Purity Culture: Don’t Throw Out the Baby With the Bathwater

Sean McDowell gives a reasoned response to the current conversation around “purity culture”. The purity movement of the 90s and early 2000s seems to have had some negative, unforeseen consequences. This can be admitted and lamented while maintaining that a Biblical sexual ethic is still worth defending. We just have to go about it inContinue reading “Purity Culture: Don’t Throw Out the Baby With the Bathwater”

Why Believe the Bible?

How do you know the Bible is God’s word? Even if the history recorded in the Bible checks out, how do you know the miracles recorded actually happened? Here’s a great article by Dr. Doug Potter from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Why Believe the Bible? | Dr. Doug Potter

Did the early church create the biblical Jesus?

Perhaps the disciples, or someone else, made the whole story up. Maybe there was no Jesus or resurrection, after all. Healing the blind, casting out demons, rising from the dead; come on, it sounds made up. Maybe it was. Did the early church create the biblical Jesus?

How Ancient Christians Were Viewed as Dangerous to Society

Michael J. Kruger paints a picture of how Christians were viewed in ancient Rome. Celsus, the Roman author, describes how and why he viewed the early Christians as a threat to Rome. Kruger then shows the connection to our own time. How Ancient Christians Were Viewed as Dangerous to Society

How Sunday Schools are Raising the Next Generation of Secular Humanists

Natasha Crain writes a compelling article on the great need for Sunday School classes and children’s ministries to be more than places where kids have fun and learn how to be good people. “It’s not that it’s not possible; it’s that the church hasn’t woken up to the necessity. It’s easier to teach a lessonContinue reading “How Sunday Schools are Raising the Next Generation of Secular Humanists”

Can we construct the entire New Testament from the writings of the Church Fathers?

J. Warner Wallace makes the case that through the early Church Fathers we can see that the message of the New Testament has not been changed over the centuries. Some skeptics try to say that the New Testament has been altered over time. The problem is that we have the writings of Christians in theContinue reading “Can we construct the entire New Testament from the writings of the Church Fathers?”

The Gospel of Entertainment and the Exodus of the Next Generation

You’ve seen the statistics. Something like 70% of the next generation of Christians walks away from their faith once they leave their home and head to college. The specifics of the numbers and the reasons can be debated, but who can deny that the church has an “exodus” problem when it comes to the nextContinue reading “The Gospel of Entertainment and the Exodus of the Next Generation”

Why You Must Re-think How You Raise Your Kids – And Where You Can Begin

Tom Gilson of The Stream writes a concise article on the latest from J. Warner Wallace and Sean McDowell So the Next Generation Will Know which releases today. Also, J. Warner Wallace will be on the Help Me Believe Podcast next week to discuss! Why You Must Re-think How You Raise Your Kids – And WhereContinue reading “Why You Must Re-think How You Raise Your Kids – And Where You Can Begin”

3 Ways Apologetics Has Helped Me

When I was in seminary, I had a crisis of faith. Turns out, my experience isn’t all that uncommon. Diving deep into systematic theology, church history, and other studies tends to reveal one’s assumptions. In seminary, all of your Christian beliefs are put under the microscope and you are taught to think critically about them.Continue reading “3 Ways Apologetics Has Helped Me”

Apologetics in the Local Church

I’ve long believed that apologetics will be most effective as a local church endeavor and not just a para-church ministry. Dr. Douglas Groothuis, professor of philosophy at Denver Seminary, gives some practical advice on how to do apologetics in your local church. Apologetics in the Local Church | Dr. Douglas Groothuis