Critics can be misguided in their attempts to discredit the Bible. A common claim is that the Bible is a book of Jewish fables. The late Christopher Hitchens, for instance, identifies the Bible and other religious texts as “transparent fables.”[1] Hitchens wasn’t the first atheist to make such charges, of course. The second-century critic Celsus […] […]

Lots of definitions for love exist, but we might define it as “a deep affection that seeks to improve the lives of others.” We might add that it means making someone else’s life better regardless of the cost or the consequences. It requires genuineness, commitment, and sacrifice. Demonstrating a love for one another touches upon […] […]

What is a Christian? The answer will vary depending upon whom we ask. For some, being a Christian means being born into a Christian family. For others, it means adopting some of the general moral principles taught in the New Testament. Still others may see it as little more than participating in some introductory ritual, […] […]

Christian apologetics is the defense of biblical faith. A popular line of reasoning for some apologists concerns the coexistence of dinosaurs and human beings. If the sequence of events in creation in Genesis 1 is to be understood properly, then human beings and dinosaurs coexisted. Proof of this, it is claimed, can be seen as […] […]

Babette’s Feast tells the tale of a pious man who starts a small congregation of fundamentalist believers. They live an austere life, shunning worldly pleasures and abstaining from marriage. The man has two daughters sought by impressive suitors, but the women remain unmarried. In time, the father dies. Without the father’s leadership, the little sect […] […]

One Puritan prayer calls sin “the dark guest.” In this prayer, the author is brutally honest with himself, admitting, “I am not yet weaned from all created glory, honour, wisdom, and esteem of others, for I have a secret motive to eye my name in all I do.” He prays for “a discovered sinfulness, to […] […]

Theologians describe God as omniscient, meaning “all-knowing.” But the biblical authors occasionally state that God remembers someone or that he will not remember our sins (Isaiah 43:25; Jeremiah 31:34; Hebrews 8:12; 10:17). Does this mean God can make himself forget something? Scripture sometimes depicts God as remembering someone, such as Noah (Genesis 8:1), Rachel (Genesis […] […]

All of us have concerns about things that happen in our world. The apostle Paul had them in his day. His ministry included numerous hazards. He also expressed deep concerns about the churches under his care (2 Corinthians 11:28). But later he says, “be anxious for nothing” (Philippians 4:6). Is Paul contradicting himself? And was […] […]

People come in all shapes and sizes with many different kinds of dispositions. Some encourage; others criticize. Some build up; others tear down. Some will go the extra mile for you; others couldn’t care less. We all know people from many different parts of the spectrum. We learn how to observe and evaluate people early […] […]