Running The Race is a blogging ministry dedicated to spreading the positive message of salvation through Jesus Christ..

It is written entirely by one person, James who lives in the southern United States.

I am lay Christian, not a great champion of the Christian faith, or a great Christian apologist, I fully understand that.

That being said, I believe I was called by God to spread the Gospel message of Christ via this blog, I will do so with the best intentions and to the best of my ability.

Will I sometimes fail?

Will I sometimes get an argument wrong?

Will I sometimes lose my cool and say something I shouldn’t?

Will I sometimes walk away bloody from a debate with a non-believer who is much smarter than I?

Yes to all, I understand that too, I am an imperfect human being.

But what I also understand is that God has a history of using the seemingly unworthy for great purposes, and He could be doing the same with me.

After all…

-Moses stuttered
-David’s armor didn’t fit
-John Mark was rejected by Paul
-Timothy had ulcers
-Hosea’s wife was a prostitute
-Amos’ only training was in the school of fig tree pruning
-Jacob was a liar
-David had an affair
-Solomon was too rich
-Jesus was too poor
-Abraham was too old
-David was too young
-Peter was afraid of death
-Lazarus was dead
-John was self-righteous
-Naomi was a widow
-Paul was a murderer, so was Moses
-Jonah ran from God
-Miriam was a gossip
-Gideon and Thomas both doubted
-Jeremiah was a bullfrog (kidding), he was depressed and suicidal
-Elijah was burned out
-John the Baptist was a loudmouth
-Martha was a worrywart
-Mary was lazy
-Samson had long hair
-Noah was a drunk

If God is truly behind this endeavor, I will grow with His guidance, become a better steward of His message with experience, and become stronger in my faith and knowledge of Him through it.

It is in that I pray, in Jesus’ name.


Contact the blog at i535project@gmail.com

* Update: Since I started the blog several years ago I have been ordained as an elder and am working on an Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry so I guess I am not technically a lay Christian any longer.

The rest of this about page I wouldn’t change a bit. I am humbled by my calling and often think I am woefully under equipped.

116 replies

  1. Wonderful! Thank you for spreading The Good News! We need more of this!

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  2. nice


  3. Sounds like you’re a perfect (i.e. imperfect) vessel through whom our Savior can work. I look forward to reading much more.

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  4. Thank you for following. 🙂


  5. Thank you for following! I always appreciate the support. You already know you have my support!

    Where in the south are you? I live in Indiana, but Charlotte and I spent six years in South Carolina right after we got married. We met many fine people and ate a lot of the food of the south. Those southerners really know how to eat good!!

    Come by and visit anytime. The welcome mat is always out.


  6. Thank you for the follow James and for sharing our Lord and Savior with others. There is so much to do and so little time left . . . and we need to keep spreading the Good News until our Lord returns for us! ~ Blessings ~

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  7. James, thank you for following Deeper Roots. I look forward to reading your posts. My spirit resonates with just the few words I’ve read so far here. We must, we must stand up and loudly and clearly proclaim the Name of our God and the truth of His Word and snatch as many from the edge as possible before it’s too late. God bless your ministry here at Isaiah 53:5 Project..

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  8. Thank you for following me, what a lovely looking blog you have. A bit like a chocolate box which spoils you for choice!

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  9. Thank you for following me. I look forward to reading your blog also. May God speed your journey.

    Much love Tom


  10. Thanks for the follow. I also live in the south…just in a different nation! Looking forward to following your posts!

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  11. Hi James- Love your blog! The article “10 Things Real Men Love More than Your Butt” just cracked me up (sorry for the unfortunate pun :0) I do a thing on my blog called “Blog Swap” (see the link below). If you think you might be interested in swapping one day, please drop me an e-mail. I’d love to work something out.


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    • Michelle,

      This certainly sounds like something I would be interested in, I’ll send you an email soon.

      I thought the pun was funny and, if you’d like to use or link this post, feel free.

      Thanks for stopping by, glad you liked what you found here.



  12. Thanks for popping over ‘the pond’, James.

    As you’re in ‘the deep south’, you may like to read http://richards-watch.org/2014/01/11/prophesy-to-2014/ which is just one instance I’ve noted of the Lord saying things where you are as being similar to over here (as in ‘Bridge_o’Pond’ tag). Presumably you saw recent references to a possible fresh revival?

    The bless you and keep guard over you my friend.


  13. Wait? Long hair is a problem?

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  14. James, your blog is straight up awesome. As one cracked pot to another, let your light shine out to the darkened world in need of a Savior.

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  15. I like how you ended this. Thank you for spreading the Word of God! From a saint to another saint, God Bless You!

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  16. Isn’t it wonderful that God uses imperfect people!? It certainly makes me feel better . . . . Great blog! Keep spreading the Good News!

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  17. I love this! Keep up the great work my brother! Thank you for sending folks to http://projecthood.net.

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  18. Good to see you again, James!
    We’ve been away for awhile, but are getting back in the swing of things online once more.

    Noticed that your old Twitter handle was “dead”.
    Do you have a new one?

    Hope all is well,

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    • Hey JTR, glad to see you back at blogging, I have been wondering where you’ve been.

      I gave up on Twitter and deleted my account. Not sure if I’ll go back or not but if I do, I’ll say so here.

      All is great with me, hope all is well with you too.


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  19. I like your list of Bible “heroes” and their foibles! God even used a donkey to speak His message to Balaam! Blessings to you!

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  20. Hey I am glad to have found you. Due to lack of time right at this moment I only skimmed your blog, but can’t wait to dig into it a little deeper – it all sounds like stuff that is of interest to me. I saw that you are from the “deep south” – can you get me a little closer to where you are? I am in Western North Carolina.

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  21. Reading that list of the faults of the “holy” people in the bible is so encouraging. Wonderful intro to your blogging ministry.

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  22. Thank you for taking the time to read my first blog. I’m a theology student and I really enjoy your way of doing apologetics. My Spirit is so happy to see the Lord glorify His name through you! Count me as one more faithful follower. Stay humble brother ❤

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  23. I look forward to reading all you have to share! God bless!

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  24. Dear fellow blogger!

    I invite you to read my blog post about causality:

    “Everything happens for a reason”. “God has a plan for everything; He is in control”. These are the kind of things that many well-intentioned people tend to say to a friend or family member when they are suffering or grieving. But are they true? Are these sayings actually Biblical?”


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  25. Hey James, I have already considered what you sent me yesterday, notice I didn’t participate yesterday 🙂

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  26. I appreciate the like on my blog post!

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  27. I love what you’re doing brother James. May God help you to reach many souls through this ministry. Be blessed beyond measure!

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  28. Hi James,
    One of many things I love about our Lord is how He doesn’t call the equipped, but equips the called. In John 4:24, Jesus enumerates that true worshippers will worship in spirit and truth. He repeatedly demonstrates that faith is a requirement to see his revelations.
    God Bless!

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  29. Hi James! Here’s a link to a post I just did. With much travail, this is the post I’m supposed to submit to you. However, if it’s not what you were looking for, let me know. Thank you again for your gracious invitation 😀


  30. James, I know your sweet, sweet car is smashed and you are frantically getting ready to go on vacation, but that didn’t stop me from bestowing the Starlight Blogger Award upon you. You can read about the duties of your nomination here: http://thereluctantbaptist.com/2015/06/18/award-hoard/
    Congratulations and sorry.

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  31. Good evening James. Sounds like you had a busy day today. Glad you liked my latest post on calling out a hypocrite. I personally know a man whom I am very concerned about. He is a hypocrite and a liar, and I have been spending many hours in prayer over him. Well, I am calling him out. If he is a brother in Christ, then let him take my challenge like a man and get it on.

    Anyway, that’s my burden right now. Looks like you have lots of traffic here. It’s my prayer that your site brings God the glory He deserves, and that you are conformed into the man He wants you to be.

    Have a good night.

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    • Thanks for the encouragement Paul. This issue is frustrating to me but I think it might be an alarming new trend. People seem to take Christians who have reasoned themselves out of the faith very seriously.

      God bless brother.



  32. Thanks James. Yes, the tares are hard to tell apart sometimes…but with God’s help, their mask always comes off.

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  33. James – Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking a post. I am enjoying my visit to yours. I wish you all good fortune in your undertaking.


  34. Thanks for stopping by “Unwalled” and deciding to follow; I am truly honored. I pray that the Lord uses my postst to encourage, edify and inspire you in some way in 2015 and beyond. My spirit bears witness with what you have written on your “About ” page….imperfect persons bearing witness for a perfect God….multiplied blessings upon you and your ministry…..Shalom, Kim

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  35. You have an amazing blog. Bravo! God does not choose the qualified. He qualifies the chosen who accept His call.


  36. I will follow anyone who follows the Master. May the Lord bless your efforts continually. Your friend, KJW


  37. I love it. It just feels right. Keep doin what it do brother.

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  38. I really enjoy this!
    Lovely blog.
    Thank you for writing

    God bless you.

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  39. Brother thank you so much for taking the time to check out my blog. I love the humble spirit with which you write. Thank you for getting the word out.


  40. Hi James,
    I popped over to see what your blog was all about. Thank you for “liking” one of my posts. Your blog is amazing. I’ve had a quick scan of your categories and posts and will be back for some more. Keep going – you’re doing an excellent work!



    “…If you love what you are doing, you will be successful” – Albert Schweitzer

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  41. God put the phrase ” painting with ashes” on my heart early this morning so I googled it and came across your blog. Wit, willingness, and humility- what a great combination. I look forward to reading more. I’ve just begun Blogging at http://www.acertaincourage.com I’d love any feedback if you have the time or inclination.

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  42. I like your subtitle! “LIFE: THE TIME GOD GIVES YOU TO DETERMINE HOW YOU SPEND ETERNITY” And I appreciate what you are doing for God’s history. God bless!

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  43. Hi James,
    I nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award. Thanks for your amazing contribution to the blogosphere!


    Cheers, Ufuoma.


  44. I believe in your aims!, i’m less certain of the Ability 😉

    One thing, if i may? It may have been mentioned above, but Remember: it is not through our human and subject-to-error ways that God works, but through His Gift of Grace, or the Holy Spirit that we are in any way able to do His Work.

    Our attempts do do ‘It’ as WE think it should be done almost always end up causing more confusion than actual Good.

    Scripture says we are to ’empty ourselves’ so that the Spirit of God is more freely able to enter us and be listened to by our own body and mind. That we cast off the old man so as to allow for the new man of God.


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  45. Hi, I looked over some of your posts and I like your style. A fellow traveller and disciple of Jesus. Well done!
    Blessings – Bruce

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  46. God bless you in all that you do for His Kingdom, by His power and for His glory, James! amen \o/

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  47. Waaaay back when I was in college, I once said to a group of fellow students that if God could use a donkey to deliver His message, there’s no doubt he could use me (referring to my own stubbornness, of course). 😉 The next day in a college publication it was made to sound as if I compared all women to donkeys. Never have I used that analogy again! 🙂 Even so, God has a habit of using unsuspected messengers, doesn’t He? I like the quote, “God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called.” It’s so true. He can use each of us if we are willing to heed the call. I just wanted to thank you for stopping by A Couple of Stars and a Happy Face and for the like on “Happiness is… A Keeper”. It was a great encouragement to me and I appreciate it!

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  48. We are kindred spirits. I began writing out of obedience to what God put in my heart, and I continue in that vein today. Blessings!

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  49. Hi James,
    You have a very interesting blog. Just a couple of questions I’d like to ask please.
    Intersexed births are a medical-physical fact — have been for many thousands of years. They occur a lot more often than society is aware. For example:
    1 in 66 individuals are born with Late Onset Adrenal Hyperplasia
    1 in 1,000 births are born with Klinefelter(XXY) or 2 or more X chromosomes
    1 in 1,666 births are born with no XX or XY chromosome distinction (non-binary)
    1 in 6,000 births are born with Vaginal Agenesis
    1 in 100 births are people whose bodies differ from standard male or female
    1 in 770 births have Hypospadias (urethral opening between corona and tip of glans penis)
    And in several parts of the world — e.g. Dominican Republic, Turkey, Papua New Guinea, and Eastern Europe — many children are born with 5-Alpha Reductase Deficiency, where at birth they are female, but by age 12-14 they have grown a penis and become boys. These are all factual births observable by doctors and staff and undeniable.
    Since all of this happens INSIDE the embryo prior to birth, this could be described as God’s workshop and intention, completely undermining what Canonical Scripture teaches. What are your thoughts about this?
    Also, this 6-min video illustrates very accurately the irrationality and absurdity of blind faith. Have you seen it and if so, what are your thoughts?
    Thank you James. Hope you have had a good weekend.


    • Hi professor, thanks for stopping by and for leaving such an interesting comment.
      Ultimately, the answer to why people are born with any of the conditions you mention has to be “I don’t know.”  And, I don’t understand why anyone would try to say anything else.
      We will never be able to fully understand God and His way, therefore, it is wrong for us to question why God allows something to occur. We simply have to trust that He is loving, good, and merciful – just like Job did – even when the evidence seems to indicate the opposite. 
      Sickness and disease are the result of sin. God provided the “cure” for sin in sending Jesus Christ to die for us (Romans 5:8). Once we are in heaven, we will be free from sickness, disease, and death. Until that day, we will have to deal with sin, its effects, and its consequences. 
      Also, It is very possible for a child born with the sexual abnormalities you mentioned to grow up to have a healthy view of sexuality, successful relationships, and happy lives. From early on, the child should be taught how valuable, loved, and accepted they are by their family and also by God. He or she are not victims of divine judgment or some kind of mistake, as you seem to be saying, but God has a plan for each one of us that will bring Him glory.
      As far as your video goes, it doesn’t apply to me because my faith, although you may not share it, is not blind, absurd, or irrational.
      Blind faith is trusting in something without any evidence. It has been described as a leap in the dark, a giving over of oneself to something despite a solid foundation. God does not expect us to have this type of faith.
      God has revealed Himself to us. Romans 1:20 says, “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” God is evident in creation. It may take faith to believe that God is Creator, but that faith is far from blind. 


      • Thanks for the reply James. I really do hope you’ll allow this reply without any changes.

        Your answer seems to be the pat, generic, standard answer to the hard-facts, but it is truly insufficient, especially from a theological or biblical viewpoint for the simple fact that the Canonical Bible doesn’t address God’s medical and genetic errors in His creation. I say that too with 3.5 years in seminary (Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson), about 11-years in ministry, and missionary work on 4 of the 6 inhabitable continents. I have seen firsthand just about everything imaginable on this planet and within various cultures.

        Ultimately, the answer to why people are born with any of the conditions you mention has to be “I don’t know.” And, I don’t understand why anyone wouldd try to say anything else.

        I must respectfully disagree James, we do know why in some cases, we don’t know why in some cases, but in time we will, and throwing our hands up in the air certainly won’t help gain understanding why like humanity and medicine have been able to do with diseases and ailments such as polio, leprocy, smallpox, yellow-fever, measles, typhoid, malaria, TB, Pneumococcal disease, and a whole host of many more too many to name here! How have we cured them? Because we DO KNOW. And this includes physical (crippling?) deformities such as club-foot, craniosynostosis, hexadactyly or polydactyly, and albinism. We actually DO KNOW. I am a very big fan of very broad, exhaustive, and cumulative education of knowledge, but just as importantly the education of ignorance; the latter is a field called Agnotology. 🙂

        Also, It is very possible for a child born with the sexual abnormalities you mentioned to grow up to have a healthy view of sexuality, successful relationships, and happy lives. From early on, the child should be taught how valuable, loved, and accepted they are by their family and also by God. He or she are not victims of divine judgment or some kind of mistake, as you seem to be saying, but God has a plan for each one of us that will bring Him glory.

        As I mentioned earlier, on 4 of the 6 inhabitable continents that I’ve lived and visited (3+ months minimum) and their cultures, life-values and empathetic support, as well as much needed medical help, comes in all sorts of incredible ways and MANY children/adults with uncommon/common congenital issues live fantastic lives. The difference is that NONE of the successes and/or “cures” are exclusive to any one ideology/belief-system! The beautiful cures and management of congenital problems are as diverse as this Earth and everything living on it! Hence, I’d have to respectfully EXPAND your God-plan paragraph to include a much more global and inclusive lens, respectfully of course. 😉

        Blind faith is trusting in something without any evidence. It has been described as a leap in the dark, a giving over of oneself to something despite a solid foundation. God does not expect us to have this type of faith.

        God has revealed Himself to us.

        Oooooo, now that is Pandora’s Box and an endless can of worms. Why? Because “divine revelations” are NOT unanimous among any religions. Again, I can state this with certainty because I’ve lived on 4 of the 6 inhabitable continents; firsthand knowledge. Why is this so? Once “revelations” are precisely defined (sometimes that is impossible), then one must examine intimately, exhaustively, and in microscopic detail ALL claims of “divine revelations” by all spiritual/religious groups around the world. I can also say it is a Pandora’s Box-Can of Worms because of 3.5 years in seminary. In Christianity or Christology, revelations come in only two forms:

        1. General Revelation — indirect, and available communication/evidence to everyone. Some “truths” about God can be revealed through reason, conscience, the natural world, or moral sense. The major problem with this is that none of the world’s theistic religions are in unanimous, complete agreement as to what is truth and what is not; inconsistency.

        2. Special Revelation — direct revelation to an individual or a group. This sort of revelation includes dreams, paranormal visions and experience, prophecy, and Scriptures. Yet again, though some of these are repeatably testable and tangible, they too are not unanimous even among all theists, in particular the Abrahamic faiths. They ALL claim exclusive elite “truth,” but none are in identical agreement.

        These inconsistencies and sectarian postures strongly suggest that A) no theist is right, or B) divine “truth” is not universal or Cosmic or exclusive… or C) “truth” is a human construct not from any divine entity, should one or many exist.

        I’ll stop here because this is my extremely abbreviated/truncated reply to your reply and all its many implications or inferences and assumptions or presuppositions.

        Thanks James for the Sunday mental exercises. Have a great week. 🙂


        • Hey again professor,

          First, why would you think I wouldn’t let your comment stand, as Is? People have been banned from here because they have been rude and/or abusive or because they were obviously here to waste my time but reasonable comments, as yours is, whether I agree or not, always get through.

          That said, I will reply more in depth when I have time. I have a Bible study tonight. 🙂


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          • That was a nice response James. Thank you.

            Why would I be concerned? Because I’ve visited many “Christian” blogs, read, and commented or asked questions with simple common courtesy (as a total stranger) and have been treated by the owner and followers of that blog exactly as YOU say with some rude/abusive people on your blog. Hahahaha. Funny how that is human nature for some (many?), and not any divine or secular cause, isn’t it? 😉 I finally had to put up a Netiquette page on my blog for numb-skulls like that so that if necessary and continued abuse, they forced me to ban them — it devalues and distracts from your blog if you let moronic hecklers saturate your post comments. It’s similar to why people move out of neighborhoods of high-crime.

            Anyway, I’m sure we will likely agree to disagree on many points, facts, opinions, knowledge, ignorance, etc, but I always give ANYONE simple common courtesy in the beginning and beyond, especially if there’s no established track-record, i.e. total strangers, until they change that.

            Looking forward to your full reply.

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            • I have always tried to give a voice to everyone who comments here regardless of whether I agree with them or not but there has been some banning.
              Based on your comment, you understand moronic hecklers so, no need to belabor that point 🙂
              Anyway, what brought you here? I’m not sure I’ve seen you around any of the blogs I normally read which is typically how bloggers find each other.


              • What brought me here? Three things actually.

                1. The best way for a person who wishes to learn as much as possible in this life is to expose one’s self to a plethora of viewpoints and lifestyles, and information. This SHOULD include opposing/conflicting viewpoints, lifestyles, and information as well. This process of learning hones one’s analytical and critical-thinking skills (hopefully) making you a wiser, vibrant, engaging, and discerning human being. This can’t be done staying in a bubble…

                Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. — Mark Twain

                I think this also applies to our minds and intellect, not just literal physical movement. As you know (or maybe not fully), we both have VERY different views on life, human nature or behavior, truth vs fallacy, cognition, history, and personal lifestyles. However, we do have something in common: in-depth experience and knowledge of Christianity/Christology and the 4th-century CE Canonical Bible.

                2. There are endless variations of a spiritual path, especially in Christianity, and in spiritual truths, and religious infrastructure and doctrine/theology. Yours is one such case. I sometimes browse all the different variations of beliefs to stay up-to-date.

                3. You and your blog have been mentioned on a few different secular blogs I frequent and follow, you’ve even been quoted. Thought I would hop over and see what your “project” was about. 🙂

                If all dialogue between us remains courteous as well as stimulating and challenging, I don’t see why we can’t continue exchanging thoughts, ideas, and perhaps modify or correct or agree on certain aspects of topics and belief-systems, right? Now I probably won’t be visiting daily, maybe not even weekly sometimes because I have several/many other interests, hobbies, and obligations to other wonderful things in life, some of which I share openly on my blog. So don’t be worried James if I seem to disappear for a bit. Hahahaha. 😛

                P.S. I’m in the process of formulating and drafting my reply to our other discussion over on your “Is the Bible Reliable” post. So thanks for your patience on that.



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