I have done approximately 50 radio and podcast interviews over the last five years. During that time I’ve been on The Bob Dutko Show (103.5 WMUZ, Detroit, Michigan) five times which, by my counting, is more than any other program. (I believe The Drew Marshall Show comes in second.) If you visit the show’s website you […]
Archives for December 2013
28. Robin Parry on demons
The ministry of Jesus was characterized by many miraculous signs, chief among them his victory over demonic forces. In one dramatic encounter in Mark chapter 5 we read of Jesus confronting a demon-possessed man living out among the tombs. “Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” […]
God or Godless-The Other Cover
In celebration of the fact that it has been 257 days since God or Godless was published, I have decided to celebrate by releasing to the world the alternate cover that was suggested by Baker Books. I have no regrets about our choice. Although the “Creation of Adam” detail has been done to death on book […]
God was in Christ reconciling the world … but how exactly?
Note: this article was originally published at The Christian Post in April, 2010. According to Paul, God was in Christ “katallass” or “reconciling” the world to himself (2 Cor. 5:19). But what exactly is that supposed to mean? The Greek word refers to an exchange of equivalent values, a settling of accounts, with the result […]
My interview on The Debbie Chavez Show is available
I just finished my interview on The Debbie Chavez Show. You can listen to it here. This was my first time on the show (though hopefully not the last!) and I found it to be one of the more engaging interviews I’ve done. I find that generally there are two kinds of interviews: short […]
Stephen and Steven both review “God or Godless”
Stephen’s review Stephen Bedard at “Hope’s Reason” reviewed God or Godless. You can read it here. Stephen is a Christian apologist, and director of “Hope’s Reason Ministries”. (Along the way he also acquired three Master’s degrees and is currently working on a DMin.) You might think that means that Stephen is automatically going to side […]
My heaven interview on The Debbie Chavez Show
Hi All, On Wednesday, December 11, I will be on The Debbie Chavez radio show. The show has a live stream at 9:05 am pacific/12:05 pm eastern at www.faithplace.org. You an also listen to the podcast after the fact at www.thedebbiechavezshow.com. There’s always something more to say about heaven so stay tuned!
27. Yoram Hazony on the Bible as philosophy
Some years ago I pulled open the nightstand drawer in the room of the hotel in which I was lodging. Inside I found the familiar Gideon’s Bible. With nothing much to do I pulled the book out and opened it up. Upon opening the book I discovered that some previous hotel guest had taken the […]
Liar, Liar, soul on fire!
My podcast interview with Peter Enns elicited some interesting responses. One of the more memorable came from one very disgruntled bloke who commented at Pete’s blog: “In he [sic] interview you claim to believe God and the Bible but your following words contradict your claims. YOU ARE A LIAR. You do NOT believe God or the […]
Blessed are the unreflective?
What is the Gospel of salvation? What is it that you must believe to be saved? The minute you start identifying the necessary and sufficient conditions for benefiting from the Gospel with assent to a certain set of propositions, an uncomfortable consequence follows. You might call it the “blessed are the unreflective” clause. It goes […]
The Cool Pastor
JR Forasteros is a pastor, blogger and pop culture junkie. This is his website. http://jrforasteros.com/ Now why should you visit his site? Here are a few reasons. 1. Rethink “Pastor” What comes you mind when you hear the word “pastor”? Try it out. Write down the immediate associations that spring to mind, no matter how bizarre. When I […]
A theologian muses on “Avatar”
Note: this review was originally published at The Christian Post in December, 2009. I’ve seen some great films in the last few months (e.g. “The Road,” “Paranormal Activity”) but nothing I’ve seen on a big or small screen prepared me for “Avatar”. This is not a movie, it is an event. My only request: see […]
26. Peter Enns on faith, the Bible, and evolution
Richard Dawkins famously declared that Charles Darwin made it possible to be “an intellectually fulfilled atheist”. Assuming that’s the case, did he also make it impossible to be an intellectually fulfilled theist, or at least an intellectually fulfilled Christian? In short, can evolution be reconciled with the Bible and Christian faith? Does Genesis 1-3 demand […]
Jesus was a conservative, wasn’t he?
I was recently accused of evincing “typical left-wing thinking.” Kaboom! No need to consider what I say anymore. It’s been labelled “left-wing.” Let me try to convey the shock to you. Compare: “Careful! He’s evincing signs that he’s been bitten by a zombie! He could become a frothing soldier in the army of the walking […]