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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: Pensées

    January 24, 2017

    This week's book Pensées is by Blaise Pascal and is considered both a theological and philosophical masterwork. It was intended to be Pascal's apologetics magnum opus until illness prevented him from finishing it.

    • Reading
    • Books
  • God’s Threefold Will for Us (Especially When Times Are Tough)

    January 17, 2017

    Over the last several months I have been praying for a number of my friends who are either battling life-threatening illnesses themselves or have close family members who are undergoing great suffering. It is often in times of such trial that we actively seek spiritual wisdom and direction that can hopefully help us to rely more upon God and rest in his immeasurable grace and comfort.

    • Christian Life
  • Take Up and Read: Confessions

    January 10, 2017

    This week’s book, Confessions, is by St. Augustine and is considered one of the most important and influential texts in the Western world. If you take a course on the great books, this work will rank high on the list.

    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
    • Books
  • Two Movies to Make You Think in 2017

    January 3, 2017

    Why do you go to the movies? For many people it is for sheer enjoyment or to escape for a few hours from life's pressures. One of the things I most enjoy in life is learning something significant about truth and reality. Therefore I like watching films that make me think about the deep questions of life.

    • Life of the Mind
    • Movies
    • Critical Thinking
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  • Take Up and Read: Mere Christianity

    December 27, 2016

    Because of their belief in a verbal, propositional revelation in Scripture (Old and New Testaments), Christians, like Jews before them, have been known as “People of the Book.” With that bookish past, I think Christians have good reason to be vigorous and dedicated readers.

    • Christian Literature
    • Books
  • Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Mortimer Adler

    December 20, 2016

    Mortimer Adler was one of the most influential philosophers and educators of the 20th century, but what exactly did he believe and what did he contribute to his fields of study?

  • How Do We Pursue Sanctification amid a Sinful World?

    December 13, 2016

    “We are all fallen creatures and all very hard to live with.”1 —C. S. Lewis

    • Theology
    • Doctrine
  • Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Ronald Nash

    December 5, 2016

    Ronald Nash was one of the most influential evangelical Christian thinkers of the last half-century, but what exactly did he believe and what did he contribute to the Christian apologetics enterprise?

    • Life of the Mind
    • Famous Christians
    • Christian Life
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  • Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Walter Martin

    November 28, 2016

    Walter Martin was one of the most distinctive Christian apologists of the twentieth century, but what exactly did he believe and what did he contribute to the apologetics enterprise?

    • Famous Christians
    • People of Faith
    • Christian Life
    • Books
  • The Appeal of Common Christianity

    November 21, 2016

    Within church history, it seems some Christian traditions or denominations like to emphasize those beliefs that make their particular group distinctive.

    • Disunity in the Church
    • Creeds
    • Bible Difficulties
  • Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Justin Martyr

    November 14, 2016

    Saint Justin, also known as Justin Martyr, was one of the first Christians to meet Greco-Roman thinkers on their own ground by using philosophy as a tool or handmaid (servant) to defend the gospel message. But what else did he contribute to historic Christianity?

    • Famous Christians
    • People of Faith
    • Christian Life
  • How Would You Introduce Your Faith?

    November 7, 2016

    Have you ever been asked to introduce yourself in a public setting? What if you were asked to introduce your Christian faith to a group of non-Christians—what would you say?

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

    November 1, 2016

    Tradition reveals that St. Jerome preferred studying the biblical languages because it helped him fend off impure thoughts. But who was this ancient Christian monk, and what is his enduring legacy in terms of historic Christianity?

    • People of Faith
  • 3 Books to Deepen Your Delight in Jesus

    October 25, 2016

    I want to highlight three books that stand out in terms of revealing great insights about the person of Jesus Christ. All three of these books differ in reading level and touch on topics such as Jesus’s identity, deity, and historicity.

  • Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on St. Basil

    October 18, 2016

    Not many people are known as so-and-so “the Great.” But St. Basil the Great was one of the finest thinkers, writers, and preachers in Christian church history. What did this man believe, and what did he ultimately contribute to historic Christianity?

    • People of Faith
  • Should We Read Print Books or E-books?

    October 11, 2016

    Is it better to read paper books or electronic books? E-books have their benefits: They are convenient, especially when traveling, and they are often significantly less expensive than physical books. They are also becoming more like physical books as developers continue to improve the technology.

    • Life of the Mind
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