Archive for the ‘Etcetera’ Category

We’re Moving to the STR Blog!

Posted: October 16, 2012 by Amy Hall in Etcetera

Hello, readers! Starting this week, all our new posts will be found on the Stand to Reason Blog. Please join us over there to continue to hear from me, Brett, and Alan, and to take part in our challenges (view the Challenge Q&A category here). You’ll have the added bonus of all the regular STR posts, as well. It’s a win-win!

We’ll be closing the comments here in a couple days, so finish up your conversations, and then meet us over at STR. See you there!

Since Brett and Alan are both out this week, we chose a challenge that Brett answered earlier this year for the STR Blog. Here’s his answer to this week’s challenge question:

Challenge: Is Heaven a Selfish Desire?

Posted: October 2, 2012 by Amy Hall in Etcetera, Weekly Challenge

Ready for this week’s challenge? Here’s a question we received:

Is Heaven a selfish desire? Christians are told throughout their teachings that they are to be selfless. Does this mean that to desire Heaven is selfish (and therefore wrong) since it’s a reward at the end of life?

Give us your answers for this one, and we’ll post a video from Brett on Thursday.

What Is Faith?

Posted: June 25, 2012 by Amy Hall in Etcetera, God is Real

The New Atheists don’t understand what we mean by “faith”:

Challenge: Christians Are Insecure

Posted: June 19, 2012 by Amy Hall in Etcetera, Weekly Challenge

The challenge this week is a quote from Dan Barker:

Truth does not demand belief. Scientists do not join hands every Sunday, singing, yes, gravity is real! I will have faith! I will be strong! I believe in my heart that what goes up, up, up must come down, down. down. Amen! If they did, we would think they were pretty insecure about it.

Someone wrote in because an atheist friend left this quote on her Facebook page, so maybe you’ve seen it already. How would you respond to this? We’ll hear Brett’s answer on Thursday.

A reader wrote to us when her world religions teacher challenged her class with this question:

What is exactly going on in the story of Adam and Eve? They were forbidden by God to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Presumably this means that, prior to eating from the tree, Adam and Eve did not understand what good and evil were. (If they already understood such things, why would God forbid them from eating from the tree?) But if they did not understand what good and evil were, then how could they know that disobeying God is evil, or to obey is good?

Atheists will usually follow this up with the charge that because Adam and Eve had no idea that what they were doing was wrong, God was wrong to punish them (here’s an example).

Tell us what you think, and then we’ll hear what Brett thinks on Thursday.

We received this question on Facebook from Clark:

How would you respond to this saying: “Support those who seek the truth. Doubt those who claim to have found it.”

I have been given this response in two separate discussions, and I have some responses to it, but I’m hoping you might have a more strategic approach. Thanks!

So that’s your challenge this week. How would you respond to this saying? Any strategic ideas for Clark? We look forward to seeing what you come up with! And check back on Thursday to see how Brett tackles this.

How Old Is the Earth?

Posted: May 14, 2012 by Amy Hall in Etcetera, Intelligently Designed

R.C. Sproul of Ligonier Ministries explains how he approaches this question:

After looking through the challenges, I realized we haven’t had one on Hell. Is it just? Here’s someone who doesn’t think so:

[A] major problem with hell is that it’s grossly disproportionate…. It is virtually impossible to conceive of a way in which one human being, in a finite lifetime, could have committed enough sin to deserve an eternity in hell. Whether you believe that hell involves actual fire, or simply loneliness and separation from God, it’s a distinctly unpleasant condition to be in and it lasts for an infinite amount of time — so the magnitude of the punishment is infinite. I could imagine a just God acting like a judge and doling out punishments proportional to our crimes committed during life, some of which might last a very, very long time. But I do not understand how it could be just for the punishment to be infinite. No person has committed infinite sin.

How do you answer this objection? Take a shot, and Brett will be back on Thursday to give us his ideas.

Your Work Is Meaningful

Posted: January 9, 2012 by Amy Hall in Do the Right Thing, Etcetera

If you’re a student, it won’t be long before you’re not a student and you’re out there getting your first 40-hour-a-week (or more) job. What does it mean to think Christianly about your work?

I usually love what Matt Perman has to say, and this video on the subject of the doctrine of vocation is no exception. You are serving God and serving others in whatever work you find yourself doing (assuming the work isn’t immoral)—not just church-related work. Your work is valuable and meaningful in itself.

For more on what Matt has to say on this subject, check out his blog or these two posts: Meaning in Your Daily Work and Focus on Your Strengths.