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The alert… moribound but still kicking. barely.

Wow – it’s been almost 10 months since I posted anything here. There are a lot of topics in my mind – mostly around reformed theology and culture.  Hope to put them in writing. Given our low production here at the Alert, please consider these fave blogs: http://larryhurtado.wordpress.com/ http://4simpsons.wordpress.com/ http://www.apologetics315.com/ Until them, stay thirsty.  Read. Blessings. Peace. … Read entire article »

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How did Kangaroos get to Australia?

Last week, I think it was Thursday, the wife and I had the good pleasure of watching the so called “creation” debate.  We didn’t know what to expect but we thought it might be fun.  We actually visited the creation Museum last summer and thought this might be a good follow up on our visit. The debate itself wasn’t too extraordinary.  Ken Ham had some good moments.  I love how unashamedly he presented the gospel.  I laughed outloud when he commented that “thus, God created Marriage as a man and a woman” – I was like – what does that have to do with the topic at hand but loved it! My most memorable part of the … Read entire article »

Review: RZIM ASK DVD Curriculum

Review: RZIM ASK DVD Curriculum

For the last few months, I’ve had the privilege of teaching Sunday school to our high school students.  For the class, I used RZIM’s ASK curriculum which deals with Worldviews in four categories: Origin, Meaning, Morality and Destiny.  I was really looking forward to teaching this class and using this material given that it came from the one and only Ravi Zacharias … Read entire article »

Who decides right vs. wrong?

For the last two semesters (excluding summer), I’ve had the opportunity and privilege to be teaching Sunday School at our church.  Today we were talking about morality.  The teens suggested that a lot of morals have to do with what people think it is right and wrong.   Someone else asked whether morality changes over time. I pointed out that morality is objective.  Because God exists, there is such a thing as right and wrong.  Without God, all we have are opinions.  And the opinions of the biggest and strongest will rule.  But since God exists, then he’s the objective moral law giver. thoughts? … Read entire article »

MIT Scratch Gender: this, that and the other.

MIT Scratch Gender: this, that and the other.

I was asking my son what he wanted to be when he grew up. He said, a video game designer. So I got so excited because software engineering and gaming design could be a terrific career that could pay the bills. So I started looking at some resources and found: Scratch from MIT. Scratch is a programming language and an online community … Read entire article »

GOTOPLESS DAY: Women keep lowering the bar

In response to International Go-Topless Day! Sunday, August 25th, 2013. My dearest women, You are all together lovely. You have all the privileges and rights as men do. And we men are to love, respect, care and treasure you. Forgive us when we don’t. You are also bright, smart, committed, strong, and self-driven. These are all good qualities and I’m glad we share them in our humanity. But please stop ‘getting naked’ to prove you are our equals. By losing your clothes, you damage your eternal feminine brand. By showing more skin, you keep making it easier for men to lust after you. To see you as an object. Not an equal. … Read entire article »

Go and make disciples: are you?

Go and make disciples: are you?

Contrary to some caricature of reformed theology, we reformed guys do take evangelism and Jesus’ command to ‘go and make disciples’ seriously. And so recently I’ve been thinking about this and I found this little website called: The Pocket Testament League where one can order some (very affordable) copies of the Gospel of John to pass out. They also have a section … Read entire article »

What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an

What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an

I just finished reading What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an by James R. White. It took me longer than I expected but I got through it. The beginning chapters were a bit hard to follow. As I read through the text, I couldn’t help but think that James seemed rushed to make a point … Read entire article »

Failing Churches: Where has the Gospel gone?

Failing Churches:  Where has the Gospel gone?

I wonder what a full parking lot would’ve looked like filled with cars, minivans and people bustling around on their way to the church santuary. Where did the love of the Gospel go? Did the congregation join other churches? Did they go to a mega church? Or did they stop loving God? All we got now is an empty parking lot. an empty building. … Read entire article »

So What Studies: Worshiping God Review

So What Studies: Worshiping God Review

Last semester, I had the great privilege of teaching our high school students some of the reasons reformed folk do what they do during worship.  For this, I used the Great Commission Publication “So What Series: Worshiping God“. The So What Series comes with “fill-in the blank” handouts but I didn’t use those.  Instead, I used the PowerPoint slides that come with the guide … Read entire article »