Truth Unites Plans for Summer 2022

I’ve decided to take May completely off from social media. I’ve been pushing pretty hard on YouTube for a while now, and it’s been awesome. For some reason I just find it so much fun. But I’ve also felt pretty exhausted lately. I’ve done a lot of debates and dialogues and interviews, as well as my regular videos, on top of writing, pastoring, and seeking to be a godly husband and father. So I’m looking forward to going “dark” for a month. Here is an overview of what I’ve been doing since my last update in January, and then my…

Evangelical Self-Criticism: A Plea for Openness

Last week I put out a tweet thread expressing concern about a tendency toward conspiratorial thinking among evangelicals. I concluded the thread by affirming my solidarity with evangelicalism amidst dysfunctions: Most of the responses were positive, but there were also some very negative ones, and it was interesting to ponder the different mentalities reflected in the positive vs. negative reactions. In some respects they seem to reflect one the emerging fractures within evangelicalism. I’ve carefully considered the critical responses, sincerely trying to understand where they are coming from. Upon reflection, I’d like to interact with a few of them in…

Recent Dialogues and Truth Unites Updates

I’ve been continuing to blog less as I focus more on YouTube. Rather than sharing all of my recent interviews one by one, I thought I would compile them all in a blog post for anyone interested! From the bottom of my heart, thanks to all who support my ministry, whether via patreon or simply by engaging the videos. First of all, atheist YouTuber Tom Jump invited me to a dialogue on the existence of God over at his channel. Thanks Tom! Our discussion is the first hour of this video: Sean McDowell was kind enough to have me on…

Truth Unites Has a Podcast!

Lots of people have asked if the audio from my Truth Unites videos could be made into a podcast. It is truly my intention that Truth Unites is a ministry that serves you all, and meets as many needs as possible. So: nothing will change to my YouTube videos. If that is what you enjoy, just keep going with it. But the audio will start being available in podcast format as well. That way it allows for maximum access and ease on your end as listeners/viewers. The link is here: https://anchor.fm/truth-unites (also available on spotify). If you are willing to…

Some Recent YouTube Dialogues

I’ve been too swamped for much blogging lately because over the summer I was traveling a bit and finishing up a book project, and also because over the summer and into the fall I’ve been doing a lot more stuff on YouTube. For the rest of this fall, I’m just focusing on my church, my family, and finishing up a few remaining items of research in my project of engaging ecumenical theology. In 2022 I’m hoping to draw that research into a book, and then launch into a new study project of various cultural issues (gender, CRT, issues of justice,…

The Fascinating Story of Patristic Baptism(s)

One of the things that I emphasized in my video on baptism in the early church a few months back is how fascinatingly different much patristic baptismal practice is from all churches today. Three-year catechetical preparation, nude baptisms, solemn renunciations of Satan, Eucharistic celebrations with milk and honey—it’s such an interesting and colorful history! As I mentioned in the video, studying baptism hit me at an emotional level, especially because of the frequent reality of persecution associated with it. Baptism connotes something of the wonder of the gospel, the church, and the drama of Christianity in confrontation with a hostile…

Why God Makes Sense In a World That Doesn’t

I’m excited to share the endorsements for my forthcoming book, Why God Makes Sense in a World That Doesn’t: The Beauty of Christian Theism. I’m deeply grateful to each of these seven people who were kind enough to read and endorse the book amidst their busy schedules. I don’t take that for granted! Thank you! If you’re interested in learning more about the book, I include the table of contents below. It releases in October and is available for pre-order now. “In a few short years, Ortlund has become one of the world’s leading Christian scholars. This book delivers on…

Why I’m Engaging Catholicism on YouTube

The biggest surprise of my YouTube ministry thus far has been getting pulled into the orbit of Catholic-Orthodox-Protestant dialogue. I did not expect that, and it has not previously been a particular area of emphasis for me. However, I’ve been amazed to discover (1) how much hunger there is on YouTube for such conversations, and (2) how relatively weak the Protestant side is on YouTube, particularly in relation Roman Catholic channels. For whatever reason, the volume of Catholic content and Catholic viewership on YouTube is absolutely massive. And lots of Protestants considering converting to Catholicism are taking to YouTube with…

Church Fathers Who Denied the Immaculate Conception

Recently I had the privilege of participating in a discussion with some Catholic brothers over at the Reason and Theology channel on our respective views of the virgin Mary. Thank you, Michael, Erik, and William for having me! For anyone interested, we are talking again on February 9. I thought it might be useful to compile some of the quotes I referenced that I regard as countervailing data among the church fathers with respect to the third Marian dogma, the immaculate conception of Mary. That way those following the debate can look them up for themselves. I know there is…