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Early Mormonism

Posted: August 6, 2017

Laying the Foundation Mormonism stands or falls on the word of just one man—its prophet— Joseph Smith Jr. If Joseph Smith lied, if there was no “revelation”, if he is proven… Read More

Augustine on Genesis

Posted: August 6, 2017

The churchman and theologian Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD) wrote, in his work The Literal Meaning of Genesis: Usually, even a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the… Read More

Francis Chan – Why I Left My Megachurch

Posted: July 27, 2017

Bestselling author Francis Chan recently exposed his heart to Facebook employees, detailing why he left the helm of his thriving megachurch in California seven years ago. Continue reading.

“Brides flee caliphate as noose tightens on ISIS”

Posted: July 17, 2017

Fighting in all female dorms, sex obsessed ISIS fighters, women divorced and remarried as many as six times — this is the world of ISIS. ISIS wife: It was like… Read More

Sister of the Earliest Compete Old Testament Found

Posted: July 6, 2017

Press Release: SISTER OF THE EARLIEST COMPLETE OLD TESTAMENT FOUND Tyndale House, Cambridge, announces a new discovery made by young researcher Dr. Kim Phillips published in its latest Tyndale Bulletin… Read More

Q&A 1494 – Appointing deacons

Posted: July 5, 2017

In the controversy of Acts 6, is the apostolic requirement that these leaders (the Seven) be full of the spirit, respected, and faithful still the rule for us today? And is this… Read More

Q&A 1491 – The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse indicated by Islamic flags?

Posted: June 28, 2017

I found a website proving that radical Islam is prophesized in the book of Revelations 6:1-8. Surely it cannot be a coincidence that the colors of the four horsemen of the apocalypse –… Read More

“Forged: Writing in the Name of God” – Book Review

Posted: June 27, 2017

Bart D. Ehrman, Forged: Writing in the Name of God—Why The Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are (San Francisco: HarperOne, 2011), 307 pages. The review is by… Read More

Gender & Sexuality – 3 Articles

Posted: June 24, 2017

Children being Experimented on and Scientist speak out against this … http://www.christianpost.com/news/gender-confused-kids-are-being-experimented-on-with-hormone-therapy-experts-188757/?utm_source=newsletter Johns Hopkins Researcher finds no conclusive evidence people are born gay or transgender … http://www.christianpost.com/news/no-scientific-evidence-that-people-are-born-gay-or-transgender-johns-hopkins-researchers-say-168263/page1.html Here’s the full… Read More

Q&A 1488 – Answering the JW claim about John 1:1 + NT Greek

Posted: June 21, 2017

I have a concern about the translation of John 1:1. Should the Greek text be translated “the word was God,” “the word was a god,” or “the word was divine”?… Read More

What Do You Pray for ISIS?

Posted: June 17, 2017

If you love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, the world will not be able to explain you. Continue reading here.

What know-it-alls don’t know, or the illusion of competence

Posted: June 12, 2017

Kate Fehlhaber is the editor in chief of Knowing Neurons and a PhD candidate in neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles. She lives in Los Angeles. Read complete article here.

Are Introverts Better Evangelists?, by Mike Shumann

Posted: May 28, 2017

“We introverts are prone to feel like evangelism is really just for extroverts. When Jesus commissions us to preach his good news, who’s naturally more excited to do it: those… Read More

The Real Root of Sexual Sin, by Jon Bloom

Posted: May 26, 2017

Our most powerful weapon in the fight against sexual temptation is not better accountability, but profound humility. To continue reading, click here.

The Horror of Human Embryo Jewelry, by Abigail Dodds

Posted: May 15, 2017

A company in Australia is turning frozen embryo children into jewelry for their parents to wear. Click here for full article.

The Evidence – Reasons for Faith, Parts 1 and 3

Posted: May 9, 2017

Watch the first and third classes Douglas offered at the North River Church of Christ in his new series The Evidence on March 2 and May 4. (Sorry, the second… Read More

Crossing Denominational Lines, by Guy Hammond

Posted: May 4, 2017

In April, at the Unboxed Conference in Orlando, Florida, Guy Hammond, Executive Director of Strength in Weakness (SIW), spoke on the topic of “Crossing Denominational Lines” and our SIW volunteer,… Read More

All is Dust and DNA by Jim Stump

Posted: April 14, 2017

  Note: This article was originally published on February 18, 2015, at OnFaith. It is reprinted with permission. I grew up in what is sometimes called a “low church” tradition that didn’t… Read More

What If My Husband Looks at Porn? by Kara Garis

Posted: April 8, 2017

It was such a kick to the stomach. A nauseating, heart-pounding kick. I remember staring, confused, at the computer screen. What exactly was he looking at, anyway? Is that what… Read More

NEVER Work like Elon Musk – Michael Hyatt

Posted: April 5, 2017

Elon Musk is widely regarded as one of the most influential entrepreneurs working today. He’s one of the founders of PayPal and the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. He wants… Read More

“What am I supposed to do?”, by Geoff Surratt

Posted: March 14, 2017

I recently had a fascinating conversation with a sharp young leader, who had just returned from an amazing vacation in the Caribbean. The food, the scenery, the weather, the company;… Read More

Churches Can Handle Change, But They Don’t Like Surprise, by Karl Vaters

Posted: March 13, 2017

Introducing big changes is much easier if we give church leaders and members the time to process them. To continue reading this article, click on this link: Churches Can Handle Change

What is Sinful Judgment? Matthew 7:1 Revisited, by Mads Fredskilde

Posted: March 8, 2017

Mads Fredkilde is a brilliant Danish brother who for some years has been living in Quito, Ecuador. We first met in London. Or was it Stockholm or Copenhagen? Mads’s paper… Read More

Another Old Torah Found

Posted: March 8, 2017

Used by permission of John Clayton, Q1, 2017 Does God Exist In 1970 an ancient copy of the Torah was found in the Jewish village known as En-Gedi. It has recently… Read More

How the Entitlement Mentality Crept into our Churches, Thom Rainer

Posted: March 6, 2017

In 1974 Burger King made a bold move to take market share from McDonald’s. At the time, McDonald’s made burgers en masse. If you wanted a special order, you had… Read More

“Misquoting” Jesus? Answering Bart Ehrman – CBN.com

Posted: March 6, 2017

In Misquoting Jesus, the New York Times bestseller subtitled The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why, author Bart Ehrman fires a shot meant to sink the ship of… Read More

Our Mother Who Art In Heaven?

Posted: March 4, 2017

With the recent launch of The Shack movie, we are reminded of a whole mix of theological questions raised by the novel, and the problems of projecting the divine onto… Read More

Disney shows gay kiss in a children’s cartoon for first time

Posted: March 3, 2017

March 2, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The Walt Disney Company pushed the LGBT envelope a little further this week by airing its first on-screen gay kiss on an animated children’s program…. Read More

The “T” In LGBT: an interview with Brandon Redler

Posted: February 24, 2017

Meet Brandon Redler from SIW ministries, a man who lived as a woman named Desiree — before he found Jesus Christ. A powerful testimony, and much needed insight and education about the… Read More

12 Reasons Millennials Are Over Church, by Sam Eaton

Posted: February 21, 2017

59 Percent of Millennials Raised in a Church Have Dropped Out—And They’re Trying to Tell Us Why Only 4 percent of the Millennial Generation are Bible-Based Believers. This means that… Read More

A 12th “Dead Sea scrolls cave” found. Or was it?

Posted: February 13, 2017

On Feb 8, 2017, Israeli and U.S. archaeologists announced they’d found compelling evidence for a 12th Dead Sea Scroll cave. This is the first such discovery in 60 years. Click here to… Read More

“Trump, Christianity, and Social Media” by Daniel Berk

Posted: February 3, 2017

This week, last week, and nearly every day since midway through 2015, I’ve observed a progressive and polarizing social media war between Christians, non-Christians, liberals, conservatives, men, women, black people,… Read More

How Do You Super Bowl?

Posted: February 3, 2017

Ideas for Navigating Controversial Ads http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/how-do-you-super-bowl?

English pronunciation of biblical words

Posted: January 21, 2017

BibleSpeak | The Best Bible Name Pronunciation Tool Available

The Scariest Day of My Life, by Guy Hammond

Posted: January 19, 2017

I would have rather doused myself in honey and sacrificed myself to a bear than talk about it… Hardly anyone knew. I was way too embarrassed and ashamed to talk about… Read More

Prosperity Prayer at the Inauguration: Evangelicalism vs a False Gospel, by John Stonestreet, 17 Jan 2017

Posted: January 17, 2017

As you may have heard, several prominent religious leaders have been chosen to lead prayers at the upcoming presidential inauguration. Among them: Franklin Graham, and the Archbishop of New York,… Read More

WHEN YOU DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD, YOU WILL BELIEVE ANYTHING.

Posted: January 14, 2017

From Nov/Dec 2016 issue of Does God Exist?, used with the permission of John Clayton The “2015 Chapman University Survey of American Fears” reports that 41.4% of all Americans believe that… Read More

New Revision of the HCSB (under a new name)

Posted: January 10, 2017

“Details are scant at this point, but I gather they’re pouncing on the void left by the NIV 2011. I’m curious about whether they’ll change back their rendering of YHWH… Read More

“Empty!” – by Douglas Jacoby

Posted: December 5, 2016

Sunday sermon given at North River Church of Christ, Atlanta, GA, Nov 27, 2016

The Bible vs. other Religious books—SLC*—28/11/2017

Posted: November 28, 2016

OPENING OBSERVATIONS The similarities (ultimate truth, longing for the holy) are greatly outweighed by the differences (God, goal, salvation…) General Revelation & Special Revelation Special Scripture (Bible) The person of… Read More

Black Tax and White Privilege by Gordon Ferguson

Posted: November 21, 2016

An Introduction to a New Blog on Racism and Prejudice http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1122296331446&ca=bf9b8aac-b70c-4680-ab1a-8091f6a4be95

Nietzsche: God is Dead, and other views

Posted: November 16, 2016

Listen to a podcast on The Life and Thought of Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (32 mins). Click on the play arrow. To listen later, right click here and click on ‘save link… Read More

Q&A 1444 – The Resurrection (minimal facts)

Posted: November 11, 2016

I would be interested in knowing what you consider a strong argument for the resurrection of Christ. The vast majority of biblical scholars, whether Christian, Jewish, agnostic or atheist, admit… Read More

A Transgender Person: Coming to YOUR Church Soon! by Guy Hammond

Posted: November 6, 2016

The phone rings, and I pick up. “Hello.” A panicked voice blurts out “Is Guy Hammond there?” “This is Guy, who’s this?” “My name is Henry James (not his real… Read More

Walls of “Jesus’ Tomb” Exposed for the First Time in Centuries

Posted: November 2, 2016

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/walls-jesus-tomb-exposed-first-time-centuries-180960953/?utm_source=smithsoniandaily&no-ist

Supreme Court Wrestles with Lesbian Adoptions (by John Clayton)

Posted: August 23, 2016

Used with permission by John Clayton, of Does God Exist? On March 7, 2016, the Supreme Court reversed Alabama’s refusal to recognize same-sex adoption, saying that same-sex couples cannot be… Read More

(Sarcastic) Piece on the Sinner’s Prayer

Posted: August 17, 2016

Bible Lacking Sinner’s Prayer Returned For Full Refund

Reflections on Sabbath service

Posted: August 4, 2016

by Daniel Berk, Madrid Shabbat Shalom For the first time in my life, I attended a Jewish Friday Sabbath Service with the Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Congregation. Their synagogue in… Read More

The Dead Sea Scrolls

Posted: July 20, 2016

Introductory Discovery (Muhammed edh-Dhib [the Wolf]), Nov 1946-Feb 1947 Khalil Eskander Shahin, or “Kando” (middle man) 1947-1956 Hidden since 68 AD Other caves with manuscripts have been discovered (outside scope… Read More

Don’t Grieve the Spirit (Daniel C. Berk)

Posted: July 12, 2016

Holy Spirit 4 July 5th, 2016 God Grieves From Within I’ve been here in St. Louis for a few days now before a North American conference begins, and I’m inspired by… Read More

Précis of Instone-Brewer’s books on divorce and remarriage

Posted: July 11, 2016

David Intone-Brewer, a British scholar who specializes in Rabbinic Judaism, writes the most biblically on-track books on the subject of marriage-divorce-remarriage. Instone-Brewer on Divorce & Remarriage

Don’t Listen to Guy!!

Posted: July 6, 2016

Guy Hammond’s ‘Strength in Weakness’ ministry is not without opposition. Click here to see some of the backlash.

Background to the Sinner’s Prayer

Posted: July 2, 2016

Click here to read this article. See also Steve Staten’s article on the Sinner’s Prayer here.

Q&A 1422 – How can we prove Jesus is the Messiah from the O.T.?

Posted: June 30, 2016

I am from a Jewish background. Would you please explain how Jesus Christ can be the Messiah, using the Hebrew Bible? Thanks. A fair question — and especially when you’ve… Read More

Would the world be more peaceful without religion?

Posted: June 29, 2016

Article of interest: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zcnm82p

Sub-Atomic Particles Are Evidence the Universe Was Created

Posted: June 18, 2016

String Theory Co-Founder: Sub-Atomic Particles Are Evidence the Universe Was Created By Barbara Hollingsworth | June 17, 2016 | 3:56 PM EDT Dr. Michio Kaku. (Wikipedia) (CNSNews.com) — Dr. Michio Kaku,… Read More

What a Homosexually Attracted, Canadian Christian Says About Orlando

Posted: June 17, 2016

Shooting in Orlando – What A Same Sex Attracted Christian Has to Say By Guy Hammond The world has gone mad. When police stormed the Pulse Nightclub in the early… Read More

The “M” Word

Posted: June 16, 2016

 Issue 69 • June 2016 Are There Health Benefits to Masturbation? [Video] Matt Fradd • Since the days of psychologists like Sigmund Freud and Alfred Kinsey, people picture the sexual impulse as… Read More

What Can We Learn From the Deadliest Shooting in U.S. History?

Posted: June 13, 2016

What Can We Learn From Deadliest Mass Shooting in U.S. History? June 12, 2016, by Jon Sherwood In what has become a far too common occurrence in recent American history,… Read More

Like sheep without a shepherd

Posted: June 10, 2016

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/08/sheep-run-loose-in-spanish-town-after-shepherd-falls-asleep/

Are Christian converts seeking asylum getting a raw deal?

Posted: June 6, 2016

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36430880

New Parenting Resource

Posted: May 23, 2016

We have a new parenting resource for you to share! That’s right! We have an exciting new tool to help parents in the fight against Internet pornography. We have said… Read More

Honey I Shrunk the Church?

Posted: May 5, 2016

Honey I Shrunk the Church? May 5, 2016 John Porter   In my relatively short time practicing house church, I have learned that there are many different ideas about what… Read More

Postmodernism, Unboxed (longer) version

Posted: April 20, 2016

This is the expanded version of message I shared at the April 2017 UnBoxed Conference on Postmodernism, as well as at the Denver Youth & Family Conference in September 2017…. Read More

Christians, Politics and Social Media – Part 1

Posted: March 29, 2016

Article by Daniel C. Berk. Click here to read.

What God Has Joined Together

Posted: March 17, 2016

For an excellent article by David Instone-Brewer on the topic of Divorce & Remarriage, click here.

Divorce and Remarriage: A scholar’s take on the ancient issues

Posted: March 17, 2016

To read this article, please click here.

An Introduction to the Gospels

Posted: March 7, 2016

by Daniel C. Berk Click here for the article.

Cosmic Fall & Natural Evil, by Denis Lamoureux

Posted: March 5, 2016

Cosmic Fall & Natural Evil

Q&A 1402 – How do we know God is perfect?

Posted: March 2, 2016

“I’m studying the Bible with a friend who is still coming to faith. This question came up: ‘Just because God exists doesn’t mean he must be a perfect being, does… Read More

Do Christian Parents Flirt with the Idol of Safety?

Posted: March 1, 2016

Most families—rich, poor, or middle class—have an image, maybe even a dream, of what their child’s life will look like once they reach adulthood. If pressed to describe it, the image might… Read More

Christian Education

Posted: February 25, 2016

Here are two links containing schools, colleges and universities affiliated with Churches of Christ and the Christian Churches: http://kingstonchurchofchrist.com/christian-education/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_universities_and_colleges_affiliated_with_the_Christian_churches_and_churches_of_Christ

Job: The Problem of Suffering

Posted: February 23, 2016

Through The Bible In 30 Days: Day 13 by Daniel Berk http://www.danielcberk.com/#!Through-The-Bible-In-30-Days-Day-13/n96v6/56acd5ee0cf205a1e8578110

Does Raising Self-Esteem Turn Children into Narcissists?

Posted: February 17, 2016

Article of interest http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/does-raising-self-esteem-turn-children-into-narcissists/

The Twain Shall Meet – Science & Religion

Posted: February 9, 2016

New York Times article on science and religion http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/14/books/review/the-twain-shall-meet.html?_r=0

New Film Promotes Belief in the Resurrection

Posted: February 7, 2016

Read about how this film, to be put out on Feb 19, 2016 from Sony Pictures, will assist many who don’t see Him to come to believe in Christ and His… Read More

Why Teens Leave the Church

Posted: February 7, 2016

The one reason why college students leave the church could surprise you. http://www.collegeandseminary.com/college-life/the-1-reason-why-college-students-leave-the-church-could-surprise-you/#

9 Sins the Church is Okay With

Posted: February 4, 2016

Are we changing the Bible to fit our culture or are we changing our culture to fit the Bible? http://www.faithit.com/9-sins-the-church-is-okay-with/

I Choose Us

Posted: January 28, 2016

Help for building stronger, healthier marriages, consider this great ministry: About I Choose Us Past & Future Facilitators’ Workshops About Us Testimonies Worldwide Channel News Asia – Interview Movie Copyright… Read More

Thriving Beyond the Margins — A Resource That Every Christian NEEDS‏

Posted: January 26, 2016

Help for Christians who are helping their gay friends. A resource that every Christian needs in their library! Are you studying the Bible with someone who is gay? Where should… Read More

Q&A 1391 – Consummating a marriage?

Posted: January 14, 2016

If possible, a couple should consummate the marriage sexually, fulfilling the physical aspect of the “one flesh” principle. But if they don’t, is such a couple still considered married in… Read More

Q&A 1385 – With human divinity, is there a “quadrinity”?

Posted: December 19, 2015

Is there a quadrinity? Clearly, the Bible supports the triune nature of God. Moreover, the Scriptures demonstrate mutual love, honor, submission, and dependency between each part. I cannot help but notice… Read More

Thought-provoking website

Posted: December 18, 2015

Check out Daniel Berk’s thought-provoking website: http://www.danielcberk.com.  

Revelation 17 (the 7 “kings”)

Posted: November 27, 2015

Click below for chapter notes on Revelation, chapter 17 Revelation-Explained-Lesson-17

Holy Ghost Movie Exposé – Tim Wirth & Sandy Simpson 

Posted: November 25, 2015

A helpful critique of the current Zeitgeist and Weltgeist. Especially helpful: all the examples (video clips). Perhaps we don’t agree on every point of theology, but these guys have done a… Read More

Q&A 1380 – The missing day of Joshua, or Misuse of the Bible in Christian Evidences

Posted: November 20, 2015

Is there astronomical evidence for the missing day of Joshua 10? I saw somewhere that there is, and once heard a preacher confirm it. Often more harm than good is done… Read More

Q&A 1377 – Manuscript discovery proves Jesus married?

Posted: November 17, 2015

Recent claims that Jesus was married — always sure to draw a crowd — are based on the discovery of an ancient manuscript that has come to light. It’s not… Read More

Website contents

Posted: November 16, 2015

What do you get with your premium subscription? For less than 10 cents a day, you receive unlimited access to: 500+ MEATY ARTICLES, N.T. chapter studies, character studies, and more! NEARLY 1400 Q&As… Read More

Q&A 1376 – Did God Kill Uzzah?

Posted: November 16, 2015

Author: John Clayton of Does God Exist? Used with permission. When Richard Dawkins released his now famous atheist rant against God, he opened the door for many arm-chair atheists on… Read More

Q&A 1372 – Jesus and Horus (Egyptian god)

Posted: November 12, 2015

What’s the relationship between Jesus and Horus? Are they one and the same, or close relatives? I have heard that the Christians borrowed from Egyptian mythology. There is no relationship… Read More

10 Common Misconceptions about Religion

Posted: November 11, 2015

This is the full article connected with the 10 Nov 2015 newsletter, Answering Skeptics AB Our modern world, especially in the industrialized regions, seems to have a love/hate relationship with… Read More

Charles Darwin (two papers by Denis Lamoureux)

Posted: November 8, 2015

Here are two brilliant papers on Darwin, which should of interest to anyone following the creation & evolution debate. The author is my friend Denis Lamoureux, who is a professor… Read More

Reform Jews poised to pass transgender resolution

Posted: November 4, 2015

http://my.earthlink.net/article/us?guid=20151104/ab9530fb-be4b-4439-8e23-8a2993d4037e

13 Scriptures to Help Siblings Get Along

Posted: November 1, 2015

http://lizzylife.com/2015/10/27/13-scriptures-to-help-siblings-get-along/ – Elizabeth Thompson

Transgender in the Church – Brandon Redler

Posted: October 23, 2015

Showing Christ’s Love to Transgender People My name is Brandon Redler and it is an honor for me to be used by God in my role as a member of… Read More

13 Confidence-Building Scriptures for Kids and Teens

Posted: October 3, 2015

by Elizabeth Thompson http://lizzylife.com/2015/09/16/13-confidence-building-scriptures-for-kids-and-teens/

When Kids Know God Better Than We Do

Posted: October 1, 2015

by Elizabeth Thompson http://lizzylife.com/2015/08/03/when-kids-know-god-better-than-we-do/

Evil & Suffering: Cruciform living, pt. 1

Posted: September 23, 2015

This is the full newsletter article for 23 Sept 2015. Evil & suffering Today and next week, when we conclude our exploration of the problem of suffering, we will discuss… Read More

Jesus: Historical Evidence

Posted: September 19, 2015

Jesus: The Historical Evidence To hear the podcast (34 minutes), just click on the link. Click here to download.  Historicity Three possibilities Mythological Existed, but the Bible has reinvented him… Read More

Thoughts on Randy Alcorn’s ‘The Treasure Principle’

Posted: September 17, 2015

Douglas Jacoby, 2015 I enjoyed reading Randy Alcorn’s The Treasure Principle. It’s light, readable, and makes many great points—especially for believers living in the affluent west. There were many helpful… Read More

The Great Ptolemaic Smackdown

Posted: September 10, 2015

My next door neighbor, enjoying the recent articles on evolution in which I reference the slowness of the academic world to accept heliocentricity (earth orbiting sun), sent these links. The… Read More

The atheist’s complaint: one Christian responds

Posted: September 1, 2015

A Christian brother asked me how I would respond to an atheist who is incensed at how theists caricature him and his friends. Here’s the atheist’s complaint. My response (in… Read More

Evolution: Answers to questions

Posted: September 1, 2015

Good answers Below are claims a skeptic might make — and possible responses the believer might make in return. 1. In portraying a 6-day creation 6000 years ago, Genesis is… Read More

Evolution: What About Genesis?

Posted: September 1, 2015

Evolution & Genesis (for newsletter 2 Sept 2015 in Answering Skeptics, R) Nature and Scripture, as we have seen, are complementary. This means that science and theology should be complementary,… Read More

How Wide the Divide: Sexuality & Culture

Posted: August 17, 2015

“How Wide the Divide: Sexuality at the Forefront, Culture at the Crossroads”, by Ravi Zacharias on July 15, 2015. http://rzim.org/global-blog/how-wide-the-divide-sexuality-at-the-forefront-culture-at-the-crossroads

‘Oldest’ Koran Fragments Found

Posted: July 23, 2015

It will be interesting to see how the wording in this fragment compares to the present-day canonical Qur’an. ‘Oldest’ Koran fragments found in Birmingham University What could be the world’s… Read More

Universities & their mottos

Posted: July 8, 2015

Universities & their Mottos is a podcast (25 minutes) examining how university education has changed in the last 1000 years, from training for Christian ministry to secular study, from broad… Read More

Jehovah’s Witnesses: I’ve Got Some “New Light” For You!

Posted: June 5, 2015

This site is full of great information, studies and explanations about the Jehovah Witness doctrines. http://thewatchtowerfiles.com/

Was oldest gospel really found in a mummy mask?

Posted: May 29, 2015

Click on the link to read this article posted on CNN http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/21/living/gospel-mummy-mask/index.html

Galatia, We Have a Problem

Posted: May 14, 2015

This short paper analyzes Paul’s passionate letter to the Galatians. Written by and used with permission of Graydon Stephenson. CLICK for the article.  

America’s Changing Religious Landscape

Posted: May 12, 2015

http://www.pewforum.org/2015/05/12/americas-changing-religious-landscape/

What Scares the New Atheists, by John Gray

Posted: March 5, 2015

This link will take you to John Gray’s insightful article in The Guardian.

River of Fire: Did God Create Hell? (Alexander Kalomiros)

Posted: February 24, 2015

For an unusually insightful perspective on hell by a Greek Orthodox perspective, read River of Fire. The author is Dr. Alexander Kalomiros.

The Decline and Rebirth of a Christian Anarchist Movement

Posted: February 20, 2015

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/02/c-allen-hobbs/anti-war-anti-state-christian-leaders/

What is the Real “Age of the Earth” Issue, by John Clayton

Posted: February 15, 2015

Adapted, with permission, from Does God Exist? January/February 2015, pp.3-9. Several years ago a spruce tree was discovered in Sweden that was determined by carbon dating to be 9,550 years… Read More

Rethinking Hell Conference

Posted: February 2, 2015

The details for a conference taking place in Pasadena, CA in June, 2015 http://www.rethinkinghellconference.com/

7 Startling Facts: An Up Close Look at Church Attendance in America

Posted: February 2, 2015

Click for a most illuminating study.

Tips for speakers 2: Welcome talks, contribution talks, etc

Posted: January 21, 2015

This document contains the guidelines we use in the North River Church of Christ for anyone speaking before the congregation. Rather than leaving it to chance, let’s be proactive. Solid… Read More

Tips for speakers 1: Communion talks

Posted: January 21, 2015

This is the first of two documents intended to improve, streamline, and sharpen the address given in many churches before the Lord’s Supper. (The second document covers welcome talks, announcements,… Read More

Q&A 1342 — Response to The Gay Debate: The Bible & Homosexuality

Posted: January 13, 2015

I am reaching out to  a woman who has a gay brother. This man is in a committed relationship and is also a committed church member in a large denomination that… Read More

Yahweh & the Ancient Gods

Posted: November 26, 2014

Originally titled Our God is an Awesome God: A Close Look at the gods of the Ancient World, and Why Yahweh is Best, this podcast examines the rivals of the one true… Read More

NeuroLogica Blog

Posted: November 19, 2014

http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/lessons-from-dunning-kruger/#more-7303 Not sure how I found this and I’m not really a reader of psychology blogs, but I found this to be very interesting.  I’m not sending to you because… Read More

Slavery and the Bible

Posted: September 12, 2014

Here are a podcast and notes on Slavery and the Bible (43 minutes). To download the podcast, right click on “download” and select “save link as” or “save target as”… Read More

Cielo e Infierno: Castigo Terminal

Posted: August 8, 2014

Click on link for the PDF: Cielo e Infierno: Castigo Terminal For the English version of Heaven and Hell: Terminal Punishment (1991), click here.

Israel: A community of radical counter-culture

Posted: July 15, 2014

Israel was called to demonstrate the true God to the world (Exodus 19:4-6; Isaiah 49:6; Malachi 1:11,14; etc). Her religion was radically different to all other ancient religions (such as… Read More

Divorce rates, inside the church and outside

Posted: May 20, 2014

It is common to hear depressing statistics about divorce rates. The myth of the 50% divorce rate has been debunked for many years. But what about divorce rates within the… Read More

The Paranormal – Biblical Perspective

Posted: May 6, 2014

This is one of the keynote messages at a 2011 conference on the Paranormal — aboard the Queen Mary, a “haunted ship.” If you would like the entire conference, you… Read More

Jesus, Politics and Social Media – Tom Jones

Posted: January 11, 2014

http://mindchangeonline.blogspot.com/p/articles.html

How the Bible Came to Be, Part 5 – Gospels False and True

Posted: January 7, 2014

To listen to podcast later, right click link below and “Save target as” or “Save link as” Download Podcast For PDF notes for this class, click Here

Mormons Search the Web and Find Doubt

Posted: December 30, 2013

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/21/us/some-mormons-search-the-web-and-find-doubt.html?_r=0

How the Bible Came to Be, Part 4 – The New Testament Apocrypha & Pseudepigrapha

Posted: December 14, 2013

To download this audio & listen to it later, click below and “save target as” or “save link as”. Download Podcast For PDF notes for this class, click Here

How the Bible Came to Be, Part 2 – The Old Testament Apocrypha

Posted: November 26, 2013

This is the second lesson in the series. To listen to podcast later, right click link below and “Save target as” or “Save link as” Download Podcast For PDF notes… Read More

How the Bible Came to Be, Part 1 – The formation of the Old Testament

Posted: November 26, 2013

To download the podcast and play it later, right click on the “download podcast” link below and select “save link as” or “save target as”. Download Podcast For PDF notes… Read More

Catholic Church repudiates limbo

Posted: August 30, 2013

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070420/ts_nm/pope_limbo_dc

Prayer Points: Republic of Ghana

Posted: July 31, 2013

This west African nation (population 24 million) is sandwiched between the Ivory Coast (to the west) and Togo (to the east). Next to the small nation of Togo is the… Read More

The Gospels Gain Respect

Posted: July 31, 2013

The Gospels Gain Respect (Edward Fudge, used with permission) For the past century, much of scholarly opinion has held that the Gospels as we have them were not written by… Read More

Monday Dinner

Posted: July 31, 2013

Mon 12 Mar 2012, Norcross, GA — in case you want to meet Michael Licona and Josh McDowell this Monday night, at dinner. (I’ll be there.) Update: 65 persons were… Read More

Bart Ehrman’s Forged – review by Michael Licona

Posted: July 31, 2013

Bart Ehrman penned Forged to argue that most of the NT is deceitfully attributed to men who never wrote these documents. The book was published in 2011. Michael Licona offers… Read More

Ghosts / Violent World / Abuse of Women in China

Posted: July 31, 2013

All the following are used by permission of John Clayton (www.doesgodexist.org). These excerpts are from the Jan/Feb 2012 issue. BELIEVING IN GHOSTS. One of the areas we have gotten involved… Read More

Biblical literacy (the Pew Forum)

Posted: July 31, 2013

On Pew Forum’s 2010 U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey, which asked 32 questions on the Bible, major religious figures and core beliefs and practices, the average score was 16 correct. Who scored… Read More

The Restoration Hermeneutic & Fractures of the Church (Ron Petter)

Posted: July 31, 2013

Click here to download the .pdf file. Ron Petter is a respected Canadian evangelist and teacher in Hamilton, Ontario. Ron is working on his PhD at McMaster Divinity College, (www.macdiv.ca)… Read More

Can you write a review?

Posted: July 31, 2013

Would anyone like to write a brief review of one of my books at CBD? Compelling Evidence The Ultimate Bible Quiz Book Your Bible Questions Answered OR A Quick Overview… Read More

Inspiring journal update (J.R., China)

Posted: July 31, 2013

Note: Names altered for purposes of security Dear all, I wanted to share a very special weekend T. and I had last weekend. Our dear brother and sister, R. &… Read More

Prayer Points: Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Posted: July 31, 2013

Today Vietnam has 89 million inhabitants, primarily Vietnamese (87%), followed by Thai-Dai (5%) and Mon-Khmer (4%) and several other ethnic groups. This is one of the last bastions of Communism… Read More

Prayer Points: Republic of Singapore

Posted: July 31, 2013

This city-state, located one degree above the equator and immediately below the tip of the Malayan peninsula, is one of the most successful economies in the world, having moved from… Read More

Listen to Debate 7 — Richard Carrier v. Douglas Jacoby

Posted: July 31, 2013

Title: Jesus Christ — Son of God or Apocalyptic Prophet? And this is Richard Carrier’s own announcement of the event. Hopefully lots of atheists and lots of believers will support… Read More

Useful facts (The Foster Report [AACC], 2011)

Posted: July 31, 2013

The following facts have been culled from the bulletin of the American Association of Christian Counselors, "For the Record: The Foster Report," by Gary D. Foster. Gay – The average… Read More

Testing the Strong Ones (by Rocky Braat)

Posted: July 31, 2013

Rocky Braat is a friend of mine who loves the poor and the hurting and the needy. He has also fallen in love with India. Here is his latest report…. Read More

Participatory church (Michael Konomos), 2010

Posted: July 31, 2013

I am taking a closer look at the case for participatory church meetings outside 1 Corinthians 14. I will concede that 1 Corinthians 14 is the closest that we have… Read More

Appendixes to A Quick Overview of the Bible

Posted: July 31, 2013

Appendix A You Can Read the Bible in a Year Note: Following this plan, you will read some of each testament every day. January 1–2 Peter, Mark Proverbs, Genesis, Exodus… Read More

Watson Baltic trip report

Posted: July 31, 2013

Ken & Kat’s Big Jacoby AdventureSeptember 2011By Ken Watson My wife and I would like to do something different for our vacation this year.  Maybe something that would help others and… Read More

Evangelistic Bible Study Series

Posted: July 31, 2013

Download the "Evangelistic Bible Study Series" (.pdf format)

CHURCH WITHOUT JESUS, by Edward Fudge

Posted: July 31, 2013

(used with permission) There is a church in my town which features inspirational speakers, although they never mention sin or salvation through Jesus Christ. Sometimes they seem to say that… Read More

Giberson claims creationists are driving young people out of the church

Posted: July 31, 2013

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karl-giberson-phd/creationists-and-young-christians_b_1096839.html?ref=tw

Debate 6 (Helsinki)

Posted: July 31, 2013

Listen to Debate 6: Is Christianity Rational? Debate with atheist Robert Brotherus took place 10 September 2011 (Helsinki). Please listen to it and tell your friends — believing and nonbelieving=

9/11 — One Year Later

Posted: July 31, 2013

Used with permission from Edward Fudge. Ten years ago today, on September 11, 2001, a cohort of militant Muslim terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners over U.S. airspace. Then, with specific… Read More

Listen to Debate 6: Is Christianity Rational?

Posted: July 31, 2013

Listen to Debate 6: Is Christianity Rational? Debate with atheist Robert Brotherus took place 10 September 2011 (Helsinki). Please listen to it and tell your friends — believing and nonbelieving!… Read More

Ron Moseley’s Yeshua: A Guide to the Real Jesus and the Original Church

Posted: July 31, 2013

Ron Moseley’s book, Yeshua: A Guide to the Real Jesus and the Original Church (Clarksville, Maryland: Messianic Jewish Publishers, 1996) is an interesting read. I have met representatives of this… Read More

Google digitises Dead Sea Scrolls

Posted: July 31, 2013

Check out the article!

5 Church “Rejection” Traps Leaders Should Avoid, by David Fitch

Posted: July 31, 2013

Click here to download this interesting article in .pdf format.

Prayer Points: Norway

Posted: July 31, 2013

The Kingdom of Norway is smaller than its neighbor Sweden, and with half the population (4.5 million). A stunningly beautiful land, Norway also enjoys a relatively high per capita GDP… Read More

AVOIDING ‘R’-RATED SPEECH

Posted: July 31, 2013

Used with the permisson of Edward Fudge, of gracEmail. A gracEmail subscriber writes: "My 12-year-old child asked me the other day why she is permitted to say some words but… Read More

America’s New God, by Michael Youssef

Posted: July 31, 2013

http://townhall.com/columnists/michaelyoussef/2011/08/14/americas_new_god

Losing our Identity (by Edward Fudge)

Posted: July 31, 2013

Used with permission.   A critic of this ministry says that we in the Churches of Christ have restored the New Testament church. Our mission now, he says, is to… Read More

Stone-Campbell Timeline

Posted: July 31, 2013

Church History: Restoration Movement This presentation introduces you to the major figures in the Restoration Movement, also known as the Stone-Campbell movement. Short pieces of text along with pictures illustrate… Read More

Stairway to Heaven, by Mike Leno

Posted: July 31, 2013

  In the aftermath of the Protestant Reformation, the Church of Rome decided to call a general church council to address a number of issues. Besides being the first council… Read More

Prison ministry – inspiration from Kit Cummings

Posted: July 31, 2013

Check out Power of Peace Project, an inspiring ministry led by Kit Cummings. Kit has been involved in prison ministry for many years and is a true pioneer in this… Read More

Rabbinic traditions

Posted: July 31, 2013

This is a valuable resource for learning what the ancient rabbis taught: http://www.tyndalearchive.com/TRENT/Vol1/

Greg Koukl: Questioning Authority

Posted: July 31, 2013

Click on the link for a helpful article for students whose faith is being challenged by their teachers/professors. This comes from Stand to Reason, the ministry of Greg Koukl: Questioning… Read More

Pseudepigraphal Works

Posted: July 31, 2013

Works of the Pseudepigrapha include the Apocalypse of Abraham the Apocalypse of Adam the Testament of Adam the Life of Adam and Eve Ahiqar the Letter of Aristeas Aristeas the… Read More

Euthanasia

Posted: July 31, 2013

The folllowing article is from the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of Does God Exist? Used by permission. EUTHANASIA GOES BIG TIME Sir Edward Downs was known by many people as the former director of… Read More

The spectrum of Judaism in the 1st century AD

Posted: July 31, 2013

Most of the sects of first century Judaism have their roots in the intertestamental period. Every one casts light on the New Testament. In this article we will explore seven… Read More

Christian Scholars’ Conference 2011

Posted: July 31, 2013

CSC AT PEPPERDINE — Nearly 500 scholars representing approximately 100 universities, seminaries and other institutions are gathering next week for the Christian Scholars Conference at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California,… Read More

Aziz Sarah is Named National Geographic’s 2011 Emerging Explorer

Posted: July 31, 2013

http://news.gmu.edu/articles/6918

Prayer Points: CANADA

Posted: July 31, 2013

The world’s second largest country covers nearly 10 million square km. Population 33 million. There is a wide diversity of mountains, prairie grasslands and forests but much is sparsely populated… Read More

Strength in Weakness First Ever “Live Webinar” Only 1 Week Away!

Posted: July 31, 2013

Strength in Weakness First Ever "Live Webinar" Only 1 Week Away!   Press Release For Immediate Release Strength in Weakness Partners with the Canadian School of Missions to Bring You… Read More

Unmasking Muhammad

Posted: July 31, 2013

Despite its vitriol and writing errors, this free book, in pdf form, sheds tremendous light on the character of Muhammad and the religion he launched in the 7th century. Click… Read More

Christianity Today Article – The Problem with Pizzazz

Posted: July 31, 2013

Click here for an interesting article from Christianity Today.  (Music, worship, hype…)

New Worship – by Dr. Peter Masters

Posted: July 31, 2013

Click here for an interesting article by Dr. Peter Masters.

The New Testament comes to remote peoples (Papua New Guinea)

Posted: July 31, 2013

Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9dpmp_-TY0 Posted 20 February 2011

Human testing, End-times Earthquakes, Muslim College, Civil partnership

Posted: July 31, 2013

All the following, adapted from the Jan/Feb 2001 issue of John Clayton’s Does God Exist, are used with permission. HUMAN TESTING IN THE PASTEinstein said it best: “Religion without science… Read More

We cannot walk the path alone

Posted: July 31, 2013

Here are some cool quotes that pepper the history of the church. Each shows and awareness that one-another relationships, and in fact mentoring, play a useful role in spiritual maturity…. Read More

The Fruit of Religious Faith (2011)

Posted: July 31, 2013

http://blog.heritage.org/2011/03/14/familyfacts-org-the-fruit-of-religious-faith-in-america/

Prayer Points: Republic of Paraguay

Posted: July 31, 2013

Paraguay, the South American nation which gained independence from Spain in 1811, suffered terribly through wars with surrounding nations in 1864-70 and 1932-35. As a result, men are greatly outnumbered… Read More

Intriguing archaeological discovery

Posted: July 31, 2013

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1372741/Hidden-cave-First-portrait-Jesus-1-70-ancient-books.html

Easter evidence (from Tyndale House)

Posted: July 31, 2013

As the Easter season is upon us, want to learn more about some of the evidence for Jesus’ crucifixion? The 2nd-4th videos on this page are very interesting, and have… Read More

Francis Chan on baptism (21 Feb 2011)

Posted: July 31, 2013

Click here to watch a 5-minute video on baptism.  Chan’s view sees baptism as salvific, in the sense of a pledge and an appeal (combining the best of both translation alternatives,… Read More

Bible Survey results (May 2011)

Posted: July 31, 2013

Typical age of person taking survey:   15 years in Christ(48% indicated 10-20 years as Bible readers, and 100% were in the 1-40 years age group) Number of times completely read… Read More

Prayer Points: ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT

Posted: July 31, 2013

Egypt, almost exactly one million square kilometers, is famous for its ancient history (Pharaohs, Sphinx, pyramids…), striking geography (desert, the Nile and its delta, Sinai, the Suez Canal connecting the… Read More

EGYPT

Posted: July 31, 2013

I will share about my recent trip to Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries in Newsletter 2 (February 2011).  Very encouraging trip!  Thanks for all your prayers.  Please consider having… Read More

Jacoby PUBLICATIONS

Posted: July 31, 2013

BOOKS & AUDIO Books Advanced Christian Training (1986) Shining Like Stars (1987, 1990, 2000, 2006). Also available in Vietnamese. The Powerful Delusion (1987) I Was Hungry! The Christian Response to… Read More

Biblical Study Tour and International Teachers Seminar

Posted: July 31, 2013

ITS 1995, London, UK 1996, London, UK 1997, London, UK 1998, Herzliya, Israel 1999, Tiberias, Israel 2000, Paris, France 2001, Wittenburg and Berlin, Germany 2002, Athens and Corinth 2003, Chicago,… Read More

For the Record: The Foster Report

Posted: July 31, 2013

Excerpted from Christian Counseling Connection, a publication of the American Association of Christian Counselors (www.aacc.net), Vol 17, Issue 3, p.15. I came across these interesting facts in the most recent… Read More

Prayers needed for Mexico (danger)!

Posted: July 31, 2013

Greetings from Mexico. We really need your prayers for the safety of the innocent people and the church. We need to add those 8 killed today [13 Feb 2011] in the… Read More

Man’s Sinfulness, by Michael Cameron

Posted: July 31, 2013

My Current View of Man’s Sinfulness, by Michael Cameron (2010)

Bauckham, The Gospels and Eyewitnesses

Posted: July 31, 2013

GOSPELS AND EYEWITNESSES — Professor Richard Bauckham of Cambridge, England, one of the world’s most highly respected scholars on the New Testament, the early church, and Second Temple Judaism, has… Read More

New book from Douglas Jacoby!

Posted: July 31, 2013

Check out my latest release, The Ultimate Bible Quiz Book. CLICK HERE

HELPING CHRISTIANS DEAL WITH HOMOSEXUALITY

Posted: July 31, 2013

For the 5-lesson audio set (MP3), just released from IPI, click here. This is a joint production of AIM and SWI, the Athens Institute of Ministry and Strength in Weakness… Read More

Prayer Points: United Arab Emirates

Posted: July 31, 2013

This Middle Eastern nation, bordering Oman and Saudi Arabia, consists of seven emirates known as the Trucial States. Each is led by an emir. They are: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai,… Read More

Recommended books on understanding homosexuality

Posted: July 31, 2013

1. Joe Dallas, The Gay Gospel. Very easy to read. 2. Robert A. J. Gagnon, The Bible and Homosexual Practice. More in-depth. 3. Guy Hammond, Caring Beyond the Margins. Superb. For more:… Read More