Category: Christian Issues

Can a Compulsive Thinker Also Be a Believer?

Some say that in order to have faith, one must “check his brain at the door.” Yet as a compulsive thinker (such that no twelve-step program would be able to cure me), I challenge this notion. In a recent talk (given in August at Oceanview Baptist Church in San Pedro, California), I explore what I call “best explanation apologetics”—an approach…

Hold the Doomsday Predictions, Please

Harold Camping’s latest false prediction concerning the end of the world once again illustrates how important it is that Christians think carefully and critically about controversial issues like Bible prophecy. Below is an article I wrote about the challenging and often speculative field of Christian eschatology. (This article is part 7 of a 12-part series on eschatology; all 12 posts…

Examining Christian Disunity: Three Benefits of Denominationalism, Part 2 (of 5)

In the first installment of this series I pointed out that while disunity among believers is a problem, many (especially skeptics) fail to appreciate the tremendous unity among historic Christians. The Christian faith encapsulates a defining and shared set of beliefs, values, and a broad world-and-life view. In these three critical areas, the faith holds a robust unity.

Examining Christian Disunity: Unifying Essentials, Part 1 (of 5)

I once heard a skeptic ask: Why should I seriously consider Christian truth-claims when Christendom is so deeply divided? There is some painful truth in this question. Christian disunity does, at times, hurt the church’s witness to a nonbelieving world (John 13:34–35). For the next several weeks I will offer five points in response to this important challenge. Here I’ll…

Future Things: Christian Responsibility, Part 12 (of 12)

How does the follower of Christ appropriately balance present things with future things? In part 8 of this series I explored the historic Christian eschatological principle known as “already, but not yet.” This enigmatic expression conveys that while Christ’s kingdom has “already” been inaugurated by his first coming (John 1:14), it has “not yet” been fully consummated. This final stage…

Future Things: Too Much Speculation, Part 11 (of 12)

When it comes to eschatology (the study of “last things” or “future things” ), Christians sometimes fall into the fundamental error of being preoccupied with the most speculative elements of this doctrine. Ironically this error has been made numerous times in church history and is even explicitly spoken against in Scripture.