I recently finished reading Greg Koukl’s new book, The Story of Reality. In fact, I read it twice – and I rarely read a book more than once. Koukl contends that while most Christians know most of the bits and pieces of the Christian worldview, few know how to put those pieces together in a coherent fashion to form a truly Christian worldview. They may have a lot of knowledge about the Bible’s contents (micro-level understanding), but few understand the overarching Biblical storyline (macro-level understanding). The Story of Reality sets out to tell that story, breaking it up into five major areas: God, man, Jesus, cross, and final resurrection.
March 27, 2017
March 10, 2017
When it comes to neo-Darwinian evolution, the question isn’t whether Darwin’s proposed mechanism of biological change is true – we know it is because we observe it in nature. The question is whether it can explain what Darwin thought it explained: the diversity of life.
While the process of natural selection working on random mutations (NS+RM) is too slow to observe in mammals, we can observe the equivalent of millions of years of mammalian evolution in mere decades using microbial life and viruses. Experimental data over the last ~20 years has shown that while natural selection working on random mutations does produce change and variation within microbial species, it does not create new species.
March 8, 2017
“…submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Ephesians 5:21)
This verse is often invoked in the context of the marital relationship to teach against male headship. Rather than the wife submitting to the man, it is claimed that Paul argued for mutual submission: the wife should submit to her husband, but the husband should also submit to his wife. This principle is extended beyond the marriage relationship as well to include all Christians. Each Christian ought to submit themselves to each other.
Is that the point of this passage? Is Paul teaching that we should always yield our will to someone else’s will? I think not. While a look at the context will prove this to be so, common sense alone rules this interpretation out. Consider the following: (more…)
February 28, 2017
For many years this proverb has been misinterpreted, probably because the KJV translates it “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” What we typically hear preached from this verse is that a church must have a long-term goal and plan if they wish to thrive rather than perish. That may be good advice, but that’s not the meaning of this proverb.
The word vision does not refer to one’s ability to formulate future goals and plans, but is a synonym for the prophetic word which comes from God’s prophets.
“Perish” has also been misunderstood. It’s not referring to churches that will cease to exist if they don’t have a vision, or to the spiritual perishing of unbelievers who will perish in hell if the church does not get a vision for the lost. The word means “to cast off all restraint.” The point of the Proverb, then, is that when there is no prophetic word from God to guide the people, they will cast off all moral restraint and follow their own evil devices.
Keep it in context….
February 21, 2017
Atheists claim that nature is all that exists. If nature made us, then what made nature? After all, the scientific evidence tells us physical reality had a beginning. Things which begin to exist need a cause, so nature needs a cause. That cause must be supernatural (beyond nature) by definition. God is what made nature.
But if God made nature, what made God? Nothing. Unlike nature, God is eternal. Things that are eternal never begin to exist, so they do not need a cause. How do we know God is eternal? Time is a feature of the physical world, so it began to exist when nature began to exist. That which brings time into existence cannot itself be temporal, but must be eternal. God is eternal. Nature is not. That’s why nature needs a cause but God does not.
February 16, 2017
Let the peace of Christ be in control in your heart (for you were in fact called as one body to this peace), and be thankful. (Colossians 3:15)
We have often interpreted this verse in an individualistic fashion to mean that each Christian should have peace in our heart. This verse is even appealed to in support of the teaching that intrapersonal peace in our heart is a means by which we discern God’s will for our life. Is this what Paul was conveying? Let’s look at the context. (more…)
February 14, 2017
Liberals love to label those who have ethical objections to cloning, doubts about man-made global warming, and the like as “science deniers” and “climate change deniers.” Matt Walsh suggests that we start calling those who deny that one’s biological sex determines their actual gender as “biology deniers.” And in this case, the term is an accurate description rather than a derogatory, non-descriptive insult. Those who want to normalize transgender thoughts are truly denying biology. They affirm that someone who is biologically male is actually female.
Transgender advocates aren’t the only biology deniers. So are abortion advocates. They deny the biological fact that the unborn are human beings from the moment of conception.
So the next time you meet someone who is arguing for abortion or transgenderism, ask they why they are a biology denier.