mid-week apologetics booster (7-30-2015)

Good morning brothers and sisters in Christ!

Hope you’re having a great week!  Here are some items for you to peruse:

  1. You Shoulda Put a Ring on It”: Witnessing to Cohabiting Couples: http://www.equip.org/article/you-shoulda-put-a-ring-on-it-witnessing-to-cohabiting-couples/
  2. What We Mean When We Say, “God Created Everything From Nothing”: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/what-we-mean-when-we-say-god-created-everything-from-nothing/
  3. Do Your Kids Know Why They Need God? http://christianmomthoughts.com/do-your-kids-know-why-they-need-god/
  4. How to Know if Your Child Is Saved. | Wretched with Todd Friel (this guy’s a little bizarre, but this was good) – 22 min video.  This is serious content (his presentation aside), and most of his content is coming from ‘Grace to You’ (John MacArthur’s website): https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=16&v=82ysNSLHCpM
  5. You Winsome, You Lose Some: Why Niceness Won’t Win: http://www.summit.org/blogs/summit-announcements/you-winsome-you-lose-some-why-niceness-wont-win/
  6. How to Spot Impostor Christianity: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/07/how-to-spot-impostor-christianity.html
  7. Is God a bad Parent? (6 minute video – Frank Turek answering a question from a student – most of this deals with the Moral argument for God’s existence – this actual question “Is God a bad Parent?” is not dealt with until almost 5 minutes into the video) https://youtu.be/Hg6N3t57-cM
  8. Convince Me There’s A God – Thermodynamics | Faith & Self Defense: http://faithandselfdefense.com/2013/03/05/convince-me-theres-a-god-thermodynamics/
  9. For the Origin of Life, on Earth or Elsewhere, “Ingredients and Conditions” Aren’t Enough – Evolution News & Views: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2015/07/for_the_origin_097991.html
  10. 5 Ways That Pastors Can Introduce Apologetics Into Their Ministry | Hope’s Reason: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/5-ways-that-pastors-can-introduce-apologetics-into-their-ministry/
  11. Meet the 38 Companies That Donate to Planned Parenthood: http://dailysignal.com/2015/07/21/meet-the-41-companies-that-donate-directly-to-planned-parenthood/
  12. ‘God is not a magician’: Pope says Christians should believe in evolution and Big Bang – I post this not in support of what Pope Francis is saying, but rather to make you aware of what his views are on evolution in particular.  I think we would need to ask him what he means by evolution: http://www.rawstory.com/2014/10/god-is-not-a-magician-pope-says-christians-should-believe-in-evolution-and-big-bang/
  13. On Apologetics – Purpose, Why You Should Take An Interest | The Corinthian: http://thecorinthian.net/2015/07/10/on-apologetics-purpose-why-you-should-take-an-interest/
  14. The Bible and Same-Sex Marriage: 6 Common But Mistaken Claims – The Gospel Coalition: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/bible-same-sex-marriage-6-wrong-trajectories
  15. Is Kepler-452b an Earth-like planet? Does it support life? | WINTERY KNIGHT: http://winteryknight.com/2015/07/26/is-kepler-452b-an-earth-like-planet-does-it-support-life/
  16. Why Do Christians Care More about Same-Sex Marriage than Divorce? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTV7azWn7xw
  17. The Hidden Truth Behind Evolution That Some Scientists Don’t Want You to Know: http://notashamedofthegospel.com/controversial/hidden-truth-behind-evolution/
  18. Are We Saved By Faith Alone, Or Do We Need Works, Too: https://carm.org/are-we-saved-faith-alone-or-do-we-need-works-too
  19. An ex-NBA player who blew nearly $100 million is turning his life around while working at Starbucks: http://www.businessinsider.com/nba-vin-baker-starbucks-manager-2015-7
  20. Computing the “Best Case” Probability of Proteins from Actual Data, and Falsifying a Prediction of Darwinism – Evolution News & Views (Very technical – look at conclusion): http://www.evolutionnews.org/2015/07/computing_the_b098101.html
  21. 6 Predictions about Evangelicalism over the Next 5 Years: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2015/07/29/6-predictions-about-evangelicalism-over-the-next-5-years/
  22. Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: Six Errors Jesus Mythicists Repeatedly Make: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/07/six-errors-jesus-mythicists-repeatedly.html
  23. The Importance of Studying Apologetics Regularly (2 min 40 sec video): http://www.str.org/videos/the-importance-of-studying-apologetics-regularly#.VblAx73n_qA
  24. 10 Arguments for the Existence of God: http://www.plainsimplefaith.com/2013/05/10-arguments-for-the-existence-of-god/
  25. Faithful Thinkers: 11 Quotes From Ravi Zacharias On Humanity’s Predicament: http://lukenixblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/11-quotes-from-ravi-zacharias-on.html

Have a blessed week!

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mid-week apologetics booster (7-23-2015)

Good morning everyone,

Here are some things for you to take a look at – pick one or two that interest you:

  1. 3 Cultural Engagement Lessons from Acts 17: http://www.apologeticsguy.com/2014/05/cultural-engagement-acts-17/
  2. The Muratorian fragment, dated 170 A.D., affirms 22 out of 27 New Testament books: http://winteryknight.com/2015/07/20/the-muratorian-fragment-dated-170-a-d-affirms-22-out-of-27-new-testament-books/
  3. Dentist Says God Doesn’t Exist… (1 minute video): http://www.show2.me/en/video/dentist-says-god-doesnt-exist-0?ep=zWbQZNZOZNZN
  4. Free to believe – On the Scriptures, biblical creation and State censorship: http://creation.mobi/a/9962
  5. The Solar System (Jason Lisle, Ph.D.): http://www.icr.org/article/7481/256
  6. The Stampede of Secularism Will Not Stop Conversions: http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-stampede-of-secularism-will-not-stop-conversions
  7. What If I’m Not Smart Enough to be a Christian Apologist? http://pastormattblog.com/2015/07/20/ama-monday-what-if-im-not-smart-enough-to-be-a-christian-apologist/
  8. Made in His Image: Melanin, the Sunblock That’s Just Skin Deep: http://www.icr.org/article/4786
  9. Is AiG Driving Young People from the Church? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2015/07/19/aig-driving-young-people-from-church/
  10. Self-Refuting Statements You Must Know – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/self-refuting-statements-you-must-know
  11. Can We Use Logic To Talk About God? Frank Turek and Bob discuss (6 min 50 second video – kind of bad audio, but interesting clip): https://youtu.be/k-rM5ymfOYY
  12. Five Times When It Might Be Better to Quit than to Continue a Discussion: http://servantsofgrace.org/five-times-when-it-might-be-better-to-quit-than-to-continue-a-discussion/
  13. Birds’ Flawless Flight Plan | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/animal-behavior/migration/birds-flawless-flight-plan/
  14. Microevolution versus Macroevolution: Two Mistakes – Evolution News & Views: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2015/07/microevolution097801.html
  15. How to Get Your Kids to Ask More Questions About Their Faith: http://christianmomthoughts.com/how-to-get-your-kids-to-ask-more-questions-about-their-faith/
  16. The god-of-the-gaps charge doesn’t stick: http://creation.mobi/a/10193
  17. The Urban Legend that Thomas Jefferson Believed in a Wall Separating Church and State: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2015/07/16/the-urban-legend-that-thomas-jefferson-believed-in-a-wall-separating-church-and-state/
  18. Bill Nye on Homosexual Behavior: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2015/07/21/bill-nye-homosexual-behavior/
  19. Can practicing homosexuals be saved? https://carm.org/can-practicing-homosexuals-be-saved
  20. How could gay marriage harm anyone? https://carm.org/gay-marriage-harm
  21. 4 Informal Logical Fallacies & Biblical Examples: http://www.dyerthoughts.com/home/4-informal-logical-fallacies-biblical-examples

Have a blessed day and week serving the Lord!

Portrait of 2 types of people from the Gospel of Luke

Jesus was and is a Master Teacher. None has ever surpassed Him in His ability to communicate truths about the Kingdom of God and men’s relationship to the Creator (Himself). My recent Scripture memorization brought me to 2 passages in the Gospel of Luke. One of the things that I find so valuable about Scripture memorization is that it causes me to deeply contemplate and meditate on the passage I’m trying to memorize. I really need to understand the meaning of each word as I memorize. One of these passages I memorized was a historical event, and the other a parable. But both accounts present a contrast in how men relate to the Kingdom of God and the claims of Jesus Christ. The first one is the parable of the 2 men going to the temple to pray (from Luke 18:9-14):

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

The second passage is the historical account of Jesus being crucified between 2 criminals (Luke 23:39-43):

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. ” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

I find it very instructive to look at each of the 2 men in these passages and see why it is that Jesus speaks favorably about or to one of them and is either condemning or silent about the other. In both of the stories, it appears that only one of the men is saved and the other is apparently not saved.

In the parable of the 2 men going up to pray, the first man – a Pharisee – was a deeply religious man. Certainly he would’ve been seen by those in his culture as righteous, law-abiding, and pious – a “spiritual giant”. The problem is in the way he prayed to God, which showed what was in his heart. Here is his prayer: “God, I thank you that I am not like other men–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.” By reading this short prayer, I think it is obvious that the Pharisee thinks he is a good person. I don’t see any acknowledgment of him being a sinner. I see no confession of sin, admission of guilt or repentance. In fact, it sounds like he’s recounting his spiritual résumé to God! If he were talking to a boss, it would sound like he’s getting ready to ask for a raise! He even compares himself with the tax collector to make himself look favorable. Why would a person like this even feel the need to have a Savior? He’s got it all together, and as far as he’s concerned, God is lucky to have him on His team.

Now the tax collector, on the other hand, is completely different – a picture of humility and repentance. Here is his prayer: “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” Short, simple and to the point. In one little sentence, he:

  1. Acknowledges he’s a sinner
  2. Acknowledges that he needs mercy, and because of #1, doesn’t deserve it
  3. Acknowledges that God is God and therefore has the power to extend him that mercy.

What a powerful prayer this tax collector prayed! This is the type of prayer that will always be answered in the affirmative! His prayer reminds me of the verse from the hymn “Rock of Ages”:

Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to Thy cross I cling

Naked come to Thee for dress, helpless look to Thee for grace

Foul, I to the fountain fly, wash me, Savior, or I die!

So, these are 2 opposite prayers – one from a person who, apparently doesn’t feel he needs a Savior, and another from someone who feels that all he needs is a Savior. And how does Jesus respond? He tells the hearers of this parable that the tax collector, which in the mind of the Jewish people of that time was considered a most vile sinner, he is the one that will go home justified before God! Now that would’ve been a shock for His hearers! So, the prideful religious guy is condemned and the humble and repentant sinner is shown mercy – that’s God’s heart and His way of looking at mankind.

The other account, where Jesus is being crucified (Luke 23:39-43), presents a different type of people. There are no “religious people” involved here. Just criminals. They are at the other end of the spectrum from the Pharisee. The Pharisee had religious pride, but these guys had no reason for pride. They were the low lives of society. One of these criminals had a good assessment of his situation – he knew the trouble he was in and why he was there. The other criminal just sounds like a cynical skeptic. He’s moments, hours or days from death, and yet is hurling insults at Jesus – his Creator and (potential) Savior. We know that he knows who Jesus is – purported to be the Christ, and so he’s demanding that Jesus perform a miracle (get them down from the cross) to prove who He is and help him out, though he is an undeserving criminal. But I like the sequence of things the other criminal says, which shows his heart:

But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. “

Several things are evident in reading what he said:

  1. He fears God – this is evident because of the way he asks the same question to the other criminal. This is ALWAYS a good place to be – fearing God. Proverbs 9:10 says “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom…”.
  2. He repents by saying “We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve”. That shows a true change of mind about his crimes. The other criminal only wants to get off scott-free! But this criminal knows that they are just getting what they deserve – nothing more, nothing less.
  3. He uses a logical argument to try to convince the other criminal! “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
  4. He does apologetics! Yes, he defends Jesus, by saying “this man has done nothing wrong”. So, he’s giving the other criminal a reason for the trust that he has in Jesus – His sinlessness. In John 8:46, Jesus had said “Which one of you convicts Me of sin?”, and the writer of Hebrews says “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin.”
  5. He acknowledges the Lordship and Deity of Jesus by acknowledging that He will be coming into His Kingdom.
  6. Finally he asks Jesus to save him. Romans 10:13 says “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” So, he’s acknowledging a few things:
    1. There is life after death
    2. Jesus has ultimate power and controls exactly who enters His kingdom.
    3. The same Jesus who is hanging on the cross next to him is the same Jesus who will come into His kingdom (i.e. He will be able to “remember” the criminal he was with in this historical account).

So, Jesus assures him that he will be with Him today in paradise. That validates the teaching of Titus 3:4-5a: “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.” This is in effect a validation of “death-bed conversion”. This is the same thing Jesus was teaching in Matthew 20:

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard.

2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

3 “About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing.

4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’

5 So they went. “He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing.

6 About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

7 ” ‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered. “He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’

9 “The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius.

10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius.

11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner.

12 ‘These men who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

13 “But he answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius?

14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you.

15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

One day we will see the criminal who repented in heaven, along with many other criminals who’ve repented in prison, on death row or in life sentences! We’ll also meet many like the tax collector in heaven – like me – I’m like the tax collector! At a point in time, I acknowledged I was a sinner and asked God for mercy – I’m no different than the tax collector. At that very instant I “went home justified before God”. Praise God for His mercy! And let me learn a lesson from both the spiritually prideful Pharisee and cynical criminal. And also, let me never forget that no one is out of the reach of God’s grace – not even condemned criminals or the most vile of sinners that are “legal in the eyes of the government’s law”.

mid-week apologetics booster (7-16-2015)

Good morning brothers and sisters in Christ!

Hope you’re having a great summer wherever you are!  Here are some items for you to look at:

  1. Why publishers change the Bible (and that’s OK) – this contains a good infographic: http://overviewbible.com/textual-criticism/
  2. Can they all be wrong? If ‘science’ and ‘all those scientists’ have shown evolution to be valid, how can anyone claim otherwise? Much of the resistance we meet in the creation science ministry is vaguely based upon this sort of notion: http://creation.mobi/a/10177
  3. Myth: ‘No real scientist believes in creation’ – 30 Ph.D. scientists help bust this old canard: http://creation.mobi/a/10263
  4. Lessons from a CNN Interview (2 minute 14 second video blog from Sean McDowell): http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/lessons-from-a-cnn-interview
  5. Answering Questions Non-Christians Ask – Michael Ramsden (46 minute video lecture): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9K0QyUTmHU
  6. “Taking the Roof Off” with Homer Simpson: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2015/06/taking-roof-off-with-homer-simpson.html
  7. Former atheists speak. 44 Quotes: https://jamesbishopblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/former-atheists-speak-44-quotes/
  8. Why Christianity is Different – Dr. Timothy Keller (6 min video clip from a larger lecture): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezXufQWvIlw
  9. Worst Objection to Theism: Who Created God? (5 minute video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKKIvmcO5LQ
  10. Aren’t all religions basically the same? (3 minute video from Dr. Andy Bannister of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFaT_qBzzkQ
  11. If “Faith” Involves Making An Inference From Evidence, Why Do We Call It “Faith”? http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/if-faith-involves-making-an-inference-from-evidence-why-do-we-call-it-faith/
  12. The New Cultural Commandments: http://www.thinkdivinely.com/2015/07/11/the-new-cultural-commandments/
  13. The Reliability of the Bible: http://www.maghrebchristians.com/2012/05/16/the-reliability-of-the-bible/
  14. 9 Things You Should Know About the Scopes Monkey Trial: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/9-things-you-should-know-about-the-scopes-monkey-trial/
  15. Why Many Complain About Christianity’s Claims: http://apologeticsforlife.org/2015/06/why-many-complain-about-christianitys-claims/
  16. 10 Questions for Christians Who Support Same-Sex Marriage: http://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/christian-trends/10-questions-for-christians-who-support-gay-marriage.html
  17. Spiritual Junk Mail: https://1peter41216.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/spiritual-junk-mail/

Have a blessed day!

Spiritual Junk Mail

Recently, I had a spiritual conversation with an associate at work. During the conversation, I shared my concern with him about his destination in the afterlife. With him assuming that Christianity is not fully true, especially the part about hell, I challenged him by asking him what if he’s wrong? During that part of our conversation, he said that many religious people are concerned about him, warning him about the consequences of not believing in their religion. This (the fact that they all think they’re right) he sets forth as evidence that none of them can be right.

So, the thought occurred to me this morning… Isn’t this like the situation we all face with junk mail? Every day, when I go to pick up my mail, there is a lot of junk mail that I receive. The envelopes look very important. Most of them seem to have important messages on the front warning me not to discard them… that I’d be missing out on something really great if I didn’t open them. There are promises of exclusive opportunities. There are warnings that this is my last chance to take advantage of this great offer. I’m staring at a piece of junk mail right now that says on the envelope “Not everyone gets one – which is why we urge you to make the most of yours”. Another says (in bold) “IMPORTANT CUSTOMER INFORMATION”, then further down, “UPGRADE YOUR EXPERIENCE TODAY”. Every effort is made by the senders to get my attention – to get me to open those envelopes. So, what should I do? Since experience has told me that the vast majority of them are not really as dire as they sound – they’re probably just going to be slick attempts to get me to purchase something I really don’t need – should I just throw them all away without looking at them? I mean, I’ve really become cynical over time. Since they’re all just interested in selling me something and trying to get me to part with my money, why should I bother? I think that’s what I’ll do from now on – I’ll just walk right from the mailbox to the recycling bin and dump all that mail in there without even looking at it…

Well, if we all followed that advice, we’d end up with all sorts of problems, wouldn’t we? Anything from bad credit, to penalties and fines to possibly even jail time if you miss a summons to appear in court! Hidden in those piles of junk mail are real issues we need to deal with, sometimes having severe and lasting consequences for ignoring them.

In the same way, we often receive “spiritual junk mail”. There are many worldviews and religious systems vying for our attention every day. Some of them communicate dire warnings and consequences (e.g. Islam). Some of them attempt to lure us with grandiose benefits we’d be missing out on if we don’t join their club (e.g. Mormonism, prosperity gospel preachers). But, mixed in the pile of junk mail, is an envelope that must be opened and looked at seriously. That is, Biblical Christianity. Christianity can hold its own in the marketplace of ideas. A serious investigation of Christianity’s claims has surprised many a skeptic, who after investigating the evidence, decided to follow Jesus (e.g. J. Warner Wallace, Lee Strobel to name a few).

So, I encourage you to not immediately toss all junk mail in the trash. Look through and determine if there is anything in there worth keeping. One that is communicating warnings – yes – but also eternal benefits of living a meaningful life here and now, while having the confident expectation of spending an eternity of unending joying in the presence of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Take a look at Christianity – a deep look – and I promise you – you won’t be disappointed – you’ll find it to be true “beyond a reasonable doubt”. The Bible says “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jer. 29:13) and “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” (Prov. 4:7).

mid-week apologetics booster (7-9-2015)

Good morning all,

Here are a few things for you:

  1. Five Practices that Make Stronger Christians: http://worldviewofjesus.com/2015/04/05/five-practices-that-make-stronger-christians/
  2. The Big List of Christian Podcasts: http://reasonabletheology.org/big-list-christian-podcasts/
  3. Are the Gospels Reliable? 10 Quick Pointshttp://www.saintsandsceptics.org/are-the-gospels-reliable-sources-quick-points/
  4. A list of false teachings in the Roman Catholic Church: https://carm.org/list-of-roman-catholic-false-teachings
  5. “Jesus really did appear to the disciples, and skeptics after his death.” 40 Quotes by scholars. https://jamesbishopblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/jesus-really-did-appear-to-the-disciples-and-skeptics-after-his-death-40-quotes-by-scholars/
  6. Understanding the Execution of the Rebellious Son: http://derekzrishmawy.com/2015/07/08/understanding-the-execution-of-the-rebellious-son/
  7. A loving God would never send anyone to hell: https://carm.org/loving-god-would-never-send-anyone-hell
  8. Can a Loving God Send People to Hell? William Lane Craig vs. Ray Bradley – Simon Frasier University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – 1994 (debate transcript): http://www.reasonablefaith.org/can-a-loving-god-send-people-to-hell-the-craig-bradley-debate
  9. How do we communicate to others about God “speaking” to us today? http://www.thinkdivinely.com/2015/07/04/how-do-we-communicate-to-others-about-god-speaking-to-us-today/
  10. Do You Know Jesus or Just Know ABOUT Him? (includes a 2 min 44 second video): http://soulwinningstudents.org/2015/06/29/do-you-know-jesus-or-just-know-about-him/
  11. Four steps for surviving evolution classes at high school: http://creation.mobi/a/10188
  12. 11 silly things that some atheists say: https://jamesbishopblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/11-silly-things-some-atheists-say/
  13. Is Artificial Intelligence Possible? http://www.evolutionnews.org/2015/07/is_artificial_i097441.html
  14. Impactful evangelism ideas: http://www.mbcpathway.com/2015/07/08/impactful-evangelism-ideas-part-2-of-3/
  15. Russell Wilson (Q&A at The Rock Church, 7/05/2015) says he and Ciara will practice abstinence until marriage: https://youtu.be/TmVgryMK8i8?t=23m
  16. A Message to Muslims About Jesus: http://blogs.christianpost.com/confident-christian/a-message-to-muslims-about-jesus-25971/
  17. How to Be an Evangelist—Without Really Trying.  A natural and personal way to share your faith: http://word-strong.com/how-to-be-an-evangelist-without-really-trying/
  18. Will The Modernists Inherit The Earth? The Dismal Prospects for Secular Liberalism (based on fertility rates): http://turleytalks.com/will-the-modernists-inherit-the-earth-the-dismal-prospects-for-secular-liberalism/
  19. Schools Implant IUDs in Girls as Young as 6th Grade Without Their Parents Knowing: http://www.lifenews.com/2015/07/02/schools-implant-iuds-in-girls-as-young-as-6th-grade-without-their-parents-knowing/
  20. Polygamy is next: Montana throuple applies for wedding license: http://winteryknight.com/2015/07/03/polygamy-is-next-montana-throuple-applies-for-wedding-license/
  21. What the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Means for Christian Parents (Christian Mom Thoughts – Natasha Crain – this is a good and thoughtful article): http://christianmomthoughts.com/what-the-same-sex-marriage-ruling-means-for-christian-parents/
  22. Couple fined $135,000 for declining to participate in gay marriage: http://winteryknight.com/2015/07/03/couple-fined-135000-for-declining-to-participate-in-gay-marriage/
  23. A Message to the American Church (8 min 27 seconds): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IT11B5FkBs

Have a blessed week!

mid-week apologetics booster (7-2-2015)

Good morning everyone,

Hope you’re having a great summer!  Here is some summer reading for you – pick 1 or 2 to read or to watch:

  1. Now More Than Ever, It’s Time for the Church to Be a Thermostat (rather than a thermometer): http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/now-more-than-ever-its-time-for-the-church-to-be-a-thermostat/
  2. HATRED OF CHRIST AND CHRISTIANS: http://mannsword.blogspot.com/2015/06/hatred-of-christ-and-christians.html
  3. Dinosaur proteins and radiocarbon wreak ‘Jurassic World’ havoc – Latest creationist research demolishes dinosaur dogma: http://creation.com/radiocarbon-jurassic-world-havoc
  4. 4 Key Points Christian Kids Need to Understand About Evolution: http://christianmomthoughts.com/4-key-points-christian-kids-need-to-understand-about-evolution/
  5. What Does The Bible Say About Transgenderism / Gender Dysphoria / Gender Identity Disorder: http://www.plainsimplefaith.com/2015/06/transgenderism/
  6. Answering “I don’t believe in the Trinity because the Word Trinity is not in the Bible”: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/answering-i-dont-believe-in-the-trinity-because-the-word-trinity-is-not-in-the-bible/
  7. Nine Steps to Presenting the Case for Christianity – Cross Examined (J. Warner Wallace): http://crossexamined.org/nine-steps-presenting-case-christianity/
  8. Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air – Greg Koukl, Francis Beckwith with Del Tackett as host (1 hour 18 minute video): https://youtu.be/6s98Z4tlunA
  9. Calvinism Debate-Jacques More vs. Steve Jeffery (1 hour 28 minute video – moderated debate): https://youtu.be/E63KsK2T6zs
  10. Christianity is rejected because of dislike rather than rational reasons: https://reallifeapologetics.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/is-the-rejection-of-christianity-an-emotional-or-a-rational-decision/
  11. Giving an Answer: http://www.icr.org/article/2835/
  12. Truthbomb Apologetics: Tim Keller, Apologetics, and Preaching (this is pretty much just a quote): http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2015/06/tim-keller-apologetics-and-preaching.html
  13. From Astrologist to Apologist: A Testimony: http://faithactually.blogspot.com/2014/01/from-astrologist-to-apologist-testimony_6.html
  14. Come Let Us Reason Together: Why We Need to Practice Apologetics | Don Johnson Evangelistic Ministries: http://donjohnsonministries.org/come-let-us-reason-together-a-very-short-defense-of-apologetics/
  15. Microbiologist, Richard Deem, recounts his journey from deism to Christian theism: https://jamesbishopblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/27/microbiologist-richard-deem-recounts-his-journey-from-deism-to-christian-theism/
  16. Apologetics is not my Thing – Brothers, sisters, and fellow apologists: how many times have we ever heard, “This is really interesting stuff, I’m glad someone is doing it.” Or maybe, “I just don’t have the brain for remembering all those facts; I haven’t been blessed with that.” Or even, “I don’t really feel called to be intellectual about the Bible, but I’m glad someone is called to talk to college students and skeptics about science and history.”: http://www.christianapologeticsalliance.com/2015/06/27/apologetics-is-not-my-thing/
  17. Does God’s omniscience conflict with human free will? http://winteryknight.com/2015/06/23/does-gods-omniscience-conflict-with-human-free-will-4/
  18. City threatens to arrest ministers who refuse to perform same-sex weddings: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/10/20/city-threatens-to-arrest-ministers-who-refuse-to-perform-same-sex-weddings.html
  19. Here’s the Intel; Stephen Hawking fears robots could wipe us out: http://creation.mobi/a/10143
  20. Three Things Better About Today (regarding SSM decision): http://www.patheos.com/blogs/eidos/2015/06/three-things-better-about-today/
  21. Ancient Blood Cells Still Red: http://www.icr.org/article/8809
  22. Stephen Hawking: the closed mind of a dogmatic atheist (this is pretty much the story of his marriage with and subsequent divorce of his wife Jane): http://creation.mobi/jane-hawking-music-to-move-the-stars
  23. First Cell’s Survival Odds Not in Evolution’s Favor: http://www.icr.org/article/6374

Have a blessed week and a good Independence Day celebrating the freedom we have in the country God has blessed us with!