Where Science and Faith Converge
  • Approaching End Times Prophecy with Care

    December 4, 2018

    One of the most controversial topics that the Bible addresses is eschatology. This theological term literally means the study of last things—popularly known as end times. Scripture speaks of both humankind’s past origin in creation as well as our future destiny in consummation. Yet rightly interpreting and properly understanding what the Bible teaches about the end of the world has proved difficult and controversial in church history.

    • End Times
    • Interpretation
    • Controversies
    • Christian Issues
    • Prophecy
    • Bible Difficulties
  • Take Up and Read: Nicomachean Ethics

    November 27, 2018

    I am writing this ongoing blog series on Reflections to encourage Christians to read more vigorously and enrich their lives with Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully, a brief introduction to these Christian texts will motivate today’s believers to, as St. Augustine was called in his dramatic conversion to Christianity, “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these excellent books.

    • Philosophy
    • Ethics
  • How JFK and C. S. Lewis Influenced My Life

    November 20, 2018

    Two men I’ve been reading about for virtually my entire life but for very different reasons died on the exact same day. For more than 50 years, I have been learning about the life and thought of both President John F. Kennedy and Christian thinker and author C. S. Lewis.

    • Events
    • History
    • C.S. Lewis
    • Books
  • Take Up and Read: C.S. Lewis’ Case for the Christian Faith

    November 13, 2018

    I am writing this ongoing blog series on Reflections to encourage Christians to read more vigorously and enrich their lives with Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully, a brief introduction to these Christian texts will motivate today’s believers to, as St. Augustine was called in his dramatic conversion to Christianity, “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these excellent books.

    • Books
    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
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  • 3 Things You May Not Know about C. S. Lewis

    November 6, 2018

    C. S. Lewis may have been the most important Christian thinker of the twentieth century. His modern classic Mere Christianity was the first Christian book I ever read back in my early college days. And that book played an important role in shaping my early faith and motivating my interest in Christian apologetics. I’ve gone on to read and reread many of Lewis’s remarkable works.

    • Christian Literature
    • Atheism
    • Seeking Truth
    • C.S. Lewis
  • Debating Denominational Differences while Non-Christians Watch

    October 30, 2018

    Christian unity is very special to me as a believer in Jesus Christ. In fact, I feel called by God to promote truth, unity, civility, and charity among all who embrace the historic Christian faith. Personally, I would much rather talk about what all historic Christians affirm theologically than discuss the doctrinal distinctives of my particular theological tradition. I guess that is one reason I find the ecumenical creeds of Christendom (Apostles’ Creed, Nicene Creed, Athanasian Creed) so appealing.

    • Seeking Truth
    • C.S. Lewis
    • Christian Life
    • Disunity in the Church
  • Take Up and Read: Orthodoxy

    October 23, 2018

    I am writing this ongoing blog series on Reflections to encourage Christians to read more vigorously and enrich their lives with Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully, a brief introduction to these Christian texts will motivate today’s believers to, as St. Augustine was called in his dramatic conversion to Christianity, “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these excellent books.

    • Uncategorized
  • Skeptical Challenge: How Do We Know the Content of Jesus and Pilate’s Tête-à-Tête?

    October 16, 2018

    Some people attempt to justify their unbelief of Christianity on the grounds that the Bible contains irreconcilable difficulties and contradictions. One important role Christians serve in an apologetics-evangelism context is to try to remove obstacles that people have to believing in the truth of Scripture and thus in the truth of historic Christianity.

    • Life & Teachings
    • General Apologetics
    • Bible Difficulties
    • Good Questions
    • Atheism
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  • Take Up and Read: An Introduction to the New Testament

    October 9, 2018

    I am writing this ongoing blog series on Reflections to encourage Christians to read more vigorously and enrich their lives with Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully, a brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers to, as St. Augustine was called in his dramatic conversion to Christianity, “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these excellent books.

    • Books
    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
    • Book Reviews
  • The Christian Apologetics Mandate

    October 2, 2018

    The Greek word apologia (Greek: ἀπολογία) is the root for the English term “apologetics.” Apologia and its root forms are found in the New Testament (Acts 26:2; Romans 1:20; Philippians 1:7, 16), with 1 Peter 3:15 revealing the mandate imploring Christians to be ready to explain and defend their faith. Throughout Christian history, apologetics became known as the enterprise by which apologists sought to give a reasoned defense of the truth of Christianity. Today, Christian apologetics involves the use of various disciplines to defend the faith, including the biblical, doctrinal, philosophical, historical, literary, and scientific fields.

    • God's Existence
    • Theology
    • Apologetics
  • Take Up and Read: Knowing God

    September 25, 2018

    I am writing this ongoing blog series on Reflections to encourage Christians to read more vigorously and enrich their lives with Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully, a brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers to, as St. Augustine was called in his dramatic conversion to Christianity, “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these excellent books.

    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
    • Book Reviews
    • Books
  • 6 Straight A Christian Thinkers

    September 18, 2018

    The Christian church has been graced with brilliant and influential thinkers since its inception. A list of “who’s who” in Christian scholarship would be long and diverse in terms of scholarly disciplines. To whet your appetite in the areas of theology and philosophy, here’s a snapshot of six “straight A” thinkers.

    • Christian History
    • People of Faith
    • Faith & Reason
    • Christian Literature
    • Augustine
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  • Take Up and Read: Making Sense of It All

    September 11, 2018

    I am writing this ongoing blog series on Reflections to encourage Christians to read more vigorously and enrich their lives with Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully, a brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers to, as St. Augustine was called in his dramatic conversion to Christianity, “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

    • Books
    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
    • Book Reviews
  • How to Discern Education vs. Propaganda

    September 4, 2018

    There is a lot of discussion these days about things like fake news, yellow journalism, and political propaganda. There is also a lot of attention given to whether public schools and colleges in our time educate or indoctrinate when it comes to the instruction of their students. So what’s the difference between education and propaganda? Let’s look at seven ways education differs from propaganda.

    • Learning
    • Education
  • Learning about Christian Creeds, Part 3

    August 28, 2018

    If you come from a non-creedal Christian church tradition—and there are a good number of them within Evangelicalism—you might wonder what a creed is and why other Christians include them in their worship services. Historical theologian Jaroslav Pelikan defines a creed thusly: “A creed is a concise, formal, and authorized statement of important points of Christian doctrine.”

    • Theology
    • Faith
    • Doctrine
    • Creeds
    • Christianity
    • Christian History
  • Learning about Christian Creeds, Part 2

    August 21, 2018

    Ever hear the expression “No book but the Bible, no creed but Christ”? Ironically, it sounds a lot like a creed. Some Christians who attend churches that do not use a formal creed wonder how creeds are related to Scripture in terms of authority. From a Protestant evangelical perspective, the creeds derive their authority by faithfully conveying the message of Scripture. Consider Christian historian Mark A. Noll’s comment about the ecumenical creeds of Christendom and their relationship to Scripture:

    • Christian History
    • Creeds
    • Christianity
    • Theology
    • Faith
    • Doctrine
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  • Learning about Christian Creeds, Part 1

    August 14, 2018

    Have you ever recited the Apostles’ Creed? It is widely used in Western Christendom, both in the Roman Catholic Church and in various Protestant churches (Lutheran, Reformed, Presbyterian, Anglican, Methodist, Congregational, among others). In fact, most evangelical churches have creedal statements that serve as something like the Apostles’ Creed. Some nondenominational churches even sing the creed in their worship services.

    • Doctrine
    • Theology
    • Creeds
    • Faith
    • Christianity
    • Christian History
  • Take Up and Read: Man’s Search for Meaning

    August 7, 2018

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to Christian classics in 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.

    • Books
    • Book Reviews
    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
  • Presuppositional Apologetics: One Helpful Approach among Many

    July 31, 2018

    Apologetics is that branch of theology that seeks to provide a reasoned defense of historic Christianity. Through the centuries, Christian thinkers have given consideration to different models or modes for defending the truth of the faith. Thus, today there exists a variety of methods for engaging in the apologetics enterprise: classical, evidential, cumulative case, new Reformed epistemology, and presuppositional.1 Here I’ll take a closer look at presuppositional apologetics, with a brief appeal to unity as I suggest that its proponents consider the strengths of other methods.

    • Debates
    • Christianity
    • Young-Earth Creationism
    • Apologetics
  • Top 10 Ideas in My Book Christian Endgame

    July 24, 2018

    With common reports of terrorism, various natural disasters, and even potential nuclear war, people are again fascinated with the subject of the end of the world. So topics like Bible prophecy, the rapture, the Antichrist, and the nation of Israel are frequently subjects of Christian discussion. Moreover, it seems virtually every year or so a Bible teacher, prophet, numerologist, cult leader, or futurist predicts a specific date for the second coming of Jesus.

    • End Times
    • Reading
    • Books
    • Christian Literature
    • Critical Thinking
    • Bible Difficulties
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