The Reformed View of Regeneration vs. the Wesleyan Theology of Prevenient Grace.


Recently a Christian from Indonesia who writes to me with questions about the faith from time to time asked me about the Reformed theology of regeneration. Basically it goes like this--- you can't possibly have faith or respond to the Gospel unless God has already regenerated you so that you could do so, and you are not going to be regenerated unless God has chosen you to be so in the first place. Otherwise, you are a no-hoper. It's all in God's hands.Now there are a variety of … [Read more...]

No One Actually Reads the Bible Literally

On this blog we have previously reviewed the hilarious book by Jacobs about trying to live out literally the commands of the Bible for one year, here we have an interesting sequel in this article. … [Read more...]

Hobbits in 3D


New Hobbit Production Video Blog #4 Released from The Hobbit Set! … [Read more...]

Our Besetting Sin


 I was watching the television interviews of some of the Occupy Wall Street young people. In this particular segment they seemed to only be able to find 22 year olds. That is, those just out of college who have not been able to find a job. The latter is understandable since the unemployment rate of 18-22 year olds is somewhere in the neighbor- hood of 25% or worse. They are angry. They feel they have been sold a bill of goods. They have been told, 'get a good education and you … [Read more...]

Pseudonymous Shakespeare— A Pleasant Conceit

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There were in fact at least three remarkable writers in London during the era of Elizabeth I-- Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, and yes, William Shakespeare. There have long been theories that Shakespeare did not in fact write Shakespeare, with the bets being either on Jonson or Marlowe. The fact is we have no 'ocular proof' to use a phrase of Shakespeare, that either had anything to do with Shakespeare's plays or sonnets. Enter Roland Emmerich and his theory that the Earl of Oxford was … [Read more...]

Bible Fest is Coming to San Francisco!


In just a few weeks, the Biblical Archaeology Society, publisher of Biblical Archaeology Review, will hold its 14th Annual Bible and Archaeology Fest in San Francisco on November 18-20 at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District.This unique program enables the interested layperson to spend three exciting days learning the latest in Biblical archaeology and scholarship from a select group of renowned scholars who represent leading institutions in the United States, the United Kingdom and … [Read more...]

The Story of Jesus is Coming!


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Tower Heist—-A Steal of a Deal


When's the last time you laughed and laughed and laughed and laughed and laughed.......??   It's been a while for me. Most of the one hours and 39 minutes I spent laughing in this movie. It's been a tough Fall.  And there have not exactly been a plethora of good or funny movies in the last three months.  Especially not good comedies.And when is the last time you SAW Eddie Murphy in a good and funny movie? No fair counting his role as Donkey in the Shrek series. This is the Eddie Murphy of T … [Read more...]

Puss, and Boots, and Humpty, and Jack, and Jill, and the Beanstalk and….


The cycle of Shrek movies has come (and mercifully) gone, but now we have a spin off--- Puss and Boots, starring one of the best cameo characters from the Shrek sagas. Like most such movie series they start well enough, and then they run out of good ideas.And most spin offs are even less original than the original. For an hour and a half, I was hoping this would not be true of Puss and Boots. After all, I am a cat fancier, a life long owner of the furry felines. And without question … [Read more...]