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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

  • Joe Carter – What Christians Should Know about Intersectionality
    Greg interviews Joe Carter about what Christians should know about “intersectionality” and then talks about the centrality of the bodily resurrection to Christianity.Topics:Can you question the resurrection and still be a Christian? (00:24)…
    - 5 days ago 21 Apr 17, 7:00am -
  • Frank Turek – CrossExamined Instructor Academy 2017
    Greg talks with Frank Turek about the upcoming CrossExamined Instructor Academy then talks about the Case for Christ movie and answers questions about Romans 9 and the Trinity.Caller Topics:The Case for Christ movie and the resurrection (00:20)…
    - 7 days ago 19 Apr 17, 7:00am -
  • God Knows: Trust His Sovereignty
    Greg talks about suffering and God’s sovereignty and then answers questions about abortion when a baby is going to die, repentance, and the Holy Spirit’s role.Caller Topics:What do you say to a woman who was told by doctors to abort her chi…
    - 12 days ago 14 Apr 17, 7:00am -
  • Douglas Axe – How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life Is Designed
    Greg interviews Douglas Axe, author of Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life Is Designed.Download the mp3...Mentioned on the Show: Douglas AxeUndeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life Is DesignedBiologic…
    - 14 days ago 12 Apr 17, 7:00am -
  • How to View the Opposition You’ll Encounter
    Amy Hall and Melinda Penner discuss faithfully responding to opposition, racism, and Bible memorization tips. Caller Topics:Does race envy account for racism? (00:23)Tips on memorizing books of the Bible (00:35)Download the mp3...Mentioned…
    - 19 days ago 7 Apr 17, 7:00am -
  • Interview: Keith Plummer – Bridging the Racial Divide
    Melinda Penner and Amy Hall interview Keith Plummer, Associate Professor at Cairn University’s School of Divinity, on the racial divide and how Christians can bridge it.Download the mp3...Mentioned on the Show: Keith PlummerKeith Plummer o…
    - 21 days ago 5 Apr 17, 7:00am -
  • Interview: Jonathan Morrow – Welcome to College
    Brett interviews Jonathan Morrow, author of Welcome to College.Download the mp3...Mentioned on the Show: Jonathan MorrowImpact 360 Gap YearWelcome to College: A Christ-Follower's Guide for the Journey by Jonathan MorrowQuestioning the…
    - 26 days ago 31 Mar 17, 7:00am -
  • Interview: Leah Libresco – Conversion from Atheism
    Brett interviews Leah Libresco, a former atheist blogger, about her conversion from atheism.Download the mp3...Mentioned on the Show: Leah LibrescoMere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
    - 28 days ago 29 Mar 17, 7:00am -
  • Pro-Life Persuasion
    Alan speaks about pro-life persuasion, the Trinity, the Qur’an, and Beauty and the Beast. Caller Topics:What is the Trinity, and how can I explain it to someone? (00:20)Does the Qur’an teach violence or peace? (00:28)A report on the Bea…
    - 32 days ago 24 Mar 17, 8:00am -
  • Interview: Steve Wagner – Justice for All
    Alan interviews Steve Wagner, Executive Director of Justice for All, a pro-life organization that teaches people how to engage pro-choicers in persuasive conversation.Download the mp3...Mentioned on the Show: Steve WagnerCommon Ground witho…
    - 35 days ago 22 Mar 17, 7:00am -

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 days ago 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

  • Should We Sing That Song?
    Rather than waiting for a collection of links for posting, I thought this would be perfect as a separate post!An article I read this week succinctly demonstrates how to discern whether or not a song should be used for corporate worship in the…
    - 2 days ago 23 Apr 17, 8:09pm -
  • Where Am I?
    We’ve been gone for a few days, having left home at 0700 Sunday and returned right at midnight last night.  Went 8.5 hrs east to observe the celebrations at the National Museum of the USAF honoring the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Ra…
    - 6 days ago 19 Apr 17, 4:36pm -
  • Celebrating the Resurrection

    - 10 days ago 16 Apr 17, 5:05am -
  • Discipline and Instruction of the Lord
    Too many Christians abuse the Scripture about using the “rod” to discipline, either claiming that the culture of the Bible was different and we don’t use the “rod” now, or else they determine that the use of the rod must be severe.  Pro…
    - 10 days ago 15 Apr 17, 8:46pm -
  • Some Good Stuff
    What is the Shekinah glory of God?Jehovah’s Witnesses and their false teaching about Enoch.Digging in my files to clean out obsolete stuff, I came across a great article from the January 2006 issue of Christianity Today Astray. Title…
    - 12 days ago 13 Apr 17, 9:08pm -
  • Random Things Needing Discernment
    Do discoveries of new planets validate E.G. White’s “visions”?  NO!Kari Jobe, one of the worst “worship artists,” spreads aberrant and heretical theology.Here’s another periodic reminder of the dangers of Adventures in Missi…
    - 13 days ago 12 Apr 17, 8:57pm -
  • 2 John 10
    2 John 10 has been often used to say that we should not allow Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormons into our homes to have discussions with them.  But is the proper use of this passage?The first question is, to who is the letter addressed?  Who i…
    - 15 days ago 10 Apr 17, 6:56pm -
  • A Man Must Examine Himself
    While Roman Catholics claim that the Lord’s Supper (Eucharist) is a sacrifice of Christ, with the elements actually turning into Jesus’ blood and body, those who follow what the Bible says understand that it is really a memorial with symbols…
    - 18 days ago 7 Apr 17, 3:43pm -
  • Addressing Some Contemporary “Worship” Songs
    I guess I’m never surprised at the choices our song leaders make regarding songs to use for congregational singing.  Most of these new songs are just not designed for such use, but are more for performing by someone on stage or making a recordi…
    - 20 days ago 5 Apr 17, 6:24pm -
  • Does 1 Peter 3:21 Teach Baptismal Regeneration?
    I have come across many articles, including posted by a Lutheran on Facebook, which claims that baptism is necessary for salvation, and that baptism itself saves (which is why infant baptism is important).  The main proof text I’ve seen used la…
    - 21 days ago 4 Apr 17, 8:08pm -

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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