Church History: Jan Hus, John Wycliffe, and the Word of God for Every Person

In 1415, a church council gathered in the city of Constance. One of the items on their agenda was a heresy trial. In addition to ending a decades-long multiplicity of popes, the Council of Constance concluded that two particular priests […]

Church History: Father’s Day without a Father and the Unsung Stanzas of Amazing Grace

June 22, 2015

Today, for the fourth year, I experience Father’s Day as a father but without a living father. My father passed away in the late summer of 2011. As far back as I can remember, his favorite hymn was “Amazing Grace.” I […]

Apologetics: A New Teaching Series on How We Got the Bible

A few weeks from now, Rose Publishing will release a new book and video series entitled How We Got the Bible. The topic of the book and video series is—you guessed it!—how we got the Bible. (Click here for a quick […]

Apologetics: Why the “Lost Gospels” Were Lost

In 1945, a farmer named Muhammad ‘Ali al-Samman found a trove of ancient codices while searching for fertilizer. He and his brothers returned home with the thirteen papyrus books. That’s when his mother apparently used a few of the papyri […]

Apologetics: Early Testimonies about the New Testament Gospels

May 26, 2015

In an earlier blog post, I explored the evidence that the four New Testament Gospels were linked with the names Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John from the time they first began to circulate in the churches. In this post, I want […]

Family Ministry: Three Truths and Three Tips to Engage with Families in Your Church

May 19, 2015

The animated feature The Incredibles is a favorite movie in our household—and one of our favorite scenes is the family meal early in the film. Dinner at the Parr household has deteriorated into pandemonium. The infant squeals in delight at […]

Apologetics: Who Really Wrote the Gospels?

May 12, 2015

So who really wrote the Gospels? How do we know that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John dictated the books that bear their names? According to skeptics, these four first-century personalities had little or nothing to do with the four New Testament […]

Apologetics: Were the Gospels Written While the Eyewitnesses Were Still Alive?

May 5, 2015

“The four Gospels that made it into the official canon were chosen,” Richard Dawkins declares in The God Delusion, “more or less arbitrarily, out of a larger sample of at least a dozen including the Gospels of Thomas, Peter, Nicodemus, Bartholomew, […]

Family Ministry: Living in a Story that Leaves an Impression

March 4, 2015

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Apologetics: Two Reasons Not to Use When Sharing Your Faith

January 5, 2015

  In my years as a pastor and professor, I’ve spoken with thousands of people—most of them firm believers in the biblical perspective on Jesus—about Christian apologetics and the historical foundations of their faith. In the process, I’ve heard multitudes of well-meaning Christians provide two […]