Showing posts from July, 2017

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 …