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Answering Life's Five Biggest Questions

Over the last decade there have been a number of excellent written materials providing Christians with resources to be better equipped in giving an answer for the hope that they have. Among these includes Andy Steiger’s, Thinking? Answering Life’s Five Biggest Questions.

Andy Steiger, who you can catch at this years P2C Plus Conference as a keynote speaker, is the founder of Apologetics Canada and the lead in the in the joint P2C and AC initiative The Human Project.
Thinking? addresses five overarching apologetic questions regarding some of the ultimate questions humanity has...
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Is Tolerance Tolerant? - A Talk At McMaster University

This November I had the opportunity to speak at a handful of Universities. On Nov. 16th I gave a presentation on "Is Tolerance Tolerant?" at Mcmaster University in Montreal, Quebec.

Is it OK to have an opinion?

Our lives are shaped by how we look at the world: what we think, do, eat, say, and how we act towards ourselves and others. All of these have a huge impact on our perspective on the world. This is what is commonly referred to as our worldview, which means the way we perceive and understand the world around us. C.S. Lewis described his Christian worldview by saying “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” The truth about belly buttonsYour worldview includes your most fundamental beliefs about the world you live in. It reflects how you view, understand, and answer life’s ultimate questions. In short, the opinions you hold flow from the worldview perspective you possess. Everyone has a worldview, whether they realize it or not, and everyone has opinions that freely flow from that worldview. Worldviews and opinions are a bit like belly buttons. _______________ Keep reading at: https://p2c…

Faith & Folly: A Sermon About The Cursing of the Fig Tree

Along with the evangelistic apologetics work that I do with Power to Change I am a pastoral intern at West Toronto Baptist Church in Toronto, Ontario. This last Sunday I preached a sermon on Mark 11:12-26, which includes the events of the cursing of the fig tree and the cleansing of the temple. You can find that message by clicking here.

F.F. Bruce Vs. David Cross

I continually see atheists, agnostics, and skeptics, who on one hand demand higher and higher "standards of evidence" and on the other hand insist on posting this quote from David Cross. It doesn't seem to matter that the assertions within it have no bearing on historical fact (even a simple google search to the words of secular scholarship would undue some if not all of the assertions made); or that David Cross has no formal study in history, biblical studies, antiquity, textual criticism, papyrology, archaeology, or any such related field.

So for educational purposes I've placed Cross' quote alongside of the words of famous scholar and historian F.F. Bruce, one of the greatest minds in regards to biblical studies from the 20th century.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you're getting your theology (and in this case biblical history) from a comedian, don't be surprised when it turns out to be a joke.


5 Things You Didn't Know About Islam & Coffee

I often talk with Muslims. Although the majority of people I talk to when I do outreach tend to identify as atheist/agnostic, Muslims come in at a close second. I grew up in a missionary home, first in Pakistan and then in Jordan, and always knew that the conversation around our dinner table wasn't exactly like other white Canadian families. Along with discussing day-to-day events, I have memories of talking about theology (both Christian and Islamic) and world politics. As a young kid I knew a smattering of Arabic and Urdu words and phrases that were occasionally used around the house. In fact, there was even an Urdu phrase that I didn't know wasn't English and used well into my high school years. It was only when a friend asked me what it meant that I realized it was not, in fact, English. Likewise, I always remember there being Arabic/English dictionaries, history books about many Middle Eastern countries, and of course a Qur'an on the shelf in the living room.

I …

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The Absolute Truth About There Being No Absolutes

Here in Toronto the default mode when on public transit seems to be to stare blankly in front of you trying to pretend that there aren't other people on the bus or the subway besides yourself. To be perfectly honest I usually have headphones in when I travel, listening to a lecture or a podcast to fill the time. So I in no way escape those types of big city problems.
However, from time to time that norm gets broken, and I am usually pleasantly surprised by what takes place.

There was the time just before New Years that I got into a conversation with a Muslim and a Mormon on a subway trip about worldview perspectives (you can read that story by clicking here). Or the time I missed my stop because I got into a conversation with a man handing out flyers that said "In Celebration of Religious Freedom Day" at the top and "Church of Satan" at the bottom.

I've actually met a handful of "Satanists" in my life and very few of them have actually…

Islam & Apologetics Videos

In the last couple of months I have had the chance to do a number of presentations on explaining the work I do apologetically with Muslims. This included, among other things, a chance to guest lecture at Tyndale University/Seminary in their apologetics class, participate in a Muslim/Christian dialogue at York University (in partnership with the Ahmaddiya Student Association), and also give a presentation at my home church (West Toronto Baptist Church) on Islamic evangelism.

First is the video recording of my presentation at West Toronto Baptist. Within this presentation I try to highlight what Islam holds to, and then talk about what I believe to be some of the major barriers for Christians doing apologetics and evangelism with Muslims.

Second, a presentation I did at the Apologetics Canada Conference which took place at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. This presentation touches on my favourite subject, the transmission and history of the New Testament. However, with…

Transmission of the New Testament Q&A Video

Back in January I had the opportunity to participate in a number of Q&A presentations  during the RELEVANT Series at the University of Toronto. Following a talk by RZIM Canada's Logan Gates, panelists Joshua Echebiri and myself joined Logan to answered questions regarding the Bible and the Christian faith (moderated by RZIM's Michelle Tepper).

The question being addressed here specifically was about how we can trust the Bible despite it being "translated" so many times...

The RELEVANT Series took place at the University of Toronto's Wycliffe College during the week of January 16th, 2017. The Series was put together by Power to Change in conjunction with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (Canada) and the Network of Christian Scholars.

8 Responses Against Christianity From Dr. John Lennox

John Lennox, I'm convinced, is one of the smartest people alive today. The Northern Irishman holds two masters degrees (MA & MMath) and a PhD from Cambridge University, a masters (MA) and a doctorate of philosophy (DPhil) from Oxford University, a doctorate of sciences (DSc) from Cardiff University, and a masters (MA) from the University of Surrey. He was also the Exhibitioner and Senior Scholar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1962 and attended the last lectures of C.S. Lewis. He has taught mathematics at the University of Wales, Wurzburg, Freiburg, and Vienna, and recently taught science and religion at Oxford. If that boggles your mind you're not alone, the man has twice as many letters behind his name than he has in it. 

Nonetheless, Lennox has always verbalized that his intellect works to strengthen and fortify his faith in God. Outspoken about his Christian beliefs he is a champion for the faith, writing numerous books (of which you can find many on my recent post T…

My Thoughts on the Shack

The Shack is popular. Very very popular. In fact the 2007 novel has sold more than 20 million copies to date, making it one of the most sold books of all time. The author William Paul Young, penned a story about a father whose mourning of his daughter's death initiates an impromptu visit from God. This month the book was turned into a feature film starring Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, and Tim McGraw.

The central core of the book expresses a heartfelt and noble endeavor. Young seeks to aid the modern reader in a fuller understanding of why God allows pain, suffering, and uncertainty through the genre of narrative. The argument being established throughout the book through the mouths of the characters is this: the pain we feel is the result of our abuse of free will, and God has not stopped or averted evil in order to accomplish some type of grander, absolute good that humans cannot in their finite perspective fully grasp. That when we insist on remaining grieved at God for a …

Guest Hosting - "Did Jesus Exist?" A Conversation with J.P. Holding

This last week I had the opportunity to guest host my friend and fellow apologist Jonathan McLatchie's weekly online webinar known as the Apologetics Academy. The webinar is a platform that invites speakers, scholars, thinkers, and experts across the theological and philosophical spectrum to come, speak, and interact with listeners. Regular readers of my blog will know that I am not only a regular promoter of the endeavor, but apart from this guest hosting I have also had the pleasure of appearing on the Apologetics Academy asguest speaker back in August of 2016 (which you can find by clicking here).

On Friday March 5th I had the opportunity to moderate and host J.P. Holding, author of "The Best Evidence for Jesus" and founder of Tekton Apologetics Ministries. Apart from my constant repeating of the phrase "for sure" while trying to figure out the logistics of the platform, our conversation about the historical Jesus went very well.


The Apologetics Books You Should (Already) Have on Your Bookshelf

This week after a talk I did on apologetics I was asked to provide a list of books that have helped me in my study and journey into apologetic evangelism. The product of this journey has produced the following list, ordered by subject, on the books that I have on my shelf and/or have helped me navigate through finding the credible answers that I personally had, or that others have asked me. APOLOGETIC EVANGELISM"Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions" by Greg Koukl
"The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How it Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between" by Greg Koukl

"Unanswered: Lasting Truth for Trending Questions" by Jeremiah J. Johnston

"But is it Real?" by Amy Orr-Ewing
"Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis
"What's Your Worldview?: An Interactive Approach to Life's Biggest Questions" by James N. Anderson
"Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of t…