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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 you could ever ask! Typically when the issue is brought forth, it comes bearing the pain of a hot-button issue such as homosexuality, the fair treatment of women, the exclusion of other religions, or something similar. Each of these important issues deserve… 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

I’d like to share with you 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 me with an angry voice: “Hey You!” I point to myself with a puzzled look. “Yeah, you!… 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 »