Reasons to Believe

General Apologetics

  • Christian Apologetics, Part 4 (of 4)

    I distinctly remember the first time I walked into a courtroom and heard the bailiff swear in a witness. The words of the oath and the profound promise that stands behind it deeply impressed me.

    I … more

  • Christian Apologetics, Part 2 (of 4)

    Participating in effective Christian apologetics means that you will never have to say you're sorry!

    Christians have engaged in apologetics (to give a reasoned defense of the faith, 1 Peter 3:15, … more

  • Christian Apologetics, Part 1 (of 4)

    The powerful enterprise known as Christian apologetics has embarked into its third millennium. Apologetic endeavors played a critical role in the first two millenniums of Christianity and they remain … more

  • Response to 2012 Prophecies

    Multiple sources, both books and web sites, have stirred people’s fear that the world (or life as we know it) will end on December 21, 2012. This date is cited as the end of the Mayan calendar … more

  • Reaching the Nonbeliever, Part 2 (of 2)

    Is it possible that a seeker-sensitive approach to church ministry comes at too high a cost?

    The term "seeker-sensitive" means that a church places great emphasis upon reaching out to would-be … more

  • Reaching the Nonbeliever, Part 1 (of 2)

    Is it possible to make it too easy for nonbelievers to embrace Christianity?

    I heard a news report that a church was offering free gasoline cards to the first three visitors at their church on Sunday … more

  • All You Need Is [His] Love, Part 2 (of 2)

    In part 1 of this article series I mentioned that a Christian sent me a critical email objecting to my fondness for the music of The Beatles. The essence of his concern was expressed in the following … more

  • All You Need Is [His] Love, Part 1 (of 2)

    I teach a regular adult Sunday school class at my church, and so the church's website features a brief bio about me. Among other things, it mentions a few of my personal interests, including my … more

  • A Book Ahead of Its Time

    New Age thinker Eckhart Tolle in his book A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, asserts the universe is without beginning or end. This idea is hardly new. The concept of an eternal … more

  • On Becoming a Christian

    When Jesus of Nazareth's earthly friends asked Him to make clear the path to an eternal relationship with God, He did not give them a list of rules to keep or words to say or works to perform. Rather, … more

  • Resolutions for the Mind 2009

    When most of us think about New Year’s resolutions things like diet and exercise usually come to mind.

    However, there may be another important sphere of life that needs reflection and … more

  • Average Joe's Guide to Apologetics

    A T-shirt that reads “Right Wing Christians: Proof that Evolution Works Backwards Too” can elicit the temptation to respond with a similar insult. However, a more fruitful, rewarding … more

  • Navigating Verbal Minefields

    Are you an evolutionist or a creationist? It’s a simple enough question, but the answer may not be so easy. Like many words, factors like history and context come into play. As a historical … more

  • The Art of Apologetic Persuasion

    What factors go into making a powerful and persuasive apologetic witness to the truth of Christianity?

    Biblically speaking, the ultimate reason that a person comes to faith in Jesus Christ is the … more