Did God Really Give Us the Bible?

This sermon explores the question of whether or not it is reasonable that we can claim the Bible as inspired. We are often presented with emotional or illogical reasons for why the Bible is inspired. This sermon is an effort to understand if we do indeed have a logical reason for claiming that the 66... Continue Reading →

Should a Pastor be an Academic?

Recently, I've been thinking about the tile of a pastor in the church, particularly regarding his teach role. This affects me personally because I want to be a pastor but I also love academics and research. The question that I struggle with is how do I combine the two? Often, academics is set as the... Continue Reading →

Review: Between Faith and Criticism

Mark A. Noll. Between Faith and Criticism: Evangelicals, Scholarship, and the Bible in America, 2nd ed. Vancouver: Regent College Publishing, 2004. xii + 271 pp. Author Information Mark Noll was born on July 18, 1946 in Iowa City. He received his B.A. in English from Wheaton College in 1969. From there, he went to the... Continue Reading →

The Virtue of Courage in Köstenberger’s Book Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue

Köstenberger opens his book addressing young, Christian scholars entering the world of academia. Distraught over the bifurcation of scholarship from faith, he argues that the two can be united successfully by the Christian scholar. The Christian scholar, according to Köstenberger, should be both academically rigorous and committed to his Christian faith. Both objectives can be... Continue Reading →

The Christian in Critical Thought: A Reflective Essay on Browne and Keeley and Belief Perseverance

In the final chapter of Asking the Right Questions, Browne and Keeley (B&K) mention several road-blocks to critical thinking. Among others, they discuss how belief perseverance limits the ability of a person to pursue critical thinking. Belief perseverance is the "tendency for personal beliefs to persevere" despite evidence to the contrary (171). These beliefs are... Continue Reading →

Devotion through Academics

I've recently been thinking about the relationship between my studies as an academic and my relationship with God. How do I love God and pursue academics at the same time? The academy is stone cold. Books of unknown age line the walls filled with tedious sophistry. The bearded scholar sits in his 1800s garb engrossed... Continue Reading →

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