A Response to “5 good reasons to think Jesus never existed”

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A friend of mine who isn’t a Christian recently shared on Facebook a Salon.com article entitled “5 good reasons to think Jesus never existed.” As one might expect, that touched off a flurry of comments from people on all sides of the issue. The article itself isn’t new, and the ideas behind it are even less so.[…]

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REMIND Conference for Youth & Young Adults – Aug. 14-15, 2015


I’m so excited to be speaking at the first-ever reMIND Conference this August 14-15, 2015! This is an event sponsored by Embrace the Truth International, and will be held at Highland Park Baptist Church in Southfield, MI. The conference is designed to bolster the faith of Christian teens and young adults, and equip them to respond to the objections[…]

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50 Shades of Wisdom


The internet is already abuzz with those denouncing the runaway bestseller and upcoming film 50 Shades of Gray, which glorifies sexual sadomasochism, bondage, and the like. You can read elsewhere about how normalizing this behavior promotes sexual violence against women, poisons men’s minds, and undermines marriages, all of which I find persuasive. My purpose here, however, is[…]

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Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God


This opinion piece by Eric Metaxes recently published by the Wall Street Journal turns on its head one of the most common critiques levied against the theory of Intelligent Design: namely, that it doesn’t make any testable predictions. In other words, according to its critics, there’s no way to prove Intelligent Design wrong. (Intelligent Design,[…]

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Wisdom Brings Courage

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Proverbs 28:1 says, “The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” Why is that? Those who choose not to trust in God and spurn his instruction don’t have the security  of knowing who’s in control of their lives. Our natural human impulse is to rely on ourselves and[…]

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The Case for Church Community

On August 24, 2014, I had the opportunity to deliver this message to my home congregation, Rockpointe Community Church. The message tackles some of the reasons that individuals give for not committing themselves to a church community, and encourages those in the church to be more intentional about the community we’re building.

Seizing the Opportunities God Provides


We need to “wait upon the Lord,” but that doesn’t always mean being passive. Not long ago I re-read the story of Joseph in Genesis 37-50. This gifted, Godly man’s experiences of being sold into slavery by his brothers, rising to prominence, being unjustly imprisoned, gaining even more respect, and ultimately using his good fortune to[…]

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Jesus’ Very Long Day: Keeping Our Irritation in Check

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Have you ever just needed some time alone–but couldn’t get it? How did you respond to the people interrupting you? If you’re anything like me, chances are that you felt–and probably expressed–some irritation. (To my own dismay, I even did it while writing this post!) A wise person, however, doesn’t express their anger right away.[…]

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Review: “Grand Central Question” by Abdu Murray


This book is the signature work from a profoundly gifted man through whom God has done amazing things. Abdu Murray’s life story embodies Christs’s call to “take up your cross and follow me” more than anyone else I know. He decided to embrace the Bible because he believed it to be true, despite the gut-wrenching[…]

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No Matter the Cost


Proverbs 4:7 tells us, “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” And in verse 9:10, we read that “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” When we read the word “LORD” in all caps like[…]

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