May 19th, 2014
The following is a guest post by Mike Burnette.
I’ve done media consulting with a couple Christian ministries lately who are not cutting through all the communication noise very well — in some ways they’re hiding from the noise with their fingers in their ears. The noise I speak of is LOUD and coming from our over-communicated, hyper-speed social media culture — so much so that if you’re not hustling, planning, fully present, extremely valuable, and engaged — you’re done. Many of these well intentioned people were great at media marketing in 2004 — the problem is it’s now 2014 and they haven’t adjusted. I believe their messages are important, but since they have no media plans, strategies, or budget — they’re destined for failure; barring divine intervention. Some groups have wonderful Christian men and women on their boards, but they have no practical knowledge of media programming or understanding of how powerful current media platforms are to success. They think Vimeo, SnapChat, Twitter, SoundCloud, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, etc– are all very quaint entertainment fads — they may not even realize the car has replaced the buggy.
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April 6th, 2014
This year’s Unbelievable conference is 12 July 2014. I haven’t scheduled out my summer yet but there’s a likelihood I’d be able to attend and I would love to meet fellow lovers of reason, truth, and Jesus at the conference. If you see me there please come up and introduce yourself!
- This year’s conference will help ordinary Christians like you be equipped to:
- Be confident in your faith and share it effectively
- Engage with atheism, Islam and other worldviews
- Give good reasons for God and the truth of Christianity
Conference Host: Justin Brierley
Justin hosts the popular UK discussion show and podcast Unbelievable? on Premier Christian Radio. He also writes for Christianity magazine.
William Lane Craig
Dr. Craig is one of the world’s leading philosophers of religion and has debated many of the world’s leading atheists around the world. He is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.
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February 6th, 2014
Dear Mr. Andrews,
I want to thank you for inspiring my son, Elijah. Elijah is 14-years-old and an avid reader of your blog and of all things philosophical and theological. He is a true believer in Jesus who is endlessly reading and learning in order to strengthen and understand his faith. He seeks out debates to watch online, and is most recently consumed with a book on Molinism. One of his great thrills was meeting Dr. Robert George of the Witherspoon Institute when he spoke last semester at Clemson University on the topic, ‘Was Jesus a Socialist?’ Of course, today he was also thrilled that you responded to a comment of his on your blog.
Elijah is that rare creature of the mind whose interests are wide-ranging, from ancient history to physics. He is an excellent mathematician who recently finished his first college math class.
I want to encourage you, as a father and fellow believer, to continue to inspire your readers and students whenever that opportunity should arise again in the future. We little know the effect of the ripples we send out, but yours have touched the life of a young man who may yet be a scholar (or who knows what). Certainly, a young man who might be your graduate student someday!
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February 1st, 2014
Two of the champions of their fields, philosophy and cosmology, discuss the role of God and cosmos. Feb. 21-22 the two intellectuals will wield their minds—an event to not miss! William Lane Craig is, undeniably, a leader and champion of the defender of the Christian faith with an unparalleled CV.
Sean Carroll is a rising leader in the atheist community. I hope he replaces Dawkins (a blithering, nonsensical, philosophical inept, egomaniac) and Lawrence Krauss (who decides to change the fundamental modal ontology and “cane the question” and by that he means “I didn’t like the question to begin with.”–again someone who is philosophically incompetent.) Look Krauss’ technical papers are good but stay there. Stop talking theology or philosophy because you embarrass yourself.
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December 16th, 2013
For the last 6 [or so] years Ergun Caner has buried himself in a controversy of lies. I was a Liberty University student who sat in during many of Caner’s false claims of debating several Muslim apologists, which he claimed were misstatements, and apparent falsities concerning his history. I was a graduate assistant during the exposure of these problems and whilst talking with some other GA’s who knew/worked with Caner I was told that he wasn’t “allowed” to defend himself. As a student who sat under dozens of his sermons I feel particularly invested in Caner’s restoration.
This has been [rightly] dubbed The Great Evangelical Coverup–and it’s true. The evidence is incredibly overwhelming with so much evidence falsifying his claims of history and experience (see this account, which has is several years old but still worth noting–more has since been uncovered). Unfortunately, Caner has resorted to suing a pastor in good standing with his congregation [Southern Baptist] over use of a publicly available talk of Caner speaking to US Marines that contain documented lies.
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November 7th, 2013
Originally at Apologetics315.com
Today’s interview is with Max Andrews. Max is a graduate student from Liberty University, whose research is in philosophy of science and religion. He talks about his background and education, his interest and research in multiverse theory, the fine-tuning argument, Liberty University, advice for Christians studying apologetics, his Sententias blog, the development of the Christian mind, and applying apologetics.
October 28th, 2013
The following are a list of podcasts that I’ve been following and listening to that have been quite helpful in my philosophical, scientific, and theological studies. The criteria for consideration are based on 1) quality of content, 2) accurate presentation of the material, 3) constructive and respectful criticism of opposing views, 4) frequency of podcast release, and 5) a broad range of topics/issues discussed.
Aside from my ‘official’ list I have my own podcast: Eavesdropping: Eavesdropping provides a conversational, informal podcast that is sometimes a monologue or dialogue with guests concerning various topics including philosophy, theology, science, contemporary events, and random meanderings of a philosopher. The primary focuses are philosophy of science, multiverse scenarios, and Molinism.
#1. Unbelievable? – Hosted by Justin Brierly with Premier Christian Radio. Unbelievable? is a UK-based public radio program, which airs every Saturday afternoon with an occasional podcast posting mid-week. Justin brings in several leading scholars in theological and philosophical matters and they debate and dialogue particular issues ranging from ethics, comparative religions, the existence of God, science, doctrinal differences, and current events.
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August 5th, 2013
Right now, Reza Aslan’s book Zealot which attacks the historicity of the Bible is number 1 on Amazon. There is concern about the young adults who are staggering in their faith because of a lack of doctrine and understanding the historical reliability of the Bible.
The authors, Dave Sterrett and Josh McDowell, want (Parents, students, families, singles) to read this book before the start of the school year.
This is a socratic dialogue book called Is the Bible True…Really?
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