After Jesus’ arrest, Peter — one of Jesus closest disciples — denied association with Jesus three times and the rest of the remaining 12 “inner circle” disciples ran off, abandoning Jesus (Mark 14:50). Even if we were to take a skeptical stance when reading the Gospels, this doesn’t seem like an invented detail by the early … Continue reading The Resurrection Witness of “Half-Frantic” Women: The Significance of the Women Witnesses
As both an apologist and pastor, divine blessings was a topic I needed to grasp because of the prevalence of the “prosperity gospel” and “health and wealth gospel.” Even if a Christian doesn’t subscribe to the false prosperity gospel, understanding biblical blessings is essential to addressing a sort of prosperity gospel thinking that intersects with … Continue reading Understanding Divine Blessing: Does the Prosperity Gospel Get It Right?
Not everyone is motivated by logic. And when that’s the case, all communication breaks down. Just like there are laws of physics that are undeniable, there are also laws of logic. The Christian worldview believes there’s a divine intelligence behind creation, so it makes sense in the Christian worldview that these immaterial, universal laws of … Continue reading 5 Common Logical Mistakes to Avoid (esp. on Social Media)
LITERAL OR FIGURATIVE? As Christians, we often have to defend our belief that the Bible should be taken literally. The writers of the Bible present much of the information as historical truth, and Christians need to accept certain claims of the Bible as fact to be true Christ-followers. For example, the apostle Paul wrote that … Continue reading The Serpent, Dragon & Leviathan as Symbol in Scripture
As local churches have wrestled with how to be the church during these past months of this global pandemic, several things have become glaringly clear to me as I’ve worked with my fellow elders at my own church and have taken part in discussions with other church planters and pastors. None of these “revelations” are … Continue reading Rethinking How We Do Church: Lessons from Coronavirus