Zondervan has produced an incredible collection of short and relevant online courses in apologetics. They include courses on evangelism in a skeptical world, tactics for defending and discussing your faith well, cultural apologetics, and many more. Take a look at the trailer for Searching for God:
What is the Doctrine of the Trinity?
The doctrine of the Trinity is foundational to the Christian faith. It is crucial for properly understanding what God is like, how he relates to us, and how we should relate to him. But it also raises many difficult questions. How can God be both one and three? Is the Trinity a contradiction? If Jesus […]
What Does Jesus Mean When He Says “Hate Your Life”?
“Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (John 12:25). I don’t think he means that we are supposed to engage in self-sabatoge to make our life harder than it has to be. For example, I heard of a charity in the developing […]
Matthew 5:16, Paraphrased
Matthew 5:16 tells us the purpose of our productivity: “Let your light so shine before others, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Where is productivity there? In the phrase “good works.” Good works are not just rare and special things we do, but any good thing […]
Beating the College Debt Trap
This is a fantastic new book by my friend Alex Chediak. It gives solid advice and is written with a very clear and engaging style. I recommend everything Alex writes. Here’s my blurb for Beating the College Debt Trap: “As a college student, I never had to think about debt. For most students, those days are […]
Why is Theology Central to the Christian Life?
Because, as J. Gresham Machen said so well, Christianity is not just — or chiefly — an ethical code, but rather “a way of life founded on a message.” Christianity is based on news. On something outside of us. On truth. And that’s theology. Since Christianity is a way of life founded on a message, you can’t uphold the […]
What is Wrong With Some of the Recent Teachings on the Authority of the Local Church?
There is a growing emphasis on church membership right now and “being under the authority of the local church.” This can seem laudable in many ways, but there is a very important emphasis which often seems to be missing when people talk about this. Without this emphasis, people will inevitably misunderstand. The missing emphasis is […]
Abortion as a Form of Discrimination: Why It Ought to be Unthinkable
This is a paper I wrote in seminary showing why abortion is wrong on the basis of reason, philosophy, science, the founding documents of our nation, and Scripture. I’ve been intending to post it for quite a while, along with most of my other papers, and with the Planned Parenthood revelations going on, right now […]
Preparing Your Teens for College
Most people are aware of Alex Chediak’s excellent book Thriving at College. What is often overlooked is his sequel to that book, Preparing Your Teens for College. Don’t let the title fool you. This book is not just for parents of teenagers. It is for all parents, because the solid principles he outlines actually make the book an excellent primer […]
Do All of God’s Blessings Really Come to Us on the Basis of the Infinite Merit of Christ?
In his excellent book The Gospel for Real Life, Jerry Bridges writes: We need to learn and remind ourselves every day that God’s favor — His blessings and answers to prayer — come to us not on the basis of our works, but on the basis of the infinite merit of Jesus Christ. Is this right? What about, […]
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