UK Kingdom Travel Journal—Day 1

The UK Kingdom Travel Journal tour is underway.

As I write this, we are somewhere over the Atlantic on our way to London.

We will start in England from a base in Oxford as we examine the Kingdom history of England. From there we will journey north, ultimately into Scotland where we will examine the Kingdom history of Scotland.

By “Kingdom history” I mean those historical events in which King Jesus is conspicuously engaged in the advancement of His kingdom on earth.

So, we will be concerned with the first missionaries to England and Scotland, the England and Scottish Reformations, and more recent world-changers such as William Wilberforce and C.S. Lewis. As always, we will be interested in those people whom King Jesus has used to further advance his kingdom toward its inevitable destiny as the seed that became a tree that filled the whole earth, and the nations of the earth nested in its branches. Continue reading…

On Apologetics—Part 2

In the last post, I explained the dilemma Christians face in attempting to use reason to persuade non-Christians to faith in Jesus.

Those who need redemption are unable to be persuaded because their fallen condition predisposes them toward suppressing the Truth.

As a result, when the Apostle Paul took the gospel to the Greeks, he did not attempt to persuade them with reason but with the power of God.  I Corinthians 4:20.

If any group of people were subject to being persuaded by reason, it was the Greeks. The Greeks gave us Plato and Aristotle.

Millennials are on the opposite end of the spectrum from the Greeks. They are more driven by emotion than reason. The Greeks produced stoics; Millennials produce snowflakes. Continue reading…

On Apologetics—Part I

When I was in college I was challenged by an atheist about why I believed what I believed as a Christian.

As a result, I began reading everything I could find on apologetics.

I read every book Francis Schaeffer wrote. I read Josh McDowell, Clark Pinnock, C.S. Lewis, and John Warwick Montgomery.

I became familiar with the apologetics of Norman Geisler and Cornelius Van Til.

As a result, I became convinced intellectually of the soundness of the reasons for my belief.

Then, in law school, I was baptized in the Holy Spirit, and for the first time I began to see manifestations of the power of God through healings, prophecy, and words of knowledge. At that point, I lost interest in apologetics because reason seemed a weaker advocate for God than His power.

Continue reading…

Coming Soon: New GSB Travel Journal

In a few weeks, the GSB team will embark on another journey across the pond.

This time the destination is England and Scotland.

We will explore early English and Scottish ecclesiastical history with the help of Columba and Bede, and we will study the English and Scottish Reformations focusing on such figures as Tyndale, Wycliffe, Cranmer, Hamilton, Wishart, and Knox.

We will even mix in some C.S. Lewis in our visit to Oxford. Continue reading…

On The Homeless

I live in one of the largest cities in the U.S.A.

Actually, I live and work downtown, so I have a fair amount of interaction with the homeless.

Today, one of the homeless complimented me on my suit (and didn’t ask me for money).

I had the same thing happen last week, twice. The homeless like my style.

A few months ago, a homeless person asked me for money. When I declined he told me he hoped I burned in Hell. I have a complicated relationship with the homeless.

I’d say it is a love/hate relationship, but it is more like a “I-like-your-style/hope-you-burn-in-Hell relationship.” Continue reading…