Straight Thinking #74: The Best of Straight Thinking…Golden Rule of Apologetics: Avoiding the Straw Man more
Like a good movie, we want our words to be remembered when witnessing to others. But when it comes to science apologetics, using a one-liner—“It’s so complicated God must have done … more
In part one of this two-part series, I discussed my 7-day trip to Tasmania, Australia, during Holy Week of this year. This was the longest ministry-related trip I had ever taken.
During my time in … more
During Holy Week of this year my wife, Joan, and I flew to Tasmania, Australia, where I was to deliver several apologetics lectures. Tasmania is a small island located below the Australian … more
German philosopher and atheist Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) was the first to proclaim, “God is dead.” Nietzsche holds an important position in the history of philosophy, serving … more
Several years ago, Christian thinker and author Os Guinness wrote a provocative book: Fit Bodies Fat Minds: Why Evangelicals Don’t Think and What to Do about It. He illustrates that … more
Unlike newspaper horoscopes and TV psychics, biblical prophets accurately predicted hundreds of specific events—sometimes in detail—many years, or even many centuries, before their … more
Most people want to go to heaven, hope to go to heaven. But does anyone really know for sure how to get there?
Popular opinion suggests that most people automatically go to heaven because … more
What would you say to someone about Christianity if all you could say were limited to just about 100 words? In a case like that I would likely choose to communicate the 114 words known as the … more
The growth of the Internet has allowed people from all around the globe to converse with one another quickly and conveniently. My children have grown up in an online world. They don't have any of the … more
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
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
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
In Memory of Walter Martin (1928-1989): The Original Bible Answer Man, Part 1 (of 3) In Memory of Walter Martin (1928-1989): The Original Bible Answer Man, Part 2 (of 3)
Walter Martin was an … more
These days there’s a bewildering array of Bible translations to choose from. How do we know which one to choose? What difference does it make anyway? For most purposes, any translation will … more
In Memory of Walter Martin (1928-1989): The Original Bible Answer Man, Part 1 (of 3) In Memory of Walter Martin (1928-1989): The Original Bible Answer Man, Part 3 (of 3)
One of the things I miss most … more
In Memory of Walter Martin (1928-1989): The Original Bible Answer Man, Part 2 (of 3) In Memory of Walter Martin (1928-1989): The Original Bible Answer Man, Part 3 (of 3)
Have you ever had a Jehovah's … more
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
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
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