Why Study Theology?

Friday, June 7, 2024

Two Old Men Disputing
Rembrandt van Rijn 1631
Real question from a friend:Oh Garry...why can't these people just say, I love Jesus...I don't understand...

Apologetics in the Gospel of John

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

New Post

In John 14:11, Jesus says, "Believe me...or else believe on account of the works themselves." This verse provides a springboard to...

Risen Indeed!

Sunday, March 31, 2024

God, I Need You

Monday, August 21, 2023

Newly Launched: INSIGHT, the podcast

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Introducing the new
with Garry Nation
A program devoted to subjects that are theological, philosophical, historical, literary,...

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

Saturday, April 8, 2023

Jesus Appears to His Disciples 
John 20:19-31

The Incredulity of St. Thomas, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1634
Jesus first appeared to his disciples...

On the First Day of the Week

Saturday, April 8, 2023

On The First Day of the Week 
John 20:1-18

Christ and Mary Magdalene at the Tomb, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1638
On the first day of the week,...

Jesus Is Crucified

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Jesus is crucified 
John 19:16-42

Christ on the Cross by Rembrandt van Reign, 1631
Like Rembrandt for this painting, the author of this...

Jesus Before Pilate, Part 2

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Jesus before Pilate, Pt. 2 
John 19:1-15

Ecce Homo by Antonio Ciseri, ca. 1880
Why did Pilate try to save Jesus--and why was he doomed...

Jesus Before Pilate, Part 1

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Jesus before Pilate, 
Pt. 1 John 18:28-40

Christ Before Pilate by Mihaly Munkacsy, 1880
Pontius Pilate asked Jesus one of the most important...

Betrayed, Arrested, Questioned, & Denied

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Betrayed, Arrested Questioned, & Denied
 John 18:1-27

The Taking of Christ by Carravagio, 

Each of the four Gospels has its own emphasis...

Jesus Washes Their Feet

Monday, April 3, 2023

Christ Washing the Apostles’ Feet by Peter Paul Reubens, 1632

This year for Holy Week we invite you to enhance your Bible study with these a series...

The Climax of Jesus' Public Ministry

Sunday, April 2, 2023

This year for Holy Week we invite you to enhance your Bible study with these a series of selected lessons from the Gospel of John. Today for Palm Sunday...

Wisdom for Fools? - excerpt from FOOL

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

If folly is so pervasive and destructive, what is the answer? Read this excerpt from Chapter 16, “Fool’s Wisdom."

In Romans Paul builds a systematic...

The Point of No Return - excerpt from FOOL

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Is it possible to go so deep into folly that repentance is no longer possible? Read this excerpt from Chapter 15, “Terminal Folly."

There is,...

The Theology of the Fool - excerpt from FOOL

Monday, March 20, 2023

How low can a fool go? Read this excerpt from Chapter 14, “The Degradation of Folly."

It is my duty now to introduce you to another character,...

The Mindset of the Committed Fool - excerpt from FOOL

Friday, March 17, 2023

What are the marks of the Committed Fool’s mindset? Read this excerpt from Chapter 13, “The Fool vs. Wisdom."

The first characteristic of...

The Chains of Compulsion - excerpt from FOOL

Thursday, March 16, 2023

What does it look like to be fully committed to folly? Read this excerpt from Chapter 12, “A Fatal Attraction."

The Chains of Compulsion 

Committed to Folly - excerpt from FOOL

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

What does it look like to be fully committed to folly?
See this excerpt from Chapter 11, “Committed to Folly."

The Hebrew word 'evil (eh-veel—no...

The Weaponization of Language - excerpt from FOOL

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Is there anything our culture regards as profane anymore?
See this excerpt from Chapter 10, “Beware the Fool."

The Amplified Bible follows...

The Master of Swagger - excerpt from FOOL

Monday, March 13, 2023

More is said in Proverbs about one type of fool than any other.
Read about him in this excerpt from Chapter 8, “The Master of Swagger."

The Immorality of Sexual Immorality - excerpt from FOOL

Saturday, March 11, 2023

The Bible uses the word “fornication,” or “sexual immorality” as it’s often phrased in modern translations.
What’s immoral about sexual immorality?

The Seduction of the Simple - excerpt from FOOL

Friday, March 10, 2023

A prudent person foresees the evil and hides himself;
but the simple pass on, and are punishe
Proverbs 22:3 and 27:12
The naïve fool’s lack...

Anatomy of a Swindle - excerpt from FOOL

Thursday, March 9, 2023

“The Simple believes every word.” Proverbs 14:15. 
This creates all sorts of problems, one of them being susceptible to a swindle.
The following...

The Starting Place for Wisdom - excerpt from FOOL

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

The starting place for wisdom is knowing you don’t have any.
The following is an excerpt from Chapter 3, “The Beginning of Wisdom."


God the Source of Practical Wisdom - excerpt from FOOL

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 2, “The Worldview of Wisdom” 

The most sublime insight reached in Proverbs is that God Himself...

Author's Book Available Again on Amazon

Monday, March 6, 2023

After many moons of being out of stock in every bookseller (following the unfortunate demise of the publisher), my book Fool: Identifying and Overcoming...

Wrong side of eternity

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

What does it feel like to love God with all my heart, soul, and mind?

Thursday, April 1, 2021

To love God is not about how it feels, 
it’s about what you do.

A couple of years ago I got this question through Quora. It was one I felt...

The Most Neglected Truth about Spiritual Warfare

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

“…In all things taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery arrows of the evil one.” Ephesians 6:16
This verse...

The Story of the Lampstand

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The Lampstand is a small thing, but it has its own surprising story that represents a major, recurring theme in Scripture beginning in Genesis and continuing...

What About That Star?

Monday, December 21, 2020

Within the hour from this posting there will appear in the heavens a rare conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Saturn, the first in about 800 years....

If Jesus wasn’t born on December 25, why do we call it his birthday?

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Just in case you didn’t know—and I hope this doesn’t come as a shock to you—December 25 is not the historical birthday of Jesus.  He was not born “on...

Why didn't Goliath duck? and other random Bible questions

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Why didn't Goliath duck when David used a sling to fire a stone at him?
I’m sure they were debating that question on sports talk shows in Gath for...

No, the COVID vaccine is not the Mark of the Beast

Monday, September 21, 2020

Before going any further I want to make it clear that this post is not an argument either for or against taking a (as yet unreleased and unavailable)...

Answers to Questions about Acting

Sunday, August 23, 2020

As an actor I sometimes get questions about acting. Here’s a selection of them with my answers. (All have been previously posted on Quora. Some may have...

New Additions to the Serious Christian Website!

Friday, August 14, 2020

Today is a big day for SeriousChristian.org with the Grand Opening of the Media Department, plus the addition of a major paper touching both on the history...

Q: Does the Bible prohibit shaving the head?

Thursday, August 13, 2020

This question came up in the website Quora:
Deuteronomy 14:1 forbids the Israelites to "make baldness between their eyes for the dead." What does...

In Defense of "The Star Spangled Banner"

Saturday, July 4, 2020

In Defense of “The Star Spangled Banner”
This past week a Facebook friend (whom I’ve never met) posted in favor of ditching “The Star Spangled Banner”...

Tennessee Unionists in the Civil War 4 - A Hazardous Journey

Friday, August 23, 2019

Alvis Duncan Hicks compiled service record
2nd Tennessee Infantry, Volunteer
Sunday, August 11, 1861. Four dozen or more men from Roane County,...

Tennessee Unionists in the Civil War 3 - The Sunday Morning Meeting

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Brig. Gen. Robert Anderson
“Hero of Ft. Sumter” appointed commander of a new Federal Army of the Ohio
It took a few months, but the swelling tide...

Tennessee Unionists in the Civil War 2 - Tennessee vs. East Tennessee

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Brig. Gen. Samuel P. Carter
Organizer of Tennessee Unionist volunteer regiments

East Tennessee was an island of Unionism surrounded by a sea...

Tennessee Unionists in the Civil War 1 - "A Choice Forced upon Us"

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Pvt. Alvis Hicks, from a ferrotype dated around 1862
A Choice Forced Upon Us
August 1861
Late in the afternoon on Tuesday, August 20, 1861 a...

I Did Not Marry My Best Friend

Monday, June 24, 2019

I Didn’t Marry My Best Friend
41 years ago, I made this beautiful woman, Linda Noland, my wife. I will not say that I married my best friend--indeed,...

Old Abraham: Conviction and Compromise, Part 2

Friday, June 21, 2019

Elieazar and Rebekah
Gustave Dore'

In yesterday’s post we saw how Abraham, purchasing a burial plot in land which God had bestowed on him through...

Old Abraham: Conviction and Compromise, Part 1

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The Burial of Sarah
Gustave Dore’
Let’stalk about convictions. Not any particular ones, but the subject of personal convictions in general.


If Jesus' death on the cross covers our sins, do we need to confess them to be forgiven?

Friday, April 19, 2019

The Raising of the Cross
Rembrandt van Rijn
Recently a friend asked me a question I think is most appropriate for Good Friday:
I have a question....

How could Jesus be buried 3 days and 3 nights if he died Friday and rose Sunday?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Entombment of Christ
Rembrandt van Rijn
For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man...

Is the death and resurrection of Jesus an agrarian allegory?

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Resurrection of Christ
Rembrandt van Rijn
Recently someone posed the following question on Quora:
Could the death and resurrection of Jesus...

Battle of Mill Springs III

Saturday, January 19, 2019

The 2nd Tennessee Volunteer Infantry at
January 19, 1862
[Note: The least known major battle of the Civil War was...

Battle of Mill Springs II

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Brig. Gen. Felix Zollicoffer
The 2nd Tennessee Volunteer Infantry at
January 19, 1862
[Note: The least known major...

Battle of Mill Springs I

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Brig. Gen. George Thomas

The 2nd Tennessee Volunteer Infantry at
January 19, 1862
[Note: The least known major...

Happy New Year

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Worthy Is the Lord Our God

Monday, December 31, 2018

How did we get Christmas?

Monday, November 26, 2018

How did we get Christmas?
Do you know?
The Incarnation of God in Jesus Christ is one thing, and the celebration of that is another.  How and when...

Disciplines of the spirit, pt. 4: Thanksgiving

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Storm on the Sea of Galilee
Rembrandt van Rijn
It never occurred to the disciples who were crossing the Sea of Galilee with Jesus to give thanks...

Disciplines of the spirit, pt. 5: Waiting

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Simeon with the Christ Child in the Temple
Rembrandt van Rijn
The story of Simeon is told in the Gospel of Luke 2:25-35. “It had been revealed...

Disciplines of the spirit, pt. 3: Forgiving

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Return of the Prodigal Son
Rembrandt van Rijn
Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son portrays the love of God for his straying children, but it draws...

Disciplines of the spirit, pt. 2: Self-humbling

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Old Man at PrayerRembrandt van Rijn
By the phrase disciplines of the spirit I am referring to a response to a given situation in life in which the...

What are disciplines of the spirit?

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Ephesians 3:14-21 (KJV)14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is...

Could you explain Marxism to a 6th grader?

Monday, September 17, 2018

How would you explain Marxism to 6th graders?
A ways back I had an opportunity to give an impromptu lecture on the Russian Revolution to a department...

What Is "The Fear of God"?

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

What is the Fear of God?
Easton’s Bible Dictionary records a fairly standard definition of the fear of God, or more specifically “the fear of the...

The Importance of Amen

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Years ago I heard the legendary preacher Dr. S. M. Lockeridge preach an entire sermon on the subject, “Amen.” When the subject...

Polycarp's Legacy to Me

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

My Polycarp Movie Diary, Postscript 2*
Thursday, August 15, 2013 - It was still daylight when I rounded the corner to my house. The drive took two...

Polycarp's Teachers

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

My Polycarp Movie Diary, Postscript 1*
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - Today is day one of my journey home. Polycarp is a wrap for me, but major photography...

Polycarp's Last and Fullest Day

Monday, August 13, 2018

My Polycarp Movie Diary, Day 20*
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - Call time 3:00 p.m. Today is best described as... full.
We began at the end, with the...

Not Ready to Wrap

Sunday, August 12, 2018

My Polycarp Movie Diary, Day 19*
Monday, August 12, 2013 - I’m trying to come to grips with the fact that this is the next to last day of filming...

Polycarp's Longest Day

Friday, August 10, 2018

My Polycarp Movie Diary, Day 18*
Saturday, August 10, 2013 - Yesterday was a day off (my second). I got a good night’s sleep, and since my call time...

When Things Get Heated

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

My Polycarp Movie Diary, Day 16*
Thursday, August 8, 2013 - As part of the preparation for playing Polycarp I did my own research into that ancient...

Table Talk

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

My Polycarp Movie Diary, Day 15*
Wednesday, August 7, 2013: Day Fifteen. The early shots I was in today were filled with detail but not too much drama....


Monday, August 6, 2018

My Polycarp Movie Diary, Day 14*
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - Today was a long day of work, and rewarding. The unifying theme was movement, both physical...

The Challenge of Continuity

Sunday, August 5, 2018

My Polycarp Movie Diary, Day 13*

Monday, August 5, 2013: Day Thirteen. This day was long and full of waits and tedious repetitions - and I enjoyed...

The Day of Trial

Friday, August 3, 2018

My Polycarp Movie Diary, Day 12*
My Polycarp Movie Diary: Saturday, August 3, 2013. This is Day Twelve of filming--yesterday I had the day off. My...

A Motto for Polycarp

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

My Polycarp Movie Diary, Day Ten*
Thursday, August 1, 2013 -  Today I had a later call time. With the early wrap last night and an extra hour before...

Polycarp's Amazing Leading Lady

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

My Polycarp Movie Diary, Day Eight*
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - This would be a short day for me, but somewhat longer for lead actress Eliya Hurt....

A Star or a Servant?

Monday, July 30, 2018

My Polycarp Movie Diary, Day Eight*
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 -  Today’s shooting schedule was ambitious. Eleven scenes were already on the docket, plus...

Meeting My Nemesis

Sunday, July 29, 2018

My Polycarp Movie Diary, Day Seven*
Monday, July 29, 2013. With Sunday as a day of rest, we returned to work Monday for another 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. schedule....

Two of My Favorite People

Friday, July 27, 2018

My Polycarp Movie Diary, Day Five*
Saturday, July 27, 2013 - Day 6 of shooting, Day 5 for me, was one of my favorite days of the shoot because I got...

A Joyous, Grueling, & Rewarding Day My Polycarp Movie Diary Fifth Day

Thursday, July 26, 2018

My Polycarp Movie Diary, Day Five*
Friday, July 26, 2013 - My call time today was 3 pm. I had gotten a good rest last night (rather, this morning)...

Polycarp Teaches

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

My Polycarp Movie Diary, Day Four*
Thursday, July 25, 2013 - Today we began on the schedule we would follow basically for the rest of the film shoot—3...

Polycarp Speaks

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

My Polycarp Movie Diary, Day Three*
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - The first couple of days our shooting schedule was a “regular” daytime schedule: 8...

Polycarp Arrives

Sunday, July 22, 2018

My Polycarp Movie Diary, Day Two*
Tuesday, July 23, 2013. With a call time of 7:30 a.m., I finally shot my first scene--a short action sequence, no...

Hurry Up and Wait

Saturday, July 21, 2018

My Polycarp Movie Diary, Day One
Note: This is the fifth anniversary of the filming of the award winning Christian film Polycarp in which I play the...

Out of the Present, Into the Past

Friday, July 20, 2018

Saturday, July 20 was Day Zero in the shooting schedule for a feature film with the working title, Polycarp: Destroyer of Gods, a historical drama based...

Twenty-five Days that changed my life

Friday, July 20, 2018

Five years ago today (August 19, 2013), after a leisurely four-day road trip with my lovely wife Linda, I stepped into a project that would unfold into...

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