Conversations With Jehovah’s Witnesses – Part Five

Apologetics and Theology

I once more had a conversation with a Jehovah’s Witness (and a new partner) focused largely (but not completely) on the kingdom of God. After numerous conversations on the kingdom of God, it is clear […]

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Disability and the Way of Jesus – Review

Disability and Faith

Two of the biggest interests in my life are biblical studies and disability theology. Disability and the Way of Jesus by Bethany McKinney Fox satisfied both those needs. This is a very important book for developing […]

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D-Day and the Kingdom of God

Apologetics and Theology

As I write this, it is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy. I have great interest in this as a student of military history. But this is not my Second World War […]

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Good News: Jesus is Alive

Personal Reflections

The purpose of my personal blog is to talk about things such as my family, my health and my regular experiences. I usually talk about matters of faith elsewhere. However, my faith is an extremely […]

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Where Was Jesus Between Good Friday and Easter Sunday?

Apologetics and Theology

Christians focus on the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday: the death and resurrection of Jesus. But where was Jesus between those two events? The easy answer is the grave. However, when people ask […]

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Did God Abandon Jesus on the Cross?

Apologetics and Theology

One of the most powerful moments in the passion narrative is when Jesus on the cross calls out to his Father. Matthew records it this way: About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in […]

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The Cross and Cosmic Child Abuse

Apologetics and Theology

The cross (along with the resurrection) is the central theme of Christianity. There is a reason that Christians use a cross as our symbol. But is the cross a good or bad thing? Some skeptics […]

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What is the Kingdom of God?

Apologetics and Theology

Although the Kingdom of God is not often talked about in churches today, it was the main topic of Jesus’ preaching. I believe that an understanding of the Kingdom is essential for Christians. Some people […]

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Why Didn’t Paul Mention the Virgin Birth of Jesus?

Apologetics and Theology

Jesus Mythicists frequently comment on Paul’s lack of description of aspects of Jesus’ life, including the virgin birth. Does Paul omission of this event mean that Paul was unaware of it or rejected it? It […]

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Is Jesus Like God or is God Like Jesus?

Jesus

Although I agree that Jesus is God (John 1:1), I have something specific in mind when I ask if Jesus is like God or God like Jesus. Traditionally, people have looked at Jesus and identified […]

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Does a Non-Historical Adam Remove the Need For Jesus?

Adam

One of the current conversations even among evangelicals, is the historicity of Adam and Eve.While young earth creations might never question the existence, many theistic evolutions (or evolutionary creationists) would question that Adam was a […]

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Was Nazareth Inhabited During the Time of Jesus?

Apologetics and Theology

I regularly hear skeptics claim that Nazareth was not inhabited during the first century, thus creating a major problem for the Gospel accounts about Jesus. This claim has been repeated so many times that people […]

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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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Did Jesus Have a Disability?

Disability

People with disabilities have not always felt valuable. This includes the context of the church. Are disabilities just a reminder of all that is not right in the world? But what if Jesus had a […]

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Did Jesus Ever Do Apologetics?

Apologetics

Awhile back, I got into a conversation with someone on Twitter about apologetics. This person, who had a seminary education and was involved in ministry, was pushing back on a tweet I wrote about the […]

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Who is Jesus?

Jesus

A sermon based on Luke 9:18-20 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. You can find the audio here. Introduction I have been fortunate to have had a number of jobs and roles. Second only to […]

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Pauline Christology

Apologetics and Theology

Was Jesus divine? Was the divinity of Jesus a later invention of the church? What did Paul, our earliest Christian writer, say about Jesus? I can think of no better resource to answer these questions […]

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William Lane Craig on the Historicity of Jesus’ Resurrection

Resurrection

The foundation of the Christian faith is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As important as the crucifixion is, the reason we know that was something more than a senseless death is that Jesus rose from […]

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4 Things You Need to Know About the Resurrection

Queen Street Baptist Church

This is the Easter sermon that I preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Easter Sunday is by far my favourite Sunday of the entire year. Christmas is wonderful with all of the carols and nativities […]

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Did Jesus Ride Two Donkeys into Jerusalem?

Apologetics and Theology

I will confess that when I preach on the triumphal entry of Jesus, I usually preach from either Mark’s or Luke’s version. The reason I avoid Matthew’s account is that it looks at first glance […]

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C.S. Lewis Challenges the Jesus Myth

C.S. Lewis and Friends

Certain forms of the Jesus Myth Theory make a big deal out of the dying and rising theme where the experience of a god represents what is taking place in nature with regard to seasons […]

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Four Portraits, One Jesus

Mark L. Strauss, Four Portraits, One Jesus: A Survey of Jesus and the Gospels. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007. 559 pp. Bible college and seminary students need to learn many things, but near the top of […]

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8 Things We Learn From the Great Commission

Leadership and Ministry

Last words are extremely important. In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus gives his disciples his standing orders. We call this the Great Commission. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Go therefore and […]

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Jesus from the Pagans

Jesus

The Myth Master, who in this video proved that Jesus never existed, is back. Now the Myth Master demonstrates beyond a shadow of a doubt that the story of Jesus was borrowed from the pagans. […]

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Is Jesus a Sun God?

Apologetics and Theology

Some versions of the Jesus Myth Theory attempt to argue that Jesus was a sun god and that he was derived from other sun gods. But other than a desire to connect Jesus with Horus […]

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Translating the Jesus Myth For You

If you have encountered the Jesus Myth Theory (JMT), you may be confused. They claim that the stories of pagan god-men are almost exactly the same as the story of Jesus. But when you read […]

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Is it Possible That Jesus is the Archangel Michael?

Apologetics and Theology

  I address this same question in my book, The Watchtower and the Word. Paperback (USA) Kindle (USA) Paperback (Canada) Kindle (Canada)

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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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Was Horus Born of a Virgin?

Horus

Among those who promote the Jesus Myth, one of the favourite pagan gods is that of Horus. It is claimed that much of what we read in the Gospels about Jesus is found in the […]

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Jesus’ Resurrection and Disabilities

Disabilities

Easter Sunday is the most important day for Christians. It is the day that we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Does this have anything to say about disabilities? When we think of the afterlife, we […]

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5 Reasons Why the Resurrection of Jesus is Important

Apologetics and Theology

The resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of Christianity There are a lot of topics that I have no interest in arguing about. There are certain biblical stories and events, while interesting and having something to […]

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Devotions: Hebrews

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Hebrews 4:15. The author of Hebrews is writing to Christians, probably of Jewish origin, who are struggling with their faith. Should they remain Christians or should they return to their former Judaism? […]

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Jesus: The Final Days

Jesus: The Final Days–What Really Happened By Craig A. Evans & N.T. Wright, edited by Troy A. Miller / Westminster John Knox Press What do history and archaeology have to say about Jesus’ death, burial, […]

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Is Jesus the Angel of the LORD?

In the Old Testament, there is a mysterious figure known as the Angel of the LORD. What is mysterious about the Angel of the LORD is the identity of this figure. In one way, this […]

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Was Jesus Adopted as the Son of God?

Apologetics and Theology

Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God. But what does that mean? Does that mean that Jesus has always been the Son of God or that God really liked Jesus and adopted him […]

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Devotions: Luke

A devotion based on Luke 19:9. One of the most popular stories in the Gospels is the story of Zacchaeus. There is a reason why children are able to enjoy it. It is incredibly visual. […]

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Devotions: Mark

A devotion based on Mark 8:33. The Apostle Peter is known for saying and doing the wrong thing but one of the worst experiences was that which resulted in Jesus calling him Satan. Not even […]

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7 Things You Need to Know About Jesus

Apologetics and Theology

The point at which a movement usually moves from orthodoxy to heresy is its understanding of Jesus. If we get Jesus wrong, we get everything wrong. 1. Jesus is not a created being. The Arian […]

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The Prodigal Definition Returns

Apologetics and Theology

The story of the prodigal son from Luke 15:11-31 is one of the most famous stories in the Bible. In fact the phrase, ‘the prodigal son,’ has entered into our every day vocabulary. When someone […]

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Would Jesus Buy the Rapture?

Over at the CNN Religion blog, Jay Parini wrote an article called “Even Jesus Wouldn’t Buy the ‘Rapture.’” This is a response the new television series called The Leftovers. I have no interest in defending that […]

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Embarrassment of Riches

“New Testament textual criticism suffers from an ’embarrassment of riches’ unparalleled  by any other piece of ancient literature. The manuscript copies of the New Testament are far more plentiful and earlier than any other Greek […]

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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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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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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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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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A Child and a Son

I believe strongly in defending the Christian faith and putting forth the strongest argument possible.  At the same time, I am a firm believer in not overstating our case or presenting claims not supported by […]

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The Difference Between Buddha and Jesus

Siddhartha Gautama’s path to becoming the Buddha began with observing four sights.  I take the wording from this site, from which you can get some more information on Buddhism. One day, as Siddhartha was touring […]

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Two Men and a Sin Baby

Romans 5:12-21 Introduction Why do things happen to us?  Why do we experience some good things and some bad things?  In our society, we pride ourselves in personal autonomy.  We want to believe that things […]

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Miracle of the Incarnation

Romans 1:1-7 Introduction What is it that is essential for us to get right?  Do we need to get the style of our worship music right?  Do we need to get the balance of liturgy […]

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Psalm 22, Christ and Humanity

As we approach Easter, we are drawn to the New Testament accounts of the crucifixion and the Old Testament texts that seem to point to the passion.  One of the most frequent is Psalm 22, […]

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So You Want to Be a Wise Guy?

James 3:13-18 Introduction If you could have any of the God-given abilities of people in the Old Testament, who would you want to be like?  You could be like Abraham and Sarah and be able […]

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Karl Barth on the Virgin Birth

Virgin Birth

The man Jesus of Nazareth is not the true Son of God because He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  On the contrary, because He is the true Son […]

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Christ in Crisis

Sermons

Mark 14:32-42 Introduction What has been the hardest moment in your life?  It may have been the death of a loved one.  It may have been your own struggle with illness and the uncertainty about […]

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The Other Lord’s Prayer

John 17:1-26 Introduction When we want to learn how to pray, it is natural for us to look to Jesus.  But this has both good and challenging elements.  The good thing is that we are […]

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The Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6:9-15 Introduction When it comes to learning how to do something, there are different kinds of people.  Some people need everything spelled out for them.  They don’t want to think, they want each step […]

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Jesus, Socrates and Alexander the Great

Apologetics and Theology

In a recent discussion in the comments section of one of my blog posts, a person who doubts the historicity of Jesus suggested that an appropriate comparison of ancient figures would be that with Socrates, […]

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What is Heresy?

Heresy

There seems to be quite a bit of labeling of people as heretics in recent years.  It is easy to discount people with a label, but have people really thought through what this means?  The […]

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Impossibility of Miracles?

One of the criticisms of Christianity is the belief in miracles.  Miracles by definition are impossible.  The laws of nature cannot be broken.  There have even been forms of Christianity that have denied miracles as […]

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Papias on Christ and Michael

I am very interested in the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ claim that Jesus is the archangel Michael.  In my reading, I came across something interesting.  Papias was an early Christian father, a companion of Polycarp and someone […]

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Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Problem of the Archangel Michael

As you may know, Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe that Jesus is co-eternal with the Father.  Instead of God incarnate, they see Jesus as the archangel Michael.  One of the first problems that they have […]

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The Bacchae

I just finished reading Euripides play The Bacchae.  This is a very important ancient writing as it is one of our best texts for understanding the Dionysus cult.  This is of importance to me as […]

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Who is the Father of Jesus Christ?

Let me put my cards on the table: I believe Jesus to be the Son of God and that his human father was Joseph, the husband of Mary.  Why do I believe that Jesus is […]

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Did Jesus Die on the Cross and Rise Again?

Sermons

1 Corinthians 2:1-2, 15:12-17 Introduction Have you ever been in some sort of sales transaction or contract? All sorts of details are being presented and the other person goes on and on and on. As […]

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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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Virgin Birth and Biology

One of the arguments that I have heard against the virgin birth is that it is impossible for a complex being to be born without the genetic material from both the male and female.  Science […]

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Is Jesus the Archangel Michael?

One of the distinctives of the Jehovah’s Witnesses is their belief that Jesus is not God but is rather the archangel Michael.  They derive this from the following passage. “For the Lord himself, with a […]

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Resurrection and History

Dr. John Dickson has an interesting article on the resurrection that you can find here.  I like what he says even if it might not be far enough for many Christians.  Dickson attempts to find […]

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The Muslim Jesus

Muslim Jesus

There seems to be no lack of Jesus movies but a new one has come out that should capture some attention. It is called the Messiah and it was made by Iranian filmmaker Nader Talebzadeh. […]

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Christian Science and Jesus Christ

My post on Christian Science seemed to gather a lot of interest, so I thought I would dig a little deeper.  Since my previous post relied on the writings of an author critical of sectarian […]

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