I'm writing from Switzerland, I found your interesting page some time ago and revisited today.
you have many useful articles. compliments!
Be blessed in the name of Jesus and may the Lord guide you with His wisdom in writing for His glory.
I was happily flabbergasted to find your site and insights. I have only, so far, read a few of your writings on this site and found further amazement
I wanted to personally thank you for all the work you have done on the Christian Thinktank over the years. It is an invaluable resource and has been very helpful to me in my Christian walk. Particularly when I was in college at UC Berkeley, I was struggling with my faith in Jesus. Through many people and resources, the Tank being a major one, the Lord strengthened me and allowed me to overcome those challenges and keep trusting Him. I still have unanswered questions, but it's okay, because I know that when I see Him, all the answers I need will be there. Likewise, I know there are more challenges ahead, but I am so grateful for people like you who willingly serve the Lord as an encouraging example to me. Thank you for sacrificing your time and energy to help believers and reach the unsaved, and for doing it with humility, honesty, integrity, and intelligence as unto the Lord.
I just want to encourage you to keep going, press toward the mark, endure the discipline of the Lord, lay aside every hindrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Glenn, you've already encouraged so many and there is a great harvest ahead. Relax and trust the Lord Jesus, and keep working for His glory.
Thank you for your website. It's an inspiration to me on a daily basis.
I hope all is well with you and your family.
I want to say you do wonderful work. I love the topics.
Thank you for your site!
Hey, Glenn. I tried to email you once a couple years back but the message got shot down somewhere along the line. It was previously a very long-winded request for information on what you've read so far as anthropology is concerned about Christianity. At this juncture, I have different concerns and issues of faith on my mind, but I wanted to thank you. Your work has gotten me through a lot of hard spots and much of what I've read of yours has given me a base to which I can fall back, if need be, when towering concerns (issues of science/society and their attack on faith) take the ground I'm currently standing on.
I hope things are going well for you, Glenn. Looking forward to reading more of your stuff.
Long story short. Childhood abuse from father with mental illness. Big trust issues. Your non-explanation of the inquiry about God allowing suicide was more helpful than all the 'non-non' explanations I've read.
I wasn't told about the mental illness until he died a couple of years ago. So much time in the dark (I'm 47). Just dealing. Understanding... Oh yeah, that's why I'm screwed up. Ive been saved since I was little. But been very angry and distrustful recently of a God who allowed this to happen to me.
Your article on faith being simpler than it looks, though intended to speak to an unbelieving skeptic, has given me an objective foothold for trusting again.
You wrote: "Jesus wants us to evaluate His message primarily by
looking at His words, life, and death."
Lately I've only been evaluating Him based on my lousy childhood and his seemingly cold disconnectedness from me when I prayed. I must return to His words, life, and death.
Thank you, XYZ
Hats off to your for your superb analysis and writing. Keep up the great work.
Hi Glenn. I just happened across your site. I can't believe I haven't stumbled across it before. I just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks for being so dedicated to such a thing. I'm a Christian, and have been since I was 9, but have always tried to make certain I believe the things I do not only because they are presented to me as true, but plausibly true upon my own personal examination. Christianity, and more directly God, has never disappointed me in that regard. I'm sure I'll spend quite a bit of time reading your articles.
Thank you again!
Dear Mr Glenn Miller,
I have known about your website for a few years now (2-3 from memory) thanks to the wonderful search engine known as Google. (Did you know that If you type in ‘Christian Thinktank’ yours is the first one to pop up?)
This is more a letter/email of encouragement than one with more
questions. As a 21 year old, I’m sure you can understand I would
have many questions regarding the Christian faith, luckily for you
most of them (that I know of) have already been addressed in the
tank. In addition God has blessed me with a father (also a
Christian) who has actively encouraged me to find out WHY the
Christian faith/world view is valid, and he has never shunned me
from questioning the Christian faith. Not only that but I am
continually reminded of 1 Corinthians 2. How the greatest proof of
all is the example of God working visibly in your life, and the
life of those around you. A faith based not only on words and
reasoning, but actions of God (of which I have witnessed MANY). In
my honest opinion, the only people who do not see God’s actions
are those who do not WANT to see them.
Unfortunately despite all this often I find myself doubting, in those moments I look for answers. I know through experience that the most reliable way to find these answers is by reading the bible, but in our western culture a lot of the original ‘assumptions’ the authors made are lost, we also lose context and we fail to grasp what the author intended to communicate. So I also search various materials to find the answers, if that has taught me anything it is that there are a lot of voices in the world, showing you which way to go and what to believe. This is where you stand out from many other Christian apologists. Not only do you base what you believe on what the bible does say, but you also show what scholars believe the culture was like at the time, what the original text likely conveyed and what led you to those decisions. In addition instead of assuming all the conclusions as indisputable fact, you cite the references so that we can search the matter for ourselves. What you give are not only ‘answers’ but the ‘journey’ to the answers!
I want to encourage you keep up the good work. You may not see the fruit, but it’s definitely there. While I’m sure you’re not perfect, and have made mistakes in the past, God is obviously still using you.
To encourage further I heard a preacher say something along the lines of ‘God loved us first, when we were still sinners’. God, who knows everything we would ever do, loved us before we loved Him. What continually amazes me about that is God knew when and how we would fail him before we did. Knowing all that he decided he would still love us, so why do we let how we mess up stand in the way?
Reading your articles, God has definitely given you a gift for sorting through information. I can only shudder at how many hours you must have put into researching your work.
I’m not at all surprised it often takes you years to sort through the many emails you get. Especially as this is not your primary occupation (though a calling none-the-less). I was only going to write a quick paragraph thanking you for all the help you've given me, but my typing hands got away from me.
God bless, and thank you for all the encouraging work.
I just wanted to let you know that you are the best! Your site has been such a godsend. Your apologetic stuff is amazing and encouraging and faith-building and profoundly satisfying, but your letters and personal stuff are even better. They nourish my soul. They make me laugh and cry and doubt and believe simultaneously. Your honesty is so refreshing, and I hope that it becomes more contagious in the church. I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart and I pray that God uses your site to raise up an army of little glenns in the future.
God bless you Glenn
First I want to say that I thank God for your Christian Think-Tank Website. It has truly been a blessing to me as well as my husband. We have used it to help us teach on many issues (We are young and youth ministers at our church.)
Thank you so very much for your work and esp. your website. I am a student in the ABCDEF. This is a second vocation for me as God called me after my 50th birthday. I have used your site for help in preparing SS classes, sermons and answering difficult questions from others. It is exciting to have someone who has researched many questions as I do not yet have a large library or access to many books due to my isolated rural location. Your fellow servant in Christ, XYZ
My name is XYZ and I am currently a freshman in college. Thank you so much for your website. I can’t tell you how much of a blessing it has been in my life. I have been a Christian since I was around six or seven, but my spiritual life (walking with God) hasn’t always been consistent. I remember running across your site a while ago after seeing it linked from the XYZ website. I was on the XYZ website again recently (I check it fairly frequently) just to browse through some of the articles, and I saw your article about the Canaanites. I clicked on the link and started reading the article. It took me a while to get through, but I was impressed by how detailed you were. I started to browse through the rest of the articles on your website and couldn’t read them quickly enough!
It’s interesting, although I go through spiritual “dry phases” in my life, God always draws me back to Him. I started college last August and I knew how important it was to be involved in a Christian based on both my own experience and the experience of others. I kind of put off looking for one, since the one I was going to go to ended up conflicting with a preexisting time commitment, and I was too nervous to go to any of the Bible studies. I had been attending anime club Wednesday nights (I saw that you said you liked watching certain shows too-it’s cool to hear that) but was growing more and more disillusioned with it, mainly because I didn’t like most of the shows we were watching and because of the behavior of many of the members. ...
Anyway, the point of all of that being, that led up to my renewed
interest in my walk with God, (although that never went away, I
was just distracted from it) which led me to your website. I’m
certainly no expert when it comes to apologetics, but it’s
something I like researching and reading about, and your site is
wonderful for that. Yes, some of your answers are very long,
but I appreciate how thorough you are, since I tend to be a
no-stones-left-unturned person myself. You addressed
many of the nagging questions I had wondered about with such depth
and insight. And when I was talking with my younger sister about
spiritual matters, she confided in me that, after reading some of
the passages in the Old Testament, it was hard for her to see God
as both a God of judgment and love (or something to that effect…)
I told her about your site, and about some of the other resources
I had used, and she has started reading them and told me that it
was helping her and that she wanted to share some of what she’d
been discovering with one of her friends. So you never know
just what affect you can have. I bet there are a lot of Tank
readers who appreciate what you do but haven’t ever e-mailed you
about it (the lurkers like me, until now) and you’ll only know how
much you’ve blessed others when we’re all together in heaven. I
have enjoyed reading your intellectual insights, but I have
discovered your spiritual insights to be just as powerful, if not
more so. Your writings inspired me to start walking again in
close fellowship with God, something I am very grateful for
(and words are inadequate to really express that…) ...
The last thing I wanted to mention that strongly impact me is
something you discuss throughout the Tank, (this really sounds
like a school paper or something, doesn’t it?) that being
God’s experience of the Cross, and I guess that ties in to what I
was talking about above. I’ve been interested in this topic for a
while now (almost morbidly so…) and you provided me with some new
insight. Thank you so much. I remember having a thought about
wondering if Jesus’s experience of the Cross stayed with Him in
His memories and such, and what emotional and psychological effect
that would have, but then dismissing the notion. Then I read your
article “if Jesus didn’t stay dead, how could His death have been
a REAL sacrifice?” As I said, I’ve thought about God’s experience
of the Cross for a while now, but that was the first time I
realized and appreciated (or should I say, came about as close as
possible to realizing) how much it really cost Him. I had
known about and thought about Jesus bearing all of our sins, but
when I realized that those memories of what happened will always
be with Him, as well as the physical reminders, (His
nail-scarred hands have always amazed me-to think, He could have
completely healed those, but He keeps that as a reminder of what
He did for us) I was shocked. And same with the experience of
God the Father. Having never been a parent, (and since I
likely won’t be one for a long time yet) your insights were
incredible, and I can only imagine the pain God felt while
watching Jesus die, and how His memories of that won’t ever
leave Him. I don’t know if I’ll be able to really understand
that until/unless I become a parent, but you helped me see better
what it must have been like for Him. God is truly amazing, being
willing to save anyone who accepted His offer at such a
unimaginable cost to Himself…
Now, after all that rambling and huge blocks of text, I want to
thank you again. I hope you are able to read this letter/novella
soon, and I know you may not be able to reply for a long time, if
at all, which is completely understandable. I just wanted to let
you know how God has blessed me through you in my renewal in my
walk with Him, and how you have inspired me to continue to “Always
be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the
reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15) Thank you so
very much! I will continue to be an avid reader of the Tank and
will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!
I am a thirty yr old man, from suburban India, and have been saved for about 8 yrs. now, but have been constantly struggling with sexual sin for more than half my life. I'd like to believe i am not as bad as few of the others out there, but truth be told, the chances of a jailed pedophile having a clearer conscience than me is quite high.
I have been addicted to masturbation and porn for a while now. Through the help of filters like covenant eyes i have had solid rate of decline of what i watch but, my heart still yearns for the 2-3 min thrills that porn fetches.Due to the nature of my work, i have days at end where I'm just at home doing nothing!! I have been in a 6 yr long relationship with an amazing woman of god, but its been long distance. Even though she's fully aware of my struggles, I detest myself and have such a low self esteem, that i am unable to focus on anything or anyone but on how filthy i am. ITS ALWAYS ABOUT ME.
So after my most recent wank-off...i just decided to type "i cannot stop sinning"...and came upon a few articles that people had written upon...and "magically" clicked on yr article ( the retort on this mans letter who had written to you about how he couldn't stop sinning"..... needless to say i was super blessed, and i have never read something that threw light on such a serious matter in such a wholesome fashion. The "understanding" "acceptance"and adaptation hit home, like us Indians have hit the IT sector!!! ( i still think your joke on the ambidexterity is way better!! ) anyhow man, just basically wanted to thank you sooo much for spreading the truth, and am blessed to have come across this write up. I don't think iv become a better guy whatsoever...but at least i know where to focus on in life. God truly spoke to me through you.
I must share with you how God used your website to completely transform my life!! I don’t say that lightly. I have been born again for about 15 years but so much of my life of faith was seeing so dimly…pieces of the puzzle had been missing and I just couldn’t understand fully what the Holy Spirit was doing and my role in fighting Him constantly…then one day I “happened” upon your site by accident and started reading your story on “How I made it Through So Far” or something to that nature and for the first time in my Spiritual journey, I understood how corrupt my fleshly nature really was and how it had been deceiving me for so long. I knew the devil was my enemy but I never knew the extent of the corruption of my own flesh. God graciously showed me so many truths through your story that were life changing for me. You shall know the truth and the truth will make you free! God and I would be going along just fine…I would be experiencing joy and peace and loving my enemies with power and strength from His Spirit alone…all would be well…then all of a sudden out of the blue, this depression would come over me, my joy, peace, love, faith…everything would be gone in the blink of an eye. I thought I was crazy or losing my mind until your story helped me see that was the old me, the fleshly nature lurking its ugly head and trying to be resurrected once again. I suddenly understood the downward spiral effect…sow to the flesh and BOOM the flesh comes back to life quickly…sow to the spirit and I enjoy the fruits of the spirit. The mind set on the flesh is death, the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace…seems really simple now…but I just had to write you a quick note and thank you for your story. If the Lord used it so radically in my own life, I know there has to be countless others He’s using it for as well.
In His Love,
I just wanted to write you and give you my thanks. I had only really come across low level apologetics previously and your work is an inspiration. I truly appreciate the God given intelligence at work here as well as the clarity explaining your personal experience with God. I have never read before about what someone's walk with God looked like except for boasters who more often than not are no doubt false prophets. It has been illuminating and provided insight into my own walk. I pray for you to receive all of the Lord's spiritual blessings and continued leading into all wisdom and knowledge. May God provide you peace and healing in Jesus holy name I pray. .. As an example, your writing on hell was tremendously helpful. Though the article was filled with necessary ambiguity, of course, I have never been able to square the traditional view of hellfire and torment with our Father's revealed character and now have some peace regarding that contradiction after reading that piece.
I just wanted to tell you I found you website while preparing for a sermon and was pleasantly surprised to see what a great resource it is. Thank you for your faithfulness to Yeshua and willingness to share the wealth of knowledge you have accumulated over the years.
Because of God's amazing grace,
Just want to say thank you for your valuable contribution to the difficult question about God's directive to utterly wipe out the Amalekites. I stumbled upon your discussion ...shouldn't the butchering of the Amalekite children be considered war crimes?
I am co-teaching a class on 1 & 2nd Samuel with my pastor
and I've been apprehensive about this as we are approaching
1Sam. chapter 15. I really do think I get it (as
much as any mere mortal can) but I have been struggling for some
really accessible language to help me when the inevitable
questions "...how could a loving God..etc.." arise.
You've done a mighty fine job of laying out the issue and providing some scenarios that will help frame up a discussion. Next Sunday night we'll take it on.
I appreciate your thinking - and I appreciate your sharing your thinking. Your Think Tank reflects an impressive amount of work - I'll be coming back again. Thank you!
I recently discovered your excellent site when I was looking up arguments to go against an atheist with, and I was and am impressed with the high level of research and time that you put into each of the hard questions you tackle.
just wanted to drop you a quick email to express my gratitude! fantastic job on the site! you are truly a blessing my friend, and your work is clearly the work of God! ... you have done an unbelievable job of bringing much perspective from many different perspectives to the search for God. ... i pray that your work helps others to open their minds and begin to demonstrate the very faith, hope, and love with which we were created in his image...
your website is awesome.
i am using/ have used the self-stultifying page with Christians & unbelievers for years.
Hi there, I happened upon your site today and just wanted to say thank goodness for it. Keep up the great work,
Many thanks for your excellent article on 'No Staff' from Mark 6 v 8. It was really helpful for me and my class. May God bless you and continue to use you for his kingdom!
Please don't reply, rather study, pray and write. We will have lots of time to discuss in the new kingdom.
Grace and peace,
I have just read your piece on doubling in Matthew and I think it is a really impressive piece that offers a convincing answer to the question.
As I know you are extremely busy and get a ton of emails, I will do my best to keep this brief.
My name is XYZ, and I am a college student studying English and Writing at ABCDEF university who just happened to be Google-ing for further research after doing some reading and study on Biblegateway and BlueLetterBible. And I stumbled across your site for the first time tonight.
I don't think I've ever before felt the need to email the operator of a website, writer, or anyone before. But your site is so fantastic that it merited a response. It is truly a blessing; you are a fantastic example to believers, scholars, philosophers, and people in general through the work, dedication, bravery, and thought that goes into what you do.
It is refreshing and inspiring to know that there is someone out there being heard as he expresses open, researched, non-ignorant ideas and answers. The Bible encourages the pursuits of wisdom and truth, and you are helping us all on our journeys toward these vast, complex ideas.
Really, there is no real way to express how much of a blessing you and your site are. Now, I don't want to sound like I'm making you out to be the only person in the world who pursues truth in this way or is spreading positive, open information and research. But I have never before seen anything that compares to the caliber of the site, the sheer volume of what it covers and explores, or the greatness of what it accomplishes.
God bless you, sir. I pray to someday have something close to the voice and drive that you do. Be encouraged, brother.
Hi Glenn, I discovered your website years ago and have always found it fascinating and uniquely persuasive. Recently I’ve been going through a crisis of faith, largely precipitated, I believe, by my deployment to a difficult military project overseas. I felt like something died in my soul during that time, and that I was beyond God’s reach, if He was even still there at all….
Anyway, I have earnestly re-embarked on my search for Truth, and your page on penal substitution is really helping me sort out some nagging doubts. I haven’t read the whole thing yet, but have bookmarked the page and even saved it as a file on my hard drive just in case for any reason I can’t get online or the page vanishes from cyberspace.
Thanks again, over and over and over and over for what you do! I've shared your site with friends who are also benefiting so much from it. Tell me, how do you stay humble? (another smile!).
I hope all is well with you! I can't even describe how awesome it is to see Him using you to make a difference and it is very inspiring it is to look at all that you have done. .. I came across your website about a month ago and it has truly been such a blessing, one such that I can't adequately express in words. Now, I don't expect a response or anything in return, knowing that you are extremely busy, but I feel compelled to share with you a little bit about myself, why discovering your site has been a blessing, and to offer a few words of encouragement. ... When I stumbled across your website, searching for answers to refute a close friend's concepts of things, I devoured not only the "arguments" but other important attributes you teach. It is more than just a matter of winning an argument.
You have been a mentor in my faith and I hope to take what I've learned and apply it as I continue to learn and grow and explore. The part that I am most impressed by is how you treat everyone, even those who attack you, with dignity and respect (these actions no doubt reveals His love). Your website has given me hope in a "rational" faith, grounded with history, science, philosophy, language... everything, and my own experiences as well. It is truly a beautiful thing to watch faith play out and I know that I can use the things you teach on your sight. Thank you, for you have given me so much more than I can even hope to explain,.
Hello Mr. Miller,
I am a freshman student, delving into my third year of "academic" study of Christianity. I am still stumped on a couple of fairly general questions, not because of a lack of resources, but in contrast the immense amount of opinions on the subjects. I absolutely appreciate the massive amount of (FREE!) info you put into the tank and honestly think you are one of the most informative sources on the web, even over many scholars and "scholars." Feel free to post links or other sources or completely ignore any questions.
I owe you a huge thanks for everything you do, and am convinced God is definitely working through you. (So um, THANKS!) :P And excuse any misused vocab or terms, I generally try to sound smarter than I am.
Yeah, God has a very good track record. I used to be an atheist and it's taken me until a few weeks ago to ever be able to trust God. By the way, I sent your website to someone who was troubled about their faith. Your site is iron clad. A lot of times when I ask XYZ a question he's like "Uhhh... just go check Glenn's website." :)
Dear Mr. Miller,
Today I was putting together some notes on the God and genocide issue because of a question from a friend who knows I work for XYZ Ministries. In my searching around the web for ideas on the subject, I came across some articles of yours. I really do appreciate the work you put into them (the one on the massacre of the Canaanites and the follow-up on the killing of Amalekite children). I sent the link to the former to my friend (she’ll find the latter one).
Dear Friend: Thank you so much for your extensive information with regard to the topic: The Trinity. .....I am sure that I will be able to "get off the fence" after this... I read you testimony and it touched me because, once again, I learn of someone who became a believer, even though they didn't really know what to believe! Amen.
Hello there, Glenn,
I came across your website during my research on women in the NT. I have been seeking God and am now writing a paper on this after having been severely confronted with the silent-women, head covering and women-do-not-teach men doctrine, encounters that were very destructive spiritually.
First I want to let you know what an awesome research you did on this subject, and I truly hope many seekers will find it. I wish some who hold onto these false teachings will find it too.
Hello Glenn, I love your site by the way. I love the raw knowledge and compassion that seem to flow from all of your articles. I thank God for you and the tank!
My name is XYZ, I am from Germany.
I am reading in the tank since I discovered it in about 2001, and since then followed-up all the new answers especially to the tough questions.... Finally I would like to thank you for this brilliant web site, which I have already recommended to many of my (thinking;) friends as well.
God bless you and your work...
I enjoy your site very much and am amazed how one could handle so much material and information at one time.
Dear Mr. Miller,
I am preparing for one of my occasional preaching gigs (I'm a retired lawyer with a Master of Thelogy with ethics concentration from XYZ Presbyterian Theological Seminary and an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church USA) and found your most article on Jesus' encounter with the Canaanite woman after Googling the subject.
Thank you for your thoughtful comments backed up with your reasons. I can't imagine the Jesus I know being deliberately cruel to anyone. The only reason I can think of for why God is calling me to preach on this scripture is because God has a wacky and slightly warped sense of humor in my experience.
oooooOOOOOOhhh…..very nice website. I am very pleased
to find your work on the internet. I think I had been wasting my
time in internet browsing. You are very blessed.
Do you have any book in Urdu too? I can pay for it. I
have many books in Urdu.
First, I wanted to thank you for all your work. I've used your site on and off for a decade, and I've always found it to be very helpful.
Greetings, my name is XYZ, and I just came across your Christian-thinktank site; and I find it very edifying.
My background is that i was saved at 15, but unfortunately,
got sucked into a false religious system called the urantia Book.
i don't know if you've heard of it; it claims to be a revelation that corrects alleged mistakes in Scripture.
Your site, though not a direct refutation of urantia, actually refutes many of its main arguments.
The book is essentially a bunch of rehashed early
20th-century liberal Biblical scholarship, blended with
imaginative speculation about heavenly realms, celestial beings,
and life on other planets.
But the book attacks key Christian doctrines like atonement, the righteous anger of the Lord, etc.
I recently came back to the Lord after getting sucked back into the cult for the second time, because a lot of church people couldn't answer my questions.
But you're doing a marvelous job, and I've only read a little bit of the site.
i'm currently reading the articles on so-called genocide in the
Again, it's a pleasure to find another deep thinker in the faith.
Wanted to thank you for your wonderful website and the clarity your inspired words have given to me in my renewed faith in Jesus Christ. I was raised as a Catholic until my father lost his faith when I was about 9 and then as an atheist for many years. I even worked for a humanist group for a few years. Anyway, had been working my way back to the Lord and had rededicated myself to Him just recently. While I by no means would classify myself as an intellectual, I was still seeking answers, quantifiable evidence. Your kind rationales have given me much peace and have empowered my belief.
I just wanted to let you know that your website is extremely helpful and I very much appreciate your gentle and kind tone.
Thank you for doing this work for the church
My brother and have just started a fan page dedicated to the Christian Think-Tank as well as some material by other great Christian thinkers such as Francis Shaeffer, and we would like to make sure you are okay with it before we start inviting people. Your site has so much wonderful information about Christianity and has really helped my brother and I as we study the bible and try and answer questions for friends. The site won't be for our own opinions just an avenue to try and get the Christian think-tank and other great Christian thinkers a little bit more notice. If you have any questions and/or concerns please let us know. Thank you for sharing with us your time and wisdom. God Bless, ABC and DEF
I have become a big fan of your website. I was initially drawn to the Christian Thinktank after having taken a Christianity 101 class that turned out to be an "all knowledgeable" teacher telling us how the Bible is flawed, and how what many if us believe is in fact not scripturally/historically accurate. The scope of this class was to take a look at what is fact and what is opinion in the Bible, a good premise; however, this soon turned into a "what I say is fact, what you say is opinion" argument backlash. ...
Thank you for your time in reading this email, and I appreciate
all the hard work that is put into your website. Your
thoughts and knowledge are top notch, and your application of
these ideas in a way that we may all understand your points is
incredible. Thanks for all the hard work.
Dear Mr. Miller,
I deeply appreciate the comprehensive study of this long-standing ethical problem which your paper presented. It is by far the best analysis and examination I have seen. I’m grateful to have found it in my preparation to teach 1 Samuel 15 Sunday.
Tonight our family was having a rather involved conversation after our family devotions on the subject of the Trinity (my husband is reading us a book on the Heidelberg Catechism) about where the Holy Spirit was in the accounts of the death of Jesus. We began talking about the power of the resurrection, and the rather obscure verse about the parallel resurrection of the saints. I began googling to see if there were commentary about that passage and I stumbled upon your website. I just wanted to say thank you—my 22 year-old, a 21 year old visiting friend, our 20 year-old and our 17 year old listened to me read the entire explanation aloud, and my husband (a minister) and I were equally captivated. Our family have been missionaries for over 20 years and I have never heard a sermon/explanation of this text.
Thank you so much for your research and willingness to share. May God bless you as you continue!
Just wanted to thank you for your details, fully scriptural,
insight. I was googling the topic of the justice of God --
and was brought to your sight.
As someone who love the Lord more than anything, and has chosen to follow His desires for my heart, soul, mind and strength, I have struggled with a broken heart. My husband of over 20 years, very suddenly left us. Even tho I have seen him with someone else (an amazing plan of God's to have me see truth) I have waited for 2 years. My life with Christ has completely changed over these last 2 years. A once 'trying' devotional time has now become the necessary 2 hours each morning at His feet in a place in my basement called "Bethel".
Anyways, without droning on, thanks for the encouragement about God's justice. It sounds simple but you gave me the 'approval' to be upset with the injustice and yet the confirmation that God will deal justly with him.
I know God sees me, sees my love for Him and sees my eternal perspective through this all.
Bless your efforts on His behalf,
Firstly, I praise God for the heart He's given you - the more I read of your material, the more I see a heart focused on God (insofar as I understand what you write). I particularly wish to comment on the last section of the following link.
My first comment is to say that I can clearly see a heart that knows God's word and seeks God's kingdom and righteousness. Secondly, I praise God for His sovereign work in your life! Your testimony (past and continuing) is such an inspiration and your ministry is of immeasurable value (based on the benefit that so many readers have gained).
My Good Brother in Christ--Glenn,
I have just recently stumbled onto this, your rather massive labor-of-love. I know I am far from the first to thank you for it, and congratulate you for having the courage and discipline it must have taken to bring it to this level. I'm sure that if I look long enough, I'll find something to quibble with, so I'm sending this now before that happens!
I've been spending quite a bit of time lately on several YouTube sites exchanging comments with atheists, evolutionists, satanists, and some 'de-converted' Christians ... There seems to be a rising chorus of very hostile believers-in-unbelief who are determined to rip the credibility of holy Scripture to shreds, and they are going to have an impact on the coming generation of ill-prepared young Christian minds, especially those struggling for acceptance from an unsympathetic church. I wonder if you know the value of what you are providing to people like me? I doubt it!
May God bless you and sustain you in this very worthy endeavor of yours. It isn't just a nice little hobby.
Life to you, and Love,
In and for Jesus Christ,
I know that you may not get this or be able to reply, but I wanted to let you know that through your website, I have gained an understanding of God that I don't think I ever fully developed while growing in the church. This understanding relates to the depth and the true personality of God. A theme I have discerned while browsing through is the true goodness of God. I always was able to articulate/understand this in the abstract, but I have been able to understand it better through reading.
This has helped me a lot as a severe OCD sufferer who has constantly struggled with fears of reprobation/inadequacy/etc. I am learning to sit back, relax, and enjoy living in His grace.
Hey glenn just wanted to tell you thanks for all your work. you've been a great help to me and are certainly responsible for the depth of my faith. Keep going and God Bless
Firstly, thank you so much for your website as I am constantly looking for good, modern stuff to read that takes the Bible (and God, naturally) seriously. I love having to think through what you write and greatly appreciate your candor and thoroughness, even though there is much I don't understand (I'm not as smart as I wish I was, or even as I like to think I am).
I have been reading your documents for awhile and I find them to be quite helpful. Very detailed and convincing without becoming mean-spirited or condescending...well done!
I admit, however, I probably wouldn't have written you if I hadn't seen your reference to the Remo Williams movie. I wonder if you're a fan of the Destroyer books like I am? I've only met one other person who read that series (which I consider to be perhaps the best fiction series ever written), so I was just curious. I find that whenever I'm feeling the need for a little action with tons of laughter, I can always turn to Remo and Chiun's latest adventure. I'm reading them in order and am #23 so far. I've got all of them up through #100, so it'll take awhile. But they're FANTASTIC!
Anyway, this is probably not the typical email you get through your christian-thinktank.com website. I'm also an amateur apologist, reading as much as I can on the subjects that you also obviously care about.
My name is XYZ and I am in seminary studying for pastoral
ministry. I read (and thoroughly enjoyed) your article this
evening on slavery (specifically your remarks on Ex.
29:7-11). You have absolutely no idea how much misery that
article saved me from...
My name is XYZ. I am a college student and I am finishing up my undergrad this semester. Due to deadlines I have many sleepless nights and during motivational lulls, I take a stroll around the internet and see what's happening. Lately in these sojourns, I have been deeply disturbed by the trends I perceive to be growing in "the Christian right." I am frightened by these angry, prejudiced people who do not appear to understand the Gospel and seem to be gaining power and influence. Much of their "logic" is truly baffling and has made me feel somewhat disillusioned with the Church in America. It has made me wonder if "Christians" and reason can coexist. But tonight in my online meanderings I have found your website and it has been a breath of fresh air. I do not know your political beliefs but they makes no difference to me, because you care about the truth. Everything hinges on the truth. But most importantly, as far as I can tell, Christ is in you and you are willing to address the hard questions. I appreciate this and have been refreshed by your honesty and your humility. I just wanted to thank you for your dedication to rationality and to Christ.
peace in Christ,
I really just wanted to thank you for your "good question" entry re: Numbers 31. I'm sure I've read this before but not really read it (Numbers is an easy book within which to get into "skim over that"
mode). Last night I read it with open eyes and have been fairly devastated and confused so far. I know that all things work together for good to them that love God, but right now I find myself having to repeat this verse a lot.
While I'm still not through the fog of this current lesson, it is at least reassuring to see that you, being someone else who is very much of my "type" of faith (start from God in scripture, question everything
else) has tackled this.
I'm still working on it, but at least I know I'm not alone out here.
Thank you !
I know you may never get to this, but if you do I just wanted to tell you first that I really enjoyed what I have seen of your website. Your story seems similar to the beginning of my own. I work full time, have a family, but decided to start a website called XYZ.... I do not do near as extensive answers as you do. Funny enough, I feel bad if my answers go over 1300 words. I just started the website (December) and have only had a few questions (10 or so). I do not know if God will ever see fit to expand the realm of my website, but I am happy to do whatever I can. The reason I came across your website is because I was researching a question I was asked on slavery and I wanted to be prepared prior to writing it. Your answer gave me a great degree of reference to draw from. I just wanted to say thank you for what you are doing. I know of the tiny struggles I deal with because of this "extra-curricular" project and I can't imagine the scale you deal with.
For the Christian Think-Tank, Mr. Miller.
I have been consulting it for some time now, whenever an attack, objection, or question by an atheist has been more than I knew how to deal with. Today what really shook me was a statement by an atheist that she had been raised to be Christian, had been unable to believe, had "begged God for faith" to believe in Christianity and had never received it. Since I couldn't figure out the difference between that and the saving faith I myself had experienced, I was shaken that God might actually have refused someone's prayer to be led towards salvation, from a sincere seeker!
I wasn't sure if your thinktank would address this at all, since most of what I have read there have been specific rebuttals to attacks on the Bible-- but I found a conversation you had with someone whose situation was exactly on point.
As I read this I was able to see exactly the difference between my seeking to know the truth about Christianity and becoming convinced by the evidence (a lot of which was my own experience of the Presence of God the moment I began to approach the questions with honesty and openness), and this atheist's fear of not believing in Christianity, leading to a begging for her un-convinced mind to be overridden in some magical fashion by God.
For some reason (perhaps because it was leading me to question my own experience rather than simply the Scriptural record), this atheist's issue had my mind spinning, and you have once again been like a companion on my path who grabs my elbow to steady me over a shaky bit of ground, murmuring, "this bit of bog isn't so dangerous if you just know where to step."
I thank God for you, Glenn, and pray that God will do as only He can do in your family's current health difficulties, whatever they are. Bless you, brother.
Your website has been a real blessing to my son, answering some tough answers and objections in a way that he understands. You have helped him through a mental and spiritual "fog." Thank you.
Only recently came across your site and found it to be most
helpful particularly with regard to references to external
historical and archaeological data. I find this information very
useful and will probably refer to your site often. Its easier
than wading through all the technical resources myself.
I also appreciate your willingness to engage the skeptics rather than be dismissive. I think more Christians should learn the art.
Go well and keep up the good work.
Serving in South Africa, XYZ
This is XYZ and you I want to tell you how amazed I am at the
things you wrote in your website, it takes years like that to
put up things like you did.
I just wanted to thank you for the article posted in 1999 about Polygamy, the New Testament, and the early church fathers. Every year, I read through the Bible using the Daily Walk Bible, and I always feel a little bit sad and confused by the issue of polygamy.
Your thorough quotations of the early church fathers and brief but powerful explication of Jesus' words were refreshing to read.
Thank you so much!
Heya Glenn, first I simply have to say that I love your site and through reading your work I've come to develop a trust in you as a person. I commend you for your intellectual and emotional honesty. As cliche as it sounds I feel that you truly understand the kind of mindset I and many others have. I feel comfortable talking to you in a way that I don't with many Christians that I've actually met in real life.
Thanks for your website. The Lord has used it mightily in my life.
I was referred to your site via XYZ who recently died in a tragic accident. When I first examined it, I was overwhelmed at the extent of your research and honestly, a bit put-off. Why would someone put so much time and effort into a self-delusional religion? But, at XYZ's urging I continued reading, and over the last couple years have been actively engaged in dialogue with Christians and atheists (and everything in between!), mostly associated with the philosophy department at my university.
In short, I decided a few weeks ago that Christianity is true. And because your writings & thoughts influenced this decision, I thought I'd let you know how helpful has been/continues to be.
Dear Mr. Miller,
I wanted to write you a quick note expressing my deep appreciation for the time and effort you put forth addressing questions in an extremely thorough and thoughtful manner. I am a student of the Bible who gets aggravated and frustrated with ponderings that enter this mind of mine to the point of staying up ALL night searching for answers. (I'm a bit of an odd duck...rather than ask for jewelry or flowers, I'd prefer a sit-down with a theologian as a gift!) While I rarely agree 100% with everything I read (save the Bible...even then sometimes I just don't "get it"....my fault, not the Bible's), your site is definitely one of my favorites! At times, after searching for a satisfactory answer that's eluded me more months (perhaps years), tears well up in my eyes when I've found a cohesive explanation that "makes sense" according to God's character. Thank you. My prayers are with you as you deal with the difficulties your family is currently facing. May you experience true peace this Christmas season.
Still full of questions, but trusting God in my ignorance, XYZ
Your website is often my companion on the long evenings after I have left the college classroom, and a great comfort to me when my heart is ravaged by the secular world. In reading your letters, I find a great deal of comfort knowing that I am not alone in my vulnerability, and I hope to one day grow as strong in faith as you seem.
I thank God for the effort you put in to create and maintain such a massive apologetic site. I know it isn't easy; life is hard for you (read about your bouts of depression - I myself suffer from feelings of despair from time to time also).
To know that there is someone who never lose faith in God after all these decades - with mental attacks and frequent venturing into "dangerous" territory (aka opposing viewpoints) is to have a small glimpse of God's awesome sustaining grace. Hang in there ok? Will most certainly pray for you.
I had just used something of yours (I hope you don't mind!), for the first time, for a Christian board where I am a moderator. It involved Theudas/Gamaliel/Josephus. I haven't looked over too much of your site yet, but wow, how do (or did) you have the time??
I know you get tons of emails and can't reply to all but I would just like to encourage you in your work and to let you know that you have inspired me greatly. I love your site, when I doubt even in the slightest I turn to your site and immediately my fears are quelled.
The doubt in my heart is quieted. I am only recently getting into apologetics for I myself am a logical thinker so of course i need to logically be able to think about my faith. So yeah keep pressing man and keep going and know that you're helping people like me everywhere.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is XYZ.
I am from India, presently working in Saudi Arabia
By chance I came across your website, while I was trying to figure out the meaning of verse Matthew 26:24, where Jesus is supposedly saying “It was better that Judas was not born”. I have read that verse several times before, but yesterday it hit me like a brick wall. As faith dictates that this redemption plan was planned out by God in the garden of Eden, so definitely if not Judas someone else had to play the part, and that being the case, how Jesus could ever say such a thing about Judas,
I wouldn’t say my search was futile…because I happened to read your article “A Presentation, explanation and mini-argument of Faith”.
It made a lot of sense to me, especially the following sentence.
“Instead they use terms like 'redemption' and 'Savior' and 'heaven'
and 'Ask Jesus into your heart' and 'open the door of your life to God'...and expect us to know what they mean (and then to believe it).”
Yes at times I have found myself confounded and more confused at the end of the sermon, than I was in the beginning. And somehow a vague feeling crept over my mind why I am unable to understand what millions of people have been easy to understand and accept. I felt the truth was evading me and so forth…
But fortunately today your article made a lot of sense, and I sincerely prayed the prayer you have included at the end of your article. I prayed sincerely.
And here I am willing to take the next step...
A brother willing to start his journey,
You rock. Keep on keeping on.
I just want you to know that you have been a mighty instrument in the hand of God. Do not be discouraged. Your efforts are not in vain. And I know that you have been encouraged by so many. I just wanted to chime in. The Tank has been a staple for me in my class (XYZ College of Florida - Apologetics) for years. And Brit's video and story has affected so many. Our prayers for you, your family, and concerns,
... thank you for your Think Tank. It's such a relief to find a Christian sincere in his faith who is also intellectually honest, and willing to address intelligently the questions that most Christians (in my experience) cannot or will not seriously consider. Many doubts remain to me, but in finding your site I can say for the first time in a long while that the possibility of returning to the faith (I am a long-lapsed Roman Catholic) holds some genuine appeal to me. So, again, thank you.
I just want to say again that EVERY single time I consult your website I am challenged in my thinking and very blessed. Thank you Glen for your sacrifice of time and energy to do all this.
Thanks for your terrific research and work, Glenn--I rely heavily on your scholarship and insights when discussing Christian issues with an atheist on a religious discussion board.
I just started teaching Sunday School this last Sunday and I wanted to give you some sort of acknowledgment as an essential source and inspiration for the topic I am presenting.
The material is roughly modeled on your "Great Irruption" series (though I don't think I can talk for 3-5 years like you did - smile) I would share the audio with you, except I am too embarrassed that I am recycling some of the same jokes you used during your class!
I appreciate that you documented your source material so well because I have had the opportunity to visit various libraries and look through the original information for myself. I have learned even more studying for this class than I did listening to it from you the first time.
It has been discouraging at times in my life, looking for someone in the body of Christ to be a mentor for myself. Though I know we can't really exchange correspondence, I want you to know that you have filled part of that role in my life - at least the part that, in every question or struggle, points me back repeatedly to the beautiful heart of God.
Your brother in Christ,
This is probably the third time I've emailed you over the course of probably 6-7 years now. I seem to drift in and out of phases in regard to online apologetic writings.
I first discovered your site when I was in high school. Someone on a message board exposed me to the Christ myth and my faith was visibly shaken and hurt. I felt like I had woken up to discover that the sky was green instead of blue. Thanks to my good friend google, though, I found your website and your detailed analysis and refutation of that silly old argument. I remember I used to spend hours upon hours reading your website when I was senior in high school. This trend continued through my early years of college.
I graduated in 200X with a BA in Religion from XYZ University--I'm still proud of this degree and the knowledge that I received there. Currently, I'm a first year MDiv student at XYZ Divinity School of XYZ University. I'm preparing myself for a career of hopefully teaching in a seminary or university, as well as the local church. Because of my past education at XYZ and my current/ongoing education at XYZ, I do feel that I'm reasonably educated in the matters of the Bible and Christian theology. So, a few days ago I decided to take a look again at your website--it had been a few years because of my studies. In fact, I just finished reading your old article on whether or not the Amorites were exterminated in Canaan.
Let me just say this--wow! What my education has taught me most about your writings is how incredibly GOOD they are. The level of critical scholarship that you employ, your synthesis of evidence, the depth of the issues that you take on is astounding. I am, simply put, amazed and humbled by the abilities that God has blessed you with. After finishing that article, I felt an immense sadness that you were never able to finish your PhD--you are truly a scholar's scholar. But of course, I'm glad that you still chose to write. Without it, I don't know where my faith would be.
You are clearly being used by God to minister to countless people as they struggle with the questions that shred their souls. I pray blessings upon you and your work--may God continue to use you.
I know you probably will never respond to this--its ok, truly, so don't feel bad if you read this. One day we'll be able to converse in heaven. I just wanted you to again know how much good you've done in someone's life, to encourage you, to thank you. I hope that someday I can help someone as much as you helped me all those years ago.
Sorry if this is long and rambling, but, I'm sure you get my point. Thank you for all you've done and will continue to do.
Blessings in Christ our Lord,
My name is XYZ. I am 26, and I just stumbled across your Web site today.
I am what I think I might term a recovering Christian (more on that in a moment), and I have many questions floating in my head. The latest question I have been pondering is the issue of slavery in the Bible. I Googled the question, and most of the answers I came across were very elementary, and they did not really answer the question adequately. Your answer, however, was very detailed, very researched, and very well reasoned. I could tell that after reading only about the first one-eighth of it (I have bookmarked it to finish later as I get time). I learned more in the beginning of your article than I did from about three study Bibles and several more Web sites combined. So for that, thank you.
thanks very much for your extensive and thorough page on Slavery in the Bible....I had a philosophy studying work mate question me about the horrors in the bible, slavery being one, so this article came really in handy.
The thing I love when people ask me about the hard questions about God, and I'm "forced" to do a bit of defensive research - not hard as you had done all the hard work for me - what initially feels like an attack on my faith and leads to some doubts, ends with me quashing them and having a much stronger foundation for them.
Once again many thanks & great work!!
Dear Brother Glenn [from India],
I have found your site sometime before and have been looking at it once in a while.
I am very impressed by your meticulous research in answering many questions.
Many apologists do not take much time to answer questions and
give pat answers
by which they unconsciously or consciously (!) despise the intellect of the questioner.
You are quite different in this matter. I thank God for you and a site like this.
You are also one apologist who takes 1 Pet 3:15 very seriously.
I wanted to write and say thank you for writing about Paul and Women. I am a 37 year old Christian woman. I was "born again" at around 16. I have had a difficult journey with God, but I cling as best as I can to Him. Recently, I read 1 Timothy 2 and became very distressed. As I looked on-line for answers to this difficult chapter, I became even more distressed. I can't tell you how grateful I am that I came across your website (found reference to it at XYZ). Your introspection, high attention to detail, and tenacity in inspecting those verses helped me to find a sense of peace about the Lord.
Ultimately, I know He loves us and wants what is best for us. Ultimately, I know He died and rose again for us all so that we are redeemed. Still, I can't tell you how much my heart shivered when I read the incredible responses from folks about women and their roles based on their interpretation of 1 Timothy 2. Basically, shut up, you suck because _you_ fell to deception, and pop out kids or you're gonna pay. Even now those responses bring tears to my eyes. How can people expect a woman to swallow this "doctrine" and smile and say, "God loves me!"?! Anyways... thank you for writing what you did. I know that even your interpretation (and now mine) may not be completely correct... with verses like that it's really hard to say sometimes, but at least this way I know I can sit, with peace in my heart, at my Lord's feet again and know that I am loved... not as woman or man, not as slave or free, not as Jew or Gentile... just as me.
Your sister in Christ,
Firstly I would love to thank you for your website. I'm a 18 year old man with a bitterness about most fellow Christians. I think one thing that a lot of us lack is knowledge of our own faith, and reading things on your website is refreshing.
Just a quick note to thank you for all hard work and effort you have put into your website. I've spent most of the day reading through your articles. I run a group at my local church here in New Zealand and I asked them what they wanted to know about and they almost unanimously wanted clarification on what seem like "God is a butcher" passages of the OT.
I just wanted to encourage you in your selfless apologetic pursuits.
Just wanted to thank you for your brilliant work on the non-intervention of God dated March 2003. Really helped me in a tough moment.
What a wonderful mind you have. Mate you should be doing this full time. I'm a pastor on the Gold Coast of Australia & apologetics has been a major passion for me. I've taught it at seminars for years but your article was more insightful than anything i could ever think up. It released me from a three day long confusion & blockage from God that I could not get past. Your answers were so brilliant. You must feel called to your other work because I can't imagine what you could put out if you did this full time!!!
You know, 10 years ago I first visited your site! I'd just started college and just happened to be a complete emotional and spiritual wreck. Your site taught me so much and your insight and the perspectives you present have helped me get through some really dark and tough times over the years.
I'm so thankful you're still here for us and the information found within your site STILL is helping me through the new (and some old) challenges I'm facing today... There are certain articles and your lectures/.mp3s I just re-read/re-listen to when I need a pick me up or behaviors/thoughts I've struggled with my entire life get to be too much... The knowledge and experiences you share help.
Thank you Glenn :-) from this complete stranger in TX..
I'm an evangelical Christian in Sydney, Australia.
I just discovered your site the other night (while I was working on my own answer to a tough question from a work-mates friend!) and I wanted to say thank you.
Even though I've only read a few articles (and they are the shorter ones!) it's been greatly encouraging and comforting. God has blessed you with a great mind and it's awesome to see you using it for Him.
It's encouraging to know that I'm not the only Christian who's skeptical and critical of dodgy answers that many Christians tend to use in response to tough questions, and that I'm not the only Christian who, despite being saved, still has many tough questions of my own!
Sometimes I find it frustrating how many tough questions (excuses) people come up with! I work in the XYZ and go out street evangelising at lunch times, and it seems every person has a different objection. I'll research an objection (e.g. Jesus in India, living to the grand old age of 120 and having many children), but that objection will never come up again - it'll be a different one! Honestly, it can be very disheartening and tiring - so it's a great relief to find a site that deals with tough questions / objections that I can point people to for answers.
So anyway, keep up the good work. I'll try to remember to keep you in my prayers (the spirit is willing but the body is weak - or rather the mind is forgetful! I'll try though). As per your recent prayer requests, I'll especially pray for translation and for the ability to use time wisely (something with which I struggle myself). And I'll keep praying that God will use your site as a stepping stone to the salvation of souls!
This is just to say another big thank you!
Every time I read "Think Tank" articles I am so impressed by your scholarly approach combined with humility and an honest, albeit searching attitude toward the Word of God--in both its written and personal forms.
I've just read through your long conversation with GK in the article about testing of women accused of adultery (drinking the bitter water). I admire your patience!! Seriously. I hope GK will take your final words to heart. Perhaps one day we will meet him or her in the company of those before the throne of God, rejoicing in the triumph of truth over evil.
Please know I do not expect an answer to this message. I simply wanted to say your writings are a blessing to me. I hope that is an encouragement when the days seem long and you "feel" unappreciated--as do we all sometimes.
I hope all is well. Let me be brief. Years ago I emailed you
during an intellectual panic attack I was having regarding
some of my professors teachings regarding the biblical narratives
at XYZ (I think it involved something about Genesis being myth and
a host of other things I cannot currently remember). Well, as I
look back, and as I have grown, I regret the
defensive/negative/non-loving/non-respectful attitude I had toward
some of my professors. Well, to be brief, I have gone back and
apologized to them. This has been a beautiful thing. It’s simply
amazing when you can go back in humility, apologize, and admit
that these persons were right in some areas (and you now agree
with them) and even offer some insights gained through your own
personal studies of where they might have been wrong and where
they could go in the future regarding there thinking. It’s great
when everyone is actually listening to the other. I admit
ashamedly that I was a flaming fundamentalist with a very
negative/defensive attitude! Interestingly enough, I have come to
agree with a good bit of my professors teachings in my own
personal studying outside the educational system. Anyway, your
humble example eventually rubbed off on me and for that, I
sincerely thank you.
This is XYZ from the Philippines.
I've been a lurker in the Tank for the last 5 years and
your work has been a tremendous blessing to my search for the
truth. It has certainly helped in reinforcing my faith, casting
out doubts and correcting errors.
Just continue this great work and May God richly bless you and your family with health and long life.
First, I'd like to thank you for the excellent work you have done on the Think Tank. Without a doubt, your articles on your site are among the most thoroughly researched and overall valuable articles that I have come across. Thanks.
Thank you for doing such thorough research and tackling hard questions. I haven't looked at all your links but was mighty impressed with what I have seen and felt urged to write.
Great website, I am glad to know that I can be a thinker and a christian at the same time. haha
At the outset, let me just express sincere gratitude for your devotion to defending the message of Christ with reason all throughout these years; people like you are hard to come by (unfortunately). I love the verse by Paul on your central page, since I'm a passionate student of philosophy, and as such, I was that type of Deistic person who desperately wanted a personal relationship with God but found his intellect getting in the way. But thanks to you and a few prominent Christian writers/philosophers (C.S Lewis and Peter Kreeft), I am well on my way to do so. It's truly refreshing when compared with today pop-centric culture that's flooded with a sea of half-baked, premature atheistic conclusions...and sadly many theistic ones, as well.
Just wanted to say thank you for all you're doing on the Christian Thinktank. I've referenced your material (and given due credit!) on more than one occasion, and it has helped me in understanding various concepts, doctrines, and 'contradictions'. So, I don't have any questions for you, Glenn. I just wanted to say thank you.
Glenn - I just discovered your site tonight. I don't know if you will get to read this or to respond. But I am fascinated by your site and will return often to learn and explore. ... 'hang in there'. God is doing a good work in you and through you to his glory - and to the edification of fellow Christians. God bless you and his peace abide in you always.
I would like to begin by offering my deep gratitude to you for entering the fight you did. Thanks for helping to fill in the gaps that are in the modern thought life.
As it seems, if you ever get around to reading this, it may be several years after this was sent. Anyway (obviously assuming you do read this, of course), I'd like to thank you for the excellent work that you've done on the Think Tank. As I write this, I am only 15 years old, so some of your articles are somewhat advanced for me, but for those that are easier to understand...wow!
You see, in the past, when I had doubts about Christianity, I tried to find answers, but I'd be afraid. I'd sometimes think "Are these really sufficient answers, or are they just copouts?" But after discovering the Think Tank, I realized that my fears were much on the contrary. Far from being a cop out, the Christian answers were logical and strong. Of all the apologetics websites that I've been to, by far yours and tektonics.org are the most thoroughly, detailed and well researched.
Also, I found excellent wisdom and sayings in the Tank. Like this one, that has given me much joy and peace: "The God of truth is NOT afraid of our questions." Basically, when I needed help or assurance, yours was one of the most helpful sources apart from the Bible. So many questions and fears of mine were answered and relieved. Wow! You are definitely among the more intelligent, wise and courageous men I have encountered/read both in real life and in cyberspace.
Really, the only gripe I have about the Think Tank is that it doesn't seem to get updated that often, but I suppose that's ok. Anyway, I just wanted to congratulate you. And please...do keep at it!
... And so it was with the slavery query and, having found my way to the Christian think tank site, I sat engrossed in your comprehensive, intelligent and enlightening dissection of the issue. It’s an article I’ll have to re-read numerous times to fully absorb, but the fundamental contextualization and historic redefining of the subject was a powerful reminder for me to always consider the period(s) and geography in which the Bible was written when trying to understand something.
Perhaps more importantly though your essay revealed a profound trust in God and his word and consequentially has stirred a belief that I too often quell with an overactive and slightly self-destructive imagination: God is perfection.
I’d like to thank you sincerely for the effort, thought and spirit you put into the site. It is the ultimate antidote to the ‘youtube’ generation style of debate and i will be making regular visits to peruse further.
I am not sure if this address is still active for you but I wanted to at least make an attempt to thank you for your posting (originally written way back in 1994) to GK re: Jesus' use of the word "hate". http://www.christian-thinktank.com/hhate.html
My wife and I live in Asia and are working with an exciting group of sharp Christian and pre-Christian HS and college age young people from the Mainland. I knew roughly how to answer their question about the usage of the word "hate" in Scripture, but your thorough and well documented response to GK has provided much rich background material. I was also impressed with your patient and kind responses! You always took the high road and resisted the temptation to respond in the same critical and unkind tone that characterized his letter. I hope he appreciated your efforts but I suspect he probably didn't. But I, for one, did. :)
Just wanted to let you know I stumbled across your site doing research for a presentation I have to give tomorrow (! - seems the procrastinator in me never learns) for one of my classes. I'm a student at XYZ University (Computer Science New Media major, actually - nice to see that I have a future in apologetics if that doesn't work out haha) and let me tell you, finding your site was such a blessing. The Lord has been working in me recently - really stretching and molding me - and I've been so up-and-down about it...it's been a difficult and exciting and scary and amazing process, and I've been dying for some more structured study guides and whatnot that I can use to just dive into His Word with and really help me get my wheels turning with my walk (it's been a rocky road till this point) as opposed to whatever my method(s) have been up to this point. So, thanks so much for your efforts with this site. I can't take the time to read everything right now (oh how I wish I had the time!)...but consider yourself Bookmarked!!!!
Thanks again, and I'll be praying for you and your efforts.
Greetings from sunny Singapore!
I have had the great fortune of stumbling across your website a year ago. I thank God that He has blessed you with the ability to discern and to reason, to write and to express your thoughts on the Faith, no matter how slow! Haha, it's a good thing that you do not write with haste and lose yourself in the midst of passion. Christian-Thinktank is still one of the best apologetics resources I have seen till today (which is not very long; I'm only 18 this year), especially the articles on Women and some of the more "questionable" Old Testament passages. As I read through your articles and essays every now and then, I can see the workings of our wonderful Lord in your life and I can better understand the very many issues that the Bride of Christ faces today (of course, I am merely scratching the surface of these issues, unlike you).
I have faced some spiritual problems in the past few years, and Christian Thinktank has helped me a lot in my walk with God. Personally, I think I'm a particularly odd Christian: I don't go to church regularly, I haven't been baptized (physically in the sense of water) and I tend to "interrogate" myself on my faith sometimes, asking whether I really am sincere in wanting to serve the Lord, whether I'm a good enough believer and all. I was raised in a family of mixed faiths, you see; my father is a practicing Taoist and my mother is a rather...laidback Christian. At the age of twelve when I made the sinner's prayer and confessed, I didn't feel any different. I didn't feel God that greatly and He wasn't really that significant to me; I just said my prayers and thanked Him, but I didn't really feel like His child. Most importantly, I felt (and still do today, only less often) that I wasn't able to be like the rest of the flock who could put their faith in Christ and not worry. I'm your proverbial "lost sheep" in a sense, because I tend to wander away, wanting to know more about the shepherd sitting at the other end of the field, annoying the rest of the sheep along the way (I even ask myself why I want to find that shepherd in the first place and whether I really wish to or not!)
Apologetics, in any case, can be said to be a way of responding to my spiritual defects; most of the time, when I get started on an apologetics essay, I find my writing is styled more to answering my own questions instead of my friends' (and I tend not to finish or take a long time, so I can empathize). At this point, I wish to say that your site (alongside many others) has pushed me far (but gently) along this path; my interest in defending the Bride and the character of our Lord has grown immensely over the past two years. I still continue to alternate between unrepentant and fearful today, however; something I'm ashamed of. I can proclaim my love for the Lord and thank Him for so much, then go and sin in the next few minutes. Is it right to ask and hope for the Lord to remember me as I am in my one moment of enthusiasm for Him in the midst of my multitude of hosts of sins? I struggle with this even today.
But enough of myself for now : )
I know you're a busy man, Glenn, but I thank you in advance for reading this (even if you don't, I'm fine with it; I'm still very grateful for you). Thank you for the encouragement you have given me. I thank God that He has worked through you as well to teach and mold me. I would like to meet you in person some day (haha), but barring the chances of you traveling to Singapore any time soon, that probability is fast approaching zero. But I'm perfectly fine with that, because sooner or later, we'll meet, and we'll have all of Eternity to speak to each other.
Thank you and God bless you,
This email is basically just to say: Hang in there! So an answer isn't necessary (I know how it is when you like things neat and tidy but your mailbox just grows fuller and fuller!)
Your website has meant a lot to me over the years. Try not to worry too much about the frequency of updates and the unfinished series. You've already given us plenty of good examples on how to do our own research and critical thinking on the questions we are left with!
First off, I would like to say thank you for everything you have done for me in my walk with God. When I first started university I was very skeptical of Christianity, but after taking a class on an introduction to New Testament studies I began to ask a lot of questions. With the help of two websites (yours and J.P. Holdings), by reading people like C.S. Lewis, William Lane Craig, Bruce Metzger, N.T. Wright, and many other Christian scholars I decided to put my faith in Jesus Christ.
Glenn - Lambo sent this out to all of us last week. Great stuff! "Emotional whiplash" and "Lavished" really stood out for me. I've been over-flogging myself so much lately, so thanks for helping to "stop the bloodloss" and the reminder of how the Lord is "over the top" in giving and sharing of Himself. Wow! Makes me want to head to Santa Monica beach and sit with Him for a couple hours this evening.
hello sir! my name is XYZ. im 23, and i just graduated college. I have no clue what to do next.
I see a lot of men, whose hearts seem to be dead. They work all of their lives, slave away, only to arrive at death safely, never thinking twice about reality, eternity, Truth, who is jesus is and what he's doing. You seem to have an uncanny ability to deal with the nitty gritty molecules of apologetics and faith, and yet somehow remain balanced and still focus on the more (or less) practical sides of life and faith. You answer both questions with an easy balance of wisdom and compassion and grace. Which is why I'm wondering...
What do you wish you knew when you where my age?
I'm a long time reader -- one of the many, many people who will surprise you in heaven with our deep, deep thanks for your God-inspired work!! Just read your prayer requests, and wanted you to know that I (and I'm sure many others) are reading and praying for you. The translation projects are wonderful news, and I know that regardless of any economic impact in your community, you are touching many people for Christ. (Even when you do not see the evidence at this time -- God, of course, may be using you to plant a seed today that will not grow to fruition until much later.)
I know your time is valuable, but my
favorite part of your site now (my faith is much stronger
than when I first read you ten years ago!) is the prayer
requests/letters to readers, so please give us quick updates now
God bless and shine on you today!!
This is just a "thank you" - I just discovered your website and it is fabulously helpful. Thank you. Don't even open this email. There's no text.
Greetings Mr. Miller,
I guess I've kind of waited way too long to say this. I'd just like to say thank you so much for all you have done in answering questions and doing your various Bible studies. They have been immensely helpful in building my faith and making it stronger. I don't think you can even comprehend how important your work in service to Christ and His body is.
You are such an encouragement and blessing to me; I always mean
to write and thank you for your site. I'm sure your inbox is full
of stuff like this, but I figure I might as well add to the pile.
You have some of the most trustworthy and intellectually
rigorous apologetics I've ever come across, and yet it's
all full of spiritual insight at the same time, and can be
almost devotional...I find myself re-reading some of your
pieces numerous times, for encouragement in my own walk. You've
given me such a great sense of God's wonderful character,
and it's awesome how much you obviously trust him and love him.
I've only been a Christian for a couple of years, and your
writing has been a major part of my journey. God bless you!
Thanks to your website and its sound arguments, some wonderfully powerful encounters with God (and a less wonderful but no less powerful encounter with Evil, too!), some time spent studying the New Testament's origins, some time spent reading sensible, scholarly books on science by Christians, like "God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?", and my study of other religions and New Age philosophies, I have come to realize that Christianity is far more likely to be true than it is to be untrue.
I just ran into your web-site and wanted to say 'thanks' ....... you efforts and capacity to communicate your insights just flow so natural and are like a breath of fresh air to me.
I heartily thank you.
I tend to use the avenue/literary genre of fiction to advance my xian apologetics, but I admire your stamina for detailed prose, and your analytic style (I taught logic a bit and majored in analytic philosophy in graduate school under William P. Alston, Alvin Plantinga, Elanor Stump, Peter VanInwagen, and others of the Society of Xian Philosophers, that was back in the 1980s long long ago in a galaxy...you know the rest)
anyway, some excellent and fascinating work you've avocationally assembled over the years
quite a life you've had -- in heaven you'll have more time (so I
just wanted to send my greetings to a fellow freelance philosopher
keep faith, freedom, simplicity, shalom,
I am fascinated by all the effort you've put into the tank! I mean, how do you find the time and energy to do it? I can't imagine. I can only thank you for doing what you're doing as it has been of great value to me and I am sure to many others too.
I hope you can come teach in Singapore (where I live) someday, where there is a Buddhist majority.
I recently discovered your site looking for answers for some of the tough questions my 15 year old daughter is coming up with right now. I want to tell you what a wonderful and anointed ministry I believe you have here, and how precious it must be to more people than you will ever know.
I have been a Christian since my mid-twenties, after a college education, and deeply value your refreshingly 'normal' approach to explaining the Gospel - like you I struggled for years with the funny language and alien world-view of mainstream Christianity before I could relate that to the 'Person' who was patiently knocking and waiting for my acknowledgement.
Your site resounds with the lived experience of a deeply genuine faith and is bathed in the love of Christ - it sings through every page! I can say no better than that reading your work I get then same feeling of being wrapped in the love of God as when I read CS Lewis, who for me was my first spiritual director and Christian friend, although he died shortly before I was born.
I have been reading this morning about some of the negative feedback you have received about your style of writing, etc - and I must say I totally disagree - Please, please don't adapt your writing style or simplify anything - there is plenty of writing out there at that level, but precious little where you are - densely argued, well referenced, thoroughly respectable intellectually, and as I say, tempered with true gentleness and respect for the reader. It is no accident that you excellently fill a 'niche' in apologetic writing which very few have ever filled convincingly. As the Dawkins-ites and Pullman-ites sharpen their knives, we so need people like you in the breach! I particularly like your inclusion of cutting edge science on the ramifications of Quantum theory, cosmology and evolutionary biology and how the mechanistic universe is unraveling before our eyes. "... and the Christian quietly chuckles...." - or not so quietly in my case - I think cheering from the rooftops would express it better!
May it be a joy to your heart to know that I used some of your well researched and user friendly materials to answer a question today on one of my blogging sites to answer a question that was preventing the growth in one of my friends.
I gave a detailed and deliberate attempt to explain why God was capable of hardening the heart of Pharaoh when he was holding hostage his covenant people--by trying crush them with work, by trying to destroy the male children and continuing to build his dynasty. I went through the Bible account with great thoroughness. She simply was having much trouble with that.
I prayed and asked God to please keep her hungry. She had been using the materials and just today with your work, she has experienced a breakthrough.
I was not expecting you to create an entire article in response to this issue. Your response is absolutely amazing and very detailed. Thank you so much for your very helpful insights into this apparent contradiction. I really appreciate it.
I can only imagine how busy you must be! May God miraculously expand time for you this year, either that or make it more viscous, slower. Anyway I don't want to take too much of it. I don't have an apologetics question for you. I have hundreds of questions, most of which I can already find answered when I trawl through the tank. This is actually just a thank you letter. I know you must get hundreds. So I hope this doesn't feel like spam, no matter how well intentioned. Thanks Glenn! I first happened upon your site when I was back in college and wrestling with the whole idea of religion and spirituality, mostly trying to answer the question Jesus posed to his disciples. The Big One. Who do you say that I am?
I wrote you a very poorly worded, ill-informed question about something or other. I'm not even sure what it was exactly, but you were kind enough to respond. I'm 28 now and I still regularly visit the site, especially during moments of wrenching sometimes anguished doubt. Well, I might not remember the question I asked, but I do remember that I deeply appreciated the response. I still do.
Thank you for so much throughout the years. Thank you for being so intensely thorough and sincere with all of our questions from out here in cyberspace.
Here's the thing. I can now say to Jesus without a doubt in
my heart..."You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God." But I
still have so many moments where I struggle and falter with
basics. The Heavenly Father must think I'm as thick as a brick
sometimes. I struggle with understanding the nature of the
Godhead. Just when I think I can wrap my head around the Son of
God, I stumble over God the Son. Sometimes I think it's more than
the problem of my very finite mind trying to come to terms with
the Wonderful, the Incomprehensible Infinite Being that is our
Heavenly Father. Anyway this has gone on much too long for a
I really just wanted to express my gratitude. Thank you my very very dear brother. It gives me great joy that God has given me a brother who is so compassionate, diligently thoughtful and not to mention super intelligent (I love that you are able to think through matters with such depth and clarity and edify the rest of us!). I sincerely hope this doesn't embarrass you in any way.
Dear Mr. Miller,
Thank you for answering! I sent this over to the person I'm talking to and he's still "chewing on it". I've noticed a change in tone with him (as if he's trying to piece it all together--hopefully coming to a certain realization) so at least something is happening. Once again, thank you so much for your response!!
Man, it's really really awesome for you to respond in the way that you did. My best friend writes for XYZ so I visit that site often and sometimes respond, but somehow I feel like nothing I could have written them would have given me the help/info. that you were able to give. I will study out what you have written and make note of it in my Bible. You love God's Word and I love that! It's always a pleasure for me to refer people to Christian-Thinktank.com because not only will they find Biblical answers, but I know that it is run by what seems to be a very genuine believer in the faith, with a sense of humor!
Thanks again for your reply. Hope that you are being used greatly this year
Good day sir,
I happened across your website and found your writeup to "Does God's judgment violate the free choice of His creatures?" very informative.
I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to offer your Biblical insight to believers and non-believers.
I pray that your time and efforts make a difference to people struggling with their own beliefs as well as those that don't know or have turned away from God.
Take care and may The Lord Bless you abundantly,
Hi: I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for the piece you wrote on what happens to those who have never heard the gospel.
I had a conversation on this subject with a woman who left the church because the minister wouldn't marry divorced people. I said basically what you said in this piece (though not as clearly), but I kept worrying that I had in some way discounted the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Your thoughts gave me so much peace about what was said. Thank you, thank you.
I am a Christian (Calvinist), and a deep, deep conservative (classic Liberal) - currently stuck in a socialist/liberal crazy town. Your site was a breath of fresh air and sanity tonight, which was desperately needed.
Just found your site. I wanted to thank you for it and let you know I'll pray for you as per requests. I'm a Christian struggling with doubt, and I appreciate sites from stronger brothers such as yourself.
Your prayers page sounded slightly despondent at the fact that you weren't getting things done, or had too much to do. I do hope that sometimes you take comfort in having been the instrument already of so much good, and the knowledge that whatever God lets you do each day will contribute more good.
The Lord has been calling me to answer the difficult questions that people have for over a year now. Your fantastic website and insight into Scripture has been nothing less than a complete blessing to me. Thank you so much for all of the hard work you have clearly put into the Tank...I love it and you :)
Blessings in Christ Jesus,
It might have become boring to you already but I have to express my admiration for the work and honesty you put into the Thinktank. I do appreciate deeply your costly choice to reveal to your readers the sensitive parts of your life - it does help others, I know it does help me.
The webpage you're running is such a sweet and liberating difference from all of those stupid, totally unconvincing far-too-easy, fear-tactic-using and lacking-sane-explanation answers to questions that can (and do) break human hearts.
so... "Thank You" and "WOW" : D
It was a pleasure happening upon your site and taking the time to glean a little insight into you. I don't know you. Never met you and probably never will, but I want you to know that I like you. Of course, being a brother in Christ, there is brotherly love, but I genuinely like you and just wanted you to know. You are an appealing individual with well constructed and communicated, worthy ideas, thoughts, and feelings; good taste in literature and music; and a well constructed, well rounded, meaningful existence.
Dear Sir, just read an article from some 10 years ago....on multiple-text types in pre-Christian Judea...and I am just about the happiest amateur scholar around! I am a Greek-speaking, reading, writing Brooklyn, NY born believer and recently fell in love with Aramaic. This view which you shared seems more like reality to me...where the diversity of texts was perfectly accepted by Jewish Believers...thanks again, it opened my heart to accept the rantings of my Greek counterparts who insist that LXX is the oldest, and that NT was written in Greek.
I have read some of your work and it's very useful, although I haven't gone indepth yet, but keep going with the great job! I especially like the "women's section" because it helped me a lot against a person who claimed that the Old Testament discriminated against women, which would suggest the "all equal in God's eyes" Pauline statement is false.
Glenn, I love you! What can I say more that would let you know how much I appreciate what you are doing! In just a few hours after discovering your web page last Sunday (Feb 11th) and then listening to your audio while following along with the pdf "The Story Behind The Christmas Story".
I thank God for putting it in your heart to share your beautiful life with everyone! I am sticking with you 'til He comes! Can't wait to meet you here or in Heaven!
With love and will be praying for your prayer requests you posted!
God bless you Glenn!!!!!!
I hope you remember me. I wrote you a desperate letter a few
weeks ago re. sins I feel I can never be forgiven.
When I was little, I used to ask my dad "is God bigger" questions. "Is He bigger then you?" "Is He bigger then this earth?" "Is He bigger then this galaxy?" "Is He bigger then a T-Rex?"
But when you grow up, you start to realize that the biggest, scariest things are sometimes things that are inside you. As I slowly come to realize more of what sin is and what it means to God, I find myself asking, "Is God bigger then THIS?" Sure, maybe He can take on Godzilla, but what about this hideousness I have found in myself?
This was what I found myself thinking as I read your letter. This God is a lot bigger then I gave him credit for.
I have been carrying the e-mail you wrote to me around in my pocket for the past several weeks. I find that even though a part of me can sort of accept that logically I am forgivable, there are pieces of me that still want to get back onto their hamster wheel and go right back to the old way of thinking. So I carry your letter, and whenever I feel like despairing, I thinking about the things you wrote :) I know I have a long way to go. But when I received your e-mail, I felt so overwhelmed. I thought, "If this man believes I can be saved, then it MUST be true." And I felt an indescribable joy.
I feel there are some things I should tell you. Your website has had a profound impact on my life. I have been reading it for about a year and a half now, almost daily, and I still have not touched on half of it, I think. I don't know where you find all the time in your day to do all you do!!! What kind of vitamins do you take!?!? Yours is the only resource I feel comfortable referring non-christian friends to. And the only place where my deepest questions are addressed. I've noticed that you begin many of your audio lecutres/Bible studies with disclaimers about the time and tediousness in the series you are working on. Often the first half of your study is a recap of the last one. For goodness sake, never change!!! This is the only place I can go where I feel my obsessive compulsive mind is nearly satisfied! You leave no stone unturned and that is just what I need!
I don't know how I can express what you have done in my life. You have been a blessing to me, and I can see God working through you. You must get many letters like this, but I still feel an obligation to express my most sincere thanks.
There are so many other things I wish I could tell you. How I often struggle with anxiety and have reclusive tendencies as well. When I read your writings, I often get the sense that our brains are wired the same way :). I feel I know you so well, that we are old friends :), but you know nothing about me. Oh well. I think we shall have an eternity to become acquainted. And personally, I can't wait.
First, I cannot thank you enough for your wonderful work on the Think Tank. I am an avid reader of your material. I have also particularly enjoyed your audio lectures (I have three hour commutes I used to dread but now I look forward to them!) You have been a huge blessing in my life.
I know you said that you couldn't respond to all the emails you get and thats cool but I really wanted to let you know how much your site has helped me. I grew up in a Christian home but when I was around the age of 16 decided I hated God and stopped going to church. Long story short a few months ago I was really drunk or high don't really remember now and stumbled onto your site. Don't really remember how I got here but I booked marked it and found it in my bookmarks a few(?) days later. Started reading it and kind of reasoned (not really though it stayed in the back somewhere:-) everything you said out of my head. About 2 months ago I was very very messed up on some combination of beer and weed and started thinking about some of the stuff I read on your site. Next thing I know I'm on my knees in my room crying my eyes out with the realization that if I died right then I was in big trouble. I prayed and prayed and got a answer big time. I learned a few things that night the 2 big ones are 1. God is there and he cares and listens and sometimes talks even if we don't want to listen 2. I don't care what anyone says God has a sense of humor. Everything is not perfect in my life still but than again if it was I wouldn't need God anyway. I have started going back to church and trying to let God do what he wants to do in my life. So thank you for all you have done on your web page. I'm sure you hear this a lot but thank you again for everything.
We don't know each other, and likely didn't know "of" each other until earlier this week when a friend of mine (XYZ, who is a reference librarian with the ABCDEF public library system), asked me about you. I confessed that I didn't know who you were and was not familiar with your work.
XYZ is one of the brightest brothers in Christ that I've ever run into regarding the world of secular literature (not what passes for such among moderns) historically and general areas of "mere" Christian faith touching Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox interests. He's a comprehensive generalist on these topics I suppose you could say; all of which, is my effort to express to you that I respect his input.
As I wrote above, he asked me about you earlier this week. After I acknowledged my ignorance to him (the repetition of such being a primary gauge of mine regarding the calibration of brilliance in others), he proceeded to fill me in about the work you accomplish with your web site.
He finds your running commentary on the also aforementioned general areas of "mere" Christian faith to be superior to everything else that he has discovered online -- and, as a reference librarian, I'm telling you that he has plenty of time invested.
While I've learned precious little, in terms of quantity, supporting XYZ's high opinion, what I have understood from XYZ and snooping around a bit myself has prompted me to write you; and by way of this lengthy prologue, to simply want to encourage you in your efforts. Glenn, I think your gift for creative biblical thinking is unique and a blessing that I hope continues to flower as it has for many more years. I am thankful for your ministry and delighted by discovering the influence that you are having -- of which only our Master, Jesus, has any significant idea in regard to its magnitude.
Oh that we might be content only to leave the thought of what mark we make with our lives at that.
Hello, My name is XYZ. I'm very glad to meet you.
I met a brilliant mind in an online depression support group. No religion or preaching is allowed, but somehow my faith was noticed and he sent me a personal message asking why God allows suffering. That's how I found you. I felt so unequal to the task of putting into words what I believe. I did wind up giving him my own rather simple answer and he said it made him feel better. Unfortunately for his sort of mind it was not enough and he's asking more.
In the meantime I have been studying your article "How Could God Let Christians Hurt To The Point Of Suicide". I say studying because I think it was written from a few 100 IQ points more than I possess. I believe I finally grasped enough to feel confident that you were not just throwing out a bunch of big words. (pardon, but you know there are those who do.) So, I have explained this very thing to him and simply copied and forwarded your article. Going on the assumption that he is one of the "us" you refer to in another topic as needing more detailed information, I'm praying the words God gave you will be significant to him too.
I have begun to seriously stretch my little grey cells by copying and printing some of the other topics in your Think Tank. (Do they HAVE to be 12 pages???) so I can study and learn.
I truly appreciate all your efforts and wonder how fast DO you type?
I just want to take this moment to thank you for what you do. I
have been searching for someone with your style of outreach for
years and years. I like the way you communicate to your
readers. It is as if they were sitting right there in the same
room with you face to face.
I have been a Christian since 1985.In the beginning of my walk
with the Lord, I just did as I was told. Every time I tried to
question though, I would feel as though I was some kind of
heretic or something.My fellow believers would not have any
deep answers and made me feel as though I was less of a Christian
for desiring answers.Have faith.It is always "Have faith"
Yes, that is the correct answer, but my goodness, that is like
giving a two year old a huge piece of steak and saying "eat".
For years, I would feel like at church, we were all walking
around in the dark, bumping into each other.I would always leave a
service and wonder where my brain had vaporized to. It even got to
a point after many years of this, that I was about to leave the
faith for good.Not God, just the Christian faith. God intervened
and I am still here. But, when I determined to hang in there, I
also determined that I was not going to allow another Christian
to belittle me because I desire to know deep answers to deep
I found your website quite by accident. I was listening to
a preacher on the radio and he so impressed me with how smart he
was. I committed his website to memory and was determined to look
it up when I returned home. My memory failed me and i could not
find his site, but bumped into yours. I truly appreciate your
honesty and I can't thank you enough addressing the deep questions
we all have. I have settled in my mind that I truly believe,
especially in these times we live in, that it is our duty to have
intelligent answers.Islam is one of the fastest growing religions
in the world I am told and I can see why.They are organized and
they have answers.In this confusing world, that appears to be a
light to a confused world looking for a higher being and an
organized representative to him or it.
I have not read much of your material yet, but I don't have to
read very far to know instantly that I like your style and I
have been waiting a long time for what you have to offer. I am
so happy because it gives me a chance to grow in the way I need
In your mini letter you reminded me so much of myself in the way
you wrote.I felt an instant understanding as to where you are
I can't thank you enough for being real,honest and genuine and
for caring and having warmth in the way you reach out to the
I was sitting outside early this morning, reflecting on your work with the tank and i thought, how amazing is it that the work you did 5 or even 10 years ago is still impacting people today. Even if there is not as much new content as you would like, so often new visitors to the site see it afresh and for them it is new and for them it is just what they needed at that moment. I hope that is of some consolation when you go through rough or dry periods. For example, I know that what I was reading this morning, "How I made it through it all, so far" which I printed back in January after my dad died, was a handhold in the rock during a dark, futile time, and I still don't think I have absorbed all that I want to of it. If you throw a rock in a pond...the ripples go out and out and out...
God bless you and bring you peace today, Glenn. :-)
I don't need a reply, I found your site and I have found
encouragement and treasures to take with me. I found
your site when I googled, "I am so tired of sin". What I
found was very encouraging. I hadn't realized that
heartfelt pain could be seen as a good thing. The pain is in
view of my relationship with God. Those without Christ would
never know that. I have seen a lot of sites and many just
spew out a list of solutions to peoples problems and struggles,
but you take the time to share of yourself and your own
experience. That is encouraging.
I have to laugh, your letter on "Tired of Sinning, Glenn"
threw me because my name is Glenn, so when I saw my name
in the letter, it caught my attention. It wasn't until
later that I realized that there wasn't any java script and that
your name was Glenn. Anyways, thanks.
Hi, I just wanted to say thanks for all the information on some very difficult subjects
as a new christian with a lot of questions you help a lot
Just wanted to remind you of the amazing way that God is using you and your ministry to save/encourage Christians all over the world!!! There are many people with stories something like mine -- I have a skeptical turn of mind, and although I was brought up Christian, I drifted out of the faith by college -- it was so obviously untrue (a relic of primitive superstitions, etc.) I became a Christian again about 8 years ago, but would almost certainly not have been able to sustain any belief except that God brought me to your website, where I saw that an intelligent, questioning person could read the Bible and believe this stuff. My faith is strong enough now that I don't check-in that often, but I still come by sometimes to read your prayer requests (& I always hope there might be a letter to the readers (I miss those!!)) I can't wait to meet you in heaven & thank you in person -- you are going to be amazed by the huge crowd of people (all of whom God has used your work to save) who will gather around you!!!
About 6 years ago, I ended up joining something called XYZ Faith Community, where I volunteered for 1 1/2 years to work with homeless teenagers, then I did that as an employee for another 2 1/2 years, and now for the past two years, I have been a seminary student at ABCDEF. (I am almost 45 but you are never too old to go back to school!) I mention this, because every homeless person whose life I touched for Christ at XYZ House, and every life I touch for Christ now and in the future, really owes the presence of Christ in their life to your faithfulness (and of course, God's faithfulness!!!) And the ripples from your work and love will go out from those people too in ways we'll never be aware of this side of heaven.
I first encountered your work on a
atheist vs. Christian list of some kind, where I was
particularly discouraged by the fact that the Christians were
just as nasty as the atheists. If Christianity were
true, shouldn't the Christians be noticeably more loving and kind
than the atheists? Every nasty, proud posting from a
Christian seemed one more obvious confirmation that the claims of
Christianity were laughably false, until I found your
postings. Your humility and charity towards those you
disagree with breath out Christ and his "sweet smelling
fragrance," and it was that, even more than the specifics of your
arguments, that was convincing to me.
Just skimmed through http://www.christian-thinktank.com/qnoslavent.html. It was formatted well, obviously was built on rather thorough research, did not provide mere half-baked answers to the issues at hand, and at the end of the day it was nearly impeccable. Good looking out. I'll probably be referring lots of people to this particular treatise of yours in the future.
Dear Glen ----
I am a Catholic lawyer here in XYZ and I just recently started working on trying to harmonize (as if I were giving a closing argument in a jury trial) the Gospel accounts of the resurrection. I did this after reading through a very fine "Harmony of the Gospels" done by Robert L. Thomas and Stanley N. Gundry (it puts the accounts in parallel columns in an order the editors believe is chronological but did not address most of the issues in the resurrection testimony). I was moving very slowly and cautiously, and being occasionally frustrated, when I decided to do a search on ASK for "inconsistent Gospel accounts of the resurrection." Your page came up right away -- I noticed the account by fellow lawyer Casteel and I felt immediately at home. Your page had a wealth of information (when do you get time to do all of this?) and provided some nice insights on both the problem I was looking at as well as history in general. And I felt relieved.
I found your site about two years ago, and I have enjoyed reading your writings. I just wanted to write you a brief word of encouragement. I love your site and the articles you have written. Thank you for all your hard work and the large amount of time you have spent on the site. I have referred it to a number of friends, and they have also profited from reading what you have written (spiritually profited, that is, not financially--don't worry, they aren't selling your articles or doing anything illegal). :-)
Thanks for the great site. May the Lord multiply your work.
Wow! Can't believe there are believers in cyber-land as articulate and thorough as you are in the defense of the faith. You are indeed a breathe of fresh air. I read the entire response you posted to the question shown in the subject heading above. Very nicely done! I cannot believe the amount of literature you referenced.
This is a drop-by and offer a word of encouragement-type email--not expecting a reply.
Anyway,thanks for your work on 'How could a God of love order a massacre.'....etc. I have referred back to this periodically and found it very helpful.
Glenn, be encouraged brother, that that which is most important to me comes across strongly on your site--namely--SINCERITY!
There's a warmth, and great communication from one who (though a well educated gentleman), nevertheless knows his limitations --in the light of the greatness of our God.
I'm a long time fan on your site and your ministry. I've been reading the Christian Think Tank for the past seven years or so, and it has helped me a lot, especially on the difficult questions and doubts I faced in my Christian life. I thank the Lord, and I thank you for the time you invested on it.
My Thanks to you
I read your thoughts in your article, "The Relevance of the Christian worldview in the 21st century", and what *you* wrote I related to. I wasn't expecting or looking for your words to be like a hug from God, which is really what I've been wanting, but what you wrote was like a comforting hug. So I am letting you know my thanks. :-)
I've gotten sick and tired from always reading Christian Apologetics, but what you wrote gave me a hug during the sad time that my faith is experiencing.
I just wanted to say hello and thank you for the work you're
doing with the tank. I'm a Christian proud of my brain and
have found the tank to be a very good place to turn to whether I'm
in a debate with people of different persuasions than me or the
debate is with myself. Last night I looked at you personal info
and came across the pages about Britt. I shed a couple of tears
when I browsed through the stuff. Death is beautiful in its
sadness and joy, despair and hope. Britt was beautiful too.
Anyway, just wanted to say thank you and keep up the good work.
I've been reading your site now and then for several years now and I can't tell you how much it has helped me. When I first began reading in high school I was going through a serious crisis of faith. While there's only so far reasoning and arguments can take a person in that situation, many of the explicit questions I had were answered and that helped a lot and gave me hope. I continue to turn to your pages for answers to questions and also for inspiration.
The way you speak about your relationship to God opened my eyes
to the inadequacies of much of what I was learning in church, and
showed me what a relationship to God could and should be
like. I just want to thank you, so much, for doing the work
that you do. It has meant a lot to me.
I know you'll probably never read this, but, thank you for your time and effort. I am still wrestling with Christianity after 12-14 years of study and deliberation, coming closer and often walking away, swearing it off yet again.
I finally have found a source that can hopefully break down a lot of the apparent contradictions in the Bible and in God's personality. I have become tired of viewing Christians around me as weak-minded and their God as more of an engine of destructive selfishness and evil incarnate. Until your website I have had little luck finding anything that defends Christianity half as well as my own complex and halfway informed attacks upon it.
Thank you very much indeed. I am sure by this time you fully understand why non-believers attack Christianity. It is nearly impossible to come to know Christ for me without further understanding. The Bible has been to me, up to this point, more of a warning to stay away from the Christian God than a sort of affirmation of His grace. My Christian friends still try to deal with my questions, but we have all arrived at the realization that I need a Theologian to further grow. Hopefully with your website I will learn further and not give up on Christianity once again.
Thank you for the immense effort, I look forward to the challenge of reading and understanding everything you have put down so far.
I really enjoyed what I read of your piece on hell. Your detailed
research and thoughtful consideration of actual biblical data is
enlightening. I'm a sixteen year old and I appreciate your
ministry through Christian-thinktank. =D
Hey, I feel like my car could use another bumper sticker, and I would be delighted to have a Christian Thinktank one. I'm sick of seeing smart-alec atheist stickers and Darwin fish on cars at my college, and CT is one of the best apologetic databases I've been to. I think a simple one with your web address and that 1 Thessalonians 5:21 quote would be great.
I wanted to send you an email and encourage
you in your awesome website. I had a philosophy class
with you at Dallas Bible College in 1983, I think. I
wanted to tell you that my introduction to philosophy and the
history of ideas at DBC was a pivotal turning point in my life.
I have developed a life long love of historical theology and have
enjoyed studying early church history for many years now. I
work with high school kids at church, and I am always teaching
them about the history of ideas and the Christian worldview.
I know you have done many things in your life, and have
experienced many shipwrecks. I am reminded of Paul's
shipwreck at Malta, and all of the bumbling about that he did on
his way to death row in Rome. And in hindsight, we can say,
everything that could go wrong did, but it all turned out
right. That is so often the way our lives look to us - that
everything is going wrong... I consult your website fairly
regularly and am always amazed, encouraged, instructed, and
blessed. God bless you and your web ministry. And
thankyou for the effort you put into teaching while at DBC.
Glenn. I just wanted to thank you for your great scholarly work which you laid out in your response to a seeming contradiction on the 'Jehu' passages ( June 15, 2001). I was blown away not only by your analysis but also by your easy to follow style.
Honestly, I don't think I ever follow from beginning to end
most commentary writer's responses, as they 'lose' me in their
"exhaustiveness", however this was not the case with you and
hence my wanting to return with thanksgiving (as the Leper
did) to thank you! Like the leper, I appreciated what you
did for me!! hahaha.
I was having my quiet time this morning, which took me to Hosea chapter 1 and came upon the aforementioned anomaly. When I cross-referenced Hosea 1:4 with the actual account in 2 Kings 9 1-10, I was very troubled. The bottom line was I knew (as God always proves ) that there was no contradiction and that even if there "appeared" to be one, it was not so. The problem we find always,is not in the sending party but always on the receiving end (obviously I work for a telecommunications company!). Once again we can always conclude, 'God is light and in him there is no darkness at all'.
Have a great day.
I just wanted to drop you a few lines, and commend you of your work on the tank. I've been dropping in occasionally for some 18 months now, and have actually been helped a lot by your old Hallway of Questions, when running into my usual philosophical predicaments. :)
Not that you claim to give any absolute, final answers, but in your honest and open hearted search for our God of truth, you have been something of a beacon for me - and for that I suppose we are both blessed.
I happened onto the think-tank and was overwhelmed by the in-depth studies there. I haven't had enough time to study them to see how much I agree, but it took much time, love and dedication to make that site and I wanted you to know we appreciate it. Christians need to bolster one another and I wanted to compliment you on it. I work with the kids on the XYZ and we Christians often refer the others to your site for individual subjects.
First of all, I would like to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation to your work. It is marvelous.. your argument is wonderfully written.. very organized and unbiased... with wit and humour... they have helped me a lot in the past and from time to time.
it has been one of my strong source of reference when I have doubts.
Thank you very much. May God bless your work!
First let me say, you are a great scholar and can answer many questions even credible christian scholars, pastors, theologians and philosophers cannot answer very well. Glen its because of websites like yours and answering-islam.com and others related to christian apologetics that I might one day become Christian again.
One of my Christian friends directed me to your website during an argument and I must say it is very well put together. Your philosophical approach is a breath of fresh air among other sites that offer purely superficial explanations of the faith.
Thank you for your answers in advance. Although I'm not accustomed to using religious jargon that much, I can say I've been really blessed by your work. I have a great deal of respect for you, your work and the level of your dedication towards our God. And I can only imagine how much He respects your work too...