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I became what some might call a Calvinist my junior year in High school. Going to a Dutch Reformed private school where I took a “Reformed Perspectives” class certainly aided this process. I had resisted of course. Coming from a Non-denominational Bible church, I had a gut reaction against such notions...
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    Jesus the Bartender

    Fullerton, CA   The downtown area of this small Los Angeles suburb is home to over a dozen bars ranging from Mexican cantinas, Irish pubs and average American bars. Every Friday and Saturday evening, the streets swell with college students, business executives, the poor, the rich, and everyone in between....
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    Bible Translation vs. Tradition

    Last week, First Things magazine published an article on how the Evangelical doctrine of ‘sola scriptura’ is often misunderstood in response to the a survey published in Christian Today about many American evangelicals hold unorthodox views which have been condemned by the Christian creedal tradition as heretical. Thinking about this during church on Sunday, it struck me...
  • Leaving Christian Gurus Behind

    I recently read through Carl Trueman’s book Fools Rush In Where Monkey’s Fear to Tread: Taking Aim at Everyone. As a Christian who prefers not to be identified with evangelicalism, I have always appreciated Trueman’s thought provoking essays. I was especially struck by the following quote in his book:...
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    Foreigners On Other Planets

    Last week Deseret News put out an article on how various religious groups would respond to the discovery of life on other planets. It’s an interesting article and you should check it out here. A religious survey was conducted by Prof. David Weintraub who teaches astronomy at Vanderbilt. Among...
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    The Bible in one hand, and an iPad in the other?

    What do you make of preachers with iPads?   I was in London for a protest to support the movement in Hong Kong the day after I wrote my last post two weeks ago. One of the speakers there remarked that he had been Facebook a lot trying to follow...
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    Biblical (il)Literacy

    Dr. Ken Berding is leading the charge to improve biblical literacy in our culture. Dr. Berding is Professor of New Testament at my alma mater, Biola University (he taught me Greek!). Dr. Berding is passionate about this subject, having written an article in the newest edition of the Biola...
  • Do We Have a Male Vanity Problem?

    I’ll never forget the moment that I was slapped in the face by the most fashion conscious city in America, Los Angeles. Near the end of my four years there, the city began to wear off on me. I started to “up my game.” Bought some nicer clothes, some...
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    Mark Driscoll and Re-presenting Christ/Church

    I don’t normally follow the news of the Evangelical scene in America. But I just happened to be in Seattle, at the Bellevue site morning service of Mars Hill Church (like a tourist), that Sunday when a group of people protested outside the church (3 August). It was only...
  • How Not to Evangelize

    A few weeks ago my wife and I sat through a 2 hour Timeshare presentation in the hopes of getting a free trip to Hawaii.  We went in determined not to sign up for for anything and to get as much free stuff as possible.  I personally went in...
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    A Matter of Fear

    The trailer for a new film put out by Answers in Genesis has recently appeared. The film is called A Matter of Faith. As one can tell from the trailer, it looks and feels a lot like the recent Christian film, God’s Not Dead. When the latter film originally...
  • Singleness

    Every Tuesday I lead a bible study for undergrad ladies attending UC Berkeley through Cru ministries. Last Tuesday, one of the girls said to me (in so many words), “Carrie, thank you for being an example of living a content single life.” She expanded her thought by mentioning that...
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    Inaccurate Noahs

    On March 28th Darren Aronofsky’s Noah will hit the big screens. Here’s the trailer, if you haven’t seen it yet. Big name director, big name stars, lots of CGI and Russel Crowe looking determined-against-all-odds. Good stuff. But the subject matter has a lot of people upset and debating whether...
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    Childish Faith

    Here’s a fun video: In case you don’t want to watch it: the video illustrates how 15 very common scientific illustrations are, technically speaking, inaccurate. Imprecise might be a better word. They don’t actually tell you what is going on in. I doubt very many people watching this thought,...
  • The Great Evangelical Divorce

    About a month ago, I wrote a post giving reasons why I believe Christians should be good storytellers. After I had shared it on my Facebook wall, one of my close friends commented, in a joking manner, that I should have written the article as a story.  While he...
  • Why the “Conference Culture” Must Die

    Committed Christians go to conferences. Or so the narrative goes. Christian conferences are everywhere, all the time. They are at hotels, convention centers and churches. They also come in all shapes and sizes. You can go to a big conference or a little conference. You can go to a...

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