For all my SpongeBob fans, you might know the episode where SpongeBob and his friend Patrick (he has the greatest name) are going door to door selling chocolate bars. As they arrive at one house and SpongeBob makes his sales pitch, the man on the other side of the door gets wide eyed and begins … Continue reading Science & Faith: Friends or Foes?
Everyone has asked this question at one point or another: Can I trust my Bible? Maybe it’s taken on another form for you: How do we know we have the right books?Has it been lost in translation over thousands of years?Are the stories really true or just myths?How can I trust something full of contradictions?We … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Trust Your Bible
You might have watched the recently famous blockbuster hits or read the magnificent novels of the Hunger Games. Aggressively ruled over by the Capitol, each of the twelve districts have to select two tributes—one male and one female—between the ages of 12 and 18. These young children are brutally sent into an arena while citizens … Continue reading A Life-Permitting Universe: Do the Odds Say By Chance or By Design?
In Finding Dory, the beautiful blue fish begins to wonder where she came from. She knows her friends, but who are her parents? In thinking of her origins and trying her best to discover them, she says, "Well I'm here, so I must have parents." Dory has an intuition pointing to this fact: Everything that … Continue reading The Universe Points to God
We all have a favorite TV show. Some of us like comedy, others suspense, and others drama. One of my favorites is Shark Tank. On an episode a few seasons back, one entrepreneur came on seeking an investment in a company that was doing abysmal by all standards. They might as well have been selling … Continue reading Does What I Feel Determine What is Real?
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”–Hebrews 11:1 What is faith? It is blind, like the trust falls we once did in elementary school or at a work retreat? It is unreasonable and lacking of any evidence, like a belief in the Easter bunny or Santa Clause, … Continue reading Is There More Reason to Believe in God than Bigfoot?
“Have mercy on those who doubt” (Jude 22, ESV). When I was in my first semester of seminary and in Old Testament Survey, there were a lot of new things to me, despite being raised in church and formed in a Christian school. As we were looking into the Psalms, we had a discussion board … Continue reading Is It Okay to Doubt God?
Growing up, my parents were faithful to be sure that I was at church on Sundays and Wednesdays. I had many friends in the same boat who attended church through their adolescent years. Mom and dad would wake them up and drive them to church on Sunday mornings. They would send these kids and teens … Continue reading Why Teens Are Leaving the Church & What to Do About It
Bart Ehrman, a prolific agnostic author and professor poses a question to his students each semester he begins his course over the Bible at the secular university at which he teaches. Ehrman has summarized the routine as follows: "So, part of the deal of teaching in the Bible Belt is that lots of my students … Continue reading What Is the Bible?
Why can I trust my Bible? In 2013, Macklemore released Same Love, a song with a political plea for the neutrality of gender and the propagation of “love.” In the song, Macklemore does two things. First, he attacks the authority of Scripture, “America the brave Still fears what we don't know And God loves all … Continue reading Why Can I Trust My Bible?