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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."

  • Apologist Demeanors: Are You a Patton or a Bradley?

    May 22, 2018

    Have you ever seen the movie Patton? Actor George C. Scott won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his amazing portrayal of the bold, opinionated, and flamboyant General George Patton. General Patton was not only a great battlefield tank commander for the US Army during World War II, but he was also arguably one of the most politically incorrect persons of the twentieth century. Patton wasn’t afraid to speak his mind on virtually any issue, regardless of the consequences. (We’ll make an apologetics connection about this personality trait shortly.) However, just how realistic Scott’s movie portrayal was has been a topic of historical debate.

    • World War II
    • Walter Martin
    • Movies
    • People of Faith
    • People
    • General Apologetics
    • Famous Christians
    • Apologetics
  • Take Up and Read: The Screwtape Letters

    May 15, 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. Hopefully, a 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.

    • C.S. Lewis
    • Books
    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
    • Book Reviews
  • Stoke the Faith Flame: Overcoming Spiritual Weariness

    May 8, 2018

    Over the years, I’ve had numerous people express to me that they have experienced a weariness concerning their faith journey. This is actually a pretty common phenomenon for Christians to encounter in life. I’ve also experienced such a weariness at times in my Christian life. Life’s pressures of job, family, ministry, etc. can weigh heavily on us at times. Sometimes, we can feel adrift without sensing a clear direction from the Lord.

    • Christian Life
    • People of Faith
    • Faith
    • Christian Issues
    • C.S. Lewis
  • Take Up and Read: Institutes of the Christian Religion

    May 1, 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. Hopefully, a 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.

    • Book Reviews
    • Christian Literature
    • Reading
    • Books
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  • Confronting the Cognitive Dissonance over Grace

    April 24, 2018

    Historic Christianity’s teaching that salvation is solely a gift of God’s grace stands at odds with all other religions of the world. The New Testament explicitly teaches that salvation is not earned by human moral effort but is a divinely imparted gift or endowment (χάρις [charis] is the New Testament Greek word for “grace” and means “unmerited favor”). Historic Christianity affirms that salvation comes by God’s grace alone, exclusively through faith in Jesus Christ’s unique life, death, and resurrection.

    • Saved by Grace
    • Salvation
    • Historical Theology
    • Faith
    • Christian Life
    • Christian Issues
  • Take Up and Read: City of God

    April 17, 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. Hopefully, a 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.

    • Christian Literature
    • Reading
    • Books
    • Book Reviews
  • Living Life Looking at a Screen

    April 10, 2018

    How much of your day is spent looking at a screen? Remember that “screen” includes smartphones, computers, tablets, televisions, movies, jumbotrons, video games, digital billboards, and e-books. One online source estimated there may be a total of 8 billion screens in the world.1 Now let me ask you a more indelicate question: If you are a parent, how much of your child’s day is spent looking at a screen?

    • Life of the Mind
    • Mental Health
    • Critical Thinking
  • Take Up and Read: Our Triune God

    April 3, 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. Hopefully, a 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
    • Trinity
    • Book Reviews
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  • A Dozen Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus

    March 27, 2018

    Jesus’s resurrection is at the very heart of historic Christianity. In fact, the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is both a central doctrinal belief of the faith and the primary evidence for the truth of the religion itself. Given the importance of Easter for Christians, it is appropriate for us to consider a dozen evidences for the resurrection of Jesus. For greater depth on these points, see the recommended resources at the end of the article.

    • Christianity's Dangerous Ideas
    • Church History
    • Christian History
    • Jesus Christ
    • Resurrection
    • Holiday
    • Faith & Reason
    • Doctrine
    • Christianity
    • Apologetics
  • Philosophy’s Most Famous Quotations, Part 4

    March 20, 2018

    Growing up, I always sensed that I was searching for some deeper meaning in my life. I didn’t know what that meaning would entail, but I saw life as a type of quest. Therefore, when I went to college the study of philosophy seemed like a good fit for me.

    • Philosophy
    • Life of the Mind
    • Historical Figures
  • Philosophy's Most Famous Quotations, Part 3

    March 13, 2018

    I love ideas. And I love thinking about them. One of the fundamental reasons I study philosophy is that I believe ideas really matter. And philosophy is the discipline of big ideas: God, the cosmos, the mind, knowledge, ethics, aesthetics, logic, etc.

    • Philosophy
    • Life of the Mind
    • Historical Figures
  • Philosophy’s Most Famous Quotations, Part 2

    March 6, 2018

    Who am I? Why am I here? Is there a meaning to life? Does God exist? What will happen to me when I die?

    • Philosophy
    • Life of the Mind
    • Historical Figures
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  • Philosophy’s Most Famous Quotations, Part 1

    February 27, 2018

    Though I studied philosophy in my college years and have now read hundreds of books on philosophy and philosophical topics, I nevertheless think I was born to be a philosopher. Long before I began studying and teaching philosophy, I was—even as a youth—asking philosophical questions. My baseball coach nicknamed me “Professor.”

    • Life of the Mind
    • Philosophy
    • Historical Figures
  • Take Up and Read: The Republic

    February 20, 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. Hopefully, a 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.

    • Philosophy
    • Christian Literature
    • Reading
    • Books
    • Book Reviews
  • The Ache of the Soul

    February 13, 2018

    A common Christian description of the human condition is that people as sinners are alienated, lost, and cut off from God. Being out of sync with their Creator and themselves, people are unable to find truly enduring fulfillment and satisfaction in life. And yet, the human longing and desire for meaning, purpose, and significance continues to churn in the human heart. Thus, happiness or true self-fulfillment is fleeting in life.

    • Reflective Thinking
    • Christianity
    • Christian Life
  • 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
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