Gary R. Habermas & Michael R. Licona, “The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus”

This is a good book, and an unusual one.  Its core idea is how to present a rather specific apologetic argument.  The first part lays out that argument in some detail, and the remainder focuses principally on responding to various objections.  Woven in throughout are pointers on effective, person-to-person evangelism. Hence the book’s epigraph:  “Be … [Read more…]

You Could Make This Stuff Up — But Why Would You?

I (and others) frequently note that one argument supporting the veracity of the Bible is that it contains much that is unflattering to the people who supposedly made it up.  The Jews in the Old Testament are complaining and ungrateful backsliders, the apostles in the New Testament are uncomprehending and cowardly, to give just two … [Read more…]

Challenge for the Month

So, on this first day of September, consider this challenge, gentle reader:  As you sit there, pick up any object near to hand, and see if it does not contain in it something to strike wonder in you. A wooden pencil?  Consider then a tree.  Consider also how complicated the manufacture of a pencil is. … [Read more…]

Thoughts on the Opening and Closing of the Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer begins, “Our Father, who art in Heaven:  Thy name be hallowed, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,” and ends, “For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.” How do Thy name/hallowed, Thy kingdom/come, and Thy will/be done fit together?  Next, how do kingdom, power, and glory … [Read more…]

Beach Thoughts

I read once — maybe in a biography of T.E. Lawrence — that it’s no accident that the three great monotheistic religions were born in or near deserts, since that landscape’s sky-filled starkness underscores human limitations and draws one’s thoughts to the eternal, or something like that.  A beach does that even more, since the … [Read more…]