I was searching on amazon last night and realized that former Mormon—now presuppositional apologist Jack Kettler (one of my all-time favorite Christian apologists) has finally written a book on Mormonism! I remember reading his many articles on how to witness to Mormons and present a thoroughly biblical refutation of Mormonism years ago. I remember being blown away by his level of knowledge and discernment regarding LDS teachings, and his insight on how to refute it lovingly. They were by far the best refutations of LDS theology and philosophy I’ve ever seen. This is especially important for me since I have LDS family and friends that desperately need to see the errors of Joseph Smith and the LDS leadership through the ages, and who desperately need the true Jesus.

I’m very excited about this book.

Thank you, brother Jack, for your contribution to this much needed area of apologetics and evangelism. I’ll be counting the days till it arrives in the mail and am anxious to devour it.

God bless you, brother—and to Him be all the glory! Colin Lawson

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Radio interview

My interview on Generation Radio with Kevin Swanson regarding my book on Mormonism is now live.

Click on the sermon audio link to listen to the program. There is some news and introductory material first.

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The Religion That Started in a Hat

mormon-cover-flatlrThis blog is for readers of my book to post comments and reviews.

For information and how to buy the book, go to:

PDF of front and back cover of the book with hyperlinks

The book will be for sale January 31st, 2017!

God Bless,

Jack Kettler

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By The People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission

By The People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission A review by Jack Kettler

By The People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission
by Charles Murray
Crown Forum, New York

Charles Murray is the W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. His first work was published in 1984, Losing Ground and in 2012, Coming Apart.

What others are saying:

“By the People is a study in contradictions. It is simultaneously depressing and inspiring, technical and profound, infuriating and charming, but always compelling. Charles Murray plays the role of a liberty-loving Lenin asking the question, ‘What is to be done?’ To this end, he offers a practical guide to repairing our broken constitutional order. It is that rarest of books: a populist manifesto grounded in fact and logic.” – Jonah Goldberg

“A road map to recapture true American exceptionalism. With passion, brilliance, and a keen sense of the radical essence of what America means, Murray dismisses what passes for political debate today and offers an audacious plan to restore the liberty our founders bequeathed to us.” – Edward Crane, president emeritus, Cato Institute

“Liberty without permission? Selective civil disobedience? I’m in! At first I balked, but Murray makes a convincing case that a Madison Fund might scrape away the sclerosis of the suffocating state. As usual, his original arguments expand the way I think. When law is so complex that it’s indistinguishable from lawlessness, when the tax code is 4 million words long, something like systematic disobedience is badly needed.” – John Stossel

By The People is logically divided into three parts:

Part 1 Coming To Terms With Where We Stand
Part 2 Opening a New Front
Part 3 A Propitious Moment

In part I, Murray chronicles our broken Constitution, and our lawless legal system to lay the ground work for what follows. Murray notes; “Civil law that is sufficiently arbitrary and capricious is indistinguishable from lawlessness.” (36) He follows with; “Law that is sufficiently complex in indistinguishable from lawlessness.” (37) He continues; “Law that is sufficiently discretionary is indistinguishable from lawlessness.” (41) And finally he says; “Law that permits the state to take private property without compensation, or to force the transfer of private property to other private individuals, is indistinguishable from lawlessness.” (44)

In part II Murray sets forth and lays down ground rules for selective civil disobedience. He creatively comes up with a workable reasonable way to capitalize on public support to engage in selective resistance to bureaucratic over reach and tyranny. Establishing what he calls the Madison fund is a concrete effective way to fund resistance to fed gov tyranny. While it is true the fed gov has deep pockets, Murray demonstrates that each fed gov regulatory agency has limited resources when coming to number of attorneys. (142) This means there are limits to how many cases an agency like the EPA can try and prosecute. Murray’s proposals are well thought out and clearly within the tradition of the Jeffersonian doctrine of nullification.

In part III Murray provides hope for a return to relief from bureaucratic tyrannical overreach.

In Murray’s work you will learn how far our government is systemically broken. We’ve all heard about legislation and how it could not make it out of committee or the speaker or majority leader will not allow a bill come up for a vote. Murray introduces the reader to the corrupt practice of the “tollbooth” and how it works. (93) In short, no legislation moves without money being extorted to fund political campaigns. This happens no matter which party is in power.

In addition, Murray demonstrates how persuasive and corrupt the lobbying system works and how it is near to impossible to reform. When moving from a congressional staff position into lobbyist work is called “cashing in.” (92) Out of touch politicians have no incentive to reform this corruption because they believe that cannot attract quality staffers unless they have the opportunity making a financial killing by working for foreign interests instead of American interests.

This book is truly and eye opener. It certainly deserves wide distribution since it provides serious proposals to reclaim liberty. That battle will not be easy since in the words of Milton Friedman: “Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.”

Mr. Kettler is the owner of the website Undergroundnotes where his political and theological articles can be read.

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An Earnest Plea to Latter-day-Saints

An Earnest Plea to Latter-day-Saints

This video/streaming presentation is much more than a Presbyterian response to the accusation of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church that the Presbyterian Church was not true.

This presentation is a thorough-going penetration and analysis of Mormon theology with a careful meticulous response to Mormon truth claims.

The presentation is divided into two logical parts:

Part One: An examination of the History of the Mormon Church. In this section, polygamy is covered along with blacks and the priesthood, prophecies, the Mormon war in Missouri and Mountain Meadow Massacre.

Part Two: An examination of the LDS and the Bible. In this section, the doctrine of the Godhead and the doctrine of salvation are covered, along with the last judgement and the false restored gospel of Mormonism.

This the finest video/streaming presentation on Mormonism I have ever seen. It most certainly deserves wide distribution and viewing. The biblical references used in this presentation to counter Mormon claims, clearly expose and refute the false gospel of Mormonism. This presentation would be perfectly suited for an adult Sunday School class or preparation material for those with a burden to share the good news with the LDS people.

This presentation was produced by Christ Presbyterian Church, A Congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Salt Lake City, Utah. If the reader is ever in Salt Lake City on the Lord’s Day, they would be blessed to attend Christ Presbyterian Church for worship.

Christ Presbyterian Church website:

Christ Presbyterian Church sponsored debates:

The Ancient Paths website; a gold mine of information:

A review by Jack Kettler, Author of The Religion That Started in A Hat: A Reference Manual for Christians Who Witness to Mormons.

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Jeff Beck; The Legend, Still Standing Strong: Loud Hailer (2016)

Jeff Beck; The Legend, Still Standing Strong: Loud Hailer (2016) a review by Jack Kettler

Geoffrey Arnold “Jeff” Beck (born 24 June 1944) now 72 is an English rock guitarist. In Beck’s early career he formed The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice. In March of 1965, Beck joined The Yardbirds to succeed Eric Clapton as the lead guitar player.

The musical genres Beck has mastered are: Pop/Rock; Blues; Jazz; Fusion. He is a true guitar virtuoso. Not only is Beck a virtuoso on the guitar, he is superior auto hot rod mechanic and builder. See his crazy about cars (2 parts). Today, many of Jeff’s musical contemporaries can barely stand up, yet Beck is standing strong and is good as ever.

If you are a Beck fan, you will not be disappointed in Jeff’s latest studio recording, Loud Hailer. Jeff has an ability to re-cast himself, break new musical ground and surround himself with fresh faces and extraordinary talent. This is most certainly the case with Beck collaborating with co-guitarist Carmen Vandenberg and on vocals, Rosie Bones. Loud Hailer was produced by Beck, along with Filippo Cimatti. Also appearing on the CD are drummer Davide Sollazzi and bass player Giovanni Pallotti.

Loud Hailer as the title indicates is music to be played loud! Jeff’s masterful guitar wizardry is interspersed throughout the recording and featured front stage and center. Beck is touring the U.S this summer with blues legend Buddy Guy. I have tickets to see him in Denver the first part of August. I hope Rosie and Carmen are with him and they perform some of the material on this recording. I am proud to have Loud Hailer in my music collection.

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The Reluctant Road Warrior: The adventures of a Silicon Valley engineer in the U.S. and abroad

The Reluctant Road Warrior: The adventures of a Silicon Valley engineer in the U.S. and abroad
By Dan P. Bullard
San Bernardino, CA
ISBN-13: 978-1523900077
A review by Jack Kettler

Having done a fair amount of business traveling, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

First off, a little respecting Mr. Bullard’s resume. Mr. Bullard has worked in the Automated Electronic Test business. He has written programs in C, C++, Pascal and other languages that test devices such as Op Amps, V/F convertors, MEMS accelerometers, PC Video chips (RAMDACs, Video Accelerators, etc), automotive chips and wireless devices like TV tuners. He has specialized in analog and mixed signal testing, memory tests, analog with laser trim and RF test as well as plain old digital test. Mr. Bullard is an award winning technical instructor for many years before doing programming. In addition, Mr. Bullard is a patented inventor.

Mr. Bullard’s book while covering several technical issues remains easily readable to those not familiar with Silicon Valley technology. The book is informative on the global competition and network of high tech engineering companies. What makes this book uniquely special are the entertaining stories of travel, hotels, restaurants, good food, bad food, work colleagues, conflicts challenges and successes.

Mr. Bullard is semi-retired, enjoying life exploring the Columbia River in a houseboat. Mr. Bullard lives free, everyday. If you need a break from your normal reading schedule, do yourself a favor and enjoy this book.

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