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 is the Rapture in the Book of Revelation?

Rapture

I spent much of my 20s in a Pentecostal church which stressed the rapture. What is the rapture? It is the belief that God will rescue his people from earth. I will get into the […]

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Responding to Richard Carrier’s Dating the Corinthian Creed

Richard Carrier

One of the key passages for Christian apologists is the creed that Paul quotes in 1 Corinthians 15 as part of his discussion on the resurrection. For I passed on to you as most important […]

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My Eschatology Has Changed (But It’s Not the End of the World)

Eschatology

When we speak of eschatology, we must remember that there are a couple of aspects to this doctrine. It both refers to what will happen to the world when Jesus returns and what happens to […]

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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

Sermons

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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Does Revelation 3:10-11 Teach the Rapture?

Rapture

I came across an internet meme with the following message, “The Rapture in the Book of Revelation: Revelation 3:10,11.” Does this passage really teach the rapture? “Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, […]

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Don’t Plan on Spending Eternity in Heaven

Heaven

What is the Gospel? Many would say that the Gospel is: If you believe in Jesus you will go to heaven when you die. There is much I could ask about that simple definition (e.g. […]

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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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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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Free Church Easter Resource

Apologetics and Theology

I have two very strong convictions. One is that apologetics is not just for academic discussion but for the church. Apologists should be seeking to equip congregations to understand their faith better. The other is […]

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Devotions: 1 Thessalonians

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on 1 Thessalonians 4:14. In 1 Thessalonians, Paul is dealing with a problem that is hard for us to imagine in our modern context. Christians in the early church thought that Jesus […]

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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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How Do You Recognize a Good Church?

Sermons

A sermon preached at First Baptist Church based on Acts 4:32-35. Introduction Sometimes we have preconceived ideas about what something looks like. I remember the first time I met Mike Allen, the former padre in […]

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Finding a New Land

Apologetics and Theology

FINDING A NEW LAND: FROM CANAAN TO THE RESURRECTION In the Old Testament, hope is focused almost entirely on the secure possession of the Promised Land, with little mention of a personal resurrection. In the […]

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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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Jesus Gets a Raise

Apologetics and Theology

As Christians will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus on Sunday, I thought I would share the chapter from Experiencing God Without Losing Your Mind that deals with the resurrection.  This will give you a […]

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Contending for Easter

A group of Canadian apologetics bloggers, called the Canadian Apologetics Coalition (including myself) are running a series of blog posts leading up to Easter.  Here is a preview of what you can expect. The following […]

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Abundance of Blessings

Romans 8 Introduction What is Christianity all about?  Is Christianity all about bad news or about good news?  I have seen descriptions of churches that were completely about what they were against and not at […]

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Things Are Not What They Seem

Luke 25:13-35 Introduction Have you ever been really down in the dumps?  Have you had your plans, your expectations and things went the complete wrong way?  Have you ever been deeply disappointed?  I think that […]

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Religion as a Quest for Afterlife

Apologetics and Theology

It is common to hear the accusation that religion was created by those who feared death and needed some sort of afterlife.  Really?  And what research is that based on?  Your neighbour who had a […]

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Will There Be a Rapture?

With claims a number of months ago about a predicted rapture and the hugely popular Left Behind series from a few years back, the concept of the rapture has hit the mainstream.  What are we […]

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Six Surprises of Easter

Easter

Introduction Some surprises are good and some are bad.  I remember some bad ones.  I remember biting into what I thought was a chocolate donut and finding out it was a pumpernickel bagel or what […]

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Surprised By Hope

Apologetics and Theology

N.T. Wright‘s Surprised By Hope is one of the best books that I have read in a long time.  I had read his Resurrection of the Son of God, which is much more scholarly, but […]

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Gerd Lüdemann and the Resurrection

Last week I presented a short paper at a conference on the resurrection at the Catholic University at Louvain La Neuve in Belgium.  It was a great experience and Amanda and I made a nice […]

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Finding a New Land: From Canaan to the Resurrection

My book Finding a New Land: From Canaan to the Resurrection is now available on Amazon.  This was my M.A. thesis that I have revised for publication.  In this book I tackle the issues of […]

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Scot McKnight on the Resurrection

Scot McKnight had an interesting reflection on issues surrounding the resurrection and what happens when one dies.  You can read his blog post here.

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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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The Resurrection and 1 Corinthians

I just had an article published in the American Journal of Biblical Theology.  It is a detailed look at the resurrection message in 1 Corinthians 15.  You can find the article here.  Although it is […]

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Hellenistic Influence and the Resurrection

I have just had a new article published, this time in the Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism and you can read it here.  This is a surprising article for me in some ways.  My […]

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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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