Clarity at Death: A Poignant TED Talk

An old adage says that a person is not truly ready to live unless they are ready to die. What if we could prepare ourselves to live life without regrets? This medical technician has identified three desires (patterns) of the dying: The need for forgiveness, to be remembered, and to have had significance (meaning). I do not know if he is a Christian but I … Continue reading Clarity at Death: A Poignant TED Talk

Is the Brain Like a Computer?

Thomas Aquinas does get some things right obviously and The Map of the Soul may be one of them. Despite my disagreement with some of his philosophical views, I hardily stand with him on the immaterial part of humanity. Here are some observations and insights from a top Neurosurgeon.  https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2017/06/a-map-of-the-soul “Doctor, what’s that sound?” The voice startled me. I was performing brain surgery on a … Continue reading Is the Brain Like a Computer?

Misconceptualizing God–Part One

Two lies are stated in Gen. 3.4-5, both of them subtle. The first is explicit but technical so as to deceive: “you shall not surely die” (KJV). While the pair, after eating did not die physically at once, that very day they died. Here are two reasons: 1. They needed a remedy since they were now alienated from God (by hiding) and from themselves (tried … Continue reading Misconceptualizing God–Part One

Echos of Scripture in the Gospels- A Review by Guy Waters

  In a recent post I reproduced an interview of Richard Hays. Here is a review of his latest book which is very informative on its own and whets the appetite for further investigation.     One does not have to preach, teach, or even read the New Testament for long in order to discover how steeped its authors are in the Old Testament. The … Continue reading Echos of Scripture in the Gospels- A Review by Guy Waters

Scholar Profile: Craig Keener

The Miracle Writer Craig Keener: A Scholar Who Pursued the Truth of Impossible Things by Terrell Clemmons Craig Keener was walking home from school one day when two young men in suits and ties stopped him. “Do you know where you’ll go when you die?” “Probably either heaven or hell,” Craig joked. His family was intellectual, but not religious. At that, the men launched into … Continue reading Scholar Profile: Craig Keener

How to Read the Bible

The challenge of understanding the bible is similar to unassembled jig-saw puzzle pieces where the solution has been lost. Due to their shape and such, the pieces seem to fit variously if imperfectly. The Bible contains no ‘filler material.’ Attempting to read the bible as a means to derive only what one thinks is pertinent to themselves is folly. The bible is far more involved … Continue reading How to Read the Bible

John Stackhouse reviews Gary Anderson’s “Charity”

In his fine study of Sin: A History (Yale, 2010), Notre Dame professor of theology Gary Anderson rendered an understanding of his subject richly textured by references to the Hebrew Bible, New Testament, intertestamental literature, early rabbinical writings, and patristics. In this new book, he offers a parallel look at charity. And that’s the problem. Anderson argues in Charity that good works—and particularly the good … Continue reading John Stackhouse reviews Gary Anderson’s “Charity”