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In my recent book, "A New Kind of Apologist," I was able to interview my friend and colleague J.P. Moreland. He is the distinguished professor of philosophy at Talbot School of   Theology and the author or coauthor of thirty books, including "The Kingdom Triangle."

As you may know, Dr. Moreland is one of the most influential and insightful Christian philosophers today. His writings and teachings have had a tremendous influence on my life, and the life of many others. In particular, his work on this soul is important for both Christian living and apologetics.

[For more, go to Sean's blog.]
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Today marks the 75th anniversary of the first installment of C. S. Lewis's immortal book "The Screwtape Letters" (it was serialized in a church publication called The Guardian). Lewis enthusiast William O'Flaherty, author of the new book "C. S. Lewis Goes to Hell: A Companion and Study Guide to the Screwtape Letters," has done a podcast on the anniversary, plus a list of further resources for "Screwtape" fans. Go here to check it all out -- if for no other reason than that your choice of listening and reading material would make the old demon furious!
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I once again had the honor to serve on the committee to choose the fiction and nonfiction books in this annual competition for the best books for middle-school kids. (There's also a category for picture books, for the younger crowd). And the winners are . . . Read More >
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I have a set of maxims I call "Roberto's Rules." While not inflexible, I try to adhere to them because 98.392 percent of the time they make life simpler and more sensible. For instance, Roberto's Rule #6 states, "Never try to teach a pig how to sing. It's a waste of your time and it annoys the pig."

Roberto's Rule #17 states, "If after having described people's behavior, the speaker feels the need to say 'these people aren't crazy,' they probably are crazy."

A while back someone asked me what precautions I had taken in case of an EMP blast or other collapse of the power grid. What would I do to take care of my son? What they had in mind was stockpiling freeze-dried food and water. What I had in mind was singing "Nearer my God to Thee" and looking forward to heaven. (Seriously, my son's palate is, shall we say, limited. Just starving together would be less trouble than trying to get him to eat this.)
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Thanks to the Washington Times, which featured them in a special section!
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The Washington Post reports that an abortion clinic here in Fairfax County, Virginia, has had its license suspended for "deficiencies" that include the following:

"Inspectors observed dirty equipment, expired medication in unlocked cabinets, lax storage of medical records and a failure of staff to sterilize and maintain medical equipment and follow hand-washing protocols, according to a 52-page report.

"In one case, a patient had to be rushed to a local emergency room for prolonged bleeding after sutures were not available at the clinic, the report says. In another, a nurse used a plunger to unstop a toilet and then held a patient’s hand during a surgical procedure without changing scrubs, according to the report."
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This goal of this blog is for me to soak up wisdom from my father and share it with you. I have been blessed to have an incredibly influential father, Josh McDowell. He has written over 150 books and spoken to more young people live than anyone in history. But what I appreciate most about my father is his love for my mom, for his kids, and now for his many grandkids. Enjoy!

[For more, go to Sean's blog!]
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My entire family went to see "The Jungle Book" this past weekend. From my 3 ½-year old son, to my mother-in-law, we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Disney is to be commended for making an engaging, creative, and faithful “live” version of this classic story.

Like all fictional movies, "The Jungle Book" offers a story, which has worldview implications. Two questions lie at the heart of the movie: What does it mean to be human? And secondarily: How does man relate to nature? Specifically, these questions are explored through the life of Mowgli—a young boy whom wolves raise in the jungle.

[For more, go to Sean's blog!]

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By this point in the academic semester, with summer just around the corner, many of us in school have hit the wall of end-of-semester stress. Assignments pile up. Papers, presentations, and exams invite us to believe our professors are conspiring against us, praying we fail out before the final day of class. This can easily begin to press into our faith in Christ, whether it be causing us to doubt Him, sacrifice our time with Him, or even curse Him for our current state.

If you are at the breaking point: This is for you.
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Eric Metaxas poses this provocative question in a USA Today op-ed about the Bible's appearance on the ALA's "Most Challenged Books" list.
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It's a very literary week! This week the world celebrates major anniversaries of three of the greatest writers who ever lived. Read More >
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It's become an all-too-common trope, especially in my own Reformed circles, to say that "the purpose of prayer is to change us, not God."

I really dislike this statement. On one level, it's true, of course. We can change, and God does not. He is immutable. But on another level, it's unscriptural nonsense. Prayer is not some psychotropic therapy we perform to make ourselves feel better. It is not a placebo. It really serves a purpose. It is the conversation of children with their Father (Romans 8:15), a bride with her Groom (Ephesians 5:22-33), and priests with their God (1 Peter 2:9). The Bible is abundantly clear that prayer "avails much" (James 5:16), that God will give us what we ask for in His name (John 14:13-14), and that if we don't ask, we shouldn't expect to receive (James 4:2-3). Read More >
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The Washington Post has a story about private online women's forums, from which men are banned in order to cut down on trolling and harassment. Though it seems hard on men as a whole to suggest that such a thing might be desirable, the women quoted in the story opine that enough women have experienced online harassment to make it so. And most of us women who have social media experience could back them up on that. (I would tell you some of the things I've been called on Twitter, but they're not suitable for a Christian website.)

I do wonder, though, if it's occurred to anyone at the Post that gender segregation for safety's sake might be a good thing in even higher-stakes situations.
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The panel will be holding a hearing tomorrow at 10 a.m. Eastern on "The Pricing of Fetal Tissue." Witness statements and other documents are already posted here, and a live webcast will be available on the same page.
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Even though I grew up in a Christian home, with parents in professional Christian ministry, there was a time that I walked away from God. I was tired of the rules, authority, and simply wanted to live life my own way. And as you can imagine, I hit rock bottom. Feelings of loneliness, despair, and the weight of sin simply overwhelmed me and I hit the end of my rope…and so when I was four years old, I got down on my knees and decided I was going to follow Jesus.
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