Monday, February 29, 2016

A New Kind of Apologist

I had the opportunity to coauthor a chapter in a book that comes out next Tuesday, March 1. The book is edited by (and the brain-child of) Sean McDowell, and is titled A New Kind of Apologist.* It includes the wisdom of quite a varied group of apologists addressing a broad range of topics, all centered around the issue of what it means to successfully and winsomely defend the truth of the Christian world- and life-view in this day and culture.

Among 27 mostly short chapters are the following... one by Brian Auten on "Apologetics and New Technologies," and one by Brett Kunkle titled "A Practical Plan to Raise Up the Next Generation." My friend Mary Jo Sharp contributed the chapter "Why More Women Should Study Apologetics." Derwin Gray offers "The Multiethnic Church: God's Living Apologetic," and Christopher Brooks shares about "The Urban Apologist." Other contributors whose names you might recognize include Jay Richards, Casey Luskin, Michael Licona, Scott Smith, and Alan Shlemon. Interspersed every once in awhile are brief interviews (J.P. Moreland, Dennis Rainey, and my friend Gavin MacFarland).

As the founder of The Justice Conference, my pastor and friend Ken Wytsma was asked to write a chapter on social justice. He, in turn, invited me to collaborate with him, and the result was chapter 5, "Social Justice and a New Kind of Apologist." I highly recommend you buy the book, but through the permission of the author and publisher, I can offer the opportunity to read our chapter here.

* A New Kind of Apologist
Copyright 2016 Sean McDowell
Published by Harvest House Publishers
Eugene, Oregon 97402

Friday, February 19, 2016

Trapping Golden Eagles

We're about at the end of another winter season of trapping Golden Eagles. It was a family affair again, and the photo above is of my daughter Willow holding an adult female. The season was short, as the weather has been unseasonably warm ever since the first week of January. (Our trapping success is greatest when the birds are stressed by cold and snow.) Fortunately, we had good success in December; we deployed PTTs (platform terminal transponders, i.e., solar-recharging, satellite transmitters) on four resident adults, and caught a couple more for banding and blood lead analysis. My son Nate is producing a short film about this work--go here to learn about or to contribute to that project.