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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 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
  • 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. Thomas Aquinas

    May 31, 2016

    Thomas Aquinas’s system of thought was declared the official philosophy of the Roman Catholic Church, but what exactly did he believe, and what else did he contribute to Christianity? Here’s your crash course on the life and accomplishments of St. Thomas Aquinas—and why he still matters today.

    • People of Faith
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  • Spheres of Awareness: 4 Unique Ways Humans Perceive Reality

    May 24, 2016

    An implication of being made in God’s image is that human beings have a unique awareness of reality. That reality is wide and deep and extends to four basic philosophical spheres or dimensions of life. The awareness of and interaction with these spheres illustrates humankind’s uniqueness and makes the discovery of four critical truths possible.

    • Image of God
  • Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on St. Athanasius

    May 17, 2016

    St. Athanasius passionately defended Christ’s deity during a time when Christological heresies were rampant, but what else did he contribute to Christianity? Here’s your crash course on the life and accomplishments of St. Athanasius—and why he still matters today.

    • People of Faith
  • The Crowd Roared: Christian Reflections on Fame

    May 10, 2016

    Recently, I went to a Lakers game with family and friends, and I came away with a philosophical reflection. I noticed that every time Lakers star Kobe Bryant touched the ball, scored a basket, or even appeared on the big screen, the crowd at Staples Center visibly changed. Lakers fans became loud, energetic, and collectively erupted into a roar. There was an electrical excitement in the arena that buzzed at every connection to Kobe Bryant. This “Kobe focus” could be explained by the fact that the Lakers have little to cheer about these days, or that this is Bryant’s last season, but I think there is more to it than just that.

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

    May 3, 2016

    Can faith and reason be compatible? Does reason support the truth-claims of Christianity? Many people today believe in a false dichotomy that forces faith and reason into separate categories—but thinkers like St. Anselm, a medieval Italian, have offered compelling arguments for integrating faith and reason. St. Anselm’s ontological argument for God’s existence was a significant, though controversial, contribution that still impacts Christian apologetics. Here’s your crash course on the life and accomplishments of St. Anselm—and why he matters today.

    • People of Faith
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  • The Insatiable Search for Peace and Rest

    April 26, 2016

    Human beings were made for God (Psalm 100:3, Acts 17:26–27), but something has gone deeply wrong. Sin has cut us off from our Creator and left us out-of-sync with each other and ourselves. Under the curse of sin, we both desire God and resist Him simultaneously (see Romans 1). The consequence of this spiritual tug-of-war is that we often turn to temporal things to fulfill our desperate longings—yet genuine, lifelong meaning and purpose remain elusive and fleeting.

    • Christian Life
  • Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Blaise Pascal

    April 19, 2016

    Did you know that the first digital calculator was invented by a seventeenth-century French mathematician? In his brief time on Earth, Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) wore many hats and left an imprint on both modern science and Christian philosophy that lingers to this day. Here’s your crash course on the life and accomplishments of Blaise Pascal—and why he still matters today.

    • People of Faith
  • 5 Levels of Christian Faith

    April 12, 2016

    We often use the word “faith” to describe the core of someone’s beliefs—but people of differing religions use the term in very different ways. This has challenged me to more carefully probe the distinctive features of the word “faith” from the perspective of historical Christianity. Faith is much more profound than simply recounting our personal conversion story. Rather, Christian faith entails at least five parts, each building on top of the next.

    • Christian Life
  • Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on C. S. Lewis

    April 5, 2016

    In the last decade, a slew of Narnia movies were released in theaters, and though C. S. Lewis has been gone more than 50 years, his books are still as popular as ever. He’s the famous atheist-turned-Christian, but what exactly did he believe, and what did he contribute to Christianity? Here’s your crash course on the life and accomplishments of C. S. Lewis—and why he still matters today.

    • People of Faith
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  • Risen and What Makes a Good Christian Film

    March 29, 2016

    Christian filmmakers are on a roll. The last several years have brought us an increasing number of religious films, many bordering on mainstream and featuring globally recognized stars. But among the miraculous true stories and positive message films, Risen, the tale of a skeptical Roman soldier Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) encountering the risen Christ (Cliff Curtis), is the one that caught the attention of Krista Bontrager, the dean of online learning at Reasons to Believe. I sat down to talk with her about Risen and the challenges of Christian filmmaking. (Spoiler warning.)

    • Christian Life
    • Resurrection
  • Jesus’s Family and the Resurrection

    March 22, 2016

    People who doubt religion and the supernatural typically think believers lack skepticism. In the minds of most atheists, Christians cannot sufficiently think through a religious claim unless they begin with cynical disbelief. Atheists often assert that extraordinary claims—like the supernatural—require extraordinary evidence in order to be justifiably believable.

    • Resurrection
  • How Intellectual Christians Can Fit in with the Evangelical Church

    March 15, 2016

    The first article I wrote on the subject of intellectuals in the church received so much attention on social media that I decided to follow up with a second. All of the positive comments and the flurry of likes and shares made me realize that I touched a nerve. I’m convinced that it is common for intellectually oriented Christians to experience difficulty “fitting in” with their local evangelical church.

    • Life of the Mind
    • 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
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