This is Apologetics: An Argument from Truth (Part 3)

Much ink has been spilled by apologists over the centuries, demonstrating that the Christian worldview is true. But what if the very concept of truth were impossible without first believing in the Christian worldview, in the truth of Scripture and the God revealed therein? Last time we defined truth in terms of three criteria: comprehensibility,… Continue reading This is Apologetics: An Argument from Truth (Part 3)

This Is Apologetics: An Argument from Truth (Part 2)

Much ink has been spilled by apologists over the centuries, demonstrating that the Christian worldview is true. But what if the very concept of truth were impossible without first believing in the Christian worldview, in the truth of Scripture and the God revealed therein? Truth and Language So we saw last time that truth is… Continue reading This Is Apologetics: An Argument from Truth (Part 2)

My Farewell Letter to My Church (And Some Further Reflections on Judges 17-21)

What follows is my last "Forest Glen Weekly," written to the partners and congregation of Park Community Church (Forest Glen), in which I reminisce about my ministry and time at Park, discuss connections between the book of Judges and our current context, and exhort God's people to study God's word. Dear Forest Glen Family, This… Continue reading My Farewell Letter to My Church (And Some Further Reflections on Judges 17-21)

I’m Leaving Park Community Church and Starting with Cru City

I want to give you an important update on my role at Park Community Church and the Settecase family. What's the update? In Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus commands his followers to make disciples. Aliza and my desire has been to fulfill our piece of the Great Commission and to help others do the… Continue reading I’m Leaving Park Community Church and Starting with Cru City

The “Supernatural” Is Not Always Involved When the Holy Spirit Shows Up

It is impractical to try to judge whether whether a manifestation of the Holy Spirit is authentic by looking for accompanying miraculous gifts. Instead, it is more appropriate to evaluate the authenticity of manifestations by how they relate to the Son, viz. Jesus. For more, go here: http://mintools.com/gifts-list.htm. Does the Holy Spirit Always Cause the Supernatural… Continue reading The “Supernatural” Is Not Always Involved When the Holy Spirit Shows Up

Why Were Freud and Marx Wrong about Christianity?

Freud-Marx complaints do not stand up to rigorous criticism, because they provide no evidence for their claims, which, even if they were true, would not prove what they set out to prove, that is, that Christianity is false. What Were Marx and Freud's Complaints About Religion? Sigmund Freud proposed that religion was merely wish-fulfillment. Wouldn’t… Continue reading Why Were Freud and Marx Wrong about Christianity?

The Role of the Holy Spirit (Reader Question)

I received this question last week from a reader named Shae about the New Covenant Catechism for Little Ones. Shae's Question I have a question about #70 on your list of New Covenant Catechisms for Little Ones. What are the verses to support it? That seems like a pretty big one but there is no… Continue reading The Role of the Holy Spirit (Reader Question)

The Surprisingly Crafty Way Jonah Told His Story and the Purpose Behind It (Some Further Reflections on Jonah)

In the book of Jonah, the author uses his former self as an object lesson for God's people. Israelites believed themselves to be better than the Ninevites. Yet the Ninevites repented immediately at the word of the Lord. Their quick response and God's gracious forgiveness put the apostate Israelites to shame. If Israel were truly… Continue reading The Surprisingly Crafty Way Jonah Told His Story and the Purpose Behind It (Some Further Reflections on Jonah)

Overcoming (Muslim) Objections: Christianity’s Best Representatives Are Bad

Christians must address Muslim misunderstandings through conversation based in relationships with Muslim people. I'm reading through a document by Dr. Sabeel Ahmed called "Effective Dawah," written in 2010 to equip Muslims to engage in outreach of non-Muslims to Islam, and the descriptions of Christianity and its various sects is very troubling. In a section on… Continue reading Overcoming (Muslim) Objections: Christianity’s Best Representatives Are Bad

Six Misconceptions About Christianity

The core of Christianity is the Gospel. However, the Gospel has many implications, and these are often misunderstood. Therefore, it can be easy to misunderstand Christianity's core or conflate it with its implications. Christians should be able to articulate the Gospel and recognize when Christianity is being misunderstood or misrepresented.  My preparation for an upcoming… Continue reading Six Misconceptions About Christianity