Reasons to Believe

Christian Life

  • The Benefits of Giving Thanks

    Realizing our moment-by-moment dependence on God the Creator for our very existence makes it appropriate to live lives of devotion, commitment, gratitude, and loyalty toward him, and scandalous not … more

  • A Church’s Hospitality Has Power to Persuade

    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 … more

  • The Many Faces of Courage

    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 … more

  • Reflections on Prayer (Part 2)

    Today RTB editor Maureen Moser and I conclude a discussion on prayer. (See part 1 here.)


    C. S. Lewis is credited with saying, “I don’t pray to change God’s mind; I pray to … more

  • Reflections on Prayer (Part 1)

    Prayer is an essential part of both the private Christian life and the church’s corporate worship. In this interview series, RTB editor Maureen Moser and I discuss the ins and outs of prayer. … more

  • Five Movies to Make You Think in the New Year

    Why do you go to the movies? For many, it’s about entertainment. Movies certainly possess a powerful ability to make us laugh and cry. Others go to the movies to escape from the pressures and … more

  • Biblical Themes in “The Hobbit”

    The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, the third and final film in the series, releases in theaters December 17. RTB editor and fan of the book and film series Sandra Dimas stopped by my office to … more

  • Do We Derive Pleasure from Sports Violence?

    The problem of football is football. Which is to say, it [NFL football] is consciously merchandising violence.

    — George Will, Fox News Sunday, September 21, 2014

    I have been an … more

  • The Seven Deadly Sins, Part 2 (of 4)

    In part 1 of this series, I began a discussion with RTB editor Sandra Dimas about the seven deadly sins. This week we delve deeper into the topic by looking at two more sins and their virtuous … more

  • Do You Like Being Alone with Your Thoughts?

    I have often said that the sole cause of man’s unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room. — Blaise Pascal1

    Are you comfortable being alone with your … more

  • New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

    Each January, goals like healthy living, money management, and community volunteering top people’s resolutions lists. Striving for a more well-rounded life is admirable and even biblical. … more

  • Reflections for Christmas

    The Advent season is my favorite time of year in my church’s liturgical calendar. I believe that when Christians celebrate the Incarnation they acknowledge the fact that their lives are hidden … more

  • Is God Too Busy for Us?

    Gift-giving, though a big part of the holiday season, can get mired in a lot of debate. But beneath all the hoopla, there’s something about a thoughtful gift that touches the heart. A good … more

  • God’s Compassion in Narnia

    In my recent reflections on the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis’ death, I focused on the influence Lewis has had through works like Mere Christianity. Now I’ve asked RTB editor and Take … more

  • RTB Is on the Move

    When The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey film released last year, I wrote an article about how Bilbo’s willingness to leave his cozy hobbit hole might cause us to consider stepping out of our … more

  • Celebrating God's Goodness

    This week Maureen and Sandra offer a double serving of blogging goodness in celebration of Thanksgiving. We hope you enjoy these reasons for having a gratitude-filled holiday!


    To Whom … more