Slightly smirking, he asked, “Don’t Christians believe God created the earth in six days?” He was a Jewish atheist scientist with a PhD. And a staunch Darwinist. We stood outside a laboratory of green-mirrored walls next to a man-made pond where damp turtles rested on rocks and orange and white koi darted beneath the floating, …
Sep 01 2015
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Aug 25 2015
Our twenty-one-year-old Green Machine (aka Honda Accord) won’t pass the next California smog test, so we’re car shopping (we save oodles of money by driving a car till it or Sacramento calls it quits, and since I don’t commute, that can take years). As we drove into the big parking lots with rows of shiny …
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Jul 16 2015
What is a royal psalm anyway? And why should we care?
Just as today we hear many types of songs—love songs, anthems, lullabies, ballads, odes, rap and more—so the ancient Hebrews heard many types of psalms—royal psalms, wisdom songs, laments, thanksgiving songs, hymns, confidence songs, and more. Knowing a psalm’s type helps us know how to …
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Jul 01 2015
Terrorists murder and maim. Con artists bilk the elderly. The rich exploit the poor. Abusers scar children. The promiscuous mock the chaste. Liars lock the innocent behind bars. Those who’ve sworn to uphold justice overturn it.
What is our hope in the midst of injustice? Psalm 2 tells us.
It’s a psalm originally composed for …
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Jun 18 2015
Whether you consider yourself to be artistic or not, you can worship God through art. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, for God sees the heart: “For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have” (2 Corinthians 8:12).
Worship is an …
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Jun 08 2015
I used to dislike the Book of Psalms because the psalms kept repeating themselves instead of proceeding point-by-point to a nice conclusion in the first line of the last stanza. After all, essays put the main point in the first sentence of the last paragraph. That’s why we call it a “conclusion.” The psalms didn’t …
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Part one of a five-part message accompanying chapter 2 of The Story
When I was about 21 and working at a megachurch, a co-worker more than twice my age to whom I didn’t report moved two brown filing cabinets into my cubicle and dropped on my desk a foot-high stack of invoices to be filed …View full post
Today I’ll address a common question:
The Bible says no one is righteous, so to whom are the Psalms and Proverbs referring when they talk about “the righteous”?
That’s a great question. We read that all have sinned and no one is righteous in both the Old and New Testament: “…no one …View full post
Seeing the heavenly Father’s patience with our weaknesses isn’t always easy.
Years ago a young man barely out of high school asked me how he could know God still loved him despite his repeated failings.
People had told him God is a loving and patient Father who forgives sin, and had given him many verses, …View full post
A Shot of Faith (to the Head): Be a Confident Believer in an Age of Cranky Atheists by Mitch Stokes: a witty intro to apologetics and philosophy
Two moms of teenage boys toying with atheism asked how they could better address their sons’ questions. Among the books I recommended they read was this gem: A …View full post
Four resources for those just getting started in Christian apologetics–giving reasons for faith
First Peter 3:15 tells us to always be “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” But when you first start answering seekers and skeptics, preparing can seem overwhelming because …View full post