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?
How do I choose a translation? The question listed above is a good question, but it is one among many. Why are there so many translations? Which translation is best? How do I know which translations are reliable? This list of questions can go on and on and on, but our goal is to answer … Continue reading Are All Bible Translations Created Equal?
What books belong in the Bible? How do we know we have the right books in the Bible? Do we have an authoritative list of books, or a list of authoritative books? With so many today (even pastors) questioning the authority of the Bible, this question is more valuable than ever. The questions we will … Continue reading Which Words Are God’s Words?
Know why you believe what you believe. What seems to be such a simple statement can bring about complicated implications. In order to know the why, we must also know the what; and in order to know the what, we must also know the why. Everyone believes something. An atheist believes, though it be in … Continue reading Know Why You Believe What You Believe
For you, the word “evolution” may stir emotions of anger, for others, it may stir emotions of excitement. Either way, evolution is a matter that has been and continues to be hotly debated. In recent years, there were discoveries of what certain scientists would state to be various stages of evolutionary development. A Neanderthal being … Continue reading Does God Exist? Evolution