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I Know Whom I Have Believed: The Gospel as Public Truth, Part 3

Flying with Short Wings

We think in order to know. It’s part of how we’re made as divine image bearers. The Christian tradition is filled with examples of great thinkers whose presence among us have left an indelible footprint in history. Think of Athanasius, Augustine, Anselm or Aquinas and all we’ve done is dipped into the first letter of the alphabet.

God has blessed his church with remarkable intellectual gifts. But we shouldn’t make the mistake of assuming that capacious cognitive capacities are the end of the story. Try this on for size. Certainly we reason in order to know but isn’t it equally certain that we also love in order to know?

I Know Whom I Have Believed: The Gospel as Public Truth, Part 2

Faith Seeking Understanding

Dallas Willard tells of the time when the Astronomy Department at Princeton queried the Philosophy Department as to whether they would like to hear a presentation from a visiting scholar on “The Philosophy of an Astronomer.” The philosophers responded by asking if the Astronomy Department would like to hear a presentation on “The Astronomy of a Philosopher.” They never heard back. [i]

However, the story represents one of the central issues in our current situation. Science, it is widely believed can speak accurately about everything while religion, philosophy, literature and the arts only proffer supposition, opinion, and valuing. This part of the great, ugly ditch (to borrow from Lessing) runs through the middle of our university campuses and is then reflected more broadly in the wider culture.

I Know Whom I Have Believed: The Gospel as Public Truth

Defining the Challenge

I have a quiz for you. Which of the following are facts?

  • Barak Obama is President of the United States.
  • Premarital sex is a sin.
  • Water is two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen.
  • The speed of light is 186,000 miles per second.
  • The chief end of man is to enjoy God and glorify him forever.
  • Ankara is the capital of Turkey.
  • The Bible is the inspired and authoritative word of God.


I hope you passed the quiz with flying colors. The correct answer is that they are all facts.

The Triumph of the Cross, Part 6


We love winners. Think about it for a moment. Who pays much (if any) attention to the athlete who won the silver medal in an Olympic event? The difference between winning gold or silver may have been a matter of a fraction of a second. It doesn’t matter.

To the victor go the spoils whether endorsements, magazine covers, popular acclaim or a professional contract. Coming in second has LOSER written all over it. You’ll never make the front of the Wheaties box.

The Triumph of the Cross, Part 5

Word and Deed

It doesn’t hurt to say it again. The gospel tells us that the Lamb who rules is victorious – by his royal authority and power he restrains and conquers all his and our enemies. Paul pictures it so dramatically in Ephesians and Colossians.

Having won the decisive battle on the cross, Jesus ascended on high and took captive the powers and authorities, disarmed them and made a public spectacle of them, having triumphed over them by the cross. And in joyous celebration, he gave gifts to his people, primarily the gift of the Holy Spirit as the permanent and overflowing possession of his people (Act 2:22-36). His rightful rule over time and space and everything they contain is now finally and everlastingly established and Jesus rules until he puts everything under his feet (Eph. 1:18-23).

The Triumph of the Cross, Part 4

The Lamb upon His Throne

Perhaps my favorite city on earth is Istanbul, Turkey, the ancient capital of the Ottoman Empire and the pride of modern Turkey. It is a cosmopolitan city rich in history and culture.

One of the major attractions is Topkapi Palace, the place from which the Ottoman sultans ruled their vast empire.[i] Among the many splendors of Topkapi is the collection of imperial jewels. They are utterly breathtaking!

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