Can Science Make a Fine-Tuned Case for God? – A Response to Eric Metaxas

In his Christmas Day Wall Street Journal article, author Eric Metaxas promises that he will explain how science makes a “relatively recent case for God’s existence.”  He then spends a significant part of the op-ed telling us that scientists have been looking for life sustaining planets since the 1960s but have yet to find any. Metaxas reminds readers that Congress defunded the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in 1993. He then tells us that researchers continue to look but that “As … [Read more...]

Advice From a Texas Monk: Abundance Without Attachment

Worth reading from the New York Times: Abundance Without Attachment The formula for a good life, he explained, is simple: abundance without attachment. Simple but often hard.The 5 star monk had known plenty before poverty. Does this make it easier to leave it all behind and become a monk?  … [Read more...]

Psychologists at the Center of CIA Torture Controversy (Full Report)

Two psychologists are at the heart of the Senate report on enhanced interrogation techniques used on detainees after the 9/11/01 attack on the World Trade Center. The report can be read here.James Mitchell and John "Bruce" Jessen have been identified by the Wall Street Journal and other media sources as the psychologists responsible for developing the interrogation techniques and managing the program. Mitchell and Jessen were not named in the report but Mitchell has been active in defense of … [Read more...]

Matt Chandler on White Privilege

Writing Tuesday on his church blog about the tragic shooting in Ferguson, MO, Matt Chandler validates the concept of white privilege.  The blog post is an expansion of tweets on the subject. According to the Christian Post, he also talked about the matter in his Sunday sermon.I am glad to see this and intend to discuss white privilege and stereotyping next week here on the blog.  … [Read more...]

NARTH Gets a Makeover

For many reasons, this "live" video is hilarious. Despite the cheese, this is not from the Onion.Apparently hoping to attract more straight men and lesbians, the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality's new spokeswoman (the NARTH girl) breathlessly announces the formation of a new organization which looks about like the old organization.  NARTH becomes the NARTH Institute and the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity (see NARTH's made over … [Read more...]

Letter From Mars Hill Church to Those Who Donated to Mars Hill Global

MARSHill Letter Global

A Mars Hill Global donor forwarded this letter to me. In the wake of ongoing questions about how funds donated to Mars Hill Global since 2012 were spent, the church leaders issued this letter to 6,000 donors.This is slightly a reworded statement from the Mars Hill Global FAQ page on the Mars Hill website. In fact, the Global Fund was a giving option until at least May of this year. As I demonstrated by means of videos that Mars Hill wants to hide, the leaders of Mars Hill did not simply … [Read more...]

Christian Post Provides Free Advertising for International Healing Foundation

I missed this a couple of days ago. The Christian Post provided free advertising for the following activity masquerading as therapy:This video cannot be shown enough. This is what the Christian Post is advertising with their puff piece on the International Healing Foundation. Doyle says being attracted to the same sex is a matter of poor parenting. Richard Cohen, the founder of IHF, says the therapist should establish a parent child relationship as a means of replacing what clients … [Read more...]

David Myers on Animosity Between Similar Groups

On Sunday, Politico published an enlightening article by Hope College psychology professor David Myers on the divide between Shia and Sunni Muslims. In the article Myers provides four points to help explain why people who share so many things in common are such enemies.Myers also briefly illustrated his point with the historic Northern Ireland conflict between Protestants and Catholics. It occurred to me that on a lesser level, we see these conflicts arise all of time within Christianity. … [Read more...]


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