Equipping Teens for College: What I wish they brought with them from home

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Recently Sharon and I bought a car.* It got me thinking about the oft-used phrase standard equipment. Here’s the “standard equipment” I wish Christians students possessed when they enter college from their hometowns and churches: 1. A big-picture overview of the Bible, Genesis to Revelation. Important because it keeps students grounded in the story of redemption. In contrast, students tend to arrive …

Conversations from Campus: Bible Interpretation 2

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Last week I raised questions about Bible interpretation because I get these questions constantly in my travels to college campuses. Here’s what I always say first in my replies: Don’t interpret the Bible in isolation.This statement usually rubs a few students the wrong way. They value hearing directly from God. For them, direct communication from God bypasses the imperfections of human …

Conversations from Campus: Bible Interpretation 1

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One of the questions I get most frequently in my travels is how to properly interpret the Bible. Backup for a second. Imagine you’re 19 years old and grew up in the church. You go away to college and discover that a lot of sincere, Spirit-led people interpret the Bible different than you. And different from each other.This raises several …

Invitation Part 6: Bible Corruption?

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The Telephone Game  One of the objections I hear on college campuses about the Bible is that it’s been corrupted over the centuries due to copy and translation errors. An analogy often used is the telephone game: A group of people whisper a certain phrase around a circle, corrupting the phrase further with each succeeding “transmission,” the end result sounding …

Invitation Part 5: Embarrassing Material

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I want to pause and say thanks if you if you’ve been following along in these blogs but don’t think of yourself as a Christian. I truly hope they are helpful to your spiritual journey. This is part 5 of my series of short arguments for the historical Jesus. *************** This week: Embarrassing Material In higher education they say that …

Invitation Part 4: Differences in the Gospels

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Years ago when I first heard the argument from “differences,” I was quite surprised. The argument says that certain levels of difference between the four Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life actually lend credibility to the overall story. Certain levels. Not too much; not too little. Big differences would be bad. What’s big? If one account said Jesus rose from the …

Invitation Part 3: The New Testament

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Last week 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.********* This week, 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. That’s our New Testament.Catholic historian …