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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."

  • Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Søren Kierkegaard

    July 5, 2016

    Søren Kierkegaard was unknown to the world until 100 years after his death. Though his philosophical and theological works finally rose in popularity in the twentieth century, what exactly did he believe, and what else did he contribute to Christianity?

    • People of Faith
    • Christian thinkers
  • 3 Qualities that Draw People to Ask about Our Faith

    June 28, 2016
    • Christian Life
  • Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Jonathan Edwards

    June 21, 2016

    Puritan theologian Jonathan Edwards may be one of America’s greatest thinkers, but what exactly did he believe, and what else did he contribute to Christianity?

    • Christian thinkers
  • How to Make Sense of Things We Can’t Control

    June 15, 2016

    Our lives are dependent upon many causal factors. Life itself is fragile, short, and there is a clear limit to what we can control through willful decisions. Here are three practical ways we can make sense of our lack of input in life:

    • Mental Health
    • Christian Life
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  • 5 Things We Can’t Control

    June 7, 2016

    As human beings we like to think that we are masters of our own fate. We enjoy thinking that we are autonomous individuals whose personal decisions have made us who we are in life ... Yet while human volition is a great power in life, there are things that deeply shape our lives that are beyond our control, consent, or wishes.

    • Christian Life
  • Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on St. Augustine

    March 8, 2016

    I’ve heard it said that evangelical Christians don’t study our church history very deeply. As a fellow evangelical, I think there is, unfortunately, a lot of truth in this statement. Contemporary Christians can learn a great deal from the history of their faith. But where to start? This series, “Christian Thinkers 101,” provides a snapshot of some of the faith’s key theologians and apologists and their important books and ideas.

    • People of Faith
  • 8 Ways Christians Can Make Sense of Mass Shootings

    February 9, 2016

    The recent string of mass shootings in the US and worldwide has understandably rattled people's nerves. Many wonder what they can do to protect themselves and, more importantly, what they can do to make sense of such acts of terror. I spent 36 years in law enforcement, retiring last year from the Los Angeles Police Department as a deputy chief of police.

    • Problem of Evil
  • Science and Faith: An Interview with a Biochemist

    December 2, 2014

    Through RTB’s Visiting Scholar Program, we often have the pleasure of hosting and working with experts in various fields of study. Earlier this year, RTB welcomed Dr. Russ Carlson, a biochemist who has contributed to important research on complex carbohydrates and taught at the University of Georgia for 26 years.

    • Scientists
    • People of Faith
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  • Why We Need Apologetic Pastors, Part 2

    June 24, 2014

    Each Sunday I have something to say to my congregation about the defense of our faith. In fact, I must say something. For example, when Lawrence Krauss was featured in the Australian media for “proving (scientifically) that God did not exist” (see here and here). I had a pastoral duty to address Krauss’ claims before my church. Largely because of what I’ve learned from Reasons to Believe (RTB), I was able to describe Krauss’ assertions in understandable language to my congregation and help them recognize how unconvincing a case these claims were for atheism.

    • General Apologetics
  • Why We Need Apologetic Pastors, Part 1

    June 17, 2014

    Tim Keller, senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, cautions, “If pastors fail to do their homework in these areas [science, biblical criticism, philosophy], then there will remain a substantial portion of the population—unfortunately, the most intelligent and therefore most influential people in society, such as doctors, educators, journalists, lawyers, business executives, and so forth—who will remain untouched by their ministry.”

    • General Apologetics
  • 10 Commandments of Christian Scholarship, Part 2

    January 28, 2014

    This week we’re continuing a list of 10 commandments to guide Christian scholarship, both in private and in public. Like the Decalogue of Exodus 20, the first four (or, at least, 31/2) commandments concern our relationship with God and the last six, our relationships with others. (See part 1 for commandments 1–5.)

    • General Apologetics
  • 10 Commandments of Christian Scholarship, Part 1

    January 21, 2014

    How Christian apologists present evidence for the faith and respond to criticisms is as vital a component of apologetics as the way they think through issues surrounding the truth of Christianity. There are things believers can do both in private study and in public practice that will prepare them to discuss and debate theological topics in a God-glorifying manner.

    • General Apologetics
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