Turning to God: Attrition vs Contrition

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When Christianity was first introduced to the Western world, it brought with it many new ideas which had previously not been conceived. The early church father Tertullian, a lawyer by trade, is credited with inventing new words in the Latin language just to be able to be able to express the ideas which Christianity brought into the fold.

In this post I want to discuss two English words which are similar and has a subtle, but important, difference in definition. This will not be a complicated or difficult article. But most atheists do not seem to grasp the difference and when engaging with the religious, they need to understand it. Read more …

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Quote 07/13

William Carey
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[William Carey] translated the Bible into Bengali to make it accessible to the people he was trying to reach. But he also translated into Bengali, the language of the people, the sacred books of Hinduism, because they were in Sanskrit and the people could not read it themselves. Carey was not afraid of the teachings of Hinduism: he was prepared to have people read it themselves (for the first time) so they could see clearly see what God's word teaches in contrast to them. God's truth shines brightly: you don't have to stop people reading other things to help them come to know the truth about Christ.

Jerram Barrs

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Sidetracked

Gateway of India
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In a recent article I promised that more content was forthcoming as a busy period of my year/life was coming to an end, and that winter would force me indoors to contemplate and write. Sadly, as a mere mortal, I was unqualified to make such a prediction. Read more …

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Quote 06/13

Boccaccio by Morghen
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The Italian poet Boccaccio told a story about a Jew who came to Rome [in the late Middle Ages] and embraced Christianity on the basis that any religion that could survive such iniquities of its leaders must be the true faith.

Dr. David Calhoun, lecturing at Covenant Seminary

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Why Don't Christians Keep the Old Testament Laws?

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A common attack on Christianity is that Christians do not keep (all) of the Old Testament laws. Examples are that certain foods may not be eaten (Leviticus 11, Deuteronomy 14), there are prohibitions on how clothes can be made (Leviticus 19:19) and there are a bunch of rules and laws regarding skin diseases and mold (Leviticus 13–14). Yet virtually no-one who calls him or herself a Christian keeps—or even tries to—these laws. Yet they will readily admit that these were divine commandments given by God. So what is the deal with Christians and the Old Testament laws? Read more …

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What Divides Us

Dispute of the three wise men.
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I recently had a couple of debates and discussions with brothers and sisters in Christ about various matters of the Christian faith. These matters divide many Christians and churches. But they are not matters which make or break Christianity (unlike, say, the differences between orthodox Christianity and Mormonism1). At least, they are not supposed to be, as the article Eight Issues That Do NOT Make or Break Christianity2 contested. I agree with this article, but some people have grave reservations about some of these points. This is effectively saying "if you don't believe in x, you cannot be a Christian". In this article I want to address a couple of concerns raised around the aforementioned article. Read more …

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Quote 02/13

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The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.

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Argument from Silence: Jesus didn't Say Anything about Homosexuality

Rainbow coloured WWJD armband.
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It seems like debates regarding homosexuality has flared up again recently. Fueled by news regarding (proposed) same-sexed marriage legislation in the USA, UK and France, as well as bans on "homosexual propaganda" in Russia, everyone is weighing in their two cents. And one of the arguments which I am seeing for Christians to "get with it", is that Jesus never said anything (about/against) homosexuality. Read more …

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Should Churches Consider Only Offering Non-legal Marriages?

Wedding Rings
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In this article I want to raise a legitimate, but controversial, question which I think the church might soon need to begin to consider. The question regards marriage and whether it is wise to continue to adhere to civil marriages as opposed to purely "religious" marriages. I genuinely hope this to be a dialogue in good faith. The question is: should churches begin to consider marrying people, but not legally? Read more …

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Quote 01/13

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You cannot only be moderately interested in God. If God does not exist, then there is no reason to be interested in God at all. On the other hand, if God does exist, then this is of paramount interest, and our ultimate concern ought to be how to be properly related to this being upon whom we depend moment by moment for our very existence.

William Lane Craig

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Top Five Posts of 2012

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As the year draws to a close, I want to reflect on some of the articles which I wrote this year, specifically the top five. I decided on these articles by the reactions which they generated. Not all of them were assessed by "numbers", such as the number of comments or Facebook likes. But some them were spoken about privately to me. My reader base remains small, but I sincerely appreciate every person who takes the time to read through what weighs on my heart. From the bottom of my heart, thank you! Read more …

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Merry Christmas 2012

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Mary, exhausted by the birth and the day's travel, handed the equally tired newborn back to Joseph so that she could rest. He took Him and laid Him down in a manger which he had padded with straw—on Mary's insistence. And as everyone else left, the excitement died down and the night fell silent. Read more …

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Thoughts on Weddings

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I had the honour last week of attending the wedding of a good friend from my previous church. It took place in a neighbouring province, and so some friends and I made a three day trip to go bear witness and to celebrate that blessed occasion. On our way we reflected and discussed courting and marriage a bit. These have been frequent topics of late, as it is the season to get married: both literally and in our lives (one member of our group had attended seven weddings this year, with at least one more to come still). I am struck by how differently Christian and secular couples perceive weddings and marriage. Here are some of my thoughts on the topic. Read more …

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