Our world is broken. Injustice, violence, and crime are daily events. Trouble is never very far away, and often enough, it’s right under our noses; but we’re so used to crime and injustice that we’ve become numb to it. We don’t even bat an eye when we hear about someone being killed in a gang shooting across town, we just change the channel. And whether or not criminals are punished is something we leave to… Read More →Vigilante Justice: An Oxymoron?
How can we have good conversations with authority figures? “Ask questions, and do this within a context where you have already shown them that you respect them.“— Michael Sherrard, Author and Speaker, Relational Apologetics Author Michael Sherrard discusses how the key to conversations with authority figures is to show them respect. This video is part of a series titled “Answers to Your Questions”. These videos answer the questions that you’re asking, address the difficulties you’re… Read More →Video: How can we have good conversations with authority figures?
It was the snap heard around the universe. Ten years of Marvel movies had been heading towards this moment in Avengers: Infinity War. One by one, Thanos assembled the six Infinity Stones to make him the most powerful being in the world. And with the snap of his gauntlet-clad fingers, Thanos fulfilled his mission and eliminated half of the living creatures in the entire cosmos. But why would he do this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM-DoO84Sf4 Thanos destroyed half… Read More →The Ethics of Avengers: Infinity War
Friday’s episode of the CrossExamined podcast, hosted by Dr. Frank Turek, featured a dialogue with Dr. Mike Adams. They discussed at great length Dr. Adams’ debate with abortion doctor Dr. Willie Parker, while discussing important scenes from the recent movie Unplanned along the way. They explain how these resources, and others, have been effective tools for changing minds on the abortion issue. These men bring up many different resources over the course of their conversation that would be… Read More →Frank Turek and Mike Adams: Unplanned and The Abortion Debate
Isn’t Christianity a bunch of rules and regulations? “Does God have certain expectations of what we should do and not do? Yeah, absolutely. But our relationship with God, our understanding of what the Christian faith is like, is far more than that.“— Alan Shlemon, Author and Speaker, Stand to Reason Alan Shlemon discusses how the Christian’s relationship with God is so much more than rules and regulations. This video is part of a series titled “Answers… Read More →Video: Isn’t Christianity a bunch of rules and regulations?
This week’s video by Alan Shlemon of Stand to Reason makes an important point about the biblical definition of marriage. Shlemon shows how Jesus confirms, exclusively, the Old Testament view of marriage, thus leaving all other forms of sex and marriage outside the biblical view. Furthermore, Shlemon suggests that it doesn’t make sense to have mixed feelings about Christians and the church and still think Jesus is “cool” on this issue, because the traditional view… Read More →Jesus on the Definition of Marriage
What makes eyewitness testimony important? “You and I, if we are Christians, actually happen to be in the one theistic worldview that could be tested on the strength of its eyewitness testimony.” — J. Warner Wallace, Speaker and Author of Cold Case Christianity and Forensic Faith Detective J. Warner Wallace discusses how Christianity is unique among religions in its emphasis on the eyewitness testimony of real historical events. This video is part of a series titled “Answers to… Read More →Video: What makes eyewitness testimony important?
Have you ever felt like the world was getting worse, like everything was going wrong? Does it feel like no matter how hard you try, you can’t make a difference? Does it seem like the darkness is laying it on so thick that you can’t see the light? If you’ve felt that way, you’re in good company with Frodo Baggins, the hobbit faced with the impossible task of destroying the One Ring to rule them… Read More →An Encouraging Thought
This week’s article by Tom Gilson at The Stream makes a thought-provoking point about the nature of the transgenderism movement. Tom points out, by reference to C.S. Lewis’ classic book The Silver Chair, that in fantasy novels it is the wicked witch or wizard who abuses power to execute mind control. While Tom points out that the magic isn’t real, the abuse of power to control thinking is what makes the witches and wizards evil, and… Read More →The Darkness of the Transgenderism Movement
In last week’s issue of Reflect, we looked at the pacifist position, offering a few considerations and criticisms. On the other side of the debate are the just war advocates. Just war theorists argue that, while war and violence are undesirable, there are times when Christians can and should take up arms. As Christians, we have an obligation to look out for the needs of others, to protect our families, and to seek the welfare… Read More →Gunslingers or Guardians?
What is the value of emotion in the Christian life? “As creatures made in the image of God, emotion is part of who we are.” —Kevin Bywater, Director, Oxford Study Centre In this video, Dr. Kevin Bywater discusses the relationship between emotion and rationality within a Christian framework. This video is part of a series titled “Answers to Your Questions”. These videos answer the questions that you’re asking, address the difficulties you’re facing, and they’re all… Read More →Video: What is the value of emotion in the Christian life?
Should Christians participate in war? Should Christians own guns to defend themselves? Ironically enough, these questions have caused their own little war, with Christians of all stripes taking positions as varied as pacifism, nonresistance, just war, and preventative war—not to mention the myriad of variations in between. In looking to Scripture, all parties claim Jesus on their side. Pacifists look to passages such as John 18:36, Matthew 26:52-54, and Matthew 5:39, arguing that Jesus taught… Read More →“Help Me Get One More”