Talking about the Age of the Earth in the Local Church: Don’t Be “That Guy”

Video By February 12, 2018 Tags: , , 2 Comments

Recently I was on Reason to Believe’s program, “28:19.”  Krista Bontrager, the show’s cohost, asked about the best way to bring up old-earth interpretations to a young-earth church staff. When it comes to bringing up controversial issues to one’s pastor or youth pastor, how one approaches the subject is just as important as what one has to say. My advice:…

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Explaining Christian Doctrine to Muslim Friends #3: Divine Action

Video By January 29, 2018 Tags: , , No Comments

Here’s a third clip from the interviews I gave last summer in Turkey. I was asked about Old-earth creationism’s understanding of divine action in nature. By and large, Old-earth creationism accepts the consensus findings of the scientific community concerning the age of the universe (about 13.8 billion years old), the age of the earth (about 4.6 billions years old), and…

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The Gospel’s Radical Agenda

Book Review, Sermon Excerpt By January 22, 2018 Tags: , , No Comments

Imagine that you were called to minister to Nazi war criminals. That’s exactly what happened to Henry Gerecke, a Lutheran minister enlisted (at the age of fifty!) as an Army chaplain during World War II. At the war’s end, when other soldiers were coming home, Gerecke was called to the most difficult ministry assignment imaginable: to serve as chaplain to…

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Explaining Christian Doctrine to Muslim Friends #2: Old-Earth Creationism

Video By January 15, 2018 Tags: , , No Comments

Here’s another video clip from my trip to Istanbul last summer. I’m being interviewed by an Islamic television crew. They were wonderful hosts. The question asked was: “There are a couple of versions for the explanation of the creation of the earth in Christian theology. As far as we know, you support the “old-earth creation” version. Can you please state…

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Explaining Christian Doctrine to Muslim Friends: Creation

Video By January 4, 2018 Tags: , 4 Comments

Last Summer I was invited to Istanbul by A9 TV to speak about the Christian understanding of creation and evolution. Though A9 an Islamic organization, they encouraged me to present my views as an evangelical Christian. We made a number of brief video clips where I answered their theological questions. Here’s an example: “Question: We are aware that evangelicals like yourself…

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“Killing Spree” Killers: There Is No Fear Of God Before Their Eyes

Commentary By October 2, 2017 Tags: , No Comments

This morning, you and I awoke to the same heartbreaking news: The worst mass shooting in modern US history. At the time of this writing, news reports indicate that Stephen Paddock, acting alone, shot and killed more than 50 people in Las Vegas, wounding some 200 others. Paddock then killed himself as the SWAT teams were arriving to arrest him. Killing…

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Spurgeon’s Advice about the Study of God

Commentary By August 9, 2016 Tags: , , , No Comments

In his Knowing God, J. I. Packer begins with a quote from the great Baptist preacher, Charles Spurgeon: “It has been said by someone that ‘the proper study of mankind is man.’ I will not oppose the idea, but I believe it is equally true that the proper study of God’s elect is God; the proper study of a Christian…

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John Frame Describes the Nature of Revelation

Book Review By August 3, 2016 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

In his The Doctrine of the Word of God, John Frame presents what he calls a “thought experiment.” “Imagine God speaking to you right now, as realistically as you can imagine, perhaps standing at the foot of your bed at night. He speaks to you like your best friend, your parents, or your spouse. In the Bible, God often spoke…

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The Distanciation of Ernest Christian

Book Review By July 7, 2016 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

In his Exegetical Fallacies, D. A. Carson presents the parable of Ernest Christian. Ernest, who represents the typical new seminary student, experiences the unpleasant phenomena of “distanciation.” Distanciation refers to the act of distancing oneself from a matter for the purpose of looking at it more objectively. For many students this is a new–and disturbing–way to approach the Bible. Carson…

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