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Why Would God Ask Us to Fear Him?

Matthew Tingblad, February 25, 2021

Several years ago I was invited to speak at a Christian event on a college campus. The team brought me in to talk about the fear of God to their students. I admired their willingness to cover a subject that is hardly discussed in the Church. But I have to… Read more »

Why Would God Command Our Worship?

Matthew Tingblad, January 29, 2021

People often say that the most frequent command in the Bible is do not fear. Although I have never counted, I suspect this is wrong. It seems to me that a more frequent command is to worship God. Throughout the Bible we are beckoned to praise Him. In fact, every… Read more »

Three Steps Before We Speak Out

Matthew Tingblad, July 16, 2020

The advent of social media has given every person a stage and microphone to voice themselves in front of a large audience. This has given us the ability to speak out against racial prejudice and injustice. This is a good thing! The Old Testament prophets repeatedly voiced God’s charge to… Read more »

Does the Bible Disempower Women? (Part 2)

Matthew Tingblad, June 3, 2020

In my previous post I addressed the concern that the presence of women in the Bible is underrepresented. My conclusion was that the Bible tells of God’s interaction in history, and that this history took place within a male-dominated culture. I also pointed to many passages in the Bible that elevate… Read more »

Does the Bible Disempower Women? (Part 1)

Matthew Tingblad, May 21, 2020

Some Ask, “Does the Bible disempower women?” This question deserves a lot of care. For the typical 21st century reader, there is a striking amount of testosterone in the Bible. Men undoubtedly played a large role in God’s story of redemption. The patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob) were all male. The… Read more »

If God Loves Us, Why Do We Face Persecution?

Matthew Tingblad, May 11, 2020

Religious persecution is alive and well in our world. While we see this happening against numerous religions, perhaps the most persecuted group are Christians. Countless believers have been tortured and killed for confessing Jesus as Lord. Even in the Western world where we have the Constitutional right to freedom of… Read more »

How Do We Count the Number of Fulfilled Biblical Prophecy?

Matthew Tingblad, May 6, 2020

How many biblical prophecies have been fulfilled? Do we have an exact count? In this post Matt Tingblad gives a brief overview of the two types of prophecies, answering the question of whether the Bible continues to prove itself reliable. Read on! Prophecy: Several Factors to Consider Calculating the number… Read more »

Who Recorded Events in the Bible?

Matthew Tingblad, May 6, 2020

When significant events happen in our world today, witnesses record the stories through writing and video. This raises questions about how the Bible was recorded. Take these three events, for example: How was Moses able to write about creation, Adam and Eve, Abraham, Isaac, etc. when he was not there?… Read more »

How to Pray with God in our Pain

Matthew Tingblad, April 30, 2020

It may seem odd to talk about pain in the modern Christian life. If you were to examine today’s preaching and worship music, you’d likely get the sense that the Christian life is supposed to be a perpetual state of happiness, or that happiness can be gained in five simple… Read more »

Is Apologetics Biblical?

Matthew Tingblad, April 29, 2020

What is “Christian apologetics”? It’s the activity of providing a rational basis for belief in the Christian faith.When we seek to demonstrate that God exists, that the resurrection of Jesus actually happened, or that the Bible is historically reliable, we are doing the work of Christian apologetics. Is Christian apologetics… Read more »

Why does God Keep Satan Around?

Matthew Tingblad, April 20, 2020

I recently received this very intriguing question: “Why does God Keep Satan Around?” To answer this question, it helps for us to know about the story of redemption that God began writing since the creation of the world. Somewhere in history (presumably at the fall, when Adam and Eve first… Read more »

Is God’s Goodness Evident Amidst COVID-19?

Matthew Tingblad, April 16, 2020

Would you have guessed that you and I would spend 2020 fighting a global pandemic? COVID-19 has done serious damage to the fabric of societies around the world. Some of us are batting unemployment, anxiety, boredom, loneliness — or the virus itself. For many, the situation goes even deeper; we… Read more »

Understanding Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic QUICK VIDEO

Matthew Tingblad, April 9, 2020

  For 50+ years, Josh McDowell Ministry has been leading seekers into a deeper knowledge of God’s truth and power. We offer you our accumulated knowledge and research to help you find truth and encouragement to live a healthy and whole life in Christ. What is Your Emotional Anchor For… Read more »

Why Did God Create Humanity?

Matthew Tingblad, April 6, 2020

God knew that not all of humanity would accept Him, so why did He create us? When God created humanity, He considered it “very good” (Genesis 1:31). God’s assessment can be difficult to understand, considering what people have done against God from the start. You and I, as objects of… Read more »

Has the Bible Been Altered Over the Centuries?

Matthew Tingblad, April 2, 2020

To declare that the Bible has been “altered” over the centuries could mean a number of different things. For instance, you could talk about how later scribes added punctuation markings, lower-case lettering, etc., as their Greek language evolved over time. But that is of little concern. When most people say… Read more »

Could the Gospel Writers Know What Jesus Actually said?

Matthew Tingblad, March 18, 2020

There was a long period of time between the life of Jesus and the composition of the four Gospels in the Bible. Even when we take conservative estimates for their dating, the earliest we typically see is the book of Mark, written around AD 55-70, about the time the apostle… Read more »

Isn’t the Bible Full of Disagreements?

Matthew Tingblad, March 11, 2020

One common concern that skeptics have about the Bible is that it doesn’t line up. That it’s full of disagreements, which they say proves that it’s a man-made document, not inspired by God. This question can lead to very murky conversations; however, because people mean different things when they discuss… Read more »

Breaking Out of the Christian Bubble

Matthew Tingblad, March 10, 2020

Private evangelical Christian schools can be dangerous. I should know; I’m finishing my last semester at one as a seminary student. It’s not that I don’t like them. I’m actually very grateful for the education I have received at my university. In fact, I would do it all over again!… Read more »

Should Apologists Quote the Bible When Trying to Prove it?

Matthew Tingblad, February 27, 2020

There’s a common objection apologists hear from skeptics: “You can’t quote the Bible to prove the Bible.”  The answer to that? Yes and no. Sometimes people try to prove the Bible is true by using what the Bible says concerning itself. 2 Timothy 3:16-17, for example, says that all Scripture… Read more »

Why Believe in God if I Can’t Feel, Hear, or See Him?

Matthew Tingblad, February 21, 2020

It’s easy to believe in things that we can perceive through our senses. But the sensory things of this world aren’t the only things we believe in, right? We believe in many things that can’t be felt, seen, or heard. Consider the following. We believe in: Scientific theories, such as… Read more »

Jesus Died for Me … So Why Do I Still Feel Guilt?

Matthew Tingblad, December 5, 2019

I remember years ago when I tuned into a message by a Christian speaker who was addressing guilt… He asked the audience a simple question: “How many of you have trouble dealing with your past?” There was a pause. He continued. “You know why? It’s because you don’t believe it’s… Read more »

What Are the Top Religious Philosophies?

Matthew Tingblad, August 28, 2019

A.W. Tozer, a famous Christian thinker, is known for penning the words, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” He uses this statement to open his book Knowledge of the Holy. Even if you are not a Christian, there is much… Read more »

God: Our Relevant Father

Matthew Tingblad, May 6, 2019

Welcome! Thanks for joining us for this, our 16th post in our new year-long blog series we’re calling “Journey Together.” In this post we reflect on the relevance of our loving Father. A Father’s Presence Matters Many people would agree that Will Smith made his career through his great performance… Read more »

Five Misconceptions of Christians

Matthew Tingblad, February 28, 2019

Welcome! Thanks for joining us for this, the sixth post in our new year-long blog series we’re calling “Journey Together.” In this post let’s talk about how Christians are viewed by society — often through a distorted lens. We are bombarded with so much false information that we lazily accept as… Read more »

Should Christians Practice Apologetics?

Matthew Tingblad, November 28, 2018

At Josh McDowell Ministry, we focus a great deal on Christian Apologetics. In other words, we work hard to defend Christianity, providing reasons to help people confidently believe in Jesus and the Christian message. In another one of my articles, I sought to defend the biblical case for apologetics. Peter,… Read more »

Book Review: The End of Faith

Matthew Tingblad, July 28, 2018

    A few years ago, I worked through The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, a popular atheist thinker who argued against a theistic worldview. I chose to read the book because I believe that it is important for Christians (and anyone, for that matter) to engage with viewpoints other than our… Read more »

The Work of Textual Criticism

Matthew Tingblad, March 1, 2018

For those of you who have engaged with Christian apologetics, you probably understand that a common objection to the Bible is that it has been changed or corrupted over time. Our response is to point out the number of manuscripts we have of the Bible, the early date of many… Read more »

Spiritual but not Religious?

Matthew Tingblad, March 1, 2018

The spiritual landscape of America is changing. New Age Spirituality, also known as the “Spiritual but not Religious” movement (SBNR), has grown tremendously in North America. As a lot of Christians have focused heavily on rationalized, modernistic approaches to evangelism, there is a new voice emerging which is simply asking… Read more »

Is Christianity Intolerant?

Matthew Tingblad, March 1, 2018

This is one of the most loaded questions ever asked. Typically when the issue is brought forth, it comes bearing the pain of a hot-button issue such as same-sex attraction, the fair treatment of women, the exclusion of other religions, or something similar. Each of these important issues deserve their… Read more »

How Do I Understand the Will of God?

Matthew Tingblad, June 22, 2017

A lot of people are confused about what God’s “will” actually is. For instance, can it be thwarted? The answer seems obvious: Not at all! Isaiah 14:27 proudly declares: “For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it… Read more »

Is Science Opposed to Faith in God?

Matthew Tingblad, May 18, 2017

I remember quite vividly in class one day in the public school district when a substitute teacher came in to play a video. It was a film on the origin of the universe and the formation of life, with a naturalistic perspective. The video played the entire class period. We had… Read more »

The Problem of Natural Disasters

Matthew Tingblad, April 6, 2017

Many of us are familiar with the so-called Problem of Evil. If God is all-loving, all-powerful, and all-knowing, why is there evil in the world? This question is so important for any Christian to ask. Thankfully, thoughtful responses to this enigma have produced volumes of material. In a nutshell, we see evil in this world… Read more »

Isn’t there Slave Brutality in the Old Testament?

Matthew Tingblad, March 6, 2017

I got an email from a student asking about something his humanities professor said. Apparently, this professor told his class that the Bible says you can beat your slave within an inch of his life and remain innocent as long as he doesn’t die within 48 hours. The student was rather… Read more »

Why did the early church decide to indoctrinate a canon of New Testament books in the first place?

Matthew Tingblad, January 17, 2017

A common question that we hear is “how did we get the Bible?” This is a very good question. Perhaps an even better question would be “Why did the early church decide to indoctrinate a canon of New Testament books in the first place?” After all, they already had their Old… Read more »

The Power of Faith in an Uncertain World

Matthew Tingblad, November 5, 2016

Your mind is an immensely important player in your spiritual life. Through your mind, you have the power over which thoughts you choose to entertain. When we neglect this duty, we leave the door wide open for anything and everything to harass us from the inside-out. For this reason, one of… Read more »

Ready to hear some good news?

Matthew Tingblad, August 8, 2016

In this post, we will be looking at some tips and creative ideas for sharing your faith. I’d like to begin by sharing the second-closest time I almost got beat up. I was a college student walking through the main campus building when a student across the way shouts at… Read more »

Book Review: The God Delusion (Part 2)

Matthew Tingblad, July 18, 2016

To reach atheists, you need to understand them first. **Image Fair Use Last week, I began a book review of The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, broken up into two parts. This book was a monumental work of atheist thought by arguably the best-known atheist of our time. The first part… Read more »

Book Review: The God Delusion (Part 1)

Matthew Tingblad, July 11, 2016

I will point out what I found surprising, humbling, redeeming, and insightful about this book. (Image Fair use**) Sean McDowell, Josh’s son and Christian apologist, has a popular talk he gives where he stands up in front of a church and puts on his “atheist glasses,” changing his worldview from… Read more »

Evangelism, Islam and Muslims

Matthew Tingblad, June 20, 2016

Several months ago, I took a taxi to a conference center that Josh McDowell was speaking at. I had the pleasure to ride with a Muslim taxi driver who was willing to dialogue with me about our differences of faith. As I stepped out of the cab, he gave me… Read more »