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Reminder of ACM’s upcoming apologetics conference

Online Apologetics Conference

Reminder, ACM’s annual online apologetics conference is coming up in just about 10 days!  Register today to receive the 50% discount on the registration fee.  Since I’ve last posted, we’ve added Brian Godawa to the presentation list.  Brian is a screenwriter and Hollywood director who is also a Christian.  His movie “To End All Wars” was an award winning film starring Kiefer Sutherland.

Another Christian screenwriter and director, Dallas Jenkins, will be attending the screening of his movie, “What If” which will be streamed live during the conference.

There are fourteen presenters in total, with Dr. Gene Edward Veith keynoting … continue reading...

My books and stories all in one place

Here’s a bit of a no-brainer that was years in the making… all of the published books and short stories I’ve written, listed in one place:  Here.

To date, these include my Birth Pangs series, my pro-life book, and two collections of short stories.  Some are available only in digital format while others are in print.

The short stories are compilations of ones that I’ve written over the years and decided to throw together.  Some of them are part of my effort to discipline myself to write a bit every month and are shared first with a group of … continue reading...

Knights of Contention: Challenges Apologetics Can’t Answer

Tonight, Feb 22nd, at 9:30 p.m. CST we will host our next semi-regular “Knights of Contention” online discussion using voice, video, and chat.

The Opening Topic:  The 5 Challenges Apologetics Can’t Answer.

Due to the wide scope, this conversation can go anywhere.  I have summarized the 5 challenges below with links to each of the 3 parts in which I have detailed them.

To learn more about the “Knights of Contention” click here.

Direct link to the discussion:  http://connectpro58388802.na5.acrobat.com/knightcon/

5 Challenges, with summaries

What they all have in common:  the belief, or acting as though one believes, that Christianity … continue reading...

Upcoming Apologetics Conference Defending Life and the Family – April 7-9

Quick reminder that ACM’s online apologetics conference is coming up in under 6 weeks.  Below are details about the current line up of speakers.  Go to the main web page to learn more about them, their topics, and to register.  http://onlineapologeticsconference.com/

Defending Christianity and God’s Plan for Marriage, Family, and Life through Creative Arts such as Film and Literature

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Gene Edward Veith Jr.

Other Confirmed Speakers:

Jason Jones  | Dallas Jenkins | Dick Rolfe | Dr. Angus Menuge |  Dr. Ryan MacPherson | Mikel Del Rosario | Anthony Horvath | Glenn Jones | Holly Ordway | Israel continue reading...

5 Challenges to Christianity Apologetics Can’t Answer Part 3

This is the third and final installment of a series listing 5 challenges to Christianity that apologetics, traditionally understood, is virtually powerless to counter.

The previous parts:

Part 1:

1.  Ridicule.

2.  The ‘Naturalization’ of self-evidently non-natural phenomena.

Part 2:

3.  Lovelessness within the Christian Church.

4.  Radical compartmentalization of the Faith.

Now begins the third part.  It’s long.  Sorry.  (I really am)

5.  The failure within the Church to live out the Biblical model of marriage and the family.

If you were looking for a thread that ties all five of these challenges together, it is this:  the … continue reading...

Why I became a Conservative

When I was in college there was this guy 2 1/2 times larger than me… a philosophy major, as I recall… appropriately named ‘Animal.’  I remember having a debate about pain with him.  I argued it was all in our minds- just a brain state- and not real.  Animal said, “Come here, and I’ll show you unreal pain.”

While I was of the mindset that there were just “brain states” or just “subjective opinions” or just “one’s political views”, I was a liberal.  When my mindset changed, so did my ‘political’ stance.  This is a realization that congealed more than … continue reading...

The Courage of Their Convictions: Jared Lee Loughner, James Jay Lee and the Power of Belief

The now humiliated mainstream media first tried to pin the attack by Jared Loughner on conservatives and the Tea Party only to discover that very few of Loughner’s views resembled conservative values  at all.  (As of this writing, I don’t think we do know what his motivations were even yet.)  Conservatives defended themselves with effect, but there was one portion of that defense that I wish to take issue with.

Conservatives have taken the tact of protecting themselves from the very charge they are fending off, bending over backwards to insist that not only did conservative values not influence Loughner, … continue reading...

Wisconsin Pro-Life Speaking Engagements

The next two weekends I’ll be speaking on opposite sides of Wisconsin.  Both events are open to the public.

On Sunday, Jan 23rd I will be speaking at New Hope Lutheran Church in Neenah, Wisconsin.  Neenah is very close to Appleton.   I will be speaking at their ‘Common Ground‘ session, 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.  This is also the common date for ‘Life Sunday’ around the country.

On Sunday, Jan 30th, I will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sparta, Wisconsin.  This is a march and youth rally that begins at 12 noon and goes to … continue reading...

Atheism and the Problem of Death

This weekend at church my pastor was sharing his experiences counseling people who were on their death bed.  I thought of all the pastors and spiritual counselors throughout the country, and world, throughout time, who have been face to face with death, the dying, and those left behind.   Then I thought about some of the recent posts (and comments) on my blog.  In one place, an atheist dismissed apologetics organizations because they only serve to advance ‘their narrow, self-interested, point of view.’   However, this came after I pointed out that it has become increasingly clear just how important addressing the … continue reading...

Apologetics is the Answer to Abortion and Euthanasia and other Life Issues

Not too long ago I posted an essay asserting that ‘apologetics is the answer to everything.’  Even then I had in mind to discuss the relationship between apologetics and life issues such as abortion, euthanasia, eugenics, etc, but fought off the urge to elaborate on it.  Now is my chance.

You know, for most of my life, even during my ‘liberal’ years, I have more or less been pro-life.  This became personal when the doctors asked my wife and I if we wanted to ‘terminate’ our child, diagnosed that morning with spina bifida.  But I have always been … continue reading...

Family Values: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

A friend posted a pretty interesting essay today on family values I submit for your reading.   I liked it and don’t have much objection to it.   After detailing the prominence and priority of ‘family values’ at communicating Life he makes this statement:

Luther summed it up succinctly: love and serve God; it falls to the contemporary pastor and Lutheranism to put his phrases in context, with the understanding that it begins in family.

I thought it was interesting that, with the understanding “that it begins in family” Pastor Kelly begins with the contemporary pastor (and Lutheranism).

To be fair, I … continue reading...

History of the Culture of Death

I delivered the following presentation at Concordia University at Seward, Nebraska, on Nov. 20th, 2010.  The event was hosted by Nebraska Lutherans for Life.  I explain what the ‘culture of death’ is and how it got here.  To invite me to present at your organization, you can get more information here.

The Culture of Death: Planned Parenthood, Eugenics, and… Climate Change? from Anthony Horvath on Vimeo.

Pro-life speaker Anthony Horvath recounts the history of the ‘Culture of Death’ from Thomas Malthus to Charles Darwin to Margaret Sanger to Peter Singer, with an array of personalities in between. Horvath … continue reading...

A couple of books to review

I received in the mail today two books to review… reminding me I’ve got a review or two yet to write!  Argh!

To whet your appetite, let me say that both of these books appear to be solid and their respective websites look worthy of your investigation.

The first book is Rational Conclusions by James D. Agresti.  This appears to be a thorough and cumulative apologetic for Christianity drawn from multiple disciplines.  His website is www.justfacts.com.   Find the book on Amazon, here.

The next book, by Dr. Edgar Andrews, is called Who Made God:  Searching for a Theory continue reading...

Social Issues and Economics Go Hand in Hand

Worldnetdaily.com published a column I wrote.  Read the whole thing.

Apparently, a letter has been written to GOP leaders by conservative homosexuals and some tea-party activists requesting that the GOP lay off its traditional pro-life stance. That would be horrible for many reasons. One reason: In actuality, de-emphasizing life issues is a threat to conservative notions about limited government and individual liberty.

The very first thing that has to be made clear is that those in the culture of death themselves strongly believe that social issues and economic issues are linked. The pro-death camp is perfectly able to present their … continue reading...