Category: Faith and Reason

Heartfelt knowledge

This post was first published by the Cor Deo website. Please offer any responses there: thanks! Knowledge can be interesting, useful, and random. This morning I experienced random knowledge on a BBC radio program. The presentation featured an expert on the properties and uses of lithium. He helped connect two worlds for me. On the …

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What do you think?

This post is also found on the Cor Deo site. Please offer any responses there. Thanks! A feisty debate stirred the New England churches in 1636. The question at stake was the nature of faith—what is it that makes a Christian? In an early exchange of letters between two of the pastors, Peter Bulkeley asked …

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Bible Discomfort

Bible reading can make a reader uncomfortable. This morning, for instance, I came to Zephaniah 1:12. “At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are complacent, those who say in their hearts, ‘The LORD will not do good, nor will he do ill.’” [ESV] The marginal reading …

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Numbers

Let me ask a question that is mostly unspoken among Christians today: Is God troubled by the broad lack of response to him that we see throughout history? Or, more to the point, does the Bible ever address the question? Here are some of my preliminary thoughts. Your own thoughts and comments are invited as …

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Faith Options

In the deeply immoral and anti-Christian environment found in Europe and North America today concerned Christians leaders and communities are offering very different responses. Some seek to engage unbelieving societal leaders in ongoing conversation with an ambition to redirect cultural mores and values through personal presence and winsome reason. Others move in the opposite direction …

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Faith in Focus

The “Fresher’s Fair” is offered by every British university as part of a new academic year. Recruitment displays and tables filled the room—a large meeting hall—as new students were being recruited. If, for instance, an arriving freshman is interested in joining the university crew he would be drawn to the proper spot by a pair …

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Knowing God

What is it to know God? The Bible invites us to seek after him but it also warns against fruitless knowledge. Let me offer a brief survey of options and then an application. Knowing specialists. Common sense tells us to collect and organize information about God. Gaining and ordering knowledge is essential in any field …

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Our Conceit

This entry repeats the leading entry on our Cor Deo site. If you would like to respond please click to go to that site: thanks! Cor Deo The 17th century Puritan preacher, Richard Sibbes, was brilliant in his exposure of the human condition: “Oh! We should dismount from the tower of our conceited excellency. The …

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