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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...

Reflections on the ‘Dragon Mom’

Posted this at the WI-LFL blog:

Someone pointed me to an op-ed in the NY Times by a ‘dragon mom.’  Her son, born with Tay-Sachs, is not expected to live beyond three years old.  And yet, despite this- or is it because of this?-  the joy she has with him is immense and incalculable.   Our society bends over backwards to ‘spare’ children and mothers of this joy, offering a quick and easy termination.  But if you read this article, you see that even in the face of impending grief, joy prevails every time.

Of course, if we’re honest, we understand … 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...

2009 Apologetics Academy Session Begins in May

The third session of Athanatos Christian Ministry’s online apologetics academy begins May 1st.  Below is the course schedule.

The portal page for the academy is:
http://www.academyofapologetics.com

To access the actual course area:
http://www.academyofapologetics.com/courses/

Courses available with their Start Dates:

May 1. Basic New Testament Greek Part 1
May 10. Reliability of the New Testament Documents
May 11. Hitler and Christianity [FREE!]
May 13. Christ Promised in the Old Testament
May 18. Study in Alleged Bible Contradictions
May 18. The Problem of Pain and Suffering
May 25. Basic New Testament Greek Part 2
June 1. The Historical Jesus: A … continue reading...

The Problem of Pain Defeated by the Problem of Good

A recent commentator on my youtube vid of me responding to a question about the problem of pain declares “The analogy fails.”  What I had said was that the problem of pain reflected a heart wrenching reaction to what we see in the world but we already have in hand the principle to unravel it: parents know that their children will suffer, yet they bring them into the world anyway; they know they will suffer but in order for children to become adults they must be permitted to endure the messy business of life.  An over protective parent is a … continue reading...

You Cannot Reason a Person Out of Pain: Lessons from a Child

This weekend I learned something that I already knew:  If a person is in pain simple words don’t take the pain away.

The incident in question is fairly common around my house.    The children are engaged in rough housing and suddenly one of the younger boys gets hurt.  Now the oldest child- almost always the direct cause- steps in and shouts, “Soooorrrry!  I said I’m sooooorrry!”  The louder the other boy cries the more insistent and argumentative the older one becomes, “SOOOOORRRRYY!”

By this point a parent is involved, sorting out the various assertions, triaging the bodies, etc.  Again, we … continue reading...

Why did God Create the Devil Knowing He’d Be Naughty and other Free Will

Here is a second clip from a Q and A that I gave this summer.  There are at least three questions here and they all surround the notion of free will, why God would tolerate bad things, why he doesn’t act, and the like.  Enjoy.

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Breathtaking: One Woman’s Fight to Live and Find Hope in the Face of Certain Death. A Review of Amber Nicole Metz’s Book, “Breathtaking”

A review of Amber Nicole Metz’s Breathtaking

Book Description
A modern-day A Grief Observed and Confessions combined, Breathtaking is an account of a young woman who walked through the valley of the shadow of death and found that He alone is enough.
Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Pleasant Word-A Division of WinePress Publishing (December 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414108974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414108971
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches

Amber’s Webpage: http://www.ambermetz.com/
Buy Breathtaking on Amazon.com


I have in my hands Amber Nicole Metz’s “Breathtaking.” Amber has been battling cystic fibrosis for her entire life. After nineteen years,… continue reading...

Christian Response and Reaction to Pullman and His Dark Materials: the Golden Compass, the Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass

DownloadfileiconThe full response is pasted below, but you may want to download and print it off, or attach it in an email. If so, here it is for download:

If you would like to discuss this issue, please use my discussion forum, where this thread has been set up for that purpose.

Since this has been made available, my response has been featured on the ChristianPost.com.

Some people prefer a shorter treatment. I have produced a one page “parent’s guide”/bulletin insert. Donate ButtonMore information is available here and you can just download it, too, here:

If you appreciate the amount … continue reading...