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My â??Converse with Scholarsâ? Conversation about the Gospels is Now Available

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Last night I was involved in an interview/online discussion at “Converse with Scholars.” Our conversation focused on the question of the reliability of the Gospels. The 90-minute recording is now available for listening or download.

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I Did â??Converse with Scholarsâ? Tonight

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Yes, right in the middle of the Cowboys and Packers football game! We did have about 60 people in the conversation. In a couple of days you can download the whole session, which lasted about 90 minutes. For now, let […]

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I’m On “Converse with Scholars” Tonight

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I’m honored to be a guest on “Converse with Scholars” tonight at 10:00 EST (so 9:00 p.m. CST; 8:00 p.m. MST; and 7:00 p.m. PST). This is an online, live discussion, with audio and interaction. To listen to the conversation […]

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Speaking of Musicians After God’s Own Heart . . . Let Me Introduce Jeff Johnson, Brian Dunning, and Gwen Franz

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Part 8 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I wrote about meeting Brian Moss, a musician “after God’s own heart.” Earlier this week at Laity Lodge I added […]

A Musician After God’s Own Heart

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Part 7 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series A few weeks ago I got to know Brian Moss, “a musician after God’s own heart.” As you may know, this description was first […]

Mark Toone and Grappling with God

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Part 6 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series A few weeks ago Mark Toone spoke at Laity Lodge for a men’s retreat from Covenant Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas. Mark is the […]

Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Gospels

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Excerpt Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on […]

You Know You’re in Texas When . . .

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. . . you find out that Jesus has His own dry cleaning and laundry service!

Wholehearted Thanksgiving

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Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. Full of honor […]

Thanksgiving Inspiration from Pray the Gospels

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Excerpt Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesusâ?? feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, â??Were not ten […]

How Can I Be Thankful When . . . ?

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The Bible instructs us to be consistently thankful. In writing to the Thessalonian Christians, the Apostle Paul said, â??Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for youâ? (1 Thess 5:18). This sounds […]

A Brief History of Thanksgiving

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For several years, it has been my history to put up a bit of Thanksgiving history during the week prior to the holiday. So, once again, here is a brief history of Thanksgiving. A couple of years ago I asked […]

Guest Blogger: The Gospel Traditions: Melt in your mouth?

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Dr. James Arlandson continues his series on the Gospels, this time focusing on the oral traditions behind the writing of the Gospels. As usual, this is a substantive post with lots of information and lots of links. Thanks, Jim, for […]

Greg Ogden at Laity Lodge

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Part 5 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series This past weekend Greg Ogden spoke at Laity Lodge, at a retreat for Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church of Austin, Texas. Greg is currently the […]

Inspiration from the Pray the Gospels

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Excerpt “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12 Click here to read all of Matthew 7:7-12 Prayer There it is, Lord, the famed Golden […]

Approaching Laity Lodge

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One of the paths to the center of Laity Lodge, with the cliffs of the Frio River in the background . . .

Fascinating Links from Christianity Today

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I regularly peruse Christianity Today Magazine’s online website and its Liveblog. I recommend that you do the same. Some of today’s posts I found particularly striking. Ted Olsen, writing for the Liveblog, put up “Postcard from San Diego: Fighting ‘Bibliolatry’ […]

Apologetics Links

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Today I want to suggest four excellent apologetic links. The first is a short piece by Stan Guthrie of Christianity Today called “Answering the Atheists.” The subtitle is “A Reader’s Digest version of why I am a Christian.” Good food […]

Do You Need to Be Disillusioned?

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Part 3 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series At a recent retreat at Laity Lodge, I participated in an early morning devotional led by Steven Purcell, my colleague who is the Director […]

Blogging Like Jogging, Part 2

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In my last post I presented the thesis that blogging is like jogging. Even as many once became joggers, only to quit after a while, so it is with bloggers. One of the reasons people quit blogging is that long-term […]

Blogging Like Jogging, Part 1

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A couple of years ago everybody was predicting that blogging would take over the media world. Bloggers had toppled Dan Rather. Soon they would replace the New York Times and CBS Evening News. Now it’s chic to proclaim the death […]

Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Gospels

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Excerpt “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”   Matthew 5:44 Click here to read all of Mark 5:38-48 Prayer Lord, I’ll be honest. I don’t like this verse. Oh, it sounds […]

You Know You’re in Texas When . . .

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While driving down the road a couple of weeks ago I saw this on the back of a car. Now in California lots of Christians have an ichthus (Greek for fish) on their bumpers. And some anti-Christians have fishes celebrating […]

The Pastor as Godblogger

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I’m currently at the GodBlogCon at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In former years GodBlogCon, a conference for Christians interested in the new media, convened at Biola University in Southern California. But this year GodBlogCon has joined up with the […]

New National Poll Seeks Christian Participants

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A press release from Christianity Today International: CAROL STREAM, ILLINOIS, November 6, 2007 – A leading Christian publisher launches a new polling initiative to gauge the opinion of a broad range of Christians on theology, politics, and cultural issues in […]

Guest Blogger: Archaeology and John’s Gospel: Is skepticism chic passé?

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Guest blogger James Arlandson puts up an extensive and well-researched piece on archelogy and its relationship to the Gospel of John. Once again, solid information with many excellent links. Be sure to check this out. (Note: It’s a long post, […]

Lloyd Ogilvie at Laity Lodge

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Part 2 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series As I mentioned in my last post, the Rev. Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie was the main speaker at a recent Laity Lodge retreat intended especially […]

Sharing Laity Lodge: An Introduction

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Part 1 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series If you’ve been reading my blog recently, you know that I’ve taken a new position as the Senior Director and Scholar-in-Residence for Laity Lodge, […]

Guest Blogger: Archaeology and the Synoptic Gospels: which way do the rocks roll?

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Check out James Arlandson’s most recent post on my Guest Blogger website. He’s put up some great material on archeology and the New Testament, including lots of helpful links.

The Wider Vision of Laity Lodge

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Part 16 of series: Why Move? Stewardship, Wineskins, and the Enigmatic Will of God Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series To read this series, Why Move? Stewardship, Wineskins, and the Enigmatic Will of God, from the beginning, […]

Inspiration from the Pray the Psalms

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Excerpt As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time on and forevermore. Psalm 125:2 Click here to read all of Psalm 125 Prayer If only we could see how You protect us, Lord! I’m […]

Inspiration from the Pray the Gospels: Doubting Thomas

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Excerpt So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my […]

Introducing My Guest Bloggers Website and Dr. James M. Arlandson

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I have just inaugurated the markdroberts Guest Bloggers Website. On this site I will feature writers whose voices need to be heard in the blogosphere. My first guest blogger is James M. Arlandson, Ph.D. Dr. Arlandson teaches World Religions, Humanities, […]

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