mid-week apologetics booster (7-18-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1200) from Nuggets:

Yes, I know it sounds cliché, but I’ve got to say it, because I believe at the core of my being it is true. Jesus is the answer. Jesus is the answer for a tragedy such as what happened in Florida. Jesus is the answer for the man who committed this atrocity. Jesus is the answer for the people on whom this atrocity was committed. Jesus is the answer for the society who is trying to cope with this tragedy. Jesus was the answer, the only answer, for those who perished in this tragedy. Jesus transforms sinners into Spirit-filled believers, who exhibit the fruits of the spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. Jesus is the answer!
To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Can You Keep a Secret? So Can Your Daughter’s School. Imagine sending your daughter off to school only to find out that she was headed for an abortion appointment instead. Then imagine this: her teachers knew and never told you. In California, parents don’t have to imagine it. Thanks to a new undercover video, they know — it’s already happening.: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA19G08&f=WU19G04
  2. Book Plunge: Can We Trust The Gospels? – A review of Peter J. Williams’s book: https://www.deeperwatersapologetics.com/?p=11929
  3. Bloom Where You’re Planted | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/bloom-where-you-re-planted
  4. Bloom Where You’re Planted (shorter article by Melinda Penner): https://www.str.org/blog/bloom-where-you-re-planted
  5. How Should a Christian Vote? – One Minute Apologist: https://oneminuteapologist.com/blog/how-should-a-christian-vote/
  6. The Ark Encounter review – the Ark was absolutely thrilling, and at the end of the day, worth the price of admission to be sure. : https://thinkdivinely.com/the-ark-encounter/
  7. Old Earth Belief: http://oldearth.org/old.htm
  8. Understanding Worldview – Engaging the World Around Us – Impact 360 Institute: https://www.impact360institute.org/articles/understanding-worldview-engaging-the-world-around-us/
  9. Is Religion Just a Social Construct? | Strange Notions: https://strangenotions.com/is-religion-just-a-social-construct/
  10. Old Testament Prophecies of Jesus Resurrection | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/old-testament-prophecies-of-jesus-resurrection-1
  11. Listen: Nancy Pearcey on the Surprising Early History of Darwinism | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/06/listen-nancy-pearcey-on-the-surprising-early-history-of-darwinism/
  12. Why Is Evidence Important for Faith? – FaithGateway: https://www.faithgateway.com/why-is-evidence-important-for-faith/
  13. Doesn’t the Bible Say True Faith is Blind? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/doesnt-the-bible-say-true-faith-is-blind/
  14. Trend-line of Scientific Discovery Points To A Creator – Part 2: http://natureandscripture.blogspot.com/2019/06/trend-line-of-scientific-discovery_20.html
  15. New Engineering Textbook, Hacking the Cosmos, Argues for Intelligent Design | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/06/new-engineering-textbook-hacking-the-cosmos-argues-for-intelligent-design/
  16. Quantum Mechanics and the Laws of Logic, Part 1: https://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/reflections/read/reflections/2019/06/11/quantum-mechanics-and-the-laws-of-logic-part-1
  17. Responding to You Can’t Prove or Disprove God’s Existence THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/06/07/responding-to-you-cant-prove-or-disprove-gods-existence-2/
  18. How to Share Your Faith with Friends of other Faiths: https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/how-to-share-your-faith-with-friends-of-other-faiths.html
  19. Five Fake News Stories That People Believe about Early Christianity Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/five-fake-news-stories-that-people-believe-about-early-christianity/
  20. Detecting False Dichotomies that Hinder the Mission of the Church | Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.: https://douglasgroothuis.com/2019/06/06/detecting-false-dichotomies-that-hinder-the-mission-of-the-church/
  21. A Christian Perspective on Pagan and Secular Belief Systems: https://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/reflections/read/reflections/2019/06/04/a-christian-perspective-on-pagan-and-secular-belief-systems
  22. Treating the Gospel Like a Cookie Rather Than a Cure | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/treating-the-gospel-like-a-cookie-rather-than-a-cure/
  23. IS JESUS’ DEATH AS A PUNISHMENT FOR SINS CENTRAL TO CHRISTIANITY…OR COSMIC CHILD ABUSE?: http://2besure.blogspot.com/2019/05/someone-in-one-of-online-groups-i-am.html
  24. Does God Know & Not Know Simultaneously? Free Thinking Ministries: https://freethinkingministries.com/does-god-know-not-know-simultaneously/
  25. 7 Unbiblical Statements Christians Believe | RELEVANT Magazine: https://relevantmagazine.com/god/7-unbiblical-statements-christians-believe-2/
  26. The Sexual Ethics of Jesus and His People | Radically Christian: https://radicallychristian.com/the-sexual-ethics-of-jesus-and-his-people
  27. Why Everyone Should Believe that the Gospels are Reliable – Capturing Christianity: https://capturingchristianity.com/why-everyone-should-believe-that-the-gospels-are-reliable/

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32

Blessings to you all

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Follow-up conversation with a Hindu friend

On Monday of this week, I had a follow-up conversation with a Hindu friend (read about prior conversation here), this time, bringing you along another Christian friend. We met for lunch at a busy fast food place. The conversation got right to the point.

I asked him about a prior statement he had made that religion is “man-made”. I said, “I can’t speak for the other religions, but what makes you think that Christianity, in particular, is ‘man-made’?” He said, “Well, everyone knows that Christianity didn’t start till 2000 years ago.” He said, “If God is so powerful, why can’t he stop all these other religions? Why couldn’t God make it obvious that he is God? Why couldn’t he (on every continent, simultaneously) make it absolutely clear that Jesus is God?” He talked about the priests molesting young boys and wondered why God couldn’t stop that. He also wanted to know why God couldn’t just make everyone believe in Jesus? I gave an example: “Let’s say your son wants a girlfriend. So you decide to find a girl and pay her a $1,000 to date your son and to act like she loves him.” I asked him, “Now would that be real love if the girl was paid $1,000 to date your son?” He said he didn’t know! Wow, I couldn’t believe he said that, because it’s quite obvious that it wouldn’t be real love and I told him that. So, I said, “God is in the same position. He wants people to freely love him, although he doesn’t need us to love him. He’s given man free will. A love that is forced is not true love. It’s not that he doesn’t have enough power to make people love him, it’s that he’s chosen to give people free will to respond in love, or to reject him. True love can only be freely given, it cannot be not forced. He doesn’t want robots (or puppets) who love him because they’re programmed to love him.”

He said, “If God lives in the temple or the church, the priest or pastor who is in the church should be closest to God, right? God can’t even control those people that are closest to him, the priests, who are doing evil things. He can’t even control who believes in him so it’s just a never-ending cycle!” I told him that the Bible actually says that God does not “live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24b).

The Christian friend who was with me, shared with my Hindu friend the story of Jesus telling people about a tower that fell on some people and killed them. He said, “Jesus didn’t explain to them why the tower fell on them and kill them, but rather that they should repent otherwise they would likewise perish.” So it is instructive that Jesus did not give an answer about why these bad things happened, but rather warns people that they need to repent and get right with God.

My Hindu friend said that any religion that tries to scare people with hell (or has a concept of hell), is “man-made”.  So I reminded him that he was eliminating Hinduism (since it has a concept of hell)!  Also, in the same breath, he’s eliminating Islam, Judaism and Christianity as legitimate religions, since they all teach about a concept of hell. Additionally, I reminded my friend that just because evil people use religion to oppress people and scare people, does not mean that it is not true. I pointed out the contradiction in him complaining on the one hand about priests who are doing evil things and God not doing anything about it, and then also complaining about the concept of hell, which is the means that God uses to punish evil ultimately.

He seemed to have a concept that whatever a true believer prays for, he should receive. I reminded him that the 12 disciples, who wrote the New testament, did not often get what they asked for. In fact, 11 of the 12 were martyred for their faith — they were killed for proclaiming Jesus. So if it is a requirement that people get what they pray for to show that God is who he said he is, then the record of the disciples seems to go against that notion.

Also I talked to him about Christians needing to live their lives according to how the Bible tells us to live. In his view, the “true believers” are the ones who renounce family and material possessions and go to other continents to help people and serve the poor etc. They’re not worried about their retirement plans, money, health or or even dying — they are totally giving their lives to God.  But I said, “That that goes against other things that the Bible commands us to do. For example, we are instructed to save money, we are instructed to leave an inheritance for our children’s children. We are told that ‘he who does not provide for his family has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever’ (1 Timothy 5:8). So, we need to live our lives according to what is written in the Bible.”

Then he complained about the Bible being this huge complicated book.  He wonders why it has to be made so big and complicated because it could’ve been simple — something like a one-page document with just the important information about Jesus. I told him that most of the Bible is the record of the nation of Israel, through whom the Messiah would come. 39 books of the 66 books in the Bible are the Old Testament which record the history of the nation of Israel. Only 27 books are the New testament from the time of the birth of Jesus onward. in fact, only 4 books record the life and teachings of Jesus.

We also talked about the Bible verses other religions books.  I explained that the Bible was written by 40 different authors from all walks of life (kings, shepherds, fisherman, etc.) over a period of 1500 years on 3 different continents in 3 different languages, yet it all has the same theme.  Compare this with, say, Mormonism, whose holy book was written by a 14 year old boy who had a vision of Jesus and God the Father while in the woods, then was told about some “golden plates”, which he supposedly translated from ancient hieroglyphics by looking into a hat.  Which is more believable to you?  The eye-witness, corroborating testimony of 40 people or the “visions” of a 14 year old boy with no corroboration?  He acknowledged that the Bible would be more believable, but then he quickly moved on to other objections.

To be honest with you, I don’t know if this friend of mine is truly seeking or not.  At the end of the conversation, he said that we would need many hours to talk about this.  I said, “Great! Then how about we meet every Monday?”  He said, “Maybe we can…”  In any case, he sounds like he is willing to do this again.  My Christian brother assured him that according to Bible, if you seek God with all your heart, you will find him (Jeremiah 29:13) and that he has determined that we would live in places where we could find him and that he is not far from each of us (Acts 17:26-27).  So, please be praying for my Hindu friend.  I don’t want to give names for good reason, but nonetheless you can be praying for this situation and for his eyes to be opened.

mid-week apologetics booster (7-11-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1200) from Nuggets:

The fact that skeptics are free to think that their thoughts are entirely physical is evidence that their thoughts are not entirely physical. – J. Warner Wallace, God’s Crime Scene

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What to say to Jehovah’s Witnesses – Part 1 – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/jehovahs-witnesses/what-to-say-to-jehovahs-witnesses
  2. Giving Up Darwin: https://www.claremont.org/crb/article/giving-up-darwin/
  3. Strengthen a Teen’s Faith with these 3 Questions – Laugh Hope Thrive: https://laughhopethrive.com/2019/05/13/strengthen-a-teens-faith-with-these-3-questions/
  4. What is Islam, and what do Muslims believe?: https://www.gotquestions.org/Islam.html
  5. Glenn Stanton: Is Christianity really shrinking? Christianity is certainly not declining, and our nations citizens are not growing more secular. Let’s look at just three questions that reveal the actual story based on a broad array of leading academic research from our nation’s top sociologists of religion: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/glenn-stanton-is-christianity-really-shrinking
  6. The Attempt to Find Purpose Without God THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/07/05/the-attempt-to-find-purpose-without-god/
  7. The Bible and Modern Astronomy, Part 2- The Question of Extraterrestrial Life (Dr. Jason Lisle): https://answersingenesis.org/astronomy/the-bible-and-modern-astronomy-part-2/
  8. Some Questions for Linda Sarsour: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/07/some-questions-for-linda-sarsour
  9. 5 Simple Steps for Connecting with Gen Zers | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/5-simple-steps-for-connecting-with-gen-zers
  10. How Apologetics Can Change a Life | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-apologetics-can-change-a-life
  11. Chinese Christians flee China amid crackdown on church: No longer safe for us | Fox News: https://www.foxnews.com/world/china-christian-church-crackdown-safe
  12. A man over the moon. The historic Apollo moon landings still marvel scientists a half-century later, but astronaut Charlie Duke says hes also learned the heavens declare the glory of God. “The evidence to me is overwhelming that theres a Creator, he says. The orderliness in the universe and the physical laws that we experience see Gods hand in creation. That can’t happen by accident.”: https://world.wng.org/2019/07/a_man_over_the_moon
  13. Christian Bachelorette Star Defends Premarital Sex: A Man Does Not Control Anything I Do’ | Daily Wire: https://www.dailywire.com/news/48837/christian-bachelorette-star-defends-premarital-sex-paul-bois
  14. Answering Jewish Objections: Jewish People Don’t Believe in a Suffering/Atoning Messiah THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/answering-jewish-objections-jewish-people-dont-believe-in-a-suffering-atoning-messiah-2/

You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” John 14:4-5

Blessings to you all

A Few More Spiritual Conversations

Here is a quick follow-up on a few conversations I’ve had recently.

First of all, the Indian colleague that I had lunch with last week who’d agreed to go to church after our talk: I had said that I would research good churches for him based on his address that he texted me and I did. As God’s Providence would have it, the closest church to his house, literally a 4 minute drive, is also a church that my best friend attends.  And to top it off, my Indian colleague also knows this Christian friend of mine from a company that we both worked at previously!  That gives him not only a place he and his family can go where he already knows someone, but also, a church that I’m comfortable is a doctrinally solid, Bible preaching church.  I was thrilled about how God arranged all that. So I reported this information back to my Indian colleague and he replied “Thank u sir for all ur help. Plz send me his number and I will call him up.  Thx again”. So, apparently, he seemed willing to go. I pray that it in fact happened yesterday. I will probably find out this coming Thursday.

Secondly I had a doctor’s appointment Friday morning, and the doctor I was meeting with was named Bethany. So while I was in the waiting room for my appointment, knowing that her name was a biblical name, I did a search on my nuggets website for the name Bethany in the Bible. It appears 12 times in the Bible.  Here are the search results:

Passage Ref Passage Text
Matthew 21:17 (niv) 17 And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.
Matthew 26:6 (niv) 6 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper,
Mark 11:1 (niv) 1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples,
Mark 11:11 (niv) 11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
Mark 11:12 (niv) 12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry.
Mark 14:3 (niv) 3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
Luke 19:29 (niv) 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them,
Luke 24:50 (niv) 50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.
John 1:28 (niv) 28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
John 11:1 (niv) 1 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
John 11:18 (niv) 18 Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem,
John 12:1 (niv) 1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.

So I kept the search results up on my phone screen. When I got called into the office the first thing after some small pleasantries, I said to her, “Bethany, I don’t know if you knew this… but while I was waiting in your waiting room, I did a search on your name in the Bible. Did you know that your name appears 12 times in the Bible?” She said, “No I didn’t know that!”  She said she knew that her name meant “House of God”, but she didn’t know that it appeared in the Bible (now, looking the meaning up here and here, I think she may be wrong).  So I motioned her over and showed her the search results of her name in the Bible. They were all in the gospels.  I said not only does your name appear in the Bible, but it is a very significant name.  In fact, Jesus spent quite a bit of time there:

  1. After He died and rose again, He ascended to heaven from Bethany.
  2. At His second coming, He will return at the Mount of Olives, which is in Bethany.
  3. Also, Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead lived in Bethany with his sisters Mary and Martha, who are also featured in several Bible accounts.
  4. Simon the Leper lived in Bethany
  5. Jesus stayed overnight in Bethany.
  6. Bethany is about 2 miles from Jerusalem.

She was shocked to see that her name was referenced so often in the Bible. She commented, “I’ve read that book!  I was raised Catholic and went to Catholic schools through 8th grade.” When she said, “I’ve read that book”, I thought to myself – the Bible is not a book that you’re supposed to read just once.  It is not like a novel ….  But I thought I would just keep that to myself.  Anyway, she thanked me for telling me that and told me she learned something new today! That was pretty much the end of our conversation.  I hope that she goes home and researches more about her name in the Bible.

Then, when I got to work, there was hardly anyone in the office, it being the day after the 4th of July (Independence Day) which is a holiday.  I had a short conversation with 2 of the people that were in the office (a Hindu and a Muslim). One of them indicated that he was going to be leaving the company and actually moving out of the country back to the Middle East — I won’t name the country, but it is a Muslim country. So I asked him, are you a Muslim (before this conversation, I didn’t know)? He said yes I am. I replied, “I didn’t know that…” We were looking at a map showing the country that he was moving too, and of course in the region of the Middle East, this is where Mecca is located, so I asked him, “So being a Muslim, have you ever been to Mecca?” He said, “No, but I really hope to go there one day, and Jerusalem as well.” I commented, “Oh, that’s one of the five pillars of Islam. A pilgrimage to Mecca.” He said, “Well, actually, it’s not a pillar of Islam.” So I just kind of let that slide, but I’m pretty sure it is a pillar of Islam.  However, did I mention that saying the shahada is also a pillar of Islam. And he said, “Yes, there is no God but one…” And I said, “Isn’t it, ‘there is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger’?” And he corrected me, “One of his messengers.” I thought this to be very interesting. In the short couple of sentences, I could tell that he was not a very strict, conservative or well-informed Muslim.  In the past, this individual and I have talked a little bit about Christianity and Jesus — in particular His death and Resurrection.  During those conversations in the past, he didn’t seem to have any push back or comment on it. I would think a devout Muslim would have really took exception with the idea of Jesus’s crucifixion and Resurrection.  I hope and pray that I will be able to talk to him more before he leaves.

Finally, yesterday at church, I was able to talk to the girl who just graduated from high school that I had previously talked to while serving at St. Vincent de Paul. She is the one who indicated she’s “not quite there yet” on Christianity and her faith. This time I was able to talk to her during the fellowship time after the service. I asked her if she’d be willing to share more about her prior comment that she’s “not there yet”. Initially she was saying that it was more something that she needed to “discover on her own”. I asked her if she would be willing to give me a try, “What is it that you’re struggling with?” She said that it has to do with all of the evil and suffering in the world. She said that when she’s asked questions of Christians before, they all gave the same answer.  I asked if she could try me 🙂  I would like to compare my answer against theirs. She said “They say that God gives man free Will and that’s why we have all the evil.”  So, I asked her, “What do you think God should do about the evil and suffering?”  After pondering for a moment, she said, “I don’t know”.  Then I re-phrased the question, “What would you do about it if you were God?”  Again, she said, “I’m not sure.”  So, I followed up and said, “Do you think God will deal with the evil and suffering ‘one day’?”  She said that yes, probably he would.  I said to her that if there is a God who created the universe and everything in it, He would have to be incredibly powerful and intelligent.  So, our knowledge would be just a small slice of all the knowledge He has and maybe, just maybe, He has better insight into how to deal with all this than we do.  She seemed to agree.  We then had a discussion about the difference between moral evil (e.g. Hitler) and natural evil (e.g. earth quakes and hurricanes).  I told her that if there is no God, then Hitler, who killed 13 million people total and 6 million of them Jews, just “got away with” what he did.  Yet, if the God of the Bible is real, He promises there will be justice for people like Hitler.  She said that she’s having a problem with trusting Him.  I told her that I’m glad she used the word “trust”.  Faith is a biblical word, but it has a lot of baggage.  Faith really means trust in a God who you have good evidence to believe exists.

I asked her if she’d be going with us to feed the homeless again next weekend and she said yes, she was planning to and possibly bringing a friend – she said she likes charity.  I said that’s great and was looking forward to serving again along side her and the rest of the group.  I’m thinking now of possibly buying her a book and giving it to her next weekend.  That book is “Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God” or possibly, “The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between”, which also has a good chapter on the problem of evil and suffering.  I pray that God works in her life to cause her to understand and accept these difficult things.

I continue to try to be alert for ways to start spiritual conversations that will lead to fruit.  2 passages are relevant here:

Colossians 4:5-6

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

1 Corinthians 3:5-8

What then is Apollos ? And what is Paul ? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one ; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.

mid-week apologetics booster (7-4-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1180) from Nuggets:

Make religion attractive, make good men wish it were true, and then show that it is. Worthy of reverence because it really understands human nature. Attractive because it promises true good. – Blaise Pascal

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 4th of July Article – We continue to be the longest on-going Constitutional Republic in the history of the world. Blessings such as these are not by chance or accidental. They are blessings of God.: https://wallbuilders.com/4th-july-article/
  2. American Founding and Federal Era (1785-early-1800s) – 23 page PDF file lesson: https://wallbuilders.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Lesson-4-American-Founding-and-Federal-Era-1785-early-1800s.pdf
  3. Young Adults are Leaving the Church, Do You Know Why? | Hope’s Reason – note: this article seems to knock expository preaching (which I’m strongly in favor of), but as I consider the message here, I think the author is lamenting the hesitancy of preachers to mention culturally relevant matters in the context of their sermons.: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2015/06/11/young-adults-are-leaving-the-church-do-you-know-why/
  4. Chinese Christians memorize Bible in prison: Gov’t ‘can’t take what’s hidden in your heart’ – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/chinese-christians-memorize-bible-prison-cant-take-whats-hidden-in-your-heart.html
  5. My thoughts on the passing of apologist and author Dr. Norman Geisler THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/07/01/my-thoughts-on-the-passing-of-apologist-and-author-dr-norman-geisler/
  6. 3 Questions You Need to Ask When Reading the Bible – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut0jA0OvQ5g
  7. Why Christians Should Not Smoke Pot | The Stream: https://stream.org/christians-not-smoke-pot/
  8. The U. S. Women’s Soccer Team and Jaelene Hinkle – Break Point. …American Christians need to develop a theology of getting fired … It’s simply more likely than not that we too will face a choice at some point between our career and our convictions.: http://www.breakpoint.org/2019/06/breakpoint-the-u-s-womens-soccer-team-and-jaelene-hinkle/
  9. Why Apologetics? | Stand to Reason – Why apologetics? Well, the Bible commands it, the culture demands it, the Church needs it, and the results confirm it. Taken individually, each reason should motivate us to engage in apologetics. However, taken all together, these provide a powerful apologetic for apologetics.: https://www.str.org/blog/why-apologetics
  10. Dr. James Dobson visits the border and reports on the humanitarian crisis: https://drjamesdobson.org/about/july-newsletter-2019
  11. Dr. Ben Carson speaks of fetal pain, describes abortion as barbaric and murder: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/dr.-ben-carson-speaks-of-fetal-pain-describes-abortion-as-barbaric-and-murder
  12. What about people who have never heard?: https://youtu.be/yQISdCWQhRg
  13. 4 Reasons That Christianity is True: https://youtu.be/ata3XrCiGtY
  14. Why did God create the tree and put it in the garden if he knew Adam and Eve would eat from it?: https://youtu.be/h1jOsYw6qIg
  15. Mary and Jesus Appearances | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/appearances-of-mary-and-jesus-resurrection-appearances/
  16. Morality as Natural: Why the I don’t need a god to be moral critique fails: https://www.tacticalfaith.com/morality-as-natural-why-the-i-dont-need-a-god-to-be-moral-critique-fails/
  17. Another Journey from Atheism to Christianity Proslogion: http://blog.drwile.com/another-journey-from-atheism-to-christianity/
  18. Do pets / animals go to Heaven? Do pets / animals have souls / spirits?: https://www.gotquestions.org/pets-heaven.html
  19. The Bible’s Reliability & Accuracy – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0OWYAf2TNA
  20. The Christian foundations of the rule of law in the West: a legacy of liberty and resistance against tyranny – creation.com: https://creation.com/the-christian-foundations-of-the-rule-of-law-in-the-west-a-legacy-of-liberty-and-resistance-against-tyranny
  21. Why Intelligent Design Is An Argument from Knowledge, Not Ignorance | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/why-intelligent-design-argument-knowledge-not-ignorance
  22. Prayer is Not a Blank Check Signed in Jesus’ name: http://faithphilosophy.com/en/prayer-is-not-a-blank-check-in-jesus-name.php
  23. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Donates $1 Million to Planned Parenthood to : https://www.lifenews.com/2019/06/28/facebook-coo-sheryl-sandberg-donates-1-million-to-planned-parenthood-to-fight-for-abortion/
  24. Contend Earnestly – Jude’s epistle defending the gospel is as valid today as it was in the early church | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/11386
  25. The appendix – The appendix is just one of many organs once commonly claimed by evolutionists to be useless leftovers from our evolutionary past. Over the years, however, the list of vestigial organs has become shorter and shorter, as scientists have discovered their functions. Some evolutionists now doubt whether any genuine examples exist.: https://creation.com/the-appendix

The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, “The man who does these things will live by them.” Galatians 3:12

Blessings to you all

Conversation with a Hindu friend

I had a conversation while I was at a Hindu friend’s house for a birthday party last night.  This friend of mine is not a real religious Hindu, but more of a cultural Hindu, who respects it as his family (and wife’s) religion and tradition.  We had quite a long conversation (over an hour) about the existence of God, the Christian faith, etc.  Here are some of the objections he was raising:

  1. Religion was created by men to control people – it is all made up. You’ll burn in hell if you don’t behave according to what this book says.  Jesus is always watching you.  Interestingly, he mentioned that Hinduism does have a concept of hell, and hellfire as well. He said that this is only experienced by humans (not other life forms) who do something terribly wrong, let’s say murder, then you go to eternal hellfire. I told him but that was the first time I’ve ever heard that. His wife, who was sitting there, but not involved in the conversation, confirmed it.
  2. He complained that some of these “people in religion” (the leaders) are smooth talkers and they manipulate people for their own benefit (private planes, big houses, etc.)
  3. I asked him to forget about “religion” for a second and focus on whether God exists. He said that he sees no evidence that God exists.  However, I was finally able to convince him that it was reasonable to believe that a Creator of the universe and life exists (via the cosmological and design arguments), but then he said, “OK, so if God did create the universe, so what?”  I said if there is a Creator, then we ought to try to know Him and determine if He’s revealed Himself to mankind.
  4. He questioned why there is only life here in the universe, since the universe is so big. Why do you need this big universe if you’re only going to have life here?  It was not clear whether he truly believed that there was no other life in the universe, but I think it may’ve been more of a critique of the Christian view of God creating this gigantic universe to only have life in one galaxy and one planet out of billions.
  5. We had a discussion about science and Christianity. I mentioned that many of the scientists of history were Christians, I named Newton, Copernicus, Galileo and that there were many others. The reason they studied science passionately was because they believed that God created the universe and it was meant to be understood by us because it operated in an orderly, law-like fashion, according to the laws of nature, physics, chemistry, etc. Since nature operates according to such predictable laws (e.g. we can land a rover on Mars because we can so accurately predict the path of the planets around the sun), it is reasonable to believe that these laws of nature had to be given by a “Law Giver”.
  6. He asserted that all religions are the same. He questioned the story of Jesus coming to Israel.  Why did he come at that time and only one place?  He said, if he was a god, he would’ve came to every continent (basically, I think he was saying he would’ve made his existence irrefutable).  He asked, was Jesus a messenger? Why did He come to earth?  I replied that He came to seek and to save lost humanity.  Yes, He was a messenger also, in the sense that He taught and healed people, but he didn’t just come as a messenger.
  7. In response to me telling him something that Jesus said, he also said, “No one can know what Jesus said”.
  8. He said, “How do you know what is the true religion? Many people wrote down books from other religions.  How do we know Bible is true over those?”  When he said that other religions have their books too, I contrasted the Bible, which was written by 40 authors over a period of 1500 years – these authors were different types of people such as fisherman, shepherds, military generals and kings writing at different times in history and locations in different geographical locations.  However, they were all writing a single, consistent message throughout the Bible. He asked “Why should I believe them more than the writers of other religions? For example, Islam…”  I answered, “Yes, Islam, where Muhammad is the only person that supposedly received that message over a period of 23 years in a cave from an angel – and we just have to believe him?”  I continued, “The same thing regarding Joseph Smith the founder of Mormonism, who claims to have had a vision of Jesus and God the Father and claims to have been given ancient golden plates containing a divinely inspired message?  Believing 40 different eyewitnesses to historical events is much more reasonable than believing religions that are based on the private vision of one individual with no other corroboration.” At this point he took exception because, he said, “Mormonism is Christian”. I said no, it is not.  They separated themselves from other Christians initially, and said that all existing Christian denominations were heresy. He challenged me, “Mormons believe in Jesus Christ right?” I said yes but, they don’t believe in the same Jesus that is described in the Bible – that Jesus is the one true God. In addition to that, they have a separate scriptures called “The Book of Mormon”, which does not agree with the Bible.
  9. He thought that Christianity started when Jesus came, two thousand years ago. But I corrected him that the Bible starts at the beginning of creation. The first sentence of the Bible is “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”. He was confused and said who wrote that part? I mentioned that Moses wrote the first five books the Bible that include the account of creation. He asked, “So, Moses wrote about Jesus?” I told him yes that he and other Old Testament writers predicted the coming Messiah. The Bible contains over 300 prophecies of the coming Messiah, most of which are fulfilled in Jesus.
  10. He complained about injustices in the world. He gave the example of a faithful Christian couple who has a child with birth defects and then lives “a life of hell”.  Why isn’t their God taking care of them?  And people talk about how God has a plan, God loves you, but meanwhile, people go on suffering greatly (I’m paraphrasing – I can’t remember exactly).

During our conversation, he was a bit of a steamroller – but a friendly steamroller.  But he hardly allowed me to get any words in – he just kept bringing up objection after another – and if I got a chance to answer an objection, he would just move on to another objection.

He has agreed to have lunch to discuss this more.  I told him that he should come to lunch with me another Christian friend of mine (who he also knows from a company we worked at together) and he sounded interested.

At the end of our conversation, I asked if he would be willing to read a book.  He said yes.  I gave him a copy of a book I just happened to have in my car: Is God Just a Human Invention and Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists.  I asked him to just devote an hour or less and read chapter 1 to start.  He said he’s “lazy to read”, but said he would do it (I don’t have confidence that he will).

Please pray for my friend that this conversation would get him to think and consider whether he is wrong in his worldview and for another chance to continue the conversation.

 

mid-week apologetics booster (6-27-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1100) from Nuggets:

The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference.

– Elie Weisel, Jewish Holocaust survivor

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Ex-Atheist Dr. Sarah Salviander Destroys Atheism with One Tweet | Faith: https://pjmedia.com/faith/ex-atheist-dr-sarah-salviander-destroys-atheism-with-one-tweet/
  2. Erwin Lutzer lays out 5 false gospels within evangelical churches – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/erwin-lutzer-lays-out-5-false-gospels-within-evangelical-churches.html
  3. Good Question for the Next Darwinist You Meet | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/04/good-question-for-the-next-darwinist-you-meet/
  4. The Other Side of the Good News: Hell: https://thinkdivinely.com/hell/
  5. Does it matter that Buddha came long before Jesus? | CARM.org: https://carm.org/does-it-matter-that-buddha-came-long-before-jesus
  6. Why The Gospels Don’t Call Jesus God – Lucas’ Theological Novelties and Apologetics: https://lucsnovelties.com/2019/05/20/why-the-gospels-dont-call-jesus-god/
  7. Want Gospel Opportunities? Embrace Opposition.: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/gospel-opportunities-opposition/
  8. The dumbing down of America – Dr. D. James Kennedy: https://youtu.be/V96cpOj3xk8
  9. Crazy Bible: https://youtu.be/z0-Q3Jl7vng
  10. The Atheist Delusion: https://youtu.be/ChWiZ3iXWwM
  11. A world-famous chemist tells the truth: there’s no scientist alive today who understands macroevolution | Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/a-world-famous-chemist-tells-the-truth-theres-no-scientist-alive-today-who-understands-macroevolution/
  12. Six Enemies of Apologetic Engagement – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/six-enemies-of-apologetic-engagement
  13. What were the Inquisitions?: https://www.gotquestions.org/inquisitions.html
  14. Poolside Apologetics – Straight Talk with Claudia K: http://straighttalkwithclaudiak.com/poolside-apologetics/
  15. 5 Examples Why Agnostic Bart Ehrman Is Not a Gospel Expert – Lady Apologist: https://ladyapologist.com/2018/10/17/5-examples-why-agnostic-bart-ehrman-is-not-a-gospel-expert/
  16. Trend-line of Scientific Discovery Points To A Creator: http://natureandscripture.blogspot.com/2019/06/trend-line-of-scientific-discovery.html?m=1

Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. Revelation 10:1

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-20-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1000) from Nuggets:

Every other person who is at the heart of any religion has had his or her beginning either in fancy or in fact. But nevertheless, there is a beginning. Jesus birth in Bethlehem was a moment preceded by eternity. His being neither originated in time nor came about by the will of humanity. The Author of time, who lived in the eternal, was made incarnate in time that we might live with the eternal in view. In that sense, the message of Christ was not the introduction of a religion, but an introduction to truth about reality as God alone knows it. To deny Jesus message while pursuing spirituality is to conjure an imaginary religion in an attempt to see heaven while sight is confined to the earth. That is precisely what Jesus challenged when he said, I have come that [you] may have life (John 10:10). His life spells living. Your life or my life, apart from Him, spells death. – Ravi Zacharias

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Christianity Shaken To Its Core As Atheist Refers To God As ‘Magic Invisible Friend’ | The Babylon Bee (very hilarious satire): https://babylonbee.com/news/christianity-shaken-core-atheist-refers-god-magic-invisible-friend
  2. Renewing Your Mind | Four Possibilities – R.C. Sproul walks through a famous apologetic method first established by Augustine.: https://renewingyourmind.org/2019/06/15/four-possibilities?utm_content=buffer51f2d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=buffer
  3. When Church Is Optional, You Set up Your Kids to Fail: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/chorusinthechaos/programming-your-children-to-fail-sunday-church/
  4. Indian Christians on Edge. Two weeks ago, Narendra Modi was sworn in for a second term as Indias Prime Minister. His party, the BJP, won a resounding victory in parliamentary elections. As Indian pundits a word that is, by the way, of Indian origin will tell you, if Modi and the BJP were the obvious winners, their political rivals, the Congress Party, were the big losers. But theres another potential loser in these elections, one that should especially concern American Christians, and thats Indian Christians. – Break Point: http://www.breakpoint.org/2019/06/breakpoint-indian-christians-on-edge/
  5. Ten Ways grown-up Christians can set a better example for Gen z on social media: https://www.impact360institute.org/articles/ten-ways-grown-up-christians-can-set-a-better-example-for-gen-z-on-social-media/
  6. Hillsong Church Affirms Full Pro-LGBTQ Position As They Hold Their One World Religion Alpha Conference Featuring A Roman Catholic Mass Now The End Begins: https://www.nowtheendbegins.com/hillsong-church-affirms-full-pro-lgbtq-position-hold-one-world-religion-conference-featuring-a-roman-catholic-mass/
  7. Origin Of Life-Evolution Achilles Heels – Media Center – creation.com: https://creation.com/media-center/youtube/origin-of-life-evolution-achilles-heels
  8. Mark Zuckerberg says hes no longer an atheist, believes religion is very important – The Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/12/30/mark-zuckerberg-says-hes-no-longer-an-atheist-believes-religion-is-very-important/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.4c23a52215bb
  9. Do Christians, Muslims, and Jews Follow the Same God? | Grounds4Faith: https://grounds4faith.com/2019/05/15/do-christians-muslims-and-jews-follow-the-same-god/
  10. How Evidence Helps Doubters Become Devotees | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-evidence-help-doubters-become-devotees/
  11. Distinguishing Marks of a Quarrelsome Person: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevin-deyoung/distinguishing-marks-quarrelsome-person/?amp&__twitter_impression=true
  12. Unmarried 35-year-old woman reflects on her adventurous life of fun, travel and serial cohabitation | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/06/16/unmarried-35-year-old-woman-reflects-on-her-adventurous-life-of-fun-travel-and-serial-cohabitation-2/
  13. JP Moreland: No further scientific discoveries could make the statement true – The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network: https://www.thepoachedegg.net/2018/10/jp-moreland-no-further-scientific-discoveries-could-make-the-statement-true.html
  14. New Science Uprising Episode: Programming Without a Programmer? | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/06/new-science-uprising-episode-programming-without-a-programmer/
  15. Pastor dialoguing with women regarding abortion: https://youtu.be/aiyHYjFcX50
  16. Are Top Scientists Overwhelmingly Atheists? – Randal Rauser: https://randalrauser.com/2013/06/are-top-scientists-overwhelmingly-atheists/
  17. Quick Shot: The Bible condones slavery – how to answer quickly and concisely: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/quick-shot-the-bible-condones-slavery/
  18. Pre-Pauline Creeds and Hymns Cyber Penance: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/pre-pauline-creeds-and-hymns/
  19. How we know the gospels were written prior to 70 AD,: https://youtu.be/1HKHdBrPdJc
  20. Stephen Meyer: DNA and information: https://youtu.be/7c9PaZzsqEg
  21. Privileged Species featuring Dr. Michael Denton: https://youtu.be/VoI2ms5UHWg
  22. From Atheist to Christian at Yale. Dr. Paul Lim: https://youtu.be/zJ9TfkdgeFc
  23. Is it irrational to believe in God? An interview with John Lennox: https://youtu.be/B6bgoiVPXy0
  24. Job: Rebuked in Suffering | Desiring God – We could simply say, “Yes, I believe God rules over the world and controls what happens. I also believe that he is just and wise. And I believe that, though things look capricious and arbitrary in this life, all wrongs will be righted in the age to come…” That is not a bad way to live. But the writer of the book of Job is not satisfied to live that way. And he wants his readers to know that God has not concealed all of his ways. There is more to see of God’s purpose in suffering than we may think.: https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/job-rebuked-in-suffering
  25. Conversation with a teacher on a plane 1 Peter 4:12-16: https://1peter41216.wordpress.com/2019/06/16/conversation-with-a-teacher-on-a-plane/
  26. Secular researchers agree: worldviews control science! – creation.com: https://creation.com/secular-paper-worldviews-control-science

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him. Proverbs 22:15

Blessings to you all

Conversation with a teacher on a plane

Today, I was on a plane trip for business and was sitting next to a person who is a teacher of Electrical Engineering at a community college and also works at a local university. Initially, there was just the normal chit chat, then she started to sleep for a while, and I started to read the book that I brought with me:

Is God Just a Human Invention?
And Seventeen Other Questions Raised By The New Atheists

It is a fantastic book – this is my second time reading it – and while she was sleeping, I made it through chapter 1 (Is Faith Irrational?) and was starting to read chapter 2 (Are Science and Christianity at Odds?), when the flight attendants came by and asked if we wanted a snack or to order any food, which woke her up and got me to stop reading.

So, after we were given our snacks, we both started to eat and then started to engage again in some conversation. There was a lot of talk about why there are not that many women in technology fields and other various topics.
Then at one point I saw an opportunity to bring up a “theological term” in the context of our conversation (which I then explained). That gave her an opening to ask me about the book I was reading. She’d noticed it and was curious what it was about. I read the title to her and she asked who the author was. So, I handed her the book, (open to the table of contents) so she could see all of the titles of the chapters. she also took note of the editors/authors, Sean McDowell and Jonathan Morrow, from the back of the book.
After taking note of that, she asked me, “So what’s your position on these topics?” That was a good sign, that she was willing to talk about these topics! I’m guessing that she thought maybe I was a skeptic, who was investigating the truth of the Christian worldview. So I told her that I was a Christian.
What ensued over the next 1.5-2 hours was an in-depth conversation about science, religion and (specifically) Christianity. It was a great conversation – we were very respectful, calm and engaged, listening to each other as we learned about our respective worldviews.
We started this part of the conversation talking about the existence of God. I quickly found out that she is a person who, though being in a technical field herself, believes that there are many truths, and many realities. Each person can have their own truth that is meaningful to them. I also found out that she doesn’t really find the questions about God as relevant to her daily life. I suggested to her that questions of our ultimate destination are in fact meaningful to everyone on the earth. That is one issue that we will all have to face. assessing what we will experience on the other side of the door of death. She, however, feels that our behavior and how we get along as people here on earth, and well as preserving the earth are the most important things. During the conversation, I tried to explain to her, the nature of my faith – that, all humans are like jurors who are hearing both sides of a case from opposing “expert witnesses”. We have to evaluate what is said by the opposing expert witnesses and determine which case seems more reasonable. So, my faith is not a “mystical” thing – not a blind faith – but rather that I view the existence of God and the Christian view of the nature of Jesus to be the best inference from the evidence that we have available.That being said, I do have faith in Jesus, which is really a synonym for trust. This seemed to really puzzle her, and she communicated that she does not believe that there’s any evidence for the existence of God and that faith is an individual thing that is meaningful to the person. She was curious to know what I thought was evidence for the existence of God. So I talked about the universe and the fact that it had a beginning – that whatever begins to exist must have a cause. We now know from science that the universe began to exist – that is – all space time and matter came into being at the Big Bang. So, whatever was the cause of the universe had to be spaceless, timeless, and immaterial. She seemed to take issue with me saying it had to be. Additionally at this point, she brought up the question of who created God? To which I responded, since the beginning of the Big Bang was the beginning of time, the cause of the universe must be timeless, that is eternal.
She was wondering what the current scientific response to what I was saying was. I explained that the current thinking is what is called the multiverse. She was completely unfamiliar with that term. So I explained that the multiverse is a sort of universe generator, which supposedly has generated innumerable other undetectable universes, and that we just happen to be in the universe that appears to be designed for life, and thus, are here and able to observe it. Then, she was curious about my statement that the universe appears to be designed for life. So, I explained about the cosmological constants and quantities that are fine-tuned to particular values which, had they been different, would prohibit the existence of life in this universe. She seemed to understand these constants and quantities, and I didn’t have to give any further explanation on that topic. But oddly enough, she was very hesitant to agree that the Big Bang is actually the explanation for the beginning of the universe. She clarified that this is the best that scientists can come up with right now, and that future scientific discoveries could change that.
I went on and continued to explain other evidence for the existence of God, such as the argument from the design of DNA (the informational equivalent of roughly 8000 books inside every DNA molecule) and the complexity of biological life at the cellular level.
During this conversation, we talked about many other topics and she raised many other objections against Christianity and theism in general – again, this was all done in a very congenial and friendly conversational way. There was no animus in the conversation at all.
Here’s a summary of what I think she believes.
She believes that Jesus of Nazareth was a real person (or someone like him actually existed).
She believes that the Bible was written so long ago that it’s hard for her to see it as being real. I clarified that the important time Gap is the time between the events, and when they were recorded, not the time between the events and today. We also had, at this point, and discussion about how she knows about the existence of George Washington, and his doings. I was trying to get her to agree that the same way she knows about (and trust the accounts of ) George Washington, is the same way she can know about Jesus.
She completely rejects all miracle reports. In response to this, I asked her, “if there is a God who created the universe and everything in it, isn’t it reasonable to believe that the Being who created the universe and established all the laws that govern it could alter how things occur inside the universe?” She countered with an example that, if a woman gives birth to a baby, does that mean the woman can control everything that happens inside the baby? I acknowledge that that was a good point, but the human mother and the baby are of the same species. But God in the universe are completely different. So I think the analogy fails.
She finds it more difficult to believe in the existence of a Creator of the universe than she does to believe that Jesus existed. At this point, I referred back to the cosmological argument that I’d talked previously with her about. I also emphasized that, if you think about it, there must have been something that was eternal, whether that be God, or the universe itself. One of them must have been eternal. Otherwise, there would be nothing at all. I asked her to consider the point, why is there something rather than nothing? She had a problem understanding the question, then I explained it and, again, she didn’t think it was irrelevant question. she, unlike me does not think about questions of our origin, or our destination.
Even if Jesus existed, and there were eyewitnesses of him, she doesn’t think that what he is reported to have said in the Bible is necessarily what he actually said. At this point, I spoke a little bit about the fact that the Bible was written as 27 books by 9 authors, over a period of 50 years, within the lifetime of the eyewitnesses. so, with that information, what you have to evaluate is the reliability of these eyewitnesses. much in the same way that our criminal justice system evaluates eyewitnesses. Were they there and available to observe the event? Do they have any reason to lie?Is there corroboration from other sources? We also talked a little bit about the nature of eyewitness testimony and that diverging details are to be expected in authentic eyewitness testimony. In the case of the eyewitnesses that wrote down the historical accounts of Jesus, they were willing to go to their deaths proclaiming an account that they knew whether it was true or false.
She stated that the people who wrote it down wrote it down long after he lived.She also stated that these people couldn’t even write. In response to these assertions I explained that the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD is not even mentioned in the New Testament.So, that is evidence that the writing was before 70 AD oh, well the other eyewitnesses we’re still alive. also I mentioned to her that the apostle Paul, who wrote one half of the New Testament books was a scholar, so yes, he could write.
She talked about wars in the name of religion, and she talked about people who are “true believers” who do horrible things. I readily agreed with her on this point, that there are those who, throughout the history of Christianity, have done horrible things in the name of Christ. That grieves me as well.
She contrasted the behavior of atheists, with that of Christians, and suggested that sometimes, the atheists actually behave better because of the way that they were brought up. In response to this point I talked about how there is no one perfect, and that according to the Christian worldview, everyone has sinned.we are all guilty before God. She admitted to not really understanding what sin was. I explained that anything less than perfection was sin. I asked her if she had ever told a lie? She said yes but only in a moral dilemma where it was better to lie than to tell the truth so as not to hurt someone. I asked her about stealing and lust. She would not admit to doing anything wrong (wow). But yet, when she agreed that no one was perfect, I explained that God’s standard is perfection, so in this sense, everyone is guilty before God. And I went on to emphasize, that wouldn’t this be a wonderful world if everyone did follow those rules listed out in the ten commandments, that they would love their neighbors theirselves, that they would respect and honor their parents, that they would not lie, steal, commit adultery and she agreed that this would be a utopia if that were the case.

She believes that the term Christian can mean whatever the person feels it too mean. She personally believes that Christian is more of a disposition, or a way of behaving. That we say that when someone is kind to another or charitable, they are acting “Christian”. I asked her, since she’s also an anthropologist, whether she knew what the origin of the term Christian was. Oddly, she thought that didn’t matter. I told her that Christian means follower of Christ, or little Christ. I also asked her at this point what she thought that Jesus would think about this issue. What would he consider a Christian?of course, since she doesn’t think that we have the actual words that Jesus spoke, she claimed to have no idea what Jesus would think about this.

We talked a little bit about evolution. She said she didn’t know whether I believed in evolution. I asked her, “what do you mean by evolution? If you mean change over time, I certainly believe it, it is undeniable. However, if you mean that all life forms on earth today descended from a single cell organism in the distant past, I don’t think that the fossil evidence supports that assertion.”. I went on to explain that in Darwin’s day, there was limited knowledge of the fossil record, but now over a hundred and fifty years later, we have explored much more of it, and are still unable to find the evolutionary precursors of many of the existing life-forms today. At this point, I also mentioned the Cambrian explosion. She was unfamiliar with it. I talked about how over 20 of the current phyla of animals came into existence in a “geological instant” – with no precursors found in the fossil record. This fossil evidence demands an explanation. She didn’t have an answer for this topic. However, she said that she thought Christians in the 19th century were against evolution, not based on scientific evidence, but rather, because it conflicted with their view of the world. She also mentioned that there are Christians who evidently believed that the universe is only 4,000 years old. So we continued on this topic and I explained to her the controversy between old earth creationists and young earth creationists. she was surprised to learn that there are in fact old earth creationists who accept the scientific dating of the universe and of the earth, yet still believe that God was the creator of the universe.I explained to her the different meanings of the Hebrew word for day and how there are many Christians who interpret “day” to mean “age” or “epoch”, not a normal 24 hour period. I also explained to her the young earth creationists contend that there are assumptions built into the scientific dating methods and therefore they are unreliable, and have shown at times to be unreliable when samples of known age are submitted to laboratories for testing and I received back with much longer ages than known age. At this point, I also talked a little bit about the historical situation in the 16th century with Galileo. How at that time there were the “fixed earthers” who believed that the sun rotates around the earth and who believe that the earth must be stationary, because the Bible says that it is fixed in space and rests on pillars. Then there were those (including Galileo) who believed that the earth rotated around the sun. Nowadays, hardly anyone, Christian or secular, believes that the earth is fixed in space. We unanimously believe the evidence which suggests that the earth rotates around the sun. It is non-controversial. I think that one day we may get there on the age of the universe, where all Christians come to accept the scientific consensus without controversy. We also talked about the problem of distant starlight. I told her that I typically try to stay out of those controversies about the age of the earth and the age of the universe. Normally I remain engaged on the topics of the existence of God, the design life, and the resurrection of Jesus.

So, all of this dialog occurred in a very respectful way, and was interspersed in our conversation. She didn’t bring up all these objections at once. During the course of the conversation, I tried to answer most of her objections. We spoke for a long, long time, so there was a lot of back-and-forth conversation. I wouldn’t even call it a debate.
I wish I’d had a tape recorder running, because I would’ve loved to be able to go back and hear all the things that she brought up and how I’d responded to them.I certainly did not list them all here. Overall, it was a very good conversation and we ended the conversation on a positive tone. It sounded like much of what I was telling her in response to her objections she had never heard before.
So, I think it was a successful encounter. Earlier in the day, I’d been praying to God for the opportunity to talk to someone on the flight. Then as all the passengers were boarding the plane, and I was already seated, while they were walking down the aisle, I was praying that God would be preparing someone to sit next to me who’d be ready to hear what I would have to say. I feel that He did answer that prayer! I will be praying for her, that maybe I put a stone in her shoe, and gave her something to think about, something to annoy her (in a good way). I didn’t share the gospel in a classic sense, but I did talk about God, Jesus, sin, heaven, hell, and faith, so we covered just about all the basics.
Thank you Lord for blessing me with this great opportunity. May you make it fruitful. In Jesus’ holy and precious name I pray, Amen.

mid-week apologetics booster (6-13-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1000) from Nuggets:

The best restraint is self-restraint that comes from the inner prompting of the Holy Spirit through the person and presence of Jesus Christ in each individual life. It’s been my observation over the last 30 years that the vast majority of believers need to be freed, not restrained. Our job is to free people, God’s job is to restrain them. God is doing his job much better than were doing ours. – Chuck Swindoll (the Grace Awakening)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Responding to Pride Month with Genuine Love | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/article/responding-pride-month-genuine-love
  2. No Stable Rights without Intrinsic Human Value | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/no-stable-rights-without-intrinsic-human-value
  3. 30 More Christians Arrested in Eritrea Renounce Your Faith or Go to Jail – Open Doors USA: https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/stories/30-more-christians-arrested-in-eritrea-renounce-your-faith-or-go-to-jail/
  4. William Lane Craig: Our Churches have dropped the ball – The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network: https://www.thepoachedegg.net/2012/01/william-lane-craig-our-churches-have-dropped-the-ball.html
  5. The Most Destructive Idea w/ Dr. J.P. Moreland | Cross Examined Official Podcast – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NB4cUoOUyto
  6. The Legend of Hercules is Epic… Epically Bad – This movie seemed to have many parallels to biblical characters (Samson and Jesus). It looks like Hercules would’ve been the type of savior that the Jewish people were mistakenly looking for – a political conqueror and a warrior.: https://www.crosswalk.com/culture/movies/the-legend-of-hercules-movie-review.html
  7. Hermes and Zeus When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, The gods have come down to us in human form!’ (Acts 14:11) | Ligonier.org: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/hermes-and-zeus/
  8. The good news about America’s floundering morals – Quit booting God from politics, from schools, from venues of entertainment and places of gathering and reflecting and buying and selling, and God will reward by standing ground. Washington Times: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jun/6/the-good-news-about-americas-floundering-morals/
  9. Worth a Thousand Years of Waiting. As of 1979, there were about five hundred known Christians from a Muslim background in Iran. In 2005, it was estimated that there were 40,000 ethnic Iranian Christians (not including ethnic minority Christians who live in Iran). That number grew to about 175,000 Christians in 2010, according to the Joshua Project. Today, the average estimates of Christians within Iran range from 300,000 to upwards of one million, according to some missions experts. | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/worth-a-thousand-years-of-waiting
  10. Taking the mystery out of knowing God’s will. A sermon by John MacArthur: https://youtu.be/SGnHAqu9Geo
  11. Is Genesis History? Watch the Film Seen by Millions. I watched this from Amazon Prime. It definitely presents a young earth point of view, but it gives a pretty good and convincing view of that paradigm: https://isgenesishistory.com/product/feature-film/
  12. Detecting False Dichotomies that Hinder the Mission of the Church | Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.: https://douglasgroothuis.com/2019/06/06/detecting-false-dichotomies-that-hinder-the-mission-of-the-church/
  13. Distant Starlight – Under Occam’s Razor – Part 1: Contenders Rational Faith: http://rationalfaith.com/2019/05/distant-starlight-under-occams-razor-part-1-contenders/
  14. Something funny and something serious for Pride Month Running The Race: https://thei535project.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/something-funny-and-something-serious-for-pride-month/
  15. The Vredefort Dome, South Africa – Formed by an enormous asteroid impact during a global watery catastrophe: https://creation.com/vredefort-dome
  16. Holiness and Cultural Apologetics: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/holiness-and-cultural-apologetics/
  17. The Most Valuable 3 Aims of Apologetics by R.C. Sproul: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/most-valuable-aim-apologetics/
  18. Christian Evidences by R.C. Sproul | Ligonier Ministries: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/christian_evidences/
  19. Contend for the Faith | Ligonier.org: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/contend-faith/
  20. Weighing the Evidence – When in dialogue with a Muslim, how often do we find ourselves put on the defensive, fending off the same five or six standard questions which seem to repeat themselves time and again? The objection to the Trinity leads the way, pursued hard on its heels by the disbelief that God could have a Son, followed by the contention that these doctrines were erroneously created by the apostle Paul, and therefore not part of the original canon preached by the historical Jesus.: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/weighing-the-evidence/
  21. Do Believers Always Need to Be Ready to Defend the Gospel?: https://www.gty.org/library/bibleqnas-library/QA0144/do-believers-always-need-to-be-ready-to-defend-the-gospel
  22. Gods Rainbow Covenant – During the 2016 Christmas season, Answers in Genesis lit up its full-scale replica of Noahs Ark with the colors of the rainbow. That seemingly innocuous act created a storm of protest from people pushing the LGBT agenda. Homosexuals were incensed that a Christian apologetics ministry would steal the emblem of their movement. : https://www.gty.org/library/blog/B180622
  23. Conversational Apologies – Believers sometimes feel unprepared to share the Gospel with others, especially if we believe it requires a grand theological mind or complicated intellectual explanations. Sometimes, though, the best way to share Christ is with simplicity and humility. Alistair Begg speaks to the importance of conversational evangelism and how sharing Gods work in our lives is one of the most effective methods of apologetics.- Truth For Life: https://www.truthforlife.org/resources/sermon/conversational-Apologies/
  24. Ready to Answer – Harvest: https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/ready-to-answer/
  25. Preaching & Apologetics (Optional Session) by Steven Lawson from Defending the Faith: 2018 West Coast Conference: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/conferences/defending-the-faith-2018-west-coast-conference/preaching-and-apologetics/
  26. James Tour, the mystery of the origin of life: https://youtu.be/zU7Lww-sBPg
  27. 12 Apologetics Quotes from Ravi Zacharias – The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network: https://www.thepoachedegg.net/2019/06/apologetics-12-quotes-from-ravi-zacharias.html
  28. Rich countries could join Christian persecution list – Eternity News: https://www.eternitynews.com.au/world/rich-countries-could-join-christian-persecution-list/
  29. Selective tolerance Folau versus Rugby Australia | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2019/05/04/selective-tolerance-folau-versus-rugby-australia/

“Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Joel 2:12-13

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-30-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1000) from Nuggets:

O great Creator, mighty Protector, gracious Preserver, thou dost load me with loving kindnesses, and hast made me thy purchased possession, and redeemed me from all guilt. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Target stores donate $100K to LGBT nonprofit that promotes inclusive K-12 schools | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/target-stores-donate-100k-to-lgbt-nonprofit-that-promotes-inclusive-k-12-schools
  2. Yale University computer science professor takes a look at protein formation probabilities | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/05/23/yale-university-computer-science-professor-takes-a-look-at-protein-formation-probabilities/
  3. Is It Wrong To Evangelize? : https://subspla.sh/9w8qjvn
  4. Preaching God’s Love in Acts? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/preaching-god-s-love-in-acts#.XOgEdZCp40M
  5. Creation isn’t science? – creation.com: https://creation.com/not-science
  6. Answering an Objection to Apologetics: Doesn’t Faith Come from Hearing the Word of God? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/05/25/answering-an-objection-to-apologetics-doesnt-faith-come-from-hearing-the-word-of-god-3/
  7. Lasting Lessons from Mount St. Helen’s – The eruption of Mount St. Helen’s 35 years ago provided an amazing opportunity for scientists to study the effects of catastrophe. The incredible lessons are as valuable as ever!: https://answersingenesis.org/geology/mount-st-helens/lasting-lessons-mount-st-helens/
  8. Why Did God Create People if He Knew So Many Would Go to Hell? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/why-did-god-create-people-if-he-knew-so-many-would-go-hell
  9. What’s It Like to Abort Your Own Child? Dr. Bernard Nathanson, co-founder of NARAL, once thought fetuses weren’t babies, too. Then the ultrasound was introduced to the US, and he spent the rest of his life trying to undo the laws he helped put in place.: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/whats-it-like-to-abort-your-own-child/
  10. Abortion Advocates Fail Biology. The science of embryology has firmly established that human life begins at conception. This is a scientific fact. Therefore, abortion at any stage of development kills a human being.: https://www.str.org/blog/abortion-advocates-fail-biology
  11. What Does the Bible Say About Purgatory? Catholics believe in purgatory, a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God’s grace, are, not entirely free from venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions. The notion of purgatory assumes many of us die with unforgiven sins that need to be purged from our account; some of us are not good enough to go to heaven, but not bad enough to go to hell. Purgatory, therefore, is a temporary, intermediate place (or state of being) where good deeds and works can be performed in order to purge our impurity prior to our final destiny with God.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/what-does-the-bible-say-about-purgatory
  12. A Reasonable Faith – W. Robert Godfrey from Ligonier Ministries : http://www.ligonier.org/learn/conferences/stand-firm-2017-regional-conference/reasonable-faith/
  13. Christianity’s Extraordinary Solution to Believing in God in a World of Evil and Pain | The Stream: https://stream.org/christianitys-extraordinary-solution-to-believing-in-god-in-a-world-of-evil-and-pain/

A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool. Proverbs 17:10

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-23-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1000) from Nuggets:

Slave owners once argued: “Slavery’s legal, how dare you oppose it?” Slavery is a natural part of society. “My slave, I can do what I want.” “Don’t want a slave? Don’t have one.” “Slaves aren’t people.” Sound familiar? Planned Parenthood uses the same tired rhetoric. – Live Action

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. U.S. birth rate hits record low, despite secular lefts obsession with overpopulation | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/05/16/u-s-birth-rate-hits-record-low-despite-secular-lefts-obsession-with-overpopulation/
  2. William Wilberforce – who worked tirelessly for the abolition of slavery | Christian History: https://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/activists/william-wilberforce.html
  3. Anti-slavery activist William Wilberforce: Christian hero – creation.com: https://creation.com/anti-slavery-activist-william-wilberforce-christian-hero
  4. Doctors Describe Dangers of Puberty Blockers Used on Children That LGBT Activists Don’t Tell | The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/doctors-describe-dangers-puberty-blockers-used-children-lgbt-activists-dont-tell.html
  5. Timeline of the Apostle Paul’s ministry: http://christianityinview.com/paulstimeline.html
  6. What were the different missionary journeys of Paul?: https://www.gotquestions.org/missionary-journeys-Paul.html
  7. Darwin’s arguments against God – creation.com: https://creation.com/darwins-arguments-against-god
  8. How Should Christians Handle Besetting Sins?: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/how-should-christians-handle-besetting-sins/
  9. Thomas Kempis……We must imitate Christ’s life and his ways if we are to be truly enlightened and set free from the darkness of our own hearts. Let it be the most important thing we do. | Christian History | Christianity Today: https://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/innertravelers/thomas-kempis.html
  10. The Bible and National Borders. there are general (Biblical) principles informing the debate, items which suggest a country’s right to control its borders – Bible Mesh: https://biblemesh.com/blog/the-bible-and-national-borders/
  11. The Use and Abuse of the Bible in the Immigration Debate: https://cis.org/Use-and-Abuse-Bible-Immigration-Debate
  12. Borders and Immigration in the Bible: http://www.tworiverscc.org/borders-and-immigration-in-the-bible/#.XOFXrshKiUk
  13. A Look at William Lane Craig’s Comment: The Ultimate Apologetic is Your Life THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/05/20/a-look-at-william-lane-craigs-comment-the-ultimate-apologetic-is-your-life-4/
  14. An Apologetic for Apologetics | RZIM: https://www.rzim.org/read/just-thinking-magazine/an-apologetic-for-apologetics
  15. A Ten Minute Witness – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/a-ten-minute-witness
  16. 10 Things to Say When Your Child Says They Don’t Believe in God Anymore: https://christianmomthoughts.com/10-things-to-say-when-your-child-says-they-dont-believe-in-god-anymore/
  17. Why is Facebook censoring a conference on Christianity and religious freedom? | The Spectator Australia: https://www.spectator.com.au/2019/04/why-is-facebook-censoring-a-conference-on-christianity-and-religious-freedom/?fbclid=IwAR3KkvvuWe5faBc6Po-TaJy-ydGN4iGFD03X_oMc_kMgxWBH8BrhluqZNvY
  18. Does the Bible call Christians to defend the faith / argue for the faith?: https://www.gotquestions.org/defend-faith.html
  19. Apologetic Non-Starters: Arguments to Avoid in Defending Christianity Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.: https://douglasgroothuis.com/2016/08/01/apologetic-non-starters-arguments-to-avoid-in-defending-christianity/
  20. Many Christians ‘Utterly Unprepared’ to Defend Their Faith, Says Leading Christian Apologist (William Lane Craig) | The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/many-christians-utterly-unprepared-to-defend-their-faith-says-leading-christian-apologist.html
  21. Why Do So Many Christians Dismiss Apologetics? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-do-so-many-christians-dismiss-apologetics
  22. Does The Bible Need Defending?: https://crossexamined.org/does-the-bible-need-defending/
  23. Does a Human Fetus Have a Soul? Amy Hall – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTrEyx4hs1Y
  24. How to Answer the 12 Strongest Objections to Christianity: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/reviews/confronting-christianity/
  25. Rugby player has $4 million contract canceled because he tweeted Bible verses about sin | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/05/20/rugby-player-has-4-million-contract-canceled-because-he-tweeted-bible-verses-about-sin/
  26. Staying Faithful to Jesus after Graduation | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/staying-faithful-to-jesus-after-graduation
  27. Are All Christians Supposed to Defend the Faith? Christian Defenders: https://christiandefenders.org/are-all-christians-supposed-to-defend-the-faith/
  28. Presuppositional vs evidential versus classical apologetics explained by Dr. RC Sproul: https://youtu.be/A7eU15fklYQ
  29. 7 Reasons – Abortion movie by Living Waters: https://youtu.be/mB1vV2EgS5A

But now that there is no more place for me to work in these regions, and since I have been longing for many years to see you, I plan to do so when I go to Spain. I hope to visit you while passing through and to have you assist me on my journey there, after I have enjoyed your company for a while. Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem in the service of the saints there. Romans 15:23-25

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-16-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1000) from Nuggets:

Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny. – Samuel Smiles

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

    1. Debunking the myth of ‘back-alley’ abortions: https://www.lifesitenews.com/pulse/debunking-the-myth-of-back-alley-abortions
    2. But Paul Never Met Jesus And Other Bad Arguments About Paul On The Internet THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/05/10/but-paul-never-met-jesusand-other-bad-arguments-about-paul-on-the-internet-3/
    3. Motherhood: More Important than Rocket Science (according to Cathryn Buse!) – Mama Bear Apologetics: https://mamabearapologetics.com/motherhood-rocket-science/
    4. Christianity Inflicting ‘Enormous Harm’ on China, Warns Communist Party: https://www.gospelherald.com/articles/71976/20190509/christianity-inflicting-enormous-harm-china-warns-communist-party.htm
    5. David Limbaugh: Kudos to Chris Pratt: https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/david-limbaugh/david-limbaugh-kudos-chris-pratt
    6. Fifteen Reasons Our Churches Are Less Evangelistic Today: https://thomrainer.com/2015/02/fifteen-reasons-churches-less-evangelistic-today/
    7. How to Recover When You Stumble in Your Christian Walk: https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/how-to-recover-when-you-stumble-in-your-christian-walk.html
    8. Tardigrades too tough for evolution – The toughest animals on Earth are the tardigradesaka moss piglets, bear animalcules or water bears. Mostly less than 1 mm (1/25 inch) long, they can survive conditions far worse than any they would ever experience on Earth: https://creation.com/tardigrades-too-tough-for-evolution
    9. Belgian Blue Cows — evidence of ‘de-volution’ – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y6OWI8fN-M
    10. Does God cause Down syndrome? – creation.com: https://creation.com/does-god-cause-down-syndrome
    11. William Lane Craig being interviewed on the Ben Shapiro show: https://youtu.be/hL-zJzE5clA
    12. Matt. 1:1-17; Luke 3:23b-38 – Jesus’ Genealogy – different approaches to resolving the apparent discrepancies in Matthew and Luke’s genealogies: https://www.answering-islam.org/BibleCom/mt1-1.html
    13. Assessing the Craig/Shapiro dialogue – the author of this article makes some excellent points in his critique of Craig’s response to Shapiro’s challenge about Jesus’ messiaship: http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2019/05/assessing-craigshapiro-dialogue.html
    14. DID PETER GO TO ROME IN AD 42? JOHN WENHAM (Tyndale Bulletin): https://legacy.tyndalehouse.com/tynbul/Library/TynBull_1972_23_04_Wenham_PeterInRome.pdf
    15. Common Objections to Christianity from Skeptics (with answers) by Steve Hays: http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/sdg/qa_steve_hays.html
    16. Kids Walking Away from the Faith? Why Public School isn’t the Problem – Salt and Grace: https://saltngrace.com/lack-of-apologetics-is/
  1. A Lifestyle of Peace: Street Evangelism is Powerful: The Majesty of Carrying the Gospel: https://www.lifestyleofpeace.com/2019/04/street-evangelism-is-powerful-majesty.html

The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man ; it searches out his inmost being. Proverbs 20:27

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-9-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 900) from Nuggets:

To say all sins are the same is to confuse the effect of sin with the heinousness of sin. While all sins are equal in their effect (they separate us from God), they are not all equally heinous. – Michael Krueger

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Would You Trade Eternal Life For A Ferrari? The False Gospel of Prosperity Theology – AlbertMohler.com: https://albertmohler.com/2019/05/03/would-you-trade-eternal-life-for-a-ferrari-the-false-gospel-of-prosperity-theology
  2. Seven Ways to Approach the Existence of God THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/05/03/seven-ways-to-approach-the-existence-of-god-3/
  3. What is wrong with the allegorical interpretation method?: https://www.gotquestions.org/allegorical-interpretation.html
  4. Prayer and the Apologist: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2019/05/02/prayer-and-the-apologist/
  5. Christianity That Is Appealing to Atheists: https://plainsimplefaith.com/christianity-that-is-appealing-to-atheists/
  6. Atheism: An Irrational Worldview | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/atheism/atheism-an-irrational-worldview/
  7. 3 Examples of Atheist Overreach: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/3-examples-of-atheist-overreach
  8. Two Signs From Your Opposition Your Argument Is Sound | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/two-signs-from-your-opposition-your-argument-is-sound/
  9. New study: belief in free will linked to ability to behave morally and to help others | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/05/06/new-study-belief-in-free-will-linked-to-ability-to-behave-morally-and-to-help-others-4/
  10. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, signed legislation on Tuesday that protects unborn babies from abortion once they have a detectable heartbeat, usually around six weeks of gestation.: http://www.bpnews.net/52870
  11. What Does the Bible Say about Masturbation?: https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/what-does-the-bible-say-about-masturbation.html

At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. “If you are the Christ, ” they said, “tell us.” Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.” They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” He replied, “You are right in saying I am.” Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.” Luke 22:66-71

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-6-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 900) from Nuggets:

Let me assure you that Satan does not want the message of Grace announced; he certainly doesn’t want it acted upon. – Chuck Swindoll

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 8 Reasons Why Kids Don’t Want to Go to Church: https://christianmomthoughts.com/8-reasons-why-kids-dont-want-to-go-to-church/
  2. BreakPoint: Scientism Isnt Scientific: http://colsoncenter.libsyn.com/scientism-isnt-scientific
  3. Allison On Jesus Post-Mortem | Scholarly | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/scholarly-writings/historical-jesus/dale-allison-on-jesus-empty-tomb-his-post-mortem-appearances-and-the-origin/

But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace. Psalms 37:11

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-18-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 900) from Nuggets:

Government exists to protect its citizens from evil from both inside and outside of the country. Government does not exist to give handouts.

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Seven Tips for Good Christian Case-Making Conversations – Break Point: http://www.breakpoint.org/2019/04/41144/
  2. Are Jews Who Believe in Jesus Still Jews? | The Stream: https://stream.org/jews-believe-jesus-still-jews/
  3. Bart Ehrman says that God has a problem. If we have free will in Heaven, what’s to stop us from sinning in the afterlife? And if God takes away free will in Heaven, then why doesn’t he take it away so we stop doing evil now? – Is Jesus Alive?: https://isjesusalive.com/is-there-free-will-in-heaven/
  4. Google under fire for dubbing ‘Unplanned’ film ‘propaganda’: https://www.foxnews.com/tech/google-slammed-labeling-pro-life-film-unplanned-propaganda
  5. Scientism tries to Turn Man into a Monkey: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/08/scientism-tries-to-turn-man-into-monkey.html
  6. Transgender – Bringing Clarity to a Confused World. The transgender movement has shattered the cultures understanding of Gods design. How can Christians respond with biblical love and integrity?: https://answersingenesis.org/family/gender/bringing-clarity-confused-world/
  7. What is True Tolerance? – Jonathan Morrow: http://www.jonathanmorrow.org/14-what-is-true-tolerance/
  8. Cohabitating with Jesus | Jason L Sneed: https://jasonlsneed.com/2012/07/24/cohabitating-with-jesus/
  9. New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Growing Stronger: https://thefederalist.com/2018/01/22/new-harvard-research-says-u-s-christianity-not-shrinking-growing-stronger/
  10. What Faithfully Sharing the Gospel Looks Like Outrageous Mercy: https://williampfarley.com/2019/03/28/what-faithfully-sharing-the-gospel-looks-like/
  11. Progressive Christianity defined – Alisa Childers: https://youtu.be/NtoXb2D7y1E
  12. Seeing the Glory of God in Scallop Eyes | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/aquatic-animals/seeing-glory-god-scallop-eyes/
  13. Was Paul Unaware of the Empty Tomb? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/was-paul-unaware-of-the-empty-tomb
  14. Who Made God? | Origins :: Cornerstone Network: http://origins.ctvn.org/2019/04/08/the-ufo-phenomenon-2/
  15. J. Warner Wallace in the History of Joseph Smith: https://youtu.be/ZfUOFQkv69k
  16. The Importance of the Bible Dr. David Jeremiah: https://youtu.be/BBJnk28-T1w
  17. Ravi Zacharias at Princeton university – Why I am not an Atheist: https://youtu.be/d6aDoOzYN-U
  18. When a Homosexual Episcopalian Calls Trump’s Christianity Hypocritical | The Stream: https://stream.org/homosexual-episcopalian-calls-trumps-christianity-hypocritical/
  19. False teachers exposed, word of Faith movement and prosperity gospel: https://youtu.be/ptN2KQ7-euQ

Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 1:3

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-11-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 900) from Nuggets:

What is the most heinous thing a person can do in this life? JP Moreland responds: the worst thing a person can do is to mock and dishonor and refuse to love the person that we owe absolutely everything to, which is our Creator, God himself. You have to understand that God is infinitely greater in his goodness, holiness, kindness and justice than anyone else. To think that a person could go through their whole life constantly ignoring him, constantly mocking him by the way they choose to live without him, saying, I couldn’t care less about what you put me here to do. I couldn’t care less about your values or your son’s death for me. I’m going to ignore all of that -that’s the ultimate sin. And only the punishment worthy of that is the ultimate punishment, which is everlasting separation from God. – Lee Strobel

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Why is Hell Eternal?: https://www.christianity.com/wiki/heaven-and-hell/why-is-hell-eternal.html
  2. Is Easter Pagan? Cyber Penance: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2019/04/08/is-easter-pagan/
  3. Evidence of the Resurrection Accepted Even by Atheist New Testament Scholars Cyber Penance: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/__trashed-3/
  4. 3 Pro-Choice Contradictions Revealed in the Film | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/3-pro-choice-contradictions-revealed-in-the-film-unplanned
  5. Why are Christians allowed to eat shellfish but not allowed to have sex before marriage? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/04/09/why-are-christians-allowed-to-eat-shellfish-but-not-allowed-to-have-sex-before-marriage-5/
  6. How to Communicate the Evidence for Christianity | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-to-communicate-the-evidence-for-christianity/
  7. California Lawmaker Drops Anti-Biblical Bill Charisma News: https://www.charismanews.com/politics/72957-california-lawmaker-drops-anti-biblical-bill
  8. Is the Bible trustworthy or has it been changed? | Christian News on Christian Today: https://www.christiantoday.com/article/is-the-bible-trustworthy-or-has-it-been-changed/93782.htm
  9. What to say to Mormons – 2. The Bible is Reliable – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/mormons/what-to-say-to-mormons/3-the-bible-is-reliable
  10. Is the New Testament Text Reliable? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/is-the-new-testament-text-reliable
  11. The Bankruptcy of Atheism | Living Waters: https://www.livingwaters.com/bankruptcy-of-atheism/

The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and get twelve staffs from them, one from the leader of each of their ancestral tribes. Write the name of each man on his staff. On the staff of Levi write Aaron’s name, for there must be one staff for the head of each ancestral tribe. Place them in the Tent of Meeting in front of the Testimony, where I meet with you. The staff belonging to the man I choose will sprout, and I will rid myself of this constant grumbling against you by the Israelites.” So Moses spoke to the Israelites, and their leaders gave him twelve staffs, one for the leader of each of their ancestral tribes, and Aaron’s staff was among them. Moses placed the staffs before the LORD in the Tent of the Testimony. The next day Moses entered the Tent of the Testimony and saw that Aaron’s staff, which represented the house of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds. Numbers 17:1-8

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-4-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 900) from Nuggets:

It is stupid to pretend like what the Bible is saying isn’t true just because it’s inconvenient.  – Rachel Gilson

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What Does the Bible Say About Cremation & Is It a Sin?: https://www.crosswalk.com/church/pastors-or-leadership/ask-roger/should-i-cremate-my-mom-and-dad.html
  2. The One Good Reason to Be a Christian | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/the-one-good-reason-to-be-a-christian
  3. Digging Up the Truth About Dinosaurs | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/dinosaurs/digging-truth-about-dinosaurs/
  4. Christianity, the World’s Most Falsifiable Religion – Credo House Ministries: https://credohouse.org/blog/christianity-the-worlds-most-falsifiable-religion
  5. How do I start a conversation about God – J. Warner Wallace interview: https://youtu.be/0pgKlvGgBUo
  6. Nabeel Qureshi – Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: https://youtu.be/IBGK-8fjpHM
  7. How Do I Share What I Believe? Ten Common Christian Expressions Requiring Translation | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-do-i-share-what-i-believe-ten-common-christian-expressions-requiring-translation/
  8. John Lennox: Oxford Math Professor Defends Christianity | National Review: https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/03/john-lennox-oxford-math-professor-defends-christianity/
  9. NY Magazine Labels Chick-fil-A Hate-Mongers, Promotes 17 Better Options-Plan Backfires as People Rush to Chick-fil-A for Lunch: https://faithit.com/new-york-labels-chick-fil-a-hate-mongers-promotes-17-better-options-plan-backfires-people-rush-chick-fil-a-lunch/
  10. Beyond an Invitation to Church: Opportunities for Faith-Sharing – Barna Group: https://www.barna.com/research/opportunities-for-faith-sharing/
  11. It’s Time for a Holistic Apologetic: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/reviews/cultural-apologetics/
  12. Climate Alarmism and the Age of the Earth | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/11254/
  13. Save the Storks – a bus that shows women their unborn baby’s heartbeat and has a great success rate in stopping abortion: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1712404338836666&id=158505287559920

A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:26

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (3-28-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 900) from Nuggets:

Grace can be and sometimes is abused. By that I mean exercising ones liberty without wisdom, having no concern over whether it offends or wounds the young and impressionable fellow believer. But I must hasten to add that I believe such restraint is an individual matter. It is not to be legislated, not something to be forced by someone else. Limitations are appropriate and necessary, but I fail to find in Scripture any place where one is to require such restraint from another. To do so is legalism. – Chuck Swindoll (the Grace Awakening)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. New Choice42 Video Destroys Argument For Aborting Down Syndrome Babies | Human Defense: https://humandefense.com/new-choice42-video-destroys-argument-for-aborting-down-syndrome-babies/
  2. Doubting Evolution Is like Believing the Earth Is Flat. | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/evidence-against-evolution/doubting-evolution-is-like-believing-the-earth-is-flat/
  3. Apologia Sophia: Apologetics Wisdom 3Preparation Reflections: https://reflectionsbyken.wordpress.com/2019/03/12/apologia-sophia-apologetics-wisdom-3-preparation/
  4. Conversations With Jehovah’s Witnesses – Part Three – Stephen J. Bedard: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2019/03/18/conversations-with-jehovahs-witnesses-part-three/
  5. Questioning Darwin (HBO Documentary) a Review | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/reviews/tv/questioning-darwin-a-review/
  6. John Lennox Busts a Myth About Religion, Faith and Science | Solas: https://www.solas-cpc.org/john-lennox-busts-a-myth-about-religion-faith-and-science/
  7. The universe of the lone brain (The multiverse escape hatch) – creation.com: https://creation.com/universe-of-the-lone-brain
  8. How Media Consumption Threatens the Future of Christianity (It’s Not What You Think) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-media-consumption-threatens-the-future-of-christianity-its-not-what-you-think/
  9. Animal Rights, Veganism & Abortion (Considering Abortion From The Perspective Of Veganism And Animal Rights): http://rajkumarrichard.blogspot.com/2019/02/animal-rights-veganism-abortion.html
  10. I Kissed Historic Christianity Goodbye this is a podcast with Alisa Childers being interviewed. The Freemind Podcast with Guest Alisa Childers – Alisa Childers: https://www.alisachilders.com/blog/i-kissed-historic-christianity-goodbye-the-freemind-podcast-with-guest-alisa-childers
  11. Is God Real? The Bacterial Flagellum and the Divine Design Inference | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-god-real-the-bacterial-flagellum-and-the-divine-design-inference/
  12. Bart Ehrman says that God has a problem. If we have free will in Heaven, what’s to stop us from sinning in the afterlife? And if God takes away free will in Heaven, then why doesn’t he take it away so we stop doing evil now? – Is Jesus Alive?: https://isjesusalive.com/is-there-free-will-in-heaven/
  13. Why do you believe in pseudo-science? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4T2J4ewUOg&feature=youtu.be

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (3-21-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 900) from Nuggets:

It is by perseverance that the snail reached the ark. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The Neo-Liberal Stealth Offensive – The gospels most dangerous earthly adversaries are not raving atheists who stand outside the door shouting threats and insults. They are church leaders who cultivate a gentle, friendly, pious demeanor but hack away at the foundations of faith under the guise of keeping in step with a changing world. : 9Marks: https://www.9marks.org/article/neo-liberal-stealth-offensive/
  2. Polycarp…… | Christian History | Christianity Today: https://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/martyrs/polycarp.html
  3. When Does God Identify You as You? Your identity, according to science and the Bible, began the moment you were conceived.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/when-does-god-identify-you-as-you/
  4. What If Christians Were ‘Unsilenced’?: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/what-if-christians-were-unsilenced/
  5. Don’t Forget Why We Do What We Do | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/dont-forget-why-we-do-what-we-do#.XI1zH9hlA0M
  6. Does God Exist – Six Reasons to Believe that God is Really There – Is There a God: https://www.everystudent.com/features/isthere.html
  7. Prince of ISIS accepts Christ through Leading The Ways Arabic Broadcasts – Assist News: https://www.assistnews.net/prince-of-isis-accepts-christ-through-leading-the-ways-arabic-broadcasts/
  8. Why Apologetics? | Confident Christianity: http://confidentchristianity.com/?page_id=1152
  9. Reconciling a God of Love with the Problem of Evil: https://crossexamined.org/reconciling-a-god-of-love-with-the-problem-of-evil/
  10. How to Overcome and Prevent Sexual Sins Seeing God’s Breath: https://godsbreath.net/2008/04/03/prevent-and-overcome-sexual-sins/
  11. Let your kids ask ANY question they have: http://www.travisdickinson.com/let-your-kids-ask-any-question-they-have/

“The leech has two daughters. ‘Give! Give!’ they cry. “There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, ‘Enough!’: the grave, the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire, which never says, ‘Enough!’ Proverbs 30:15-16

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (3-14-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 900) from Nuggets:

Believers may unwittingly assume a special burden of proof is on them, while assuming the atheist has none. The problem here is that every person – atheist, skeptic, or agnostic included – has a worldview with various assumptions about the nature of reality, ethics, knowledge, and life’s meaning. Everyone takes a stance in both theory and practice. How often we meet critics who borrow heavily from a biblical worldview about human dignity and rights, moral responsibility, right and wrong, purpose and meaning in order to sustain their own worldview rooted in purposeless, mindless, valueless, impersonal, material origins! All worldviews make truth claims; therefore, all – not just the Christian faith – stand in need of justification. We can wrongly assume that only the believer has a burden of proof and that the unbeliever does not – that somehow his views escape intellectual scrutiny. – Paul Copan (from, Learn How (Not) To Doubt)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How Do I Share What I Believe? The Relationship Between Respect and Reach | Cold Case Christianity Logical Faith: https://logicalfaithdotblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/07/how-do-i-share-what-i-believe-the-relationship-between-respect-and-reach-cold-case-christianity/
  2. Do Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence? – creation.com: https://creation.com/extraordinary-claims
  3. The Case for Christ’s Resurrection – a chapter from a book: To Everyone an Answer: A Case for the Christian World View.: http://www.garyhabermas.com/books/inbook_to-everyone-an-answer/habermas_case-for-xp-res.htm
  4. The Minimal Facts Approach to the Resurrection of Jesus: The Role of Methodology as a Crucial Component in Establishing Historicity – Gary Habermas: http://www.garyhabermas.com/articles/southeastern_theological_review/minimal-facts-methodology_08-02-2012.htm
  5. The Resurrection of Jesus and the Witness of Paul – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/did-jesus-rise-from-the-dead/the-resurrection-of-jesus-and-the-witness-of-paul
  6. Four Challenges to the Apologetic Life – Rob Lundberg’s Online Ministry Website: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2019/03/07/four-challenges-to-the-apologetic-life/
  7. Dear Church, We’re Not Messy, We’re Sinful: https://mamabearapologetics.com/dear-church-messy-sinful/
  8. Four Ways the Earth Is Fine-Tuned for Life | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/four-ways-the-earth-is-fine-tuned-for-life/
  9. Why Apologetics? Renewing Your Mind – We must not only answer the objections people raise about Christianity, but also make a positive case for our faith. From his series Defending Your Faith, R.C. Sproul considers defensive and offensive apologetics. | Mar 9, 2019: https://renewingyourmind.org/2019/03/09/why-apologetics
  10. Was Stalin an atheist? Is atheism or communism responsible for mass murders? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/03/10/was-stalin-an-atheist-is-atheism-or-communism-responsible-for-mass-murders-5/
  11. Over 1,000 Scientists Openly Dissent From Evolution Theory: https://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/item/31694-over-1-000-scientists-openly-dissent-from-evolution-theory
  12. Did Daniel the Prophet Accurately Predict the Timing of Jesus Death? Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2018/11/18/did-daniel-the-prophet-accurately-predict-the-timing-of-jesus-death/
  13. Women Pastors…What Does the Bible Say? – Shane Idleman: https://shaneidleman.com/2019/03/04/women-pastors-what-does-the-bible-say/
  14. Has the Bible Been Preserved For Us Today? – Tim Challies: https://www.challies.com/articles/has-the-bible-been-preserved-for-us-today/
  15. Am I Sitting Under Healthy Preaching? | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/am-i-sitting-under-healthy-preaching

“Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Acts 20:25-27

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-28-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 750) from Nuggets:

Commitment is the defining characteristic of a person’s life. – James MacDonald

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Want to Share the Gospel? Start with This Question | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/video/want-share-gospel-start-question
  2. Harvard’s Rules and Precepts, adopted in 1646, stated, …Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the maine end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the bottome, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and Learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisedome, Let every one seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seeke it of him (Prov. 2:3)…: http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~gsascf/shield-and-veritas-history/
  3. Is Committing Intellectual Suicide a Requirement for Becoming a Christian?: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2019/02/21/is-committing-intellectual-suicide-a-requirement-for-becoming-a-christian/
  4. Why the Resurrection of Jesus Matters THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/02/21/why-the-resurrection-of-jesus-matters-3/
  5. Medicine and Miracles – Anything we do to help our bodies recover from or function under the effects of the Curse is a medical intervention. If we wear glasses to help us cope with near-sightedness, take an aspirin for a headache, or put a band-aid on a cut, we are effectively using natural means instead of relying on a miracle. And that isn’t wrong!: https://creation.com/medicine-and-miracles
  6. 12 Senators Pushed a Religious Test for Public Office and Spread Anti-Religious Bigotry. They Include Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris: https://pjmedia.com/faith/remember-these-names-12-senators-pushing-anti-religious-bigotry/
  7. Why the Resurrection is the Best Argument for Christianity: https://crossexamined.org/why-the-resurrection-is-the-best-argument-for-christianity/
  8. Ambassador at Work – Faith, Vocation, and Apologetics | Mikel Del Rosario: http://apologeticsguy.com/2018/10/vocation/
  9. Can the Problem of Evil Be Answered by Christianity? Christian Defenders: http://www.christiandefenders.org/2019/02/12/can-the-problem-of-evil-be-answered-by-christianity/
  10. Report: 47% of Christian Millennials Believe Evangelism Is Wrong RELEVANT Magazine: https://relevantmagazine.com/god/report-47-of-christian-millennials-believe-evangelism-is-wrong/
  11. Gorge looks thousands of years old, but created in months – creation.com: https://creation.com/newly-formed-clarence-river-gorge-looks-old
  12. Handling an Objection: Jesus is Just One of Several Messianic Figures in the First Century THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/02/25/handling-an-objection-jesus-is-just-one-of-several-messianic-figures-in-the-first-century-2/
  13. Answering Smug Atheist Mocking Points | The Stream: https://stream.org/answering-smug-atheist-mocking-points/
  14. Mr. Spock’s Lessons in Logical Fallacies 2: The Wrath of Logic Cyber Penance: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2019/02/25/mr-spocks-lessons-in-logical-fallacies-2-the-wrath-of-logic/
  15. Liberal Christian, there are answers to be had | Coyle Neal: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/schaeffersghost/2019/02/liberal-christian-there-are-answers-to-be-had/
  16. The Story of God with Morgan Freeman | Apologetics: https://arcapologetics.org/comparative-religion/the-story-of-god-with-morgan-freeman/
  17. Quick Challenge Answer: All Religions are the Same –: http://tentmakingchristianity.com/quick-challenge-answer-all-religions-are-the-same/
  18. The Gospel Is Offensive. Is That Okay? The Majesty’s Men: https://themajestysmen.com/the-gospel-is-offensive/
  19. I THOUGHT CHRISTIANS WERE STUPID BIGOTS: https://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/i-thought-christians-were-stupid-bigots
  20. The Beautiful Mind of Jesus – Growing Deeper Roots: https://growingdeeperroots.org/index.php/2018/07/15/the-beautiful-mind-of-jesus/
  21. Reincarnation and the Bible: Past Lives and Scripture – Theolocast: https://theolocast.org/blog/reincarnation-and-the-bible/
  22. The Reliability of the Bible – 4 Quick Thoughts | ReasonableTheology.org: https://reasonabletheology.org/reliability-bible-4-quick-thoughts/

I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 1 John 2:21

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-21-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 750) from Nuggets:

In prayer I am lifted above the frowns and flatteries of life, and taste heavenly joys; entering into the eternal world I can give myself to thee with all my heart, to be thine for ever. In prayer I can place all my concerns in thy hands, to be entirely at thy disposal, having no will or interest of my own. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Camelback Classic (March 21-23, 2019) – this is a Christian Homeschool speech and debate tournament hosted by Mars Hill Speech & Debate. You can be a community judge and I promise you that you will be blessed to see the next generation clearly articulating and defending the Christian faith!: https://camelbackclassic2019.homeschooldebate.net/
  2. 3 Practical Steps to Help Build Your Kids’ Immunity to Anti-Christian Ideas – Alisa Childers: https://www.alisachilders.com/blog/3-practical-steps-to-help-build-your-kids-immunity-to-anti-christian-ideas
  3. Millennials and Evangelism – Break Point: http://www.breakpoint.org/2019/02/breakpoint-millennials-and-evangelism/
  4. Why is Christianity Right? Ravi Zacharias: https://youtu.be/o5qJPZySo7A
  5. Why should one religion have the right to declare what is right and what is wrong?: https://youtu.be/V7d2iETJ1AE
  6. The Dire Need for Christian Apologetics | Reasoned Cases for Christ: https://bcooper.wordpress.com/2019/01/19/the-dire-need-for-christian-apologetics/
  7. The Truth Behind New York’s New Abortion Law Straight Talk with Claudia K: https://straighttalkwithclaudiak.com/the-truth-behind-new-yorks-new-abortion-law/
  8. 3 Ways to Misunderstand the Trinity: https://lifewayvoices.com/bible-theology/3-ways-to-misunderstand-the-trinity/
  9. John Lennox: Seven Days that Divide the World: https://youtu.be/0FmO2XKMe6g
  10. Is the Bible True? The Cumulative Case for the Reliability of the Gospels (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-bible-true-the-cumulative-case-for-the-reliability-of-the-gospels-free-bible-insert/
  11. 10 Questions You’ve Always Had About New Age – Mama Bear Apologetics: https://mamabearapologetics.com/new-age-q-and-a/
  12. Reasonable Answers for honest skeptical: I Don’t Believe in the Bible: https://youtu.be/JEjO_rmZN00
  13. Atheist Michael Ruse tells John Lennox, you can’t prove Christianity is true!: https://youtu.be/cjJhwrF0pB4
  14. Randy Alcorn’s session on Heaven at The Gospel Coalition Conference : https://www.epm.org/resources/2015/Apr/14/alcorntgc/
  15. How to Recognize and Dismantle Self Defeating Statements Rob Lundberg’s Online Ministry Website: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2019/02/18/how-to-recognize-and-dismantle-self-defeating-statements/
  16. Countering emotional attacks on creation – creation.com: https://creation.com/countering-emotional-attacks
  17. 150 Pastors Arrested at Year-End Gathering in China: https://bitterwinter.org/150-pastors-arrested-at-year-end-gathering/
  18. Latest Insights into Obesity Fatten the Case for Human Design: https://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/the-cells-design/read/the-cells-design/2017/03/22/latest-insights-into-obesity-fatten-the-case-for-human-design

He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, Ephesians 2:17-19

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-14-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 750) from Nuggets:

Faith is the telegraphic wire which links earth and heaven–on which God’s messages of love fly so fast, that before we call he answers, and while we are yet speaking he hears us. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. If This Is God’s Will, Then Why Am I Struggling? – Defend the Faith Ministry: https://www.defendthefaithministry.com/blog/if-this-is-gods-will-then-why-am-i-struggling
  2. REPORT OF THE CREATION STUDY COMMITTEE (The Presbyterian Church in America) on the history of views in the church of Genesis 1-3: http://pcahistory.org/creation/report.html
  3. 3 Disturbing Cultural Trends Youth Pastors Need to Address: https://stevenkozak.com/2019/01/21/3-disturbing-cultural-trends-youth-pastors-need-to-address/
  4. Leftist fact-checking site denies New York’s new law allows unrestricted abortion until birth | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/snopes-denies-new-yorks-radical-abortion-law-allows-unrestricted-abortion-u
  5. Is the male reproductive system poorly designed?: https://creation.com/male-reproductive-system
  6. Dig In: Tips On Communicating Christ in a Post-Christian Culture: https://stevenkozak.com/2018/12/07/dig-in-tips-on-communicating-christ-in-a-post-christian-culture/
  7. 4 Reasons Why Christianity is True – Discover the Compelling Evidence: https://notashamedofthegospel.com/apologetics/4-reasons-christianity-true/
  8. 5 People to Look Out For at Bible Study: A Response THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/02/10/5-people-to-look-out-for-at-bible-study-a-response-2/
  9. Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus Misleads Readers from its Inception Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2019/02/09/ehrmans-misquoting-jesus-misleads-readers-from-its-inception/
  10. Humanity’s Greatest Problem. Are people on a TRUTH quest or a HAPPINESS quest? The answer to this question may be the key to unlocking HUMANITY’s GREATEST PROBLEM. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osmtPBA0pO0
  11. Do Atheists Have Faith? The faith of an atheist is hard to shake. Did you know that atheists live by faith? Not faith in God, obviously, but they do live by faith. Whether its their belief that consciousness and existence cease after death, or their belief that nothing somehow magically created everything, make no mistake: atheists live by faith. Many atheists cling to their faith in science; they claim that science is the only truth, and that everything must be tested in a scientific manner. But the problem is that science is not always reliable. Did you know that scientists once believed that the world was flat and that bleeding was the best way to rid the body of disease? Sometimes science is wrong. The word science simply means knowledge, and guess what? Man’s knowledge isn’t always correct.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asgF1VD7Exo
  12. The Delusions of Atheists – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/does-science-disprove-god/the-delusion-of-atheists
  13. Who created God – If a creator God needs to have been made by a creator, that creator would also need a creator who needs a creator like an infinite chain of toppling dominoes, which is an impossibility.: https://creation.com/who-created-god
  14. Atheism and the supernatural – Conservapedia: https://www.conservapedia.com/Atheism_and_the_supernatural
  15. Answering Skeptics Questions – Existence of the Jewish People Today is Objective Evidence That the Bible is True. Why? If anyone wishes to know whether or not the God of the Bible exists, one of the strongest reasons he can examine is the Jewish people. An honest inquiry into this question will provide more than an adequate answer to the truthfulness of the Christian faith.: https://www.josh.org/resources/apologetics/answering-skeptics-detail/
  16. Apathy, Atheism, and the Absurdity of Life Without God: https://crossexamined.org/apathy-atheism-and-the-absurdity-of-life-without-god/
  17. How to Share the Gospel With An Agnostic – Dare 2 Share: https://www.dare2share.org/worldviews/agnostics/
  18. The First Step of Atheism Apologetics in an Age of Postmodernism – Truth is Free: http://truthisfree.org/first-step-atheism-apologetics-postmodernism/
  19. 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/
  20. 4 Essentials to Communicating Christ to a Post-Christian Culture: https://stevenkozak.com/2018/12/07/dig-in-tips-on-communicating-christ-in-a-post-christian-culture/
  21. 5 Questions to Ask a Non-Believer Adherent Apologetics: https://adherentapologetics.com/2018/12/21/5-questions-to-ask-a-non-believer/
  22. How Should Christians Respond to the Recent Decisions Expanding Abortion Rights? Bernard J. Mauser, Ph.D. EPEC Articles: https://epecarticles.com/2019/02/12/how-should-christians-respond-to-the-recent-decisions-expanding-abortion-rights-bernard-j-mauser-ph-d/
  23. How Is God Fair For Punishing Us For Adams Sin? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FR_XM1691hs&feature=youtu.be
  24. Chris Pratt Claps Back at Accusations That His Church Hates Gay People: : https://faithit.com/chris-pratt-claps-back-about-accusations-that-his-church-hates-gay-people-nothing-could-be-further-from-the-truth/
  25. Privileged Species – Dr. Michael Denton: https://youtu.be/VoI2ms5UHWg
  26. The Programming of Life on Earth: https://youtu.be/WPkBEYsG6EQ
  27. The Facts | Programming of Life: https://www.programmingoflife.com/the-facts/

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. Proverbs 31:10-31

Blessings to you all

Conversation while serving the homeless

Yesterday was our church’s once a month time of serving the homeless. There were 2 groups serving there yesterday – our church group of 5 people and a group of volunteers from a large company who has an office in our city. After our set-up time cutting vegetables, the leaders gave us our assignments. I was assigned to trash duty along with another young gentleman – let’s call his name Eric. Eric was the boyfriend of a woman who was from the company we were serving with.

Eric and I hit it off right from the beginning. He is in IT and is also a software developer like myself. Most of our conversation centered around technical topics, such as agile development, Angular, the MEAN stack, etc. It was really fun.

Eric has only been out of college about a year. He went to our local university and received a degree in Computer Science. While Eric and I were working garbage, one of the women (not Eric’s girlfriend) who was the volunteer coordinator for the company serving with us came over and talked to us at the trash station. Let’s call her Joan. We were talking about serving the homeless and I mentioned that the Bible says:

… “The one who has two shirts must share with someone who has none, and the one who has food must do the same.” -Luke 3:11

Joan replied “Amen!” At that point, I guessed she was a Christian, so I asked her if she was. She said yes. I asked her what church she goes to and she told me that she attends a church in our area (a large mega-church that I’m familiar with). Joan went on to recount her testimony of her life “pre-Christ” and how her life is totally changed after she found Christ. I also recounted some details about my conversion to Christ and the dramatic changes that ensued. It really was a blessing to meet another Christian there… This whole time, Eric was present in the conversation and listening, but not really saying anything. So, I asked him, “So, Eric, are you a Christian?” He replied, “No…”. I asked, “Why not?” He said, “It’s just not really my thing.” I asked, “Have you ever been to church or had any history with Christianity?” He said that he’d gone to church some times as a child, but not for many years. So I left it at that and Joan left us and went throughout the dining room visiting with other volunteers.

Eric and I continued to handle the garbage, talking while we worked about our jobs, our hobbies, our plans for the weekend, interesting new consumer electronics devices and anything else that came up. I really enjoyed my time with Eric. As we were getting toward the end of our time serving together, I wanted to get back to that conversation about God. So, I asked him, “Eric, I know you said you’re not a Christian, but do you think that there is an afterlife at all?” He replied, “No…” So, I probed further, “What do you think happens when you die?” He said, “Nothing… It’s just lights out – that’s the end of you.” I said “Really?” He said, “Yeah, I know it sucks, but that’s just the way it is…” Then I asked him, “How did you come to the conclusion – that there is no life after death? What makes you think that is true?” He really didn’t have an answer here. I think he said “I don’t know – that’s just what I believe…” So, I said, “Well, I used to think the same things too. I was very skeptical at one point (reading plenty of Neitche, Freud and science writers), until I was challenged to look into these things. When I did, I realized that I had not developed my views with an open mind – that I was only looking at one side of the argument. I’ve come to find out that there is good evidence for the existence of God. For example, the existence of the universe.” I asked him, “What do you think caused the universe?” He replied, “Uh… I guess, the Big Bang?” I clarified, “Well, that describes what happened at the beginning of the universe, but it is not saying anything about what or Who caused the Big Bang. Whatever begins to exist must have a cause, and science tells us that the universe began to exist.” He didn’t have anything to reply to this, and our conversation was kind of coming to a standstill. So, I just encouraged him to have an open mind and to follow the evidence to see if God exists. I said that I, probably like him, being in I.T., am a logically minded person and a naturally skeptical kind of guy -I don’t believe things without evidence. I would not believe God exists and Christianity is true if there were no evidence for it. That being said, I’m not saying the evidence is absolutely conclusive, but that you need to look at all the evidence and try to determine what is the most likely cause for the universe and the existence of life. I encouraged him to read one of 2 books which give pretty good evidence for the truth of Christianity:

  1. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist – I whipped out my phone kindle app and showed him what the cover of the book looks like. I also told him that it comes on Audible too
  2. Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists – I told him that this book had helped answer the questions of another person his age.

He took note as I showed him the book and described the 4 main topics I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist talks about:

  1. Does Truth Exist?
  2. Does God Exist?
  3. Are Miracles Possible?
  4. Is the New Testament historically accurate?

He seemed interested in the content of the I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist book and said that he has always made decisions in his life on the basis of evidence, so he would be willing to explore the evidence as I encouraged him to do. This was the end of our conversation about this topic.

At the end our time there, I met his girlfriend and I told Eric that I really enjoyed our time here and we both hoped we’d see each other in the future. Since we’re both in the same line of work, I asked him if we could link up on LinkedIn and we did.

I pray that somehow the words I said to Eric would “put a stone in his shoe”, annoying him in a good way. That he would consider someone like me, who, in the past, was very much like he is now, and yet, believes Christianity is true, beyond any reasonable doubt. That he may come to believe, as the Apostle John stated in his Gospel:

… that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. – John 20:31

mid-week apologetics booster (2-7-2019)

Good morning friends,

For anyone that, like me, keeps 1 or more Todo lists and is challenged in keeping track of the various things you need to get done in your lives, I just finished developing a web-based tool for myself that you all can take advantage of too (for free, of course).  It is a web-based Todo list.  Here is the link:

http://ps11911.com/todo

You can enter a user id and password (and click “Remember me”) to create your own Todo list.  Each Todo item has a category (whatever categories you want), a title and a description.  You can search Todos or filter them by category and delete them when they are completed.  You can also view/search previously deleted Todo’s.  The reason I created this is so that I can have secured access to my Todo list whether I’m at home, at work or just on my smart phone.  So far, I think it has had a noticeable impact on my productivity.  I hope you all will take advantage of this tool as well.  Please feel free to send me feedback or ideas you have as you use it.

Here is a random quote (of over 750) from Nuggets:

Training is essential in law enforcement because officers deploy on a regular basis. If we could handle every call over the phone without leaving the station, none of us would need to exercise or train tactically. You don’t have to train if you have no intention of deploying. The same is true for us as Christians. Think about that for a minute. Most of us see our church buildings as places to gather on Sunday; seldom do we think of them as places to train in preparation for deployment. – J. Warner Wallace

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. St. Patrick’s Bad Analogies for the Trinity – this is important – let’s not commit these errors and spread misunderstanding when talking about the Trinity – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQLfgaUoQCw
  2. 5 Regrets You Don’t Want to Have If Your Kids Walk Away from Faith: http://christianmomthoughts.com/5-regrets-you-dont-want-to-have-if-your-kids-walk-away-from-faith/
  3. During the open forum at the University of Pennsylvania Ravi Zacharias and Nabeel Qureshi were asked: Why are you so afraid of subjective moral reasoning? Do you think we all are just going to start raping and pillaging just because we don’t have a book telling us what to do? Are you afraid of that? I’m not because that’s not what we are going to do. Yes, Nazis were bad but there were Christian Nazis and atheist Nazis. So I don’t see… What are you so afraid of? To this Ravi quickly replied, “Do you lock your doors at night?” Watch his full response in the video – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0218GkAGbnU&feature=youtu.be
  4. How to Turn the Tables on Four Pro-Choice Arguments | LifeNews.com: https://www.lifenews.com/2017/08/18/how-to-turn-the-tables-on-four-pro-choice-arguments/
  5. The Issue at the Heart of the Abortion Debate – Christian Apologetics Alliance: http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2012/12/03/abortion-debate-heart/
  6. Pro-Life Crash Course – Here’s a summary of how to argue for the pro-life position that I created for a friend whose secular philosophy class was scheduled to discuss abortion. It’s a great little cheat sheet you can keep on hand for your own discussions on this subject. | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/pro-life-crash-course
  7. The Lost Art of Thoughtfulness: Dismissing Ideas Because We Fear Them: http://www.travisdickinson.com/the-lost-art-of-thoughtfulness-dismissing-ideas-because-we-fear-them/
  8. 9 historical facts about James the brother of Jesus that provide a strong basis for the truth of Christianity Is Jesus Alive?: http://isjesusalive.com/james-the-brother-of-jesus/
  9. More evidence for the Historical Truth of David and Goliath: http://christiancadre.blogspot.com/2019/01/more-evidence-for-historical-truth-of.html
  10. Earth’s Thick Ice Sheets Are Young | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/11118
  11. 5 Objections Atheists Have Against Christianity Christian Defenders: http://www.christiandefenders.org/2019/01/28/5-objections-atheists-have-against-christianity/
  12. Frank Turek: I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist: The Ohio State University THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/01/31/frank-turek-i-dont-have-enough-faith-to-be-an-atheist-the-ohio-state-university/
  13. Is Belief In God A Mental Crutch? – The Daily Apologist: https://thedailyapologist.com/is-belief-in-god-a-mental-crutch/
  14. World-Famous Scientist: God Created the Universe | Intellectual Takeout: https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/world-famous-scientist-god-created-universe
  15. Search for the real Jesus | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2019/02/02/search-for-the-real-jesus/
  16. Is God Real? Common, Objective Moral Standards Are an Evidence of God’s Existence | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-god-real-common-objective-moral-standards-are-an-evidence-of-gods-existence/
  17. The Ultimate List of Apologetics Terms for Beginners (with Explanations) – Capturing Christianity: https://capturingchristianity.com/ultimate-list-apologetics-terms-for-beginners/
  18. What is Free Masonry and what do Free Masons believe?: https://www.gotquestions.org/free-masonry.html
  19. Freemasonry – Who are the Freemasons and what is Freemasonry? What do they believe and what do they practice? Is it right for Christians to be members? Dr. Walter Martin, author of “Kingdom of the Cults” teaches us. Dr. Walter Martin – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hl6BY2hVdds&feature=youtu.be
  20. How do we know Jesus was really who he said he was? What evidence is there that Jesus existed? How are we supposed to reconcile conflicting reports? Abdu Murray responds at an open forum at Yale University. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ksvhHEoMLM&feature=youtu.be
  21. Jesus in Islam – The Top 6 Questions Muslims Ask about Jesus: https://www.everystudent.com/wires/jesusislam.html
  22. Biblical Faith VS. Blind Faith | Crossexamined.org: https://crossexamined.org/biblical-faith-vs-blind-faith/

Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. Hebrews 12:10

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-31-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 750) from Nuggets:

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next. – Abraham Lincoln

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The Name of God: Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Name of God – Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/perspectives/the-name-of-god-jehovahs-witnesses-and-the-name-of-god/
  2. Start teaching kids apologetics as early as possible, Young Defenders author says: https://www.christianpost.com/news/start-teaching-kids-apologetics-as-early-as-possible-young-defenders-author-says.html
  3. Three Ways to Teach Your Kids Apologetics (Without Them Realizing It) – Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/article/three-ways-to-teach-your-kids-apologetics-without-them-realizing-it/
  4. What To Teach Kids About Unanswered Prayer: https://crossexamined.org/what-to-teach-kids-about-unanswered-prayer/
  5. 5 Answers To The Question, Why Doesn’t God Heal Amputees?: https://thereforegodexists.com/5-answers-question-doesnt-god-heal-amputees/
  6. How an Atheist Found God – Why the Change – What Facts Led to Believing in God: https://www.everystudent.com/wires/atheist.html
  7. Is There No God? – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/does-god-exist/is-there-no-god
  8. Are There Moral Implications to Cremation vs. Burial? (Video) | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/are-there-moral-implications-cremation-vs-burial-video#.XExF-B5lA0M
  9. Stunned by NY’s Late-Term Abortion Law? Well, Prepare to Be Stunned Again | CBN News: http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2019/january/stunned-by-nys-late-term-abortion-law-well-prepare-to-be-stunned-again
  10. Peering Through a Glass Darkly the Problem of Evil | Apologetics: http://arcapologetics.org/objections/peering-through-a-glass-darkly/
  11. Why Evidence Will Not Convince Some Atheists | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/why-evidence-will-not-convince-some-atheists#.XExwkR5lA0M
  12. Religion Isn’t Just a Social Club, stand to reason podcast: https://subspla.sh/cmrw4d2
  13. The Holy Bible, Inspired of God: A Look at the Evidence : Christian Courier: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1578-the-holy-bible-inspired-of-god-a-look-at-the-evidence
  14. Is Jesus the only way to get to God? – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/is-christianity-the-only-way/q-is-jesus-the-only-way-to-get-to-god
  15. Is Christian Intolerance a Good Reason to Reject the Faith? – Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/is-christian-intolerance-a-good-reason-to-reject-the-faith
  16. Karen Pence’s Christian-School Job Is Attacked by Intolerant Critics | National Review: https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/01/karen-pence-are-you-now-or-have-you-ever-been-part-of-a-christian-ministry/
  17. Does the Bible Tell Christians to Judge Not? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/bible-questions/does-the-bible-tell-christians-to-judge-not/
  18. Moral Relativism is One of the Defining Characteristics of Gen Z – Impact 360 Institute: https://www.impact360institute.org/articles/moral-relativism-one-defining-characteristics-gen-z/
  19. The Fallacy of the Beard in our Theology: http://www.dyerthoughts.com/home/the-fallacy-of-the-beard-in-our-theology
  20. Loving God with all your mind: logic and creation – creation.com: https://creation.com/loving-god-with-all-your-mind-logic-and-creation
  21. Alan Dershowitz, Jesus Christ, and Logic : Christian Courier: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/49-alan-dershowitz-jesus-christ-and-logic
  22. Simple Tools to Test Truth Claims PastorBrianChilton.wordpress.com: https://pastorbrianchilton.wordpress.com/2018/02/12/simple-tools-to-test-truth-claims/
  23. The Battle of Tours – Precisely 100 years after the death of the Prophet Mohammed in 632, his Arab followers, after having fought across thousands of miles and conquered lands from Arabia to Spain, found themselves in Gaul, the territory that would become modern-day France, facing a hitherto little-known people, the Christian Franks. There, on October 10, in the year 732, one of history’s most decisive battles took place, demarcating the extent of Islam’s western conquests and ensuring the survival of the West. | National Review: https://www.nationalreview.com/2013/10/battle-tours-raymond-ibrahim/
  24. Oprah’s New Age ‘Christianity’ Exposed: Dangerous Heresy – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A26SY-ElJFo
  25. Is getting drunk a sin?: https://www.gotquestions.org/is-getting-drunk-a-sin.html
  26. Isn’t the Bible Sexist? | Reboot Youth Apologetics | RZIM: https://www.rzim.org/watch/isnt-the-bible-sexist-reboot-youth-apologetics-amy-orr-ewing
  27. Teaching Apologetics to the Next Generation – Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/article/teaching-apologetics-next-generation/
  28. Lynn Wilder Former BYU Professor Testimony of Finding Jesus – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIj-bN_rMK0&feature=youtu.be
  29. Responding to the Bart Ehrman/BauerThesis THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/01/30/responding-to-the-bart-ehrman-bauer-thesis/
  30. 15 Arguments for the Existence of God Hellenistic Christendom: https://philosophicaugustine.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/15-arguments-for-the-existence-of-god/

“Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied. He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.” When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. Matthew 13:51-53

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-24-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 750) from Nuggets:

We’re looking for those who are looking for us, in a sense people whose hearts are already being touched by the Spirit. We can be alert for those sheep that hear Jesus voice and lift their heads, without troubling those who are not yet ready. – Greg Koukl

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 8 Tough Questions Kids Ask About Evil and Suffering…and the Answers You Wish You Had When They Asked: http://christianmomthoughts.com/8-tough-questions-kids-ask-about-evil-and-suffering-and-the-answers-you-wish-you-had-when-they-asked/
  2. 10 Challenging Truths about Sex and the Bible – Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/10-challenging-truths-about-sex-and-the-bible
  3. Atheism: An Irrational Worldview | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/atheism/atheism-an-irrational-worldview/
  4. Pastor John MacArthur joins Ben Shapiro to discuss the intersection of the Bible and politics, the proper role of government, and the similarities and differences between Judaism and Christianity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-ofKxfYqGw
  5. The S.L.E.D. Test | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/the-s.l.e.d.-test
  6. C.S. Lewis and the Language of Apologetics – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/c-s-lewis-and-the-language-of-apologetics
  7. How Can I Share My Testimony? Grounds4Faith: https://grounds4faith.com/2019/01/16/how-can-i-share-my-testimony/
  8. Silly Little Apologist – Stephen J. Bedard: https://www.stephenjbedard.com/2014/09/05/silly-little-apologist/
  9. Is Evangelism Harder Than It Used to Be?: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/evangelism-harder/
  10. Reasons Why Students Are Leaving The Faith Part 1 Coffeehouse Questions: https://coffeehousequestions.com/2019/01/20/reasons-why-students-are-leaving-the-faith-part-1/
  11. Eugenics is back – This is the concept of improving the human race by encouraging those individuals deemed fit to reproduce, while discouraging/preventing those deemed unfit from doing so. Darwin heartily approved and wrote: if the prudent avoid marriage, whilst the reckless marry, the inferior members will tend to supplant the better members of society: https://creation.com/eugenics-is-back
  12. How to Handle Your Doubt When Times Get Tough | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-to-handle-your-doubt-when-times-get-tough/
  13. Former Atheist & Philosophy Professor On How Studying Philosophy Convinced Him Of God | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/former-atheist-philosophy-professor-on-how-philosophy-led-him-to-god/
  14. Persecution of Christians is Increasing Worldwide – Bible Gateway Blog: https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2019/01/persecution-of-christians-is-increasing-worldwide/
  15. Addressing Skeptical Challenges, Part 1: https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/reflections/read/reflections/2019/01/01/addressing-skeptical-challenges-part-1
  16. 9 Myths about Abortion Rights and Roe v. Wade: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevin-deyoung/9-myths-about-abortion-rights-and-roe-v-wade/
  17. How does it fit with the Bible? Ask the right question – creation.com: https://creation.com/right-questions-bible-perspective
  18. Liar, Lunatic, or Reliable (about the apostle Paul) | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/liar-lunatic-or-reliable

Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. The LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?” Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you.” Zechariah 3:1-4

Blessings to you all

AWANA Opening Message (Sports night) 1-23-2019

I will be giving the following message (in an abbreviated form) tonight at AWANA during our opening time:


Tonight is sports night.  It seems that we’re having sports night because we are approaching a big sporting event in a few weeks from now.  Does anyone know what sporting event is that? <Answer: the Super Bowl 53 (LIII)>.  The Los Angeles Rams will be playing the New England Patriots on Sunday February 3rd.  How many of you want the Rams to win?  How many of you want the Patriots to win?  How many don’t care who wins?  I want the Arizona Cardinals to win 🙂 (oops, they didn’t make it!)

Since we’re having this focus on sports tonight, I wondered if the Bible says anything about sports and started searching.  Surprisingly, I found that the New Testament, in particular, has quite a bit to say about sports!  There are many places in which it likens the Christian life to a race for a prize.  For example, the Apostle Paul and the writer of Hebrews speak frequently about this:

Acts 20:24

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me –the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.

1 Corinthians 9:24-26

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.  Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.

Galatians 2:2

I went in response to a revelation and set before them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. But I did this privately to those who seemed to be leaders, for fear that I was running or had run my race in vain.

Galatians 5:7

You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?

Philippians 3:13-14

Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 4:8

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

2 Timothy 2:5

Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.

2 Timothy 4:7-8

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day –and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

Hebrews 11:40

For God had far better things in mind for us that would also benefit them, for they can’t receive the prize at the end of the race until we finish the race.

Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

While the Bible doesn’t talk about football as we know it today, we can still draw some analogies with this team sport of football and the Christian life.

In the same way that a football player is on a team with a head coach, so is a Christian on a team with a head coach.  Our head coach is Jesus.  Anyone who rejects the head coach can’t be part of the team.  If you want to be on the team — to have the benefits of being on the team — you have to believe in and follow the head coach.

There are rules for those who want to be on the team and there are rules for how the game is played.  Those who are unwilling to follow the team rules show that they do not want to be part of the team.  However, you don’t need to worry about being “kicked off” the team for breaking the rules a few times, either intentionally or accidentally, as long as you acknowledge your mistake and are truly sorry about it, making up your mind to not break the rules again.  Everyone makes mistakes, no one is perfect.  The Bible says:

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.  – 2 Corinthians 7:10

Likewise, if you break a rule on the field while playing the game, there is a penalty for breaking the rule, but you’re not “kicked off” the team for getting penalized.  In the same way, Christians have rules to follow on our team.  We all break them periodically (Romans 3:23) and when we do, we repent and ask God for forgiveness, and He gladly forgives us.  But like the player who is penalized, there are still natural consequences for our sins.  We are not “kicked off” the team — we remain Christians destined for heaven — but God does not undo the consequences of our sin.  The Bible says:

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.  Galatians 6:7

Not only do we experience the “natural consequences” of our sin, but God disciplines us (if we are true Christians) in the similar way that a father disciplines a child:

And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. – Hebrews 12:5-11

Therefore, we should not consider it strange if we are being disciplined – rather, this is a sign that God loves us!

In football, the team has a playbook that all players need to learn.  Some of the players on the team are on the field actively playing each week and some of the players sit on the bench each week.  However, they all need to know the playbook, after-all, they might just be pulled off the bench and put in the game at any moment if another player gets injured.  In the same way, Christians have a playbook — that is the Bible.  We need to know the playbook!  That’s what we’re doing here each Wednesday night — we’re learning our playbook, memorizing Bible verses, so that we can use them to guide how we live our lives and our interactions with others.  Not only does the Bible guide how we live our lives, but instructs us how to receive the free gift of eternal life:

from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. – 2 Timothy 3:15

Football players are playing a game to win.  Most of the NFL players, if you ask them, want that Super Bowl ring – the symbol of the ultimate victory in their sport.  Although life is not a “game”, in the same way, Christians are anticipating that we will win in the end.  Revelation tells us how all this will end.  It says:

For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their Shepherd; He will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. – Revelation 7:17

Unlike the football player, we can have confidence knowing how our “game” will end.  We are playing on the winning team for the Righteous Coach!  We will be victorious!  So, I encourage you all to:

  1. Get in “the game” – live out your faith every day. Make sure everyone knows you’re a Christian and show them how Christians live – how we are different.
  2. Know your playbook – read, memorize and think deeply about the Bible. It is God’s message to people and He uses it to transform and mature us.  There is no spiritual growth without the Bible.
  3. Be prepared for action – the Lord uses those who are prepared to serve Him. He’s given each Christian a spiritual gift which is to be used in His service. Look for and pray for opportunities to serve Him and to glorify Him through your life.
  4. Most importantly, know your Coach and talk to Him often. Jesus wants to know us – that’s a requirement to get into heaven.  He said:

Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!’ – Matthew 7:22-23

You don’t want to hear those words “I never knew you. Away from Me…”  Know Jesus, Know Peace, No Jesus, No Peace:

mid-week apologetics booster (1-17-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 750) from Nuggets:

If there were no Trinity, there could be no Incarnation, no objective Redemption, and therefore no salvation; for there would be no one capable of acting as mediator between God and man. – Unnamed Theologian quoted in “2002 Surprising Things About God and the Bible”

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How Should I Respond to the Claim We Don’t Have the Original Bible? – Bernard J Mauser: http://www.bernardjmauser.com/philosopher/how-should-i-respond-to-the-claim-we-dont-have-the-original-bible/
  2. Is Saving the Earth More Important than Saving Souls? (The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity #10): https://www.michaeljkruger.com/is-saving-the-earth-more-important-than-saving-souls-the-ten-commandments-of-progressive-christianity-10/
  3. Here’s Why Jesus Never Said “I AM GOD” in the Bible: https://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/heres-why-jesus-never-said-i-am-god-in-the-bible
  4. Can evolutionists use celebrities to brainwash the public? – creation.com: https://creation.com/celebrity-brainwashing
  5. The Place of Apologetics – Ravi Zacharias – New York Apologetics: https://www.newyorkapologetics.com/the-place-of-apologetics-ravi-zacharias/
  6. How Not Letting Your Children Ask a Question Leads Them to Atheism: https://crossexamined.org/how-not-letting-your-children-ask-a-question-leads-them-to-atheism/
  7. Why Everyone Believes in Secure Borders and Why America Needs Them: https://crossexamined.org/why-everyone-believes-in-secure-borders-and-why-america-needs-them/
  8. Why Building a Border Wall Is a Morally Good Action (by Wayne Grudem): https://townhall.com/columnists/waynegrudem/2018/07/02/why-building-a-border-wall-is-a-morally-good-action-n2496574
  9. Common Logical Fallacies and Examples from Social Media Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2017/12/13/common-logical-fallacies-and-examples-from-social-media/

Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you. Proverbs 22:26-27

Blessings to you all