My Adjunct life — The Patrologist

This is a follow-up and personal lament to the book review from earlier this week. I submitted my PhD dissertation in late 2016, and received my pass in March 2017. I graduated in September of that year, and it’s now 2019. I had already begun to realise how difficult it was going to be to…

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I Am One of the Redeemed of the Lord

Vickie's Book Nook and Meditation Corner

God has decided to lift up my face today to see Him in all of His glory and to look toward the future and not back at the past. Did you know that when you are looking backwards, you can’t look forward? I think that is why the manufacturers put mirrors on cars. You can quickly glance into them to see what is behind you, but you don’t focus on them all the time because then you would have a collision with what is in front of you. I think that recently I have been too focused on the past, on a time that is no more and will never be again. No matter how much I miss that time, I can’t call it back. But God has reminded me that He is the God of redemption and restoration, and although I cannot go back to the past when my…

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Ep. 141: Ask Nate Anything! — A Clear Lens

On this episode: Nate explains a shift taking place in apologetics and why it’s encouraging (:29)Nate takes questions from Facebook livestream fans (16:12) Questions include: Has there been a time in your life where you experienced doubt?What is the biggest obstacle to sharing truth with young people?When leading a high school apologetics class, what’s more…

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Book Review: So The Next Generation Will Know by Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace

Theology in Motion

Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace’s new book, So The Next Generation Will Know: Preparing Young Christians for a Challenging World, presents ways on how to teach the Christian worldview to the next generation of young people (Generation Z). The book is written for “parents, youth workers, Christian educators, and people who love young people and recognize the challenges they are facing” (22).

Two characteristics that I think best describe So The Next Generation Will Know are informative and practical.


The first thing I noticed about the book is that a ton of research was presented in it. It seems like every page includes important statistics about Generation Z that you need to know. For example, the authors reveal statistics such as the percentage of Gen Zers who think that “many religions can lead to eternal life” (81) and the percentage of young Christians who struggle with…

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“Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.” Victor Hugo

In the past couple weeks, Victor Hugo has come to mind.  This eloquent author captured the darkness of the nation of France during its revolution and the evil deeds of the rich and those in power.  The poor turned to doing evil, forced out of necessity or want.   Maybe it has to do with the incendiary event at Notre Dame.  It could be that Masterpiece Theater is starting a new series based on “Les Miserables.”

There is a thread weaving through these events.  The call to redemption is that common denominator.  The need for light in a dark, corrupt, insane and unfair world is shown in both stories.  We see it today…

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The Historical Fact of the Resurrection — Paleo Orthodoxy

C.S. Lewiswrote: “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him” ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ This is one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said…

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Sometimes There Are No Words

Reasoned Cases for Christ


Sometimes we can be in pain, sometimes our hearts can be broken, sometimes we can’t even formulate words together in our minds to make up sentences. Sometimes the only thing that we can do is just kneel and let our spirit within us cry out to our Lord.

God is real, we know that. Jesus lives, we know that too. God’s Holy Spirit lives within us and we’ve witnessed this reality many times. But today, right now, this very minute, we have no problem acknowledging our dependency on God. In fact, that is what this very moment is all about. Our need for God to meet us and be with us and to answer the cries of our heart. And sometimes, even when we kneel in silent prayer, there is just silence and that silence can seem to add to our need, rather than address it.

But yet, even…

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Dr. Jerry R. Bergman, Biology

Creation Bunch

In Six Days: Ph.D. in human biology & Ph.D. in evaluation and research

Why I Choose to Believe in Creation

Dr. Bergman is instructor of science at Northwest State College, Archbold, Ohio. He holds a B.S. in psychology from Wayne State University, an M.S. in psychology from Wayne State University, a Ph.D. in evaluation and research from Wayne State University, an M.A. in sociology from Bowling Green State University, and a second Ph.D. in human biology from Columbia Pacific University. At Northwest State College Dr. Bergman has served as chairman of the academic affairs committee and as faculty advisor for degree programs. He has been a consultant for more than 20 science textbooks.

Almost every person at one time or another asks the question, “Where did life come from?” Bound up with the answer is the additional question, “What is the purpose of life on earth?” Essentially two viewpoints exist on…

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Spirits in prison–1 Peter 3.18-22 — Bible BackgroundBible Background

Who were the spirits who sinned in the days of Noah? Who are these “spirits in prison”? For some comments and a view held by many scholars today, see this 9 minute, 35 second video:

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The Failure of Christian Fathers


By David

Sad Report
A recent Barna study reveals that “Christians are far more likely to say their mothers had a bigger influence on their faith than did their fathers.”[1]

According to the sad
report, 68 percent of U.S. Christians say it was their mother’s influence which
most impacted them, followed by the father 46 percent, and then a grandparent.

Barna spokeswoman Roxanne
Stone noted that the Church in the U.S. does an excellent job at encouraging
and training mothers to be active in their children’s spiritual growth, but “It
seems that we’re falling behind on how we are supporting and empowering fathers
to really become a part of the spiritual guidance …”

I appreciate Ms. Stone’s
tact, but am not nearly as understanding as she is. The failure of Christian
fathers to have a spiritual impact on their children is not the Church’s fault, it is theirs…

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