I wrote this article just a few days after 9/11 (though it had to wait until the first quarter of 2002 to be published in the RTB magazine Facts for Faith). As this month marks the tenth anniversary … more
It hardly seems believable that 10 years have passed since the terrorist attacks of September 11. Such an anniversary is not something that should be passed over lightly. It’s a good time to … more
Everybody has one. Whether they’re educated or uneducated, liberal or conservative, rich or poor, nonbelieving or God-fearing, all people act and live according to their particular worldview. … more
I was somewhat reticent to see the newest superhero movie Captain America: The First Avenger (released July 22, 2011). Why? Because Captain America was my favorite superhero as a kid and it seems that … more
Straight Thinking #129: Thinking About Near-Death Experiences more
In elementary school I was known in class as Kenny Samples, a quiet and mild-mannered child. But during recess I transformed into my alter ego: Marvel comics superhero Captain America. On the … more
Last week’s Take Two discussed "A Match Made in Heaven"—the happy union of apologetics and evangelism. This week, I dare to suggest another happy union: Cowboys & Aliens. Classic … more
You know the scenario. At first you enthusiastically engaged someone online in a creation/evolution debate. Surely the evidence would convince your antagonist, right?
It didn’t take long to … more
Straight Thinking #124: Camping's End of the World Prediction more
Is God with me now? Why do people abandon their faith? Satan's henchmen, The miracle of the sun more
Straight Thinking #121: Is God the Best Explanation for Reality? Paul Copan Interview, part 2 more
Harold Camping’s latest false prediction concerning the end of the world once again illustrates how important it is that Christians think carefully and critically about controversial issues like … more
Straight Thinking #120: Is God the Best Explanation for Reality? Paul Copan Interview, part 1 more
It was supposed to be a five minute trip to Home Depot. Instead I spent the better part of an hour with a garden specialist discussing mulch, composting, and paganism. Wait, paganism?
I joked about … more
In the first three installments of this series I outlined three points in response to the challenge that Christian disunity invalidates the faith’s truth-claims. While I agree that disunity does … more
In the first two installments of this series I discussed the essential beliefs, values, and world-and-life view encapsulated by the Christian faith and the positive features of denominationalism, … more
In the first installment of this series I pointed out that while disunity among believers is a problem, many (especially skeptics) fail to appreciate the tremendous unity among historic Christians. … more
I once heard a skeptic ask:
Why should I seriously consider Christian truth-claims when Christendom is so deeply divided?
There is some painful truth in this question. Christian disunity does, … more
I’ve read many books about the life and views Augustine of Hippo (AD 354–430)—my favorite theologian/philosopher and arguably the most influential Christian thinker outside the New … more
Call me a skeptic. A nonbeliever. Even a hater. But in a perfect world—a world that suits my preferences, I should say—it doesn’t exist.
What is “It,” you ask? The Star … more