that is part of the new job. I was pretty distraught that I couldn't take this great paying job that was right up my alley because I didn't have a place to live. So, I looked on craigslist for a cheap room for rent, and I found one. It is about 2 blocks from the UNK campus. While I don't attend UNK, from the looks of it I will
  9. The Bootstrap Defeater Argument (an original)
    09 Feb, 2016
    The Bootstrap Defeater Argument (an original)
    Over the next several posts on here I will be briefly defending each of the premises of this argument. For now suffice it to say that, well, here is the argument.    If anything began to exist, something must have always existed. That which has always existed necessarily precedes that which began to exist. Anything that always existed could not be part of or the same as that which began to exist. The universe began to exist. The universe is necessarily material in essence. Therefore, something
  10. There is NO WAY I Would Be a Christian If....
    30 Jan, 2016
    There is NO WAY I Would Be a Christian If....
    As someone who has been through so much crap.....like two unwanted divorces, 75 jobs, 40 moves, being severely abused physically as a child, being picked on and ridiculed most of my life, six mental hospitalizations, suicidal ideations from age 7 on, and so on and so forth, THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY I WOULD STILL BE A CHRISTIAN. What is that way.....what is that reason?!??!?!? Simply put, there is no way I would be a Christian at this point in my life if I was not convinced of its logical validity,
  11. 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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