Recent Blog Posts

19
Dec

Christmas is Christmas Because Jesus is God

As we approach Christmas, I’ve been thinking about what separates Jesus from other great religious figures of history. Many faith traditions lay claim to famous religious leaders and founders, but Jesus is different. Jesus claimed to be more than a good teacher or leader. Jesus claimed to be God. Some

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17
Dec

Even Unbelievers Are True Believers

At the numerous criminal trials where I have played a role, I’ve encountered many professional unbelievers. They’re known as defense attorneys. While the detectives and prosecutors believe the defendant is a murderer, the defense team works diligently as though he is not. From the perspective of the jury, it may

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15
Dec

The Fact the Other Side Can Make a Case Doesn’t Mean It’s True

I’m sometimes surprised to see how quickly young Christians are shaken when they first encounter a well-articulated objection (or opposing claim) from someone denying the truth of the Christian worldview. When we first started taking missions trips to the University of California at Berkeley, I watched my Christian students to

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10
Dec

The Danger of Treating the Word “Disciple” as a Noun Instead of a Verb

In my last post, I wrote about why Christian discipleship is critical to Christian survival. While I was typing the article in Microsoft Word, I used the verb, “discipling” several times. Each time I typed it, the program’s spell-check feature underlined it to warn me about an errant term. The

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8
Dec

Why Christian Discipleship Is Critical to Christian Survival

Just before leaving the disciples, Jesus gathered them together and commissioned them with an important task. He told them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the

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4
Dec

How Selflessness Points Most Reasonably to the Christian God

As an atheist I affirmed the value of selflessness. Most cultures find this attribute similarly attractive and virtuous. People who put themselves before others are typically scorned, regardless of one’s religious convictions. As novelist and Oxford scholar, C.S. Lewis once said, “Men have differed as regards what people you ought

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1
Dec

Did Joseph Smith’s Doctrine of God Change Over Time?

Much is often made of the more than 3,900 changes that have been made to the book of Mormon from the time of its original publication in 1830. These changes have been clearly documented by a number of Non-Mormon groups and used to illustrate the Book of Mormon is not

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26
Nov

What the Earliest Non-Biblical Authors Say About Jesus (Free Bible Insert)

What would we know about Jesus if we lost every Biblical manuscript on the planet? Could we have any certainty Jesus actually lived, and would we be able to re-capture any of the details of his life or nature? As it turns out, there are several ancient sources of information

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