mid-week apologetics booster (11-13-2014)

Good morning everyone!

Hope you’re having an absolutely wonderful week.  Here are some items for you to read and watch:

  1. I love this ~30 minute Way of the Master show – take some time and at least watch the first few minutes of this.  It is called “ Joe Average” and it is about a ‘normal guy’ who is going through his morning routine and oblivious of the walking miracle machine that his body is and the food that he’s eating and other blessings from God.  Joe Average doesn’t think about creation, let alone the Creator. If you asked him if God had ever done anything for him, he probably couldn’t think of one thing:  http://www.itbn.org/index/detail/ec/0xYzdvMjq1JAezcvqJKx4JhBPl2UEG5C Here is the information related to the show in an article form:  http://www.wayofthemaster.com/articles/ray2007-06-19.html
  2. The book “Jesus Calling”.  Apparently, this is a somewhat popular book in Christian circles.  Thanks to the brother who passed along this warning about it.  Here is a snippet: “Because millions of Christians have now read Sarah Young’s book and millions more will be reading it in the future, and because Sarah Young and her publisher, Thomas Nelson, are targeting children with the 365 Devotions for Kids, and because there is even a Jesus Calling Devotional Bible on the market now, we are compelled to take this matter seriously and pray that all of our readers will too.”.  You can read the newsletter here:  http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/newsletters/2014/newsletter20141110.htm
  3. There is a Ratio Christi event this Friday evening Nov. 14th (primarily college age, but others welcome for sure): Come out to the next Ratio Christi ASU Tempe chapter meeting this Friday night, November 14, at 7:00pm at C3 (http://c3tempe.org). Friday night will feature local apologist, Vocab Malone, who will be speaking on the topic of Textual Criticism and the Bible. Vocab has a local apologetics radio show that can be found at: http://backpack.podbean.com. I would encourage you to check out Backpack Radio, and come Friday night ready to discuss. It’s sure to be a relevant topic and great conversation!
  4. Why do people reject Jesus as their Savior? 4 answers are given in this short article:  http://www.gotquestions.org/reject-Jesus.html
  5. What is Intelligent Design? An Interview with Stephen Meyer, pt. 1 (~ 7 minute video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6u3pDVClVM&feature=share
  6. Yasser Arafat ‘found Jesus’ before death, claims evangelical friend – Palestinian leader Arafat may have become a Christian before he died, claims evangelical friend: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/11225063/Yasser-Arafat-found-Jesus-before-death-claim.html
  7. A Few Questions for Evolutionists (Creation Moments): http://www.creationmoments.com/radio/transcripts/few-questions-evolutionists
  8. How Critics of Christianity Often Distort the Story of Galileo: http://1peter315.blogspot.com/2014/02/how-atheists-distort-story-of-galileo.html
  9. “Amazing Grace” Flash Mob! What a great idea… (yeah, I know they’re also trying to sell tracts, but, still, it’s a great idea)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2_yww_vWtQ&feature=share
  10. Blinded by evolutionary brainwashing – “Genes tend to mutate/degrade with time, not get better,” he said. “Mutations, even small ones, are very rarely, if ever, really beneficial and even when they are, they generally either involve loss of function and/or are in some way a corruption of information. For example, a mutation that breaks down the efficiency of molecular pumps for a bacterium to draw nutrients from its environment means that it will better survive certain antibiotics. But it is a damaged bacterium, so when the antibiotic is removed, it will be less able to cope than its non-resistant fellows. Sure, one can put an insulin gene into a microbe and get it making lots of insulin but it will still be a microbe. No amount of detailed genetic manipulation in the laboratory will turn a microbe into a worm or a fly. So it certainly won’t happen spontaneously even over millions of years. And natural selection won’t change that. We can see it happening, but the effects are trivial compared to this downhill tendency in our DNA. So, to me, evolution or Darwinism just can’t happen.  See more at:

    http://creation.com/ainsley-chalmers-interview

  11. Adam’s Rib – there is evidence that Adam’s removed rib regenerated or grew back.  Very interesting: http://ibitedge.blogspot.com/2014/11/false-adam-did-not-have-one-less-rib.html
  12. Building Faith Muscles in Your Kids: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/11/building-faith-muscles-in-your-kids.html
  13. The Three R’s of Salvation – (1) Ruined by Sin, (2) Redeemed by Christ, (3) Regenerated by the Spirit: http://blogs.christianpost.com/confident-christian/the-three-rs-of-salvation-23599/
  14. Eight Diagnostic Questions I Ask of those Who Are Doubting their Faith: http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/blog/2014/01/eight-diagnostic-questions-i-ask-of-those-who-are-doubting-their-faith/
  15. How Darwin Failed His Own Test: http://www.exploregod.com/how-darwin-failed-his-own-test
  16. Cracks in the atheist edifice – The rapid spread of Christianity [in China] is forcing an official rethink on religion: http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21629218-rapid-spread-christianity-forcing-official-rethink-religion-cracks
  17. Chance, Evolution, or Intelligent Design? How did humans come to be? Are we just a product of chance and evolution? – http://www.exploregod.com/chance-evolution-or-intelligent-design
  18. Mormon founder Joseph Smith wed 40 wives: http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/11/living/mormon-founder-polygamy/index.html
  19. At What Age Should Parents Start Training Kids to Defend Their Faith? (3 minute video) – http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2014/11/at-what-age-should-parents-start-training-kids-to-defend-their-faith.html
  20. God of the Gaps (Question and Answer – William Lane Craig): http://www.reasonablefaith.org/god-of-the-gaps
  21. William Lane Craig Interviewed by Lee Strobel At Houston Baptist University (~40 minute video): http://youtu.be/2brTZ87J3iY?t=6m36s

I pray that you’ll all have opportunities for you to use this information to fulfill the words of Colossians 4:5-6:  “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”  Have a great rest of your week!

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