Mid-week apologetics booster (10-30-2014)

Here are some items for you to read and watch:

  1. Halloween:
    1. Is Halloween Pagan in Origin? (hint – actually, no…): http://www.celebratingholidays.com/?page_id=9762
    2. Concerning Halloween: http://americanvision.org/3671/concerning-halloween/
    3. Finding The ‘Hallow’ in Halloween: http://www.empiresandmangers.blogspot.com/2014/10/finding-hallow-in-halloween.html
  2. “Why Would a God of Love Send Someone to Hell?” by Living Waters (2 min 33 seconds video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjtOsmv1zvk&list=UUmrVJGUS1u5-Hsm_BFS_1YA&index=606
  3. Two Men Are Seated On a Plane… Good analogy about passengers on a plane told to put on a parachute (4 min 8 seconds video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqgWEf4xVOg&feature=share&list=UUmrVJGUS1u5-Hsm_BFS_1YA&index=20
  4. God’s Crime Scene 3 – Objective vs. Subjective Truth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezMQx8rYC4c&feature=share
  5. Why apologetics is critical for youth ministry: http://rebootchristianity.blogspot.com/2013/11/why-apologetics-is-critical-for-youth.html
  6. Know What You Believe. Know Why You Believe It. (This 16 year old is right on track!): http://therebelution.com/blog/2013/11/know-what-you-believe-know-why-you-believe-it/#.VFIqbBaiviD
  7. The Way of the Master TV program (30 minutes videos) – these are great:
    1. “The Greatest Gamble”: http://www.itbn.org/index/detail/lib/programs/sublib/The+Way+of+the+Master/ec/t1MWFuMjrhwCKJ4AjMRlehAyVOSKggXg
    2. “The Conscience”:  http://www.itbn.org/index/detail/lib/programs/sublib/The+Way+of+the+Master/ec/d5ZXRtMzpdbMBM-qJsmNT-keF7sPp06n
  8. Weather Channel Founder Blasts ‘Climate Change’: http://www.icr.org/article/8382/
  9. Throwing Darwin a Curve – This is fascinating… this article analyzes all that goes into a baseball pitcher throwing a pitch!  http://www.icr.org/article/8366/
  10. Is Christianity a Psychological Crutch? http://www.randyeverist.com/2013/10/is-christianity-psychological-crutch.html
  11. Faith: Ground It, Move It or Lose It.  This article includes a 12:49 video of a 16 year old Katie Perry…  Here is a snippet: Raised in a Christian home, Katy [Perry] wrote and sang Christian and gospel music. Katy’s parents are pastors at a Pentecostal church… [during the interview] Her mood turns somber as she reveals, “I’m really afraid of death, actually”, along with a fear of being old and alone….In 2013, Katy Perry denounced Christianity, along with all other religions, though adopting a vaguely eastern sort of Deism (belief in a nondescript, uninvolved higher power). When asked about a rumor that she had vowed celibacy for a year, Katy retorted, “…please. Celibacy for a whole year, I’d rather die.” Apparently she lost her fear of death, a fear that actually might have done her an eternity of good. I don’t mean to pick on Katy Perry. Her journey out of the faith is not particularly extraordinary. In fact, it’s the same kind of thing that happens to a lot of people who are not firmly grounded in their faith. She hadn’t developed an anchor. I’m guessing Katy’s faith was her parents’ faith, not her own, and when she fell away from her parents, she fell away from their faith. Without the influence of a Christian family or church family, what she was told to believe at home was exchanged for the new and relevant influences of the secular music industry and culture that now surrounds her.http://godneighbor.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/faith-ground-it-move-it-or-lose-it/
  12. You Can’t Argue Someone Into the Kingdom. Really? http://1peter315.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/you-cant-argue-someone-into-the-kingdom-really/
  13. Faith Has Its Reasons. By R.C. Sproul: http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/faith-has-its-reasons/
  14. Dealing with apparent failure in apologetics: http://www.mhmcintyre.us/dealing-apparent-failure-apologetics/
  15. The 3 A’s of Apologetics – Always Answer Anyone: http://blogs.christianpost.com/dear-ephesus/the-3-as-of-apologetics-18687/
  16. Why We Have Different Bible Translations: http://reasonabletheology.org/why-we-have-different-bible-translations/
  17. Did the Apostles Really Die as Martyrs for their Faith? By Sean McDowell:   http://magazine.biola.edu/article/13-fall/did-the-apostles-really-die-as-martyrs-for-their-f/
  18. The Strange Dichotomy of the Anti-Christian Christian: http://faithactually.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-strange-dichotomy-of-anti-christian_22.html
  19. A (Poor) Mary Apologetic: http://rebootchristianity.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-poor-mary-apologetic.html
  20. Ratio Christi Student Grant Willey: Critical Thinking about “Traditional” vs. “New”: http://ratiochristi.org/blog/post/ratio-christi-student-grant-willey-critical-thinking-about-traditional-vs/3281?tab=all_blogs_tab#.VFIuAxaiviC

Have a great week!

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