mid-week apologetics booster (1-7-2016)

Hi All,

I hope you are enjoying this new year and the unusual rain we’re having here in the desert!  Here are some links for you to peruse, read and watch:

  1. An Apology for Apologetics: http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/apology-apologetics/
  2. Incredible Proof for Why You Should Have Faith in the Bible: http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2015/December/Incredible-Proof-for-Why-You-Should-Have-Faith-in-Christianity/
  3. Is Apologetics Biblical? – Apologetics Canada: http://www.apologeticscanada.com/2014/11/24/apologetics-biblical/
  4. Be Ready to Answer Your Kids’ Questions About the Bible | Desiring God: http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/be-ready-to-answer-your-kids-questions-about-the-bible
  5. 14 Ways I Teach Apologetics to My 5-Year-Olds: http://christianmomthoughts.com/14-ways-i-teach-apologetics-to-my-5-year-olds/
  6. How Early Should You Start Teaching Your Kids Apologetics? — Michael C Sherrard: http://www.michaelcsherrard.com/blog/2016/1/4/leb287pm8g5flfkb1idejc15gn8ig7
  7. Five Reasons You Can Trust Your Bible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvOsR1-YHTQ
  8. Let’s Challenge Each Other Here, So We Won’t Be Surprised Out There | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/lets-challenge-each-other-here-so-we-wont-be-surprised-out-there/
  9. There are those who wholly question the enterprise of Christian apologetics.  They assert that God will call those whom he chooses, and apologetics is just a distraction to the work of the Holy Spirit and the revelation of God… [This] idea is prima facie nonsense.  When a missionary travels to another country to proclaim the gospel, she learns the language of the people so as to communicate in terms that they understand.  Apologetics is simply the language the secular world uses to talk about God.  To say we shouldn’t practice a rational defense of the Christian faith is like saying the missionary need not study language, because the Holy Spirit can do whatever it wants… Compassion requires translation.  We must be about the work of addressing hard questions with meaningful answers.  And the cause of Christian apologetics will always be essential. —James Miller (from, Why Bother Defending an Omnipotent Being?)
  10. Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: How to Share Your Faith Without Using Scarecrows: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/04/how-to-share-your-faith-without-using.html?m=1
  11. Religious IQ | Atheism | J. P. Moreland, PhD (35 min video) – Is atheism a matter of reason and religion merely a matter of blind faith?  Are there any good reasons to believe God exists?  Is atheism more rational or is theism more rational?  These are just some of the questions addressed by philosopher J.P. Moreland in this talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XeuUnHuyWY
  12. Jesus: the Antidote: http://www.str.org/articles/jesus-the-antidote
  13. Six Eternal Truths to Remember Each Day: http://www.epm.org/blog/2013/Jul/14/eternal-truths
  14. Challenge Response: The Disciples Didn’t Believe Jesus Is Divine: http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2015/12/challenge-response-the-disciples-didnt-believe-jesus-is-divine.html
  15. Stephen Meyer: Darwin’s Dilemma – Where did the information come from? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CTKKrtSc8k
  16. Five Questions About Evolution that Charles Darwin Can’t Answer: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1579-five-questions-about-evolution-that-charles-darwin-cant-answer
  17. Apologetics for the Average Christian: Asking Good Questions | in partibus infidelium (in the land of infidels): https://apolotheo.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/apologetics-for-the-average-christian-asking-good-questions/
  18. ‘Youth Pride Day’ in Boston 2014 – Most people have no idea how depraved the state-supported “Youth Pride Day” activities are. Kids as young as middle school age mingling with adult homosexual activists and cross-dressers, being given condoms and more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9NWoAtZca8
  19. Advice for Future Apologists – In this video, seven experienced Christian apologists (Douglas Groothuis, Gary Habermas, Craig Hazen, Mike Licona, Nabeel Qureshi, Mary Jo Sharp, and Frank Turek) give advice to future apologists: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rI1PfG1urEA
  20. Jesus in Non-Christian Sources (Craig Blomberg) – While all Historical Jesus scholars go to the New Testament to learn about Jesus, ancient non-Christian sources report a number of facts as well. Interestingly, the facts we learn about Jesus in non-Christian sources support the Christian view of Jesus. In this video, Dr. Craig Blomberg shares the details we learn about Jesus from non-Christian sources: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-OtP1-NhEw
  21. Examining Jesus by the Historical Method (Part 2): http://crossexamined.org/examining-jesus-by-the-historical-method-part-2/
  22. Frank Turek – (8 min 43 second video) EPISODE 9: ELABORATE TESTIMONY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tedPG39FZPo
  23. Three Simple Strategies to Help You Become A Better Christian Case Maker | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/three-simple-strategies-to-help-you-become-a-better-christian-case-maker/
  24. 7 Slogans Christians Need To Stop Using: http://thereforegodexists.com/7-slogans-christians-need-to-stop-using/
  25. Roman Catholic Church’s Authority To Interpret Scripture Violates Scripture Catholics Are Obligated to Never Contradict the RCC: https://carm.org/catholic-authority-to-interpret-violates-scripture
  26. Cain’s Wife-Who Was She? https://answersingenesis.org/bible-characters/cain/cains-wife-who-was-she/
  27. J WARNER WALLACE: IT’S TIME FOR THE CHURCH TO RETURN TO ITS ROOTS – Most Christians have still not been exposed to Christian Case Making (apologetics) and aren’t even aware of the evidence supporting their beliefs. They’re accidental Christians. It appears most of the Church is undiscipled, at least in terms of their ability to defend what they believe. It’s time for the Church to return to its roots…to return to a form of Christian discipleship celebrating the life of the mind as the foundation for all other aspects of the Christian life. Ideas have consequences and no Christian behavior or response is possible without a rational foundation in the Scripture. When we are properly discipled, we understand the reasonable foundation for our beliefs and are ready to engage the world as Paul did in the first century. It’s time to start using the word “disciple” as a verb. —J Warner Wallace (from, The Danger of Treating the Word “Disciple” as a Noun Instead of a Verb)
  28. Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger: I Regret My Abortion, Not Having Kids: http://www.lifenews.com/2013/12/30/millionaire-matchmaker-patti-stanger-i-regret-my-abortion-not-having-kids/
  29. Genesis and Climate Change: http://www.icr.org/article/9088
  30. Faith Actually: Stop Feeling Guilty: http://faithactually.blogspot.com/2014/06/stop-feeling-guilty.html
  31. ‘Living Gears’ Might Have Evolutionists Hopping Mad | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/7711/295
  32. How Not to Argue: The Problem with Slippery Slopes: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-not-to-argue-the-problem-with-slippery-slopes
  33. Faith of the Candidates: Interview With Marco Rubio (Part 1) | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer: http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2015/december/faith-of-candidates-interview-with-marco-rubio-part-1.html?paging=off
  34. What You Can Teach Your Adult Children About Sin | Christian Life After Kids: http://www.christianlifeafterkids.com/2016/01/06/what-you-can-teach-your-adult-children-about-sin/

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’  The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and “sinners.” ‘ But wisdom is proved right by her actions.  Matthew 11:18-19

Blessings to you all!

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