Curious about the nature of God and Christianity? Look here for videos about who God is, what we believe about him and how our faith can take us into deeper relationship with him.
Character of God
Gerry Breshears :: Does God see grief as a lack of faith?
Does being sad mean we’re admitting that the cancer has won, rather than believing God for a cure? “We should follow the example of Jesus in the Garden, where he is agonizing and crying out,” says Dr. Gerry Breshears, Author and Professor of Theology at Western Seminary. We should take a more realistic, mature perspective on sorrow and mourning than to dismiss it as a lack of faith in God’s ability to heal.
Darrell Bock :: Does the Holy Spirit come and go?
Gerry Breshears :: Why does God seem to command genocide and condone slavery?
Dr. Gerry Breshears :: Why doesn’t God destroy people instead of punishing them eternally?
H. Wayne House :: Our Will vs. God’s Will
H. Wayne House :: How much control does God have over us?
Mark Mitchell :: What are prayers that God will always say yes to?
Marcel Serabungo :: Why does God promise peace and deliver suffering?
Eleonore Stump :: Is God’s will set in stone?
Ed Underwood :: God and Broken Hearts
Daniel Wallace :: God and Genocide
Ken Wytsma :: Can a perfect God empathize with imperfect people?
Ken Wytsma :: Consume. Pray. Love?
Ken Wytsma :: Discerning God’s Will
Ken Wytsma :: Does God still take sides?
Ken Wytsma :: Does God treat different people differently?
Ken Wytsma :: Does God use nature to punish people and groups?
Ken Wytsma :: God’s Pruning
Ken Wytsma :: God’s Sovereignty
Ken Wytsma :: God’s Sovereignty and Natural Disasters
Ken Wytsma :: How does God deal with people that reject him?
Ken Wytsma :: Is God good to everyone, or only his people?
Ken Wytsma :: Nominalism and Nature
Ken Wytsma :: The God of the Old Testament
Ken Wytsma :: The Hiddenness of God
Ken Wytsma :: The Judgment Seat and Scare Tactics
Ken Wytsma :: The Role of the Holy Spirit in the OT and NT
Ken Wytsma :: Understanding the God of the Old Testament
Ken Wytsma :: What is the trinity?
Ken Wytsma :: Why did God allow pain and suffering to exist in his creation?
Ken Wytsma :: Why does God allow bad Christian leaders?
Ken Wytsma :: Will God Provide?
Christianity & Culture
Dr. Soong-Chan Rah :: History of Christian Cultural Irrelevance
“Fundamentalism of the early 20th century is very much tied with dispensational theology,” says Dr. Soong-Chan Rah. “The perception is – in a pre-millennial dispensationalist perspective – that the world actually needs to get worse before Jesus returns.” Because many fundamentalist Christians believe that the world is getting worse according to God’s design, they have separated themselves completely from culture and given up any effort to speak into and shape culture.
Michael Badriaki :: What was your experience working with HIV/AIDS in Uganda?
Darrell Bock :: If you could teach pastors one thing…
Darrell Bock :: What are your thoughts on Rob Bell’s book ‘Love Wins’?
Gerry Breshears :: A Response to Rob Bell’s Book “Love Wins”
Gerry Breshears :: Does truth win or love win?
Gerry Breshears :: Is Rob Bell a Christian Universalist?
Rick Gerhardt :: Christians and Science
Rick Gerhardt :: Why do Christians have a history of avoiding justice issues?
Luke Hendrix :: Do we need to change doctrine in order to reach our skeptical culture?
Rick McKinley :: How do I talk to my Catholic friend about Purgatory?
Jerry Root :: How did C.S. Lewis become a Christian? (was it really on a motorcycle ride?)
Ed Underwood :: Is it important to tell people about Jesus?
Ken Wytsma :: A Response to Pat Robertson’s Comment on Haiti
Ken Wytsma :: An Atheist asks about the truth of Christianity in the face of bad examples of Christians
Ken Wytsma :: Are we obligated to take care of people outside the church?
Ken Wytsma :: Biblical Christianity – an argument against cultural Christianity
Ken Wytsma :: C.S. Lewis and The Great Divorce
Ken Wytsma :: Dead Thinking Churches vs. Dynamic Feeling Churches
Ken Wytsma :: ‘Evangelist’ is a Sticky Word
Ken Wytsma :: Individualism Part I – A Recent History of Individualism
Ken Wytsma :: Individualism Part II – What comes next?
Ken Wytsma :: Individualism Part III – Differences between Christians and Culture
Ken Wytsma :: Individualism Part IV – How do we correct it?
Ken Wytsma :: On the Writings of N.T. Wright
Ken Wytsma :: Radical Christianity
Ken Wytsma :: The American Dream, Politics and the Gospel
Ken Wytsma :: Why don’t we talk more about death, heaven and the afterlife?
Ken Wytsma :: ‘Will Jesus Buy Me A Doublewide?’ – Karen Spears Zacharias’s book on the Prosperity Gospel
Ken Wytsma :: Would Jesus go to church?
Mike & Danae Yankoski :: Social Justice vs Evangelism
Personal Relationship with God
Kevin Butcher :: We Love Because He First Loved Us
“I believe in Christ, but do I love Christ?” explains Kevin Butcher, Pastor of Hope Community Church in Detroit. If we claim to love God yet we do not love our brothers, we must ask ourselves, do we, ourselves, feel loved? We must realize when there are blockages in our love relationship with God. “When I know that I’m loved […] I can make the choice to love.”
Darrell Bock :: Why do Christians disagree so often if we all have the Holy Spirit?
Gerry Breshears :: Is fasting an attempt to manipulate God?
Celestin Musekura :: Will God only forgive us if we forgive others?
Jerry Root :: Why do we sometimes feel distant from God?
Eleonore Stump :: Is it wrong to cling to my desires?
Ed Underwood :: Carnal Christianity
Ken Wytsma :: Are all sins equally bad?
Ken Wytsma :: Are Christians supposed to pursue happiness?
Ken Wytsma :: Are there degrees of sin or is all sin equally bad?
Ken Wytsma :: Are we responsible for our spirituality or is it all up to God?
Ken Wytsma :: Can God break me before and after I’m saved?
Ken Wytsma :: Can we always overcome temptation?
Ken Wytsma :: Do I have to do justice to know God?
Ken Wytsma :: Does prosperity diminish our desire to trust God?
Ken Wytsma :: How can I tell whether God is testing me or correcting me?
Ken Wytsma :: How can we know we’re in God’s love and in His will?
Ken Wytsma :: How do I know what God wants me to do?
Ken Wytsma :: How do I know whether my desires are mine or God’s?
Ken Wytsma :: How do I love God and fear God at the same time?
Ken Wytsma :: How do we pray about our calling?
Ken Wytsma :: How do we respond when someone claims to have extra-biblical knowledge or special access to God?
Ken Wytsma :: How do we find contentment in times of pain and grief?
Ken Wytsma :: How do you define Faith?
Ken Wytsma :: In what way am I unique to God?
“I do think we are under this mistaken idea that we all have this unique and particular calling to do unique and amazing things and to change the world,” says Ken Wytsma, Pastor of Antioch Church in Bend, OR and Founder of The Justice Conference. “That’s really hard for us…because this is a celebrity-driven culture.” Take a look at church history and you’ll realize pretty quickly that not every Christian is called to be a superstar in shaping the future of Christianity or changing the world.
Ken Wytsma :: Is doubt necessary for faith?
Ken Wytsma :: Is it selfish to request things of God in prayer?
Ken Wytsma :: Knowing God’s Will
Ken Wytsma :: On ‘Road to Damascus’ Moments
Ken Wytsma :: Relationship with God vs. Theology
Ken Wytsma :: Should I get baptized again if I was only baptized as an infant?
Ken Wytsma :: The Book of Job
Ken Wytsma :: Thoughts on Prayer Part I
Ken Wytsma :: Thoughts on Prayer Part II – Redeeming Prayer
Ken Wytsma :: The Simplicity of Following Christ
Ken Wytsma :: What do I do when an act of faith seems unwise?
Ken Wytsma :: What does coming to God ‘boldly’ really mean?
Ken Wytsma :: What is sin?
Ken Wytsma :: What is the root of self love?
Ken Wytsma :: When things won’t get better…
Salvation & The Gospel
Daniel Wallace :: How is a person born again?
“Is it instantaneous? Yes, it is instantaneous,” says Dr. Daniel Wallace, the Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and Executive Director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts. In regard to salvation, “Does that mean that everything changes immediately…no. You have everything in place to change immediately.”
Darrell Bock :: Does common grace exist?
Gerry Breshears :: Can people who have never heard of Jesus be saved?
Gerry Breshears :: Is the gospel more than ‘just’ receiving Christ?
Ed Underwood :: Lordship Salvation
Daniel Wallace :: Does the bible teach there will be a chance to accept Christ after death?
Ken Wytsma :: Are we responsible for our own salvation?
Ken Wytsma :: Can I lose my salvation?
Ken Wytsma :: Can people who have never heard of Jesus be saved?
Ken Wytsma :: Lead us not into temptation…
Ken Wytsma :: Is Jesus the only way to be saved?
Ken Wytsma :: Is praying a Sinner’s Prayer necessary for salvation?
Ken Wytsma :: Is the Gospel complete without Justice?
Ken Wytsma :: What is the gospel and how can we avoid distorting it?
Religion & Theology
Rick McKinley :: Universalism
The subtle motive behind Universalism is a desire to “polish off the sharp edges” of Jesus and the Gospel, says Rick McKinley, lead pastor of Imago Dei Community in Portland, OR. The only way we can subscribe to Universalism is by reducing Christ to a mechanism. In that, we overlook the complexity of God’s perfect love and judgement.
Clint Arnold :: Reconciling Different Views of the Atonement
Darrell Bock :: Why is the Old Testament so bloody?
Gerry Breshears :: Books on Christian Doctrine
Gerry Breshears :: On Developing an Informed Christianity
Gerry Breshears :: On the Picture of Abraham and Isaac
Gerry Breshears :: On the Rapture
Rick Gerhardt :: Anti-Intellectualism in the Church
Rick Gerhardt :: How do we sort out church tradition from scripture?
Rick Gerhardt :: Why does Leviticus often seem barbaric or silly?
Luke Hendrix :: On defending Christianity
Ken Hutcherson :: Why was Paul warned not to go to Jerusalem In Acts 21?
Daniel Wallace :: The Egyptian Book of the Dead
Nicholas Wolterstorff :: Do we have rights with respect to God?
Ken Wytsma :: A House of Prayer for All Nations
Ken Wytsma :: Are all the Muslims on the planet going to hell?
Ken Wytsma :: Are there moral absolutes in the Christian faith?
Ken Wytsma :: Calvinism
Ken Wytsma :: Can other religions besides Christianity lead to happiness?
Ken Wytsma :: Did Jesus appear in the Old Testament?
Ken Wytsma :: Do Christians get judged in Heaven?
Ken Wytsma :: Do people that commit suicide automatically go to hell?
Ken Wytsma :: Faith and Works
Ken Wytsma :: How does European Christianity differ from U.S. Christianity?
Ken Wytsma :: How much of the Old Testament law should Christians obey?
Ken Wytsma :: How was David a man after God’s own heart?
Ken Wytsma :: Is Christianity a copycat of other ancient religions?
“What led to C.S. Lewis converting to Christianity is this particular question,” according to Ken Wytsma, President of Kilns College and Founder of The Justice Conference. C.S. Lewis went on a walk with Hugo Dyson and J.R.R. Tolkien, on which they discussed the similarity of Christianity with other ancient religions. Rather than seeing Christianity as false because it is similar to other religions, he instead began to see every religion as having traces of the grand narrative of creation.
Ken Wytsma :: Is eternal punishment really fair?
Ken Wytsma :: Is mental assent essential for faith?
Ken Wytsma :: Life Without Grace
Ken Wytsma :: Lost Christianities
Ken Wytsma :: Membership and Church Discipline
Ken Wytsma :: Propositional Truth vs Incarnational Truth
Ken Wytsma :: Should baptism be public or private?
Ken Wytsma :: The Beginning and the End of Christianity
Ken Wytsma :: The Council of Nicea and the Doctrine of the Trinity
Ken Wytsma :: The Need for Grace and Wisdom in Applying Theology
Ken Wytsma :: Understanding the Differences between Infant Baptism and Believer’s Baptism
Ken Wytsma :: What is a miracle?
Ken Wytsma :: What is Agnosticism and how do we approach Agnostics?
Ken Wytsma :: What was the moment that separated Judaism and Christianity?
Ken Wytsma :: Where do you stand in relation to Fundamentalism?
Ken Wytsma :: Who has the authority to baptize?
Ken Wytsma :: Why are we called to have dominion over creation?
Ken Wytsma :: Why did Jesus want to remain anonymous?
Ken Wytsma :: Why is God’s Old Testament law so specific?
Ken Wytsma :: Why would Jesus want privacy for doing a miracle?
Daniel Wallace :: What does the bible say about speaking in tongues?
“What we should be focusing on is our relationship to Jesus Christ and to each other,” Dr. Daniel Wallace says in response to questions about the use of spiritual gifts today. When talking about spiritual gifts and speaking in tongues, it’s important to look at chapters 12, 13 and 14 of 1 Corinthians where Paul addresses not only spiritual gifts, but also love. Whether or not you know what your spiritual gift is or you use it, the most important thing is to demonstrate love toward each other.
Gerry Breshears :: History of Charismatic Gifts 1
Gerry Breshears :: History of Charismatic Gifts 2
Darrell Bock :: Do charismatic gifts like speaking in tongues exist today?
Ken Wytsma :: The Charismatic Question
Spiritual Warfare & The Problem of Evil
Ken Wytsma :: How do I know if hardship is from God?
“You put your hands out and say, ‘If this is from you God, I’m willing to receive it,’” says Ken Wytsma, President of Kilns College and Pastor of Antioch Church in Bend, OR. But it doesn’t stop there: we have to wait on God. Whether the hardship is God teaching us or not, it should bring us to a place of total reliance and dependence on God to sustain us while we’re in the pit and ultimately lead us out of it.
Clint Arnold :: On Spiritual Warfare
Luke Hendrix :: The Problem of Evil (In Brief)
Jerry Root :: What was the cause of Satan’s pride?
Ken Wytsma :: Free Will, The Problem of Evil and God’s Omnipotence
Ken Wytsma :: Is God punishing me with the bad things in my life?
Ken Wytsma :: My child and I are suffering…why doesn’t God help us?
Ken Wytsma :: Why do bad things happen to good people?