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How to Argue Like a Christian: Supplemental Thoughts

To the readers, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ — their Lord and ours – Guys and gals, Wouldn’t you … Continue reading

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How to Argue Like a Christian: Nomenclature

I get emails. This one is from Roger Cook – First, some introductions. Jay, Mike Campbell is an elder at North Pointe Church of Christ (http://www.northpointecofc.org/) and has used your writings in some classes. I know I’ll probably get an … Continue reading

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How to Argue Like a Christian: The Last-Verse-Read Argument

Perhaps the biggest failing of believers of all kinds is our persistent use of the last-verse-read argument. For example, in the Churches of Christ, we deny once saved, always saved (the perserverance of the saints), as we are Arminian in … Continue reading

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How to Argue Like a Christian: Answering

Now, the second-most common problem I observe in Christian discussion groups is the failure of one side to finish the conversation. For me, the common pattern is: a conservative Christian announces that progressives have no well-defined theology of when someone … Continue reading

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How to Argue Like a Christian: Listening

I follow a number of Church of Christ internet forums. I don’t have the time to participate as I once did, but I do enjoy seeing what people find interesting or controversial – and I pitch in now and then. … Continue reading

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How to Argue Like a Christian: Unsupported Accusations

Many of our authors make startling accusations against their opponents without giving any basis for the charge — and certainly nothing that allows their facts to be checked. Sometimes the charges are true. Sometimes they are not. But you just … Continue reading

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How to Argue Like a Christian: Abusing the Language

Another reason that we in the Churches of Christ have trouble working things out amongst ourselves is our abuse of the language. In fact, a stranger to our publications would often be mystified by our use of words. Liberal For … Continue reading

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How to Argue Like a Christian: Slander, gossip, and swimming pools

This story is told by a campus minister friend of mine. In anticipation of fall semester, the minister wrote congregations around the state inviting students coming to attend the University of Alabama to participate in his student ministry. He pointed … Continue reading

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How to Argue Like a Christian: Camels noses and compromises

At a Sunday morning assembly, the elder making the closing announcements asks the members and visitors to pass in their attendance sheets. At no one’s request, a seven-year old girl named Katie gets up to help pick up the sheets. … Continue reading

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How to Argue Like a Christian: False Dichotomies

Your wife walks in the door fresh from the local dress shop. “Just look at this beautiful dress I bought!” she says. You notice that the dress is indeed very beautiful — too beautiful! “Ahem. It looks really nice,” you … Continue reading

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