Resources from Summit

Suffering, from a Christian Perspective

Suffering, from a Christian Perspective

On today’s episode of BreakPoint, Colson Center President John Stonestreet discussed a conversation he had with a friend, Joni Eareckson Tada, about her suffering. Joni has been battling cancer for a long time, and she has been wheelchair bound for over 50 years. Joni knows more about suffering than many of us could ever imagine, and she makes it clear that she can see a greater purpose for her suffering in God’s Kingdom. Stonestreet further notes… Read More →Suffering, from a Christian Perspective

Gospel “Contradictions” & Jumping to Conclusions

Gospel Contradictions & Jumping to Conclusions

This article by Sean McDowell makes an interesting point about passages in the gospels that seem to contradict. Sean proposes that many things that seem like contradictions at first glance are meant to challenge us to reflect more deeply on the text. After this reflection, if Sean’s thoughts on John are correct, these passages actually show a deeper purpose of the author that is not contradictory at all. Sean’s guidance, to reflect more deeply on passages… Read More →Gospel “Contradictions” & Jumping to Conclusions

Good Enough for Heaven?

Good Enough for Heaven?

In this month’s RZIM Ask Away Podcast, Vince and Jo Vitale discuss a lot of thought-provoking questions about heaven. How does someone get into heaven? What is heaven? What is the minimum requirement to get into heaven? If Hitler were to repent of his actions on his death bed, would he get into heaven? On one point, Vince and Jo seem to agree that it is not our good or bad actions that are the… Read More →Good Enough for Heaven?

Christianity: The Fuel for Modern Science

This video by Tim Barnett highlights some crucial points about the relationship between science and Christianity. Many of the founders of modern science actually became scientists because they expected nature to be orderly and intelligible, as the result of it’s creation by an orderly, intelligent creator. Despite what many people say today, Christianity and science are not competing explanations for the natural world, but rather, belief in God fueled the curiosity about the world that became… Read More →Christianity: The Fuel for Modern Science

Oh Death, Where is Your Sting?

Death, where is your sting?

In this thought-provoking article, Detective J. Warner Wallace highlights one of the practical out-workings of belief in Christianity. If we truly accept the Christian picture of eternity, that we have an immaterial soul that will carry on forever in relationship with God, it makes sense that we would not fear death nearly as much as those who believe in no afterlife at all. It is certainly understandable that we would be afraid of the unknown… Read More →Oh Death, Where is Your Sting?

Talking to Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses

Talking to Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses

This short work by Dr. Mike Licona is a must-have resource for understanding Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses, especially from the Christian perspective. Dr. Licona highlights some of the core theological and practical differences between Christianity and these two groups, and then he evaluates the bases for these differences with historical precision. He then offers practical advice on how to handle conversations with Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses if they come to your house to evangelize, which they often… Read More →Talking to Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses

Defining Our Terms: Having Clear Conversations

Having Effective Conversations

In this video, Tim Barnett makes a great point about the nature of God. He points out that God doesn’t need us for anything because He is completely self-sufficient. Objecting to God’s self-sufficient nature by saying He “requires” something from us is to equivocate a “requirement” from us, for our benefit, to a “need” that God has us to fulfill. These two meanings are very different; the question of who is in need is quite important. As… Read More →Defining Our Terms: Having Clear Conversations

Evidence: Experience Over Facts?

Evidence: Experience vs. Facts

This recent post by blogger Natasha Crain highlights some crucial points about the role that objective evidence should play in our understanding of reality. Natasha walks us through the way she processed the terrifying idea that she might have cancer. Through this experience, she saw some of the limits of trying to look at reality objectively all the time. Many times, especially in moments of hardship, even the most intellectual people are not interested in… Read More →Evidence: Experience Over Facts?

Can Darwinism explain the language of life?

Language of Life

In this recent episode of the Discovery Institute’s ID the Future podcast, Dr. Jonathan Wells brings to light some interesting information (no pun intended) about the genetic code that is foundational to cellular life. He explains how this specified information, this language, cannot be explained by random mutation and natural selection for the same reason that randomly shaking up a bunch of letters and throwing them out on the floor randomly would not produce a… Read More →Can Darwinism explain the language of life?

Can Toddlers Sway the Abortion Conversation?

Trotting Out Toddlers

In this article, founder and president of Life Training Institute Scott Klusendorf offers a great strategy for defending the pro-life position. Klusendorf highlights many of the central claims made by pro-choice advocates and how we can respond. One of the most effective strategies he discusses involves a comparison to a toddler. Many people claim that women should have the right to make decisions for themselves. So, Klusendorf points out, should we allow women to kill… Read More →Can Toddlers Sway the Abortion Conversation?

Thinking in Church Before the Academy

Church & the Academy

This article by detective J. Warner Wallace does a great job of highlighting a shortcoming in the church today. Wallace points out that there has been an increased interest in apologetics at a university level in the last few years, even while the number of students who leave the church after high school stays quite high. This is not to suggest that students are deciding to study apologetics in college and then, after their training,… Read More →Thinking in Church Before the Academy

Transgender Research Not Welcome

Transgender Research Not Welcome

Colson Center President John Stonestreet brings up an interesting piece of research by Dr. Lisa Littman, a professor in behavioral and social sciences at Brown University. Dr. Littman determined that the number of people who identify themselves as transgender has gone up drastically in recent years, especially in friend groups that have already experienced one member identify as transgender. It seems, based on her research, that this increase is more like a trend used to cope with… Read More →Transgender Research Not Welcome