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: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/how-can-we-address-the-flight-of-young-people-from-the-church-cold-case-christianity-broadcast-25/
  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): http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/are-young-people-really-leaving-christianity/
  3. How to T.R.A.I.N. Christian Students (Rather than Teach Them)http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/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: http://crossexamined.org/youth-exodus-problem/
  5. How Can an Introvert Engage Others in Discussions About God? (~4 minute YouTube video by J. Warner Wallace): http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/how-can-an-introvert-engage-others-in-discussions-about-god/
  6. Florist who refuses to do gay wedding speaks out – I’m so encouraged by the stand this woman is taking for her faith: http://www.foxnews.com/transcript/2015/02/24/exclusive-florist-who-refuses-to-do-gay-wedding-speaks-out/
  7. Eight Major Identical Twin Studies Provide Some Evidence That Homosexuality Is Not Genetic: http://www.jewsnews.co.il/2015/03/08/eight-major-identical-twin-studies-prove-homosexuality-is-not-genetic/
  8. Watch “Jesus of Testimony” Right Here For Free (Vimeo): http://www.jesusoftestimony.com/watch/ Here is some information about this (over 2 hour) movie: http://www.jesusoftestimony.com/about/.
  9. Always be ready…  https://reallifeapologetics.wordpress.com/2015/02/28/always-be-ready/
  10. Prepared to be an expert witness…for Jesus: https://reallifeapologetics.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/prepared-to-be-an-expert-witness-for-jesus/
  11. The Campaign to Embarrass Christians into Accepting Darwinism: http://www.equip.org/article/campaign-embarrass-christians-accepting-darwinism/#christian-books-3
  12. Walter Bradley: three scientific evidences that point to a designed universe: https://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/walter-bradley-three-scientific-evidences-that-point-to-a-designed-universe-2/
  13. Weak Arguments #8: “I testify that Mormonism is false and Joseph Smith was a false prophet.” http://mormonisminvestigated.co.uk/2015/01/10/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: http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/harvard-neurosurgeon-confirms-the-afterlife-exists/
  15. Archaeologist Says House In Nazareth Could Have Been Jesus’ Childhood Home: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/news/archaeologist-says-house-in-nazareth-could-have-been-jesus-childhood-home#ixzz3TrIA7SFC
  16. Students Surprised to Find Noah’s Ark Feasible: http://www.icr.org/article/students-surprised-find-noahs-ark-feasible
  17. Is there proof for the inspiration of the Bible? http://www.gotquestions.org/proof-inspiration-Bible.html
  18. How did the things Jesus said and did when He was alone get recorded in the Gospels? http://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-alone.html
  19. Beginning to Argue Effectively: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/01/beginning-to-argue-effectively.html?m=1#.UtgRciOA201
  20. Ask Pastor Matt: “Does Defending the Faith Offend the Holy Spirit? Aren’t We Just Supposed to Preach the Gospel?” http://pastormattblog.com/2013/10/31/ask-pastor-matt-does-defending-the-faith-offend-the-holy-spirit-arent-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: http://www.str.org/articles/taking-the-heat#.VQGDr-EsMVR
  22. Using a Detective’s Approach When Deciding How to Interact: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/using-a-detectives-approach-when-deciding-how-to-interact/
  23. Five Ways To Answer A Questionhttp://www.reasonsforgod.org/2012/11/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? https://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/what-do-ancient-non-christian-sources-tell-us-about-the-historical-jesus/
  25. 15 Arguments for the Existence of God: https://philosophicaugustine.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/15-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): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3DZdOpAX00

Bless the Lord all you His saints!

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