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Can Christians Have Doubts about God?

Everyone has doubts. So the question isn’t really, “Can Christians have doubts?” but rather, “What should we do when doubts come?”

Article | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | January 8, 2018

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

You Might Be a Gardener

When most people think of evangelism, they think of leading a person to Christ, but there is more to evangelism than this. Before there can be a harvest, there is always a season of gardening. Know the season and know your role.

Article | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | May 18, 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

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

Did Jesus Receive Worship?

Does the New Testament teach us to worship Jesus? Absolutely. We can find multiple instances throughout the New Testament of various people worshipping Jesus. So, how is it that Jehovah’s Witnesses can claim that Jesus was never worshipped? 

Quick Thought | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | December 11, 2015

Did Jesus Rise Physically from the Dead?

Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses understand the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. The Jehovah’s Witness takes the resurrection of Jesus to be non-physical. Jesus’ physical body did not rise; He only rose as a spirit being. Conversely, Christians hold that Jesus rose physically from the dead. Moreover, the same body that died on the cross is the same body that rose three days later, leaving an empty tomb.

Quick Thought | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | December 9, 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