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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."

  • What I Did on Summer Vacation

    July 15, 2014

    Our family has started a new tradition: end-of-the-school-year blowouts. A few weeks ago we left on the first day of summer vacation for the Grand Canyon.

  • A Review of Dinesh D’Souza’s “America”

    July 8, 2014

    D'Souza begins the film with interviews of select and high profile people who hold the first view and connects it with some popular historical authors. He then interviews other people who critique the first view and, thus like him, affirm the second. D'Souza served in the Reagan administration and is, of course, a conservative Republican who is greatly critical of both President Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton.

    • Worldviews
  • How to Choose a History Book

    July 1, 2014

    I make no secret about my love for my country and its history. If you hang around Reflections long enough, you’ll see me address topics like World War II (in which my father fought) and the JFK assassination. But history can be a contentious subject these days, with many views—some reasonable, some decidedly not—vying for the chance to shape the way we see America’s past.

    • Learning
  • 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
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  • 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
  • Our Philosophical Options According to Albert Camus

    June 10, 2014

    Some of the stories from classical Greek philosophy and mythology leave me with a lingering sense of philosophical angst. In an earlier article, I wrote about how Plato's allegory of the cave always makes me self-conscious of whether I have adequately tested my beliefs and overall world-and-life view. It's difficult to shake the image of sitting in a dark cave while looking at shadows on the wall. But, then, maybe everyone should be so bothered concerning the truthfulness of their deepest beliefs.

    • Worldviews
  • Five Reading Tips to Stretch Your Mind

    June 3, 2014

    The motto for the United Negro College Fund sends chills up my spine whenever I hear it: "A mind is a terrible thing to waste." This simple sentence is foreboding—yet it offers a worthy challenge.

    • Learning
  • What Does Reading Do to Your Brain?

    May 27, 2014

    In a conversation on the accomplishments to be desired in the ideal woman, Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy comments, "And to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading."

    • Learning
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  • Why God Gave Us a Book Instead of a Nook

    May 20, 2014

    My 18-year-old son, Michael, recently told me that he does almost all of his reading on electronic devices. As his dinosaur-era father, I read almost exclusively from physical books.

    • Learning
  • Brilliant Teachers Once Removed: Gleaning Wisdom from Beloved Authors

    May 13, 2014

    In the delightful movie Shadowlands, one of C. S. Lewis’s students says to him, “We read to know we’re not alone.” This sentiment resonates with me. Books and reading are a critical part of my life. This might sound strange, but when I walk by my libraries (totaling a couple thousand or so) both at home and in the RTB office I feel as if they’re calling me. In fact, I think I know some of my favorite authors—even though I’ve never met them in person.

    • Learning
  • Five Science-Faith Resources for Homeschoolers

    May 7, 2014

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year if you’re a homeschool parent. As the school year comes to a close, many homeschoolers are already looking down the corridors of time preparing for the fall—and, before next year, one of their first stops will be a local homeschool convention.

    • Educators/Homeschoolers
  • Does Science Deserve Its Pedestal?

    April 29, 2014

    In light of the many benefits derived through the centuries from the scientific enterprise and the promise of even greater ones to come, it is no wonder that science has been granted such a privileged place in culture and society.

    • Philosophy of Science
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  • Transhumanism: A Secular Technological Vision of Future Things

    April 22, 2014

    The desire to live forever is one of the greatest longings of the human heart. Great Christian thinkers and writers—from St. Augustine to Blaise Pascal to C. S. Lewis—have observed that human beings were made to commune personally with the Lord God Almighty. It makes sense, then, that this temporal world and its offerings cannot ultimately satisfy. Thus, according to Christian theology, believers in Jesus Christ will find their future home and fulfillment in the next life, in the eschatological City of God (Revelation 21:1–4).

    • Worldviews
    • End Times
  • How to Think about Near-Death Experiences

    April 15, 2014

    Stories of heavenly visions, like the one at the center of the upcoming film Heaven Is for Real (based on the near-death experience of a four-year-old Nebraska boy), can have a powerful effect on people. They can inspire our imaginations, tug on our emotions, and stir our spirits because they address one of the most haunting questions humans face (or try to ignore): what will happen to me after I die?

    • Heaven and Hell
  • Making Decisions: Six Criteria for Biblical Guidance

    April 8, 2014

    The big decisions of life (and even some of the smaller ones) can put us in a place where we need wisdom and guidance. When I’m faced with difficult decisions or simply need direction on how to handle a challenging issue or topic, I try to consider six sources of authority that are available to all Christians in pursuit of solid answers.

    • Christian Life
  • Considering “Blackfish” and the Question of Mammals in Captivity

    March 30, 2014

    Whatever your opinion about the controversial documentary Blackfish, its impact can’t be ignored. CNN has been airing Blackfish periodically since October 2013. The documentary has won several awards and inspired numerous boycotts. Personally, I have three friends who vowed to cease taking their children to SeaWorld after watching Blackfish; one of them even had an annual pass! Hollywood’s elite is also jumping into the debate, with some artists pulling out of performances at SeaWorld. And now the film is inspiring new legislation.

    • Whales
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