The Name of the Game: Keeping a Good Reputation in Sports

From halfway around the world, I got a message from my wife—“Have you seen the replays of Odor punching Bautista?” We are baseball fans in my family, and we religiously follow the Texas Rangers. My wife kept me updated while I was on a recent trip to the... Read More »

The Root of Conflict Within our Marriages

Have you ever experienced the rather odd moment when you sit in a counseling session with a couple and ask, “What brought you here today?” After a slight pause, both of them, intentionally, stare at the other. Their glances assert a belief that the other p... Read More »

Transformation vs. Relevance (Romans 12:1-2)

Not only does God in Christ take people as they are: He takes them in order to transform them into what He wants them to be. Along with the indigenizing principle which makes his faith a place to feel at home, the Christian inherits the pilgrim principle, whic... Read More »

Stories of Evangelism in the Early Church

The early church was an evangelistic church. From the least to the greatest, early Christians were serious about the regular proclamation of the Gospel. In the words of Michael Green, the early church believed that evangelism was “the prerogative and duty of... Read More »

The Opportunity In Adversity

“Who needs a new roof?” was my simple question. My heart sank as I stood before the church I love and watched as virtually every hand in the room was raised. Hands continued to go up as I probed deeper—“How many have demolished cars?” and “How many... Read More »

Why Do Christians Suffer for Their Faith?

Early Christians suffered for their faith in Christ. Some were incarcerated. Some were beaten and whipped. Some were stoned. Others were crucified or beheaded. Still others later were fed to the lions. Suffering, however, is not limited to New Testament times.... Read More »

An Irrelevant Church

This month (April 2016) I attended a conference in Hungary that both shared and explored initiatives by evangelicals in Europe regarding the integration of faith and the workplace. There were some fascinating stories of how believing business people are intent... Read More »

Must We Believe in the Doctrine of the Trinity?

The following is an excerpt from Yarnell’s recently published book, “God the Trinity: Biblical Portraits.” Evangelicalism in America has amalgamated for scholars in the organization known as the Evangelical Theological Society. The two parts of its “do... Read More »

Three Ways To Teach Your Kids Apologetics (Without Them Realizing It)

I teach apologetics at a seminary partly because of my kids. I want them to grow up in a world where belief in God is viewed as plausible and desirable. Unfortunately, there are loud voices—Internet atheists, new atheists, new new atheists—who think belief... Read More »

Proficiency Over Rapidity: Text-Driven MDiv

Proficiency with “tools of the trade” is highly valued in the majority of vocations. For instance, a pilot cannot become a captain or first officer without completing 1,500 hours of flight time at the controls of a plane. A violinist cannot become exceptio... Read More »