The Biblical Justification for Slavery — The Parker J Cole Show

Parker J Cole BannerI find myself in a unique position for this episode of the Parker J Cole show — I don’t have a clue what the co-host is going to say. She’s been on the show a few times. Always a wonderful co-host but this time, she’s got me stumped!

So I speculate: could it be that all those people who say the Bible approves of slavery — even encourages it — are right? Should slavery become a legitimate form of life and not looked down on so harshly? Should the President read a formal apology to all those plantation owners and their descendants about being so critical of the institution? Should old and modern abolitionists bow their heads in shame for decrying that slavery is wrong? What will our guest talk about on this episode?

Lisa Guinther is an artist, published illustrator, poet, photographer, preacher, feminist, bible teacher, and philosopher. What is she going to say about the biblical justification for slavery? After all, she graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder magna cum laude — let’s face it: she would know!

If you are as intrigued as I am about this show, find out by calling in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here.

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The Parker J Cole Show — Which God Exists? with Evan Minton

Parker J Cole BannerPeople often wonder whether or not God exists. Yet, instead of asking, “Does God Exists?” perhaps the questions should be — “Which God exists?” If we put the question in that way, we have to assume the hypothesis that ‘God’ is a real entity worthy of investigation. If we continue to follow that line of reasoning, then the question of which God falls directly in line. How do we determine that? Does the answer matter?

Join me as returning guest and apologist Evan Minton from Cerebral Faith as he tackles the hard questions of faith and introduces his new book, “Inference to the One True God”. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here.

3rd Year Celebration of the Write Stuff — TONIGHT!

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Can you believe that it’s been three years already? We’ve been together for some time and I’m glad to use this opportunity to celebrate with me. Thank God for everything He’s done in blessing this show to reach out to readers and authors worldwide and give you great books, great authors, and reads.

Call in to celebrate with me and Rachel Rossano, the very first guest on this show as we look forward and look back. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here. http://tobtr.com/9074423. It’s time to celebrate!


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It’s really a shock to me that I would write Christian fiction. Really it is.  I didn’t know Christian fiction existed until about 2000 or so when I happened across a store called Family Christian Stores. I went in there and saw all of these lovely books and was hooked.

My earliest memories are of books and writing. I always knew this is what I would do. I just never thought I’d be a Christian writer or a writer who is Christian.  I grew up reading Stephen King and then when I was fourteen, I discovered my first Harlequin book under my cousin’s bed that summer and got hooked onto romance. So my first loves are horror and romance. Go figure.

When I began to take my writing seriously, I had been let go at my job back in 2010.  Now I had time on my hands. I saw the computer with my manuscript I’d let linger for ten years from the time I was 18 years old and I decided to get in published no matter what. My first book, Dark Cherub, can be classified as Christian horror. (Thanks Stevie!)  It changed everything for me. I mean, everything. I worked on my first romance series, called Sins of the Flesh and that also changed things for me. I started to do podcasting, and now I am the owner of the new PJC Media, an online broadcasting company.  Yet the love of the written word is still in my veins.

I host Christian authors worldwide on my shows.  Been doing it for three years. Over the years, I’ve become something of  diplomat. The body of Christ is already so divided by denominations and the like. I don’t want to add to that unnecessarily. I don’t mind standing up for core biblical truths but when it comes to secondary, non-essentials, I don’t get too worked up over it.

I love helping Christian authors get the word out about their works. If you want to be showcased on my show, simply email me at writestuffradio at gmail dot com. I’d be glad to have you.

 

The Search for Truth — The Parker J. Cole Show

 

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My sister is an avid X-files fan. Back in the ’90’s she devoured each episode as it came on TV, caught up in the supernatural, paranormal, or extra-terrestrial escapes of Fox Mulder and Agent Scully. The tagline of the show is now iconic: “The truth is out there.” Fox Mulder did whatever he could to find out the truth. It didn’t matter if the truth made others uncomfortable, rocked the foundation of someone’s worldview, or upset government agencies trying to suppress it. The truth, whatever that may be, was worth fighting for.

In today’s moral relativistic society, truth is not something people wish to discover. In fact, the common theme for relativists is a chant: “That’s your truth, not my truth.” Or, “I can’t determine if anything I know is true.” For the moral relativist, those kinds of statements are easily broken when faced with a truth that is true no matter who states it. If a doctor told them, “You have cancer,” there’s not a relativist who would respond, “That’s your truth, not my truth.” Instead, they go for a second opinion, ask for a re-test, or something to ensure that what they were told is true. They understand, point blank, the truth is not located in themselves but is outside of themselves. It’s objective, brilliant, and uncaring of personal feelings or objectives.

Join Rebecca Miller, bible teacher, blogger, writer, and all round cool girl, as we discuss the search for truth and if anyone is really looking for it. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here.http://tobtr.com/s/8826309.  Tune in!

The Parker J Cole Show — Empowering Women Through Biblical Studies

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Join me for the month of March as we discuss women’s empowerment in various aspects of life as we celebrate Women’s History Month.

The area of where women place in the body of Christ is a hot topic among today’s evangelical Church. Whether women should lead in pastoral duties or remain silent under a patriarchal system of church authority there are all kinds of debates going. No matter where your opinion stands on this issue, biblical studies empowers women to learn about God for themselves as they seek to understand the Creator of both sexes.

Another reason why biblical study is important is because of the biblical illiteracy rampant in today’s society. There are Christians who have NEVER picked up a Bible or even tried to do an in-depth study on it. Perhaps if more are encouraged to take up biblical studies we can effectively retrain those of the Church to get back to biblical principles.

With me to discuss this is returning guest Lisa Guinther, a biblical scholar with a passion for educating women in biblical studies. To weigh in, you can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air, Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/8368637.   Tune in!

Write Stuff Author Spotlight — Doing Apologetics Without the Need for Apology by Trevor Slone

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This is a book that discusses the biblical mandates for how to interact with both ideas and individuals in a confrontational manner while still maintaining a Christian persona.


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Chapter 3: James 3:9-12

“With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.” – James 3:9-12 (ESV)

This passage is talking about the infamous tongue, that with which we often both bless and curse people in the same sentence, thereby proving our inadequacy regarding the perfect standard that God has set for us. This passage is very important, for many times, and probably more often than not, we fail to realize that while we may not intend to be disrespectful, nevertheless come across that way to those with whom we are conversing. Also, when we are attempting to actually be rude, we seldom realize that we in fact should not be doing so.

Verse 9

“With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.”

This first verse of this particular passage tells us that we use our tongue not only to bless God, which is certainly noble and just, but also to curse humans. This is a problem for several reasons, but the main one in view in this verse is the fact that those people who we are disrespecting are made in God’s image. That is, we are hypocrites, for we claim to love God but at the same time we are rude and disrespectful to those who are made in His likeness and image. We all need to remember this as we approach people and situations with apologetics, as we have a tendency to be rude when arguing with people and it is counterproductive to the apologetic task, which necessarily includes evangelism, to be rude in the process of witnessing in such a manner. We must always uphold and actively recognize the dignity and self-worth of those we come in contact with as those who bear God’s image, as anything less is to disrespect God Himself.

Verse 10

“From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.”

This verse reiterates what was just discussed in the above paragraph. We curse and bless with the same mouth, thereby making us all hypocrites on a fundamental level. Now this does not mean that all Christians are complete hypocrites, as many people claim, but rather that we need to be all the more cautious as to how we speak and what we say (whether that language be audible or not), for our witness, and therefore the furtherance of the Kingdom of God and the gospel message depend on it. Also, as the second part of this verse states, the fact that we both bless and curse with the same mouth should not be the case. This does not mean that we should rather curse through some other mode, but that instead we should not curse anyone at all. It also must not be overlooked that James here uses the phrase “my brothers” to start the latter sentence in this verse, which indicates that he is especially talking to believers, for after all, non-believers cannot truly bless God in the first place, and so this exhortation in this passage is specifically, not just generally, speaking to believers, although the principle of speaking both good and evil simultaneously is a universal one that applies to all people to be sure.

Verse 11

“Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?”

This verse poses a question that, when truly considered, brings up a very pertinent yet humbling point, for the answer to this question is obviously “No,” for once salt enters the water it necessarily becomes salt water, and the absence of such salt, essentially, in this context, makes it fresh water, and so the water must either be one or the other, but it CANNOT be both. What does this mean in terms of life and apologetics though? Well, first of all it means that the legitimacy of our intentions are made clear through our words and the information that we convey, for after all, it was just said that we do actually bless and curse with the same tongue, so this passage cannot simply be saying that we must either do one or the other, at least not on a fundamental level. Sure, on a surface level, that is, at face value, we can both bless and curse with the same tongue, but on a deeper level we see through this verse that in reality only the blessing or the curse is actually legitimate, for it is true that prior to the mixing of salt and fresh water there is both, just as there is a blessing before a curse or a curse before a blessing, but once they have both been established, only one may prevail, for they cannot both exist at the same time and place and in the same sense. So, as we go about our apologetic ministry, we must remember that even if we say the truth and all the right things, if we do so in a manner that is unbecoming or crass, we are no longer speaking for God, but for ourselves and for the opposing side, for to be rude is almost inevitably to lead people away, rather than toward Christ, and the purpose of apologetics, as stated earlier, is to lead people to Christ!

Verse 12

“Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.”

Again we see here in this final verse of this passage the phrase “my brothers,” which indicates that James is speaking to fellow believers in the Lord primarily. James here asks another question similar to the previous one, but this time the topic is vines. Can one type of tree bear another type of fruit? Well, leaving modern agricultural technology (which was not available in ancient times when James was writing his epistle) aside, the answer is an unmitigated “No!” What does this mean? It means the same thing that the question regarding the water discussed above means, that we cannot legitimately support or uphold both good and evil at the same time and in the same sense. We must pick one or the other. This is proved by the end of this verse, which starts with the term “neither,” which indicates that the answer to the previous set of questions is negative, i.e. “No.” But why does James ask several questions, obviously rhetorical, about the same thing, and then actually answer the questions in the end, referring back to the first question? Several reasons come to mind. First, this is a popular literary strategy that is often used to emphasize a point, thereby indicating that the author believes that it is extremely important. Also, by going back at the end of the passage and answering the first question, after already having have asked another question, the author ties the questions together, along with the already obvious answer, to show that it is all ultimately one thought, or rather it is all about the same issue.

Practical Take-a-ways

We must be very careful as to how we speak, for we either curse or bless, but we cannot do both at the same time and in the same sense.

Blessings cannot breed evil, and curses cannot breed good (apart from divine grace and providence).

Write Stuff Author Spotlight — Science vs. Religion: Is It Really That Simple? by Trevor Slone #free on #KindleUnlimited & EXCERPT

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This book explores the actual issues behind the science and religion controversy from a biblical, Christian perspective.


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FOREWORD

Surely it is an understatement to say that “religion” and “science” have been at loggerheads for the last century or more, particularly over the issue of biological evolution. Or should that last phrase be: “over the interpretation of the first chapters of Genesis”? Or maybe it should read: “over the philosophical assumption of organic evolution”? Come to think of it, there is a lot of ambiguity in this statement. What exactly does “religion” mean in this context, and, for that matter, what exactly is “science”? And who speaks for either endeavor authoritatively?

In short, the statement that “religion” and “science” disagree over such issues as evolution is a platitude whose terms can easily be filled in so as to provide an easy solution. Any would-be William Tell can pierce the apple, any ambitious successor to Alexander can cut the knot, and any modern Christopher Columbus can stand the egg on end, each one to the applause of his peers. Still, as Heidegger has reminded us so many times, in today’s world of thought we are prone to confuse cleverness with thinking.

Still, even if we are not looking for simplistic, snappy answers, and if we are willing to clarify our terms sufficiently to engage in a substantial discussion, there are different ways of approaching the issue. Alas! For too many Americans the answer to any controversy has become to moan, “There Ought to be a Law . . . “ More accurately, given the nature of our judicial system, this desire translates into “The courts should decide . . . “ And so they have. And they have not ruled on the basis of freedom, but on the basis of ideology, just as one would expect any fallen human being to do, whether they are occupying the couches of their living rooms or the benches of their courtrooms, which have become de facto throne halls. And, thus, they have told us once and for all (or so they think) that atheistic Darwinian evolution is the only valid scientific paradigm in biology, and that any scheme that even comes close to implying that there is a Creator will damage our school children beyond repair and, thus, may not be mentioned in any class room.

This book places the issue into the context into which it belongs: the clash between two worldviews. It is not a detailed analysis of evolution from a scientific perspective that exposes supposed errors in the lab. It is not a compromise that begins with what we are still “allowed” to say or teach and ends by formulating a give-and-take strategy. It is a no-holds-barred description of the fundamental confrontation between belief and unbelief, or better: between belief in the God of the Bible and belief in the omnipotence of the physical universe. Trevor Slone does not come with his hands stretched out offering a compromise in the hope of receiving a concession in return. He relates the conflict as he perceives it and demonstrates the irrationality of abandoning the certain knowledge of a Creator for an uncertain, self-refuting materialism.

This book is written in a very personal tone. The author not only lets his personality show through the print, he speaks in his own voice throughout. He does not write with scientifically objective detachment because he wants us to see that the stakes are too high to approach the issue as a scientific puzzle to be treated at a distance. It involves our entire view of ourselves as persons, and to see ourselves as the persons that we are, we need to see ourselves as creatures.

Early on, the book asks us to consider the nature of truth. For many of us that means trying to remember what we were taught in school. Trevor Slone challenges us to go further than that. He dares us to consider what we can actually accept as real, particularly considering the high cost of substituting accepted opinion for reality. I urge the reader to take up his challenge. It may not be easy at times, but, in the end, as someone greater than any of us said, “The truth shall set you free.”

Dr. Winfried Corduan

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion

Taylor University