Those who know me best know that I have little patience for eschatological fads: premillenial-dispensationalism a la Schofield (from Darby) who has brought us the majority report regarding the end of the world. Left Behind, Late Great Planet Earth, etc., all take our minds away from the ministry of Christ here, were we must be faithful, and transport us to a neverland of false hope and expectations.
Someone is probably thinking that, “Scott needs to cheer up a little and not write/post so much negative stuff.” If you’re such a person, I beat you to it–but not for simply the reason of cheer. I have, for the past few years, been reading writings of the English Puritans (mainly the 16th & 17th centuries). Now these people get a lot of bad press, so before you take a shot at me for caring what they think, make sure you know enough about them to converse about them.
RE: “Youth Survey: Teens Lose Faith in Droves” in MacLeans
I think it’s time to rethink youth ministry (if you are already doing so, this note may be irrelevant to you). After reading what Bibby has to say, I think that things here in Canada may not be improved much in the near future. I’ve also been reading Philip Jenkins on Histories of Lost Christianities, which is also very unsettling.
Someone once said that most who convert to Christianity do so around the age of 15 (I don’t know if that is only in modern times, or if that is over the whole history of the church, nor how we would know that). If that is the case, why is Youth Ministry so often handed to young men and women who are only a few years older? Is it not time for older Christians to drop the “retirement attitude” (“I did youth when my kids were young”) and get on with converting the next lost generation?
This is the story of my first senior’s discount. I am 53. I don’t look a day over 52, I’m sure.
Today I wanted some adequate coffee, so I stopped by McDonald’s before my appointment.
“One large coffee, please.”
“Uh, are you 50-ish?”
“Yes, and then some.”
“Do I get a discount for that?”
“Yes! 51 cents instead of $1.25”
“Great. I bet you are uncomfortable asking people their age.”
“Yes, especially people without much hair. And I wouldn’t want anyone thinking I was 50”
“No, I would have said at least 58.”
(Okay, that last line is a fib; but a darn good one.)
Some Suggested Readings
Below are some suggesting books—it is incomplete and there are many more out there!
Brown, C. Miracles and the Critical Mind.
Frame, J. M. Apologetics to the Glory of God: An Introduction.
Holmes, A. All Truth is God’s Truth.
Schaeffer, F. Escape from Reason.
Schaeffer, F. He Is There and He Is Not Silent.
Schaeffer, F. How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture .
Schaeffer, F. The God Who is There. Van Til, C. The Defence of the Faith.
Bahnsen, G. Van Til’s Apologetic.
Boa, Ken and Bowen, R. Faith Has Its Reasons
Geisler, Norman. The Apologetics of Jesus: A Caring Approach to Dealing with Doubters
Geisler, Norman. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist.
McGrath, A. E. Dawkins God: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life.
McGrath, A. E. Intellectuals Don’t Need God (And Other Modern Myths).
Archer, G. Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties.
Carson, D. A. Love in Hard Places.
Carson, D. A. The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God.
Lewis, C. S. The Problem of Pain.
McDowell, J. Answers to Tough Questions.
Chapman, C. Christianity on Trial.
Chapman, C. The Case for Christianity.
McDowell, J. More than a Carpenter.
Zacharias, R. Can Man Live Without God?
Zacharias, R. Jesus Among Other Gods.
Emergent Church and Post-modern Culture
Carson, D. A. Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church.
Carson, D. A. The Gagging of God.
Groothuis, D. R. Defending Christianity Against the Challenges of Postmodernism .
Horton, M. Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church.
McDowell, J. Evidence that Demands a Verdict
Chesterton, G. K. Orthodoxy.
Geisler, N. Christian Apologetics.
Geisler, N. Baker Encyclopaedia of Christian Apologetics.
Keller, T. The Reason for God.
Kreeft, P. Handbook of Christian Apologetics.
Lewis, C. S. (2007). Christian Reflections. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
Lewis, C. S. (2006). God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics. Grand Rapids: Baker Books.
Lewis, C. S. Miracles.
Little, P. E. Know Why You Believe.
Martin, W. R. The Kingdom of the Cults.
History and Assumptions
Carroll, Vincent and Shiflett, David. (2002). Christianity on Trial: Arguments Against Anti-Religious Bigotry. San Francisco: Encounter Books.
Sampson, P. J. (2001). 6 Modern Myths About Christianity and Western Civilization. Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press.
Kenneth Boa and Rob Bowman, Faith Has Its Reasons http://apologetics315.blogspot.com/2009/03/faith-has-its-reasons-by-ken-boa-rob.html
J. Gresham Machen, Christianity and Liberalism http://www.biblebelievers.com/machen/
Many free Christian books may be downloaded at http://www.ccel.org/
Lewis, C. S. Mere Christianity
Strobel, L. The Case for a Creator.
Strobel, L. The Case for Christ.
Sire, J. W. The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalogue.
Science and Evolution
Philip E. Johnson. The Wedge of Truth: Splitting the Foundation of Naturalism.
Philip E. Johnson. Darwin On Trial
Philip E. Johnson. Defeating Darwin by Opening Minds