Testing Truth Claims: Thinking versus Feelings

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Thinking about how we come to know what we know (epistemology[1]), and seeing the condition of the church in America operating more on a level of feelings and experiential ministry, I am reviving a post, or should I say refreshing a post from the other blog, that I have moved from.

Someone once quipped, that culture today “listens with its eyes and thinks with its feelings.” With the Millennial and Gen Z generations reinterpreting their self-identification in their identity, we see the church having its work cut out for her in reaching the culture.  Suffice it to say, we are living in a culture driven by emotive self-identifications.
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Fideism versus Real Faith

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While I am trying to figure out what I am going to do with this blog and site, I figured I would use it to share some thoughts, as an evangelist and apologist. Please be sure to check out The Real Issue Apologetics Ministry. But while you are here, I would like to share some of the things that have been buzzing around on my heart.  One of those is the whole idea of what biblical faith is all about. Continue reading

Anti-Intellectualism in the American Church is Not a Spiritual Gift

trojan-horse  Over the past few months, even years, I have been wrestling with a gnawing issue on why the church is not amenable to apologetics. This is evidenced by the overwhelming anti-intellectualism that has been plaguing the church ever since 1859 when Darwin wrote his On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life as well as other influences.

This post is by no means going to be exhaustive, and I will be referring to others who have cogently written on this same subject. We share in this burden and are seeking ways to show that “ignorance” about why we believe is not a spiritual gift, nor is it found in Scripture.[1] Continue reading

Articulating One’s Beliefs Can be a Challenge

by Rob Lundberg

Introduction.

Despite the fact of my not posting since the beginning of the month, I have not lost sight of the mission. Working with the people I work with, some of them being some of the most profane people that I have ever come across, I have not lost sight with how I am “wired” and the ministry mission. Even though where I am (on my job) during a good chunk of the week, I know the presence of the Lord and the conviction of His Holy Spirit, even while I “occupy Mordor” and pray for a change. Continue reading

Can Faith Be Divorced from Reason or Vice Versa?

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by Rob Lundberg

Conversations about faith can become volatile pretty quickly, especially when the other person in the conversation is anti-faith or has a misunderstanding about faith. Take for example, those who have read Richard Dawkins and read things from him like,

Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense. Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but, we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation, where’s the harm? September 11th changed all that. Continue reading