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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."

  • Is God's "Hiddenness" a Rational Objection to Christianity?

    March 2, 2021

    One of the common claims that atheists make in objection to God's existence is that God is hidden. This "hiddenness of God" challenge may take the following forms:

    • God's Existence
    • Apologetics
  • Neighboring Faiths: A Review of Winfried Corduan's Timeless Book

    February 16, 2021

    Fifty years ago, if I wanted to carry on a serious dialogue and apologetic debate with Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian, and Muslim scholars I probably needed to go overseas.

    • World Religions
    • Apologetics
  • The 3 Transcendentals: Truth, Goodness, & Beauty

    February 2, 2021

    What is real? What is right? What is lovely? Human beings ask these kinds of questions because we long for at least three things: truth, goodness, and beauty.

    • Philosophy
    • Worldviews
  • Christians and the Tragedy of Suicide

    January 19, 2021

    Suicide remains a serious problem in our world today. And some researchers say suicide rates have increased during the pandemic.1 In fact, during the month of October 2020 there were more deaths in Japan from suicide than from COVID-19.2

    • Mental Health
    • Ethics
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  • An Author Read by Popes, Rock Stars, and Atheists

    January 5, 2021

    One Christian author in history owns the distinction of having been read by popes, rock stars, and leading atheists.

    • Science & Faith
  • Does Original Sin Explain the Human Condition?

    December 22, 2020

    Religion and science are two of the most powerful forces active in the world today. But has the scientific enterprise somehow rendered belief in God unnecessary or even contradictory? If not, why are some leading and outspoken scientists so dismissive of God’s very existence?

    • Science & Faith
  • Holding the Line against the Tide

    December 8, 2020

    Religion and science are two of the most powerful forces active in the world today. But has the scientific enterprise somehow rendered belief in God unnecessary or even contradictory? If not, why are some leading and outspoken scientists so dismissive of God’s very existence?

    • Science & Faith
  • What Book Changed Your Life?

    November 24, 2020

    Have you ever read a book that was so dynamic that it changed the direction of your life? For most Christians that book would certainly be the Bible. According to historic Christianity, Scripture is the uniquely inspired Word of God. Thus, the Bible is the greatest of all great books.

    • C.S. Lewis
    • Books
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  • Explaining Pagan Gods and Human Idolatry

    November 10, 2020

    People were created to be worshippers. That’s one way of defining the image of God in human beings. Humans are also fallen worshippers. Thus, our religious-based tendency to worship has expressed itself in distorted ways in human history.

    • Religion
  • Christianity’s Central Focus: Incarnation or Atonement?

    October 27, 2020

    Christmas or Good Friday? Which of these days on the historic Christian calendar holds greater importance for Christians? Should the central focus of Christianity be on the incarnation (Jesus Christ as God coming in the flesh) or on the atonement (Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for human sin)?

    • Doctrine
  • God Shouted in My Pain

    October 13, 2020

    One very sad event in my life shaped me as a young adult. Here’s why I’m sharing it with you.

    • Death
  • Are Religious Experiences Evidence for God?

    September 29, 2020

    Have you ever had a deep spiritual encounter? One that changed your life?

    • Christian Life
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  • What Was Your Intellectual Epiphany?

    September 15, 2020

    Have you ever had a sudden realization that ended up changing your life? You may have had an epiphany, which can be defined as an intuitive flash of insight or discovery as to the deep meaning of something significant that comes through experience and leads to a sense of wonder.

    • World War II
  • My Early Baptism and Spiritual Development

    September 1, 2020

    When does God’s saving grace begin working in a person’s life? Is it at the moment the person decides to believe in Christ? Or can God’s saving grace be operative prior to a person believing? Could that saving grace even begin at a young child’s baptism?

    • Faith
    • Christian Life
  • Does Possessing Freedom Presuppose the Will to Fight?

    August 18, 2020

    What do you think about when you hear the word war? You probably think of armed conflict, bloodshed, and death—and lots of it. That is the nature of warfare. It’s also why war presents one of the most challenging issues to address from an ethical standpoint. Given this difficulty, most Christians have adopted just war theory, which requires engaging only in just wars and fighting those wars in a truly just manner. But such an ethical ideal takes great wisdom, courage, and dedicated moral discipline. Here are several brief thoughts to consider when someone asks what you think of war.

    • War
    • Ethics
  • 3 Things You May Not Know about John Calvin the Person

    August 4, 2020

    French-born theologian John Calvin (1509–1564) was one of the great voices of the Protestant Reformation. He is often called the greatest systematic theologian of the Reformation and is the most influential figure in the entire Reformed theological tradition. His monumental book Institutes of the Christian Religion has been called one of the ten books that shook the world.

    • Famous Christians
    • Church History
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