In less than half a year, we will be approaching the 500th anniversary of Luther's nailing of the 95 Theses to the castle church door in Wittenberg, which is traditionally regarded as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. As we approach that time, it is important to remember why the Reformation happened. Ultimately, it was … Continue reading Essay: Why Justification Still Matters
I have known about the allegation of contradictions within the Bible long before I became a Christian. In fact, when I was still a teenage Agnostic-Atheist, I made this very same charge against those people in my life who held the Bible to be the inspired word of God. I wasn’t just repeating a claim … Continue reading In Defence of Harmonisation
I recently delivered a lecture called How Archaeology Illuminates the Bible at the Chinese Gospel Church of Toronto. The audio recording presentation is now up online, so if anyone wants to listen in, here it is. How Archaeology Illuminates the Bible Here are the presentation notes and slides.
by J. Luis Dizon Recently, Orthodox Jewish apologist Tovia Singer wrote an article on why the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 52:13-53:12 must be understood as the people of Israel, rather than the Messiah. The article has subsequently been reposted by various Muslim apologetics blogs as evidence against the Christian concept of atonement, although they, … Continue reading A Response to Rabbi Tovia Singer on the Use of Targums
A few months back, the Trinity Channel hosted a debate between Dr. Tony Costa and Ijaz Ahmad on the question, “Was Jesus the Son of God or Only the Prophet of God?”, making this the latest in a long line of Christian-Muslim debates on Christology, and the first to feature Ijaz going against Dr. Costa. … Continue reading Debate Review: Was Jesus the Son of God or Only the Prophet of God (Tony Costa vs. Ijaz Ahmad)
Those who have been following this ministry are aware that I recently participated in a debate on the Bible and the Qur'an with the Islamic apologist Dr. Shabir Ally. If you haven't seen it yet, here is the video: I am making publicly available my debate notes. Hopefully this will help people to follow along with … Continue reading Debate: The Bible and the Qur’an (vs. Shabir Ally)
By J. Luis Dizon Christmas is about the idea that God became a human being. This is called the Incarnation (A Latin term that literally means “enfleshment”). If you were raised in a culturally Christian environment such as Canada, this idea wouldn’t seem that amazing. That’s because your culture has accustomed you to it. Yet … Continue reading A Most Scandalous Idea