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Think Christianly: September 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Limited Time Offer! Think Christianly eBook available for only $3.99

If Christianity is true, then it speaks to all of life. Learn how to live out your faith in the midst of the many cultural opportunities and challenges we face each day with my new book Think Christianly. For a limited time only, the eBook is only $3.99! (available on all devices).

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A Great review from Apologetics 315


"As someone who has devoted many years of ministry to teaching Christian worldview. I am thrilled to see dynamic and faithful worldview leaders like Jonathan Morrow stepping to the fore. Think Christianly...equips Christians young and old to engage the culture winsomely, intelligently, and with confidence."-Chuck Colson,

"We Christians love to lob rhetorical grenades at the surrounding culture from the safety of our holy huddle. What's far more to engage the issues of our day with intelligence, moral clarity, and biblical wisdom. That's exactly what Jonathan Morrow does in Think Christianly."-Drew Dyck, Managing editor of Leadership Journal

"In a time when truth is distorted and biblical teachings are misunderstood, our commitment to engaging culture must not be compromised...Think Christianly is a much needed resource as we seek to honor God in both what we believe and how we live."-Jason Hayes, National Young Adult Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Christian Resources

"Think Christianly is a remarkable and important achievement. Written in an...accessible style, it covers an exhaustive range of topics. Indeed, I know of no other book like it in this regard, and it is now the first book to which to turn for learning the specifics of how to think Christianly."-J. P. Moreland, author of The God Question

(From Back Cover)
In Think Christianly, Jonathan Morrow gives church leaders the biblical framework and practical resources for helping churchgoers boldy engage today’s cultural moments. Addressing issues such as injustice, sexuality, suffering, politics, science, the exclusivity of Jesus and what it means to be human, Morrow refuses to shy away from tough questions and includes interviews with some of today’s most influential Christian leaders, including:

  • Dennis Rainey (Family Life)
  • William Lane Craig (Reasonable Faith)
  • Barrett Ward (The Mocha Club)
  • Sean McDowell (Worldview Ministries)
  • Reggie Joiner (Orange)
  • Jay Richards (Discovery Institute)
  • Kyle Strobel (Metamorpha)
  • Kelly Monroe Kullberg (The Veritas Forum)
  • more...
The Bible doesn’t make us choose between cultivating a thoughtful faith and demonstrating radical love. Why should the church?

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Will science someday rule out the possibility of God?

That is the title of an interesting new MSNBC article based on an interview with theoretical cosmologist Sean Carroll. Here's an excerpt:
Over the past few centuries, science can be said to have gradually chipped away at the traditional grounds for believing in God. Much of what once seemed mysterious — the existence of humanity, the life-bearing perfection of Earth, the workings of the universe — can now be explained by biology, astronomy, physics and other domains of science.

Although cosmic mysteries remain, Sean Carroll, a theoretical cosmologist at the California Institute of Technology, says there's good reason to think science will ultimately arrive at a complete understanding of the universe that leaves no grounds for God whatsoever. 
Carroll argues that God's sphere of influence has shrunk drastically in modern times, as physics and cosmology have expanded in their ability to explain the origin and evolution of the universe. "As we learn more about the universe, there's less and less need to look outside it for help," he told Life's Little Mysteries. 
He thinks the sphere of supernatural influence will eventually shrink to nil. But could science really eventually explain everything? (read more)
The leading defender of the Cosmological Argument for God's existence is William Lane Craig, and he addresses some of the claims made by Carroll in this article, here.

Looking for an accessible introduction to the evidence for God based on the beginning of the universe? Start here (chapter 5).

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Isn’t apologetics only for academics and intellectuals?

Here's a common objection you may have encountered: Isn’t apologetics only for academics and intellectuals? The short answer is no. Here’s why. Everyone has questions—you do, your kids do, your friends and neighbors do, your family does, and our culture certainly does. It’s that simple. We will either think carefully or poorly about these questions, but the questions themselves cannot be avoided. Secondly, if Christianity is true, then it speaks to all of life. It doesn't get more 'everyday' than that (1 Pet. 3:15).

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Monday, September 10, 2012

So How Does Culture Work?

Have you heard of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview? If not you need to get to know them! Every week they release a two minute warning video that is well worth your time. In this video, John Stonestreet offers some great insight on how culture works:

More on the Colson Center

More on how Christians should engage culture.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Turns Out Most DNA Is Not Junk After All

"The thought before the start of the project, said Thomas Gingeras, an Encode researcher from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, was that only 5 to 10 percent of the DNA in a human being was actually being used.

The big surprise was not only that almost all of the DNA is used but also that a large proportion of it is gene switches. Before Encode, said Dr. John Stamatoyannopoulos, a University of Washington scientist who was part of the project, “if you had said half of the genome and probably more has instructions for turning genes on and off, I don’t think people would have believed you.”

By the time the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, embarked on Encode, major advances in DNA sequencing and computational biology had made it conceivable to try to understand the dark matter of human DNA. Even so, the analysis was daunting — the researchers generated 15 trillion bytes of raw data. Analyzing the data required the equivalent of more than 300 years of computer time." - (read the rest here)

Listen to Dr. Fuz Rana's analysis here.

Other great analysis and the validation of the design inference here.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Why hasn't Christianity had more influence on major intellectual institutions?

"One reason Christianity has failed to exert much influence on the major intellectual institutions of America is that too many Christians hold their beliefs in an uninformed and precarious fashion. Instead of pursuing answers to the toughest questions an unbelieving world can marshal, they attempt to preserve certainty through ignorance and isolation, relying on platitudes rather than arguments."-Douglas Groothuis (Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith)

In short, a faith founded on unstable feelings and blind irrationality will not make much of an impact on the unbelieving world. Maybe that's also why this kind of faith has so little impact on the believing world too.

We can do better. I lay out a vision for how Christians can cultivate a thoughtful faith in chapter 5 of my latest book. You can learn more about it here.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Why Marriage Matters (Video)

Marriage -- it's a lot bigger than just what happens on the wedding day. Marriage is our most important and timeless social institution, which means that changing marriage has consequences for all of society. Watch this brief 3 minute video that explains why everyone needs to stand up for natural marriage.

Learn more about the important work ADF is doing here. (Alliance Defending Freedom)

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