Monday, November 18, 2013

New book on Cliffe!

I have written a little book about Cliffe Knechtle and his college ministry.  It will be published soon.  If you would like to receive an email when the book comes out, just send a note to me at

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Cliffe at UT Austin this week!

It's that time of year again!  Cliffe descends on the University of Texas at Austin this week!  Come out to the West Mall each day (November 18-22) beginning at noon to see Cliffe answer questions from students on Christianity and God.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Cliffe at the University of Arizona!

Cliffe will be doing his Christianity Q&A thing again this week - this time at the University of Arizona in Tucson.  Monday, October 21 through Thursday, October 24.  Come out each day beginning around noon.  Ask him questions, challenge him, or just listen to others' questions and Cliffe's answers.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Cliffe at Texas State now!

Cliffe is speaking at Texas State University in San Marcos this week, Monday - Thursday, probably from noon until 3-5pm.  If you're in the area, please check him out.  Also, please drop me a line at and let me know what was discussed.  Thanks!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Cliffe in Austin on Sunday and in nearby San Marcos next week!

This Sunday, Cliffe will be at Grace Covenant Church in Austin ( beginning at 6:30pm to take your Q&A about Christianity.

Then, next Monday-Thursday (9/30-10/3) he'll be 30 miles south of Austin, at Texas State University in San Marcos, to take Q&A from the students there.  He usually begins outside around noon at a prominent and well-trafficked location and continues without a break until 3-5pm.

If someone sees him at Texas State, please email me at to tell me how things went and what were some of the questions that Cliffe was asked.  Thanks!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Is Cliffe delivering the Good News or the Bad News?

Cliffe has been speaking to students across the nation for the past 30+ years so that he can proclaim the Good News, which is that Jesus Christ has died for their sins so that they can have eternal life.  In the process, he delivers the Bad News, which is much bigger than the Good News.  The Bad News is that, without the saving blood of Jesus's death and resurrection, we are all on a one-way trip to hell, which is separation from God, perhaps a fiery horror with weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Why is the Bad News bigger than the Good News?  We know this because of Matthew 7:13-14, which says:

"Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." (NIV)

So only a few make it to heaven.  Which means the vast majority of the some 100,000,000,000 people who have ever been born will end up in hell.  Yikes!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Cliffe speaking in Texas and Arizona this fall

Currently, Cliffe's Give Me An Answer website ( has him scheduled to visit Texas and Arizona this fall, two of his favorite places to go talk to students.

Cliffe visits the University of Texas at Austin each November.  This November, he'll be there for 5 days, the whole school week of November 18-22.

He'll also be in Texas much sooner, at Texas Sate University in San Marcos, about 30-45 minutes southwest of Austin, for 4 days, from September 30-October 3.  The Sunday right before, September 29, he'll be in Austin at Grace Covenant Church, speaking at the morning church service and later that evening.  His evening session will be a Q&A like he does on campuses.

And then he'll also be at the University of Arizona in Tucson for 4 days, from October 21-24.

If you're in the area, it's time well spent to go hear him, and even to engage him in some Q&A on life's biggest questions.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Cliffe's view on determinism vs. free will

One point which Cliffe uses as evidence that there is a God is the idea of determinism versus free will.  Cliffe argues that, if there is no God, then we are basically just robots, with all our actions predetermined by initial conditions and subsequent events.  Without God, Cliffe claims that we have no free will - that determinism rules the day.  Every action we perform, every thought we think, is predetermined.  But this is disturbing, because we naturally like to feel that we decide things for ourselves.

Cliffe points out that, without God, we are “just matter and energy evolved to a higher order”.

Cliffe's intention here is clearly to make students feel that determinism must not be true since each of us innately feels that we are making our own decisions, that we are not compelled to decide to do choice A over choice B due to pre-programming in our brain.  However, just because the thought that we are determined solely by our physical makeup and the collective set of the past events in our life is unpalatable does not mean that it cannot be so.

Similarly for emotions such as love.  If determinism is correct, then love is just a biochemical reaction.  When a girl tells her boyfriend that she loves him, she is just letting him know that her biochemical reactions are firing in such a way that she feels that she is in love with him.  She isn’t choosing to love her boyfriend – she is merely determined, or programmed, to “love” him.

This is a difficult problem.  Perhaps determinism does in fact rule the day.  Perhaps our thoughts are just the culmination of all the innumerable events that came before them.  How do we know that this is not the case?

Saturday, June 29, 2013

New article about Cliffe Knechtle in WORLD magazine!

WORLD magazine, the popular Christian news magazine, has published an article about Cliffe in their June 1, 2013 issue (Vol. 28, No. 11, with the cover story 'Surviving Syria').  Here's a link to the article on their website (you may or may not be able to view the entire article):

Cliffe Knechtle and Real Commencement