This is Memorial Day

Whenever I reflect on my life's regrets, there is always the same one at the top of the list.  It's also probably the only thing which isn't frivolous in nature.  I regret not joining the military when I had the opportunity.  The sad part is there wasn't just a single opportunity, I could have … [Read more...]

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Everyone, including myself, is susceptible to selfishness.  When holidays arrive, we are prone to not really appreciating why we should even have the holiday in the first place.  Why do we celebrate Memorial day?  Because people much more brave than ourselves had knowingly risked -- and subsequently … [Read more...]

Why did Jesus have to be raised?

This is meant for skeptics and critics of Christianity; it's not a theological question.  Thinking back on alternate explanations of the accounts of Jesus' life in the Gospel accounts, there seems to be somewhat of a consensus (among skeptics) that miracles were needed to gain credibility in order … [Read more...]

58% of the public unfamiliar with the differences between Islam and other religions

I'm uncertain if the public has been so saturated with the politically correct version of Islam, or if they are simply unfamiliar with the "Religion of Peace's" calls to violence that other religions lack. Now, it's not that all Muslims are terrorists mind you; just that virtually all terrorists … [Read more...]

Five reasons to believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead

Professor Gary Habermas had the following piece in the Washington Post (of all places).  It's not often that a politically-left leaning media outlet allows content which shines positive light onto Christianity. (Washington Post) -- I will assume nothing special about the New Testament writings … [Read more...]

Priorities awry

Al Gore has made hundreds of millions of dollars on his global warming nonsense.  Let that sink in.  Hundreds of millions.  And that was before he sold his unwatched television network to a Al-Jazeera, an Arab network funded by oil money netting him $300 million on top of the more than $100 million … [Read more...]

Jesus and love

Someone read me the thoughts of someone with whom they are friends with via social media on the same-sex marriage issue now in the news again.  Essentially this person said Jesus would be fine with same-sex marriage because Jesus was about love and would want us to love and be happy.  OK, that's a … [Read more...]

If Evolution were true then how…

I don't think Evolution answers as many questions as people believe it does.  I am more inclined to think it creates more questions that it ends up answering.  In no way do I profess any expertise in the subject, but I've read a few books both for and against as well as the courses I took while in … [Read more...]

Swamp Yankees

The Patch did a piece on the origins of the term "Swamp Yankee".  A cousin of mine provided some of the details and history. (East Haven Patch) -- If you’re looking for a definition for the term Swamp Yankee, you can take your pick of several different meanings. If you are new to the area, you … [Read more...]

Evolutionary maybes

The difficulty of discussing evolution with those who stake their entire worldview on it is that it gets caught up in the maybes.  It's quite humorous to me, for its hypocrisy.  What I mean is religious adherents are often criticized by skeptics when they are asked something like "Why would God..." … [Read more...]

History: One Person At A Time

I have always been interested in local history -- community history.  Of course national and world history is important, but I find the small histories which invoke nostalgic emotions and memories to be captivating.  The histories which exist only in the recollection of those who experienced them … [Read more...]

Should we say “the N-word”?

My 12 year-old daughter was telling me of a book she was reading in her Language Arts class: Warriors Don't Cry.  The book is set in Arkansas during the era of segregation as the integration of schools is implemented due to Brown v Board of Education.  So while riding in the car she blurts out, "The … [Read more...]

The Diaries of Dr. Fred

Here in New England we were just hit hard by one of the worst blizzards in recent history.  At my home I registered 34 inches on flat windless ground.  Drifts were nearly four and a half feet tall, and the sides of my driveway are now guarded by walls of snow taller than six feet.  A friend of mine, … [Read more...]

Is it reasonable to reject the Gospels as eyewitness accounts? Part 6

This is part 6 of a six part series.  PART 1, PART 2, PART 3, PART 4, PART 5 Objection: The gospels themselves in their own writings, never verify authorship.  Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were assumed names by Church History. This objection makes sense only if it is absolutely necessary to … [Read more...]

Is it reasonable to reject the Gospels as eyewitness accounts? Part 5

This is part five of a 6 part series. PART 1, PART 2, PART 3, PART 4, PART 6 Objection: John was illiterate as reported in Acts 4:13, so there was no way he could have written the Gospel which bears his name.  It is possible, some say, that he could have dictated it.  However that is doubted by … [Read more...]

Is it reasonable to reject the Gospels as eyewitness accounts? Part 4

This is part four of a 6 part series.  PART 1, PART 2, PART 3, PART 5, PART 6 Objection: The Gospels are not written in the native tongue of those who lived it or saw it. It is generally accepted that the Gospel accounts were written in Greek (save for possibly Matthew's which is believed by … [Read more...]

George Washington and the Prophet Muhammad: Cut from the same cloth?

The reputable scholars at the Huffington Post regularly find ways to promote the absurd.  This piece likening America's first President, George Washington, to Islam's Prophet Muhammad provided the comedy I'm used to. Muhammad and Washington may seem like an unlikely connection, but in fact, they … [Read more...]

Is it reasonable to reject the Gospels as eyewitness accounts? Part 3

This is part 3 of a six part series.  PART 1, PART 2, PART 4, PART 5 PART 6 Objection: According to both Christian and secular scholars, the Gospel accounts were not written during the time of Jesus. They were all written decades after Jesus' death. Some scholars place one Gospel, John, in the … [Read more...]

Is it reasonable to reject the Gospels as eyewitness accounts? Part 2

This is part 2 of a 6 part series addressing objections to whether it is reasonable to reject the Gospels as eyewitness accounts. PART 1, PART 3, PART 4, PART 5, PART 6 Objection: The Gospels are not written as eyewitness accounts, rather as third person narrative, which is not the narrative of … [Read more...]

The fact that I still hear these particular objections further confirms that the skeptics who offer them have no interest in holding accurate information as it relates to Biblical Christianity. For all their boasting to be honestly seeking the truth of the matter, they routinely and persistently … [Read more...]

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