What Does ‘No Religion’ Mean?

William Lane Craig finally made it on CNN, in this case to respond to the Amazing Atheist Guy.  I am sure that there is much that could be said about this exchange.  However, I must […]

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Experiencing God Without Losing Your Mind

As an ordained pastor, apologetics is not just an academic pursuit for me, it is something that I believe needs to get into the church.  I have experimented with some apologetics resources in my previous […]

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Axiome

I am very much interested in what Christians are doing within the Canadian context.  One of the hardest areas of Canada to reach is that of Quebec.  As a French Canadian (who unfortunately does not […]

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What Are the Limits of Darwinism?

Dr. Michael Behe gave a presentation on “What Are the Limits of Darwinism?” at the University of Toronto in November of 2012.  This events was sponsored by Power to Change.  If you are interested in […]

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Apologetics on Twitter

For those of you on Twitter, I have a favour to ask of you.  I really believe it is important to increase awareness about apologetics.  My request is that tomorrow (Feb. 1, 2013), that you […]

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Was Jesus Omniscient?

Orthodox Christian theology teaches that Jesus is God incarnate.  When we speak of God, we speak of a being who is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient.  The problem is that when the disciples asked Jesus about […]

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Nativity Cave and Gentile Myths

Was Jesus really born in a cave?  And was that a cave a reference to existing pagan myths about the birth of god-men or other images?  If you are interested in the supposed pagan connections […]

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Common Miracles

One of the common obstacles to faith is belief in miracles.  In fact, after the enlightenment, there was a move even among some church leaders and theologians to remake Christianity into an miracle-less religion.  The […]

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Why I am Welcoming But Not Affirming

Both society’s and the church’s attitude toward homosexuality has changed dramatically in the last fifteen or so years.  In Canada, same-sex marriage is both legal and an accepted part of society.  Even within the church, […]

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Veritas in Brantford

The Veritas Forum is going to be making some presentations in Brantford ON on Jan. 14-16, 2013.  I was ordained at Queensway Baptist Church, one of the sponsoring churches of this event.  The topic is […]

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Cold-Case Christianity

A number of years ago, Lee Strobel’s Case for Christ made a huge impact on the Christian community and on skeptics.  Why?  It was not because it was answering the hard questions for the first […]

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Hope’s Reason Ministries

I have had a recent change in what ministry looks like for me.  I have been an ordained pastor for eleven years and have been pastoring at a two-point charge for the last nine years. […]

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Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

My favorite Christmas carol is Charles Wesley’s classic, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.  Not only is Wesley my favourite hymn writer in general, this particular carol is filled with theological truth.  This is a great […]

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Anti-Christmas

I hate to do this on Christmas Eve, but since this is my 666th post on this blog, I decided that I needed to post on the Antichrist.  What do we know about the Antichrist? […]

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Religion Soup

Acadia Divinity College, were I study, has a series called Religion Soup.  These include debates featuring Craig Evans, Bart Ehrman, Mike Licona and Dale Martin.  You can find these debates on Youtube at this playlist.

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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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Top Five New Testament Books

Since I recently posted some recommended books on apologetics, I thought I would also recommend five books that deal specifically with the New Testament. Resurrection of the Son of God by N.T. Wright Jesus and […]

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Apologetics Canada Conference 2013

I am very much interested in the apologetics activity that is taking place in Canada and so I am pleased to share with you information about the Apologetics Canada Conference that is taking place March […]

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Zechariah, Mary and the Asking of Questions

An important part of apologetics is about the asking of questions and the wrestling with the potential answers. Although some people are uncomfortable with questions, they are essential to a healthy and strong faith. I […]

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Are School Shootings the Judgment of God?

People around the world are trying to make sense of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  It is a terrible tragedy and it has touched us all.  I believe there is an important place […]

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Richard Carrier vs Mark Goodacre

One of the topics that I am interested in is the evidence for the historical existence of Jesus.  One of the few people with scholarly credentials that denies the existence of Jesus is Richard Carrier. […]

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Why Did God Let This Happen?

As a parent of elementary school aged children, the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut has really touched a nerve.  This is every parents’ worst nightmare.  You assume that when you […]

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Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics Vol. 2 No. 2

I am hoping to get volume three together this month.  But until then, make sure to check out volume two of Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics from last year.  There are some great articles […]

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What in the World?

I have had quite a few conversations, both in person and online, about the meaning of the world.  I have seen people very concerned about the world in the sense of the things that are […]

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A Vision For a Healthy Church

This is my final sermon a pastor of First Baptist Church Meaford. Romans 15 Introduction The time has come for my last message to the church.  I wanted to share something that would be helpful […]

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How to Disagree

Romans 14 Introduction In John 17, Jesus prays a prayer for the future church, a prayer that is aimed at us.  In his prayer, Jesus prays for something very specific.  It is not for beautiful […]

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The Vampire Syndrome

Do you remember those old vampire movies?  The vampire would attack his victim, a chain with a cross would come into view and the vampire would flee in fear.  The sign of the cross created […]

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I Can See Clearly Now

Romans 13 Introduction There are a number of moments in my life that were turning points.  One of them was when I got my eyes checked for the first time.  After being encouraged to get […]

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Ancient Philosophy

If you are interested in ancient philosophy, especially that of Plato and Aristotle, you may like a course taught a UC Berkeley taught by David Ebery.  You can download the audio of this course from […]

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Why Christians Should Not Use the Word Sodomite

From time to time, I hear Christians referring to homosexuals as Sodomites.  I once suggested in public that this was not appropriate and I was challenged on it.   After all, the Bible speaks about […]

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The Power of Love

Romans 12 Introduction There are many things that people of different religions and philosophies disagree on but there is one thing that almost everyone agrees on: the importance of love.  It doesn’t matter of you […]

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Let God Be God

Romans 9 Introduction It is very interesting for me to see the change in perspective from being a son to being a father.  This is especially true with regard to ideas of fairness.  Now things […]

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Osiris and Jesus

Since one of my areas of interest is the Jesus myth theory, I thought would point people to a podcast episode by Glenn Peoples on the comparison between Osiris and Jesus.  You can find the […]

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Annihilationism and Evangelism

I was recently listening to a podcast about annihilationism, that is the belief that the wicked do not suffer for eternity in hell but are simply destroyed.  I am not planning on discussing the merits […]

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Romans 9 and the Jesus Myth

There are a number of different versions of the Jesus myth theory.  However, for any of them to work, they need to deal with Paul.  Many mythicists claim that Paul never speaks of the earthly […]

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Say Hello to a Great Podcast

I enjoy listening to good podcasts and I recently got around to Glenn Peoples’ podcast called Say Hello to My Little Friend.  I am really enjoying it.  Glenn is a very gifted philosopher and theologian […]

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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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Bad History and the Historical Jesus

I have been listening to an audio course on iTunes on the Historical Jesus, taught by Thomas Sheehan.  You can find the course on iTunes here. I can’t believe how offended I have been as […]

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Did Jesus Have a Wife?

The Da Vinci Code book and movie made popular the idea that Jesus was married and had children, although that idea had circulated in many forms before that.  Now a scholar is putting forward a […]

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Trapped

Romans 7 Introduction Look at your life.  Is it the way you want it to be?  I do not mean do you have the possessions you want or have you accomplished what you want.  I […]

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Who Needs Scholarship?

I had someone recently comment on my Facebook page about the role of scholarship.  It started with a comment about a book that presents a variety of theological positions.  If theologians cannot agree with each […]

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Early Middle Ages

I have just listened to a very interesting course on the Early Middle Ages, taught  by Paul Freedman at Yale University.  It deals with some important church history, the rise of Islam and many other […]

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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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Unification Church

With the death of Sun Myung Moon, it is worth looking at the beliefs of this sect.  Moon claimed that the Unification church (the Moonies) found its origin when Jesus appeared to him in a […]

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Peter’s Denial of Jesus: By the Numbers

If you asked most people how many times Peter denied Jesus, you would overwhelmingly get the answer of three.  It seems pretty straight forward.  You might be surprised then to discover that many people actually […]

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On the Cutting Edge of Apologetics: The MA in Apologetics at HBU

I am pleased to have Holly Ordway present this special guest post promoting an exciting new program. I’m delighted to be writing this guest post as the Chair of the new Department of Apologetics at […]

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Being a Slave

Romans 6:15-23 Introduction How do you understand your relationship with God?  Do you see yourself primarily as a worshipper?  That would mean that your main role would be to praise God.  Do you see yourself […]

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The Use of Historical Sources and the Gospels

I encounter people who reject the Gospels as being historically valuable unless a part of it is supported by another historical source.  The assumption is that the Gospels should be seen as false unless there […]

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Living in Grace Land

Romans 6:1-14 Introduction I believe that there is one question that is essential for all of us to ask: So what?  You say you love your children?  So, what does that look like in reality?  […]

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The Original Jesus

I am a big believer in focusing apologetics on the person of Jesus and not getting distracted by nonessentials.  The challenge is to have good resources in getting the truth of Jesus across to people. […]

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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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Robert Cara on the Gospels

I recently listened to the audio course on the Gospels by Robert Cara from Reformed Theological Seminary.  I thought it was a pretty good course.  I thought Cara was a little too critical of critical […]

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Peace and Joy

Romans 5:1-11 Introduction I like it when things make sense.  I enjoy it when things are logical and reasonable.  This is the challenge of being a parent.  Amanda and I look at some of the […]

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Michael Kruger on Canon

One of the most important areas for study is that of canon.  Why do we have the books in the New Testament that we do?  Who picked them?  Are they a late invention?  Most of […]

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God, Allah and Barack Obama

I have been in ongoing discussions with people about the identity of the God of Christians and the God of Muslims.  I argue that Christians and Muslims believe in the same God.  I must make […]

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Father Abraham

Romans 4 Introduction I find family resemblances to be very fascinating.  Physically, I do not look much like my dad.  However, I am now at the age that my dad was when I have some […]

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Chick-fil-A, Starbucks and Boycotting What We Disagree With

Sometime ago, Starbucks took a stand for same-sex marriage.  Many evangelical Christians were offended and called for a boycott of Starbucks.  Advocates of same-sex marriage saw this as intolerant and as an overreaction.  More recently, […]

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Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics Vol. 1 No. 1

Our first issue of Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics came out in 2010.  I am very excited about this journal.  There are some great articles by some talented apologists is this issue.  There are […]

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Now, the Good News

Romans 3:21-31 Introduction What do you want first?  The good news or the bad news?  Whenever I am asked that question, the answer is very easy.  I want the bad news first.  There are a […]

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Podcast Music

I hope that you have been listening to my podcast.  One of the things that I have wanted to add to it was some fun music to start it off.  Glenn Peoples was great enough […]

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Suffering, Protection and the Pre-Trib Rapture

There was an interesting conversation at our most recent class on Romans.  We were looking at a number of passages on suffering. “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance.” […]

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Tyndale’s Modular Program

Do you live in the Toronto area?  Do you work full time?  Do you wish you could study at the undergraduate level at a Christian university?  You may be interested in Tyndale University College’s modular […]

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Shades, Sex and the Gospel Coalition

The web is ablaze with comments on the blog post by Jared Wilson, who quotes Douglas Wilson, titled The Polluted Wayers of 50 Shades of Grey.  The controversial comments are: In other words, however we […]

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How to Share Your Faith Apologetically

I recently saw a question about apologetic related resources for a clear Gospel presentation.  My immediate reaction was: How do you have one Gospel presentation that fits everyone from the atheist to the Muslim to […]

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Columbia Evangelical Seminary

I often get asked about where someone should go to get apologetics training.  There are many options and thankfully the list is getting longer.  But the first thing I ask before giving an answer is […]

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Two Rules For Witnessing

A basic element of Christianity is sharing the Good News of what God has done in Jesus Christ.  But witnessing is not always done well, not just in effectiveness but in terms of ethics.  I […]

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Miroslav Volf on Jews, Muslims and the Trinity

The question of whether or not the God of the Christians and the God of the Muslims is the same is a controversial one.  For many Christians, the answer is quite easy.  Christians believe in […]

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Preaching a Stranger’s Funeral

I have done a number of funerals for people and families I did not know.  The Gospel Coalition provides a nice article giving tips on how to go about this.  You can read the article […]

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So, How Bad Are We?

Romans 3:9-20 Introduction So, how bad are we?  Now that is a dangerous question.  Do we really want to ask that?  Imagine putting yourself out there, taking a risk, and doing something outside your comfort […]

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Journal of the International Society of Christian Apologetics

The vol. 5, no. 1 2012 of the Journal of the International Society of Christian Apologetics has come out.  The issue includes the following articles: “A Short and Easie Method with Postmodernism” by John Warwick […]

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Faithfulness of God

Romans 3:1-8 Introduction Think about the people you know, your family and friends and acquaintances.  What are the virtues that you value and admire most?  There would be things like politeness and kindness and intelligence […]

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Imagine

Many years ago, John Lennon painted a picture of the beautiful world that would exist if there was no religion.  Now, decades later that dream continues for many people.  It is not difficult to find […]

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Registry of Homophobic Acts

I am proud to be a Canadian.  But I am not proud of everything that takes place in Canada.  I just read this story about a registry set up in Quebec, with government approval, to […]

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Unmasking Religion

Romans 2:17-29 Introduction How do people feel about religion?  My experience is that people are quick to dismiss “organized religion.”  They don’t mind faith in God or even spirituality but they hate organized religion.  There […]

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Inter-Religious Dialogue

“It is a fallacy to believe that argument has no place in inter-religious dialogue.  Argument, so long as it does not descend to the level of caricature and invective, is a form of respect towards […]

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The Problem With Judging

Romans 2:1-16 Introduction “Judge not, lest you also be judged.”  These are very well known words, even by people who do not know Jesus spoke them or that they are found in the Bible.  Well […]

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Hope for Hope, Reason for Reason

Over at my podcast, I made a short announcement about the future of Hope’s Reason Ministries.  You can have a listen here.  Basically, we want to make this ministry official and have it as a […]

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A Bad Exchange Rate

Romans 1:18-32 Introduction Paul’s letter to the Romans is very much about being in right relationship with God.  No matter what subject he is looking at, he connects it to our relationship with God and […]

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J.W. Wartick on the Jesus Myth

Apologist J.W. Wartick has published a blog post on the Jesus myth.  This is an important subject that has for too long been ignored by scholars.  You can find his post here.

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Bart Ehrman vs Richard Carrier

Bart Ehrman, who is normally a critic of Christianity and the Bible, recently wrote a book defending the existence of Jesus against the claims of the Jesus mythicists.  Richard Carrier, an atheist and a scholar […]

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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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Does God Still Heal?

James 5:13-20 Introduction Each Sunday, we have an opportunity to share our prayer requests.  Very often people share requests for physical healing, either for themselves or for their sick loved ones.  Have you ever thought […]

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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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Introduction to Cosmology

I continue to believe that it is important to have a wide range of learning and I am thankful for the resources available at iTunes University.  As someone long interested in astronomy, I found the […]

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Leadership Lessons From the Godfather

We all want to be better leaders.  Lessons on leadership can come from the most unexpected places.  This article provides some helpful leadership lessons from the Godfather movie.

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Ethics of Evangelism

What are your thoughts on proselytization?  Most people have strong feelings, few just don’t care.  Many evangelicals strongly emphasize the sharing of their faith (although they would prefer the term evangelism to proselytization).  Some Christians […]

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You Poor Rich People

James 5:1-6 Introduction What is the purpose of life?  According to one bumper sticker: “The one who dies with the most toys wins.”  Look at almost every area of life and it would seem to […]

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Humanities Lectures

I believe that it is important for those interested in apologetics to have a wide breadth of knowledge.  Bethel University makes a number of lectures from their humanities department available online.  You can find lectures […]

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You Want to Do What?

James 4:13-17 Introduction I am a person who always likes a plan.  By a plan, I don’t mean just some general hopes to one day do such and such.  I like timelines and concrete goals.  […]

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So You Want to be a Jesus Mythicist?

You want to be a believer in the Jesus myth theory, the idea that Jesus never existed and that the Gospel account of Jesus is based on pagan myths.  It could be because you are […]

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How to Become a Muslim

James 4:1-12 Introduction How to become a Muslim?  Did you come to the right place?  I want to reassure you that I am not preaching a form of Chrislam.  Chrislam is a view that puts […]

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Karl Barth on the Origin of Christianity

“In a secondary sense we can, of course, explain the necessity of the rise of Christianity in the light of Judaistic development and the political, spiritual and moral circumstances of the Mediterranean world in the […]

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Christianity Through the Reformation

I am a firm believer that Christians should have good handle on history, especially church history.  You can find the audio of a course on Christianity Through the Reformation taught by Anthony Heideman at Front […]

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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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Cosmos and Creator

If you are interested in how science can inform theology, you might find this conference from Seattle Pacific University of interest.  Speakers include John Polkinghorne, Stephen Meyer and others.  You can find the audio at […]

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