The Scientific Method: A Christian Idea

“What were we doing when we unchained this earth from its sun? Whither is it moving now? Whither are we moving? Away from all suns? Are we not plunging continually? Backward, sideward, forward, in all directions? Is there still any up or down?”  — Friedrich Nietzsche, The Madman (1882) In Nietzsche’s classic parable (one which… Read More

Fabian Tactics in the Church

“These are the peoples which Yahweh caused to remain settled to train Israel by them — all those who did not know all the wars of Canaan. It was only in order that the descendants of the Sons of Israel should know, to teach them war — only those present who did not know.” (Judges… Read More

Influencing the Culture

“Naphtali did not dispossess those who dwell in the House of Shemesh or those who dwelt in the house of Anath; and they dwelled in the midst of the Canaanites who dwelt in the land. Thus, the House of Shemesh and the House of Anath became forced labor for them. And the Emorites tormented the… Read More

If you are there, God…

“On this very day I came to the spring and I said, ‘Yahweh, God of my lord, Abraham, if you are there, please bring success to my way upon which I have walked.” (Genesis 24:42)   Many of our modern English translations will render the phrase of Eliezer: “if you will prosper my way…” yet… Read More

The Desires of our Heart

“Take pleasure in Yahweh; And He will give to you the petitions of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)   Recently, I my wife was listening to a popular Christian radio station in our area and I heard, during one of the breaks between songs, a commentator saying, “God wants to give you your heart’s desires…” Ultimately… Read More

The Problem of Thanksgiving for the Unbeliever

I suppose that I should make one qualification up front. And that is that I personally know a number of non-Christians who are very thankful people and who thoroughly enjoy the celebration of this American holiday. There can be no doubting the deep Christian roots of this event, but regardless of one’s faith (or lack… Read More

Cogito Ergo Sum

Descartes made his famous statement, “I think; therefore, I am,” to communicate what he held to be the most fundamental and irrefutable truth: his thought about whether or not he existed was proof that he did exist. He argued that everything else could be an illusion, but that this was the one principle that he… Read More

Evidence for the Historical Jesus

Recently, I watched a debate where a critic of Christianity made the statement that there was no historical evidence to support the Jesus of the Bible that existed in Jewish literature.  The Christian in the debate made a tolerable answer, but I felt that he had missed a major point of the argument.  In this… Read More

Does Your Location Affect Your Religion?

Recently, I heard a challenge to Christianity that was worded like this:  “The only reason you identify yourself as Christian is because you were born in America; if you had been born in Iraq, you would be Muslim and if you had been born in northern India, you would be Hindu—religion is nothing more than… Read More

What is Truth?

“Sanctify them in the Truth; Your Word is Truth.” (John 17:17) “Pilate said to him, ‘What is truth?’  And saying this, he again went outside to the Jews and said to them, ‘I do not find any ground for a complaint with him.’” (John 18:38) “Your righteousness is righteous forever! And your law is truth.”… Read More

John Calvin: Apologist for the Reformation

(This took me a while to transcribe, but what follows is the content of my lecture at the International Calvin 500 Conference, held in Moscow, Russia, this past September)   I would like to begin simply by thanking you for the opportunity to speak this day.  As I stand here and listen to some of… Read More

No Nice Christians!

I don’t want any nice Christians in our church!  In fact, I don’t want to see nice Christians anywhere in the world!  Okay, now that I have your attention, let me explain what I mean.  The English word, “nice,” comes from the Latin word “nescire.”  Nescire has as its root word, “scio,” which is the… Read More

Why Doesn’t God Just Obliterate the Devil and thus Get Rid of Evil?

Why doesn’t God just obliterate the Devil?               One of the projects that we engage in at Rocky Bayou Christian School is that of helping to train students how to defend their faith when it is challenged.  One of the ways in which we do so is to pose questions to the student body… Read More

Strengths and Weaknesses of Proofs for God’s Existence from General Revelation

This is just a small sampling of the many proposed “proofs” for God’s existence drawn from General Revelation; there are many more that we could spend our time reviewing.  Yet, these six do a good job demonstrating the strengths and weaknesses of such proofs.  The strength of the proof is that it demonstrates the truth… Read More

Anselm’s Ontological Proof for the Existence of God based on General Revelation

Anselm’s Ontological Proof   In dealing with the question of naturalistic proofs for God’s existence, we must not fail to discuss Anselm and his Ontological argument.  Anselm predated Aquinas by about 200 years, so clearly, Aquinas is responding to Anselm’s idea that the reality of God’s existence could be proven by looking at General Revelation. … Read More

Aquinas’ Five Ways: Proofs for the Existence of God from General Revelation

St. Thomas Aquinas listed what he saw as five intellectual proofs of the existence of God—proofs that were dependent on reason and observation, not the revealed word of God.   Aquinas and the First Way:   Aquinas recognized that for motion to take place, there had to be something that interacts with it to cause… Read More

C.S. Lewis: Christianity and Literature (outline)

Christianity and Literature:  Outline   The Big Idea:  What distinguishes Christian Literature?  Answer:  it clearly points to Christ   Introduction: Asked to discuss “Christian Literature” though unsure of value of this discussion Understands that Literature is a means for sharing the Gospel Rules for good writing are same for Christian and non-Christian Thus, does not… Read More

C.S. Lewis: Miracles (outline, part 2)

Miracles By C.S. Lewis   Flow of the Argument   Chapter 11: I.  The Big Idea             a.  The difference between Tradition and a living faith II.  “Those who make religion their god will not have God for their religion” Thomas Erskine             a.  Popular Religion                         1.  God is abstract                                    … Read More

C.S. Lewis: Miracles (Outline, part 1)

Miracles By C.S. Lewis   Flow of the Argument   Chapter 1: I.  The Big Idea:  Before we can argue for Miracles, we must answer the philosophical question as to whether miracles can exist.             a.  They either do exist or they do not.             b.  If they do exist, we must also ask if… Read More

C.S. Lewis: The Problem of Pain (outline)

The Problem of Pain C.S. Lewis Overview of the Argument Chapter 1: I.  The Big Idea:             A.  There is Pain on the earth                         1.  In the natural world creatures prey upon one another                         2.  In the natural world life is sustained through the death of other things                         3. … Read More