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Christian Ethics Have Been Abstracted

The abstraction of Christian ethics I would like to expose a problem. It’s been germinating in the Church since the election of Donald Trump. Unfortunately, it’s one that’s been en vogue for pastors to contribute. Namely, the problem is the rejection of the reality of the Christian way of life for the empty substitute of neo-Puritan, […]

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Christians Ought to Hold on to Tradition

Christians Ought to Hold on to Tradition It’s difficult to articulate why Christians ought to hold to tradition. Often, I’m misunderstood as defending traditionalism. I don’t mean that we ought to defend tradition for tradition’s sake. Rather, I wish to communicate a kind of guardedness against sudden change as well as a sense of worth […]

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Preparing for the storm.

Preparing for the storm As I predicted last post, I believe there’s an ecclesiastical storm approaching. It’s fueled by rising hot air in the primarily Southern denominations of the SBC and the PCA. Now I’d like to suggest a course of action, rain gear, if you will. First, pray. You ought to already be praying […]

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Christians are Raising Ideologues

Christians are raising ideologues. It would be rather convenient to assume that our children know why it’s reasonable to protect human life. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what many Christian parents do. They assume that teaching their children that a thing is wrong is thoroughgoing enough. Unfortunately, when it comes to ethics, Christians are raising ideologues. Here’s […]

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Are We Going to Let the Adolescent Inmates Run the Asylum?

The adolescent inmates run the asylum In the aftermath of school protests, incessant interviews of David Hogg by liberal media, and the march for gun control this weekend, I have one thing to say. “No thanks. I’ll keep my AR.” I have to wonder though, how long are we going to let the adolescent inmates […]

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Migration Slavery

Is worker migration slavery? That’s a question we must ask ourselves as we consider Federal im-migration policy. It’s one that’s difficult to answer and the answer may be more difficult than the question. Some time ago, I read a critique of the President’s immigration policy. An accusation was directed at the morality of disallowing migrants […]

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Pretending Your Racism is Patriotism

Pretending your racism is patriotism picket Saturday, in my hometown, several folks participated in a march to demonstrate their disapproval of injustices against the lady-folk in our society. As I drove by the group of about 75, I noticed several signs, one of which was prevalent. It read, “Stop pretending your racism is patriotism”. I […]

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Black Eyed Peas Communion

Happy New Year! As 2018 became reality, many of you ushered in the new year over a meal of black eyed peas and cabbage. It’s a Southern culinary tradition that many people observe. I’m going to step out on a limb and say that most of you don’t know why the tradition began. Treason the […]

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“Root Hog or Die”, an un-Southern “Conservatism”

In conversations with my Southern friends, our political affections often dissolve into a conversation about our current welfare state. In the United States, taking care of the poor is a problem that has had a slowing effect on our already slowing economic growth. We are not the economic empire we once were, and most people […]

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The Bible is Not a Magic Book

If you’re like me, you were raised with a great deal of respect for the Bible. In fact, many times this respect was misappropriated. I knew that the Bible was God’s Word and that it was powerful and alive. It was efficacious, to use a theological term. It didn’t return void. If used properly, it […]

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Apologetic Engagement-Fish or Cut Bait

Apologetic Engagement When it comes to apologetic engagement-fish or cut bait! At least that’s what I’m thinking. It just seems like we’re just spinning our wheels sometimes. There’s a lot of teaching, training, and talk about putting all of that into practice. But, in the end nothing ever really seems to happen. It’s hard, without […]

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Apologetics Must Interrupt Small Church Complacency

The more I consider how important it is that my small, local church engage our community in a meaningful way, the more daunting the task becomes. The closer I get to moving our adult apologetics class toward real conversations with real people who have real questions, the more I sense anxiety building. The more I […]

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Some Southerners Misappropriate Ancestry

Some Southern people misappropriate ancestry. Many modern Southerners disregard their ancestors. I hit on that nail in my last post. Either they neglect to think about them or they willfully forget them. Some Southern people misappropriate ancestry. But how? 1) Neglect Family has suffered at the hand of modernity. Our communities used to be agricultural. […]

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How to Avoid Christian-the Straw Man

Rachel Held Evans builds Christian-the straw man A tweet came across my Twitter feed a few nights ago that caught my eye. Rachel Held Evans, a person not usually friendly to conservative Evangelicals retweeted a post by an Evangelical. Her comment that quoted the article read, “Rarely do I see white evangelicals even attempt to […]

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The Tolerance Shoe is on the Other Foot

The tolerance shoe is on the other foot now. Considering recent events, the Presidential election of 2016, it’s becoming clear that the tolerance shoe is on the other foot. At least that’s clear to the people marching in the streets of several US cities protesting the election of Donald Trump. If there is a word […]

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Perseverance, unfaithfulness, and fear

My fear I am a Calvinist. For some of you I’m positive that when I say that, it brings out negative connotations. For many whose knee-jerk reaction is negative though, you might be surprised how much we have in common doctrinally. One of those important beliefs in which you and I may enjoy unity is […]

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OBJECTIVE MORALITY MEANS THE SECULAR CHICKEN’S COME HOME TO ROOST

Objective morality means the secular chicken’s come home to roost. That’s important to remember when utilizing the third argument of three arguments that every Christian should know. We’ll get to why in a minute. First, let’s take a quick look at what the moral argument is. Moral laws imply a Moral Law Giver. There is […]

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Evidence for Design Grows Like a New Patch of Kudzu

The evidence for design grows like a new patch of kudzu on a Mississippi highway. That is the second of three arguments each Christian should know. Officially, it’s called the teleological argument. So, what is the teleological argument? teleological argument. An argument for the existence of God that takes as its starting point the purposive […]

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Peach Blossoms and Apologetics

It’s been said that peaches only grow where there’s peach blossoms. Well, that’s true for apologists as well. In a time when they’re needed, our apologetics ‘peaches’ don’t seem to “bloom where they’re planted”. That’s a favorite adage of Greg Koukl, an apologist who has a radio show out of LA (not Louisiana). “Bloom where […]

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Whistling Dixie Past the Graveyard of Racism

Unless you’ve had your head buried in the cultural sandlot, you’re probably beginning to see racial issues in America as more complicated than before.Once relegated by the cultural elitists to the South, racism has become a chasm that threatens the neo-patriotic idea of indivisibility more like a cracked windshield than a geographic fault-line. It’s fissures […]

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Will Southern Baptists Reject the Southern Cross of St Andrew

Will Southern Baptists reject the Southern Cross of St. Andrew? That is a question that will be answered June 14 & 15 in St Louis as the Southern Baptists have their annual convention. At the top of the agenda and with much anticipation is a resolution for all Southern Baptists and their neighbors to reject […]

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Christian Rights Make Christians Right When it Comes to the 2nd Amendment

Christian Right? It would be easy to run away with the idea that if something is “a right” then it is permissible for the Christian. In other words, if something can be proven to be given to us as a right then it is alright for us to participate in its enjoyment. But, any pastor […]

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Is it Right for Christians to Keep and Bear Arms?

Is it right for Christians to keep and bear arms? Recently, there have been several articles published by good men, Christians who are conservative and liberal, calling into question the right of people, especially Christians, to use firearms in their own defense or the defense of others. To be honest, I have wished that these […]

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Christmas apologetics begins at T minus 33 years and counting.

“Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in […]

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Protestant Pope

With the recent visit of the Pope to America, conversations abound about the Roman Church. From inclusivism to the “Pope-mobile”, the topic of the month is the pontiff visit. Many of these conversations have involved papal authority and as a Protestant that’s pretty understandable. We have a doctrinal aversion to the papacy and it’s at […]

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Some Christians Are on the Wrong Side of the Planned Parenthood Debate

Today the Planned Parenthood protests will take place across the country. After several weeks of videos from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), those opposed to infanticide will finally take to the streets en masse. Of course the supporters of Planned Parenthood, a Federally funded women’s health organization that participates in abortions across the country, […]

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The preposterous, illogical hypocrisy of flying the Christian flag (cross, fish, Chi Rho, oil lamp, etc.)

As an extremely conservative evangelical apologist of Christian Faith and religious freedom, I say that there is no good biblical, historical, or strategic reason to defend the flying (display) of the Christian flag (cross, fish, Chi Rho, oil lamp, 10 Commandments, etc.) today. To defend the display of any of these symbols is complete hypocrisy, […]

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Apologist, Are You Your Brother’s Keeper?

You see, apologetics is not merely defending the Faith against the New Atheists. There is a great battle taking place for the life of our brothers and sisters. It is being waged on a spiritual plane but the casualties will be apparent to us all very soon. I’m sure that it’s obvious by now that he or she needs you, your service, your keeping. This is apologetics at its very core, the keeping of your brother, and the antithesis of Cain’s excuse. So may I ask, are you your brothers keeper?

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Can You Stand the Heat of the Tolerant?

That sweltering shock, that sultry surprise, that dog day disbelief is going to hit some of you square in the face like Al Wilson on a run blitz! All of this consternation calefaction will come as a result of not thinking clearly about the things that matter most. Buying into a few of the simple but effective rhetorical sound bites of the LGBT militarists will have cost you your comfort, your air conditioned continuation of neutrality.

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Lay Apologists are the Church’s Boots on the Ground

While you sit at home or at church in your office, or while you visit the sick or evangelize to the needy, you are doing exactly what everyone expects of you. On the other hand, when lay people are practicing their vocation (nurse, teacher, business manager, office tech, machinist, baker, etc.) they are expected to practice only their respective job. In fact, any religious activity during their scheduled work is often discouraged. Furthermore, they come into contact with many more people who may openly confront them about their Faith. These people, the laity are the Church’s boots on the ground for Christianity

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An Ounce of Inoculation is Worth a Pound of Argumentation

In that case, an ounce of inoculation is worth a pound of argumentation.
Don’t be satisfied with the pad answers. Give them the tough stuff. Don’t be afraid that if you give them a robust argument to defend against that they’ll leave the faith. Don’t sell them short or give them the short end of the stick. Give them an ounce of prevention. Inoculate them, because if you don’t, there are those who will. I guarantee it.

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Reasons to Join a Church

An integral piece of the post-modern puzzle is this idea of absolute individual. The reader, not the author, determines the post-modern hermeneutic. Morality is relative to individual preference, not objective and transcendent. And then there’s covenant. Post-moderns avoid covenant like J.E.B. Stuart’s acquisition of Pope’s coat. They want nothing to do with joining anything organized, especially the Church.

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The Apologists Call is to Love

Recently, I saw a meme on a local atheist’s Facebook page. It was actually a picture from a “free-thinking” society in Asheville, NC. The meme read, “God hates facts”. Atheists love to call Christians arrogant. In fact, the only interaction so far that I have had with this particular group resulted in the same treatment […]