What If You Struggle With Parts of the Bible?

Apologetics and Theology

I love the Bible and have spent much of the last two decades studying it both inside and outside of school. I teach it and I preach it. But there are parts, especially in the […]

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The Skeptical Argument That Bugs Me The Most

Apologetics and Theology

I don’t know how many times I have heard a skeptic say to me, “How can you trust the Bible when it has been translated so many times. What they are claiming is that the […]

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What’s the Difference Between the Bible and Lord of the Rings?

Apologetics and Theology

The two books that I have read and reread the most are the Bible and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Recently, a skeptic asked me why we should read the Bible any differently than […]

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Reading the Bible in Context

I believe that a lot of our problems and misunderstandings about the Bible and Christianity would be solved if we read Bible passages in context. I love it when Greg Koukl reminds us to “never […]

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Why I Still Use Greek and Hebrew as a Pastor

Leadership and Ministry

My wife is starting to take New Testament Greek at McMaster Divinity College, the seminary where I studied. But why do people who study for Christian ministry even need to study the original languages, such […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Read the Bible

Leadership and Ministry

Read the Bible? Who reads the Bible more than pastors? That’s the problem. We read the Bible to plan out sermons and Bible studies. But how often do we read the Bible to feed ourselves […]

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Why I Continue to Hold to Inerrancy

Apologetics and Theology

James Bishop is a thoughtful blogger who frequently writes on issues touching on theology, apologetics and biblical studies, I frequently link to his posts in my Midweek Apologetics Roundups. James recently wrote a thought-proving post […]

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5 Questions to Ask When Reading the Bible

Bible

Bible reading is good. Responsible Bible reading is better. It is not enough to just randomly open a Bible and put your finger down on a verse. There are some good practices that people can […]

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7 Differences Between the Bible and the Qur’an

Qur'an

The Bible is scripture for Christians and the Qur’an is scripture for Muslims. There are things that they have in common but there are also some significant differences. Here are seven differences between the Bible […]

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4 Bible Passages That Totally Confuse Me

Apologetics and Theology

I love it when people contact me and seek clarification about the meaning of Bible passages. As a pastor and a Bible teacher, I love this stuff. Most of the time. There are certain passages […]

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The Bible That I Recommend

There so many different kinds of Bibles out there. There is a wide variety of translations, study Bibles and so on. But there is one Bible that I must admit I really like and recommend […]

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Sean McDowell on the Value of Women in the Bible

It is common to hear that Christianity in general and the Bible in particular is anti-women. But is that true? It is easy to make assertions, but what does the Bible really say? Sean McDowell […]

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Faith, Autism and Taking Things Literally

Autism

I have been reading Temple Grandin’s Emergence: Labelled Autistic. In one of the chapters, Temple shares about an experience in chapel at the boarding school she attended as a child. I will share a portion […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 2

Apologetics

Build a Biblical Foundation When some people get a vision for apologetics, they may get excited about all the apologetics books that should be read. Those are great resources but it is skipping a step. […]

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Was the Bible Written Because People Were Afraid of Death?

Apologetics and Theology

“All religions are based on people’s fear of death and their desperate attempts to find hope after death.” Have you heard statements like this? Certainly the afterlife is an important part of many (but not […]

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10 More Things You May Not Have Known About the Bible

Some time back I wrote a post about 10 Things You May Not Have Known About the Bible. Since I believe that there are always more things to learn, here are 10 more things you […]

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Why I Believe in YHWH Rather Than Zeus

Apologetics and Theology

I have heard atheists claim that disbelief in the God of the Bible is no different than the Christian’s disbelief in Zeus. Christians are just inconsistent in their atheism. Is disbelief in YHWH the same […]

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5 Facts About the Bible and Slavery

I still hear accusations about the Bible and slavery on a regular basis. If Christianity is true, why does the Bible condone and even promote slavery? A good God would not do that. And on […]

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10 Things You May Not Have Known About the Bible

Apologetics and Theology

The Bible is the most influential book in western culture. Even in this post-Christian era, we are surrounded by the influence of the Bible. The Bible was crucial for me in my own faith journey. […]

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7 Things to Remember When Reading the Bible

Bible

Many years ago, I had a couple of Roman Catholic ladies come to my door. They went on to explain to me that the problem with the world today was that too many people read […]

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What Would a Biblical Error Look Like?

Recent years have brought much discussion about inerrancy. Ironically skeptics and certain Christians often agree on a very rigid form of inerrancy. It is possible to find people on both sides who would agree that […]

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The Media and the Bible

Apologetics and Theology

  This is the third instalment in my series on Canadian bloggers. This time we have the privilege of hearing from Don Hutchinson, interim CEO of the Canadian Bible Society. Don speaks to us on […]

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What is the Foundation of Christianity?

Apologetics and Theology

I recently had an interesting conversation about the foundation of Christianity. It began with a response to a pastor’s statement that the foundation of Christianity is not the Bible but is Jesus. Some people were […]

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Is Bible Teaching a Part of Apologetics?

Apologetics and Theology

I was recently challenged by someone about including a post about Bible teaching in the subject of apologetics. The purpose of this post is not to argue with the individual but to interact with the […]

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3 Things for Pastors to Teach About the Bible

Leadership and Ministry

Christians need to learn the Bible It is well known that the average person in the pew no longer has a good grasp of the Bible. Yes there are a few exceptions in certain families […]

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Should Christians Read the Apocrypha?

Apologetics and Theology

I have had evangelicals ask about the Apocrypha, seemingly concerned about their nature. Should Christians read the Apocrypha? My short answer is yes, but more information is needed. I have heard people describe the Apocrypha […]

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Is the Bible God’s Love Letter to Us?

As we approach Valentine’s Day, I was thinking about a statement that I often hear people say. The Bible is God’s love letter to us. To be honest, I think I have made such a […]

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7 Keys to Biblical Interpretation

Apologetics and Theology

Biblical interpretation is one of the most important skills for a Christian. This is something not just for a pastor or a professor. The Christian who reads five verses before bed needs to know how […]

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A Bible Worth Writing In

Apologetics and Theology

I remember many years ago hearing someone comment with enthusiasm about a new Bible they had bought. My thought back then was, “It is only a Bible, there is nothing to be excited about.” Well […]

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Protestant Biblical Interpretation

Apologetics and Theology

I truly believe that good biblical interpretation is one of the greatest needs within the Church. Hermeneutical errors have been responsible for heresies from the beginning. Thankfully there are some good principles that can help […]

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Skills for the Apologist

Would you like to be active as an apologist? Great! So what do you need to know to be an apologist? The common sense answer would be that an apologist needs to know about apologetics. […]

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5 Ways That Christianity is Unique

The uniqueness of Christianity One of the most common claims is that all religions are the same. This is incredibly false. Each religion has its own claim to being unique. Here are five ways in […]

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5 Things You Need to Know About the Gospels

I am surprised at how little Christians know about the Gospels. Yes they know the stories and can recognize some of the parables but when it comes to what the Gospels are and why they […]

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Top 50 Biblioblogs

I was very pleased to see that I made the top 50 biblioblogs according to Peter Kirby. In fact, I made it to 35, which was more than I expected. Of course that with the […]

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What You Need to Know About the Bible

Apologetics and Theology

If you can understand this one thing, you will avoid many of the problems that Christians encounter. Are your ready? This is very important. The Bible was not inspired as a western twenty-first century document […]

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Norm Geisler, Inerrancy and Definitions

Apologetics and Theology

Everyone knows that Norm Geisler is a strong defender of inerrancy. He has spent much of his ministry championing this cause. His latest weapon in this war is a new website called Defending Inerrancy. Let […]

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Start Your Year With the Bible

Apologetics and Theology

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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Genesis to Revelation

This is a project that I have been working on for a while and I am excited that it is finally ready.  Christian leaders often lament the biblical illiteracy in the church.  There are two […]

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C.S. Lewis on Inspiration and Inerrancy

I’m going to put this one out for discussion.  What do you think of this view of Scripture? “The main difficulty seems to me not the question whether the Bible is ‘inspired’, but what exactly […]

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A New Kind of Worship

Nehemiah 8:1-3 Introduction Imagine if I announced today that we were going to radically change the style of worship in the church.  I don’t just mean a change of songs, moving from traditional hymns to […]

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Skepticism and History in the Bible

Believe it or not, I am sympathetic with the skeptic.  I have a skeptical nature myself.  But when it comes to skepticism and the Bible, it is sometimes taken to the extreme.  The standards are […]

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ABCs of the Bible

I love the Psalms.  I love the Psalms for numerous reasons.  There is the beauty of the language.  I am not sure there is anything that is more beautiful than the 23rd Psalm.  I love […]

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A Voice From Above

“In the third month after the Israelites left Egypt—on the very day—they came to the Desert of Sinai. After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in […]

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Are YHWH and Allah the Same God?

Apologetics and Theology

What should people do with questions of the relation of the God of the Bible and the God of the Qur’an?  Are YHWH and Allah the same God?  This is a hard question to answer. […]

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Sola Scriptura

Most evangelicals, from almost every flavour, would affirm the Reformation call of sola scriptura.  But what do we mean by that?  Ben Witherington III has an interesting blog post on this subject.  You can read […]

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Losing His Religion

A fellow blogger recently posted his reasons for walking away from Christianity. The last I checked, there were almost a thousand responses to his post. He obviously struck a nerve with both believers and unbelievers. […]

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Matter Matters

First of all, I want to say that I am not on an anti-Christian Science crusade.  People are free to believe whatever they want to believe.  But I am enjoying our conversation so I am […]

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