Author: Daniel Paavola

Apologia: Christianity in an Age of Tolerance

Perhaps it would have been easier to be Luther in his day. Luther saw a clear challenge to the gospel and responded with courage. The stakes were life and death, but the lines were clearly drawn. Today many of our challenges lack that clarity. Our early-millennium American culture expects us to accept any belief as long as it’s sincerely held. Christians respond with the unique claims of the Gospel and look for a lively debate. However, eager for a spiritual tug-of-war, oftentimes Christians find that they alone are pulling on the rope. Many non-Christians assume that all religions are...

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Apologia: God’s Self Disclosure – In Nature and His Word

God lives in “unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see” (1 Tim. 6:16). God is hidden behind a barrier impenetrable by human beings. In the words of Isaiah, ‘You are truly a God who hides himself…” (Is. 45:15). This means that no one has the ability to look “behind the beyond” to know the true God. We creatures simply cannot bridge the gap between ourselves and our Creator. UNLESS (and it’s a big “unless”) God Himself takes the initiative and reveals Himself to us! God reveals Himself in a general way in the world that He...

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