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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

  • Greg Is Back from Vacation
    Greg talks about what he did during his vacation and then answers questions about the image of God, IVF, Lewis’s trilemma, and Calvinism.Topics:What is the image of God? (00:18)What are ethical guidelines for doing IVF? (00:26)Is legend a…
    - 4 days ago 21 Jul 17, 7:00am -
  • Interview: Scott Ward – Religious Liberty and Living Faithfully in a Secular Culture
    Greg talks to Scott Ward, a religious liberty lawyer, about what’s going on in our culture and how we can live in it as faithful Christians.Download the mp3...Mentioned on the Show: Scott WardGammon and Grange’s religious liberty website…
    - 6 days ago 19 Jul 17, 7:00am -
  • Dr. Larry Hurtado – Destroyer of the gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World
    Greg and Amy interview Dr. Larry Hurtado on his book Destroyer of the gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World.Download the mp3...Mentioned on the Show: Destroyer of the gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World…
    - 13 days ago 12 Jul 17, 7:00am -
  • Interview: Tony Reinke – 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You
    J. Warner Wallace interviews Tony Reinke on his book 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You.Download the mp3...Mentioned on the Show: Tony Reinke12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony ReinkeBooks by Tony ReinkeJ. Warner Wallace on Twitte…
    - 25 days ago 30 Jun 17, 7:00am -
  • How to Prepare Someone to Hear Evidence for Christianity
    J. Warner Wallace talks about the basic rules of evidence and answers a question about John the Baptist’s objection to Herod’s marriage.Topics:What was John the Baptist’s problem with Herod Antipas’s marriage to Herodias? (00:26)Weighin…
    - 27 days ago 28 Jun 17, 7:00am -
  • Interview: Lisa Fields – Equipping Christians of African Descent to Defend the Faith
    Melinda Penner and Amy Hall interview Lisa Fields, founder of the Jude 3 Project, an apologetics organization focusing on equipping Christians of African descent in the United States and abroad.Download the mp3...Mentioned on the Show: Lisa Fi…
    - 34 days ago 21 Jun 17, 7:00am -
  • Alan’s Prison Visit
    Alan talks about teaching at a prison and then answers questions about fostering/adopting under anti-Christian government policies, the basic beliefs of Christianity, and the millennial kingdom (short episode).Topics:Is it a bad idea for Christia…
    - 39 days ago 16 Jun 17, 7:00am -
  • Interview: Scott Keith – Being Dad
    Alan Shlemon interviews Scott Keith, author of Being Dad: Father as a Picture of God’s Grace.Download the mp3...Mentioned on the Show: Being Dad: Father as a Picture of God’s Grace by Scott KeithScott KeithThe Thinking Fellows Podcast…
    - 41 days ago 14 Jun 17, 7:00am -
  • Thoughts about Marriage on Greg’s Wedding Anniversary
    Greg gives his thoughts about marriage on his wedding anniversary then talks about D-Day (short episode).Topics:Thoughts on D-Day (00:16)Download the mp3...
    - 46 days ago 9 Jun 17, 7:00am -
  • Interview: Brett Kunkle – A Practical Guide to Culture
    Greg interviews Brett on his new book, A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World.Download the mp3...Mentioned on the Show: A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s Wo…
    - 48 days ago 7 Jun 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 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

  • Good, Bad, and Ugly
    Well I got my computer back for the second time this past Monday, and it’s all fixed.  But it’s been a very chaotic week, so some of this stuff I’ve collected you may have already seen on other sites. On Monday I played for the graveside se…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jul 17, 3:56pm -
  • A Treasury of Excellent Hymns
    We have a treasury of excellent hymns, lying in a chest in an attic.  Bring them down.  This is not a matter of prescribing one style for everyone.  There are two reasons why.  The first is that those hymns we no longer sing represent a wonderfu…
    - 8 days ago 17 Jul 17, 1:18pm -
  • A Drab and Garish Culture
    Drab is a favorite color in our day; its companion is garish.  I defy any of my contemporaries to name one style of public building or style of dress or form of popular entertainment that is not now either drab or garish.  Our churchmen, no better…
    - 10 days ago 15 Jul 17, 1:31pm -
  • The Roots of Willow Creek
    I’m still on a project of going through my apologetics file cabinet and cleaning out obsolete materials (it’s an arduous process).  This morning I came across a paper on which I typed this:The following information is from notes gleaned circa…
    - 12 days ago 13 Jul 17, 2:18pm -
  • Good, Bad, and Ugly
    The Good:Warning of Error.  Well worth reading.A very good defense of an often-raised criticism of the Bible.Excellent history lesson on the Reformation!Be a watchman on the wall.The Bad:You have to read it to believe it…
    - 14 days ago 11 Jul 17, 11:48am -
  • A Cat Story
    I’M BACK!  Well, a wee bit of a return.  My computer problem wasn’t solved so it will be down again as another tech guy goes after it tomorrow.  But I thought I’d let you know a personal story about what’s been taking a lot of time this…
    - 14 days ago 10 Jul 17, 10:53pm -
  • Early Church Views of Military Service
    While there have been views promoted in the Church over the centuries both for and against military service, overall the attitude had been favorable — or at least not against it.  Several years ago I posted an article about war and killing, and…
    - 22 days ago 3 Jul 17, 3:11pm -
  • Good, Bad, and Ugly
    The Good:Ecumenical vs Evangelical.  Thought-provoking.  Continuing in this vein, read Idolatry, Demons, and Ecumenism. Don’t kill the Bereans.How do they [blaspheme the Holy Spirit]?  By attributing to the Holy Spirit words th…
    - 24 days ago 30 Jun 17, 9:55pm -
  • Can A Christian Be Demon-Possessed?
    Many people have been taught to believe that Christians can be demon-possessed, and the whole “deliverance ministry” makes money on this fraudulent teaching.  Bible verses teaching against the idea of demon possession are plentiful:  John 10…
    - 26 days ago 29 Jun 17, 12:42pm -
  • Unloving?

    - 28 days ago 27 Jun 17, 3:43pm -

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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