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What About Josh Harris, Take II: The ‘Dreadfully Misguided’ Purity Culture Didn’t Steal Her Faith
Author Ericka Andersen (Screen shot from her blog)

Ericka Andersen was one of thousands of teens who read “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” by Josh Harris in the 1990s. Now he’s left the faith, but Ericka hasn’t. Here’s why. Friday, August 2, 2019.

THINK ABOUT THIS: Great Things Christianity Actually Has Done For The World

Dr. Sean McDowell

Professor Sean McDowell of Biola University takes on the radical historians who claim Christianity’s sole legacy is intolerance, the slaughter of the Crusades and moral hypocrisy. Thursday, August 1, 2019.

STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted!

HillFaith’s weekly look at some of the people working on Capitol Hill for senators, representatives and committees who are movin’ on up! Thursday, August 1, 2019.

What About Josh Harris?

Joshua Harris during media interview. (Screen shot from Youtube).

It’s sad any time a well-known Christian gives up his or her faith. Here’s my take on the hard lessons to be taken from the Josh Harris reversal. Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

LET’S LAUGH! Comedian Jeff Allen Looks At How So Many Couples Deal With Resentments

Comedian Jeff Allen. (Screen shot from YouTube)

Who says Christians never laugh. Not comedian Jeff Allen. Here’s his hilarious take on how couples should and should not deal with those inevitable resentments in marriage. Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

7 Tests That Show The Gospels Are Trustworthy Accounts of Jesus’ Life, Death And Resurrection

Cold-Case expert J. Warner Wallace.

NBC “Dateline” Cold-Case Expert J. Warner Wallace explains why those apparent variations in how each of the Gospels reported the Resurrection are evidence of their strengths as eyewitnesses. Monday, July 29, 2019.

 


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What About Josh Harris, Take II: The ‘Dreadfully Misguided’ Purity Culture Didn’t Steal Her Faith

Ericka Andersen is a very sharp digital expert, writer, speaker and an unusually insightful analyst of American cultural trends as they are shaped by religious experience and beliefs.

Author Ericka Andersen (Screen shot from her blog)

She’s also a veteran of what she describes as “the dreadfully misguided marketing effort evangelical leaders in the 1990s created to dissuade teens from sex before marriage.”

But Ericka remains an evangelical Christian and as a result her observations about the Josh Harris controversy and what it teaches us today about the Christian’s witness are especially worth reading and thinking about. Continue reading “What About Josh Harris, Take II: The ‘Dreadfully Misguided’ Purity Culture Didn’t Steal Her Faith”

THINK ABOUT THIS: Great Things Christianity Actually Has Done For The World

There seem to be more than a few folks on the Hill and elsewhere in the public arena these days who apparently believe Christianity is not a positive good in terms of its influence on society, the law, economics and social justice.

To which I must respond “Ah Grasshopper, you have so much yet to learn.” Fortunately for all concerned, Professor Sean McDowell of Biola University has much more to say in response and he does it so much more knowledgeably and articulately than yours truly.

The great irony here is that much of the mistaken belief about Christianity is a product of the notion that only science provides truth. I say ironic because, as so many people don’t know, the very concept of science is a product of the influence of Christianity.

So enjoy the following video as McDowell condenses two millennia of history into 2:48:

 

What About Josh Harris?

If you are between 25 and 40 years old and from a conservative religious background, odds are excellent that you know the name “Josh Harris.” As a very young man, Harris wrote a best-selling book — “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” —in 1997 that helped propel the so-called “purity culture” in evangelical circles.

Joshua Harris during media interview. (Screen shot from Youtube).

The core message of the book was that the best way to avoid pre-marital sex and the temptations thereof was to avoid dating for any reason or of anyone who is not a serious marriage prospect.

According to young Harris, as long as those adolescent hormones rage, the best thing to do is to avoid any situation that might give them occasion to run riot. It’s not unlike deciding to be silent because you fear if you speak, you will invariably curse, say something hateful or call somebody a dirty name. Continue reading “What About Josh Harris?”

THINK ABOUT THIS: No, Your Mind Isn’t A Computer; It’s Much Better

An often-heard analogy is of the human mind to a computer, but Winston Ewert, a software engineer at the Biologics Institute, thinks the comparison is way out of place.

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“The human mind is complex and multifaceted. It encompasses reason, emotion, and action. We don’t say that about computers,” Ewert writes in a post for Mind Matters, published on the Internet by the Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence. 

The reason we don’t say that about computers is because our minds do something no computer has ever done. Ewert explains: Continue reading “THINK ABOUT THIS: No, Your Mind Isn’t A Computer; It’s Much Better”

THINK ABOUT THIS: You Are A ‘Poiema’ (That’s A Great Thing To Be, By The Way!)

There is a passage in the New Testament that is among my favorite in the entire Bible and that’s saying something, considering that the most widely read literature in all history is more than 1,000 pages in length and includes 66 discrete books written by about 40 people over a period of thousands of years.

The passage is Ephesians 2:8-10. Ephesians was written by Paul to a church in Ephesus, in present-day Turkey, where he had invested three years of his life leading and teaching the church he planted there:

Pages in the New Testament book of Ephesians.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Continue reading “THINK ABOUT THIS: You Are A ‘Poiema’ (That’s A Great Thing To Be, By The Way!)”

How To Be Confident Christianity Nails It On All The God Questions

Christian apologists like J. Warner Wallace, the famous NBC “Dateline” cold-case detective, speak to lots of college and high school groups and they often get the most penetrating questions from the students.

Such was the case at the recent Grounded Youth Apologetics Conference hosted by the Donelson Fellowship in Nashville. A student noted that Wallace had spoken of how he believes Christianity “fits” science better than religions like Islam and Hindu and asked him why the others don’t.

Wallace answered by pointing out that religions, including even those like Deism,  may well fit with much of science, but stopping there “doesn’t get you to Christianity. The strength of Christianity is determined by the strength in the historical record regarding the claims of Jesus.” Christianity rests upon real events. Continue reading “How To Be Confident Christianity Nails It On All The God Questions”