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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

2015-02-22 Dr Timothy Jones from Tri-Cities Baptist Church on Vimeo.

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 […]

Church History: The Story of the Real Santa Claus

December 2, 2014

Today, St. Nicholas is mostly known as a paunchy old geezer who spends one night each year breaking into people’s houses and stealing cookies before escaping to an Arctic hideaway where elves do his work for him. Kind of creepy […]

Advent: Learning the Lost Art of Celebrating the Waiting

November 25, 2014

Once upon a time, there was a season in the church year known as “Advent.” The word comes to us from the Latin for “coming.” The purpose of the season was to look toward the coming of Christ to earth; […]

PROOF: Martin Luther on Human Depravity and Shaving Your Beard

There’s nothing we can do to change our sinful nature. From time to time, we may have calmed our consciences by pulling the plug on a sinful habit or two. Perhaps we flushed a few pills down the toilet, vowed […]

Apologetics: Reza Aslan and “The Jesus of History”

“The more I probed the Bible,” Reza Aslan declares in the introduction to his bestseller Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, “the more distance I discovered between the Jesus of the gospels and the Jesus of history” (xix). […]

Family Ministry: The D6 Conference Celebrates Six Years

October 13, 2014

D6 launched its first family ministry conference in 2009. Six years later, the D6 Conference has developed into a global community of leaders who are forming the future of family ministry. I’ve been privileged to partner with D6 since 2010, […]