I’m looking for golf balls which do not contain magnets for water and wood

While I followed the vacuum cleaner around this morning, I was listening to a fascinating talk by William Lane Craig about the integration of creation and evolution. (more about that on another day.) But then the battery in my mp3 player ran out – obviously it was a battery of the insufficiently evolved species. This left my fertile mind free to ponder other things, and my mind went to golf. I don’t golf much, but … Continue reading

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Does annihilationism diminish our motivation for evangelism?

This morning, I received a short letter which raised a question that comes up quite often, so I thought I’d post my response for a wider readership. The letter said: Hi Terry, I had someone say to me in regards to the Annihilationist view that, any view that undermines our desire to see the lost saved is a bad move. In other words, he’s saying that Annihilationism decreases the urgency for bringing the gospel to the … Continue reading

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A prayer for the sick

My friend, Edward Fudge, recently shared a prayer that he has developed for use with the sick. I think that it is well done, so I am happy to share it with others who may find it helpful, either as it is or as a stimulus to their own design of a liturgy for the sick. Here is how Edward describes his purpose: I wrote the following prayer for the sick to include reasons the … Continue reading

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Witherington ponders hopefully what might happen at the wailing wall when Messiah returns

In a Lenten meditation, Ben Witherington posts some interesting and hope-generating thoughts, as he reflects on his experience at the wailing wall in Jerusalem, where he observed Jews, Muslims, and Christians, all praying, as best they know how, to the God of Abraham. Witherington shares with us a poem prompted by his experience at the wall, and he cites some musings which he originally wrote in 2005. They have particular resonance now, I think, given … Continue reading

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Stage 5 of my journey to annihilationism – an update

  On July 21, 2014, I published a  blog post in which I recounted the long journey I had taken toward becoming an annihilationist. At that time, I declared myself agnostic concerning the nature of hell, although I believed that the Bible taught annihilation more clearly than any other of the alternatives. Later, I was asked to contribute my story for a chapter in A Consuming Passion. I was very happy for that opportunity because, by then, … Continue reading

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McGrath’s post-modern apologetic for Christian Theism

  I have very much enjoyed listening to Alister McGrath’s Parchman Lectures at Truett Seminary (Baylor University). His three lectures were entitled: “Why reason isn’t enough: The “Big Picture” of faith.” “Seeing things in a new way: grace and the transformation of vision.” “Wonder and Meaning: Why faith engages the imagination, not just reason.”   McGrath makes a fine case for Christian Theism, and I particularly  appreciated his doing this in post-modern style. He critiques … Continue reading

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Mission experts speak to the “same God” issue

I was delighted to hear voices from the missionary world speaking to the issue that has become serious in the procedure begun by Wheaton College to terminate the employment of Lrycia Hawkins, because the school thinks that her statement that Muslims and Christians worship the same God conflicts with the school’s faith commitment. In a special edition of the Occasional Bulletin of the Evangelical Missiological Society, 21 mission related experts address the question, “What are … Continue reading

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Why did it take me so long to accept the strong biblical indication that God finally destroys the wicked?

Last night, I had a lengthy Skype chat with Chris Date, who is in the process of interviewing some (or all) of the authors of essays in A Consuming Passion,  of which Chris was an editor. My own piece was about my “long journey to annihilationism.” Chris talked with me about a couple of the stages in my journey and he seemed particularly puzzled by the fact that I had been so slow to concede … Continue reading

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Jerry Walls on worshiping the same God

In an interesting and helpful post, Jerry Walls asks: “Wheaton, Allah, and the Trinity: Do Muslims Really Worship the Same God as C. S. Lewis?” He gets into the critical work of distinguishing questions which might be in people’s minds when the basic one is on the table. I have addressed that problem in an earlier post. Walls identifies 4 questions: 1) Do Christians and Muslims believe essentially the same thing about God? 2) If … Continue reading

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Paul Helm on the question of worshiping the same God

I have learned a good deal from Paul Helm through the years, and frequently I find that he and I are on the same page. Such was the case when I read his post today, entitled “Getting into Hot Water.” It is tempting to just republish his whole post, and I’m going to reprint much of it here, but you can check the link if you want more. Since I agree so substantially with his … Continue reading

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