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Willow Creek Chooses Co-Ed Pastors to Succeed Bill Hybels

“When we saw this shaping up, we had to ask ourselves, ‘Can our congregation have a lead pastor that’s a woman?,’” said Hybels, speaking from Willow Creek’s central campus in South Barrington, Illinois, one of seven locations in the Chicago region that draw a collective total of 25,000 worshippers each weekend. “And because this is a deeply held value in our church, we said, ‘No problem.’”

3 Quick Reflections on Apologetics Worldwide

Apologetics is growing internationally. Today I got an email from a minister in Ethiopia who is starting apologetics training in his country through the local church and national media. In our Biola M.A. Christian Apologetics program , we have students from New Zealand , Hong Kong, Netherlands, Australia, Latin America, and more. A few years ago, when I spoke in Canada, apologetics seemed to be a new venture, and there were little resources “on the ground.” But now there are multiple flourishing apologetics ministries , speakers , and bloggers from Canada who are equipping the church from within.

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3 Perspectives Every Child Needs for Their Spiritual Journey

A lot of young people like to adopt the glamorous-sounding label of being on a “spiritual journey.” But all too often, that spiritual journey is really a euphemism for “I don’t really want to commit to any stifling religious rules and doctrines so I’m going to just keep floating through life until I come across something that feels fulfilling.” It’s critical that we communicate throughout our Christian parenting that there is nothing more important than deciding what you believe.

Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design - Kindle edition by Stephen C. Meyer. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @

I'm not a Christian and I certainly don't believe in "creation science" which is often confused with intelligent design. I have spent my life studying science, and all of my degrees are in scientific and medical areas, but I've always been interested in spirituality. It's unfortunate that so many scientists are atheists. Perhaps they have no choice in the matter since they are generally wed to the very narrow perspectives of their scientific specialties. (Others, like Richard Dawkins, are wed to the industry of Atheism.) The Signature in the cell was the first book that I have read that explains in no uncertain terms why the genetic code would be impossible for nature to create by randomly combining primordial molecules. It is a technical book filled with technical facts and statistics that is so interesting that you forget that you are actually learning something. Although it doesn't talk about God or any form of religion or spiritual world, it is difficult to avoid the obvious conclusion that something outside of our material universe had something to do with the very first reproducing organism as well as multiple steps along the way to the evolution of the human species.

The Courage to Be Ordinary: Help for Average Christian Leaders

Most ministry is rightly done in obscurity. My best stories are those that few will ever know. As hard as that is, I think that’s very appropriate. For in those cases, my Father sees, understands, appreciates, and affirms. And that’s enough. One day God will say to me, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21), and give me the “unfading crown of glory” (1 Peter 5:4). Sometimes he gives me a foretaste of that through the affirmation and praise from others, but most of my ministry will be in obscurity.

4 Lessons for Christians from the Harvey Weinstein Scandal

It’s tempting to mock the movie industry for such blatant hypocrisy. They frequently preach to us about their superior values; meanwhile, they were overlooking abuse in their midst. But instead of gloating we should consider what we as Christians might learn from the horrific, decades-long cover-up. Numerous lessons could be learned, but here are four specific takeaways we should consider:

How to Train Your Dragons: Killing Pet Sins Before They Kill You

“Be careful,” it said. “He can do what he says. He can kill me. One fatal word from you and he will ! Then you’ll be without me for ever and ever. It’s not natural. How could you live? You’d be only a sort of ghost, not a real man as you are now. He doesn’t understand. He’s only a cold, bloodless abstract thing. It may be natural for him, but it isn’t for us. Yes, yes. I know there are no real pleasures now, only dreams. But aren’t they better than nothing? And I’ll be so good. I admit I’ve sometimes gone too far in the past, but I promise I won’t do it again. I’ll give you nothing but really nice dreams — all sweet and fresh and almost innocent. You might say, quite innocent . . . ”

Whatever Became of Repentance?

Repentance is the means by which we experience the forgiveness of sins, for one. This alone changes everything, of course. And thus it is also the means by which we can change the temperature of the angry debates in church, online, and in our culture. What if instead of stubbornly entrenching ourselves deeper in argument or accusations, we paused and said sincerely, “I’m sorry to say that I’ve contributed to this problem, and I have a lot to repent of.” Or “I have to admit that I’ve said some stupid and offensive things like the very thing I’m criticizing.” If we were to do that, yes, some would crucify us. This is the risk taken by followers of the crucified Lord, who teaches us to be meek and humble of heart. But often, this repentant posture disarms people and can turn caustic debate into humane conversation.

GK Chesterton the Apologist

When we think of Chesterton today, we think of Father Brown, the quintessential priest-detective. But, like Conan Doyle, who believed his more serious writings were more important than his Sherlock Holmes stories, Chesterton’s central thrust (even in the persona of Father Brown) was elsewhere. At heart, Chesterton was a controversalist, or, better, an apologist. What he really wanted to achieve was to bring his contemporaries (and us!) back to sanity by showing the truth of classic Christian orthodoxy.

It’s Past Time to Rethink Modern Sexual Morality

And for powerful people in particular, the ask so often has fruitful results — sometimes out of genuine desire, sometimes out of fear, and sometimes out of a sense of intimidated resignation — that the ask quickly blurs into expectation, and expectations can yield demands. But the pressure of course doesn’t simply come from those with corporate or political clout. Power is defined by more than wealth or fame. People who seek companionship and love feel sexual pressure to initiate or preserve relationships. Sometimes people want to simply fit in with the dominant culture, to feel included rather than excluded.

Answering Islam 13: Has the Quran Been Perfectly Preserved?

Support our videos on Patreon: Here's Episode 13 of "Answering Islam," where David Wood answers the question: "Has the Quran Been Perfectly Preserved?" For the rest of the videos in this series, visit this playlist:

Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on CS Lewis

In the last decade a slew of Narnia movies were released in theaters and, though C. S. Lewis has been gone more than 50 years, his books are still as popular as ever. He’s the famous atheist-turned-Christian, but what exactly did he believe and what did he contribute to Christianity? Here’s your crash course on the life and accomplishments of C. S. Lewis—and why he still matters today.

Go to God in Prayer: How Not to Be a Mule

That is not the way God wants his animals to come to him for blessing. One of these days it is going to be too late for that mule. He’s going to get clobbered with hail and struck by lightening and when he comes running the barn door is going to be shut. Therefore, don’t be like the mule, but instead let everyone who is godly come to God in prayer at a time when he may be found.

Wikipedia Erases Paleontologist Günter Bechly | Evolution News

This is a big deal, and a reminder of a key dynamic in the debate about ID. What the public hears about that debate is often highly misleading. That’s for a number of reasons, including media distortion, dishonest attributions of “creationism” to ID proponents, and a refusal by most professional scientists who oppose ID to respond to the theory on its scientific merits.

Harvey Weinstein isn't just Hollywood. Men like him exist in our churches too - Premier Christianity

I was harassed as a teenager and young adult by more than one married man who I encountered through church. Men who gained access through house groups, volunteering, church holidays and events, and 'good deeds' (beware the middle-aged married man who offers to teach a 17-year-old girl to drive and turns up in a Porsche). Some of these men were muttered about, and I, along with other girls, knew who should be avoided. Some were above reproach until victims of serious crimes went to the authorities as adults and the truth came out (and convictions and prison time followed). It wasn’t unusual, and coupled with a theology of (even gentle) male leadership and female support, there was little to challenge how some men behaved or where women fitted.

Why Shouldn't We Trust the Non-Canonical Gospels Attributed to Matthew? | Cold Case Christianity

The Gospel of Matthew is a reliable New Testament record of the life and ministry of Jesus, but this ancient document isn’t the only text attributed to the ex-tax collector formerly known as Levi. Other slightly less ancient texts also claim to have been written by the same man who wrote the gospel we accept as canon. But are these non-biblical texts reliable? Were they really written by Matthew? There are four characteristics of reliable eyewitness testimony , and the first attribute requires that an alleged eyewitness account be old enough to actually be written by someone who was present to see what he or she reports . None of the following texts described in this article were written early enough to have been written by the Apostle Matthew, and like other late non-canonical texts , these errant documents were rejected by early Church leaders. In spite of this, these ancient fabrications were constructed around nuggets of truth. Although they were written by authors who altered the story of Jesus to suit the purposes of their religious communities, much can still be learned

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The Resurrection Answers Three Big Questions

“The resurrection of Jesus Christ is either one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted on the minds of human beings—or it is the most remarkable fact of history.” My father has often shared these words to me in person, and he’s written them in his books. The older I get, the more I realize they’re unmistakably true. There’s no middle ground with the resurrection of Jesus. Either it is a colossal fabrication or the most important event in history.

Was Jesus An Apologist?

A few years ago, I had a discussion with an influential theologian who claimed that Jesus was not an apologist. He pointed out that, except for 1 Peter 3:15, the New Testament appearances of apologia (“defense”) all come from the writing or ministry of Paul. Does this mean Jesus was not an apologist? Was Jesus more interested in proclaiming and illustrating the faith than defending it?

23 The forgotten Christians of Nigeria -- faithful while enduring incredible persecution

That said, Nigerian Christians are remarkable. Tough, charismatic, and possessed of an irrepressible joy, no one could ever conquer a people of such spirit.  Not the Boko Haram, not the Fulani Herdsmen, not a corrupt government, and not the liberal policies that the West has tried to force upon them.  The unrelenting pressure of violence, corruption, and pestilence have combined to produce a pearl of a people.

The Christian's Duty to Hold Firm

The nineteenth-century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche is famous for his declaration that “God is dead.” That brief dictum does not give the whole story. According to Nietzsche, the cause of the Deity’s demise was compassion. He said, “God is dead; He died of pity.” But before the God who was the God of Judeo-Christianity perished, Nietzsche said that there were a multitude of deities who existed, such as those who resided on Mount Olympus. That is, at one time there was a plurality of gods. All of the rest of the gods perished when one day the Jewish God, Yahweh, stood up in their assembly and said, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Hearing this, according to Nietzsche’s satirical summary, all of the rest of the gods and goddesses died. They died of laughter.

This is why I love teaching my kids about the Reformation — Southern Equip

Yes, my kids need to know defending the Bible will cause them to clash with a culture that despises it, but it may also bring them into collision with many within the church. I want them to know that to be a Christian is to be a revolutionary, that good people disagree at key points, and that issues such as baptism and the Lord’s Supper—which many evangelicals regard as matters indifferent—are anything but matters indifferent. The Reformers certainly didn’t think so, and many of my Baptist forebears paid for dissenting opinions with their lives.


Do you want to thrive in every circumstance? In the Bible, Daniel and his friends rose to top positions of leadership because they were unshakeable in their faith even though they were surrounded by a corrupt culture. Today, the world’s value system increasingly drifts further from God. To thrive, no matter what, you need to dive into scripture and learn how to be unshakable in your faith.

The Best Place to Give Up Grumbling

Shouldn’t there be a stark contrast in the lives of those who do know God? Shouldn’t our lives display a joyful and humble awareness of how outrageously good God has been to us? This isn’t a call for chipper, bland, slap-a-smile-on positivity. Nobody buys that. Neither is this a call to ignore life’s realities. We have real reasons for sorrow, and we experience real pain.

The Bee Explains: Main Differences Between Popular Bible Translations

The Knoweth Jesus Version has legions of disciples who herald it as the only legitimate form of the Scriptures, claiming that all others have been developed through a partnership between the New World Order and Satan himself in order to make sure they don’t knoweth Jesus. KJVers contend that modern Satanic versions intentionally obscure important Christian truths like the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, and the NASA flat-earth cover-up. Also a top choice for readability, memorization, and open-air preaching at sporting events.

Presuppositions of Science

“Science is committed to several presuppositions: that nature exists, that it has discoverable order, that it is uniform, are existential presuppositions of science; the distinctions between space and time, cause and effect, the observer and the observed, real and apparent, orderly and chaotic, are classificatory presuppositions; while intersubjective testability, quantifibility, the public availability of data, are methodological presuppositions; some aaxiological presuppositions are the honest reporting of results, the worthwhileness of getting the facts right, and scrupulousness in avoiding observational or experimental error. If any one of these presuppositions were abandoned, science, as we know it, could not be done. Yet the acceptance of the presuppositions cannot be a matter of course, for each has been challenged and alternatives are readily available.”(1)

The Grace Awakening: How the Reformation changed the world - Premier Christianity

The girl could never make herself a queen. But then the king comes along, full of love for her. And on their wedding day he makes his marriage vow to her. With that, she is his, and the prostitute becomes a queen. He takes and bears all her debts, and she now shares his boundless wealth and status. It is not that she earned it. She didn’t become a queen by behaving royally. Indeed, she does not know how to behave royally. But when the king made his marriage promise, he changed her status. For all her backstreet ways, the poor girl is now a queen.

“I Am Who I Am”

Put yourself forward a few years to the day when every human being will give an account of himself before the living God. God will say to millions of people, “Now it is my understanding that you said often during your life that you believed in me. You affirmed my existence. Is that right?” “Yes.” “And is it not true that in your life the more honor and importance and virtue and power and beauty a person had, the more regard he was paid and the more respect he was shown and the more admiration he received? Is that not the case?” “Yes.” “Then why is it that I had such an insignificant place in your life since you say you believed in me? Why didn’t you feel more admiration for me and seek my wisdom more often and spend time in fellowship with me and strive to know the way I wanted you to make all your everyday decisions? Why did you treat me as though I were like hydrogen?”

Justin Trudeau Speaks Out on the Importance of Gender Equality

I want my sons to escape the pressure to be a particular kind of masculine that is so damaging to men and to the people around them. I want them to be comfortable being themselves, and being feminists—who stand up for what’s right, and who can look themselves in the eye with pride …

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#KindleDeals in Christian #Apologetics : This Week's Top Ten Best-Sellers (Plus 2 Biographies)

The First and Second Theses by Stephen Nichols

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. This session considers Luther’s first and second theses, and their summary of the essence of the Reformation: the authority of the Bible versus the authority of the Roman Catholic Church.

Josh McDowell: That’s My Story (and I’m Sticking with It)

Obviously, if I had not encountered God’s love in that student group at Kellogg College and experienced it again through that pastor’s friendship and mentoring, I would have been content to hate Wayne Bailey for the rest of my life.  But the truth had taken root in me as a result of those relationships.  I’m convinced that all the evidence in the world, all the most powerful arguments and most convincing proofs, would never have gotten through to me if the transforming power of God’s love had not reached my heart through that student group and others, including the pastor at tiny Factorville Bible Church.  In fact, my mind continued to rebel long after my heart knew what I must do.

Study shows Christian persecution is on the rise - Premier Christian Radio

The report concluded: "At a time in the West where there is increasing media focus on the rights of people regardless of gender, ethnicity or sexuality - to name but a few - it is ironic that in many sections of the media there should be such limited coverage of the massive persecution experienced by so many Christians." Listen to John Pontifex from Aid to the Church in Need, speaking with Premier's Eno Adeogun:

God Will Keep You Through Dementia

I will never forget Helen, a retired missionary, who could no longer be cared for at home due to her husband’s infirmities and who lived in a nursing home’s dementia unit. When I would go in to see her, I would often find her with several friends gathered around, listening to her tell stories of Africa. She would be laughing and slap her thigh when she got to the punch line. The entire group would laugh contagiously with her. What difference did it make that she only told three stories and did so over and over again? She enjoyed it and her friends did too.

Q & A: Is the Fine-Tuning Argument Mistaken?

Q&A: Is the Fine-Tuning Argument Mistaken? By Nate Sala “Whenever I bring up the fine tuning argument and the constants of the universe in a conversation with my husband, he asks if the constants could have been different. I never fully understood what he really wanted to know.  But I googled a bit to try and figure out what he really wants to know, and it seems as if it has something to do with “top-down cosmology”. According to Stephen Hawking: ” it is inevitable that we find our Universe’s “fine-tuned” physical  constants, as the current Universe “selects” only those past histories  that led to the present conditions”. He seems to be saying that the constants aren’t fine tuned because it could not have been different. Therefore, no fine tuning argument. I don’t know how to answer him to this. I hope this makes sense :)” – Jana B. Thanks for the great question! I should say, I’m so glad to see you’re engaging your husband with substantive dialogue on God’s existence. We’ll keep praying for you and him! Jana, I think your question could be boiled down to this: In light of Stephen Hawking’s “top down cosmology”, are the physical constants the way they are necessarily, and thus not fine-tuned after all? The short answer is no, and I’ll explain.

Defend the City: A Call to Single Men

So it is with us in the war against sexual sin. You are a city under siege. The armies of lust are at the gate, with seething hatred in their hearts and satin lies on their tongues. They seek to steal your contentment by making you grasp for phantom pleasures. They yearn to kill your manhood by rendering you incapable of cherishing a woman who is not airbrushed or imaginary. And they long to destroy your very soul by leaving you more in love with lust than with Jesus (1 Peter 2:11).

The Point: The STD Crisis

The CDC reports that sexually-transmitted diseases in the U. S. are at an all-time high. Over two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were reported last year according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report.

Gay Coffee Shop Owner Kicks Out Pro-Life Customers

“There’s nothing you can say. This is you and I don’t want these people in this place,” the owner says. The group asks why he can’t tolerate their presence, prompting the owner to ask them if they would watch him have sex with his boyfriend.

Study shows Christian persecution is on the rise - Premier

The report concluded: "At a time in the West where there is increasing media focus on the rights of people regardless of gender, ethnicity or sexuality - to name but a few - it is ironic that in many sections of the media there should be such limited coverage of the massive persecution experienced by so many Christians." Listen to John Pontifex from Aid to the Church in Need, speaking with Premier's Eno Adeogun:

10 Things Sexual Assault Victims Want You to Know

I was dating a young man who was the drummer in the youth band and spoke of his call to ministry. He… had a pattern of seducing young women in the church. … Once he gained trust, he would create a story that would manipulate the women in his life to allow him into their apartments and homes. In my case, he showed up at my apartment … proceeded to rape me repeatedly throughout the night and held me in my own apartment against my will. The next morning, he told me that I could not tell anyone what had happened, and he threatened to destroy my life. In the next couple of weeks, he went to the youth pastor of the church and told him that we had sex and that he was terribly guilty over it and that he was seeking repentance. By the time I was included in the conversation, he already had people convinced it was consensual. I lost my job at the Christian school associated with the church, and yet it was later revealed that I was woman #4 that this had happened to.

44 Countering Muslim Claims, Episode 8: Is the Quran a Scientific Miracle?

Subscribe to Al Fadi's YouTube channel here: Muslim apologists often claim that the Quran and the Hadith contain scientific statements that could only be verified centuries after they were made. What happens when we open the Quran and the Hadith to see what kind of claims they actually make about the universe, human reproduction, and personal hygiene? David Wood and former Muslim Al Fadi discuss the issue.

The French Firebrand: Guillaume Farel (1489–1565)

In his writings, Farel displayed a particular interest in the topic of prayer. In an article titled “Guillaume Farel’s Spirituality,” Theodore Van Raalte argues that Farel’s emphasis on prayer shows us a side of him that is too often overlooked, a side marked by “profound piety and pastoral love.” Farel was both a lover and a fighter, a pastor and a pugilist. Whatever his faults, this French firebrand loved the gospel and devoted his life to sharing its riches.

Scoop: Trump privately predicts he will appoint four justices

They swear he's not joking. Sources who've spoken to the president about the Supreme Court say he tells them he thinks he'll have appointed four justices by the end of his first term.

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Is #religious #liberty a national treasure? If so, is it really in danger? #ManhattanDeclaration

Q&A: Ministering to Gang Members Is God’s Work

His name is Jonathan Sanchez. I’ve never heard of anyone with such a horrific childhood. His growing up years included everything from foster care to child abuse to sexual molestation. His father was a gang leader and his mom was an addict. At the age of 10, he became affiliated with a gang and at the age of 11, he caught his first case—a gun case. He spent more than half of his life in prison. When he was imprisoned, nobody came to visit. He and I got connected after Jonathan’s sister-in-law reached out to me through my website. She said, “He’s getting out of a lockup. We’re trying to get him to a halfway house. Can you please help?”

Why Apologetics Has a Bad Name

Apologists often do not speak with gentleness, love and respect. A few years ago, I had a public debate with a skeptic on the question of God and morality. As part of my preparation, I listened to many debates from Christians. Although I won’t mention any names, there were a handful of Christian debaters that honestly made me cringe at how they treated their opponents. One debater (the head of a well-known apologetics ministry that will remain anonymous) demeaned and personally attacked his opponent. I even showed the video to my wife and she was appalled at his antics and behavior. But it’s not just public figures that act this way. We probably all have an example of some overly eager apologist who was unnecessarily argumentative rather than loving. If this is you, PLEASE STOP because you are giving Christianity and apologetics an unnecessarily bad name. I often tell my students that if they can’t speak the truth in love, then don’t even bother to speak truth.

Dying to Adopt (Two-Minute Video)

Adoption comes with a hundred costs, but every single hurdle and heartache helps to tell the story of the gospel. Watch Jimmy Needham tell the story of adopting from India, and what his son has taught him about the gospel.

51 The Problem with the Christian Explanation | Cold Case Christianity
52 Tom Buck on Twitter
53 When Depression Descends, Do the Next Thing
54 A Legacy of Church-Focused Scholarship — Southern Equip
55 EPSOCIETY.ORG on Twitter
56 William Tyndale | Great Christian Men of History, Week 2
57 Michael Anthony on Twitter
58 Mississippi School District Pulls To Kill a Mockingbird Because it “Makes People Uncomfortable”
59 Resources to Help You Defend the Historicity of Jesus | Cold Case Christianity
60 Abraham Mathew ن on Twitter
61 Hijacking Back Your Brain from Porn
62 Renewing Your Mind | Paul's Conversion | Oct 15, 2017
63 Dan Weiser, ThD, BCC on Twitter
64 5MinInChurchHistory on Twitter
65 Guys, Here's How to Ask Out a Girl Without Being Creepy
66 Priest slaughtered in Cairo suburb - Premier Christian Radio
67 Woman freezes her eggs after wasting 8 years in relationship with NBA player
68 Atheism and the burden of proof.
69 The Gospel Lobbyist: Thomas Cranmer (1489–1556)
70 Mourning Together
71 There's No Good Reason to Deny the Early Dating of the Gospels | Cold Case Christianity
72 Luther’s timely discovery of a merciful God | Michael A.G. Haykin
73 #Christian Reason Today
74 Romantic Love Is a Wonderful Gift — and a Terrible God
75 BreakPoint on Twitter
76 Ligonier Ministries on Twitter
77 Church Discipline Stirs Controversy
78 Ravi Zacharias on Twitter
79 Pink and White or Grey and Green? #TheShoe Is Here, and It's the #TheDress of 2017
80 I Hate Porn
81 The Significance of Lecrae Leaving White Evangelicalism
82 Mourning Together
83 Pew: US Followed Global Trend on Refugees Until Now
84 Mourning Together
85 Keith & the Movies on Twitter
86 Wilson’s Bookmarks
87 Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World: Eric Metaxas: 9781101980019: Books
88 The Monastery’s Lost Houselamp: Johannes Oecolampadius (1482–1531)
89 ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Explores the Painful Origins of Winnie-the-Pooh
90 Line of Fire, 10-13-17: Dr. Brown Answers Your Questions
91 Greg Koukl on Twitter
92 Ligonier Ministries
93 Article: Why Does God Seem Hidden? by Jonathan Morrow
94 Westminster Seminary on Twitter
95 Evidence That Demands A Verdict Redux: An Interview with Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell
96 Instagram post by Southern Evangelical Seminary • Oct 13, 2017 at 5:02pm UTC
97 Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
98 A Non-classical Proof for the Existence of God
99 Is Anyone Born a Racist? Or Is It Learned?
100 The “Mind-Boggling” Trinity | Reasonable Faith