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  • “Son of God:” Representing the Bible on Screen

    March 3, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    With the release of the Jesus biopic Son of God in theatres last week, this is a great time to engage in a conversation with others about the historical basis of Jesus. For those of you considering whether to see the film, theologian and RTB's dean of online learning Krista Bontrager offers a balanced review of HISTORY’s The Bible, the TV miniseries from which Son of God is adapted (originally posted on the RTB blog Take Two), in addition to an update on Son of God in particular.

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  • Music Points to a Creator

    February 24, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    This February marked the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ arrival in America. My article “Beatlemania Plus 50: Can Christians Appreciate the Fab Four?” explored these musicians’ religious views and how believers can navigate choices in popular entertainment.

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  • Reflections on a War Movie: Lone Survivor

    February 17, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    I’ve seen most of the war movies made over the last seventy years (see “Ken’s Top 50 World War II Films”). I rank Band of Brothers, the 10-part miniseries produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks about the real-life heroism of Easy Company as the very best. The recent film Lone Survivor has elements that remind me of the things I appreciated about Band of Brothers. Without giving away the storyline of Lone Survivor, let me simply list some of the things I appreciated about the film.

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  • Beatlemania Plus 50: Can Christians Appreciate the Fab Four?

    February 11, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    This month marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first trip to America. I remember how depressed my family was following President Kennedy’s assassination, but how excited my siblings and I were to see The Beatles on our black-and-white television in February 1964. Their coming marked the beginning of the British invasion!

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  • From the Critical Thinker’s Toolbox: How Do Nonrational Factors Impact Thinking?

    February 4, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Various factors influence a person’s beliefs about reality and truth—some of the factors are rational (consistent with reason), some irrational (in conflict with reason), and some nonrational (not based upon reason). Just because a person is not persuaded by a given argument doesn’t necessarily mean that the argument is defective logically. Personal and subjective elements (nonrational factors) can deeply impact the process of persuasion.

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  • 10 Commandments of Christian Scholarship, Part 2

    January 28, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    This week we’re continuing a list of 10 commandments to guide Christian scholarship, both in private and in public. Like the Decalogue of Exodus 20, the first four (or, at least, 31/2) commandments concern our relationship with God and the last six, our relationships with others. (See part 1 for commandments 1–5.)

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  • 10 Commandments of Christian Scholarship, Part 1

    January 21, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    How Christian apologists present evidence for the faith and respond to criticisms is as vital a component of apologetics as the way they think through issues surrounding the truth of Christianity. There are things believers can do both in private study and in public practice that will prepare them to discuss and debate theological topics in a God-glorifying manner.

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  • From the Critical Thinker’s Toolbox: Have You Considered the Other Side’s Best Argument?

    January 14, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Most of us prefer to listen to people who agree with us. Hearing a critical assessment of our beliefs can be quite uncomfortable or potentially a waste of our time if the criticisms are not well reasoned. However, if we listen only to people who agree with us then we’re susceptible to a type of groupthink where we do not know or address the most viable arguments against our positions.

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  • Reflective Thinking: The Noble Art of Rhetorical Persuasion, Part 2

    January 7, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    As we saw in part one of this two-part series, rhetoric is the art of discourse aimed at persuasion—and the skillful and noble use of rhetorical discourse is a valuable facet of communication. But what happens when the power of persuasion is severed from the critical pursuit of truth? What happens when the art of skillful speech and debate is not anchored in fair-minded reason and in moral credibility?

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  • New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

    December 31, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Each January, goals like healthy living, money management, and community volunteering top people’s resolutions lists. Striving for a more well-rounded life is admirable and even biblical. Deuteronomy commands people to love God with all their heart, soul, and strength. In restating the Greatest Commandment, Jesus says believers are to love God with all their heart, soul, and mind. In other words, God values the whole person and wants every aspect devoted to Himself.

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  • Reflections for Christmas

    December 24, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    The Advent season is my favorite time of year in my church’s liturgical calendar. I believe that when Christians celebrate the Incarnation they acknowledge the fact that their lives are hidden with Christ’s life. Moreover, this holiday seems to do more to draw people’s attention to God and the things of God than any other time of year.

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  • God’s Compassion in Narnia

    December 17, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    When Ken asked me to write this post, my mind whirled with possibilities. As with his nonfiction, C. S. Lewis’ fantasy worlds offer a rich, almost unlimited source of material for pondering, discussing, and reflecting. I’d finally narrowed down the options to one topic when tragedy struck dear friends of mine.

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  • Biblical Eschatology and the Good News of Christmas

    December 10, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Along with festive celebrations and traditions, Christmastime also brings with it a more serious focus on hope. Charities and ministries strive to uplift those who are struggling to make ends meet and the message of peace on earth is prevalent. In a secular context, Santa Claus often embodies hope for a better, more caring world. But when all is said and done, it’s a different Christmas figure who offers real and true hope for humanity.

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  • Reflective Thinking: The Noble Art of Rhetorical Persuasion, Part 1

    December 3, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    When building arguments, how can we make the most persuasive case for our position (say, for example, that the Lakers are the best franchise in the history of NBA basketball)? What specific elements directly impact persuasion? What separates authentic persuasive appeals from the inauthentic?

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  • Remembering C. S. Lewis 50 Years after His Death, Part 2

    November 26, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    The great Christian thinker and writer C. S. Lewis died the same day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated—November 22, 1963. Due to the broad coverage of the assassination, Christians in America didn’t learn of Lewis’s death immediately. In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of Lewis’s death I’d like to briefly outline one of the ideas he wrote about that has strongly influenced me in my own Christian thinking and pilgrimage.

  • Remembering C. S. Lewis 50 Years after His Death, Part 1

    November 19, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Lewis’s book Mere Christianity was the first Christian book that I ever read. My sister gave it to me and it had a big impact upon me as a young believer. The book discussed essential Christian doctrine and values and it offered specific arguments for the truth of historic Christianity.

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  • The JFK Assassination Plus 50: The Five Most Interesting Books on President Kennedy’s Death

    November 12, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    For many of us who lived through it, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was as shocking and emotionally jarring as the events of 9/11. That may be difficult for some people to understand given that the events of 9/11 claimed the lives of almost 3,000 innocent people, but I believe it to be true. In some important ways the world was very different 50 years ago; and the killing of President Kennedy marked both the death of America’s leader as well as the leader of the free world.

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  • November 22, 1963: The Day I Became an American

    November 5, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Love and respect of country were always important virtues in the family in which I grew up. My father served as an American combat soldier during World War II; he and my mother were two of the most patriotic people I have ever known. Discussion of American history and current events were commonplace at the dinner table and in the living room of my boyhood home.

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  • A Conversation on the Life of the Mind, Part 4

    October 29, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Is it possible to please God as much by thinking as by praying? The answer is yes (though hopefully you’re also thinking while praying). This conversation-style series centered on the life of the Christian mind ends appropriately with a quiz to test your thinking. (If you missed the previous installments, they can be accessed here: part 1, part 2, and part 3.)

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  • A Conversation on the Life of the Mind, Part 3

    October 22, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Throughout this series RTB editor Maureen Moser and I have been discussing the importance of loving God with our mind (see part 1 and part 2). Scripture is clear that believers are obligated to love God with their entire being (Luke 10:27). Unfortunately, some circles within Christianity give loving God with the intellect the short shrift. Believers are almost always aware of the need to be sincere in their faith—but what about the need to be careful and correct in their thinking?

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