Though we may sometimes doubt the truthfulness of God’s Word, question His motives in decreeing it, or lack an understanding of how it could come to pass, we will, in the end, see one of two things play out: 1) We will either trust in His Word and find that it, even when tested, always “proves true” and thus reap the blessings of it as we go through life or 2) intentionally keep its vitality at a distance as we search for “enough proof” of its credibility and "enough motivation" before trusting it, only to find that it ultimately “proves true”, and had we only trusted it sooner, we would have been benefiting from its power instead of reaping the consequences of denying it.
What is the best way to approach that difficult person in our life? How can we resolve conflict and confront others without so much anxiety and frustration? Are there some secrets to keeping a cooler head when we need to confront someone? In this recent article, I have laid out 5 of the secrets for … Continue reading 5 Principles for Resolving Conflict
The winds of a storm can knock down trees, destroy property, and things that we often value. But sometimes, although we didn't think it was needed, some things are better off knocked down, changed, shifted, or even destroyed in our lives. It may be that the "tree" that the storm knocked down was casting a shadow in our spiritual lives, keeping the "grass" from growing and hindering us from experiencing the Light of the Son of God more fully.
Regardless of who you are, or what background you come from, we could all use some guidance when it comes to dealing with conflict in our lives. Something fundamental for taking steps toward better conflict resolution is understanding that God commands that we love Him and love others. On this second point, we often struggle to … Continue reading 5 Principles for Resolving Conflict
The discipline of Christian apologetics is the outflow of the integration of theology into our lives wherein we provide an apologia "defense" or reasoned contention for our faith in Christ. This is a practical and evangelistic element of the Christian faith that all Christians should be prepared to engage in and is meant to be a conversation (not a … Continue reading Apologetic Method: Cloaking Our Convictions vs. Speaking Truth in Love
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths" (Proberbs 3:5-6, ESV) This passage reminds me of something that I think Christians can easily tend to forget. It is the Lord who straightens our path. Therefore, our understanding, … Continue reading The Unavoidable Truth
What is it that keeps people from believing all of what the Bible claims that Jesus did and said? Is there historical evidence out there beyond the Bible that points to the biblical account of Jesus’ existence and life? What does the evidence found outside of the Bible mean for the skeptic approaching the accounts … Continue reading Confronted by the Historical Jesus
(Pictured above is an image of the Shroud of Turin, located at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy. It is claimed that this cloth (bearing a negative image) covered the bloodied body of Jesus, leaving an imprint of his figure, face, and marks of his sufferings the day of his crucifixion) … Continue reading Confronted by the Historical Jesus
Salvation is not a matter of scales, or looks, or good deeds, as with many other religions, it's a matter of the cross. Whether you are willing to "crucify" your sinful self with Christ as He has effectively died for your sin on the cross.
In the midst of a very busy season of life over these past few weeks, with Christmas approaching, I was sitting at a local coffee shop doing work and I saw a man there who I have talked with from time to time. He is a quiet, soft-spoken, and delightful man. We exchanged a greeting … Continue reading When The Light Fades…