Reasons to Believe


  • The Most Peculiar Gift

    It was Christmas morning and my godparents’ living room was filled to capacity with kids, a sea of crumpled up wrapping paper, and sparkling new toys. I was a contemplative teenager with nothing … more

  • Quote of the Week: Christmas Season, 4

    Christ, by highest heav’n adored:Christ, the everlasting Lord;Late in time behold him come,Offspring of the favored one.Veil’d in flesh, the Godhead see;Hail, th’incarnate … more

  • Podcast Review: Christmas Edition

    In between the merry-making and festive traditions, Christmas is, for many, also a time of reflection on the meaning of Christ’s first coming and on gratitude to God for the blessings in … more

  • Quote of the Week: Christmas Season, 3

    First, the fact that Mary was a virgin points to the fact that the conception of Jesus was wholly the result of the divine initiative, the work of the Holy Spirit, he had no human father. Secondly, … more

  • Three Reasons I Love the Christmas Season

    As the song goes “Christmas time is here.” People are busy shopping, baking, and reliving their special Yuletide traditions. For many churches, the Christmas traditions include Advent … more

  • Thankful for God’s Dual Revelation

    In Christian theology, revelation refers to God’s personal self-disclosure to his creatures. He took the initiative and revealed himself in both general revelation (God’s world) and … more

  • Making Sense of the Incarnation

    As C. S. Lewis put it, “God became a man so that men could become sons of God.” The Advent season is a great time to explore the rich theology that stands behind the Christian view of … more

  • Christ the Eternal Person Part 3

    In part two of this series I attempted to explain why it is just for nonbelievers to suffer eternal judgment for a temporal period of sin.

    I proposed that since God is an infinitely and eternally … more

  • Christ the Eternal Person Part 2

    In part one of this series I attempted to explain how Jesus Christ could experience the eternal wrath of God in just several hours of suffering on the cross.

    I proposed that Jesus Christ could … more

  • Christ the Eternal Person Part 1

    As a speaker at a theological conference I was asked the following provocative question:

    How is it possible for Christ to have suffered the eternal wrath of God in just several hours on the cross … more

  • "Jesus, Our Emmanuel"

    At the heart of historic Christianity resides an astounding truth-claim celebrated around the world at Christmas—the doctrine of the Incarnation: God became man in Jesus of Nazareth. This truth … more

  • What Makes the Christian God Unique?

    Though I had many fine students over the years and lots of provocative discussions in and outside the classroom, one particular exchange with two students stands out in my memory. This dialogue … more

  • Did Jesus Really Consider Himself To Be God?

    The Jesus who emerges never resembles the Christ of historic Christianity. These shows leave the Christian viewer discouraged, confused, or perhaps ready to reach for a foam brick.

    Liberal scholars … more

  • The Christmas Star

    The only known account of the wise men and of the astronomical event that spurred them to action is found in the book of Matthew. This dramatic story has generated numerous articles, books, songs, and … more

  • Who Do You Say I Am?: Cluing in the Critics

    by Dennis Ingolfsland

    People today ask the same provocative question that Jesus once asked his disciples, “Who do you say I am?”[1] Modern historians present Jesus as a cynic, reformer, … more