Reasons to Believe

Christian Life

  • The Insatiable Search for Peace and Rest

    Human beings were made for God (Psalm 100:3, Acts 17:26–27), but something has gone deeply wrong. Sin has cut us off from our Creator and left us out-of-sync with each other and ourselves. Under … more

  • 5 Levels of Christian Faith

    We often use the word “faith” to describe the core of someone’s beliefs—but people of differing religions use the term in very different ways. This has challenged me to more … more

  • Risen and What Makes a Good Christian Film

    Christian filmmakers are on a roll. The last several years have brought us an increasing number of religious films, many bordering on mainstream and featuring globally recognized stars. But among the … more

  • 3 Timeless Books on Christianity

    When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food. —Desiderius Erasmus, Dutch Renaissance scholar and theologian

    Reading books has been an obsession of mine … more

  • Answering FAQs on Vaccine Safety

    My previous article titled "Vaccine Safety and Loving Our Neighbors" generated some ardent reader responses. In this follow-up article I would like to acknowledge and address many of these responses, … more

  • Five Movies to Make You Think in 2016

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

  • 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.)

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    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