Some books I buy just for the title, and this was one of them. The subtitle is even better “12 Hard Question for the World’s Largest Religion.” We need to be asking the hard questions. We need to be encouraging our people, especially our youth, to ask the hard questions. Why? Because unfortunately so much […]Read More Confronting Christianity
So here we are. The end of our five part series designed to answer the question “Are the Gospels reliable?” I certainly don’t have all the answers and I certainly can’t cover all the topics in a blog-mini-series. But I hope you think about this differently, I hope there have been just enough thoughts to […]Read More Are the Gospels Reliable? Conclusion
Are we having fun yet? If you are still reading…let me just say “thanks” and I hope you have found some of this helpful. Maybe even some of this can serve to build your faith stronger in the reliability of the gospels! To trace where we have been – we started with an Introduction and […]Read More Are the Gospels Reliable? Part 3 – What About All the Mistakes?
Welcome back! We are in the midst of a five part blog post series answering the main question “Are the gospels reliable?” After a brief intro where we laid out the issues in play, we jumped into the first question of the feasibility of reliable written manuscripts in a predominantly oral culture. In this post, […]Read More Are the Gospels Reliable? Part 2- Wasn’t Stuff Changed?
So in the first post, we laid out the main issues with the reliability of the gospels and gave a general introduction. This time, we want to dig deeper into a first response to the main issues by answering the question – Was the first century Palestinian culture so much of an oral culture that […]Read More Are the Gospels Reliable? Part 1 – Wasn’t Everyone Illiterate?
This book caught my eye immediately for two main reasons. First, I thought [correctly] it was the wife of Austin Stone Worship Leader Aaron Ivey. [Can you say “Jesus is Better“? If you haven’t heard this song, STOP and go listen now. Seriously. It’s OK. We’ll wait.] Second, it’s the author’s “unlikely, unavoidable story of […]Read More Book Review – If You Only Knew
Let’s get this straight up front – I’m a fan of 9Marks. I think they are incredibly helpful for restoring a Biblical ecclesiology of the local church. I’m a local church Pastor, I love the local church…it’s “God’s Plan A” for the proclamation and ministry of the gospel. I’m also a fan of Jonathan Leeman. […]Read More Book Review – Don’t Fire Your Church Members
For parents, the “It’s Not All About You” speech we give to our children is a familiar one. Yet…if we were being brutally honest, how often due us parents then go and live our lives like it is, in fact, all about us. [or maybe that’s just me?] Enter “The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness” [Tim Keller, […]Read More Book Review – The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness
I’m a consumer of podcasts. Mostly, they fall into two categories – sermon podcasts and interview podcasts. As a pastor, the former is probably obvious – but the latter is my “brain off” time where I like to drive and listen to strong, successful, driven, self-disciplined and very interesting people being interviewed about what makes […]Read More Book Review – Resilience
I know what you are thinking – it’s just like what my friend said when he saw my copy of the book “We need another book on marriage?” I honestly thought the same thing, but it was Tim Challies who included Married for God on his “Favorites of 2016” list that caught my eye. Because after […]Read More Book Review – Married for God