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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

Why I Don’t Speak about Absolute Truth

I recently had the opportunity to speak to a group of youth at a homeschool conference. I am always impressed at the high level of questions I get from homeschoolers, and this event was no exception. After my talk titled “The Truth about Truth,” a young girl asked me why I didn’t use the term “absolute” when describing truth. How could I give a 45-minute talk on truth and not once use the word absolute?

Article | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | January 12, 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? 

Article | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | December 1, 2015

Did Jesus Rise Physically from the Dead?

Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This unique, historical event is foundational to Christianity. In fact, the apostle Paul says, And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. (1 Cor. 15:17–19)

Article | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | December 1, 2015

An Argument for Jehovah's Witnesses: Jesus Is Jehovah

How should we speak to Jehovah’s Witnesses about Jesus? That was the topic of a recent one-hour interview I did for The Evangelist’s Podcast. Most of us have had the experience of hearing a knock at the door only to discover that it’s a pair of well-dressed Jehovah’s Witnesses wanting to talk about the latest Watchtower publication.

Article | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | November 8, 2015

Getting Faith Right

Last month, Brett Kunkle and I spent six hours training students in apologetics at Watermark Community Church, a very large church in the Dallas area. Brett opened the conference by role-playing an atheist. This allows the students to gauge their own ability at making a defense of their faith. During the role-play, it became obvious that most of these students were working with a mistaken definition of faith.

Article | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | October 15, 2015

The Resurrection Is the Tiebreaker

This past month, I had the privilege of spending a weekend training young adults at Lakeshore Pentecostal Camp. In our last session together, we looked at the historical evidence for Jesus’ resurrection. I always begin this talk by asking the Christians in the room to reflect on a question: What would happen if the bones of Jesus were discovered tomorrow? Imagine archaeologists find an ossuary—bone box—with Jesus’ name on it, and they are able to say conclusively that these are the bones of Jesus of Nazareth.

Article | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | September 8, 2015

Belief in God, Evidence, and the Human Heart

The famous atheist philosopher Bertrand Russell was once asked what he would say to God if he found himself standing before Him after his death. Russell replied, “I probably would ask, ‘Sir, why did you not give me better evidence?’”[1] For Russell, it all came down to the evidence. The implication here is that given enough evidence, Russell would have believed. But is it really that simple? Does belief in God merely depend on evidence?

Article | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | August 15, 2015

Praying for Unsaved Loved Ones

Quite often after I have given one of my talks, a few people in attendance will push through the crowd so they can talk to me one-on-one. My time at a recent conference was no exception. At this event I had a mother approach me with a concerned look in her eyes and a hint of frustration in her voice. She said, “I agree with everything you just said, but I have an unsaved son and he will not listen to me. I’ve given him good arguments for Christianity, but he refuses to believe. Where do I go from here?”

Article | Apologetics | Tim Barnett | June 15, 2015