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Never Judge God by Isolated Events

We may not know the specific purpose of the suffering in our own lives and the lives of others, but here’s what we do know.

Article | Theology | Tim Barnett | November 7, 2017

Hell Interrupted - Part 2

Conditionalists—those who hold to the annihilation of the wicked at the judgment—insist that Jesus’ and John’s descriptions be interpreted in light of other passages, texts they think give an entirely different picture. Fair enough. We’ll take a look at their arguments.

Solid Ground | Theology | Tim Barnett | October 31, 2017

Hell Interrupted - Part 1

In recent years, opposition to the doctrine of endless punishment by those who are rethinking Hell has gained enough popular momentum that “conditional immortality”—also known as “annihilationism”—has begun to make significant inroads into mainstream Christianity. This trend must be answered and that's what Tim and Greg do in part one of this Solid Ground.

Solid Ground | Theology | Tim Barnett | September 1, 2017

Three Reasons Why Jesus Came

Christmas is about Jesus. But what is it about Jesus? How exactly is Jesus the reason for Christmas? The answer to this question lies in the reasons why Jesus came to this world.

Article | Theology | Tim Barnett | December 14, 2016

Did the Council of Nicea Invent the Deity of Christ?

Many people think Emperor Constantine invented the deity of Christ in the fourth century, but a look at quotes from the early church fathers shows this is not the case.

Article | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | November 18, 2016

Ready for the Knock on Your Door

Most of us have answered a knock on our door, only to discover a smiling, well-dressed couple—Watchtower publication in hand—standing on the other side, waiting to talk with us about the gospel according to the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Solid Ground | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | July 1, 2016

Was Adam a Real Person?

Last month I was asked to speak at a church on the question “Should Christians Embrace Evolution?” The way you answer this question depends entirely on what you mean by evolution. Broadly speaking, evolution can be divided into two categories: microevolution and macroevolution. Microevolution, or small-scale biological change, is obviously true and is virtually accepted by everyone. Macroevolution, on the other hand, is much more controversial.

Article | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | February 22, 2016

Is Eternal Punishment Just?

After a recent keynote address at an ACSI teacher’s convention, a young middle school teacher challenged me on something I had said. In my talk on the problem of evil, I made an off-the-cuff remark about Hell being a place of eternal, conscious punishment. This young Christian schoolteacher took issue with the idea that a loving God would send a person to Hell for eternity for a finite number of sins committed while on earth. “It just doesn’t seem right,” she exclaimed.

Article | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | December 15, 2015

What Does It Mean That Jesus Is God’s Only Begotten Son?

The phrase “only begotten” has been ammunition for false teachers since at least the fourth century at the Council of Nicea. This expression appears in one of the most memorized verses in the Bible. Jesus says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16 KJV).” 

Article | Theology | Tim Barnett | December 1, 2015

If Jesus Is God, Why Does He Call the Father "My God?"

When Jesus was dying on the cross, he cried, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” (Matt. 27:46)? After Jesus resurrection from the dead, he appears to Mary Magdalene, and she immediately clings to Him. In response Jesus says to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God’ (John 20:17; cf. Rev. 3:2, 12).

Article | Theology | Tim Barnett | December 1, 2015