Training is Not Optional

Christians often emphasize the role of parents in child rearing by saying that the influence of a … [Continue Reading]

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God’s Compassion in the Old Testament

Some prominent figures in the history of philosophy, such as Hegel and Spinoza, have said roughly … [Continue Reading]

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A Free Agent

As I am writing this, LeBron James, currently the greatest basketball player in the world, has opted … [Continue Reading]

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Naaman and Us

The biblical account of Naaman, the commander of the army of Syria (2 Kings 5:1-14) is a beautiful … [Continue Reading]

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A.G. Freed on Doubt

Not long ago, I spoke to a group of teenagers and youth leaders on the subject of apologetics. I … [Continue Reading]

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He Got His Chops in Church

I have been enjoying coaching debaters from my local congregation as they prepare for the mock … [Continue Reading]

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What Do Rich People Buy?

J.J. Watt is the defensive end for the Houston Texans football team who recently signed a six-year, … [Continue Reading]

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On the Hot Seat

There are always coaches who are “on the hot seat,” or in danger of losing their jobs. Sometimes a … [Continue Reading]

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“I’ve been taught not to question those things.”

Philosophers disagree about how to define philosophy. Is it a turn of mind, a professional field, a … [Continue Reading]

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“Back to Christ”?

The devil is deceptive. He is the father of lies (John 8:44) and endorses “lying wonders” (2 … [Continue Reading]

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Saved “Like the Thief on the Cross”?

The Bible decisively teaches that, in the Christian age, immersion for the remission of sins is … [Continue Reading]

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Loving the Law

One of the traditionally American personality traits is independence. The desire for freedom from … [Continue Reading]

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“I feel like…”

Research suggests that the phrase “I feel like” is being used used more and more in American … [Continue Reading]

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Learning to Slide

Robert Griffin III, oft-running quarterback for the Washington Redskins, is in his third NFL season … [Continue Reading]

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Put It To the Test

I recently spoke with a kind lady—call her Susan—who believes that miracles regularly occur in the … [Continue Reading]

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A Christian’s View of a “Christian Worldview”

I grew up hearing a lot of Bible-based sermons, but nothing about “worldviews”. I became a Christian … [Continue Reading]

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An Introduction to Bible Inspiration

This post is in the form of a sermon I preached recently in Columbia, South Carolina. The sermon is … [Continue Reading]

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Hypocrites!

Hypocrites are a particular breed of liars. They are by definition, insincere play-actors. The Greek … [Continue Reading]

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Walmart Hide and Seek

I used to dream of playing hide and seek in a huge store such as Walmart after all its employees … [Continue Reading]

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What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

Germain Grisez and Russell Shaw have provided the Christian with a very helpful distinction of … [Continue Reading]

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The Air that Johnny Manziel Signed

As a college football fan, I sometimes come across headlines that are hard to believe. Sometimes … [Continue Reading]

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The Devil’s Entertainment

Americans spend more money on the lottery than on any other form of “leisure.” (("How much do … [Continue Reading]

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Beer at the Games?

Every passage of the Bible that comments on intoxicating drink teaches that we should not drink it, … [Continue Reading]

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Do Bible Topics Get Too Old?

Once in 1893, the great preacher and scholar, J.W. McGarvey, was preaching on baptism. ((McGarvey’s … [Continue Reading]

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The Tragedy of Post-Christian Culture; The Opportunity of Pre-Christian Culture

I do not remember the first time I heard someone say that Western society represents a … [Continue Reading]

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The Son of David

In the very first verse of the New Testament, Jesus is called “the Son of David” (Matthew 1:1). … [Continue Reading]

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What the Devil Wants Us to Do

Dr. Thomas B. Warren, the great Christian preacher and philosopher, once preached a sermon about the … [Continue Reading]

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A Lesson from My Grandfather: “He Knows Better than That”

Not long ago I was talking with my grandfather, Gary Colley, about my concern regarding a preacher … [Continue Reading]

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“I could probably do something else, but. . . .”

Preaching is important because it is the process through which God has chosen to convey the grace of … [Continue Reading]

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What Do You Need?

College football has just concluded its recruiting season, and the NFL Draft Combine is a little … [Continue Reading]

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A Tragic Anniversary, an Ongoing Holocaust

The word “holocaust” literally denotes a “situation in which many people are killed.” (("Holocaust," … [Continue Reading]

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A Christian Off to College—Excerpt from GUARD (2nd Edition)

My book on spiritual leadership for teenage men is GUARD: Guys Understanding Authority and Real … [Continue Reading]

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An Outdated Constitution

Imagine that anthropologists discovered a constitution put in place by a society that occupied our … [Continue Reading]

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Have You Been Vaccinated?

Russ Douthat, columnist for The New York Times, wrote a column last week in which he sought to … [Continue Reading]

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Lot’s Choice

We are familiar with Lot’s decision to move to the valley of Sodom. After Lot’s uncle Abram gave him … [Continue Reading]

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“Both Stories Can’t Be True”

If you pay attention to the political media, you constantly hear competing narratives, or ways of … [Continue Reading]

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When You Go Back to School

I seem to go back to school every fall for at least one course. Not a single semester (or six-week … [Continue Reading]

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You’re a Soul Man (Seriously)

In school, I am studying about the soul and how it relates to the body. While most of the things I’m … [Continue Reading]

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Whose Law Did the Nazis Violate?

Those who argue for the existence of God based on human morality have often cited a particular … [Continue Reading]

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Maybe We Should Switch

One of the consequences of failing to take the Old Testament seriously is the loss of the valuable … [Continue Reading]

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How G.C. Brewer Won a Horse and Buggy

(Image from the cover of The Christian Youth 2.11 [October, 1912]). I recently heard an … [Continue Reading]

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The Chimpanzees’ Day in Court

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Hercules and Leo have been kept under lock and key … [Continue Reading]

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Prayer from the Belly of a Fish

Jonah was the hesitant prophet. He had a hard time wanting the Ninevites to be saved. The Ninevites … [Continue Reading]

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The Eye of The Beholder (Part Two)

In the first part of this discussion, I explained why it is reasonable to think that truth is … [Continue Reading]

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“You Can’t Reason Anyone into the Kingdom”?

I recently saw a video in which a prominent New Testament Greek scholar, Dr. Bill Mounce, talks … [Continue Reading]

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Something More than Christians?

Sometimes people will ask, “What are you, religiously?” One who follows the Bible may simply answer, … [Continue Reading]

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The Steroid Era and the Intrinsic Goods of the Game

I am primarily a basketball and football fan, but I have been watching Alex Rodriguez play baseball … [Continue Reading]

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Philosophy and the Sufficiency of the Scriptures

Christians often refer to the “sufficiency of the Scriptures.” Consider what we usually mean when we … [Continue Reading]

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Movie Night: High Noon

From time to time I will write articles here to discuss movies that promote Christian ideals in one … [Continue Reading]

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The Bible and Population Growth

For years there have been heated discussions about the Earth’s population. Some, like Paul Ehrlich … [Continue Reading]

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What Will Make Me Happy?

Everybody wants to be happy. The question is, “What will make a person happy?” The book of Ecclesiastes is remarkable because it provides a detailed account of a wealthy, powerful man pursuing various supposed means of becoming happy, or contented. Solomon tries every main category of secular pursuit. That is, he looks for happiness “under […]

The Leper’s Prayer

When we study the prayers of the Bible, we learn how to pray (and sometimes how not to pray). The case of the leper who came to Jesus is especially instructive: When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, […]

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“You Can’t Reason Anyone into the Kingdom”?

I recently saw a video in which a prominent New Testament Greek scholar, Dr. Bill Mounce, talks about what apologetics can and can’t do. The content of the video is worth considering, because Dr. Mounce takes three critical positions, all three of which are typical of what is frequently called “presuppositional” apologetics. Think about each […]

God’s Morality and Ours

One of the challenges to biblical morality, and one which has spurred much interesting discussion in values, is the so-called “Euthyphro dilemma,” which goes back to the Socratic dialogue called the Euthyphro.1 The dilemma goes like this: Why is something good? Is it good (1) because God says it is? Or, is it good (2) […]

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