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April 26, 2016

Fr. Douglas al-Bazi loves being a priest. The gentle Chaldean from Baghdad loves the flock he shepherds in Erbil, Iraq. He has witnessed the bombing of his parish church, was shot by Al-Qaeda militants (the AK-47 bullet is still in his leg), and in November 2006 was tortured for nine days by Islamic kidnappers.

They kneed him hard in the face on the first night and broke his nose. They used a hammer to smash out his front teeth, one by one, reminding him with each blow, "You have many...

April 25, 2016

The recent passing of music icon Prince has motivated many people to look at a once little-known fact about his life: his faith. Though he was baptized a Seventh-day Adventist, Prince became a Jehovah’s Witness. He regularly attended services and even knocked on doors, as this CNN.com story illustrates:

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April 22, 2016

In my April 6 post, “The Clothes Have No Emperor,”I offered one illustration of how I evangelize those who doubt or deny the existence of God.

In upcoming posts I want to expand on this with further illustrations. But first, given that the approach I take is quite different from the classic “proofs for the existence of God” approach, I’d like to take a step back and explain my rationale for evangelizing in this manner.

The question: When we engage in reasoning about...

April 19, 2016
Walking on water is both sensible and beyond the power of created nature.

After reading some exchanges on Facebook that were inspired by my recent blog posts concerning miracles, it became clear I need to explain exactly what a miracle is. 

A miracle is defined as an extraordinary sensible effect wrought by God that surpasses the power and order of created nature.

That’s a mouthful, so let’s...

April 18, 2016

By now you’ve probably heard about celebrities and companies standing up to discrimination and human rights abuses taking place all over the world. Rock star Bryan Adams just canceled a show in the United Arab Emirates, where apostasy from Islam is punishable by death. Bruce Springsteen followed suit and refused to play in Egypt, where domestic violence is not a crime. The National Basketball Assoication refused to play exhibition games in China. Financial giant PayPal will move its...