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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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Contentment is its Own Apologetic

Discontent There’s a virtue that has evaded me for some time. It’s contentment. Whether it is due to my personality or can be blamed on circumstance is often indiscernible, Regardless, I have been guilty of a certain kind of restlessness, a kind I wish to depose. Contentment is its own apologetic but it’s hard to […]

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The Strength of Storytelling

Storytellers past I remember visiting my Grandmother when I was a young. She’d often make fried apple pies and there was nothing like them. Many times when I’d visit, my Great Grandfather, her dad who we all called Grandpaw Henderson, would be sitting at the table. I knew he was about to tell me a […]

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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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Empathy vs Truth

What’s true? Does it matter? What about love? As a Christian, which should be my greatest concern? Do I have to walk a mile in my neighbor’s shoes before I can tell them they’re a mile off? For folks interested in apologetics, the question can become one of empathy vs truth, where my loyalty lies. […]

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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 Hammer

I was raised in a very religious family. We valued our faith but in a way that was often legalistic. Don’t get me wrong. I am convinced that each of my relatives were/are true believers. But, I’ve witnessed too many family feuds in which the Bible was used as a weapon. Most of the time […]

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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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Final Judgment Eternal?

Final Judgment Eternal? When I write about the doctrine of Final Judgement or what’s popularly known as Hell, I don’t take it lightly. Just because I’m not going to be there doesn’t mean that it’s a pleasant thing to think about. It is likely that I love people who will experience hell. So, a reason […]

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Longing Words of a POW

I saw this posted on FB today by a FB friend and thought I’d share it. At Christmas it’s easy to reminisce and wish for what used to be but may never be again. We are captives of our circumstances and time, but two great graces our Creator has commonly given are memory and imagination. […]

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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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Apologetics Brick by Brick

As I prepare to write a review for Andy Bannister’s newest book The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist or the Dreadful Consequences of Bad Arguments, it occurred to me that the only thing worse than a bad argument for Christianity may be no argument for Christianity. Andy may not agree and to be sure, I mean […]

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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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Apologetics from the Psalms

One can easily obtain apologetics from the Psalms. That’s right. I said the Psalms. Most of the time when we think of the Books of Psalms in the Scriptures, we think songs or prayers. Well, that’s what they are. But, it’s not very often that we consider the Psalms as a source for apologetics though. […]

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I’m My Father’s Son

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are….” (1 John 3:1, ESV) I’m my Father’s son.  There’s no doubt about it. My habits, my personality, even my DNA declare it. In him my identity is found. Have you ever thought […]

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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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Vote (continued)

What is a vote? 1vote \ˈvōt\ noun [Middle English (Scottish), from Latin votum vow, wish—more at vow] 15th century 1    a: a usually formal expression of opinion or will in response to a proposed decision especially: one given as an indication of approval or disapproval of a proposal, motion, or candidate for office[1]   As […]

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Vote

So far this election cycle has been a tumultuous if not a divisive one for Christians. Not only is there the usual consternation between those who would be labeled Social Justice Warriors and the others who are more traditional, but within the Republican nomination process there have been stark divisions arise between some evangelicals as […]

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Apologetics, Kids, and the World They Live In

As published by Raising Godly Children. This is not a post about how to help your children deal with their emotions as they face their fear of mass shootings, ISIS, or any of the other evils that are no longer hidden from them, despite your best efforts. That is a job for you and your […]

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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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The Aesthetic Apologetic of Christmas

Putting Christmas away You’ve probably spent at least part of the past weekend taking down your Christmas tree and maybe the other decorations you’ve spent the past month enjoying. In a way, you may be glad that Christmas is over. I met a man who is from Tennessee Don’t feel bad. I totally understand. I […]

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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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The Apologetic of Waiting

If there is anything we don’t like to do in America, it’s to wait. My vocation depends upon this cultural identidy. I am a UPS driver and I can guarantee that people do not like to wait. This is especially true during the Christmas Season, or what we call “Peak”. There’s plenty of evidence, other […]

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“Calvinists need to read their Bible”

“In the freest manner, and on no mercenary grounds, does God bestow upon us his love and favour, just as, when we were not yet born, and when he was prompted by nothing but his own will, he fixed upon us his choice.”[1]-Calvin When I’m speaking with my Reformationally challenged friends, a point of contention […]

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Fly-over Country Apologetics

One of the great things about America is its vastness. America is an expanse of land that is a beautiful testimony of God’s creativeness. From the Atlantic Coast of North Carolina to the Northern Pacific in Washington, America spans the width of a continent, from sea to shining sea. Folks who reside in other nations […]

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Apologetics Are a Means to an End

Sometimes I wonder why I, or anyone else for that matter, should be interested in apologetics. To whom or against what are we providing this defense? At the moment, I’m not involved in a specific teaching ministry. In fact, I’m in between churches. After leaving a church where I was involved extensively in teaching apologetics, […]

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Uncertainty is Cultural Orthodoxy-Apologists Stand Between the Pew and the Propaganda

A man cannot conceive himself capable of a greater certainty than to know that any idea in his mind is such as he perceives it to be[1]…He that demands a greater certainty than this, demands he knows not what, and shows only that he has a mind to be a sceptic[2]-John Locke In my last […]

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Faith Belongs to the Church

When I have listened to sociologists and philosophers discuss the abiding effect of post-modernism on the common person in today’s culture, I am often perplexed that there is such a disregard of its power. It seems to me that in their haste to classify common folk as nonacademic, they have misunderstood the appeal of post-modernism […]

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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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A Review of “God’s Crime Scene” by J Warner Wallace

When I received J Warner Wallace’s recent book “God’s Crime Scene” several weeks ago, I was pleasantly unsurprised. It was fairly thick and extensive. If you’ve ever met Jim or have had the privilege to hear him speak, you will understand what I mean when I say that Jim Wallace is a man of substance, […]

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The Wrong Question About Kim Davis

It’s understandable that unbelieving, pro-gay activists or even unconvinced by-standers might condemn Kim Davis for her actions. To them, her decision to not give in to the coercion of the “supreme” court and act against her own State Constitution (the mandate of her constituents) is both hypocritical and illegal. “She is disobeying the law of […]

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Children’s Apologetics-Begin With Jesus

Children assume God exists. That’s just the way it is. Whether born to Christians or to atheists, Islamists or Hindu, children have an intrinsic belief in the existence of some being that shares attributes like omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience (Rom 1:19-20). Until they reach an older age usually in their adolescence, children do not need […]

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Abortion Advocates Continue to Shadow Box

Abortion advocates continue to shadow box. Why? I’ll tell you why. They can no longer engage the arguments against abortion because abortion has finally been confirmed to be the killing of an unborn, human person. There is no justification for that. Abortion advocates have stuck with the same old boring arguments of women’s suffrage, choice, […]

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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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PARENTS ARE THE FIRST APOLOGISTS YOUR CHILD SHOULD EVER MEET

With the recent SCOTUS ruling and the likely avalanche of lower court decisions and runaway cultural zealots like the Atty. Gen. for the state of Oregon who recently decided to completely ignore the First Amendment placing a gag order on a couple to “cease and desist” from speaking of their Christian convictions to not participate […]

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Nominal Christianity in the South (part 3)

In the last two articles I’ve made an assumption. That is, there is problem of nominal Christianity in the South. I’ve made that assumption without definition. Furthermore, in those two articles I’ve argued that 1) the overt Christian culture in the South is something other than mere hypocrisy and 2) the only accurate and Biblical […]

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Calling All Apologists. “I want you!”

As I make my way around various circles, as I have written, read, listened, and conversed, I feel a little like the old Uncle Sam. “I want you!” Communicating my passion for and the need of apologetics in the local church has shed some light on people’s perceptions of apologetics. Most of the time those […]

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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 […]

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Disconnect Between Apologetics and the Small Church

The strength of the American Church probably does not reside in her mega-churches and she will need all of her strength to endure the likely persecution that is coming. Can we help equip the people who sit in the pews of the thousands of small churches in America? I hope we can find a way to bridge the disconnect between apologetics and the small church.