Archives / 2013 / June

WWJD with 4 Wheels?

A few years ago someone composed an exercise in conscience-pricking with the question, “What would Jesus drive?” Some mocked the question as foolish to ask; others commended the query as worthy of consideration, thinking it reflected a proper priority of a disciple to be a good steward. In some ways it’s probably both. The question comes to me now and then as the owner of a Prius... »

Scripture and Scientific Realism

Christians always quote passages like Psalm 19:1-4a to prop up scientific realism and they even sometimes go so far as to use these passages to prop up current scientific paradigms. I think using these passages in this way is spurious. But today I was reading Ecclesiastes and noticed something. If a passage like Psa. 19:1-4a is read to be support for realism or even for the correctness of current ... »

Did Adam and Eve Exist?

Were They Real? The Scientific Case for Adam and Eve October 1, 2010 By Dr. Fazale Rana Did Adam and Eve really exist? Did all humanity originate from a single pair? These questions are not peripheral topics for an academic debate; they are central to the Christian faith. Toward this end, recent advances in molecular genetics are quite provocative. As Hugh Ross and I discuss in Who Was Adam?, nume... »

Presuppositionalism vs. Natural Theology: Part 1

I wanted to weigh in on the recent Unbelievable? show on apologetic methodology. Where I’m coming from: I hold to Reformed theology and consider myself presuppositional. Caveat on where I’m coming from: There is, perhaps, a spectrum of presuppositionalism. On the far end are those who would probably say I’m not presuppositionalist. In fact they would probably say there is no spec... »

Is The Question of God Intellectually Undecidable?

It seems that Pascal thought the question of God undecidable on the basis of evidence: The evidence just isn’t there one way or the other – that God exists or that God does not exist -, and we have no reason to presume one or the other. William James, too, seems to have thought something similar, and is famous for his claim that the question whether God exists “cannot by its natu... »

Jogging on the Prayer Wheel

There are many things I would change about public perceptions of Christianity. One is the damaging perception that is held concerning the use of prayer. On the one hand, so many critics assume that it is a good argument to ask why prayer does not immediately heal all diseases, prevent all accidents, ensure all successes, and grant all requests. We have replied that such expectations are not at all... »

Pt. 4 Returning to Christ

(because I wanna tell my story …) According to Richard Dawkins, religion is a successful meme because it offers the most and threatens the most. I guess he is talking about Heaven and Hell, but when I came back to Christ I was a young chap not even thinking about the afterlife. I reconsidered Christianity because I believed that a non-theistic world views were false. The atheism that I had felt pr... »

Christians, nothing wrong in believing in fairytales!

Christians, nothing wrong in believing in fairytales! Who cares if the (5’1…110 pound) superhero Jesus of the gospels & the “slaughter them all” god of the OT are fairytales? ….as long as they make you FEEL GOOD, then go for it! …no different than kids believing in Santa Clause makes them FEEL GOOD too ….both get a thumbs up for the feel good factor so both should be enjoyed as much as possibl... »

Do Christians Really Love Sinners?

Do Christians really love sinners? As children of God, we have been entrusted with the most precious gift that exists. As 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 (ESV) says: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God wa... »

Running with Endurance – a sermon on Hebrews chapter twelve (Pt. 4)

In today’s post, I conclude my four-part series which looks at four key phrases in Hebrews 12.1-2. The material in these four blog posts come from the sermon manuscript that I used for a recent chapel talk delivered at a college in the US. I pray that these thoughts have been fruitful in encouraging you to run with endurance our race of faith. —– v. 2a: ‘looking to Jesus, the founder a... »

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