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New Apologetics App from Athanatos Ministries/Sntjohnny

ACM-APP-512x512Athanatos Christian Ministries is the formal name of the ministry behind Sntjohnny.com.  We’ve got a big announcement.  With the help of the app innovators at Page Foundry, you can now get apologetics related content delivered to your Droid device, all in one place.

Get real time updates from apologetics blogs, twitter feeds, and Facebook pages from apologists such as Brian Auten at Apologetics315, Greg West at The Poached Egg, Roger and MaryJo Sharp of Confident Christianity, Ravi Zacharias, the folks at Stand to Reason, the Discovery Institute, the Christian Apologetics Alliance, and of course Athanatos Ministries.

For those who … continue reading...

On the Necessity of Jesus’ Sacrifice for our Sins

I had an interesting email exchange about a month ago concerning whether or not it was ‘necessary’ for Jesus to atone for humanity’s sins by the shedding of his blood.  In some follow up conversation, we talked about different ways of looking at the question, turning on the word ‘necessary.’  As I recall, ‘free-will’ was a component of that follow up.  Since I felt that my original response could have broader application I asked for, and received, permission to post my reply.  You can see it below.


Regarding your question of: Jesus saving.

Your perspective reminds me of that of … continue reading...

Obama on CS Lewis, the Government, and Politics – and Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals

Obama is just now completing his speech at the prayer breakfast and he quoted CS Lewis in support of his notions of a Christian in government.

Clearly, someone at the White House is doing some research.  I for one doubt very much that Obama has ever read Lewis beyond the quote he used.   Here is what Obama quoted:

“Christianity has not, and does not profess to have a detailed political program. It is meant for all men at all times, and the particular program which suited one place or time would not suit another.”

In full:  “The second thing … continue reading...

Radio Interview on ‘Consent of the Governed’

Today (August 31) at 5 p.m. CST I will be on KFUO radio discussing “the consent of the governed.”  I am reasonably certain this interview request was inspired by a recent post of mine on the same topic.  Radio link.

When I get the mp3 of the interview I will try to make it available here. UPDATE, here it is: 

Christianity and Libertarians, the Republic, and the Consent of the Governed

Excerpt:

I don’t feel like merely calling myself a Constitutionalist is sufficient.  I add the ‘libertarian’ modifier in order to make clear the principle that I believe was shared … continue reading...

Christianity and Libertarians, the Republic, and the Consent of the Governed

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed Declaration of Independence


The last few months I’ve seen some strident statements of opposition against libertarians by conservatives.  I’m on several … 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...

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...

Tips that Atheists can use for Understanding the Bible

When I was a high school religion teacher I ran into a bit of trouble because, for the final exam, I expected the students to be able to recall facts from the Bible that we had covered that semester.  Yes, I know.  If it had been chemistry class, recalling chemistry facts covered in the semester would have been an obvious thing to have on the exam.  I think the reason there was resistance to requiring that students know biblical facts is because a lot of people- even parents of kids in Christian schools- don’t actually think the Bible is true.  … continue reading...

Literary Magazine with Apologetics Emphasis November Edition

I am very pleased to announce that our first edition of Athanatos Christian Ministry’s newest endeavor, Literary Apologetics.Mag, has been released as of yesterday, Nov. 1st, 2010.

The website is:  http://literaryapologetics.com/

The basic purpose of the magazine is to deliberately and intentionally cultivate a perspective within the Church that acknowledges the important role of the arts in our culture in shaping viewpoints and- and this is important- seeks to participate and emphasize the arts (rather than withdrawing from them, or condemning them).

You can read the current edition online by going to the link above or you can download the … continue reading...

A Nation Held Hostage to Islam

I just posted this column at The Cypress Times and in the meantime, contributor Kathy posted her own post here at Sntjohnny.com which I thought had a lot of good points.  Click on her link to read what she had to say.  Click ‘read more’ below to finish reading my column.

This thing down in Florida where a pastor of a congregation not much bigger than my thumbnail has threatened to burn korans has reached the heights of absurdity. Pastor Jone’s one long publicity stunt has paid off in spades. It has attracted all kinds of attention. Even Obama has … continue reading...

Three words Christians abuse: church, worship, love

The title of this post does not do the matter justice.  The word ‘abuse’ is too mild, and it might be even more accurate to say that in actual fact the sweeping trend within Christendom is that there is outright plain ignorance on what these terms mean.  The charge only matters at all to those Christians who believe that the Scriptures are the final and ultimate authority.  A huge swath of people who call themselves Christians obviously don’t, so this post is not really for them, even though they share in the guilt.   Of course, the term ‘Christian’ itself is … continue reading...

Essay published on Apologetics315.com on Christianity and the nature of Judaism

Apologetics315 is publishing an essay series on the veracity of Christianity.  I was asked to contribute an essay.  That essay was published today.  You should take some time to check out the other essays, too.

Much ink has been spilled in defense of the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus, and I myself have spilled my fair share. Similarly, the stunning explosion of the Christian Church within the Roman Empire has been raised as a phenomenon that requires explanation and a dead man rising from the dead is the best one. These efforts are valid, but their weight cannot … continue reading...

Is social justice a Christian doctrine?

My friend, Don Hank, had a column published by Worldnetdaily today entitled “Is social justice a Christian doctrine?

Recently, Christian Left leader Jim Wallis recently said:

Christians across the theological and political spectrum believe that social justice is central to the teachings of Jesus and at the heart of biblical faith.

Actually, not only is there no consensus on this issue, but in fact, Jesus did not speak of such a concept as it is understood today.

Further, Jesus said that there would be false teachers coming in his name. Paul, arguing for strict traditionalism, steeled … continue reading...

Do Christians Oppose Universal Health Care Because They Think People are Lazy?

Someone directed me to this gentlemen here who labels himself a conservative, the feral conservative, in fact.   I’m not impressed.  One of the articles is called “The Ten Things You Must Believe in order to Oppose Universal Health Care.”  It is filled with nonsense.   This notion that the only way you can care for people is by supporting and implementing universal health care is positively ridiculous.  I’m seeing it so much lately that I wonder if there are talking points somewhere.  My blog (which you are reading now) is just one example of a place where it … continue reading...