Friday, March 21, 2008
Rest in Peace RBT, Long Live ACFAR!
The Africa Center for Apologetics Research


As regular visitors to this blog know, the Reformed Baptist Thinker blog has laid dormant for several months. Why? Simple. I am now spending my time regularly posting to a new blog: the ACFAR Blog. This weekend, I have finally decided to officially close this blog.

But don't worry! You will still find me over at the ACFAR Blog! So don't forget to subscribe to my new blog in your feed reader. If that sounds too complicated, you can simply sign up to have my blog posts sent to you by e-mail. And for those bloggers out there that have included me in your blogrolls, please consider updating your link to my new blog.

I appreciate the many readers and visitors that have been a part of my first blog. The Reformed Baptist Thinker has definitely been a learning experience! Thank you again for your encouragement and support. Now let us glorify Christ through defending His truth in East Africa!

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Monday, December 17, 2007
Come and Read With Me!
I know that this blog has laid dormant for a while, but I have been keeping busy with the Africa Center for Apologetics Research (ACFAR) and our ministry's new blog. If you have not yet done so, I highly encourage you to check out the new site and subscribe to its blog.

The New Faces of ChristianityIn any case, I am excited about a new way that you can participate in our East African ministry. I have established the ACFAR Network, a community of evangelical Christians that will work together toward making a difference in Uganda and throughout the region. We will begin by reading through The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South by Philip Jenkins. Starting in January, the ACFAR Network will read and discuss one chapter a week for two months.

Want to learn more? Even better, would you like to join? Read more about our new group and sign-up here. I look forward to reading and interacting with you!

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Monday, December 03, 2007
Africa Center for Apologetics Research Celebration!
The Africa Center for Apologetics Research

Today is the day that I have set aside for people to get to know my ministry, the Africa Center for Apologetics Research (ACFAR). The web site has lots of information as well as some new features, including a page of endorsements, a blog, and the ability to donate online. Be sure to check it out!

If you are a fellow blogger and would like to join in the fun, you can easily promote ACFAR on your blog too! Simply check out last week's post "Spread the Vision!" for the guidelines. And don't forget: one random blogger will win a free autographed copy of Tim Challies' new book The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment (sent to the winner as soon as it is released).

Please remember to add yourself and your ACFAR blog post to the list at the "Welcome to the ACFAR Blog!" page. It will be your ticket for the drawing. Thank you in advance for being a friend of the Africa Center for Apologetics Research!

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Sunday, December 02, 2007
Mormonism, Blomberg, and Me
This weekend has proved to be an interesting one! Over on the ACFAR Blog, I have begun posting relevant links in a weekly round-up along with some brief thoughts. Last Friday, two of those links were Rob Bowman's "Do Mormons believe 'that Jesus was fully God'?" and "Christianity Today, Mormons, and the Deity of Christ" from the Parchment and Pen blog.

So what? You may ask. Well, I was also critical of some of the comments in Bowman's entries posted by Craig Blomberg and Paul Owen. Much to my surprise, Dr. Blomberg commented on my blog! Today, I posted a response. Again, Blomberg commented.

But I'm not simply trying to get you to read a he-said-he-responded dialogue. I believe our interaction was both informative and gracious. What do you think?

Lord willing, I hope for more of this kind of conversation at the recently launched ACFAR blog. You're welcome to join us!

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Saturday, December 01, 2007
Michael W. Smith, "It's a Wonderful Christmas"
OK, I admit it. I am a traditionalist at heart. Especially when it comes to the holidays. My car radio is tuned to the 24-hour Christmas music station. My family decorated our Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. We're even going to observe the Advent season (and we're not Catholic!).

Needless to say, I like my Christmas music traditional as well--full orchestras, Christ-centered words, etc. In an ironic way, the latest from Michael W. Smith largely fits into this mold. I was able to get a copy through the blog for music program, and appreciate Reunion Records sending it my way. What do I think? "It's a Wonderful Christmas" is a balanced album with a good mix of instrumental and carol-like songs. We were listening to it while setting up our Christmas tree and it set a wonderful Christmas mood.

While I am not always the biggest Smith fan, I found this CD to be a treat. I'm sure we'll continue listening to it through the holiday season.

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Monday, November 26, 2007
Spread the Vision!
Over the last few months, I have spent a lot of time working on improving the web site for the Africa Center for Apologetics Research (ACFAR). From changing some of the graphics and layout to adding new features (such as online donations and a blog), the ACFAR site has really been enhanced. Be sure to check it out—and don't forget to add the blog's feed to your feed reader!

To celebrate ACFAR's expanded presence online, I am asking all bloggers to join me in promoting the web site together on Monday, December 3rd. After checking out the site, please consider posting an entry on your blog with a link to ACFAR. Your post can be about whatever you like: the need for apologetics worldwide, a summary of ACFAR's plans, your interests in East Africa, etc. Be creative (and if you need help, don't be afraid to ask)! The goal is to help others discover a ministry in Uganda that seeks to glorify Christ through defending His truth.

At the same time, by getting involved with raising awareness, you will be entered into a random drawing for a free autographed copy of Tim Challies' new book The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment (sent to the winner as soon as it is released). Additionally, your blog will be featured here as a friend of the Africa Center for Apologetics Research.

So what are you waiting for? Start making plans now! And if you plan on joining, please let me know with a comment on this post. Your comment will be your ticket for the drawing. To help you out some more, below are a couple of graphics that you can use in your blog post. I look forward to seeing what God can accomplish through us!

The Africa Center for Apologetics Research


The Africa Center for Apologetics Research

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Yesterday's Narrow Mind
Yesterday I was interviewed by Pastor Gene Cook on the Narrow Mind show. So be sure to download Program #887. We talked about my conversion from Mormonism and my plans with ACFAR. Enjoy! As always, I love comments!

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