Posts by Don Johnson

Deadly Shooting in Florida – What We Must Do

Again, the news is flashing across our screens, a deadly shooting at a school in Florida, seventeen dead, students and parents in shock, and seemingly endless media coverage. Instantly opinions are broadcast about what ought to be done – officials should be proactive, someone should have intervened, guns should be outlawed, we need metal detectors…

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Was Simon Magus a Christian?

Don Johnson Simon Magus is the name for a man also called “Simon the sorcerer” in Acts 8. He made his living (undoubtedly a lucrative one) by astounding fellow-Samaritans with magic arts. Until Philip, the evangelist came to town, that is. When Philip arrived preaching the good news of salvation in Christ (and accompanied by…

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Our New Look

Proclaim & Defend is sporting a new look today, as I suppose should be obvious to all. You will find all our previous posts as you search through the site, but hopefully we have achieved a simpler, cleaner look. We also have a few changes I’d like to point out.

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Evolution and Marriage

Don Johnson Recent reading reminds me how thoroughly our world is committed to Darwinism. We see its effects in theories on a wide variety of subjects in the human experience. One such is the subject of marriage. I suppose we should not be surprised, but most of my reading focuses on Christian themes and literature,…

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eclectica 2018.1.26

Today I’d like to share a few links that might be of interest to you. Some are from current news, others are more eclectic. Religious Activists in HHS • Christian Courage Nelson Trial Worldwide Persecution • Archaeology • On Virtue (secular)

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Thank God for His Grace

Don Johnson A very short post today. I’d like you to read the testimony of my friend, Dan Olinger. If you are a believer, you will find blessing in his brief remarks. You will identify — his experience is your experience, just the details are different. No doubt, you aren’t as “exuberant” as Dan (his…

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Bible Reading Schedules

Don Johnson Last week we ran an article called, “Reading the Bible Through in One Year.” I promised to provide links to Bible reading schedules today. You can probably find more by searching on the topic. Our church people use one or another of these schedules and are happy with them.

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The Necessity of the Virgin Birth

Don Johnson The doctrine of the virgin birth of our Lord Jesus Christ is one of those battleground points of theology over which many heated words have been exchanged. In this paper, I want to outline briefly reasons why belief in the virgin birth is necessary based on evidence and theology.

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Virtue

Don Johnson An article at The American Conservative explores virtue in our modern culture. Virtue no longer is a matter of character, where the individual controls his passions while pursuing an ideal higher than he is. Virtue is instead now found in the measure of empathy for victims, whether they be individuals, groups, cute animals,…

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Relating to the Law

Don Johnson “Can Christians eat pork?” A fellow visiting our church asked that question a couple of weeks ago. Again, someone else asked me, “In the law, some foods were not allowed. Was it because they were not healthy to eat? Should we eat those foods now?” Both of these questions are responses to teaching…

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