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

Cripplegate - Apologetic Report

image This 500 words or less “Hope it helps” series is meant to supply quick and simple answers to questions folks in my church frequently ask. This topic requires a longer, probing, empathetic, and pastoral discussion.

Thankfully, there is a deep and helpful treatment of this very issue on...

Read more

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 17:02

Why There is No Such Thing as the Gift of Tongues Featured

Written by

imageFrom time to time pastors are asked about a phenomena common to Christianity in the past one hundred years called “the gift of tongues.” The phrase generally refers to a spectrum of experiences, ranging from a supposed private, non-earthly prayer language spoken between the believer and...

Read more

Whenever people are saved in the Bible, it is always depicted as instantaneous.

That’s what makes true Christianity unique from the rest of the religions out there. Every false religion teaches some type of salvation through works, which is also known as a process of salvation, but we as...

Read more

Sunday, 29 July 2018 17:01

Is my church a cult (or cultish)? 500 words Featured

Written by

image When I first got saved and joined a small Bible church that was not part of a denomination my friends were concerned that I had joined a cult. The church was small (50 or so attendees), we met in a school hall, the pastor was a foreigner (any American teaching just smelled suspicious), and we had...

Read more

imageAlmost every system or religion proposes some sort of love. From systems in the east to the west, they feature some concept of love. Both the Qur’an and the Bible do so. They both teach that God is loving. But, what do they mean by love? And, what is it about the God of the Qur’an and...

Read more

image In the last couple years, some of my longer Gospel conversations ended up with this question at one point or another. I’m not sure why, but it seemed to come up very often, especially when talking with practicing Roman Catholics.

It is a very good question, because it just doesn’t seem...

Read more

image Last week I started a mini-series called “Hope this helps” where I share answers I gave to actual e-mail questions I received. The goal is to provide a brief, 500 words or less, answer that a layperson could read to get a feel for the issue, instead of an exhaustive journal article...

Read more

Thursday, 19 July 2018 19:17

How the Names of God Reveal the Nature of God Featured

Written by

imageOne of the paradoxes of our faith is that God both reveals himself to us and yet is incomprehensible. We know him in part, yet we do not know him in full (at least, not yet).

And yet: we know God in part. It’s a real knowing, a real understanding. One of the best ways to learn about...

Read more

image

nps.gov

Years ago I had a friend come visit from Florida when I lived in Oregon. It was the first time he’d been out of the sunshine state in his life. I’ll never forget what he said as we drove through the green, rolling-hilled countryside: “Wow! Look at those mountains!” I...

Read more

Monday, 16 July 2018 17:01

Two Verses that Prove Man did not Invent the Gospel Featured

Written by

image The Bible never ceases to amaze me. It is a never ending fountain, flowing unceasingly with soul-stirring truth.

Every so often there are some verses in Scripture that remind us that God works on a whole different level. In fact, some verses are so crazy that they reminds us that the Gospel works...

Read more

Sunday, 15 July 2018 17:01

Are there prophets today (in fewer than 500 words)? Featured

Written by

image I was asked this question in an e-mail. I’m notoriously long-winded (perhaps you’ve noticed). But I am trying to be more concise (please say you’ve noticed). I get asked this question a lot, and I wanted a pithy reply I can cut-and-paste in the future. So I am crowd-sourcing the...

Read more

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 17:02

Differences Between Salvation in the Qur'an the Bible Featured

Written by

imageUltimately, it’s the only question that matters. It’s the question that everyone must ask. Failure to correctly ask and answer it results in eternal catastrophe. “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). Every system, philosophy, and religion proposes some form of...

Read more

Monday, 09 July 2018 17:01

Fifteen Ways to Know you are Growing in Holiness Featured

Written by

image Over the past few weeks I have been reading Edward Welch’s new book A small book about a big problem.Although I wouldn’t have described myself as someone who struggled with anger this book has revealed how much and how often I do fall short in this area.

All in all it is a book that I...

Read more

Sunday, 08 July 2018 17:01

Book review of a FBI Hostage Negotiation manual Featured

Written by

image Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if your life depended on it by Chris Voss, FBI.

What does a terrorist hostage negotiator for the FBI have in common with a Reformed Baptist pastor? As it turns out, way more than I imagined.

I’m not saying my church is any more fraught with...

Read more

image In the ongoing debate between premillennialism and amillennialism, the most fundamental disagreement concerns the thousand-year reign of Christ in Revelation 20. Premillennialists believe the thousand years refers to a future reign of Jesus on earth, an intermediate kingdom between His Second...

Read more

Wednesday, 04 July 2018 18:01

Would Jesus Bake the Cake? Featured

Written by
image

Photo from Alliance for Defending Freedom

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop Case held that a government cannot punish a baker for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex marriage ceremony if that government has also shown hostility toward the baker’s...

Read more

Monday, 02 July 2018 18:01

Two hands, Two Souls, and the Glory of God Displayed Featured

Written by

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (John 9:3)

Those were the words spoken by Jesus to the disciples when they asked him why the blind man in John 9 was born blind.

As they passed by,...

Read more

Sunday, 01 July 2018 17:01

Just Stop it, Part 5: How To Repent Of Corrupting Talk Featured

Written by

image

Have you heard about suppressed memories?

It’s a phenomenon where you deliberately forget about something that happened to you because of how unpleasant it was. Well, some time ago I had a suppressed memory resurface and I re-lived a childhood trauma.

I have a little watercooler that was given...

Read more

Sunday, 01 July 2018 17:01

Just Stop it, Part 5: How To Repent Of Corrupting Talk Featured

Written by

image

Have you heard about suppressed memories?

It’s a phenomenon where you deliberately forget about something that happened to you because of how unpleasant it was. Well, some time ago I had a suppressed memory resurface and I re-lived a childhood trauma.

I have a little watercooler that was given...

Read more

Thursday, 28 June 2018 18:00

Biblical Doctrine and Extrabiblical Terminology Featured

Written by

image During the Arian controversy of the fourth century, the Arians employed many arguments against the doctrines of the Trinity and the Deity of Christ. Perhaps one of the most popular arguments was that men like Athanasius were using unbiblical terminology to describe the nature of God and the person...

Read more

Thursday, 28 June 2018 18:00

Biblical Doctrine and Extrabiblical Terminology Featured

Written by

image During the Arian controversy of the fourth century, the Arians employed many arguments against the doctrines of the Trinity and the Deity of Christ. Perhaps one of the most popular arguments was that men like Athanasius were using unbiblical terminology to describe the nature of God and the person...

Read more

imageRecently I came across a professor who is a professing Christian. The individual was celebrating the idea that the Qur’an mentions Jesus Christ. They went on to suggest that Christians and Muslims can have a measure of theological and spiritual unity because both sacred books—the...

Read more

imageRecently I came across a professor who is a professing Christian. The individual was celebrating the idea that the Qur’an mentions Jesus Christ. They went on to suggest that Christians and Muslims can have a measure of theological and spiritual unity because both sacred books—the...

Read more

Monday, 25 June 2018 19:01

Heaven’s Jihad: The Gospel of Peace Featured

Written by

This post is adapted from the message Jordan Standridge delivered at the Cripplegate Conference in Washington D.C. on June 10, 2018.

War. There is hardly a more universal phenomenon. It is said that the world has had peace for just 268 out of the last 3,4000 years and that more than 4 billion...

Read more

Monday, 25 June 2018 19:01

Heaven’s Jihad: The Gospel of Peace Featured

Written by

This post is adapted from the message Jordan Standridge delivered at the Cripplegate Conference in Washington D.C. on June 10, 2018.

War. There is hardly a more universal phenomenon. It is said that the world has had peace for just 268 out of the last 3,400 years and that more than 4 billion...

Read more