This Is “This Is Apologetics,” the Podcast

I have been doing Facebook live videos covering various apologetics-related topics for the last six weeks now, but I know not everyone is on Facebook. So for those folks (and everyone else who wants to grow in their confidence when it comes to defending the Christian faith), I've launched "This Is Apologetics" as a podcast,… Continue reading This Is “This Is Apologetics,” the Podcast

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Video from the ARISE Interfaith Panel Discussion

Last night I participated in an panel discussion as part of the ARISE festival in Chicago. ARISE was put on by Northside College Prep H.S. senior Ibraheem Khan as part of the requirements for a scholarship he's receiving. Ibraheem and his partners Jonathan Lee (who attends my church) and Jacob Yosowitz did a fantastic job… Continue reading Video from the ARISE Interfaith Panel Discussion

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

Overcoming (Muslim) Objections: The Bible Has Been Corrupted

 When spending any amount of time talking with Muslims about faith, the topic always comes up, “But the Bible has been corrupted!” We can use the Qur’an and the Muslim worldview in a way which points to Jesus and the Bible, the true authority! The Qur’an states 348 times to follow the signs. Show them… Continue reading Overcoming (Muslim) Objections: The Bible Has Been Corrupted

Interfaith Panel on May 4 in Chicago

I'm booked as the Christian ambassador in an upcoming panel discussion at Northside College Prep High School in Chicago in the early evening on May 4th. Scheduled participants include yours truly along with Imam Abdullah Antepli, the Muslim chaplain at Duke University, as well as at least one other religious leader. More details forthcoming. The… Continue reading Interfaith Panel on May 4 in Chicago

Is This a Trial or a Temptation? (Some Further Reflections on James 1:9-15)

Sunday I preached on James 1:9-15, and I put in some of the hardest work I've ever done on a sermon. From the late hours spent in prep to the physical exertion of actually preaching it, I wrestled with this passage. But like Jacob, after he had wrestled with God, out of my grappling I… Continue reading Is This a Trial or a Temptation? (Some Further Reflections on James 1:9-15)

How Do We Speak the Truth In Love Today? (Some Further Reflections on Church Leadership from Ephesians 4:15-16)

This question came in via texting at Sunday's 11AM worship gathering at Park Community Church (Forest Glen), and it's another good one. Let's look at the phrase, "speaking the truth in love," in context. What it means to speak the truth in love In Ephesians 4, Paul describes church leaders as Christ's gifts to His… Continue reading How Do We Speak the Truth In Love Today? (Some Further Reflections on Church Leadership from Ephesians 4:15-16)

Some Further Reflections on Joseph’s Story (Genesis 37-50)

Over the last several weeks at Park Community Church, we have been hearing the stories from the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament) that point to the greatest story of all--God's plan to redeem His people through Jesus Christ. As the most recent "episode" of the "Great Stories" series at the Forest Glen church, we heard… Continue reading Some Further Reflections on Joseph’s Story (Genesis 37-50)

One Sure-Fire Way to Grow in Spiritual Health this Summer

Before we begin, join me, for the sake of argument, in assuming two things: You have a spirit. Your spirit could be healthier. Your spirit is the deepest core of who you are.  It's the truest essence of "self" that you have. It's your very life. When your spirit departs your body (i.e. when you… Continue reading One Sure-Fire Way to Grow in Spiritual Health this Summer