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Pensées - Short Thoughts on Various Topics Part 2

In this issue of Solid Ground I continue with my collection of short vignettes I have collected over the years.

Solid Ground | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | March 1, 2017

Where Was God?

The images are sadly familiar. Buildings ripped from their foundations. Corpses mingled with debris. Parents and friends grieving for lost loved ones. Flowers and candles and makeshift memorials. New Orleans, Newtown, New York, Littleton. In one sense tragedies like these will never be old news. And when new disasters inevitably arrive, the question on the lips of so many is an age old query: “Where was God?”   One Wrong Answer

Solid Ground | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | February 26, 2014

Faith Is Not Wishing

If you “just take Christianity on faith” you may be in trouble…

Solid Ground | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | November 1, 2009

The Christ of "The Passion": What the Movie Couldn’t Show

  Jesus was not a victim.  No one took His life from Him.  Not Jews.  Not Romans.  He gave it willingly and purposefully.  It was the reason He was born.       “The Passion of the Christ” is an historically precise, visually stunning, and viscerally moving portrayal of the crucifixion of Jesus.  Yet the most important detail of Jesus’ final hours is not in the film.

Solid Ground | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | March 1, 2004

Paul, Romans, and Homosexuality

  The first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans contains what most readers consider the Bible’s clearest condemnation of same-sex relations.  Recent scholarship reads the same verses and finds just the opposite.  Who is right?

Solid Ground | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | November 1, 2003

Is Christianity Cruel?

  Christianity has been called cruel because it teaches that Jews killed Jesus and that Jesus is the only way to Heaven.  The first incites persecution; the second denies that goodness matters in God’s assessment.  This challenge, though, misunderstands both the nature of history and the nature of justice.

Solid Ground | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | September 1, 2003

An Audience of One

  As ambassadors for Christ, we often never know the true impact of our efforts.  Yet every once in a while we get a glimpse....       Radio is an odd medium because it is hard to know what kind of impact we’re having.  For the most part, the communication is all one way.  I sit in the studio and talk.  Three lines are flashing, callers waiting.  My screener and engineer watch through the glass as I speak.  An audience of five. 

Solid Ground | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | November 1, 2001

Evil as Evidence for God

  As a Christian ambassador, your biggest challenge may be making sense of the problem of evil.  When you’re able to explain that, surprisingly, evil is actually evidence for God, you will have vastly improved your skill as a diplomat for the King.  You’ll also have taken an important step yourself in cultivating a more sensible faith.  

Solid Ground | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | May 1, 2001

The Bible Translated, Retranslated, and…Changed? No Chance.

 

Solid Ground | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | May 1, 2000

The Gospel a Hate Crime? Welcome to the 21st Century.

  How is it possible that the Good News of the Gospel can be considered a hate crime? Welcome to the 21st Century.         It’s hard to believe that a simple prayer request would create a national furor.  That’s what happened, though, when the Southern Baptist Convention encouraged their congregates to "pray each day for Jewish individuals you know by name that they will find the spiritual wholeness available through the Messiah [Jesus]."

Solid Ground | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | March 1, 2000