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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: 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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  • Take Up and Read: Know the Truth

    August 22, 2017

    Know the Truth: A Handbook of Christian Belief, is by Christian theologian Bruce Milne and is one of the finest handbooks available on the study of Christian doctrine.

    • Book Reviews
  • Logic as an Intellectual Navigation System, Part 2

    August 15, 2017

    In logic, an “argument” is not a spat or a fight that you might have with your spouse or with a sibling.

    • Critical Thinking
  • Take Up and Read: Handbook of Basic Bible Texts

    August 8, 2017

    This week’s book, Handbook of Basic Bible Texts, is by Christian theologian John Jefferson Davis and is the most helpful work I’ve used in my research and study of Scripture and theology.

    • Book Reviews
  • Logic as an Intellectual Navigation System, Part 1

    August 1, 2017

    The study of logic doesn’t actually teach a person to think—people do that intuitively and instinctively. Rather, instruction in logic teaches a person to think in an ordered and, thus, careful manner.

    • Critical Thinking
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  • Take Up and Read: Questions That Matter

    July 25, 2017

    This week’s book, Questions That Matter, originally written by Ed Miller and later revised with coauthor Jon Jensen, is not a Christian classic but rather an introductory textbook to philosophy. However, this is not just any textbook.

    • Book Reviews
  • Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Martin Luther

    July 18, 2017

    Martin Luther is famous for posting his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg and for attempting to reform the Catholic Church, but what exactly did he believe, and what else did he contribute to Christendom?

    • People of Faith
  • Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on John Calvin

    July 18, 2017

    John Calvin was one of the great voices of the Protestant Reformation, but what exactly did he believe, and what else did he contribute to Christianity?

    • People of Faith
  • The Big Questions of Life: Death and Grief, Part 3

    July 18, 2017

    It is clearly not easy to experience intense pain, either physically or mentally, or be the victim of a natural disaster or of someone’s evil actions. But it may even be worse to watch our loved ones experience painful and tragic circumstances. And yet, human life includes all sorts of suffering. Because suffering and death…

    • Uncategorized
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