The Extent of Noah’s Flood: the Geological Evidence (Part 1)

Book Excerpt By July 13, 2018 Tags: , 6 Comments

In 1961, John Whitcomb and Henry Morris published The Genesis Flood. They intended the work to be a response to Bernard Ramm, who in 1954 had published a work arguing that Noah’s Deluge  was a local catastrophe. Borrowing heavily from George McCready Price (1870-1963), a Seventh-Day Adventist author, Whitcomb and Morris contended that the flood of Noah’s day accounts for…


Is the Earth Flat or Round? Lessons from a 6th Century Debate

Video By March 20, 2018 Tags: , , 2 Comments

Last week I gave the faculty lecture at Southeastern. I talked about the 6th century debate between John Philoponus and Cosmas Indicopleustes about the shape of the earth. In the days of the early church, the apologetic debate was not between creation and evolution, but creation and eternalism. The pagan philosophers argued ex nihilo nihil fit (“Out of nothing comes nothing”)….


What Is Genesis 1-2 “Doing”? A Missional Interpretation

Video By February 19, 2018 Tags: 4 Comments

In this brief video I ask the question, “What was Moses doing when he penned the creation account in Genesis 1-2?” In day-to-day communications we typically recognize the difference between what a person says and what they mean, and intuitively interpret them accordingly. However, we often don’t notice a third component: what a person is doing with his or her words. Using…


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:…


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…


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…