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4 Different Types of Arguments Christians Should Use in the Public Square

There was a time when people in the West held to Christian morality as the default norm. It was seen as ‘self-evident’ and obvious. Whether it was universal human rights, loving others, or caring for the marginalised, such morality was by and large accepted as the gold standard. There was a time when people in the West held to Christian morality as the default norm … these days, that’s less and less the case. But these days, that’s less and less the case. As our society moves away from a Christian-ish view of morality, some Christian moral viewpoints are now...

Better Than God?

Have you ever noticed how some good people think they are better than God? They might be good because they are moralists or because they are religious. But it doesn’t matter: either way—really good people, whatever their belief system, tend to think they are better than God. Really good people, whatever their belief system, tend to think they are better than God. I was listening to a friend go on and on about how God, if he exists, has done this or that and it’s all wrong. I’m sure they thought they were just being reasonable, but they weren’t. I...

Jesus’ Resurrection: Evidence or Blind Faith?

When it comes to discussions about Christianity and Atheism, it’s often suggested that Christianity is based on blind faith, but atheism is based on evidence. Christians just believe what they’re told. Atheists follow the evidence where it leads. Now, there are a number of reasons why that’s a faulty assumption, but for one thing it fails to recognise that Christianity stands or falls precisely on evidence. The Bible itself appeals to first-hand eye-witness accounts to substantiate the claim that Jesus physically rose from the dead. And there is more solid evidence for the resurrection of Jesus than most people realise....

Evaluating Evangelistic Courses

Pastors regularly ask for a recommendation on evangelistic courses. What works best? What do you think of X or Y course? Do you have something that suits English second language contexts or a less literate demographic? Recently, that question has been sharpened around the course best suited for an online ‘digital’ presentation of the gospel (as COVID 19 has revealed more engagement than expected through digital platforms/social media). In Australia (especially Sydney where I am based) there are now many evangelistic resources available[1]. How will we decide what is a ‘good’ evangelistic resources/tool and the one best suited for a...

Finding Life in the Midst of Death

A young Chinese woman with a little girl started attending our church three years ago. She was battling cancer and had decided that she needed answers to questions that went beyond her medical diagnosis: Why me? What is life meant to be about? Is there a God who is interested and cares? She needed answers to questions that went beyond her medical diagnosis: Why me? What is life meant to be about? Is there a God who is interested and cares? Christine was a highly intelligent and capable woman, raised in a family and culture that took atheism as a...

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