Conversation with my manager

At the end of the day of work yesterday, my manager stopped by my desk on his way out… He was just making some small talk with me (the whole conversation took about 5 minutes and included one interruption). He asked me what I was doing this weekend. So, I told him that I would be preparing for my class and doing a few things around the house. He said, oh that kid’s class you teach at church – teaching the Bible? I said, no, that’s on Wednesday night (AWANA). This one that I’m preparing for is the adult Sunday school class I teach at church. He seemed surprised – he didn’t know that I teach 2 classes. So, I shared with him my typical schedule. Tuesday is the men’s Bible study at lunch at Coco’s, Wednesday is AWANA, teaching the kids after work, Thursday night is men’s Bible study, then Sunday, I teach an adult Sunday school class, and of course go to worship. He said, “Wow, that’s a lot of religion!” Then he admitted, “I’m not religious…“ (I wish I’d said “Neither am I…” :)) I said “Why not?” He said something like, “I just never got into it – it has to come from within.” He went on to explain how he was educated in a Christian school in Africa. He said, “We were required to attend Chapel every day, and to sing a hymn.” I asked him if that was the Anglican Church (the Church of England). He said it was. He said that his parents sent him there, not because it was a Christian school, but because it was a good school. He said, we didn’t become Christian because that was not our religion… He clarified that even though, he wasn’t religious personally, that the religion of his parents was Hinduism. So, that’s why he didn’t become a Christian – because it wasn’t his family’s religion.

I then shared that I was not brought up in the Church. I wanted to make sure that he knew that I wasn’t just a Christian because that was how I was raised. I told him that in our house, we didn’t go to Church, read the Bible, pray or even talk about God. Although, I do remember that my parents gave me a Bible in 1972, so I was aware that they thought it was good and important, but they didn’t really practice it. But, I told him that as I went to college and started to read Nietzsche, Freud, Skinner and other atheistic philosophers I really became an agnostic for many years. So, mine was an adult conversion… I explained to him how when we lived in Utah, I was consumed with work and was kind of a jerk with my family. So, I got this job offer in Minnesota (my first job offer in IT) and my wife said she’d go, but made me promise I would go to church when we moved there. So, after we moved there, I ignored that request for about 2 years, until these friends of my son’s from a family down the street invited us to church on Easter. My wife reminded me of my prior committment to go to church, so, I went and that is when it all started to change for me. During that Easter service, it was like the Pastor was speaking directly to me and relating to all the issues that were relevant to me. Then we went to a new believer’s class and later that year, me and my son got baptized together. I also shared that now I’m the only one in my immediate family that goes to church. I could tell he was anxious to get out of the office, so I let him go.

I hope to be able to continue the conversation at some point in the future.   I would like to ask him, since he’s gone through Christian education, what does he think the message of Christianity is? I would also like to ask him whether he believes in God. And what are his views of Jesus? Also, what does he thinks will happen when he dies…   At some point in the past, he seemed to indicate that he believes in “a higher power”. I pray that maybe I put a stone in his shoe… I’m very disappointed in myself that I didn’t mention Jesus, the cross, or sin. But nevertheless, I trust God to use my very imperfect testimony to reach him… Hopefully this conversation will continue!

mid-week apologetics booster (3-26-2015)

Good morning everyone!

I trust you’re getting along fine this week.  Here are some things for you to read, watch and otherwise consider:

  1. The Moment of Truth – When you are faced with “the question”, here’s how you should respond:
  2. Text, Typos and Transmission: Why You Can Trust the New Testament:
  3. When Being a Christian Is Like Being a Californian (J. Warner Wallace):
  4. Five Things Your Worldview Must Account For:
  5. Essential DNA Required for Life:
  6. The convert: Why I left Islam to follow Jesus – Former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi explains how his search for the truth about Jesus in scripture led to his conversion:
  7. Nine Things Gets Wrong About Jesus:
  8. 5 Reasons Why the Resurrection of Jesus is Important:
  9. ISIS: Loving Our Neighbors and the Judgment of God:  I’d never heard about the “imprecatory Psalms” before this…  Here is a quote: “When the totality of Scripture is examined, the God of the Bible emerges as a God who is loving, just, and holy. His holiness demands that He deal with sin. His love compels Him to pardon sinners who come to Him in faith. While the imprecatory Psalms highlight a crucial aspect of the attributes of God, the reader also needs to know the story line of the Bible which focuses on the redemptive work of Jesus Christ”:
  10. William Lane Craig Q&A: What Is Hell? Is Hell Compatible with a Loving God? (4 minute 54 second video):
  11. Craig on the role of the Holy Spirit in unbelievers:
  12. Short Answers 10: Is Atheism a Religion? Andy Bannister of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries – 2 minute 52 second video:
  13. How Can Someone Start a New Life in Christ?
  14. 3 Things to Remember in Discussion with Doubters:
  15. Is the Present the ‘Key’ to Our Past? For those with eyes to see, the volcanic eruption of Washington’s Mount St. Helens illustrates how sudden and drastic geological change can occur and why uniformitarian canyon-formation assumptions fail. Many eyewitnesses observed, and cameras recorded, how a 1/40-scale-model version of Grand Canyon was violently formed soon after Mount St. Helens’ 1980 explosion, disproving the notion that such canyons require “deep time” to form:
  16. Did Paul Stop Using Arguments After Leaving Athens? William Lane Craig – 10 minute 49 second video:
  17. How Do I Share What I Believe? The Relationship Between Low Expectations and Lackluster Evangelism (J. Warner Wallace):
  18. How Do I Share What I Believe? Ten Common Christian Expressions Requiring Translation (J. Warner Wallace):
  19. Privileged Species – Are humans the accidental products of a blind and uncaring universe? Or are they the beneficiaries of a cosmic order that was planned beforehand to help them flourish? Privileged Species is a 33-minute documentary by Discovery Institute that explores growing evidence from physics, chemistry, biology, and related fields that our universe was designed for large multi-cellular beings like ourselves. Featuring geneticist and author Michael Denton, the documentary investigates the special properties of carbon, water, and oxygen that make human life and the life of other organisms possible, and it explores some of the unique features of humans that make us a truly privileged species:
  20. 2 Neglected Truths About Outreach:

Now my favorite bridge from a Christian song!  Now my debt is paid, it is paid in full, by the precious blood that my Jesus spilled.  Now the curse of sin has no hold on me, whom the Son sets free is free indeed! (Man Of Sorrows Acoustic – ).


Yesterday when I came into work, as I was listening to an audio book on headphones (The Case for the Real Jesus) and approached my desk, I stopped it and took off my headphones.  As is usual on Monday mornings, I’m now thrust from my Christian world into the secular world, where, for the most part, people could care less about Christ.  I thought to myself, I don’t know how “they” can live this empty life, without Christ.  But then I thought to myself that there are a lot of things which I now feel are indispensable (relatively speaking) which I lived fine without previously.  For example, a flat screen LCD HD TV.  I used to be totally satisfied with my 900 pound solid state TV with the square, low definition picture.  I didn’t see any need to switch to that flat screen that everyone was talking about.  Same thing with my smart phone – I thought, why would I possibly need that?  I’m sure the unbeliever is probably thinking the same thing about Christ.  Why would I need Him?  I know I lived that way for 37 years…  I thought I was getting along fine without Him.  Now that I have Him, I can’t imagine living without Him.  Praise God.  May He use me in reaching all those who don’t yet care!

mid-week apologetics booster (3-19-2015)

Good morning fellow soldiers of Christ!

Here are some things for you to read, watch or listen to:

  1. The Case For The Real Jesus (Lee Strobel), Free Audio Book: You do have to sign up for their newsletter in order to download the free audio, but I think it is worth it – great book.
  2. Here are a few videos we’ve been watching this month in the Tactics class in preparation for Easter:
    1. Peter Williams – Things Which Ought To Be Better Known About The Resurrection Of Jesus:
    2. On Guard Conference: Gary Habermas – The Resurrection of Jesus:
  3. The Argument from Consciousness in Eight Quick Points:
  4. The Christian Gospel Is The Ultimate Answer:
  5. The Importance of the Creation Vs. Evolution Discussion:
  7. THE RESURGENCE OF INTELLIGENT FAITH – We are called to have childlike faith, not childish Does this mean that a person must be an “intellectual?” By no means. It means that we are called to understand our faith, understand our culture, and communicate the beauty and credibility of the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and broken world.
  8. Can Creationists Be “Real” Scientists?
  9. Marc Kirschner, chair of the Department of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School, stated: “In fact, over the last 100 years, almost all of biology has proceeded independent of evolution, except evolutionary biology itself. Molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, have not taken evolution into account at all.”  Dizikes, P, Missing Links, Boston Globe, 23 October 2005:
  10. Reasonable Faith in an Uncertain World (Conference) – this is a bunch of recorded videos from a conference that was recorded live at Bridgeway Christian Church in Rocklin, California (2 successive years):
  11. Cancer Research Inadvertently Refutes Evolution:
  12. 13 reasons why I am not an atheist:
    1. Because thoughts have no value, on atheism
    2. Because of a lack of moral motivation, on atheism
    3. Because of Big Bang cosmology
    4. Because to be a true atheist is impossible
    5. Because truth seeking is not the ultimate good on atheism
    6. Because of the origin of life itself
    7. Because of uniformity in nature
    8. Because of the reality of miracles
    9. Because of the presupposition of human dignity and worth
    10. Because most atheists hold to the view of scientism
    11. Because the atheist has to delude himself daily
    12. Because of insurmountable improbabilities that defies atheism
    13. Because the atheist can’t live consistently with his claims, and that he needs to steal from other worldviews
  13. 7 Reasons Why I Believe Christianity is True:
  14. AFA rejects demand by atheist Mikey Weinstein:
  15. Apologetic Nonstarters: Arguments to Avoid in Defending Christianity:
  16. Pascal’s Method for Presenting the Christian Faith:
  17. Four Reasons the New Testament Gospels Are Reliable:
  18. Conservative Student Group Commits ‘Act of Violence’ for Defending Christian Values, Refusing to Participate in LGBT Sensitivity Training:–135511/
  19. Evolution of a Creation Scientist:
  20. Equating today’s Jihad with the Christian Crusades is an Islamist’s lie perpetuated by the western media (includes good 5 minute video):
  21. How Reliable Is Roman Catholic History? Very interesting article on responses to RC arguments about the papacy:
  22. IT’S ALL IN THE BOOK: Some pretty frightening passages in the Koran that can be linked to ISIS behavior:

I pray that something here may be just the thing you needed to see or hear today.  Praise the Lord!

mid-week apologetics booster (3-12-2015)

Good morning everyone,

Hope you’re having a great week.  It is spring break week for a lot of the schools around here, so it may be a bit of break from the normal routine for some of you.  Here are some items for you to consider this week.  Don’t be overwhelmed – just pick out 1 or 2 of these that look interesting to you and take a look at it:

  1. How Can We Address the Flight of Young People from the Church? (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast #25 – 28 minute YouTube broadcast from J. Warner Wallace).  In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner describes a strategy to address the departure of young people from the Church. The statistics related to college aged Christians is discouraging. J. Warner offers a solution as he describes how to change teaching into training:
  2. Are Young People Really Leaving Christianity? This is a collection of a bunch of surveys and research about the spiritual life of teenagers.  For example, 1 such finding is “88% of the children in evangelical homes leave church at the age of 18” (Southern Baptist Council on Family Life – 2002):
  3. How to T.R.A.I.N. Christian Students (Rather than Teach Them)
    1. T – Test
    2. R – Require
    3. A – Arm
    4. I – Involve
    5. N – Nurture
  4. Christian Youth In America Are Leaving the Church (includes 2 minute 46 second video giving an overview of the problem).  Three out of 4 Christian teens walk away from the church after they leave home. Frank Turek and the CrossExamined team are committed to reversing this alarming trend. Invite us to your campus and we’ll present a dynamic, interactive seminar that’ll show you why Christianity is true and why it takes a lot more faith to be an atheist:
  5. How Can an Introvert Engage Others in Discussions About God? (~4 minute YouTube video by J. Warner Wallace):
  6. Florist who refuses to do gay wedding speaks out – I’m so encouraged by the stand this woman is taking for her faith:
  7. Eight Major Identical Twin Studies Provide Some Evidence That Homosexuality Is Not Genetic:
  8. Watch “Jesus of Testimony” Right Here For Free (Vimeo): Here is some information about this (over 2 hour) movie:
  9. Always be ready…
  10. Prepared to be an expert witness…for Jesus:
  11. The Campaign to Embarrass Christians into Accepting Darwinism:
  12. Walter Bradley: three scientific evidences that point to a designed universe:
  13. Weak Arguments #8: “I testify that Mormonism is false and Joseph Smith was a false prophet.”
  14. Harvard Neurosurgeon Confirms The Afterlife Exists – I don’t agree with this guy’s conclusions about the purpose of our life here, which he says is “just a test help our souls evolve and grow”.  I believe the purpose of life is to know Christ and to make Christ known.  However, it is a very interesting story with no apparent natural explanation:
  15. Archaeologist Says House In Nazareth Could Have Been Jesus’ Childhood Home:
  16. Students Surprised to Find Noah’s Ark Feasible:
  17. Is there proof for the inspiration of the Bible?
  18. How did the things Jesus said and did when He was alone get recorded in the Gospels?
  19. Beginning to Argue Effectively:
  20. Ask Pastor Matt: “Does Defending the Faith Offend the Holy Spirit? Aren’t We Just Supposed to Preach the Gospel?”
  21. Taking the Heat – Jesus’ teaching should create a healthy expectation of conflict when we live for Him and proclaim His name to a lost world:
  22. Using a Detective’s Approach When Deciding How to Interact:
  23. Five Ways To Answer A Question
    1. Option 1: Answer The Question With A Question
    2. Option 2: Answer the Question With A Story
    3. Option 3: Answer the Question With an Experience
    4. Option 4: Answer the Question With A Community
    5. Option 5: Answer the Question With A Conversation
  24. What do ancient non-Christian sources tell us about the historical Jesus?
  25. 15 Arguments for the Existence of God:
  26. “Prove to me that God exists!” (3 minute 18 second YouTube video by Dr. Andy Bannister of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Canada):

Bless the Lord all you His saints!

Biblical Worldview post #49 – Jesus Christ reserved some of His most severe warnings for the religious hypocrites

Jesus Christ reserved some of His most severe warnings for the religious leaders of His day, the Pharisees, who were hypocrites

Matthew 23:24-28 (NLT) Blind guides! You strain your water so you won’t accidentally swallow a gnat; then you swallow a camel! “How terrible it will be for you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! You are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy — full of greed and self-indulgence! Blind Pharisees! First wash the inside of the cup, and then the outside will become clean, too. “How terrible it will be for you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs — beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity. You try to look like upright people outwardly, but inside your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness.

mid-week apologetics booster (3/5/2015)

Good morning all,

Here are your weekly links to read and/or watch:

  1. PDF – Greg Koukl responding to Bart Ehrman’s “Misquoting Jesus” (Solid Ground – Sept/Oct 2010):
  2. You Have to Come Out As A Christian Before You Can Step Out As An Apologist (J. Warner Wallace) –
  3. The Juvenilization (not rejuvenation) of American Christianity:
  4. The Foolishness of the Cross:
  5. How the Body Works: Intelligent Design in Action – Howard Glicksman, “In this series, I plan to show how the body works and how the only plausible explanation for its ability to combat the laws of nature and survive in the world are the many physiological innovations that must have come about through intelligent design”:
  6. Above All the Earth – interview with NASA astronaut Col. Jeffrey Williams – do views of Earth from space have an impact on your spiritual life?
  7. American Muslim (Nabeel Qureshi) became Christian after watching debate between Shabir Ally & Mike Licona (this is just a 2 minute snippet):
  8. The Reliability of the New Testament (35 minute video by Dan Wallace):
  9. String theory has come to be seen as faith, not reason?
  10. Apologetics for Kids: Free Resources for Parents:
  11. Summit Semester Experience.  At Summit Semester students will learn from some of the top Christian scholars in the country. Our environment will nurture spiritual formation and hone intellectual skills, while also helping our students develop strong interpersonal relationships. Our goal is to prepare students for the challenges they will face at the university while motivating them to be influential leaders,  shaping the ideas of culture for the glory of God and the good of our society.

Praise God, for he is good!  Habakkuk 3:17-18

Biblical Worldview post #48 – warning about turning away from Jesus Christ and continuing in sin

This is a sober warning about the consequences of turning away from Jesus Christ and stubbornly continuing in sin despite what He says

Passage Reference Passage Text
Hebrews 10:26-27 (NLT) Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received a full knowledge of the truth, there is no other sacrifice that will cover these sins. There will be nothing to look forward to but the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume His enemies.
Hebrews 6:4-6 (NLT) For it is impossible to restore to repentance those who were once enlightened — those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the Word of God and the power of the age to come — and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people to repentance again because they are nailing the Son of God to the cross again by rejecting Him, holding Him up to public shame.