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Complimentary Book Offer...As many of you know already, my most recent book is The Essentials of Christian Thought: Seeing Reality through the Biblical Story. My original title for the project was "Narrative Biblical Metaphysics," but, of course, the publisher (Zondervan), knew better and gave it the more attractive title. The book is available on Amazon and from the publisher and through all retail book outlets.The purpose of the book is to inform not-yet-fully-informed Christians (and … [Read more...]

Memories of 1950s/1960s American Evangelical Culture

Memories of 1950s/1960s America Evangelical CultureSo, for those of you at all interested, here is a "key" to at least some of the items I mentioned in my previous post asking what you were in the 1950s/1960s if you remember them (or even some of them):Back Yard Clubs were sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) and volunteers (mostly evangelical Christian pastors' wives) hosted them in their back yards during the summer. Cookies and Kool Aid and games (and summer boredom) drew … [Read more...]

What It Means If You Remember…

What It Means If You Remember….What were you in the 1950s/1960s if you remember:1) Backyard Clubs2) Singspirations (“Stop and let me tell you…”)3) The Four Spiritual Laws4) The Sugar Creek Gang5) Flannel Graphs6) Chalk Talks7) “Tips for Teens”8) The Palermo Brothers9) Campus Life Clubs10) “Sword Drills”11) Promise Boxes12) Hoping the rapture won’t happen until…13) “Banquet” in place of “Prom”14) Thurlow Spurr and the Spurrlows15) … [Read more...]

Has Lying Become Normal and Acceptable in American Society?

Has Lying Become Normal and Acceptable in American Society?Let me lead here with a thesis: In contemporary American society, especially in advertising and politics, lying has become so pervasive as to be expected and normal. Put another way, most of us, Americans, have become so jaded by the pervasiveness of lying, especially in advertising and politics, that we generally expect it and consider it normal if not guiltless.Two questions: Is this true? And if so, is it a problem?I … [Read more...]

What Does It Mean to Be “Catholic?”

What Does It Mean to be “Catholic” If Not Belonging to the Church of Rome?Over the past many years of my career as a Protestant Christian theologian I have had many encounters with fellow Protestant Christians—including Baptists and others in the Free Church tradition—who would like Protestants to be “catholic” (with a small “c”). Most of them do not mean that Protestants should join the Catholic Church whose headquarters on earth is the Vatican; most of them do mean something else by “ca … [Read more...]

Does God Exist? and Is Jesus God? Two Answers for Today

 Preface: These two essays are my admittedly feeble contribution, for now, to people who ask whether belief in God and belief in Jesus Christ as God are reasonable (justified) beliefs. No attempt is made here to prove either God or Jesus (as God) directly; my only interest is in demonstrating, in a simply language as possible and as briefly as possible, why Christians believe their beliefs are reasonable and not irrational "leaps of faith" that require sacrifice of the … [Read more...]

Is “Social Innovation” Sufficient? A Call for More Radical Social Action

Is “Social Innovation” Sufficient? A Call for More Radical Social ActionRecently I have attended talks by several very bright, creative, socially concerned Christians. All that they said can be described under the umbrella concept of “imaginative social innovation for solving wicked social problems.” The speakers were Christians deeply involved in research into and creative thinking about especially urban problems in contemporary America: intergenerational poverty, racism, school droppin … [Read more...]