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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."

  • Two More Movies to Make You Think in 2018

    July 17, 2018

    How much of your recreation time is devoted to watching movies? For many people, watching films at the theater and viewing movies at home are staples of their pastime enjoyment. As a philosopher, one of the things I most enjoy in life is learning something significant about truth and reality. Therefore, I like watching films that are true stories or based on true events, and especially ones that make me think about the deep questions of life.

    • World War II
    • Reflective Thinking
    • Movies
    • History
    • Historical Figures
  • Two Movies to Make You Think in 2018

    July 10, 2018

    Why do you go to the movies? For many people, it is for sheer enjoyment or to escape from life’s pressures for a few hours. One of the things I most enjoy in life is learning something significant about truth and reality. Therefore, I like watching films that are true stories or based upon them, and especially ones that make me think about the deep questions of life.

    • Movies
    • World War II
    • Reflective Thinking
    • History
    • Historical Figures
  • How about Reading Some Christian Classics? Part 4

    July 3, 2018

    Being a disciple of Jesus Christ and living the Christian faith in the world can, at times, be quite challenging. I enjoy reading about how other Christians have approached their lives of faith throughout the history of the church. I also appreciate learning from great Christian teachers about Christian doctrine and values.

    • Reading
    • Famous Christians
    • Christian Literature
    • Books
    • Book Reviews
  • How about Reading Some Christian Classics? Part 3

    June 26, 2018

    As a passionate lifelong reader, I have several reading goals in mind. First, I certainly want to be well-read when it comes to Holy Scripture. Second, I want to read many of the classics of Western civilization. Third, I want to read many Christian classic texts as well.

    • Reading
    • Famous Christians
    • Christian Literature
    • C.S. Lewis
    • Books
    • Book Reviews
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  • How about Reading Some Christian Classics? Part 2

    June 19, 2018

    C. S. Lewis helped me to realize that I need to read books that appeal to my reason as well as books that appeal to my imagination. In fact, Lewis was highly skilled at writing both types of books. So I naturally like to read nonfiction books on such topics as history, philosophy, and science, but I have learned the value of also reading fictional and aesthetically oriented works.

    • C.S. Lewis
    • Reading
    • Famous Christians
    • Christian Literature
    • Books
    • Book Reviews
  • How about Reading Some Christian Classics? Part 1

    June 12, 2018

    Only human beings read. And from a biblical perspective, it may be reasonably inferred that humans’ capacity to read is part of the intellectual endowment that comes from being made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26–27). Moreover, God gave humankind a divinely inspired book to read and study in order to discover truth and salvation. Interestingly, scientists in various disciplines today—both religious and otherwise—think that human exceptionalism is evidenced in our unique ability to think, speak, write, and read.

    • Blaise Pascal
    • Augustine
    • C.S. Lewis
    • Christian Literature
    • Famous Christians
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Reading
    • Books
    • Book Reviews
  • 5 Important Philosophical-Apologetics Terms in the New Testament

    June 5, 2018

    There are five very important philosophical-apologetics terms in the New Testament that every Christian should have some familiarity with. Learning and appreciating these key terms will aid believers in both their theological and apologetics understanding. And being so armed, the Christian is helped in their evangelistic and apologetics ventures in the service of Christ.

    • History of Christianity
    • Critical Thinking
    • Faith & Reason
    • Life of the Mind
    • Lists
    • Worldviews
    • Philosophy
    • Logic
    • Doctrine
    • Christian History
  • Take Up and Read: Fear and Trembling

    May 29, 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
    • Books
    • Reading
    • Book Reviews
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  • 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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