mid-week apologetics booster (12-1-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

The “problem of evil” is irrefutable evidence that the people who raise the problem of evil deeply believe in objective morality. – Greg Koukl

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Was the Virgin Conception Borrowed from Prior Mythologies? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/was-the-virgin-conception-borrowed-from-prior-mythologies/
  2. 4 Myths About Teaching Apologetics in Youth Ministry: https://churchleaders.com/youth/youth-leaders-articles/160290-benjer_mcveigh_4_myths_about_teaching_apologetics_in_youth_ministry.html
  3. Three Reasons the Story of Jesus Was Not Borrowed From Pagan Mystery Religions – Jonathan Morrow: http://www.jonathanmorrow.org/three-reasons-story-jesus-not-borrowed-pagan-mystery-religions/
  4. Design Without a Designer | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/charles-darwin/design-without-designer/
  5. 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/
  6. Has God Given Enough Evidence for a Rational Faith? | The Stream: https://stream.org/evidence-rational-faith/
  7. Chances of a functional protein by chance – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5p4T8MD7aA
  8. The Heresy of Orthodoxy: When Was the Earliest Complete List of New Testament Books? Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/the-heresy-of-orthodoxy-when-was-the-earliest-complete-list-of-new-testament-books/
  9. 7 Differences Between the Bible and the Qur’an – Hope’s Reason: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2016/11/30/7-differences-bible-quran/#.WiAQ6EqnGUk
  10. 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
  11. The Importance of Defining Terms: https://crossexamined.org/importance-defining-terms/
  12. The Circular Reasoning of Atheists: https://reasonsforgod.org/the-circular-reasoning-of-atheists/
  13. 3 Reasons Why Christians Should Be Evidential Investigators Instead of Experience Junkies – Alisa Childers: https://www.alisachilders.com/blog/3-reasons-why-christians-should-be-evidential-investigators-instead-of-experience-junkies
  14. Saved by Faith or Works? by Living Waters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwR7zT9NtZM
  15. God, Unicorns, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster – God Evidence Does God Exist?: http://godevidence.com/2018/12/god-and-modern-science/
  16. Who was Rahab in the Bible? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/life-Rahab.html
  17. William Lane Craig answers: how can the four gospels be independent sources? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/11/28/william-lane-craig-answers-how-can-the-four-gospels-be-independent-sources-3/
  18. Confronting Homosexuality in a Culture of Identity (Part 4): https://crossexamined.org/confronting-homosexuality-in-a-culture-of-identity-part-4/
  19. How did Judas die? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Judas-die.html
  20. Christian woman finds a way to discuss her faith with non-Christians | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/11/30/christian-woman-finds-a-way-to-discuss-her-faith-with-non-christians-5/
  21. David French wants Christians who accept Jesus definition of marriage to be persecuted | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/11/29/david-french-wants-christians-who-accept-jesus-definition-of-marriage-to-be-persecuted/

“There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.” Isaiah 57:21

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-24-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors. – George Washington, Thanksgiving Proclamation – 1789

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Pilgrim Thanksgiving “God be Praised we had a Good Increase … Our Harvest being gotten in” -Pilgrim Edward Winslow:  https://americanminute.com/blogs/todays-american-minute/pilgrim-thanksgiving-god-be-praised-we-had-a-good-increase-our-harvest-being-gotten-in-american-minute-with-bill-federer
  2. 5 Ways To Celebrate Thanksgiving That Don’t Involve A Food Coma: https://thefederalist.com/2022/11/17/dont-just-eat-your-way-through-thanksgiving-practice-these-5-things-instead/
  3. Is the Bibles definition of faith opposed to logic and evidence? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/11/20/is-the-bibles-definition-of-faith-opposed-to-logic-and-evidence-19/
  4. Is Critical Theory Biblical? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/DAABuCC96tI
  5. Why Believe? – Cross Examined. Dr. Frank Turek interviews Dr. Neil Shenvi: https://subspla.sh/vy65zbr
  6. Does Dr. Craig Have an Inconsistency When He refers to Nothing? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/bzejD3B1kA8
  7. The Atheist Delusion Movie (2016) HD – YouTube: https://youtu.be/ChWiZ3iXWwM
  8. The Lost Book of Abraham – YouTube: https://youtu.be/hcyzkd_m6KE
  9. How Undesigned Coincidences Enhance The Reliability Of The Bible?: http://rajkumarrichard.blogspot.com/2022/06/how-undesigned-coincidences-enhances.html

Has not the LORD Almighty determined that the people’s labor is only fuel for the fire, that the nations exhaust themselves for nothing? Habakkuk 2:13

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-17-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

In order to recognize an explanation as the best, you don’t need to have an explanation of the explanation. This is an elementary point in the philosophy of science. If archaeologists digging in the earth were to discover things looking like arrowheads and pottery shards, they would be justified in inferring that these artifacts are not the chance result of sedimentation and metamorphosis, but products of some unknown group of people, even though they had no explanation of who these people were or where they came from.  – William Lane Craig (On Guard)

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What You Can Learn From the Pilgrims – Frank Turek interviews Bill Federer about the very interesting history of the pilgrims: https://subspla.sh/7277698
  2. Monthly reasonable faith update to Friends of Reasonable Faith- November 2022 – this update has a few encouraging stories of atheist conversions: https://pages.e2ma.net/pages/1787618/38963
  3. Doppleganger genes: https://creation.com/doppleganger-genes
  4. Archaeological proof that the Bibles King David existed #Shorts – YouTube: https://youtube.com/shorts/qZ6xN077ftM?feature=share
  5. Responding to the Objection: I dont see the need for God or Jesus? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/09/12/responding-to-the-objection-i-dont-see-the-need-for-god-or-jesus/
  6. Maybe Young Christians Leave Us Because They Were Never With Us in the First Place | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/maybe-young-christians-leave-us-because-they-were-never-with-us-in-the-first-place/
  7. Genesis and the Question of Entropy | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/genesis-question-entropy
  8. 10 Predictive Prophecies Fulfilled in Jesus | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/10-predictive-prophecies-fulfilled-in-jesus
  9. The Difference Between Speaking the Gospel and Sharing the Gospel | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-difference-between-speaking-the-gospel-and-sharing-the-gospel/
  10. Stop Making Speeches and Start Asking Questions: https://wisedisciple.org/article/stop-making-speeches-start-asking-questions
  11. Christ-Centred Hindu Community – bethinking.org – The title of this review will likely grate in the ears of many readers. Christ-centred community you get; Hindu community you also get. But Christ-centred Hindu community sounds like an oxymoron, like heavy feathers or hot ice. Before you leave this page, judging it as the ravings of a weirdo, allow me to inform you that no less a man than the pioneering missionary to India William Carey talked about Hindu Christians. Timothy Shultz would not be comfortable with that terminology but not for the reasons you might expect.: https://www.bethinking.org/eastern-religions/christ-centred-hindu-community
  12. Ex-gay man: Homosexuality is just another human brokenness – LifeSite – Dean Bailey, 50, is not afraid to tell anyone he is living proof that sexual orientation can in fact be changed. But he prefers to use the word restored rather than changed: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/ex-gay-homosexuality-is-just-another-human-brokenness/
  13. This New, Must-See Pro-Life Video Brilliantly Mocks the ‘Magic of the Birth Canal’ – It is a searing take on the pro-abort narrative that says life begins at birth. Quite simply, it is brilliant.: https://redstate.com/kimberly_ross/2018/06/05/new-pro-life-video-mocks-birth-canal-n90647
  14. Why I Try Not to Obsess Over the Genesis Debate | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-i-try-not-to-obsess-over-the-genesis-debate/
  15. Bible ‘Contradictions’ and the Goldilocks Principle – DavidVogel.net: https://davidvogel.net/2017/05/08/bible-contradictions-goldilocks-principle/
  16. Undesigned Coincidences and the Reliability of Scripture: https://thedailyapologist.com/blog/undesigned-coincidences-and-the-reliability-of-scripture
  17. Three Christian Principles We Can Learn from Chick-fil-A: https://townhall.com/columnists/jwarnerwallace/2018/04/18/three-creepy-christian-principles-we-can-learn-from-chickfila-n2471767
  18. A Curious Clue About the Origins of the New Testament Canon – Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/a-curious-clue-about-the-origins-of-the-new-testament-canon/
  19. Two trees, one root: the link between evolutionism and Eastern spirituality: https://creation.com/evolution-linked-with-eastern-spirituality
  20. The Muratorian fragment, dated 170 A.D., affirms 22 out of 27 New Testament books | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/08/02/the-muratorian-fragment-dated-170-a-d-affirms-22-out-of-27-new-testament-books-3/
  21. How Atheism Fails To Explain A Beginning To The Universe | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/atheism-fails-explain-beginning-universe/
  22. Twelve Shocking Discoveries for Evolution | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2022/11/twelve-shocking-discoveries-for-evolution/

Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the LORD and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the LORD had given Moses. And the LORD was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him. 2 Kings 18:5-7

Blessings to you all

Verses to memorize for help combatting sexual temptation

Whenever, Christian, you have achieved a victory over your lusts–whenever after hard struggling, you have laid a temptation dead at your feet–you have in that hour a foretaste of the joy that awaits you when the Lord shall shortly tread Satan under your feet, and you shall find yourself more than conqueror through him who has loved you. – Charles Spurgeon (modernized language)

It is a fact of life that most men (and many women) battle against sexual temptation.

God has prescribed the way that He wants His children to live. He tests each of our hearts (not just what is on the outside). Here is what He expects to find:

1 Chronicles 29:17a

I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity

Not only is He pleased with integrity, but Jesus even said several times in the Scriptures, that He expects anyone who follows Him (Christians) to deny themselves, rather than to “give-in” to themselves:

Luke 9:23

Then He said to them all: “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

He wants us to put Him first, not our own evil desires. We need to have the attitude of John the Baptist:

John 3:30

He must become greater; I must become less.

So, to help us along in our quest for holiness, I have listed some verses for you to memorize to help you resist sexual temptation. The Psalmist stated the benefits of memorizing Scripture:

Psalms 119:11

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

The benefit is clear: “that I might not sin againstGod.

I have memorized each of these passages myself and have found them to be of great benefit

Let’s start off the list with one that states God’s mandate very clearly and directly:

1 Corinthians 6:18-20

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

Let me provide a very simple definition of sexual immorality:

Any sexual gratification one gets from a source other than your spouse (in a biblical marriage consisting of one man and one woman).

Therefore, sexual immorality may include, among other things, pornography (or even feature films that portray sex between people on screen), masturbation, roving eyes / looking with lust at those in your eyesight, adultery, pre-marital sex (A.K.A. fornication), co-habitation which includes pre-marital sex, homosexuality, impure thoughts, flirting, fantasizing about the possibility of sex with someone other than your spouse, etc.

So, the passage above (1 Corinthians 6:18-20) tells me that I am not my own. I can’t just do whatever I want with my body. My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. He is living in me and sees everything I do. Which leads me to the next verse:

Hebrews 4:13

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

He sees all and we will have to give account for all He sees. As Ray Comfort commented, “What happens in Vegas stays in God’s mind until Judgment Day.”

Ecclesiastes 12:14

For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

Romans 14:12

So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.

Am I saying that you’ll be thrown into hell for committing an act of sexual immorality? No. When you were saved, you were justified. All sins, past, present and future were paid for by Jesus’ shed blood on the cross. Yet, we as believers are expected to behave in a way that is “worthy of our calling” (Eph. 4:1). Sexual immorality is definitely not worthy of our calling!

God takes sexual immorality – especially the physical act of adultery – very seriously. So seriously, in fact in the Old Covenant with Israel, the penalty was the death sentence for both involved parties:

Deuteronomy 22:22

If a man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die. You must purge the evil from Israel.

However, sexual immorality is not an external, behavioral issue only (such as adultery). This sin starts in the mind with our own evil desires (James 1:13-14). In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus raised the standard of purity so that no one can escape the charge of guilt in this matter:

Matthew 5:27-28
You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Jesus is seeking obedience from those that call Him Lord:

Luke 6:46

Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?

Don’t be a hypocrite, one day calling Jesus Lord and then another day, committing sexual sin.

Job was a godly man and was certainly aware of this standard as he strove to avoid lust in this way:

Job 31:1

I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust upon a young woman.

Apparently, Job was successful in this covenant if you look at the way v9-11 of chapter 31 are worded:

Job 31:9-11

If my heart has been enticed by a woman, or if I have lurked at my neighbor’s door, then may my wife grind another man’s grain, and may other men sleep with her. For that would have been shameful, a sin to be judged.

Daniel was also a godly man, living in exile, in the midst of a vile, wicked, depraved and idolatrous culture. In the beginning of the account, we see his resolution:

Daniel 1:8-9

But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel

Have you resolved not to defile yourself by what your eyes consume? Daniel’s strong resolution here ought to challenge and inspire us to do the same. By resolving, he had made up his mind what he was going to do when he was put in that situation. Don’t just wait until that moment of temptation comes to decide what you’re going to do. If that is your approach, you will fail. Rather resolve ahead of time what steps you’re going to take to avoid defiling yourself in sexual sin.

David, a man after God’s own heart, a man acquainted with moral failure (see 2 Samuel 11), resolved not to let sin come through his eyes:

Psalms 101:3

I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all crooked dealings; I will have nothing to do with them.

We need our minds renewed by Scripture so that we no longer conform to the pattern of this world, which is so full of sexual temptation:

Romans 12:2

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is –his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Many of these passages can be summed up in this wise counsel from the Apostle Paul:

Romans 13:14

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

What have you done to “make no provision” for your flesh? There are many practices and safeguards that one can implement, but the one thing we should all be doing is putting on the Lord Jesus Christ daily – that is the number one strategy in this battle. Don’t make it easy for your flesh to gratify its evil desires!

And, yes, this is absolutely a battle! It is not a battle against flesh and blood, but at the core it is a spiritual battle:

Ephesians 6:12

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

And since it is a spiritual battle, it needs to be fought with spiritual weapons from God:

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

We are human, but we don’t wage war with human plans and methods. We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds. With these weapons we break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God. With these weapons we conquer their rebellious ideas, and we teach them to obey Christ.

Have you ever considered that when we are committing sexual sin, at that moment, we don’t fear God? Think about that… Even one of the thieves on the cross next to Jesus asked the other thief if he feared God, because it was evident by the way he was talking that he didn’t:

Luke 23:40

But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?

Unknowingly, the first thief was affirming a great truth of Scripture, often repeated:

Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.


Isaiah 8:13

Do not fear anything except the LORD Almighty. He alone is the Holy One. If you fear him, you need fear nothing else.

Jesus told His disciples to fear God because of His ability to throw them into hell:

Luke 12:4-5

I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him.

So, yes, the fear of God is a healthy attitude to have and can keep us from committing sexual sin!

Scripture also states that sin will hinder your prayers:

Psalms 66:18

If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;

Do you stumble into sin? Or do you cherish sin? Our goal should be to avoid both, but worse by far is the one who cherishes (or relishes) sin.

Isaiah echoes the same sentiment about our sin causing separation from God. In the context of the following passage, God was speaking to His “people and to the house of Jacob” (Isaiah 58:1):

Isaiah 59:1-2

Listen! The LORD is not too weak to save you, and he is not becoming deaf. He can hear you when you call. But there is a problem — your sins have cut you off from God. Because of your sin, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.

But God gave us the solution for having our prayers heard again:

2 Chronicles 7:14

If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

The essence of that phrase “seek My face and turn from their wicked ways” is the concept of repentance! There is no change and no transformation without repentance – and God commands it!

Acts 17:30

Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,

By the way, after reading this blog, you can no longer claim ignorance.

In the midst of admonishing believers not to argue over foolish and stupid things, the apostle Paul talked about people who are held captive by the devil to do his will:

2 Timothy 2:26

and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

As believers, we ought not be held captive by anyone or anything except Jesus Christ (since we are His slaves). We are told specifically:

Colossians 2:8

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

Additionally, we as believers ought to be discerning enough and acquainted enough with our own depravity to know what situations, places and people put us into temptation, and that we need to avoid those:

Proverbs 4:26

Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.

We ought to be able to see the danger ahead and take refuge:

Proverbs 27:12

The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.

In addition to pondering where you go and what situations you put yourself into, you need to be intentional about your thoughts:

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.


Colossians 3:2

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Sexual temptation requires much more than casual action, it requires drastic action on our parts! Though we may be “pondering the path of our feet” and thinking about “whatever is pure”, we are still “in the world” (John 17:14-16) and therefore it is possible, with the best of intentions, that we may find ourselves in a tempting situation. The following verse tells me what to do when I encounter anything that stimulates lust – RUN!!!

2 Timothy 2:22

Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Follow anything that makes you want to do right. Pursue faith and love and peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts

It is also encouraging me who to hang out with – that’s really important too.

As usual, Jesus ratchets up the response even more with His teaching on how to deal with sin:

Matthew 18:8-9
If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.

The eye and the hand are are certainly used to commit much sexual sin… Jesus is not advocating self mutilation here, but this is to be understood as instructing us to take whatever actions are necessary to limit our access to those people, places, situations and technologies that give us opportunities to sin.

Another passage that is terrifying when you consider what is being said in it is this:

Hebrews 10:26-27

Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received a full knowledge of the truth, there is no other sacrifice that will cover these sins. There will be nothing to look forward to but the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies.

Does that mean that if we continue to sin at all after having been saved, there we will experience the wrath of God? Well, it depends. One who is truly saved will not continue in an unrepentant pattern of sin for an extended period of time. I consider this a warning for us as believers to examine ourselves:

2 Corinthians 13:5a

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.

This should be a regular practice of all believers, to examine your life critically and see if it represents the life of a true born again Bible believing Christian.

The following passage is one of the key passages when it comes to sexual immorality:

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God

Not many places in Scripture tell you explicitly what God’s will is – the above passage is one of them. This passage tells me that I need to learn to control my own body. That tells me that it is not “natural” to control my body. I have to go against what feels natural and control my body. Likewise, Paul says:

1 Corinthians 9:27

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Yes, this requires discipline. It is a spiritual battle and therefore demands your daily and even hourly attention so that you do not get caught off guard! In fact elsewhere Paul reminds us to be on our guard:

1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.

The Scriptures contain many other such warnings. For example, the apostle Peter warns us to be on our guard, using different words:

1 Peter 5:8

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

The Lord Jesus Christ Himself even strongly admonished His disciples to keep alert, but added prayer as a way to gain victory over temptation:

Matthew 26:41
Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak!

So, how much sexual immorality is acceptable for the child of God?

Ephesians 5:3-6

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person–such a man is an idolater –has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.

The above passage even speaks of God’s wrath as a consequence of these type of behaviors. You don’t want to go there…

The passage below has really helped me. It tells me that as a regenerated follower of Jesus Christ, I do in fact have the power and ability to not let sin reign in my body or to obey my body’s evil desires. What an encouragement that is!

Romans 6:12-14

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

The above passage raises the question about who you’re letting reign, in other words, who are you serving? Jesus told us you can’t serve two masters:

Luke 16:13

No servant can serve two masters ; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

While the above verse is about money, the same principle applies to your illicit sexual desires.

You know that if you ask some people about why they continue to fall into sexual temptation, they’ll claim that that’s just the way God made them. They have these desires and they were meant to be fulfilled. That is human logic – that’s the way of thinking that “seems right”:

Proverbs 14:12 (&16:25)

There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.

But that way of thinking really leads to death.

The following verse from Proverbs teaches that our behavior is a visible manifestation of our relationship with (and thoughts about) the LORD:

Proverbs 14:2

He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him.

This directly ties “upright” behavior to fearing the LORD and “perverse” behavior to despising Him.

Next are some words from Jesus that hit me like a ton of bricks:

John 3:19-20
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.

These words are powerful because, in this passage the “light” which has come into the world IS JESUS. So, when it says “everyone who does evil hates the light”, its saying that everyone who does evil hates Jesus! Wow.

Here is a good one from Paul:

Titus 2:11-13

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,

This one tells us that God’s grace actually teaches us to “just say no!” to “ungodliness and worldly passions” – that would certainly include lust and sexual sin. But it doesn’t only tell us what to say no to, but it also tells us how to live: “self-controlled, upright and godly lives”. That is a picture of holy living. Notice the phrase “self-controlled”. According to this passage, you have the ability to control your participation in these forms of behavior.

Then, there is the most concentrated teaching on worldliness in all of God’s word:

1 John 2:15-17

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

Notice – this passage talks about 2 things that are directly related to lust and sexual sin: “the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes”. If anyone “loves” this kind of stuff, the love of the Father is not in him. By the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, we need to distance ourselves and reject these kind of worldly affections!

John MacArthur, in his excellent sermon on Romans 7:14-25 says that one of the categories of sin is the “sin of remembrance”. Sometimes, the mind of the believer will wander back to ponder some past sin. We must not allow ourselves to fall into that trap. Peter admonishes us:

1 Peter 1:14

As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.

Later on in the same letter, he encourages with the example of Christ Jesus’ suffering:

1 Peter 4:1-5

Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do–living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

Notice, that we are not to live the rest of our earthly lives for “evil human desires” – this includes many things. He goes on to list some of those evil human desires: “debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry“. He ends up the passage by indicating that those who live like this will “have to give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead“. If these behaviors are the impenitent, pattern of your life, it indicates you are not saved.

Then, this one from the author of 1 Kings regarding the prophet Elijah’s challenge to the people to “get off the fence“!

1 Kings 18:21

Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing.

How is this applicable to illicit sexual desire? Just replace the phrase “if Baal is God, follow him” with “if [your sexual desire] is God, follow [it]”. That is what we’re doing when we’re giving in to sexual sin – we’re making it our God. Don’t do that!

Did you know that whenever you’re tempted to sin sexually, God will show you a way out? This is an iron-clad promise – you can take it to the bank. The following passage tells us not to be over confident when you’re in a season of strong obedience, but that we should be careful. Then it explains that we’re in the same boat with others:

1 Corinthians 10:12-13

If you think you are standing strong, be careful, for you, too, may fall into the same sin. But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.

Praise the Lord that He is faithful, and that He will not let the temptation become too strong!

Jesus was once asked what was the essential or most important teaching in the old testament:

Matthew 22:36-40

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

Notice that He summed up all the expectations of the believer into 2 concepts – Love God and Love others. We cannot do those 2 things while committing sexual sin!

The following verse may not seem to be related to sexual temptation:

Romans 1:25

They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen.

But if you think about it. Your sexual desire is a created thing. If you worship and serve it (especially in an illicit manner), you are exchanging the truth of God for a lie…

Sometimes, you’ve gotta follow Jesus’ example and just tell Satan to “get lost” if you’re being harassed:

Matthew 4:10

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’

But notice – we not only should be telling Satan to get lost, but we need to be worshiping the Lord our God and serving Him only!

There is a favorite verse of many people that says:

Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Again, what does this have to do with sexual immorality and sexual temptation? Well, if you think of it, you’ll realize that your behavior in the world affects God’s reputation in the world, either positively or negatively. But your behavior does not change whether He exists or whether He is glorious or good. So, if you are behaving in an immoral way you are bringing God into disrepute. Then it can be said of you, as in Romans 2:24 – “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” Serious stuff! Don’t do it – you love God too much for that!

Finally, the passage that has been most helpful to me in battling sexual temptation is:

Matthew 23:24-28
You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

The reason this passage is so powerful for me is that, as a Christian leader and teacher, I receive those words from Jesus as directly applying to me. Especially the finishing line which says “on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness”. That one cuts to the heart. Jesus knows what’s “on the inside” – no one else does. I may be able to fool other people, but I can never fool Jesus. Jesus hated hypocrisy with a holy hatred – probably more than anything else. This chapter records the greatest rebuke he ever delivered regarding sin – the sin of hypocrisy. And sexual sin in the life of a believer makes that person a hypocrite, professing one thing with your lips, but thinking and behaving in opposition to that. So, when I hear Jesus’s rebuke directed at me, my unrighteous desires immediately melt away – its like pouring cold water over me. Paul gives us some very good counsel about how we should be viewing our Christian walk:

Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Corinthians 7:1

Notice that we already have these promises (that he’d been talking about in the prior chapters – especially chapter 5). So, we are not avoiding sexual sin in order to get saved, but rather, now that we are saved (we have these promises), we are to live in a holy manner. Why? “Out of reverence for God”.

Brothers and sisters, I pray that you are convicted and cut to the heart like I am and that you would memorize each one of these passages so that you might be led away from sin when you’re at the moment of temptation. Remember God always provides a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13) if we are willing to take it. He is faithful and will protect you from the evil one:

2 Thessalonians 3:3

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.


Additional Verses

Psalms 119:9

How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.

Psalms 141:4

Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies.

Psalms 86:11

Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.

Psalms 119:37

Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.

Psalms 23:3

he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Psalms 19:14

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

Titus 1:15-16

To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

2 Timothy 1:7

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Galatians 5:19-21

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Revelation 21:8

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

Titus 3:3-7

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

John 8:31-32

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

Acts 3:19

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,

Romans 7:18-19, 7:24-25a,

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doingWretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Hebrews 4:15-16

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

1 Peter 2:24

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

Philippians 2:3-4

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Hebrews 2:18

Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Hebrews 12:14

Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

mid-week apologetics booster (11-10-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

Why would the apostles lie? Liars always lie for selfish reasons. If they lied, what was their motive, what did they get out of it? What they got out of it was misunderstanding, rejection, persecution, torture, and martyrdom. Hardly a list of perks!  – Peter Kreeft

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Was Mark 16:9-20 Originally Part of Marks Gospel?: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/was-mark-16-9-20-originally-mark-gospel/
  2. American Worldview Inventory 2022 Release #6: Only Half of Evangelical Pastors Possess a Biblical Worldview; Incidence Even Lower for Most Denominations: https://www.arizonachristian.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/AWVI2022_Release_06_Digital.pdf
  3. Following Jesus’ Example? It’s Biblical: https://mintools.com/blog/following-jesus-example.htm
  4. Frank Turek analyzes tweets of a pastor left the faith – After 40 years, ‘megachurch’ pastor slams Christianity and quits… This is part of the headline of an article in the Christian Post about former pastor Dave Gass who recently renounce his faith publicly on social media. Frank takes a look at the reasons Mr. Gass gives for rejecting the faith to see if they are good reasons for waking away from Christianity: https://subsplash.com/crossexamined/media/mi/+3476rnd
  5. Is the Watchmaker Blind? – Part II – Logic & Light: http://www.logicandlight.org/blind-watchmaker-part-ii/
  6. Was the Virgin Conception Borrowed from Prior Mythologies? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/was-the-virgin-conception-borrowed-from-prior-mythologies/
  7. Isn’t the God of the Old Testament Harsh, Brutal, Downright Evil? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/who-is-god/isnt-the-god-of-the-old-testament-harsh-brutal-and-downright-evil/
  8. A Logical Faith – Why your teen’s college prep should include an understanding of the Christian worldview | Focus on the Family: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/a-logical-faith/
  9. Are Christians Ignorant, Uneducated, Simpletons? “Sort Of” – Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/are-christians-ignorant-uneducated-simpletons-sort-of/
  10. An Investigation: Is Jesus Liar, Lunatic, or Lord? – Josh.org: https://www.josh.org/jesus-liar-lunatic-lord/

Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. 1 Corinthians 8:6

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-3-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

So many young Christians are ill prepared to face the moral, intellectual, relational, and spiritual challenges that confront them daily. They don’t have an anchor to help ground them amid the cultural chaos, and as a result, many find their faith shipwrecked on the shores of our increasingly secular culture. Here is a stark reality: if we do not consciously equip young Christians with a biblical worldview, they will unconsciously absorb the ideas of today’s culture.  – Sean McDowell  and J. Warner Wallace (from book “So the Next Generation Will Know”)

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Maggie DeJong | Alliance Defending Freedom – In the United States, colleges and universities have traditionally been bastions of free speech. People with diverse religious, political, and philosophical beliefs have been able to come together for a free and robust debate in the marketplace of ideas in university classrooms, lecture halls, quads, and dorms. But universities such as Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) have grown more hostile toward religious, political, and philosophical beliefs that university officials or students disfavor. Such is the case with Maggie DeJong.: https://adflegal.org/article/southern-illinois-university-silenced-student-maggie-dejong-her-harmful-beliefs
  2. Breaking Down the Importance of Apologetics Welcome to Rob Lundberg.org: https://roblundberg.org/2022/10/30/breaking-down-the-importance-of-apologetics/
  3. Search for Habitable Planets as Design Detection | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2022/11/search-for-habitable-planets-is-a-design-detection-exercise/
  4. Why I Know the Story of Jesus Wasn’t Changed Over Time | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-i-know-the-story-of-jesus-wasnt-changed-over-time/
  5. How to Perfectly Know the Existence of God : Strange Notions: https://strangenotions.com/how-to-perfectly-know-the-existence-of-god/
  6. Answering the Galileo Myth: https://www.str.org/w/answering-the-galileo-myth
  7. Why Apologetics Has a Bad Name | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-apologetics-has-a-bad-name
  8. Don’t Be Harvey Weinstein. Or Tim Murphy. Or Karl Barth – The Stream: https://stream.org/dont-harvey-weinstein/
  9. 50 Alleged Bible Contradictions Refuted | The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/50-alleged-bible-contradiction-refuted/
  10. Starting God-Conversations: Take the Class-Photo Approach: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2016/11/starting-god-conversations-take-class.html
  11. Developing An Apologetic That Works Faith & Self Defense: https://faithandselfdefense.com/2017/11/21/developing-an-apologetic-that-works/
  12. Can death be abolished?: https://creation.com/can-death-be-abolished
  13. The Jesus Blog: The Five Most Common Fallacies about the Life of Jesus: http://historicaljesusresearch.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-five-most-common-fallacies-about.html
  14. What Really Happened At The Council Of Nicaea | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/what-really-happened-at-the-council-of-nicea/
  15. The Intellectual Persecution of the Church Credo House Ministries: https://credohouse.org/blog/the-intellectual-persecution-of-the-church
  16. Handling an Objection: We Can’t Trust Eyewitness Testimony! THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/handling-an-objection-we-cant-trust-eyewitness-testimony-4/
  17. Why talking to strangers can make us smarter – BBC Future – though this is not apologetics related, it discusses subjects that are relevant to apologetics and evangelism. Here is a snippet: What I learned was this: we miss a lot by being afraid of strangers. Talking to strangers under the right conditions is good for us, good for our neighborhoods, our towns and cities, our nations, and our world. Talking to strangers can teach you things, deepen you, make you a better citizen, a better thinker, and a better person. It’s a good way to live.: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20221026-why-talking-to-strangers-can-make-us-happier
  18. The worst mistake you can make when defending the Christian worldview | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/11/02/the-worst-mistake-you-can-make-when-defending-the-christian-worldview-6/
  19. Why did God command Abraham to sacrifice Isaac? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Abraham-Isaac.html

After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life. But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him. Therefore Jesus told them, “The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil. You go to the Feast. I am not yet going up to this Feast, because for me the right time has not yet come.” Having said this, he stayed in Galilee.  – John 7:1-9

Blessings to you all

Interesting Interaction on Social Media

Recently on a social media outlet, I posted the following quote:

If I see smoke, I can infer that there’s fire. I don’t have to say, ‘Let’s just stay agnostic.’ If it’s also true that only minds produce information, when we find information (e.g.DNA) we can infer with relative confidence that a mind played a role. 

– Stephen C. Meyer

Someone replied the following:

DNA is not information.

I replied:

The ordering of the chemical bases in DNA (abbreviated A, T, C, G) stores the biological information used to create proteins for specific uses. Not sure why you would think this is not information…

He replied:

Because it’s not something produced by one mind and intended to be understood by another, which is the kind of information which you imply here.

I replied:

The first part of your response (“it’s not something produced by one mind”) begs the question. Regarding the second part, think about an API created for a program to call. Input comes from a person, but a program sends it to another program over the internet. Is that information?

He replied:

It’s not really begging the question Biologists sometimes use words like ‘code’, ‘language’ and ‘information’ when talking about DNA, but those words are not being used in a way that infers intelligent origin, or anything from a mind. If you think mind is involved, show proof.

I replied:

Proof is a very subjective term. What would you consider to be proof?

He replied:

Surely the burden of proof is on the one making the claim, isn’t it? You started off the thread with a quote that is no more than playing with words. Arguments for ‘intelligent design’ tend to just be arguments from ignorance, in my experience. Surprise me 😉

I replied:

Sorry, but you could just as easily dismiss the response by saying it’s not convincing to me. So I don’t think it is productive to continue the conversation. If you were local I would enjoy discussing over coffee, but I think you’re not local 😊 Have a great day!

He replied:

All the best to you too.

Overall, I consider the encounter a success, though I truly wish I could’ve met with him over coffee to discuss it more. I’m glad that this online encounter did not devolve into name calling and insults!

mid-week apologetics booster (10-27-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

Love is a choice, not a feeling. It is an initiated action, not an impulsive reaction. Choose today to be committed to love. – The Love Dare

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Is the RNA world hypothesis a good naturalistic explanation for the origin of life? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/10/24/is-the-rna-world-hypothesis-a-good-naturalistic-explanation-for-the-origin-of-life/
  2. 6 Reasons Why It Takes Faith To Deny Jesus | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/6-reasons-takes-faith-to-deny-jesus/
  3. Four Truths About the Universe You Can Share with Your Kids to Demonstrate the Existence of God | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/four-truths-about-the-universe-you-can-share-with-your-kids-to-demonstrate-the-existence-of-god/
  4. No, God Did Not Prescribe the Use of Cannabis in the Bible – The Stream: https://stream.org/no-god-not-prescribe-use-cannabis-bible/
  5. Ten Easy Ways to Start Meaningful Dialogue – The key to entering a meaningful conversation is to look for opportunities, then start the conversation by building a bridge with a friendly opener. The following list gives helpful tips for striking up conversations with non-believers.: https://www.str.org/w/ten-easy-ways-to-start-meaningful-dialogue
  6. 3 Evidences That Confirm the Bible Is Not Made Up | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/is-the-bible-true/3-evidences-confirm-bible-not-made-up/
  7. Interview with Brett Kunkle on his book A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Todays World: https://www.equip.org/articles/cri-interview-brett-kunkle/
  8. If Christ Has Not Been Raised: Reasoning Through the Resurrection – Reasons to Believe – From a historic Christian perspective, both the nature and truth of Christianity rest upon Jesus Christs bodily resurrection from the dead. Jesus being raised to new life three days after His execution pumps the heart of the Christian gospel (doctrine), and is Christianity’s central supporting fact (apologetics). The truth of Christianity uniquely stands or falls on Christs resurrection. The apostle Paul explains: If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith (1 Cor. 15:14). If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, you are still in your sins (1 Cor. 15:17). Since the truth-claims of Christianity hinge on the Resurrection, the New Testament accounts of Christs resurrection warrant careful analysis and reflection. The writers of these accounts not only report the Resurrection as a factual event but also provide a theological context and explanation of its overall significance to Gods historical redemptive plan.: https://reasons.org/explore/publications/articles/if-christ-has-not-been-raised-reasoning-through-the-resurrection
  9. 3 Logical Fallacies to Avoid (and How to Tell When Someone Else is Committing Them) Apologetics for the Church: https://apolotheo.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/3-logical-fallacies-to-avoid-and-how-to-tell-when-someone-else-is-committing-them/
  10. Ricochet Evangelism hen we are sharing the Gospel or defending the reason for our hope, we may not be sharing it with the person we are sharing it with. I mean, of course, we are but that’s not all. It may be bouncing off them and hitting someone else.: https://mrpatvincent.com/2018/09/25/ricochet-evangelism/
  11. Jesus Specifically Said, I am God | Cold Case Christianity – As a skeptic, I was willing to accept a nice guy version of Jesus. You know, the wise sage from the past who was misunderstood and mythicized into something divine by leaders of a movement who were either mistaken or deceptive. Jesus might have been a nice guy and a great teacher, but did he ever really claim to be God? I had atheist friends who knew more about the Gospels than I did, and they said that Jesus never claimed to be God in any of the New Testament accounts. Once I began to examine the Gospels for myself, I discovered my friends were wrong; Jesus did say specifically that He was God. Now don’t get me wrong, Jesus didn’t use those exact words. But His listeners sure understood what He meant.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/jesus-specifically-said-i-am-god/
  12. THE CROSS NEWSLETTER Concerned Christians: https://concernedchristians.com/the-cross-newsletter-4/
  13. Do faith in God and science contradict? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/science-God.html
  14. Are Your Christian Students Ready for College? | Cold Case Christianity – Christian college students need to decide if they are serious about following Jesus or if they are going to drift into playing Christian. If they are serious about following Jesus, then they can set the destination they are pursuing early on, which will make all the difference. As Christians we are called to more than just surviving that’s the heart behind Welcome to College.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/are-your-christian-students-ready-for-college/
  15. A Stone in His Shoe: https://www.str.org/w/a-stone-in-his-shoe
  16. Canadian landscape a testimony to the Flood – A remarkable planation surface in Canada: https://creation.com/cypress-hills-planation-surface
  17. What I Wish I Knew Sixteen Years Ago About Sharing The Good News With Mormons Straight Talk with Claudia K: https://straighttalkwithclaudiak.com/2018/07/26/what-i-wish-i-knew-sixteen-years-ago-about-sharing-the-good-news-with-mormons/
  18. The Challenge of Moral Relativism: Three Problems with Relativism: http://www.mandm.org.nz/2018/06/the-challenge-of-moral-relativism-three-problems-with-relativism.html
  19. How Bacteria Help Our Bodies Survive | The Institute for Creation Research – Our relationship with our microbiome has been quite intimate from creation because the microbiota accomplishes vital tasks for us.: https://www.icr.org/article/10785/
  20. One of the Most Common Objections to Gods Existence on a College Campus THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/09/22/the-most-common-objection-to-gods-existence-on-a-college-campus-3/
  21. 10 Biblical Reasons God Allows Suffering | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/10-biblical-reasons-god-allows-suffering
  22. 3 Reasons Why Christians Should Be Evidential Investigators Instead of Experience Junkies – Two men. Both grew up in Christian homes in suburban America. Both have famous Evangelical fathers. Both made personal decisions for Christ and became actively involved and well-known in ministry. One walked away from his faith and became a secular humanist. The other has become one of the top apologists and defenders of the Christian faith. Who are these two men? The first is Bart Campolo, son of evangelist and author Tony Campolo, and the other is Sean McDowell, son of evangelist and author Josh McDowell. Why did their fairly similar paths lead them to such radically different destinations?: https://www.alisachildersblog.com/blog/3-reasons-why-christians-should-be-evidential-investigators-instead-of-experience-junkies
  23. Advice for Christians who discuss their faith with atheists from an atheist | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2013/05/01/advice-for-christians-who-discuss-their-faith-with-atheists-from-an-atheist-2/
  24. Studying the Works of Our Creator | The Institute for Creation Research – As believers, we enjoy the privilege of studying the works of the Lord. Creation reveals our Creators character. His work is honorable and glorious, and His righteousness endures forever. He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and full of compassion (Psalm 111:3-4). One of His greatest works was sending redemption to His people because He cares for us (Psalm 111:9). His wonderful works remind us that He is indeed full of grace and compassion. Have you taken the time to study His works? All of creation reveals mysteries of the God who was here before the foundations of the world, allowing us to know Him more intimately. Have you pondered His works, displayed in the reliability of the seasons and demonstrated in the uniqueness of each created kind of animal? Have you wondered how the stars found their place in the heavens? Have you ever been in awe that the very breath of God is housed in humans made of dust?: https://www.icr.org/article/10434/
  25. The Nature of Apologetics – The following summary will help people understand the nature of apologetics and why it is not merely for the edification of the saved, nor is it merely for evangelism and missions. In summary, (1) The Great Commission, as lived out by the earliest Christians, does not afford us the option of using apologetics with Christians alone. (2) Not all apologetics are the same; there are various methodsClassical, Evidential, and Presuppositional. Some are more effective with believers, and others are more effective with non-believers. (3) His claim is refuted by the verifiable testimony of believers such as Lee Strobel and Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the Human Genome Project, who became a believer in Christ after reading C. S. Lewis Mere Christianity. (4) While there are methods that favor those within the fold versus those outside the flock, the Classical method is a means to serve the believer and unbeliever by providing evidence for the faith that can convince the skeptic and assure the disciple. : https://ses.edu/the-nature-of-apologetics/
  26. Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, but Prosperity Preaching Isn’t for Me | Christianity Today: https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2017/october/benny-hinn-costi-uncle-prosperity-preaching-testimony.html
  27. What do Christians mean when they say ‘God spoke to me?’ | Fox News: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/what-do-christians-mean-when-they-say-god-spoke-to-me
  28. The Scientific Evidence for Intelligent Design on Vimeo (Casey Luskin, 1 hr 17 min video) – The Scientific Evidence for Intelligent Design : https://vimeo.com/77175512
  29. Young Earth Creation Science Argument Index – The purpose of this index is to list all the claims of young earth creationists, and provide rebuttals to those claims.: http://www.oldearth.org/young_earth_creationist_argument_index.htm
  30. Sun Paradox Challenges Old Earth Theory | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/sun-paradox-challenges-old-earth-theory
  31. Are Young People Really Leaving Christianity? | Cold Case Christianity – Much has been written about both the Biblical illiteracy of teenage believers and the flight of young people from the Church. Many have observed this trend, and I too have witnessed it anecdotally as a youth pastor (and shamefully, I contributed to the trend for some time before I changed course). Some writers and Christian observers deny the flight of young people altogether, but the growing statistics should alarm us enough as Church leaders to do something about the dilemma. My hope in this post is to simply consolidate some of the research (many of the summaries are directly quoted) so you can decide for yourself.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/are-young-people-really-leaving-christianity/
  32. What Is Hinduism and Hare Krishna? This is a great chapter from the book World Religions and Cults Volume 2: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/what-is-hinduism-and-hare-krishna/
  33. Hinduism and other religions – Hinduism has Brahma, who is impersonal and pantheistic. The world is thought to be an illusion. Hinduism has no salvation, rather, the goal is to be dissolved into this ultimate reality which then leads to the absence of suffering. But I would say that the Hindu philosophy fails at the most basic level, because we can’t really live as if the world was an illusion. For instance, if I saw your message, and said, Oh well, guess I can delete it without responding, because N. J. is an illusion and I can’t answer it anyway, because I am one as well, that would be consistent with Hindu thinking, but inconsistent with how we actually live. No human actually wants to be dissolved into a ceaseless Nothingness where individuality is lost. What we want, what we long for, is to live forever, to see our dead loved ones again, to have a world free of the struggle and strife of this life. Christianity succeeds on this most basic level because it acknowledges that something is really wrong with this universe, and it presents the promise of a future restoration back to how each of us knows everything should be.: https://creation.com/hinduism-and-other-religions
  34. 3 Reasons Your Evangelism Efforts Have Stalled – Lifeway Voices: https://voices.lifeway.com/uncategorized/3-reasons-your-evangelism-efforts-have-stalled/
  35. Clarification on fossilized soft tissue reports – Soft tissue in fossils vs fossilized soft tissue. When a scientific report or an article commentary refers to soft tissue being preserved in a fossil, this could refer to one of two largely separate things: https://creation.com/soft-tissue-clarification
  36. The Reliability of the Bible | Biblical Christianity – No book has had more said about it, good or bad, than the Bible. We now live in a time when many people passionately believe the Bible to be the word of God while many others strongly criticize the Bible as textually corrupt, scientifically nave, historically incredible, and morally backward. Many people who grew up accepting the Bible as true come to question, doubt, and even reject it. Yet there has never been more evidence in support of the reliability of the Bible than there is today. Recent advances in science and scholarship have answered many of the common criticisms of the Bible. It is unrealistic to try to prove every detail of the Bible or to vindicate all of its statements. However, we have very good reasons indeed to be confident in the Bible and to accept its message: that the God who created us has acted to reconcile estranged humanity to himself through the revelations given to Israel and especially through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.: https://bib.irr.org/reliability-of-bible
  37. How to Use Questions & Tactics In Your Next Apologetics Encounter The Think Institute: https://thethink.institute/articles/how-to-use-questions-amp-tactics-in-your-next-apologetics-encounter

In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Luke 15:10

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-20-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

According to the New Atheism, “In the beginning were the particles. Through the combined forces of chance and law, the particles became complex. Eventually the particles formed solar systems, planets, and rocks. Then the particles became alive and formed trees, animals, and people.”  – Is God Just a Human Invention and Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 9 Things You Should Know About the Council of Trent – one of these is that the Council issued a decree saying that, If any one saith, that the justice received is not preserved and also increased before God through good works; but that the said works are merely the fruits and signs of Justification obtained, but not a cause of the increase thereof; let him be anathema.: https://www-thegospelcoalition-org.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/9-things-you-should-know-about-the-council-of-trent/?amp=&_gsa=1&_js_v=a9&usqp=mq331AQKKAFQArABIIACAw%3D%3D#amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&aoh=16658721375486&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thegospelcoalition.org%2Farticle%2F9-things-you-should-know-about-the-council-of-trent%2F
  2. The S.L.E.D. Test – The SLED Test is a simple argument against abortion: https://www.str.org/w/the-sled-test
  3. Why We Need to Go Back to Basics and Make a Case for Our Worldview: https://www.str.org/w/why-we-need-to-go-back-to-basics-and-make-a-case-for-our-worldview
  4. Liver Function and Its Effects: https://evolutionnews.org/2016/06/liver_function/
  5. Unbelievable? Is God a God of wrath? Joshua Ryan Butler & Brian Zahnd: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/unbelievable/unbelievable-is-god-a-god-of-wrath-joshua-ryan-butler-and-brian-zahnd/11526.article
  6. Mike Licona Explains Why Apologetics is Necessary: https://vimeo.com/172362102
  7. Does Being Old Disqualify the Bible’s Teachings?  The latest meme has a simple image of a man’s torso holding a Bible, accompanied by the statement/question “Would you let a doctor with a 2000 year old medical book operate on you? No. So why let a priest with a 2000 year old storybook tell you how to live?” https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/10/does-being-old-disqualify-bibles.html
  8. Why Defend My Faith?  Is there a difference between knowing what you believe and being able to defend it?  https://think-well.org/2015/05/04/why-defend-my-faith/
  9. Video: Shattering the Icons of Evolution by Tim Barnett – In this video Tim Barnett of Stand to Reason challenges many of the standard evidences offered by those arguing in favor of Darwinism: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2016/06/video-shattering-icons-of-evolution-by.html
  10. 7 Questions Skeptics Ask – How to answer the tough questions: https://www.christianitytoday.com/biblestudies/articles/evangelism/seven-questions-skeptics-ask.html?start=1
  11. Sorry, Faster Mutation Rate Will Not Explain the Cambrian Explosion: https://evolutionnews.org/2016/07/faster_mutation/
  12. Hermeneutics: The Eight Rules of Biblical Interpretation: https://www.apologeticsindex.org/5846-biblical-interpretation-rules
  13. Two Types of Sceptic: http://www.saintsandsceptics.org/two-types-of-sceptic/
  14. Another Look at the Earliest Complete List of the Canon of the New Testament: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/another-look-at-the-earliest-complete-list-of-the-canon-of-the-new-testament/
  15. Five Questions to Ask Before You Consume Cannabis: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/five-questions-to-ask-before-you-consume-cannabis

Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. Make a roof for it and finish the ark to within 18 inches of the top. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark –you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.” Noah did everything just as God commanded him. Genesis 6:11-22

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-13-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

Thou shalt soon be with the glorified, where thy portion is; thou art only waiting here to be made meet for the inheritance, and that done, the wings of angels shall waft thee far away, to the mount of peace, and joy, and blessedness, where, “Far from a world of grief and sin, With God eternally shut in,” thou shalt rest forever and ever. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Fearfully and wonderfully made | WORLD – Elegant molecular machines at the center of life belie Darwin’s theory: https://wng.org/articles/fearfully-and-wonderfully-made-1663727703
  2. Do We Secretly Resent Evangelism? | Crossway Articles: https://www.crossway.org/articles/do-we-secretly-resent-evangelism/
  3. Peter Williams lectures on the historical reliability of the gospels | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/10/07/peter-williams-lectures-on-the-historical-reliability-of-the-gospels-3/
  4. Why Don’t We Find Humans Buried with Dinosaurs? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/eDK0r88Y70M
  5. Evolution Fails to Explain the Vertebrate Camera-Type Eye | Answers Research Journal: https://answersresearchjournal.org/evolution/vertebrate-camera-type-eye/
  6. Luke Barnes on the fine-tuning of the strong force and fine structure constant | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/10/09/luke-barnes-on-the-fine-tuning-of-the-strong-force-and-fine-structure-constant-5/
  7. The Left Isn’t Afraid of Christian Nationalism. They’re Afraid of Christians. – A strange development is taking place in the American political landscape. At precisely the moment the Left is sounding the alarm about the growing threat of Christian nationalism, they are increasingly employing religious arguments in support of their policy preferences.: https://washingtonstand.com/commentary/the-left-isnt-afraid-of-christian-nationalism-theyre-afraid-of-christians
  8. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Stupid Stupid Design Argument – YouTube: https://youtu.be/hK5RXaEqTIg
  9. Same-sex marriage: polyamory is now marriage and surrogacy is now a fertility treatment | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/10/12/same-sex-marriage-polyamory-is-now-marriage-and-surrogacy-is-now-a-fertility-treatment/

I love you, O LORD, my strength. Psalms 18:1

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-6-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

When someone asks if you’re going to heaven, saying “I hope so” isn’t humble, it’s arrogantly believing that your salvation is resting on your works. But if you respond, “Yes, I’m certain,” isn’t arrogance, it’s humble assurance because you’re resting on the works of Christ. – Burk Parsons

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What does it mean to be transformed by the renewing of the mind? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/renewing-the-mind.html
  2. An Open Letter (from John MacArthur) to Governor Gavin Newsom | Grace Community Church: https://www.gracechurch.org/news/posts/3592
  3. Was Queen Elizabeth II a true Christian? | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2022/10/01/was-queen-elizabeth-ii-a-true-christian/
  4. Why did Dan Barker leave Christianity for atheism? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/06/23/why-did-dan-barker-leave-christianity-for-atheism-2/
  5. Chinas religion problem: Why the Chinese Communist Party views religious belief as a threat Asia Dialogue: https://theasiadialogue.com/2019/10/17/chinas-religion-problem-why-the-chinese-communist-party-views-religious-belief-as-a-threat/
  6. The Fossil Record on Vimeo – Do fossils really show that creatures gradually evolved from simple to complex? The late fossil expert and evolution-defender Stephen Gould recognized they didn’t. He said the fossil record shows two clear features 1) Sudden appearance, and 2) Stasis.: https://vimeo.com/290548930
  7. Is Hell Real? | Crossway Articles – Ortlund – Scripture teaches us these five truths and more about hell: https://www.crossway.org/articles/is-hell-real/
  8. 7 Things We Know about Jesus and His Followers from Non-Biblical Sources | Cloud of Witnesses: https://greatcloud.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/7-things-we-know-about-jesus-and-his-followers-from-non-biblical-sources/
  9. Ancient Dinosaur Depictions | Genesis Park – The purpose of Genesis Park is to showcase the evidence that dinosaurs and man were created together and have co-existed throughout history (there is a lot of archeological evidence listed on this page): https://www.genesispark.com/exhibits/evidence/historical/ancient/dinosaur/
  10. The shocking Beliefs of John Calvin: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/frankviola/shockingbeliefsofjohncalvin/
  11. There’s No Good Reason to Deny the Early Dating of the Gospels | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/theres-no-good-reason-to-deny-the-early-dating-of-the-gospels/
  12. Why believe in Christianity over all other religions? | carm.org: https://carm.org/atheism/why-believe-in-christianity-over-all-other-religions/
  13. William Murray, Son of the Founder of American Atheists, Converts to Christianity | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/william-murray-son-of-the-founder-of-american-atheists-converts-to-christianity/
  14. Evidence For Resurrection Turns Josh McDowell From Skeptic To Christian Apologist | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/evidence-for-resurrection-turns-josh-mcdowell-from-skeptic-to-christian-apologist/
  15. Dr. Gary R. Habermas (free on-line book) – The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ Among the Major World Religions – Jesus claimed to be Deity, but does this make him unique? Dig into this easy-to-read examination of this serious topic with Dr. Gary Habermas to see just how unusual this claim really is. Then realize that there’s even more to consider than this! Jesus said that he was the path to salvation. Very early sources tell us that he performed supernatural miracles. Jesus and his followers said that his death served the purpose of saving others, dying in their place. Jesus’ death affirms and explains the reality of suffering and death in the world. And finally, and perhaps most importantly, Jesus is unique in rising from the dead bodily. When these ideas are all combined, especially the powerful combination of the Resurrection and the Gospel, Jesus stands dramatically apart as unique in a way that surpasses all others!: http://www.garyhabermas.com/Evidence2/
  16. If we can’t see God, how can we know he exists? | Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/bible_answers/if-we-cant-see-god-how-can-we-know-he-exists-/
  17. Why Are There So Many Atheists on College Campuses? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/why-are-there-so-many-atheists-on-college-campuses-3/
  18. A Christians Rebuttal to Why I Am Not A Christian By Bertrand Russell Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2017/04/13/a-christians-rebuttal-to-why-i-am-not-a-christian-by-bertrand-russell/
  19. When Someone You Love Says, I’m Gay – As homosexuality becomes more broadly accepted within the culture, it’s no surprise that more Christian families are hearing a loved one say, I’m gay; I’ve accepted it; I intend to live it out. Aside from the obvious emotions raised, a number of questions come up as well: Can I say anything to change his mind? How do I handle it if she gets into a relationship with another woman? What about my gay teen? What if he marries another man? These concerns spring from a real-life crisis many Christian homes are facing today. Two primary questions arise as well: What about us? and What about God? Both questions are relevant to the discussion families will have when addressing the issue, and believers need to frame them wisely. When responding to a family member coming out, a Christian should first clarify his own feelings in response, then stress the importance of the relationship and clarify mutual expectations as well. A broader discussion about worldview, the claims of Christ, and what created intent there may be for the human sexual experience should follow. While we cannot override someone else’s free will, we can and should seek to engage them, thereby being part of the work God is seeking to do in their lives.: https://www.equip.org/articles/someone-love-says-im-gay/
  20. 5 Ways Christian Parents Fail to Prepare Their Kids to Engage with Questions of Faith and Science: https://natashacrain.com/5-ways-christian-parents-fail-to-prepare-their-kids-to-engage-with-questions-of-faith-and-science/
  21. The Book of Mormon problems with reliability and consistency | carm.org: https://carm.org/mormonism/problems-with-the-book-of-mormon/
  22. 7 Tips For Apologetics Judo Intelligent Christian Faith – Apologetics can be modeled after any number of other helpful analogies, for example (1) Cultivating an Intellectual Garden, (2) Worldview Surgery, (3) Theological Housecleaning, or (4) Ideological Homebuilding, etc. etc.: https://intelligentchristianfaith.com/2015/06/14/philosophical-judo-apologetics-as-a-martial-art/
  23. How Geographic Separation Affirms the Reliability of the New Testament | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-geographic-separation-affirms-the-reliability-of-the-new-testament/
  24. Should We Expose Students to Arguments Against | Sean McDowell – Sheltering students from beliefs contrary to Christianity is a big mistake. Let me say it again, to be sure it sinks in: Sheltering students from arguments for other religions, or against Christianity, is a bad strategy for developing them as disciples in the faith.: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/should-students-be-exposed-to-evidence-against-christianity
  25. The Ambassador Model – Here’s the model we use at Stand to Reason to help us fulfill Paul’s admonition to be ambassadors for Christ: https://www.str.org/w/the-ambassador-model
  26. 5 Things Christian Parents Must Do to Raise Godly Children in a Secular World: https://crossexamined.org/5-things-christian-parents-must-do-to-raise-godly-children-in-a-secular-world/
  27. The Relationship Between Arguments and Persuasion THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/05/12/the-relationship-between-arguments-and-persuasion/
  28. Why Would Scholars Leave Mormonism? Interview with | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-would-scholars-leave-mormonism-interview-with-author-corey-miller
  29. The Story of Reality – YouTube – Every religion, every worldview is telling a story. They’re trying to take the things we know about the world and fit them together into a big picture. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxU0UNlnnOA
  30. Is The Bible Relevant Today? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-bible-relevant-today/
  31. If God knew that Satan would rebel, why did He create him? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/if-God-knew.html
  32. Should we trust the Bible? – creation.com – How should we answer those who claim that it’s been re-written so many times that we no longer have the original? And even if we do, was it written long after the events it claimed to report? Also, does archaeology disprove the Bible? Finally, even if it is true, what’s the point? https://creation.com/trust-the-bible
  33. A RESPONSE TO BART D. EHRMANS MISQUOTING JESUS – this is a 60 page PDF containing a point by point response to Ehrman’s book: http://www.isca-apologetics.org/sites/default/files/papers/Jared%20Martinez/Howe-AResponseToBartEhrman.pdf
  34. Where are the Kantian Agnostics? | Tough Questions Answered: https://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2011/11/07/where-are-the-kantian-agnostics/
  35. Who was J. C. Ryle? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/J-C-Ryle.html
  36. Eve and the definition of a woman – creation.com: https://creation.com/eve-defining-woman

Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. Acts 18:4

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-29-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

Sanctification thus begins with justification (declaring the sinner just before God by graciously imputing Christ’s righteousness to him, Phil. 3:9), and continues as a process of purification that goes on until glorification, when the Christian sees Jesus face to face. – John MacArthur (MacArthur Study Bible commentary on 1 Peter 1:2)

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The Real Friendship Between Queen Elizabeth and Billy Graham | Time: https://time.com/5168217/queen-billy-graham-friendship/
  2. Does Islam teach salvation by our works? | carm.org: https://carm.org/islam/does-islam-teach-salvation-by-works/
  3. TOP Atheists BEST Arguments Against God. How Bad Are They? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/c159bJUL0t0
  4. What are the Earliest Creeds in Christian History? With Gary Habermas – YouTube: https://youtu.be/dEzLTtXeqs4
  5. William Lane Craig debates atheist Lawrence Krauss: Does God Exist? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/09/25/william-lane-craig-debates-atheist-lawrence-krauss-does-god-exist-6/
  6. The Pro-Life Two-Step at Central Michigan University: https://www.str.org/w/the-pro-life-two-step-at-central-michigan-university
  7. Why I Think Calvinism Is Unbiblical – YouTube – I present this in Christian brotherhood to my fellow believers. Expand this description for TIME STAMPS for the video… I am not intending to attack or misrepresent Calvinism but to offer an honest biblical critique of what I see as one of the major pillars in Calvinism. I welcome responses and encourage them to stay on topic and to focus on clear exegesis.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxakEl8BYBE
  8. Students Don’t Have to Be Intimidated by Evolution – Brett Kunkle: https://www.str.org/w/students-don-t-have-to-be-intimidated-by-evolution
  9. What does it mean that Jesus died for our sins? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-died-for-our-sins.html
  10. 5 Changes Elementary Sunday Schools Need to Make — ASAP: https://natashacrain.com/5-changes-elementary-sunday-schools-need-to-makeasap/
  11. Properly Understanding Properly Basic Beliefs | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/properly-understanding-properly-basic-beliefs
  12. Minimal Facts Argument for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ | Worldview of Jesus: https://worldviewofjesus.com/2013/02/03/minimal-facts-argument-for-the-resurrection-of-jesus-christ/
  13. The F-E-A-T that Demonstrates the FACT of Resurrection | Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/articles/the-f-e-a-t-that-demonstrates-the-fact-of-resurrection/
  14. Is Religion the Cause of Most Wars? Brett Kunkle: https://www.str.org/w/is-religion-the-cause-of-most-wars-
  15. Are the Biblical Documents Reliable?: http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/probe/docs/bib-docu.html
  16. How the Moon Supports the Privileged Planet Hypothesis | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2013/12/our_moon_still/
  17. How do we know what we have in our Bibles today is the same as the originals? Truth, Faith and Reason: http://truthfaithandreason.com/case-making-101-how-do-we-know-what-we-have-in-our-bibles-today-is-the-same-as-the-originals/
  18. Part 3 Answering pro-abortion objections | Biblical Worldview Academy: https://biblicalworldviewacademy.org/defending-the-life-of-the-unborn-part-3/
  19. Defending life of unborn | Biblical Worldview Academy – this is a 22 part series on how to defend the pro-life position: https://biblicalworldviewacademy.org/3-defending-life-of-unborn/
  20. When Someone says the Bible can’t be Trusted. – New York Apologetics: http://www.newyorkapologetics.com/when-someone-says-the-bible-cant-be-trusted/
  21. Do Your Kids Know Why They Need God?: https://crossexamined.org/do-your-kids-know-why-they-need-god/
  22. The Necessity of Apologetics in the Marketplace of Ideas: https://servantsofgrace.org/christians-public-square-necessity-apologetics-marketplace-ideas/
  23. Why Apologetics is Applicable to all of Life and a Calling for all Believers – Servants of Grace: https://servantsofgrace.org/why-apologetics-is-applicable-to-all-of-life-and-a-calling-for-all-believers/
  24. Apologetics in the Local Church – Focus on the Family – Apologetics is a discipline often looked over in the local church. Seasoned apologist and philosopher Douglas Groothuis helps us think through the implications of a church that does not engage in the cultural topics of our day.: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/church/apologetics-in-the-local-church/
  25. Volitional Resistance to Christianity Often Masquerades as Rational Opposition | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/volitional-resistance-to-christianity-often-masquerades-as-rational-opposition/
  26. DNA repair mechanisms shout creation – creation.com – Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich, and Aziz Sancar won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for discovering DNA repair mechanisms. As the BBC article says, In the 1970s, scientists had thought that DNA was a stable molecule, but Prof. Lindahl demonstrated that it decays at a surprisingly fast rate. This led him and then the others to look for repair mechanisms, and the researchers found several (hence the three recipients of the prize).: https://creation.com/dna-repair-mechanisms-shout-creation
  27. Secularist Intolerance Against Scientific Paper | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/who-is-god/creator-god/secularist-intolerance-against-scientific-paper-briefly-mentions-creator/
  28. Are Christian High School Students Really Ready for College? We have sent this year’s graduating seniors off to college hoping that we as parents and teachers have prepared them for the challenges of college life. We gave them the best education we could, prodded them when they wanted to goof off instead of study, made college visits, wrote recommendations, and helped them write admissions essays. But have we prepared them for the most serious confrontations to their faith that they will face on the university campus?: https://crossexamined.org/are-christian-high-school-seniors-really-ready-for-college/
  29. Dr. David Menton: Lucy–She’s No Lady — Clip – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6RfIEVO6YQ
  30. Darwin’s God: Gene Regulation Not Enough in Human Evolution: http://darwins-god.blogspot.com/2014/01/gene-regulation-not-enough-in-human.html
  31. Bill Nye Epitomizes The Left’s Authority Complex: https://thefederalist.com/2016/04/19/bill-nye-epitomizes-the-lefts-authority-complex/
  32. The Ungodly Surveillance of Anti-Porn Shameware Apps | WIRED – this is definitely not a Christian article, but interesting that this type of technology exists, however the article says Google banned apps from their play store, so you may not be able to take advantage of this technology even if you wanted to : https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wired.com/story/covenant-eyes-anti-porn-accountability-monitoring-apps/amp
  33. Human chimp DNA similarity – creation.com – Evidence for evolutionary relationship? The idea that human beings and chimps have close to 100% similarity in their DNA seems to be common knowledge. The figures quoted vary: 97%, 98%, or even 99%, depending on just who is telling the story. What is the basis for these claims and do the data mean there really is not much difference between chimps and people? Are we just highly evolved apes?: https://creation.com/human-chimp-dna-similarity
  34. William Lane Craig explains the faith enterprise in an 8-minute video | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/09/27/william-lane-craig-explains-the-faith-enterprise-in-an-8-minute-video-3/
  35. Origin of the First Self-Replicating Molecules | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2022/09/origin-of-the-first-self-replicating-molecules/
  36. Why are Christians pro-life when it comes to abortion while at the same time in favor of the death penalty and supportive of war? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/pro-life-war-death.html

I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. Proverbs 8:17

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-22-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

What kinds of conclusions would people draw about our Lord after watching us closely for a week, a month, a year? – Marshall Segal

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Transubstantiation: What Catholicism Teaches About the Supper | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/transubstantiation
  2. Is it wrong for a Christian girl/woman to be a tomboy? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-girl-tomboy.html
  3. How the presence and quality of fathers affects belief in God | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/09/18/how-the-presence-and-quality-of-fathers-affects-belief-in-god-7/
  4. Do More Than Keep Your Cool in Todays Heated Topics (Dr. Sean McDowell): https://think-well.org/2022/09/19/do-more-than-keep-your-cool-in-todays-heated-topics-dr-sean-mcdowell/
  5. June 2020 The Cross Newsletter Concerned Christians: https://concernedchristians.com/june-2020-the-cross-newsletter/
  6. A Look at Jesus View of Scripture THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/a-look-at-jesus-view-of-scripture/
  7. New study: rising oxygen levels rejected as explanation of Cambrian explosion | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/07/28/new-study-rising-oxygen-levels-rejected-as-explanation-of-cambrian-explosion-2/
  8. Why I Know the Story of Jesus Wasn’t Changed Over Time | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-i-know-the-story-of-jesus-wasnt-changed-over-time/
  9. Is the Bible Reliable? Many see the Bible as irrelevant. They may commend it as literature or denounce it as folklore, but it’s merely one old text among many. This detail-rich series presents the powerful authority of Scripture. John MacArthur delves into the Bibles composition it’s inspiration and inerrancy and how science, history, and archaeology back its claim to be the Word of God. Gain confident answers to the question Is the Bible Reliable? and see why you can put complete trust in it.: https://www.gty.org/library/topical-series-library/65/is-the-bible-reliable
  10. Is the Bible Reliable? | Explore God Article – Christians believe the Bible speaks truth about God. But is the Bible reliable?: https://www.exploregod.com/articles/is-the-bible-reliable
  11. Christianity: Its Either Objectively True or Objectively False – Lately, I’ve begun to realize just how much relativism is ingrained in our culture, particularly when it comes to religion. In conversations with people about Christianity, I’ve found that sometimes I am literally unable to communicate the idea that I’m claiming Christianity is an objectively true description of reality. Unfortunately, I’ve even had a conversation or two like this with Christians.: https://www.str.org/w/christianity-it-s-either-objectively-true-or-objectively-false#.WXz68Xqp7qC
  12. Refuting Evolution 2 chapter 11: Argument: Evolution of sex – creation.com – Evolutionists say, One of the so-called problems of evolution sexuality can easily be explained: https://creation.com/refuting-evolution-2-chapter-11-argument-evolution-of-sex
  13. Supposed Bible Contradictions: Scripture Index | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/contradictions-in-the-bible/scripture-index/
  14. Hell on Trial by John Blanchard (Ligonier) – The idea that untold billions of human beings, including many who would have seemed decent, law-abiding citizens, will spend eternity exposed to God’s unrelenting anger, is simply unacceptable to many people.: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/hell-trial
  15. FACE the Facts about Evolution | Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/articles/face-the-facts-about-evolution/
  16. Please Don’t Tell Your Kids to Believe in God Just in Case He Exists: https://crossexamined.org/please-dont-tell-your-kids-to-believe-in-god-just-in-case-he-exists/
  17. Did Jesus Rise From The Dead? – Stand to Reason – This talk was given at Praise Church (praisechurch.tv) in Beaumont, TX. Tim Barnett looks at some of the reasons why he believes Jesus resurrection is the best explanation of the historical evidence.: https://subsplash.com/standtoreason/media/mi/+mzeycxu
  18. World Famous Atheist Illusionist, Andre Kole, Tried to Debunk Jesus & Converted Instead | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/world-famous-atheist-illusionist-andre-kole-tried-to-debunk-jesus-converted-instead/
  19. Zeitgeist Debunked: Jesus Is Not A Copy Of Pagan Gods | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/zeitgeist-debunked-jesus-is-not-a-copy-of-pagan-gods/
  20. Dilbert Comic Strip on 1993-05-30 – on free will and the brain: https://dilbert.com/strip/1993-05-30
  21. So Many Religions–What Do We Do? – Tim Barnett – YouTube – In this short TED-style talk, Tim Barnett tackles the question, “So Many Religions What Do We Do?” This talk took place at the youth event, Big Deal Questions. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSb2ae_mPaE
  22. The Attitude of Apologetics – Ligonier.org – When people first hear the word apologetics, they typically think of our modern use of the word apology. They often conclude that the task of apologetics is apologizing for the Christian faith as if to say we are sorry for our faith. However, the word apologetics derives from the Greek word apologia, which means to give an answer or to make a defense. Apologetics is not an apology, it’s an answer – a defense of what we believe.: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/attitude-apologetics
  23. Is the probability of getting a universe that supports complex life 100%? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2015/06/16/is-the-probability-of-getting-a-universe-that-supports-complex-life-100/
  24. Why are Atheists Generally Smarter Than Religious People? – The Stream: https://stream.org/atheists-generally-smarter-religious-people/
  25. Two More Ways Learning to Defend Your Faith Benefits You | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/09/two-more-ways-learning-to-defend-your.html
  26. When Youth Pastors Ought to Feel Responsible | Cold Case Christianity – As youth pastors, we aren’t responsible for some of the poor choices our students will make. But we are responsible for teaching them the complete and robust truth about the Christian worldview.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/when-youth-pastors-ought-to-feel-responsible/
  27. Communicating Biblical Worldview to Millennials and iGens: Taste and See Apologetics – drcone.com: https://drcone.com/2017/04/20/communicating-biblical-worldview-millennials-igens-taste-see-apologetics/
  28. Should we expect to know what God’s reason is for allowing evil and suffering? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2016/12/11/should-we-expect-to-know-what-gods-reason-is-for-allowing-evil-and-suffering/
  29. 4 Ways to become a better listener and a better Apologist: https://crossexamined.org/4-ways-become-better-listener-better-apologist/
  30. How To Better Apply Apologetics When Talking to Non-Believers – YouTube – How can we efficiently use apologetics to reach the end goal? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iArt_fe-EmM
  31. Scientists associated with the Institute for Creation Research have finished an eight-year research project known as RATE, or Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth. For over a hundred years, evolutionists have insisted that the earth is billions of years old, and have arrogantly dismissed any views contrary to this belief. However, the team of seven creation scientists have discovered incredible physical evidence that supports what the Bible says about the young age of the earth. Learn about their discoveries and explore the scientific evidence that supports biblical truth here!: https://www.icr.org/rate
  32. Stunning Protein Fossils Confirm the Flood | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/9940
  33. 8 False Assumptions about Christianity | Cccdiscover: https://cccdiscover.com/8-false-assumptions-about-christianity/
  34. Case-Making 101: Why Do Christians Need To Understand and Practice Apologetics? Truth, Faith and Reason: http://truthfaithandreason.com/case-making-101-why-do-christians-need-to-understand-and-practice-apologetics/
  35. Notecard Answers for Why I Believe the Bible: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/erik-raymond/notecard-answers-to-why-i-believe-the-bible/
  36. 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/
  37. How does God relate to time? – creation.com – God exists without beginning or end; that much the Bible is clear on. But what does that mean about the nature of time and how God relates to it? Is He essentially timeless? Must He be in time? Or can God choose between being timeless and in time?: https://creation.com/god-and-time
  38. 5 apologetics arguments Christians should avoid | Premier Christianity: https://www.premierchristianity.com/home/5-apologetics-arguments-christians-should-avoid/2615.article
  39. Christianity is rejected because of dislike rather than rational reasons | Real Life Apologetics: https://reallifeapologetics.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/is-the-rejection-of-christianity-an-emotional-or-a-rational-decision/
  40. Stop Using the Term Fetus | Cold Case Christianity – Language is important. When we allow the debate to embrace terms that objectify and dehumanize the unborn, we give ground unnecessarily to those who would deny the humanity of fetal humans. That’s why I’m doing my best to stop using the term fetus.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/stop-using-the-term-fetus/
  41. What does it mean to not be ashamed of the Gospel (Romans 1:16)? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/not-ashamed-Gospel.html
  42. Ten quick responses to atheist claims – You don’t have to read hundreds of books before you can discuss your faith with an atheist. Sometimes claims and questions that are just short soundbites can be answered just as quickly. At the London Evangelists’ Conference, Professor John Lennox offered some quick responses to some common claims from atheists.: https://www.christiantoday.com/article/ten.quick.responses.to.atheist.claims/41439.htm
  43. Don’t All Religions Basically Say the Same Thing? – YouTube – Alisa Childers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO_tmWPNf3w
  44. Let’s Make Jesus Less … Offensive! (Satire) – The Stream: https://stream.org/make-jesus-less-offensive/
  45. The Absence Of A Papacy In Early Responses To Christianity – Men like Aristides and Tertullian wrote apologies in which they responded to objections to Christianity and anticipated potential objections. They address the deity of Jesus, his virgin birth, his resurrection, the second coming, the inspiration of scripture, how to interpret various passages of scripture, Christian moral standards, the apostles, Christian teachers, the nature of the church, and many other topics. But they say nothing of a papacy, to explain it, defend it, anticipate objections to it, or anything else.: http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-absence-of-papacy-in-early.html
  46. Does James 1:5 teach about praying for a testimony? Mormonism Research Ministry: https://www.mrm.org/james-15-testimony
  47. Cartoon Explaining Jehovah’s Witnesses – YouTube – This video is for the education of the saints. Jesus rules in Heaven and still exists as the Son of God and not as a created archangel. Jesus Christ always existed and was not created because He and the Father are one and God is eternal (has no beginning and no end): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVDPQq9EGtk
  48. Code Of Ethics for SQLite database.  As a software developer, I use this database technology (SQLite) quite frequently.  According to the about page, “SQLite is the most widely deployed database in the world”.  I know this doesn’t seem like apologetics, but I like to take note when I see some distinctly Christian content in a secular context (look at #3 “The Rule“) – this is a set of rules, distinctly Christian that the SQLite founder strongly believes that one should live by: https://www.sqlite.org/codeofethics.html

“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse –the whole nation of you–because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit, ” says the LORD Almighty. Malachi 3:8-11

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-15-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

We are to live on our guard like men in an enemy’s country. We are to remember that evil is about us, and near us, and in us – that we have to contend daily with a treacherous heart, an ensnaring world, and a busy devil! Remembering this, we must put on the whole armor of God, and beware of spiritual drowsiness. – J.C. Ryle

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The King Follett Discourse | Times & Seasons – I’m including this in the apologetics booster not because it answers any objection to orthodox Christianity, but rather that it explicitly shows the heretical doctrines that the founder of the Mormons taught, and this material can be used to education LDS believers about what their founder really taught: https://www.timesandseasons.org/index.php/2022/05/the-king-follett-discourse/
  2. 6 Ways You May Be Raising Your Kids with an Oversimplified Faith – If we raise our kids with an oversimplified faith, were building a ramp to eventual shame when difficult questions arise.: https://natashacrain.com/6-ways-you-may-be-raising-your-kids-with-an-oversimplified-faith/
  3. Why Spiritual but not religious won’t solve your problems – YouTube: https://youtu.be/j6HkBGl9mOI
  4. Who was Desiderius Erasmus? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Desiderius-Erasmus.html
  5. One of the Clearest (and Earliest) Summaries of Early Christian Beliefs – Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/one-of-the-clearest-and-earliest-summaries-of-early-christian-beliefs/
  6. Is Jesus Christ a Copy of Pagan Religions? Bishop’s Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy – As Dan Brown in his book The Da Vinci Code (2003) writes, Nothing in Christianity is original. In recent times a number of people are claiming that the historical Jesus is simply a rehash of older pagan secretive religions, and of the religions of dying and rising gods. This is a view expressed in media such as Zeitgeist, The Da Vinci Code, and Irreligious which attempt to be factual and convincing. But how factually based are these claims? This article argues, in reference to reputable scholars, that these claims are false and, on many occasions, deliberately deceitful in their fabrications. : https://jamesbishopblog.com/2015/01/19/23-reasons-why-scholars-know-jesus-is-not-a-copy-of-pagan-religions/
  7. Start teaching kids apologetics as early as possible, Young Defenders author says | Church & Ministries News: https://www.christianpost.com/news/start-teaching-kids-apologetics-as-early-as-possible-young-defenders-author-says.html
  8. An 11-Day Study On Challenges To Biblical Authority – We want to know God and meet Him in His Word. But why is Scripture so confusing at times? In this 11-day Bible reading plan, you’ll walk through some of the most challenging aspects in Scripture, find a new confidence in the Bible and a deeper trust in God.: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/17194-an-11-day-study-on-challengesto-biblical-authority/day/1?ret=1
  9. What Is a Biblical Worldview? with George Barna | Natasha Crain: https://natashacrain.com/what-is-a-biblical-worldview-with-george-barna/
  10. Take a Tip from Lt. Columbo – Have you ever taken a verbal beating when trying to talk about Jesus? If so, I’ve got a tip for you. It’s the simplest tactic imaginable to help stop a challenger in his tracks, turn the tables, and put you back in the driver’s seat. And it can be done almost effortlessly.: https://www.str.org/w/take-a-tip-from-lt.-columbo-
  11. The Apologetics of Jesus: Asking Tactful Questions – Sometimes we apologists can forget that human beings are more than intellectual machines. That’s why it’s important to ask tactful questions that go beyond the surface of intellectual arguments. Three of Jesus questions in particular can be easily adapted to use in apologetic and evangelistic conversations. : https://wisedisciple.org/podcast-episodes/apologetics-of-jesus-asking-tactful-questions
  12. 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/
  13. Fearfully and Wonderfully Made – YouTube – Dr. David Menton from Creation Ministries international presents a stunning lecture on how babies are conceived in their mother’s womb. This presentation will leave you marveling at the awesome design of God in the mother’s womb.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9LKweRWpLk
  14. Abiogenesis – creation.com – Fantastic claims highlight the scientific absurdity of this recycled philosophy of spontaneous generation: https://creation.com/abiogenesis
  15. DNA and An Argument for God The DNA molecule (deoxyribonucleic acid) is a coiled ladder, two chains of sugar and phosphate running in opposite directions. And on the DNA base pairs, the rungs of this ladder, are segments of biological code called genes. This code is used in our cells for the production of proteins, the essentials components of life.: https://respondblogs.wordpress.com/2019/08/01/dna-and-an-argument-for-god/
  16. Jay Richards answers the objection Who Designed the Designer? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/11/25/jay-richards-answers-the-objection-who-designed-the-designer/
  17. Beyond Adaptation: The Human Brain Is Something New | Evolution News – Who or what are we? The materialist viewpoint is that we are matter in motion governed by our brains, a wetware operating system of three pounds of grey and white matter. Our identity is packed into our brains and if they die, so do we. There is no soul, and consciousness is an illusion. Is that what we are? From the materialist point of view our human brains are the product of evolution an ape-like brain grown larger and more sophisticated. Physically a human brain is three times the size of a chimpanzee brain, and uses considerably more energy. Our brain represents 2 percent of our body weight but uses 20 percent of the oxygen we breathe: https://evolutionnews.org/2018/09/beyond-adapation-the-human-brain-is-something-new/
  18. The Four Miracles of Atheism | ReasonableTheology.org – Richard Dawkins stated that Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence. However, even naturalistic worldviews also take some things on faith. For the purposes of this discussion, we will define a miracle as an event which occurs outside of the natural order and cannot be repeated or explained by the scientific process.: https://reasonabletheology.org/four-miracles-athiesm/
  19. How can a Christian overcome the fear of witnessing? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-witnessing.html
  20. Contradictions In The Life of a Christian – The Christian Church is no stranger to hypocrisy. The Church is comprised of sinners who do not always practice what they preach, and sometimes such practice is in stark contradiction to what we preach. Some of the most heinous acts have been committed by Christians while they speak truth. It seems that sexual misconduct within the Church is always on the radar. : https://crossexamined.org/contradictions-in-the-life-of-a-christian/
  21. Dr. Michael G Strauss: An Introduction to the Anthropic Principle and Fine Tuning: https://www.michaelgstrauss.com/2017/04/an-introduction-to-anthropic-principle.html
  22. 3 More Logical Fallacies to Avoid (and How to Tell When Someone Else is Committing Them) Apologetics for the Church: https://apolotheo.wordpress.com/2018/09/24/3-more-logical-fallacies-to-avoid/
  23. Does having an extra forearm artery prove evolution? – creation.com: https://creation.com/extra-artery
  24. How does fetal blood circulation differ from circulation after birth? – creation.com: https://creation.com/how-does-fetal-blood-circulation-differ-from-circulation-after-birth
  25. Here are the companies that will cover costs for employees seeking abortion services: https://www.wsls.com/news/local/2022/06/25/here-are-the-companies-that-will-cover-costs-for-employees-seeking-abortion-services/
  26. America After 9/11: Is Religion Evil? – Dr. Mikel Del Rosario | Apologetics Guy: http://apologeticsguy.com/2011/09/religion-in-america-after-911-is-religion-evil/
  27. The Three Faces of Evil and a Christian Response Welcome to Rob Lundberg.org: https://roblundberg.org/2011/09/10/the-three-faces-of-evil-and-a-christian-response/
  28. The Next Stage in Evangelism and Apologetics: | Sean McDowell – What is the next stage in evangelism and apologetics? I recently caught up with Lee Strobel to ask him about his new center for evangelism and apologetics. Check out the brief interview below for some insight as to how he, along with Mark Mittelberg, plan to equip people in the church to naturally share and defend their faith:: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/the-next-stage-in-evangelism-and-apologetics-interview-with-lee-strobel
  29. EVIDENCE FOR THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM – this is a page full of links to other pages containing evidences for the resurrection: https://chab123.wordpress.com/evidence-for-the-resurrection-of-jesus/
  30. If a person’s best efforts to believe the Bible fail, do they still deserve to burn in hell?: http://www.provethebible.net/T2-Objec/G5-002.htm
  31. Is There a God? 6 Reasons Point to God’s Existence – Does God exist? Here are six straightforward reasons to believe that God is really there. Just once wouldn’t you love for someone to simply show you the evidence for God’s existence? No arm-twisting. No statements of, “You just have to believe.” Well, here is an attempt to candidly offer some of the reasons which suggest that God exists. But first consider this. When it comes to the possibility of God’s existence, the Bible says that there are people who have seen sufficient evidence, but they have suppressed the truth about God.1 On the other hand, for those who want to know God if he is there, he says, “You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you.”2 Before you look at the facts surrounding his existence, ask yourself, If God does exist, would I want to know him?: https://www.everystudent.com/features/is-there-a-god.html
  32. Index fossils – creation.com – For example, if dinosaur fossils are found in a rock layer, the rocks are assumed to be at least 65 million years old. So if a radiometric dating result indicates an age of 40 million years, it is interpreted as representing, not the age of the rock, but a later geological process, such as disturbance, reworking or contamination. The fossils always trump the supposedly objective radiometric dating!: https://creation.com/index-fossils
  33. San Francisco Decriminalizes Psychedelics | DoubleBlind Mag – all I can say is, wow: https://doubleblindmag.com/san-francisco-decriminalizes-psychedelics/
  34. Stealing From God – If you think atheists have reason, evidence, and science on their side, think again! Dr. Frank Turek shows how atheists steal reason, evidence, science, and other arguments from God trying to make their case for atheism. Sound contradictory? It is! Atheists can’t make their case without appealing to realities only theism can explain. Stealing from God exposes intellectual crimes atheists commit, then provides powerful reasons why Christianity is true.: https://www.bible.com/es/reading-plans/2928-stealing-from-god/day/5

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Colossians 3:5-10

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-8-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

Sorrow and sickness, and poverty, and persecution, can never touch them (servants of Christ in every age), unless God sees fit. They may boldly say to every cross—”You could have no power against me, except it were given you from above.”  – J.C. Ryle

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Satanists’ Prayer Stunt Is To Shush Christians, Not Speak Freely: https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/01/satanists-prayer-stunt-isnt-about-free-speech-its-about-silencing-christians/
  2. Islam Advances by the Sword (Hank Unplugged Short) | Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/hank-unplugged-shorts/islam-advances-by-the-sword-hank-unplugged-short/
  3. Do moral dilemmas undermine objective moral absolutes? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/09/01/do-moral-dilemmas-undermine-objective-moral-absolutes-4/
  4. Mormon Jesus vs Bible Jesus – Jeff Durbin – YouTube: https://youtu.be/39EO83sbWWk
  5. Who created God? | John Lennox at UCLA – YouTube: https://youtu.be/UIknACeeS0g
  6. Tips for Memorizing a Book of the Bible: https://www.str.org/w/tips-for-memorizing-a-book-of-the-bible
  7. 5 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Should Learn How to Answer – Blog – Eternal Perspective Ministries: https://www.epm.org/blog/2021/Aug/9/five-apologetics-questions
  8. In This Day and Age, Evangelism Is Spelled: A-P-O-L-O-G-E-T-I-C-S | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/in-this-day-and-age-evangelism-is-spelled-a-p-o-l-o-g-e-t-i-c-s/
  9. Exclusivity Claims of Major World Religions – Christian Apologetics Alliance: http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2017/08/02/exclusivity-claims-major-world-religions/
  10. Jesus Calling: Channeling A False Christ | Reasons for Jesus – Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, and other similar books by her, have multiplied themselves into a publishing empire with offerings of Jesus Calling books for teens and for children, calendars, special editions, accompanying journals, a Jesus Calling Bible Storybook, and even a Jesus Calling Devotional Bible. This is not a conventional review of the book or her story, nor is the purpose to analyze the whole content. Although several troubling areas are addressed, this paper is a response primarily to two issues: 1) The claims made by Young regarding what she wrote and the alleged words spoken to her by Jesus; and 2) Young’s admission that a primary influence on her was the book, God Calling, by Two Listeners. Due to Young’s admiration for and admitted inspiration from this latter book, it will also be examined.: https://reasonsforjesus.com/jesus-calling-channeling-a-false-christ/
  11. Why Apologetics Has a Bad Name | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-apologetics-has-a-bad-name
  12. The Shack Movie Review Heresy, Universalism, & False Gospel | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/the-shack-movie-review-heresy-universalism-false-gospel/
  13. Free Apologetics E-Book Library: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2009/07/free-apologetics-e-book-library.html
  14. 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
  15. The Potters Hands A very handy thing to have – creation.com: https://creation.com/potters-hands
  16. 50 Alleged Bible Contradictions Refuted | The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/50-alleged-bible-contradiction-refuted/
  17. Why Did Jesus Have To Die? Couldn’t God Just Forgive Sins?: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/why-did-jesus-have-to-die-couldnt-god-just-forgive-sins/
  18. How Does the Old Testament Law Apply to Christians Today?: https://www.str.org/w/how-does-the-old-testament-law-apply-to-christians-today-#.WkD-aN-nGUk
  19. Lobster eye design – New design innovations from biomimetics – creation.com – The exquisite designs of the organisms on Earth have served as inspiration to countless engineers and scientists. Important inventions, such as Velcro or the airplane, owe their inceptions to those who first observed these qualities in Gods handiwork and then sought to mimic these abilities.: https://creation.com/lobster-eye-design
  20. The Kalaam Cosmological Argument: Short, Sweet, and Stout Pastor Brian Chilton: https://pastorbrianchilton.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/the-kalaam-cosmological-argument-short-sweet-and-stout/
  21. American Atheists Hide Behind the Fairy Tale of Evolution – The American Vision: https://americanvision.org/11504/american-atheists-hide-behind-fairy-tale-evolution/
  22. The Right and Wrong Reasons to Pursue Apologetics THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/the-right-and-wrong-reasons-to-pursue-apologetics/
  23. The Three Ds of Tolerance | Cold Case Christianity – Of the many self-refuting statements offered on college campuses across America, perhaps the most dangerous for Christians is the new definition of tolerance.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-three-ds-of-tolerance/
  24. What does it mean to say Christianity is true? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/03/05/what-does-it-mean-to-say-christianity-is-true-3/
  25. Who Decided What Books to Include in the Bible? 5 Principles – The Stream: https://stream.org/decided-books-include-bible-5-principles/
  26. 10 Reasons to Accept the Resurrection of Jesus as an Historical Fact: https://crossexamined.org/10-reasons-accept-resurrection-jesus-historical-fact/
  27. 3 Startling Truths about the Early Church from the Pre-New Testament Texts: https://crossexamined.org/3-startling-truths-early-church-pre-new-testament-texts/
  28. Responding to the objection by Christians who say I don’t need any evidence for my faith! THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/responding-to-the-objection-by-christians-who-say-i-dont-need-any-evidence-for-my-faith-4/
  29. Dr. Walter Bradley lectures on scientific evidence the creation and design of the universe | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/04/27/dr-walter-bradley-lectures-on-scientific-evidence-the-creation-and-design-of-the-universe/
  30. Undesigned Coincidences and the Reliability of Scripture: https://thedailyapologist.com/blog/undesigned-coincidences-and-the-reliability-of-scripture
  31. Five Steps to Help Your Child Remain a Christian Into Adulthood | Beyond Teachable Moments: https://beyondtm.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/five-steps-to-help-your-child-remain-a-christian-into-adulthood/
  32. Does the church do a good job of equipping Christians to talk to non-Christians? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2014/10/19/does-the-church-do-a-good-job-of-equipping-christians-to-talk-to-non-christians-2/
  33. Do faith in God and science contradict? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/science-God.html
  34. Minimal Facts Argument for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ | Worldview of Jesus: https://worldviewofjesus.com/2013/02/03/minimal-facts-argument-for-the-resurrection-of-jesus-christ/
  35. A Stone in His Shoe – In some circles there’s pressure for Christian ambassadors to close the sale as soon as possible. When pressed for time, get right to the meat of the message. Get to the Gospel. If the person doesn’t respond, you’ve still done your part. Shake the dust off your feet and move on. A wise ambassador, though, seasons his words. He weighs his opportunities and adopts an appropriate strategy for each occasion. Sometimes, the simple truth of the cross is all that’s needed. The fruit is ripe for harvesting. Bump it and it falls into your basket. Usually, though, the fruit is not ripe; the nonbeliever is simply not ready. He may not even have begun to think about Christianity in the right way.: https://www.str.org/w/a-stone-in-his-shoe
  36. Apologists are Fighting the Wrong Battle – Capturing Christianity: https://capturingchristianity.com/apologists-are-fighting-the-wrong-battle/
  37. 5 Terrible Reasons Your Kids May Think They Can Outgrow Christianity: https://natashacrain.com/5-terrible-reasons-your-kids-may-think-they-can-outgrow-christianity/
  38. Why Aren’t More Women Interested in Apologetics?: https://www.str.org/w/why-aren-t-more-women-interested-in-apologetics-
  39. Should Christians Ever Offend Anyone? | Answers in Genesis – Clearing Up Misconceptions – Do Christians need to avoid offending anyone? What does Paul mean when he says to give no offense in anything? Jeremy Ham, AiGUS, explains.: https://answersingenesis.org/bible-questions/christians-should-never-offend-anyone/
  40. 4 Reasons It is Critical to Believe the Bible Is God’s Word | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/4-reasons-it-is-critical-to-believe-the-bible-is-gods-word
  41. 3 Logical Fallacies to Avoid (and How to Tell When Someone Else is Committing Them) Apologetics for the Church: https://apolotheo.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/3-logical-fallacies-to-avoid-and-how-to-tell-when-someone-else-is-committing-them/
  42. Ricochet Evangelism When we are sharing the Gospel or defending the reason for our hope, we may not be sharing it with the person we are sharing it with.: https://mrpatvincent.com/2018/09/25/ricochet-evangelism/
  43. Jesus Specifically Said, I am God | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/jesus-specifically-said-i-am-god/

And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”  –Isaiah 6:3

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-1-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

The thought of delight in religion is so strange to most men, that no two words in their language stand further apart than “holiness” and “delight.” But believers who know Christ, understand that delight and faith are so blessedly united, that the gates of hell cannot prevail to separate them. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Contend Earnestly for the Faith (Greg Koukl – Solid Ground): https://www.str.org/w/contend-earnestly-for-the-faith
  2. The Crucifixion and Old Testament Prophecy: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/crucifixion-and-old-testament-prophecy
  3. 47 Old Testament Prophecies About Jesus: https://www.learnreligions.com/prophecies-of-jesus-fulfilled-700159
  4. God, the universe, tolerance and suffering – creation.com: https://creation.com/god-the-universe-tolerance-and-suffering
  5. What are historical facts of Jesus and crucifixion- Nabeel Qureshi – YouTube: https://youtu.be/9JNbdt2mZ5E
  6. Claim Being Made that Biden Student Loan Payoff is Christ-like, Is This Correct? Kingsjester’s Blog: https://kingsjestersblog.com/2022/08/28/dems-claim-biden-student-loan-payoff-is-christ-like-are-you-kidding-me/
  7. Are We Really Full of Junk DNA? | The Creation Podcast: Episode 30 – YouTube – Is it really true that less than 2% of genes are functional? Is the other 98% just “junk?” In episode 30 of The Creation Podcast, host Lauren Pennington and ICR geneticist Dr. Jeff Tomkins debunk misconceptions about the usefulness of genes. This episode will reveal some surprising facts about RNA production, regulatory functions of genes, and more!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0dPntyyCpU
  8. I’m Sorry! But the Church Needs Apologetics Faith Beyond Belief: https://www.faithbeyondbelief.ca/blog/2015/09/03/im-sorry-but-the-church-needs-apologetics
  9. Is the Christian Faith Evidentially Reasonable? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-christian-faith-evidentially-reasonable/
  10. I don’t see God. Therefore, God doesn’t exist: https://think-well.org/2015/09/05/i-dont-see-god-therefore-god-doesnt-exist/
  11. Vital Function Found for Whale ‘Leg’ Bones | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/vital-function-found-for-whale-leg/
  12. A Concise Summary of the Corporate View of Election and Predestination: http://evangelicalarminians.org/a-concise-summary-of-the-corporate-view-of-election-and-predestination/
  13. I Came to Faith Through Apologetics | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/i-came-to-faith-through-apologetics/
  14. If God Created The Universe, Who Created God?: https://crossexamined.org/if-god-created-the-universe-who-created-god/
  15. Why Claiming Belief is a Psychological Crutch Backfires | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/09/why-claiming-belief-is-psychological.html
  16. Portrait of a Fanatic – A top physicists embarrassing tirade – Professor Lawrence M. Krauss (Atheist professor at Arizona State University) | National Review: https://www.nationalreview.com/2015/09/lawrence-krauss-physicist-fanatic/
  17. What Ought We Make of the Word Proof? | Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.: https://douglasgroothuis.com/2015/04/02/what-ought-we-make-of-the-word-proof/
  18. Cleverly designed camel – creation.com – The camel – a drought-defying marvel of design. A wonderful water-conserving mammal: https://creation.com/cleverly-designed-camel
  19. Think the Church’s Precarious Cultural Situation is Unique? Think Again – Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/think-the-churchs-precarious-cultural-situation-is-unique-think-again/
  20. Following Kitzmiller v. Dover, an Excellent Decade for Intelligent Design | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2015/09/following_dover/
  21. Apologetics and Your Kids (4) Inculcating the Right Worldview DR. RELUCTANT: https://drreluctant.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/apologetics-and-your-kids-4-inculcating-the-right-worldview/
  22. I Just Want To Know The Truth: The Absurdity Of Life Without God: https://blogabouttruth.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-absurdity-of-life-without-god.html
  23. Isn’t the Bible Full of Contradictions? | Answers in Genesis – For many people, the belief that the Bible contains contradictions and inaccuracies is an excuse for not believing.: https://answersingenesis.org/contradictions-in-the-bible/isnt-the-bible-full-of-contradictions/
  24. Nine Tips for Public Speaking | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/tips-for-public-speaking
  25. When Someone says the Bible can’t be Trusted. – New York Apologetics: http://www.newyorkapologetics.com/when-someone-says-the-bible-cant-be-trusted/
  26. Eight Steps to Investigating the Case for Christianity | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/eight-steps-to-investigating-the-case-for-christianity/
  27. The Tree of Life as a Challenge to Darwinism Denton on the Distinctness of Types | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2016/03/the_tree_of_lif/
  28. Why Is It Wrong to Have Surgery to Alter Your Sex? – Stand to Reason (#STRAsk podcast): https://subspla.sh/g9czztd
  29. Families Don’t Need Disney Anymore. Does Disney Need Them?: https://thefederalist.com/2022/08/31/faith-centered-families-dont-need-disney-anymore-but-does-disney-need-them/
  30. Rhetoric: This is a full text-book (not a Christian book, but useful to anyone trying to persuade by speaking or writing), designed for use in schools and colleges, and for private study : Haven, E. O. (Erastus Otis), 1820-1881 : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/rhetorictextbook00haverich/page/vi/mode/2up?ref=ol&view=theater

because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son. Hebrews 12:6

Blessings to you all

Bible Teaching – John 18 (8-30-2022)

The following teaching was delivered yesterday over lunch at Mimi’s Cafe at Chandler Blvd. & 101 in Chandler, Arizona to a group of approximately 15 men, preceded by prayer and fellowship and accompanied by discussion prompted by questions. The teaching lasted approximately 45 minutes.

John 18:25-40

25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?” He denied it, and said, “I am not.” 26 One of the slaves of the high priest, being a relative of the one whose ear Peter cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?” 27 Peter then denied it again, and immediately a rooster crowed.

28 Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas into the Praetorium, and it was early; and they themselves did not enter into the Praetorium so that they would not be defiled, but might eat the Passover. 29 Therefore Pilate went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this Man?”

30 They answered and said to him, “If this Man were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him to you.” 31 So Pilate said to them, “Take Him yourselves, and judge Him according to your law.” The Jews said to him, “We are not permitted to put anyone to death,” 32 to fulfill the word of Jesus which He spoke, signifying by what kind of death He was about to die.

33 Therefore Pilate entered again into the Praetorium, and summoned Jesus and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about Me?” 35 Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered You to me; what have You done?”

36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” 37 Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and said to them, “I find no guilt in Him. 39 But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover; do you wish then that I release for you the King of the Jews?” 40 So they cried out again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas.” Now Barabbas was a robber.  NASB


This narrative passage can be divided into 3 sections or topics:

  1. Peter’s denial of Christ
  2. Pilate’s investigation with the Jewish leaders
  3. Pilate’s interrogation of Christ

25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?” He denied it, and said, “I am not.” 26 One of the slaves of the high priest, being a relative of the one whose ear Peter cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?” 27 Peter then denied it again, and immediately a rooster crowed.

This passage (v25-27) records the last 2 of Peter’s denials – his first denial is recorded in John 18:17.  This was a fulfillment of Jesus’s prophecy given at the last supper (John 13:38; Matt 26:34):

John 13:36-38 – Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered, “Where I go, you cannot follow Me now; but you will follow later.” Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You right now? I will lay down my life for You.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for Me? Truly, truly, I say to you, a rooster will not crow until you deny Me three times.”

Peter was so over-confident in himself, saying that he would lay down his life for Jesus.  But here he fell greatly, actually denying Jesus, just as Jesus had predicted.  J.C. Ryle comments on this:

If Peter’s fall has made Christians see more clearly their own great weakness and Christ’s great compassion, then Peter’s fall has not been recorded in vain.

Christ’s 6 Trials

Christ’s Trials

28 Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas into the Praetorium, and it was early; and they themselves did not enter into the Praetorium so that they would not be defiled, but might eat the Passover.

Map of the Events of Christ’s Passion Week

Praetorium in this passage is the headquarters/residence of the Roman military governor (i.e. Pilate).  Pilate’s normal headquarters were in Caesarea, in the palace that Herod the Great had built for himself.  However, Pilate and his predecessors made it a point to be in Jerusalem during the feasts in order to quell any riots.

early” is ambiguous.  Most likely, it refers to around 6:00 AM, since many Roman officials began their day very early and finished by 10:00 or 11:00 AM.

be defiled” – Jewish oral law gives evidence that a Jew who entered the dwelling places of Gentiles became ceremonially unclean.

Here the Jews were, committing grievous sin by handing Jesus over to the Romans for execution, yet they were worried about “defiling themselves” by walking into the Praetorium. Jesus was the true Jewish Messiah and an innocent man.  They “strain out a gnat, but swallow a camel” (Matthew 23:24).  As Jesus had said to the Pharisees in Matthew 23:23, they neglected the more important matters of the law (Justice, Mercy, Faithfulness), they should’ve practiced the latter without neglecting the former!  So, Pilate asks them what their accusation against Jesus is.

29 Therefore Pilate went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this Man?”

With the religious phase of the proceedings having concluded in v24, Pilate’s question opened the civil phase of the proceedings against Jesus.

30 They answered and said to him, “If this Man were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him to you.” 31 So Pilate said to them, “Take Him yourselves, and judge Him according to your law.” The Jews said to him, “We are not permitted to put anyone to death,” 32 to fulfill the word of Jesus which He spoke, signifying by what kind of death He was about to die.

First off, they didn’t really answer Pilate’s question.  He asked what their accusation was, but they only answered that “He is an evildoer”.  However Pilate, is trying to find out what evidence they have that Jesus is an “evildoer”.  They haven’t given any reasons but have only made an unsubstantiated ad-hominem attack.

Also, it is true that the Jews couldn’t put anyone to death on their own (v31).  The Romans captured Jerusalem in 63 B.C and began direct rule of Judea through a prefect in 6 A.D. At that time the “right to execute” was taken away from the Jews and given to the Roman governor.

By asking the Romans to execute Jesus, that meant crucifixion (instead of stoning), which was exactly the type of death Jesus said He would die (John 3:14; 8:28; 12:32,33) and that was prophesied:

Psalms 22:16 – For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet.

Isaiah 53:5 – But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.

Zechariah 12:10 – I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.

33 Therefore Pilate entered again into the Praetorium, and summoned Jesus and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about Me?” 35 Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered You to me; what have You done?”

Pilate starts his interrogation of Jesus.  He asks Jesus directly if He is the king of the Jews.  Jesus initially side-steps the question and wants to know where Pilate got this information from.  Pilate’s question to Jesus shows that he must’ve known what the accusation was.  The fact that Roman troops were used at the arrest proves that the Jewish authorities communicated something about this case to Pilate in advance.

36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” 37 Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

Note – This passage is contained in the earliest (undisputed) fragment of the New Testament (John Ryland’s fragment – P52)

It’s called the John Rylands fragment (because it’s housed in the John Rylands Library in Manchester, England). “Scholars date it between A.D. 117–138, but some say it is even earlier. It was found in Egypt – across the Mediterranean from its probable place of composition in Asia Minor – demonstrating that John’s Gospel was copied and had spread quite some distance by the early second century.”  1 side contains part of verses 31-33, on the other part of verses 37-38.

Jesus assures Pilate that He’s not trying to politically displace the Roman emperor, so this is not a legitimate sedition case.  Rather, His kingdom is “not of this world”. 

Q: What lesson can we learn from Jesus’s statement that His kingdom is not of this world?

Since Jesus referred to His “kingdom”, Pilate tries to get a further explanation by asking Him “so you are a king?”  Jesus acknowledges His kingship and goes on to explain one of many reasons He came into the world: “To testify of the truth”.  In 2014, I had collected in a blog 30 reasons found in Scripture why Jesus came. Here they are:

  1. To testify to the truth (John 18:37)
  2. To save people from their sins (Mat 1:21)
  3. To fulfill the law (Mat 5:17-18)
  4. To preach (Mark 1:38; Luke 4:18;43)
  5. To serve (Mat 20:28; Mark 10:45)
  6. To give His life as a ransom for many (Mat 20:28; Mark 10:45)
  7. Free prisoners (Luke 4:18)
  8. Heal the blind (Luke 4:18; John 9:39)
  9. Release the oppressed (Luke 4:18)
  10. Fulfill prophecy (Luke 4:21)
  11. To call sinners to repentance (Luke 5:32)
  12. To seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10)
  13. To make the Father known (John 1:18)
  14. To take away the sin of the world (John 1:29)
  15. Not to condemn but to save the world (John 3:17)
  16. To speak the words of God (John 3:34)
  17. To do the will of the Father (John 6:39)
  18. That we would have life more abundantly (John 10:10)
  19. To suffer and die on the cross (John 12:27)
  20. To bless us by turning us from our wicked ways (Acts 3:26)
  21. To be a sacrifice of atonement (Rom 3:25; 1 John 4:10)
  22. To be the “last Adam”, a life-giving spirit (1 Cor 15:45)
  23. To become poor so that we might become rich (2 Cor 8:9)
  24. To rescue us from this present evil age (Gal 1:4)
  25. To redeem those under law (Gal 4:5)
  26. To save sinners (1 Tim 1:15)
  27. To take away our sins (1 John 3:5)
  28. To destroy the devil’s work (1 John 3:8)
  29. That we might live through him (1 John 4:9)
  30. To give us understanding (1 John 5:20)

38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and said to them, “I find no guilt in Him.” 39 But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover; do you wish then that I release for you the King of the Jews?” 40 So they cried out again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas.” Now Barabbas was a robber.

Pilate gets a little snarky with Jesus by asking “What is truth?”  This is reminiscent of our modern times, where people will confidently proclaim that “there is no truth” (and then expect us to believe that as absolute truth).

At this point, Pilate concludes his interrogation of Jesus and goes back out to the Jews and gives his verdict: “I find no guilt in Him”.  He attempts to make (what he thought was) a kind gesture to the Jews, he offers to release someone at Passover.  Interestingly, when he offers to release Jesus, he does not say “do you wish then that I release for you Jesus of Nazareth”, but instead “do you wish then that I release for you the King of the Jews”, which I think he knew would infuriate them.  So, predictably, they shout for Barabbas the robber to be released, and (spoiler alert) that’s what happens.

Here is a rather famous painting of this scene (though it may be depicting John 19:5 instead):

(Antonio Ciseri’s depiction of Pontius Pilate presenting a scourged Christ to the people Ecce homo! (Behold the man!). painted in the 19th century)

Q: What do you think the response of the crowd would’ve been if Pilate said “do you wish then that I release for you Jesus of Nazareth”?

As we consider the immensity of Christ’s sufferings in the trials, the garden, the scourging and flogging and the crucifixion, this quote from J.C. Ryle is very fitting:

The love of Christ to sinners is “a love that passes knowledge.” To suffer for those whom we love, and who are in some sense worthy of our affections, is suffering that we can understand. To submit to ill-treatment quietly, when we have no power to resist, is submission that is both graceful and wise. But to suffer voluntarily, when we a have the power to prevent it, and to suffer for a world of unbelieving and ungodly sinners, unasked and unthanked–this is a line of conduct which passes man’s understanding. Never let us forget that this is the peculiar beauty of Christ’s sufferings, when we read the wondrous story of His cross and passion.  He was led away captive, and dragged before the High Priest’s bar, not because He could not help Himself, but because He had set His whole heart on saving sinners, by bearing their sins, by being treated as a sinner, and by being punished in their stead. He was a willing prisoner, that we might be set free. He was willingly arraigned and condemned, that we might be absolved and declared innocent.

Resources Used in Preparing this Teaching

  1. MacArthur Study Bible (NASB)
  2. J.C. Ryle’s expository thoughts on the gospel of John.
  3. 30 Reasons Jesus Came to Earth: https://1peter41216.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/30-reasons-jesus-came-to-earth/
  4. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist (Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek, 2004)

mid-week apologetics booster (8-25-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

I believe that a man of God—under trial and difficulty and affliction, bearing up, and patiently submitting with holy acquiescence and still rejoicing in God—is a real preacher of the Gospel, preaching with an eloquence which is mightier than words can ever be, and which will find its secret and silent way into the hearts of those who might have resisted other arguments! – Charles Spurgeon  

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Knight and Rose Show Episode 19: The Historical Reliability of the Gospels | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/08/20/knight-and-rose-show-episode-19-the-historical-reliability-of-the-gospels/
  2. Book Review: 40 Questions About Heaven and Hell (40 Questions Series) by Alan Gomes THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2022/08/20/40-questions-about-heaven-and-hell-40-questions-series-by-alan-gomes/
  3. The seven fatal flaws of moral relativism | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/08/22/the-seven-fatal-flaws-of-moral-relativism-8/
  4. Texas Fire Dept. Chaplain Axed for Biblical View of Gender: https://washingtonstand.com/news/texas-fire-chaplain-axed-for-biblical-view-of-gender
  5. First life arrival – creation.com – In this BBC-Discovery TV program Sir David Attenborough tells us his purpose is to look at the origin of life and for the very first living creature that appeared on Earth. As he presents the evolutionist worldview, we shall examine what he says and compare it with the biblical worldview.: https://creation.com/first-life-arrival
  6. The Reliability of the Bible: 4 Quick Thoughts | ReasonableTheology.org: https://reasonabletheology.org/reliability-bible-4-quick-thoughts/
  7. Designed by the Watchmaker – creation.com – William Paley (17431805) was an English archdeacon and theologian known mainly for a book he wrote. The book is Natural Theology: or Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity Collected from the Appearance of Nature (he is less well known for his fervent opposition to slave trade and denunciation of slavery in an earlier book). It was very influential in the first half of the nineteenth century. In this book, Paley draws proof for the existence of a Creator from the design apparent in natural phenomena, and particularly in the human body.: https://creation.com/designed-by-the-watchmaker
  8. Should Christians Use Evidence and Logic to Proclaim the Gospel?: http://askingthegodquestions.blogspot.com/2013/08/should-christians-use-evidence-and.html
  9. The Perilous Pitfalls Facing Tent-Making Christian Case Makers | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-perilous-pitfalls-facing-tent-making-christian-case-makers/
  10. Should We Go to Our Gay Neighbors’ Wedding?: https://probe.org/should-we-go-to-our-gay-neighbors-wedding/
  11. How the presence and quality of fathers affects belief in God | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2015/10/04/how-the-presence-and-quality-of-fathers-affects-belief-in-god-3/
  12. How Do You Best Handle Challenges to Your Faith? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-do-you-best-handle-challenges-to-your-faith
  13. 5 Reasons Why the Church Should Care About Apologetics – Christian Week: https://www.christianweek.org/5-reasons-church-care-apologetics/
  14. Tactics: the worst mistake a Christian can make when doing apologetics | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2016/01/29/tactics-the-worst-mistake-a-christian-can-make-when-doing-apologetics-2/
  15. How Is Apologetics Bringing Christians Together? | Tough Questions Answered: https://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2014/02/10/how-is-apologetics-bringing-christians-together/
  16. 4 Key Points Christian Kids Need to Understand About Evolution: https://crossexamined.org/4-key-points-christian-kids-need-to-understand-about-evolution/
  17. How other religions began vs. how Christianity began (1 minute video) – There is a huge difference between Christianity and other religions. Watch the video to find out how.: https://www.facebook.com/27769441696/videos/10153373385331697/
  18. Answering the Skeptic: Is the Bible a Myth? – Come Reason Ministries: http://www.comereason.org/skeptic-bible.asp
  19. Skateboarding and Darwinism | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/9292
  20. 4 Pieces of Wisdom from a Street Level Apologist: https://crossexamined.org/4-pieces-of-wisdom-from-a-street-level-apologist/
  21. So, You Just Became a Christian? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/idDoRftSuRU
  22. What Made Paul Washer’s “Shocking Message” So Very Shocking? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/PH0mnIO9K7I
  23. Are You Really A Christian? | Paul Washer – YouTube: https://youtu.be/6N7f8hvUMxg
  24. The J.C. Ryle Archive – Since J.C. Ryle died in 1900, his writing are public domain and not copyrighted. So, you are able to use any of the materials on this site with no expressed permission. May the writings of J.C. Ryle help you become a more committed follower of Jesus Christ and compel you to good works. : https://www.jcryle.info/

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-18-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

Lead me to the cross and show me his wounds, the hateful nature of evil, the power of Satan; May I there see my sins as the nails that transfixed him, the cords that bound him, the thorns that tore him, the sword that pierced him. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Can science answer all of life’s questions? – Sharon Dirckx – OCCA: https://www.theocca.org/resources/can-science-answer-all-of-lifes-questions/
  2. Why Do Humans Differ from Animals in Courtship and Sexual Dimorphism? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/animal-behavior/humans-animals-courtship-sexual-dimorphism/
  3. The Secret Origin of One of Bugs Bunny’s Best Insults. Because of Bugs’s popularity, the bunny’s use of nimrod became, over time, the predominant version of the word so much so that, today, few people even know it is actually a Biblical reference. The Dot and Line: https://dotandline.net/when-bugs-bunny-beat-the-bible/
  4. Why Can’t Something Come from Nothing? – YouTube – Alex J. O’Connor, aka. (The) Cosmic Skeptic, questions Dr. Craig on the first premise of the kalam cosmological argument for God’s existence.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUhKnzA_0dM
  5. Many scientists believe scientific theories religiously | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2022/08/16/many-scientists-believe-scientific-theories-religiously/
  6. Defending the Faith in Your Community – Every Day – Ask a Christian to defend the faith and you get a variety of reactions. Why does the faith need defending? God can take care of Himself. How do I do that? I don’t want to do that! Are you serious? I wouldn’t know how. Isn’t that for professionals? Me? I’m not one of those apologists. I’m just a Christian. Whatever your reaction, the fact is that every Christian can and should defend the faith in their community every day.: http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2013/01/15/defending-the-faith-in-your-community-every-day/
  7. Is Natural Selection the Same Thing as Evolution? | Answers in Genesis – Natural selection is an observable process that is often purported to be the underlying mechanism of unobservable molecules-to-man evolution.: https://answersingenesis.org/natural-selection/is-natural-selection-the-same-thing-as-evolution/
  8. Who are the “other sheep” in John 10:16? And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd John 10:16 Christians have traditionally viewed the above passage as a reference to the Gentiles who would soon be presented the Good News of salvation and engrafted into the Christian fold. Mormons, however, have used John 10:16 as a proof-text to support the existence of one of the people groups in the Book of Mormon. : https://www.mrm.org/john-10-16
  9. A must-read series of posts on cosmic fine-tuning by Allen Hainline | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2014/07/18/a-must-read-series-of-posts-on-cosmic-fine-tuning-by-allen-hainline/
  10. Does the Doctrine of Hell Make God Unjust? | The Cripplegate: https://thecripplegate.com/does-the-doctrine-of-hell-make-god-unjust/
  11. Apologetics, Evidence, and Relevance | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/8205/
  12. 4 Reasons Christian Parents Need to Care More About Atheism: https://natashacrain.com/4-reasons-christian-parents-need-to-care-more-about-atheism/
  13. Advice to Young Aspiring Apologists – 13 lessons – Jonathan McLatchie: https://jonathanmclatchie.com/advice-to-young-aspiring-apologists/
  14. Truthbomb Apologetics: The Art of Listening – In conversations I am continually learning that what I don’t say is sometimes just as important as what I do say.: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-art-of-listening.html
  15. Why Christians Must Continue to Guard the Truth of the Gospel | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-christians-must-continue-to-guard-the-truth-of-the-gospel/
  16. Are Christians Narrow-Minded and Intolerant? – Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/are-christians-narrow-minded-and-intolerant/
  17. How to Talk About Evolution | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2012/10/how_to_talk_abo/
  18. Historical Evidence of Jesus Christs Resurrection – There are many skeptics of Jesus Christ and of His resurrection. Can it be proven as an actual historical event? Are we to believe only on faith? What empirical, concrete evidence do we have today that Jesus Christ indeed was resurrected from the dead? Can His resurrection be proven? : https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/historical-evidence-of-jesus-christs-resurrection/
  19. Dialogue with Muslims about evidence why Islam is true: https://carm.org/dialogues/dialogue-with-muslims-about-evidence-why-islam-is-true/
  20. 7 Tips to Engage Skeptics Like the Apostle Paul Did in the Bible – Part 1: http://apologeticsguy.com/2013/05/acts-17-bible-study-apostle-paul-athens-1/
  21. Was There a Great Apostasy? | Douglas Beaumont – Some kind of apostasy narrative is required to explain why a group that did not exist for nearly 2,000 years can consider itself the true expression of Christianity. Obviously, if the Church founded by Jesus did not go into apostasy, there would be no excuse to create a new group or restore what was lost. Unlike most Christian sects that attempt to locate themselves (in some form) throughout Christian history, the Mormons accept and explain their non-existence by claiming the Church founded by Jesus Christ disappeared from the Earth shortly after its creation.: https://douglasbeaumont.com/2014/10/04/was-there-a-great-apostasy/
  22. Refuting Evolution chapter 1: Evolution & creation, science & religion, facts & bias – creation.com: https://creation.com/refuting-evolution-chapter-1-evolution-creation-science-religion-facts-bias
  23. Christianity is a Thinking-Man’s Faith | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/11/christianity-is-thinking-mans-faith.html
  24. Is the Watchmaker Argument Still Valid? | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/media/reasonable-faith-podcast/is-the-watchmaker-argument-still-valid
  25. A Recent Origin for Stonehenge? | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/8488
  26. Galapagos evolution – creation.com – Whether or not evolution has occurred on Galpagos (or anywhere else on Earth for that matter) depends very much on what is meant by the term evolution. The theory that creationists oppose is the idea (and consequent atheistic worldview) that all living things on Earth have arisen from a single source (which itself came from non-life). The key issue is the type of change required. For example, to change microbes into marine iguanas would require massive successive increases in the genetic information of the genome.: https://creation.com/galapagos-evolution
  27. This Twitter thread about Roman Catholicism “blew up”. Interesting (and sad) to read the comments from Catholics and also the debate back and forth: https://twitter.com/JoRo_______/status/1559542221896032257?t=cLaCM2ic5Kl-ivqgqJppFQ&s=19

When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing. Luke 9:10-11

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-11-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

Unlike national Israel, God’s people, the new and true Israel, are an “inter-ethnic” church with a heavenly citizenship. – Paul Copan

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 17 Year-Old British Podcast Host Interviews Dr. William Lane Craig (I didn’t notice until about ½ way through that the interviewer was not a Christian, but he’s very respectful and it was a good interview) – YouTube: https://youtu.be/Swk2eTmGHCE
  2. How Mainstream Media Gaslights Christians (and Everyone Else Who Disagrees with Them): https://natashacrain.com/how-mainstream-media-gaslights-christians-and-everyone-else-who-disagrees-with-them/
  3. Were penguins designed for freezing cold environments? – creation.com: https://creation.com/hot-and-cold-penguins
  4. Climate totalitarianism | George’s Journal – your worldview greatly affects your view of the fate of the earth’s climate. Belief in a Creator and Sustainer changes your view of these things. As it says in the Bible, Genesis 8:22 “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”: https://georgesjournal.net/2022/08/09/climate-totalitarianism/
  5. 10 Answers Every Creationist Should Know adamlickey.com: https://adamlickey.com/2012/10/02/10-answers-every-creationist-should-know/
  6. Programming of Life – YouTube – An exploration of microbiology, information science, and the origin of life.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00vBqYDBW5s
  7. Prof. John Lennox on His New Book Seven Days That Divide the World – On this episode of ID The Future, Jay Richards talks with Professor and author John Lennox about one of his latest books, Seven Days that Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science. In his book, Lennox delves into controversial issues surrounding science and faith, answering common questions regarding apparent tensions between scripture and scientific evidence. Tune in as Professor Lennox demonstrates that science and faith are indeed compatible.: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/intelligentdesign/episodes/2013-02-25T16_29_26-08_00
  8. Soul Searching : The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers … – Christian Smith Dr. William R Kenan Jr Professor of Sociology University of Notre Dame, Candidate University of North Carolina Melina Lundquist Denton Ph.D, Chapel Hill USA – Google Books (see snippet from pg. 89): https://books.google.com/books?id=AN85V20yRmQC&printsec=frontcover&dq=soul+searching+lundquist&hl=en&sa=X&ei=HE5wUffRLK264APGnYGIAw#v=onepage&q=intellectual&f=false
  9. Christian Apologetics UK: Six short Pro-life responses to Six popular Pro-choice slogans – Part 1: https://apologeticsuk.blogspot.com/2013/07/six-short-pro-life-responses-to-six.html
  10. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist – Google Books (short book snippet regarding the quote “Please consider this question to see if you are open to acceptance [of Christianity]: If someone could provide reasonable answers to the most significant questions and objections you have about Christianity reasonable to the point that Christianity seems true beyond a reasonable doubt would you then become a Christian? Think about that for a moment. If your honest answer is no, then your resistance to Christianity is emotional or volitional, not merely intellectual. No amount of evidence will convince you because evidence is not what’s in your way you are. In the end, only you know if you are truly open to the evidence for Christianity.”): https://books.google.com/books?id=FPmV30uX1_4C&lpg=PA30&ots=d8nw3cVf5J&dq=Please+consider+this+question+to+see+if+you+are+open+to+acceptance+%5Bof+Christianity%5D:+If+someone+could+provide+reasonable+answers+to+the+most+significant+questions+and+objections+you+have+about+Christianity+%E2%80%93+reasonable+to+the+point+that+Christianity+seems+true+beyond+a+reasonable+doubt+%E2%80%93+would+you+then+become+a+Christian%3F++Think+about+that+for+a+moment.++If+your+honest+answer+is+no,+then+your+resistance+to+Christianity+is+emotional+or+volitional,+not+merely+intellectual.++No+amount+of+evidence+will+convince+you+because+evidence+is+not+what%E2%80%99s+in+your+way+%E2%80%93+you+are.++In+the+end,+only+you+know+if+you+are+truly+open+to+the+evidence+for+Christianity.&pg=PA30&hl=en#v=onepage&q&f=false
  11. Twenty good arguments for Christianity: http://pjsaunders.blogspot.com/2013/01/twenty-good-arguments-for-christianity.html
  12. America’s Godly Heritage 1 – David Barton.flv – YouTube – Historian, Founder and President David Barton Wallbuilders, talks about Americas Godly Heritage – bulletproof George Washington and so so many inspiring lost American facts. This is just an introduction to the unbelievable forgotten information about our country. He restores your faith and hope in this great land.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pme3o0WimkU&list=PL9A8002C80FA935C5&index=1
  13. I’m At Home With Evidentialism Because the Evidence Brought Me Home | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/im-at-home-with-evidentialism-because-the-evidence-brought-me-home/
  14. Why 66? | Answers in Genesis – How can we be sure that we have the correct 66 books in our Bible? The Bible is a unique volume. It is composed of 66 books by 40 different writers over 1,500 years. But what makes it unique is that it has one consistent storyline running all the way through, and it has just one ultimate author – God. The story is about Gods plan to rescue men and women from the devastating results of the Fall, a plan that was conceived in eternity, revealed through the prophets, and carried out by the Son of God, Jesus Christ.: https://answersingenesis.org/the-word-of-god/why-66-books/
  15. You want me to keep my what to myself? – Adam4d.com: https://adam4d.com/you-want-me-to-keep-my-what-to-myself/
  16. Is the Church A Cruise Ship Or A Rescue Boat? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-church-a-cruise-ship-or-a-rescue-boat/
  17. If God Exists, Why Does He Allow Evil? | Watermark Community Church: https://www.watermark.org/message/2231-if-god-exists-why-does-he-allow-evil?autoplay=video
  18. Top 10 Reasons the Church Is Losing Our Youth: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justin-taylor/top-10-reasons-the-church-is-losing-our-youth/
  19. Answering the Skeptic: Is the Bible a Myth? – Come Reason Ministries: http://www.comereason.org/skeptic-bible.asp
  20. The Rosetta Stone, SETI, and the Existence of God | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/10/the-rosetta-stone-seti-and-existence-of.html
  21. Do We Really Need to Teach Our Kids Apologetics When God is in Control Anyway?: https://natashacrain.com/do-we-really-need-to-teach-our-kids-apologetics-when-god-is-in-control-anyway/
  22. Biblical Insights into Todays Violent Mob Mentality | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/biblical-insights-todays-vmmentality/
  23. One Question I Ask My Atheist Friends – Melissa Cain Travis: https://melissacaintravis.com/2013/12/11/the-one-question-i-ask-my-atheist-friends/
  24. How Do I Share What I Believe? The Relationship Between Respect and Reach | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-do-i-share-what-i-believe-the-relationship-between-respect-and-reach/
  25. How Certain Can We Be That Jesus Actually Died and Rose Again From the Dead? | Beyond Teachable Moments: https://beyondtm.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/how-certain-can-we-be-that-jesus-actually-died-and-rose-again-from-the-dead/
  26. Ultimate Proof for Creation/God’s Existence | Presuppositional Apologetics | Dr. Jason Lisle – YouTube – In this teaching video, Dr. Jason Lisle talks about the ULTIMATE PROOF for God’s Existence, Creation and Creationism- Presuppositional Apologetics. The facts are that without the God of the Bible, we couldn’t:-Know Anything-Say Anything is Right or Wrong-Couldn’t Trust Our 5 Senses-Couldn’t Engage in Scientific Experimentation-Couldn’t Engage in Logical Discourse – In this teaching video, Dr. Jason Lisle talks about the ULTIMATE PROOF for God’s Existence, Creation and Creationism- Presuppositional Apologetics. The facts are that without the God of the Bible, we couldn’t: -Know Anything -Say Anything is Right or Wrong -Couldn’t Trust Our 5 Senses -Couldn’t Engage in Scientific Experimentation -Couldn’t Engage in Logical Discourse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j9-cyRbFcs
  27. To Witness Like Jesus, Use Logic and Reason | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/12/to-witness-like-jesus-use-logic-and.html
  28. 10 Reasons Kids Leave the Church | Jim Daly: https://jimdaly.focusonthefamily.com/ten-reasons-kids-leave-the-church/
  29. Why You Can Be Confident We Have the Original Bible Texts | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/01/why-you-can-be-confident-we-have.html
  30. Galapagos adaptation – creation.com – Surtsey: https://creation.com/galapagos-adaptation
  31. Bone building: perfect protein (Osteocalcin) – creation.com: https://creation.com/bone-building-perfect-protein-osteocalcin
  32. New study: women who have fewer premarital sex partners have lower risk of divorce | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/08/09/new-study-women-who-have-fewer-premarital-sex-partners-have-lower-risk-of-divorce-4/
  33. The Legend of the Social Justice Jesus: https://www.str.org/w/the-legend-of-the-social-justice-jesus
  34. How Could Adam Have Named All the Animals in a Single Day? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/adam-and-eve/how-could-adam-have-named-all-the-animals-in-a-single-day/
  35. The difference between proof and persuasion | with Jon Steingard – YouTube: https://youtu.be/AHiwu8DKC-4
  36. Absolute Truth, Greg Laurie, from his worldview series – YouTube: https://youtu.be/5nYz6rNMdCw
  37. Evolution’s fatal problem of non-standard genetic codes: https://creation.com/non-standard-genetic-codes

But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” Jude 1:9

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-4-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

Let me never forget that the heinousness of sin lies not so much in the nature of the sin committed, as in the greatness of the Person sinned against. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Ambassador’s Creed: https://www.str.org/ambassadors-creed
  2. Truthbomb Apologetics: Jesus Argued Reductio Ad Absurdum: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2013/12/jesus-argued-reductio-ad-absurdum.html
  3. Jehovah’s Witness Role Play – YouTube – Mike Felker role plays as a Jehovah’s Witness to a college apologetics group. Most of the students had no idea that I was actually a Christian until I revealed my identity at about 40 minutes into it. Thanks to Brett Kunkle for inspiring me to do this. It was my first time and I’d love to do more of this.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNNqBRpv2Bk
  4. Jesus and Logical Fallacies: The False Dilemma | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/01/jesus-and-logical-fallacies-false.html
  5. You Have to Come Out As A Christian Before You Can Step Out As An Apologist | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/you-have-to-come-out-as-a-christian-before-you-can-step-out-as-an-apologist/
  6. Above All the Earth | The Institute for Creation Research – Few can say they’ve left planet Earth. Jeff Williams has done it three times. After a lengthy military career, Colonel Jeffrey N. Williams was chosen from among a handful of candidates to become an astronaut for NASA and work on the International Space Station (ISS). He has been a longtime supporter of ICR and recently visited our headquarters for the first time, graciously allowing us an interview.: https://www.icr.org/article/8635
  7. String theory has come to be seen as faith, not reason? Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/string-theory-has-come-to-be-seen-as-faith-not-reason/
  8. Apologetics for Kids: Free Resources for Parents | Beyond Teachable Moments: https://beyondtm.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/apologetics-for-kids-free-resources-for-parents/
  9. How the Body Works: Intelligent Design in Action | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2015/02/how_the_body_wo/
  10. New Testament Bible Reliability by Daniel Wallace, PhD – YouTube – If you encounter someone who questions or doubts the accuracy and reliability of our New Testament, such as a Mormon, the information Dr. Daniel Wallace provides in this presentation at Heights Baptist Church in 2013 will address those issues directly. Mormon apologists must admit that the staggering majority of the textual variants are merely minor in nature. Dr. R. L. Anderson, a Mormon scholar and authority in the LDS Church on Biblical manuscripts, recognizes that the variations in the New Testament manuscripts are essentially insignificant. Dr. Anderson notes the overwhelming agreement between the thousands of manuscripts; he explains that : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lEmch2OAhs
  11. Lecture – Dr. Peter Williams – Things Which Ought To Be Better Known About The Resurrection Of Jesus – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbBVBUeHXZ4
  12. The Argument from Consciousness in Eight Quick Points | Saints and Sceptics: http://www.saintsandsceptics.org/the-argument-from-consciousness-in-seven-quick-points/
  13. Inspired or Not? What Does Paul Mean by What He Says in 1 Corinthians 7:6, 7:12, and 7:25? Did Paul fill his letters with opinion?: https://answersingenesis.org/contradictions-in-the-bible/contradictions-in-the-bible/inspired-or-not-1-corinthians-7/
  14. Can Evolution Explain the Appearance of Design in Biology? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/can-evolution-explain-the-appearance-of-design-in-biology/
  15. Why the Appearance of Design in Biology Is a Problem for Atheistic Naturalism | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-the-appearance-of-design-in-biology-is-a-problem-for-atheistic-naturalism/theistic-naturalism/
  16. Life in the Big Tent: Traditional Creationism and the Intelligent Design Community | Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/articles/life-in-the-big-tent/
  17. Evangelical Elites Can’t Let Go Of Beefs Against Conservatives: https://thefederalist.com/2022/08/02/russell-moore-and-evangelical-elites-cant-let-go-of-their-jeremiad-against-conservative-evangelicals/
  18. Scientists Are Undermining Our Trust in Science | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2022/07/scientists-are-undermining-our-trust-in-science/

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, Philippians 3:20

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-28-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

Thou hast attended to our happiness more than we can do; Though we are fallen creatures thou hast not neglected us. In love and pity thou hast provided us a Saviour; Apply his redemption to our hearts, by justifying our persons, and sanctifying our natures. – Valley of Vision

 To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Social Media, Identity, and the Church – I don’t see social media going away, either, because it has enormous benefits, too. It is also deeply embedded in the psyches especially of the young. So Christians can’t ignore it, and most of all we need to begin to understand it. (Note – I find especially helpful in the article the section with the title “Hacking the social media platform” pg. 6): https://mcusercontent.com/a03a982fbbfe3cacb8520b8d6/files/7ffdcf4b-ee1b-3cb0-93c9-9df4f95a0064/Social_Media_Identity_and_the_Church.pdf
  2. Empower Your Kids to Defend Their Faith With This Free Video Series with Natasha Crain : https://www.focusonthefamily.com/raising-your-kids-to-defend-their-faith-binge-sign-up-form/
  3. Examining the Case for the Christian Faith (Sean McDowell interviews Doug Groothuis) – YouTube: https://youtu.be/RY9ggdGGrjw
  4. Greg Introduces Robby Lashua (one of the newest speakers) and the Upcoming STR Outposts: https://www.str.org/w/greg-introduces-robby-lashua-and-the-upcoming-str-outposts
  5. Robby Lashua speaking at Mission Grove Church in Phoenix this Sunday on topics “Has God Preserved His Word?” “How can we trust the Bible?”: https://www.str.org/robby-lashua
  6. Thoughts from Greg and Amy on Having Meaningful Spiritual Conversations: https://www.str.org/w/thoughts-from-greg-and-amy-on-having-meaningful-spiritual-conversations
  7. An Example of the Helpfulness of Tactics – Stand to Reason: https://subspla.sh/xzht84p

I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart. Jeremiah 24:7

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-21-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

The Church has been more obsessed with the youthful spirit than the Holy Spirit. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Why do we need to rethink the dating of the New Testament texts? | Psephizohttps://www.psephizo.com/reviews/why-do-we-need-to-rethink-the-dating-of-the-new-testament-texts/
  2. Was religion invented to control people? | carm.orghttps://carm.org/questions/was-religion-invented-to-control-people/
  3. How Science Stopped Backing Atheists and Started Pointing Back to God | Discovery Institutehttps://www.discovery.org/a/how-science-stopped-backing-atheists-and-started-pointing-back-to-god/
  4. Who Created the Universe? – What is the Big Bang theory? Does it align with a biblical worldview? How do design and fine-tuning offer better answers? In this episode of The Creation Podcast, join host Ivana Semidey and ICR physicist Dr. Jake Hebert as they talk about the Big Bang theory. They’ll also cover red shift, an expanding universe, the origin of stars, and other topics.https://www.icr.org/article/creation-podcast-episode-27/
  5. Three Reasons Why The Dangers of Illegal Abortions Argument Is Misleading, Deceptive, And Sexist | Life Training Institutehttps://prolifetraining.com/three-reasons-why-the-dangers-of-illegal-abortions-argument-is-misleading-deceptive-and-sexist/
  6. Evolutions Failed Predictions and Unfalsifiability | Penses – The history of modern biological studies is filled with surprising and unexpected findings that were not at all predicted by evolutionary theory, in fact, in some cases, quite the opposite was predicted. And yet, unlike other theories that face counter-intuitive evidence, this theory continues to remain fundamentally unquestioned as a matter of scientific orthodoxy. Curiously, these findings only seem to increase the faith in the mysterious power of evolution to solve problems, even if we cannot work out how it has done so.https://pspruett.wordpress.com/2022/07/05/evolutions-failed-predictions-and-unfalsifiability/
  7. With So Many Religions Out There, How Do You Know ONLY Christianity Is True? The Think Institutehttps://thethink.institute/articles/with-so-many-religions-out-there-how-do-you-know-only-christianity-is-true
  8. Why Even Evolutionists Are Questioning Evolution – Breakpointhttps://breakpoint.org/why-even-evolutionists-are-questioning-evolution/
  9. Is Christianity True? Is Christianity True? Click on images or texts below to explore a four step process of discovering if Christianity is true. The four main features of Christianity include 1) the existence of God 2) the reliability of the Bible 3) the divine claims of Jesus and 4) the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. Each section contains articles, videos, and podcasts to assist in the exploration of the truth of Christianity.https://ischristianitytrue.wordpress.com/is-christianity-true/

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.” Luke 12:22

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-7-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

If you find it hard to believe in God, I strongly advise you to begin your search not with philosophical questions, but with Jesus of Nazareth. – John Stott

To view more of these quotes, visit:

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What Caused You to Start Investigating Christianity? – YouTube – Why did J. Warner start to investigate Christianity at the age of 35? What led him to investigate the New Testament? In this Q and A session, J. Warner begins to answer a question about Jewish believers and turns to a more significant issue related to Jesus and the existence of God.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NBAnADy10Y
  2. The New Testament Canon – Ligonier Ministrieshttps://subspla.sh/8vtym6b
  3. 10 Misconceptions About the NT Canon: #4: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/459/
  4. Jurassic coast dry valleys: Periglaciation or Noah’s Flood? – creation.comhttps://creation.com/jurassic-coast-dry-valleys
  5. Are suicide rates lower for sexual minorities in LGBT-affirming countries? | WINTERY KNIGHThttps://winteryknight.com/2022/07/01/are-suicide-rates-lower-for-sexual-minorities-in-lgbt-affirming-countries/
  6. The benefits of Christianity | George’s Journal – The media generally presents a negative picture of Christianity. But what does history tell us?https://georgesjournal.net/2022/07/02/the-benefits-of-christianity/
  7. Why Does the Apostles Creed Say That Jesus Descended into Hell? | Crossway Articleshttps://www.crossway.org/articles/why-does-the-apostles-creed-say-that-jesus-descended-into-hell/
  8. @RatioChristiOrg interviews Dr. Tour on hot button science and faith issues: Origin of life, Intelligent design or evolution? And much more! – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic4GP87gSoY
  9. Unloving Christians in the Wake of Roe – The Stream – In the aftermath of Roes glorious demise, I’ve seen many so-called Christians reacting exactly as I would expect. As cowards.https://stream.org/unloving-christians-in-the-wake-of-roe/
  10. Surviving a Near-Deconstruction Experiencehttps://www.carmenschober.com/post/surviving-a-near-deconstruction-experience

“When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong–let the reader understand–then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the roof of his house go down or enter the house to take anything out. Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that this will not take place in winter, because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now–and never to be equaled again. If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them. At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ !’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect–if that were possible. So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time. “But in those days, following that distress, ” ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ Mark 13:14-25

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-30-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

Death to the world, and burial with Christ, are experiences which carnal minds treat with ridicule, and hence the ordinance which sets them forth is almost universally neglected, and even condemned. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Sex abnormalities and transgender – creation.com – Abnormal sexual development has nothing to do with choosing which gender you would like to be.https://creation.com/sex-abnormalities-v-transgender
  2. How to Make the Case against Abortion in Less Than a Minutehttps://www.str.org/w/how-to-make-the-case-against-abortion-in-less-than-a-minute
  3. Make the Pro-Life Case in 60 Seconds – YouTube – You’re in a conversation and someone says, Pro-lifers just want to force their religious views on everyone else. They don’t really have a good reason to oppose abortion. What would you say? Dismissing opposition to abortion as religious ideology is intellectually lazy. There are rational arguments against abortion, and those who oppose abortion make them often. So, when abortion advocates dismiss arguments against abortion, remember these three steps: First, formally state the case against abortion. Second, defend the case against abortion by clearly stating the reasons for your pro-life position. Third, establish ground rules for further discussion.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEnokKiwtkA
  4. Is Hell Real? – YouTube – You’re in a conversation and someone says, I don’t believe a loving God would send anyone to Hell. He wouldn’t even allow a place like that to exist. What would you say? It’s easier to believe in things like Heaven, redemption, and eternal joy with God you know, the things we want to be true — than those things that are hard to imaging and even stomach, like eternal punishment. Hell is a hard thing to talk about, but the next time it comes up in conversation, here are three things to remember: First, God doesn’t force anyone into Hell, but He doesn’t force anyone to love Him or be with Him either. Second, Jesus taught that Hell is real, and talks about it more than anyone else in the New Testament. Third, Hell does not diminish Gods love; it displays it.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucC8O471qyE
  5. How to Have a Conversation: When Under Pressure – YouTube – you’re in a conversation and suddenly an assertion is leveled against your view and you don’t know how to answer it. Now maybe you’ve forgotten the reasoning or evidence, or maybe haven’t done your research in the first place. What would you say? The What Would You Say videos are a great way to ground yourself in the basic arguments for Christian values and convictions, but the pressure of the moment, you may not be able to recall the details. For those situations, you need a game plan. The next time you’re in over your head, here are three things to remember: First, don’t try to answer the challenge immediately. If you do, you’re giving them a free ride. Second, don’t be taken in by their, I can explain that response and Third, ask for specific reasons why their ideas should be taken seriously https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhyMclem04A
  6. The Heart of the Abortion Issue – In this clip from To the Point LIVE, Jon Noyes asks how a civil society should treat innocent human beings who challenge our current way of life and reminds us not to be distracted away from the most important question in the abortion debate: What is the unborn?https://www.str.org/w/the-heart-of-the-abortion-issue
  7. What Is the General Theory of Evolution Unable to Explain? – YouTube – Dr. Craig answers a question about certain limits within the theory of evolution, common ancestry, random mutation, natural selection, etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpuog3h_tb0
  8. Must You Remain Silent on Abortion Unless You Adopt a Baby? If you’ve never adopted a child, does this disqualify you from speaking out against abortion? Alan offers five reasons why this challenge is mistaken.https://www.str.org/w/must-you-remain-silent-on-abortion-unless-you-adopt-a-baby-1
  9. What does the Bible say about abortion? | GotQuestions.orghttps://www.gotquestions.org/abortion-Bible.html
  10. Values Voter Summit Highlights Abortion, Adoption Link | Politics Newshttps://www.christianpost.com/news/values-voter-summit-highlights-abortion-adoption-link.html
  11. When Christians Have a Contagious Faith – The Stream – While it’s easy to feel intimidated by the thought of sharing Jesus with others, Marks approach emphasizes the different gifts and skills within the body of Christ.https://stream.org/when-christians-have-a-contagious-faith/
  12. The Significance of the Overturning of Roe – The Streamhttps://stream.org/the-significance-of-the-overturning-of-roe/
  13. Barr: Public Schools Are So Hostile To Christians, They’re Unconstitutional – That’s because there are only two ways to restrain people from following disordered passions, Barr said: internal restraints, which are largely provided by ones beliefs; and external restraints, which are typically provided by government. So in order to have a limited government, Barr noted in an explicit echo of the American Founders, citizens must practice self-restraint.https://thefederalist.com/2022/06/27/barr-public-schools-are-now-so-hostile-to-christians-theyre-unconstitutional/

About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in no little business for the craftsmen. He called them together, along with the workmen in related trades, and said: “Men, you know we receive a good income from this business. And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that man-made gods are no gods at all. There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited, and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.” When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia, and rushed as one man into the theater. Paul wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him. Even some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, sent him a message begging him not to venture into the theater. The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there. The Jews pushed Alexander to the front, and some of the crowd shouted instructions to him. He motioned for silence in order to make a defense before the people. But when they realized he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison for about two hours: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” The city clerk quieted the crowd and said: “Men of Ephesus, doesn’t all the world know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image, which fell from heaven? Therefore, since these facts are undeniable, you ought to be quiet and not do anything rash. You have brought these men here, though they have neither robbed temples nor blasphemed our goddess. If, then, Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a grievance against anybody, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. They can press charges. If there is anything further you want to bring up, it must be settled in a legal assembly. As it is, we are in danger of being charged with rioting because of today’s events. In that case we would not be able to account for this commotion, since there is no reason for it.” After he had said this, he dismissed the assembly. Acts 19:23-41

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-23-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

We can hate our sin without hating ourselves because we who have committed our lives to Christ stand in His righteousness and not our own. Our real identity is not in the sin we battle, but in the Savior we embrace. – Rosaria Butterfield

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Should Morality Be Legislated?https://ryanpauly.org/2022/05/07/should-morality-be-legislated/
  2. College Life and Apologetics Part 1 Biblical Worldview Academyhttps://biblicalworldviewacademy.org/college-life-and-apologetics-part-1/
  3. College Life and Apologetics: Part 2 Biblical Worldview Academyhttps://biblicalworldviewacademy.org/college-life-and-apologetics-part-2/
  4. Neanderthals becoming more modern with time – creation.com – Neanderthals did not need a major step toward humanity; they were already fully human.https://creation.com/neanderthals-modern
  5. Margaret Sanger Christianity Today – creation.com – Sanger believed that American society faced a rising number of human weeds as a result of the wrong sort of person having too many offspring. And a major reason she promoted contraception was to try to convince these people to stop reproducing.https://creation.com/margaret-sanger-christianity-today
  6. The 5 points that led me to leave Calvinism SOTERIOLOGY 101https://soteriology101.com/2014/12/08/the-5-points-that-lead-me-out-of-calvinism/
  7. A biblical and scientific approach to climate change – creation.comhttps://creation.com/climate-change
  8. Are We Morally Obligated to Have Fewer Children? – Stand to Reasonhttps://subspla.sh/6t64w36
  9. Responding to Pro-Choice Memes – Stand to Reasonhttps://subspla.sh/kfkzfdw

Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry for help come to you. Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly. Psalms 102:1-2

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-16-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

O Lord, I am astonished at the difference between my receivings and my deservings, between the state I am now in and my past gracelessness, between the heaven I am bound for and the hell I merit. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Three Realities Chance Can’t Explain That ID Can | Evolution Newshttps://evolutionnews.org/2022/06/three-realities-chance-cant-explain-that-intelligent-design-can/
  2. Why The Bible Is Reliable – Dr. Frank Turek – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/3f5Flb6LY4I
  3. The Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion Quickly Explained and Refuted – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/Kox1QCcaAsc
  4. Science Confirms Biblical Creation – Dr. Jason Lisle – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/Av3GycE9rms
  5. William Lane Craig and James White debate Calvinism vs Molinism | WINTERY KNIGHThttps://winteryknight.com/2022/06/11/william-lane-craig-and-james-white-debate-calvinism-vs-molinism-2/
  6. New Discoveries on Shroud of Turin Directly Contradict 1988 Carbon Dating, Put It Roughly Around Judea Some 2,000 Years Agohttps://www.westernjournal.com/new-discoveries-shroud-turin-directly-contradict-1988-carbon-dating-puts-roughly-around-judea-2000-years-ago/
  7. In the Morally Relevant Sense, it is Not a Woman’s Body – The Good Book Blog – Biola Universityhttps://www.biola.edu/blogs/good-book-blog/2022/in-the-morally-relevant-sense-it-is-not-a-woman-s-body
  8. Prepare to Stand – In October 2016, pastor Andrew Brunson was falsely accused of terrorism and held for two years in Turkish prisons. Following a worldwide prayer movement and significant political pressure from the U.S. government, he was released in October 2018. Since then, Andrew has felt an urgency for Christians in the West to prepare for a coming wave of hostility.https://frc.org/preparetostand
  9. A Christian Reacts to the Nupur Sharma Controversy – Former BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) spokesperson Nupur Sharma was suspended for saying (during a televised debate) that Muhammad married a young girl (Aisha). As protestors demand Sharma’s arrest or execution, and her defenders insist that she did nothing wrong, the controversy is escalating rapidly. What does an American Christian think about the Nupur Sharma controversy? David Wood discusses the issue.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6hDxPKyIYY
  10. Smart slime – creation.com – the headaches it causes evolutionary scientists are less well publicized. Existing at the crossroads between the kingdoms of animals, plants and fungi,1 it has long defied evolutionists attempts to categorize it and the other slime moulds. In some ways its life cycle resembles that of a fungus, but partially also that of certain bacteria. Adding to the complication, Physarum makes its own cellulose, like plants do. Mostly, though, Physarum lives and feeds like a one-celled animal.https://creation.com/smart-slime

Then they asked him, “Where is your father?” “You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” John 8:19

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-9-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

Christian, beware how thou thinkest lightly of sin. Take heed lest thou fall by little and little. Sin, a little thing? Is it not a poison? Who knows its deadliness? Sin, a little thing? Do not the little foxes spoil the grapes? Doth not the tiny coral insect build a rock which wrecks a navy? Do not little strokes fell lofty oaks? Will not continual droppings wear away stones? Sin, a little thing? It girded the Redeemer’s head with thorns, and pierced His heart! It made Him suffer anguish, bitterness, and woe. Could you weigh the least sin in the scales of eternity, you would fly from it as from a serpent, and abhor the least appearance of evil. Look upon all sin as that which crucified the Saviour, and you will see it to be “exceeding sinful”. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Tips for Discussing Abortion Onlinehttps://www.str.org/w/tips-for-discussing-abortion-online
  2. Clarks woodpecker – Amazing birds help trees with staggering feats of rememberinghttps://creation.com/clarks-woodpecker
  3. Questions on Universal Salvation, Molinism, and the Burial of Jesus – Reasonable Faith Apphttps://subspla.sh/rs4mksb
  4. Aren’t Some Unbelievers Sincerely Seeking Truth? – Stand to Reasonhttps://subspla.sh/gq6spcf
  5. Since God Values Humility, Is He Against Certainty? – Stand to Reasonhttps://subspla.sh/pgrk69q
  6. The Top 20 Discoveries About Jesus Outside the Bible – Cross Examinedhttps://subspla.sh/mvjpsm9
  7. Christian Student Files Federal Lawsuit after Illinois University Punishes Her for Sharing Her Beliefs with Classmates – Milton Quintanillahttps://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/milton-quintanilla/christian-student-files-federal-lawsuit-after-illinois-university-punishes-her-for-sharing-her-beliefs-with-classmates.html
  8. Three Realities Chance Can’t Explain That Intelligent Design Can: https://evolutionnews.org/2022/06/three-realities-chance-cant-explain-that-intelligent-design-can/

The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. Psalms 103:6

Blessings to you all

Teaching on John 8:31-59

I delivered the following teaching to a group of about 15 men on Tuesday May 10th at our weekly Bible study at Mimi’s Café:

John 8:31-59

31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." 33 They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, 'You will become free'?"

34 Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. 36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are Abraham's descendants; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. 38 I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father."

39 They answered and said to Him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, "If you are Abraham's children, do the deeds of Abraham. 40 But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do. 41 You are doing the deeds of your father." They said to Him, "We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God."

42 Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me. 43 Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

45 But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God." 48 The Jews answered and said to Him, "Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?" 49 Jesus answered, "I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. 50 But I do not seek My glory; there is One who seeks and judges. 51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death."

52 The Jews said to Him, "Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets also; and You say, 'If anyone keeps My word, he will never taste of death.' 53 Surely You are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died too; whom do You make Yourself out to be?" 54 Jesus answered, "If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, 'He is our God'; 55 and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I will be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad." 57 So the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?" 58 Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am." 59 Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple. NASB

Verse by Verse

I want us to read a few verses back to get the context of Jesus’ words in v31-32:

28 So Jesus said, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me. 29 And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him." 30 As He spoke these things, many came to believe in Him. 31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."  

The focus in the passage is upon those who were exercising the beginnings of faith in Jesus as Messiah and Son of God.  Jesus desired them to move on in their faith.  Saving faith is not fickle but firm and settled.  Such maturity expresses itself in full commitment to the truth in Jesus Christ resulting in genuine freedom. 

The 1st step in the progress toward true discipleship is belief in Jesus Christ as Messiah and Son of God.  The 2nd step is Perseverance in obedience to Scripture, which is the fruit or evidence of genuine faith:

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

The word “continue” in v31 means to habitually abide in Jesus’ words.  A genuine believer holds fast, obeys, and practices Jesus’ teaching.  The one who continues in His teaching has both the Father and the Son (2 John 9; Heb. 3:14; Rev. 2:26):

2 John 1:9 Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.

Hebrews 3:14 For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end

Revelation 2:26 He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS

Real disciples are both learners (the basic meaning of the word) and faithful followers.

The word “truth” in v32 has reference not only to the facts surrounding Jesus as the Messiah and Son of God but also to the teaching that He brought.  A genuinely saved and obedient follower of the Lord Jesus will both know divine truth and experience freedom from sin.  The divine truth comes not merely by intellectual assent (1 Cor 2:14) but saving commitment to Christ (Titus 1:1-2).

Salvation is not just a one-time decision, but a life-long commitment to continue in His word (not perfectly, but increasingly).  However, there is a surviving “free grace movement” (FG) within the evangelical church today which contends that the reformation teaching of justification by faith alone precludes the need for repentance by the believer (repentance being understood as “remorse for sin and an internal resolve to forsake it”). FG believes requiring repentance from new believers is “adding works to faith”.  FG employs a kind of fallacious mathematical reasoning when it asks, “How many good works does one have to do in order to be assured of salvation?”, as though such things could be quantified. The biblical answer is, “Some”.[1]  The reformers repeatedly and unanimously insisted that justification is by faith alone, but the faith that justifies is never alone – it is always accompanied by good works.

Q: Is a “carnal Christian” really a Christian?

Note the sequence of what Jesus is saying in v31-32 – it is obedience, then knowledge (similar to a statement in the last chapter):

John 7:17 If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether My teaching comes from God or whether I speak on My own.

In the Jewish way of thinking, obedience is the means of spiritual knowledge.

We should also remember the great commission delivered by Jesus at the end of Matthew’s gospel:

Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

In the Great Commission, Jesus directs the 11 disciples (and by implication all future followers) to make disciples, not just believers and to teach them to observe (obey, follow) all that He taught.

33 They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, 'You will become free'?"

In reality, the nation of Israel were slaves of the Egyptians:

Exodus 1:11 - So they appointed taskmasters over them to afflict them with hard labor. And they built for Pharaoh storage cities, Pithom and Raamses.

Of course they were also made subject to Nebuchadnezzar in the Babylonian captivity:

2 Chronicles 36:15-17,20 The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent word to them again and again by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place; but they continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, until there was no remedy. Therefore He brought up against them the king of the Chaldeans [Nebuchadnezzar] …; He gave them all into his hand. … Those who had escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon; and they were servants to him and to his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia

Regarding their being Abraham’s descendants, John the Baptist had addressed this topic with them:

Matthew 3:7-9 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance; and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father'; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.”

34 Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.

The ultimate bondage is not political or economic enslavement but spiritual bondage to sin and rebellion against God.  

The idea of “commits sin” (v34) means to practice sin habitually.  The apostle John also references the topic in his 1st epistle:

1 John 3:4-9

Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

Although genuine Christians have a sin disposition, and do commit and need to confess sin, that is not the unbroken pattern of their lives.  A genuinely born again believer has a built-in check or guard against habitual sinning due to a new nature (“born of God”).  Since Christ died on the cross to transform sinners, those truly born again have replaced the habit of sin with the habit of righteous living.  Consider the following quote:

Religion says, “I obey, therefore I am accepted.” Christianity says, “I am accepted, therefore I obey.” – Alistair Begg

35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. 36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

While the Jews thought of themselves only as free sons of Abraham, in reality, they were slaves of sin.  Those whom Jesus Christ liberates from the tyranny of sin and the bondage of legalism are really free.  Paul expounds extensively on these topics in his epistles, here is a sampling:

Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

Galatians 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

37 I know that you are Abraham's descendants; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.

Jesus was denying that mere physical lineage was sufficient for salvation.  The Apostle Paul echoed that sentiment in recounting his own lineage and lofty attainments as a Jew:

Philippians 3:4-9 Although I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more: circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless. But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,

Paul’s lineage and attainments were greater than those his opponents (the Judaizers) could claim, but were of no benefit for salvation.

38 I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father." 39 They answered and said to Him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, "If you are Abraham's children, do the deeds of Abraham.

Jesus calls on them to do the deeds of Abraham.  This could be a reference to the events of Genesis 18, where the LORD appeared to Abraham at his tent near the oaks of Mamre.  Abraham welcomed the Messenger who came from heaven, but these Jews were not welcoming Jesus, the Messenger from heaven.  When the LORD took Abraham outside to look up and said his descendants would be as numerous as the stars, he believed Him (Genesis 15:6), but the Jews did not believe Jesus, God who came down from heaven, when He spoke.

40 But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do. 41 You are doing the deeds of your father." They said to Him, "We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God."

The Jews may well have been referring to the controversy surrounding Jesus’ birth.  The Jews knew the story about Mary’s betrothal and that Joseph was not Jesus’ real father; thus they implied that Jesus’ birth was illegitimate (see Mt 1:18-25; Lk 1:26-38):

Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.

42 Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me. 43 Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word.

44 You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

According to John MacArthur sermon (False Assurance of the Religious (John 8:37-47)), here’s the way to diagnose a child of the devil:

Doesn’t believe the truth, doesn’t love Christ.

Here’s the way to diagnose a child of God:

Loves the truth, loves Christ and loves others!

45 But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me?

Jesus challenges them to convict Him of sin.  They certainly were looking for any reason to condemn Him and would’ve presented it if they had any evidence of Him committing sin.  Yet, they were presented no evidence – just baseless ad-hominem attacks (“you are a Samaritan”, “you have a demon”).

47 He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God."

These “believers” were not true believers – they were not His sheep and therefore could not hear Him:

John 10:27-28 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.

They continued with baseless, unfounded, ad-hominem attacks:

48 The Jews answered and said to Him, "Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?"

They had no substance, so they just resorted to name-calling.  The same is going on in the modern day!

49 Jesus answered, "I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. 50 But I do not seek My glory; there is One who seeks and judges. 51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death."

This is a staggering statement (“if anyone keeps My word he will never see death”).  C.S. Lewis comments on Jesus “talking as if He was God” in Mere Christianity:

Among these Jews there suddenly turns up a man who goes about talking as if He was God. He claims to forgive sins. He says He has always existed. He says He is coming to judge the world at the end of time. Now let us get this clear. Among Pantheists, like the Indians, anyone might say that he was a part of God, or one with God: there would be nothing very odd about it. But this man, since He was a Jew, could not mean that kind of God. God, in their language, meant the Being outside the world Who had made it and was infinitely different from anything else. And when you have grasped that, you will see that what this man said was, quite simply, the most shocking thing that has ever been uttered by human lips.

Imagine your neighbor making these kinds of claims: I am the first and the last—the self-existing One. Do you need your sins forgiven? I can do it. Do you want to know how to live? I am the light of the world—whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. Do you want to know whom you can trust? All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Do you have any worries or requests? Pray in my name. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. Do you need access to God the Father? No one comes to the Father except through me. The Father and I are one.

What would you think about your neighbor if he seriously said those things? You certainly wouldn’t say, “Gee, I think he’s a great moral teacher!” No, you’d say this guy is nuts, because he’s definitely claiming to be God.  Since Jesus claimed to be God, one of only three possibilities could be true: he was either a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord (refer to famous C.S. Lewis quote from Mere Christianity).

52 The Jews said to Him, "Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets also; and You say, 'If anyone keeps My word, he will never taste of death.' 53 Surely You are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died too; whom do You make Yourself out to be?" 54 Jesus answered, "If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, 'He is our God'; 55 and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I will be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word.

56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad." 57 So the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?"

58 Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am."

Here Jesus declared Himself to be Yahweh, i.e. the Lord of the OT.  Some of the most powerful affirmations of Jesus’ deity are a chain of expressions in John’s gospel known as the “I am” statements.  Each of these phrases employs the name God revealed to Moses at the burning bush – “I AM” (Ex. 3:14).  Jesus applied that name to Himself in a series of prominent declarations: “I am the bread of life” (6:35).  “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven” (6:51). “I am the light of the world” (8:12; 9:5).  “I am the door of the sheep” (10:7).  “I am the good shepherd” (10:11).  “I am the resurrection and the life” (11:25).  “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (14:6).  And the stunning, inescapable affirmation of deity, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am” (8:58).  Jesus’ stature as the great I AM of the OT was essential to His role as Savior.  Those who refuse to acknowledge Him for who He is cannot be saved: “Unless you believe that I am, you shall die in your sins” (8:24).  This set up an extremely difficult barrier for Pharisees.  They understood that He was claiming authority over their greatest patriarchs and prophets (8:53).  Indeed He was claiming equality with God and the ramifications of that they could not accept.  Therefore Jesus warned them, they would die in their sins (8:24).

Q: What statement or act of Jesus is the most explicit declaration of His Deity?

59 Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.

The Jews understood Jesus’ claim and were ready to punish Jesus for blasphemy:

Leviticus 24:16 Moreover, the one who blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall certainly stone him. The alien as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death.

Resources Used in Preparing this Teaching

  1. MacArthur Study Bible (NASB)
  2. MacArthur sermons:
    1. The Freedom of True Discipleship (John 8:31-36) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM5x0_Bvzzo
    2. False Assurance of the Religious (John 8:37-47) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBLkSJVfg1Q https://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/43-47/false-assurance-of-the-religious
    3. Jesus Provokes His Enemies (John 8:48-59): http://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/43-48
  3. How “Free Grace” Theology Diminishes the Gospel: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/reviews/free-grace-theology/
  4. “Free Grace” Theology: 5 Ways It Diminishes the Gospel (by Wayne Grudem): https://www.amazon.com/Free-Grace-Theology-Diminishes-Gospel/dp/1433551144/
  5. Salvation without Repentance from Sin? A Critique of the “Free Grace” Gospel – Nov. 21, 2014: ETS Annual Meeting, San Diego, California – Wayne Grudem’s notes (http://www.waynegrudem.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Salvation-w-o-repentance-ETS-paper-11-21-14.docx)
  6. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist (Norman Geisler and Frank Turek)
  7. The Gospel According to Jesus: What is Authentic Faith (John MacArthur)

[1] Adapted from the Gospel Coalition review of Wayne Grudem’s book “Free Grace” Theology: 5 Ways It Diminishes the Gospel

mid-week apologetics booster (6-2-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

There is a difference between mercy and grace. Mercy is not getting what we do deserve. Grace is getting what we do not deserve. – O. S. Hawkins

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Navigating the (New?) Negative World: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevin-wax/navigating-negative-world/
  2. What is the Strongest Case for Pro Life? Interview with Stephanie Gray Connors – YouTube: https://youtu.be/FXIxryxlnI4
  3. Richard Dawkins FINALLY admits there’s evidence for God? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/hHXXacBAm2A
  4. Uvalde and the Problem of Evil | FrontpageMag: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2022/06/uvalde-and-problem-evil-daniel-greenfield/

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile –the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:8-15

Blessings to you all