Wednesday Giveaway – The Gagging of God

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The Gagging of GodWhile working on the soon-to-be-released Academic catalog I
was reminded that D.A. Carson’s classic The Gagging of God recently celebrated
its 15th anniversary, and decided it would be an excellent book to
offer for this week’s giveaway. 

When The Gagging of God was first published in 1996 it won
the Gold Medallion Award for the persuasive case it made against pluralism and
for Christ being the only way to God. More to the point, it has continued to be
a well-respected resource on the matter for over a decade and a half.

The Gagging of God became a classic because Carson offers us
an in-depth look at important social, theological, and philosophical trends,
shows how the many ramifications of pluralism are all parts of a whole, and
then provides a systematic Christian response.

To enter the giveaway, comment below with your answer to
this question and settle a dispute between coworkers: Apple Cinnamon Tea – comforting seasonal beverage, or an abomination
against “real” tea that could possibly be excused once a year but only on Christmas?

Also, a bonus entry is available if you
comment a second time letting us know that you shared a link to this giveaway
on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog.

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*If you are reading this via Facebook, email, or RSS,
please visit the blog to enter. Two winners will be determined by Random
Integer Generator. Giveaway ends Thursday at midnight*

  • Jepperee Coe 5 years ago

    Apple Cinnamon Tea is a comforting seasonal beverage.

  • ‘Guerite~BoldLion 5 years ago

    Apple Cinnamon Tea – comforting seasonal beverage, or an abomination against “real” tea that could possibly be excused once a year but only on Christmas?
    I would say Apple Cinnamon tea is a comforting seasonal beverage.

  • ‘Guerite~BoldLion 5 years ago

    I did tweet this, and share this on Facebook and share this on Google+ too. Thank you for this wonderful books giveaway!

  • Mike Neglia 5 years ago

    Black tea with milk is the only acceptable tea.

  • Andrew Wencl 5 years ago

    Tea!?!? Give me coffee, please!

  • Keith E. 5 years ago

    Why not Pumpkin Spiced Latte?

  • Jason 5 years ago

    Comforting seasonal beverage. I like flavored teas, though this one doesn’t sound all that appealing to me. It’s just not my cup of, well, tea.

  • Jason 5 years ago

    I tweeted the giveaway.

  • Charles 5 years ago

    Apple Cinnamon Tea is a comforting seasonal beverage

  • Tiller 5 years ago

    I’m inclined to vote the latter. I’ve been to India and Nepal, where tea is taken rather seriously. I’ve had tea with Indians, Nepali, Tibetans, and people from around the tea world. Tea is serious business.

    Personally, I’m an English Breakfast kind of guy. And people can say what they want about Twinings, but if it’s good enough for the queen, it’s good enough for me.

    Also sharing on Facebook.

  • Bob Kuo 5 years ago

    I’m pretty sure Apple Cinnamon Tea is the abomination that causes desolation.

  • Robert McGregor 5 years ago

    Clearly an abomination against “real” tea and is an anathema.

  • Scott D. Andersen 5 years ago

    “Apple Cinnamon Tea – comforting seasonal beverage, or an abomination against “real” tea that could possibly be excused once a year but only on Christmas?”

    That’s really funny. And my answer varies depending on how much “clove” is used. Year after year there is TOO MUCH CLOVE making the whole concoction unfit for celebratory consumption. But maybe once out of 20 years a wise brewer knows to hold back on the clove and administer just the slight tincture to taste but a hint. No you have a comforting seasonal beverage. Otherwise complete abomination. Give me some wonderful Ethiopian Chai.

    Also, this sounds like an excellent book by Carson – thanks for the giveaway and thanks for bringing the title to our attention

  • Jon B 5 years ago

    I’m on the abomination side

  • Scott Gilbert 5 years ago

    Sweet tea is the way to go…apple cinnamon tea is only acceptable at Christmas!

  • Terry 5 years ago

    There is only one kind of tea: Real Tea. Any thing with stuff added to it makes it something else. Could Apple Cinnamon ‘Tea’ be drunk on Christmas? Well if there is nothing better available.

  • dwightk 5 years ago

    Apple Cinnamon Tea: I can’t draw up enough moral indignation to vote for abomination, so I’ll go with comforting seasonal beverage.

  • dwightk 5 years ago
  • Kevin Fiske 5 years ago

    I’m not much of a hot tea drinker…but I’d view it as a comforting seasonal beverage. However, I imagine if I were an avid tea drinker, I’d view it as an abomination.

  • Kevin Fiske 5 years ago
  • Chris Nyland 5 years ago

    Apple Cinnamon tea should only be made at Christmas!

  • grae_bird 5 years ago

    Apple Cinnamon tea is what keeps me warm throughout the year in an air-conditioned church office… Apple Cinnamon and herbal teas are a year-long mainstay. This one happens to be accompanied by our God-given ability to form associations with smell, taste, touch, memories…

  • grae_bird 5 years ago

    I was glad to share this on Facebook–just as I would be glad to share a pot of hot tea and conversation.

  • Chris Land 5 years ago

    Conforting Seasonal Beverage

  • Byron 5 years ago

    Abomination. Apples and cinnamon go in cider!

  • Chris Nyland 5 years ago

    Posted on Facebook.

  • Chris Land 5 years ago

    Tweeted about the giveaway (@jchrisland)

  • David Fetrow 5 years ago

    I would say comforting seasonal beverage.

  • Ben Merritt 5 years ago

    Apple cinnamon tea is an abomination against real tea. I’m not even so sure about any annual holiday exceptions. :)

  • Matt A. 5 years ago

    It’s an abomination to tea, but it sure is a comforting seasonal beverage type of abomination. :-)

  • Doug Ward 5 years ago

    Apple Cinnamon Tea is good any time of the year.

  • Aaron Sellars 5 years ago

    An abomination against “real” tea that could possibly be excused once a year but only on Christmas

  • Aaron 5 years ago

    Comforting seasonal tea

  • Keith Price 5 years ago

    I don’t drink tea. Sounds like something seasonal particularly around Halloween.

  • Cliff VanNostrand 5 years ago

    It should not be called tea but I do not think it is an abomination. That word is too strong for such a weak drink.

  • Cliff VanNostrand 5 years ago

    I tweeted this.

  • Bill Mazey 5 years ago

    Seriously? Your office probably has flavored coffee too. Unflavored tea and unflavored coffee are the way to go.

    I am not really a grinch, so you can drink apple cinnamon tea at Christmas.

  • Eeli K. 5 years ago

    Herbal “tea” is not tea. Tea must have tea as the main ingredient.

  • Zack Ford 5 years ago

    A comfortable seasonable beverage, I assume (however, I must admit, I’ve never had it)

  • Zack Ford 5 years ago

    I have posted this giveaway to Facebook

  • Zack Ford 5 years ago

    I have tweeted this giveaway

  • Dustin Miller 5 years ago

    This is an abomination to real tea. I don’t even believe I would allow it annually.

  • Bentley 5 years ago

    Comforting seasonal beverage. Please enter me!

  • David_norman 5 years ago

    Apple Cinnamon Tea – an abomination against the one true warm beverage… coffee

  • David_norman 5 years ago

    I linked to this post via twitter and facebook. How about 2 extra entries?

  • Bryan 5 years ago

    Definitely abomination.

  • Prayson Daniel 5 years ago

    It is real” tea that could possibly be excused once a year but only on Christmas

  • Prayson Daniel 5 years ago

    Twitted :)

  • Mike Knox 5 years ago

    Apple Cinnamon Tea is an abomination!

  • Jeff Martin 5 years ago

    Is this your biggest dispute? Not a bad place to work. If apple-cinnamon tea is such an abomination than why even drink it once a year?

    That is like saying to an observant Jew that lobster is such an abomination it should only be eaten when you visit Boston!

  • Bruce 5 years ago

    comforting seasonal beverage!!!!

  • Manny 5 years ago

    Apple tea? Common on! An Abomination!

  • HamiltonMJ1983 5 years ago

    COMFORTING SEASONAL BEVERAGE!!!

    Haters be hatin’.

  • HamiltonMJ1983 5 years ago

    Tweet’d.

  • Matt Boutilier 5 years ago

    Definitely an abomination! JK!

  • Andrew 5 years ago

    Having never had Apple Cinnamon Tea, I’d probably have to go with comforting seasonal beverage just based on its existence.

  • Daniel Ashworth, Jr. 5 years ago

    Comforting seasonal beverage.

  • Randall Bachman 5 years ago

    It’s a wonderful celebration of the gifts God gave mankind in the Garden. Using it in tea is simply a fulfillment of the Genesis mandate, so I say comforting beverage suitable for all seasons (remember in some places its hot at Christmas time!)just make sure the tea bag cloth is not a blend.

  • Daniel Ashworth, Jr. 5 years ago

    I shared this on Facebook also.

  • Rockypugh 5 years ago

    Apple Cinnamon Tea is an abomination if you’re being offered sweet tea. Around Christmas, you may drink a bit of apple cinnamon tea from the smallest cup you can find before quickly returning to a larger container filled with sweet tea.

  • Rockypugh 5 years ago

    I tweeted this giveaway.

  • Aaron Armstrong 5 years ago

    Abomination.

    Great question (and by the way, I’ll be sharing a link to the giveaway tomorrow at Blogging Theologically); The Gagging of God is a wonderful book!

  • Ryan 5 years ago

    I would ask the British. They know more about tea but personally I don’t drink it. I guess once a year is not an abomination.

  • Robert Wiggins 5 years ago

    Comforting, yet seasonal. Definitely.

  • Myles Hixson 5 years ago

    I would have to say comforting beverage. It take like Big Red Gum to me haha

  • Myles Hixson 5 years ago

    I posted this page on my Facebook.

  • Dwight Gingrich 5 years ago

    AC Tea is great! It is a comforting tea I knew from childhood.

    PS: If I win the book, know I am away from email until the middle of next week, so please be patient with my lack of response. :-)

  • John Franklin 5 years ago

    I am among those who believe that “apple cinnamon tea” is an abomination against real tea. To call it “tea” is nothing short of heresy. It is one more expression of the slippage we experience in our comsummerist culture of convenience – more attent to our likes and dislikes than to any desire to preserve the true and the real.

    This trend manifest in the acceptance of apple cinnamon drink as “tea” is in need of some social, philosphical and theological investigation. An investigation not unlike the good work done by D.A. Carson in his book the Gagging of God. It is only as we unmask these unfortunate trends that we will be rescued from the distortions that they deliver to us in the comfortable guise of “common practice”. My hope is that we will soon see an end to the blindness that invites us to call apple cinnamon drink – tea. And to resotre once again the truth about tea and the rich benefits of this exceptional beverage.

  • Jonathan Roberts 5 years ago

    Apple Cinnamon

  • Kevin 5 years ago

    comforting seasonal beverage

  • Justin 5 years ago

    Certainly an abomination.

  • Matthew Tolosa 5 years ago

    It is an abomination against real tea!

  • Aubrey Allison 5 years ago

    Apple Cinnamon tea is a comforting seasonal beverage, though drinkers who are more comforted by “real” tea could try using one Apple Cinnamon tea bag and one plain black tea bag.

    There may be only one way to God, but who says there’s only one way to tea?

  • Scott King 5 years ago

    Ok, apple cinnamon tea is a seasonal abhoration only!

  • Bassmanbrian 5 years ago

    This is a seasonal beverage, on a cold winter night. Cinnamon sticks would be how I would do this.

  • Bassmanbrian 5 years ago

    I posted a twitter comment to @kinstitute about this.

  • Aubrey Allison 5 years ago

    I shared this on Facebook.

  • marcus collins 5 years ago

    An abomination (let the reader understand).

  • Matt Milton 5 years ago

    Seasonal beverage

  • Steven Ganz 5 years ago

    The question is, rather, does this tea gag God???

  • Bo White 5 years ago

    Ok…but at least embrace that’s it’s fluff tea….not quite the real thing.

    And to go along the lines of the need for Carson’s book…drink whatever makes you feel good.

  • Don Henrikson 5 years ago

    Apple Cinnamon Tea – comforting seasonal beverage, or an abomination against “real” tea that could possibly be excused once a year but only on Christmas?
    I have to go with the former.

  • Eric Redmond 5 years ago

    Apple Cinnamon Tea is an abomination against “real” tea that could possibly be excused once a year but only on Christmas. English Breakfast is the most delightful tea — of which one should enjoy three cups or more daily.

  • Eric Redmond 5 years ago

    Tweeted this!

  • Warren Baker 5 years ago

    Apple Cinnamon Tea is a comforting seasonal beverage, much like wassail.

  • Warren Baker 5 years ago

    Twitted…

  • Kenneth Bent 5 years ago

    No doubt a comforting seasonal beverage, especially in colder climates.

    Properly made, it evokes wonderful memories of the scent of cinnamon and cloves from the steamy pot of real wassail wafting through the house on cold, snowy days during the festive season, or during long winter semesters when the drifts are high upon the prairie furrows.

  • Stan F. Vaninger 5 years ago

    Nothing flavored with Apple and Cinnamon could be bad.

  • John M. Henderson III 5 years ago

    I made some as ice tea just a week or so ago and it was good! So it’s more than a Christmas delight for me and I drink tea just about every day of the year!

  • Hondohoopster 5 years ago

    Just tweeted for another opportunity to win.

  • Daniel Peterson 5 years ago

    Apple Cinnamon is neither tea nor a beverage. Maybe a pastry but you wouldn’t drink a donut or a croissant.

  • Kevin Stern 5 years ago

    Apples and cinnamon belong in pie, not in tea–an abomination.

  • Micah Marchewitz 5 years ago

    Im an earl grey tea guy. Apple Cinnamon Tea should only be drunk on Christmas!

  • Laurie M. 5 years ago

    They are both abominations to this Diet Pepsi drinker.

  • Dianne 5 years ago

    If you are speaking of real tea with apple and cinnamon added, its fine for holidays. If you mean the herbal caffeine free stuff, then I’d go with abomination.

  • David Dittmer 5 years ago

    comforting seasonal beverage.

  • Clay Norman 5 years ago

    Tea, who needs tea when you have coffee!

  • Vanessa 5 years ago

    sounds likea seasonal beverage to me

  • Christopher Wehrle 5 years ago

    Apple cinnamon tea is a tasty iteration that merits year-round enjoyment.

  • jim menzies 5 years ago

    No thanks to Apple Cinnamon. But thanks.

  • Laura M. 5 years ago

    I like both types of tea!! Thanks for this giveaway!

  • Jared Smith 5 years ago

    Never heard of the tea so I’m no help, but the book would be a great help!

  • Austin 5 years ago

    Seasonal use only

  • Laura M. 5 years ago

    I have also shared on my blog.

  • Andrew Compton 5 years ago

    Definitely an abomination!!!

  • Doug Davis 5 years ago

    Apple Cinnamon Tea … hmm, I wouldn’t have touched it at one time but I have found it to be an ideal fit for dieting. As a hot drink it has proven to be a boon to me as I am able to drink it without adding sugar, something I cannot do with hot tea. And so, if forced to choose between the two options given, I must favor it more kindly than I might have otherwise and accept it as a comforting seasonal beverage.

  • Tim 5 years ago

    Apple cinnamon tea is inexcusable under any circumstances, holiday or no. Unless I have a craving for it. Then it’s all right in my book.

    Tim

  • Gaines Redd 5 years ago

    comforting seasonal beverage

  • Stefán 5 years ago

    The only tea I really drink is chai, so obviously I have no problem with spiced teas. For the person who likes it… a comforting seasonal beverage.

  • Paul 5 years ago

    Excused once per year, then immediately repent!

  • Keith 5 years ago

    Refreshing beverage any time!

  • David Wyman 5 years ago

    A comforting seasonal beverage.

  • Jimmy Snowden 5 years ago

    I generally drink coffee, but when I reach for tea my go-to is always the seasonal spiced tea. So I would have to say that it is not an abomination.

  • Jimmy Snowden 5 years ago

    I tweeted the giveaway.

  • Justin B. 5 years ago

    Its good stuff.

  • David Blecher 5 years ago

    I am a purist when it comes to tea or coffee: don’t mess with what God has made. However recently on vacation at a ranch in the Rockies, I found myself enjoying Apple Cinnamon tea, with a bit of sugar, because it reminded me of Wassail, that ancient Saxon concoction, with all its warm seasonal connotations. So I guess I make an exception to my purity laws if there are deep cultural resonances with childhood memories attached.

  • Richie 5 years ago

    Never tried it, but I’ll go with once a year on Christmas. Sounds festive.

  • Zack 5 years ago

    It’s delicious! It’s a comforting seasonal beverage. Or year-round beverage!

  • Brad Kautz 5 years ago

    Abomination…I’m drinking coffee year-round!

  • Paul A. Nierengarten 5 years ago

    Apple Cinamon Tea is like saying Coke Water. The former is no longer tea though tea is in it; the latter is no longer water though water is in it. :-)

  • Mark Taylor 5 years ago

    The answer depends: do we have to take it as an example of cherished tea pluralism that we can celebrate, at Christmas, or accept its philosophical claim to be an equally valid expression of tea?

  • Harold Simmons 5 years ago

    Tea is tea! if you add something to it then it becomes something else. Apple cinnamon, peach, raspberry what ever added to tea makes it a sissified sipping drink.

  • Doyle L. Wesley, Jr. 5 years ago

    “Apple Cinnamon Tea” is not a tea and the concoction should not be excused for any reason or any season! (But I’m also the guy who thinks “Cheese Cake” is an oxymoron. LOL).

  • Eric Choi 5 years ago

    Best for winter retreats!

  • Jim Cottrill 5 years ago

    I’d have to say… it’s just not real tea. I could excuse it once in a while, but give me an Earl Grey, or Darjeeling, or English Breakfast any day.

  • Hojinyoo83 5 years ago

    Between the two options, I would have to choose “an abomination against ‘real’ tea that could possibly be excused once a year but only on Christmas” because the flavors are likely to be artificial.

  • Hojinyoo83 5 years ago

    I also tweeted the giveaway!

  • Scott Mckenzie 5 years ago

    I guess the tea..
    well if you get a cinnamon stick…
    wait a second why aren’t I drinking apple cider?
    wait am I scared of a little extra calories so I went with the “tea” fako flavouring to trick myself into thinking I was actually having a good drink?!
    abomination

    I guess the poster at wed 10:44am and I agree.

  • Heath Waldeier 5 years ago

    Any fruit in tea ruins it!