Dr. Steve

Ardent Christ-follower, passionate teacher of God's Word, merciless slaughterer of sacred cows, equal opportunity offender of religious pomposity, counselor for the hurting, loving husband, punster extraordinaire, fanatical cat lover, proud grandfather, cancer survivor, raconteur, and all-round great guy (well, that last one is somewhat debatable!)

Author Archives: Dr. Steve

Welcome, Pastor Bill!

By | 12 Oct 2021

You are in for a real treat! One of my closest friends, a former pastor and mentor of mine from back in the day, has accepted my invitation to become a contributor here at Miscellaneous Ramblings. You will see his name as William Burgess in his bylines here, but to those of us who have experienced the joy… Read More »

Reflections on Being a Theologue

By | 8 Sep 2021

Recently, a fellow-church member — who also happens to be the retired founding pastor of our church and had read some of my articles here — labelled me a “theologue.” When we discussed what he meant by the term, he made the following points: Theologues are “watchmen on a wall” called to warn those whom he protects or… Read More »

Critical Thinking #5:
My Analysis of That Conversation

By | 7 Jun 2021

After releasing my previous article, I felt the Holy Spirit leading me to write an analysis of Jake’s assertions using the principles I listed and discussed in in the first three parts of this series on Critical Thinking. In obedience, we will now analyze that encounter so you can take that knowledge into any future discussions with Christianity’s… Read More »

Critical Thinking #4:
My Conversation With an Atheist

By | 2 Jun 2021

One could easily assume after almost 50 years of my being a Christ-follower — and having earned advanced degrees in theology to boot! — I would have had more than a few opportunities to interact with dyed-in-the-wool atheists. The truth of the matter is I have had only one such encounter I can remember; it occurred back in… Read More »

Critical Thinking #3:
Logical Fallacies

By | 23 Apr 2021

So far in this series, we’ve explored the concepts of critical thinking and a hindrance to it, cognitive biases. In this article, we will discuss a second hindrance: “logical fallacies.” What is a Logical Fallacy? Again, let’s define some terms: logic reasoning conducted or assessed according to strict principles of validity fallacy a mistaken belief, especially one based… Read More »

Critical Thinking #2:
Cognitive Biases

By | 23 Apr 2021

In the previous article in this series, we discussed what defines the term “critical thinking” and why Christ-followers should care about it. In this installment, we’ll discuss the topic of cognitive bias. Bias is easy to grasp because we’ve all encountered them in others, especially those of us who are not Caucasian, though we all tend to be… Read More »