Where Science and Faith Converge
  • 8 Ways Christians Can Make Sense of Mass Shootings

    February 9, 2016
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    The recent string of mass shootings in the US and worldwide has understandably rattled people's nerves. Many wonder what they can do to protect themselves and, more importantly, what they can do to make sense of such acts of terror. I spent 36 years in law enforcement, retiring last year from the Los Angeles Police Department as a deputy chief of police.

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  • Do We Derive Pleasure from Sports Violence?

    February 2, 2016
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    I have been an avid sports fan from the age of nine. Prior to that my interest was presidential politics—I was the only fourth grader in my class who could name all of the candidates running for the presidency in 1968. But once a childhood friend introduced me to athletics everything else took second place. Sports became my religion.

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  • 7 Common Myths about Old-Earth Creationism

    January 26, 2016
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Sometimes being an apologist isn't just about defending the faith to unbelievers; sometimes it also includes explaining our doctrinal positions to other Christians. When I was homeschooling our children, church friends would often express concern over our family's belief that the earth was billions—not thousands—of years old. Many had heard some fairly alarming assertions about Hugh Ross, my employer, advocating fallacious views of the Bible. I want to help people differentiate between rumors and facts about old-earth creationists' beliefs. So, instead of avoiding conversations that might spark an old-earth versus young-earth debate, I've learned how to offer quick but gracious answers to the questions raised by our Christian friends.

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  • Ten Reasons for the Rapid Spread of Christianity, Part 3: Religious Factors

    January 19, 2016
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Christians, of course, believe that God sovereignly arranged the circumstances of history to allow the gospel to go forth with power and great success. Yet God's providential workings behind the scenes of history do not rule out God's use of social, cultural, and religious factors to fulfill his ultimate ends.

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  • Ten Reasons for the Rapid Spread of Christianity, Part 2: Cultural Factors

    January 12, 2016
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    The Bible teaches that God is sovereign over all of history (Daniel 4:17, Acts 4:27–28). So when it comes to the origin and development of historic Christianity, believers in Christ undoubtedly accept the words of Galatians 4:4–5: "But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons."

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  • Ten Reasons for the Rapid Spread of Christianity, Part 1: Social Factors

    January 4, 2016
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Jesus Christ lived the most consequential life in human history. As Christian theologian Michael Green notes, “His coming split history into two: everything is dated before or after this man.”1 But the religion that bears his name started small and slow in the backwater of the Roman Empire. What factors contributed to its subsequent rapid spread?

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  • Five Movies to Make You Think in 2016

    December 28, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Why do you go to the movies? For many, it’s for entertainment. Movies certainly possess a remarkable ability to make us laugh and cry. Others go to the movies to escape from the pressures and difficulties of daily life.

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  • How Christ’s Incarnation Differs from the Hindu Idea of Avatar

    December 22, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    The doctrine of the Incarnation (God became man in Jesus of Nazareth) lies at the heart of Christianity; it’s a truth-claim celebrated all over the world at Christmastime. Historic Christianity affirms that Jesus Christ is a single person with both a fully divine nature and a fully human nature. As C. S. Lewis aptly put it, “The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.”1

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  • Star Wars and the Importance of Ideas

    December 15, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Imagination and storytelling are very powerful ways of drawing attention to important ideas and questions. A good book or movie provokes people to think in a way unlike hearing a lecture. This is one reason why Jesus spoke in parables.

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  • The Perfect Storm of Suffering

    December 7, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Upon losing his wife to cancer, C. S. Lewis wrote, “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing.”1

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  • Do Our Genes Dictate Our Choices?

    December 1, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    I have two older sisters, and I love them both, but I am often stumped by how very different the three of us are from each other. Although our ages are several years apart, I still find it astonishing that I am genetically more similar to them than to anyone else on this planet. In fact, only if we were identical triplets would we have greater genetic identity.

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  • The Benefits of Giving Thanks

    November 23, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    The God revealed in the Lord Jesus Christ and in sacred Scripture wants his children to be grateful. God’s incredible majesty, goodness, and love make it perfectly appropriate for us to continually give thanks to the Lord.

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  • A Church’s Hospitality Has Power to Persuade

    November 16, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    As my friends and family know, I’m clearly an introvert. Growing up, I struggled with shyness, and even today I’m still more at ease among books than I am among people. Upon reflection, I suspect I even battle a certain amount of social anxiety. Nevertheless, as a public speaker and teacher I’ve learned how to be at ease even when addressing and interacting with large audiences. Yet engaging in small talk with strangers remains a challenge.

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  • How Christianity Influenced the World’s Law Systems

    November 10, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Christianity has had a profound impact on Western culture. Rule of law in particular has deeply influenced virtually everything that makes the West unique. From the early stages of Western civilization, through America’s founding fathers, and up until recently, the Christian foundations of rule of law have been acknowledged.

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  • The Many Faces of Courage

    November 2, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    I have heard it said that the only thing warriors fear more than death is cowardice. I have been thinking about the meaning of courage for a long time. When I was a boy I wondered how my ordinary father was able to do extraordinary things as an American combat soldier in World War II and receive the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals. When I asked my father if he was afraid during battle he said yes—but he also said that he deemed there were more important things at stake than his personal safety and he was determined to do his job as a soldier. Thus courage can be defined as the mental or moral willingness to face or withstand danger, difficulty, or trial.

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  • Finding Humor and Hope in the Graveyard

    October 26, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    This might sound morbid to some people, but I’ve always been fascinated by the subject of death. As a youth, I found funerals much more interesting than weddings. And growing up in the Roman Catholic tradition, I thought Catholic funerals were particularly remarkable ceremonies. I can still remember the unique smell of incense filling the church at the first funeral mass I ever attended.

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  • Memento Mori: Facing Our Mortality

    October 19, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    As a child, the first time death hit home for me was when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. And even though more than 50 years have passed, I still distinctly remember two things about the event.

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  • New Podcast Provides Antidote for Christian “Nonthinkers”

    October 12, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Many of today’s critics of Christianity view believers in Christ as feelers instead of thinkers. The skeptical charge is often that the faith of most Christians is grounded more in emotional experience than rational considerations. Christians are viewed as people who follow their hearts instead of their heads.

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  • Think Again: The Danger of Preferential Reasoning

    October 5, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    There seems to be a tendency in human beings to draw the logical conclusion that each of us prefers to be true. So when it comes to evaluating arguments for reasonableness and explanatory power, preference tends to weigh heavily in our final assessment. Preference can even at times trump solid evidence that points to the truth of an alternative conclusion.

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  • “The Martian”: The Ultimate Rescue Mission

    September 30, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    This Friday, the film adaptation of Andy Weir’s highly successful debut novel The Martian hits theaters. In anticipation of the film’s release, I met with editor Sandra Dimas to discuss how The Martian might help remind others of a different kind of rescue mission.

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