Where Science and Faith Converge
  • 10 Influential Theological Books, Part 1

    January 1, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Now that the hectic holiday time has passed, it’s time to set resolutions for 2013. Healthy eating and exercise frequently make the list, but mental and spiritual fitness should, too. To encourage your intellectual growth in the New Year, I offer up this two-part list of great theological works.

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  • Special Edition: Thinking About the End Times

    December 21, 2012
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Today, December 21, 2012, marks the end of the world—or so say doomsday predictors. The “end times” are a common topic of speculation among Christians (remember the Left Behind series?) and the population in general. Particularly popular as of late (as indicated by the film 2012), theories based on an ancient Mayan calendar peg today as “the end” for life on Earth.

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  • In Memoriam: Frank Pastore

    December 18, 2012
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Yesterday my friend and fellow Christian apologist Frank Pastore died. Frank possessed a very bright and inquisitive mind and a compassionate and caring heart. Frank graciously invited me on his KKLA radio program many times over the last several years. We talked passionately about our love of Christian apologetics, baseball, and especially our families.

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  • Advent Review: ‘Tis the Season

    December 18, 2012
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Between Advent traditions and time spent with loved ones, there is much I look forward to during the holiday season. During this time we reflect on the unfolding story of redemption that starts in Bethlehem and continues as we wait in hope for Christ’s second coming. Ultimately, the Advent season highlights the core of the Christian faith—the celebration of the Incarnation—by reminding us of God’s divine and purposeful gift.

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  • CLEAR Pointers to God

    December 11, 2012
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Do life’s most meaningful realities point to God? In this 2011 talk (given at Oceanview Baptist Church in San Pedro, CA) I use what I call “best explanation apologetics” (apologetics based on inference to the best explanation for reality) to demonstrate God’s existence and involvement in the universe. I explain how the Cosmos, Life, Ethics, Abstractions, and Religion serve as CLEAR signposts pointing to God.

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  • Apologetics 315’s Review of 7 Truths That Changed the World

    December 4, 2012
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Christian apologist Luke Nix penned a review of my new book on behalf of Apologetics 315. His review provides a detailed description of the seven dangerous ideas and provides helpful comments in evaluating the content of my work. Luke even describes my book as “a very good read.” I’d say the same about his thorough and gracious review, for which I’m very appreciative. The full review is available here: http://www.apologetics315.com/2012/09/book-review-7-truths-that-changed-world.html.

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  • Profound Problems with Religious Pluralism

    November 27, 2012
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Novelist Yann Martel’s book Life of Pi (now a major motion picture) embodies the popular notion that all religions are simultaneously true. The story’s young protagonist embraces aspects of multiple faiths (Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity), viewing these beliefs as equally valid but different paths to God. Unfortunately religious pluralism fails to appreciate the profound problems associated with it.

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  • Spielberg’s Fresh Portrait of Lincoln

    November 20, 2012
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    President Abraham Lincoln (1809­–1865) is one of my favorite Americans. His unique leadership in abolishing slavery and holding the Union together during the Civil War mark him, in my view, as the greatest American. Visiting such historical sites as the Lincoln Memorial and Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. have been deeply moving experiences for both my family and me.

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  • Debating the Authority of Scripture

    November 13, 2012
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    How much authority does the Bible hold over the subjects it addresses? Believers sometimes hold differing answers to this question. Protestants promote the principle of sola Scriptura (Scripture as the supreme authority), while according to the Catholic position, tradition shares authority with the Bible.

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  • Can a Compulsive Thinker Also Be a Believer?

    November 6, 2012
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Some say that in order to have faith, one must “check his brain at the door.” Yet as a compulsive thinker (such that no twelve-step program would be able to cure me), I challenge this notion. In a recent talk (given in August at Oceanview Baptist Church in San Pedro, California), I explore what I call “best explanation apologetics”—an approach to thinking about Christianity that demonstrates the faith’s truth and viability. Additionally, I share my conversion to Christianity and pursuit of a reasonable faith. Below is a link to the talk on YouTube.

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  • Halloween and Other Hot Topics

    October 30, 2012
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Hot topics can present a troubling challenge, even in a culture that values freedom of speech. Do we ignore touchy issues and avoid all confrontation, or do we engage in verbal warfare with the opposition? Fortunately, there is a third option: presenting our opinions with gentleness, integrity, and respect for those with differing views.

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  • Reviews of 7 Truths That Changed the World on Hard-Core Christianity Blog

    October 23, 2012
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Melissa was a student of mine a few years ago in Biola University’s graduate program in apologetics. She is an engaging, thoughtful speaker and writer. I appreciate her thorough and gracious review of my new book.

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  • Straight Thinking Highlight: D’Souza’s Film on Obama

    October 16, 2012
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Does everyone have a worldview? What critical factors shape a person’s worldview compass? How important is it to correctly discern the worldview held by major influencers, such as our political leaders?

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  • Five-Point Logic Checklist

    October 9, 2012
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    One of the most important skills to master, particularly if you intend to share your faith with others, is how to form a logical argument. Though it might seem complicated, an argument in logic is really a very simple thing. To have an argument you must make a claim (called the conclusion) and provide support (called premises) for believing the claim to be true or correct. To have a good argument (sound or cogent) your premises must be (1) true; (2) relevant to your central claim; and (3) adequate to sufficiently support the conclusion.

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  • Quote of the Week: Westminister Shorter Catechism

    October 4, 2012
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author
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  • Reflecting on Baseball and Life

    October 2, 2012
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    At eleven years old I fell in love with baseball. From that time forward it was on my mind constantly. I was either playing the game, watching it on television, or thinking about it—even while I was supposed to be doing my schoolwork. At the time, the only subjects that could compete with baseball in terms of my life’s priorities were the Lakers and the Beatles. Those three subjects were my adolescent trinity, so to speak.

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  • Quote of the Week: Peter Toon

    September 27, 2012
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author
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  • Places of Knowledge

    September 25, 2012
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    During our latest trip to London, I realized how deeply rooted British culture is in their rich and extensive history. It seemed like every street we turned on held a historical landmark, which was labeled and maintained accordingly. Though it has a considerably shorter history as compared to London, Southern California (where RTB is headquartered) offers a variety of historical landmarks, museums, and art galleries to visit. (The Griffith Observatory and California Science Center serve as just a couple of examples.)

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  • Quote of the Week: John Jefferson Davis

    September 21, 2012
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author
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  • Above and Beyond: Authentic Academics

    September 18, 2012
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Before I became a Christian I had little motivation to excel in the classroom. Education was more about receiving a passing grade and less about a genuine understanding of the material. It wasn’t until I read C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity that I was prompted to pursue Scripture’s truth. Soon after becoming a Christian in my early 20’s, my passion for having a faith grounded in knowledge was sparked.

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