Apologetics

Despite their disagreements, both believing and skeptical Bible scholars can agree on certain things about the life of Jesus. One of these is that, during his day, Jesus had a reputation as a miracle-worker. Accounts of his healings, exorcisms, and other miracles are found throughout the Gospels. While skeptical scholars may dismiss miracles like the […]

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Recently I wrote about the possibility of praying across time. For example, you might pray for the salvation of a person who has already died. The theory is that, since God is outside of time, he is aware of your prayer in the eternal now and can intervene at any point in history, including when […]

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Have you ever felt a sudden compulsion to promise or vow something to God, even though it seemed irrational? If so, you’re not alone. Sudden, rash impulses are part of the human experience (due to original sin), and for some people, impulses of this kind are a frequent thing. Recently I received an email from […]

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In the Back to the Future movies, Doc Brown chides Marty McFly for not thinking fourth-dimensionally. He means that Marty—like most of us—is letting his options be limited too much by the here and now. Marty’s not taking into account the possibilities that open up if we’re not stuck in that one moment of time […]

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There’s a famous passage in Genesis that often comes up in discussions of salvation. It says Abraham “believed the Lord; and he reckoned it to him as righteousness” (Gen. 15:6). Protestant pastors frequently preach on this passage, and they frequently get it wrong. Really wrong. Here’s why . . .   Why It Comes Up This […]

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Something very strange happens in John’s Gospel. Unlike any of the other Gospels, it indicates—directly—who its author is. And yet it also doesn’t tell us who he is. At the very end of the Gospel, we are told that it was written by a figure who has become known as “the beloved disciple.” But he […]

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Many people have the idea that, in biblical times, the Jerusalem temple was exclusively for Jewish use. This is a natural assumption, given the hostilities that led to the Jewish War of the A.D. 60s, as well as the attitude of some Jewish Christians who thought salvation was impossible for Gentiles. But the historical evidence […]

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Jesus prophesied that the Jerusalem temple would be destroyed within a generation, and it was. Jewish rebels began a war against the Romans in A.D. 66, and four years later the temple lay in ruins. Will it ever be rebuilt? Many Jews and Christians think so, even claiming that this must happen for certain prophecies […]

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Calvinist theology places a great deal of emphasis on the concept of God’s elect. The term “elect” is taken from the Greek word eklektos, which means “chosen.” In Calvinist thought, the elect are those that have been chosen by God to be saved on the last day. The Westminster Confession of Faith states, “God hath […]

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In 1517, Martin Luther drafted a document known as The 95 Theses, and its publication is used to date the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. The recent 500th anniversary of that event focused a good bit of attention on the 95 Theses. Here are 8 things to know and share . . .   1) […]

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