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The evil one steals the gospel seeds we sow when the message is not understood. This is why we often need to do some spadework to prepare the ground before there can be a harvest—why we need gardeners as well as harvesters.
Because we all live in God’s world and are all made in God’s image, there are things all people know—about morality, guilt, etc.—that are embedded deep within their hearts, and this knowledge can make a big difference in our conversations.
Peter Boghossian’s A Manual for Creating Atheists teaches atheists a way to engage Christians that he calls “Street Epistemology.” Here’s where his project goes wrong and how you can respond when you’re challenged by a Street Epistemologist.
Jesus of Nazareth is a true man of history, but His history started long before He was born. He is a true man, but He is no ordinary man. He is the Son of David, the future King, the promised Rescuer, the Messiah, the only Christ.
From our biological blueprint, to the fine-tuning of the universe, to the human experience of beauty, morality, and guilt, God is the best explanation for the way things are.
All the big questions—issues of origin, meaning, morality, and destiny—and all the secondary concerns, too—issues of sex, gender, liberty, equality, bodily rights, etc.—eventually come down to one. Are we our own, or do we belong to Someone else?
When it comes to spiritual warfare, the New Testament emphasis is not on prayer-infused power encounters, but on something completely different, and if we miss that, then I think we miss the heart of it.
Sometimes offering an actual case study of a specific set of complaints against your convictions is a good way to learn how the process works. That’s why I decided to walk you through the process using a rhetorically aggressive challenge to Christianity that I came across recently.
In this issue of Solid Ground I continue with my collection of short vignettes I have collected over the years.
There’s a lesson to be learned from using vignettes like these. Sometimes all it takes is a short reflection or a briefly explained insight to put a stone in someone’s shoe...