mid-week apologetics booster (6-25-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1700) from Nuggets:

Wherever the people do not believe in something beyond the world, they will worship the world. – G.K. Chesterton

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi Describes Encounter with First Christian Who Could Answer His Objections – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BMS8Nufy1k
  2. Why is Religion So Divisive? | Andy Bannister: http://www.andybannister.net/why-is-religion-so-divisive/
  3. Why did Dan Barker leave Christianity for atheism? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/06/23/why-did-dan-barker-leave-christianity-for-atheism-2/
  4. Original animal protein fossils – Those biochemicals should have completely decayed over any claimed period of millions of years into tiny molecules like carbon dioxide, water, or ammonia. But paleontologists keep finding original biochemistry like finding mummified remains encased in rock. – creation.com: https://creation.com/original-animal-protein-fossils
  5. Did God create over billions of years? – creation.com: https://creation.com/Did-god-create-over-billions-of-years
  6. Was Saint Peter the first pope? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Peter-first-pope.html
  7. What does the Bible mean by binding and loosing? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/binding-loosing.html
  8. Are There Different Degrees of Reward in Heaven? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/are-there-different-degrees-of-reward-in-heaven/
  9. Did the Apostles Really Die as Martyrs for their Faith? Biola Magazine: http://magazine.biola.edu/article/13-fall/did-the-apostles-really-die-as-martyrs-for-their-f/
  10. Responding to Pride Month with Genuine Love: https://www.str.org/w/responding-to-pride-month-with-genuine-love?inheritRedirect=true
  11. 5 Casualties of the Courts LGBTQ Sex Ruling: https://crossexamined.org/5-casualties-of-the-courts-lgbtq-sex-ruling/
  12. What is the definition of marriage according to Jesus? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/04/18/what-is-the-definition-of-marriage-according-to-jesus/
  13. Post-Pandemic Pastors and the Sin of Silence – Shane Idleman: https://shaneidleman.com/2020/06/20/post-pandemic-pastors-and-the-sin-of-silence/
  14. Gorsuch Takes the Road Less Gaveled – As Christians, we’re not called to win in the earthly realm. We’re called to stand. And in these dark days, when lawlessness isn’t just found in Antifa’s black hoods on our streets but in the black robes on our courts, we can’t look around and hope someone else will step in. When men try to rewrite God’s truth, it’s up to us to make it a ferocious battle. “We’ve got to stand up,” Senator Hawley demanded, “and say we’re not going to take this anymore.”: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA20F39&f=WU20F11
  15. How to apologize effectively: responsibility, restitution, repentance | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/06/19/how-to-apologize-effectively-responsibility-restitution-repentance-8/
  16. 3 Reasons Why Christians Should Not Support Black Lives Matter: https://www.centerforbiblicalunity.com/post/3-reasons-why-christians-should-not-support-black-lives-matter
  17. Mid-June 2020 Presuppositional Apologetics Links | The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2020/06/15/mid-june-2020-presuppositional-apologetics-links/

Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him. Isaiah 1:4

Blessings to you all

Updated thoughts about the pandemic (June 2020)

Masks should not be mandatory. There are many risks we all face while living in a free society, yet we (rightly) don’t force people to take precautions against all of them. We warn them, but we don’t force them. For example, you have a 1 in 106 chance of being killed in a car crash, yet, we still allow the public to drive on roads together (even though you might kill others). In my zip code there are currently 109 cases of COVID-19 with over 35,000 residents (0.33%). I checked another zip code in Chandler Arizona and there are 129 cases with over 33,000 residents. Those that are at risk should definitely stay home, or while out, they should stay away from others. According to the WHO, asymptomatic people with COVID-19 infection rarely spread the disease. People with symptoms MUST stay home and self-quarantine. This virus will not “disappear” if the whole population stays home or wears masks. The only way it will stop spreading is when we achieve “population immunity” (a.k.a. herd immunity – see article by Martin Kulldorff is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School: https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/04/29/delaying-herd-immunity-is-costing-lives/), which either comes from large scale vaccination OR when a significant percentage of the population gets infected.

mid-week apologetics booster (6-18-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1700) from Nuggets:

These four critical areas should be examined before we trust an eyewitness.  If we can establish that a witness:

    1. Was present
    2. Has been accurate and honest in the past
    3. Is verified by additional evidence
    4. Has no motive to lie

We can trust what the witness has to say. – J. Warner Wallace  (note – all of these things are true about the New Testament authors)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Five Ways to Help Your Kids Grow in Their Christian Confidence (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast S6E02) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/podcasts/five-ways-to-help-your-kids-grow-in-their-christian-confidence-cold-case-christianity-broadcast-s6e02/
  2. Jumping Over the Evangelism Wall | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/jumping-over-the-evangelism-wall/
  3. 5 Ways Christians are Getting Swept into a Secular Worldview in This Cultural Moment: http://christianmomthoughts.com/5-ways-christians-are-getting-swept-into-a-secular-worldview-in-this-cultural-moment/
  4. What is mindfulness? Should a Christian be involved in mindfulness? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-mindfulness.html
  5. Let any Man Come: https://gracegems.org/Ryle/let_any_man_come.htm
  6. What, Me Worry? Alfred E. Neumann, the famous face of Mad Magazine for many decades, popularized this slogan. While he wasn’t referring to the question of salvation, this saying does seem to describe the way many people view that question today. Yes, there may be a God; they will concede. But I’m not worried, they say. I’m a good person, after all, and God will judge me accordingly.: https://crossexamined.org/what-me-worry/
  7. John Grigg: Astronomer and Christian – creation.com: https://creation.com/john-grigg
  8. Origin Stories RNA, DNA, and a Dose of Imagination – A new paper in Nature seeks to shed light on life’s origins from non-life on the early Earth, that is, on abiogenesis. Several outlets have picked up the story, including New Scientist. Phys.org explains that the research, led by Cambridge scientists, shows for the first time how some of the building blocks of both DNA and RNA could have spontaneously formed and co-existed in the primordial soup on Earth. | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/06/origin-stories-rna-dna-and-a-dose-of-imagination/
  9. Why You’ll Have to Modify Whichever Apologetics Curriculum You Choose | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-you-should-write-your-own-apologetics-curriculum/
  10. How Can I Be Better Prepared for Evangelism? | Living Waters: https://www.livingwaters.com/how-can-i-be-better-prepared-for-evangelism/
  11. Did the Apostle Thomas Die A Martyr in India? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/did-the-apostle-thomas-die-a-martyr-in-india
  12. What makes you think the Bible is the word of God? | CARM.org: https://carm.org/what-makes-you-think-bible-word-god
  13. The Absurdity of Life Without God: What if There Is No God – A Clay Jar: https://aclayjar.net/2020/06/absurdity-of-life-without-god/
  14. Common Questions – a collection from bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/collection/common-questions
  15. What is autotheism? What is an autotheist? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/autotheism-autotheist.html
  16. Believers Forced to Choose Between Faith or Survival: https://bitterwinter.org/believers-forced-to-choose-between-faith-or-survival/
  17. Street Preacher Assaulted in Seattle’s ‘Autonomous Zone,’ Dragged Through Street | Christian News Network: https://christiannews.net/2020/06/14/street-preacher-assaulted-in-seattles-autonomous-zone-dragged-through-street/
  18. Conservative Christians Nothing But Power-Worshippers, Claims Tone-Deaf Bestseller | The Stream: https://stream.org/conservative-christians-nothing-but-power-worshippers-claims-tone-deaf-bestseller/
  19. Christians Have Good Reasons To Fear An Increasingly Hostile America: https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/17/christians-have-very-good-reasons-to-fear-an-increasingly-hostile-american-regime/
  20. You Can Be A Christian, You Can Be A Marxist, But You Can’t Be Both. Although I don’t agree with the following statement in the article: “Christianity states you are accountable to God alone for your sins and inequities. You must atone the sins that result from your reality as a flawed human being“, I still thought the article was relevant for this apologetics newsletter: https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/11/you-can-be-christian-you-can-be-marxist-but-you-cant-be-both/

For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. Matthew 25:29

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-11-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

“That you may be careful to do everything written in it.” (Joshua 1:8) This must be the dominating motive and object. God’s Word is to be appropriated and masticated–fed and meditated upon–not for the purpose of understanding its prophecies, or obtaining an insight into its mysteries–but in order to learn God’s will for myself, and having learned it–to conform thereunto. God’s Word is given to us chiefly–not to gratify curiosity or to entertain our imagination–but as “a lamp to our feet–and a light unto our path” (Psalm 119:105) in this dark world. It is a Rule for us to walk by–it is a heavenly standard for the regulation of all our conduct. It points out the things to be avoided–the things which would harm us. It tells of the things to be followed and practiced–the things which are for our good and our peace. It contains not only good advice–but is clothed with Divine authority, commanding implicit and unqualified obedience. – Arthur Pink

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. New Resurrection Book: Dr. Andrew Loke: Investigating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ: A New Transdisciplinary Approach (Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies).  At the present time, this book is FREE on Kindle. THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/06/09/new-resurrection-book-dr-andrew-loke-called-investigating-the-resurrection-of-jesus-christ-a-new-transdisciplinary-approach-routledge-new-critical-thinking-in-religion-theology-and-biblical/
  2. The Problem of the Unevangelized Once More | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/the-problem-of-the-unevangelized-once-more/
  3. Your Students Are Willing to Delay Gratification, If You Are | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/your-students-are-willing-to-delay-gratification-if-you-are/
  4. Is It Reasonable to Believe in Minds Even If We Can’t Explain How They Interact with Brains? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-it-reasonable-to-believe-in-minds-even-if-we-cant-explain-how-they-interact-with-brains/
  5. How Can You Trust Christianity Is True When There Are So Many Unanswered Questions? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-can-you-trust-christianity-is-true-when-there-are-so-many-unanswered-questions/
  6. Human Zoos How Science Fueled the Racial Fire | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/06/human-zoos-how-science-fueled-the-racial-fire/
  7. A Brief Defense of the Pro-Life Position: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2020/03/a-brief-defense-of-pro-life-position.html?m=1
  8. How to Be ‘Salt of the Earth’ Kind of People: https://brandonacox.com/salt/
  9. Why is the human brain so efficient? Over the past decades, engineers have taken inspiration from the brain to improve computer design.: http://nautil.us/issue/86/energy/why-is-the-human-brain-so-efficient-rp
  10. Can we believe in God in the scientific age? | Is there a God?: https://www.is-there-a-god.info/blog/6reasons/can-we-believe-in-god-in-the-scientific-age/

Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. Ecclesiastes 7:10

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-4-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

As for the true Christian, he expects to have his reward in the next life, and to endure hardness in this. The promise of the old covenant was prosperity, but the promise of the new covenant is adversity. Remember Christ’s words–“Every branch in me that beareth not fruit”–What? “He purgeth it, that it may bring forth fruit.” If you bring forth fruit, you will have to endure affliction.  – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Sex Education in Public Schools: Sexualization of Children and LGBT Indoctrination – this page has a link to a downloadable PDF pamphlet: https://www.frc.org/sexeducation
  2. The Psychology of Apologetics Conversations (Engineering Psychology for Apologetics): http://www.jaymedenwaldt.com/2020/02/engineering-psychology-for-apologetics.html
  3. Why Does the Bible Specify That Paul Was a Roman Citizen? | How Can Paul Be a Hebrew and Roman Citizen? – Beliefnet: https://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/christianity/why-does-the-bible-specify-that-paul-was-a-roman-citizen.aspx
  4. Is Religious Freedom Addressed in Scripture? The Apostle Paul (and his traveling companions on various mission trips) is perhaps the most notable example of a biblical figure who suffered religious persecution and also on occasion stood up for his religious liberty. It is interesting that Paul did so in a government that had some similarities to Western nations. | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/religious-freedom/religious-freedom-addressed-scripture/
  5. What is the significance of the Roman Empire in biblical history? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Roman-empire.html
  6. Defending the Faith in the Political Environment (10 page PDF) – Dr. Ron J. Bigalke: http://isca-apologetics.org/sites/default/files/papers/DrB_ISCA/ISCA_2016_Political.pdf
  7. Walt Russell explains how to read the Bible effectively | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/05/31/walt-russell-explains-how-to-read-the-bible-effectively-6/
  8. Dr. Craig is enthusiastic about an article from a former atheist who came to Christ on the strength of arguments for God’s existence. – Reasonable Faith with Dr. William Lane Craig: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/media/reasonable-faith-podcast/our-divinity-sense-organs/
  9. New Reasons to Doubt Darwinism – Chicken-and-Egg Dilemmas and More: http://faithphilosophy.com/en/science-new-reasons-to-doubt-darwinism.php
  10. Is It Child Abuse To Teach Children About Hell? –: https://tentmakingchristianity.com/is-it-child-abuse-to-teach-children-about-hell/
  11. Evidence John, Son of Zebedee, Wrote the Gospel of John Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2020/05/16/evidence-john-son-of-zebedee-wrote-the-gospel-of-john/
  12. Trump Went To Church. The Rest Of The Country Must Follow Now: https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/02/trump-went-to-church-the-rest-of-the-country-must-follow-now/
  13. How To Be Saved – The beauty of a relationship with your Creator is that it is so simple it can be summarized in just one verse (John 3:16); yet so amazingly profound that God gave us 66 books to communicate its truth! | Creation Today: https://creationtoday.org/about/how-to-be-saved/
  14. Sign Evangelism with Janice: Real Peace at Harrison and Locust: https://crossencountersmin.com/featured-article/sign-evangelism-janice-peace/
  15. Understanding the Cambrian Explosion Part 5 Answering Objections: https://biblicalworldviewacademy.org/understanding-the-cambrian-explosion-part-5-answering-objections/

Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20

Blessings to you all