Helping Hurry God Along (Hint: That’s a Horrible Idea)

Ever felt like God wasn't working as fast as you think he should? I think that would describe, at one time or another, every Christian who's ever lived. Enter the story of Moses. But first, a little context. After the death of Joseph (the "coat of many colors" Joseph), things went downhill in Egypt. The … Continue reading Helping Hurry God Along (Hint: That’s a Horrible Idea)

The Problem with “Church, Submit to Your Pastor”

I'll never forget it. A pastor I was served with (more like "worked for") was in a meeting with about two dozen very upset church members.  They weren't just upset, they were angry.  And for good reason.  He had made, in just a couple of months, more foolish decisions than most of us make in … Continue reading The Problem with “Church, Submit to Your Pastor”

I Befriended Bart Ehrman by Debating Him I’ve been blessed by my friendships with debate opponents, despite strong disagreements. Michael R. Licona| June 21, 2019   It was February 2008. I had committed to a public debate with the prominent agnostic New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman. He was an established scholar, an award-winning professor at … Continue reading

The Alarming Level of Biblical Illiteracy: Who Jesus Was, and Was Not

I teach and speak on this topic often. Sure, non-believers don't know a lot about the Bible. But, truth be told, neither do the majority of believers. It's heart-breaking. While the cursory reader of scripture envisions Jesus merely as a meek guy with great hair tenderly holding a lamb and visiting with children, the gospels … Continue reading The Alarming Level of Biblical Illiteracy: Who Jesus Was, and Was Not

Norman Geisler: He Didn’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist

Apologist Norman Geisler:  The Man Who Didn't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist Kate Shellnutt July 01, 2019 Just two months after his retirement from public ministry, evangelical theologian Norman Geisler died Monday at age 86. He had been hospitalized over the weekend after suffering a blood clot in his brain. Described as “a … Continue reading Norman Geisler: He Didn’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist

Chosen But Free – The Biblical Doctrine of Election

NOTE: The issue of “election vs. free will” will forever be debated.  What is critical, though, is that a believer leans fully on the authority and sufficiency of Scripture, without adding to, or taking away.  Conjecture, speculation and theory are good for earthly debate.  But, when all the dust settles, there is only one authority: … Continue reading Chosen But Free – The Biblical Doctrine of Election

Why Pray? (Does it really make any difference?)

I want to thank everyone for your kind and encouraging words regarding the message I preached on June 16th about the mystery of prayer and why God, through human eyes, seems so capricious i.e. why does he answer some prayers and not others? My daughter, Macy Watts, listened to it yesterday and told me should … Continue reading Why Pray? (Does it really make any difference?)