mid-week apologetics booster (8-17-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Dear College Freshman: 5 Ways to Stay Strong in the Lord: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/dear-college-freshman-5-ways-to-stay-strong-in-the-lord
  2. You are gods. What did Jesus mean?: http://reasonsforjesus.com/you-are-gods-what-did-jesus-mean/
  3. Former transgender: I bought into the lies of Satan | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/she-tried-to-change-her-gender-but-spiritial-awakening-brought-her-back-to
  4. Is Google right to say that sex differences don’t exist? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/08/12/is-google-right-to-say-that-sex-differences-dont-exist/
  5. William Lane Craig: We must distinguish between a childlike faith and a childish faith: http://www.thepoachedegg.net/the-poached-egg/2017/08/william-lane-craig-we-must-distinguish-between-a-childlike-faith-and-a-childish-faith.html
  6. Comparison Grid of Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Christianity | CARM: https://carm.org/comparison-grid
  7. Epic Failure: My Biggest Evangelism Mistake: http://crossexamined.org/epic-failure-my-biggest-evangelism-mistake/
  8. Time to Think: 14 Christian Apologetics Quotes: http://www.thepoachedegg.net/the-poached-egg/2015/03/time-to-think-14-christian-apologetics-quotes.html
  9. Why Would a Good God Send People To Hell?: http://www.cltruth.com/2017/why-would-a-good-god-send-people-to-hell/
  10. Apologetics ABCs: First Understand, Then Answer | Bowman on Target: Rob Bowman’s Blog: https://robertbowman.net/2017/08/12/apologetics-abcs-first-understand-then-answer/
  11. Were New Testament Books Forged? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/is-the-bible-true/were-new-testament-books-forged/
  12. Does God Whisper? Part 2 | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/publications/does-god-whisper-part-2#.WZGf4VGGOUk
  13. Was Jesus God?: http://www.godandscience.org/doctrine/was_jesus_god.html
  14. DNA Evidence and Molecular Genetics Disprove the Book of Mormon: http://www.godandscience.org/cults/dna.html
  15. Denying Sola Scriptura: The Attempt to Neutralize the Bible – The American Vision: https://americanvision.org/1239/denying-sola-scriptura-attempt-neutralize-bible/
  16. What Does Mormonism Teach? | CARM: https://carm.org/teachings-of-mormonism
  17. Basic Hinduism | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2017/08/14/basic-hinduism/
  18. Are Christians Less Intelligent Than Atheists?: http://crossexamined.org/are-christians-less-intelligent-than-atheists-heres-what-all-those-studies-really-say/
  19. It Is What It Is! and It’s Not What Its Not! Answer to headline stating Discovery of 13 Million-Year-Old Ape Skull Shows What Human Ancestors May Have Looked Like.| Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2017/08/15/it-what-it-and-its-not-what-its-not/
  20. Interview With A Former Skeptic: 3 Important Lessons: http://crossexamined.org/interview-with-a-former-skeptic-3-important-lessons/
  21. Jesus: The Begotten of the Father: http://www.equip.org/article/jesus-the-begotten-of-the-father/
  22. What does it mean that Jesus is God’s only begotten son?: https://www.gotquestions.org/only-begotten-son.html
  23. Superior to Angels | Reformed Bible Studies & Devotionals at Ligonier.org: http://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/superior-angels/

This made the Jews ask, “Will he kill himself ? Is that why he says, ‘Where I go, you cannot come’ ?” John 8:22

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-10-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Why Don’t Chimps Smile? | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/10073
  2. This Week in History – Barbary Powers: http://links.emagnify.com/p/15GH5
  3. The Muratorian fragment, dated 170 A.D., affirms 22 out of 27 New Testament books | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/08/02/the-muratorian-fragment-dated-170-a-d-affirms-22-out-of-27-new-testament-books-3/
  4. Revisiting the Minimal Facts Argument: A Hypothetical Discussion Between a Skeptic and a Christian THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/08/04/revisiting-the-minimal-facts-argument-a-hypothetical-discussion-between-a-skeptic-and-a-christian/
  5. Cambrian Explosion – Evolutions Achilles Heels – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR-Qr587K04&feature=youtu.be
  6. The Real History of the New Testament Canon – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/the-real-history-of-the-new-testament-canon/
  7. Mormons Are Not Christians Because the Mormon Jesus Is Not the Christian Christ | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2013/mormons-are-not-christians-because-the-mormon-jesus-is-not-the-christian-christ/
  8. A.N. Wilson: Its time Charles Darwin was exposed for the fraud he was | London Evening Standard: https://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/it-s-time-charles-darwin-was-exposed-for-the-fraud-he-was-a3604166.html
  9. How Atheism Fails To Explain A Beginning To The Universe | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/atheism-fails-explain-beginning-universe/
  10. What is the key to applying the Bible to my life?: https://www.gotquestions.org/applying-the-Bible.html
  11. Complex creation | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2017/08/09/complex-creation/
  12. Why Should We Practice Apologetics? | A Narrow-Minded Woman: http://narrowmindedwoman.com/why-should-we-practice-apologetics/

“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation. ” Psalms 91:14-16

Blessings to you all,
Steve

mid-week apologetics booster (8-3-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. A Look at Jesus View of Scripture THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/a-look-at-jesus-view-of-scripture/
  2. Science @ The John Ankerberg Show: No Creation Errors: http://jasscience.blogspot.com/2017/07/no-creation-errors.html
  3. New study: rising oxygen levels rejected as explanation of Cambrian explosion | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/07/28/new-study-rising-oxygen-levels-rejected-as-explanation-of-cambrian-explosion-2/
  4. Are You Suffering From Apologetic Burnout? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/are-you-suffering-from-apologetic-burnout-3/
  5. Why Apologetics is Essential to Being a Pastor – Hope’s Reason: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2016/02/19/why-apologetics-is-essential-to-being-a-pastor/
  6. Christianity: It’s Either Objectively True or Objectively False | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/blog/christianity-it-s-either-objectively-true-or-objectively-false#.WXz68Xqp7qC
  7. CMI: Teaching creationism is child abuse? (Part 1) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSFGGqX8zvU&feature=youtu.be
  8. Profound Problems with Religious Pluralism: http://www.reasons.org/blogs/reflections/profound-problems-with-religious-pluralism
  9. Bible Reliability: M-A-P-S to Guide You through Bible Reliability – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/bible-reliability-m-a-p-s-to-guide-you-through-bible-reliability/
  10. Why I Know the Story of Jesus Wasn’t Changed Over Time | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/why-i-know-the-story-of-jesus-wasnt-changed-over-time/
  11. We Can Corroborate the Gospels without Verifying Every Detail | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/we-can-corroborate-the-gospels-without-verifying-every-detail/
  12. Is the Bible Reliable?: https://www.gty.org/library/topical-series-library/65/is-the-bible-reliable
  13. A Deeper Look at If the Bible Is Reliable: https://www.exploregod.com/is-the-bible-reliable-paper
  14. Is the Bible True? The Cumulative Case for the Reliability of the Gospels (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/is-the-bible-true-the-cumulative-case-for-the-reliability-of-the-gospels-free-bible-insert/
  15. Refuting Evolution 2 chapter 11: Argument: Evolution of sex – creation.com: http://creation.com/refuting-evolution-2-chapter-11-argument-evolution-of-sex
  16. 15 Questions for Evolutionists — #8 How did sex originate? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu0IK-EB5F4&feature=youtu.be
  17. Can evolution be observed – creation.com: http://creation.com/can-evolution-be-observed
  18. FACE the Facts about Evolution – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/face-the-facts-about-evolution/
  19. The Deity of Jesus – A strong argument for the deity of Christ is the fact that many of the names, titles, and attributes ascribed to Yahweh are also ascribed to Jesus Christ.: https://www.livingwaters.com/witnessingtool/deityofJesus.shtml
  20. Does Scripture Declare the Deity of Jesus Christ? | John Ankerberg Show: https://www.jashow.org/articles/jesus/deity/does-scripture-declare-the-deity-of-jesus-christ/
  21. Supposed Bible Contradictions: Scripture Index | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/contradictions-in-the-bible/scripture-index/
  22. Hell on Trial by John Blanchard: http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/hell-trial/
  23. Can The Existence and Nature of Hell Be Defended? (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/can-the-existence-and-nature-of-hell-be-defended-free-bible-insert/
  24. How Can a Loving God Send People to Hell? – Apologetics Canada: https://www.apologeticscanada.com/2015/09/08/how-can-a-loving-god-send-people-to-hell/
  25. Do New DNA Discoveries Really Disprove the Bible? | The Stream: https://stream.org/new-dna-discoveries-really-disprove-bible/
  26. Apologetics Press – God and Capital Punishment: http://www.apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=11&article=5415
  27. J.D. Wofford Ministries: Where do Apologetics and Evangelism meet?: http://christianthoughts91.blogspot.com/2017/07/where-do-apologetics-and-evangelism-meet.html
  28. Reasons To Believe : Logic as an Intellectual Navigation System, Part 1: http://www.reasons.org/blogs/reflections/logic-as-an-intellectual-navigation-system–part-1
  29. Were the Early Christians Really Persecuted? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/were-the-early-christians-really-persecuted/

So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

mid-week apologetics booster (7-27-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Why Does Opposition to Apologetics Come From Mostly Within the Church? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/why-does-opposition-to-apologetics-come-from-mostly-within-the-church-2/
  2. The Impotence of Darwinism: A Christian Scientist Looks at the Evidence | Reasoned Cases for Christ: https://bcooper.wordpress.com/2017/07/23/the-impotence-of-darwinism-a-christian-scientist-looks-at-the-evidence/
  3. Why Loving God with All Your Mind Matters: https://tifwe.org/why-loving-god-with-all-your-mind-matters/
  4. The Father Is Greater Than I : Does This Disprove The Trinity? | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/the-father-is-greater-than-i-does-this-disprove-trinity/
  5. Am I a Christian, Pastor Timothy Keller? – NYTimes.com: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/12/23/opinion/sunday/pastor-am-i-a-christian.html
  6. What The Fighting Over Gender Issues Is Really About: http://crossexamined.org/what-the-fighting-over-gender-issues-is-really-about/
  7. A Look at Pauline Apologetics: What Can Apologists Learn From Paul? Part Two THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/a-look-at-pauline-apologetics-what-can-apologists-learn-from-paul-2/
  8. Can Jesus Really Be God If the Father Is Greater Than the Son? (Video) | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/blog/can-jesus-really-be-god-if-father-greater-son-video#.WXiuMITyuUk
  9. 6 Things That Happen When a Group Shares Its Faith | youthministry360: http://youthministry360.com/blog/6-things-happen-group-shares-faith/
  10. How Can Jesus Be God if He Doesn’t Know the Time of His Return? (Video) | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/blog/how-can-jesus-be-god-if-he-doesnt-know-time-his-return-video#.WXi90Xqp7qA
  11. Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God? | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/blog/do-christians-and-muslims-worship-same-god#.WXi9_3qp7qA
  12. Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: Has Archaeology Proven the Gospel of John?: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2016/02/has-archaeology-proven-gospel-of-john.html
  13. Can We Be Good Without God? Yes, But It Makes No Sense. James Bishop’s Theological Rationalism: https://jamesbishopblog.com/2017/07/25/can-we-be-good-without-god-yes-but-it-makes-no-sense/amp/

The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. Psalms 103:19

Blessings to you all,
Steve

mid-week apologetics booster (7-20-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Seven Costs to Being an Evangelistic Leader in Your Church: http://thomrainer.com/2017/07/seven-costs-evangelistic-leader-church/
  2. Christian Worldview and The View: http://www.breakpoint.org/2017/07/breakpoint-christian-worldview-and-the-view/
  3. Please Don’t Tell Your Kids to Believe in God Just in Case He Exists: http://crossexamined.org/please-dont-tell-your-kids-to-believe-in-god-just-in-case-he-exists/
  4. How a 29-Year-Old G. K. Chesterton Flipped 4 Arguments Against Christianity Upside-Down | TGC: https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/trevinwax/2016/01/21/how-a-29-year-old-g-k-chesterton-flipped-4-arguments-against-christianity-upside-down/
  5. Is There One Point of Evidence That Proves the Existence of God? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/is-there-one-point-of-evidence-that-proves-the-existence-of-god-video/
  6. 5 Ways to Love God with Your Mind Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/5-ways-to-love-god-with-your-mind/
  7. Did Jesus Rise From The Dead? Tim Barnett: http://subsplash.com/standtoreason/v/mzeycxu
  8. Prohibition – Can You Make People Be Good? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYfPxqrl988&feature=youtu.be
  9. What About Those That Have Not Heard, Part 1 – Listen to JP Jones from Truth That Changes Lives: http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/truth-that-changes-lives/listen/what-about-those-that-have-not-heard-part-1-515491.html
  10. What Are the Differences Between Judaism and Christianity? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/what-are-differences-between-judaism-and-christianity/
  11. Surtsey Still Surprises – Formed by a volcanic eruption in 1963, the Island of Surtsey, near Iceland, has intrigued scientists because it looks like landscapes most think are much older.: http://creation.com/creation-videos?fileID=olcVAb_oNWg
  12. Surtsey, the young island that looks old – creation.com: http://creation.com/surtsey-the-young-island-that-looks-old
  13. World Famous Atheist Illusionist, Andre Kole, Tried to Debunk Jesus & Converted Instead | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/world-famous-atheist-illusionist-andre-kole-tried-to-debunk-jesus-converted-instead/
  14. Biblical Inerrancy: What It Means To Say Scripture Is : http://reasonsforjesus.com/biblical-inerrancy-what-it-means-to-say-scripture-is-inerrant/
  15. Christian Leaders, Please Speak the Truth About Homosexuality Plainly and With Love | The Stream: https://stream.org/christian-leaders-please-speak-truth-homosexuality-plainly-love/
  16. The Real Issue Podcast Why Christian Students Fall Away from Their Faith and What We Can Do to Help Them – The Real Issue Podcast | podcast garden: http://www.podcastgarden.com/episode/the-real-issue-podcast-why-christian-students-fall-away-from-their-faith-and-what-we-can-do-to-help-them_109569
  17. The Freethinking Argument | The Apologers: https://apologers.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/the-freethinking-argument/
  18. Tree fruit and the relevance of Genesis creation – creation.com: http://creation.com/tree-fruit-and-the-relevance-of-genesis-creation
  19. The Agonizing Ordeal of Eugene Peterson – You Might Be Next – AlbertMohler.com: http://www.albertmohler.com/2017/07/17/eugene-peterson/

Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth –to every nation, tribe, language and people. Revelation 14:6

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-13-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Witnessing to Hindus – what is the key?: https://www.gotquestions.org/witnessing-Hindus.html
  2. Why ‘No One is Argued Into The Kingdom of God by Apologetics’ is Incorrect: https://www.giveananswer.org/why-no-one-is-argued-into-the-kingdom-of-god-by-apologetics-is-incorrect/#
  3. I Came to Faith Through Apologetics | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/i-came-to-faith-through-apologetics/
  4. Dr. Michael G Strauss: The Six Days of Creation: http://www.michaelgstrauss.com/2017/06/the-six-days-of-creation.html
  5. Zeitgeist Debunked: Jesus Is Not A Copy Of Pagan Gods | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/zeitgeist-debunked-jesus-is-not-a-copy-of-pagan-gods/
  6. Scientific Evidence for God – Dr. Strauss – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V48tBF6teSM
  7. Sample clip from Origin and Design of the Universe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LCXX8SmceU
  8. On the Origin of the Cosmos – An Interview with Dr. Michael Strauss – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-5uyGaLYJM
  9. Can a scientist believe in the resurrection? Three hypotheses. – The Veritas Forum – The Veritas Forum: http://www.veritas.org/can-scientist-believe-resurrection-three-hypotheses/
  10. CrossExamined.org | 5/13/17 – Q&A Show | Topic: Morality: http://player.subsplash.com/t5adeaj
  11. A Very Brief Review of Arguments for the Existence of the Soul (Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2013/a-very-brief-review-of-arguments-for-the-existence-of-the-soul-bible-insert/
  12. Dilbert Comic Strip on 1993-05-30 – on free will and the brain: http://dilbert.com/strip/1993-05-30
  13. Stand To Reason | Greg Koukl talking to an atheist caller on air (he calls himself the Street Epistemologist). he conversation starts at about 26:30 into the show They are talking about the difference between mind and brain and whether there is a non-physical realm: http://subsplash.com/standtoreason/v/0376859
  14. I Don’t Have Faith to be an Atheist – John Lennox, PhD – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFLIyX-J_-E&feature=youtu.be
  15. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist (Session 1) – Norman Geisler, PhD – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOvmsYDC1RA&feature=youtu.be

Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. James 5:1-5

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-6-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Postmodernism and Secularism Influence Todays Christians – Summit Ministries: https://www.summit.org/resources/articles/research-barna-summit-postmodernism-secularism-influence-todays-christians/
  2. Competing Worldviews Influence Todays Christians – Barna Group: https://www.barna.com/research/competing-worldviews-influence-todays-christians/
  3. Are all sins equally bad? Or are there degrees of severity for different sins? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/07/01/are-all-sins-equally-bad-or-are-there-degrees-of-severity-for-different-sins-2/
  4. If You Were Born in India: http://www.unitedchurchofsoro.org/if-you-were-born-in-india/
  5. If God Created The Universe, Who Created God?: http://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/2014/07/if-god-created-universe-who-created-god.html
  6. The Prophecy of Isaiah was Clearly Fulfilled by Jesus Christ: http://thinkdivinely.com/the-prophecy-of-isaiah-was-clearly-fulfilled-by-jesus-christ/
  7. Pope Francis’s Recent Comments Make the Faith Seem Implausible | The Stream: https://stream.org/pope-franciss-comments-make-the-faith-seem-implausible/
  8. Christians are hypocrites and that makes Christianity false: http://www.newyorkapologetics.com/christians-are-hypocrites-whattaya-do/
  9. Two Things to Remember When Discussing Creation with Other Christians | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/articles/two-things-to-remember-when-discussion-creation-with-other-christians#.WVnD1Xqp7qD
  10. Refusing to Serve Individuals vs. Refusing to Participate in Events – Stand to Reason Blog: http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2015/04/refusing-to-serve-individuals-vs-refusing-to-participate-in-events.html
  11. How Atheist Hate And Arrogance Led Richard Dawkins Fan To Christianity | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/how-atheist-hate-and-arrogance-led-richard-dawkins-fan-to-christianity/
  12. The Absurdity of Moral Relativism: A Student’s Perspective – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/the-absurdity-of-moral-relativism-a-students-perpsective
  13. A Biblical Case for Defending Religious Freedom: http://www.breakpoint.org/2017/06/breakpoint-a-biblical-case-for-defending-religious-freedom/

Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home. When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy. On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.” They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.” Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God. The neighbors were all filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him. His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us– to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel. Luke 1:56-80

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-29-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. How can I overcome sin in my Christian life?: https://www.gotquestions.org/victory-over-sin.html
  2. Tips for Studying the Bible – Cross Examined: http://crossexamined.org/tips-studying-bible/
  3. The Scary World of Truth | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/07/the-scary-world-of-truth.html
  4. Why You Should Listen to Millennials in Your Church: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/why-you-should-listen-to-millennials-in-your-church
  5. Do Your Kids Know Why They Should WANT God to Exist?: http://christianmomthoughts.com/do-your-kids-know-why-they-should-want-god-to-exist/
  6. Revealing the One True God to the Polytheistic Shinto Culture | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/revealing-one-true-god-to-polytheistic-shinto-culture/
  7. Where did Cain find his wife? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lucbO0AYH0k&feature=youtu.be
  8. Nabeel Qureshi update – Vlog 35 – Bravery, Love, and Faith – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-asmXx0OfA
  9. True Islam (by William Federer) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALQI1ljlqk8
  10. So Many Religions–What Do We Do? – Tim Barnett – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSb2ae_mPaE
  11. Believing the Gospels Is Different Than Trusting the Gospel | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/believing-the-gospels-is-different-than-trusting-the-gospel/
  12. Why Does Anyone Become a Christian? Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/why-does-anyone-become-a-christian/
  13. The Attitude of Apologetics: http://www.ligonier.org/blog/attitude-apologetics/
  14. Elizabeth Warren – Pro-Life Just Means You Hate Women: http://www.lifenews.com/2017/06/23/elizabeth-warren-pro-life-just-means-you-hate-women/
  15. Is the probability of getting a universe that supports complex life 100%? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2015/06/16/is-the-probability-of-getting-a-universe-that-supports-complex-life-100/
  16. The Birth of Jesus – Why was Jesus sent into the world as a baby? Today, R.C. Sproul considers the birth of Jesus as he continues his study of the New Testament: http://renewingyourmind.org/2017/06/26/the-birth-of-jesus
  17. The Big Bang Is Broken | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/the-big-bang-is-broken
  18. The Challenge of Islam: Does Early Testimony Matter to Muslims? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/the-challenge-of-islam-does-early-testimony-matter-to-muslims-2/

Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Hebrews 11:35

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-22-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Condemnation and Grace: Polygamy and Concubinage in the Old Testament – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/condemnation-grace-polygamy-concubinage-old-testament/
  2. The Gracious Heroism of Wonder Woman – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/the-gracious-heroism-of-wonder-woman/
  3. Why Katy Perry’s Rejection of Her Childhood Faith Should Concern Every Bible-Believing Christian Faithwire: http://www.faithwire.com/2017/06/16/why-katy-perrys-rejection-of-her-childhood-faith-should-concern-every-bible-believing-christian/
  4. Professor of New Testament, Craig Keener, explains his journey from atheism to Christianity. | James Bishop’s Theological Rationalism: https://jamesbishopblog.com/2015/06/12/professor-of-new-testament-craig-keener-explains-his-journey-from-atheism-to-christianity/
  5. How Can I Respectfully Explain Why I Chose Jesus? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH4quiqAyz0&feature=youtu.be
  6. What Does the Bible Teach about the Cannabis Plant? – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/bible-teach-cannabis-plant/
  7. Cats big and small – creation.com: http://creation.com/cats-big-and-small
  8. How can a loving God send someone to hell?: https://www.gotquestions.org/loving-God-send-someone-hell.html
  9. How Does Growing Apostasy Prove That Christians Are Getting Closer to the Truth? – Michael Brown: https://townhall.com/columnists/michaelbrown/2017/06/19/how-does-growing-apostasy-prove-that-christians-are-getting-closer-to-the-truth-n2342898
  10. Three Good Reasons to Celebrate Your Christian Worldview – Cross Examined : http://crossexamined.org/three-good-reasons-celebrate-christian-worldview/
  11. Don’t Stop Speaking the Truth in Love | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/blog/dont-stop-speaking-truth-love#
  12. Our Faith is Historically Verifiable Or Its Nothing Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/our-faith-is-historically-verifiable-or-its-nothing/
  13. Roundworm DNA System Plans Ahead | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/10008/
  14. Physicist Michael Strauss discusses Christianity and science at Stanford University | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2014/10/18/physicist-michael-strauss-discusses-christianity-and-science-at-stanford-university-5/
  15. J.P. Moreland: The Relevance of Rational Apologetics THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/j-p-moreland-and-the-revelance-of-rational-apologetics-2/
  16. Alberta Christian school worried school division could ban Bible verses: http://www.humboldtjournal.ca/news/local-news/alberta-christian-school-worried-school-division-could-ban-bible-verses-1.20589159
  17. A Christian Rebuttal to Kaimatai, an Atheist Christian Apologists: https://sjthomason.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/a-christian-rebuttal-to-kaimatai-an-atheist/
  18. Cherry-Picked Age for Key Evolutionary Fossil | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/10030
  19. An Atheist Feminist Converts to Christianity, Nicole Cliffe. | James Bishop’s Theological Rationalism: https://jamesbishopblog.com/2017/06/06/an-atheist-feminist-converts-to-christianity-nicole-cliffe/
  20. Are You an Evangelist? : Christian Courier: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1252-are-you-an-evangelist
  21. How Old Is the Earth? : Christian Courier: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/7-how-old-is-the-earth

Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the LORD your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the LORD your God always. Deuteronomy 14:22-23

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-15-2017)

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Why are Atheists Generally Smarter Than Religious People? | The Stream: https://stream.org/atheists-generally-smarter-religious-people/
  2. Can a scientist believe in the resurrection? Three hypotheses. – The Veritas Forum – The Veritas Forum: http://www.veritas.org/can-scientist-believe-resurrection-three-hypotheses/
  3. An Argument for Jehovah’s Witnesses: Jesus Is Jehovah | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/articles/an-argument-for-jehovah-s-witnesses-jesus-is-jehovah#.WTqNe2grKUk
  4. Being Tactical with Jehovah’s Witnesses | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/articles/being-tactical-with-jehovah%E2%80%99s-witnesses#.WTqLoGjyuUk
  5. Ready for the Knock on Your Door | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/publications/solid-ground-july-2016-ready-for-the-knock-on-your-door#.WTqPFWgrKUl
  6. Five Apologetic Topics Every Christian Should Learn About | THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/06/09/five-apologetic-topics-every-christian-should-learn-about/
  7. Democrat Bernie Sanders proposes rule barring Christians from political office | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/06/09/democrat-bernie-sanders-proposes-rule-barring-christians-from-political-office/
  8. On the (Evolutionary) Road to Morocco? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/human-evolution/evolutionary-road-morocco/
  9. Why Naturalism is Simply Unbelievable | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/12/why-naturalism-is-simply-unbelievable.html
  10. Cancer Research Confirms the Curse | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/10018
  11. Has the New Testament been corrupted? | carm: https://carm.org/new-testament-corrupted
  12. The Reliability of the Bible – 4 Quick Thoughts | ReasonableTheology.org: http://reasonabletheology.org/reliability-bible-4-quick-thoughts/
  13. When Youth Pastors Ought to Feel Responsible | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/when-youth-pastors-ought-to-feel-responsible/
  14. Two More Ways Learning to Defend Your Faith Benefits You | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/09/two-more-ways-learning-to-defend-your.html
  15. What Ought We Make of the Word Proof? Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.: https://douglasgroothuis.com/2015/04/02/what-ought-we-make-of-the-word-proof/
  16. Foliage in fast forward – creation.com: http://creation.com/foliage-in-fast-forward
  17. What does Oneness Pentecostal teach? | carm: https://carm.org/religious-movements/oneness-pentecostal/what-does-oneness-pentecostal-teach
  18. Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: Islam’s Claims of Biblical Corruption Actually Impeach the Qur’an: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/10/islams-claims-of-biblical-corruption.html
  19. Why Would a Good God Allow Natural Evil? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/why-would-a-good-god-allow-natural-evil/
  20. Quantum Mechanics and other articles: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101463920939&ca=7afd91f0-5277-4f3b-9b0f-bd5fa97a06d1

He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. For it is declared: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God. And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him: “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: ‘You are a priest forever.’ ” Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant. Hebrews 7:13-22

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-8-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. 7 ways to live out the gospel in a post-truth, post-fact culture – ChristianWeek: http://www.christianweek.org/7-ways-live-gospel-post-truth-post-fact-culture/
  2. Millennial Skepticism and Despair | Reasonable Faith: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/millenial-scepticism-and-despair
  3. Chicxulub Crater Theory Mostly Smoke | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/10015
  4. DNA Science Disproves Human Evolution | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/10016
  5. The Relationship Between Evangelism and Apologetics THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/the-relationship-between-evangelism-and-apologetics/
  6. Communicating Biblical Worldview to Millennials and iGens: Taste and See Apologetics – drcone.com: http://www.drcone.com/2017/04/20/communicating-biblical-worldview-millennials-igens-taste-see-apologetics/
  7. Is God Really Forgiving If He Required Payment for Sins through Jesus? (Video) | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/blog/god-really-forgiving-if-he-required-payment-sins-through-jesus-video#.WTLfnWjyuUk
  8. Why Should I Believe Christianity? – a review – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/is-christianity-true/why-believe-christianity-review
  9. Should we expect to know what Gods reason is for allowing evil and suffering? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2016/12/11/should-we-expect-to-know-what-gods-reason-is-for-allowing-evil-and-suffering/
  10. William Lane Craig lectures on radical skepticism and the historical Jesus | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/06/03/william-lane-craig-lectures-on-radical-skepticism-and-the-historical-jesus-3/
  11. WORKS OF 20TH CENTURY APOLOGISTS: Resources for Study: http://2besure.blogspot.com/2015/11/works-of-20th-century-apologiststhat.html
  12. How Critics of Christianity Often Distort the Story of Galileo: http://1peter315.blogspot.com/2014/02/how-atheists-distort-story-of-galileo.html
  13. Is Science Opposed to Faith in God? – Josh.org: https://www.josh.org/is-science-opposed-to-faith-in-god/
  14. Progressive Christianity is as Much of a Threat to Your Kids Faith as Atheism: http://christianmomthoughts.com/progressive-christianity-is-as-much-of-a-threat-to-your-kids-faith-as-atheism/
  15. Three M’s That Naturalism Can’t Provide | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/three-ms-that-naturalism-cant-provide/
  16. How to Encourage Intellectual Christians in the Evangelical Church Reflections: https://reflectionsbyken.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/how-to-encourage-intellectual-christians-in-the-evangelical-church/amp/
  17. Everyone Has Faith – Apologetics Canada: https://www.apologeticscanada.com/2015/03/23/everyone-has-faith/
  18. Islam and Christianity not comparable: Column: http://amp.usatoday.com/story/24847699/
  19. Physicist Michael Strauss discusses Christianity and science at Stanford University | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/06/04/physicist-michael-strauss-discusses-christianity-and-science-at-stanford-university-8/
  20. Debunking ‘Bible Secrets’ Television Shows: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2013/11/debunking-bible-secrets-television-shows.html
  21. You Need to Know Why Young People Leave Church Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/you-need-to-know-why-young-people-leave-church/
  22. Understanding Islam – New York Apologetics: http://www.newyorkapologetics.com/understanding-islam/
  23. Why Would God Create Mosquitoes?: http://www.reasons.org/articles/why-would-god-create-mosquitoes
  24. Terrorism: Western Values Are Christian Values: http://www.christianpost.com/amp/terrorism-western-values-are-christian-values-186851/
  25. What does it mean to say the New Testament is Historically Reliable? | THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/06/07/what-does-it-mean-to-say-the-new-testament-is-historically-reliable-2/

“O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows, do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. “It is not for kings, O Lemuel– not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, lest they drink and forget what the law decrees, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights. Proverbs 31:2-5

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-1-2017)

Good morning friends,

I would like to remind you to either invite someone to the Harvest Outreach event or volunteer to serve there.  It is June 11th at University of Phoenix stadium.  In case you haven’t heard of this, it is the evangelist Greg Laurie.  I think of him as kind of a modern day Billy Graham.  I think this event is well worth your time and effort.  Many will be hear the gospel and be saved there.  I’ve volunteered to be a ‘Decision Followup Worker’.

Here are your weekly links:

  1. William Murray, Son of the Founder of American Atheists, Converts to Christianity | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/william-murray-son-of-the-founder-of-american-atheists-converts-to-christianity/
  2. Logical Fallacies or Fallacies in Argumentation | carm: https://carm.org/logical-fallacies-or-fallacies-argumentation
  3. Chris Pratt Just Took a Very Public Stand for the Bible: http://conservativetribune.com/chris-pratt-just-took-public-stand/
  4. How Oxford and Peter Singer drove me from atheism to Jesus – The Veritas Forum – The Veritas Forum: http://www.veritas.org/oxford-atheism-to-jesus/
  5. William Lane Craigs intellectually dishonest attack on biblical creationists – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/william-lane-craig-vs-creation
  6. The Core Reason Your Kids Might Leave the Faith | The Stream: https://stream.org/core-reason-kids-leave-faith/
  7. Zeitgeist Debunked: Jesus Is Not A Copy Of Pagan Gods | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/zeitgeist-debunked-jesus-is-not-a-copy-of-pagan-gods/
  8. America’s God and Country: Encyclopedia of Quotations – William Joseph Federer – Google Books: https://books.google.com/books?id=BtGzlMatpUUC&lpg=PA170&ots=-faMKViJX_&pg=PA164#v=onepage&q&f=false
  9. Transgenderism: Undoing Gods Design | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/simon-turpin/2017/05/29/transgenderism-undoing-gods-design/
  10. Why Certainty Isnt Necessary for Belief in God Straight Talk with Claudia K: http://straighttalkwithclaudiak.com/why-certainty-isnt-necessary-for-belief-in-god/
  11. The Single Most Damaging Statement to the Christian Faith |: https://beardeddisciple.com/2017/02/07/the-single-most-damaging-statement-to-the-christian-faith/
  12. Three Things First Responders Can Teach Christians About Engaging Culture | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/three-things-first-responders-can-teach-christians-about-engaging-culture/
  13. Are People Who Believe in Minds Simply Ignorant of the Science? | Apologetics.com: http://apologetics.com/blog/jwallace/are-people-who-believe-in-minds-simply-ignorant-of-the-science/
  14. What is Ramadan? Why should Christians care?: http://bpnews.net/48947/what-is-ramadan-why-should-christians-care
  15. How To Handle Online Disagreements | PlainSimpleFaith.com: http://www.plainsimplefaith.com/2017/05/disagreements/
  16. 5 Ways to Share Christ with Ease and Impact (Greg Koukl) 1 Peter 4:12-16: https://1peter41216.wordpress.com/2017/05/31/5-ways-to-share-christ-with-ease-and-impact-greg-koukl/
  17. The Most Reluctant Convert in all of England: Why Former Atheist C.S. Lewis Became a Christian | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/the-most-reluctant-convert-in-all-of-england-why-former-atheist-c-s-lewis-became-a-christian/
  18. Do These Bible Verses Show You Can Lose Your Salvation? – Come Reason Ministries: http://www.comereason.org/bible-verses-on-salvation.asp
  19. Do I Need Scientific, Forensic Evidence to Prove Christianity Is True? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/do-i-need-scientific-forensic-evidence-to-prove-christianity-is-true/
  20. 32% of People Killed in Assisted Suicides Were Actually Euthanized Against Their Will | LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2017/05/30/32-of-people-killed-in-assisted-suicides-were-actually-euthanized-against-their-will/
  21. Evidence of biblical inspiration | carm: https://carm.org/evidence-biblical-inspiration
  22. 30 Things You Can Do This Summer to Deepen Your Kids Faith: http://christianmomthoughts.com/30-things-you-can-do-this-summer-to-deepen-your-kids-faith/
  23. Research by Barna and Summit: Postmodernism and Secularism Influence Todays Christians – Summit Ministries: https://www.summit.org/resources/articles/research-barna-summit-postmodernism-secularism-influence-todays-christians/
  24. Robert Gagnon debates gay activist Jayne Ozanne on Bible vs homosexuality | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/05/31/robert-gagnon-debates-gay-activist-jayne-ozanne-on-bible-vs-homosexuality-4/

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars –their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

Blessings to you all

5 Ways to Share Christ with Ease and Impact (Greg Koukl)

I received this email from Greg Koukl this morning as an STR Digest.  It contains some really good fundamentals and I simply had to share it.  Since there was no link in the email, the only way I could think of sharing it was on this blog, so here it is:

Let’s face it. Talking to others about controversial things isn’t easy—and issues like God and Jesus and the Bible and morality and sin and salvation and Heaven and Hell are about as controversial as they come.

I know the concern. You don’t want to get in over your head. You don’t want to come across odd. And you don’t want to get into a fight. I share these same sentiments with you, and these are all noble concerns…unless they secure our silence. If they keep us on the bench, they’ve gotten the best of us, and that’s not good.

Over time I’ve discovered some ways to make the task less troublesome, though. I’ve worked out a few principles I think will make a tough job easier, and I’d like to pass them on to you. The first one is the most important, and you’ve probably heard it from me before, but it bears repeating.

Ask Questions. Lots of them. Your first step in any encounter should be to gather as much information as possible. It’s hard to know how to proceed—or even if to proceed—unless you first get the lay of the land. You need “intel,” so to speak, and friendly queries get it for you.

When you need to buy some time to catch your wits, ask a question. When you face a challenge you’re not sure how to deal with, ask a question. When the conversation bogs down and you think it best to move in a new direction, ask a question. Whenever you’re in doubt about how to move forward, ask a question.

Slow Down and Simplify. On a flight back from the midwest I listened while a Christian brother in the row directly behind me vigorously shared his faith with passengers on either side. I was glad for the effort (my wife and I both were praying for him), and he made some fine points, but his conversation ranged from young-earth creationism to Armageddon. That’s a lot to have to swallow to get to Jesus.

Remember, your goal is to put a stone in his shoe, not a boulder. If controversial issues don’t come up, don’t bring them up. Major in the majors. Don’t try to move too quickly or cover too much ground when tackling tough topics. Take complex concerns step by step and piece by piece. Break them into smaller parts and try to make headway on only one part at a time.

Contextualize. I always look for ways to frame my points in terms of the other person’s interests, discipline, or profession. For example, once when an attorney asked me why he needed Jesus, I used a courtroom scene to make my point. This move made the point more persuasive because he saw it in light of things he already knew or procedures he was already familiar with.

Contextualizing your points by tying your comments or explanations to relevant parts of the other person’s world establishes common ground—and is an important tactical skill of an effective ambassador.

Be Nice. Solomon reminds us of something we already know, but still need to be prodded on…often: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Prov. 15:1). Later he adds, “Sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness” (16:21). Obvious stuff, but easily overlooked. Start out brash and thrashing about, and things will turn sour in the end. Start sweet, though, and you’ll probably end sweet.

Do everything you can, then, to help friends feel comfortable with the process. Don’t get mad. Don’t show frustration. Don’t look annoyed. Keep your cool. The more collected you are, the more confident you’ll appear and the more persuasive you’ll sound.

Trust God.  No matter how clever you sound, everything you say will turn to dust if God’s Spirit is not in it. No matter how poorly you think you’ve acquitted yourself, even the most meager effort can turn to gold if God decides to move. Never presume on God either way. Be faithful in the moment, then let God do His part—which is all the rest. I’m not saying you need to “tune in” to the Spirit. Encounters don’t usually work that way. Rather, simply do what you can, then trust in God’s sovereign control.

The very first time I ever shared Christ was less than 24 hours after I’d committed my life to Him. It was a long conversation, I felt entirely inept (I was), my close friends were fuming, and I thought it was a complete wash. It wasn’t. Four years later, out of the blue, I discovered what God had been doing that afternoon, and it was something I never would have guessed. It happens all the time.

And because God is at work in the hearts and minds of people you meet, you need to be ready.

Here is a link to donate to Stand To Reason: https://store.str.org/donate.asp

I would also highly recommend getting both the STR App and the STR Quick Reference app for your smart phone.  You can listen to all sorts of great material and even download the podcasts for “off-line” listening.  Enjoy!

 

Summary of Apologetics Class Schedule and Topics for 2016-2017

Date Section Topic / Other Notes
8/7/2016 Intro / Case for Apologetics (Steve Teaching) Introduction
Section: I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist
8/14/2016 DVD – Does Truth Exist (part 1)? Lesson 1 – The Road Runner Tactic
8/21/2016 DVD – Does Truth Exist (part 2)? Lesson 1 – The Road Runner Tactic
8/28/2016 DVD – Does God Exist (part 1)? Lesson 2 – Does God Exist (part 1)?
9/4/2016 DVD – Does God Exist (part 2)? Lesson 2 – Does God Exist (part 2)?
9/11/2016 DVD – Does God Exist (part 3)? Lesson 3 – Divine Design
9/18/2016 DVD – Does God Exist (part 4)? Lesson 4 – Origin of Life
9/25/2016 DVD – Does God Exist (part 5)? Lesson 5 – Evolution (part 1)
10/2/2016 DVD – Does God Exist (part 6)? Lesson 5 – Evolution (part 2) – Steve out – Hawaii
10/9/2016 DVD – Does God Exist (part 7)? Lesson 6 – The Moral Argument – Steve out – Hawaii
10/16/2016 DVD – Are Miracles Possible? Lesson 7 – Are Miracles Possible?
10/23/2016 DVD – Is the New Testament True (part 1)? Lesson 8 – Do We Have An Accurate Copy?
10/30/2016 DVD – Is the New Testament True (part 2)? Lesson 9 – Did the New Testament Writers Tell the Truth (part 1)?
11/6/2016 DVD – Is the New Testament True (part 3)? Lesson 9 – Did the New Testament Writers Tell the Truth (part 2)?
11/13/2016 DVD – Is the New Testament True (part 4)? Lesson 10 – Did the New Testament Writers Tell the Truth?
11/20/2016 DVD – Is the New Testament True (part 5)? Lesson 11 – Who Is Jesus / What books should be in the Bible?
11/27/2016 DVD – Conclusion Lesson 12 – So What if it’s True?
Section: I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist – End
12/4/2016 Is God Unloving for Sending People to Hell (Steve teaching)
Section: Tactics – Greg Koukl
12/11/2016 DVD – Tactics (part 1)
12/18/2016 DVD – Tactics (part 2)
12/25/2016 Christmas – no class
1/1/2017 DVD – Tactics (part 3)
1/8/2017 DVD – Tactics (part 4)
1/15/2017 DVD – Tactics (part 5)
1/22/2017 DVD – Tactics (part 6)
Section: Tactics – Greg Koukl – End
1/29/2017 The Atheist Delusion Movie Living Waters – Ray Comfort
2/5/2017 Logical Fallacies  (Steve Teaching)
2/12/2017 Abortion The 180 Movie (Living Waters), S.L.E.D. Test (Stand to Reason Quick ReferenceApp)
2/19/2017 Tapestry of New Testament History (Steve Teaching) Undesigned Coincidences
2/26/2017 Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (Dr. David Menton lecture)
3/5/2017 Darwin’s Dilemma (Discovery Institute)
3/12/2017 If God Exists, Why Does He Allow Evil (Frank Turek)
3/19/2017 Is the Bible Full of Contradictions? Tim Barnett
Section: The Resurrection and the person of Jesus
3/26/2017 Evidence for the Resurrection – 12 minimal facts and theories Dr. Craig Hazen
4/2/2017 Things Which Ought to be better known about the resurrection Dr. Peter J. Williams
4/9/2017 Mystery Religions and dying and rising gods in the ancient near east Sean McDowell
4/16/2017 The Case for Christ (documentary) Lee Strobel
Section: The Resurrection and the person of Jesus – End
Section: Young Earth Creationists
4/23/2017 Was Darwin Right? (Young Earth Creationist view) Dr. Terry Mortenson
4/30/2017 Astronomy Reveals Creation Dr. Jason Lisle
5/7/2017 Why Genesis Matters Dr. Jason Lisle
5/14/2017 Ultimate Proof of Creation Dr. Jason Lisle
Section: Young Earth Creationists – End
5/21/2017 Are You Saved? James MacDonald

It’s been a great year.  There are 3 topics I’m trying to decide between for tomorrow.  I think it’ll be a game-time decision, but prepared well for 2 of them (with notes) and I have the 3rd with me – video, but no notes:

  1. Cold Case Christianity – J. Warner Wallace
  2. Hell’s Best Kept Secret – Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron
  3. America’s Godly Heritage – David Barton

After tomorrow, the class breaks for 2 months (June and July), then we will resume in August.

mid-week apologetics booster (5-25-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Teaching Series on Why the Resurrection of Jesus Matters | THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM – This page has 6 embedded youtube videos: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/teaching-series-on-why-the-resurrection-of-jesus-matters/
  2. Apologetic Engagement-Fish or Cut Bait – Southern by His Grace: http://southernbyhisgrace.com/apologetic-engagement/
  3. Are Objective Moral Truths Merely a Matter of Cultural Agreement? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/are-objective-moral-truths-merely-a-matter-of-cultural-agreement/
  4. Defending the Age of Accountability | SOTERIOLOGY 101: https://soteriology101.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/defending-the-age-of-accountability/
  5. What Happens to Our Pets When They Die?: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/what-happens-to-pets-when-they-die
  6. ACLU and Planned Parenthood Fighting for Teens to Get Secret Abortions Without Their Parents Knowing | LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2017/05/18/aclu-and-planned-parenthood-fighting-for-teens-to-get-secret-abortions-without-their-parents-knowing/
  7. Atheist Astrophysicist Explains Her Journey To Jesus | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/atheist-astrophysicist-explains-her-journey-to-jesus/
  8. Modalism | carm: https://carm.org/modalism
  9. Creation Clips – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/creation-videos?fileID=YddmGJofbL0
  10. Leading Millennials? Core Issues You Need to Know | ChurchLeaders.com: http://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/303966-leading-millennials-core-issues-need-know.html
  11. Six Enemies of Apologetic Engagement – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/six-enemies-of-apologetic-engagement
  12. Are Christians Intolerant Haters? The Charges are Not New – Michael J. Kruger: http://www.biblestudytools.com/blogs/michael-j-kruger/are-christians-intolerant-haters-the-charges-are-not-new.html
  13. Four Iowa Planned Parenthood Locations Closing After State Cuts Funding to Abortion Facilities | Christian News Network: http://christiannews.net/2017/05/22/four-iowa-planned-parenthood-locations-closing-after-state-cuts-funding-to-abortion-facilities/
  14. Case-Making 101: How does the Bible compare to other ancient documents? Truth, Faith and Reason: http://truthfaithandreason.com/case-making-101-how-does-the-bible-compare-to-other-ancient-documents/
  15. Who Has the Burden of Proof When Discussing God? | Strange Notions: http://strangenotions.com/who-has-the-burden-of-proof-when-discussing-god/
  16. Truthbomb Apologetics: Video: True for You, but Not For Me? by Brett Kunkle: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2017/05/video-true-for-you-but-not-for-me-by.html
  17. Pro-Abortion Students at Catholic Notre Dame Walk Out of Pro-Life VP Mike Pences Commence Speech | LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2017/05/22/pro-abortion-students-at-catholic-notre-dame-walk-out-of-pro-life-vp-mike-pences-commence-speech/
  18. Is Right and Wrong Simply a Matter of Human Flourishing? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/is-right-and-wrong-simply-a-matter-of-human-flourishing/
  19. Four Things We Wont Need in Heaven (But Ought to Pursue Here on Earth) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/four-things-we-wont-need-in-heaven-but-ought-to-pursue-here-on-earth/
  20. How to Become a True Student and a Better Apologist: http://crossexamined.org/how-to-become-a-true-student-and-a-better-apologist/
  21. Nature & Scripture: Argument for the Early Dating of Christian Theology and Christian Writings: http://natureandscripture.blogspot.com/2017/05/argument-for-early-dating-of-christian.html
  22. The Trinity is Not A Problem, Its A Solution | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/the-trinity-is-not-a-problem-its-a-solution/
  23. Why I Wish Christians Would Argue MORE (No, Seriously) ChurchLeaders.com: http://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/301281-wish-christians-argue-no-seriously-trevin-wax.html
  24. The Empty Tomb | The John 10:10 Project: http://thejohn1010project.com/the-empty-tomb.html
  25. Matthew 7:1-6 Why the Confusion About Judging? | Dr. Mike Spaulding: http://www.drmikespaulding.com/?p=1993
  26. Apologetics Mission Trips – Brett Kunkle | Stand To Reason – Opening monologue is pretty powerful: http://subsplash.com/standtoreason/v/5nfgovh
  27. Pastor James MacDonald – Are You Saved? – Very convicting sermon, which I like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVRUTknpA7Q
  28. What is the Best Evidence for Intelligent Design? Interview with Brian Johnson. – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/what-is-the-best-evidence-for-intelligent-design-interview-with-brian-johnson

My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest– I would flee far away and stay in the desert; “Selah” Psalms 55:4-7

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-18-2017)

Good morning brothers and sisters,

I would like to remind you to either invite someone to the Harvest Outreach event or volunteer to serve there.  It is June 11th at University of Phoenix stadium.  In case you haven’t heard of this, it is the evangelist Greg Laurie.  I think of him as kind of a modern day Billy Graham.  I think this event is well worth your time and effort.  Many will be hear the gospel and be saved there.  I’ve volunteered to be a ‘Decision Followup Worker’.

Here are your links:

  1. 4 Ways to become a better listener and a better Apologist: http://crossexamined.org/4-ways-become-better-listener-better-apologist/
  2. Faith Under Fire: Christian Ethics in the Workplace, Part 2 | RZIM: http://ca.rzim.org/let-my-people-think-broadcasts/faith-under-fire-christian-ethics-in-the-workplace-part-2/
  3. Why We Need a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith (Video): http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/why-we-need-a-more-reasonable-evidential-christian-faith-video/
  4. The Stream:
    1. The Tip of the Transgender Spear in Virginia | The Stream: https://stream.org/the-tip-of-the-transgender-spear-in-virginia/
    2. Ellen DeGeneres Needs a Lesson About Diversity and Tolerance | The Stream: https://stream.org/donald-trump-teach-ellen-degeneres-diversity-tolerance/
    3. An Open Letter to Miley Cyrus | The Stream: https://stream.org/an-open-letter-to-miley-cyrus/
    4. Rage at Rubio’s Bible Tweets: More Evidence of Troubling Bias Against Christians: https://stream.org/rubio-bible-tweets/
  5. 110M-year-old dinosaur discovered with skin and soft tissue (not a Christian article, but again, does not make sense given the supposed ages): http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/06/dinosaur-nodosaur-fossil-discovery/
  6. From New Age Blogger To Christian: When I Encountered Jesus | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/new-age-blogger-christian-when-i-encountered-jesus/
  7. When the Case for God Is Strong, Skeptics Attack Christianity | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/when-the-case-for-god-is-strong-skeptics-attack-christianity/
  8. Watch “Basic Differences Between Islam and Christianity.” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/N6dkexljCiU
  9. Watch “How To Better Apply Apologetics When Talking to Non-Believers” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/iArt_fe-EmM
  10. Watch “How Atheists Steal Science From God | Frank Turek, PhD” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/gurMfV5Pmus
  11. Does Belief In God Encourage Criminal Behavior? http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/does-belief-in-god-encourage-criminal-behavior/
  12. Lesbian bishop in Sweden calls for church to remove crosses and install Muslim prayer space: https://carm.org/lesbian-bishop-calls-for-church-to-remove-crosses-install-muslim-prayer-space
  13. Nabeel Qureshi – Author of the book ‘Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus’, regarding his battle with stomach cancer:
    1. Torn Emotions: A Visit With Nabeel Qureshi | RZIM: http://rzim.org/global-blog/torn-emotions-a-visit-with-nabeel-qureshi/
    2. Watch “Vlog 29 – Renewed Hope, Mark 7, and More Chemo” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/pG2C_Gbzx_s

Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.  Matthew 5:23-24

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 5/14/2017

This was our last week in the series on young earth creation featuring Dr. Jason Lisle.  This week the topic was The Ultimate Proof of Creation (Presuppositional Apologetics).  Here is the video:

 

Here are the fill in the blank notes, with the link to the answers below:

Ultimate Proof of Creation-Presuppositional Apologetics (Dr. Jason Lisle)

  1. People are not always convinced by a good argument, but people are often convinced by a bad argument – that’s what logical fallacies are, bad arguments that people find convincing.
  2. There is a difference between proof and persuasion.
  3. It’s not our job to persuade people, our job is to give a d____________.
  4. Evidence commonly used to confirm creation:
    1. Information Science / Genetics:
      1. “There is no known law of nature, no known process, and no known sequence of events which can cause information to originate by itself in matter… When its progress along the chain of transmission events is traced backward, every piece of information leads to a mental source, the mind of the sender” – Dr. Werner Gitt
      2. The fact that we have information in our DNA tells us that DNA could not have come about by a r__________, c_____________ process.
  • “All point mutations that have been studied on the molecular level turn out to reduce the genetic information and not to increase it.” – Dr. Lee Spetner
  1. Mutations may increase survival value under certain circumstances, but they don’t add new information to the genome.
  1. Biblical Timescale:
    1. Carbon-14 in Diamonds – All the C-14 on the entire earth would be gone (would’ve decayed into Nitrogen) in 1 million years.
    2. Comets – Comets are made of ice. Every time they pass near the sun, some of this ice is blasted away and the comet loses mass.  A comet could orbit for a maximum of about ___,___ years before it completely runs out of material.
  2. For every one of these lines of evidence that we can come up with, the evolutionist can come up with a “r________ d_________”.
    1. Comets – perhaps there is a vast reservoir of comets beyond the visible solar system: an “Oort cloud”. Comets are occasionally dislodged from this cloud and thrown into the inner solar system.  There’s no observational evidence of this Oort cloud.
  3. Creationists and Evolutionists all have the same facts. Why then do we draw such different conclusions about the past?  The answer is we have a different s______ p_______ (world view).
  4. Your world view is like a set of mental glasses you wear through which you see everything.
  5. Your world view is all of your most basic beliefs about reality, which we call presuppositions
  6. Presuppositions that everyone has:
    1. Your senses are basically reliable
    2. Your memory is reliable
    3. The existence of the Laws of Logic
  7. Creationists and evolutionists have different presuppositions – different rules for i_____________ the evidence.
  8. The battle isn’t really about evidence, it’s about how evidence ought to be interpreted. We have different standards by which we interpret the evidence.
  9. Ultimate Standard: Creationist: the Bible, Evolutionist: Naturalism or Empiricism
  10. Evidence by itself will not resolve a worldview conflict, because your worldview tells you what to m________ of the evidence.
  11. Told story about a man who was convinced he’s dead… (I guess dead men do bleed J)
  12. A philosophically astute person will not be persuaded by mere evidence.
  13. There is no n__________ ground (Mat. 12:30; James 4:4). Can’t take Bible out of discussion.
  14. The Pretended Neutrality Fallacy – Since the Bible indicates that there is no “neutral”, the claim of neutrality is itself unbiblical. Neutrality is non-neutral, and therefore self-refuting.
  15. Ultimate Authority:
    1. Only the Bible provides the preconditions for the intelligibility of man’s experience and reasoning.
    2. If the Bible were not true, it be impossible to prove anything.
  16. We rely on the following preconditions, which are all grounded in God’s Word:
    1. Laws of L_________ – correct standard of reason (why in a ‘chance universe’)?
    2. U_________ of Nature – Gravity, etc. (God upholds the universe in a consistent fashion)
    3. Absolute M____________ – Why ought we (should we) behave in a certain way?
  17. Evolutionist do believe in these things, but in their worldview, no rational foundation for these
  18. Relativism – All things are relative. There are no absolutes.  The statement that “there are no absolutes” is an absolute statement, so if it’s true, it’s false, therefore, it’s false.
  19. Empiricism – the belief that all truth claims are proved by empirical observation. How do you know that the statement itself is true?  Did you prove that by empirical observation?
  20. Unbelievers will stand on Christian presuppositions when it s__________ them. He is standing on Christian ground.  He either needs to get saved or stop trespassing!
  21. Debate on the existence of air: the critics of air must use air in order to make a case against it.
  22. Likewise, the critic of the Bible must use biblical presuppositions in order to argue against it.
  23. Absolute Morality – if God created us, He has the right to set the rules. If we are just ‘re-arranged p________ s_________’, why not do what we want?
  24. The moment the moral relativist says, “You can’t go around telling people what not to do”, what are they doing? Going around telling other people what not to do, which is self-refuting.
  25. Ask a moral relativist, ‘How do you decide “right” from “wrong”?’ Apart from the biblical God, morality can only be r__________.  Yet people can’t live that way.
  26. Possible Responses:
    1. “Morality is what brings the most h__________ to the most people”. But in an evolutionary universe, why should I be concerned about the happiness of others (if they’re just ‘re-arranged pond scum)?
    2. “The moral code is simply electrical impulses in the brain.” Why should I follow it?
    3. “Laws of morality are conventions adopted for the good of s______.” In an evolutionary worldview, we’re just animals. The word ‘benefit’ assumes a standard of goodness…
    4. “People can adopt their own moral code.” If you can, so can I and you might not like some of my moral codes – I might want to shoot you.
    5. You wouldn’t punish vinegar for reacting with baking soda – that’s just what it does. You wouldn’t punish the Lion for killing the antelope – animals kill animals…
  27. Laws of Logic – these are r_______________ of the way God thinks, and the way He expects us to think. These stem from God’s nature.  God is logical. (2 Timothy 2:13; Colossians 2:3)
  28. Laws of Logic are immaterial, universal, invariant, abstract, contingent on the biblical God
  29. N___________ – the belief that nature is all that there is. The naturalist attempts to use logic and reason to support his position.  But logic is not part of nature.  The fact that he’s able to make an argument at all proves he’s wrong.
  30. I’m not saying you have to profess a belief in God to use laws of logic, but you do need the biblical God to have laws of logic. No other worldview can account for them.
  31. Possible Responses:
    1. “Laws of logic are material. They are chemical reactions in the brain.”  If material, they’re not laws.  They can’t be u____________ if they don’t extend beyond your brain.
    2. “Laws of logic are descriptions of how the brain thinks.” If this were true, you could never violate one.
    3. “Laws of logic are conventions.” But some cultures have different conventions (e.g. driving on left-side of the road or the right side of the road).
    4. “They are a property of the universe.” But the universe c___________ with time, so we wouldn’t expect them to be invariant.
    5. “We use them because they work.” But that’s not my question. My question is ‘how can you account for them in an evolutionary worldview?’
  32. “Don’t Answer, Answer” Strategy:
    1. The Bible itself provides a strategy for d__________ the Christian Faith.
    2. This is the biblical way to refute anti-Christian presuppositions.
    3. Proverbs 26:4-5 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.
    4. Do not embrace the “fool’s” pr________________. (Proverbs 26:4)
    5. Show where the “fool’s” presuppositions would go if taken to their conclusion (Proverbs 26:5)
    6. Never “put on the suit”, but always “r_______________ it back to him”.
  33. Richard Dawkins – here is a man that is convinced that his purpose in life is to convince people that there is no purpose in life. You see the inconsistency there?
  34. Secular worldviews always blow themselves up.
  35. Any argument against Christianity presupposes Christianity is true.
  36. It’s not our job to open people’s h____________ – that’s the Holy Spirit’s prerogative, it’s our job to close their mouths. – Dr. Greg Bahnsen
  37. Who can contend with the Almighty?

Here is a link to the answers.

mid-week apologetics booster (5-11-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. 74% Of Doctors Believe In Miracles, 55% Have Seen Them | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/74-of-doctors-believe-in-miracles-55-have-seen-them/
  2. How Can Students Stand Strong for Their Faith in College? – Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry: http://crossexamined.org/how-can-students-stand-strong-for-their-faith-in-college/
  3. MTV Star Catelynn Lowell: Why is It Illegal to Destroy an Eagle Egg But Not Abort a Baby? http://www.lifenews.com/2014/05/05/mtv-star-catelynn-lowell-why-is-it-illegal-to-destroy-an-eagle-egg-but-not-abort-a-baby/
  4. Public School Shuts Down Bible Club — Todd Starnes: https://www.toddstarnes.com/column/public-school-shuts-down-bible-club
  5. Is The Bible Full Of Contradictions? 6 Quick Responses | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/is-the-bible-full-of-contradictions-6-quick-responses/
  6. “No Uterus, No Opinion” – Can Men Have a Say on Abortion? http://www.lifenews.com/2012/06/05/no-uterus-no-opinion-can-men-have-a-say-on-abortion/
  7. Responses that Stimulate Conversation: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2014/08/responses-that-stimulate-conversation.html
  8. The Three R’s of Salvation: http://blogs.christianpost.com/confident-christian/the-three-rs-of-salvation-23599/
  9. Jesus Vs Muhammad: Their Views About Women | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/jesus-vs-muhammad-their-views-about-women/
  10. Climate Change / Global Warming:
    1. Scientists Found a Totally Unexpected Source of Climate Cooling: http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/08/scientists-found-a-totally-unexpected-source-of-climate-cooling/
    2. Peer-Reviewed Survey Finds Majority Of Scientists Skeptical Of Global Warming Crisis: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2013/02/13/peer-reviewed-survey-finds-majority-of-scientists-skeptical-of-global-warming-crisis/#5f37283d4c7c
    3. Why You Don’t Believe In Facts, And How To Fix It – you may find this very challenging, but I include it to be ‘fair and balanced’.  Apparently, the author has not read the study referred to above: https://lisacharlotterost.github.io/2017/05/07/why-do-we-not-believe-in-facts/
  11. Why Your Children Do NOT Need Apologetics: Correcting Misconceptions – Mama Bear Apologetics: http://mamabearapologetics.com/children-do-need-apologetics/
  12. Postmodernism and the Paradox of Tolerance – The Veritas Forum: http://www.veritas.org/postmodernism-paradox-tolerance/
  13. Three Things You’ll Have to Say to the World to Live a Surrendered, Godly Life | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/three-things-youll-have-to-say-to-the-world-to-live-a-surrendered-godly-life/
  14. The Folly of Answering Distracting Atheistic Arguments: http://www.equip.org/article/folly-answering-distracting-atheistic-arguments/
  15. About Those Crusades: http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2015/02/about-those-crusades.html
  16. How To Be Someone People Love To Talk To (not a Christian article, but good none-the-less): http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2015/02/love-to-talk/

And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies on your account; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs – Romans 11:26-28

Blessings

Apologetics class 5/7/2017

Here is the video we watched in class today:

Why Genesis Matters – Dr. Jason Lisle

 

Here are the notes and discussion questions:

  1. Evolution is m______ ideas about how l_____ could come about apart from _________
  2. Jesus quoted from G_______ about as much as all the other b_____ of the B_____ combined
  3. Evolution is not the cause of all problems in society, s______ is the cause, because e_______ gives people a seemingly r________ foundation for their s_____.
  4. Genesis was not written as a metaphor, parable or poetry, it was written as l________ h______.
  5. A lot of people want to embrace the morality the Bible teaches, but r______ the h_______ it teaches.
  6. It used to be that we used a h_________ to h_______ sections of the Bible we liked, but now in far too many churches, we use a b_____ o_______ marker to b________ o______ the sections we don’t like.
  7. God never gave us a l______ i______ v_____ on Scripture.
  8. We don’t just want them to be c__________, we want them to be C______.
  9. Context of passage determines what the word ‘day’ means, e.g. evening, morning, number, day.
  10. God’s powerful enough that He could’ve created the u_______ in an i________; He really had to s_______ Himself down.
  11. There is an astronomical basis for d____, m________ and y_______, but not for w_______
  12. 6 days (of creation) is an i____________ issue, but not a s_________ issue.
  13. The Bible says that it was by man that d_____ came into the world, but evolution teaches that it was by d_______ that man came into the world.
  14. Either the bulk of fossils were deposited in a w____-w____ f_____, or they were deposited n_________ over millions of years.
  15. If “the flood” was just a l_____ flood, then God has broken His promise (re. the rainbow) thousands of times, because there have been many l_____ floods since the flood occurred.
  16. If you understand c______, then the Gospel message just makes s______.

Discussion Questions

 

  1. For all of this Christian influence in our nation, why are we rapidly becoming a pagan nation?
  2. What is your ultimate standard?
  3. How does what you believe about the past influence your worldview today?
  4. Why is it significant that we find Carbon 14 (C-14) in diamonds?
  5. How are laws that protect the weak from being harmed by the strong “anti-evolutionary”?
  6. How is evolution like termites?
  7. How does a literal Genesis make it possible for Jesus to be our Kinsman Redeemer?
  8. If God didn’t get the details right in Genesis, how can we be sure He got the details right on how to inherit eternal life?
  9. What does it mean that 1,000 years is like a day?
  10. Where do we get our pattern for a week?
  11. Why does the death of plants not count as death occurring before sin?
  12. If the flood was just local, why didn’t Noah just move?

 

 

mid-week apologetics booster (5-4-2017)

Good morning y’all,

Well, I guess I’m being influenced by the family guests I have in from Arkansas J  We’ve been taking a whirlwind tour of Arizona, hiking on South Mountain, going to Sedona, Slide Rock, Jerome and eating at Rustler’s Roost so far!  Tomorrow, we’re heading up to Prescott to go canoeing on Watson lake and possibly to walk around Lynx lake.  On the way out, they’re going to visit the Grand Canyon on their own.  As I see all of these sights along with them and see their delight in our beautiful state, I’m reminded of what the Apostle Paul told us so long ago:

What may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.  Romans 1:19-20

When people ask for evidence for God, we can immediately point them to the creation.  God is the best explanation for the beauty and design we see in nature.  And because of this, we praise His name:

You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.  Revelation 4:11

Here are your weekly links:

  1. The Art of Raising Kids Who Will Not Bow to the Idol of Science: http://christianmomthoughts.com/the-art-of-raising-kids-who-will-not-bow-to-the-idol-of-science/
  2. Explaining Hell to Our Children | Desiring God: http://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/explaining-hell-to-our-children
  3. In America, Does More Education Equal Less Religion? http://www.pewforum.org/2017/04/26/in-america-does-more-education-equal-less-religion/
  4. 3 ways Christians can stand up to free-speech bullies who want to shut us up: https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/3-ways-Christians-can-stand-up-to-free-speech-bullies-who-want-to-shut-us-up
  5. At the Harvest Crusade, you can volunteer (June 11th) I think I’m going to sign up to be a decision follow-up worker – This is a ten-minute friend to those who make a profession of faith, praying for and encouraging them in their walk with Christ: https://harvestamerica.com/serve
  6. 6 Big Reasons Why Islam Is False | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/6-big-reasons-why-islam-is-false/
  7. Cain’s Wife—Who Was She? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/bible-characters/cain/cains-wife-who-was-she/
  8. Persuasion versus Argument in Apologetics | Apologetics for the Church: https://apolotheo.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/persuasion-versus-argument-in-apologetics/
  9. How To Combat The Apologetic Apathy In The Church – Free Thinking Ministries: http://freethinkingministries.com/how-to-combat-the-apologetic-apathy-in-the-church/
  10. Bible reading not allowed before class, professor (Northern Arizona University) tells student | Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/05/01/bible-reading-not-allowed-before-class-professor-tells-student.html
  11. James Warner Wallace on asking a simple question: “Why are you a Christian?” | THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/james-warner-wallace-on-asking-a-simple-question-why-are-you-a-christian/
  12. Atheists May Not Believe In God, But They Still Live in His World: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/atheists-may-not-believe-in-god-but-they-still-live-in-his-world
  13. All of Us Ought to Agree on the Fallen Nature of Humans: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/all-of-us-ought-to-agree-on-the-fallen-nature-of-humans/

The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death. Isaiah 57:1-2

Blessings to y’all

Apologetics class 4/30/2017

Here is the video we watched in our series on young earth creation:

Dr. Jason Lisle – Astronomy Reveals Creation

 

Here are the notes for this video:

How the Secrets of the Cosmos Confirms the Bible (5 Categories)

  1. Glory of God is revealed in the heavens (Ps. 19:1-3). The s_______ and b_________ of the cosmos are consistent with the mind of God – not chance
    1. Moon
    2. Saturn
    3. The Sun and other stars
    4. Star Clusters
    5. Nebulae (Nebula)
    6. Galaxies
  2. Basics of Astronomy – whenever s__________ e___________ of the day have disagreed, the Bible has always been right
    1. The S______________ Earth
    2. Earth is s__________ in space
    3. E_____________ of the universe
    4. Conservation of e___________ and mass
    5. Uncountable Stars
  3. Age of the Universe – Many lines of evidence confirm that the universe is t________ of years old
    1. Scripture teaches a “young” universe (6 o___________ days, ~6,000 years ago)
    2. Excess internal heat of planets
    3. Earth’s m______________ field decaying (losing strength)
    4. Other planet’s magnetic fields (Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus, etc.)
    5. Recession of the moon (1½“ per year)
    6. Comets are made of icy material which can last no longer than ____,_____ years
    7. Spiral G____________ Winding
    8. Blue stars expend their fuel quickly. They cannot last b___________ of years
  4. Earth’s Uniqueness – Science c______ that the earth is unique among the worlds of the cosmos
    1. The moon – a “magnificent desolation” but not designed for life.
    2. Other planets – they declare God’s glory, but they are not designed for l_________
    3. What about Extra-Terrestrial Life? Theological issues inherent in this question.
      1. The Fermi Paradox: “Where are they?”
  5. Starlight (Distant) – the Bible is right about starlight. Distant starlight is not a problem for a young universe.
    1. Light from distant galaxies is thought to take billions of years to reach earth
    2. Light year is a unit of d_________, not t_______. A light year is about 6 trillion miles.
    3. Many of the proposed solutions simply cannot work:
      1. “The distances are not real”
      2. “The speed of light was much faster in the past”
  • “The light was created ‘in transit’”. Light ‘in transit’ requires God to create f____________ images and ‘movies.  Example – Supernova 1987A.  If light-in-transit idea is true, then none of these things have ever actually existed.
  1. “Gravitational Time Dilation” – Dr. Russ Humphreys
  1. Lisle thinks the correct solution is: the o______-w______ speed of light. How do you measure this?  Very difficult to synchronize two distant clocks:
    1. Apparently, it is impossible to synchronize c__________ (exactly) without knowing the one-way speed of light
    2. And it is impossible to measure the one-way speed of light without synchronized clocks.
  • The one-way speed of light is a ‘convention’ – it’s not something we m________, it is something we c___________.
  1. Anisotropic Synchrony Convention (ASC) – using this convention, light takes no time at all to get from distant galaxies to here.

 

Apologetics Class 4-23-2017

In our Apologetics class last Sunday, we started a series on young earth creation.  During this year of classes, I’d primarily been exposing students to material that implicitly supported the ancient universe view of creation.  But now, in order to be “fair and balanced” (and because I believe they have some really good arguments), I’ve decided to show the “other side” of the argument.  Our first week started with Dr. David Menton speaking on the topic “Origin of the Species: Was Darwin Wrong?”  We watched this in 1 part, but I also found this on YouTube in 7 parts:

  1. Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UncGAsdIoS4
  2. Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXPGkz5wfyA
  3. Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd-4JLtH9uE
  4. Part 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=canaOhDOMuY
  5. Part 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qlfc-D_Xk8
  6. Part 6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlyXcD2lmag
  7. Part 7: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUiru4dQc_0

Below is the note-taking form I made up for the students.  At the bottom of the post, I have provided a link to the answers.

Was Darwin Right? Dr. Terry Mortenson (Young Earth Creationist)

(He has a Ph.D. in history of geology from Coventry University)

  1. National Academy of Science – “There is no d____________ within the scientific community over whether evolution has occurred…”
  2. Evolution theory is based on assumptions, called “Ph__________ Na___________”, which says:
    1. Nature or matter is all that exists
    2. Everything can and must be explained by time plus chance plus laws of nature working on matter.
  3. “The influence of evolutionary theory on fields far removed from biology is one of the most spectacular examples in history of how a highly sp___________ idea for which there is no really hard scientific evidence can come to fashion the thinking of a whole society and dominate the outlook of an age. Ultimately, the Darwinian theory of evolution is no more nor less than the great cosmogenic myth of the twentieth century.“ – Michael Denton, Evolution: a theory in crisis
  4. Creationist’s presuppositions come from the Bible (especially in Genesis – “after their kind”).
  5. God created the different kinds of plants and animals distinct. He built into their genetic information potential for v__________ w________ the k________, but not the ability to change from one kind into another.
  6. 2 Key Questions:
    1. How did the DNA In___________ for the supposed first living microscopic creature come into existence?
    2. How did the DNA Information in that “simple” creature get ch___________ and augmented to produce all the different kinds of plants and animals that we see in the fossil record and living today?
  7. 1953 – Miller / Urey experiment. Attempted to create “life” (amino acids) from n___-l_______.
  8. They had to create a “trap” to hold the organic compounds otherwise they would’ve been destroyed in the same environment in which they were created (that’s cheating).
  9. “Nobody knows how a mixture of l___________ chemicals spontaneously organized themselves into the first living cell.” – Paul Davies (Australian Centre for Astrobiology, Macquarie University)
  10. Does the fossil record support evolution or creation?
    1. Evolutionists created the Geological Time Scale (or Geological Column). This column does not exist anywhere in the real world, except in the text books and magazine articles.  We find m___________ fossils all throughout this column.
    2. Evolutionists claim that v__________ change has occurred. From single cell à Humans
    3. Creationists say that h_____________ variation has occurred – variation within kinds.
    4. “The extreme rarity of tr______________ forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology. The evolutionary trees that adorn our textbooks have data only at the tips and nodes of their branches; the rest is inference, however reasonable, not evidence of fossils” – Stephen J. Gould – Evolutionist-from Scientific American magazine
    5. The evolutionists can only point to a handful of very controversial examples (of transitional forms).
    6. According to Gould, 2 characteristics of the fossil record are:
      1. Ab__________ Appearance (creatures appear suddenly in the fossil record)
      2. St________ (once creatures appear in fossil record, they basically stay the same)
    7. Living fossils – organisms that we thought to have gone ex________ but are found alive
    8. Many creatures have not changed at all (comparing live specimens with fossils) in the “supposed” tens or hundreds of millions of years of evolution.
    9. Evolutionists sometimes commit misinterpretation based on in________ fossil evidence
    10. Whale evolution given as an example. U.C. Berkeley
  11. Embryonic re_______________ – that the embryo “rehearses” its evolutionary history as it develops (Ernst Haeckel – embryo pictures were a fraud, printed in some text books)
  12. Conclusions (Part 1):
    1. Evolutionists have NO idea how the first living cell came into existence by ch_________
    2. Evolutionists have NO INDISPUTABLE f_______ ev____________ that one kind of creature evolved into a different kind of creature.
  13. Does the study of living creatures support evolution (t_____ of life) or creation (f______ of life)?
    1. There is not an evolutionist on the face of the earth that would look at this (amazing sand sculpture) and say “look at what the ocean washed up on the shore last night!”
    2. Information comes from a m__________.
    3. “There is no known law of nature, no known process and no known sequence of events which can cause information to originate by itself in m___________” – Werner Gitt
    4. Space shuttle, cell phones and other examples of man-made technology are s_______________ compared to a living cell.
    5. Information in DNA:
      1. DNA (DeoxyriboNucleic Acid or D______ N__ A____________)
      2. DNA to cover a pin tip would be the information equivalent of a stack of books from the Earth to the moon ____ times
  • The amount of DNA in every cell of our bodies is the equivalent of 3 or 4 sets of the 20 volumes of the en______________ Britannica (Richard Dawkins)
  1. It’s the DNA that produces the variety (peas, horses, skin color, etc.)
  1. The Supposed Mechanisms of Evolution:
    1. Natural Selection
      1. Natural selection is a FACT – creationists believe in it
      2. Natural selection is NOT evolution
      3. Natural selection is a CO_________, not a cr________, process. Nature can only select what is already there.  It can’t create something new.
      4. Dogs – the question is “where did the first dog come from”, not how did you get the variety.
      5. This process of variation involves a l__________ of genetic information (e.g. poodle)
      6. Nature selects the long haired dogs because they have the characteristics that will allow them to live in that environment
      7. Natural selection can explain the SU__________ of the fittest but NOT the AR___________ of the fittest.
      8. Natural selection is the God-designed method of pr___________ representatives of the original created kinds
    2. Random Mutations
      1. Fruit fly experiments – bombard them with radiation and see what mutations occur. None of these is an im___________ on the original and none of these would survive in the wild – nature would select the healthy, “normal” ones and weed out these mutants.
      2. Mutations are a FACT
      3. But mutations nearly always re_________ information, they never IN____________ functional information
      4. “All point mutations that have been studied on the molecular level turn out to reduce the genetic information and not to increase it” – Lee Spetner, Not By Chance: Shattering the Modern Theory of Evolution
      5. Evolutionists will say that there are some b___________ mutations
      6. Pylori – bacteria, which is can be killed by absorbing the antibiotic which is converted to a poison. Mutant H. pylori lacks the ability to produce the enzyme.  No enzyme, no poison, no death. Survived by a L______ of information.
      7. “Whoever thinks macroevolution can be made by mutations that lose information is like the merchant who lost a little money on every sale but thought he could make it up in volume.” – Lee Spetner, Not By Chance: Shattering the Modern Theory of Evolution
      8. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. (Romans 8:22)
      9. Mutations are the God-ordained c_____________ of His curse on creation because of Adam’s sin.
      10. Undirected, Random, Natural Processes + Time Complex, Functional Design (Information)
      11. Tools found in cave not result of random chance. SETI program (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence), listen for organized pattern of sounds
    3. Summary:
      1. Natural selection? FACT
      2. Mutations? FACT
      3. Natural Selection + mutation=molecule-to-man evolution? NOT FACT
      4. Information does not come from matter.
      5. No indisputable transitional fossils
      6. Nature produces no new information
      7. The issue is not micro-evolution vs. macro-evolution
      8. The issue is not the s______ of change, it is the d_____________ of change
      9. The issue is the origin and addition of genetic information
      10. “A man who has no assured and ever-present belief in the existence of a personal God, or of a future existence with retribution and reward, can have for his rule of life, as far as I can see, only to follow those i__________ and i_________ which are the strongest or which seem to him the best ones” – Charles Darwin (Judges 17:6b)
      11. If ape is in your past, morality is r____________, man sets the rules
      12. Romans 1:18-20 (we are without excuse because of creation)

 

Link to answers

mid-week apologetics booster (4-27-2017)

Good morning,

I hope you’re having a great week!  Here are the things I’ve run into this week:

  1. KNOW WHY YOU BELIEVE: Connecting Faith and Reason, by Paul E. Little.  This is the free audio book of the month from Christian Audio (normally $14.98).  Great book!  I’m already starting to listen the 2nd time through.  I really think that this could also be given to any of your unbelieving friends, neighbors or family who have questions about the Christian faith.  It seems to be written not so much to the Christian, but rather to the seeker who has honest questions.  Here is the description from the site: How can you know that there is a God? Did Jesus really rise from the dead? Why is there pain and suffering in the world? Do science and the Bible conflict? If you have found yourself asking similar questions about Christianity, you need to know….the Christian faith and reason are compatible.  Sunday is the last day to get this for free (it is a set of downloadable MP3s), don’t miss this: http://christianaudio.com/free
  2. Answering the Galileo Myth: http://subspla.sh/rulahty
  3. Case-Making 101: Why Do Christians Need To Understand and Practice Apologetics? – Truth, Faith and Reason: http://truthfaithandreason.com/case-making-101-why-do-christians-need-to-understand-and-practice-apologetics/
  4. Florida High School Students Forced to Remove Cross Jewelry and Participate in LGBT Activities | The Stream: https://stream.org/florida-high-school-students-forced-to-remove-cross-jewelry-and-participate-in-lgbt-activities/
  5. Earth Day—A Christian Perspective | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/environmental-science/earth-day-a-christian-perspective/
  6. 8 False Assumptions about Christianity – Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/8-false-assumptions-about-christianity/
  7. Watch “Summary of the Deity of Christ in Mark by James White” on YouTube – this is a whirlwind tour of the evidence from the Gospel of Mark for the deity of Jesus: https://youtu.be/StX81To97dY
  8. Stunning Protein Fossils Confirm the Flood | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/9940
  9. Jehovah’s Witnesses:
    1. Being Tactical with Jehovah’s Witnesses: http://subspla.sh/nvyk8a2
    2. I think this article is the exact text of what the speaker is saying in the above podcast: http://www.str.org/articles/being-tactical-with-jehovah%E2%80%99s-witnesses#.WP0G09LyuUk
    3. Here is an article on how to handle the knock at your door where the Stand to Reason speaker Tim Barnett is talking how to tactically deal with JW’s.  One of the things he explains is how to use their “translation” to make the case to them: http://www.str.org/publications/solid-ground-july-2016-ready-for-the-knock-on-your-door#.WP0HD9LyuUk
  10. Pdf from Gary Habermas – Essential Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus: https://www.summit.org/resources/fact-sheet/essential-evidence-resurrection-jesus/
  11. What Do I Have to Do Before I Can Call Myself a Christian “Apologist”? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/what-do-i-have-to-do-before-i-can-call-myself-a-christian-apologist/
  12. Communism – Conservapedia: http://www.conservapedia.com/Communism
  13. God’s Fingerprints are Everywhere – Marvin Olasky: https://m.townhall.com/columnists/marvinolasky/2017/04/25/gods-fingerprints-are-everywhere-n2317394
  14. Is It “UnChristian” to Execute 8 Murderers? https://www.raptureforums.com/politics-culture-wars/unchristian-execute-8-murderers/
  15. If Bill O’Reilly Followed Mike Pence’s Rules, He Might Still Be On TV: http://thefederalist.com/2017/04/24/bill-oreilly-followed-mike-pences-rules-women-might-still-tv/
  16. An Often-Missed Example of Media Bias: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/an-often-missed-example-of-media-bias
  17. Thought Snack: The Root Fallacy – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/thought-snack-the-root-fallacy/

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners –of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. 1 Timothy 1:15-16

Blessings to you all!

mid-week apologetics booster (4-20-2017)

Good morning all,

I hope you’re having a wonderful week following our resurrected Savior, Jesus the Christ.  If you are following Him, your wonderful week is likely full of:

  1. Denying yourself
  2. Taking up your cross daily
  3. Following Him
  4. Losing your life for Him
  5. Not gaining the world
  6. Not being ashamed of Him or His words

Jesus made that clear when He said:

If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self ? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.  Luke 9:23-26

Like Paul I hope we can all say, “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death”  Philippians 3:8-9  That’s the true joy, knowing Him.

And like anyone else we know and love, we will defend our belief in them in the face of attack, but with gentleness and respect – that’s Apologetics – Paul practiced it, Peter practiced it and Jesus practiced it.  Let us do likewise:

  1. Hank Hanegraaff’s Switch to Eastern Orthodoxy, Why People Make Such Changes, and Four Ways Evangelicals Might Respond: http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2017/april/how-should-we-respond-to-hank-hanegraaffs-switch-to-orthodo.html
  2. 10 Worst Nations To Live In As A Christian | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/10-worst-nations-to-live-in-as-a-christian/
  3. Notecard Answers for Why I Believe the Bible | TGC: https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/erikraymond/2015/10/15/notecard-answers-to-why-i-believe-the-bible/
  4. World-Famous Physicist Drops Bombshell “God” Discovery… Atheists Will NOT Like This: http://conservativetribune.com/physicist-bombshell-god-like/
  5. Funsized Tactics: Chapter 9 – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/funsized-tactics-chapter-nine/
  6. Why I Put My Son Back in Public School: http://thinkdivinely.com/why-i-put-my-son-back-in-public-school/
  7. It’s Time for Youth Pastors to CH.A.T. With Their Students: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/its-time-for-youth-pastors-to-ch-a-t-with-their-students/
  8. Gender-neutral Chromium code – I’m a software developer and during the course of technical reading I do for work, I ran into this.  I include this just to emphasize how this insanity is permeating every part of society now: https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/src/+/master/styleguide/gender_neutral_code.md
  9. Four Ways the Earth Is Fine-Tuned for Life | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/four-ways-the-earth-is-fine-tuned-for-life/
  10. Three Important Questions to Balance in the Wake of Gun Violence: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/three-important-questions-to-balance-in-the-wake-of-newtown/

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Blessings to you all

Apologetics class – Easter 4/16/2017 – Case for Christ

Yesterday in the Apologetics class at my church, I showed “The Case for Christ” – not the current movie that is out in theaters, but rather the documentary.  It is an hour and 11 minutes long, but very good.  We watched from DVD, but I also see this on youtube:

Here are the notes from the movie (with fill-in blanks):

The Case for Christ (documentary) – 1 hour 11 minutes

  1. Lee Strobel thought that, if Jesus existed, he was probably a nice guy and good teacher, but he certainly wasn’t the Messiah and he certainly wasn’t the Son of God.
  2. When Leslie started to go to church, Lee thought nothing good that would come out of it.
  3. Lee saw sermon on ‘Basic Christianity’ and realized that if this is true, this had h__________ implications for his life.
  4. He thought it was going to be so easy to expose the fallacious thinking behind Christianity.
  5. Lee didn’t accept the New Testament as the inspired word of God, but he had to accept it as a set of h__________ d____________, which it undoubtedly is.
  6. The expert witnesses interviewed by Lee
    1. JP Moreland, Professor of Philosophy, Biola University
    2. Mark Strauss, Professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary
    3. Craig Blomberg, Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary
    4. Craig Evans, Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College
    5. T. Wright, Bishop of Durham, United Kingdom
  7. What you find in the Matthew, Mark, Luke and John comes up in 3 dimensions and says, “My goodness, this actually belongs, it makes sense, it fits” – N.T. Wright
  8. These (the Gospels) are biographies. They are very clearly attempts by eyewitnesses to describe exactly what Jesus said and did.  – J.P. Moreland
  9. Luke’s prologue is one of the finest Greek sections in the whole New Testament … this is the work of a historian, someone who has done his research – Mark Strauss
  10. We have, actually, very early attestation of the authorship of the gospels – Mark Strauss
  11. Papias (a disciple of the apostle John) identifies Mark’s gospel as essentially the e______________ account of Peter – Mark Strauss
  12. Scholars generally agree that the gospel of Mark was written first, between 60-75 AD. Matthew (60-85 AD) & Luke (60-85 AD) were written shortly after, followed by John (65-95 AD).
  13. The New Testament Gospels are, by far, our earliest and most r______________ records of Jesus of Nazareth – Mark Strauss
  14. Eyewitnesses are still around. If they (the gospel writers) were passing around untruths we expect eyewitnesses to say “Wait a minute, this isn’t what happened” – Mark Strauss
  15. All of the gospel writers were eyewitnesses or they interviewed eyewitnesses – Mark Strauss
  16. In the first century, the primary way that information was preserved and passed on was through o_________ t_______________, which had been memorized. – Craig Blomberg
  17. The first century apostles, who passed on information about Jesus, were deeply concerned to get this information correct, because they saw it has sacred, holy tradition. – J.P. Moreland
  18. Oral tradition is a community event and is self-correcting – Mark Strauss
  19. Most of these ‘apparent contradictions’ between the gospel accounts are quite e__________ r______________ – Mark Strauss
  20. Had every single account given us exactly the same detail, we might’ve accused them of some form of collusion. – Craig Blomberg
  21. Its natural when you have multiple eyewitnesses to the same event, you’re going to get d________________ p____________. And that’s ok, you want that!  What you’re looking for is a “core” to the testimony that’s the same – that’s consistent. – Lee Strobel
  22. We have better m____________ a________________ for the New Testament than any other ancient document. – Mark Strauss
  23. Much of the New Testament is preserved in the quotations of the early church fathers, so that if we had no copies of it, we could r_____________ it from these quotations. -J.P. Moreland
  24. Non biblical Jewish historian Josephus, in AD 93, published ‘Antiquities of the Jews’ – talked about Jesus
  25. The G_________ G__________ – a collection of religious writings from the 2nd and 3rd centuries:
    1. Gospel of Thomas
    2. Gospel of Truth
    3. Gospel of the Egyptians
    4. Gospel of Peter
    5. Gospel of Philip
    6. Gospel of the Twelve Apostles
    7. Gospel of Mary Magdalene
    8. Gospel of Matthias
    9. Gospel of Eve
    10. Gospel of Judas
    11. Secret Gospel of Mark
    12. The Dialogue of the Savior
    13. Secret Book of James
    14. Gospel of Nicodemus
    15. Gospel of the Lord
    16. Pistis Sophia
    17. Acts of Thomas
    18. Acts of John
    19. First Apocalypse of James
  26. These documents are almost universally recognized to be much later than the gospels of the New Testament and to not record historically reliable material related to Jesus – Mark Strauss
  27. There’s a view among some that there were all these c___________ views of Jesus Christ and the one that “won out” became the o_____________ perspective of Christ reflected in the Gospels. All the evidence runs contrary to that.  Jesus was a 1st century Jewish teacher, who revealed and demonstrated himself to be the Messiah. – Mark Strauss
  28. What I’ve come to discover is that, the Gospels in the New Testament, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, are our b______ s___________ for Jesus, and I’ve also found that they are reliable and that from these sources we can form a picture that I believe is very accurate – that tells us about Jesus – what He taught, how He was perceived by His contemporaries and what His life was really all about. – Craig Evans
  29. Jesus didn’t come to help me discover who I really am. He came to tell me who He knew I really was and to do something about it, and that’s much better news.  –N.T. Wright
  30. More scholars interviewed to determine ‘Who Was Jesus’:
    1. Michael Rydelnik, Professor of Jewish Studies, Moody Bible Institute
    2. Ben Witherington III, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Asbury Seminary
  31. People say that no one teaches like Him – he teaches with His own authority. – Michael Rydelnik
  32. He would clarify, even overrule in some ways the Old Testament law – Mark Strauss.
  33. Jesus (Yeshua) went into the s_______________ and read Isaiah 61:1 and claimed that it was r_______________ to Him.
  34. Jesus clearly presents himself as the self-revelation of God – Mark Strauss
  35. Over 80 times in the New Testament, Jesus refers to Himself as the S_____ of M______ – this refers to Daniel 7:13-14
  36. Jesus’ contemporaries – people who l_____ Him, people who were in__________ (neutral) and people who o_________ Him all acknowledged He did extraordinary things – Craig Evans
  37. The New Testament Gospels record at least 40 separate miracles performed by Jesus.
  38. One of the most astonishing things that Jesus did was when He claimed to forgive sins in Mark 2…Only God forgives sin. – Mark Strauss
  39. A guy typed out Isaiah 53 without any indication where it was from. He showed it to everyone in his office and asked them who it was describing and where it was from. All said Jesus, NT.
  40. In the Old Testament, you have 2 kinds of prophecies. You have those that are fulfilled u_________ in Christ and prophecies that are fulfilled ‘t____________’ in Christ. – Mark Strauss
  41. Some skeptics have said that Jesus could’ve engineered the fulfillment of these prophecies. But many of these couldn’t have been engineered. – Mark Strauss
  42. The odds of any human being f_____________ 48 of these ancient prophecies would be one chance in a trillion (13 times). – Lee Strobel
  43. Jesus recognizes Himself clearly as the c__________ of God’s plan of salvation – Mark Strauss
  44. There were so many reasons why I didn’t want there to be a God, because I didn’t want to be held a________________ for my life – Lee Strobel
  45. Lee got so mad over Leslie being part of this Christian sub-culture he didn’t fit into, that he kicked a hole in their wall.
  46. Expert witnesses for the resurrection of Jesus:
    1. William Lane Craig, Research Professor of Philosophy, Biola University
    2. Gary Habermas, Professor of Apologetics and Philosophy, Liberty University
    3. Michael Licona, Director of Apologetics, North American Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention
  47. The resurrection of Jesus really is the pivotal event of history. Anybody can c_________ to be the Son of God, as Jesus clearly did.  The question is, ‘Can ya back it up?’ – Lee Strobel
  48. Chances of surviving crucifixion were extremely b____________ – Michael Licona
  49. Jesus was being tried and executed as a rebel leader, now in the Roman army, if you were responsible for looking after one p__________ of w_____, even if he was a rather insignificant prisoner of war, if you let him get away, your life would be forfeited in place of his – and life was very cheap. If you were looking after the execution of a rebel leader and you let him get away, you’re in deep trouble … the Romans were very, very good at killing people. N.T. Wright
  50. The presence of Joseph of Arimathea in the empty tomb narrative (in all 4 gospels), indicates that this is a h________ r___________ account of what really happened. – J.P. Moreland
  51. It is highly unusual to find that the person who, alone, has the courage to go Pilate and give Jesus an honorable burial is not: 1) members of His family, 2) faithful disciples who followed Him to the end. Instead it is a member of J__________ S_________, the very high court, all of whom Mark says, had condemned Jesus of Nazareth to the cross.  The fact that it is Joseph of Arimathea who is the person responsible for giving Jesus an honorable burial is an awkward and e_____________ fact for the early church, and yet this tradition is faithfully preserved in almost all of the traditions that we have about the burial of Jesus – William Lane Craig
  52. The empty tomb story features women, which is an embarrassment in 1st century Palestine where women were considered 2nd class citizens. – William Lane Craig
  53. If you were going to invent an account about an empty tomb, then why on earth would you invent p__________ w____________ whom no one would believe? – Michael Licona
  54. Justin Martyr and Turtullian both verify the charge by the Jewish Leaders that the disciples stole His body. If the body is still in the tomb, why are you saying that the disciples had stolen it? Michael Licona
  55. These people (who saw Jesus), Paul tells us, were still alive. The implication is, we have hundreds of people who actually saw Jesus risen from the dead.  If you don’t believe me, you can ask them about it, because they’re still alive.  – J.P. Moreland
  56. The accounts of the r____________ were creedal traditions that were passed onto Paul. So, if 1 Corinthians was written in the early to mid-50’s, these traditions were much earlier than that, going back to the period of Paul’s c______________. – Mark Strauss
  57. Critics say that Paul got this material (1 Cor. 15) in Jerusalem, in about 35 AD – Gary Habermas
  58. The full impact of the event (resurrection) is perhaps best measured by the subsequent growth of the early Christian church in the face of intense persecution.
  59. Without belief in Jesus’ resurrection, the e___________ C_____________ m__________ could never have come into being. – William Lane Craig
  60. When they met the risen Lord, their skepticism was transformed into a very confident faith, a great joy, and a determination to preach the good news to everyone else. – Craig Evans
  61. Somehow you have to explain the e______________ from scared followers, who run away, to “let’s worship Him, let’s sing to Him, let’s pray to Him”. – Gary Habermas
  62. If there was no resurrection, and more to the point, if there were no resurrection appearances of Jesus to those who doubted, denied and betrayed Jesus, we would not be sitting here talking about this today. – Ben Witherington III
  63. The t__________________ of the disciples, from a bunch of cowards to boldly and fearlessly proclaiming the Gospel, even to the point of d_____________, confirms that something happened on that first Easter morning. – Mark Strauss
  64. After Jesus’ crucifixion, the disciples lived lives of hardship for 20, 30 or 40 years, suffered greatly in their ministries and eventually suffered martyrdom and execution, without r______________, for their belief that they had seen Jesus risen from the dead. –J.P. Moreland
  65. You also have to remember that the disciples died, not just for something that they believed was true – they died for something they actually saw with their own eyes. – J.P. Moreland
  66. In light of this av_______________ of evidence pointing toward the truth of Christianity, it would require more faith for me to maintain my a____________ then to become a follower of Jesus Christ. Lee Strobel
  67. Jesus is the truth – everything hinges on His i___________ – in fact, everything hinges on the r____________. If Jesus really did return from the dead, then He is who he claimed to be and that changes everything!  -Lee Strobel.

In case you want to see the answers you can download the PDF here.

mid-week apologetics booster (4-13-2017)

Good morning beloved of God,

I hope you have a blessed Good Friday and Easter Sunday, contemplating the marvelous sacrifice and vindicating resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Your Kids Need to Think Critically About the Resurrection, because Secular Media Does Not: http://christianmomthoughts.com/your-kids-need-to-think-critically-about-the-resurrection-because-secular-media-does-not/
  2. How to T.R.A.I.N. Christian Students (Rather than Teach Them) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/how-to-t-r-a-i-n-christian-students-rather-than-teach-them/
  3. Does the Bible Have Contradictions? Quick Response. – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/does-the-bible-have-contradictions-quick-response
  4. Why Some Arminians and Calvinists Need to Calm Down – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/why-some-arminians-and-calvinists-need-to-calm-down/
  5. Why Should I Believe that Jesus Rose from the Dead? – Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/why-should-i-believe-that-jesus-rose-from-the-dead/
  6. How to Defeat Modern Day Atheism With Three Easy Questions | Shadow To Light: https://shadowtolight.wordpress.com/2015/06/24/how-to-defeat-modern-day-atheism-with-three-easy-questions/
  7. Five atheists who lost faith in atheism | Christian News on Christian Today: https://www.christiantoday.com/article/five.atheists.who.lost.faith.in.atheism/61784.htm
  8. 7 Reasons You’ll Be Glad You Saw The Case for Christ – Thinking Christian: https://www.thinkingchristian.net/posts/2017/04/7-reasons-youll-glad-saw-case-christ/
  9. A Brief Overview of the Jehovah’s Witness Worldview | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/a-brief-overview-of-the-jehovahs-witness-worldview/
  10. God’s Word vs. Roman Catholic Tradition | HOME: http://www.reformingamericaministries.com/single-post/2017/04/03/God%25E2%2580%2599s-Word-vs-Roman-Catholic-Tradition
  11. 5 Signs You Glorify Self: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/5-signs-you-glorify-self
  12. How To Avoid Being A Hack As A Christian Apologist: http://thereforegodexists.com/avoid-hack-christian-apologist/
  13. GREG KOUKL EXPLAINS THE RIGHT WAY TO HANDLE AN ANGRY, AGGRESSIVE ATHEIST: https://winteryknight.com/2015/09/18/greg-koukl-expains-the-right-way-to-handle-an-angry-aggressive-atheist-2/
  14. Apologetics and Your Kids: Part 2 – Authenticity & Worldview: http://sharperiron.org/article/apologetics-and-your-kids-part-2-authenticity-worldview
  15. How to Raise Your Kids So They Will Remain in the Faith | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/how-to-raise-your-kids-so-they-will-remain-in-the-faith/
  16. “Debunking Christianity” Writer Becomes Christian Because Of Evidence | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/debunking-christianity-writer-becomes-christian-evidence/
  17. Critical Tactic: Surfacing the Question Beneath the Question – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/critical-tactic-surfacing-the-question-beneath-the-question
  18. What the Fallen Governor of Alabama Can Teach Us – No amount of privilege or power can shield us from temptation: https://stream.org/fallen-governor-alabama-can-teach-us/

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone.’ “ The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’ “ The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written: ” ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus answered, “It says: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ “ When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. Luke 4:1-13

Have a blessed week!

Apologetics Class and the bias of the publicly funded media

We’ve recently, in my Apologetics class at church, been placing a big emphasis on the historicity of Jesus, the resurrection and biblical reliability.  The reason for that becomes apparent when you take a look at the type of content the public is being served up on our (partially) publicly funded television PBS:

Last Days of Jesushttp://www.pbs.org/video/2365987523/

This was playing on Arizona PBS yesterday afternoon.  From what I could see, there was not a single known conservative scholar on the show (e.g. Dr. Gary Habermas, Dr. Michael Licona, Dr. Ben Witherington III, Dr. Daniel B. Wallace, Dr. N.T. Wright, Dr. Craig A. Evans etc), but rather a whole load of liberal scholars (Dr. James Tabor – co-author with Dr. Bart Ehrman, Simcha Jacobovici who was co-author of the Lost Gospel, and others).  Of course, they were coming up with all sorts of speculative theories about Jesus’ last week – namely that it was not a last week, but more of a 6 month period and that it couldn’t possibly have been at Passover time because it would’ve been so difficult to harvest the palm branches for Palm Sunday triumphal entry.

They also mention that all the disciples and their wives were with Jesus, although the New Testament says that the disciples left their wives. It also says that the Last Supper Jesus told them to drink this cup and eat this bread to remember me, which is accurate, but they left out the part about the cup being the New Covenant in His blood. They also seem to indicate that Jesus had influence at the highest levels of government because of the wife of Chusa, and that that is the reason why when He overturned the money changers in the temple, the authorities did nothing about it, however the New Testament records Jesus as saying that His kingdom is not of this world and that He was so poor that He had no place to lay His head.

The show ended with no talk of the resurrection.  There were all sorts of weird theories about Jesus’ motivations.  To be honest, I was not surprised.  I’m always on alert whenever watching any public / secular television programming about Jesus or Christianity in general.

We pay public funds for PBS.  Since that’s the case, shouldn’t they be providing equal time to material presented by conservative scholars who hold the traditional (supported by evidence rather than speculation) view?  Well, that’s why it’s important for me to provide content for believers in the apologetics class, where they’ll hear the other side of the story.  Recently we’ve reviewed the following material:

(yesterday) Sean McDowell, on the Mystery Religions and dying and rising gods in the ancient near east:

http://www.coolgadgetssoftware.com/SeanMcDowellMysteryReligions.mp4

Lecture – Dr Peter Williams – Things Which Ought To Be Better Known About The Resurrection Of Jesus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbBVBUeHXZ4

Dr. Craig Hazen – Evidence for the Resurrection:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocbtjLgUnQY

Tim Barnett – is the Bible Full of Contradictions:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQgR3BrBhss

Remember, your neighbors and family who are curious about Jesus at this time of year are possibly watching these PBS, History Channel and NatGeo shows to get their information about Jesus from “reputable” scholars.  As always, the words of the Apostle Peter are applicable:

but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence (1 Peter 3:15)

That is what we’re doing each week in the Apologetics class, getting ourselves ready.  Best not to “wing it” on this…

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-6-2017)

Hello Friends,

Last night I had the awesome opportunity to speak into the lives of 3rd to 6th grade AWANA clubbers by teaching them the word of God, which I’ve been doing once a month this year.  The Bible says “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17b). Earlier in the same passage, Paul says “For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:13-14).  Also, “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” (1 Corinthians 1:21)

I was overjoyed to be that “foolish preacher” last night.  The topic was Romans 1:16 – “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile”.  I’d planned the message for 5th and 6th graders, but we decided on the spot to bring the whole club into the same room and deliver the message to all of them.  The Gospel was preached.  If you would like to see the contents of the message (slides, speaking notes and a self-examination questionnaire), you can take a look at that on my blog.

Here are your weekly links:

  1. 12 Reasons Millennials are OVER Church. I’ve included this link, not for apologetics value, but for the perspective of a millennial on why millennials are largely absent from the church.  In my opinion, I think he gets some things right and some things wrong.  If I get time, I would like to write a blog giving my comments on these 12 Reasons.  Make sure and read the comments at the bottom of the article too: http://www.recklesslyalive.com/12-reasons-millennials-are-over-church/
  2. Faith and Lifestyle of Born Again Christians Evaluated in Extensive National Survey | American Culture and Faith Institute.  One interesting stat from this article was “only 30% of born again adults have a biblical worldview”: https://www.culturefaith.com/faith-and-lifestyle-of-born-again-christians-evaluated-in-extensive-national-survey/
  3. Biblical Creation Confirmed [Podcast] | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/biblical-creation-confirmed-podcast
  4. Watch “Creation in the 21st Century Creation and Mathematics” on YouTube – this is really interesting.  It talks about how our current human population only makes sense in light of a young earth view: https://youtu.be/1oFAooUFbdY
  5. Is How We Live More Important Than What We Believe? (Christian Mom Thoughts) – http://christianmomthoughts.com/is-how-we-live-more-important-than-what-we-believe-bad-secular-wisdom-series-1/
  6. How does God relate to time? http://creation.com/god-and-time
  7. Quest for Truth: Lee Strobel on The Case for Christ Movie | CBN.com – this movie opens this week: http://www1.cbn.com/movies/quest-truth-lee-strobel-case-christ-movie
  8. Dinosaurs ate birds – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/dinos-ate-birds
  9. The way it really is: little-known facts about radiometric dating – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/the-way-it-really-is-little-known-facts-about-radiometric-dating
  10. Fallacy of Composition | SES: http://ses.edu/fallacy-of-composition
  11. Christian Student Reprimanded for Disagreeing with Muslim Professor about the Resurrection – Christian News Headlines: http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/christian-student-is-reprimanded-for-disagreeing-with-muslim-professor-about-the-resurrection.html
  12. College drops charges against Christian student who challenged Muslim prof’s claims about Jesus – The College Fix: https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/31930/
  13. Did Jesus Ever Do Apologetics? – Hope’s Reason: https://www.stephenjbedard.com/2016/10/21/jesus-ever-apologetics/
  14. Two Things to Remember When Discussing Creation with Other Christians | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/articles/two-things-to-remember-when-discussion-creation-with-other-christians#.WOA9as-p7qD
  15. A Look at Jewish Messianism: A Crucified Messiah: What An Embarrassment! – THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/04/02/a-look-at-jewish-messianism-a-crucified-messiah-what-an-embarrassment-3/
  16. Microevolution versus Macroevolution: Two Mistakes | Evolution News: https://www.evolutionnews.org/2015/07/microevolution/
  17. The Scandal of Biblical Illiteracy: It’s Our Problem – AlbertMohler.com: http://www.albertmohler.com/2016/01/20/the-scandal-of-biblical-illiteracy-its-our-problem-4/
  18. Christian parents, your kids aren’t equipped to be public school missionaries – Matt Walsh: http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/matt-walsh-christian-parents-your-kids-arent-equipped-to-be-public-school-missionaries/
  19. A Very Brief Review of Arguments for the Existence of the Soul: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2013/a-very-brief-review-of-arguments-for-the-existence-of-the-soul-bible-insert/
  20. The Best Question to Ask When Starting a Conversation About God: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/the-best-question-to-ask-when-starting-a-conversation-about-god/
  21. Top 5 Reasons Most College Students Give Up their Christian Faith – Summit Ministries (at the end, this was an advertisement, but I thought it was a good article): https://www.summit.org/resources/articles/top-5-reasons-college-students-give-christian-faith/
  22. Study: Only 4 Percent of Millennials Hold a “Biblical Worldview” | The Stream: https://stream.org/study-4-percent-millennials-hold-biblical-worldview/

As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.  “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.  Matthew 20:29-34

Blessings to you all!

Apologetics Class (4/2/2017)

As Easter is approaching, in the apologetics class that I teach / facilitate at my church, I’ve started a series on the resurrection.  Yesterday we watched an excellent video.  The speaker was Peter J. Williams. He was a fast (and engaging) speaker and dumped a lot of information on us.  The video can be watched here:

Lecture – Dr Peter Williams – Things Which Ought To Be Better Known About The Resurrection Of Jesus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbBVBUeHXZ4

Here is the note-taking form and the discussion questions we used:

Non-Christian Accounts of how Christianity Began

(Dr. Peter J. Williams)

Cornelius Tacitus

  1. Cornelius Tacitus from R_______ who was a R_______ H________ who lived 56 A.D – 120 A.D.
  2. Tacitus was writing about the f_________ in Rome (set by emperor Nero) about 64 A.D.
  3. How many times does the word Christian appear in the New Testament?
  4. Christians were being called Christians by outsiders as a term of derision.
  5. Tiberius was emperor from the year _______ to the year _________.
  6. Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea from the year ______ to ________.
  7. Tacitus talks about v________ n__________ of Christians being arrested.
  8. Knowing how f_____ and how f_________ Christianity has spread is some of the background knowledge that we need to use when we come to judge whether it would’ve been possible for the story of the resurrection to have been made up later.

Pliny the Younger

  1. Governor of Bithynia, which is Northwest T___________.
  2. He wrote this letter to the R___________ E____________ in 1___ ___ A.D.
  3. His argument is this: don’t kill everyone who’s been called a C____________, only kill those who persist stubbornly to call themselves C__________ once you thr________ t_______.
  4. Here are the 3 tests you apply to check that people aren’t Christians:
    1. They have to w____________ other gods.
    2. They need to make s____________ to these other gods.
    3. They need to c__________ C____________, which it is said that no true Christian can ever be compelled to do.
  5. This is a later stage than Tacitus (~68 A.D. vs. ~112 A.D.). Not only are Christians willing to call themselves Christians, but non-Christians are also identifying themselves as Christians!
  6. Christians only worship o_______ G________.
  7. Pliny the Younger describes a first c___________ (approx.. 92 A.D.) Christian meeting, according to people who have renounced the Christian faith.

Josephus

  1. Josephus was a J_______ historian writing about what happened (~62 A.D.) in his home town when he was about 25 years old.
  2. Josephus mentions both J__________ and J____________.
  3. Josephus agrees with the New Testament that Jesus has a brother called J________ (Mark 6:3)
  4. Josephus reports that James was s_________ for belief in his half-brother J_________.
  5. Josephus reports that Jesus was called C_________.

 

Tacitus and Pliny tell us that people a long way away (in Rome and Bithynia) who are d____ for their b_____ and Josephus tells us that we also have people close to the events that are d___ for their b____.

Christian Accounts

Bias does not mean that something should not be c____________.

1 Corinthians was written approximately __ __ A.D.

Galatians was written approximately __ __ A.D.

The resurrection wasn’t a p______________ Christian belief, it was something that was really c______ and was there u_________.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why is it important to be able to speak about non-Christian accounts?
  2. Why does Peter J. Williams make a big deal about Tacitus saying that vast numbers of Christians were arrested?
  3. In Tacitus, believers were called Christians by outsiders (as a derogatory term), but in Pliny, believers called themselves Christians.  Why is this significant?
  4. Why is it significant that Christians were singing to Christ as a god in 112 A.D.?
  5. In what ways do both Tacitus, Pliny and Josephus agree with the New Testament?

 

Why is Christianity true over and above all other religions?

If someone asked you why you think Christianity is true as opposed to all the other religions, what would you have to say?  Could you defend your belief?  Why couldn’t Judaism, Islam, Mormonism and other religions be true?  How do you know Christianity is true and the others are not?

I’ve given some thought to this question recently…  For me, it all starts with Jesus.  According to the apostle Paul, writing in 55 AD (~25 years after the resurrection) under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, if Christ was not raised, then Christianity is useless and of no value (1 Corinthians 15:16-17).  Of course, if Christ did predict and accomplish His resurrection, then that would validate His claim to be who He said He was.  So, I have to ask…  Who would’ve been in the best position to know the facts about Jesus?  There are 3 groups that were closest to the events:

  1. The Jews – they were the ones opposing Jesus at that time. Many passages affirm this.  The phrase “the Jews” appears 127 times in the New Testament.  In many of these verses where the Jews seem to be in opposition to Jesus are in the gospel of John.  Here are the verses in John where it seems that the Jews are in opposition to Jesus:2:18, 2:20, 5:10, 5:16, 5:18, 6:41, 7:1, 8:48, 8:52, 8:57, 9:22, 10:31, 10:33, 11:8, 18:14, 18:28, 18:31, 18:36, 19:7, 19:12, 19:21, 20:19
  2. The Disciples of Christ (of which most were Jews as well). Not only was Jesus thoroughly Jewish, but so were His disciples.
  3. The Romans – they were the occupying force in Palestine during the time of Jesus.

Many religions have something to say about Jesus.  For example:

  1. Judaism says that Jesus’ tomb was empty and that his disciples stole the body.
  2. Islam says he was a prophet, but not the Son of God and was not crucified, that Allah put a substitute on the cross, but instead took Jesus directly to heaven.
  3. Mormonism says that he was the spirit brother of Lucifer

So, if I’m going to pay attention to any historical source, I would be wise to consider those who were closest to the events.  It seems to me that the disciples were closest to the events of Jesus since they lived and walked with Him for 3 years, directly experiencing His miracles, teaching and post-resurrection appearances.  The Jews were also very close to Jesus and they acknowledged some of the key facts in the story – namely that He was a miracle worker, that He was crucified and that His tomb was empty Sunday morning.  John 12:10-11 tells us that “the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him.”  Acts 6:7 tells us “Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.”  Since the faith increased in Jerusalem, which was the center of Judaism, we can assume those priests being spoken of were Jewish.  So, the biblical record is clear that even though the Jewish leadership in large part rejected Jesus, many Jews did actually believe in Him.

So, in relation to the religions that had something to say about Jesus, I would not trust Islam, since it does not record eyewitness testimony about Jesus, but rather personal revelation written down more than 500 years after the events.  Nor would I trust Mormonism, since it’s writings come ~1800 years after the events.  The New Testament writings are the most credible source of information about Jesus.  We have excellent historical evidence that the resurrection is the best hypothesis to account for the known facts about Jesus.  Here are the facts:

  1. Jesus died by crucifixion
  2. He was buried
  3. Jesus’ death caused the disciples to despair and lose hope, believing that his life was ended
  4. The tomb was discovered to be empty just a few days later
  5. The disciples had experiences which they believed were literal appearances of the risen Jesus
  6. The disciples were transformed from doubters who were afraid to identify themselves with Jesus to bold proclaimers of his death and resurrection
  7. This message was the center of preaching in the early church
  8. This message was especially proclaimed in Jerusalem, where Jesus died and was buried shortly before
  9. As a result of this preaching the church was born and grew
  10. Sunday became the primary day of worship
  11. James, who had been a skeptic, was converted to the faith when he also believed he saw the resurrected Jesus
  12. A few years later, Paul was also converted by an experience which he, likewise, believed to be an appearance of the risen Jesus

Here is a chart that shows theories that attempt to explain these facts:

So, you can see that the only theory that accounts for all the known historical evidence is either that Jesus was an Alien or that He was bodily resurrected.

As good historians, we must go with the theory that accounts for all the facts, therefore, the most likely explanation is what the New Testament reports – that Jesus was resurrected bodily.  Therefore, Christianity is true, beyond a reasonable doubt and anything that contradicts it is false.