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  • AIM/TCOT News – December Update!
    Videos of each session in our current series, God and Logic series 1, are now available for purchase and download from our online AIM Store. Just $5 per session!
    - 18 Dec 09, 5:50am -
  • God and Logic
    If Jesus, God the Son, the second person of the Trinity, used objective evidence to validate His claims, a fortiori, how much more so for you and me! Since God does not contradict Himself, or ask us to believe contradictions orthat which is inhere…
    - 20 Oct 09, 9:05pm -
  • 11/09 Update!
    In this months update>>>Our current series on The College of Theology (TCOT) is God and Logic, series 1. The God and Logic series outline is now available, we have new e-mail addresses and new resources for you!
    - 9 Sep 09, 10:45pm -
  • Justification
    The teaching or doctrine of justification has rightly been seen by many theologians (see below) as a central, if not the central, doctrine of Christianity. There is much to be said regarding the biblical doctrine of justification--"the justice" or "…
    - 12 Jun 09, 8:12am -
  • Faith & Reason
    Faith and Knowledge, Evidence and Reason: Their Role and Relationship to One Another. The Supreme Example of Christ The Use of Objective EvidenceIf Jesus, God the Son, the second person of the Trinity, used objective evidence tovalidate His clai…
    - 11 Jun 09, 9:33pm -
  • Reincarnation
    The belief in reincarnation or transmigration, in one form or another, has been around for quite some time. Due to many factors, at least in the so-called Western world, these views appear to be gaining ground--a wider acceptance. Given the increasin…
    - 13 May 09, 7:52am -
  • ESSENTIALS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
    ESSENTIALS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH Do I have to believe; Do I have to believe in the right--as Opposed to the wrong or false--Jesus or Gospel? Does it really matter?
    - 13 May 09, 6:37am -
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
    In Order by Size and Thoroughness: from the Shorter and Simpler to the Larger and More Complex Wright, J. Stafford. Interpreting the Bible. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1977. 34 page booklet. Stott, John R. Culture and the Bible. Downers Gr…
    - 25 Nov 08, 9:09am -
  • Bible Authority
    Carson, D.A., and John D. Woodbridge, eds. Hermeneutics, Authority, and Canon. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986. _____. Scripture and Truth. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1983. Geisler, Norman, ed. Inerrancy. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1979. _____, ed. Biblica…
    - 25 Nov 08, 9:04am -
  • Bible Reliability
    Archeology * Free, Joseph P., and Howard F. Vos. Archaeology and Bible History. Rev. and exp. ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1992. * McRay, John. Archaeology & the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1991. * Thompson, J.A. The Bible…
    - 25 Nov 08, 9:03am -

Stand To Reason

  • Jesus Wasn’t Just a Moral Teacher
    Greg explains why it isn’t reasonable to say Jesus was just a moral teacher, gives an update on Melinda, then answers questions about Paul’s view of mind vs. spirit and warnings against losing salvation.Topics:What do you make of Paul’s app…
    - 3 days ago 19 Jan 18, 8:00am -
  • Interview: Nancy Pearcey – Love Thy Body
    Greg interviews author and apologist Nancy Pearcey on her new book, Love Thy Body, discussing how our secular culture fragments the human person by denying the value and meaning of the body, leading to a cultural divide on numerous social issues.Do…
    - 5 days ago 17 Jan 18, 8:00am -
  • God Takes Off Our Training Wheels for Our Good
    Greg talks about how challenges lead to growth, then he answers questions about an analogy in Hebrews, the possible existence of a second judgment, and how to approach conversations with Mormons.Topics:Can you explain how the analogy in Hebrews 9…
    - 12 days ago 10 Jan 18, 8:00am -
  • Make the Most of Your Time in 2018
    Greg talks about New Year’s “resolutions” and trends he wants to see in his life this year, then he answers questions about being a godparent if you don’t believe in infant baptism, the grounding for morality, and more.Topics:Is it wrong…
    - 17 days ago 5 Jan 18, 8:00am -
  • We Are Not Promised Tomorrow
    Greg gives an update on Melinda and reflects on the fact that we need to do what’s in front of us today, then he answers questions about Jeremiah 29:11, dating someone who has a different theological view, and more.Topics:What do you think of t…
    - 19 days ago 3 Jan 18, 8:00am -
  • Jesus Fulfilled the Promise Made to Abraham
    Greg talks about how the Old Testament led up to the birth of Jesus then answers questions about avoiding films with pagan elements, evidence for the soul, and more.Topics:Would Jesus not want us to see films like Star Wars that have pagan elemen…
    - 31 days ago 22 Dec 17, 8:00am -
  • An Advent Reflection: Don’t Stumble over Jesus
    Greg gives an update on Melinda’s condition then talks about how God doesn’t always do things the way we expect and answers questions about spanking and predestination.Topics:What is your view on spanking? (0:25)Can you clear up some questi…
    - 33 days ago 20 Dec 17, 8:00am -
  • Interview: Greg Ganssle – Our Deepest Desires
    Greg interviews Dr. Greg Ganssle, author of Our Deepest Desires: How the Christian Story Fulfills Human Aspirations.Download the mp3...Mentioned on the Show: Our Deepest Desires: How the Christian Story Fulfills Human Aspirations by Greg Gans…
    - 38 days ago 15 Dec 17, 8:00am -
  • The Existence of the Soul
    Greg gives an update about Melinda and talks about the existence of the soul then answers questions about all-boys schools and whether or not you can lose your salvation.Topics:Is it a good idea to send my son to an all-boys school? (0:25)Can y…
    - 40 days ago 13 Dec 17, 8:00am -
  • Why Truth Seekers Should Consider Christianity First
    Greg reflects on a recent talk given by Craig Hazen on the reasons why people should consider Christianity first then answers questions on Mormonism, Molinism, living with an unbelieving spouse, and more.Topics:How can I get past a Mormon’s ins…
    - 45 days ago 8 Dec 17, 8:00am -

Operation 513

  • Why must the Cause of the Universe be Personal?
    Have you ever wondered how we can know that the cause of the universe is indeed personal and not simply some impersonal force or entity.Watch the following 2 minute video as Dr William Lane Craig answers this question.
    - 8 Nov 13, 2:51am -
  • Was Jesus just a Great Teacher?
    Many people who are not happy to call Jesus, God are happy to say he was a great teacher. Is that really a legitimate position to hold?Watch this 1 and a half minute video to find out.
    - 17 May 13, 5:20am -
  • How can God exist if there is evil and suffering in the world?
    You've undoubtedly come across a person who argued that God can't exist because there is evil and suffering in the world. Do you know how to respond to this objection? Did you know evil and suffering, instead of disproving God, actually supports his…
    - 9 May 13, 8:48am -
  • Who is the ruler of Hell?
    Many people in the world think that Satan is the one ruling in Hell and he's the one dishing out the punishments there. Therefore some think that they'll hopefully get on Satan's 'good' side to escape punishment from him.But in this helpful 2 minute…
    - 4 May 13, 7:16am -
  • Is belief in God like a belief in Santa Claus?
    Skeptics sometimes ask when they hear that a Christian believes in God, "Do you believe in Santa Claus too?" Is that a far enough criticism or have they made an error in logic?Watch the following video where Dr. William Lane Craig responds to thi…
    - 26 Apr 13, 5:51am -
  • Can you Trust the Bible?
    Skeptics love throwing out the objection, "How can you trust a book written by men?" They conclude that Christians must have been indoctrinated into their belief as a child or have just taken a giant leap of faith into the dark by believing the Bible…
    - 28 Mar 13, 4:30am -
  • What is tolerance? William Lane Craig Explains
    Many people object to Christians saying "Why can't you be tolerant of other people's viewpoints?" But what exactly does tolerance mean?Find out in this 2 minute video by William Lane Craig.
    - 25 Mar 13, 1:27pm -
  • "But Who Created God?"
    It is likely that you have heard atheists say to Christians, "But who created God?" They ask this usually when the Christian has shown that the universe had a beginning, and so in the atheist's mind it's a little like, "If I can't have an eternal uni…
    - 31 Mar 11, 4:18am -
  • Why does the Bible mention Unicorns?
    If you've ever been reading some of the Old Testament books of the Bible in the King James Version you might have come across something you found very strange, and that is that it speaks about unicorns. Why does the Bible talk about them? And what is…
    - 23 Feb 11, 7:13am -
  • Is the God of Islam Unjust?
    How does divine justice compare in Christianity compared to Islam? Does Allah always act in a way that is just. Or does he sometimes act deceptively? This is what the following video will discuss. It is a snippet from the Operation 513 Gold Coast ou…
    - 23 Nov 10, 2:52am -

Cowan Chronicles

  • The X-Files and Philosophy is Here!
    The latest volume in the Open Court Philosophy and Pop Culture series is out: The X-Files and Philosophy. I contributed the lead article, "Why Scully Is Usually Wrong."Here's a link
    - 13 Apr 17, 1:21am -
  • New Round in the Debate on Heavenly Freedom
    My latest counter-response to Timothy Pawl and Kevin Timpe on the Problem of Heavenly Freedom has just been published on the website of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. Here is the link:http://www.epsociety.org/userfiles/Cowan-God%20Heavenly%20…
    - 6 Sep 16, 11:57pm -
  • My book on Idealism and Christian Philosophy available for pre-order!
    James Spiegel and I just turned in the manuscript for our new book on Berkeleyan Idealism and Christian Philosophy. It is available for pre-order at Bloomsbury's website:http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/idealism-and-christian-philosophy-9781628924060/
    - 13 Jun 15, 12:31am -
  • Sorry...
    I'm sorry that I haven't blogged in a while. Life has gotten busy and complicated in recent months. But I do plan to finish my postings of the "Precious Remedies" soon, and I have some other things to share that I hope you will find interesting.
    - 17 Jul 14, 2:25pm -
  • Precious Remedies against Satan's Devices - Part 5
    Device 5: By presenting God to the soul as One made up all of mercy. In other words, Satan sometimes intimates that God is only a god of mercy and not holiness or wrath. Thus, since there is nothing whatsoever to fear from God, one may sin with impun…
    - 31 Jul 13, 9:31pm -
  • Precious Remedies against Satan's Devices - Part 4
    Device 4: By showing to the soul the best men's sins and by hiding from the soul their virtues, their sorrows, , and their repentance.For remedies consider that. . .1. The Spirit of God records not only the sins of the saints, but also their repentan…
    - 24 Jul 13, 3:36pm -
  • Precious Remedies against Satan's Devices - Part 3
    Device 3: By extenuating and lessening the sin. Satan often tells us that the sin we are tempted to commit is only a small one, or one that our circumstances somehow mitigate its seriousness.For remedies consider that. . .1. Sin which men account sma…
    - 19 Jul 13, 1:15pm -
  • Precious Remedies against Satan's Devices - Part 2
    Of those devices Satan uses to draw people to sin...Device 2: By painting sin with virtues colors (i.e., by disguising sin as something good. E.g., "covetousness" as "thriftyness"; drunkenness" as "good fellowship."For remedies consider that...1. Sin…
    - 14 Jul 13, 9:32pm -
  • Precious Remedies against Satan's Devices - Part 1
    Thomas Brooks divides Satan's devices (schemes, wiles) into several different categories.  The first category is "Satan's devices to draw the soul to sin." These are ways, that is, that Satan works to get people to break God's law. Under this categ…
    - 8 Jul 13, 1:17pm -
  • Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices
    I have long believed that one of the best books ever written in the area of the doctrine of sanctification, and particular on the mortifying of sin in the believer's life, is the work by the puritan Thomas Brooks, Precious Remedies against Satan's De…
    - 4 Jul 13, 3:56pm -

Watchman's Bagpipes

  • newA Challenge to the Church
    The challenge to the Western church is subtle but unprecedented in its scale, and it must be answered with a courageous no to everything that contradicts the call of our Lord—whatever the cost and whatever the outcome.  Is Jesus Lord, or are th…
    - 16 hours ago 21 Jan 18, 3:28pm -
  • Emotion Will Not Sustain Faith
    Just as a marriage cannot be sustained by the tumble of infatuation, a life of faith cannot be sustained by passionate emotion. Yes, it may be a wonderful (and necessary) entryway, but without depth of knowledge and understanding, it will be “blow…
    - 3 days ago 19 Jan 18, 1:49pm -
  • To Truly Love God, You Need to Learn About Him
    We have replaced rich, robust theology in the Church with emotional music and constant reminders that “God is love and loves you and He’s your personal Savior and loves your soul …” These words are great at bringing outsiders through the d…
    - 5 days ago 17 Jan 18, 5:08pm -
  • “Teenager”?
    I really despise the term “teenager” because it brings up the image of a child, and very often “teenagers” are even called “children.”  BUT, they are NOT “children.”  People who are in their “teen" years are really nothing less…
    - 6 days ago 15 Jan 18, 11:33pm -
  • Great is Thy Faithfulness
    Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my FatherThere is no shadow of turning with TheeThou changes not, Thy compassion's, they fail notAs Thou hast been, Thou forever will beGreat is Thy faithfulnessGreat is Thy faithfulnessMorning by mor…
    - 7 days ago 14 Jan 18, 10:45pm -
  • About “Lucifer”
    Back in August 2010 I posted an article explaining the origin of the name “Lucifer” being applied to Satan. In June 2016 I decided to clean extraneous stuff from it, and explain the information in a more chronological flow; I also added some c…
    - 8 days ago 13 Jan 18, 11:04pm -
  • Good, Bad, and Ugly
    The Good:Bad examples of women pastors (but great examples of Godly women).What was the shape of Jesus’ cross?  No, it wasn’t a “stake” as the Jehovah’s Witnesses claim.Why Quaker beliefs are problematic.The Bad:The cu…
    - 10 days ago 12 Jan 18, 5:35pm -
  • God Gave Us the Ability to Reason
    What could ever have established the nonsense of transubstantiation in the world, if men had been fixed in this great truth, that God gives no revelation contradictory to our own reason?Isaac Watts, The Improvement of the Mind: A Supplement to…
    - 11 days ago 11 Jan 18, 3:22pm -
  • Market-Driven/Seeker-Sensitive is NOT Biblical
    A church fed on excitement is no New Testament church at all.  The desire for surface stimulation is a sure mark of the fallen nature, the very thing Christ died to deliver us from.A.W. Tozer
    - 13 days ago 8 Jan 18, 10:58pm -
  • What Do You Dread?
    This will be a wee bit different from my normal articles because of a recent incident of which I’m aware.  A problem developed because someone lacked discernment, let alone compassion, and since this blog is about teaching discernment in theolo…
    - 17 days ago 4 Jan 18, 8:58pm -

Flatland Apologetics

  • A false reality
    Not long ago, a friend and I went to get a bite to eat.  My friends chose his food based on the picture of the meal that he saw at the restaurant.  When the order came out, my friend did a double-take as the meal didn’t exactly match with the mea…
    - 29 Aug 12, 3:43am -
  • How to destroy Christianity
    Christianity is a worldview that has been in existence for around 2000 years.  During those years many have attempted to discredit the Christian message.  The attempt to discredit Christianity began early, but how does one destroy Christianity?The…
    - 31 Jul 12, 11:32pm -
  • Antitheism and Krauss' Wager
    Here is a great blog by Luke Nix of "Faithful Thinkers" Antitheism and Krauss' WagerLaurence Krauss- The AntitheistRecently in a discussion with Justin Brierly (Unbelievable?) and Rodney Holder, Lawrence Krauss made an interesting statement (…
    - 17 Jul 12, 12:21am -
  • The God particle and the trump card
    The recent discovery of the "God Particle" has been a major breakthrough for science across the globe.  Not only has the scientific community promoted the particle, but the media has hyped it as well.  The "God Particle" is known properly as the Hi…
    - 9 Jul 12, 6:00pm -
  • Line em' up
    In taking a few months off in blogging, I was somewhat surprised at a couple of atheist comments that I received.  One of the comments made the point that my apologetics were no different than rehashed Josh McDowell arguments.  Evidently, this per…
    - 3 Jan 12, 11:49pm -
  • Bell's Hell - Another look at "Love Wins"
    Much has been said about Rob Bell's controversial book "Love Wins."  Also, much has changed recently for Rob Bell, as he is now moving out of pastoring a mega-church to do more writing and concentrating on various speaking engagements.  In reviewin…
    - 2 Jan 12, 10:25pm -
  • Dr. Jeffress, Mormonism and dialogue
    A few weeks back,  Dr. Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas caused a stir by calling the Mormon religion a cult before the national media.  Was this the correct avenue to take?  I took a survey shortly after Jeffress statemen…
    - 28 Oct 11, 8:20pm -
  • Die for a lie?
    One of the arguments given for the Christian faith deals with the statement that individuals would not be willing to die for a lie.  In general this is true, but many recognize that this argument by itself is incomplete.  Besides, couldn't any reli…
    - 26 Sep 11, 11:07pm -
  • Apologetics in the church
    Here is a great article from a former professor of mine.An Apologist in Every ChurchPosted on December 21, 2010 by clayjones It is my heartfelt contention that every church in the world needs an apologist. Here’s why I say that. I have found that…
    - 16 Aug 11, 11:30pm -
  • L killers of Church
    In a previous blog, I wrote concerning 10 reasons why the church is broken.  I'm sure many reasons exist that hinder God's people, but believe that three main reasons are wreaking havoc upon the Church of the West.LiberalismLiberalism can be viewed…
    - 15 Aug 11, 2:08pm -

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