Telling a Better Story: How to Talk About God in a Skeptical Age is an imaginative and creative approach to Christian apologetics. Chatraw calls for identifying and affirming those touch points that are common in human experience, such as longing for identity and relationship; a yearning for significance, meaning, andRead More

“The concept of substitution may be said . . . to lie at the heart of both sin and salvation. For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for man. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices himself for manRead More

Simply Good News is simply a good read as it brings into focus aspects of the gospel that have been out of focus in many traditional evangelical circles. The subject has not changed, but rather the depth of field has. In some ways there is nothing new here. What isRead More

This is the second of three installments on The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas. See here for Part 1. Chapter 4, titled “Our Athens” speaks to bridging the ideological and cultural gaps that inhibit gospel presentation. Since living in a non-Christian culture hardly yields a warm reception to the gospel message, Copan and Litwak rightly insist that weRead More

“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” –John 6:67–69. After manyRead More

Paul ran from Christ; Christ pursued Paul. Paul resisted Christ; Christ disarmed Paul. Paul persecuted Christ; Christ converted him. Paul was an alien; Christ made him a member of the family.” – Lewis B. Smedes, All Things Made New, p. 119 While it is true that “everyone who calls onRead More

1 Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead—2 and all the brothers and sisters with me, To the churches in Galatia: 3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,Read More

The first command Jesus issued to his disciples is “Follow me” (Mt 4:19; Mk 1:17). Note that the command to follow Jesus precedes the task they were called to. Who we are (followers of Jesus) defines what it is that we do (proclaim the Good News) and never vice versa.Read More

There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.   καὶ οὐκ ἔστιν ἐν ἄλλῳ οὐδενὶ ἡ σωτηρία, οὐδὲ γὰρ ὄνομά ἐστιν ἕτερον ὑπὸ τὸν οὐρανὸν τὸ δεδομένον ἐν ἀνθρώποις ἐν ᾧ δεῖ σωθῆναι ἡμᾶς.Read More

Below are some observations on Acts 17:16-34, often overlooked, from D. A. Carson’s The Gagging of God and his chapter “Athens Revisited” in Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns. The Athenian context: The Roman world enforced all kinds of religious pluralism both politically and legally and Athens was the heart and soulRead More