Michael Hyatt on Character

What is needed for good leadership? Is it just skill? Is it just drive, zeal or passion? What role does character play? Michael Hyatt does a great job of reminding us that character is central […]

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Stronger Together

I came across this verse in my devotions. “Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.” (Proverbs 18:1 ESV) I immediately thought about ministry. The worst place to be […]

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Consider the Arrow Leadership Program

I am a graduate of the Arrow Leadership Program. It was a life changing experience for me. Even though I am not currently in congregational ministry, what I learned and experienced still affects me. If […]

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Rick Warren on How to Conclude a Sermon

Many preachers put their time into the body of their sermon. They may even put some time into a catchy introduction. But what about the conclusion? By the time you get to the conclusion, it […]

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What Kind of Pastors Do We Need?

We need good pastors in our churches. But what does a good pastor look like? A cardigan and a tie do not a good pastor make.  John Knight looks at this question and comes up […]

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Measuring the Character of Leadership

We want to know how well we are doing as leader, but what is the measure. Scott Cochrane, in this post, suggests that the true measure of leadership how faithful we are to the beatitudes. […]

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The Bible Jesus Read

The Bible that Jesus read was the Old Testament. How much do you know about the Old Testament? Philip Yancey takes readers through the Bible that Jesus read. You can download this book as an […]

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Apologetics and Testimony

What role should personal testimonies play in apologetics? I know this is a controversial topic among apologists. For many, testimonies are too subjective and they would rather the emphasis be on more logical evidences for […]

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Attributes of Sin

The second part in my series on 1 John. “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If […]

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You Will Love a Poached Egg

One of the great apologetics resources on the internet is the Poached Egg. This is a tremendous site that contains many useful links. This site also sends people to some of the best blog posts […]

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Karl Barth on Grace

When God loves, revealing His inmost being in the fact that He loves and therefore seeks and creates fellowship, this being and doing is divine and distinct from all other loving to the extent that […]

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Get Thee to Apologetics 315

If you are interested in apologetics, you need to check out the website Apologetics 315. Brian Auten does an incredible job of collecting the best of apologetic resources. He has regular interviews, apologetic/philosophical definitions and […]

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Helpful Apologetics Links

Although are a lot of bad things about the internet, one of the great things is the amount of good information. The problem is how to gather the information for what you are looking for. […]

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What Every Christian Need to Know About the Qur’an

I will admit that I read James White’s What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an with some hesitation. Not because I have anything against White but because I see a dangerous trend among […]

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Establish the Work of Our Hands

In my devotions recently, I came across this verse: “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our […]

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Dale Allison on the Existence of Jesus

I still often come across people who deny the existence of Jesus. They suggest that believing in a real Jesus is just evangelical wishful thinking. I came across this interview with Dale Allison. Allison is […]

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Get Your Research Right

If you are serious in your quest for the truth, you better be careful with your research. It is not enough to check Wikipedia or to do a Google search that leads to questionable sources. […]

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Tony Costa Ministries

I am always happy to promote Canadian apologetic ministries. One of those ministries is led by Tony Costa. Tony is an apologist who bridges scholarship and practical apologetics. He has a Ph.D and has published […]

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Cutting Off False Teaching

I have been studying Galatians came across one of the most interesting passages in the Bible: “You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion is not from him who calls […]

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2014 Tyndale Preaching Conference

Tyndale University College in Toronto will be having their preaching conference on March 17, 2014. The speaker will be Will Willimon speaking on “Preaching Jesus: An Exploration into the Challenges of Preaching Jesus Today.” For […]

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Archaeological Evidence and Jesus

This is a great interview with Craig Evans on how archaeological evidence influences our understanding of Jesus. If you are interested in the book that it is based on, you can get it here.

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Moses as the First Apologist

When we talk about apologetics in the Bible, it is difficult because we think of apologetics as being very much like philosophy. But when we widen the definition to defending the faith by showing evidence […]

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Featured Resource: Collin Brendemuehl

I am thankful that there are many other apologists active on the internet. One that I would like to point you to is Collin Brendemuehl. He is an author and a speaker. He also has […]

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Faith Today (Jan/Feb 2014)

The latest issue of Faith Today magazine is available for free online. There are some great articles as always. This issue includes an excerpt from J. I. Packer’s new book as well as a very […]

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Michael Behe on Intelligent Design

“Now, I am keenly aware that in the past few years many people in the country have come to regard the phrase ‘intelligent design’ as fighting words, because to them, the word ‘design’ is synonymous […]

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Gonna Find Me a Heretic

I often hear people complain that it is hard to get pastors into apologetics. I wouldn’t say our pastor is an apologetics junkie. He still bugs me about a picture of me on a Mexican […]

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Resting With the Lord

This is a sad time for the friends and family of Andrew Rozalowsky. Andrew died yesterday. Andrew was the associate editor of Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics. Andrew did a great job as an editor. […]

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Start Your Year With the Bible

You may have already broken your resolutions about the gym and your diet but it is not too late to resolve to deepen your knowledge about the Bible. There are some wonderful commentaries and introductions […]

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Boyd and Eddy on the Supernatural

“While we are justified in preferring naturalistic explanations over ones that appeal to supernatural influences, all things being equal, we are not justified in insisting on naturalistic explanations regardless of how much the evidence points […]

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Apologetics Dictionary Request

Some time ago, I put out a request for people to submit short articles for an apologetics dictionary. I want to have this together very soon. Unfortunately, the people who have sent items have sent […]

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Apologetic Resolutions

Are you hoping to be a better apologist? Do you see the New Year as a good time to make some improvements in your life? Here are some suggested resolutions. 1. Read a certain number […]

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Advent Four: Resurrection

When people think of the Gospel, they often think of Jesus crucified. But what role does the resurrection of Jesus play? Most often when people share the Gospel story, they won’t even mention the resurrection […]

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What We Can Learn From Phil Robertson

First of all, I need to say that I have never watched an episode of Duck Dynasty, nor do I intend to. However, the web is ablaze with the controversy over what Phil Robertson said […]

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The Nature of Evidence

I recently had a conversation with someone about the nature of evidence. He was asking me why we don’t have this or why we don’t have that? These were good questions and I’m glad he […]

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Advent Three: The Cross

When we think of Christmas, we think of the manger and the shepherds and many other images. How many of us think of the cross? The word Christmas actually comes from Christ’s Mass. If you […]

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The Controversial Nelson Mandela

It has been very interesting to watch the reactions to the death of Nelson Mandela. Most people seem to have responded by praising him and acknowledging him as a hero of our time. On the […]

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Advent Two: The Gospel

Jesus was born in the manger not just to give us a beautiful picture of peace that we could celebrate once a year. When Jesus began his public ministry, we are told that he came […]

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Advent One: Virgin Birth

I thought I would celebrate Advent by having a series of posts on Jesus. I will start with the virgin birth. I will not try and prove the virgin birth but will discuss the purpose […]

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When the Jehovah’s Witnesses are Right

I had some nice Jehovah’s Witnesses come to the door the other day. I have noticed that they are not near as pushy as they used to be and are quite pleasant. They handed me […]

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Calvinism and Arminianism

I must admit that I am shocked at Calvinist attacks on Arminians. I am sure that there are Arminians that attack Calvinists, but I rarely see it. Maybe Arminians are not as zealous for their […]

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Continuing Influence of C. S. Lewis

Today is the 50th anniversary of the death of C. S. Lewis. I saw someone today question the current influence of Lewis. He acknowledged that Lewis had influenced a past generation but wondered how much […]

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Christianity, Islam and Freedom of Religious Expression

I have had discussions with people about religious expression in Canada. There have been hints of limitations of freedom of religious expression for Muslims. Some Christians are standing up and saying that we must support […]

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Cross Bearing Disciples

Luke 14:27-33 Introduction I’m afraid that the Church in general has not always been completely honest with the people that we have tried to bring in. I don’t think we have been purposely dishonest, but […]

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Rob Ford: A Christian Response

I have no authority to give the Christian response to the Rob Ford scandal(s) but I can give a Christian response. I have been amazed at the interest and coverage of the Toronto mayor’s problems. […]

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Strange Fire

There has been much discussion about John MacArthur’s recent Strange Fire conference. I must confess that I have not read MacArthur’s speeches from this conference and so I can not respond in detail. I have […]

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Seeing the Big Picture

Earlier in the summer, I suffered from a number of health issues. I had a dramatic weight loss, severe joint pain, fainting, anemia and something odd in my lungs. Because I was between doctors, I […]

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Suffering and Faith

From time to time, we hear stories of people giving up their faith because of some difficult circumstances. To be honest, more often I hear about people who give up after observing other people’s suffering […]

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A Loving God and Hell

I heard on a podcast this morning a question about why God didn’t create a world where more or even all people went to heaven. No one is comfortable with the idea of people going […]

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Allah, Theos and YHWH

An ongoing debate concerns whether Muslims and Christians believe (I say believe rather than worship because I believe there is a difference) in the same God. I am not going to give my opinion here […]

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“Only” an Adjunct

Many apologists and other Christians of an academic bent that I have spoken to have a dream of being a professor. They start their education and even as an undergrad they are planning their promotion […]

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A New Way of Taking Notes

I have just completed a class on the Gospel of Mark at Acadia Divinity College, studying under Larry Hurtado. It was a great time and I learned a lot. As I was listening to the […]

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Ephesians at Tyndale

The syllabus for the course on Ephesians that I am teaching this summer at Tyndale is online. You can find it here. If you have ever considered university level biblical studies, this would be a […]

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The Riddle: UN Anti-Homophobic Video

This is a video put out by the United Nations bringing to our attention the danger that many homosexuals experience throughout the world. I must say that I agree with 90% of what is in […]

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Why I am Pro-Life

Many people consider the pro-life position to be based on a faith or religious system. Some suppose that people would be pro-choice if their religious teachers or tradition would allow them. That may be true […]

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Confessions of an Ex-Pastor

It always broke my heart when I would read stories of how a pastor had a bad experience at a church and quit ministry out of anger, pain and frustration.  I would hear those stories […]

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Exposing the Jesus Myth

Here is my presentation that I gave on the Jesus myth theory for the Network of Christian Apologists in Calgary. It is a basic introduction to the background, the evidence for Jesus and how Jesus […]

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The Historical Jesus and the Raglan Scale

I have been talking to a number of Jesus mythicists lately and they have been putting forth something called the Raglan scale.  This is a scale that puts together all sorts of categories common to […]

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Limits to Freedom of Expression

In Canada, as in many western countries, we take for granted our freedom of expression/speech.  This freedom is one of the things that I am thankful for as a Canadian.  However, that freedom is not […]

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May the Force Be With You!

You know that I was raised Anglican because when I hear someone say “May the force be with you,” I want to respond with “And also with you.” Today is May the fourth, which leads […]

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It’s All About Jesus

I love this quote by John Stackhouse, taken from his fantastic book Humble Apologetics.  This rings true to me and it is the desire of my heart for my apologetics ministry. “Since the heart of […]

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Similarity and Causation

Those who believe in the Jesus myth theory (JM) point out that there are many similarities between things in the Gospels and in pagan myths.  I would say that those similarities are far fewer than […]

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Valuing Revelation

One of the things that frustrates me is the emphasis on dividing over precise definitions of how we understand the Bible.  As a result, I am thankful that I came across this quote from Klyne […]

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The Danger of Blaming Muslims

With the recent bombing at the Boston marathon and the revelation of the identity of those involved as Muslim, there is a danger.  I have already seen a number of Christians on social media claim […]

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God and the Boston Tragedy

Any Christian response to the terrible bomb attack at the Boston marathon must begin with compassion and not pious platitudes.  We must pray for those who are  injured and those who have lost loved ones. […]

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What We Talk About When We Talk About God

Rob Bell’s previous book, Love Wins, was one of the most controversial books in recent memories.  That such an influential pastor would come out and claim that hell was not permanent and that all would […]

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The Church as a Thinking Community

“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints” […]

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Evangelicals and the Disabled

I have a lot of patience and there is not much that will get me angry.  Some time ago, I posted something on Facebook that was supportive of people with disabilities.  A very conservative Christian […]

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Tim Keller on Doubt

Many Christians believe all doubt is bad.  I really like what Tim Keller shares in his introduction to The Reason for God. “A faith without some doubts is like a human body without any antibodies […]

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Dallas Willard on Discipleship

This quote from Dallas Willard’s The Divine Conspiracy really expresses my vision for discipleship and the role that apologetics plays in discipleship. “After times of study and teaching, we will pay most attention precisely to […]

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Apologia Resources

In addition to this blog (and a few others), I also have a blog called Apologia Resources.  This blog is basically a record of the books I am reading and the books I have read. […]

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Jesus Myth Promo

I am going to be speaking to the Network of Christian Apologists in Calgary on May 11 2013 (note the change of date).  Here is a little promo video of Paul Buller and I talking […]

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No Liars in Heaven

Before I was a Christian, I had people witness to me in various ways.  One of those ways was by handing me tracts.  Some tracts were okay and then there were Chick tracts.  First, I […]

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Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament

One of the areas that Christians need more understanding of is how the New Testament writers used the Old Testament.  The Bible of Jesus and the Apostles was what we call the Old Testament and […]

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Billy Graham & Me

The ministry of Billy Graham has been very influential in my life.  I had a very low opinion of televangelists.  But I remember the priest at the Anglican church I attended speaking highly of Billy […]

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Thoughts on King James Only

I had a conversation with one of my students about the King James Bible and the Textus Receptus.  Our conversation provoked some thoughts that I would like to share here.  First of all, I should […]

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Ephesians at Tyndale

Tyndale University College has a great opportunity for those with busy schedules who want to receive a theological education.  It is their modular program through which you can take a course on Thursday evenings over […]

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Available to Preach

Although I am very much interested in the academic side of theology and biblical studies, my passion is really for the local church.  I want to create thoughtful Christians, not just within the seminary or […]

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Hope’s Reason Daily

There are always things happening on the religious landscape.  The Internet makes much of that accessible but all that information can be overwhelming.  How can you get a good picture of what is happening and […]

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Six Things Christians Say

Steve McSwain wrote an article in the Huffington Post titled 6 Things Christians Should Just Stop Saying.  While I can think of plenty of things that Christians say that I disagree with or find annoying, […]

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Religious But Not Spiritual

We hear a lot about those who identify as spiritual but not religious.  These are people who have given up on organized religion and yet still have sense of spirituality, may believe in some god(s) […]

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Emergence Christianity

I have heard some people claim that traditional Christianity is on its way out and emergent Christianity is the only way forward.  Traditional Christianity must change or die.  I remain unconvinced.  Traditional Christianity may have […]

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Worldwide Evangelical Seminary

One of my fellow D.Min. students at Acadia Divinity College, Teemu Lehtonen, has started a new international seminary aimed at non-English speakers especially in the third world.  The school is called Worldwide Evangelical Seminary.  I […]

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You’re Not as Crazy as I Think

There are many apologetics books that give you information on how to pull apart another person’s views, but much fewer on how to communicate effectively and respectfully. A book that was recommended to me by […]

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Exposing the Jesus Myth

I will be speaking on April 13, 2013 at 7 pm  to the Network of Christian Apologists in Calgary at Rocky Mountain College.  I’m not physically heading out to Calgary, but I will be speaking […]

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An Alien Attack on Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins has many problems with religion.  Not only does he see religion as being false, he sees it as being dangerous.  The danger is not just in terms of religious violence but as an […]

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