On Coping, Part 3: Neglected Resources

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In my prior post I mentioned that today’s university students are not known for their resilience, mainly due to mental health concerns. In fact, mental health is a runaway train on campus these days, with experts using terms such as “epidemic” and “crisis” to describe the situation. Two massive surveys of college students showed, for example, that depression, anxiety, and …

On Coping, Part 2 of 3: Resilience

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In my prior post I told the story of being left on my own as a college student in Minnesota, while my parents moved to Florida. These days, things are different. Students struggle with “overwhelming anxiety,” loneliness and suicidal behavior. Counseling centers on campus are jammed. Two out of five students are too depressed to function, and many take a …

On Coping, Part 1 of 3: How It Was

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I grew up on the prairies of Marshall, Minnesota and attended a local college, living at home to save money. But half-way through school my parents sold the house and moved to Florida, leaving me in the cold, literally. Don’t feel sorry for me. I never did. They invited me along to Florida but I declined. I stayed in Marshall …

Invitation to Consider the Trustworthiness of the Gospels, Part 7 of 8: Me Preaching A Bit

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The prior post on Embarrassing Material is here. In the process of writing this series of posts I found myself getting preachy at times. So I thought automatically to exclude that material because I promised in the first post to refrain from such. But then it occurred to me that certain readers might appreciate a more passionate voice from a …

Invitation to Consider the Trustworthiness of the Gospels, Part 5 of 8: Differences

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In the prior post I paused to reach out to those who’ve been put off by the church. And I talked about evaluating miracle claims, suggesting that philosopher David Hume’s “doctrine” of skepticism would blind a person to a true miracle if it occurred. In this post: What can be said about the disagreements between the four Gospel accounts? If …

Invitation to Consider the Trustworthiness of the Gospels, Part 3 of 8: Do Multiple Sources Matter?

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In the last post I mentioned that, historically speaking, it’s highly unlikely that Jesus’ followers fabricated his divinity. More likely, they discovered the Son of God in their midst. In this post, a simple argument: Palestinian Jews and their close associates were eyewitnesses of the Son of God, and they recorded their observations. They wrote down what they saw and experienced, and …

Invitation to Consider the Trustworthiness of the Gospels, Part 2 of 8: Monotheism and No New Gods

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Hi again. In my prior post I suggested the possibility that faith and reason belong together. This may seem strange to some but the idea goes all the way back to Jesus himself who said, “Though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand . . .” Jesus was essentially saying, “Use your head. Examine …