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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."

  • Plato’s Cave: Do You Know the Difference between Reality and Illusion?

    March 25, 2014

    Have you ever been in a cave? Caves are dark, cold, and sometimes dangerous places—people who lose their light source in a cave often cannot find their way out and, without rescue, face the possibility of death from hypothermia or physical injury.

    • Philosophy of Religion
  • Interview: “Understanding Christian End Times Teaching”

    March 18, 2014

    In January, I had the opportunity to discuss the always popular, frequently controversial topic of the end times on Issues, Etc. with host Todd Wilken, a Lutheran pastor and theologian. Our discussion lasted over an hour and included time for listener questions.

    • End Times
  • Engaging in Christ-Centered Conversation

    March 10, 2014

    Last week, my colleague Krista Bontrager shared her insights into Son of God and the TV mini-series from which the film was derived. Whether or not you choose to see Son of God in theatres (or any of the other faith-based films coming out this year), movies like this can provide a window of opportunity to discuss Christ with others.

    • Resurrection
    • Salvation
    • Incarnation
  • “Son of God:” Representing the Bible on Screen

    March 3, 2014

    With the release of the Jesus biopic Son of God in theatres last week, this is a great time to engage in a conversation with others about the historical basis of Jesus. For those of you considering whether to see the film, theologian and RTB's dean of online learning Krista Bontrager offers a balanced review of HISTORY’s The Bible, the TV miniseries from which Son of God is adapted (originally posted on the RTB blog Take Two), in addition to an update on Son of God in particular.

    • General Apologetics
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  • Music Points to a Creator

    February 24, 2014

    This February marked the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ arrival in America. My article “Beatlemania Plus 50: Can Christians Appreciate the Fab Four?” explored these musicians’ religious views and how believers can navigate choices in popular entertainment.

    • Image of God
  • Reflections on a War Movie: Lone Survivor

    February 17, 2014

    I’ve seen most of the war movies made over the last seventy years (see “Ken’s Top 50 World War II Films”). I rank Band of Brothers, the 10-part miniseries produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks about the real-life heroism of Easy Company as the very best. The recent film Lone Survivor has elements that remind me of the things I appreciated about Band of Brothers. Without giving away the storyline of Lone Survivor, let me simply list some of the things I appreciated about the film.

  • Beatlemania Plus 50: Can Christians Appreciate the Fab Four?

    February 11, 2014

    This month marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first trip to America. I remember how depressed my family was following President Kennedy’s assassination, but how excited my siblings and I were to see The Beatles on our black-and-white television in February 1964. Their coming marked the beginning of the British invasion!

    • Worldviews
  • From the Critical Thinker’s Toolbox: How Do Nonrational Factors Impact Thinking?

    February 4, 2014

    Various factors influence a person’s beliefs about reality and truth—some of the factors are rational (consistent with reason), some irrational (in conflict with reason), and some nonrational (not based upon reason). Just because a person is not persuaded by a given argument doesn’t necessarily mean that the argument is defective logically. Personal and subjective elements (nonrational factors) can deeply impact the process of persuasion.

    • Logic
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  • 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
  • From the Critical Thinker’s Toolbox: Have You Considered the Other Side’s Best Argument?

    January 14, 2014

    Most of us prefer to listen to people who agree with us. Hearing a critical assessment of our beliefs can be quite uncomfortable or potentially a waste of our time if the criticisms are not well reasoned. However, if we listen only to people who agree with us then we’re susceptible to a type of groupthink where we do not know or address the most viable arguments against our positions.

    • General Apologetics
  • Reflective Thinking: The Noble Art of Rhetorical Persuasion, Part 2

    January 7, 2014

    As we saw in part one of this two-part series, rhetoric is the art of discourse aimed at persuasion—and the skillful and noble use of rhetorical discourse is a valuable facet of communication. But what happens when the power of persuasion is severed from the critical pursuit of truth? What happens when the art of skillful speech and debate is not anchored in fair-minded reason and in moral credibility?

    • Logic
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  • New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

    December 31, 2013

    Each January, goals like healthy living, money management, and community volunteering top people’s resolutions lists. Striving for a more well-rounded life is admirable and even biblical. Deuteronomy commands people to love God with all their heart, soul, and strength. In restating the Greatest Commandment, Jesus says believers are to love God with all their heart, soul, and mind. In other words, God values the whole person and wants every aspect devoted to Himself.

    • Christian Life
  • Reflections for Christmas

    December 24, 2013

    The Advent season is my favorite time of year in my church’s liturgical calendar. I believe that when Christians celebrate the Incarnation they acknowledge the fact that their lives are hidden with Christ’s life. Moreover, this holiday seems to do more to draw people’s attention to God and the things of God than any other time of year.

    • Christian Life
  • God’s Compassion in Narnia

    December 17, 2013

    When Ken asked me to write this post, my mind whirled with possibilities. As with his nonfiction, C. S. Lewis’ fantasy worlds offer a rich, almost unlimited source of material for pondering, discussing, and reflecting. I’d finally narrowed down the options to one topic when tragedy struck dear friends of mine.

    • Christian Life
  • Biblical Eschatology and the Good News of Christmas

    December 10, 2013

    Along with festive celebrations and traditions, Christmastime also brings with it a more serious focus on hope. Charities and ministries strive to uplift those who are struggling to make ends meet and the message of peace on earth is prevalent. In a secular context, Santa Claus often embodies hope for a better, more caring world. But when all is said and done, it’s a different Christmas figure who offers real and true hope for humanity.

    • End Times
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