November 22, 2016

In a recent interview with National Public Radio, actress Anna Kendrick talked about how, when she was a child, the Bible made her anxious:

I remember there being this thing about "It's easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven." And at that point, because...

November 21, 2016

Speaking in Fulton, Missouri, seventy years ago, Winston Churchill famously said, “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.” Three paragraphs later he referred to the dangers arising from Communism and its fifth columns, which “constitute a growing challenge and peril to Christian civilization.”

Churchill was not a Christian—while he in believed in Providence, he did not think Jesus was the Son of God—but still, at that...

November 18, 2016

CHALLENGE

“Christians use God to explain what currently can’t be explained by science [i.e. ‘the gaps’]. But as scientific knowledge grows, what’s left for God shrinks to nothing.”

DEFENSE

Christians understand God as the ultimate explanation for everything, not just things science can’t presently explain.

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God causes some things directly and some indirectly, using...

November 17, 2016
Christ Before the High Priest by Matthias Stom[er] ca. 1633

The New Testament is replete with direct and indirect claims of Christ's divinity. Perhaps the most famous is the beginning of the Gospel of John: "In the beginning was the word and the word of with God and the word was God" (John 1:1-3). Jesus is the word made flesh (John 1:14). Jesus is God.

Nevertheless, people have struggled to find places where Jesus himself claims to be divine. If you're looking for a passage in Scripture where Jesus says, "Hey, everyone, I'm God!" you're not...

November 16, 2016
Early ecumenical council

In this part of our series on sola scriptura, I want to look at what the earliest Christians living in the decades and centuries immediately following the apostles can teach us about the practice of the Church at that time.

After coming to the conclusion that the New Testament did not teach sola scriptura, the next question for me was: what about the early Church?

How did those closest to the apostolic age think about the relationship between Scripture,...