What to Do When Your Child Says They No Longer Believe

Apologetics and Theology

Of all the roles that I have, the one I feel the most pressure for is that of a parent, especially a Christian parent. I want my children to grow up to be good and […]

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Apologetics Will Not Make Anyone a Christian

Apologetics

There are those within the church who are critical of Christian apologetics who point out its limitations. They will argue that presenting an apologetic for Christianity will not result in the person becoming a Christian. […]

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Why the Resurrection of Jesus is Important to Me

Apologetics and Theology

Why am I a Christian? What is my faith based on? That depends upon the day. There are days when God’s presence feels so real. I have had numerous specific prayers answered in very dramatic […]

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What to Do When You Experience Doubt

Some Christians think that doubt is the worst possible thing to happen to a believer. It is so bad that it must by buried deep down, never to see the light of day. I think […]

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Faith Living Up to Her Name

Our youngest daughter’s name is Faith. Yesterday she did something that me very happy. Her class had to do a Thanksgiving assignment that included the things that they are thankful. It includes many of the […]

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Real Childlike Faith

Childlike Faith

It is frequently claimed that Christians should have an unquestioning faith since Jesus taught us to have child-like faith. We should bury our doubts and questions and just trust as a child would. The problem […]

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Thoughts on Baptism

Baptism

My understanding of baptism has evolved quite a bit over the years. Obviously moving from my Anglican upbringing to my current Baptist pastoral ministry required some change. However, even that change has been complex. When […]

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Faith, Doubt and the Unexpected

Getting Jesus Right

A sermon preached at Queen Street Baptist Church on Luke 7:18-28. Introduction Would you describe yourself as gullible or skeptical? I must confess that one of my guilty privileges is having fun with gullible people. […]

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I Believe. Yes, Sir!

Sermons

A message based on Luke 7:1-10 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction What would it take to amaze you? Depending on your life experience, it might be difficult for you to be surprised or taken […]

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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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Can Faith and Doubt Coexist?

I appreciated this short video by Bruxy Cavey on faith and doubt. I don’t believe experiencing and expressing doubts is something that will lead away from Jesus. I think it is more dangerous to have […]

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What the Church Needs to Know About Autism – Episode 2

Autism

In this episode of “What the Church Needs to Know About Autism,” I encourage churches to eliminate the words “retard” and “retarded” from their vocabulary. What seems like an innocent word to some is devastating […]

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What the Church Needs to Know About Autism – Episode 1

Autism

The first in a series of videos looking at what the church needs to know about autism. In this episode I talk about the diversity within the autism spectrum disorder.  

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My Autism and My Faith

Autism

I have heard from some people with autism that faith can be difficult. I have also heard from parents concerned about how to explain Christian faith to their child with autism. I have blogged previously […]

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5 Things You Need to Know About Faith and Autism

Faith and Autism

One of the most common questions I get is about how people with autism understand faith. At first I tried to guess from my children with autism, which is hard because they are both nonverbal. […]

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5 Reasons Why You Should Not Just Have an Emotional Faith

There are many Christians that deeply love Jesus. A good number of them have had some sort of amazing experience with God. They are filled with emotion toward the God who has saved them. All […]

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Setting the Record Straight: What I Really Believe

Believe

I recently reposted my most popular blog post, Three Reasons Why Rick Warren is a Heretic. I get three responses to this post. One is appreciation for my satirical attempt to show that Rick Warren […]

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Devotions: 2 Thessalonians

A devotion based on 2 Thessalonians 1:3. A thanksgiving was a normal part of an ancient letter. Paul took what was a routine section of a letter and infused it with meaning. When Paul says […]

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Faith Like Atticus Finch

There is a great line in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus Finch is having a conversation with his daughter about why he has taken on the extremely unpopular defence of Tom Robinson. In […]

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Heart vs. Head

One of the reasons people don’t want to be involved in apologetics is that they do not want to have a intellectual faith. If they had to choose between a head faith and a heart […]

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5 Reasons I Didn’t Want to Become a Christian

Apologetics and Theology

In my spiritual journey I went from being a nominal Christian to an atheist to a theist to a Christian. For this post, I want to focus on the time that I was a theist. […]

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6 Steps in My Christian Conversion

I hate when people ask me how I became a Christian. It is not that I am embarrassed or am afraid of sharing my faith. Rather my conversion story is long and complicated. Some people […]

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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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Spiritual Dangers and Apologetics

I came across this surprising quote that may shock some readers: “I envy you not having to think any more about Christian apologetics.  My correspondents force the subject on me again and again.  It is […]

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Dead Faith

Sermons

James 2:14-26 Introduction One of the distinctives of Christianity is that we believe that salvation is by faith alone.  There is no religious ritual or level of good deeds that will bring about our salvation.  […]

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Have Some Faith

Luke 1:5-20, 26-35 Introduction Growing up, I did not realize how easy my parents had it at Christmas.  Since I was an only child, not only was it cheaper to buy presents for only one […]

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Being a Confident Christian

Hebrews 11:1-6 Introduction As a child, I was always someone who was unsure of myself.  It is not that I could not do anything, I just lacked the confidence to try.  The people I envied […]

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Christadelphians

When I was a youth pastor, I remember being contacted by one of the teens in our group about Christadelphians.  They were nice people who believed in Jesus, was that not enough?  Being not very […]

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My Journey So Far

Apologetics can come in many forms such as philosophy, archaeology and historical analysis.  One of the most compelling forms of apologetics is God’s activity in the human experience.  I recently wrote out my life story, […]

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