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According to Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith, the number one reason students reject the faith in college is intellectual skepticism. Naturally, many parents are concerned that their children will reject the Christian view of ethics, sexuality and human sacredness during their years in college. Unfortunately, many Christian students are ill-equipped to respond to the arguments they will hear in the classroom disparaging Christian history and doctrine.

Josh McDowell and I partnered to create three novellas in which students discuss the basic tenants of the Christian faith. They are:

  1. Is the Bible True…Really?
  2. Who is Jesus…Really?
  3. Did the Resurrection Happen…Really?

These books will help both Christians and seekers understand the historical reliability of Christianity by “listening in” on conversations you might hear on a college campus.

In December, you can download the Kindle versions for $1. If you do not have a Kindle device, you can read them on the free Kindle App on your computer or phone.

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How the “Fierce Convictions” of Hannah More led to the Abolition of the Slave Trade

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Dr. Karen Swallow Prior’s new book Fierce Convictions tells story of Hannah Moore who, in addition to being a noted author and philanthropist, was a key figuring in abolishing the slave trade in Great Britain.

Beyond becoming a famous poet and playwright, More used her considerable literary talents to describe in great detail the suffering slaves experienced in their voyages at the bottom of slave ships. Although not as well-known as abolitionists such as William Wilberforce and John Newton, Prior reveals how More influenced such men personally and through her writings.

Prior also gives us a window into what is perhaps More’s most compelling quality: her ability to connect personally with great leaders and influencers, as well as with the poor and downtrodden.

As Prior writes, “More was a woman of strong convictions, but she kept a plentiful table. She mixed comfortably and enthusiastically with rich and poor, church and unchurched, and all in between.”

Brilliant and well-educated, More was nonetheless unapologetically committed to the Bible, “Bible Christianity is what I love…a Christianity practical and pure, which teaches holiness, humility, repentance and faith in Christ, and which after summing up all the Evangelical graces declares that the greatest of these is charity” (p. 155). She added, “I know of no way of teaching morals but by infusing principles of Christianity nor of teaching Christianity without a thorough knowledge of Scripture” (p. 160).

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She’s Someone, Not Something

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We are first human beings before we are human doings.

Human persons by nature are both physical and non-physical.

Human persons are different from inanimate physical objects.

We are animate objects composed of body and soul. The immaterial aspect of humanity provides the best explanation of why human persons are free to choose and are not merely determined by their matter. Thomas Aquinas stated, “The human soul, which is called the intellect of the mind, is something incorporeal and subsistent.” A philosophical defense of hylomorphism, which was originated with Aristotle and was later developed by Aquinas, conceived “being” as a compound of matter and form. The word, “hylomorphism,” is a 19th-century term formed from the Greek words ὕληhyle, “wood, matter,” and μορφή, “form.” This concept is best understood in the context of Aristotle’s understanding of causality: efficient, final, formal, and material causality. Modern naturalistic philosophers have dismissed final and formal causality, which denote purpose and nature.

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What About Rape? My answer.

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The issue of rape is a primary justification for abortion cited by pro-choice advocates, although forced intercourse accounts for less than one percent of pregnancies. Sadly, rather than focusing on the victim’s healing and the prosecution of the rapist, many in our society are obsessed with making sure that babies conceived in rape are not allowed to be born.

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On Mars, A Single Cell is Considered Life

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Last year, several news outlets announced with excitement: “Mars Curiosity Rover Finds Life-supporting Chemicals.” What NASA’s rover had discovered were clay formations, which were revealed to contain chemicals that might have possibly supported life in the distant past. To date, NASA has invested 2.5 billion dollars seeking evidence of life on the planet Mars. The money reveals the value that scientists—regardless of creed or worldview—place on life and its special role in the universe.

Many scientists have tried to calculate the probability of life appearing spontaneously on Mars or anywhere else. British astronomer Sir Frederick Hoyle famously put the chances at 1 in 1040,000. But what are the chances that the precise combination of events would occur so that your parents could conceive you? Imagine your family tree: how many chance meetings, dinner dates and romantic walks had to happen among your grandparents, great-grandparents and so on to produce the series of relationships that led up to the beginning of your life?

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Multiply Life Giving Thanks For Your Life

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Why Dawkins is Pro-Choice

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Richard Dawkins remains arguably one of the world’s most influential living atheists. Dawkins served as the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford until 2008. But in recent years, his odd tirades on social media and degrading outbursts against children with disabilities have bothered not only religious individuals, but also caused some atheists to become concerned. You may recall this recent exchange on Twitter:

He later offered a semi-apology, which apologized only for how people understood him or felt about his words.

In recent years, Dawkins said things that have caused a few other atheists like Minnesota biology professor P.Z. Myers to distance themselves from him and become uncomfortable.  Dawkins reflected back on his years as a young elementary student and talked about how a school master “pulled me on his knee and put his hand inside my shorts.” Dawkins talked about other children who were also sexually molested, but he said, “I don’t think he did any of us lasting harm.

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When Ordinary People Decide to Speak Up About Jesus

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I’ve been running around the park recently. I frequently pass by this older man in his sixties who is always evangelizing. He passes out literature and to the general public, he may come across a little awkward. But God is using him tremendously. He told me that he was praying for 20 people to place their faith in Christ and that just today he led about six people to faith in Christ, including the 20th person to place his or her trust in Christ within about four weeks. I encouraged him and told him that I share the good news about Jesus at James Madison University on Sundays.

As we were talking, two teenagers walked by us who were about 18 years old. Boy and girl. I’ll call them Fred and Stacy. Fred and Stacy were holding hands. I introduced myself and told them that my friend and I were Christians and we were out having spiritual conversations. I asked them if they believed in God. They said yes, but acted a little disgusted towards us. I asked a few questions and they seemed to have the right Sunday school answers. They went to church. The girl was finishing her last year of high school. The two of them met at work. They trusted in Jesus for their salvation. I thought that was good, but these two young church goers seemed a little turned off at this older man and I talking about Jesus.

About that time, a car pulled up and parked. The guy start walking towards the four of us. He was Fred’s best friend, named Doug. I asked Fred,  “He’s your best friend, he must believe like you do.” I introduced myself to Doug and said, “Doug, do you believe in God.” Doug said no. I responded, “We’ll surely Fred has told you about God hasn’t he. You’re his best friend, right?” “No, I haven’t.”  Fred said. “Why don’t you tell him now?” “I don’t want to, but you should.” Doug agreed to hear about God and engage in conversation. I asked him what were the main reasons he didn’t believe in God? I listened. I asked him if believed evil was real. I listened. I asked if other questions and asked him on a scale from 1-10, how sure he was that God didn’t exist. He said 5. I asked him if I could provide good reasons for him to believe in God, would he humble himself like a child and trust in Jesus? He paused and told me maybe.

I told him that I believe that God gives people a chance to respond, to receive or reject his grace, but I don’t believe God forces himself on anybody without each person making a decision to receive Christ. My friend then shared the gospel with him and this young man named Doug prayed to receive Christ. I’m not sure if he was sincere. Some of his body language made me skeptical, but God knows his heart.  We just trust the Spirit to do his work. I’m reminded of the need for all of us to get out and share the faith.

Last Sunday, I took a couple people out sharing the faith on the campus of J.M.U. One of my friends walked up to one of the basketball players and started telling him about Jesus. The tall man about my size prayed to receive Christ. It wasn’t that complicated! We just need to go. Be bold. Be loving. We don’t have to be perfect communicators or have all knowledge.  I find that atheists, Muslims and nonbelievers sometimes even respect our conviction even though they reject our gospel.  I tell atheists that I’m 100% convinced that Jesus died and rose again. Sometimes, they might even appreciate it. Many of them have left atheism and become agnostics after I shared certain questions revealing their own inconsistencies.  Hopefully, God will save them.  Jesus said, “If anyone ashamed of me before men, I’ll be ashamed of him before my Father in heaven.” Let’s talk about our faith!

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