Stoke the Faith Flame: Overcoming Spiritual Weariness

Over the years, I’ve had numerous people express to me that they have experienced a weariness concerning their faith journey. This is actually a pretty common phenomenon for Christians to encounter in life. I’ve also experienced such a weariness at times in my Christian life. Life’s pressures of job, family, ministry, etc. can weigh heavily on us at times. Sometimes,…

Take Up and Read: Institutes of the Christian Religion

This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully, a brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers—as St. Augustine was called to in his dramatic conversion to Christianity—to “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege)…

Confronting the Cognitive Dissonance over Grace

Historic Christianity’s teaching that salvation is solely a gift of God’s grace stands at odds with all other religions of the world. The New Testament explicitly teaches that salvation is not earned by human moral effort but is a divinely imparted gift or endowment (χάρις [charis] is the New Testament Greek word for “grace” and means “unmerited favor”). Historic Christianity affirms that…

Take Up and Read: City of God

  This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully, a brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers—as St. Augustine was called to in his dramatic conversion to Christianity—to “take up and…

Living Life Looking at a Screen

How much of your day is spent looking at a screen? Remember that “screen” includes smartphones, computers, tablets, televisions, movies, jumbotrons, video games, digital billboards, and e-books. One online source estimated there may be a total of 8 billion screens in the world.1 Now let me ask you a more indelicate question: If you are a parent, how much of your…

Take Up and Read: Our Triune God

This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully a very brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers, as St. Augustine was called to in his dramatic conversion to Christianity, to “take…

A Dozen Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus

Jesus’s resurrection is at the very heart of historic Christianity. In fact, the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is both a central doctrinal belief of the faith and the primary evidence for the truth of the religion itself. Given the importance of Easter for Christians, it is appropriate for us to consider a dozen evidences for the resurrection of Jesus.…

Philosophy’s Most Famous Quotations, Part 4

  Growing up, I always sensed that I was searching for some deeper meaning in my life. I didn’t know what that meaning would entail, but I saw life as a type of quest. Therefore, when I went to college the study of philosophy seemed like a good fit for me. My first philosophy class in college was a course…

Philosophy’s Most Famous Quotations, Part 3

I love ideas. And I love thinking about them. One of the fundamental reasons I study philosophy is that I believe ideas really matter. And philosophy is the discipline of big ideas: God, the cosmos, the mind, knowledge, ethics, aesthetics, logic, etc. As a Christian, I also think it is important apologetically to understand how the big philosophical ideas through the centuries…

Philosophy’s Most Famous Quotations, Part 2

Who am I? Why am I here? Is there a meaning to life? Does God exist? What will happen to me when I die? It was these big questions of life that first attracted me to the study of philosophy. For the ancient Greek philosophers, to philosophize was to engage in wonder about the nature of truth, goodness, and beauty.…