On Wednesday night, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert got interesting with talk of a little book burning. Colbert asked his guest, outspoken atheist/actor/Twitter extraordinaire Ricky Gervais, why “there is something rather than nothing.” Colbert’s questioning opened the door to a good-natured discussion (refreshing for a late night talk show!). Near the end of the conversation Gervais stated, “Science is constantly proved all the time. If we take something like any fiction, any holy book, and destroyed it, in a thousand years’ time that wouldn’t come back just as it was. Whereas if we took every science book and every fact and destroyed them all, in a thousand years they’d all be back, because all the same tests would be the same result.”
The concept of mummies is one all of us are familiar with. Whether young or old, you’ve probably experienced a phase of interest in mummies spurred on by history study or a trip to the museum. At the very least, you’ve likely developed an opinion about whether mummies are intriguing or disgusting or both. I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that typically, when we hear the word “mummy,” most of us think of Egypt, tombs, cloth wrappings, and bodies preserved with great care and skill. But have you ever heard of the practice of self-mummification?
I saw Reese’s Peanut Butter eggs on the supermarket shelf this week, and it can mean only one thing: Easter approaches! Granted, its approach is heralded really early this year, but it’s never too early to discuss the resurrection of Jesus with our kids. Fortunately, the “Minimal Facts” approach is a fantastic starting point for addressing objections to the resurrection, and it can be easily adapted for explaining to kiddos.
As parents, it’s important to understand that as our children become more and more immersed in society, whether it be school, sports or something else, they’re going to encounter challenges to their Christian faith. In fact, I don’t think it’s a matter of if, but when. We need to be proactive and vigilant so that we don’t leave our kids unprepared and exposed to questions they can’t answer. Today, i would like to take a look at a short online story called “Meet Darwin” that can be found on Kidswithoutgod.com which is run by the American Humanist Association. My goal is to examine the claims made in the book and equip you as parents with Christian responses to those claims so that you in turn can discuss it with your children!
Last month we shared how Family Bible Time happens in our house. We also explained why we think setting aside time as a family to read and discuss the Word is important. What we didn’t want to do was blast you with resources! Now that you’ve had some time to try your own ideas or find your own rhythm, we’ve got a post with some helpful (we hope) resources.
In this presentation, John Stonestreet discusses proper Christian posture toward culture. He contends that culture is the water that we swim in, but also asks, “For what are we responsible?” Using the examples of Hans Scholl and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John argues that all believers are Christians and something else. Christians should’nt jump from one Christian bubble to another. Instead, they should take responsibility for aspects of culture that overlap with their life.
Have you ever copied an entire book of the Bible by hand? We have, and we know a number of folks who have, not to mention the many people whose faithful copying of scripture enabled us to have a copy of the Bible in our hands today. If you haven’t given it a try, or haven’t engaged in copying lately, let me try to convince you that it might be worth revisiting!