Five years worth of encouragement, insights, and witnesses to the intricate-yet-elegant, delicate-yet-powerful, artistic-yet-organic work of our amazing God... and these flashes of light and warmth and kindness came into MY inbox... I am blessed upon blessed...




From 2010 (so far, Aug 15th)-------------------

www.punjabi-ctt.com

oooooOOOOOOhhh…..very nice website.  I am very pleased to find your work on the internet. I think I had been wasting my time in internet browsing. You are very blessed.

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Glenn,

Greetings, my name is ABC, and I just came across your Christian-thinktank site; and  I find it very edifying.

My background is that i was saved at 15, but unfortunately, got sucked into a false religous system called the urantia Book. i don't know if you've heard of it; it claims to  be a revelation that corrects alleged mistakes in Scripture.Your site, though not a direct refutation of urantia, actually refutes many of its main arguments. The book is essentially a bunch of rehashed early 20th-century  liberal Biblical scholarship, blended with imaginative speculation about heavenly realms, celstial beings, and life on other planets. But the book attacks key Christian doctinres like atonement, the righteous anger of the Lord, etc.

I recently came back to the Lord after getting sucked back into the cult for the second time, because a lot of church people couldn't answer my questions.

But you're doing a marvelous job, and I've only read a little bit of the site.

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I just felt compelled to write you a little love note.
 
Though grateful for your ongoing work and ministry on the Tank, I'm most thankful for getting the chance to know just a little bit about you through your writings.
 
I cannot wait to meet you.

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Dear Glenn,

I just wanted to let you know that your website is extremely helpful and I very much apprecciate your gentle and kind tone.

Thank you for doing this work for the church

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Dear Glenn,

My brother and have just started a fan page on FaceBook dedicated to the Christian Think-Tank as well as some material by other great Christian thinkers such as Francis Shaeffer, and we would like to make sure you are okay with it before we start inviting people.  Your site has so much wonderful information about Christianity and has really helped my brother and I as we study the bible and try and answer questions for friends.  The site won't be for our own opinions just an avenue to try and get the Christian think-tank and other great Christian thinkers a little bit more notice.  If you have any questions and/or concerns please let us know.  Thank you for sharing with us your time and wisdom.  God Bless,

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Dear Glenn,

Tonight our family was having a rather involved conversation after our family devotions on the subject of the Trinity (my husband is reading us a book on the Heidelberg Catechism) about where the Holy Spirit was in the accounts of the death of Jesus.  We began talking about the power of the resurrection, and the rather obscure verse about the parallel resurrection of the saints.  I began googling to see if there were commentary about that passage and I stumbled upon your website.  I just wanted to say thank you—my 22 year-old, a 21 year old visiting friend, our 20 year-old and our 17 year old listened to me read the entire explanation aloud, and my husband (a minister) and I were equally captivatedOur family have been missionaries for over 20 years and I have never heard a sermon/explanation of this text.

Thank you so much for your research and willingness to share.  May God bless you as you continue!

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Glenn,
Just wanted to thank you for your details, fully scriptural, insight.  I was googling the topic of the justice of God -- and was brought to your sight.

As someone who love the Lord more than anything, and has chosen to follow His desires for my heart, soul, mind and strength, I have struggled with a broken heart.  My husband of over 20 years, very suddenly left us.  Even tho I have seen him with someone else (an amazing plan of God's to have me see truth) I have waited for 2 years.  My life with Christ has completely changed over these last 2 years.  A once 'trying' devotional time has now become the necessary 2 hours each morning at His feet in a place in my basement called "Bethel".

Anyways, without droning on, thanks for the encouragement about God's justice.  It sounds simple but you gave me the 'approval' to be upset with the injustice and yet the confirmation that God will deal justly with him.

I know God sees me, sees my love for Him and sees my eternal perspective through this all.

Bless your efforts on His behalf,

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Firstly, I praise God for the heart He's given you - the more I read of your material, the more I see a heart focused on God (insofar as I understand what you write).  I particularly wish to comment on the last section of the following link.

http://www.christian-thinktank.com/letter2008Oct03.html

My first comment is to say that I can clearly see a heart that knows God's word and seeks God's kingdom and righteousness.

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My Good Brother in Christ--Glenn,
 
I have just recently stumbled onto this, your rather massive labor-of-love.  I know I am far from the first to thank you for it, and congratulate you for having the courage and discipline it must have taken to bring it to this level.  I'm sure that if I look long enough, I'll find something to quibble with, so I'm sending this now before that happens!
 
I've been spending quite a bit of time lately on several YouTube sites exchanging comments with atheists, evolutionists, satanists, and some 'de-converted' Christians   There seems to be a rising chorus of very hostile believers-in-unbelief who are determined to rip the credibility of holy Scripture to shreds, and they are going to have an impact on the coming generation of ill-prepared young Christian minds, especially those struggling for acceptance from an unsympathetic church.  I wonder if you know the value of what you are providing to people like me?  I doubt it!
 
May God bless you and sustain you in this very worthy endeavor of yours.  It isn't just a nice little hobby.
 
Life to you, and Love,
In and for Jesus Christ,

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Hi Glenn,

I know that you may not get this or be able to reply, but I wanted to let you know that through your website, I have gained an understanding of God that I don't think I ever fully developed while growing in the church. This understanding relates to the depth and the true personality of God. A theme I have discerned while browsing through is the true goodness of God. I always was able to articulate/understand this in the abstract, but I have been able to understand it better through reading.

This has helped me a lot as a severe OCD sufferer who has constantly struggled with fears of reprobation/inadequacy/etc. I am learning to sit back, relax, and enjoy living in His grace.

Warm regards,

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Hey glenn just wanted to tell you thanks for all your work. you've been a great help to me and are certainly responsible for the depth of my faith. Keep going and God Bless
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I have been reading your documents for awhile and I find them to be quite helpful.  Very detailed and convincing without becoming mean-spirited or condescending...well done!
 
I admit, however, I probably wouldn't have written you if I hadn't seen your reference to the Remo Williams movie.  I wonder if you're a fan of the Destroyer books like I am?  I've only met one other person who read that series (which I consider to be perhaps the best fiction series ever written), so I was just curious.  I find that whenever I'm feeling the need for a little action with tons of laughter, I can always turn to Remo and Chiun's latest adventure.  I'm reading them in order and am #23 so far.  I've got all of them up through #100, so it'll take awhile.  But they're FANTASTIC!
 
Anyway, this is probably not the typical email you get through your christian-thinktank.com website.  I'm also an amateur apologist, reading as much as I can on the subjects that you also obviously care about.

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Hi Glenn,
 My name is ABC and I am in seminary studying for pastoral ministry. I read (and thoroughly enjoyed) your article this evening on slavery (specifically your remarks on Ex. 29:7-11). You have absolutely no idea how much misery that article saved me from...
 
Shalom,
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Dear Glenn,

My name is ABC. I am a college student and I am finishing up my undergrad this semester. Due to deadlines I have many sleepless nights and during motivational lulls, I take a stroll around the internet and see what's happening. Lately in these sojourns, I have been deeply disturbed by the trends I perceive to be growing in "the Christian right." I am frightened by these angry, prejudiced people who do not appear to understand the Gospel and seem to be gaining power and influence. Much of their "logic" is truly baffling and has made me feel somewhat disillusioned with the Church in America. It has made me wonder if "Christians" and reason can coexist. But tonight in my online meanderings I have found your website and it has been a breath of fresh air. I do not know your political beliefs but they makes no difference to me, because you care about the truth. Everything hinges on the truth. But most importantly, as far as I can tell, Christ is in you and you are willing to address the hard questions. I appreciate this and have been refreshed by your honesty and your humility. I just wanted to thank you for your dedication to rationality and to Christ.

peace in Christ,

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Glenn,

I really just wanted to thank you for your "good question" entry re: Numbers 31.  I'm sure I've read this before but not really read it (Numbers is an easy book within which to get into "skim over that" mode). Last night I read it with open eyes and have been fairly devastated and confused so far. I know that all things work together for good to them that love God, but right now I find myself having to repeat this verse a lot.

While I'm still not through the fog of this current lesson, it is at least reassuring to see that you, being someone else who is very much of my "type" of faith (start from God in scripture, question everything
else) has tackled this.

I'm still working on it, but at least I know I'm not alone out here. 
Thank you !

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Stumbled there and you are a terrific writer. Thanks for sharing your story. Hope health issues have been tended to and that God's will and grace have played out in a way that enables you to continue to feel His presence in your life.

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I have been consulting it for some time now, whenever an attack, objection, or question by an atheist has been more than I knew how to deal with.  Today what really shook me was a statement by an atheist that she had been raised to be Christian, had been unable to believe, had "begged God for faith" to believe in Christianity and had never received it.  Since I couldn't figure out the difference between that and the saving faith I myself had experienced, I was shaken that God might actually have refused someone's prayer to be led towards salvation, from a sincere seeker! 
 
I wasn't sure if your thinktank would address this at all, since most of what I have read there have been specific rebuttals to attacks on the Bible-- but I found a conversation you had with someone whose situation was exactly on point.
 http://www.christian-thinktank.com/hnoblood1.html
 
As I read this I was able to see exactly the difference between my seeking to know the truth about Christianity and becoming convinced by the evidence (a lot of which was my own experience of the Presence of God the moment I began to approach the questions with honesty and openness), and this atheist's fear of not believing in Christianity, leading to a begging for her un-convinced mind to be overridden in some magical fashion by God.  For some reason (perhaps because it was leading me to question my own experience rather than simply the Scriptural record), this atheist's issue had my mind spinning, and you have once again been like a companion on my path who grabs my elbow to steady me over a shaky bit of ground, murmuring, "this bit of bog isn't so dangerous if you just know where to step."
 
I thank God for you, Glenn, and pray that God will do as only He can do in your family's current health difficulties, whatever they are.  Bless you, brother.
 
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Your website has been a real blessing to my son, answering some tough answers and objections in a way that he understands. You have helped him through a mental and spiritual "fog." Thank you.
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Hello Glenn,
Only recently came across your site and found it to be most helpful particularly with regard to references to external historical and archaeological data. I find this information very useful and will probably refer to your site often. Its easier than wading through all the technical resources myself.

I also appreciate your willingness to engage the skeptics rather than be dismissive. I think more Christians should learn the art.

Go well and keep up the good work.

Serving in South Africa,
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Hello,
 
I just wanted to thank you for the article posted in 1999 about Polygamy, the New Testament, and the early church fathers.  Every year, I read through the Bible using the Daily Walk Bible, and I always feel a little bit sad and confused by the issue of polygamy. Your thorough quotations of the early church fathers and brief but powerful explication of Jesus' words were refreshing to read.
 
Thank you so much!

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Heya Glenn, first I simply have to say that I love your site and through reading your work I've come to develop a trust in you as a person. I commend you for your intellectual and emotional honesty. As cliche as it sounds I feel that you truly understand the kind of mindset I and many others have. I feel comfortable talking to you in a way that I don't with many Christians that I've actually met in real life.




From 2009 -----------------------------------------


Dear Glenn,

I saw your note that you'll not be responding to e-mails in 2009 due to family health issues, so I first wanted to mention that I'm terribly sorry to hear that & will keep it in my thoughts/prayers.

I was referred to your site via Fenton, (www.blearyeyedme.com) who recently died in a tragic accident.  When I first examined it, I was overwhelmed at the extent of your research and honestly, a bit put-off.  Why would someone put so much time and effort into a self-delusional religion?  But, at Fenton's urging I continued reading, and over the last couple years have been actively engaged in dialogue with Christians and atheists (and everything in between!), mostly associated with the philosophy department at my university. 

In short, I decided a few weeks ago that Christianity is true.  And because your writings & thoughts influenced this decision, I thought I'd let you know how helpful has been/continues to be. 

In case you're curious, I'm a junior at XYZ University studying Molecular Biology & Philosophy.  I'm going to be a doctor, & want to go into international medicine in the Middle East (my family is from North Africa).  Though this has been my plan for a few years, I now have a new objective as well - to share the Christian faith.

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I wanted to write you a quick note expressing my deep appreciation for the time and effort you put forth addressing questions in an extremely thorough and thoughtful manner.  I am a student of the Bible who gets aggravated and frustrated with ponderings that enter this mind of mine to the point of staying up ALL night searching for answers.  (I'm a bit of an odd duck...rather than ask for jewelry or flowers, I'd prefer a sit-down with a theologian as a gift!)  While I rarely agree 100% with everything I read (save the Bible...even then sometimes I just don't "get it"....my fault, not the Bible's), your site is definitely one of my favorites!  At times, after searching for a satisfactory answer that's eluded me more months (perhaps years), tears well up in my eyes when I've found a cohesive explanation that "makes sense" according to God's character.  Thank you.  My prayers are with you as you deal with the difficulties your family is currently facing.  May you experience true peace this Christmas season.
 
Still full of questions, but trusting God in my ignorance,

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I thank God for the effort you put in to create and maintain such a massive apologetic site. I know it isn't easy; life is hard for you (read about your bouts of depression - I myself suffer from feelings of despair from time to time also).

To know that there is someone who never lose faith in God after all these decades - with mental attacks and frequent venturing into "dangerous" territory (aka opposing viewpoints) is to have a small glimpse of God's awesome sustaining grace. Hang in there ok? Will most certainly pray for you.

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I had just used something of yours (I hope you don't mind!), for the first time, for a Christian board where I am a moderator.  It involved Theudas/Gamaliel/Josephus.  I haven't looked over too much of your site yet, but wow, how do (or did) you have the time??  I noticed that you say you or your family has health issues.  I will pray for you.  Thank you for your service!!  If you are on facebook, you could do a friend request if you like.  ...
 
The Lord bless you,

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I know you get tons of emails and can't reply to all but I would just like to encourage you in your work and to let you know that you have inspired me greatly. I love your site, when I doubt even in the slightest I turn to your site and immediately my fears are quelled. The doubt in my heart is quieted. I am only recently getting into apologetics for I myself am a logical thinker so of course i need to logically be able to think about my faith. So yeah keep pressing man and keep going and know that you're helping people like me everywhere.

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Sir,

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is ABC.

I am from India, presently working in Saudi Arabia

By chance I came across your website, while I was trying to figure out the meaning of verse Matthew 26:24, where Jesus is supposedly saying “It was better that Judas was not born”. I have read that verse several times before, but yesterday it hit me like a brick wall. As faith dictates that this redemption plan was planned out by God in the garden of Eden, so definitely if not Judas someone else had to play the part, and that being the case, how Jesus could ever say such a thing about Judas,I wouldn’t say my search was futile…because I happened to read your article “A Presentation, explanation and mini-argument of Faith”.

It made a lot of sense to me, especially the following sentence: “Instead they use terms like 'redemption' and 'Savior' and 'heaven'and 'Ask Jesus into your heart' and 'open the door of your life to God'...and expect us to know what they mean (and then to believe it).”

Yes at times I have found myself confounded and more confused at the end of the sermon, than I was in the beginning. And somehow a vague feeling crept over my mind why I am unable to understand what millions of people have been easy to understand and accept. I felt the truth was evading me and so forth…But fortunately today your article made a lot of sense, and I sincerely prayed the prayer you have included at the end of your article. I prayed sincerely.And here I am willing to take the next step...

Thank you,

A brother willing to start his journey,

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You rock. Keep on keeping on.

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I just want you to know that you have been a mighty instrument in the hand of God.  Do not be discouraged.  Your efforts are not in vain.  And I know that you have been encouraged by so many.  I just wanted to chime in.  The Tank has been a staple for me in my class (XYZ College of Florida - Apologetics) for yearsAnd Brit's video and story has affected so many.  Our prayers for you, your family, and concerns,

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Second, thank you for your Think Tank.  It's such a relief to find a Christian sincere in his faith who is also intellectually honest, and willing to address intelligently the questions that most Christians (in my experience) cannot or will not seriously consider.  Many doubts remain to me, but in finding your site I can say for the first time in a long while that the possibility of returning to the faith (I am a long-lapsed Roman Catholic) holds some genuine appeal to me.  So, again, thank you.

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Dear Glenn,
 
I just started teaching Sunday School this last Sunday and I wanted to give you some sort of acknowledgment as an essential source and inspiration for the topic I am presenting.
 
The material is roughly modeled on your "Great Irruption" series (though I don't think I can talk for 3-5 years like you did - smile)  I would share the audio with you, except I am too embarrassed that I am recycling some of the same jokes you used during your class! I appreciate that you documented your source material so well because I have had the opportunity to visit various libraries and look through the original information for myself.  I have learned even more studying for this class than I did listening to it from you the first time.
 
It has been discouraging at times in my life, looking for someone in the body of Christ to be a mentor for myself.  Though I know we can't really exchange correspondence, I want you to know that you have filled part of that role in my life - at least the part that, in every question or struggle, points me back repeatedly to the beautiful heart of God.
 
Your brother in Christ,

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Hi Glenn,

This is probably the third time I've emailed you over the course of probably 6-7 years now. I seem to drift in and out of phases in regard to online apologetic writings.

I first discovered your site when I was in high school. Someone on a message board exposed me to the Christ myth and my faith was visibly shaken and hurt. I felt like I had woken up to discover that the sky was green instead of blue. Thanks to my good friend google, though, I found your website and your detailed analysis and refutation of that silly old argument. I remember I used to spend hours upon hours reading your website when I was senior in high school. This trend continued through my early years of college.

I graduated in 2008 with a BA in Religion from XYZ University--I'm still proud of this degree and the knowledge that I received there. Currently, I'm a first year MDiv  student at the ABC Divinity School of ABC University. I'm preparing myself for a career of hopefully teaching in a seminary or university, as well as the local church. Because of my past education at ABC and my current/ongoing education at Duke, I do feel that I'm reasonably educated in the matters of the Bible and Christian theology.

So, a few days ago I decided to take a look again at your website--it had been a few years because of my studies. In fact, I just finished reading your old article on whether or not the Amorites were exterminated in Canaan.

Let me just say this--wow! What my education has taught me most about your writings is how incredibly GOOD they are. The level of critical scholarship that you employ, your synthesis of evidence, the depth of the issues that you take on is astounding. I am, simply put, amazed and humbled by the abilities that God has blessed you with. After finishing that article, I felt an immense sadness that you were never able to finish your PhD--you are truly a scholar's scholar. But of course, I'm glad that you still chose to write. Without it, I don't know where my faith would be.

You are clearly being used by God to minister to countless people as they struggle with the questions that shred their souls. I pray blessings upon you and your work--may God continue to use you.

I know you probably will never respond to this--its ok, truly, so don't feel bad if you read this. One day we'll be able to converse in heaven. I just wanted you to again know how much good you've done in someone's life, to encourage you, to thank you. I hope that someday I can help someone as much as you helped me all those years ago.

Sorry if this is long and rambling, but, I'm sure you get my point. Thank you for all you've done and will continue to do.

Blessings in Christ our Lord,

Your brother

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I am what I think I might term a recovering Christian (more on that in a moment), and I have many questions floating in my head.  The latest question I have been pondering is the issue of slavery in the Bible.  I Googled the question, and most of the answers I came across were very elementary, and they did not really answer the question adequately.  Your answer, however, was very detailed, very researched, and very well reasoned.  I could tell that after reading only about the first one-eighth of it (I have bookmarked it to finish later as I get time).  I learned more in the beginning of your article than I did from about three study Bibles and several more Web sites combined.  So for that, thank you.

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thanks very much for your extensive and thorough page on Slavery in the Bible....I had a philosophy studying work mate question me about the horrors in the bible, slavery being one, so this article came really in handy. 
 
The thing I love when people ask me about the hard questions about God, and I'm "forced" to do a bit of defensive research - not hard as you had done all the hard work for me - what initially feels like an attack on my faith and leads to some doubts, ends with me quashing them and having a much stronger foundation for them.
 
Once again many thanks & great work!!

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I have found your site sometime before and have been looking at it once in a while. I am very impressed by your meticulous research in answering many questions. Many apologists do not take much time to answer questions and give pat answers by which they unconsciously or consciously (!) despise the intellect of the questioner.

You are quite different in this matter. I thank God for you and a site like this. You are also one apologist who takes 1 Pet 3:15 very seriously.
(from India)

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I wanted to write and say thank you for writing about Paul and Women.  I am a 37 year old Christian woman.  I was "born again" at around 16.  I have had a difficult journey with God, but I cling as best as I can to Him.  Recently, I read 1 Timothy 2 and became very distressed.  As I looked on-line for answers to this difficult chapter, I became even more distressed.  I can't tell you how grateful I am that I came across your website (found reference to it at www.equip.org).  Your introspection, high attention to detail, and tenacity in inspecting those verses helped me to find a sense of peace about the Lord. 

Ultimately, I know He loves us and wants what is best for us.  Ultimately, I know He died and rose again for us all so that we are redeemed.  Still, I can't tell you how much my heart shivered when I read the incredible responses from folks about women and their roles based on their interpretation of 1 Timothy 2.  Basically, shut up, you suck because _you_ fell to deception, and pop out kids or you're gonna pay Even now those responses bring tears to my eyes.  How can people expect a woman to swallow this "doctrine" and smile and say, "God loves me!"?!  Anyways... thank you for writing what you did.  I know that even your interpretation (and now mine) may not be completely correct... with verses like that it's really hard to say sometimes, but at least this way I know I can sit, with peace in my heart, at my Lord's feet again and know that I am loved... not as woman or man, not as slave or free, not as Jew or Gentile... just as me.

Your sister in Christ,

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Just a quick note to thank you for all hard work and effort you have put into your website. I've spent most of the day reading through your articles. I run a group at my local church here in New Zealand and I asked them what they wanted to know about and they almost unanimously wanted clarification on what seem like "God is a butcher" passages of the OT.

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Just wanted to thank you for your brilliant work on the non-intervention of God dated March 2003. Really helped me in a tough moment. What a wonderful mind you have.
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You know, 10 years ago I first visited your site! I'd just started college and just happened to be a complete emotional and spiritual wreck. Your site taught me so much and your insight and the perspectives you present have helped me get through some really dark and tough times over the years.

I'm so thankful you're still here for us and the information found within your site STILL is helping me through the new (and some old) challenges I'm facing today... There are certain articles and your lectures/.mp3s I just re-read/re-listen to when I need a pick me up or behaviors/thoughts I've struggled with my entire life get to be too much... The knowledge and experiences you share help.

Thank you Glenn  :-)    from this complete stranger in TX..

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Hi Glenn,

I'm an evangelical Christian in Sydney, Australia.

I just discovered your site the other night (while I was working on my own answer to a tough question from a work-mates friend!) and I wanted to say thank you.

Even though I've only read a few articles (and they are the shorter ones!) it's been greatly encouraging and comforting. God has blessed you with a great mind and it's awesome to see you using it for Him.

It's encouraging to know that I'm not the only Christian who's sceptical and critical of dodgy answers that many Christians tend to use in response to tough questions, and that I'm not the only Christian who, despite being saved, still has many tough questions of my own!

Sometimes I find it frustrating how many tough questions (excuses) people come up with! I work in the CBD and go out street evangelising at lunch times, and it seems every person has a different objection. I'll research an objection (e.g. Jesus in India, living to the grand old age of 120 and having many children), but that objection will never come up again - it'll be a different one! Honestly, it can be very disheartening and tiring - so it's a great relief to find a site that deals with tough questions / objections that I can point people to for answers.

So anyway, keep up the good work. I'll try to remember to keep you in my prayers (the spirit is willing but the body is weak - or rather the mind is forgetful! I'll try though). As per your recent prayer requests, I'll especially pray for translation and for the ability to use time wisely (something with which I struggle myself). And I'll keep praying that God will use your site as a stepping stone to the salvation of souls!

If you're ever on a business trip that brings you to Sydney, Australia, and you've got some free time whilst here, feel free to drop me a line and we could meet up.

Your brother (and fellow-soldier) in Christ,

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Hi Glenn,

This is ABC from the Philippines.

I've been a lurker in the Tank for the last 5 years and your work has been a tremendous blessing to my search for the truth. It has certainly helped in reinforcing my faith, casting out doubts and correcting errors.

Just continue this great work and May God richly bless you and your family with health and long life.

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First, I'd like to thank you for the excellent work you have done on the Think Tank. Without a doubt, your articles on your site are among the most thoroughly researched and overall valuable articles that I have come across. Thanks

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Thank you for doing such thorough research and tackling hard questions. I haven't looked at all your links but was mighty impressed with what I have seen and felt urged to write.

I am an American currently living in a small village in Egypt,

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At the outset, let me just express sincere gratitude for your devotion to defending the message of Christ with reason all throughout these years; people like you are hard to come by (unfortunately).  I love the verse by Paul on your central page, since I'm a passionate student of philosophy, and as such, I was that type of Deistic person who desperately wanted a personal relationship with God but found his intellect getting in the way.  But thanks to you and a few prominent Christian writers/philosophers (C.S Lewis and Peter Kreeft), I am well on my way to do so.  It's truly refreshing when compared with today pop-centric culture that's flooded with a sea of half-baked, premature atheistic conclusions...and sadly many theistic ones, as well.

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Glenn  - I just discovered your site tonight. I don't know if you will get to read this or to respond. But I am facinated by your site and will return often to learn and explore. If you are ever in the Albany NY area in your extensive travels, I would love to treat you to dinner or coffee or whatever... until then, 'hang in there'. God is doing a good work in you and through you to his glory - and to the edification of fellow Christians. God bless you and his peace abide in you

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I would like to begin by offering my deep gratitude to you for entering the fight you did.  Thanks for helping to fill in the gaps that are in the modern thought life.  I would like to know more because of personal relevance the connection you find between your work and your walk with god.  I am in IT too! 

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As it seems, if you ever get around to reading this, it may be several years after this was sent. Anyway (obviously assuming you do read this, of course), I'd like to thank you for the excellent work that you've done on the Think Tank. As I write this, I am only 15 years old, so some of your articles are somewhat advanced for me, but for those that are easier to understand...wow!
 
You see, in the past, when I had doubts about Christianity, I tried to find answers, but I'd be afraid. I'd sometimes think "Are these really sufficient answers, or are they just copouts?" But after discovering the Think Tank, I realized that my fears were much on the contrary. Far from being a cop out, the Christian answers were logical and strong. Of all the apologetics websites that I've been to, by far yours and tektonics.org are the most thoroughly, detailed and well researched.
 
Also, I found excellent wisdom and sayings in the Tank. Like this one, that has given me much joy and peace: "The God of truth is NOT afraid of our questions."

Basically, when I needed help or assurance, yours was one of the most helpful sources apart from the Bible. So many questions and fears of mine were answered and relieved.

Wow! You are definitely among the more intelligent, wise and courageous men I have encountered/read both in real life and in cyberspace.
 
Really, the only gripe I have about the Think Tank is that it doesn't seem to get updated that often, but I suppose that's ok. Anyway, I just wanted to congratulate you. And please...do keep at it!

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Glenn, thank you so much for your work and your spirit/attitude in your writing.

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Glenn,

Apologies for adding yet another brick to the presumably epic wall of email that builds daily in you inbox to which you’re unable to respond directly; I can empathise slightly as I’ve had similar periods of deluge (in a completely different context) but, I’m sure like yourself, I appreciated each one.

My name is ABC and despite the fact I’ve known about Jesus for most of my life (my parents, including my late Iraqi father, converting to Christianity when I was a teenager) and despite my subsequent act of ostensibly (and repeatedly) accepting Christ as my savior, my footsteps in faith are frequently faltering, feeble and fallen.It is only very recently that I have started to earnestly read the Bible and attempt some efforts towards understanding the Lord’s word. Naturally I accept that this is not only a life-long process but also requires His spirit to aid me like some form of divine highlighter pen. And whereas during my short journey so far there have been stepping stones of comprehension, and even beacons of clarity, I find myself wandering into a mire of confusion, questions and worst of all doubts.

The doubts come in waves when I reach a difficult concept such as the call from Jesus to eschew worldly ambitions, follow His path and truly put into practice what he asks. Other waves come from external currents; a chanced upon claim that the bible condones slavery for example, my search into which led me to your site. Either way the splashes from such struggles crystallize on the shores of my mind as a mistrust of my own belief/faith and the waves continue to echo rhetorical questions like “Do I truly believe or am I merely going through the motions, or turning to God only when I’m in trouble?”

Glancing out at the world I also see a rising torrent: the continuing yet escalating Gazza conflict, the economic crisis (potentially paving the way for the one world currency/government), the astonishing arrival of Obama, the bus advert launched here in the UK featuring the slogan: “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life” and the list goes on. Regrettably these serve to perpetuate doubt into fear, the most prominent of which is a fear of my own salvation – my own ability to truly let go of my (old) life and trust in Jesus.

So, aside from my mum, who I’m loathed to over burden as she has already suffered 29 years of my existential angst, and of course the Lord, one place I can come looking for reassurance, information and possible “answers” (I do use the term very cautiously), especially to specific questions about bible topics, is online.

And so it was with the slavery query and, having found my way to the Christian think tank site, I sat engrossed in your comprehensive, intelligent and enlightening dissection of the issue. It’s an article I’ll have to re-read numerous times to fully absorb, but the fundamental contextualization and historic redefining of the subject was a powerful reminder for me to always consider the period(s) and geography in which the Bible was written when trying to understand something. Perhaps more importantly though your essay revealed a profound trust in God and his word and consequentially has stirred a belief that I too often quell with an overactive and slightly self-destructive imagination: God is perfection.  

I’d like to thank you sincerely for the effort, thought and spirit you put into the site. It is the ultimate antidote to the ‘youtube’ generation style of debate and i will be making regular visits to peruse further.




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Dear Glenn,

I am not sure if this address is still active for you but I wanted to at least make an attempt to thank you for your posting (originally written way back in 1994) to GK re: Jesus' use of the word "hate".  http://www.christian-thinktank.com/hhate.html

My wife and I live in Asia and are working with an exciting group of sharp Christian and pre-Christian HS and college age young people from the Mainland.  I knew roughly how to answer their question about the usage of the word "hate" in Scripture, but your thorough and well documented response to GK has provided much rich background material.   I was also impressed with your patient and kind responses!  You always took the high road and resisted the temptation to respond in the same critical and unkind tone that characterized his letter.  I hope he appreciated your efforts but I suspect he probably didn't.   But I, for one, did. :)

No need to respond to this note. I just wanted to say "Thanks".  May God bless you as you walk with Him.

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Just wanted to let you know I stumbled across your site doing research for a presentation I have to give tomorrow (! - seems the procrastinator in me never learns) for one of my classes. I'm a student at XYZ University (Computer Science New Media major, actually - nice to see that I have a future in apologetics if that doesn't work out haha) and let me tell you, finding your site was such a blessing. The Lord has been working in me recently - really stretching and molding me - and I've been so up-and-down about it...it's been a difficult and exciting and scary and amazing process, and I've been dying for some more structured study guides and whatnot that I can use to just dive into His Word with and really help me get my wheels turning with my walk (it's been a rocky road till this point) as opposed to whatever my method(s) have been up to this point. So, thanks so much for your efforts with this site. I can't take the time to read everything right now (oh how I wish I had the time!)...but consider yourself Bookmarked!!!!

Thanks again, and I'll be praying for you and your efforts.

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I have had the great fortune of stumbling across your website a year ago. I thank God that He has blessed you with the ability to discern and to reason, to write and to express your thoughts on the Faith, no matter how slow! Haha, it's a good thing that you do not write with haste and lose yourself in the midst of passion. Christian-Thinktank is still one of the best apologetics resources I have seen till today (which is not very long; I'm only 18 this year), especially the articles on Women and some of the more "questionable" Old Testament passages. As I read through your articles and essays every now and then, I can see the workings of our wonderful Lord in your life and I can better understand the very many issues that the Bride of Christ faces today (of course, I am merely scratching the surface of these issues, unlike you).

I know you're a busy man, Glenn, but I thank you in advance for reading this (even if you don't, I'm fine with it; I'm still very grateful for you). Thank you for the encouragement you have given me. I thank God that He has worked through you as well to teach and mold me. I would like to meet you in person some day (haha), but barring the chances of you travelling to Singapore any time soon, that probability is fast approaching zero. But I'm perfectly fine with that, because sooner or later, we'll meet, and we'll have all of Eternity to speak to each other.

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This email is basically just to say: Hang in there!  So an answer isn't necessary (I know how it is when you like things neat and tidy but your mailbox just grows fuller and fuller!)

Your website has meant a lot to me over the years.  Try not to worry too much about the frequency of updates and the unfinished series.  You've already given us plenty of good examples on how to do our own research and critical thinking on the questions we are left with!

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Great stuff!  "Emotional whiplash" and "Lavished" really stood out for me.  I've been over-flogging myself so much lately, so thanks for helping to "stop the bloodloss" and the reminder of how the Lord is "over the top" in giving and sharing of Himself.  Wow!  Makes me want to head to Santa Monica beach and sit with Him for a couple hours this evening.

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I'm a long time reader -- one of the many, many people who will surprise you in heaven with our deep, deep thanks for your God-inspired work!!  Just read your prayer requests, and wanted you to know that I (and I'm sure many others) are reading and praying for you.  The translation projects are wonderful news, and I know that regardless of any economic impact in your community, you are touching many people for Christ.  (Even when you do not see the evidence at this time -- God, of course, may be using you to plant a seed today that will not grow to fruition until much later.) 
   
I know your time is valuable, but my favorite part of your site now (my faith is much stronger than when I first read you ten years ago!) is the prayer requests/letters to readers, so please give us quick updates now and then.   

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This is just a "thank you" - I just discovered your website and it is fabulously helpful. Thank you. Don't even open this email. There's no text.

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I guess I've kind of waited way too long to say this.  I'd just like to say thank you so much for all you have done in answering questions and doing your various Bible studies.  They have been immensely helpful in building my faith and making it stronger.  I don't think you can even comprehend how important your work in service to Christ and His body is. 

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You are such an encouragement and blessing to me; I always mean to write and thank you for your site. I'm sure your inbox is full of stuff like this, but I figure I might as well add to the pile. You have some of the most trustworthy and intellectually rigorous apologetics I've ever come across, and yet it's all full of spiritual insight at the same time, and can be almost devotional... I find myself re-reading some of your pieces numerous times, for encouragement in my own walk. You've given me such a great sense of God's wonderful character, and it's awesome how much you obviously trust him and love him. I've only been a Christian for a couple of years, and your writing has been a major part of my journey. God bless you!
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Thanks to your website and its sound arguments, some wonderfully powerful encounters with God (and a less wonderful but no less powerful encounter with Evil, too!), some time spent studying the New Testament's origins, some time spent reading sensible, scholarly books on science by Christians, like "God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?", and my study of other religions and New Age philosophies, I have come to realise that Christianity is far more likely to be true than it is to be untrue.     
 
Please keep up the good work! And remember: what is true is true, whether it sounds strange or not. If God exists and affects people deepy, than that is what is happening, no matter how many clever, eloquent, abstract arguments exist to counter the  notion of God's existence. If someone is harassed by demons, and then the attacks suddenly stop when Jesus is invoked, then that is reality, no matter how silly the idea of demons might seem and how easy a belief in them is to mock. That's one thing that really helped me out of a period of doubt when I had read lots of nihilistic or atheist philosophers.
 
Be blessed! I love your work.

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I just ran into your web-site and wanted to say 'thanks' ....... you efforts and capacity to communicate your insights just flow so natural and are like a breath of fresh air to me.
 
I heartily thank you.

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I'm a Christian and have spent much of my life "just believing." I have just come across your site, and your logic has been refreshing.
 
I've often thought of my faith as a little embarrassing to try to convey to nontheists and unbelievers because most of them seem to think of Christianity as illogical and irrational. Your carefully- thought-out arguments and logical references are refreshing in a world of "faith in faith", and your decent and kind responses are refreshing in a world of angry Christians - most of whom seem to be angry because the nontheists have more logical arguments.

It's been awesome to see that faith in Christ is rooted in reality and truth, and not just "faith in faith," or "blind faith." I've barely started reading your material, but I already told my dad that your article about the wrath of God should be required reading for a LOT of people.. I also sent it to my pastor.

Once again, THANK YOU!

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anyway, some excellent and fascinating work you've avocationally assembled over the years
good job

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Stumbled on your sight while looking for information regarding the Genealogy of Jesus in Matthew and the researcher in me just went yum.
 
It is going to take me a while to unpack everything you have done and I am looking forward to it. I hope what you have challenges me to look at my life and walk with Christ.

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Dear Mr. Miller,
 
I am preparing for one of my occasional preaching gigs (I'm a retired lawyer with a Master of Thelogy with ethics concentration fromXYZ Presbyterian Theological Seminary and an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church USA) and found your most article on Jesus' encounter with the Canaanite woman after Googling the subject.
 
Thank you for your thoughtful comments backed up with your reasons. I can't imagine the Jesus I know being deliberately cruel to anyone. The only reason I can think of for why God is calling me to preach on this scripture is because God has a wacky and slightly warped sense of humor in my experience.
 
Besides writing to say thank you, I just wanted to say I'm delighted to know someone besides me and my three sons (on a very boring summer day) has ever watched Women of the Avocado Jungle of Death (or whatever the exact title was), my nominee for worst movie ever. But great fun for that reason. Of course I was on drugs at the time for a muscle spasm in my neck and watched flat on my back on the floor with my then pre-teen sons, one of whom had biked to the video store and came back with that movie. Thanks for the memories.

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Hi Glen, I am fascinated by all the effort you've put into the tank! I mean, how do you find the time and energy to do it? I can't imagine. I can only thank you for doing what you're doing as it has been of great value to me and I am sure to many others too.

I hope you can come teach in Singapore (where I live) someday, where there is a Buddhist majority.

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Dear Glenn,

I recently discovered your site looking for answers for some of the tough questions my 15 year old daughter is coming up with right now.  I want to tell you what a wonderful and anointed ministry I believe you have here, and how precious it must be to more people than you will ever know.

I have been a  Christian since my mid-twenties, after a college education, and deeply value your refreshingly 'normal' approach to explaining the Gospel - like you I struggled for years with the funny language and alien world-view of mainstream Christianity before I could relate that to the 'Person' who was patiently knocking and waiting for my acknowledgement.

Your site resounds with the lived experience of a deeply genuine faith and is bathed in the love of Christ - it sings through every page!  I can say no better than that reading your work I get the same feeling of being wrapped in the love of God as when I read CS Lewis, who for me was my first spiritual director and Christian friend, although he died shortly before I was born.

I have been reading this morning about some of the negative feedback you have received about your style of writing, etc - and I must say  I totally disagree -  Please, please don't adapt your writing style or simplify anything - there is plenty of writing out there at that level, but precious little where you are - densely argued, well referenced, thoroughly respectable intellectually, and as I say, tempered with true gentleness and respect for the reader.  It is no accident that you excellently fill a 'niche' in apologetic writing which very few have ever filled convincingly.  As the Dawkins-ites and Pullman-ites sharpen their knives, we so need people like you in the breach!  I particularly like your inclusion of cutting edge science on the ramifications of Quantum theory, cosmology and evolutionary biology and how the mechanistic universe is unravelling before our eyes.    "... and the Christian quietly chuckles...."  - or not so quietly in my case - I think cheering from the rooftops would express it better!

... be encouraged! - I know it can be lonely bashing a keyboard for a living, but there is no doubt the Lord is working through what you're doing.  I'm passing on your URL to many friends already.   And I will pray!

Blessings in Christ,

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This is actually just a thankyou letter. I know you must get hundreds. So I hope this doesn't feel like spam, no matter how well intentioned. Thanks Glenn! I first happened upon your site when I was back in college and wrestling with the whole idea of religion and spirituality, mostly trying to answer the question Jesus posed to his disciples. The Big One. Who do you say that I am?

I wrote you a very poorly worded, ill-informed question about something or other. I'm not even sure what it was exactly, but you were kind enough to respond.  I'm 28 now and I still regularly visit the site, especially during moments of wrenching sometimes anguished doubt. Well, I might not remember the question I asked, but I do remember that I deeply appreciated the response. I still do.

Thank you for so much throughout the years. Thank you for being so intensely thorough and sincere with all of our questions from out here in cyberspace. Here's the thing. I can now say to  Jesus without a doubt in my heart..."You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God." But I still have so many moments where I struggle and falter with basics. The Heavenly Father must think I'm as thick as a brick sometimes. I struggle with understanding the nature of the Godhead. Just when I think I can wrap my head around the Son of God, I stumble over God the Son. Sometimes I think it's more than the problem of my very finite mind trying to come to terms with the Wonderful, the Incomprehensible Infinite Being that is our Heavenly Father. Anyway this has gone on much too long for a non-question.
 
I really just wanted to express my gratitude. Thank you my very very dear brother. It gives me great joy that God has given me a brother who is so compassionate, diligently thoughtful and not to mention super intelligent (I love that you are able to think through matters with such depth and clarity and edify the rest of us!). I sincerely hope this doesn't embarrass you in any way.


From 2007 -----------------------------------------


You love God's Word and I love that! It's always a pleasure for me to refer people to Christian-Thinktank.com because not only will they find Biblical answers, but I know that it is run by what seems to be a very genuine believer in the faith, with a sense of humor!
 
Thanks again for your reply. Hope that you are being used greatly this year and I look forward to reading more in 2008, which really is only 2 months away if you think about it, haha.

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Good day sir,

I happened across your website and found your writeup to "Does God's judgment violate the free choice of His creatures?"  very informative.

I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to offer your Biblical insight to believers and non-believers.

I pray that your time and efforts make a difference to people struggling with their own beliefs as well as those that don't know or have turned away from God.

Take care and may The Lord Bless  you abundantly,

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Hi: I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for the piece you wrote on what happens to those who have never heard the gospel.
 
I had a conversation on this subject with a woman who left the church because the minister wouldn't marry divorced people. I said basically what you said in this piece (though not as clearly), but I kept worrying that I had in some way discounted the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Your thoughts gave me so much peace about what was said. Thank you, thank you.

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Hey Glenn,
Just wanted to say I appreciate your work, and your heart as I was reading through your website.  If you're ever in Columbia, MO, please feel free to come by and visit us!

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Dear Glenn,
The Lord has been calling me to answer the difficult questions that people have for over a year now. Your fantastic website and insight into Scripture has been nothing less than a complete blessing to me. Thank you so much for all of the hard work you have clearly put into the Tank...I love it and you :)

Blessings in Christ Jesus,

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It might have become boring to you already but I have to express my admiration for the work and honesty you put into the Thinktank. I do appreaciate deeply your costly choice to reveal to your readers the sensitive parts of your life - it does help others, I know it does help me.

The webpage you're running is such a sweet and liberating difference from all of those stupid, totally unconvincing far-too-easy, fear-tactic-using and lacking-sane-explanation answers to questions that can (and do) break human hearts.

so... "Thank You" and "WOW"   : D

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It was a pleasure happening upon your site and taking the time to glean a little insight into you.  I don't know you.  Never met you and probably never will, but I want you to know that I like you.  Of course, being a brother in Christ, there is brotherly love, but I genuinely like you and just wanted you to know.  You are an appealing individual with well contructed and communicated, worthy  ideas, thoughts, and feelings; good taste in literature and music; and a well constructed, well rounded, meaningful existence.
 
My life has fallen completely apart recently and I am currently paralyzed with the ensuing impact, depression, etc.  It is good to encounter an "every man" who has made and continues to make good choices and produces good fruit.  Thank you for your site.  I will pray for you, your family, and your current spiritual project.
 
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Dear Sir, just read an article from some 10 years ago....on multiple-text types in pre-christian Judea...and I am just about the happiest amateur scholar around! I am a Greek-speaking, reading, writing Brooklyn,NY born believer and recently fell in love with Aramaic. This view which you shared seems more like reality to me...where the diversity of texts was perfectly accepted by Jewish Believers...thanks again, it opened my heart to accept the rantings of my Greek counterparts who insist that LXX is the oldest, and that NT was written in Greek.

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I have read some of your work and it's very useful, although I haven't gone indepth yet, but keep going with the great job! I especially like the "women's section" because it helped me a lot against a person who claimed that the Old Testament discriminated against women, which would suggest the "all equal in God's eyes" Pauline statement is false.

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Glenn, I love you!  What can I say more that would let you know how much I appreciate what you are doing!  In just a few hours after discovering your web page last Sunday (Feb 11th) and then listening to your audio while following along with the pdf "The Story Behind The Christmas Story".
 
I am 60 and love the Lord and attend ABC Bible Church in XYZ.  If you are ever near this wonderful little conservative bible teaching church, please look me up and come worship with us.
 
I thank God for putting it in your heart to share your beautiful life with everyone!  I am sticking with you 'til He comes!  Can't wait to meet you here or in Heaven!

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I feel there are some things I should tell you. Your website has had a profound impact on my life. I have been reading it for about a year and a half now, almost daily, and I still have not touched on half of it, I think. I don't know where you find all the time in your day to do all you do!!! What kind of vitamins do you take!?!? Yours is the only resource I feel comfortable refering non-christian friends to. And the only place where my deepest questions are addressed. I've noticed that you begin many of your audio lecutres/Bible studies with disclaimers about the time and tediousness in the series you are working on. Often the first half of your study is a recap of the last one. For goodness sake, never change!!! This is the only place I can go where I feel my obsessive compulsive mind is nearly satisfied! You leave no stone unturned and that is just what I need!

I don't know how I can express what you have done in my life. You have been a blessing to me, and I can see God working through you. You must get many letters like this, but I still feel an obligation to express my most sincere thanks.

There are so many other things I wish I could tell you. How I often struggle with anxiety and have reclusive tendencies as well. When I read your writings, I often get the sense that our brains are wired the same way :). I feel I know you so well, that we are old friends :), but you know nothing about me. Oh well. I think we shall have an eternity to become aquanited. And personally, I can't wait.

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I know you said that you couldn't respond to all the emails you get and thats cool but I really wanted to let you know how much your site has helped me.  I grew up in a Christian home but when I was around the age of 16 decided I hated God and stopped going to church.  Long story short a few months ago I was really drunk or high don't really remember now and stumbled onto your site.  Don't really remember how I got here but I booked marked it and found it in my bookmarks a few(?) days later.  Started reading it and kind of reasoned (not really though it stayed in the back somewhere:-) everything you said out of my head.  About 2 months ago I was very very messed up on some combination of beer and weed and started thinking about some of the stuff I read on your site.  Next thing I know I'm on my knees in my room crying my eyes out with the realization that if I died right then I was in big trouble.  I prayed and prayed and got a answer big time.  I learned a few things that night the 2 big ones are

1. God is there and he cares and listens and sometimes talks even if we don't want to listen
2. I don't care what anyone says God has a sense of humor. 

Everything is not perfect in my life still but than again if it was I wouldn't need God anyway. I have started going back to church and trying to let God do what he wants to do in my life. 

So thank you for all you have done on your web page.  I'm sure you hear this a lot but thank you again for everything.

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Hi Glenn,

We don't know each other, and likely didn't know "of" each other until earlier this week when a friend of mine (ABC, who is a reference librarian with the XYZ public library system), asked me about you. I confessed that I didn't know who you were and was not familiar with your work.

ABC is one of the brightest brothers in Christ that I've ever run into regarding the world of secular literature (not what passes for such amongmoderns) historically and general areas of "mere" Christian faith touching Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox interests. He's a comprehensive generalist on these topics I suppose you could say; all of which, is my effort to express to you that I respect his input.

As I wrote above, he asked me about you earlier this week. After I acknowledged my ignorance to him (the repetion of such being a primary gauge of mine regarding the calibration of brilliance in others), he proceeded to fill me in about the work you accomplish with your web site. He finds your running commentary on the also aforementioned general areas of "mere" Christian faith to be superior to everything else that he has discovered online -- and, as a reference librarian, I'm telling you that he has plenty of time invested.

While I've learned precious little, in terms of quantity, supporting ABC's high opinion, what I have understood from ABC and snooping around a bit myself has prompted me to write you; and by way of this lengthy prologue, to simply want to encourage you in your efforts. Glenn, I think your gift for creative biblical thinking is unique and a blessing that I hope continues to flower as it has for many more years. I am thankful for your ministry and delighted by discovering the influence that you are having -- of which only our Master, Jesus, has any significant idea in regard to its magnitude.

Oh that we might be content only to leave the thought of what mark we make with our lives at that.


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Hello, My name is ABC.  I'm very glad to meet you.

I met a brilliant mind in an online depression support group.  No religion or preaching is allowed, but somehow my faith was noticed and he sent me a personal message asking why God allows suffering.  That's how I found you.  I felt so unequal to the task of putting into words what I beileve.  I did wind up giving him my own rather simple answer and he said it made him feel better.  Unfortunately for his sort of mind it was not enough and he's asking more. 

In the meantime I have been studying your article "How Could God Let Christians Hurt To The Point Of Suicide".  I say studying because I think it was written from a few 100 IQ points more than I possess.     I believe I finally grasped enough to feel confident that you were not just throwing out a bunch of big words. (pardon, but you know there are those who do.)  So, I have explained this very thing to him and simply copied and forwarded your article.  Going on the assumption that he is one of the "us" you refer to in another topic as needing more detailed information, I'm praying the words God gave you will be significant to him too.

I have begun to seriously stretch my little grey cells by copying and printing some of the other topics in your Think Tank.  (Do they HAVE to be 12 pages???) so I can study and learn. 

I truly appreciate all your efforts and wonder how fast DO you type?

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I just stumbled on your site, and am quite surprised I had never seen it before.  I want to thank you so much for your efforts at defending the faith, and want to encourage you to keep it up!  The second reason that I am writing is because I could not help but notice several similarities between you and me.  You are of course leaps and bounds beyond me in pretty much everything you do, however I can’t help but notice a similarity within our interests.  I am 28 years old, married with 2 kids, and another on the way. 

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Great website, Brother.  Don’t know exactly how I got here, but keep up the great stuff!  

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You know, I’ve been reading some articles in your website and I find those really fantastic. It’s amazing how much info you guy have. You must have read many many books.

Keep up the good work.

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Thanks to you, I'm getting very little sleep tonight..
 
Really though, you have a great website.. it's already blessed me and I've only just discovered it.  It's definitely being bookmarked.   Keep it up!

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Hi,

I just want to take this moment to thank you for what you do.I have been searching for someone with your style of outreach for years and years. I like the way you communicate to your readers.It is as if they were sitting right there in the same room with you face to face.

I have been a Christian since 1985.In the beginning of my walk with the Lord, I just did as I was told.Every time I tried to question though, I would feel as though I was some kind of heretic or something.My fellow believers would not have any deep answers and made me feel as though I was less of a Christian for desiring answers.Have faith. It is always "Have faith" Yes, that is the correct answer, but my goodness, that is like giving a two year old a huge piece of steak and saying "eat". For years, I would feel like at church, we were all walking around in the dark, bumping into each other.I would always leave a service and wonder where my brain had vaporized to. It even got to a point after many years of this, that I was about to leave the faith for good. Not God, just the Christian faith. God intervened and I am still here.

But, when I determined to hang in there, I also determined that I was not going to allow another Christian to belittle me because I desire to know deep answers to deep questions.

I  found your website quite by accident.I was listening to a preacher on the radio and he so impressed me with how smart he was. I commited his website to memory and was determined to look it up when I returned home.My memory failed me and i could not find his site, but bumped into yours.

I truly appreciate your honesty and I can't thank you enough addressing the deep questions we all have. I have settled in my mind that I truly believe, especially in these times we live in, that it is our duty to have intelligent answers. Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the world I am told and I can see why.They are organized and they have answers.In this confusing world, that appears to be a light to a confused world looking for a higher being and an organized representative to him or it.

I have not read much of your material yet, but I don't have to read very far to know instantly that I like your style and I have been waiting a long time for what you have to offer. I am so happy because it gives me a chance to grow in the way I need to.

In your mini letter you reminded me so much of myself in the way you wrote. I felt an instant understanding as to where you are coming from.

I can't thank you enough for being real, honest and genuine and for caring and having warmth in the way you reach out to the world.

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I read your prayer requests for the month of May. "Hang in there." =)  Your website has been such a blessing to me, and many others I know. It's an incredible resource.

Thank you so much for all the time and effort you have put into it, it has helped answer so many questions I had. I am praying for you and your ministry.

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I was sitting outside early this morning, reflecting on your work with the tank and i thought, how amazing is it that the work you did 5 or even 10 years ago is still impacting people today.  Even if there is not as much new content as you would like, so often new visitors to the site see it afresh and for them it is new and for them it is just what they needed at that moment.  I hope that is of some consolation when you go through rough or dry periods.  For example, I know that what I was reading this morning, "How I made it through it all, so far" which I printed back in January after my dad died, was a handhold in the rock during a dark, futile time, and I still don't think I have absorbed all that I want to of it.  If you throw a rock in a pond...the ripples go out and out and out...
 
God bless you and bring you peace today, Glenn. :-)

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Hi Glenn,

I don't need a reply, I found your site and I have found encouragement and treasures to take with me.  I found your site when I googled, "I am so tired of sin".  What I found was very encouraging.  I hadn't realized that heartfelt pain could be seen as a good thing.  The pain is in view of my relationship with God.  Those without Christ would never know that.  I have seen a lot of sites and many just spew out a list of solutions to peoples problems and struggles, but you take the time to share of yourself and your own experience.  That is encouraging.      

I have to laugh, your letter on "Tired of Sinning: threw  me because my name is Glenn, so when I saw my name in the letter, it caught my attention.  It wasn't until later that I realized that there wasn't any java script and that your name was Glenn.  Anyways, thanks.

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Glenn,  Thanks so much for your reply!!  (I know you're very busy, so I wasn't expecting it!)  I didn't mean to rebuke you about the letters to readers, but I have missed them, so I'm thrilled with your immediate response!!  There is a lot there for me (and all your other readers) to think about -- thank you again for all your work to strengthen your fellow Christians (and reach out to those who are not yet believers.)

Your work is incredibly life-changing!!

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Hi, I just wanted to say thanks for all the information on some very difficult subjects.  as a new christian with alot of questions you help alot

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Hi Glen,

Just wanted to remind you of the amazing way that God is using you and your ministry to save/encourage Christians all over the world!!!  There are many people with stories something like mine -- I have a skeptical turn of mind, and although I was brought up Christian, I drifted out of the faith by college -- it was so obviously untrue (a relic of primitive superstitions, etc.)  I became a Christian again about 8 years ago, but would almost certainly not have been able to sustain any belief except that God brought me to your website, where I saw that an intelligent, questioning person could read the Bible and believe this stuff.  My faith is strong enough now that I don't check-in that often, but I still come by sometimes to read your prayer requests (& I always hope there might be a letter to the readers (I miss those!!))  I can't wait to meet you in heaven & thank you in person -- you are going to be amazed by the huge crowd of people (all of whom God has used your work to save) who will gather around you!!!

About 6 years ago, I ended up joining something called XYZ Faith Community, where I volunteered for 1 1/2 years to work with homeless teenagers, then I did that as an employee for another 2 1/2 years, and now for the past two years, I have been a seminary student at XYZ Univ.  (I am almost 45 but you are never too old to go back to school!)  I mention this, because every homeless person whose life I touched for Christ at XYZ Faith Community, and every life I touch for Christ now and in the future, really owes the presence of Christ in their life to your faithfulness (and of course, God's faithfulness!!!)  And the ripples from your work and love will go out from those people too in ways we'll never be aware of this side of heaven.

I first encountered your work on a atheist vs. Christian list of some kind, where I was particularly discouraged by the fact that the Christians were just as nasty as the atheists.  If Christianity were true, shouldn't the Christians be noticeably more loving and kind than the atheists?  Every nasty, proud posting from a Christian seemed one more obvious confirmation that the claims of Christianity were laughably false, until I found your postings.  Your humility and charity towards those you disagree with breath out Christ and his "sweet smelling fragrance," and it was that, even more than the specifics of your arguments, that was convincing to me. 

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Just skimmed through http://www.christian-thinktank.com/qnoslavent.html.  It was formatted well, obviously was built on rather thorough research, did not provide mere half-baked answers to the issues at hand, and at the end of the day it was nearly impeccable.  Good looking out.  I'll probably be referring lots of people to this particular treatise of yours in the future.

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Just a quick note - love your site. I really appreciate the work you have out into this and it has been a tremendous help to me.
 
Keep up the great work!

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I am a Catholic lawyer here in  MI  and I  just recently started working on trying to harmonize (as if I were giving a closing argument in a jury trial) the Gospel accounts of the resurrection. I did this  after reading through a very fine "Harmony of the Gospels" done by Robert L. Thomas and Stanley N. Gundry (it puts the accounts in parallel columns in an order the editors believe is chronological but  did not address most of  the issues in the resurrection testimony).   I was moving very slowly and cautiously, and being  occasionally frustrated, when I decided to do a search on ASK for  "inconsistent Gospel accounts of the resurrection."  Your page came up right away --  I noticed the account by  fellow lawyer Casteel and I  felt immediately at home. Your page had a wealth of information (when do you get time to do all of this?) and provided some nice insights on both the problem I was looking at as well as history in general. And I felt relieved.
 
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Your website rocks!  :)

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Thank you for the helpful research and thought and for making it accessible. I will be glad to pray with you and for you in the ways you request.

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I found your site about two years ago, and I have enjoyed reading your writings.  I just wanted to write you a brief word of encouragement.  I love your site and the articles you have written.  Thank you for all your hard work and the large amount of time you have spent on the site.  I have referred it to a number of friends, and they have also profited from reading what you have written (spiritually profited, that is, not financially--don't worry, they aren't selling your articles or doing anything illegal). :-)

Thanks for the great site.  May the Lord multiply your work.

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Dear Glenn:
 
Wow!  Can't believe there are believers in cyber-land as articulate and thorough as you are in the defense of the faith.  You are indeed a breathe of fresh air.  I read the entire response you posted to the question shown in the subject heading above.  Very nicely done!  I cannot believe the amount of literature you referenced.  From the looks of your reading, it would appear you have a fairly substantial library.

I stumbled upon your site and this particular web-page while doing some Internet surfing on the topic/subject of the Septuagint (which you briefly address in the latter part of your response..
 
I just wanted to say a huge God bless you, my dear brother in Christ. May God use you mightily.  I'll pray that the Lord will make it possible for you do this full time (should that be His will).  We need many more solid Christian apologetic sites like yours. 


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