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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: Loving Wisdom

    February 6, 2018

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. My hope is that these introductions to important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers to, as St. Augustine put it, “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

    • Christian Literature
    • Books
    • Reading
    • Book Reviews
  • Argument from Desire and Abductive Reasoning

    January 30, 2018

    One way human beings clearly differ from the animals is in their inner existential longings. Many people describe experiencing an innermost yearning for a deeper meaning and purpose to life, and sometimes even a secret desire for God and eternal life. But why do people experience such longings? And do such existential yearnings reflect something more than mere human subjectivity?

    • C.S. Lewis
    • Abductive
    • Life of the Mind
    • Worldviews
    • Reason
    • Philosophy
    • Logic
    • God's Existence
    • Faith & Reason
    • Critical Thinking
  • Take Up and Read: The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy

    January 23, 2018

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. My hope is that these brief introductions to important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers to, as St. Augustine put it, “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

    • Books
    • Christian Literature
    • Reading
    • Book Reviews
  • A Dozen Book Favorites, Part 3

    January 16, 2018

    As I wrote in parts one and two of this three-part series, only human beings read books. The great Greek philosopher Aristotle thought the distinguishing feature of people is their ability to use language. And humans use their unique language ability to think, speak, write, and read.

    • Book Reviews
    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
    • Books
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  • A Dozen Book Favorites, Part 2

    January 9, 2018

    As I wrote in part one of this series, only human beings are readers. The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle thought the distinguishing feature of people is their ability to use language. And humans use their unique language ability to think, speak, write, and read.

    • Books
    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
    • Book Reviews
  • A Dozen Book Favorites, Part 1

    January 2, 2018

    Only human beings read. The great Greek philosopher Aristotle thought the distinguishing feature of people is their ability to use language. And humans use their unique language ability to think, speak, write, and read.

    • Christian Literature
    • Books
    • Reading
    • Book Reviews
  • Take Up and Read: On the Trinity

    December 26, 2017

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully a very brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers, as St. Augustine was called to in his dramatic conversion to Christianity, to “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

    • Books
    • Christian Literature
    • Reading
    • Book Reviews
  • Promoting Truth, Unity, and Charity within Christendom

    December 19, 2017

    While the traditional elements of Catholicism, Protestantism, and Orthodoxy hold much, if not most, in common—at least doctrinally speaking (reflected in the ancient ecumenical creeds)—individuals within these historic subdivisions of Christendom sometimes give the impression that the three branches are almost completely divided. Correspondingly, when listening to conservative Lutherans, Reformed, Methodists, and Baptists debating theology, the impression may be left that Protestants can agree on virtually nothing.

    • Christianity
    • Disunity in the Church
    • Christian Life
    • Christian Issues
    • Apologetics
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  • Take Up and Read: More Than a Carpenter

    December 12, 2017

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in theology, philosophy, and apologetics. My hope is that these brief introductions to important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers to, as St. Augustine put it, “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
    • Books
    • Book Reviews
  • Three Historic Christian Classics

    December 5, 2017

    There are classic Christian scholars and authors that everyone should know about. Unfortunately, many of today’s believers are unfamiliar with some of Christianity’s greatest thinkers of the past. So in this article I will briefly introduce three great leaders and focus upon their written masterpieces.

  • Take Up and Read: How to Think about the Great Ideas

    November 28, 2017

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully, a very brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers, as St. Augustine was called to in his dramatic conversion to Christianity, to “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
    • Books
    • Book Reviews
  • When Suffering Turns Your World Upside Down

    November 21, 2017

    When you are young and healthy, it is easy to think that you are in control of your life and that you are the master of your own fate. But circumstances can quickly arise that clearly demonstrate that all human beings are finite creatures with genuine limitations, boundaries, and physical-mental-emotional vulnerabilities. Ultimately, suffering in its various forms overtakes all human beings and shows us to be temporal, mortal creatures.

    • Evil & Suffering
    • Problem of Evil
    • Faith
    • Christian Life
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  • Take Up and Read: Saved by Grace

    November 14, 2017

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully a very brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers, as St. Augustine was called to in his dramatic conversion to Christianity, to “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

    • Reading
    • Books
    • Christian Literature
    • Book Reviews
  • Can Sounds Be Evil?

    November 7, 2017

    I had a thoughtful student respectfully take issue with me over the topic of whether sound or instrumental music (music without lyrics) could be classified as moral. Here are his comments:

    • Critical Thinking
    • Life of the Mind
    • Logic
    • Christian Life
  • Take Up and Read: Here I Stand—A Life of Martin Luther

    October 31, 2017

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in theology, philosophy, and apologetics. My hope is that these brief introductions to important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers to, as St. Augustine put it, “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

    • People of Faith
    • People
    • Christian Literature
    • Reading
    • Famous Christians
    • Books
    • Book Reviews
  • Addressing Doubts about the Faith

    October 24, 2017

    Several years ago I received an email from a pastor who was going through some difficult times. He had battled a life-threatening illness, experienced troubling problems at his church, and yet worst of all, his daughter had begun having serious doubts about the truth of the Christian faith.

    • Faith
    • Good Questions
    • God's Existence
    • God
    • Christian Life
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