Asking Good Questions—Part 3

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In dialogue with Christian friends about certain teachings/practices, I’ve been thinking in terms of asking “5 questions down.” That is, keep peeling back layers of the same specific topic rather than flitting on to something else. And the idea is to ask the 5 questions instead of trying to answer/argue back. Here are some samples: He: I’ve started standing inside…

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Asking Good Questions—Part 2

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Christian friends are asking each other’s opinion about various spiritual practices/teachings that originated in Eastern religions and the occult—things like mantra meditation, sacred objects, smudging, chakras, reiki … As mentioned in Part 1, we can’t assume that even a Christian friend believes the Bible is the final word on things. But if that’s established, then still, before going into the…

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Asking Good Questions—Part 1

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J. Warner Wallace has a series called “Quick Shots.” (Search for that among the many good helps on his site.) The feature is designed mainly to tutor Christians in answering questions that skeptics typically ask. As he explains—and this is my position too—when you care and want people to know the truth, the goal is to keep the conversation going.…

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Selfism and Sorcery

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Writers of The Seduction of Christianity referred to the spiritual drift they saw in 1985 as an obsession with “selfism and sorcery.” Full quote: “With the leading psychologists and psychiatrists so heavily involved in selfism and sorcery, Christian psychology inevitably succumbs to some of the same delusions and brings them into the church.” (p. 31) Selfism The Seduction of Christianity…

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When “God Shows Up”

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“Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” —John 14:21 The Lord’s “[I will] show myself” in that verse jumped out and hit me so hard in regard to all the mystical searching.…

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