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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

  • Gratitude: To Someone for Something
    Greg reflects on Thanksgiving and thankfulness then answers questions on the historicity of Adam and Eve and whether or not a Christian who lost his memory would still be saved.Topics:Does Christianity without Adam, Eve, and the Fall make biblica…
    - 1 day ago 22 Nov 17, 8:00am -
  • How to Deal with a Steamroller
    Greg shares a story of dealing with a steamroller then answers questions about the Qur’an, the judgment of the Canaanites, and more.Topics:Can the Qur’an fairly be understood to encourage violence in the present time? (0:24)There’s more…
    - 13 days ago 10 Nov 17, 8:00am -
  • Why Didn’t Prayer Stop Violence in Sutherland Springs, TX?
    Greg reflects on the Texas church shooting then answers questions about souls, engaging non-Christian relatives, and the destruction of the Canaanites.Topics:Physicalism and change over time in plants (0:20)How do you engage a relative who cel…
    - 15 days ago 8 Nov 17, 8:00am -
  • The Bible Doesn’t Give Private Messages
    Greg explains why we “never read a Bible verse” and then answers questions about objective morality and whether or not a person should leave a church that rejects biblical sexuality.Topics:How do you know the moral standard is objective? (0:…
    - 20 days ago 3 Nov 17, 7:01am -
  • The Reformation Is the Good News of Grace
    Greg talks about the good news of the Gospel and then answers questions about the atonement and old-earth creationism.Topics:Isn’t the idea of God sending His Son to die for our sins repulsive and contrary to the teaching of Scripture? (0:23)…
    - 22 days ago 1 Nov 17, 7:01am -
  • Preparing Christian Kids in Public Schools to Face Challenges to Their Convictions
    Greg talks about preparing Christian kids to face challenges in public schools then takes questions on the Lord’s Supper, witnessing in an honor/shame culture, philosophy of ethics, and more.Topics:What’s your view of the Lord’s Supper, and…
    - 27 days ago 27 Oct 17, 7:01am -
  • Interview: Brett Kunkle – Equipping Students to Survive and Thrive in their Faith
    Greg interviews Brett Kunkle about his new organization, Maven.Download the mp3...Mentioned on the Show: Brett KunkleMAVEN – “Know truth, pursue goodness, create beauty.” A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Na…
    - 29 days ago 25 Oct 17, 7:01am -
  • Smuggling Ideas That Don’t Fit
    Greg talks about values and beliefs that aren’t at home in an atheist worldview then takes questions on same-sex marriage, tactics, and euthanasia.Topics:Isn’t same-sex marriage parallel to interracial marriage? (00:27)Can tactics be used…
    - 34 days ago 20 Oct 17, 7:01am -
  • Interview: Natasha Crain – Conversations Christian Parents Should Have with Their Kids
    Greg interviews Natasha Crain, author of Talking with Your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have.Download the mp3...Mentioned on the Show: Natasha CrainChristian Mom Thoughts – Natasha Crain’s blogTalking wi…
    - 36 days ago 18 Oct 17, 7:01am -
  • Interview: Justin Brierley – Why I’m Still a Christian
    Greg interviews Justin Brierley on his book Unbelievable? Why, after Ten Years of Talking with Atheists, I’m Still a Christian.Download the mp3...Mentioned on the Show: Justin BrierleyUnbelievable?: Why, after Ten Years of Talking with At…
    - 43 days ago 11 Oct 17, 7:01am -

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

  • newThankfulness for Thanksgiving
    My Heart Is Filled With ThankfulnessMy heart is filled with thankfulnessTo Him who bore my pain;Who plumbed the depths of my disgraceAnd gave me life again;Who crushed my curse of sinfulnessAnd clothed me in His lightAnd wrote His la…
    - 4 hours ago 23 Nov 17, 2:53pm -
  • Culture and Carnality
    We need to be aware that just because mannerisms become socialized and characteristic of a culture, they are not, therefore, immune to biblical critique. Culture should never serve as an excuse for carnality.John Makujina, Measuring the Music,…
    - 1 day ago 22 Nov 17, 3:31pm -
  • Music Evangelism Is WRONG
    Although I do feel there may be some place for reverent music in an evangelistic setting, as an act of worship by believers, any dedication of a service or meeting to musical evangelism (whatever the style) falls under Paul’s condemnation of per…
    - 2 days ago 21 Nov 17, 3:45pm -
  • The Gospel Should Not Be Via an Appeal to Masses
    Nowhere in [1 Cor. 9] or in the New Testament does Paul advocate communicating the gospel by means that appeal to the masses.  Becoming “all things to all men” does not refer to an offensive strategy of inventiveness, creativity, persuasivene…
    - 4 days ago 19 Nov 17, 2:50pm -
  • CCM Changes the Gospel
    Though the acceptance of popular culture (and in the case of music, pop music) within the Christian church is now an established fact, its very normality across the face of virtually every variety of Christian theological persuasion is telling. …
    - 6 days ago 17 Nov 17, 4:09pm -
  • Good, Bad, and Ugly
    The Good:Some interesting history of the Lutheran Church’s changes from Roman Catholicism.Why do people interpret the Bible differently?Sincerity does not equal fidelity.God’s blessing is not for sale, and tithing is not for…
    - 8 days ago 15 Nov 17, 2:21pm -
  • More Song Issues
    I really like the assembly we are currently attending, primarily because of the very good teaching, good leadership, and mostly friendly people. However, I really get tired of all the “radio” songs the music leader chooses for worship.I cal…
    - 9 days ago 14 Nov 17, 6:06pm -
  • September Dawn
    On 11 September 1857, Mormons, pretending to be Indians, along with some Indians they talked into joining them, massacred over 120 men, women and children from a wagon train at a location in Utah known as Mountain Meadows.  This massacre is littl…
    - 10 days ago 13 Nov 17, 8:18pm -
  • Modern Day Prophets
    Too often I have read of different charismatic and New Apostolic Reformation Groups (e.g. IHOP) having their own “school of prophets.”  What I’ve also learned is that none of their prophets ever have a correct prophecy!As I was reading…
    - 15 days ago 8 Nov 17, 9:49pm -
  • The Wonderful Cross — Theft of Isaac Watts’ Song
    This was addressed somewhat in a post back on 1/25/11, but since we sang this song in church yesterday, I’m going to address it again, with a wee bit more commentary.Isaac Watts had a great hymn (and I like it best to “Hamburg” rather th…
    - 17 days ago 7 Nov 17, 1:12am -

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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