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
Tuesday, 24 October 2017 01:00

Ecological Theology - Bellator Christi

Written by

By: Brian Chilton | October 24, 2017

Last week, I attended my first Ph.D. seminar. In short, the experience was amazing. I cannot wait to experience the other seminars in the program. Dr. Steve Lowe mentioned something that highly intrigued me. He mentioned what is called ecological theology. The...

Read more

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 10:29

We’ll Be Back in a Week - Bellator Christi

Written by

Hey, all.

This week, Bellator Christi.com will be taking a break from blogging and publishing podcasts. But, hold tight. We will be back next week with a new article and podcast to boot. Thanks for being a loyal reader and supporter of Bellator Christi, where we take up the sword of Christian...

Read more

By: Brian Chilton | October 10, 2017

Allen, David L., and Steve W. Lemke, eds. Whosoever Will: A Biblical Critique of Five-Point Calvinism. Reflections from the John 3:16 Conference.Nashville: B&H Academic, 2010. $24.99. 306 pages.

Views on God’s sovereignty and its correlation with human...

Read more

On this October 8th, 2017 edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, host Brian Chilton discusses the controversial topic of church discipline and notes the central biblical focus of forgiveness and help through what is infamously known as church discipline. What is biblical church discipline?...

Read more

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 05:16

Why All the Evil? - Bellator Christi

Written by

By: Brian Chilton | October 4, 2017

We have been bombarded with bad news this week. One of the worst massacres in United States history took place in Las Vegas, Nevada on the evening of Sunday, October 1st, 2017 as Stephen Paddock sprayed multiple rounds with an altered assault rifle into a crowd of...

Read more

On this episode of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian weighs the evidence of authenticity for Jesus’ “I am” statements in John’s Gospel as he discusses a debate between Bart Ehrman and Craig Evans. In addition, Brian gives his insights on the NFL protests and describes the...

Read more

This message begins a three-part series on Stephen’s message to his persecutors. Borrowing from Stephen Hawking’s book A Brief History of Time, we title this mini-series “A Brief History of CRIME” as Stephen discusses the history of humanity’s crimes against...

Read more

By: Brian Chilton | September 26, 2017

The psalmist David wrote, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There’s no God.’ They are corrupt; they do vile deeds. There is no one who does good” (Psalm 14:1, CSB). The psalmist claims that it is irrational for one to deny God’s...

Read more

Join us today as Brian and Jason discuss the updated Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh and Sean McDowell, which is available everywhere on October 3rd, 2017. In the second half of the show, they discuss the recent passing of Nabeel Qureshi. A portion of Jim Tour’s message from...

Read more

Stephen: Facing Life with Integrity

Acts 6:8-15; 7:54-60

Rev. Brian Chilton, M.Div., Certified in Christian Apologetics

  1. Stephen displayed integrity as he faced MINISTRY with MIRACLES (6:8).
    1.  Ministry of GRACE (6:8a).
    2.  Ministry of GOD (6:8b).
  2. Stephen displayed integrity as he faced MALICE with...

Read more

Monday, 18 September 2017 01:31

Remembering Nabeel Qureshi - Bellator Christi

Written by

By: Brian Chilton | September 18, 2017

image The Christian community lost a wonderful man of God this past Saturday, September 16, 2017. Nabeel Qureshi entered his eternal home after a year-long battle with stomach cancer at the tender age of 34. While Nabeel has left us, he has left behind a wonderful...

Read more

On this episode of the Bellator Christi Podcast, we talk to Dr. Amy Downey, the founder of Tzedakah Ministries, about the ancient Jewish sect known as the Essenes. The Essenes are known for being the caretakers of what later become known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Were some of the early Christians...

Read more

The Bible provides a manual on how the Christian worker should serve the Lord and the local church. But, what can we learn from this manual? Join Brian Chilton today as he delivers a message on this topic from Acts 6:1-7 as he examines the calling of the first deacons.

  • The MINISTRY of the Christian...

Read more

In this message, Brian Chilton discusses the attitude that Peter and the disciples held towards ministry even when facing opposition.

  • A divine attitude towards ministry is COURAGEOUS despite THREATS (5:33-39).
  • A divine attitude towards ministry is JOYFUL despite SUFFERING (5:40-41).
  • A divine attitude...

Read more

Thursday, 14 September 2017 01:12

Who Wrote the Book of Jude? - Bellator Christi

Written by

By: Brian Chilton | September 14, 2017

Over the past few months, we have been examining the authors and background information for the books of the New Testament. For this article, we will examine a little book towards the end of the New Testament known as Jude. What do we know about this book and...

Read more

By: Brian Chilton and Jason Kline | September 11, 2017

image I (Brian) was saved near the age of seven and was called into the ministry at the age of 16. However, in the late 90s during the rise of the Jesus Seminar, my faith was challenged due to the Seminar’s findings. They claimed that only a...

Read more

By: Brian Chilton | September 10, 2017

How should the Christian engage the culture? Some have adopted the idea that the Christian should completely separate oneself from culture entirely. Others have adopted the idea that the Christian should completely absorb into society so that there is no...

Read more

Thursday, 07 September 2017 01:03

Who Wrote the Letters of John? - Bellator Christi

Written by

By: Brian Chilton | September 7, 2017

The website has devoted substantial time in exploring the identity of the authors of the New Testament texts. This journey continues as we explore the three letters attributed to John. Who was the person named John behind these letters?

Author:   &n...

Read more

By: Brian Chilton | September 3, 2017

What do the following names have in common: Paige Patterson, Charles Kelley, current SBC president Steve Gaines, and the late Adrian Rodgers? All of the individuals affirm the title of Traditional Baptist. But what do Traditional Baptists believe? How do they...

Read more

When a person turns on the news, one is bombarded with negative data that causes great anxiety and fear. However, the Christian does not need to live in fear. The believer can take certain steps to allow one’s faith to override one’s fears. Listen to today’s message delivered by...

Read more

By: James Michael Castleton, MD | August 30, 2017

Editorial Note: The views expressed by guest writers may not reflect those of BellatorChristi.com, Bellator Christi Ministries, or its affiliates.

In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis reflects on the ingratitude and ungraciousness expressed by some toward...

Read more

On today’s podcast, Brian discusses how one discovers the mark of the divine in math. In the book Faith and Learning: A Handbook for Christian Higher Education, edited by David S. Dockery, Jeanette Russ, in her chapter “Christian Scholarship in Math, Physics, and...

Read more

In celebration of the recent solar eclipse of August 2017, Pastor Brian Chilton discusses how God works in our lives to our own eclipses. Find out more in today’s message as we discuss Acts 5:12-16.

The Amazing Eclipses of God

Acts 5:12-16

  1. God amazingly eclipses our WEAKNESS with his POWER...

Read more

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 03:17

Who Wrote the Letters of Peter? - Bellator Christi

Written by

By: Brian Chilton | August 23, 2017

 

Over the past few months, we have been investigating the authors and backgrounds of the New Testament books. In this article, we will look into the letters attributed to Peter. Towards the back of the New Testament, one will find two letters associated with...

Read more

On today’s podcast, Brian interviews Dr. Amy Downey. Downey holds the distinction of being the first female graduate of the Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics at Liberty University. Downey is also the founder of Tzedakah Ministries, found at tzedakahministries.org. Today, Amy and Brian discuss...

Read more