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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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A New Way of Seeing Theological Triage

HEOLOGICAL Triage” is a term I first learned at Southern Seminary as developed and explained by Dr. Albert Mohler. It is a way of differentiating issues that are central to the gospel from those that are denominational distinctives, or even preferential. It has been a really helpful model for me. But starting today, I’m going […]

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Blind Science and Lame Religion

LBERT Einstein famously said, “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” His point seems to be that these two disciplines have a complex but not unnecessary relationship. To understand the workings of the physical world we need science. But science cannot tell us all we may want to know.

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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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Was C.S. Lewis the Grinch?

OST Christians consider C.S. Lewis to be a warm symbol of the holiday season, expecially since he included “Father Christmas” in his first Narnia story. Yet, a deeper lookin in his diary, letters, and essays shows Lewis was more of the Grinch. What do you think?

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Charles Darwin’s Letter to Billy Graham

HARLES  Darwin once wrote a letter to Billy Graham. Not the one you’re thinking of. The American evangelist was born thirty-six years after the British scientist’s death. The Graham to whom Darwin wrote was a Victorian philosopher and mathematician who challenged the scientific outlook of Darwin and others as a sort of religious conviction. 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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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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The Inevitable Christian Impulse of Thanksgiving

K. Chesterton once said the worst moment for an atheist is when they are really thankful but have no one to thank. I don’t know about that, as I’m sure a secular person could easily find someone to whom to direct gratitude. But in an ultimate sense, yes, I think Chesterton is on to something. […]

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A More Excellent Way

couple of weeks ago I preached a sermon on the Apostle Paul’s description of how we should use our gifts in love to build one another up. What I thought would be an easy passage to preach, quickly confronted my own uncharitable attitudes and ambitions. Without love, we are nothing, we gain nothing, we waste […]

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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 Making Sense of the Human Experience

OW are we to make sense of humanity in our day. Neuroscientists often reduce humans to brains, leaving no room for personhood. Philosophers regularly deny the will, rejecting the idea that humans can make real, meaningful decisions, and thus have moral accountability. Scientists often discount immaterial human values and regard them as illusions.

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C.S. Lewis’s Last Letter (November 21, 1963)

N July of 1963 C.S. Lewis was in a coma for abour twenty-four hours. It looked as though he might die. “I can’t help feeling it was rather a pity I did revive in July,” Lewis wrote his best friend Arthur Greeves, “I mean, having been glided so painlessly up to the Gate it seems […]

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Aslan Knows Best

ELL, at any rate, we now have less chance of dying of cancer,” quipped C. S. Lewis in response to learning of Hitler’s invasion of Poland, knowing that his own country was on the brink of joining the war. As a World War I veteran, he knew the ugliness of combat. And for a man […]

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Learning Evangelism from G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis

G. Wells and G. K. Chesterton were dear friends despite their categorically different worldviews. After Chesterton’s death, Wells said, “From first to last he and I were very close friends . . . I never knew anyone so steadily true to form as G.K.C.” They maintained a love and respect for one another even as […]

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Why C.S. Lewis Wouldn’t Write for Christianity Today

 wish your project heartily well,” wrote C. S. Lewis to Christianity Today, “but can’t write you articles.” Carl F. H. Henry, founding editor of the magazine, had in 1955 invited Lewis to contribute to the magazine’s first issue. Lewis declined. Henry was not, as the saying goes, “a day late and a dollar short.” He […]

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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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Aslan’s Origin Story (A Review)

HERE seem to be no stones left unturned in the life of C. S. Lewis. We even have his diary from his early to mid-20s in print, published as All My Road Before Me. I think most of us would cringe at the notion of inner thoughts from our young adult years being made public. […]

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A More Excellent Way

‘VE been listening to Christmas music for weeks now. Don’t judge me. I look forward to about everything related to Christmas time except for the inevitable clash of worldviews. Sometimes it seems a little silly the lengths some will go to in an attempt to remove all religious implications from the celebration of the holiday […]

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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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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 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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Kanye, Christ, and C.S. Lewis

‘ ‘M thinking he was going for stylistically gospel,” Lecrae said of Kanye West’s 2016 album “The Life of Pablo.” “If he’s talking about the content, I think it’s another story altogether.” Three years later, Kanye’s new release “Jesus Is King” aims for both gospel style and gospel content. West explains the marked difference as […]

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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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In Search of Sentience

S far as I can remember, I was eight or nine years old when I was first introduced to the idea of Artificial Intelligence (AI). It was when my parents rented the movie D.A.R.Y.L., a film about a family who discovered their foster child was really a government creation, a boy’s body animated by 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 Sin of Overstating Scripture

ONSERVATIVE Christians carefully avoid neglecting clear biblical truths. We Bible-believing evangelicals don’t want to ignore what is plainly in the Bible. But sometimes we go a bit too far. While we have an aversion to understating the truth, we can have an attraction for overstating it. And that seems to be okay.

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Depravity at the Top and in Deep-Space

EFF Bezos is a man with success, influence, and a ton of power. As the long-form article in The Atlantic says, the Amazon founder and CEO, is fixated on the future, because, “he knows it belongs to him.” Adding to his near deity description, the article says his ambition for colonizing space “may remake the […]

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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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Be Nice for a Change

EING angry doesn’t make your case any more appealing. There are indeed appropriate occasions for righteous indignation. But some people seem like they are always mad. At just about everyone. And about everything.

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How the Joker Reflects and Repels Us All

man who alleged poured a container of alcohol into his drink before the show, scared movie attenders in a New York City theater as he laughed and cheered loudly in response to scenes of murder in the recent Joker film. He was eventually removed from the theater while spitting on those who had asked him […]

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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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Should Christians Have a Cup-Half-Full or Cup-Half-Empty Worldview?

HOULD Christians be enlightened cynics who clearly understand the depravity of the world or should they be more of the happy and hopeful type? Which outlook is most in keeping with the heart of the Christian message? Which view best matches reality?

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Apologetics Is Broken

IMULATION  Theory was not what I expected to be talking about with a teenager at a recent conference. He sat quietly interested during the Q&A session, but never pitched a question of his own. At the close of the session I could tell he had a lot on his mind.

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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 How Limitations Can Liberate Us

OD doesn’t waste anything in our lives, does he? Even the things we long to see accomplished and established, what can end up feeling like great disapointements, are tools used to shape us for all that God has in store. You can see this in the life of C.S. Lewis, whose life-long goal was to […]

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What’s Your Voice for Sharing the Faith

INDING your voice is a common expression in the publishing world. It’s important for an author to both discover and decide their tone and style of writing. But when it comes to sharing the faith, which voice works best?

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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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Lincoln On My Brain

B, the Christian hip hop artist, challenges believers to place their identity in Christ not in politics in his new single ” Lincoln.” The song plays on the theme of President Lincoln’s legacy in light of contemporary challenges facing Evangelicals. KB is seeking to free Christians from political polarization and the uncharitable use of social […]

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A Guide for Getting Through Your Melancholy Mood

OES it ever feel like it just isn’t working? You pray. You read your Bible. You try. But nothing seems to happen. Nothing seems to change. Does it ever feel like your soul just refuses to be comforted?

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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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As the Judgment Waters Recede: A New Creation Emerges

FTER Noah and his family piled out of the ark, God gave them the same command he gave to Adam and Eve, to be fruitful and fill the earth. God promised that the seasons would continue as long as the earth remains (Gen. 8:22) and gave them the rainbow as the sign of the covenant […]

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The Tale of Two Cities (A 9/11 Reflection)

t the river’s bend, I noticed clear sky above the city of Louisville. Between an international airport and the UPS headquarters, there was always a steady flow of air traffic. But not on that Tuesday in September back in 2001. It was a day no one will ever forget.

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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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Life in the Wild (Free Download)

Y book Life in the Wild: Fighting for Faith in a Fallen World is my favorite work I’ve published to date. It unpacks seven effects of the fall based on the third chapter of Genesis. For a limited time, my publisher, The Good Book Company, has made the ebook version free for download here.

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Is Being Pro-Life Racist?

ARVARD law professor Laurence Tribe claimed on Twitter that the pro-life movement is linked with white supremacy. “White Supremacists oppose abortion because they fear it’ll reduce the number of white infants,” he wrote. Is he right?

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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 Freedom in Forgetfulness

iddle school dances gave me massive heartaches. Not of the romantic variety, but the kind that freeze your feelings and leave you wishing you could somehow hide inside your own skin. These social situations, and others like them, sent me into myself, to the neglect of everyone around me. The solution, surprisingly enough, is looking […]

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A Wedding Sermon for My Friends

HIS weekend my wife and I had the privilege of heading to Maine to celebrate the marriage of two dear friends, Sowmya and Zach. We’ve known them for many years and it has been a joy to see the Lord’s kind provision in their lives. Below is my wedding sermon.

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Why is the Old Testament So Violent?

HY do the pages of the Old Testament seemed to be drenched in blood? Many skeptics claim God is a vindictive ethnic cleanser. Is it true? In the following video I talk about ways we can make sense of the military conquests of the Old Testament.

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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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Six Reasons Why Christianity Is Compatible With Science

AITH in God and science are like oil and water. The two don’t mix. That’s the impression you often get listening to people talk about this topic. In the following video I give six reasons why the Christian faith is indeed compatible with science.

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Yale Prof Challenges Darwinism

ot every prestigious university professor buys in wholesale to Darwin’s theories to explain all of life. I think it is worthwhile to highlight, from time to time, dissent among scholars at secular universities regarding Darwinism. Here’s Yale University prof, David Gelernter, who in his article “Given Up Darwin,” explains how he no longer finds the […]

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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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K-Love Interview About Why God

ast week while in Michigan I did an interview on K-Love about my new children’s books “Why God? Big Answers About God and Why We Believe in Him.” I did the interview in my car using bluetooth, with a breathtaking view of Lake Superior from the shore of Marquette.

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Center for Biblical Apologetics Fall Schedule

his fall semester the Center for Biblical Apologetics & Public Christianity will host weekly discussions groups and monthly seminars. Every Friday morning you can join me at Stinger’s Cafe at 8AM to talk about current events from a biblical worldview and our reading experts from G.K. Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man.

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Why the Bible?

very semester I kick off my theology class with a series of talks about the authority and sufficiency of Scripture. I try to impress upon my students that proper theology begins with God’s revelation of himself and not with our experiences or even with philosophical arguments for God. Theology must begin with the Bible.

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Why God? Big Answers About God & Why We Believe in Him

UMDINGERS are questions with extra-hard-to-find answers. In my new children’s book that releases today, I discuss humdingers, mice with wings, and how the world points to God. Why God? is illustrated by the ever talented Christine Grove and is published by B&H Kids.

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Endgame & the Moral Arc of the Universe (No Spoilers)

ARTIN Luther King Jr., said, “The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” I was reminded of that quote as I drove to the movie theater with my twins to watch the Avenger’s Endgame. Here’s why. (No spoilers)

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Aslan Knows Best

ELL, at any rate, we now have less chance of dying of cancer,” quipped C. S. Lewis in response to learning of Hitler’s invasion of Poland, knowing that his own country was on the brink of joining the war. As a World War I veteran, he knew the ugliness of combat. And for a man […]

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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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5 Keys to Sharing the Gospel With Your Secular Friends

HARING the gospel with a skeptic friend is a great privilege and opportunity. But if you’ve ever done it, you know it can be intimidating and challenging. In the following video I share some basic tips for sharing the gospel with your secular friends.

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C.S. Lewis: Surprised by Chesterton

GNORANCE is the first penalty of pride.” So wrote H.G. Wells in his 1920 work The Outline of Human History. Wells argued that Christianity had collapsed “like a house of cards” in light of evolutionary theory.

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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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One Friday, Long Ago

ETER let Jesus down a lot. To be fair, all the disciples ran away the night Jesus was arrested (Matthew 26:31). They all failed. But Peter was exceptional. He was an even bigger failure than the rest. Three times he said he didn’t know Jesus. That was one dark night for everyone. Especially for Peter.

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He Drank It to the Dregs

WEATING drops of blood, Jesus prayed if it were possible for the cup of God’s judgment to pass from him (Matthew 26:39). For love, for the glory of the Father, for the redemption of his people, Jesus’s prayer continued, “Yet not as I will, but as you will.” For us, he drank the full cup […]

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Join Me for ERLC Academy in Nashville, TN

ONFUSING times call for careful and clear Christian thinking. That’s one of the many reasons I’m so thankful for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission led by Dr. Russell Moore. They are an invaluable resource for the church. I’d like to invite you to join me for the ERLC Academy in Nashville in May.

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God Revealed: Dr. Al Mohler Keynote Address (Romans 1)

OD has revealed himself in two books: Scripture and Nature. How should the Christian view and use these two books in apologetics? That’s the topic Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., discussed at his keynote address for the annual conference for the Center for Biblical Apologetics & Public Christianity at Cedarville University.

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Avoiding Extremes in Apologetics

HERE are a number of methods for illustrating the trustfulness of the gospel and the inevitable nihilism of alternative worldviews. In my personal study of Scripture, with reflection upon various biblical passages of an apologetic nature, and in light of broader theological themes from the Bible, I fail to be convinced that the Bible regulates […]

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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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An Evangelical Response to Artificial Intelligence

RTIFICIAL Intelligence has become ubiquitous. It is all around us. It is in our phones. It is in the device sitting on the countertop listening to our every word and coming to life when we call its name. It recognizes our face. It knows our online habits. It’s something Christians need to think and speak […]

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The Weaponization of Fellowship: or Contra Secondary Separation

AVING grown up in an independent Baptist denomination, of the King James only variety, my “fundi” sniffer is pretty sensitive. To get historical for a moment, the term fundamentalist goes back to a positive assertion of the fundamental beliefs of biblical Christianity. It’s mostly used  in our day as a negative term to describe someone […]

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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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A Philosopher’s Problem

S belief in the Christian God coherent? Peter Atterton, philosophy professor at San Diego University, says “No” in his New York Times op-ed piece, A God Problem. To make his case, Atterton takes issue with two attributes of God: omnipotence and omniscience.

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The End of the Matter

ING Solomon is called the wisest man to ever live. As an adult I read Ecclesiastes and realized that what wisdom Solomon had, he clearly had to earn the hard way. But there’s good news in this dark book: there’s hope for those who have to learn the hard way. And the end of the […]

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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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Jesus or Nothing: Apologetics as Dilemma

o the heavens send a mixed message? Paul says the heavens reveal wrath (Romans 1). King David says the heavens reveal glory (Psalm 19). Which is it, glory or wrath?

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Which is More Narrow-Minded: Atheism or Christianity?

UST to be upfront, I don’t think this is a terribly important question. But I hear it all the time. A student asked me today how she might respond to an atheist friend who asked how she copes with the narrow view that Jesus is the only way to God. “It’s just so narrow-minded,” 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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Credo: Early Christian Creeds as Apologetics

HRISTIANS have always summarized their beliefs in forms that are memorable and easy to pass on to new believers. The Christian faith is a confessional faith. This does not mean that the creeds are themselves the basis for our convictions: the Bible alone holds that authoritative position.

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I Need Glasses. Maybe You Do Too

AM was busy signing books when I picked up his glasses and snidely said, “Let’s see how bad his vision is.” When I put them on all of the signage in the back of the bookstore suddenly came into focus. I stopped laughing. That’s when I realized I need glasses.

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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 Gospel of Human Progress

E was for infanticide before infanticide was morally acceptable among politicians in New York and Virginia. That’s one of the reasons Tom Bartlett’s recent article in the Chronicle about Harvard professor Steven Pinker, carries the title, “Why Do People Love to Hate Steven Pinker?” Bartlett argues that the professor’s “gospel of human progress” has made […]

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How the Universe that Shouldn’t Exist Points to the God Who Does

ESEARCHERS don’t know what to make of a new study that shows how the universe shouldn’t exist. A perfect symmetry between protons and antiprotons would cancel each other out since they annihilate one another when they come into contact. So there should be an imbalance between them. But there isn’t.

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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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Ask Anything Event

LBERT Mohler, Jr., is a trusted voice for Bible believing Christians who want to faithfully engage culture with the credible news of Jesus Christ. Time Magazine once called him “the leading intellect among Evangelicals in America.” We are thrilled to have him speaking at “God Revealed,” our annual apologetics conference at Cedarville University.

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What To Do When You’ve Blown It

love the story of Peter in the Bible. That guy could really be an idiot. Maybe that’s why I identify with him so. I can be an idiot too. I’m thankful God loves idiots.

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The New Testament Crime Scene: The Apostles as Early Apologists

POLOGETICS is at the heart of the gospels, the four inspired historical biographies about Jesus of Nazareth. While the New Testament writers are clearly doing more than apologetics, they are not doing less. The apostles and their associates offer us an inspired examination, interpretation, and application of the first century crime scene: the death, burial, […]

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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 Signs Your Brother Needs Your Help

OST vehicles have a number of warning signs to alert you to potential problems. I remember my old college car that had a “check engine” light that I learned to blissfully ignore all the way until the engine locked up while driving down the interstate. Similarly, my current vehicle has a service light that comes […]

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When Unalienable Rights Become Alien

OW much do we really believe that all people are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights when we so easily alienate the right to life, liberty, and happiness from the most vulnerable and powerless among us? Imagine the heartbreaking image of a dismembered child laying helpless, bloody, and writhing in […]

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Prophets & Apologetics

LD Testament prophets served to warn the nation of Israel of God’s judgment and to encourage them with a vision of God’s promises. The New Testament writers apply these Old Testaments prophecies to Jesus. The apostles understood and preached Jesus as the fulfillment of the promises of the old covenant.

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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 Soundtrack of the Bible: How the Psalms Do Apologetics

HE Psalms are a microcosm of the Bible. They are the soundtrack of Scripture. The five books of the Psalms are organized to tell the story of God and man. These “holy songs,” as Jonathan Edwards described them, are “nothing else but the expressions and breathings of devout and holy affections.”[1]

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The Story of God

ORGAN Freeman played the part of God in the 2007 movie featuring Steve Carell as Evan Almighty. But for the last three seasons Freeman’s been content to serve as host on National Geographic’s documentary series, “The Story of God.” The show overviews humanity’s fascination with the divine.

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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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Chris Pratt’s Conversion & a Call to Pray

oe Church in Los Angeles is Chris Pratt’s home church, where he attends along with his fiancée, Katherine Schwarzenegger, daughter of famous actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Pratt recently made his faith in God very public in his acceptance speech at the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards.

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Redemptive History as Apologetics

fter explaining the origin of the universe and of humanity and sin, the Bible provides an account of God’s redemptive work through the choosing of a people, the nation of Israel. Like the creation of the world, the chronology of the nation of Israel is presented as a historical account of God’s activity in the […]

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

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The Genesis of Apologetics

he late agnostic scientist Stephen J. Gould thought that religion and science speak of, to, and from separate domains. He described religion and science as two ships passing in the night. “Science gets the age of rocks,” he wrote, “and religion the rock of ages; science studies how the heavens go, religion how to go […]

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The Growing Divide

ew York expands abortion rights while lowering requirements for medical professionals administering abortion. Virginia Governor discusses infanticide as if he’s talking about what day of the week the trash is taken out. While on the other side of the aisle, Iowa makes it illegal to have an abortion once a heartbeat is detected. The divide […]

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What This Super Bowl Commercial Gets Wrong About Human Dignity

ia’s Super Bowl commercial aimed to humanize the automobile company through beautiful cinematography and dramatic script spoken through the southern accent of a young boy in a cowboy hat. It emphasized the small Georgian town that hosts a Kia assembly plant. There is a line in the commercial that should offend our deepest convictions about […]

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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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Apologetics as Concentric Circles

he believer’s personal apologetic can be illustrated with concentric circles[1]. A person’s testimony is the first circle in their personal apologetics. Like a pebble dropped in a pond, there will be additional circles expanding outwards. While a person’s account of the “hope within them” is where their apologetic begins, it should not be where it […]

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The Glory of God & Other Christian Clichés

t was my first time to preach at the church in Nashville, TN, where I was serving as a student pastor. I won’t forget the man in the cowboy hat sitting in the audience, whom I later learned was country music singer Tim McGraw. Nor will I forget the letter a guy about my age […]

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Can Computers Be Moral?

hould a driverless vehicle, an iCar by Apple for example, be programmed to make moral decisions? That’s the question Robert Newman sets out to answer in his 2015 article ‘Can Robots Be Ethical?’ in Philosophy Now Magazine. Could an iCar decide, if only two options were available, between slamming into a broken down minivan filled with a family […]

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The War That Never Was But Now Is

he ‘war’ between science and religion,” Jerry Coyne writes, “then, is a conflict about whether you have good reasons for believing what you do: whether you see faith as a vice or a virtue.” Coyne is professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. This quote comes from an article that is one among […]

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What Is Life?

t is a question every person at some point considers. I want to get at more specific question, “What is life in the Bible?” Jesus said he had come that we might have life to the full (John 10:10). We know that Adam and Eve lost their lives due to rebellion (Genesis 2:17). We know […]

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The Reason for Hope

he modern apologist stands on the shoulders of faithful Christians from previous generations. That is because apologetics is a basic expectation for every believer in every generation. As one apologist noted, preaching the gospel is “inseparable from defense [of the gospel].”[1] Every person whose life has been transformed by Jesus is necessarily an apologist, someone […]

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Sunny Side Up: The Breakfast Conversation That Could Change Your Life (Launch Team)

an you remember a time in your Christian life when you were closer to Jesus than you are now? Maybe you want to change, but where do you begin? Consider Jesus’ breakfast conversation with Peter: it could change your life!

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Retweet With Those Who Retweet

he Bible says to rejoice with those those who rejoice and weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15). As believers, we sometimes do the exact opposite on social media. If there is suspicion about a brother or sister, if a Christian leader makes a decision that some take issue with, if someone misspeaks, we light […]

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Scrooge or Fezziwig: What Kind of Leader Are You?

n Christmas day I picked up an old copy of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol sitting on the coffee table at my parent’s house. Throughout the day I stole thirty minutes here or there to read, and ended up consuming the whole thing. I had forgotten how much I enjoy reading Dickens.

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The Tale of Twelve Dragons

t all started with a bit of fun I used to have with my twins when we lived in Louisville, KY. I told them a dragon lived in the drain in the middle of the “Josephus Bowl.” That year I wrote a little story to share at Christmas time called “The Dragon in the Drain.” […]

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Bah-Humbug: The Sad Gospel of Charles Dickens

very idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips,” Scrooge said, “should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.” Charles Dickens is best known, particularly at this time of year, for his character Ebenezer Scrooge. In his classic A Christmas Carol, Dickens reminds readers of […]

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“Top Down” or “Bottom Up” Knowledge?

he other night I watched the animated movie Smallfoot with my kids. It didn’t pique our interest enough to see it in theater, but looked decent enough to spend a few dollars to rent. While I often write about kids’ movies and their underlying worldviews, this one took a more explicit shot at religion.

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Four Steps to Christmas Joy

or those who don’t follow Jesus, Christmas must seem a bit odd. Behind all the trappings of the season, what’s the big deal about celebrating the birth of a baby named Jesus? And for Christians, sometimes this time of year can be confusing for us as well, for different reasons. Sometimes it isn’t as joyous […]

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Repeat the Sounding Joy

ost people associate Christmas with good feelings: bright lights, hot chocolate, sweet cookies, nostalgic movies, holiday music, friends and family, a decorated pine, and stockings hung by the chimney with care. But what do you do when the Christmas spirit skips your house? What can you do when Christmas doesn’t seem to work? How can you […]

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Longing for Christmas

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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Honor to Whom Honor is Due

oes the passing of President Bush Senior mark the ending of an era? Must politics now be entirely nasty and brutish? Is humility no longer an important characteristic for the oval office?

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Is the Bible the Foundation of our Faith?

t is idolatry to make the Bible the foundation of your faith. That’s what one Christian leader said in recent history. It’s also a trend in popular apologetics. Is this a good way to talk about the Christian faith? 

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Careless Orthodoxy

his week I had the privilege of speaking to Southern Baptist state evangelism directors at the headquarters for the North American Mission Board in Atlanta, GA. My topic was “witnessing and worldviews.” I shared biblical imperatives that I see as essential for our conversations about faith in an increasingly secular age.

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Wreck It Ralph On Friendships & Insecurity

e cancelled Thanksgiving this year. When my daughter got sick on Wednesday evening we knew we’d likely be making a hospital run, due to her genetic condition. To be totally honest, it ended up being a pretty fun daddy-daughter sleepover at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for Thanksgiving Day and night.

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If You Can’t Silence that Sad Song, Make it a Duet

he holidays are not happy for everyone. And I’m not just talking about the Grinch. Many can find it hard to smile, to brighten the room, to attend the party, to enjoy the company, or simply to look to heaven and give thanks.

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The Hate U Give

upac Shakur, the iconic nineties rapper, made popular the acrostic THUG LIFE which was tattooed across his torso. It stands for The Hate You Give Little Infants *expletive* Everybody. Tupac explained, “What you feed us as seeds, grows and blows up in your face.”

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The Evangelical Church is Sick in the Head

s sin a big deal? Not really. Do all religions lead to God. Probably. Is truth objective? Nope. The “State of Theology” results are in, and they aren’t good.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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 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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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

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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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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

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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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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

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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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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

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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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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

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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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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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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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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

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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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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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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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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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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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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

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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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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

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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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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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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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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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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 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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