But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Today, the March For Our Lives drew hundreds of thousands around the United States. People were marching for human value and against gun violence.

However, many don’t realize the worldview assumptions behind this any many other cultural beliefs. We are fighting for human value, which is good....

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This is one of the most important interviews I have posted in awhile. And I can think of no one more qualified than my friend and colleague Thaddeus Williams. He is the author of Reflect: Becoming Yourself by Mirroring the Greatest Person In History. Please wrestle with his...

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Ideas have consequences, and a crucial one was made in the 14th century. Today, its implications affect us deeply, yet virtually no church member I know (except trained theologians and philosophers) is even aware of it.

It is callednominalism, as opposed torealism. On realism, there exist real,...

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To be a Christian today is to believe in the resurrection of Jesus. But what about the first Christians? Could belief in the resurrection have been a late church invention? If so, then Easter celebration is deeply misguided and Christians ought to reject the evidence for faith.

Critics...

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Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design is the most recent book published by the Discovery Institute, the foremost Intelligent Design (ID) organization. If you are looking for a good, introductory text to help understand the current debate, this is an excellent place to start.

Un...

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I just finished a two-week section on religious freedom and persecution with my students. In fact, I stopped writing their test in order to record the podcast and write this blog. I feel bad saying this, but I think it is true. The church has not done a great job at helping young people think about...

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Monday, 12 March 2018 01:00

Is the New Testament Reliable?

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One of the most exciting parts of my job is the work I am able to do with MAVEN and their groundbreaking approach to mission trips. Brett Kunkle, founder of MAVEN, has created a one-of-a-kind experience that immerses participants in real-life engagement in apologetics, theology, worldview and...

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Friday, 09 March 2018 00:00

4 Tips To Better Train Your Students

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Over my seven years of teaching I have learned that there is a lot more to teaching than simply presenting information. There are strategies that we can put into practice that help us to be more effective in the classroom. We also take different tests like the ACT Aspire and PSAT in order to make...

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With the popularity of her blog and books, Natasha Crain has exploded onto the scene as an important voice in the world of parenting and apologetics (and beyond!). Her story, which she briefly shares below, is both encouraging and motivating for those of us who deeply care about equipping and...

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The first time I ever spoke at a student retreat, I asked my dad for some speaking advice. He said, “Son, I have three words of advice for you: stories, stories, stories.” In other words, if you want to be an effective communicator, tell stories. Now that I have been a public speaker...

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One of the most common and effective claims for LGBT rights is that people are born with an immutable, permanent sexual orientation.

In our recent dialogue on the Bible and Homosexuality, Matthew Vines argued that the 20th century discovery of sexual orientation is akin to Galileo’s discovery...

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If you are interested in me speaking at your church or youth group, click on the Endorsements & Speaking page, look through the speaking topics or suggest your own, and contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I am happy to help in any way I can. God bless!

Authors: Ryan...

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How was it decided what books would become part of the Bible? This question relates to canonicity. The word canon comes from the root word reed. The reed was used as a measuring rod and came to mean “standard.” Canon thus refers to the officially accepted list of biblical books.

We are...

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 04:53

2nd Podcast Anniversary!

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I can’t believe it has been two years since starting the Coffeehouse Questions podcast. It has been an incredible learning experience producing 77 episodes during that time. My favorite part has been getting to know and interview some very smart people along the way.

My guests have included...

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Dr. Hugh Ross, the president of Reasons to Believe (RTB), has been a friend of mine for many years. I have had the opportunity of speaking at RTB’s annual AMP Conferenceand even appeared on a TV panel with him, Ken Ham, and others. Dr. Ross is one of the leading...

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Monday, 19 February 2018 02:34

2018 Imperial Valley Apologetics Conference Recap

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I had the great privilege of speaking at the 2018 Imperial Valley Apologetics Conference this past weekend in El Centro, CA. I feel bad that it came at the expense of my friend, Tim Barnet, getting sick. But when he asked me to cover for him, I was happy that my Saturday was open.

During the...

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Friday, 16 February 2018 10:28

Should we love God with our heart or our mind?

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While getting my undergrad in theology, I remember people telling me to be careful not to look at God and scripture only with an academic lens. It is common to think that studying theology and apologetics will cause someone to develop an academic approach to their relationship with God. It happens...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018 07:55

Advice for Aspiring Authors

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Over the past 12 years, I have had the opportunity to write a number of different books for students and adults in the area of apologetics and relationships. As a result, aspiring authors have often asked my advice for how to become an established author. Here’s a few tips I have learned...

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 02:38

Can Man Live Without Sex?

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It’s no secret that our culture is hypersexualized. Music. Commercials. Movies. Internet. News. Sex is simply everywhere in our culture.

As a result, it is deeply tempting to buy the narrative that sexual experience is the surest route to happiness and fulfillment. To deny yourself sexual...

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:29

What is the key to discovering truth?

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The topic of truth seems to be confused in our culture. Some think the truth is based on what makes you happy, and because God wants us to be happy, whatever makes me happy is true and good!

Others think that each person has their own truth. I saw an advertisement this past summer at UC...

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I recently got to watch an early release of the new Samson film with my older kids and we all loved it. I asked my kids if I should endorse it and they each gave a rousing “Yes.” 

My friend Mark Mittelberg, author of The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask, and...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 02:54

Can Science Explain Morality?

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Human beings have a universal belief in right and wrong. As C.S. Lewis has observed, moral codes from cultures throughout world history vary over what specific behavior they consider moral, but there is an underlying agreement that objective moral values and duties exists.

As my father and I...

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If you are reading this blog, then I suspect you realize how important it is for Christians to defend their faith. We live in a culture that is putting forth ideas that are contrary to Christianity, and we have people that are demanding for Christians to give reasons as to why they believe what...

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Thursday, 25 January 2018 00:00

High School Students Have Questions

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I was invited to speak at the Heartland Church Student Night in Indianapolis back on January 10th, 2018. They had me begin with a short 15 minute talk followed by 50 minutes of text-in Q&A. We were able to get through 20 questions during our time together and I have listed them below the video...

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This question is probably one of the most common objections against the Christian view of God. If God is all good and all powerful, why doesn’t he stop evil? Questions like these are frequently asked and it is important for Christians to respond well.

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Dr. Clay Jones, an Associate Professor of...

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