Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Grafton Appointment Exposes Massive Differences in the Anglican Church in Australia

Interesting article containing responses from Bishops who all have connections from Canberra: Grafton Appointment Exposes Massive Differences in the Anglican Church in Australia | davidould.net:
"Almost immediately after writing last week I got a flood of emails with many asking me how it was possible that someone who so openly opposed the official Anglican position could be consecrated as bishop. Given the level of interest in the story I viewed that question as valid and so passed it on to those NSW diocesans who would be expected to be there – Robinson of Canberra, Lewers of Armidale and Palmer of Bathurst."

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Free Talks from Katoomba Christian Convention

KCC have a weekly free talk. They have a great library, so this is cool they are giving one talk away a week: Free Talks - Katoomba Christian Convention:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

So, “Atheist Megachurches” Are Apparently A Thing

So, “Atheist Megachurches” Are Apparently A Thing | Connective Tissue:
"I’ll be honest: if I were not a person of faith, I could think of plenty of other things I’d rather do on the weekend: sleep in. Grab breakfast with friends. Sleep in. Get all introverted and read. Did I mention sleeping in?
Way way down on the bottom of my list would be to show up to a large event with a bunch of strangers, sing some songs, and put money in a box."

Piper Addresses Strange Fire and Charismatic Chaos

I'm currently listening to the Strange Fire audio, this is a good response (I'm still on the fence, it seems to depend on definitions): Piper Addresses Strange Fire and Charismatic Chaos - Desiring God:
"Piper’s view on prophecy raises another question. If MacArthur believes the gift of prophecy has ceased, what exegetical proofs would Piper argue to the contrary?"

Friday, November 22, 2013

Janet Interviews Mark Driscoll - YouTube

Interesting interview: Janet Interviews Mark Driscoll - YouTube

From Mars Hill Church website:  Media FAQ | Mars Hill Church:
"IF I USE MATERIAL FROM ONE OF PASTOR MARK’S SERMON’S DO I NEED TO CITE HIM AS THE SOURCE OF THAT MATERIAL?
Yes. If you don’t cite him, you are plagiarizing. If you use content from one of Pastor Mark’s sermons or from one of his books, you need to attribute the content (whether it is a quote or paraphrase) to Pastor Mark. Also, even though we make transcripts available of our sermons, this does not mean you can take the transcript and deliver the sermon as though it is your own. This too is plagiarism.
The same answer applies to your use of sermon content from any other pastors and any of our blog posts."

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Piper on Pastors’ Pay

Great interview with Piper. I love his attitude: Piper on Pastors’ Pay – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
I received modest honorariums of one or two hundred dollars for weddings and funerals. I accepted these with thanks. I did suspect that, if I was faithful, income would rise, and sooner or later I would make more than I needed. Therefore, I believed from the beginning that plans should be in place to put a governor on laying up treasures on earth.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

CBMW and the Gospel

I hope this conference puts their audio online for free: CBMW and the Gospel | CBMW | The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood:
How do gender roles relate to the gospel? Where is complementarianism headed?


Friday, November 15, 2013

75th Anniversary

I use the ESV online study notes all the time: 75th Anniversary | Crossway:
To celebrate this anniversary and to thank you for your continued support, we’re pleased to offer free digital access to the award-winning ESV Study Bible through the month of November. The ESV Study Bible Web App includes the study notes, maps, charts, illustrations, and theological articles found in the print edition—all integrated into ESVBible.org’s easy-to-use interface.

Friday, November 8, 2013

GoThereFor.com

New site by matthias media where you get access to their content for a low monthly subscription: GoThereFor.com

Atheists Don't Get God

Dawkins also argues against a complex god, which has no impact on Orthodoxy as they have held him to be simple. If only they and their readers knew historical arguments: RealClearReligion - Atheists Don't Get God:
"It is not so much that Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins disagree with Thomas Aquinas on the existence of God; it is that neither Hitchens nor Dawkins has any real grasp of what Aquinas even means when he speaks of God."

Proper Passion: A Lesson from Trent

A nice little historical story from Trent: Proper Passion: A Lesson from Trent – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
"It is possible, however, for passion to become a liability. Indeed, unbridled passion may spin out of control and inadvertently frustrate the purpose for which it was intended. "

Thom Rainer’s 5 Stages of Pastoral Ministry

Quite a good summary of ministry stages: Thom Rainer’s 5 Stages of Pastoral Ministry:
"Pastoral tenure matters. It is far too short in many churches."


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Emperor Has No Clothes. Turns Out He’s a Girl

Marriage equality is full of hate: The Emperor Has No Clothes. Turns Out He’s a Girl. | Blog & Mablog:
"Twoism is a virulent form of hatred, and is worse than all the -isms we have successfully combated up to this point. But as bad as it is, they were actually celebrating it in an ad in an airport. Seattle is supposed to be an enlightened city. Starbucks started there."

Monday, November 4, 2013

Four Reasons the Gospels Could Not Be Legends

Four Reasons the Gospels Could Not Be Legends | J.D. GREEAR:
"The most popular theory today against the Bible is that the gospels are a bunch of myths and legends. As the theory goes, Jesus was a great guy with some commendable teachings, but the stories we have about him in the four gospels are made-up legends intended to beef up Christianity’s claims."

Monday, October 28, 2013

See you in Seattle, Pastor John MacArthur?

Driscoll gives his account at Strange Fire and offers MacArthur a chance to speak at his conference: See you in Seattle, Pastor John MacArthur? | The Resurgence:
"As you may have heard, I dropped by your recent Strange Fire conference. I happened to be in the area speaking at an Act Like Men conference in Long Beach. I intentionally came during a break so as not to interrupt the sessions, and I met some great people.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Seven salvations

Good comic about the difference between decisions and disciples: Adam4d.com - Seven salvations

Paul's Teaching on Women: Cultural or Transcultural

Perhaps a helpful overview of the issue by someone undecided: Paul's Teaching on Women: Cultural or Transcultural | Candid Christianity:
I admit that I am undecided in the matter. The egalitarian and complementarian present two compelling, opposing views. But if I had to choose today, I’d say the complementarian response to the egalitarian is unconvincing for a couple of reasons.

Atwill’s Cranked-up Jesus

You know it's a bad history about Jesus when Richard Carrier won't even touch it: Atwill’s Cranked-up Jesus | Richard Carrier Blogs:
Joseph Atwill is one of those crank mythers I often get conflated with. Mythicists like him make the job of serious scholars like me so much harder, because people see, hear, or read them and think their nonsense is what mythicism is. They make mythicism look ridiculous. So I have to waste time (oh by the gods, so much time) explaining how I am not arguing anything like their theories or using anything like their terrible methods, and unlike them I actually know what I am talking about, and have an actual Ph.D. in a relevant subject from a real university.

A Friend of Sinners and No Friend of Sin

Nice soundbite at the end: A Friend of Sinners and No Friend of Sin – Kevin DeYoung:
No one in the history of the world has been more inclusive of the broken hearted than Jesus. And no one has been more intolerant of the impenitent. A friend of sinners and no friend of sin.

He At Least Knew

Argument of miracles based on the character of Jesus: He At Least Knew | Blog & Mablog:
“Jesus professed to work miracles; he cannot by possibility have been deceived on the subject; and so, either he did work miracles, or he was a bad man. Against his character all the objections to miracles must shatter, like surf against the rock. And this is not arguing in a circle; not proving the miracles by Christ, and Christ by the miracles. The concurrence of the two makes it easy to account for both; the denial of the miracles necessitates conclusions more improbable than the miraculous” (Broadus, Preparation and Delivery, p. 183).

Friday, October 18, 2013

School Rules Are Not the Answer

Nice quote at the end: School Rules Are Not the Answer | Blog & Mablog:
A good disciplinarian can rid a school of the demon of disorder. But unless the Spirit of God fills in the vacancy, the demons of self-righteousness, seven times worse than the first one, will come back to haunt the place.


Friday, October 11, 2013

All Lewis Conference Media Now Available

I always like the DG conferences and how they give their content away for free: All Lewis Conference Media Now Available - Desiring God:
"Our recent national conference dove deeply into the life, heart, and influence of Lewis, celebrating all we’ve learned through him and asking the hard questions of his writing. It’s a collection of talks that offers a big, thorough look at Lewis — his God, imagination, books, theology, friendships, worship, and more.
Please enjoy and share all the audio and video below free of charge."


Ancient Confession Found: 'We Invented Jesus Christ'

Seems legit... well not really. Even Bart Ehrman would take aim at this: Ancient Confession Found: 'We Invented Jesus Christ':
American Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill will be appearing before the British public for the first time in London on the 19th of October to present a controversial new discovery: ancient confessions recently uncovered now prove, according to Atwill, that the New Testament was written by first-century Roman aristocrats and that they fabricated the entire story of Jesus Christ. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Does God (Really) Desire All to Be Saved?

New book by Piper, and you can download the pdf for free: Does God (Really) Desire All to Be Saved? - Desiring God:
"Finding the answers is like climbing Mount Everest. Not everyone is up for the climb, but we believe it can be done, and there are guides to help if you want to make the attempt. John Piper offers himself as a Sherpa of sorts for the steep climb in his new little book, Does God Desire All to Be Saved?"

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Am I Still Crazy Busy?

DeYoung has some good reflections on busyness (I will probably read his book - one day): Am I Still Crazy Busy? – Kevin DeYoung:
"So in the midst of this internal reflection and self-diagnosis, what practical steps have I taken to be less crazy busy?  Have things actually gotten better? Several things come to mind, in no particular order."

Adoption Story - David Platt

A nice clip by David Platt on Adoption: ▶ Adoption Story - David Platt - YouTube:


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Bibliographical Test Updated

There is a neat table in this article with the new revised number of ancient manuscripts: The Bibliographical Test Updated - Christian Research Institute:
For example, although apologists rightly claim that there are well over five thousand Greek manuscripts of the New Testament, they have reported the number of manuscripts for Homer’s Iliad to be 643, but the real number of Iliad manuscripts is actually 1,757.
Although there has been an increase in the number of non–NT ancient manuscripts, nothing has changed regarding the applicability of the bibliographical test. Even Homer’s Iliad, which has seen the greatest manuscript increase, is still dwarfed by the NT, which has more than three times the Greek manuscripts as the Iliad.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Destroy all churches in Gulf, says Saudi Grand Mufti

Imagine if some Western leader (church or secular) said a similar thing about mosques in their own county: Destroy all churches in Gulf, says Saudi Grand Mufti - Culture & Society - ArabianBusiness.com:
"The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has said it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region,” following Kuwait’s moves to ban their construction."


A Polecat in a Hollow Tree

Interesting take on things: A Polecat in a Hollow Tree | Blog & Mablog:
The irony is that the mistake Wright makes about first century Jews, R.C. makes about the Reformed, and the valuable insight that Wright offers pastorally about some of the tight-shoed Reformed, he declines to apply to first century Jews. In short, R.C. judges the Reformed tradition by the paperwork, and first century Jews by the heart. Wright judges the Reformed by the heart, and judges the first century Jews by the paperwork. It is enough to make you go huh.

Halloween: Trick or Treat?

A great spoken word on Halloween by Glen Scrivener: Halloween: Trick or Treat? on Vimeo:
"While Halloween can often be a time associated with ghosts, devils and darkness, this video is designed to share the good news that Jesus is the light of the world!"


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Parenting Does Not Create the Child

Interesting observations: Parenting Does Not Create the Child – Kevin DeYoung:
"Parenting has become more complicated than it needs to be. It used to be, as far as I can tell, that Christian parents basically tried to feed their kids, clothe them, teach them about Jesus, and keep them away from explosives.... 
As nanny parents living in a nanny state, we think of our children as amazingly fragile and entirely moldable. Both assumptions are mistaken. It’s harder to ruin our kids than we think and harder to stamp them for success than we’d like."


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Theological Primer: Supralapsarianism and Infralapsarianism

Some big words for today: Theological Primer: Supralapsarianism and Infralapsarianism – Kevin DeYoung:
"In the end, I affirm the infralapsarian position taught in the Canons of Dort (First Head of Doctrine, Articles 6, 7). But I also agree with those who caution against being overly dogmatic on a matter that involves some speculation. The debate is not insignificant, but neither is it a hill to die on."


Thursday, September 19, 2013

5 Questions to Ask When Reading the Bible

Not bad, I also ask questions about how it ties into other passages and where it fits in the overall story: 5 Questions to Ask When Reading the Bible by Steven Lawson | Ligonier Ministries Blog:
"How exactly does the Bible—an ancient book written thousands of years ago—reveal God’s way to people today? There are several key questions we must ask, the answers to which reveal to us the way. Here they are:"

The trouble with atheists: a defence of faith

A long article about Christian emotions: The trouble with atheists: a defence of faith | Books | The Guardian:
"But suppose, as the atheist bus goes by, you are poverty stricken, or desperate for a job, or a drug addict, or social services have just taken away your child. The bus tells you that there's probably no God so you should stop worrying and enjoy your life, and now the slogan is not just bitterly inappropriate in mood. What it means, if it's true, is that anyone who isn't enjoying themselves is entirely on their own. What the bus says is: there's no help coming. Now don't get me wrong. I don't think there's any help coming, in one large and important sense of the term. I don't believe anything is going to happen that will materially alter the position these people find themselves in. But let's be clear about the emotional logic of the bus's message. It amounts to a denial of hope or consolation on any but the most chirpy, squeaky, bubble-gummy reading of the human situation. St Augustine called this kind of thing "cruel optimism" 1,500 years ago, and it's still cruel."

Religion #1 cause of war

It is worth while following footnote 2 and reading pages 102-106 in that Google book: Religion #1 cause of war | crusades | Stalin | Hitler | Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry:
"An interesting source of truth on the matter is Philip and Axelrod’s three-volume Encyclopedia of Wars, which chronicles some 1,763 wars that have been waged over the course of human history. Of those wars, the authors categorize 123 as being religious in nature,2 which is an astonishingly low 6.98% of all wars. However, when one subtracts out those waged in the name of Islam (66), the percentage is cut by more than half to 3.23%"


“You Can’t Use the Bible to Prove the Bible” . . . And Other Stupid Statements

Interesting line of reasoning: “You Can’t Use the Bible to Prove the Bible” . . . And Other Stupid Statements | Parchment and Pen:
"For the non-Christian especially, the Bible should be seen as sixty-six ancient documents, all of which stand or fall on their own. In order to make them stand or fall together, one must assume a single authorship of some sort. At that point, the argument becomes self-defeating, as the very statement (“You can’t use the Bible to prove the Bible”) proves the Bible!"


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What Are the Essentials of the Christian Faith?

I like how both behavior and belief are considered, rather than just belief: What Are the Essentials of the Christian Faith? – Kevin DeYoung:
I don’t pretend that this is anywhere close to a comprehensive list from the Bible. But a list like this may be helpful in guarding against false teaching and examining our own lives.


5 Types of Sermon Illustrations and How to Use Them

Some practical advice: 5 Types of Sermon Illustrations and How to Use Them – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
"Categorizing illustrations is helpful because it gives you certain tools for certain purposes. It would be frustrating to use a hammer on a screw instead of a screwdriver, although if you pound hard enough it could do the job. Similarly, it can be frustrating to write an extended story to illustrate a Bible verse that only needs a word picture or an analogy. When you match the right illustration tool to right job, it gets easier and more enjoyable."

Sermons from the 2013 Presbyterian General Assembly of Australia

I like David Cook and David Jones: Sermons from the 2013 Presbyterian General Assembly of Australia : Anglican Church League, Sydney, Australia:
The Sermons from the Presbyterian General Assembly of Australia 2013 (just concluded) are now available to hear and download.

Need More? Check Out These Resources

I am two weeks out from finishing multiply with someone else. Here are some good resources to help move them along the discipleship journey: Need More? Check Out These Resources | multiply:
"We’ve divided these recommended resources up according to the various needs that groups may have. Whether you’re meeting with an unbeliever, going through some essential biblical truths, or wanting to dig deeper, we recommend the following resources. As with any resource, read the following with discernment:"


Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Question That Never Goes Away eBook: Philip Yancey

Free Yancey book on kindle: Amazon.com: The Question That Never Goes Away eBook: Philip Yancey: Kindle Store:
"Some days, the news seems too much to bear. Yet another tsunami or earthquake or flood or fire or war atrocity. One more gun-toting madman stalking young people in idyllic Norway or moviegoers in Colorado or schoolchildren in Newtown, Connecticut. We turn off the news only to get a phone call about expectant parents with a stillborn baby, or a loved one whose cancer has returned. "

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Explore God

This site looks quite good: Explore God

Blood Work eBook: Carter, Anthony: Kindle Store

Free kindle book: Amazon.com: Blood Work eBook: Carter, Anthony: Kindle Store:
Evangelical Christians often sing and preach about the blessed blood of Christ and the wonderful things it accomplishes for believers. To the uninformed ear, such language can convey the idea that Jesus’ blood had semi-magical qualities. Actually, Jesus’ blood was normal human blood, but the Bible refers to it in metaphorical terms to portray the many benefits that come to Christians because of Jesus’ death. In Blood Work: How the Blood of Christ Accomplishes Our Salvation, Anthony J. Carter traces this theme through the New Testament, showing how the biblical writers used the powerful metaphor of the blood of Jesus to help Christians grasp the treasures Jesus secured for them in His death on the cross. In doing so, he provides a fresh perspective on the atonement Jesus made.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

PM misrepresents the Bible

It annoys me, when some who says they are informed are actually ill-informed. A good response to KRudd: PM misrepresents the Bible | The Briefing:
I am appalled at how this national leader, publicly claiming “an informed conscience and a Christian conscience”, misrepresented the Holy Book of the faith he confesses, on its teaching on one matter (slavery) to avoid its teaching on another matter (of marriage), in order to justify his abandonment of that biblical teaching.

The Atonement of Jesus Teaching Series by Dr. R.C. Sproul from Ligonier Ministries

10 free talks by Sproul on the Atonement. Its a shame they only steam and are not downloadable: The Atonement of Jesus Teaching Series by Dr. R.C. Sproul from Ligonier Ministries:
"A growing number of professing Christian theologians in our day are questioning the doctrine of the substitutionary atonement of Jesus. One has gone so far as to describe such a concept as “a form of cosmic child abuse.” In this series, R.C. Sproul explains the biblical doctrine of atonement, dispelling caricatures of it, and clearing up misunderstandings that have arisen over time."


J. C. Ryle’s Evangelistic Strategy

This idea made be old, but it is a good one: J. C. Ryle’s Evangelistic Strategy:
Bishop Ryle’s evangelistic strategy was not rocket science, just good biblical common sense. Faced by a vast population unreached with the Christian message, he sought to multiply the number of Christian workers engaged in front-line evangelism. These workers were to be deployed aggressively, in defiance of the parish system if necessary, so that no community was deprived of the opportunity to hear the gospel. The workers must do the right work, which is proclamation, and not be distracted by less urgent concerns. And they must proclaim the right message, which is the glorious news of Jesus Christ crucified. It was not a complex or innovative strategy, but the tried and tested approach of apostles,reformers and evangelical preachers throughout previous generations.The bishop was convinced from Scripture and history that this was still the only God-ordained means by which the people of Liverpool diocese would be rescued eternally

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Radical Faith // Hea Woo

Another good clip from Open Doors: Radical Faith // Hea Woo - YouTube

Not Even a Hint

The whole book Hole in our Holiness is good, here is a bit from it: Not Even a Hint – Kevin DeYoung:
Brothers and sisters, we must be more vigilant. With our kids, with our families, with our Facebook accounts, with our texts, with our tweets, with our own eyes and hearts. Are we any differ­ent than the culture? Have we made a false peace with ourselves whereby we have said, we won’t do the things you do or be as sensual as you are, but we will gladly watch you do them for us?


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Jesus is Lucky to Have Us!

It's funny and sad that some people think this: Jesus is Lucky to Have Us!:

Challenging a Young Man’s Ten Assumptions

Some advice: Challenging a Young Man’s Ten Assumptions | Blog & Mablog:
"So I want to do is challenge ten common assumptions that young men have, and give an illustration for each one."

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Atheist’s Guide to Reality

After this review, I now want to read this book: The Atheist’s Guide to Reality | Analogical Thoughts:
Insofar as the Atheist’s Guide gives us good reasons to reject scientism, by Rosenberg’s lights it also gives us good reasons to reject atheism. The book is an unintended gift to believers; indeed, it does a more effective job of refuting the modern atheist worldview than many books written by Christians. The next time you come across a copy of the Atheist’s Guide in a bookstore, consider relocating it to the “Christian Apologetics” section.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Sermons Are Not For Liking

Quite a good point: Sermons Are Not For Liking | Challies Dot Com:
"At the end of it all, “How did you enjoy the sermon?” is simply the wrong question to ask. Far better is, “What did you learn from the sermon?” or “How did the Holy Spirit speak to you through the sermon?” These are questions that elevate the form or medium far above our preferences, and call upon us to submit to the Spirit as he is present in preaching."

The Story of God - YouTube

Quite a good 10 minute clip going over the whole Bible, and it's all in spoken word: The Story of God - YouTube:

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Is the New Evangelical Liturgy Really an Improvement?

Perhaps there is something in DeYoung's point: Is the New Evangelical Liturgy Really an Improvement? – Kevin DeYoung:
It can be found in tiny churches and megachurches. No one has written it down in a service book. No council or denomination is demanding that it be done. No pastor is taught this liturgy in seminary (um, probably not). But it has become the default liturgy nonetheless. It looks like this:
Casual welcome and announcements
Stand up for 4-5 songs
During the set, or at the very end, add a short prayer
Sermon
Closing song
Dismissal
I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say this is the basic liturgy from which most evangelical churches operate.

Shaking Us Loose

A good point, we should think for ourselves and make our own minds up: Shaking Us Loose | Blog & Mablog:
“We have no right to take for granted that commentaries and theologians are correct in their opinions; and in fact theological discord and conflicts, with all their evils, have this advantage, that they compel the most trusting and the most slothful of us somewhat to feel the necessity of thinking for ourselves” (Broadus, Preparation and Delivery, p. 129).

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Scripture Tools for Every Person (STEP): A New Free Online Bible Study Resource

New online Bible site/tool that may be useful: Scripture Tools for Every Person (STEP): A New Free Online Bible Study Resource. – Justin Taylor:
"Today the STEP development team of Tyndale House Cambridge launched the Beta-test version of a new free Bible study resource at www.StepBible.org."


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Disciple-Making is Ordinary Christianity by Erik Raymond

Not a bad article: Disciple-Making is Ordinary Christianity by Erik Raymond | Ligonier Ministries Blog:
"Discipleship is the ordinary practice of believers. You could say that Christianity is more than discipleship, but it is not less. We are our brother’s keeper. It’s in the job description."


10 Basic Facts About the NT Canon that Every Christian Should Memorize

This looks useful: 10 Basic Facts About the NT Canon that Every Christian Should Memorize – Justin Taylor:
"a helpful series on the New Testament canon, linked below, “designed to help Christians understand ten basic facts about its origins.  This series is designed for a lay-level audience and hopefully could prove helpful in a conversation one might have with a skeptical friend."

Monday, July 22, 2013

Is ‘Background Information’ Ever Necessary to Understand the Bible?

There is a little push back against some Grudem had said: Is ‘Background Information’ Ever Necessary to Understand the Bible? – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
My answer is a cautious yes: "background information" (which I prefer to call the historical context) is sometimes necessary for understanding the Bible accurately.
I say "cautious" because there are dangers if you answer that question either yes or no


The grace of God in the New Testament

A good quick overview of grace in the New Testament: The grace of God in the New Testament | The Resurgence:
Now we will look at the New Testament. Each book includes a single verse that best crystallizes the theme of grace in that book.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Catholic Church Offering Indulgences On Twitter

So I follow the pope on Twitter, what does that mean for me when he doesn't hold to protestant views: Catholic Church Offering Indulgences On Twitter - SourceFed - SourceFed:
"Indulgences granted by the church reduce the time believers would spend in purgatory after they have confessed and have been absolved of their sins. The tradition had a particularly bad reputation, because in the Middle Ages unscrupulous churchmen would sell them for large sums of money."

Can Life Have Meaning Without God?

If the universe has no real meaning, how then can we really import meaning into our lives? Can Life Have Meaning Without God? – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
So here are some closing words to any atheists who happen to read this article. If you believe that your life has meaning—if you sense that it must have meaning—you're absolutely right. But that meaning cannot come from within you, nor could it come from a universe outside you that lacks any ultimate purpose or value. It can only come from a transcendent personal Creator who made you, and the universe around you, for the most spectacular end: his eternal glory and the eternal joy of his people (Isaiah 43:6-7; Romans 11:36; Psalm 16:11; 1 Corinthians 2:9; Revelation 21:1-4).


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The grace of God in the Old Testament

Quite a good, but brief overview of grace in the OT: The grace of God in the Old Testament | The Resurgence:
Yet underneath and undergirding all of these themes is the motif of God’s grace, his favor, and love to the undeserving. We can see the grace of God in every book of the Bible, throughout both the Old and New Testaments.

The Biggest Mistakes Young Preachers Make

Some good advice here: The Biggest Mistakes Young Preachers Make – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
The call to proclaim God's Word is a weighty and thrilling stewardship. No preacher has everything figured out—especially those entering the pulpit for the first time. In this new video, Tullian Tchividjian, Voddie Baucham, and Russell Moore discuss common blunders new preachers make.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The. Internet. Is. Changing. The. World!

This makes a good point: The. Internet. Is. Changing. The. World! – Justin Taylor:
“The internet really has changed the world completely.” Pray tell, what is “the world”? Seriously, I want to know what people mean by this. If “the world” has been changed completely, why does the silver maple outside my window still stand as it has for decades? Why is the gazpacho at Emilio’s as good as it was when I first tasted it, twenty-five years ago? Why does the prose of Sir Thomas Browne still delight me as it did when I first encountered it at age nineteen? Why do I still love my wife?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What is the Best Sermon Ever series?

I'm not a fan of the humility (or lack of) in this presentation for a sermon series (and Jesus probably preached a good sermon or two in His time), but this does look good and I will probably download them: What is the Best Sermon Ever series? | Mars Hill Church:

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

When Solomon Tweeted

This has qutie a good point: When Solomon Tweeted – Kevin DeYoung:
@KingSolomon
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Tom Frame to resign from St Mark's

I liked Tom, I took two subjects lead by him: Tom Frame to resign from St Mark's · News · Canberra and Goulburn Anglican Community:
On behalf of The Council of St Mark’s National Theological Centre, Bishop Trevor Edwards has released the following statement:.
The Council of St Mark’s National Theological Centre has accepted the resignation of Bishop Tom Frame as Director with both understanding and regret."


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Texas Bible (plugin): Fixing the Second Person Plural Problem One Website at a Time

I neat little extension: Texas Bible (plugin): Fixing the Second Person Plural Problem One Website at a Time | Don't Eat The Fruit:
So I initially set out to develop a plugin for a Bible software project that would convert all “You plurals” to “Y’all” for my Bible project. I liked it so much I decided to create a Google Chrome extension that does the same thing for some popular Bible websites (youversion.com/bible.com, biblegateway.com, biblehub.com).


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Free "Just Do Something" study guide

PDF link

Parents, Do You Think Before You Post?

Some good questions to consider: Parents, Do You Think Before You Post? – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
"Parents, before you post about your small children, imagine a 13-year-old version of them reading over your shoulder. Your child bears the image of God just as you do. Does what you communicate honor them as equal image-bearers? Does it provide short-term gratification for you or honor long-term relationship with them? Does it potentially expose them to ridicule or label them? Does it record a negative sentiment that an adult would recognize as fleeting but an adolescent might not?"

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Good things don't erase the bad

This touches on something that is very true: A Softer World: 970:


Assessing Hierarchist Logic: Is Egalitarianism Really on a Slippery Slope?

A critique of Grudem's Evangelical Feminism: Assessing Hierarchist Logic: Is Egalitarianism Really on a Slippery Slope? | Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE):
I focus my assessment instead on the underlying logic of the argument presented in the book. I argue that the book contains a number of logical missteps and that, once these are corrected, the hierarchists’ concern proves to be chimerical. I conclude by arguing what many of us already know: despite our irreconcil­able differences, there is room under the evangelical umbrella for egalitarians and male hierarchists alike.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Is Mark Driscoll this generation's Pat Robertson?

Interesting comparison: Is Mark Driscoll this generation's Pat Robertson? | On Faith & Culture:
Robertson’s incendiary comments are often political or prophetic, while Driscoll’s are usually theological or social, but it’s difficult to discern which are more provocative.


Friday, May 10, 2013

How to Preach a Text When You Don’t Know What It Means

How to Preach a Text When You Don’t Know What It Means – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
First, my advice, then I will illustrate.
1. Briefly let people know there are multiple options, but don't go through all the options in detail.
2. Briefly tell people which one you are most convinced about and why.
3. Preach with unashamed confidence the principles of the chosen option, giving them something to believe. So long as the principles are true, your integrity before the Lord will be covered.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Raising arrow children

Tough question: Raising arrow children | The Resurgence:
When you look at children, do you see potential victims or potential heroes? The eye of faith sees both. We should seek to nurture and train children through the defenseless stage, knowing that on the other side of that endangered state is what we are truly after—a dangerous state.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

It Shouldn't Rinse Off

Nice quote: It Shouldn't Rinse Off | Chrestomathy:
"Helping is not effeminate. If a man's masculinity washes off in dishwater, then it was a pretty superficial masculinity" (For a Glory and a Covering, p. 73).

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Telling The Story From The Bible Part 2 Reviewing The Big Picture Story Bible and The Jesus Storybook Bible

Very long article comparing two children book on the Bible: Themelios | Article: Telling The Story From The Bible Part 2 Reviewing The Big Picture Stor - The Gospel Coalition:
The contrast between BPSB and JSB in what they add could not be more stark. Where BPSB strips stories down to fit into the "God's people in God's place under God's rule"rubric, JSB retells and expands the biblical narratives with a wealth of wit, adjectives, and conversational asides.


Monday, April 29, 2013

Advance 2013 | Conference Sessions

This content might be worth a watch/listen: Advance 2013 | Conference Sessions:

A Fixed Given

Is nature fixed or can we tinker with it? A Fixed Given | Sex and Culture:
If I may make the problem stark, what is the difference between a man shaving his head, or a woman dying her hair, or a teen-ager getting braces on her teeth, or a man getting a sex change operation? All four can be cast as examples of us "tinkering with" nature. Nature wants the hair to grow, he wants it shaved. Nature wants her hair to gray, she wants it not to. Nature wants her to be snaggletoothed, she wants a straight smile. And he wants his body to conform to his "inner woman." Why is this last one a travesty, and the others not?

What is the Gospel for all cultures?


A good article discussing what the Gospel is: CONTEXTUALIZING THE ONE GOSPEL IN ANY CULTURE: A MODEL FROM THE BIBLICAL TEXT FOR A GLOBAL CONTEXT

The gospel is the good news that God has accomplished his creation purposes by fulfilling his promises given through Israel. In particular, the gospel narrates how God reigns over all nations through Jesus Christ whom he resurrected thus defeating his enemies, the last being death. As a result, Jesus reconciles us to God the Father by redeeming us from slavery to sin, which is any idolatrous power that corrupts our desires and condemns us to everlasting shame. God will recreate the world in which the human family receives, reveals, and rejoices in God's glory. In response, God commands all nations to repent of their rebellion. Any who give  their allegiance to Christ will not be put to shame.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

“Submit” Is Not a Four-Letter Word | J.D. GREEAR

A nice summary at the end" “Submit” Is Not a Four-Letter Word | J.D. GREEAR:
The differing roles between men and women are meant to be a blessing for us, not a curse. Feminists may forget that these differences can be helpful; traditionalists may forget that these differences can be abused. But the differences are part of God’s design for us to reflect his nature back to himself.

Solid Joys - Daily Devotionals by John Piper

A new site made up of daily devotionals by John Piper, also has an iphone and andriod app: Solid Joys - Daily Devotionals by John Piper:

Top 10 Ways to Ruin Your Child’s Imagination

Quite a good list: Top 10 Ways to Ruin Your Child’s Imagination – Justin Taylor:

Monday, April 22, 2013

Infanticide: the coming battle

Well worth a read: Infanticide: the coming battle:
"Yesterday I created a file on my computer marked “Infanticide.” I intend to start making notes, collecting articles, and finding materials about the subject. I’ve been thinking about doing it for a while and I’m convinced that now is the time to start gathering info and getting ready to deal with the subject. Let me tell you why."


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Atheism is doomed: the contraceptive Pill is secularism's cyanide tablet

Interesting take on family values and projected populations: Atheism is doomed: the contraceptive Pill is secularism's cyanide tablet – Telegraph Blogs:
But if what Kaufmann is saying is true – and the demographic data suggests it is – then the contraceptive Pill was not so much secular Europe’s liberation as its cyanide tablet.


Friday, April 12, 2013

On Not Losing the Gospel in the Next Generation

Some good advice from the Don: On Not Losing the Gospel in the Next Generation – Justin Taylor:
Daniel Darling, writing for Leadership, asks Don Carson, “You’ve often said that the Church is three generations from losing the gospel entirely. What advice would you give to pastors and church leaders to ensure that this doesn’t happen?” Here is his answer:

Thursday, April 11, 2013

pastoral-pressures

Quite an informative image: pastoral-pressures.jpg (1600×1162):

Dysfunctional pastors

A good reminder about what the ministers role is: Dysfunctional pastors | macarisms:
Our pastors are doing the ministry. They’re busy with ministry. All kinds of ministry. Exhausted from ministry. Never ending ministry. And here’s the real problem…
God doesn’t call pastors to do the ministry.

JESUS IS LOVING BARABBAS - JUDAH SMITH SERMON JAM

Quite a good 8 min typology clip: JESUS IS LOVING BARABBAS - JUDAH SMITH SERMON JAM - YouTube

Friday, April 5, 2013

Frank Schaeffer: A Tribute to My Evangelical Leader Mom

Frank Schaeffer who wrote against Christianity was won over by the love his mum had showed him throughout his life: Frank Schaeffer: A Tribute to My Evangelical Leader Mom-- Edith Schaeffer RIP:
I knew what she was trying to say. It's the phrase she spoke most to me over my 60 year journey on this earth so far. I answered her thought, and I said, "Thank you, I know you love me and I love you too Mom." The day before Mom died my last words to her were "I want you to know your prayers for your family have been answered. I credit every moment of joy to your prayers."
I'll miss her voice. I learned to trust that voice because of the life witness that backed it up. I know I'll hear her voice again. You won Mom. I believe.


Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Dance, Not a Fistfight

There is an order of things to this world and that comes from God: A Dance, Not a Fistfight | Chrestomathy:
"We have to keep reminding ourselves lest we slip back into understanding submission as an attempt to cope with raw power. That is not it at all. Authority and submission together are a dance, not a fistfight. Moreover, it is a dance grounded in the way things ultimately are, because this is the way our triune God ultimately is" (For a Glory and a Covering, p. 66).

Good Friday and the Death of Same Sex Envy

Who thinks Gay marriage will be the end, the final frontier of the sexual revolution? No one. Good Friday and the Death of Same Sex Envy | Sex and Culture:
Anybody who thinks that the sexual revolution is about to realize all its goals within the next year or two, and then we will all settle down in peaceful democratic harmony, is someone who probably ought to have their car keys taken away.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Eight Issues That Do NOT Make or Break Christianity

I think I disagree with the ones about the Bible: Eight Issues That Do NOT Make or Break Christianity - Apologetics 315:
Here is a list of what I believe to be eight issues that do not make or break our faith:

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Not Your Story to Tell: A Gentle Plea to Parents Who Have Adopted

This little snippet is a good reminder for all parents: Not Your Story to Tell: A Gentle Plea to Parents Who Have Adopted – Justin Taylor:
I think the thoughtless telling of our children’s stories stems from forgetting something that all parents are prone to forget: my child is my neighbor. Yes, I am his parent—with all the authority and responsibility that entails. Of course. But my child is not simply my possession or an extension of myself. He is a human being, made in the image of God, with a soul that will never die. And his story does not belong to me.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

What A Mess!

We have the same calling, but that is seen in a stack of different ways: What A Mess! | multiply:
In summary, every believer is to make disciples in terms of engaging unbelievers evangelistically, and every believer should look to build into younger Christians as they begin to grasp the basics of following Christ. However, due to our different giftings, roles,  strengths, and weaknesses, disciple-making requires a team effort. Gratefully, God has given us the church for this. Just as every person is not supposed to teach high school calculus, so not every believer will be equipped to train up future pastors and teachers for the work of ministry. Bridges reminds us to be faithful in the role God has given us.


Why Serving the Common Good Isn’t Enough

A good reminder about keeping the balance: Why Serving the Common Good Isn’t Enough – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
There is a deep tendency in the past several years among evangelicals to stress building community and engaging the broader world. But where is the concurrent revival of interest in evangelism? Christians who seek to live faithfully for God in the world must always marry their "common good decisions" with the words of the gospel. This doesn't have to be annoying or necessarily happen every day, but all of us—whether we design homes or fix cars—must give a reason for the hope we have (1 Pet. 3:15).

Friday, March 22, 2013

Updates to ESVBible.org

The ESV online has been updated. Now it supports mobile view (finally) and it also has a nice bible reader view where you can remove verse numbers and footnotes: Updates to ESVBible.org:
On ESVBible.org you’ll find a significantly updated design with improved navigation and added features. In addition to updating the coding structure of the site so it will scale with future development, we've added several exciting improvements to the interface:

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Recovering the Missional Passion of the Church

Some good reflections about what our Churches are on about: Ed Stetzer - Monday is for Missiology: Recovering the Missional Passion of the Church:
If we are not on this mission, then we must ask ourselves what we're doing here. Are we just working to make the church a more acceptable place to our friends and neighbors? Are we looking for a nice place to socialize on Wednesday nights? Are we turning spiritual cranks and pulleys because we think the church is supposed to do those things, because we feel better about ourselves when we do them?
The only thing that really matters is this: our God has a mission.

Job Descriptions for a Christian Husband and Wife

There are two pdfs at the bottom that are of job descriptions for each of the roles of husband and wife: Job Descriptions for a Christian Husband and Wife | J.D. GREEAR:
The following two job descriptions are meant to do more (but not less) than describe biblical gender roles. They are meant to couch biblical gender roles within the biblical character, biblical friendship, and biblical responsibilities that were meant to make gospel-centered marriage the blessing that God intended.

The Resurrection of Jesus: A Jewish Perspective

A Jewish historian who believes the resurrection of Jesus as being a historical event: The Resurrection of Jesus: A Jewish Perspective (Book highlights) | The Resurgence:
In Lapide’s mind, Jesus’ resurrection and appearances have only three possible explanations. They were either:
1. A religious myth,
2. A series of individual personal experiences, or
3. Historical events.
Though formerly a skeptic of Jesus’ resurrection, re-examining the evidence led Lapide to accept the resurrection as historical fact: “If the defeated and depressed group of disciples overnight could change into a victorious movement of faith, based only on autosuggestion or self-deception—without a fundamental faith experience—then this would be a much greater miracle than the resurrection itself” (p. 126).

Single, Satisfied, and Sent: Mission for the Not-Yet Married

Some good advice for those who are not married: Single, Satisfied, and Sent: Mission for the Not-Yet Married - Desiring God:
Therefore, for the not-yet married, our (temporary) singleness is a gift. It really is. If God leads you to marriage, you may never again know a time like the one you’re in right now. A season of singleness is not merely the minor leagues of marriage. It has the potential to be a unique period of undivided devotion to Christ and undistracted ministry to others.

We Don't Do It Elsewhere

Good point about understanding the Bible: We Don't Do It Elsewhere | Who Is Sufficient?:
"No man of sense, in dealing with any other book, would think of interpreting a single sentence here or there, in disregard of its connection" (Broadus, Preparation and Delivery, p. 60).

The Divorce Myth Part 1

The Divorce Myth Part 1:
The mere suggestion that people need to change their own behavior in order to get a better result is often greeted by blank stares. People tend to believe they should have a good marriage for no other reason than that marriage is supposed to be good.  They believe they should have a good marriage because that is what they prayed for.  They believe they should have a good marriage because. . . .we.., just because.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

All They Can See Is Weather

Why the resurrection is all changing: All They Can See Is Weather | Sex and Culture:
So at the center of everything is preaching the resurrection, the sign of Jonah. Because that takes courage too. If Jesus rose from the dead, then it becomes possible to see our own hearts for what they are -- craven and cowardly, and to be given new hearts full of boldness. If Jesus rose from the dead, then the Peter who denied Him three times can -- a few weeks later and just a few blocks away -- preach a message that delivered defiance to the world and all its ways. If Jesus rose from the dead, in this world, then this world is already being transformed into a new world. Now, someone might warn us, this world doesn't like that idea very much. And all God's people shrugged and smiled. We didn't think they would.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Forgetting nothing, learning nothing

Edward Feser weights on Krauss on Q and A. It's not pretty: Edward Feser: Forgetting nothing, learning nothing:
But Krauss likes nothing so much as the sound of his own voice, even when he’s got nothing of interest to say.  A friend calls my attention to a recent Australian television appearance in which Krauss, his arrogance as undiminished as his cluelessness, commits the same puerile fallacies friends and enemies alike have been calling him out on for over a year now. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Selling Divorce

Some good points about divorce: Selling Divorce:
Author and counselor Michele Weiner Davis shares a letter she received from a client: “I’ve been divorced for twenty-three years.  I realized that my ex and I would be in touch weekly because of our kids, but I guess I thought that when my kids got older, he would just disappear from my life.  My grown daughter is about to give birth next wee and for the first time, I realized that my ex and I are going to be ‘the grandparents’ together. What was I thinking?  Spouses don’t disappear.”

Grow a Disciple-Making Culture in Your Church

Multiply Movement also is a good resource for discipleship (this is still a good article on discipleship): Grow a Disciple-Making Culture in Your Church – The Gospel Coalition Blog

Monday, February 25, 2013

What to Do When You Continue to Doubt

A chapter on doubting your own salvation from a book about the assurance of salvation by JD Greear The City Plaza - What to Do When You Continue to Doubt:
Are you still asking, “Am I really saved?” Pastor J.D. has a chapter in his new book, Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart, just for you. We’re offering it as a free download.
Feel free to share this chapter with others who may be struggling – even after being a part of this series.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A New Documentary on Orphan Care: The Drop Box

Maybe because I am now a father, but this looks quite emotional: A New Documentary on Orphan Care: The Drop Box – Justin Taylor:
"In December 2009, a Korean pastor named Lee Jong-rak built a wooden “drop box” on the outer wall of his home. But the box wasn’t intended for clothing, food, or school supplies, it was meant to collect unwanted babies."


Preaching that Cuts to the Heart

Some good advice from Keller. Don't try and be smart, instead aim for the heart. Preaching that Cuts to the Heart – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
"So it would be a mistake to merely imitate any preacher who makes a lot of cultural references in his sermons. In many parts of the world, citing Kierkegaard is not all that unusual, and if done rightly can lead people to say, "Oh, so that's why I tend to think and feel that way." That's what you want to achieve. But in many other parts of the world it might only make people say, "Wow, he's really intellectual and smart." If that latter response is what you get from people (or worse yet, what you want from them) then you need to make some changes. The universal principle is found in Acts 2:37—preaching must "cut to the heart." The means and methods we take to get to that end depend a lot on, well, your culture."


Pastor Beards

Thsi is very important :) Pastor Beards

Monday, February 18, 2013

How Can I Tell If I’m Called to Pastoral Ministry?

Point number 10 is very important: How Can I Tell If I’m Called to Pastoral Ministry? – Kevin DeYoung:
"Here are several questions you should ask yourself as you ponder a call to pastoral ministry."

Friday, February 15, 2013

What happens at an atheist church?

Now you know: BBC News - What happens at an atheist church?:
Instead of hymns, the non-faithful get to their feet to sing along to Stevie Wonder and Queen songs.
There is a reading from Alice in Wonderland and a power-point presentation from a particle physicist, Dr Harry Cliff, who explains the origins of antimatter theory.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Napkin Theology

There are some good images here: Napkin Theology – Seth McBee | Verge Network:
For most of us a quick image describing what we desire to say is very powerful.  Below is a collection of simplistic images that we call “Napkin Theology”.  Use liberally.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Asking my son for forgiveness. Receiving a hug from God.

Cute story with a deep meaning: J.R. Briggs » Asking my son for forgiveness. Receiving a hug from God. » Attempting to behold the miracle long enough without falling asleep:
“Of course I forgive you, daddy. I will always forgive you for the rest of time.”
I was caught off guard. I didn’t know he knew that phrase “for the rest of time” even existed. I was so struck by the profound and gracious response from this little boy that tears began to flow from my eyes. When he saw the tears he hugged my neck even tighter. He knew it had meant something significant. It was a sacred moment for both of us.

John Dickson’s Rejoinder to Criticisms of “Hearing Her Voice”

This is worth a read: John Dickson’s Rejoinder to Criticisms of “Hearing Her Voice”:
Before Peter lists the four “major flaws” of my argument, he provides two further pieces of socio-rhetorical criticism.

A surprising consensus?

Michael Jensen has a point: A surprising consensus? | Defence against the dark arts | Blogs | Sydneyanglicans.net:
There also seems to be a consensus emerging that 'teaching' is relational rather than functional. It is interesting to see this point emerging from the critiques of John's position, since it doesn't seem to counter his argument per se. But it is a useful thought: authority and teaching belong together not in the sense of an act but through an office or role, which is expressive of a relationship. For some, this means an exclusively male pulpit. For others, it is easily possible to imagine that the person in the pulpit on a particular occasion may not be recognised leader of the congregation, though it would usually be the case that it is. Student ministers in their early 20s, for example, frequently give sermons and it is clear to everyone that they are there at the invitation of and by permission of the rector.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Sad Tale of Feminism Gone to Seed | Denny Burk

The commentary is good saying this is not necessary feminism fault: A Sad Tale of Feminism Gone to Seed | Denny Burk:
I was amazed to discover that, according to The Atlantic, women still can’t have it all. Bah! Humbug! Women who have it all should try having nothing: I have no husband, no children, no real estate, no stocks, no bonds, no investments, no 401(k), no CDs, no IRAs, no emergency fund—I don’t even have a savings account. It’s not that I have not planned for the future; I have not planned for the present. I do have a royalty account, some decent skills, and, apparently, a lot of human capital. But because of choices I have made, wisely and idiotically, because I had principles or because I was crazy, I have no assets and no family.

Monday, January 7, 2013

What’s happening to our preaching? A response to John Dickson: Hearing Her Voice: A Case for Women Giving Sermons | Forget the Channel

The whole thing is worth a read: What’s happening to our preaching? A response to John Dickson: Hearing Her Voice: A Case for Women Giving Sermons | Forget the Channel:
Dickson’s argument–that the term “teach” in 1 Tim 2:12 should be restricted to the process of “carefully preserving and laying down for the congregation the traditions handed on by the apostles”–is not compelling. A more straightforward understanding of the word “teach” is the authoritative transmission of truth from one individual to another.


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Re-Run: Jeff Cook and Desire and God

Interesting, and I thought the atheists were the smart ones: Re-Run: Jeff Cook and Desire and God:
The debate about God in our culture is not about what’s rational. 
Bill Maher, Christopher Hitchens, Penn Jillette, Richard Dawkins, etc, specialize—not in philosophical thought—but in ridicule. And that means the new atheists excel on the only evangelistically-effective playing field that matters—that of human emotion and desire. Most Christian apologists conversely seem content to surrender that ground in their preference for mere rationality. This is a tragic mistake and it’s the primary reason Christian belief is diminishing, marginalized and an easy target for nighttime comedians.