Christ without Compromise: The Application of Covenantal Apologetics to the Crisis of Identity in the Urban Context

Below is the introduction to my D. Min. research project proposal. Who am I? The question of identity is one that we all must wrestle with, but within the urban context, particularly the African American urban context, the question of identity has turned into a crisis of identity. There is a long history of oppression,Continue reading “Christ without Compromise: The Application of Covenantal Apologetics to the Crisis of Identity in the Urban Context”

Review: Adrian Pei’s The Minority Experience: Navigating Emotional and Organizational Realities.

Pei, Adrian. The Minority Experience: Navigating Emotional and Organizational Realities. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2018. Listening. It’s something none of us are really good at. All of us need to grow in this area. We must become better listeners. As part of of the majority culture, I am constantly trying, as a pastor in aContinue reading “Review: Adrian Pei’s The Minority Experience: Navigating Emotional and Organizational Realities.”

38 Notes on Research & Writing from Turabian

Below are 38 various and relatively random notes I took from Turabian. They are helpful guidelines for research and writing. The numbers in parenthesis are page numbers from Turabian, 9th edition. Plan everything (3). Begin with a question: I am working on X to find out Y so that others can understand Z (8). WriteContinue reading “38 Notes on Research & Writing from Turabian”

My On and Off Again Relationship with Kate T.

It’s been well over 15 years since Kate T. and I first met. Our relationship lasted about five years. It wasn’t always easy. It was actually quite rocky. There were plenty of challenges. I admit that I certainly contributed to some of the problems in our relationship. I have a hard time with conforming toContinue reading “My On and Off Again Relationship with Kate T.”

Notes from P.E. Hughes “Crucial Biblical Passages for Christian Apologetics”

Following are my notes from Hughes excellent contribution to Jerusalem and Athens: Hughes, Philip Edgcumbe. “Crucial Biblical Passages for Christian Apologetics.” In Jerusalem and Athens: Critical Discussions on the Philosophy and Apologetics of Cornelius Van Til, edited by E. R. Geehan, 131-140. Nutley, NJ: P&R, 1971. Genesis 1:1-31 “Of absolutely radical importance for the developmentContinue reading “Notes from P.E. Hughes “Crucial Biblical Passages for Christian Apologetics””

Review: William White’s Van Til: Defender of the Faith

White’s biography, Van Til: Defender of the Faith, is a simple and delightful look at the life of Van Til. This is not a critical look at Van Til’s life and thought. It is a well written, brief overview of the life of a defender of the faith. It is remarkably personable. I really appreciatedContinue reading “Review: William White’s Van Til: Defender of the Faith”

Review: Crosscombe & Krispin’s Place Matters

Place Matters first caught my attention because it is written by two guys who love the city I love. They have ministered in the city of Philadelphia, in the case of Bill Krispin, longer than I have been alive. While I have not had the chance to met them yet, I greatly respect the consistencyContinue reading “Review: Crosscombe & Krispin’s Place Matters”

Review: Dick Gregory’s Defining Moments in Black History

What happens when you take a spoonful of comedy, a dose of conspiracy theory, and heaping of African American history? Well, you get Dick Gregory’s Defining Moments in Black History. Another reviewer hit the nail on the head. Gregory is like the crazy uncle who loves to tell stories. He mixes truth with a littleContinue reading “Review: Dick Gregory’s Defining Moments in Black History”

We are to give an account. But of what?

Eckhard J. Schnabel offers a wonderful explanation of what the content of our apologetic should be made up of. “The term apologia signifies that they should be prepared to give an account of the objective foundation of their Christian faith and identity. For example, they should be prepared to explain that sins can be forgivenContinue reading “We are to give an account. But of what?”

Review: James Sire’s A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics

“The moment the church was born, apologetics was born with it” (9). So begins, James Sire’s  A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics. The implication is that apologetics is necessary for the Church. The Christian faith will always need to be defended. Until Christ returns, apologetics will remain to both defend and bolster up the faith.Continue reading “Review: James Sire’s A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics”