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Just like God’s rational nature grounds rational truth and His moral nature grounds moral truth, God’s aesthetic nature is the grounding of aesthetic truth.
“How do I share Christ with someone who is an agnostic?” a college student asked after a talk I gave last month at a church in Oklahoma. Then she added, “My boyfriend is agnostic, but I feel like God has called me into this relationship.” Uh-oh. It’s decision time. I just met this girl a few minutes ago, yet she is my sister in Christ. Do I simply answer her first question about evangelism and ignore her later statement about being “called” to date a non-Christian?
“Religion is the cause of most wars,” declared our atheist guest. A few students shot nervous glances at me, hoping I would jump in. I sat there silently, not responding, instead waiting for the students’ training to kick in. We were in Berkeley, on a mission trip with more than 60 high schoolers and staff from Upland Christian Academy. Our atheist speaker, Victor, was outlining various objections to religion. He continued, “And Christianity can be blamed for many of those wars.”
When was the last time you went to a birthday party for a dead guy? Here’s your chance. On February 12, evolutionists everywhere will gather for Darwin Day, a celebration of Charles Darwin’s birthday. Darwin can’t make it, but that won’t stop the celebrations planned worldwide.
Brett's monthly letter for December 2014 Incarnation. The word captures the essence of Christmas. Jesus, “who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men” (Phil. 2:6-7). God, become man. But still God. Still the Sovereign Lord of the universe. Still the King of Kings.
She glared at me for the entire two hours. I didn’t know her and I didn’t know her story, but I knew this high schooler wasn’t happy. Apparently her mother had dragged her to my apologetics seminar at a local church in Oregon and sat her in the front row, leaving me to cope with that scowl. I argued passionately for truth, the reliability of the Bible, and Jesus as the only way to God. She remained unmoved.
Incarnation. The word captures the essence of Christmas. Jesus, “who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men” (Phil. 2:6-7). God, become man. But still God. Still the Sovereign Lord of the universe. Still the King of Kings.
In July, I took the leaders and students of Lutheran Church and School of Messiah in Grand Junction, Colorado, to the radically different culture of Berkeley, California, on their very first apologetics mission trip. I love taking new groups on the Berkeley Mission, setting up opportunities for them to dialogue with real atheists and then watching them discover just how reasonable it is to believe in God.
Brett's monthly letter for May 2014
Brett's monthly letter for August 2011 Dear Friend, It was a simple request. “Would you be willing to take a survey on the differences between Christianity and Mormonism?” I asked, standing in the shadow of the Mormon temple in downtown Salt Lake City. “I am a Christian. Mormons are Christians, too,” declared a puzzled-looking middle-aged woman, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). As we stood on the sidewalk talking, she expressed her confusion.