mid-week apologetics booster (12/4/2014)

Good morning all,

Nice to finally see some rain out there – and mild this time, not heavy 🙂 Here are some items for you to read and/or watch this week:

  1. Four Myths About Teaching Apologetics in Youth Ministry: https://youthministry360.com/blog/four-myths-about-teaching-apologetics-in-youth-ministry
  2. Greg Koukl: Christian Apologetics Authority – on this page are 4 apologetics talks given by Greg Koukl at Saddleback Church in southern California (Rick Warren’s church).  Sermon outlines are included as well:
    1. The Columbo Tactic: http://saddleback.com/watch/media/the-columbo-tactic
    2. Ambassadors for Christ: The Essential Skills: http://saddleback.com/watch/media/ambassadors-for-christ-the-essential-skills
    3. Contend Earnestly for the Faith: http://saddleback.com/watch/media/contend-earnestly-for-the-faith
    4. Facing Your Friends Without Fear: http://saddleback.com/watch/media/facing-your-friends-without-fear
  3. Videos by Dr. Jason Lisle of the Institute for Creation Research:
    1. Jason Lisle on the Finely Tuned Universe (~20 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4Nv9m5z2kE
    2. Blunders in Reasoning by Evolutionists (~26 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rIqWJelXcU
    3. Discerning Truth – ~50 minutes (a talk about logical fallacies): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=842rNtlnjXo
    4. Ultimate Proof for Creation/God’s Existence | Presuppositional Apologetics (~57 minute video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j9-cyRbFcs
  4. Why Christians need Evidence: http://apologetics105.com/2014/11/25/whychristiansneedevidence/
  5. Christian Humanitarian Workers Killed in Afghanistan (“We only die once, so it might as well be for Jesus.” – South African Christian Werner Groenewald): http://www.persecutionblog.com/2014/12/christian-humanitarian-workers-killed-in-afghanistan.html
  6. The need for apologetics today is crucial. Believers must realize that we are living in a post-Christian era with a host of worldviews vying continuously for people’s commitments and, indeed, for their very lives. We must face these challenges head-on. Apologetics does not supplant faith, it supplements it. Nor does it replace the Spirit’s working. Rather, the Holy Spirit uses apologetic arguments as vehicles for clarifying the truth of God’s Word. The same verses commanding us to preach the gospel also instructs us to constantly be prepared to correct, rebuke, and encourage with great patience and careful instruction (2 Tim. 4:2). – Hank Hanegraaff (from, Witnessing by Defending the Faith?)
  7. The war is against the Enemy, not fellow mankind. We’re on the most important infiltration mission ever, and the smoke, the grit, and the sting of Enemy fire is often discouraging and exhausting. Practicing public apologetics, in particular, is a bold invitation for spiritual warfare. Incessant prayer required. —Melissa Cain Travis (from, When God Refreshes the Heart of an Apologist)
  8. The World’s Most Persecuted Minority: Christians (Prager University): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytdMUddGe-U&feature=share
  9. Oklahoma school district caves to atheist group, cancels Bible elective: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/nov/26/oklahoma-school-district-caves-to-atheist-group-ca/
  10. “Why Is There Evil in the World?” by Living Waters (2 minute 27 second video).  Here is a quote I liked: “If God were to show up at 12:00 to get rid of all the evil in the world, where would you be at 12:01?”.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQ0whlNNWsM&feature=youtu.be
  11. This is a great illustration about holding onto your sin: http://www.itbn.org/index/detail/lib/Networks/sublib/TBN/ec/RjN2dwNjq7A73ar_3S1CUe5qn_Jv1Ew8#ooid=RjN2dwNjq7A73ar_3S1CUe5qn_Jv1Ew8&ootime=17m17s
  12. “Is There Absolute Truth?” by Living Waters (2 minute 38 second video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lvSGCaicEg&feature=youtu.be

Have a great rest of the week!

Blessings

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