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Do Faith & Reason Mix?

You just saw me use Lego Indiana Jones to begin a discussion about faith and reason. Here’s what came next. See how I help students discover that Christians don’t need to check their brains at the door in order to have faith. I take 5 minutes to teach a simple concept: biblical faith requires reason. But that’s not all. Biblical faith requires that we […]

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Faith, Reason & Lego Indiana Jones

Ever used a video game to illustrate a concept? Your group doesn’t have to be a bunch of gamers for this to be an effective attention-getter. See how I used gameplay footage from Lego Indiana Jones to kick-off a discussion on faith and reason for my recent “Frequently Asked Questions” workshop (5 minute video clip): (more…)

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A Simple Defense of Miracles

Are miracles really possible? I’m not talking about how some describe a baby being born as “the miracle of life.” I’m talking about biblical reports of Jesus walking on water, healing the blind, and physically rising from the dead. Atheists sometimes say miracles overturn the laws of nature—and that’s not possible. Before considering the evidence, however, many skeptics have already decided that naturalism is true. […]

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Mikel’s Weekend at Biola University

I just got back from a weekend of training youth and visiting friends at Biola University—my alma mater. After checking in to Welch Apartments, I had dinner with Dr. Craig Hazen and dropped by the Collegium to connect with Dena Jackson and other students in the M.A. Christian Apologetics Summer Residency. I was pleasantly surprised to […]

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Five Summer Lessons: Part 2

Dena Jackson told me about five key lessons she’s learned at Biola University’s Apologetics Summer Residency. You’ve heard the first two. Here are her top three: 3. I don’t understand the Trinity…and that’s ok. I’ve spent much time trying to come up with an analogy for the Trinity so that I could better understand it. […]

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Five Summer Lessons: Part 1

I just spoke to my friend, Dena Jackson, who’s out of town at an exciting event: Biola University’s Apologetics Summer Residency. At the opening banquet, she and others in the distance-learning program were encouraged with words that apply to each of us involved in teaching accessible apologetics in our local area: “You are doing something that matters…Christians are walking […]

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Leading Youth Workshops at Biola

Next weekend, I’ll be leading apologetics workshops for the Regeneration youth conference at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. As a Filipino-American and a former missionary to the Philippines, I’ve got some unique ties to this event. Regeneration Ministries was started by Filipino-American students who saw their disillusioned peers, disconnected from Filipino-immigrant fellowships, leaving the […]

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Why Share Reasons to Believe?

*This article is also available in Spanish. [Leer en Español] Why Share Reasons? Maybe you’ve encountered well-meaning Christians who look down on the practice of providing evidence for the truth of Christianity. I used to get that a lot. How should you respond? Just Point to Jesus What’s his example look like? Turns out, Jesus provided […]

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Argue Without Being Argumentative

Who likes to argue? Depends what you mean. Unfortunately, apologists use words which could give people the wrong impression: “Apologetics” sounds like apologizing. “Defense” sounds like training for hand-to-hand combat. And “argue” sounds like the thing you hate doing with your family on the way to church! Clarifying key terms can help you overcome a few challenges associated with […]

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Biola Apologists Coming to Town

I was recently invited to collaborate with a team now organizing an awesome apologetics event right here in our area: The Bayside Apologetics Conference featuring J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig. I devour books by these guys and count it an honor to have studied under them during my Biola years. Joining them are two more hard-hitters from Biola University’s Christian Apologetics […]

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