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I believe deeply that "all truth is God’s truth." That historic affirmation means that when we discover and grasp truth in the world and in life we move closer to its divine Author. This approach relies on the Christian idea of God’s two revelatory books - the metaphorical book of nature and the literal book of Scripture.

As an RTB scholar I have a great passion to help people understand and see the truth and relevance of Christianity's truth-claims. My writings and lectures at RTB focus on showing how the great doctrinal truths of the faith (the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Atonement, creation ex nihilo, salvation by grace, etc.) are uniquely compatible with reason. This approach reflects the historic Christian apologetics statement - "faith seeking understanding."

I work to help myself and others fulfill Peter's words in 2 Peter 3:18: "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen."

  • Take Up and Read: More Than a Carpenter

    December 12, 2017

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in theology, philosophy, and apologetics. My hope is that these brief introductions to important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers to, as St. Augustine put it, “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
    • Books
    • Book Reviews
  • Three Historic Christian Classics

    December 5, 2017

    There are classic Christian scholars and authors that everyone should know about. Unfortunately, many of today’s believers are unfamiliar with some of Christianity’s greatest thinkers of the past. So in this article I will briefly introduce three great leaders and focus upon their written masterpieces.

  • Take Up and Read: How to Think about the Great Ideas

    November 28, 2017

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully, a very brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers, as St. Augustine was called to in his dramatic conversion to Christianity, to “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
    • Books
    • Book Reviews
  • When Suffering Turns Your World Upside Down

    November 21, 2017

    When you are young and healthy, it is easy to think that you are in control of your life and that you are the master of your own fate. But circumstances can quickly arise that clearly demonstrate that all human beings are finite creatures with genuine limitations, boundaries, and physical-mental-emotional vulnerabilities. Ultimately, suffering in its various forms overtakes all human beings and shows us to be temporal, mortal creatures.

    • Evil & Suffering
    • Problem of Evil
    • Faith
    • Christian Life
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  • Take Up and Read: Saved by Grace

    November 14, 2017

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully a very brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers, as St. Augustine was called to in his dramatic conversion to Christianity, to “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

    • Reading
    • Books
    • Christian Literature
    • Book Reviews
  • Can Sounds Be Evil?

    November 7, 2017

    I had a thoughtful student respectfully take issue with me over the topic of whether sound or instrumental music (music without lyrics) could be classified as moral. Here are his comments:

    • Critical Thinking
    • Life of the Mind
    • Logic
    • Christian Life
  • Take Up and Read: Here I Stand—A Life of Martin Luther

    October 31, 2017

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in theology, philosophy, and apologetics. My hope is that these brief introductions to important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers to, as St. Augustine put it, “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

    • People of Faith
    • People
    • Christian Literature
    • Reading
    • Famous Christians
    • Books
    • Book Reviews
  • Addressing Doubts about the Faith

    October 24, 2017

    Several years ago I received an email from a pastor who was going through some difficult times. He had battled a life-threatening illness, experienced troubling problems at his church, and yet worst of all, his daughter had begun having serious doubts about the truth of the Christian faith.

    • Faith
    • Good Questions
    • God's Existence
    • God
    • Christian Life
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  • Take Up and Read: Augustine through the Ages

    October 17, 2017

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics.

    • Books
    • Reading
    • Book Reviews
    • Christian Literature
  • Disappointment with Other Christians

    October 10, 2017

    Jesus’s resurrection is at the very heart of historic Christianity. In fact, the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is both a central doctrinal belief of the faith and the primary evidence for the truth of the religion itself. Given the importance of Easter for Christians, it is appropriate for us to consider 12 evidences for the resurrection of Jesus.

    • Christian Life
  • Feed on the Faith: Grace-Oriented Spiritual Renewal

    October 3, 2017

    Over the course of more than 30 years of work in the field of Christian apologetics, there have been a number of times that I felt drained and in definite need of spiritual renewal. Sometimes in ministry you are so busy trying to help others that you fail to give appropriate attention to your own needs.

    • Christian Life
  • Take Up and Read: Engaging Unbelief

    September 26, 2017

    A very brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers, as St. Augustine was called to in his dramatic conversion to Christianity, to “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

    • Book Reviews
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  • Five Ways Historic Christianity Relates Faith to Reason

    September 19, 2017

    Many people view​faith and reason as being at odds with one another. For example, some differentiate faith from reason by asserting that faith merely involves hoping something is true, whereas reason involves affirming something to be true based upon justifying evidence.

    • Apologetics
  • Take Up and Read: Luther’s Small Catechism

    September 12, 2017

    This week’s book, Luther’s Small Catechism, was written by the man known as the father of the Protestant Reformation. More than merely a Lutheran text, however, Martin Luther’s brief theological work reflects a timeless—and in many ways a universal—classic of historic Christian education.

    • Book Reviews
  • What Does It Mean to Be Made in the Image of God?

    September 5, 2017

    This week’s book, Luther’s Small Catechism, was written by the man known as the father of the Protestant Reformation. More than merely a Lutheran text, however, Martin Luther’s brief theological work reflects a timeless—and in many ways a universal—classic of historic Christian education.

    • Image of God
  • Five Ways Christianity Is Reasonable

    August 29, 2017

    Is the Christian faith a reasonable religion?

    • Faith & Reason
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