mid-week apologetics booster (4-30-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1600) from Nuggets:

It is flying in the face of Gods purposes to do as many do to make the soul a servant to the body and not the body a servant to the soul. – J.C. Ryle

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How to respond to an atheist who complains about slavery in the Bible | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/04/23/how-to-respond-to-an-atheist-who-complains-about-slavery-in-the-bible-4/
  2. 8 Things Christian Parents Should Consider Before Sending Kids Back to Public or Private School This Fall: http://christianmomthoughts.com/8-things-christian-parents-should-consider-before-sending-kids-back-to-public-or-private-school-this-fall/
  3. When is civil disobedience allowed for a Christian? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/civil-disobedience.html
  4. Why Do Two People See the Same Evidence Differently? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-do-two-people-see-the-same-evidence-differently/
  5. Why It’s Important to Understand the Difference Between Facts and Inferences (Video) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/videos/why-its-important-to-understand-the-difference-between-facts-and-inferences-video/
  6. Free Movies from Living Waters that can be watched on YouTube: https://www.livingwaters.com/movies/
  7. Virus Brings Unlikely Faith Fellows Together: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA20D56&f=WU20D17
  8. Frank Turek in Britain giving lecture on “Is the New Testament True?”: https://youtu.be/iuV3Qv4whNY
  9. 4 Historical Facts that Prove Jesus Really Did Rise from the Dead (Interview of Dr. William Lane Craig) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmKg62GDqF4
  10. An Empirical Argument for Intelligent Design – Michael Behe Dallas Science Faith Conference 2020 – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24t2eCjPbq4
  11. Robert Gagnon debates gay activist Jayne Ozanne on Bible vs homosexuality | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/04/26/robert-gagnon-debates-gay-activist-jayne-ozanne-on-bible-vs-homosexuality-6/
  12. 4 Ways to Not Be a Coronavirus Divorce Statistic | FamilyLife: https://www.familylife.com/articles/topics/marriage/divorce/rise-in-divorces-4-ways-to-not-be-a-coronavirus-statistic/
  13. The coherent creation worldview – People often think of creation vs evolution in terms of the evidence for or against each position. But really it’s much more foundational than that. Creation and evolution are two entirely different ways of looking at the world, each with their own origin story, morality, anthropology, and even eschatology.: https://creation.com/coherent-creation-worldview
  14. Cain’s Wife The subject of Cain’s wife is often used as an excuse for not believing the account in Genesis: https://creationmoments.com/sermons/cains-wife/
  15. Who Was Cain’s Wife? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/bible-characters/cain/who-was-cains-wife/
  16. Faith With Works is Alive! – James, in his epistle, says, Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead (2:17). His stark warning is spiritual food for thought. Yet it also raises this question: What does faith look like if it does have works? For the answer, we turn to three well-known Bible stories.: https://www.thomasnelsonbibles.com/faith-with-works-is-alive/
  17. What First Century Christians Could Teach Us Today: https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=4001
  18. Evidence for Hebrews in Egypt – creation.com: https://creation.com/hebrew-egypt-evidence
  19. The One Thing That Turns Teaching Into Training (5 minute 39 second Video) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/videos/the-one-thing-that-turns-teaching-into-training-video/
  20. Stop Teaching Young Christians About Their Faith | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/stop-teaching-young-christians-about-their-faith/
  21. Ex-Muslim Once Chanted ‘Death To America!’ Now, He’s Saving Iranians | CBN News: https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/2020/april/ex-muslim-once-chanted-death-to-america-now-hes-saving-iranians
  22. Interview with computer scientist Ed Knorr – creation.com: https://creation.com/ed-knorr-interview

Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool– how much worse lying lips to a ruler! Proverbs 17:7

Blessings to you all

AWANA meetings in the age of COVID-19

As with everything else nowadays, AWANA is likewise affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our AWANA program has chosen to meet each Wednesday at the normal times via Zoom video. Surprisingly, I would estimate that at least 75% of the kids still attended once we went virtual. We start off at the intro Zoom meeting with all the clubbers together – praying, reciting the pledges, singing the AWANA song and hearing a short lesson. Our AWANA director has been very creative in trying to stay faithful to our original AWANA calendar themes that had been planned – here is the calendar for March/April:

She encouraged parents to take pictures or video of themselves and their kids doing some of these activities (such as hiking, pool or shopping) and then she made a video of the submitted activities.

Counsel time for our club (Truth & Training) is prepared by our director ahead of time and posted on YouTube. Parents are expected to have the clubbers watch the counsel time lesson before the night’s activities start. Then, after the main Zoom meeting, we break off into handbook time. I have two 4th graders who have faithfully attended each week since we’ve been meeting virtually:

Actually, I think this has worked out very well. The two clubbers I have were prepared and engaged each week and we had some great conversations. I think there was actually less distraction and “goofing around” in the virtual meeting compared to the normal handbook time.

Our small group had some great discussions about the following topics:

  1. Faith in light of the current coronavirus crisis
  2. The plausibility of Noah’s ark fitting all the animals (when discussing some verses from Genesis 6)
  3. The Trinity (while discussing the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23). Emphasis being that the Trinity is One God, revealed in Three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is a mystery, but it is not a contradiction.
  4. The topic of who or what you’re living your life for. Are you living your life for XBox/Fortnite or for Jesus? If it is for Jesus, does your life show that?
  5. The spiritual rebirth (being born again) and righteousness – both behavioral and “imputed” (while discussing Ephesians 2:10 and 1 Timothy 6:11). During the discussion on being born again, as I explained to them what it means to be born again. I taught them the meaning of a saying that I will never forget: “born twice, die once; born once, die twice”. They really liked that one once I explained it to them.
  6. The reality of heaven and hell while we were discussing the “path of life”. We discussed how each person has the choice where they go.

I have treasured these times and I hope they have been meaningful for these 2 clubbers as well! One of them even asked if we could continue to meet over the summer!

Praise be to God!

mid-week apologetics booster (4-23-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1600) from Nuggets:

Agape love. This is God’s kind of love. He doesn’t love us because we are so lovable, he loves us because He’s so loving. – The Love Dare

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. To Obey or Not to Obey – That Is the Question – Shane Idleman: https://shaneidleman.com/2020/04/16/to-obey-or-not-to-obey-that-is-the-question/
  2. J.P. Moreland Talking about Empirically Equivalent Theories 1 Peter 4:12-16: https://1peter41216.wordpress.com/2020/04/17/j-p-moreland-talking-about-empircally-equivalent-theories/
  3. Possible Dinosaur DNA Has Been Found – Scientific American: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/possible-dinosaur-dna-has-been-found/
  4. What does the Christian fish symbol mean (ixthus / icthus)? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-fish-symbol.html
  5. Jesus Fish/Darwin Fish – The fish, one of Christianity’s oldest, is probably also the best known…Its popularity has spawned a parody: the Darwin fish. The Darwin fish redesigns the Christian symbol as a missing link, evolving it with legs and feet in mockery of the Christian faith – creation.com: https://creation.com/jesus-fish-darwin-fish
  6. Duplicity in the Bible? – creation.com: https://creation.com/duplicity-in-the-bible
  7. Lutherans Publish New Bible Version That Omits The Word ‘Israel’: https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=3990
  8. 3 Reasons Why People Don’t Believe In God Coffeehouse Questions: https://coffeehousequestions.com/2020/04/21/3-reasons-why-people-dont-believe-in-god/
  9. Why Arizona doesn’t force taxpayers to fund abortion Arizona Capitol Times: https://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2020/04/21/why-arizona-doesnt-force-taxpayers-to-fund-abortion/
  10. Frank Turek interviews Charlie Kirk founder of Turning Point USA: https://subspla.sh/r4fddgj

Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred. Proverbs 15:17

Blessings to you all

J.P. Moreland Talking about “Empircally Equivalent Theories”

I want to get before your mind, the notion of empirically equivalent theories. Two theories are “empirically equivalent” just in case they’re consistent with the same observations. So if two theories are empirically equivalent, there can be no observation, in principal, that counts in favor of one of those theories vs. the other. Now, the claim that “I am my brain” and the claim that “I am a soul that uses my brain” are empirically equivalent claims. There is no scientific test, there is no empirical observation that can be used to decide which of those are true.

 

– J.P. Moreland, “The Existence of the Soul”

mid-week apologetics booster (4-16-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1600) from Nuggets:

Impress on my mind the shortness of time, the work to be engaged in, the account to be rendered, the nearness of eternity. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. C. S. Lewis Advice To Students During A Pandemic Will Do Us Good: https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/09/c-s-lewis-advice-to-students-during-a-pandemic-will-do-all-our-souls-good-right-now/
  2. Placing the Cross in History – Can we know the exact date of Christs death? The Bibles firsthand accounts give us plenty of historical details that narrow down when it fell within the Roman Empires tumultuous early days. | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/jesus/crucifixion/placing-the-cross-in-history/
  3. One of the Greatest Gifts to Give Your Kids This Easter is a Sense of Hopelessness: http://christianmomthoughts.com/one-of-the-greatest-gifts-to-give-your-kids-this-easter-is-a-sense-of-hopelessness/
  4. Letter to An Aspiring Christian Apologist | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/letter-to-an-aspiring-christian-apologist/
  5. How to Be a One Dollar Apologist in the Second Half of Life | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-to-be-a-one-dollar-apologist-in-the-second-half-of-life/
  6. Why I Believe in Jesus Resurrection – The Real Issue Apologetics Ministry: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2020/04/11/why-i-believe-in-jesus-resurrection/
  7. Are Ghosts Real? Many people claim to have experiences with what are commonly known as ghosts. There are many TV shows and movies that encourage these ideas. The standard view is that these are the deceased spirits of real people. But is this the case? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MUxkuiz6J8&feature=emb_logo
  8. “The most influential life in history.” This is from the I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist podcast (Frank Turek): https://subspla.sh/c8t5ywz
  9. Joe Average – design of life | Living Waters: https://youtu.be/f4gkpcLitL8
  10. 4 Tips for Slaying Pornzilla. “It is impossible for a man to be freed from the habit of sin before he hates it.” – Ignatius | Living Waters: https://www.livingwaters.com/4-tips-for-slaying-pornzilla/
  11. A Look at the Cognitive Dissonance Objection THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/04/12/a-look-at-the-cognition-dissonance-objection/

The wicked man earns deceptive wages, but he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward. The truly righteous man attains life, but he who pursues evil goes to his death. Proverbs 11:18-19

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-9-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1600) from Nuggets:

Allegedly, the atomic scientist Enrico Fermi was once discussing the topic of extraterrestrial life when he asked the profound question: “Where is everybody?” Since there are multiple billions of planets in our galaxy, and since in the secular view these are all accidents, it is almost inevitable that some of these had the right conditions for life to evolve, and if some of these worlds are billions of years older than ours, then at least some of them would have evolved intelligent life eons ago. The universe should therefore have countless numbers of technologically superior civilizations, any one of which could have colonized our galaxy ages ago. Yet we find no evidence of these civilizations: “Where is everybody?” This problem has become known as the “Fermi paradox.”  This paradox for evolution is a feature of creation.  The earth is designed for life. With its oceans of liquid water, a protective atmosphere containing abundant free oxygen, and a distance from the sun that is just right for life, earth was certainly designed by God to be inhabited. The other planets of the universe were not. From the sulfuric acid clouds of Venus to the frozen wasteland of Pluto, the other worlds of the solar system are beautiful and diverse, but they are not designed for life.  – Dr. Jason Lisle

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Record low number of Americans (only 6%) hold biblical worldview, recent Barna survey says: https://www.christianpost.com/news/record-low-number-of-americans-hold-biblical-worldview-survey-says.html
  2. Be Prepared to Share: 1 Peter 3:15 – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pJoehrRa8Q&feature=emb_logo
  3. If God, Why the Coronavirus?: https://youtu.be/KQfmcdrnH6g
  4. Coronavirus – Tom Hanks points people toward faith in God: https://youtu.be/Jyl3wOazMqo
  5. Dr. Frank Turek interviews MD about coronavirus (03/21/20): https://subspla.sh/vsr3sbq
  6. Here’s How to Use Precious Family Time, Wisely | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/04/heres-how-to-use-precious-family-time-wisely/
  7. Puppies and Pandemics | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/puppies-and-pandemics/
  8. Racial mixing is perfectly biblical! – creation.com: https://creation.com/racial-mixing
  9. RNA Virus Genome Decay Confirms Creation | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/rna-virus-genome-decay-confirms-creation/
  10. Teaching Kids About Creation During Quarantine | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/teaching-kids-about-creation-during-quarantine/
  11. Three Positives from COVID-19 | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/three-positives-from-covid-19/
  12. RNA Virus Origins Fit Genesis Creation | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/rna-virus-origins-fit-genesis-creation/
  13. Is Jesus Christ God? Who do you say Jesus is? Take care in your answer, it’s the most important one you’ll ever give. In this message, Dr. Stanley teaches from the Gospel of John, illuminating exactly who Jesus is God Himself. What you believe about this carpenter from Nazareth not only determines your life here and now, but also in eternity. Discover how Jesus is the perfect image of God the Father.: https://www.intouch.org/watch/is-jesus-christ-god
  14. Quarantine Questionnaire: Does Christian Hypocrisy Falsify Christianity? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/quarantine-questionnaire-does-christian-hypocrisy-falsify-christianity/

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing… Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7:18-19,24-25a

Blessings to you all

Corona Virus (COVID-19) Thoughts – Updated

We’ve now been through 18 days of shut-down.  I have to be blunt about this.  We MUST open this economy back up. I tolerated the 15 day shut-down, but adding the additional month was the wrong decision.  Here are the reasons why:

  1. Hydroxychloroquine is working both in the United States and across the world according to a poll of over 6,000 doctors (see article and article from CDC)
  2. Other treatments (or potential treatments) exist:
    1. Convalescent Plasma treatment (see article about treatments beginning in US and this article about usage in UK)
    2. Remdesivir (see article about FDA approval and article from CDC)
    3. Neutralizing antibodies as a CURE for COVID-19 (see article and interview)
  3. We can walk and chew gum at the same time (see article here)
  4. We have ability to know who’s immune to this (see article on antibody testing)
  5. The United States is not “monolithic”. We can’t have a one-size-fits-all approach for the crisis.  Remember, we have a Federalist system and each state can implement policies that make sense for their individual situations (see article here)
  6. We have constitutional rights – the right to due process, the right to associate, etc. (see article here)
  7. The Democrat party is using this as an opportunity to ram through their liberal agenda (see article here)
  8. “The models” have shown inaccuracies (see article here).
  9. We are still well below the number of influenza deaths so far this year (24,000)
  10. Economic shutdown causing human suffering and, yes, death (see article here) – we are plunging millions of people into misery and poverty because of the shut-down of our economy. 1 in 4 businesses are on the brink of permanent collapse.  According to the nationwide survey of roughly 500 small business owners including individuals in Alaska and Hawaii, 24 percent, or one in four said they are just two months or less from closing their doors for good (see article here)

By the way, you may want to read the real timeline of the coronavirus here so that you can see the actions taken by the Trump administration and that the right things were done early on.

This is a pivotal moment in the history of our country.  We are headed for a depression if we don’t change course.

In all this, I trust God.  That does not mean that I should not try to convince others to change course on this issue.

mid-week apologetics booster (4-2-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1600) from Nuggets:

One reason Christianity has failed to exert much influence on the major intellectual institutions of America is that too many Christians hold their beliefs in an uninformed and precarious fashion. Instead of pursuing answers to the toughest questions an unbelieving world can marshal, they attempt to preserve certainty through ignorance and isolation, relying on platitudes rather than arguments. – Douglas Groothuis

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. An Easy Way to Explain the Role of Apologetics in a Christian’s Life THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/03/25/an-easy-way-to-explain-the-role-of-apologetics-in-a-christians-life-3/
  2. Origins of pathogenic microbes: part 1 – The vast majority of microbes do not inflict damage on their hosts. They are non-pathogenic. The majority of microbes inhabiting humans are classically harmless commensals (one organism benefits, the other is not harmed or benefited). Microbes are present in large numbers in and on the human body and ensure our survival. They aid digestion and provide nutrients necessary for our well-being.: https://creation.com/origins-of-pathogenic-microbes-1
  3. Illustra Media videos on intelligent design are FREE to watch for 2 months | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/03/26/illustra-media-videos-on-intelligent-design-are-free-to-watch-for-2-months/
  4. A Trillion First Responders | To keep us safe, our body coordinates with a vast network of foreign agents that have joined our side.: https://answersingenesis.org/human-body/trillion-first-responders/
  5. Pope: Confess sins directly to God if no priests available during virus pandemic – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/pope-confess-sins-directly-to-god-if-no-priests-available-during-virus-pandemic.html
  6. Here’s why there’s more evidence for Christianity than you might think – J. Warner Wallace : https://youtu.be/UcqeQG5l3Yk
  7. Nearly half of young adults with ties to Christianity say church can’t answer their questions: survey – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/nearly-half-of-young-adults-with-ties-to-christianity-say-church-cant-answer-their-questions-survey.html
  8. COVID-19s Impact on AiG and a Biblical Response by Ken Ham | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2020/03/27/covid19s-impact-on-aig-and-biblical-response-by-ken-ham/
  9. The Ultimate Proof of Creation-Dr. Jason Lisle : https://youtu.be/-j9-cyRbFcs
  10. PDF – PREPARING Your CHURCH for Coronavirus (COVID-19) A Step-by-Step, Research-Informed and Faith-Based Planning Manual: https://www.wheaton.edu/media/humanitarian-disaster-institute/Preparing-Your-Church-for-Coronavirus.pdf
  11. 5 Ways to Disciple Your Kids and Love Your Neighbor Through the Coronavirus Pandemic – Mama Bear Apologetics: https://mamabearapologetics.com/coronavirus/
  12. Can Science Explain Everything? Book Review | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/can-science-explain-everything-book-review
  13. Majority of Americans praying for an end to the coronavirus pandemic: Pew Research Center poll – Washington Times: https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/mar/31/majority-of-americans-praying-for-an-end-to-the-co/
  14. Bart Ehrman Has a Change of Heart (no, he’s not saying Christianity is true…): https://thinktheology.co.uk/blog/article/bart_ehrman_has_a_change_of_heart
  15. You’re Probably Doing It Wrong: Tips for Speaking to a Camera | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/youre-probably-doing-it-wrong-tips-speaking-camera
  16. NYT Ignores The Evidence To Slander Christians As Coronavirus Deniers: https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/01/new-york-times-ignores-the-evidence-to-slander-christians-as-coronavirus-deniers/
  17. What is a Christian to do with Politics?: A Look at Politics and Worldview Integration (video) – THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/what-is-a-christian-to-do-with-politics-a-look-at-politics-and-worldview-integration/
  18. What Are the Most Powerful Arguments for the Existence of God? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/what-are-most-powerful-arguments-existence-god
  19. This Month’s Issue of Acts and Facts | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/aaf/index/
  20. Milking Roaches for All They’re Worth | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/creepy-crawlies/insects/milking-roaches-all-theyre-worth-unlikely-reminder-gods-provision/

I will take vengeance in anger and wrath upon the nations that have not obeyed me. Micah 5:15

Blessings to you all