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Category: literary apologetics

The Skubala Missives, Letter 1

To the Most Eminent Secretary Kugelpuss:

It is of course with the most earnest trepidation that I bring a matter of great importance to your attention.  Your reputation precedes you, but I will be an enigma to you.  Lest you mistake your resume as a warrant for any response you deem appropriate, I must sketch out the details of my own expertise, which of course I invite you to verify.

I arose to my present position from Screwtape’s division, and under his tutelage and by his efforts.  If my name is not enough to arouse within you some terror, then … continue reading...

Nancy Pearcey keynotes online conference

300x300_3I am pleased to announce that my ministry, Athanatos Christian Ministries, will be hosting its fifth annual online apologetics conference tomorrow and Saturday (Oct 24-25th, 2014).

Nancy Pearcey, author of Saving Leonardo and a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, will be our keynote presenter. The theme this year is ‘Women Equipping Women’ so all of the presenters are ladies.  Men, of course, are welcome.

Here they are:

Judy Salisbury | Hillary Morgan Ferrer | Sarah Ankenman | Cynthia Velasco Hampton | Julie D Loos | Lori Peters | Letitia Wong | Natasha Crain | MaryJo Sharp | Marcia … continue reading...

Life Unworthy of Life by Derek Elkins

luol_small Derek Elkins’ Life Unworthy of Life came before my eyes, from his perspective, at the most opportune time. I was immersed in studying the philosophies and ideologies that had led to the Holocaust, and the T4 Project (which the book is about) was explicit foreshadowing of that later horror. I was instantly drawn into the manuscript. From my perspective, however, I could have chosen a better time to read it. Evidently, my plane had been moved to a different gate and they had been calling my name for the better part of twenty minutes… “Argher Heervreth blah blah blah…” … … continue reading...

Obama on Immigration Just One More Symptom of the Collapse of the Rule of Law

Setting aside completely the moral or ethical issues that may compel someone to grant young illegal immigrants immunity, and even allow them to work in the US without hindrance, the approach that Obama has taken to bring it about is, to put it bluntly, the death rattle of the Republic.  This article in the Politico goes over some of the other examples in the Obama administration of open defiance of the law, which, if I recall correctly, Obama (and others… ie, Holder) swore to uphold in his inaugural oath.

I am reminded of the words of Abraham Lincoln, who, … continue reading...

2012 Online Apologetics Conference Focuses on Worldview in Story

Apologetics Applied through Story…

http://onlineapologeticsconference.com/

Have you ever found yourself in a discussion about the veracity of Christianity only to discover that the other person has all sorts of strange notions about just what Christianity is?   Upon further investigation, you discover that the person’s concept of Christianity seems to be a hodge-podge patchwork derived from the media, cultural judgments, and experiences with the Church while one was young.  If you do point out that Christianity refers to a specific thing, and most importantly, a particular person, as recognized throughout history, they will argue that is just your ‘opinion,’ or … continue reading...

“Anthony Horvath Goes To Heaven” Short Story Added to Dawkins, Flew, and Teresa Collection

Long time followers of this blog know that a collection of short stories I published on Kindle last year at about this time caused quite a stir.  It began with PZ Myers ‘reviewing’ the stories, and ended with a lot of folks coming by my site to flame me and even threaten me.  (Don’t worry, everything has been archived, including IP addresses).  Myers even violated my copyright in the process.  You may see this post for more on that.

I have now updated the collection with a foreword and two new short stories.  Each of the two new stories is … continue reading...

Support this ministry: give a book, give a buck

ACM is the umbrella organization under which Sntjohnny.com operates.  It is a Christian apologetics ministry that focuses on defending the faith through the arts and literature in addition to ‘standard’ apologetics approaches. On account of this, ACM does a fair bit of publishing, including the recent release of Shirley Tucker’s award winning Diamonds in the Dust. Right now, we’ve got a fair bit of stock on our shelves of our various titles and we’re looking to send these books to good homes.

Christmas is coming up, right? You’re going to be giving out gifts anyway, right? Then give folks … continue reading...

The Walk to Walden Hill: A Review

Full disclosure:  my ministry awarded this book second place in its 2011 Christian novel writing contest and has since entered into a marketing agreement to promote the book.  

There is a reason why Robert Abernathy’s book, The Walk to Walden Hill:  Rescued in Forgiveness, won an award in Athanatos Christian Ministry’s Christian novel contest- it is quite good!

I was drawn to the story for a variety of reasons, but I believe the primary reason is that the book had a beating heart;  it is the heart of the author, of course, but it is evident throughout that the … continue reading...

June 2012 Fundraising Campaign for ACM

I’m setting June as a month of fundraising efforts for ACM.   I hope that all my readers will take some time to head on over to the campaign letter and check out how they can get a free, signed copy of my new book, “For No Reason At All:  A Romance.”  Here’s the link to that letter.

Depending on how much you donate, you can get more books that ACM publishes as well.  These include my own Birth Pangs books, classic apologetic texts such as Greenleaf’s Testimony of the Evangelists and Whately’s Historic Doubts on Napoleon, … continue reading...

2012 Christian Novel Writing Contest

Entries are starting to come in for ACM’s 2012 Christian Novel contest!

Due to last year’s strong response, we are updating the cash prize to $1,500 for first prize and $1,000 for the second prize.  Like this year, an offer to publish may also be extended.

To learn more about the contest, visit the 2012 Christian Novel Writing Contest home page.

Offers to publish were extended to both of the 2011 winning authors, ‘Shirl’ Tucker and Robert Abernathy.   As of this month (May 2011) Shirley Tucker has entered into a contract to publish her winning novel, “Diamonds in the … continue reading...

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...

Recording of this Tuesday’s Debate on Faith, Evidence, Atheism, Rob Bell, and Hell

At the last ‘Knights of Contention’ discussion this last Tuesday we began by talking about faith, evidence, atheism, and Christianity, of course and ended up talking about Rob Bell and hell.  Naturally.  🙂

Here is a link for viewing that discussion.  It was about 2 1/2 hours long.

There will not be a discussion the second Tuesday of April as I will be preparing for some presentations and a conference as well as recuperating from the online apologetics conference my own ministry hosts April 7-9.  Details. continue reading...

My Million Words and the Road to Good Writing

It is one of those subjective truisms that a person becomes a good writer sometime after writing their millionth word.  I don’t know if the truism is true or not.  I should like to think that my writing was good many hundred thousand words ago.  🙂  I won’t deny, however, that the writing in my first published book, Fidelis (156,000 words), is not as good as my writing of the second book, Spero (165,000 words) , and as I continue to write the third book- Caritas (as yet <50,000 words)- I feel like the writing is better still.

The … 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...