Thinking Out Loud

May 27, 2013

Local News Story Still Leaves Us Speechless

Filed under: current events — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 7:56 am

There’s a news story that played out in our part of the world that I haven’t heretofore shared here, mostly because I really don’t know what to say. Neither did Tim Challies…

On the evening of May 6, Tim Bosma of Ancaster, Ontario, was doing the most mundane of things—he was attempting to sell his truck. He had advertised that his 2007 Dodge Ram pickup was for sale and two men had responded. His wife watched the truck pull out of the driveway as Tim took them on a test drive. She would never seen her husband again.

Eight days later police confirmed that they had found Bosma’s remains in a field, burned beyond recognition…

Read the whole story here.

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December 12, 2009

Always Be Ready To Give An Answer…

Filed under: apologetics, evangelism — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 4:20 pm

Okay guys, I know you read this week’s link list, but the stats say you didn’t do a lot of clicking.   I’m thinking of this one in particular:

Kevin Rogers at the blog, The Orphan Age, introduces his son Levi (15) who shares a dialog that took place in a Grade Nine class discussion.

So, that being the case, and because you gotta read it, I’m gonna copy it here:

Apologetics — the art/science of presenting reasonable defenses for the Christian faith.

When my son Levi accepted Jesus at the age of 4 or 5, he ran out onto our front porch and yelled to his friends playing in the street, “Hey guys, I am a Christian!!!

He’s now 14 and in Grade 9.  Yesterday he was in one of his classes when a discussion broke out about God.

Many opinions flew around the room.

One of the girls stated, “If there is a God, why would he make us as imperfect creations?  Why would a good God allow us to do bad things?  That would be an evil God.

Without forethought, Levi’s hand shot up.  He wasn’t sure what he would say but felt the need to say something.  He paused and then addressed the teacher.

‘Miss, is there such a thing as darkness?’

‘What do you mean Levi?’

‘If I turn off the light switch, what happens?’

‘It gets dark.’

‘So Miss, is there such a thing as darkness?’

‘Why, yes there is.’

Levi responded, ‘There is no such thing as darkness.  It is just an absence of light.  And Miss, is there such a thing as cold?’

‘Yes, there is such a thing as cold.’

‘Actually, cold is just the absence of heat.  The problem of evil and darkness in the world is just an absence of God’s love.’

The class sat stunned in silence for a moment.  Levi experienced what the Scriptures describe as the Holy Spirit giving you the words to say.  The logic and insight amazed his fellow students and the Muslim teacher who commended him for these thoughts.

I am amazed by God’s work through my kids.

~Kevin Rogers

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…
I Peter 3:15 (NIV)

…And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it…
I Peter 3:15 (NLT)

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