Radio Interview on Stand to Reason—New Apostles and Prophets


Today I’m doing a radio interview with Greg Koukl on his show Stand to Reason. We’ll be discussing the topic of my two new books about the New Apostolic Reformation. The show airs live at 4 pm Pacific Standard Time on KKLA 99.5. It’s also streamed live at the show website: str.org. After today, the interview will continue to be available online.

NAR Book Cover-101 final (6-6-14)Our books, God’s Super-Apostles: Encountering the Worldwide Prophets and Apostles Movement and A New Apostolic Reformation? A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement, were first released in December and are now in their second printing. A third printing is planned in the next few weeks. Both books can be purchased in paperback or in Kindle format at Amazon.

God’s Super-Apostles Reviewed in Thailand


Tim Challies’s review of our book God’s Super-Apostles: Encountering the Worldwide Prophets and Apostles Movement has been translated into Thai for those who follow the work of Karl and Sun Dahlfred in Bankok. It can be found here.

Here is a portion of the review in Thai:

 

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The original review by Tim Challies can be read here.

Fellow at the Biola Center for Christian Thought


I’ve recently returned from Saint Louis University where I was Visiting Faculty of Philosophy for the fall 2014 semester. I was there on a generous grant from the Templeton Foundation doing research on The Philosophy and Theology of Intellectual Humility. I’ve received an additional grant for the current spring 2015 semester as Research Fellow in the Center for Christian Thought at Biola University. The theme is Intellectual Virtue and Civil Discourse. With this grant I’m able to continue my research on the general topic of intellectual humility. There are many good online materials and in-residence opportunities at CCT. Click here for details.

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Two Interviews with the Pilgrim Radio Network


Those following the New Apostolic Reformation may want to tune into my interview with the Pilgrim Radio Network (pilgrimradio.com) in a two-part discussion of the subject of the New Apostolic Reformation. Part 1 airs Monday, February 1 at 2:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 9:30 pm. The second portion airs Tuesday, February 2, on the same schedule.

We’ll be talking about two books I’ve co-authored with Holly Pivec: A New Apostolic Reformation? and God’s Super-Apostles.

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If you wish to schedule an interview with one of us about the New Apostolic Reformation, or review a copy of one of our books, please contact our agent Emily Varner at AcademicPS.

Chinese Version of Four Views Book


Imagine my surprise when I received in the mail yesterday a book published in Chinese. Often I do get complementary copies of new books. But in Chinese? This does not happen every day. On close inspection it turned out to be a Chinese translation of the book Four Views on Salvation in a Pluralistic World, a Zondervan publication. Years ago I co-authored one of the four views for the original English edition of this book, never expecting that it would one day reach a nation with over 1 billion people! How strange to see my name written in Chinese characters. I didn’t know that was possible.

 

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Chinese Edition of Four Views on Salvation in a Pluralistic World—Published by CCLM

If you’re more proficient in Chinese than in English, I commend this edition book to you!

 

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A useful summary and review of the book by Michael J. Vlach can be found here.

 

 

 

Reviews of “God’s Super-Apostles” and “A New Apostolic Reformation?”


For more information about our books on the New Apostolic Reformation, you may want to read these reviews:

Tim Challies

Brian T. Dempsey

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• “Young, Restless, and Reformed, here and here

• Amazon, here and here.

If you learn of reviews that should be included in this list, please say so in the comments box below.

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Both books, God’s Super-Apostles and A New Apostolic Reformation? can be ordered at Amazon here and here, or direct from the publisher here.

Does Islam Have a Monopoly on Violent Religous Intolerance?


The western world is still trying to make sense of the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris on January 7, 2015. Four days later, in his Forbes column, Doug Bandow offered a unique analysis. He makes an interesting and persuasive argument that there is much more at stake than free speech. What lies at the root of this incident, reflected time and again in one atrocity after another, is religious persecution meted out against dissenters.

Here is one especially thought-worthy paragraph:

The thugs who cut down a dozen [people at] Charlie Hebdo are the international cousins of those who murder alleged blasphemers and apostates in Muslim nations. Laws against blasphemy once were common in the West, and persist in a few nations—some, ironically, represented by government leaders who marched in Paris—and even a couple of American states, but are rarely used. However, blasphemy laws are actively enforced throughout the Muslim world. The irony is that where Islam is strongest, with belief by overwhelming popular majorities and support from authoritarian state authorities, the slightest perceived criticism of the dominant faith can result in prison or death. That suggests lack of confidence in the truth of Islam and fear of free inquiry by free minds.

The last two sentences draw attention to a neglected point. Would a religious group that is secure in its beliefs be as hypersensitive as those who murder alleged blasphemers?

I would add that such horrific actions—which are a daily occurrence somewhere in the world—are rooted in a worldview, a set of controlling beliefs that are either true or false. Our public discussion needs to acknowledge this point. There has been plenty of talk about whether Islam is a “peaceful religion” that has been hijacked by militant apostates (notice, they aren’t generally called “apostates” even by moderate Muslim leaders). But this distracts from three more fundamental questions:

  1. Peaceful or not, is Islam true?
  2. Are there are good reasons to believe that Islam is true?
  3. What are the best reasons to believe that Islam offers the most plausible worldview?

The atrocities we’re witnessing should prompt us to give more attention to this question.

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