“Let the One Who Has No Sword Buy One”: The Christian Case for Carrying Firearms

The prophet Isaiah describes a vision in which the Messiah returns to reign on the earth. All the nations of the world beat their swords into plowshares. All war and conflict comes to an end. These things have no place in a kingdom ruled by the Messiah. We should long for the day that this … Continue reading “Let the One Who Has No Sword Buy One”: The Christian Case for Carrying Firearms

Meet the New Apologists (Part 2: Advice)

In the last post we met seven “new apologists.” Now, we ask them crucial questions about how to start and run a young apologetics ministry. What advice would you give to newer apologists about finding their niche/focus? How important is it? How does one find a niche? Here is Scott Olson’s case for why it … Continue reading Meet the New Apologists (Part 2: Advice)

Meet the New Apologists (Part 1)

God is doing an awesome work around the world. He is calling His church back to the defense and proclamation of the Gospel and you get to be a part! If you’ve been following this site for a while, my guess is that you have an itch. There is a deep yearning within your soul … Continue reading Meet the New Apologists (Part 1)

Capital Punishment & Christian Theology

Capital Punishment is a very controversial topic and navigating this tricky subject can be difficult. Because of this difficulty we must be humble when speaking on this subject. As I am studying ethics I have quickly come to find that there are very few simple and straightforward answers to many of the ethical problems we … Continue reading Capital Punishment & Christian Theology

The Issue of Abortion & Becoming a More Consistent Christian

Note: This Facebook Comment/Blog article represents a significant shift in my journey toward being a more consistent Christian. Recently, I was asked to speak at Reconcile Church in Bloomington, Illinois on the topic, “The Image of God and the Black Experience.” In preparing for this presentation I encountered a number of quotations from great abolitionists … Continue reading The Issue of Abortion & Becoming a More Consistent Christian

How to Win Arguments

Stop! Don’t do it!!! Do not engage in an argument with a trained arguer — at least not until you read this: Have you ever had an argument with a trained arguer — a lawyer, politician, apologist, someone on the debate team — and thought, “I wish I could win an argument sometimes?” I’ve been … Continue reading How to Win Arguments

ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

I invite you for just a moment to step with me into one of the great iconic movie scenes ever: “The Battle of Thermopylae.” I’m specifically talking about the fight scene in the movie “300” in which a handful of Spartans defend a small piece of territory for three days against the formidable Persian army. … Continue reading ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

Do Beliefs Matter When It Comes to Morality and Leadership?

Whenever there is disagreement on an important topic, one often played strategy is to claim the moral high ground. Morality is like the trump card of debates and so every side is eager to show why their position is more moral than the other’s. Whether it is in philosophy, politics, or even whose turn it … Continue reading Do Beliefs Matter When It Comes to Morality and Leadership?

Who Is My Neighbor?: A Response to Tim Keller

A recent article by Presbyterian Pastor Tim Keller calling for an openness to both American political parties by American Christians has gained a lot of attention. Writing in the New York Times, Pastor Keller argues that the legacy of the Christian Church’s position on social issues does not fit into our contemporary political situation today. Keller writes: “What should the … Continue reading Who Is My Neighbor?: A Response to Tim Keller

Thinking Correctly About “Separation of Church & State”: A Hermeneutical Approach

Is “separation of church and state” in any U.S. founding documents? This is a popular claim among many in the U.S., but the answer is an emphatic “no!” The phrase “wall of separation between church and state” is not in any U.S. founding documents, but is found in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the … Continue reading Thinking Correctly About “Separation of Church & State”: A Hermeneutical Approach