1. Cadre Comments: Eyewitness Control of the Gospel Tradition: A Game of Whack-a-Mole? by JD Walters

In their defense of the historical reliability of the Gospel traditions evangelical scholars often appeal to the controlling influence of the eyewitnesses to Jesus’ ministry: the twelve apostles, other followers of Jesus such as the Seventy, the women who ministered to him, who were present at his crucifixion and who discovered the empty tomb, sympathizers among the Jewish (such as Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea) and Roman (the centurion whose servant Jesus healed) authorities, Simon of Cyrene and many others. The argument is that these witnesses would not have allowed false rumors and legends to become embedded within the traditions, and they ensured that these traditions were handed down accurately in missionary, catechetical and liturgical contexts. (read the rest)

2.  Internet Monk: Question – Is Evangelism Child Abuse? by Michael Spencer

My last post has stirred up some, uh….”interesting” commentary and email. To the point: in the view of some people, evangelism of teenagers is abusive and unethical. Since I’m a preacher who preaches the Gospel to teenagers with an appeal for their conversion, I’m engaged in abusive behavior.  (read the rest)

3.  Et elle, et al: Is Industriousness Compatible with Biblical Womanhood?

Apparently there is something inherently gender-oriented about household chores, but I’m not quite sure where to draw the line. Is it the basement door? The entrance into the garage from the back of my kitchen? Perhaps it is the lawn and the shrubbery. Maybe someone can help me to understand this… (read the rest)

4.  Americans Doing it Their Way by Ed Stetzer

We Americans value independence, exploration and going out on our own… unless you’re one of those new college grads who have moved back in with mom and dad because you don’t want to get an unpleasant job and live in a small apartment and pay your dues. What was I talking about? Oh yeah, Americans like to do things their own way. We always have, and that doesn’t seem to be changing. In fact it continues to impact new areas of American life – like faith and spirituality. (read the rest)

5.  The Rise of Child Abuse as a Result of Abortion by Randy Alcorn

On to the main blog: my recent post on the killing of abortionist George Tiller got me thinking about a related topic I wanted to address, on the rise of child abuse as a result of abortion. My belief is that when people believe it’s okay to kill a child before he’s born, because an adult has rights over his life, then inevitably it will become more acceptable to beat him up once he’s born. (read the rest)

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