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
How should Christians handle apparent biblical contradictions? “We’ve got to make sure that we understand not only the context in which the author is intending it, not just understanding the historical ramification… but [are] there other passages of Scripture that maybe speak to this very topic at hand?” — Jason Jimenez, Founder and President, Stand Strong Ministries In this video, Jason Jimenez offers helpful strategies for Christians to consider when interpreting difficult biblical passages. This… Read More →Video: How should Christians handle apparent biblical contradictions?
What is the Bible? The Bible. The book has fascinated millions of people for generations; but what is it? Why on earth do we still read such an ancient text? Indeed, the question is even more pertinent when we hear stories of those who have abused the Bible, using it to justify wars, hatred, and legalism. Christians argue that the Bible has authority over our lives. But if we’re going to say that, we need… Read More →Help for Reading and Understanding the Bible
At Stand to Reason, Tim Barnett’s short video provides excellent advice for interpreting John 14. Tim explains how if we look at the rest of the New Testament and the early church, we will find that no one actually believed all Christians were supposed to perform miracles. Instead, Tim argues, it makes more sense to interpret Jesus’ words to mean that we, believers in Christ, would do “greater works” than he did in the sense that… Read More →Why Don’t Christians do Miracles Today?
How can the church encourage healthy biblical engagement? “The first step is simply to start reading big: reading whole books, and then beginning to learn how the collection of books tells a story.” — Glenn Paauw, Senior Director, The Institute for Bible Reading Often times people try to live their lives on small pieces of the Bible that are taken out of context. Glenn Paauw suggests that we should engage the Bible by viewing it… Read More →Video: How can the church encourage healthy biblical engagement?
Summit speaker Sean McDowell offers a few thoughts on the Old Testament after reading Dennis Prager’s The Rational Bible. Prager and McDowell seem to agree that there are a many characteristics of the Torah that show its originality, reliability, and divine origin. These characteristics include new theological ideas such as a universal God (as opposed to the local deities of individual people groups), a God who is moral and beyond nature, and universal human value. Additionally, there are a… Read More →Sean McDowell on the Old Testament & Dennis Prager
Can we rely on the disciples’ words in the Gospels? “If you’re looking for an account that’s written by a non-Christian, well you’ve got it; it’s called the gospel of Matthew. Don’t blame him for becoming a Christian after seeing [Jesus’ works].” — Jim Wallace, Speaker and Author of Cold Case Christianity, God’s Crime Scene, and Forensic Faith Many people suggest that we cannot trust the testimony of the disciples recorded in the gospels because they were… Read More →Video: Can we rely on the disciples’ words in the Gospels?
Many people turn away from Christianity when their understanding of belief itself breaks down. People embrace one of what my friend Mark Mittelberg describes as different “faith paths.” There are six such paths: The “relativistic faith path” says that truth is what you make it. The “traditional faith path” says that truth is what you’ve always been taught. The “authoritarian faith path” says that truth is what you’ve been told to believe. The “intuitive faith… Read More →Shaky Part 2: When Doubt Comes From A Misunderstanding Of Belief
God’s grace first appears in the middle of sin—in Genesis 3:15—as God announces the consequences of the first disobedience. The defeat of the serpent is promised, as is humanity’s victory. This is known as a protevangelium, the first announcement that God would provide redemption through the One who would ultimately and finally crush Satan. This is the first promise of Jesus Christ. We’ll divide this cryptic announcement into four lines so we can examine each… Read More →He Will Strike Your Head: God’s Unfolding Plan of Redemption
Enjoy this fact sheet compiled by Summit Ministries, based on the Minimal Facts Approach developed by Gary Habermas of Liberty University. Habermas is recognized as one of the leading experts on the historical record about Jesus and has cataloged the positions of over 3400 publications by New Testament historical scholars and skeptics. You can find detailed notes and bibliographic references on his website. The minimal facts approach concentrates on facts agreed upon by more than… Read More →Fact Sheet – Essential Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus
By Dr. Jeff Myers, excerpted from Understanding the Faith: A Survey of Christian Apologetics In 1945, fifty-two papyri were discovered at Nag Hammadi in Lower Egypt. Some of these texts had the word “gospel” in the title. Scholars have known about these and other second- through fourth-century documents for a long time, but in a culture that loves conspiracy theories and cover-ups, these so-called “Lost Gospels” make an irresistible story for investigative reports on television.… Read More →Gospel Truth: Do the “Lost Gospels” Undermine Biblical Authority?
Greg Koukl helps Christian defend the Bible in conversation with their unbelieving friends and neighbors.