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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...

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...

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...

I am my child’s advocate; you aren’t.

I am my child’s advocate; you aren’t.

I know my child.  This child is mine.  Mine to protect and mine to cherish.

You are quite convinced that Immunization X will not harm my child.

But then you send my child home.  We live with the consequences.  You don’t.

You say that only this few out of this many will have a reaction.  This few is acceptable to you.  You don’t take them home and live with them.

I may decide this few is too many because I know that if my child is part of the ‘few’ I am the … continue reading...

A theological basis for rank individualism in society and elsewhere

This essay is long- some 2,000 words.  But I think it is worth reading.  Print it out if you like if that makes it easier.

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‘Individualism’ has a bad rap, even among Christians.  To be fair, there are things in ‘individualism’ that I think are unhealthy or even immoral, too, but the key thing to remember is that any opposite of ‘individualism’ is not necessarily preferable.  If we’re going to raise up ‘inter-connectedness’ (a neutral term, I hope) it must be done thoughtfully, and it cannot obliterate that which is moral or good in ‘individualism.’

The only folks that … continue reading...

Humane Society Liberals Turn Tables on Liberal ‘pro-choice’ Argument Applied to Death Row Dogs

I was minding my own business this morning just getting my kids ready for school when something on ABC News about dogs on death row came on.  I wasn’t really paying attention until suddenly I heard some statements that I had normally heard applied to unborn human babies.  I tracked down the corresponding article at ABC News.  Here it is.

The basic idea is that there is a new website out that lists dogs soon to be put down and how many days they have left to live.  It is a means shelters use to help drive home what … continue reading...

Defining ‘Christian’ Propositionally

Under discussion here:  http://www.sntjohnny.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=2223

Two quotes to start this off with.  First, from atheist Bertrand Russell, answering a question in an essay by the same title, “Why I am not a Christian”:  “I think that you must have a certain amount of definite belief before you have a right to call yourself a Christian.  The word does not have quite such a full-blooded meaning now as it had in the times of St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas.  In those days, if a man said that he was a Christian it was known what he meant.  You accepted a whole … continue reading...