Eight Steps to Investigating the Case for Christianity

— J. Warner Wallace
There’s a reason why God calls us to worship Him with our minds, understand the value of evidence, examine our beliefs until we are convinced, and live as Christian “case makers”. While our faith and trust in Christ saves us, our ability to make the case for Christ protects us and transforms our world. “Case making” needs to be a part of our Christian identity, and all of us need to be ready to defend the Christian worldview. We can’t continue to delegate this responsibility to well-known apologists and Christian authors. We don’t need another “million dollar apologist”; we need a million “one dollar apologists”. All of us can be equipped to defend our faith; it doesn’t require a master’s degree in apologetics; it doesn’t require a library full of books, a radio show, or a podcast. It simply requires a personal commitment to learn the truth and defend it to others. Continue reading

When Government Goes Bad

Romans 13:1-5

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. Continue reading

The Seven Core Gifts

Romans 12

2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God 3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Continue reading

Three Steps to a Righteous Life

Romans 12

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.  Continue reading

The Hope Of Home

[PDF of Romans 8 Text] [Meatier Takeaway 1] [Meatier Takeaway 2]

The Happy Goodmans released a song in 1979 with a chorus that said,

We’re almost home,
there’s a brand new dawn a breaking
for the heart that’s been aching so long
very soon the Son will rise
and dry the tears from the eyes
From the battle scarred I hear the cry
We’re almost home!

Indeed that is the dream of so many wearied by life’s griefs and struggles.  At the close of Romans 8, Paul offers hope to those who have “fought the good fight”, standing against tribulations from outside and within, saying “the creation itself will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (vs.21).  All creation, he says, is going through this type of birth pang, including those of us who have received God’s down payment of the Holy Spirit (vs.22-23). Continue reading