above the fire

1 Peter 3:15 reads “ but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”

The Greek word for “defense” used by Peter is apologia, and it carries the meaning of a formal argument one might find in a courtroom. This word is where we get the term apologetics, or the practice of defending and arguing positively for the Christian worldview. As Christians we are not only commanded to be ready to defend our faith, but we must do so while honoring Christ as Lord in our hearts. This means we aren’t neutral, but neither is the unbeliever. 

All of my work on this blog is based on the efforts of men who are far smarter, wiser, and more eloquent than myself. I have been heavily influenced by the works of John Piper, Greg Bahnsen, Jeff Durbin, John Frame, C.S. Lewis, James White, and others too numerous to count. I don’t pretend to have contributed anything new to the defense of the Christian worldview, but this blog exists because articulating my thoughts forces me to get them in order and helps me to better understand my own beliefs (It also gives me a place to post cool photos I’ve taken).

My hope and prayer is that this blog will be a blessing and a light to both Christians and unbelievers looking for a logical, intellectual, and scripturally based analysis of issues of faith.