mid-week apologetics booster (8-27-2015)

Good morning everyone,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. The Reliability of the Bible – 4 Quick Thoughts: http://reasonabletheology.org/reliability-bible-4-quick-thoughts/
  2. How Do I Motivate Students Who Don’t Seem to Care? http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-do-i-motivate-students-who-dont-seem-to-care
  3. 8 Ways that Anti-Intellectualism is Harming the Church: https://pastorbrianchilton.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/8-ways-that-anti-intellectualism-is-harming-the-church/
  4. The Seventh Planned Parenthood Video: Ordinary, Everyday Evil: http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2015/08/the-seventh-planned-parenthood-video-ordinary-everyday-evil.html
  5. Designed by the Watchmaker – William Paley’s famous argument from design: http://creation.com/designed-by-the-watchmaker
  6. Science and Blind Faith: http://www.thepoachedegg.net/the-poached-egg/2014/11/science-and-blind-faith.html
  7. A Brief Biblical Case for Apologetics: http://tcapologetics.org/biblical-case-for-apologetics/
  8. Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? Dr. N.T. Wright: https://youtu.be/KnkNKIJ_dnw
  9. Does God Judge Nations through Weather Phenomenon? http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2015/08/does-god-judge-nations-through-weather-phenomenon.html
  10. Correcting four myths about the history of the Crusades: http://winteryknight.com/2015/08/23/correcting-four-myths-about-the-history-of-the-crusades-3/
  11. How Apologetics Serves Evangelism in Our Post Christian Culture: http://ratiochristi.org/germanna/blog/post/how-apologetics-serves-evangelism-in-our-post-christian-culture/3972#.VdvkAJnn_qC
  12. Bumper Sticker Worldviews: Do They Make Sense? http://michaeljkruger.com/bumper-sticker-worldviews-do-they-make-sense/
  13. 6 Questions to Ask Before Posting Anything on Social Media: http://www.faithit.com/6-questions-to-ask-before-posting-anything-on-social-media/
  14. How to Defeat Modern Day Atheism With Three Easy Questions: https://shadowtolight.wordpress.com/2015/06/24/how-to-defeat-modern-day-atheism-with-three-easy-questions/
  15. 7 Things Worth Knowing about Intelligent Design: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2011/04/7-things-worth-knowing-about.html
  16. Apologetics Manifesto: http://worldviewofjesus.com/2014/10/05/apologetics-manifesto/
  17. Distant or Bad Fathers May Lead to Atheism: http://godsnotdead315.blogspot.com/2014/04/distant-or-bad-fathers-may-lead-to.html
  18. The Key to Successful Debating: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/the-key-to-successful-debating
  19. Without God, How Can One Explain the Origin of Life? http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/06/without-god-how-can-one-explain-origin.html
  20. J.P. Moreland and the Relevance of Rational Apologetics: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/j-p-moreland-and-the-revelance-of-rational-apologetics/
  21. The Quran, the Bible, and the Islamic Dilemma: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNAS0aaViM4
  22. Evangelizing in a World Drowning in Sexual Problems: http://www.biblestudytools.com/blogs/randy-newman/evangelizing-in-a-world-drowning-in-sexual-problems.html
  23. The Power of “Pre-Evangelism”: http://www.biblestudytools.com/blogs/randy-newman/the-power-of-pre-evangelism.html
  24. Keep It Complicated: http://www.biblestudytools.com/blogs/randy-newman/keep-it-complicated.html
  25. More Equal Than Others: https://wellspentjourney.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/more-equal-than-others/

May God bless you all!

mid-week apologetics booster (8-20-2015)

Good morning,

Hope all finds you well today.  Here are some links to look at – take your pick:

  1. The Apologetics of Jesus: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/the-apologetics-of-jesus-3/
  2. Are There Guidelines for Doing Apologetics? https://carm.org/are-there-guidelines-doing-apologetics
  3. If the Quran Is True, Then It’s False: http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2015/08/if-the-quran-is-true-then-its-false.html
  4. Ten quick responses to atheist claims: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/ten.quick.responses.to.atheist.claims/41439.htm
  5. Physics professor tells students scientific evidence points to a ‘designer’: http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/19763/
  6. The Importance of Studying Apologetics Regularly: http://www.str.org/videos/the-importance-of-studying-apologetics-regularly#.Vc6YCpnn_qC
  7. What about those who haven’t heard of Jesus? https://youtu.be/RvyzODL4B9U
  8. How Do We Know There’s a God When We Can’t See Him? http://m.christianity.com/bible/apologetics/how-do-we-know-there-s-a-god-when-we-can-t-see-him.html?p=0
  9. How can Jesus be God and the Son of God? http://biblicalworldviewacademy.org/how-can-jesus-be-god-and-the-son-of-god/
  10. Tic Tac Toe Evangelism: https://youtu.be/GY7w8_9SmtA
  11. Evangelism Statistics, Bible Verses and Exhortation to Do It on YouTube: https://youtu.be/cLhvS1X7Z2I
  12. Evangelism quotes video: https://youtu.be/tw9WDKad9k4
  13. Can Naturalism Account for Human Dignity and Value? http://crossexamined.org/can-naturalism-account-for-human-dignity-and-value/
  14. THIS VIRAL MEME IS WREAKING HAVOC ON CHRISTIAN MINDS: http://theapologeticsgroup.com/featured/this-viral-meme-is-wreaking-havoc-on-christian-minds/
  15. Bluffing is for Poker, Not Apologetics: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/08/bluffing-is-for-poker-not-apologetics.html
  16. Can You Trust the Bible? (podcast): http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/08/can-you-trust-bible-podcast.html
  17. 2015 Sees Sharp Rise in Post-Christian Population: http://cities.barna.org/america-more-post-christian-than-two-years-ago/
  18. Three Models for How Christians Can Engage Culture: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2015/07/29/three-models-for-how-christians-can-engage-culture/
  19. Provoked by the truth: http://creation.mobi/a/10222
  20. Is it necessary to fully understand the Gospel to go to heaven? Is it enough to believe it, even if we do not fully understand it? http://www.gotquestions.org/fully-understand.html
  21. Do I have to believe the Bible is inerrant to be saved? http://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-inerrant-saved.html

Have a blessed day and rest of your week!

mid-week apologetics booster (8-13-2015)

Good morning all,

Here are your weekly links 🙂

  1. The Bible Commands Us More Than Once to Defend Our Faith: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/09/the-bible-commands-us-more-than-once-to.html
  2. The 8 E’s of Testimony in the New Testament: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/the-8-es-of-testimony-in-the-new-testament/
  3. Fiber optics in eye demolish atheistic ‘bad design’ argument: http://creation.mobi/article/5214/
  4. 5 Biblical Concepts That Confuse Many Christians: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/5-biblical-concepts-that-confuse-many-christians/
  5. You Can No Longer Separate Apologetics and Evangelism: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/08/you-can-no-longer-separate-apologetics.html
  6. Overcoming the Skepticism of Christian Apologetics: http://worldviewofjesus.com/2015/02/08/overcoming-the-skepticism-of-christian-apologetics/
  7. Biblical Goliath’s home town of Gath discovered, confirmed. | Historical Jesus studies: https://jamesbishopblog.wordpress.com/2015/08/06/biblical-goliaths-home-the-town-of-gath-discovered-confirmed/
  8. Former NFL Star Sues Fox Sports Over Religious Discrimination — Charisma News: http://www.charismanews.com/us/50845-former-nfl-star-sues-fox-sports-over-religious-discrimination
  9. Dinosaur Soft Tissue Issue Is Here to Stay: http://www.icr.org/article/4827
  10. Can someone be argued into following Christ? http://www.michaelwaustin.com/can-someone-be-argued-into-following-christ/
  11. Why Christians Must Continue to Guard the Truth of the Gospel: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/why-christians-must-continue-to-guard-the-truth-of-the-gospel/
  12. The Bird Still Sings | RZIM: http://rzim.org/global-blog/the-bird-still-sings
  13. Does Planned Parenthood do mammograms? Is abortion only 3% of their services? | WINTERY KNIGHT: http://winteryknight.com/2015/08/09/does-planned-parenthood-do-mammograms-is-abortion-only-3-of-their-services/
  14. Defending Planned Parenthood: Do The Arguments Work? | Canon Fodder: http://michaeljkruger.com/defending-planned-parenthood-do-the-arguments-work/
  15. Evolution Is Politically Incorrect: http://dangreenup.com/evolution-is-politically-incorrect/
  16. How to Start a Conversation with a Muslim Friend – (3 min 42 second video by  Alan Shlemon): http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2015/08/how-to-start-a-conversation-with-a-muslim-friend-.html
  17. 4 Truths About Sharing Your Faith: http://factsandtrends.net/2014/02/05/4-truths-about-sharing-your-faith/#.VclqRpnn_qA
  18. Did you know that there’s a “forbidden chapter” in the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible)? Wow, this guy does an amazing job pointing all these Jews in Jerusalem to Jesus purely using the Jewish Tanakh (which is equivalent to our old testament, but just in a different order). All the interviews are captioned, so you’ll have to read the interactions. It is about 10 minutes long – enjoy!  “Did you know that there’s a “forbidden chapter” in the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible)? What’s been hidden from us all these years? It’s changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Jewish people!”: https://www.facebook.com/MedabrimEnglish/videos/828796167189961
  19. No Bones About It! There’s No Evidence Humans Evolved | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/8832
  20. What is the Purpose of Your Life? Frank Turek 10 min video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80V1EqhRip0
  21. Bad Atheist Arguments: Bible Contradictions & 7 Ways To Respond: https://jamesbishopblog.wordpress.com/2015/08/12/bad-atheist-arguments-bible-contradictions-7-ways-to-respond/
  22. Meet the Bereans: http://www.gty.org/blog/B150812
  23. Life on Earth 2.0—Really? “The probability of life arising by chance from a pile of chemicals has been calculated by various people as an impossibility even given all the atoms in the known universe representing experiments over the alleged 13.8 billion years since the supposed big bang. Even if you shuffled all those atoms, or even started with them in the form of the required biomolecules and randomly shuffled them you would not get life.  Many researchers have admitted the problem.  Life could only arise through a super-intelligence creating it, it would not ‘evolve’ anywhere.”  http://creation.mobi/a/10318

Have a great week!

mid-week apologetics booster (8-6-2015)

Good morning fellow members of God’s household!  Pick an item or 2 and become informed, encouraged, strengthened or challenged to get in “the batter’s box”:

  1. Study Demonstrates Babies Reason Logically Before They Can Even Speak – “Among living creatures, only humans can think about thinking”: http://www.icr.org/article/6212
  2. The “We Now Know That” Tactic: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2015/07/30/the-we-now-know-that-tactic-2
  3. My Favorite Apologetics Apps (I would also add to his list the Stand to Reason Quick Reference app): http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2015/07/my-favorite-apologetics-apps.html
  4. Are Christians “Intolerant Haters”? The Charges are Not New: http://michaeljkruger.com/are-christians-intolerant-haters-the-charges-are-not-new/
  5. Rick Warren Partnering With Mosques To Teach That God And Allah Are The Same: http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=8961
  6. Would the Discovery of Alien Life Undermine Christian Theology? https://pastorbrianchilton.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/would-the-discovery-of-alien-life-undermine-christian-theology/
  7. Practical Evangelism: Taking the Roof Off: http://creation.com/practical-evangelism
  8. Are Christian High School Seniors Really Ready for College? http://crossexamined.org/are-christian-high-school-seniors-really-ready-for-college/
  9. Former Atheist Jennifer Fulwiler on the Meaninglessness of a Universe without God (2 min 50 sec video interview): http://donjohnsonministries.org/former-atheist-jennifer-fulwiler-on-the-meaninglessness-of-a-universe-without-god/
  10. If the foundations be destroyed – “Consistent failure has been seen in the fight to present intelligent design in the public school systems of America, with courts continually finding any criticism of evolution, or positing of an alternate theory of origins, a violation of the First Amendment’s requirement for the separation of church and state…”: http://creation.mobi/a/10224
  11. How to be a Christian Ambassador in Troubled Times: http://www.apologeticsguy.com/2015/07/cultural-engagement/
  12. Christianity Promotes Rational (and Evidential) Exploration: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/christianity-promotes-rational-and-evidential-exploration/
  13. The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield (free audio book – need to enter email address, then can download – here is the direct link to the book): http://christianaudio.com/free
  14. Critics Of Bible Silenced Once Again: Archaeological Discoveries Prove Old Testament To Be Accurate: http://www.christiansinpakistan.com/critics-of-bible-silenced-once-again-archaeological-discoveries-prove-old-testament-to-be-accurate/
  15. 3 Common Traits of Youth Who Don’t Leave the Church: http://www.faithit.com/3-common-traits-of-youth-who-dont-leave-the-church/
  16. 5 Reasons Christian Teens Need Apologetics: https://reallifeapologetics.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/5-reasons-christian-teens-need-apologetics/
  17. THE STRESS TEST METHOD OF APOLOGETICS – because it’s true: http://www.becauseitstrue.com/blogarticles/the-stress-test-method-of-apologetics1
  18. The risk of loving the Jewish people more than you love the Jewish Messiah – some shocking information about John Hagee and about the nation Israel: http://www.oneforisrael.org/blog/390-the-risk-of-loving-the-jewish-people-more-than-you-love-the-jewish-messiah
  19. In This Day and Age, Evangelism Is Spelled: A-P-O-L-O-G-E-T-I-C-S: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/in-this-day-and-age-evangelism-is-spelled-a-p-o-l-o-g-e-t-i-c-s/
  20. Putting Darwin In His Place: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/putting-darwin-in-his-place
  21. Ten Reasons We Fail To Share Our Faith – Part 1 (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast #40) – 28 min video podcast: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/ten-reasons-we-fail-to-share-our-faith-part-1-cold-case-christianity-broadcast-40/
  22. ‘Fearless Faith’ college-prep class arms Christian college students for intellectual battle: http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/23651/
  23. Spectacular Discovery Reveals Power Grid in Muscle Cells; Design Implications Are Profound: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2015/08/spectacular_dis098271.html
  24. Five Key Points about Human Origins: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/five-key-points-about-human-origins
  25. (Jesus) Mythicist nonsense: Virgin births parallels: https://jamesbishopblog.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/mythicist-nonsense-virgin-births-parallels/
  26. Questions for homosexuals: https://carm.org/questions-homosexuals
  27. 5 Surprising Reasons to Believe in the Christian God Instead of Other gods: http://notashamedofthegospel.com/evangelism/surprising-reasons-to-believe-in-the-christian-god/

Have a great week!

Does God persuade people or do we?

I was talking with some fellow Christians about evangelism yesterday and the topic of persuasion came up.  There was a general opinion that we shouldn’t be trying to persuade, because God does the persuading.  I acknowledged the truth of that, but still tried to explain to them that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try to persuade.  So, this morning I made a table that shows that both points of view are correct.  God does the “convincing/convicting/persuading” (on the left) and man must still try to “convince/convict/persuade/” and ask people to choose (on the right):


God Does the Convincing/Convicting/Persuading Man must convince/convict/persuade/choose
2 Cor. 4:4 “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 1 Cor. 11:1 [Paul speaking] “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” (Since he said this, let’s see what his example is in Acts in the verses below)
1 Cor. 3:5-7 “What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe–as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” Acts 9:22 – “Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ.”
Matt. 11:27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him Acts 9:29 “He talked and debated with the Grecian Jews, but they tried to kill him.”
John 3:3 “In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. “” Acts 14:1 – “At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Gentiles believed.”
John 6:44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.” Acts 17:2-4 “As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ, ” he said. Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and not a few prominent women. ”
John 6:65 ‘He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.”’ Acts 17:16-17 “While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there.”
John 8:47 “He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” Acts 18:4 “Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks”
John 12:37 “Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him Acts 18:12-13 “While Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him into court. “This man,” they charged, “is persuading the people to worship God in ways contrary to the law.””
John 16:8 “When He [the Holy Spirit] comes, He will convict the world of guilt, in regard to sin and righteousness and judgement.” Acts 18:19 “They arrived at Ephesus, where Paul left Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews
John 17:6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word” Acts 18:28 “For he [Apollos] vigorously refuted the Jews in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.”
Acts 14:27 “On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles” Acts 19:8 “Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God.”
Acts 16:14 “One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.” Acts 26:24-29 ‘At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.”  “I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable.  The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.” Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”  Paul replied, “Short time or long–I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.” ’
1 Cor. 1:18 “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” Acts 28:23-24 “They [the leaders of the Jews in Rome] arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. From morning till evening he explained and declared to them the kingdom of God and tried to convince them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets. Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe”
1 Cor. 2:14 “But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Cor. 9:22 “To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.”
1 Cor. 2:4-5 “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.” 2 Cor. 5:11a “Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men
Romans 8:7 “the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so” 2 Cor. 5:20 “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”
Ezekiel 36:26 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh 2 Cor. 10:5a “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God”
Eph. 2:4-5 “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions –it is by grace you have been saved” Acts 1:3 “After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God”
Phil. 2:13 “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” Matthew 10:16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”
Col. 2:13 “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ.” Joshua 24:15 “…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…”
1 Thess. 1:5 “…our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction…” 1 Kings 18:21 ‘Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing.’
2 Thess. 2:13-14 “But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” John 7:17 “If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.”
Rom. 9:15-16 “For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.” Rom. 3:19 “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God”
John 10:25-26 ‘Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. ‘ 2 Timothy 2:24-26 “And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. ”