This is a lecture from May 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6swjeHC090k&feature=youtu.be Other, earlier lectures on miracles include: Miracles lecture at Missouri State University Miracles lecture at Special Divine Action conference (at Oxford University) And others in the “miracles” category  

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God calls Abram to leave behind everything familiar to him from his past—his country, his relatives, and all that he had cherished locally—and entrust his destiny to God’s promise. Today many who have followed God’s clear call to some ministry have made similar sacrifices. Others have had all security taken from them by circumstances beyond […]

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By itself, democracy does not automatically guarantee human rights. Nor—although this is not the point of this article—is democracy specifically endorsed in Scripture. Democracy doesn’t appear in ancient Israel, although we may have some examples of groups choosing leaders, possibly by voting, in the Book of Acts, following the widespread Greek example. (Even then, though, […]

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For those like me who don’t like graduation robes, but aren’t sure what might be the best alternatives …

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Insofar as we can tell from news reports so far, Rachel Dolezal got herself mired in a deep web of deception. She “identifies as black,” but has misrepresented a range of matters, including but not limited to her genetic ancestry. Further, she reportedly identified herself as white in a lawsuit against Howard University (perhaps that […]

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(continued from the post about Peleg) Why did God scatter the peoples at the tower of Babel? He had already commanded people to fill the earth in a positive way (Gen 1:28). But now God divided peoples in a negative way because they wanted to build a tower reaching to heaven (11:4). Technically, this may […]

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My observation this time is very brief. What does Genesis 10:25 mean when it says that Peleg was so named because in his day the earth (ha-aretz) was divided (nifelegah, from the verb root plg)? To some, the answer might be obvious, but others may have heard various alternative answers, such as the view (which […]

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A traditional biblical scholar now approaches the account of Jack and Jill falling down the hill, hoping to uncover the historical core. What is the historical probability of Jack and Jill falling down the hill? Conservative scholars point out that “Falling down a hill is historically plausible; uniform and repeated human experience demonstrates that people […]

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