Super Easy Strategy For Building A Daily Bible Reading Habit (That I Use) That You Can Start Today

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There is a multitude of plans to read through the bible in one year. Most of them require you to read 3-4 (most of the time 4) Chapters, every single day, without missing a single day.

They also generally work better if you start on the first day of the year. Not only that but you’re not really retaining much of what you read.

This is a recipe for disaster.

I have a much better solution.

For the record, I am a full-time PhD student, I have a part-time job, I run this blog all by myself and I have two kids (and another on the way). In short I’m really busy.

Self flagellation aside, in this post I will show you the strategy I used to build a consistent habit of reading the Bible every single day.

It’s surprisingly easy, it really works, and the best part is you can start using it immediately.

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The Limitations of Digital Minimalism

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People look at you like you’re weird because you don’t have social media, but when you actually step back and look from the outside you realise no, I’m not weird. Spending hours of your time staring at your smart phone, instead of enjoying life is what’s weird… that’s so weird. – Cal Newport

Something that I think almost everyone today can sympathise with is how much time social media and big tech suck out of our lives.

Love it or hate it, no one can deny the fundamental presence of big tech in our modern lives.

If you’re one of the people who has shifted over time from off-handed comments about how much time we spend on social media, to becoming legitimately concerned that it is negatively affecting other aspects of your life, then you’re not alone.

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15 Answers to Scientific American’s answers to Creationist Nonsense

In 2002 Scientific American published a lengthy article challenging numerous, supposedly ‘popular’ creationist arguments. But are the arguments really the best ones he could find? And how well do his responses stand up to the challenge?

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Why Atheism Fails

What is atheism?

If you ask an atheist this question most often they will carefully explain to you that atheism is ‘a lack of belief in God’.

They’re very sensitive about this.

A lack of belief is not the same thing as non-belief. To claim God ‘does not exist’ is an absolute statement, and one which is virtually impossible to prove deductively.

So the atheist will simply say they ‘lack belief’ and will say this is mostly because of a ‘lack of sufficient evidence’ (agnosticism).

Some atheists are happy to flat-out deny the existence of God and explicitly deny He exists, but most do not.

In practise however, virtually all atheists live life as if God does not exist and harbour a characteristic antagonism towards religious belief.

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A Dialogue with Natasha Crain on Evolution

Have you heard of Natasha Crain?

She’s the author of an excellent blog dedicated to empowering Christian parents to raise their kids with a good, solid foundation in Christian apologetics.

Mrs Crain has a great blog and has written some great articles about everything from how to teach your kids to think critically, to the potential warning signs and consequences of raising your kids on a watered down faith.

A lot of people assume teaching their kids apologetics would involve some kind of formal event: Dad comes home from work with his suit and briefcase, loosens the tie (only slightly), then sternly gathers the children and announces, “Kids, it’s time to talk about…apologetics… but it doesn’t have to be like this!” – Natasha Crain

It’s a brilliant blog, which makes mine look like a cheap soap-box. It has a lot of really great, readable information and some of the big hitters in apologetics such as Dr J Warner Wallace for example have openly endorsed and featured her work.

Scanning through Mrs Crain’s posts I stumbled upon this one:

4 Key Points Christian Kids Need to Understand About Evolution

I’m very interested to know where other Christian’s, especially big hot-shot apologists, stand on evolution. How you see Genesis, and the relationship between the Bible and science says a lot about how you view scripture, in my experience. So naturally I was intrigued to get some insight into one of my new favourite bloggers’ perspective on this vital issue.

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Atheists claim to believe in science but…

Editors note: In my last post I took issue with yet another random internet thing I found, and explained what was wrong with it. This post I thought I would go on the offensive. This post is my own little random internet thing, please enjoy.

Atheists claim the intellectual high ground. Atheism is not shackled by the crushing bonds of outdated superstition and religious nonsense. Atheists are clever, sensible people who believe in science, and trust the evidence.

Atheists don’t have blind faith, this is just for silly fundamentalist Christians and creationists.

Or so they would like you to think.

The truth is atheists claim to believe in science, but they actually believe…

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Christian Creationists (Do Not, Actually) Reject Science, but they do Believe in Miracles

So I came across yet another anonymous placard and my knee jerk reaction was to write another point-by-point response to its nonsense.

Except that most points have a similar theme and are, to some extent, true (not all of them). The points on this list, more or less, describe events recorded in the Bible.

This placard is deriding Christians simply for accepting what the Bible says is true, basically.

The reasons this post is ridiculous are a little more general.

Oh by the way here’s the placard:

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What is Creationism?

‘Creationism’ describes the belief that God created the world and everything in it, from nothing, in six days just as the Bible states in Genesis chapter 1.

According to Christians the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God, the one and only God who exists outside of time (because He created time).

Of course it’s no secret that within Christianity there are many different interpretations of the Bible and what it says.

But in general if you’re a Christian then, hopefully, you believe the Bible is true.

That means the whole Bible, including the very first part. This should not really be a particularly controversial thing right?

What’s wrong with Christians believing in their own Bible?

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Non-Christian Websites Rank Highest When Searching for ‘What is Creationism?’

What is Creationism?

This question is one of the top 50 most searched for questions in the category of religion and theology today.

And yet if you search for this phrase on Google, anti-Christian or secular explanations will dominate your search results.

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