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

image My first book, The Layman’s Manual on Christian Apologetics, has been published and released. The book covers the essentials of Christian apologetics on a level that everyone can understand. The book is divided into three units. The first unit discusses the nature of truth and how...

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At a recent conference, John MacArthur, a notable speaker and author, dismissively told Beth Moore, another popular speaker and author, that she should go home. MacArthur represents the strong complementarian viewpoint, whereas Moore holds to an egalitarian position. In this podcast, Brian Chilton...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | November 11, 2019

In a Patristic Exegesis class at Liberty University, Dr. Ken Cleaver was discussing the average-sized heights of individuals in first-century Israel. For the most part, the average height of most individuals was around 5’ 2”. It is quite...

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“God will not put more on you than you can bear” is a classic Christian cliche that is often passed around in churches. People use the phrase to comfort those who are struggling in some aspect of life. But is the statement true? While examining 2 Corinthians 12, Paul seems to imply that...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | October 29, 2019

I will come right out and confess it. I am a professional extrovert. That means that I converse with people in large gatherings as part of my job. However, I am an introvert by nature. For every large event I attend, I must have ample time to recover...

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Monday, 21 October 2019 05:43

You Might Be a Deist

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By: Brian G. Chilton | October 21st, 2019

 

Atlanta native Jeff Foxworthy made a name for himself as a stand-up comedian doing a routine called “You might be a redneck.” Some of these classic one-liners include, “If you have a set of salad bowls and they all say Cool Whipon...

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Pastor Brian Chilton discusses how each person can be used by God if they are willing. The message comes from Jeremiah 1:4-10.

 

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Saturday, 05 October 2019 05:38

Brief Break from Podcasting

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To Bellator Christi supporters,

The Bellator Christi Podcast hasn’t gone anywhere. I haven’t been able to record many podcasts lately. I am inundated with projects and activities over the past couple of months due to the release of the “Layman’s Manual on Christian...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | September 30, 2019

“What is truth?’ said Pilate” (John 18:38). This classic question was asked by Pilate to Jesus during Jesus’s trial. This question does not resonate with Pilate only. In fact, people throughout generations have asked the same....

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Friday, 20 September 2019 06:00

(Podcast 9.20.19) Paul and Philosophy: Do They Mix?

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When interpreting Scripture, three things are important to remember to accurately exegete the text: context, context, context! Such is true with Colossians 2:8. People have read Colossians 2:8, which reads “Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy,” and argued that...

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By: Daniel Merritt, PhD | September 16, 2019

Guest Writer Disclaimer:The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and may notnecessarily reflect the official policy or position of Bellator Christi Ministries or its affiliates. 

There is a theological revolution...

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Recently, Jarrid Wilson committed suicide at the age of 30. Wilson was an associate pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California. Famed pastor, Greg Laurie, is the Senior Pastor of the church. Wilson was an outspoken advocate of mental health and frequently discussed his own...

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Tuesday, 03 September 2019 06:21

Is God Unjust in Punishing the Wicked?

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By: Brian G. Chilton | September 3, 2019

Skeptics often accuse God of being evil for not punishing the wicked. Why would a good God allow murders, disease, and the like? Yet ironically, skeptics also accuse God of being evil for punishing the wicked. For instance, questions involving the punishment...

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From the top of a mountain, the world, with all its problems, looks very small. When considering the view of God, the world must appear infinitesimally small. When a person stops to consider the transcendent nature of God–that is, God’s being beyond the scope of the natural...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | August 27, 2019

Some have claimed that Jesus was not a theologian. Granted, he did not sit down and write out a systematic theology book. However, the teachings of Jesus denote a deep theology that resonated with his understanding of God, Jesus’s own identity,...

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How do Christians respond when governmental authorities legislate laws that contradict Christian morality? On today’s podcast, we are joined by Dr. John Diamond, author of An Appeal to Heaven: A Cry for Divine Justice. Diamond argues that the highest authority is God and that the...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | August 20, 2019

Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my grandparents, Roy and Eva Chilton. They owned a small farm in rural, northwestern North Carolina. They had both retired from tobacco farming by the time I was born. Nevertheless, my grandpa usually sowed a fairly large...

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019 05:58

Forgiveness and the Christian

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By: Brian G. Chilton | August 13, 2019

The teachings of Jesus of Nazareth have always been challenging. Interestingly, his teachings are as challenging today as they were when he first uttered them. One of the more difficult of Jesus’s teachings is his message on forgiveness. In his famed...

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Tuesday, 06 August 2019 05:08

The Illusion of the Good Ol’ Days

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By: Brian G. Chilton | August 6, 2019

My uncle from New Hampshire came down for a visit this past week. He’s a great guy! I have always been impressed with his humility and compassion. My uncle was in the United States Navy. Originally from North Carolina, he met a beautiful nurse who stole...

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The former pastor of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, MD, and author of the best-selling book I Kissed Dating Goodbye(1997) recently announced that he was stepping away from his faith. On Instagram, Harris noted that he had experienced a massive shift in the way he approaches Jesus indicating...

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It is estimated that one of the leading causes of atheism is hurt that has been experienced in the church. Even among Christians, the hurt experienced in congregational life has led believers away from active participation in church-related activities, even to the point of abstaining from church...

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Tuesday, 23 July 2019 23:57

Let God Fight Your Battles

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By: Brian G. Chilton | July 24, 2019

During my time of devotions, I came across two passages of Scripture that may seem unrelated but complement one another quite well. I normally use the daily readings from the 1979 edition of the Book of Common Prayer (BCE)for my devotions and quiet time. Each...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton discusses the life of Norman Geisler and the hole that he leaves behind. Also, he discusses the preliminary details concerning his first book deal for the work The Layman’s Manual on Christian Apologetics. More details...

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Hey, everyone!

I have exciting news to share! I have signed my first book contract with Wipf & Stock’s Resource Publications. I have written a book titled The Layman’s Manual on Christian Apologetics which will tentatively be published in late 2019. The book will be a valuable...

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Monday, 15 July 2019 00:02

The Challenges Geisler Leaves Behind

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By: Brian G. Chilton | July 15, 2019

The world lost a tremendous voice in Christian apologetics on July 1, 2019. Norman Geisler, a prolific writer, teacher, and seminary founder, died at the age of 86. Norman Geisler has been an influential apologist for decades. Geisler earned his PhD in Philosophy...

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