Category Archives: Apologetics

Brief Reflections Following the Passing of Billy Graham

As most or all readers of The Reforming Trombonist will be aware, the famed American evangelist Billy Graham (1918-2018) passed away earlier this week, just a few months shy of his 100th birthday. I am normally not one to pontificate … Continue reading

Posted in Apologetics, Assurance, Billy Graham, Christian Worldview, Doctrine, Evangelism, Politics, Practical Christianity, Preaching, Theology, Truth, Worship

Scripture is a Narrative, Not a List

We’ve all heard the surely apocryphal story about the person who decided that he needed some Biblical guidance regarding the direction of his life or a decision he needed to make, and in order to obtain that guidance resolved to … Continue reading

Posted in Apologetics, Bible, Christ's Person and Work, Christian Worldview, Doctrine, Practical Christianity, Salvation

Introducing H.R. Rookmaaker (1922-1977)

In the four years that I have been writing this blog I have regularly referred to the works of Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984) as being formative not only for the cultivation of my own identity and worldview as (at least I … Continue reading

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“Buy the Truth and Sell it Not….”

While the reader might assume that I have chosen today’s topic in reaction to recent events in the news, that reasonable assumption is not correct. My usual practice is to choose topics for the blog weeks or even months in … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and A Great War by Joseph Loconte

Reading is one of my favorite pastimes, and while I am unable to devote the time to books that I would like during the academic year (at least, to books beyond my immediate academic area), summers are a time when … Continue reading

Posted in Apologetics, Book Reviews, C.S. Lewis, Christian Worldview, History, J.R.R. Tolkien, Providence, Society, Theology, Truth, Virtue

Why I am a Christian

While this blog is dedicated primarily to my teaching and performing work as a brass player, over the nearly four years of writing here I have enjoyed occasionally writing about my views on various aspects and implications of the Christian … Continue reading

Posted in Apologetics, Assurance, Bible, Christian Worldview, Doctrine, Fatherhood of God, Francis Schaeffer, Practical Christianity, Salvation, The Future, Theology, Truth

Fourteen New Year’s Ruminations for 2014

In the nearly eighteen months that I have been “blogging” I have already discovered that an occasional break from my weekly writing schedule is necessary and helpful. Indeed, this post comes in the middle of a “scheduled but unannounced” hiatus … Continue reading

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