Of clarity of thought and drunken pastors

This is just too funny not to comment on. Some archaic wording of the King James Version, combined with a far-too-literal country preacher, led to some pastoral inebriation; mandated by God, no less!

http://thebarainitiative.com/why-the-king-james-version-will-get-you-drunk/

Food for thought; if your interpretation doesn’t make sense there’s probably a reason for that. Try a few translations and perhaps a commentary or two. The point is to use your critical thinking spidey senses as I describe in Arguing with Friends. Think, people; just think a little!

This story is not unrelated to a previous post involving Russian Vodka. Why do so many problems in Bible translation involve alcohol? One could accept the official story or perhaps you’ll give an ear to my theory; the pastor had a bit of an affinity for the bottle and deliberately poured too much wine every communion service in order to fulfill that particular Biblical mandate. Just throwing that out there…

You can make a difference!

One of the hopes I had for this blog was to use it as a forum to share experiences and debrief the good, the bad and the ugly. I have had a few people who have been generous enough to share their stories (see here and here) and I’ve used a number of my own (here, for instance) and I have also found a few on the internet (like this one). But I have to admit that I need more stories. If I am going to keep up this feature then I need people share their successes so we can all see an example of how to do this correctly, and I need examples of failures so we can consider what went wrong and learn from other people’s mistakes.

Perhaps that feels a little too personal; just a little too invasive. What does it look like to have your story shared?

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Please try to convert me

I was chatting with a friend recently who interrupted out conversation to clarify a significant point. He wasn’t trying to convert me, he just wanted to talk. He also wanted to clarify that he wasn’t interested in being converted, and so he hoped that I wasn’t out to convert him. I assured him that my intention was to explore the ideas so that I could learn the truth for myself and I trusted him to make his own decisions on the matter. I am sincere on that; I was not just going along with him. Unlike a lot of Christians I feel we are called to do our best to represent Christ but we are not called to change people’s hearts and minds; that’s God’s job. I describe this in more detail (including the Biblical rationale) in Arguing with Friends.

But upon further reflection I realized something; I do want him to try as hard as he can to convert me. Seriously, I want people to make every reasonable effort they can to change my mind. Why would I open myself up like that?

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AWF is officially a textbook!

I just found out that Arguing with Friends will officially be a textbook for the Apologetics class at Rocky Mountain College here in Calgary taught by Dan Hardock (to email Dan: dhardock AT rockymountaincollege DOT ca). If you live in Calgary and would like more details about the college or the course, drop him a line; he is very friendly! Continue reading

Brief chat in a video store

Continuing in my ongoing theme of exploring conversational successes and failures I have a little ditty of an anecdote to share of my own interaction with somebody. I was meandering through our local video store looking for a movie to rent and as I did so I overheard two of the coworkers bantering with each other. The subject of religion came up and the one employee made it clear that he did not believe in God. He was by no means attacking the other employee and it was all friendly banter packaged in humor.

Well I tore across the store, leapt over the counter and starting beating him until he converted. Continue reading