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Responding to ISIS with a Christian doctrine of hell

Someone asked me to comment on this article, and I thought I would share my response here, in case anyone else would benefit. Thanks for sending this to me. Notice that the article doesn’t make a case for what the … Continue reading

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Genesis, Creation, & contemporary science

I recently had an e-mail exchange with my friend Steve Hays on some issues related to interpreting Genesis, the days of creation, and their relationship to contemporary science. We thought others might benefit from this interaction, so it is posted … Continue reading

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Some Problems with Physicalism

In an intellectual climate that values scientific research and investigation—accompanied by obvious progress in technology and medicine as illustrations of the benefits of science—it is culturally tempting to attribute to science a limitless potential. A healthy love of science can … Continue reading

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Doubt your skepticism

People act like unbelief is the default option—that if they discover perceived problems in Christianity or find arguments for God’s existence to be unpersuasive that they can become a “skeptic” and have no burden of proof. But there is no … Continue reading

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Is this life a living hell?

Hell is alive and well. It is inside of every human person. All the depravity that will be present in hell is present in principle now, although it is mercifully restrained by God. But this world is not hell in the … Continue reading

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Scientism is naïve

Dr. Peabody, Thank you for replying to my letter about the relationship between science and Christianity. I appreciate that you are willing to dialogue about these things. However, I’m somewhat confused by a few of your statements. You said, “The … Continue reading

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What is prayer?

What is prayer? George Herbert helps to answer: Prayer the church’s banquet, angel’s age, God’s breath in man returning to his birth, The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage, The Christian plummet sounding heav’n and earth Engine against th’ Almighty, … Continue reading

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The Resurrection and Miracles

Christians contend that the Resurrection was not merely a symbolic representation of the significance of Jesus of Nazareth but a real historical event, occurring in space and in time. In fact, Paul argues that apart from the reality of the … Continue reading

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God and the Problem of Evil

“Don’t tell me about God; the reality of the Holocaust during WWII is enough to show me that he does not exist.”  This objection articulates one of the common challenges for faith: the Problem of Evil. Atrocities abound in the … Continue reading

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Conversion ends the law-gospel antithesis

“Apart from the gospel and outside of Christ the law is my enemy and condemns me. Why? Because God is my enemy and condemns me. But with the gospel and in Christ, united to him by faith, the law is … Continue reading

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