Five years worth of encouragement, insights, and witnesses to the
intricate-yet-elegant, delicate-yet-powerful, artistic-yet-organic work
of our amazing God... and these flashes of light and warmth and
kindness came into MY inbox... I am blessed upon blessed...
From 2010 (so
far, Aug 15th)-------------------
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
Greetings, my name is ABC, 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 religous 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, celstial beings, and life on other planets. But the
book attacks key Christian doctinres 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
I just felt compelled to write you a
little love note.
Though grateful for your ongoing work and ministry on the Tank, I'm
most thankful for getting the chance to know just a little bit about
you through your writings.
I cannot wait to meet you.
I just wanted to let you know that your website is extremely helpful
and I very much apprecciate your gentle and kind tone.
Thank you for doing this work for the church
My brother and have just started a fan
page on FaceBook 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,
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
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.
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
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
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
My name is ABC 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 ABC. 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
Thank you !
Stumbled there and you are a terrific writer. Thanks for sharing your
story. Hope health issues have been tended to and that God's will and
grace have played out in a way that enables you to continue to feel His
presence in your life.
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,
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
I saw your note that you'll not be responding to e-mails in 2009 due to
family health issues, so I first wanted to mention that I'm terribly
sorry to hear that & will keep it in my thoughts/prayers.
I was referred to your site via Fenton, (www.blearyeyedme.com) 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 Fenton'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.
In case you're curious, I'm a junior at XYZ University studying
Molecular Biology & Philosophy. I'm going to be a doctor,
& want to go into international medicine in the Middle East (my
family is from North Africa). Though this has been my plan for a
few years, I now have a new objective as well - to share the Christian
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,
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 noticed that you say you or your family has health
issues. I will pray for you. Thank you for your
service!! If you are on facebook, you could do a friend request
if you like. ...
The Lord bless you,
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 ABC.
I am from India, presently working in
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,
Second, 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 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
I graduated in 2008 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 the ABC Divinity
School of ABC 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 ABC and my current/ongoing education at Duke, I do feel
that I'm reasonably educated in the matters of the Bible and Christian
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,
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!!
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
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
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 www.equip.org).
Your introspection, high attention to detail, and tenacity in
inspecting those verses helped me to find a sense of peace about the
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,
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.
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
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
I'm an evangelical Christian in Sydney,
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
sceptical 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 CBD 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
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!
If you're ever on a business trip that brings you to Sydney, Australia,
and you've got some free time whilst here, feel free to drop me a line
and we could meet up.
Your brother (and fellow-soldier) in Christ,
This is ABC 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.
I am an American currently living in
a small village in Egypt,
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.
Glenn - I just discovered your site tonight. I don't know if you
will get to read this or to respond. But I am facinated by your site
and will return often to learn and explore. If you are ever in the
Albany NY area in your extensive travels, I would love to treat you to
dinner or coffee or whatever... until then, '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
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. I would like to know more because
of personal relevance the connection you find between your work and
your walk with god. I am in IT too!
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
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!
Glenn, thank you so much for your work and your spirit/attitude in your
Apologies for adding yet another brick to the presumably epic wall of
email that builds daily in you inbox to which you’re unable to respond
directly; I can empathise slightly as I’ve had similar periods of
deluge (in a completely different context) but, I’m sure like yourself,
I appreciated each one.
My name is ABC and despite the fact I’ve known about Jesus for most of
my life (my parents, including my late Iraqi father, converting to
Christianity when I was a teenager) and despite my subsequent act of
ostensibly (and repeatedly) accepting Christ as my savior, my footsteps
in faith are frequently faltering, feeble and fallen.It is only very
recently that I have started to earnestly read the Bible and attempt
some efforts towards understanding the Lord’s word. Naturally I accept
that this is not only a life-long process but also requires His spirit
to aid me like some form of divine highlighter pen. And whereas during
my short journey so far there have been stepping stones of
comprehension, and even beacons of clarity, I find myself wandering
into a mire of confusion, questions and worst of all doubts.
The doubts come in waves when I reach a difficult concept such as the
call from Jesus to eschew worldly ambitions, follow His path and truly
put into practice what he asks. Other waves come from external
currents; a chanced upon claim that the bible condones slavery for
example, my search into which led me to your site. Either way the
splashes from such struggles crystallize on the shores of my mind as a
mistrust of my own belief/faith and the waves continue to echo
rhetorical questions like “Do I truly believe or am I merely going
through the motions, or turning to God only when I’m in trouble?”
Glancing out at the world I also see a rising torrent: the continuing
yet escalating Gazza conflict, the economic crisis (potentially paving
the way for the one world currency/government), the astonishing arrival
of Obama, the bus advert launched here in the UK featuring the slogan:
“There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life” and
the list goes on. Regrettably these serve to perpetuate doubt into
fear, the most prominent of which is a fear of my own salvation – my
own ability to truly let go of my (old) life and trust in Jesus.
So, aside from my mum, who I’m loathed to over burden as she has
already suffered 29 years of my existential angst, and of course the
Lord, one place I can come looking for reassurance, information and
possible “answers” (I do use the term very cautiously), especially to
specific questions about bible topics, is online.
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
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
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. :)
No need to respond to this note. I just wanted to say "Thanks".
May God bless you as you walk with Him.
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
Thanks again, and I'll be praying for you and your efforts.
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 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 travelling 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.
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
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.
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 and then.
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.
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
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 realise that Christianity is
far more likely to be true than it is to be untrue.
Please keep up the good work! And remember: what is true is true,
whether it sounds strange or not. If God exists and affects people
deepy, than that is what is happening, no matter how many clever,
eloquent, abstract arguments exist to counter the notion of God's
existence. If someone is harassed by demons, and then the attacks
suddenly stop when Jesus is invoked, then that is reality, no matter
how silly the idea of demons might seem and how easy a belief in them
is to mock. That's one thing that really helped me out of a period of
doubt when I had read lots of nihilistic or atheist philosophers.
Be blessed! I love your work.
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'm a Christian and have spent much of my life "just believing." I have
just come across your site, and your logic has been refreshing.
I've often thought of my faith as a little embarrassing to try to
convey to nontheists and unbelievers because most of them seem to think
of Christianity as illogical and irrational. Your carefully-
thought-out arguments and logical references are refreshing in a world
of "faith in faith", and your decent and kind responses are refreshing in a world of angry Christians
- most of whom seem to be angry
because the nontheists have more logical arguments.
It's been awesome to see that faith in Christ is rooted in reality and
truth, and not just "faith in faith," or "blind faith." I've barely
started reading your material, but I already told my dad that your
article about the wrath of God should be required reading for a LOT of
people.. I also sent it to my pastor.
Once again, THANK YOU!
anyway, some excellent and fascinating work you've avocationally
assembled over the years
Stumbled on your sight while looking for information regarding the
Genealogy of Jesus in Matthew and the
researcher in me just went yum.
It is going to take me a while to unpack everything you have done and I
am looking forward to it. I hope what you have challenges me to look at
my life and walk with Christ.
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 fromXYZ
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.
Besides writing to say thank you, I just wanted to say I'm delighted to
know someone besides me and my three sons (on a very boring summer day)
has ever watched Women of the Avocado
Jungle of Death (or whatever the exact title was), my nominee
for worst movie ever. But great fun for that reason. Of course I was on
drugs at the time for a muscle spasm in my neck and watched flat on my
back on the floor with my then pre-teen sons, one of whom had biked to
the video store and came back with that movie. Thanks for the memories.
Hi Glen, 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 the 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 unravelling 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!
... be encouraged! - I know it can be lonely bashing a keyboard for a
living, but there is no doubt the Lord is working through what you're
doing. I'm passing on your URL to many friends
already. And I will pray!
Blessings in Christ,
This is actually just a thankyou 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.
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 and I look forward to reading more in 2008, which really is only 2
months away if you think about it, haha.
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
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
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,
Just wanted to say I appreciate your work, and your heart as I was
reading through your website. If you're ever in Columbia, MO,
please feel free to come by and visit us!
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
appreaciate 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 contructed and communicated,
worthy ideas, thoughts, and feelings; good taste in literature
and music; and a well constructed, well rounded, meaningful existence.
My life has fallen completely apart recently and I am currently
paralyzed with the ensuing impact, depression, etc. It is good to
encounter an "every man" who has made and continues to make good
choices and produces good fruit. Thank you for your site. I
will pray for you, your family, and your current spiritual project.
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 am 60 and love the Lord and attend ABC Bible Church in XYZ. If
you are ever near this wonderful little conservative bible teaching
church, please look me up and come worship with us.
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!
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
refering 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 aquanited. And personally, I can't wait.
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 (ABC, who is a reference
librarian with the XYZ public library system), asked me about you. I
confessed that I didn't know who you were and was not familiar with
ABC 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
amongmoderns) 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 repetion 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
ABC's high opinion, what I have understood from ABC 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 ABC. 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 beileve. 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 stumbled on your site, and am quite surprised I had never seen
it before. I want to thank you so much for your efforts at
defending the faith, and want to encourage you to keep it up! The
second reason that I am writing is because I could not help but notice
several similarities between you and me. You are of course leaps
and bounds beyond me in pretty much everything you do, however I can’t
help but notice a similarity within our interests. I am 28 years
old, married with 2 kids, and another on the way.
Great website, Brother. Don’t
know exactly how I got here, but keep up the great
You know, I’ve been reading some articles in your website and I find
those really fantastic. It’s amazing how much info you guy have. You
must have read many many books.
Keep up the good work.
Thanks to you, I'm getting very little sleep tonight..
Really though, you have a great website.. it's already blessed me and
I've only just discovered it. It's definitely being
bookmarked. Keep it up!
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 questions.
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
commited 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 to.
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 coming from.
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 world.
I read your prayer requests for the month of May. "Hang in there."
=) Your website has been such a blessing to me, and many others I
know. It's an incredible resource.
Thank you so much for all the time and effort you have put into it, it
has helped answer so many questions I had. I am praying for you and
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
I have to laugh, your letter on "Tired
of Sinning: 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.
Glenn, Thanks so much for your reply!! (I know you're very
busy, so I wasn't expecting it!) I didn't mean to rebuke you
about the letters to readers, but I have missed them, so I'm thrilled
with your immediate response!! There is a lot there for me (and
all your other readers) to think about -- thank you again for all your
work to strengthen your fellow Christians (and reach out to those who
are not yet believers.)
Your work is incredibly life-changing!!
Hi, I just wanted to say thanks for all the information on some very
difficult subjects. as a new christian with alot of questions you
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 XYZ
Univ. (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 Faith Community, 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
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.
Just a quick note - love your site. I really appreciate the work you
have out into this and it has been a tremendous help to me.
Keep up the great work!
I am a Catholic lawyer here in MI 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.
Your website rocks! :)
Thank you for the helpful research and thought and for making it
accessible. I will be glad to pray with you and for you in the ways you
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. From the looks of your reading, it would appear you
have a fairly substantial library.
I stumbled upon your site and this particular web-page while doing some
Internet surfing on the topic/subject of the Septuagint (which you
briefly address in the latter part of your response..
I just wanted to say a huge God bless you, my dear brother in Christ.
May God use you mightily. I'll pray that the Lord will make it
possible for you do this full time (should that be His will). We
need many more solid Christian apologetic sites like yours.
The Christian ThinkTank...[http://www.Christian-thinktank.com]