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

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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By: Amy Downey, PhD | July 10, 2019

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions expressed by guest writers belong to the author and may not represent those of BellatorChristi.com, The Bellator Christi Podcast, Bellator Christi Ministries, or its affiliates.

The adage is often used that Israel has no...

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Monday, 08 July 2019 04:27

Are You Worshiping God or Yourself?

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By: Brian G. Chilton | July 8, 2019

The other day, I was in the office and had a time of tremendous worship. Worship is not always corporate. Worship can and should happen in our personal time with God in addition to our time together. God continuously led me to videos and material on worship. I...

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image On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, we are joined by Dr. TJ Gentry. Dr. Gentry holds a D.Min. and a Ph.D. from Piedmont International University and is a Ph.D. student in the Theology and Apologetics program at Liberty University. TJ discusses his recent book Absent from the Body,...

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The early NT creeds provide incredible information about the message of the earliest church which came from the historical Jesus of Nazareth himself. However, how do we know that this material presents historical information rather than a comic book tale? On this edition of the Bellator Christi...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | June 18, 2019

In 2000, I made the difficult decision to step away from my faith. I entered into what I call theistic-leaning agnosticism, one step removed from pantheism. I believed that some kind of God could possibly exist. However, I didn’t know that a person...

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Does the Bible condone rape? Skeptics often read Deuteronomy 22:28-29 and think that the law makes rape acceptable. According to the skeptics’ interpretation, the text claims that a man can rape a woman and then the woman is forced to marry her assailant. But is that really what the text...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton discusses some perspectives he found while reading his devotions on the pinnacle of Pilot Mountain in North Carolina. He discusses the importance of depending on the transcendence of God when facing difficulties. Also, he notes the...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | May 20, 2019

I have been in active ministry for over 15 years—that is, I have worked for churches for over 15 years. But I have officially been in ministry for over 25 years. This does not include the seven years I was officially out of ministry. If you count the years I...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton discusses the misunderstanding that many people have concerning the theological concepts of dispensationalism. He explains the core essentials of dispensationalism, that which Charles Ryrie called the sine qua non, and shows how...

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 23:40

Review of the CSB Ancient Faith Study Bible

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By: Brian G. Chilton | May 16, 2019

image B&H Publishers recently sent me a copy of the Ancient Faith Study Bible.I had seen the study Bible advertised at Lifeway.com but did not know what to expect. Was this study Bible going to be kitschy? Was it going to be a commercialized gimmick like...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton discusses what William Lane Craig calls the three-legged stool of evidence for the resurrection. What are the three legs and why should a person accept the three legs of the stool? Listen to the podcast to find out.

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