Pastor Hell Versus Pastor Positive

For people who love to study cultural change, the transition from a Billy Graham style of Christianity to the new Joel Osteen style is entertainment supreme. The generation of Billy Graham is scoffing at Joel Osteen.  “He tells people what they want to hear. He doesn’t follow the scriptures.”   They are only repeating what inevitably was said about…
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Are There Really Any “Death Bed Conversions”?

It’s conventional wisdom secular people often “come to Jesus” just before death.    I’m  suspicious about how often it happens.  I wonder if it ever happens. In Billy Graham’s question and answer column yesterday he told of the recent death of a secular friend.  Graham said a “Christian relative” had visited the sick friend just before he died and got the “death bed conversion”.  No one else…
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This Kind Of Research Hurts The Faith.

Research into how people think and reason is not good news for religions, including Christianity. There is a new report at ChristianPost.com about experiments with people to determine who has an “analytic” mind.  In these experiments, people were given circumstances and opportunities to react to them. There was a reading problem where difficult type style was…
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Religious Liberty, A License To Discriminate?

Conservative blogosphere is full of anger about how the Catholic Church will be required to provide birth control in spite of it being labeled as sin.  There is resistance to treating gays equally because it violates a religious tenet. Being required to do something that violates a religious tenet is called a burden in legal language.  The concept of burden competes with the concept…
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Win A Million Dollars, Prove There Is A God.

Our preteen granddaughters love to watch reruns of the reality show, Mythbusters. It’s a show that tests the validity of myths and conventional wisdom. The popularity of Mythbusters is but the tip of a huge cultural fascination with skepticism.  Skepticism has international conferences, publishers and entertainment venues involving millions of people worldwide.  It’s fans are…
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