Power-Reading the Bible
an occasional blog by Gary D. Collier

Unmixing the Message Apr 04, 2021

Easter eggs, bunnies, pastel colors, family gatherings. I'm not here to decry any of these fun things. And my title is not about removing such things from the holiday. It goes a little deeper than...

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Commenting on Posts Apr 04, 2021

This post is about logging in so that you can make comments to posts in this Blog.  It is not talking about logging in to the website per se. 

In order to make comments on these blog...

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New Beginning 2021 Apr 04, 2021

With this post, the IABC blog, Biblical Conversation, begins a new phase. The intention is to begin posting weekly from this point on. If you will Subscribe to this Blog (in the...

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The Secret of the Lord’s Prayer Dec 09, 2020
In the book and the movie, The Secret, we are explicitly told:  “Tell the universe what you want—it is the universe’s job to give it to you.”

This really appeals...

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Howling at the Moon Apr 04, 2020

Reading the Bible Is not Rocket Science.  Or Is It?

By now it is an old statement, but every once in a while, someone still makes it:  “You don’t have to be a scholar to read...

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The Bible, Covid-19, and Every Threat Mar 26, 2020

Does the Bible Even Belong in This Discussion?

In the 1951 movie, People Will Talk, Cary Grant (as a medical doctor)  makes the following rather bleak  statement: "If old Mother...

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The Spirit of God & Deep Study Mar 24, 2020

(This post was originally a private letter to a friend. It has been modified for this post.)

Especially in times like ours, with all the serious concern over life and quality of life, I want to...

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Visit to the Creation Museum (2) Jul 11, 2018

In my previous post, I introduced my visit to the Creation Museum (CM). Now I turn to some critical remarks.

Critical Comments

For all of my enjoyment, CM is not really a natural...

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Visit to the Creation Museum (1) Jul 09, 2018

The Creation Museum (CM) in Kentucky has received a great deal of public attention, and I have previously written detailed comments on  a debate that took place there as...

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Is Genesis History? Oct 14, 2017

In early 2017 (February 23), a new documentary film came out that asks:  Is Genesis History?  (Here is the main website.)  The answer it gives is a resounding...

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Conversations with God Aug 21, 2017

A Friendly and Open Letter to Bob Beaudine:

There is little doubt that what passes as “social media” today is more often anti-social. Short quips pass for genuine interaction, and...

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Supportive Engagement Oct 11, 2016
“The Bible proves that I’m right and that you’re an idiot!”

To call Christian conversation about the Bible “intelligent” is sometimes laughable–or...

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“Help Will Not Come from Elsewhere” Jan 28, 2016

I just finished (yesterday) watching the new Cosmos series with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. I really like this entire series. I plan to watch it several more times. It does a good job of tying into the...

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“It Has No Handles”: How Do You See Yourself? Oct 24, 2015

A verse I am drawn to in Isaiah 45 is verse 9.  The overall idea seems to be clear:  the clay should not try to tell the potter his job or sit in judgment about what he has produced....

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A Friendly Open Letter to Neil deGrasse Tyson on Science, the Bible, & Creationism Sep 09, 2014

Dr. Tyson,

First of all, I’m a big fan of your work.  I enjoy watching, listening to, and considering everything I have found where you are speaking.  So I begin with a “thank...

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Did Jesus Die for Aliens, Too? Aug 02, 2014

“Thus Bible-believing Christians don’t (or can’t) accept the belief there are aliens on other planets.”

Ken Ham, Creation Museum (email I received today, now published...

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4th of July, Biblical Civilization, Atheism, and Conversation Jul 05, 2014

To all US citizens, happy 4th of July. May this be a time of reflection on the best of our hopes, while we also consider the worst of our failures as a diverse and imperfect people.

In honor of...

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Creationism vs. Evolution; Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye “The Science Guy” Feb 05, 2014

I just finished watching the 2.5 hour live debate between Ken Ham (of the Creation Museum in Kentucky) and Bill “The Science Guy” Nye.  The question for discussion was...

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Happiness Sep 24, 2013

Today (September 24, 2013) is the 37th anniversary of the death of my daughter, Stacie Michelle.  And in memory of her (this will not be so much about her as in memory of her), I want to write...

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Book Review: Introduction to Biblical Studies (by Steve Moyise) Jul 26, 2013

I was delighted to receive in the mail today the book entitled Introduction to Biblical Studies by Steve Moyise (professor of biblical studies at the University of Chichester, UK). ...

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Reading Responsibly Jan 05, 2011

Since I talk a lot about being “responsible readers” of the scriptures, someone recently asked this:

What is it to be a responsible reader of anything? And why is that so important...

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