How Would You Respond to Those Who Say, “You Cannot Trust the Gospel Accounts?"
on September 2nd, 2022
Did you know that many advocates of theological liberalism do not believe that the Gospels are reliable and dependable sources of Jesus?  So then, how would you respond to one of them who said:“According to what I understand, most biblical scholars agree that the Gospels, having been written near the end of the 1st century (thus, several decades after Jesus' supposed crucifixion) were unlikely to ...  Read More
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Should the Church Celebrate, Lament or Be Silent Over the Recent Abortion Verdict?
on July 1st, 2022
Shortly after the recent Supreme Court verdict that enables each state to make its own decision on abortion, an actress named Kimberly Elise twitted, “Millions of babies will be saved from death by abortion due to the overturning of Roe. V. Wade. Hallelujah! #allglorybetoGod.”  The article reporting her twit added, “Elise became the target of vicious and seemingly relentless criticism by many on T...  Read More
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“Contradictions” in the Bible: How Do I Make Sense of Them?
on June 22nd, 2022
A while back, someone struggling with apparent contradictions in the Bible asked: “How should I deal with inconsistencies in the Bible? For instance, while, according to Luke, the robber to the right of Jesus repented (Lk. 23:42), Matthew said that both mocked Jesus (Mt. 27:53). Also, the account of the death of Judas Iscariot in the gospels and Acts 1:18 seems to differ. Most of the time I am for...  Read More
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Is There Hope for Ukrainian Refugees?
on April 5th, 2022
The number is truly staggering: over four million Ukrainians fleeing their homeland to escape from Russian forces who invaded their country six weeks ago. The normalcy of life as these Ukrainians had known suddenly came to a halt and having lost everything, many are now refugees living a hand-to-mouth existence. It is a familiar story my parents told me growing up because they themselves were refu...  Read More
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Defending the Faith Amid Attacks from Modern and Postmodern Critics
on February 15th, 2022
What’s a church without being assailed from all sides; after all, that’s how it all began when Romans accused Christians of committing incest and cannibalism and being atheists.  Not much has changed since then except for new “bad” labels placed on Christians.  One book that captures the postmodern malice against the Christians faith was penned by John Shelby Spong, a liberal bishop of Episcopalia...  Read More
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One Remaining Battle Over Homosexuality That Christians Shouldn’t Cede
on January 18th, 2022
Written By: Pastor Ryun“Don’t beat a dead horse,” I said with a smile to a young therapist sitting next to me in a bus heading to New York City sometime in June of 2015.  After being told that I’m a pastor, this therapist, claiming to be nonjudgmental, questioned about my stance on homosexuality to prove his point that Christians are judgmental.  My response wasn’t all that odd considering that th...  Read More
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Wresting with Human Freewill and God’s Power & Benevolence in the Face of Evil
on January 4th, 2022
A long time ago, a Jewish rabbi, in a national bestseller written after losing a son to a rare illness, wrote: “I do not believe the same things about [God] that I did . . . when I was a theological student . . . He is limited in what He can do by laws of nature and by the evolution of human nature and human moral freedom . . . I can worship a God who hates suffering but cannot eliminate it.”  So,...  Read More
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“Evangelical Faith Is Theologically Immature & Eurocentric in Origin." Your Response?
on December 28th, 2021
Once, during my visit to “CERESO” prison in Chihuahua, Mexico (to preach), an inmate boasted that while his Catholic church is 2,000 years old—therefore, more mature—my Protestant Church, in comparison, was a child—meaning theologically immature—since it has been around a mere 500 years.  Some years earlier, a Filipino-American, visiting my Sunday school class, voiced his objection over studying t...  Read More
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Why Don’t Jewish People Celebrate Christmas?
on December 21st, 2021
So why don’t the Jewish people celebrate Christmas?  Well, they believe that Christians celebrate the birth of a wrong Messiah!  To be sure, “the expectation of the Messiah, who will deliver Israel . . .  from all the troubles of this world, has been a part of Jewish faith since biblical times” (Limburg).  Historically, this expectation was borne out of constant suffering the Jewish remnant began ...  Read More
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Calvinism vs. Arminianism: Which Theology is Biblical?*
on December 13th, 2021
Recently, in a class on soteriology I was teaching for an online university, a spirited debate broke out among students over the age-old theological conflict between Calvinism and Arminianism.  One student wondered whether he was wrong to believe that Jesus died everyone in the world and not just for the elect?  How would you respond?  Well, I think most Calvinists wouldn’t be too troubled by this...  Read More
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"Save Europe: Reintroducing Christianity to Post-Christian Europe"
on November 29th, 2021
 A Korean missionary to Croatia once told me about the umbrage many Croatians felt upon seeing that an Asian was trying to tell them about God and the Bible.  It was as if the Croatians felt, “How many years have Koreans had the gospel in their country?  We have had it for more than a thousand years.”  Recently, a pastor friend in Korea, Ted Kim, published a book entitled, “Save Europe: Reintroduc...  Read More
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One Quick Way to Silence Christians: Say, “Remember the Spanish Inquisition.” Your Response?
on November 22nd, 2021
A while back, Australian-American billionaire Rupert Murdoch said that all Muslims need to be held responsible for jihadist attacks against the West.  This comment quickly prompted J. K. Rowling, who claims to a Christian by virtue of her birth in England, to offer this sarcastic apology: “The Spanish Inquisition was my fault.”  Oh yes, the Spanish Inquisition! Many years ago, a graduate student v...  Read More
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