Entries by Gil Gatch

Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?

It still comes up today—the question of whether baptism is a necessary part of being saved. Those who champion the argument for the necessity of baptism for salvation often bring up these verses and others: Mark 16:15 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Acts 22:16 And […]

Was Jonah a false prophet?

The topic of prophecy can be confusing. Are there modern day prophets who give extra-biblical prophecy today? This is a topic that couldn’t possibly be covered exhaustively in a short blog article. However, something needs to be said in part because the subject comes up often especially with Mormons who believe that Joseph Smith and their […]

Death Threats in the name of “Preserving Life” — The Irony of Facebook Censorship, Hobby Lobby Rage, Costco Censorship, and Media Misinformation

Most of you have heard about the Texas Tech cheerleader who started a controversy over posting her hunting photos from Africa on Facebook. It has been quite an ordeal for the 19 year old, Kendall Jones, who has recently received piles of death threats as the commotion began to pick up steam when Buzzfeed.com ran […]

Salt is Good: The Need for Salt in the World’s Diet

Salt has been a significant part of civilized life since 2700 BC. The Greeks used salt as payment for slaves, which is where the term, “not worth his salt” is derived. Rome made rations of salt called salarium argentum, which they distributed to soldiers during times of war. This became the forerunner to the modern […]

Eli Shukron with us in Jerusalem

The days in Israel have been unbelievable. There have been so many sites already that have made a deep impact on us. Today we were incredibly fortunate to be led by one of the most (if not THE most) renown Israeli archaeologists, Eli Shukron, to various discoveries in Jerusalem. Eli has spent his life excavating […]

Israel Tour: Day 2

Day Two of our tour started out at Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. We took pictures at the precipice cliff overlooking the Jezreel Valley towards Megiddo. Many believe that this is the cliff mentioned in Luke 4:29 where the people of the Nazareth synagogue wanted to throw Jesus off the cliff. Even if this […]

Footsteps of Jesus: Our First Day

At this very moment I am sitting at a small wooden desk. To my left is a window that looks out onto a body of water. It’s no ordinary body of water. Mountains surround it on almost all sides. As the sun goes down my eyes soak in the beauty of the gray surface of […]

Conflating Questions

There has been a lot of debate against my recent articles that stems from a common mistake made by atheists. This article is a little more in depth, but if you can get this you will really have something good to chat about with your atheist friends. Many of you who are Christians may struggle with […]

Can Atheism also be “Apathetic-ism?”

There has been a strong reaction to my last post on atheism. Those opposed to my article say that I’m shifting burden and that I’m “silly.” They contend that atheists only reject the Theist God. They say that’s the definition of atheism. Really? The last time I checked, Scientologists, Hindus, Buddhists, and my German Shepherd […]

Are Atheists Playing Fair?

As a Christian, you may have had this happen to you: An atheist challenges your beliefs. You give an explanation and share evidence that points to why you believe in a Creator. They find nothing you are saying convincing. You fire back and challenge the atheist on their beliefs. After all, they have been arguing […]