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

Bellator Christi - Apologetic Report

On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton discusses the First Law of Thermodynamics, otherwise known as the Law of Conservation of Energy, and whether or not the law restricts God’s ability to perform miracles. Chilton argues that the universe’s beginning, the...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | January 14, 2019

Life is often about finding the right balance. Too much of anything is bad for a person, even water. Consuming too much water will cause one to lose electrolytes and minerals which could lead to death—a condition called hyponatremia. The point is,...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton and Wes McGarry (the pastoral team at Westfield Baptist Church) discuss the top-ten challenges facing the church in 2019. These issues are not related to one specific church but are issues that the church in America must face as a...

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Monday, 07 January 2019 03:20

The Messianic Prophecy of Genesis 49:10

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By: Brian G. Chilton | January 7, 2019

Unfortunately, messianic prophecies are not given the attention today that they were in previous generations. Perhaps such a lessening of the prophecies come by a preconceived anti-supernatural bias against predictions of future events. Possibly. Or, it could...

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Monday, 31 December 2018 05:20

2019 Bible Reading Plan

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By: Brian G. Chilton | December 31, 2018

On this last day of 2018, we reflect on the year that has passed. 2018 has been an exciting year for my family and me. We moved to a new location and to a new church at Westfield Baptist Church. We are excited about the new friends we have met and the...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, host Brian Chilton discusses Netflix’s latest movie thriller Bird Box and the similarities it holds to the demons facing us today. Be warned, this episode includes spoilers. So, if you haven’t watched the movie and plan to...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian G. Chilton discusses the link that December 25th holds with Jesus’s birth. It is most likely that Jesus was not born on December 25th due to the nature of the shepherds keeping their sheep out in the fields. There are reasons to believe...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:57

7 Views on Messianic Prophecies

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imageBy: Brian G. Chilton | December 18, 2018

A depiction of Rabbi Rashi

How does one interpret passages in the Hebrew Bible (a.k.a., the Old Testament) in light of the New Testament? Even in the conservative evangelical world, this issue has become somewhat controversial. In his book The Messianic...

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Recently, host Brian Chilton wrote an article asking if Isaiah 7:14 is a Messianic prophecy, that is, does it refer to the coming Messiah? On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian further explains why thinks that this passage of Scripture does indeed refer to the coming Messiah. The...

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Recently, Drs. David and Marybeth Baggett’s book, The Morals of the Story: Good News about a Good God, won Christianity Today’s 2019 Book Award of Merit in the Apologetics/Evangelism category. In celebration of this great accomplishment, Bellator Christi will re-air...

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Recently, Drs. David and Marybeth Baggett’s book, The Morals of the Story: Good News about a Good God, won Christianity Today’s 2019 Book Award of Merit in the Apologetics/Evangelism category. In celebration of this great accomplishment, Bellator Christi will re-air...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 02:56

Is Isaiah 7:14 a Messianic Prophecy?

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By: Brian G. Chilton | December 10, 2018

More and more scholars are becoming skeptical of Messianic prophecy in the Hebrew Bible—that is, the Old Testament. Michael Rydelniknotes that “Although evangelical scholarship still recognizes that there is something messianic about the Hebrew...

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 22:41

(Podcast 12.7.18) Recovering Authentic Christianity

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David Platt said, “We desperately need to explore how much of our understanding of the gospel is Americanand how much is biblical.”Platt makes an interesting point. How can we get back authentic Christianity and decipher it from a more culturally based one? On this edition...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 03:51

Was John’s Use of the Logos a Jewish Concept?

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By: Brian G. Chilton | December 3, 2018

One of the questions that people often pose concerning John’s Gospel is that it appears that John is greatly influenced by Hellenism—that is, Greek culture. One aspect of John’s Gospel that tends to stir this thinking is his use of the Logos...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 23:57

Remembering the Reason for the Christmas Season

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By: Edward Duke, III | December 3, 2018

Christmas time is coming! Hang the Greens. Put the ornaments on the tree. String the lights. Mail the Christmas cards. Buy the presents. Put out the cookies and milk. Wait! Did I forget something? Is that everything? I feel like I’m forgetting something....

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton discusses three archaeological discoveries related to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, a ring of Pontius Pilate, and a tiny “beka” stone. He will describe the findings and their relevance to the...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 05:46

4 Views of Free Will

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By: Brian G. Chilton | November 26, 2018

Are humans free or are they programmed to make the choices they do? This issue is prevalent within Christian theology. Calvinists and Arminians, and Thomists and Molinists continue to debate these ideas today. But this question is not limited to...

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 01:43

10 Things For Which I am Thankful as an Apologist

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By: Brian G. Chilton | November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving is upon us—a time to reflect on the blessings of life. I have many things for which I am thankful. I am most certainly thankful for my relationship with Christ and for my wonderful family. It is not often addressed, but it is not...

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The more humanity studies the universe, the more bizarre the universe becomes. Physicists claim that the universe holds no less than eleven dimensions. By God’s nature, he must beyond the number of dimensions that universe holds. On this episode of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian G....

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton discusses the philosophy known as scientism. Scientism is the philosophical belief that science is the only means to know truth. Chilton will describe the implicit philosophy of scientism in the movie Smallfoot and the...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | October 23, 2018

Recently, news agencies filled the airwaves and the internet with the news of Stephen Hawking’s last book to be published and released posthumously. The book released on October 16, 2018 is entitled Brief Answers to the Big Questions.Hawking argues...

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image On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, we are joined by Brandon Lowe who describes his journey from Christianity, to atheism, and back to the Christian worldview. Brandon describes the importance of Christian community in his journey back to the faith, and notes the importance of...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | October 15, 2018

Turn on the Discovery Channel or the Science Channel and you may find interesting theories pertaining to how the universe came to be. Some propose that an eternal multiverse gave rise to our modern universe. Others will hold that eternal wiggling dimensions or...

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By: Wes McGarry | October 8, 2018

Barna conducted a study and found that 97 percent of Christian parents who engage in church have a strong desire to see their teens exhibit a strong faith that lasts into adulthood[1]. More specifically, 93 percent of parents state that they want their children to...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton answers a question he received on the podcast pertaining to soul survival. Is the belief that the soul survives death a biblical concept? Brian Chilton gives seven Scriptures that strongly support the notion that the soul continues to...

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