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Waiting for a Superhero

umanity has a stubborn smile. In spite of our growing secularism, we are optimistic. But the evolutionary story of progress, with the survival of the fittest, with nature red in tooth and claw, has no basis for hope. So, we live as if another story is true.

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Five Reasons I Believe the Bible (Sermon)

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Why I Believe the Bible

hy do you believe the Bible?  There’s no other book you are trusting for your life, your ultimate salvation, wisdom for the small decisions you make every day, as well as, the really big decisions that set the trajectory and scope of your life. It’s a question you should consider. There are a lot of […]

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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Civil Discourse and the Way of Jesus

ast week I had the wonderful privilege of talking with a group of students who are part of an mutlifaith fellowship at a university in the northeast.  Their leader, a friend I’ve known for several years, reached out to plan the conference call. The only problem was that I was teaching a class at Cedarville […]

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Seven Surprises from a Well in Samaria

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The Devil’s Day

magine Satan walking down your street asking for favors. Well, on October 31st, it’s not that hard to do. But actually it is. That kid with horns, a pitchfork, and a long red tail doesn’t really present the kind of demonic temptation we find in the Bible. Go ahead and give the kid candy, but […]

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Martin Luther’s Reformational Vision of Youth Ministry

uther didn’t mince words. He was ticked. He found the theological illiteracy of the people sickening. He blamed the pastors. And so he wrote a short instructional guide for them to begin discipling the simple and the young. He launched the Reformation. Now he was launching local church youth ministry.

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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Is It Right For You To Be Angry?

onah was a self-absorbed prophet. Maybe that’s why his story is so timely. We can all get more focused on our stuff than on the salvation of others. God help us.

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Seven Effects of the Fall (Sketch)

aradise is a mere speed bump on the road to redemption. It only took the human race three chapters to ruin everything. By the sixth chapter of Genesis, God was ready to start over with one man, Noah, and his family. At the end of the Bible we see a vision of paradise restored. But […]

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Stephen Colbert, Tolkien, & the Pope

y context for my existence,” said well-known comedian Stephen Colbert, “is that I am here to know God, love God, serve God, that we might be happy with each other in this world and with Him in the next.” Colbert, who took over David Letterman’s post on the Late Show starting in 2015, is a devout Catholic. In […]

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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Towards a Better Moral Imagination in the Public Square

vangelicals can be guilty of aiming their public witness in the wrong direction. Some might think the primary target for evangelical political engagement is Spock, the character from Star Trek, who is a middle-aged, highly educated, white male who operates purely according to reason and lives in outer space.

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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Finding Our Humanity on the Yellow Brick Road, a Platonic Parable

ho would have thought there would be a parallel between Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” and the philosopher Plato’s teaching on the human soul. In the Oz story, Dorothy leads the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion, to find what they most desperately desire. These characters all closely resemble what Plato considered […]

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Christianity & Artistry: Braille from Beautiful Eulogy

he following video is from an event with Braille from Beautiful Eulogy hosted by the Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity at Cedarville University last year. As you can see, the event was at Christmas time. Braille discusses his approach to music and performs a concert.

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Sermon: The Friend Who Forgives (1 Peter 1)

he chapel at Cedarville University is one of my favorite places to preach. Our students love the Lord, they love to worship, and they love to open up the Word. It really is an undeserved joy to minister to and with them.

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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Evangelistic Reverse Engineering

his evening I was reading Sam Chan’s new book Evangelism in a Skeptical World: How to Make the Unbelievable News About Jesus More Believable. There’s a lot of good stuff in there. I found his description of the three levels of interacting with others to be really helpful. In order to enter into meaningful conversations […]

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God Didn’t Inspire Your Journible

hey’re called Journibles. They are a great way to study the Bible by making your own copy of God’s Word, meticulously pouring over each word in the printed Bible as you write them out by hand. It’s also a great illustration of what inspiration is and what it is not.

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Socrates in the Cornfields

he following video is from an event hosted by Cedarville University’s Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity. We called it “Socrates in the Cornfields.” Me, and our two philosophers on campus, J.R. Gilhooly and Josh Kira, talk philosophy and theology.

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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Evolutionary Hymn by C.S. Lewis

ead us, Evolution, lead us Up the future’s endless stair; Chop us, change us, prod us, weed us. For stagnation is despair: Groping, guessing, yet progressing, Lead us nobody knows where.

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On Church Multiplication

ow does the church grow? What does it look like when God multiplies a church? What’s a good biblical example?

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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What Do You Do When the Bible Gives You a Yellow Light?

t ain’t the parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me,” Mark Twain once quipped, “it is the parts that I do understand.” That’s a valid point. Often we can worry more about confusing passages than we do about obeying passages that are easy to understand. But what do you do when the Bible doesn’t seem to address your situation?

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The Dream That Opened C.S. Lewis’s Other Eye

he man who has provided an intellectual framework for faith for so many says he only saw the world with one eye open—even as a Christian—until a dream awakened a fuller vision of reality. In his essay “Two Lectures,” C.S. Lewis describes an academic talk he attended on natural progression via the evolutionary model. Lewis had a dream later […]

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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Why Mere Christianity Won’t Go Out of Style

t’s the book that crushed a political hatchet man, led a world-renowned scientist to faith, and robbed a prideful entrepreneur of billions of dollars. The politician was Chuck Colson of the famed Watergate scandal; the scientist was Francis Collins, nominated by President Obama as director of the National Institutes of Health; and the businessman was […]

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Grace, Not Added, Multiplied

here are few bigger failures in the New Testament than Peter. On the other hand, he’s one of the greatest success stories in Scripture. He went from denying he knew Jesus to preaching at Pentecost in a matter of days.

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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Prophets > Philosophers

‘ve always loved philosophy, even as a teenager. I’ve always been intrigued by people who take the time to think deeply about what they believe and carefully about how to articulate it. But like Justin Martyr, I recognize that the philosophers pale in comparison to the prophets.

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Why Can’t Christians Agree

hy are Christians so divided? If Christianity were true, you’d expect a lot more solidarity, a ton of more unity, about what Christians believe. That’s what you hear a lot from skeptics. And they’re kind of right.

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

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Boys to Men

t was a weekend I’m sure my twins will never forget. We had the sex talk. They’re going into sixth grade. They’re heading towards puberty at the speed of light. I wanted to give them a bit of a heads up.

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Why Being Human is Such a Secular Problem

uman personality is an enigma for contemporary philosophy and science. In an odd twist of fate, philosophers and scientists are trending towards an adamant renunciation of themselves. It is, by definition, a self-defeating enterprise.

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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The Story of Forgiveness We All Need

he story of Peter is a story we all need. Peter is one of the biggest failures in all of the New Testament. He’s also one of the greatest symbols of the power of forgiveness. Working on a children’s book with Catalina Echeverri that tells his story was a lot of fun.

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The Worldview of Winnie the Pooh

ometimes Hollywood gets it right. Disney’s “Christopher Robin” is a treat for any age, offering humor, nostalgia, and inspiration. If you’re looking for a family film with zero curse words and no innuendo, then now is the time to head to the theater. Movies like this don’t come along often anymore.

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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God Spared Isaac. And He’ll Spare You Too.

ast night we read the story of Abraham and Isaac in our chaotic family devotions. As is typically the case, we spend as much time settling everyone down as we do reading. But afterwords we had a nice chat about why God spared Isaac and didn’t spare Jesus.

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Bubble-ology: Three Ways to See Beyond Our Bubbles Without Bursting Them

e all live in bubbles. The person most blinded to this fact is the one who denies it most adamantly. None of us like to have our bubbles pressed, and certainly we don’t want to see them popped. But we all need to learn to see beyond the spheres that encompass our lives. Here are three […]

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Pro Bono

ro Bono is a Latin term meaning “for the good.” This expression came to mind as I read an essay by G.K. Chesterton comparing two groups of people: the miserly and the thrifty. Thrift, Chesterton argues, is a virtue while the miserly life is miserable.

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What To Do With Fallen Heroes

hat are we to do with all our fallen heroes? Would it be better to not have heroes of the faith? Should we just assume and expect the worst?

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Brewing To Continue Soon

erhaps you can call it a coffee break given the espresso motif of my blog. Whatever you call it, in order to focus on end of semester projects and a looming deadline for my next book, Theolatte will be closed for a few more weeks. Freshly brewed posts will resume at the end of May. […]

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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Living Water Plenary Sessions

ast week at Cedarville University the Center for Biblical Apologetics hosted its second annual conference. This year’s them was “Living Water: Living & Sharing the Gospel in a Sexually Broken World. Our key note speakers were Sam Allberry and Rosaria Butterfield. The video from the plenary sessions are posted below.

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Jane Austen

his weekend I made a digital sketch of the English novelist Jane Austen. She is one of my wife’s favorite authors. Like many of my other sketches, I have prints available on Etsy.

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Five Reasons You Might Be Experiencing Post-Easter Blues

o much of life is anticipation. We spend far more time looking forward to things than we do enjoying them. Some would argue, correctly I think, that we derive more joy from the anticipation than from the experience itself.

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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Beauty More Effective in Reaching Teens Than Youth Ministry, Study Shows

eople are more likely to explore the truthfulness of Christianity once they see that it is beautiful. I heard a Christian leader make the previous statement not long ago at an evangelism conference. I completely agree. A recent study of youth religious involvement in England seems to affirm this point.

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Look Back, Not Forward

o much of our lives are spent trying to impress people who don’t notice. The reason they won’t notice, likely, is that they are busy trying to impress others who won’t notice them. We are always reaching for some level we haven’t yet attained, trying to attract the attention of those who are further along […]

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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Confessions of an Insecure Soul

n a world where confidence is seen as a cardinal virtue a post like this can seem rather pathetic. So be it. And within an evangelical tradition that often equates masculinity with images reminiscent of an old John Wayne cowboy film where real men don’t feel (even if they are shot in the chest), it […]

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Christians Should Use Salty Language

othing will wake you up quicker than a convinced and committed follower of Jesus shouting expletives in your face. If you can get a preacher to drop a four letter bomb in the middle of his sermon that would really do the trick, wouldn’t it? But that’s not at all what I’m talking about.

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The Lost Stories of Jesus

ave you’ve heard of the lost stories of Jesus? They have been lost for two-thousand years. They’re not some top secret, conspiracy theory, half-baked, collection of pseudo historical teachings of the Christ. The lost stories of Jesus are three parables he told about lost things to illustrate the heart of God.

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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The Mind of God & the Death of Stephen Hawking

he highly influential scientist Stephen Hawking passed away this morning. He was a brilliant theoretical phycist and a best-selling author. I remember reading one of his books, or at least portions of it, when I was a teenager.

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Seminary Can’t Teach You to Love Sheep

here are so many great things I can say about the seminary I graduated from. I loved my professors and my classes. But as many before me have stated, there are certain things you can’t learn in seminary. One of them is how to love sheep.

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Your 100th Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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Heaven on Earth: the Path to Hell

ooh, baby,” Belinda Carlisle sang in the 1980s, “. . . heaven is a place on earth.” Just reading those lyrics immediately brings to mind images of big hair, crazy colored pants, ALF, and for some reason, skating rinks. As inane as the words of the song are, however catchy the tune, the message is […]

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Mere Humanity: We Must Care for Soul and Body

ou don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body,” George MacDonald once said. The literary master, at this point, was simply theologically wrong. We are both our body and our soul. 

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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Join Me for a Study of the Christian Worldview & Apologetics

re you interested in studying the apologetics of C.S. Lewis, the cultural insights of Francis Schaeffer, or the redemptive themes that permeate our movies and art? Join me for a study of worldview and apologetics for a fraction of the price that you would pay for a college or seminary class. I’m leading a cohort […]

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Living Water Conference

he Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity is excited to announce the Living Water Conference. Living Water is a one day conference to equip Christians for thinking carefully, biblically, and pastorally, about how we can live, model, and share the gospel in a sexually broken world. The conference will include plenary sessions with Sam […]

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Life in the Wild (Talk)

he following video is from a chapel service at Cedarville University where I gave a talk on seven effects of the fall based on a study of Genesis 3. This is the topic I cover in my new book “Life in the Wild,” which is available here.

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Known and Loved

he Tony-award winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen” is about an agsty teenager who feels misunderstood and alone in the world. Like everyone, he has a desire to be both fully loved and fully known. And like most of us, he ends up compromising one in order to achieve the other.

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Tolkien on the Art of Redemption, the Beauty of Reality, & Joy

he famous author of The Lord of the Rings believed that the power of art was to explain reality, the power of story to touch on deep truths about the universe, human history, and the future of all things. In his essay “On Fairy-Stories, ” J.R.R. Tolkien explains that a fairy story can give us […]

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Chesterton & Three Anti-Christian Arguments

or when I look at the various anti-Christian truths, I simply discover that none of them are true,” G.K. Chesterton wrote in his common-grace, common-sense classic Orthodoxy. Chesterton goes on to describe three arguments often held by agnostics regarding the Christian faith. Here’s an excerpt:

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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C.S. Lewis on Billy Graham

hat would C.S. Lewis think of Billy Graham? That’s a question that can be answered in C.S. Lewis’s own words. They two met in 1955 and visited for over an hour. Lewis told Graham, “You know, you have many critics, but I have never met one of your critics who knows you personally.”

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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Five Reasons Christians Shouldn’t Be Cynical

ood things don’t last. Bad guys win. Corruption is everywhere. We live in a fallen world, full of fallen people with fallen hearts. So, why shouldn’t we be cynical?

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Sam Allberry Interview

he following video is from a recent event where Sam Allberry interviewed me about my new book Life in the Wild: Fighting for Faith in a Fallen World. I could use any help that friends and family want to offer in helping to promote the book this week on social media. Below the video is an […]

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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The Super Bowl Silence Heard ‘Round the World

hen does thirty seconds of silence capture the world’s attention? When it costs around five million dollars. The half-minute of dead time during the Super Bowl was intended to be used for local channels. Something went wrong. But maybe our knee jerk reaction shows us that something is wrong. Here’s what I mean.

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6 Reality Checks That Hit You In Your Twenties

he twenties can be an amazing time in your life. You get to taste the liberty of living on your own for the first time. You’re no longer a minor at age twenty-one. You can rent a car at twenty-five. You get to take your first steps in your career path. What’s there not to like?

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Don’t Put a Room Where C.S. Lewis Put a Hallway

ot long ago I saw someone question a well-known evangelical organization for posting something about C.S. Lewis’s classic work Mere Christianity. The person asked why a website known for a very specific theological framework (Reformed Theology) would use Lewis’s appeal for a “mere” kind of Christianity.

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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Is the Christian Life Meant To Be Easy?

  Life in the Wild: Fighting for Faith in a Fallen World comes out tomorrow! I could use any help that friends and family want to offer in helping to promote the book this week on social media. Here’s an update you could copy/paste into Facebook or Twitter if you are so inclined: Check out this […]

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Why Atheists and Christians Both Get the Problem of Evil Wrong

here are two really bad ways to deal with the problem of evil. One is to deny that it is real, like many atheists do. The other is to act as though it’s not something faithful Christians will face, as many televangelists do.

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Should Christians Care About the Environment?

  Life in the Wild: Fighting for Faith in a Fallen World comes out this week on Thursday. I could use any help that friends and family want to offer in helping to promote the book this week on social media. Here’s an update you could copy/paste into Facebook or Twitter if you are so inclined: […]

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Why I Wrote Life in the Wild

Life in the Wild: Fighting for Faith in a Fallen World comes out this week on Thursday. I could use any help that friends and family want to offer in helping to promote the book this week on social media. Here’s an update you could copy/paste into Facebook or Twitter if you are so inclined: Check […]

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Life in the Wild (Releases on February 1)

y new book “Life in the Wild: Fighting for Faith in a Fallen World” releases on Thursday of next week. I’d appreciate any help anyone is willing to share the word on social media. It’s available on Amazon here.

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

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Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?

     

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“What no one shows the ability to defend is quickly abandoned. Rational argument does not create belief, but it maintains a climate in which belief may flourish.” —Austin Farrer

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Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! (On Parenting in the Wild)

n the third chapter of Genesis we read that an effect of the fall is that Eve’s pain in childbirth would be multiplied. I’m not sure what it would have been like for Eve to have a child before she and Adam rebelled against God. Would it have been pain-free? We cannot know, as she […]

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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On Leading Without a Title

ow can you lead without a title? That’s the topic I was recently asked to speak on at a leadership event for college and high school students. What does it look like to lead from the middle of the pack?

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The History of Human Relations

our chapters into the greatest book ever written we find the first human brothers, Cain and Abel, separated by anger, envy, and finally murder. The third person to breathe air on our planet killed the fourth. This is the history of the human race in the fallen world.

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Is God a Good Father?

f God is really our father, as he says in the Bible, if he really loves us like a father, or as Jesus tells us, more than earthly fathers, then surely his love is amazing, his acceptance total, and his care reliable. I love my children. I would do anything for them. But can God […]

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The Wild Contest

y new book Life in the Wild comes out at the beginning of February with The Good Book Company. If you can get creative in helping us promote it, you can win a $500 shopping spree in their bookstore and win a copy of my sketches of Spurgeon, Luther, Chesterton, and C.S. Lewis. Here are […]

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

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“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” —J.R.R. Tolkien

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This Year, More Bodhi, Less Jabba (A Star Wars Parable)

hat are you wearing in 2018? The Apostle Paul tells us to “clothe ourselves with the presence of the Lord Jesus,” and to avoid making provisions for the flesh to gratify its sinful desires (Romans 13:14). What might it look like for us to be clothed in the presence of Jesus this year? Maybe a […]

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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The Village Atheists’ Fight for Religious Liberty

id you know there are still multiple states where atheists are not allowed to hold public office? There are even states where an atheist is technically not allowed to testify in court? Throughout our nation’s history we have treated those who don’t believe in God harshly, punishing and even executing them.

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Why We All Struggle With Rejection

eep down we all live with the constant and nagging sting of rejection. It’s for a good reason. We were rejected in the worst, most fundamental, unimaginable, unthinkable, soul shattering, way possible. We have been rejected by our Creator.

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The Dragon in the Lake

ur family Christmas traditions include dragons. While winged reptiles might not make it onto most holiday to-do lists, it has become something the DeWitt children always ask about. Full disclosure: I thought I could get away with skipping it last year and they demanded that it make a come back.

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Father Christmas in Narnia? What On Earth Was Lewis Thinking?

olkien didn’t approve of C.S. Lewis’s somewhat odd insertion of Father Christmas into Narnia. You may have even wondered yourself, “Why does the jolly man dressed in red show up in the story?” And, like Tolkien, Lewis had other friends who encouraged him to leave this bit out. He didn’t. Why?

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Why Star Wars Doesn’t Work (No Spoilers)

he latest Star Wars installment has sparked mixed reviews. After seeing it (for my second time) I had an interesting conversation with some friends about a pervasive worldview misfit in the galactic epic. Don’t worry, I won’t give any spoilers here for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, like my twins whom I’m […]

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I Need Your Help (Book Launch Team)

y new book Life in the Wild: Fighting for Faith in a Fallen World comes out on February 1, 2018. I could really use your help. If you would be interested in being a part of a launch team to help spread the word check out the details below.

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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The Night the Author Entered the Story

or I thought He projected us as a dramatist projects his characters,” C.S. Lewis said of God in Surprised by Joy, “and I could no more ‘meet’ Him, than Hamlet could meet Shakespeare.” Lewis likened his search for God unto that of a mouse and a cat. He was the mouse. He was not looking […]

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Seven Reasons to Trust the New Testament More Than a Blind Poet

he Greek poet Homer was thought to be blind. He lived about seven or eight hundred years before Jesus. His writings the Iliad and the Odyssey have more ancient copies than any other piece of literature from the distant past. Except, that is, for the Bible. But no one is praying to Homer or basing their lives […]

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Dogma Without a Dog

here’s nothing more predatory than a dogma without a dog. The expression “I don’t have a dog in that fight” has been used to mean that one doesn’t have a stake in the outcome. That’s all well and good if it is indeed the case. It usually is not the case. Everyone has some dog […]

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Coco: A Syncretistic Masterpiece

ixar’s latest animated film Coco released on November 22, 2017, just in time for the Thanksgiving movie rush. While in my hometown of Jacksonville, IL, April and I took our kids to the show along with their grandparents. Our evening, like the plot of the film, was a family affair.

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An Open Letter to Friends Who Don’t Feel Like Giving Thanks

ife can be really hard and disappointing. In America, we are preparing for our annual day of thanksgiving. But what if you don’t feel overly thankful?

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The Disruptive Nature of Thanksgiving

hanksgiving reveals more about us than we may realize. Most Americans think of the holiday we affectionately call Thanksgiving primarily in terms of the feast, a meal which takes on average seven hours to make and only sixteen minutes to eat. But as we see in the book of Acts, true thanksgiving is disruptive.

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Race & Place

f the church is ever going to summon the courage to transgress these walls of hostility,” David Leong writes in his new book, Race & Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation, “then we must understand the walls we’re up against.”

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The Apologetic of Food & Gladness

f more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold,” Tolkien wrote in the Hobbit, “it would be a merrier world.” You might not think of these simple pleasures of food and cheer as an evidence of God. But in Acts 14, the Apostle Paul uses them as an argument for God’s […]

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Is the Bible on Trial?

o you really think you are more clever than the Apostle Paul? More in step with God’s ways than John? More discerning than Moses?

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Spiritual Healthcheck

e count our steps with a Fitbit. We record our calorie intake with an iPhone app. We regulate our exercise with shiny monitors on our exercise equipment. But how do we keep up with our spiritual progress?

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Social Hierarchy & the Disruptive Gospel

an you imagine gathering for worship and having a letter read out loud that contained a rebuke to you from a well-known and trustworthy spiritual leader? That’s pretty much what happened to Philemon. The church in Colossae met in his home. Paul’s letter, Colossians, was delivered by a group that included none other than Onesimus, […]

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We Don’t Need the Bible

e don’t need the Bible to know that God exists. That’s what Paul explains in the first chapter of Romans. God has made the world in such a way that we can perceive his eternal power and divine nature.

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Five Steps For Getting Unstuck With Difficult Bible Passages

ave you ever just hit a brick wall in trying to understand something in the Bible? Me too. Here’s some things to do when you get stuck.

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Obviously God

ave you ever looked for your sunglasses only to discover you’re still wearing them? Sometimes what you’re after is right under your nose, or in the case of your glasses, right above it. We can be experts at missing the obvious.

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You’re On The List

t was the kick off night for Gay Pride Week at the University of Louisville. I was preaching in the middle of campus at a building called the Red Barn. I didn’t know it was Gay Pride Week until I walked onto campus to help set up for the service. This was the night I […]

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Beautiful Eulogy

he following video is from Beautiful Eulogy, “a Portland, Oregon-based group made up of artists Braille, Odd Thomas and Courtland Urbano. The group introduces a distinct and directive sound that’s driven by a desire to worship and glorify the God of the Bible, based in the context of its members’ hip-hop roots and shaped by […]

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The Atheism In Us All

e pray the Psalms to open all of my theology classes at Cedarville University. I read through a Psalm at the beginning of class and encourage my students to reflect on the words and grab on to a particular verse or idea in the Psalm and frame it as a prayer to God.  I end […]

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How to Think

elatively few people want to think,” Alan Jacobs tells us in his new book How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds. I first learned of Jacobs through his fine book on C.S. Lewis. I eagerly pre-ordered this book thinking it would be an Inklings kind of worldview primer on thinking biblically. […]

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Victorious Struggle: A Great Triumph of Grace

he letters of C.S. Lewis are a treasure trove of spiritual encouragement. In a letter to a former student, Bede Griffiths, Lewis discusses the issue of a person who struggles with homosexual temptations. He encouraged Griffith to consider the struggle itself, though not unmarked by failure, as a “great triumph of Grace.”

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Seriously, Why Jesus and Not Socrates?

oth had disciples. Both taught radical, culture shaking things. Neither wrote anything personally that we have today. Both died for what they believe. So, why Jesus and not Socrates? Here’s three reasons.

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God’s Word (Jackie Hill Perry)

he following spoken word poem is by Humble Beast artist and author Jackie Hill Perry. Jackie’s work has been featured in wide a spectrum of outlets from The Washington Post to Christianity Today. The following video is her spoken word poem “God’s Word.”

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Race & Place: A Collection of Quotes

ast week I read David P. Leong’s book Race and Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation. I’ve written a review that will be published at The Gospel Coalition (I’ll update with a link once it goes up). Below are some of the quotes I found the most impactful.

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Where Was God?

ew things more powerfully affirm that we live in a messed up world than the headlines. Evil never misses the evening news. It’s always featured in one way or another.

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God is Not Ashamed of You

hristian, God is not ashamed of you. You may very well be ashamed of you. God isn’t.

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Agnostic Turned Believer After Vegas Shooting

ussel Black was agnostic before the concert. He attended the Route 91 country music festival with his sister. After the shooting he found faith in God. Here’s a video of him telling his story.

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Battle Weary (Dai Hankey)

he following spoken word poem is by the artist and author Dai Hankey from South Wales. It’s a rugged depiction of what it often feels like living in a fallen world. Dai concludes the poem with a hopeful look at the cross. It is worth your time to listen to the whole thing.

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Eggs & Incandescent Lights

t’s a rivalry that is as old as the time clock. Who is a harder worker: the morning person or the late night person? Who is more productive: the office grinder or the café dweller?

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Are You Your Brain?

re you your brain? What’s the difference between your soul and your brain? What if something happens to your brain, does your soul change?

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For the Bible Tells Me So, And So Does the Spirit

his is the least compelling argument for a skeptic to consider and perhaps the most compelling reality for a believer. The Spirit of God affirms the Bible’s truthfulness. When you open its pages it has a way of convincing you.

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A Rant: On Hiding Behind Dead Men

t is fashionable among academicians to hide behind dead men. In order to strengthen their position, they need only evoke the name of some bygone philosopher or theologian. “Oh, my position is Aristotelian” they will say in one breath, but in the next “Well, it’s not that Aristotelian.”

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Is Belief in the Bible Circular Reasoning?

he Bible is true! Why do you believe that? Because the Bible tells me so!

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Why Doesn’t God Just Talk To Me?

hy doesn’t God just talk to me? Have you asked that before? Why should it require hundreds of years, a bunch of dead old guys from who knows where, and something called a “manuscript tradition,” for you to hear from God?

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Monster (KB)

he following video is a preview of KB’s new album “Today We Rebel.” KB is a Reach Records artist and lives in Tampa, Florida. The song Monster is biographical with a focus on his life before and after Christ.

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Orthodoxy This Way

he above graphic is a simple sketch based on something I regularly draw on the board in my theology classes. I teach Theology One at Cedarville University, which is one of the five classes that make up the Bible minor that all students are required to take. I cover the doctrinal areas of Scripture (God’s […]

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The Boundless Beauty of God’s Workmanship (Ephesians 2)

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The Death of True Lies

e can really only be liberated of lies when we are able to locate their truthfulness. The most powerful lies contain more truth than less powerful lies. Your experience probably affirms this. Here are some examples.

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Making Sense of God

he philosopher Pascal once said that Christians should seek to first show that Christianity is desirable, then plausible, and only then to demonstrate that it’s true. If this is a preferable model for a winsome witness, then Tim Keller has mastered it as both a science and art. And if his influential book The Reason […]

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A Formula for Peace

fter Jesus told the disciples he was going to die they were understandably freaked out. I would have been too. In John chapter sixteen, among other things, Jesus tells them he is going to leave them. The chapter ends with Jesus’ words, “I’ve said these things that in me you might have peace.”

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“The obvious is the hardest thing of all to point out to anyone who has genuinely lost sight of it.” —Owen Barfield

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March Music

he following video is from Humble Beast  artist Sho Baraka featuring Melissa T. The song “March Music” emphasizes the need for Christians to put God over politics and seek reconciliation. You can order the full album here.

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What If We Preached Like Jesus Lived

hat if we preached like Jesus lived? What if we spoke about God with the kind of attention that Jesus gave to his audience as he walked about teaching and healing? What if our preaching took into account the woman caught in adultery, the short tax collector straining for hope, the man ashamed to ask […]

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Tear Stained Joy (Sermon on Psalm 118)

he following audio file is from my sermon on Psalm 118 that I preached at University Baptist Church in Beavercreek, Ohio, a couple of weeks ago. The title of my message is “Tear Stained Joy.” http://universitybaptistchurch.com/podcast/2017_08_13-Dr_Daniel_Dewitt_Psalm-118.mp3

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Peter Hitchens on the Dangerous Idea of Jesus

esterday a friend showed me this video of Peter Hitchens, brother of the famed atheist Christopher Hitchens, responding to the question, “What’s your most dangerous idea that would have the greatest potential to change the world for the better?” Peter’s response, “The belief that Jesus rose from the dead . . . ” Check it […]

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The Silence of the Lambs: A Panoramic of the Christian Life from Psalm 23

he Lord is my shepherd I shall not want,” I remember hearing as a child. It’s from the first verse of the famed twenty-third Psalm. I didn’t understand this when I was young. Why would the Bible have a verse that says God is the shepherd I don’t want? I always wondered.

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A Biblical Response to Hate

y friend Sean Sears planted Grace Church in Boston nearly twelve years ago. The Lord has blessed their fellowship with tremendous growth as literally hundreds of community members have come to faith in Christ. They are now one of the largest Protestant churches in New England. The following message is Sean’s pastoral response to the […]

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After the Eclipse: Science, Philosophy, Confusion, and Christ

he first person to predict a solar eclipse was the philosopher Thales in 585 B.C. I wonder if he knew not to look at directly at the sun back then. Christian pastor and author R.C. Sproul says that this was the day science was born.

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What is a Sermon?

hat is a sermon? That’s the topic we tackled several years ago when I worked with the creative team at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. The following video is a sketch video we made to promote a preaching conference.

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I’m not John Piper. Neither are you. What are you going to do about it?

y confession, “I am not John Piper.” There, I’ve said it. And by the way, I’m not Matt Chandler either.

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Tear-Stained Joy

ost of the Psalms are stained in tears. They are written from a place of brokenness. They offer hope for nearly every season of life.

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The Mouse or the Permit: Process & Productivity

n Ohio it is illegal to catch a mouse without a hunting license. Why does such a silly law still exist? While most homes aren’t overtaken by rodents, I’m guessing no one is getting a permit to set a mouse trap. Why? It’s a process over product issue, in my opinion.

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An Eye for Leadership

ecently a friend challenged me to begin writing about the intersection of creativity and leadership. As I originally shared with him, I’m sure my leadership expertise could fill a single blog post, but likely not much more. Now that your expectations have hopefully been adequately lowered, here’s my first (and perhaps only) blog post on […]

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A Woke Response to Sleeping Aliens and Pooping Idols

ith all the resources and energy spent on finding aliens, why haven’t we discovered them yet? This is a question a lot of scientists have asked. Popular answers might surprise you.

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A Deist, a Christian, and an Atheist Go to the Moon

Forty-eight years ago Neil Armstrong spoke the words “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Buzz Aldrin, his partner on the moon mission, radioed Nasa before stepping out of the space module. “I would like to request a few moments of silence,” Aldrin said, “and to invite each person listening in, […]

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Jane Austen on Atheism

he author of Pride and Prejudice was a committed believer. Jane Austen died 200 years ago today on July 18, 1817. She is buried in Winchester Cathedral in Hampshire, England.

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Six Months of Radio Silence?

eading up to the presidential election there was a growing divide, clearly evident on social media, and palatable in person in a crowd of evangelicals of about any size, regarding, at that time, Candidate Trump. Many evangelicals voiced concerns over his character and his manner. But then the election came and there has been an […]

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Spider-Man & Slavery

he latest Hollywood blockbuster about the insect-bitten adolescent wearing a mask and red tights while climbing tall buildings includes a reference to slavery. As Peter, I mean Spider-Man, attempts a physics-defying rescue at the Washington Monument, doing all he can to enter the building, a student stands below refusing to go in because the monument […]

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The Eerie Legacy of the Erie Canal

he Erie Canal turned 200 years old on July 4th. Construction for the canal began on July 4th, 1817. In addition to serving as an effective means of transportation and commerce, it aided the spread of religious movements—not all of them good.

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Aslan’s Creation

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JFK on Religious Freedom

resident Kennedy faced criticism and supspicion about his Catholic faith when he ran for the presidency. In a speech to Protestant ministers, JFK warned that if prejudice towards Catholics was tolerated it would lead to an undermining of religious freedom for other groups. “For while this year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger […]

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Supreme

he following video is from Lamp Mode recording artist Shai Linne. Beautiful Eulogy joins Shai on this song that is a part of his new album “Still Jesus” that releases later this month. This is quickly one of my favorite songs from Shai Linne. I’m excited to get the full album. You can pre-order it here.

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“The greatest problem is not with flat-out white racists, but rather with the far larger number of Americans who believe intellectually in racial equality but are quietly oblivious to injustice around them.” —Nicholas Kristof

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Jaws: The Middle-Aged Shark & the Difference Between Man & Beast

aws turns forty-two today. I was born a couple years after the debut of the shark epic. I guess we’re both middle-aged. The continued popularity of this film highlights our fascination with the animal world in contrast to the premium value we place on human life.

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Five Lessons from Cars 3 About Transition & Legacy

or Father’s Day my children took me to see Cars 3. It’s a coming of age, old age that is, story about the last lap of Lightning McQueen. Spoiler alert. I think there are some leadership lessons worth considering from the film.

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Virtue Signaling or Virtual Silence?

his last week the Southern Baptist Convention created a media storm over confusion regarding a resolution renouncing the white supremacy of the alt right movement. For those of you who don’t know too much about how the SBC works, the convention publishes a list of resolutions every year. These are items of concern the SBC […]

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Simplifying Scripture for Students

hesterton once said that the simplification of anything is always sensational. I was reminded of this quote earlier this summer as I prepared my camp sermons. I decided to develop a simple summary statement about what I believe about the Bible to use at the opening of my teaching times.

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The Conspiracy of Decent Silence

harles Henry Green, a lieutenant-colonel in the Royal Military Academy, wrote a book under a pseudonym about the spiritual state of Britain. The book considers why so many British college student were ignorant of the doctrines of Christianity. C.S. Lewis wrote the foreword for the book.

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A Baker’s Dozen

ome of my students at Cedarville University introduced me to Bill’s Donuts, home of arguably the best donut holes in the world. They’re so good, a recent graduate, Christian, who is getting married this month, is, along with his bride, serving dozens of donut holes instead of a wedding cake at their reception. Yes, they are […]

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Narrow Application and Loud Amens

ot long ago I preached a sermon that dealt with a Christian view of what it means to be human. Two of my main points of application were related to racism and abortion, issues that are incompatible with a biblical understanding of intrinsic human worth. After the service I was asked to speak to a […]

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What To Expect From Captain Underpants

his weekend I decided to take my kids to see Captain Underpants. Some of the comedic elements in the movie were entirely predictable given the target demographic and that it’s from the creators of the Shrek and Madagascar franchises. But there were a few themes that I think are powerfully redemptive and worth considering should you make […]

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Don’t You Know

he following video is South California’s SPEC, a Christian rapper, producer, genius, and all around good guy. He is accompanied by V. Rose, another Cali based artist who is pretty spectacular. This song is “Don’t You Know” from SPEC’s album Vacancy, which is SPEC’s testimony of how God saved him and led him out of a […]

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Drawing Dead Theologians

y first professional sketching job was drawing simple line art to be engraved on tombstones. For example, I did an outline of a school bus in memory of a bus driver. If you want my early portfolio you will have to visit a small cemetery in central Illinois. It was a little morbid, but it was […]

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Towards a Theology of Place, Or Bloom Where You’re Planted

nce a week I begin my theology class with a time of Q&A. For me, this is just applied theology, a chance to show how the Bible relates to what’s going on in the lives and minds of my students. The most frequently asked questions almost all relate to God’s providence.

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Paradise Lost: A Literary Approach to Apologetics

he following audio is from Dr. Tyler Flatt who spoke at the Finding Truth conference at Cedarville University. Tyler is a professor at Boyce College who holds three degrees in Classics, most recently a PhD from Harvard University. Tyler discusses the intersection of literature and apologetics.

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Sketch of G.K. Chesterton

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How Can There Be a Supernatural God When There is Science?

he following audio file is from a talk I gave at Apex Community Church in Kettering, Ohio, a couple weeks ago. They asked me to talk about how the topic, “How Can There Be a Supernatural God When There Is Science?” Following the talk we did a brief time of Q&A that is also in […]

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Church Clap

he following video is from the Reach Records artist Kevin Burgess, known as KB. KB is one of my favorite lyricists who always delivers solid content through creative and rich metaphors and lines. The song Church Clap, besides just being a lot of fun, is about the need for the church to stand on true doctrine.

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Some Thoughts on the End

tephen Hawking’s recent comments about the need to evacuate earth are akin to the shot heard ’round the world, or in this case the voice heard ’round the universe. If you buy the purely materialistic outlook, like he does, then this makes perfect sense. Predictions about the end of earth, rooted in scientific theories, should […]

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A Tolkien Vision

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Martin Luther Sketch

‘m excited about a project I worked on this semester that will be unveiled soon. I did several sketches for a publisher for a book project that they will launch in the near future. This is one of the sketches I made that we didn’t use so I thought I would publish it here. I […]

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Remembering a Friend, Longing for that Day

acial equality has mattered to me for about as long as I can remember but not in ways that I ever thought about or could articulate as a kid or a young teenager. But somehow it still mattered and I can look back and remember that it was important in ubiquitous ways.

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The Falling Reign of the Rising Son

had never heard a sermon exclusively about the ascension. So I decided to preach one. To be honest, what I learned and what I was reminded of was soul-stirring.

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The Divine Session (Sermon)

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King Without a Crown

he following video is from the St. Louis artist Thi’sl. This song is “King Without A Crown,” which is about our identity in Christ that keeps us from seeking status in the world. Thi’sl came to faith in Christ when a team from a church in his community was out sharing the gospel. The pastor leading the […]

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Despair Deaths & the Death of Despair

here are two perennial truths that humans, try as we may, cannot avoid. One, this world cannot satisfy us. It was never meant to. Two, we can’t fix us. We were never meant to.

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Preacher: Don’t Be Afraid of Evidence This Easter

f you talk about evidence at Easter you don’t really trust the Bible or the work of the Holy Spirit. Why act as though evidence is at all necessary for talking about our risen Lord. This is the Christian FAITH we are talking about, after all.

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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“Religion is more like response to a friend than it is like obedience to an expert.” —Austin Farrer

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We Gon’ Reign

he following video is from FLAME’s most recent album that is inspired by Russell Moore’s book Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel:. The song “We Gon’ Reign,” is about earthly persecution and our future reign with the risen Christ. Jesus has promised to build his church and nothing on earth, not even the […]

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A Hobbit’s Guide to Apologetics

ow might J.R.R. Tolkien’s approach to the imagination be helpful for doing apologetics? The following audio file is from our Finding Truth Conference. This is a break out session led by Dr. Billy Marsh, a professor in the Bible department at Cedarville University.  

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The Doubters Guide to the Goodness of God (Sermon)

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

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“Pride must die in you, or nothing of heaven can live in you.” —Andrew Murray

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The Christian Theory of Everything (Sermon)

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Flourishing Faith

an Christian students thrive at Harvard, Yale, or Oxford? The following video is from the Finding Truth Conference at Cedarville University sponsored by Crossings and The North American Mission Board. Joining me on the panel are Josh Kira, Jonathan Arnold, and Tyler Flatt.

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Wedding Montage

ell, you can just call me Doctor Love. Somehow I made it into this professional wedding montage that went viral with over 30 million views.

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The Christian Theory of Everything

hen I was a teenager the Walmart in our small town functioned like a shopping mall. It was a place to hang out. But every once in a while, we would go on an adventure. My teenage comrades and I would pile into the most reliable used vehicle owned by one of us at the time […]

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Be Glorified

ere’s Shai Linne’s song “Be Glorified” inspired by Psalm 55. This song is from the project “Lyrical Theology Part Two: Doxology” that released in 2014. In 2015 Shai was voted fourth best rapper by a study of hip hop artists, mostly secular, according to an international doctoral student who used software to evaluate music based […]

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“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” —Theodore Roosevelt

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Who Is Influencing You?

y high school senior quote is, “Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you want. But you can only spend it once.” I would change it today to say that we can invest it any way we want. That’s why mentors are important in our lives. They are investment advisors who […]

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An Uber Apology, Leaders Take Note

ravis Kalanick, CEO of Uber, got more than he bargained for when he revealed his identity to his Uber driver. The driver took issue with the company’s drop in pay, letting the CEO know that his family faced bankruptcy because of the company’s decision. The exchange didn’t end well.

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Figuring Out Religion, Evolution Style

eligion can be a bit of a sticky wicket for serious-minded secular scientists. Where did it come from? What’s its purpose? How might we get rid of it as soon as possible?

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The Gospel in Six Words

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“In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair…the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.” —Dorothy Sayers

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Paul’s Gospel Prayer

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Religion

‘m starting a new post category called “Hip Hop Homilies,” that I plan to populate with important messages from various artists. The following video is by Da’ T.R.U.T.H. and features audio commentary from Ravi Zacharias. It deals with the exclusive nature of Christianity’s offer of salvation in light of the pluralism of contemporary culture.

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Redefining Faith: Is Apologetics Rationalism?

‘m often asked if apologetics, defending the reasonableness of the Christian faith, is really just a veiled form of rationalism. Rationalism is the view that reason is the supreme authority for knowing truth. I think this is an important question.

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George Liele: Church Planter, Missionary

ome of the first missionaries to be sent from America were African Americans. Sadly, their stories are often neglected. Long before Adoniram Judson left for Burma, there were faithful Christians laboring in the gospel to plant churches in America and send the gospel beyond our borders.

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The Dragon in the Dumps

very Christmas I publish a dragon book for my kids. This year with our move to Ohio, a writing project due, and still trying to establish productive work rhythms, I didn’t get a dragon story together in time. So I decided to make them one for Valentine’s Day. I gave it to them this morning […]

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The School Down the Street

illiam Wilberforce was a British politician who devoted his life to ending slavery. There is a school named in his honor less than five miles from my house. It’s the first university to be owned and operated by African Americans in America.

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your Weekend Worldview Reader. After plowing through some writing deadlines for January, I’m finally getting the weekend worldview reading back online. Hope you enjoy.

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A Dog’s Purpose

fter a busy few weeks of weekend travel, evening events at the university, and writing deadlines, I decided to take some time out to just hang out with my twins yesterday afternoon. I surprised them by picking them up from school to talk them to a matinee. We went to see a Dog’s Purpose. Here […]

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Don’t Like Diversity? You’ll Hate Heaven

ow can you force the Gentiles to live as Jews? That’s the pointed question Paul asked Peter (Gal. 2). Peter was flirting with a double standard. He was willing to chow down on some bacon and pork chops when his Jewish brothers weren’t around. But if he caught word that some fellow Jews were dropping in, he […]

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On Male Friendship: A Few Good Men

.S. Lews once compared friendship to art and philosophy. His point? From a purely evolutionary perspective they have no survival value, rather friendship “is one of those things which give value to survival.”

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Status Change: Facebook’s Creator & the Creator

ark Zuckerberg, creator of the all consuming social media platform, Facebook, has had a status change. His profile originally described his religious belief as atheism. But his holiday message posted online signaled a worldview shift.

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Star Wars: A Modern Day Morality Play

orality plays were kind of a big deal in the fifteenth and sixteenth century. They were one of three main forms of plays in the Middle Ages. The other two forms, miracle plays and mystery plays, focused on biblical characters or saints. The morality play focused on a particular hero, an everyman, whose character was tested, but […]

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Editing Jesus

ot long ago I visited Monticello, the famous plantation where the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, is buried. Jefferson would’ve loved Tom Krattenmaker’s new book, Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower: Finding Answers in Jesus for Those Who Don’t Believe. He authored one very similar to it.

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The Riddle of Humanity & the Incarnation

he basic story of Christmas, what Christians actually believe, is that God broke the barrier of time and space. This shouldn’t surprise anyone. Christians believe God is the Author of time and space; the Maker of matter and energy. And they believe the Author has written himself into His story. This is the plot of […]

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“So that is the outline of the official story—the tale of the time when God was the underdog and got beaten, when he submitted to the conditions he had laid down and became a man like the men he had made, and the men he had made broke him and killed him. This is the […]

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The Grand Miracle

y favorite passage in all of C.S. Lewis’s writings is from his book Miracles. In in the chapter “The Grand Miracle” he compares the Incarnation to a missing part of a novel, or a lost section of a symphony. Here Lewis likens Christianity to the sunrise in that it sheds light on the human experience, an analogy he makes […]

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Talking About Christ at Christmas

he world might be surprised to discover that true Christians happen to think that Christianity is true. Like everyone else, we enjoy feasting and exchanging gifts, but we celebrate on the twenty-fifth day of December because we think something of significance happened some two thousand winters ago. Calling it Christmas, literally meaning Christ’s Mass, is no […]

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The Lowly Gifts

he following is a poem by Frances Chesterton, wife of G.K. Chesterton from the book Gospel Rhymes published in 1934. The title of the poem is “The Lowly Gifts.”

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Sermon: The Cadence of Providence

n the fullness of time God sent his Son,” Paul writes in the fourth chapter of Galatians. I recently preached a sermon on this passage by the title “The Cadence of Providence” in chapel at Cedarville University.

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“Christmas is the end of thinking you are better than someone else, because Christmas is telling you that you could never get to heaven on your own. God had to come to you.” —Tim Keller

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Five Reasons Preachers Should Listen to Hip Hop

n his book The Artist’s Way of Preaching, Charles Denison says, “Most people do not read poetry, but the preacher should!” I wholeheartedly agree. But I will go a step further, I think preachers should listen to poetry as well.

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Finding Truth

e’re not in Kansas any more,” Dorothy opined in the movie The Wizard of Oz. She didn’t realize she had landed in a new world, but she was quite certain about one thing: she wasn’t at home anymore. A lot of young people experience a similar feeling when leaving for college. One day they’re eating their […]

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The Cadence of Providence

magine an elderly Jewish man tucking his grandchildren in bed nearly two thousand years. His son is imprisoned for the allegation that he didn’t pay all of his taxes to the Roman government. He encourages his grandchildren with the promises of God telling them that everything will be okay before he gives them a final hug.

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The Devil’s Dirge

erhaps I’ve read too much C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, but I sometimes wonder if the demons sang a song of lament as the angels praised God for the good news of the Incarnation. Maybe they pounded their “pitchforks” on the ground to keep rhythm. I imagine their lyrics as diametrically opposed to Oh Holy Night.

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“Only where He was homeless Are you and I at home.” —G. K. Chesterton on the Incarnation

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Sex, Chocolate, and Eternal Bliss

probably have your attention with a headline like that. It sounds like copy taken from a Valentine’s advertisement. It’s actually commentary from a Time magazine article on C.S. Lewis.

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

appy Thanksgiving Weekend. This will be the last Weekend Worldview Reader until after the first of the year. Have a great Christmas! Pardon the shameless plug: if you’re looking for stocking stuffer ideas for your kids you might check out my worldview novellas for younger readers: The Owlings.

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“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” —G. K. Chesterton

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The Worldview of Moana

new movie from Disney is causing a tsunami of ticket sales this Thanksgiving weekend. Moana is a beautiful production about a young girl trying to save her people. It’s produced by the same genius team that brought us “Aladdin” and “The Little Mermaid.”

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Everything is Amazing and Nobody’s Happy

ark Edmundson, University of Virginia professor, asks an important question in the title of his article If Everything is So Amazing, Why’s Nobody Happy?  I’m reminded of the tweet heard ’round the world from comedian Jim Carrey in which he said, “I wish everyone could experience being rich and famous so they would see it isn’t the answer for anything.” Both professor and […]

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A Radical Call for Christian Response to Election

ow should you, as a Christian, respond if your nominee of choice wasn’t elected? What would Jesus do? Here’s a clear biblical model to follow.

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Bonhoeffer

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The Dragon in the Door

ur family tradition on Christmas eve is to read a dragon storybook that I make for our family every year. The first dragon story recounted the history of Southern Seminary with “The Dragon in the Drain.” Two years ago the dragon book was an allegorical account of the Reformation. 

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Privilege is Real. Here’s What to Do About It.

“Would you like a free upgrade?” the car rental manager asked me. I rented there a lot. “Absolutely,” I responded. He tossed me the keys to a brand new Jaguar. I rented from this location often. It was just down the street from the school where I used to serve. Near the rental place were […]

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The Religion of Silicon Valley

ou probably aren’t real. This idea continues to drum up attention and billions of dollars in research in Silicon Valley. I’ve written about this before. But a line from an article I read this morning in Vanity Fair nearly jumped off the page, er screen.

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Storks & Planned Parenthood

torks, the recent animated film by SonyPictures tells the story of the commercialization of the birds known for delivering babies. They’ve been repurposed as the cartoon equivalent of Amazon’s drones. Want a product quick? Order it online with guaranteed Stork delivery within minutes.

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Wisdom from Above

he Apostle James differentiates between two types of wisdom, the kind from below and the kind from above (James 3:13-18). This is a really helpful distinction in thinking through contemporary challenges to a Christian approach to understanding the natural world. There is a wisdom that comes from below, and a wisdom that comes from above.

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When Sacred Meets Secular

outheastern Seminary and the The College at Southeastern hosted a launch event for the Ambassador’s new album “When Sacred Meets Secular” on October 12, 2016. The Ambassador is one of the most influential artists in Christian hip hop, one of the pioneers who charted a course  for many who have followed in his steps.

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“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” —J.R.R. Tolkien

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Are Bank of America Customers Real? The Bank Doesn’t Think So.

ou cannot prove that you’re not living in the Matrix. But take comfort, there are some real life billionaires funding a science project to help prove that we are indeed in the Matrix, and to help us find a way out.

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Can You Be Secular and Still Love Jesus? No.

SA Today columnist, Tom Krattenmaker, makes a case for a secular Christianity in his new book Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower that released this month. Krattenmaker explains his thesis to Phil Zuckerman, head of the nation’s only academic program in secularism, in an interview for Psychology Today. Zuckerman asks the question, “Can you be secular and still […]

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A Tree Without Roots, A Generation Without a Creed

he prodigal son didn’t run out of money on his first day out of the home, Doug Wilson once pointed out to Christopher Hitchens. His point—his warning—was that secular humanism can only run so long on the fumes left over from a Christian worldview. It might take some years, but sooner or later the Christian […]

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Saving Science

ot every statement by a scientist,” Oxford University professor John Lennox reminds us, “is a statement of science.” In this way the scientific method doesn’t really make statements at all. The scientific method can help us observe and consider natural phenomena. But this data has to be interpreted. Science doesn’t have a megaphone, blog, or a journal. […]

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Lorem Ipsum

ou may have read these Latin words before, or at least seen them. They are used as filler text for graphic designers. Those Latin words have an interesting story and relation to the Bible.

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Jack

C.S. Lewis

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Black, White, Red, and Blue

Would you like a free upgrade?” the car rental manager asked me. I rented there a lot. “Absolutely,” I responded. He tossed me the keys to a brand new Jaguar. I smiled.

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The Resurrection or the Bible

ho would think that the resurrection of Christ would be so controversial – among people who share the same belief regarding the resurrection of Christ. But it is. Or, at least in recent sermons and conferences and in the twitterverse, it has become so.

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Doodling the Future (or “on letting our kids be creative”)

have always loved art. I’ve sketched since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I cannot remember a season of my life when I wasn’t intentionally creating something. Except for my first couple of years in Bible College.

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Don’t Put Lipstick on the Pig

his is a bad year for American politics. But take heart, we’ve had a lot of bad years in the past. Although, it might be pointed out, none of them seemed quite as bleak as this one.

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God is Dead

Nietzsche & Nihilism

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Us or Him: Our Only Options

hat gives your life meaning? Sitting on my desk at the moment is an attractive coffee table book by the title A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning In a World Without God. It’s filled with great pictures of people who have created meaning in a life without God.

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“Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.” —Karl Barth

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Our God, Our Help: A Hymn for Fragile Hearts

or me, one of the most sobering lines from old hymns comes from Isaac Watts’ Our God, Our Help. “Time like an ever-rolling stream,” Watts writes, “bears all its sons away.” The point of the song is to remind us that God is the source of our hope and our help in the midst of […]

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God, the Father

love being a dad. I have four children. Three stinky boys and a beautiful little girl. I even made a little book about it, “The Princess & the Four Ogres.”

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Tollers

J.R.R. Tolkien

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Let Your Work Be Good

od crowned each day of creation with the words, “It is good.” Can you imagine, at the end of the fifth day, God looking at the magisterial hump back whales cresting in the Antarctic waters, the ocean spray accenting their movement, or a bald eagle soaring through the clouds wings spread open six or seven feet […]

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Willy Wonka & the Theology Factory

never realized how creepy the old Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie was until I showed it to my twin sons, Isaiah and Micah. I had fond memories of seeing it on television as a child. I guess sometimes we are blinded by nostalgia.

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Will Narnia Reboot Get Lewis Right?

ast week, Deadline reported that a new installment of the Chronicles of Narnia franchise will take a different direction from the earlier, Disney-influenced films. TriStar studios now wants to reboot the Narnia films, starting with the next adaptation, The Silver Chair. The first question I had when I read the news was, “Will they finally get C.S. Lewis right?”

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Whom Have You Fed Today?

Poem by Nixon Waterman e shall do so much in the years to come, but what have we done today? We shall give out gold in pricey sum, but what did we give today?

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A Skeptic’s Prayer

esterday, while visiting Dayton Avenue Baptist Church in Xenia, Ohio, I heard a powerful observation regarding the prayer found in Revelation 6. The chapter begins with a description of God’s judgment of the earth. The chapter ends with those who’ve rejected Jesus praying to the mountains to fall in upon them to hide them from the […]

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The Everlasting Men

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The New Freethinker

ne of the joys of reading books from over a hundred years ago is to be reminded that there is nothing new under the sun. Things that claim to be novel never really are. What’s new is really old. What boasts of youth is usually trivial. The following is an old poem by that wonderful […]

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Losing Faith in Federal Funding

he vast majority of colleges and universities in North America have a deeply religious history. But one doesn’t have to be a sociologist to realize that that ship left the dock a long time ago. Few schools remain faithful to their founding mission.

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Commercials: The Portal to Your Child’s Worldview

our child may spend roughly 900 hours a year in a school classroom, but the average child will spend 2,500 hours in that same time frame being educated by some form of media. Which one do you think will have a greater impact? A recent article at New Philosopher states it succinctly, “media is by far the […]

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Ben-Hur: How a Debate With an Agnostic Inspired a Bestselling Novel About Christ

hat’s called the “most influential book of the nineteenth century” is the result of a debate between two military leaders. It happened on a train ride to Indianapolis on a late summer day in 1876. Colonel Robert G. Ingersoll, whose nickname was “The Great Agnostic,” bumped into author General Lew Wallace. The two spent the trip […]

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When Abortion Suddenly Stopped Making Sense

borrowed the title from this post from the actual article I wanted to bring attention to. “When Abortion Suddenly Stopped Making Sense” is a recent piece at the National Review by Frederica Mathewes-Green. The story of what changed her mind on abortion is quite interesting and well worth your time to read. I don’t think this […]

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The Cult of Science

he cult of science is led, not by scientists quietly contributing to the discipline, but by popularizers and pamphleteers. Dare I suggest, by those like Bill Nye, who while smart and likable, want the general population to believe the myth that science is ultimate.

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“I am not absentminded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else.” The Everlasting Men

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The Rearview Mirror

e see Providence in the rearview mirror. In my experience, it is usually far less clear looking over the dashboard. It’s when we look back that we can see how God was working all things together for his glory and our good.

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On Making Things

n the Weekend Worldview Reader this last weekend I included a link to an interesting article on the lost art of making things. Glen McCarty, writing at Story Warren, discusses the process of making hit pop music. What used to be an individual’s intimate creation of weaving their perspective into a form that can resonate beyond […]

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Doctors of Death?

ou might not think a medical doctor would have to go to court to fight a command to take your life, but in California that’s precisely what is happening. If you request a doctor to end your life, it seems you might be the only one with a say in the matter. Are the convictions of doctors […]

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A Human Sun To Shine Upon Humanity

To teach people to believe in God,” G.K. Chesterton wrote, “may be in its highest sense a hard task even among Christians.” It is a hard task indeed, one that cannot be accomplished by mere human effort. But Chesterton went on to write, “But to prevent people from thinking about God will be an impossible […]

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It’s Complicated: Hip Hop & Apologetics

his post combines two of my favorite things: hip hop and apologetics. Christian hip hop artist Da’ T.R.U.T.H. sat down with well known apologist Ravi Zacharias to talk about sensitive topics for the Christian faith community covered on the artist’s recent album It’s Complicated. Rapzilla has an article on the project here. The following video […]

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The Secret Life of Pets & The Importance of Friendship

laughed more while watching “The Secret Life of Pets” than any animated movie of recent history. I saw the film today with my twins. But it has a plot that is worth considering.

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Worldview Questions for Summer Blockbusters

hat questions will you ask of the movies you watch this summer? As you dive your hand into the bottomless tub of buttered popcorn, will you even think about what the movie is teaching about man and meaning? Here’s a list to get you started.

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Important Family Talk

ne of the things April and I will miss most about our church in Louisville, Kentucky, is our small group. It is led by Scott Long, a former football player at the University of Louisville and a current staff member with the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He’s a passionate guy who loves the Lord […]

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your weekend worldview reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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The Tale of C.S. Lewis’s Imaginative Legacy

.S. Lewis is to evangelicalism what Elvis is to rock music. It is doubtful that you will find a multitude of Lewis impersonators if you visit Las Vegas; it would certainly be comical if you did, but in the same way that Elvis is an unavoidable figure in the history of American pop culture, you […]

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The Gospel & Race: A Conversation with Flame

had the opportunity at the end of February to host a conversation with Boyce graduate, and Grammy-nominated hip hop artist, Flame. I asked Flame to talk about his experience as a minority student at an evangelical school and offer encouragement for both minority and non-minority students to think about the issue of the gospel and […]

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What is the Gospel?

hat is the gospel? That’s the question we set out to answer in around four minutes. This was a fun project that I worked on with the creative team at Southern. If you like it, feel free to use it in your ministry.

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The Skeptic’s Guide to C.S. Lewis

A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist,” C.S. Lewis wrote, “cannot be too careful of his reading.” Authors like G.K. Chesterton and George MacDonald dislodged Lewis’s youthful incredulity. Lewis’s advice to the young atheist: be careful what you read. You may end up being consistent enough to be skeptical of your skepticism.

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Our Next Chapter

fter eleven years of service at Boyce College and Southern Seminary we are starting a new chapter. Today we head north in a caravan of a cargo van filled with my library, a U-Haul filled with some of our belongings (the bulk of our stuff will be moved next week), and a minivan filled with our family. Here’s what I’m […]

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The DeWitt Family Guide to Louisville Day Trips

o, now that we are leaving town it seems like a good time to pass along some of our favorite family activities in and around Louisville. We’ve loved this city and will miss it greatly. But some of our greatest memories were day trips we took to surrounding areas.

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your weekend worldview reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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No Flag is Worth a Soul

esterday I could not be more proud to be a Southern Baptist. I’ve been a member of Southern Baptist churches most of my adult life. Ours is a denomination with a troubling past regarding slavery and racism. Like most organizations of that time, particularly in the south, the Southern Baptist Convention was on the wrong side […]

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The X-Men, Polytheism, & Socrates

have a good friend who is a much bigger fan of the comic based summer epics than me. But it doesn’t take much arm twisting to get me join him for the newest bestseller. In fact, I’m usually the one to make the recommendation. I like movie popcorn. Don’t judge.

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your weekend worldview reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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Diminished Attendance for Reason Rally

ast weekend in Washington, D.C., there was a gathering to celebrate the secular life called the Reason Rally. Event organizers anticipated 30,000, but reported to Religion News Service that the turnout was more along the lines of 15 to 20 thousand. Hemant Mehta, the writer behind the Friendly Atheist, who attended the event, says the numbers were in reality […]

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The Greatest: Pluralism in the Boxing Ring

umble, young man rumble. Muhammad Ali, the late three-time heavyweight boxing champion, rattled off the words as the exclamation point to his quip, “I float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.” Ali, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, passed away on June 3, 2016.

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your weekend worldview reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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Worldview at the Zoo

I see no reason for attributing to man a significance different in kind from that which belongs to a baboon or a grain of sand,” wrote Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., who served as a Supreme Court Justice for over three decades. Holmes took his Darwinism seriously. Human life was not more significant than animal life […]

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Happy Chewbacca: Three Reasons We Love This Video

t’s a simple video that went viral. Candace Payne is a woman whose birthday gift to herself made her famous. She had no idea her video to her friends on Facebook showing them her gift would make her an internet sensation and get her invited to the Late, Late Night Show and Good Morning America, and allow her […]

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your weekend worldview reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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Sixth Century Monks, an Island & a Wookiee

magine a remote place so strong with the force that only the most devoted seek out its solitude. The “Great Skellig ” is an Irish island in the Atlantic that was inhabited by monks sometime between the sixth and eighth century. But these religious men aren’t the only ones to grace the island with tattered robes. Hollywood has […]

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Five Years of Commencement Charges

t’s the ten minutes I spend a year thinking about. Every year at the Boyce commencement I have the distinct honor of sharing the platform with Dr. Mohler as we deliver back to back addresses to charge graduates. I generally ponder the question of what I will share throughout the year as it comes to mind. […]

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C.S. Lewis: A Discussion with Colin Duriez, N.D. Wilson, and Lyle Dorsett

he following video is from a panel discussion that I moderated at the Desiring God National Conference with N.D. Wilson, Colin Duriez, and Lyle Dorsett. If you would like to learn more about C.S. Lewis, his life, writings, and legacy, I’m teaching a course about the beloved creator of Narnia this June.

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ere’s your weekend worldview reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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Reality Used to be a Friend of Mine

ne of my favorite bands in high school was P.M. Dawn. They were pseudo-philosophers with an attraction to all things eastern. But as a teenager I thought songs like “Reality Used to be a Friend of Mine” were about acne and girls. It was theme music for the drive home from school on a bad day.

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The Liberal Blind Spot

he university has been described as the marketplace of ideas. But what kind of marketplace is it? If you went to a store that only sold one kind of cereal, or one brand of soap, what would your think? Would the lack of options make you want to consider shopping somewhere else?

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“But if Christianity should happen to be true – then defending it may mean talking about anything or everything. Things can be irrelevant to the proposition that Christianity is false, but nothing can be irrelevant to the proposition that Christianity is true.” ―G.K. Chesterton

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ove coffee & G.K. Chesterton? Get a bag of beans with a killer Chesterton quote. It’s the “Theolatte Blend” from Good Folks Coffee Company chosen for its nutty and chocolaty tones. My good friend Zach, the master roaster at Good Folks Coffee, will make sure your bag of freshly roasted “Theolatte Blend” meets and exceeds your coffee […]

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The Worldview of Joyful Sacrifice

peration Neptune was the codename for the naval operation of the Normandy invasion that took place on June 6, 1944. The overall Normandy plan was called “Overlord,” which targeted five separate locations over a sixty mile stretch of Normandy beach: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword Beach. The plan involved 6,939 vessels including 4,126 landing crafts. It was […]

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Eleven

leven years ago April and I moved to Louisville, Kentucky, to start a job that was supposed to last two years. I was finishing my doctorate and I accepted a position as a recruiter for Boyce College. It was a short-term commitment that coincided with my academic program. That was eleven years ago. It has […]

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Do Muslims & Christians Worship the Same God?

o Christians and Muslims worship the same God? The following audio file is from an event I hosted several years back while leading the Campus Church. The event took place at the University of Louisville. We had a diverse audience of Christians, skeptics, atheists, and Muslims. Our speaker was Dr. Michael Haykin, author and professor […]

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Man Cannot Live By Bread Alone

ow can we promote human flourishing worldwide in the midst of expansive globalization? That’s the topic of the recent book by Yale professor Miroslav Volf Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World. The book is the result of a series of talks that Volf gave with Prime Minister Tony Blair on religion and […]

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The Day of Reason

umanists are pushing for a nationally recognized Day of Reason. I’m in favor of this, by the way. A problem for some is that they want it to be on the same day as the National Day of Prayer. I’m okay with that too.

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“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” ―Albert Einstein

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

rink Theolatte: Good Folks Coffee Company is now roasting a special blend of coffee chosen for its nutty and chocolaty tones. Branded with a Theolatte label featuring a quote from G.K. Chesterton, this is twelve ounces of caffeinated goodness ready for your enjoyment. My good friend Zach, the master roaster at Good Folks Coffee, will […]

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“He has only half learned the art of reading who has not added to it the more refined art of skipping and skimming.” ―Arthur James Balfour

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Biblical Apologetics & Public Christianity

iblical apologetics and public Christianity are requirements if we are to be faithful to the Great Commission. Living out one’s faith in public, particularly in a rapidly secularizing culture, is not for the faint of heart. But it is not an option for the Christian who has received the command from the Lord to be salt and […]

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Five Unsung Heroes in the Life of C.S. Lewis

ehind every good man, to modify the saying, is an army of providential people and influences. Every year at Boyce College and Southern Seminary I teach a course on Lewis and in my preparation I’m always touched by some of the unsung heroes in the life of the twentieth century’s most popular apologist.

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The Dragon in the Sea

t’s the story of an orphan who is rescued from the Isle of Nye. It’s really an allegorical tale to point to the gospel. It involves a child, a prophet, a dragon, and an eel. Who could ask for anything more?

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Is the Universe Real?

he universe may very well be a thought experiment of a highly evolved alien race. The truth is, we can’t really know for certain one way or another. Maybe E.T. or Alf are really the ones responsible for reality. Eighties’ pop culture references aside, are we the products of extraterrestrial creativity?

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ant to better understand your worldview? Check out the four-part video study based on my new book Christ or Chaos. It’s like a worldview analysis crash course. You can download the study here. You can use it for personal study or download the leader kit for use with small groups. The kit includes four teaching sessions, an outline of […]

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“The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.” ―William Blake

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No Hope in Heaven

here’s no hope in heaven. That’s because hope is intrinsically forward looking. Hope is a bridge that connects our present situation to the future fulfillment of a past promise. Hope is an honest expression of the Christian faith. That’s why believers shouldn’t adopt an inauthentic disposition and act as though life is simple and easy. Life can be […]

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“Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.” ―Malcolm Muggeridge

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

ooking for worldview curriculum for your small groups? Check out the four-part video study based on my new book Christ or Chaos. It’s like a worldview analysis crash course. You can download the study here. It’s available for use with small groups or for a discounted rate for individual use. The kit includes four teaching sessions, an outline […]

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“The Christian is the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars.” ―Francis A. Schaeffer

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Einstein Was Wrong

Albert Einstein is the rockstar of the scientific community. How many other scientists can be found on posters with pithy quotes decorating dorm rooms around the world? And why shouldn’t he? He was was a genius, had a memorable image with wild hair and a coy smile, and was known to speak beyond the scope […]

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

Want to better understand your Christian worldview? Check out the four-part video study based on my new book Christ or Chaos. It’s like a worldview analysis crash course. You can download the study here. It’s available for use with small groups or for a discounted rate for individual use. The kit includes four teaching sessions, an outline of […]

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An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered. G.K. Chesterton

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

Want to better understand the Christian worldview? Check out the four-part video study based on my new book Christ or Chaos. It’s like a worldview analysis crash course. You can download the study here. It’s available for use with small groups or for a discounted rate for individual use. The kit includes four teaching sessions, an outline of […]

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Plausible Arguments, Deceptive Philosophy, & the Gospel

The following video is my sermon on Colossians 2:1-10 from the Driven by Truth Conference at Southern Seminary in March. The conference was built as a worldview event with plenary speakers: Dr. Russell Moore, Dr. Al Mohler, and Dr. Greg Thornbury. There were a number of breakout sessions as well. You can watch/listen to other […]

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Batman v Superman: And the Problem of Evil

A friend and colleague encouraged me to write this. After watching the movie “Batman v Superman” with his son and his sons friends, he was able to have some meaty conversations related to colossal theological and philosophical themes in the movie. The most pointed was about a diatribe from the young Lex Luthor. Superman is […]

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The Elephant in the Room

Everyone has an elephant. That’s the point of the illustration Christian philosopher and author James Sire shares in one of his many books on developing a biblical worldview. The story goes like this: a son asks his father on what does the earth rest. The father tells his inquisitive son that the earth sits on the back […]

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The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist is a riveting read that’s sure to spark the sort of controversy that was common to its central figure “the Contrarian.” It’s likely to expose many modern Free Thinkers as anything but as it demonstrates that their patron saint of secularism was […]

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

Want to take your small groups through a survey of the Christian worldview? Check out the four-part video study based on my new book Christ or Chaos. It’s like a worldview analysis crash course. You can download it for personal use or for small group study here. The kit includes nearly two hours of teaching, an outline […]

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April Fools: Happy Birthday to the Big Bang

Break out the birthday cake and candles. It’s the anniversary of the publication of the big bang, the theory of our cosmic origin. It’s also the reminder of what has to be one of the funniest scientific April fools’ jokes ever. If you think scientists don’t have a sense of humor, think again. The theory of the […]

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The Wake of Rationalism

“The thing once called free thought,” G.K. Chesterton wrote in a New York Times article in 1930, “has come finally to threaten everything that is free.” The paradoxical British journalist was explaining why religious belief is so persistent. In a world described in terms of the survival of the fittest, religion’s staying power is the result of […]

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Bill Nye’s Naive View of Philosophy

Olivia Goldhill, writing for Quartz, asks the question “Why are so many smart people such idiots about philosophy?” Her pointed question is aimed at Bill Nye, America’s favorite “edutainer.” I’d encourage you to read the post to see her full review, which I linked to last week in the Weekend Worldview Reader. Goldhill points out […]

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

Looking for material for your small group Bible study? I’m excited about the four-part video study based on my new book Christ or Chaos. It’s like a worldview analysis crash course. You can download it for personal use or for small group study here. The kit includes nearly two hours of teaching, an outline of the material […]

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Street Spirituality: Who Is God?

PBS will broadcast a new documentary that explores diverse views of God across the world. The series will begin in April. The host of the show is none other than Morgan Freeman, who actually played the role of the divine in at least one movie that I recall. The following clip is a promotional trailer […]

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The Tale of C.S. Lewis’s Imagination

C.S. Lewis is to evangelicalism what Elvis is to rock music. It is doubtful that you will find a multitude of Lewis impersonators if you visit Vegas, it would certainly be comical if you did, but in the same way that Elvis is an unavoidable figure in the history of American pop culture you cannot […]

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Thank God for Easter Ham

“How can you force the Gentiles to live as Jews?” That’s the pointed question Paul asked of Peter (Galatians 2). Peter was flirting with a double standard. He was willing to chow down on some bacon and pork chops when his Jewish brothers weren’t around. But if he caught word that some fellow Jews were dropping […]

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

Want to go deeper in the Christian worldview? I’m excited about the four-part video study based on my new book Christ or Chaos. It’s like a worldview analysis crash course. You can download it for personal use or for small group study here. The kit includes nearly two hours of teaching, an outline of the material covered, […]

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Humanism & Death

“Death comes for us all, Oroku Saki, but something much worse comes for you. For when you die, it will be . . . without honor.” This profound line was given by a talking rat to the metal clad nemesis of the motley teenage crew of mutant ninja turtles. Though the ninja turtle franchise was […]

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The Redemption of Charlie Brown

Good grief, the new Peanuts movie is brilliant. I loved it. And so did my kids. But it really does depart from the tone and trajectory of its original creator Charles Schulz whose life closely paralleled his characters. His daughter Amy Johonson said it best, “My dad is Charlie Brown, inside and out.” According to his […]

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Three Christians Who “Disproved” Theism

Did you know that some of the most often cited arguments against theism were actually created by religious believers? Crazy, I know. The founders of these arguments would actually roll over in their medieval graves were they to know how their ideas have been reshaped and repurposed as weapons against faith in God. Galileo the God-Stopper For starters, […]

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