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

Monday, 01 June 2020 00:00

A Lost Letter to Wormwood

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My dear Wormwood,

Based on your recent report, I gather that distracting the patient with small pleasures and vanities has not been successful. As you know, the key to temptation is not to lead the patient completely astray, but rather to distract him. It is far easier to adjust the...

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It is an honour to interview the esteemed Dr. Richard Rice on Cogent Christianity today. Dr. Rice is well-known as the co-author of The Openness of God (IVP Academic, 1994), a book that generated significant controversy and discussion within evangelical circles for introducing a...

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 04:42

Top Five Books by Ravi Zacharias

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Ravi Zacharias’ ability to communicate ideas was unparalleled among his fellow apologists and lived up to his motto of reaching both ‘the head and the heart’. Both his talks and books were formative in my own spiritual and intellectual formation, making him the one...

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Wednesday, 20 May 2020 00:00

Willing Slaves of a Scientocratic State

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“We need a president who believes in science.”— Vice-President Joe Biden on Twitter

In every age, the men who want us under their thumb, if they have any sense, will put forward the particular pretension which the hopes and fears of that age render most...

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The outrage over alleged ageism and ableism is a theme that has punctuated the various news articles and op-eds covering this global pandemic. In March, there was a significant outcry over #BoomerRemover, a hashtag mocking the fact that Baby Boomers constitute about 80% of COVID-19...

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The Canadian psychologist took the world by storm, but is there something that the church can learn from the Jordan Peterson Phenomenon? On October 4th, 2019, I delivered the following talk at the Growing Deeper Roots Conference in Kalamazoo, MI, titled ‘Lessons From a Noble...

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Monday, 09 March 2020 01:00

It's Okay to Read Books You Don't Understand

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I talk a lot about why authors need to simplify their writing. I’ve written entire blog posts complaining about unnecessary language and passive voice. But there is something to be said about putting aside Lee Strobel and picking up Blaise Pascal every once in a while....

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The first apologetics book I can remember reading is The Case For a Creatorby Lee Strobel.

Nothing wrong with that. Strobel is a good writer, and since I was only eleven at the time, I wasn’t exactly ready for Blaise Pascal. I wasn’t even old enough to get my own...

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020 21:00

First World Problems

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Have you ever heard the phrase “first world problem”? Deciding how to spend your extra cash or what (or where) to eat for dinner can seem burdensome to those who have only lived in relatively good conditions. Even though I live with problems others would pray to have, it...

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Friday, 10 January 2020 00:31

The Problem of 'Secular Inhumanism'

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Justin Brierley of Premier Christian Radio and Unbelievable? just released the latest in his ‘The Big Conversation’ series, a debate between Glen Scrivener and Matt Dillahunty on ‘Can Atheism Lead Us to a Better World?’. You can watch it here if you’d...

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Wednesday, 25 December 2019 11:48

'The Mirror or the Mask': A Brief Review

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The following is a review of Lydia McGrew’s ‘The Mirror or the Mask’ that I first posted on Goodreads.For details on how to purchase the book, click here.

A fashionable trend in contemporary historical Jesus studies is to resolve alleged contradictions in the New...

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The noted essayist and atheist H.L. Mencken was no friend of religion, and certainly not of Calvinism, which he once described as that “which occupies a place, in my cabinet of private horrors, but little removed from that of cannibalism.”

It is fascinating, then, that the...

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Sunday, 17 November 2019 05:10

Kanye at Lakewood: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Since his dramatic conversion, there had been rumours that Kanye West was in touch with Joel Osteen, causing many Christians to fear that the former had developed an affinity for the ‘prosperity gospel’ that Osteen is controversially known for. These fears were stoked by...

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Friday, 15 November 2019 23:00

The Chosen

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Inspired by Chaim Potok’s The Chosen, I have decided to write a sonnet from the point of view of Reb Saunders, one of the novel’s more mysterious and weathered characters. Saunders’ strained relationship with his son forms one of the story’s important...

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The virtuous man, Aristotle says, is not allured by excess or deficiency. In every circumstance, he opts to act in accordance with the rationally-determined mean between every set of extremes. Thus, he prefers courage over rashness or cowardice, temperance over licentiousness or...

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I had the opportunity to ask Lydia McGrew a few questions about her upcoming book The Mirror or the Mask: Liberating the Gospels from Literary Devices, which can now be pre-ordered via DeWard Publishing Company. She is a widely published analytic philosopher, specializing in formal...

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Sunday, 06 October 2019 03:00

What is Sharia Law? (ft. Tara MacArthur)

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A while ago, I got to interact with Tara MacArthur, a student of Islam, in an attempt to better understand ‘sharia law’, given the various and sundry misunderstandings concerning it. The original interview was posted on Answering Muslims, but I have chosen to reproduce it below,...

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Friday, 20 September 2019 08:35

Two Books I Enjoyed This Summer

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I love the summer despite hating the heat– it’s the time of the year when I get to read the books I actually wantto read as opposed to the books I haveto read. (Usually books to do with coursework, something I’m conditioned to detest.)

Given a few other commitments...

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:00

The Imitation of School Shooters

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“Easily embarrassed, tearful, and hard on himself if he made a mistake…A shy, likable young man whose hands-on parents put him to bed with stories and prayers and hugs.” This is how Sue Klebold describes her son, Dylan. 

On April 20, 1999, Dylan walked into...

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Sunday, 01 September 2019 00:30

A Biblical Solution to Poverty

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The scriptures are dripping with commands for those who walk with God to love and care for the poor;

“If someone has worldly possessions and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how can he be loving God? Children, let us love not with words and talk,...

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:00

Open Letter to the Depressed Christian

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by Lizzie Nerr (Being Human)

Dear Friend,

I’ve never been in your shoes, but I’ve met people like you. They’ve told me about what it’s like to be where you are, think what you think, and feel what you feel. You feel stuck, like you’re in a box that no one can get into...

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John Cooper, lead singer for the rock band Skillet, responded to the litany of recent apostasies among young Christian leaders. In a Facebook post titled ‘What in God’s Name is Happening in Christianity?’ put up on Tuesday, August 13, Cooper directly addressed the...

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Monday, 12 August 2019 07:57

Apologetics Amid Waves of Apostasy

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This morning, I was shaken by the news about Marty Sampson’s falling away from the faith. For the past couple of weeks, the internet had been buzzing with several op-eds about the apostasy of another popular Christian, megachurch pastor Joshua Harris, and before that, Dave...

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Have you read books you knew you would disagree with? I’m convinced we must do that as Christians. Here’s why and how to begin.

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Sunday, 30 June 2019 04:55

Canada Needs Your Prayers

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July 1st is Canada Day, unofficially known as ‘Canada’s birthday’ and loosely the equivalent of the United States’ Independence Day. And on Canada’s 152nd birthday, I would like to ask you to join with me in interceding for our nation, giving gratitude...

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