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

Good morning friends,

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

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

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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Conversation with a Hindu friend

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

Conversation with a teacher on a plane

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

Conversation while serving the homeless

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good morning friends,

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

http://ps11911.com/todo

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

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-10-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

True tolerance is where we extend to each other the right to be wrong. False tolerance, on the other hand, navely asserts that all ideas are created equal and this must be rejected. Not only is this obviously false, its unlivable. – Jonathan Morrow (Questioning the Bible)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. I’ve been listening to this excellent apologetics book on Christian Audio– “Talking with Your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have” by Natasha Crain, Sean McDowell.  I think it is a very good book, either for Christian parents or for people involved in children’s ministry.  Each topic explains how to “Start the Conversation” and how to “Advance the Conversation”, it is really good.  I particularly like listening to the audio version in my car.  You can read on Kindle ~8.50 to purchase, or, you can search purchase it on Christian Audio or on AudibleHere is the link to the Amazon Kindle book to start reading it for free (you don’t need to have a Kindle, if you have a smart phone, there is a free Kindle App): http://a.co/cmYihjY
  2. I created a site that stores over 300 links (adding all the time) to various Christian and/or conservative web sites.  At the top of the page there is a button that says “Random Link”.  If you click on that button it will launch one of those sites (randomly) in a new browser tab.  I would encourage you to use this site when you want to browse the internet: http://ps11911.com/links/random_christian_link.php
  3. I also created a custom Google search engine that only searches (close to 400) sites that I approve of.  You may want to take advantage of that rather than using regular Google:  https://cse.google.com/cse/publicurl?cx=010463686461312142595:zj9fpq632pg
  4. The conversion of Paul is one of the greatest Christian evidences we have Is Jesus Alive?: http://isjesusalive.com/an-awesome-quote-about-how-the-conversion-of-paul-is-one-of-the-greatest-christian-evidences-we-have/
  5. Steve Meyer on the information enigma in evolution | Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/evolution/steve-meyer-on-the-information-enigma-in-evolution/
  6. 3 Responses to the Deadly Atheist Meme Even Christians Get Wrong Rational Faith: http://rationalfaith.com/2019/01/3-responses-to-the-deadly-atheist-meme/
  7. If Christianity is True, Everything Else is False. | Ryder’s Word: https://rydersword.wordpress.com/2019/01/04/if-christianity-is-true-everything-else-is-false/
  8. Does religion really matter in America? Frank Turek podcast interviewing J. Warner Wallace: https://subspla.sh/hx2v9pw
  9. A look at an alleged contradiction in the Gospels: Was Jairus’ daughter alive when Jesus was approached or was she already dead? http://isjesusalive.com/a-look-at-an-alleged-contradiction-in-the-gospels-was-jairus-daughter-alive-when-jesus-was-approached-or-was-she-already-dead/
  10. Do Diamonds Take Millions of Years to Form? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/geology/rocks-and-minerals/do-diamonds-take-millions-of-years-to-form/
  11. I’m At Home With Evidentialism Because the Evidence Brought Me Home: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/im-at-home-with-evidentialism-because-the-evidence-brought-me-home/
  12. Study: the early Earth’s atmosphere contained oxygen – this is significant because it undermines naturalistic scenarios for the origin of life: https://winteryknight.com/2014/04/28/study-the-early-earths-atmosphere-contained-oxygen/
  13. How Do I Share What I Believe? The Relationship Between Low Expectations and Lackluster Evangelism: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-do-i-share-what-i-believe-the-relationship-between-low-expectations-and-lackluster-evangelism/
  14. Bill McKeever and the Gold Plates apologetic-this is good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIrMlAH_o9k&feature=youtu.be
  15. Did Humans Really Evolve from Apelike Creatures? https://answersingenesis.org/human-evolution/ape-man/did-humans-really-evolve-from-apelike-creatures/
  16. Here is a collection of Cliffe Knechtle videos, who is a defender of the Christian faith, interacting with students in an open grass mall at Ohio State University.  He gives some pretty good answers to their questions:  https://www.youtube.com/user/askcliffe/search?query=Ohio+State

I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise. I will be careful to lead a blameless life — when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with blameless heart. I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me. Psalms 101:1-3

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-3-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

The best data we have are exactly what I would have predicted had I nothing to go on but the first five books of Moses, the Psalms and the Bible as a whole. – Arno Penzias

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. A Parent’s Guide to the 5 Skeptics Who Want to Shame Your Kids for Being Christian | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/parents-guide-5-skeptics-who-want-shame-your-kids-being-christian
  2. The Number One Sign Your Kids Are Just Borrowing Your Faith: http://christianmomthoughts.com/the-number-one-sign-your-kids-are-just-borrowing-your-faith-and-not-developing-their-own/
  3. 65 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Parent Needs to Learn to Answer: http://christianmomthoughts.com/65-apologetics-questions-every-christian-parent-needs-to-learn-to-answer/
  4. Dr. William Lane Craig answers questions about Jesus in the New York Times | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/12/25/dr-william-lane-craig-answers-questions-about-jesus-in-the-new-york-times/
  5. Professor, Was Jesus Really Born to a Virgin? (This is an interview of Dr. William Lane Craig in the New York Times!) – The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/21/opinion/sunday/christmas-christian-craig.html
  6. Can We Agree to Disagree? Question of the Week | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/can-we-agree-to-disagree
  7. Why Apologetics? Tim Barnett | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/why-apologetics
  8. Salvation – Are You Sure? This is a PowerPoint about salvation that can be given to someone | Biblical Christianity: http://bib.irr.org/file/salvation-are-you-sure
  9. Popular Atheist Blogger, Leah Libresco, Converts to Christianity (specifically Catholicism). | James Bishop’s Theological Rationalism: https://jamesbishopblog.com/2016/12/28/popular-atheist-blogger-leah-libresco-converts-to-christianity/
  10. The Real Reason Why Fewer Americans Think Religion Matters: https://townhall.com/columnists/jwarnerwallace/2018/12/30/the-real-reason-why-fewer-americans-think-religion-matters-n2538228
  11. Why do Christians Love the Cross? – God Loves Mormons: https://godlovesmormons.com/christians-love-cross/
  12. Responding to a Claim that your Argument is God of the Gaps | Adherent Apologetics: https://adherentapologetics.home.blog/2018/12/28/responding-to-a-claim-that-your-argument-is-god-of-the-gaps/
  13. What Do You Do When Family Members Persist in Sin? | Radically Christian: https://radicallychristian.com/what-do-you-do-when-family-members-persist-in-sin
  14. Does Jesus Believe in Immigration Restrictions? Absolutely: https://www.afa.net/the-stand/faith/2017/02/does-jesus-believe-in-immigration-restrictions-absolutely/
  15. Lessons for Immigration and Welfare Reform from the Book of Ruth: https://www.afa.net/the-stand/culture/2015/01/lessons-for-immigration-and-welfare-reform-from-the-book-of-ruth/
  16. Do We Have A Duty To Give A Reason For Our Faith? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/2019/do-we-have-a-duty-to-give-a-reason-for-our-faith-video/
  17. Colossians 2:8 Does Not Condemn Philosophy: https://crossexamined.org/colossians-28-does-not-condemn-philosophy/
  18. Resources on The Historicity of Acts THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/12/31/resources-on-the-historicity-of-acts-2/
  19. Does Archaeopteryx Show Bird Evolution? | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/does-archaeopteryx-show-bird-evolution/
  20. Urbana 2018: 3 habits for building relationships, sharing the Gospel in a divisive world: https://www.christianpost.com/news/urbana-2018-3-habits-for-building-relationships-sharing-the-gospel-in-a-divisive-world.html
  21. Christians Should Care About Suppression of Free Speech | Oklahoma Apologetics Alliance: https://oklahomaapologetics.com/general/christians-should-care-about-suppression-of-free-speech/
  22. 25 Reasons I Believe the Bible | Dad in the Middle: http://waynestocks.com/2009/07/29/25-reasons-i-believe-the-bible/
  23. The Argument for God from Reason – if there’s no God, we don’t reason: https://www.cltruth.com/2018/the-argument-for-god-from-reason/
  24. Debate-William Lane Craig and Christopher Hitches – Does God Exist?: https://youtu.be/4KBx4vvlbZ8

To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Philippians 4:20

Blessings to you all

Books I’ve Read or Listened to – At Least in Part – in 2018

I have a strange way of reading books. Each day I read small parts of one or many books. So, I rarely ever finish a whole book. I’m constantly reading many different books. I make use of Kindle, Hardcover/Paperback books, Audible and Christian Audio. The following is a list of books that I’ve read significant parts of during the past year. I have really enjoyed all of these and would recommend them.

Kindle or Hardcover/Paperback

  1. Unsilenced: How to Voice the Gospel, James Boccardo
  2. The Case for the Real Jesus, Lee Strobel
  3. On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision, William Lane Craig
  4. Discerning Truth, Jason Lisle
  5. Evidence That Demands a Verdict, Josh & Sean McDowell
  6. Prayer Quotes: Inspiration to Draw You Closer to God, Kevin W. Shorter
  7. Shoulder Pain? The Solution & Prevention: Fourth Edition, John M. Kirsch M.D.
  8. Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions, Gregory Koukl
  9. Questioning the Bible: 11 Major Challenges to the Bible’s Authority, Jonathan Morrow
  10. Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith, J. Warner Wallace
  11. Go and Sin No More: A Call To Holiness, Dr. Michael Brown
  12. Deconstructing Calvinism, Hutson Smelley
  13. Twelve What Abouts: Answering Common Objections Concerning God’s Sovereignty in Election, John Samson
  14. Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God, Paul Copan
  15. Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life is Designed, Douglas Axe
  16. God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe, J. Warner Wallace
  17. Proving the Trinity: Biblical Evidence for the Triune God, Ben Warner
  18. A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, W. Phillip Keller
  19. Why I Believe, Dr. D. James Kennedy
  20. The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, Arthur Bennett
  21. Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together, Ron A. Hall, Denver Moore (this is one that I finished)

Audio

  1. Letters to a Young Progressive: How to Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don’t Understand, Mike S. Adams
  2. The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills–and Leave a Positive Impression!, Debra Fine
  3. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change, Marc Morano
  4. Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus, Kyle Idleman
  5. The Love Dare, Stephen and Alex Kendrick
  6. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi
  7. Church History in Plain Language, Bruce L. Shelley
  8. The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump, Gregg Jarrett
  9. Trump’s America, Newt Gingrich
  10. Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case, Frank Turek
  11. The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Steven J. Lawson
  12. Know Why You Believe, Paul E. Little
  13. Talking With Your Kids About God, Natasha Crain
  14. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Norman L. Geisler & Frank Turek

Of course, it goes without saying that I read the Bible each and every morning too! I would encourage you all to read more – make use of your free time!

mid-week apologetics booster (12-20-2018)

Good morning friends,

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

Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up. – G.K. Chesterton

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. God, Unicorns, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster – God Evidence Does God Exist?: http://godevidence.com/2018/12/god-and-modern-science/
  2. Top 10 Apologetics Books | ReasonableTheology.org: https://reasonabletheology.org/top-10-apologetics-books/
  3. Was the Virgin Conception Borrowed from Prior Mythologies? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/was-the-virgin-conception-borrowed-from-prior-mythologies/
  4. Reaching the Lost & Scattered with Jonathan Bernis | Daystar Television: http://www.daystar.com/news-updates/reaching-the-lost-scattered-with-jonathan-bernis/
  5. But Jesus never said, I am God. THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/12/14/but-jesus-never-said-i-am-god-3/
  6. Dr. Craig explains why the oral tradition is not comparable to the Telephone Game. #Apologetics: https://facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156262536113229&id=31578213228
  7. What Happened to Derek Webb? (note, I am not a 5-point Calvinist, but I do believe in perseverance of the saints. So I don’t agree with everything in this article, but I do think he makes a good point about faith, specifically Ephesians 2:8-9. I also think that there’s an interesting dynamic at play here based on how people think about their faith and what it might result in when they experience times of doubt): http://thatswhatstevesaid.blogspot.com/2018/10/what-happened-to-derek-webb.html
  8. How can we successfully defend Christianity in a soundbite world? The task of defending the truth of Christianity today is becoming increasingly difficult, especially since now technology allows us to “extract” a phrase or two and interpret it any way we want. Whether is in social media, radio or video, it’s never been easier to take things out of context. How can we successfully defend Christianity in a soundbite world? Stay tuned for the answer! : https://subsplash.com/crossexamined/lb/mi/+ky4j5nq
  9. Suffering and Evil: The Logical Problem – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k64YJYBUFLM&feature=youtu.be
  10. Suffering and Evil: The Probability Version – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxj8ag8Ntd4&feature=youtu.be
  11. Muslim Becomes Christian – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4vT1mQ5UL4&feature=youtu.be
  12. J Warner Wallace: Developing a Forensic Faith – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_lyyw-x2Kk&feature=youtu.be
  13. Sean McDowell: Can We Trust the New Testament? – 2018 Xenos Summer Institute – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdmCsQ5xeJk&feature=youtu.be
  14. The Case for the Historicity and Deity of Jesus (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/the-case-for-the-historicity-and-deity-of-jesus/
  15. Koran and the Bible: How the Koran Validates the Bible, Invalidates Itself: http://www.cltruth.com/2018/koran-validates-bible/
  16. Was the name Jehovah removed from the New Testament? Does it matter? | CARM.org: https://carm.org/was-jehovahs-name-removed-from-the-new-testament-does-it-matter
  17. The Authenticity Of The Virgin Birth | Daily Wire: https://www.dailywire.com/news/39388/erickson-authenticity-virgin-birth-erick-erickson
  18. The Top 3 Apologetics Books Christian Philosophers Say You Should Read – Capturing Christianity: http://capturingchristianity.com/top-3-apologetics-books-christian-philosophers-say-read/
  19. Does Ecclesiastes 12:7 prove that we pre-existed in heaven? | CARM.org: https://carm.org/does-ecclesiastes-12-7-prove-we-pre-existed-in-heaven
  20. A Christian Apologetics Manifesto (19 Ways to Ignite Apologetic Passion) Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.: https://douglasgroothuis.com/2018/05/31/a-christian-apologetics-manifesto-19-ways-to-ignite-apologetic-passion/
  21. Does purgatory deny the sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice? | CARM.org: https://carm.org/does-purgatory-deny-sufficiency-christs-sacrifice
  22. Science Professor & Nanotechnologist, James Tour, Converts to Christianity After Encounter with Jesus Christ. | James Bishop’s Theological Rationalism: https://jamesbishopblog.com/2018/12/17/science-professor-nanotechnologist-james-tour-converts-to-christianity-after-encounter-with-jesus-christ/
  23. Preaching to the Choir: Why the Church Needs Apologetics – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/preaching-to-the-choir-why-the-church-needs-apologetics/
  24. True and False Conversion | Living Waters: https://www.livingwaters.com/true-and-false-conversion/

A stingy man is eager to get rich and is unaware that poverty awaits him. Proverbs 28:22

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-13-2018)

Good morning friends,

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

Christian! If thou art in a night of trial, think of the morrow; cheer up thy heart with the thought of the coming of thy Lord. Be patient. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Problems with the Atheistic Worldview – Rob Lundberg: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2018/12/07/problems-with-the-atheistic-worldview/
  2. How To Respond To One Who Doesn’t Care About Truth – Straight Talk with Claudia K: http://straighttalkwithclaudiak.com/how-to-respond-to-someone-who-cares-more-about-their-preferences-than-the-truth/
  3. Everything is Connected (interview with Bill Federer) – Join Frank on a fascinating survey of history from 1453 to the Pilgrim to Thanksgiving with none other than historian Bill Federer. This episode of the Cross Examined podcast is packed with surprising historical data. Don’t miss it!: https://subsplash.com/crossexamined/lb/mi/+8mrcpnh
  4. How Media Consumption Threatens the Future of Christianity (It’s Not What You Think): https://townhall.com/columnists/jwarnerwallace/2018/12/07/how-media-consumption-threatens-the-future-of-christianity-its-not-what-you-think-n2537120
  5. Is the Bible from God? | Mikel Del Rosario: http://apologeticsguy.com/2011/07/is-the-bible-from-god/
  6. Apologetics is Like Cooking – Christian Valour: https://www.christianvalour.com/apologetics-is-like-cooking/
  7. How Christian Thinkers Can Earn A Seat At The Atheists’ Table: https://thereforegodexists.com/how-christian-thinkers-can-earn-a-seat-at-the-atheists-table/
  8. Teaching Big Ideas to Young Minds: How? Here’s the thing: https://heresthething.blog/2018/12/07/teaching-big-ideas-to-young-minds-how/
  9. Can I Tell Everyone God Loves Them? | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/god-so-loved-the-world-part-2/excerpts/can-i-tell-everyone-god-loves-them
  10. Facebook Censors Image of Santa Kneeling Before Jesus | LifeNews.com: https://www.lifenews.com/2018/12/06/facebook-censors-image-of-santa-kneeling-before-jesus/
  11. Apologetics Resources for Parents, Grandparents & Kids: http://lauriestewart.blogspot.com/2018/11/apologetics-resources-for-parents.html
  12. 61% of Netflix Originals Feature Mature Content | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/culture/61-percent-netflix-originals-feature-mature-content/
  13. Should I Ditch our Christmas Tree? – The Good Book Blog – Biola University: https://www.biola.edu/blogs/good-book-blog/2018/should-i-ditch-our-christmas-tree
  14. 8 Strong Arguments for the Empty Tomb – Capturing Christianity: http://capturingchristianity.com/8-strong-arguments-empty-tomb/
  15. The Jewish Talmud And Its Use For Christian Apologetics – Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/article/the-jewish-talmud-and-its-use-for-christian-apologetics/
  16. Dialogue Without Diatribe | Andy Bannister: http://www.andybannister.net/dialogue-without-diatribe/
  17. Who Made God? – Red Door Church: https://www.unitedchurchofsoro.org/who-made-god/
  18. Carbon dating – who is fooling who? – creation.com: https://creation.com/carbon-dating-fooling-who
  19. My Favorite Apologetics Blogs – Jesus is Not Fake News: http://jesusisnotfakenews.com/my-favorite-apologetics-blogs/
  20. Want to Give a Book for Christmas? Here’s My Top Ten List for Books on the Authority of Scripture – Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/want-to-give-a-book-for-christmas-heres-my-top-ten-list-for-books-on-the-authority-of-scripture/
  21. 60 Christmas Gift Ideas for Christian Kids and Adults: http://christianmomthoughts.com/60-christmas-gift-ideas-for-christian-kids-and-adults/
  22. REMOVING THREE MAJOR STUMBLING BLOCKS FOR PRE-CHRISTIANS POW Apologetics: http://powapologetics.com/removing-three-major-stumbling-blocks-for-pre-christians/
  23. Do Christians Have a Bias to Believe?: https://crossexamined.org/christians-bias-believe/
  24. Laura Ingraham Interview with J. Warner Wallace (Video) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/laura-ingraham-interview-with-j-warner-wallace-video/
  25. How to falsify a religion using scientific or historical evidence | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/02/06/how-to-falsify-a-religion-using-scientific-or-historical-evidence-3/
  26. Lauren Daigle on the Spot – Why We All Should Be Prepared for this Question – Break Point: http://www.breakpoint.org/2018/12/breakpoint-lauren-daigle-on-the-spot/
  27. Even Caesar Confirmed the Resurrection – After Christs Resurrection, Claudius Caesar issued a decree for people to stop stealing bodies from Judah’s sepulchers. Without realizing it, he was confirming Christs Resurrection! | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/archaeology/even-caesar-confirmed-resurrection/
  28. Alexander Pruss’s Blog: Religions as “Faiths”: https://alexanderpruss.blogspot.com/2018/11/religions-as-faiths.html
  29. Thomas Nagel: I hope there is no God! – creation.com: https://creation.com/thomas-nagel-i-hope-there-is-no-god
  30. Amazing admission – Professor Richard Lewontin, a geneticist (and self-proclaimed Marxist), is certainly one of the world’s leaders in evolutionary biology. He wrote this very revealing comment (the italics were in the original). It illustrates the implicit philosophical bias against Genesis creation, regardless of whether or not the facts support it – creation.com: https://creation.com/amazing-admission-lewontin-quote

Then Felix, who was well acquainted with the Way, adjourned the proceedings. “When Lysias the commander comes,” he said, “I will decide your case.” He ordered the centurion to keep Paul under guard but to give him some freedom and permit his friends to take care of his needs. Acts 24:22-23

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-6-2018)

Good morning friends,

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

It just doesn’t follow that if humans are somehow wired to be religious, God therefore doesn’t exist. This is what’s called the genetic fallacy, proving or disproving the truth of a view based on its origin. – Paul Copan

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Oprah’s New Age ‘Christianity’ Exposed: Dangerous Heresy | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/oprahs-new-age-christianity-exposed-dangerous-heresy/
  2. The Difference Between Islam and Christianity – Come Reason Ministries: http://www.comereason.org/difference-between-islam-and-christianity.asp
  3. Alister Mcgrath On Evangelism And Apologetics: https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Unbelievable-blog/Take-This-Bread-Alister-Mcgrath-On-Evangelism-And-Apologetics
  4. Karma and the Biblical Worldview: Are They Compatible? Rob Lundberg’s Real Issue Apologetics Ministry Website: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2018/11/29/karma-and-the-biblical-worldview-are-they-compatible/
  5. What did Jesus mean when he said, ‘My Kingdom is not of this world’? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/11/27/what-did-jesus-mean-my-kingdom-is-not-of-this-world-2/
  6. Should You Force Your Kids To Go To Church?: https://crossexamined.org/should-you-force-your-kids-to-go-to-church/
  7. Christianity Doesn’t Need Evidence Because Faith is Blind. | Living Waters: https://www.livingwaters.com/clearing-the-fog/
  8. Chinese Officials Raid Sunday Church Service, Violently Arrest Christian Worshipers: https://www.gospelherald.com/articles/71843/20180820/chinese-officials-raid-sunday-church-service-violently-arrest-christian-worshipers.htm
  9. Should Christians Practice Apologetics? – Josh.org: https://www.josh.org/should-christians-practice-apologetics/
  10. Can a scientist believe in the resurrection? Three hypotheses. – The Veritas Forum: http://www.veritas.org/can-scientist-believe-resurrection-three-hypotheses/
  11. Should Christians Get Involved With Politics Or Stay Out Of It? Straight Talk with Claudia K: http://straighttalkwithclaudiak.com/should-christians-be-involved-with-politics-or-mind-our-own-business/
  12. Examine Evidence for the Bible’s Reliability: http://faithphilosophy.com/en/bible-examine-evidence-for-the-bible-reliability.php
  13. Quick Challenge Answer: Religion Has Caused More War Than Anything Else –: http://tentmakingchristianity.com/quick-challenge-answer-religion-has-caused-more-war-than-anything-else/
  14. The Bible Says, “Knowledge Puffs Up.” Does This Mean We Shouldn’t Study Too Much?: https://www.alisachilders.com/blog/the-bible-says-knowledge-puffs-up-does-this-mean-we-shouldnt-study-too-much
  15. Never Read a Bible Verse | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/never-read-a-bible-verse
  16. 31 Reasons To Believe In The God of the Bible: https://theolocast.org/blog/existence-of-god-31-reasons-to-believe-in-the-god-of-the-bible/
  17. The Apologist’s First Question | RZIM: https://www.rzim.org/read/a-slice-of-infinity/a-living-faith
  18. The Origin of the Sexes (OB3) | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/human-evolution/origins/23-the-origin-of-the-sexes-ob3/
  19. A Melinda Penner Update – One Year Later (Greg Koukl) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=7EsXIUX_WAY
  20. Can the Bible Be Reliable if It Had Human Authors? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/can-bible-be-reliable-if-it-had-human-authors
  21. The HIDDENNESS OF GOD: http://www.logicandlight.org/hidden-god/
  22. 4 Reasons Apologetics Benefits You: http://tentmakingchristianity.com/4-reasons-apologetics-benefits/
  23. Answering The Objection, All Religion Is Manmade”: https://www.equip.org/article/answering-the-objection-all-religion-is-manmade/
  24. Changing Attitudes Toward The Resurrection Of Jesus – Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/article/changing-attitudes-toward-the-resurrection-of-jesus/
  25. Bedtime Theology: Having Spiritual Conversations with Your Kids – Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/bedtime-theology-having-spiritual-conversations-with-your-kids
  26. Why is Christmas on December 25th? Confidence in Christ: https://confidenceinchrist.net/2018/12/03/why-is-christmas-on-december-25th/
  27. Logical Fallacies: Ad Hominem | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/logic/ad-hominem/

Was it a sin for me to lower myself in order to elevate you by preaching the gospel of God to you free of charge? 2 Corinthians 11:7

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-15-2018)

Good morning friends,

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

Patience is a choice to control your emotions rather than allowing your emotions to control you. – The Love Dare

To view more of these quotes, visit here.

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 5 Things Christians Should Do After the Election: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/5-things-christians-election/
  2. Many ways to present the message about Jesus | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2018/11/07/many-ways-to-present-the-message-about-jesus/
  3. The Frightening Truth about Wicca in the United States – Dr. James Emery White Christian Blog: https://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/dr-james-emery-white/more-witches-than-presbyterians.html
  4. Talk About God, Even If You’re No Good at It – Break Point: http://www.breakpoint.org/2018/11/talk-about-god-even-if-youre-no-good-at-it/
  5. 23 Reasons Why Scholars Know Jesus Is Not A Copy Of Pagan Religions. | James Bishop’s Theological Rationalism: https://jamesbishopblog.com/2015/01/19/23-reasons-why-scholars-know-jesus-is-not-a-copy-of-pagan-religions/
  6. Lodi Man Gets Second Chance At Life When Brain Tumor Vanishes Without Surgery CBS Sacramento: https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2018/11/09/lodi-second-chance-brain-tumor/
  7. Is the Bible Reliable? Part 2 – Listen to Moments of Hope with Pastor David Chadwick, Nov 9, 2018: https://www.oneplace.com/ministries/moments-of-hope/listen/is-the-bible-reliable-part-2-725607.html
  8. 3 More Tips to Effective Conversations for Christ – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/3-tips-effective-conversations-christ-2/
  9. A Guide to Purposeful Conversations – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/a-guide-to-purposeful-conversations/
  10. Blessed Are Those Who Have Not Seen and yet Believe | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/blessed-are-those-who-have-not-seen-and-yet-believe#.W-nV8x5lA0N
  11. Leaving Home . . . And God | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/train-up-a-child/christian-parenting/leaving-home-and-god/
  12. A Beginners Guide to Understand and Answer Dr. Bart Ehrman – Christian Apologetics Alliance: http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2016/08/18/a-beginners-guide-to-understand-and-answer-dr-bart-ehrman/
  13. Investigating Bart Ehrman’s Top Ten Troublesome Bible Verses | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/investigating-bart-ehrmans-top-ten-troublesome-bible-verses/
  14. Bart Ehrman’s Latest Book How Jesus Became God | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/bart-ehrman-s-latest-book-%E2%80%93-how-jesus-became-god#.W-t0RB5lA0M
  15. 4 Early Non-Christian Sources For Jesus: http://tentmakingchristianity.com/4-early-non-christian-sources-for-jesus/
  16. Bart Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus an analysis – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/is-the-bible-reliable/bart-ehrmans-misquoting-jesus-an-analysis
  17. Top Five Apologetics Books Lucas’ Theological Novelties and Apologetics: https://lucsnovelties.com/2018/08/05/top-five-apologetics-books/
  18. 7 eye-opening facts we learn about early Christianity from a Roman Historian who hated Christians: http://isjesusalive.com/7-eye-opening-facts-we-learn-about-early-christianity-from-a-roman-historian-who-hated-christians/
  19. Is There Anything Good About Pain? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/human-body/there-anything-good-about-pain/

Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. Psalms 105:4

Blessings to you all

12 Historical Facts About Jesus, 13 Theories to Explain

The evidence for the resurrection of Jesus includes 12 facts agreed upon by scholars, both liberal and conservative. A reasonable approach is to evaluate those 12 known facts against 13 theories about what happened to determine each theory’s explanatory power (which of the 12 facts it doesn’t account for). The only 2 theories that account for all 12 known facts are:

  1. Jesus was an alien
  2. Jesus was bodily resurrected

Here are the 12 facts (gotten from a presentation by Dr. Craig Hazen):

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

Here is a chart of 13 theories that attempt to explain the facts (again, credit is given here to Craig Hazen for this excellent chart):

mid-week apologetics booster (11-8-2018)

Good morning friends,

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

Man has an amazing capacity to distort Scripture in the things that he wishes were not true. – James MacDonald

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Some Possible Options in Explaining Why the Bible is Authoritative, True, and Inspired! THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/11/01/some-possible-options-in-explaining-why-the-bible-is-authoritative-true-and-inspired-2/
  2. Life Begins at Conception | American Center for Law and Justice: https://aclj.org/begins-at-conception
  3. Engineered Adaptability: Darwin’s Anti-Design Doctrine | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/darwins-anti-design-doctrine/
  4. How Do We Speak Truth in A Distracted Age? – Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-do-we-speak-truth-in-a-distracted-age
  5. What is the Most Recent Manuscript Count for the New Testament? – Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/what-is-the-most-recent-manuscript-count-for-the-new-testament
  6. If believing in Jesus is such a huge deal, why doesn’t he do whatever it takes to show himself to me? Is Jesus Alive?: http://isjesusalive.com/divine-hiddenness/
  7. How Oxford and Peter Singer drove me from atheism to Jesus – The Veritas Forum: http://www.veritas.org/oxford-atheism-to-jesus/
  8. What About All The Other Gods? (J. Warner Wallace): http://www.breakpoint.org/2018/11/what-about-all-the-other-gods/
  9. Why Christian Apologists Must Remember Death – Capturing Christianity: http://capturingchristianity.com/why-christian-apologists-must-remember-death/
  10. The Problem With Answering the Problem of Evil | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/the-problem-with-answering-the-problem-of-evil/
  11. Which Came First, The Chicken or the Egg? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/days-of-creation/which-came-first-the-chicken-or-the-egg/
  12. How Do We Know the Right Books Made it into the New Testament? https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/how-do-we-know-the-right-books-made-it-into-the-new-testament.html

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 1 Peter 1:18-19

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-18-2018)

Good morning friends,

Recently, I have been working on a new and updated version of my Bible nuggets program. You can try it here. The newly modified version contains the following features:

  1. Read and search the full Bible in 8 different translations
  2. Browse selected “Nuggets” from the Bible
  3. Links to biblestudytools.com Interlinear Bible for any chapter or passage you’re reading (this will allow you to explore the Greek and Hebrew text)
  4. Setup and practice Bible memory verses
  5. Browse the Bible by Topic
  6. Browse, search and memorize non-Bible quotes and facts
  7. Works great on mobile devices
  8. Content can be copied to clipboard for pasting into social media postings, emails or text messages
  9. There are many more features in this program that I’m continually updating, contact me if you have any questions about the features or how to use it

Note: if you would like to request a new feature or notify me about a bug, you can add a new issue on my GitHub page for this project!

Here is one random quote (of over 700) from this new program:

We may define a republic to be a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior. – James Madison, Federalist 39, 1788

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Remember, if you login (no password required), you can create and store your own database of quotes, facts and Bible memory verses. Be sure to take advantage of this extremely helpful resource, which will help you grow in your Christian walk!

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Nazi child euthanasia and Hans Asperger – creation.com: https://creation.com/asperger
  2. Video: What is the difference between Mormonism and Christianity? – Summit Ministries: https://www.summit.org/resources/difference-mormonism-christianity/
  3. Is the Problem of Evil Really a Problem for Christianity? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/is-the-problem-of-evil-really-a-problem-for-christianity/
  4. Christian Apologetics: Who Needs It? | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/popular-writings/apologetics/christian-apologetics-who-needs-it/
  5. John Frames 9-Point Checklist for Evaluating Theological Writings: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justin-taylor/john-frames-9-point-checklist-evaluating-theological-writings/
  6. THE NEW TESTAMENT CANON AND JESUS: https://mannsword.blogspot.com/2018/09/the-new-testament-canon-and-jesus_26.html
  7. Christian Youths Leaving the Church: What Are We to Do?: http://www.cltruth.com/2017/christian-youths-leaving-church/
  8. Why does God allow natural disasters, i.e. earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis?: https://www.gotquestions.org/natural-disasters.html
  9. John Lennox and Paul Davies discuss aliens and the origin of life | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/10/10/john-lennox-and-paul-davies-discuss-aliens-and-the-origin-of-life-2/
  10. Historic Heresies Related to the Nature of God the Father: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/historic-heresies-related-to-the-nature-of-god-the-father-free-bible-insert/
  11. How to Be Smarter than Google: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/04/how-to-be-smarter-than-google.html
  12. Defending the Bible with Internal Evidence – Aaron Shamp Medium: https://medium.com/@aaronmshamp/defending-the-bible-with-internal-evidence-5f3453890298
  13. J. Warner Wallace, Cold-Case Detective: Evidence Led Him to Faith | The Stream: https://stream.org/j-warner-wallace-cold-case-detective-evidence-led-faith/
  14. Harvard Study Reveals Religious Upbringing Better for Kids Health, Well-Being | The Stream: https://stream.org/new-study-reveals-religious-upbringing-better-kids-health-well/
  15. The Christian Apologetics Mandate: https://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/reflections/read/reflections/2018/10/02/the-christian-apologetics-mandate
  16. How Are Fossils Formed? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/fossils/how-are-fossils-formed/
  17. The Difference Between Believing the Gospels and Trusting the Gospel | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/the-difference-between-believing-the-gospels-and-trusting-the-gospel/
  18. Four Big Bangs That Kill Atheism – iApologia: http://iapologia.com/the-four-big-bangs-that-kills-atheism/

For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30

Blessings to you all

Discussions while serving the homeless

Yesterday was our church’s monthly time of serving the homeless at the Henry Unger Dining Room.  I was given the job of dishing out coleslaw on serving line, along with 3 others, who were dishing out the main course, vegetables and dessert.  It was very busy initially, but after about an hour we’d cleared through the line and had served everyone.  So, I was getting to know the others on the serving line.

The guy serving desserts next to me had what appeared to be a black eye.  I asked him where it came from.  He said he recently had a surgical procedure to remove bags under his eyes.  He also shared that he is 88 years old and currently has stage 4 melanoma.  I said, wow and sorry to hear that.  I asked him what the prognosis was.  He said, very bluntly, “death”.  So, I decided to ask him “so, are you right with the Lord?”  He replied, “I hope so…”  I replied, “You don’t have to be unsure, you can know you’re right with the Lord.  All you have to do is believe in Jesus!” (1 John 5:12-13)  He didn’t make any comment on that but rather talked to me about having had a good life and raised 6 good children.  I decided not to belabor the point.  I was amazed, though, at the age of 88, with stage 4 cancer, that he was getting cosmetic surgeries, serving the homeless and even planning on going skiing this winter!

Later, I was able to talk to the people on my right.  They were a brother and sister (older – probably 40’s or 50’s) who were from Nigeria.  The sister, Esther, was visiting from Nigeria for a month.  Her brother, Joe, is a pastor at a local non-denominational church.  I was small talking with them as we were serving.  Then I asked Joe what he was preaching on.  He explained his current series (our thoughts about God and His thoughts about us).  Some way, somehow, the discussion got into talk about the nature of God, specifically, the Trinity.  He mentioned that God is one God in one Person, with 3 offices.  It seemed like he was basing much of His theology on Isaiah 9:6:

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Because of this, he believed that Jesus is the Father, and that when the Holy Ghost came upon Mary that was the Holy Ghost that was in her womb, but it Jesus that came out the birth canal!  I told him that the historic definition of the Trinity is one God revealed in 3 persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  He said it was not 3 persons.  I then asked him how he could explain or understand passages like John 17 where Jesus was praying to the Father?  Or verses like John 14:26, which explicitly describes the 3 persons of the Godhead:

But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

He didn’t have an answer for these questions.  His only answer was that we’re  finite and it is hard to understand, but you just need to have faith!  I told him that I’m just reading the Bible (the whole Bible) and getting my understanding of the nature of God from the text.

At that point, we had to get back to work.  Our time was friendly and I wished him and his sister all the best as I left for the day and that I hoped that I would see him there again.

This morning, as I researched Joe’s views, it sounded like held to something similar to Sabellianism:

Sabellianism (3rd Century) This heresy, a form of modalistic Monarchianism named for its founder, taught God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit were different modes of one God (in relationship to man), rather than three distinct persons (in objective reality). Jesus Christ and God the Father were not thought to be distinct persons, but two aspects or offices of one person.

Leader(s) in the Heresy: Sabellius, a Roman priest and theologian (215AD?)

Corrector(s) of the Heresy: Tertullian and Demetrius (Patriarch of Alexandria) wrote against the heresy

Very interesting, day of serving the homeless and of interacting with people of different beliefs.  I hope that I was able to “put a stone in their shoe” that would “annoy them” (in a good way)!

mid-week apologetics booster (9-27-2018)

Good morning friends,

Recently, I have been working on a new and updated version of my Bible nuggets program. You can try it here. The newly modified version contains the following features:

  1. Read and search the full Bible in 8 different translations
  2. Browse selected “Nuggets” from the Bible
  3. Links to biblestudytools.com Interlinear Bible for any chapter or passage you’re reading (this will allow you to explore the Greek and Hebrew text)
  4. Setup and practice Bible memory verses
  5. Browse the Bible by Topic
  6. Browse, search and memorize non-Bible quotes and facts
  7. Works great on mobile devices
  8. Content can be copied to clipboard for pasting into social media postings, emails or text messages
  9. There are many more features in this program that I’m continually updating, contact me if you have any questions about the features or how to use it

Note: if you would like to request a new feature or notify me about a bug, you can add a new issue on my GitHub page for this project!

Here is one random quote (of over 500) from this new program:

If religion, or sincerity, or ‘doing our best’ cannot save you and me, then how can any of those things save someone else? Either Jesus rescues us by taking the punishment for our sin on Himself, or we are not saved and we have to pay for our own crimes. It’s no more complicated than that. – Greg Koukl

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Remember, if you login (no password required), you can create and store your own database of quotes, facts and Bible memory verses. Be sure to take advantage of this extremely helpful resource, which will help you grow in your Christian walk!

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Beyond Adaptation: The Human Brain Is Something New | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2018/09/beyond-adapation-the-human-brain-is-something-new/
  2. What I Learned About Faith While Thinking I Had Cancer This Week: http://christianmomthoughts.com/what-i-learned-about-faith-while-thinking-i-had-cancer-this-week/
  3. Chris Pratt Explains Why He Publicly Shares God: “Hollywood Isn’t Anti-Christian”: https://www.christianpost.com/news/chris-pratt-explains-why-he-publicly-shares-god-hollywood-isnt-anti-christian-227496/
  4. 3 Logical Fallacies to Avoid (and How to Tell When Someone Else is Committing Them): https://apolotheo.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/3-logical-fallacies-to-avoid-and-how-to-tell-when-someone-else-is-committing-them/
  5. Jesus Specifically Said, “I am God”: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/jesus-specifically-said-i-am-god/
  6. Did Jesus appeal to evidence when reaching out to skeptics? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/09/23/did-jesus-appeal-to-evidence-when-reaching-out-to-skeptics-2/
  7. WWII Plane Found Frozen in Greenland Ice | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/wwii-plane-found-frozen-in-greenland-ice
  8. Yes, Intelligent Design Is Detectable by Science | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2018/04/yes-intelligent-design-is-detectable-by-science/
  9. Is the Christian Worldview Logical? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/logic/is-the-christian-worldview-logical/
  10. Ricochet Evangelism: https://mrpatvincent.com/2018/09/25/ricochet-evangelism/
  11. The Choice Between Entertaining and Training | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2012/the-choice-between-entertaining-and-training/
  12. Sir Isaac Newton on the Supreme Being | Apologetics315: https://apologetics315.com/2013/09/sir-isaac-newton-on-the-supreme-being/
  13. Christian Creationists (Do Not, Actually) Reject Science, but they do Believe in Miracles: https://www.christianvalour.com/evolutionists-claim-to-accept-science-but-they-believe/

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins. A voice of one calling: “In the desert prepare the way for the LORD ; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” Isaiah 40:1-5

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-13-2018)

Good morning friends,

I have recently been working on a new and updated version of my Bible nuggets program. You can try it here. The newly modified version contains the following features:

  1. Read and search the full Bible in 8 different translations
  2. Browse selected “Nuggets” from the Bible
  3. Links to biblestudytools.com Interlinear Bible for any chapter or passage you’re reading (this will allow you to explore the Greek and Hebrew text)
  4. Setup and practice Bible memory verses
  5. Browse the Bible by Topic
  6. Browse, search and memorize non-Bible quotes and facts
  7. Works great on mobile devices
  8. Content can be copied to clipboard for pasting into social media postings, emails or text messages
  9. There are many more features in this program that I’m continually updating, contact me if you have any questions about the features or how to use it

Note: if you would like to request a new feature or notify me about a bug, you can add a new issue on my GitHub page for this project!

Here is one random quote (of over 500) from this new program:

My transgressions and short-comings present me with a list of accusations, But I bless thee that they will not stand against me, for all have been laid on Christ – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Remember, if you login (no password required), you can create and store your own database of quotes, facts and Bible memory verses. Be sure to take advantage of this extremely helpful resource, which will help you grow in your Christian walk!

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Is God a Sex Killjoy? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/article/god-sex-killjoy#.W5FCHDNOk0N
  2. How the West Really Lost God – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/west-really-lost-god/
  3. Young Christians are leaving the church Here’s why – J. Warner Wallace: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/09/09/young-christians-are-leaving-church-here-s-why.html
  4. Hostile Ancient Non-Biblical Testimony Related to Jesus Confirms the Gospel Accounts – Cyber Penance: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2018/09/10/hostile-ancient-non-biblical-testimony-related-to-jesus-confirms-the-gospel-accounts/
  5. The Four Functions of Apologetics: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2011/08/four-functions-of-apologetics-by.html
  6. Why Does Gods Creation Include Death and Suffering? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/suffering/why-does-gods-creation-include-death-and-suffering/
  7. DNA Wired for Design: http://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/the-cells-design/read/the-cells-design/2017/06/20/dna-wired-for-design
  8. The Apologetics of Jesus: Asking Tactful Questions – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/apologetics-of-jesus-asking-tactful-questions/
  9. Committed Christians Are Now a Minority and Kids Need to Know It | Natasha Crain: http://christianmomthoughts.com/committed-christians-are-now-a-minority-and-kids-need-to-know-it/

You performed miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt and have continued them to this day, both in Israel and among all mankind, and have gained the renown that is still yours. You brought your people Israel out of Egypt with signs and wonders, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with great terror. You gave them this land you had sworn to give their forefathers, a land flowing with milk and honey. They came in and took possession of it, but they did not obey you or follow your law; they did not do what you commanded them to do. So you brought all this disaster upon them. Jeremiah 32:20-23

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-16-2018)

Good morning friends,

This summer I have been working on a new and updated version of my Bible nuggets program. You can try it here. The newly modified version contains the following features:

  1. Read and search the full Bible in 8 different translations
  2. Browse selected “Nuggets” from the Bible
  3. Links to biblestudytools.com Interlinear Bible for any chapter or passage you’re reading (this will allow you to explore the Greek and Hebrew text)
  4. Setup and practice Bible memory verses
  5. Browse the Bible by Topic
  6. Browse, search and memorize non-Bible quotes and facts
  7. Works great on mobile devices
  8. Content can be copied to clipboard for pasting into social media postings, emails or text messages
  9. There are many more features in this program that I’m continually updating, contact me if you have any questions about the features or how to use it

Note: if you would like to request a new feature or notify me about a bug, you can add a new issue on my GitHub page for this project!

Here is one random quote (of over 500) from this new program:

Give me grace to know more of my need of grace; Show me my sinfulness that I may willingly confess it; Reveal to me my weakness that I may know my strength in thee. I thank thee for any sign of penitence; give me more of it.

– Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Remember, if you login (no password required), you can create and store your own database of quotes, facts and Bible memory verses. Be sure to take advantage of this extremely helpful resource, which will help you grow in your Christian walk!

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Has the Bible been corrupted, altered, edited, revised, or tampered with?: https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-corrupted.html
  2. Faith Does Not Save You | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/faith-does-not-save-you
  3. Biblical Faith VS. Blind Faith: http://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/2012/12/biblical-faith-vs-blind-faith.html
  4. Blind Faith – A common misconception among atheists, humanists, and evolutionists is that those who reject evolution in order to hold to a fundamental, literal understanding of the biblical documents are guided by blind faith: http://www.apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=92&article=444
  5. Naturalism: A World View – the naturalistic world view is the overall belief that nature itself is all that there is. God did not design it. Intelligence was a result not a cause of the developing world. Nature formed itself by strictly natural processes. This claim has several implications…: https://www.namb.net/apologetics-blog/naturalism-a-world-view/
  6. Is Today’s Bible the Real Bible? | Institute For Religious Research: http://irr.org/todays-bible-real-bible
  7. Has the Bible Been Accurately Copied Down Through the Centuries? – SES: https://ses.edu/has-the-bible-been-accurately-copied-down-through-the-centuries/
  8. J. Warner Wallace: I am not a Christian because it works for me | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/04/13/j-warner-wallace-i-am-not-a-christian-because-it-works-for-me-6/
  9. Churches Should Welcome Sinners, Not Affirm Their Sins: http://thefederalist.com/2016/11/21/churches-welcome-sinners-not-affirm-sins/
  10. True Repentance, Real Change – Repentance is a biblical word… The Bible commands it, our wickedness demands it, justice requires it, Christ preached it and God expects it. The divine, unalterable edict is still valid: God commands all men everywhere to repent.: https://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/january-2007/true-repentance-real-change/
  11. 3 Things Christians Do That Non-Christians Despise – CareyNieuwhof.com: https://careynieuwhof.com/3-things-christians-do-that-non-christians-despise/
  12. Why the Gospels Were Written Much Earlier than We Thought – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/85175-2/
  13. Four Reasons the New Testament Gospels Are Reliable (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/four-reasons-the-new-testament-gospels-are-reliable/
  14. Examining Islam: is it a reasonable faith to trust?: https://thinkdivinely.com/examining-islam-is-it-a-reasonable-faith-to-trust/
  15. Respectfully Engaging with Hindus: http://apologeticsguy.com/2018/08/engaging-with-hindus/
  16. DNA Points to Design Cyber Penance: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2018/08/13/the-odds-of-dna-points-to-design/
  17. What Is Presuppositional Apologetics?: https://zondervanacademic.com/blog/presuppositional-apologetics/
  18. Updated – Are Young People Really Leaving Christianity? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/are-young-people-really-leaving-christianity/
  19. Why Does It Matter if God Is a Trinity? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/why-does-it-matter-if-god-trinity#.W3R7vDNlA0N
  20. The standard genetic code is optimized to reduce costly errors: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/the-standard-genetic-code-is-optimized-to-reduce-costly-errors/
  21. How to Make the Case Like a Case Maker | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/how-to-make-the-case-like-a-case-maker/
  22. Resurrection: Real? Or Real Dumb? Coffeehouse Questions: https://coffeehousequestions.com/2018/08/14/resurrection-real-or-real-dumb/
  23. Bible Contradiction? Did Jesus baptize anyone? The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/bible-contradiction-did-jesus-baptize-anyone/
  24. Ten Reasons Tent-Makers Make Great Christian Case Makers: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/ten-reasons-tent-makers-make-great-christian-case-makers/
  25. Should Missing Apostolic Letters Cause Us Concern? | LogosTalk: https://blog.logos.com/2018/08/missing-apostolic-letters-cause-us-concern/
  26. IS OUR FAITH IN JESUS A BLIND FAITH?: https://mannsword.blogspot.com/2018/08/is-our-faith-in-jesus-blind-faith.html
  27. Apologetics Press – Cutting the Roots, But Still Expecting Fruit: http://apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=7&article=5598

The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. Proverbs 13:4

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-9-2018)

Good morning friends,

This summer I have been working on a new and updated version of my Bible nuggets program. You can try it here. The newly modified version contains the following features:

  1. Read and search the full Bible in 8 different translations
  2. Browse selected “Nuggets” from the Bible
  3. Links to biblestudytools.com Interlinear Bible for any chapter or passage you’re reading (this will allow you to explore the Greek and Hebrew text)
  4. Setup and practice Bible memory verses
  5. Browse the Bible by Topic
  6. Browse, search and memorize non-Bible quotes and facts
  7. Works great on mobile devices
  8. Content can be copied to clipboard for pasting into social media postings, emails or text messages
  9. There are many more features in this program that I’m continually updating, contact me if you have any questions about the features or how to use it

Here is one random quote (of over 500) from this new program:

God is aware of your relationship with this Word of Truth and how it is being applied in your family. – James MacDonald

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Remember, if you login (no password required), you can create and store your own database of quotes, facts and Bible memory verses. Be sure to take advantage of this extremely helpful resource, which will help you grow in your Christian walk!

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 7 Reasons the Old Testament is Divine – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/7-reasons-the-old-testament-is-divine
  2. Chick-Fil-A Expansion into Canada Sparks LGBT Outrage | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/family/homosexuality/chick-fil-expansion-canada-sparks-lgbt-outrage/
  3. Every Book of the Bible in One Word: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/every-book-of-the-bible-in-one-word/
  4. Top Five Apologetics Books Lucas’ Theological Novelties and Apologetics: https://lucsnovelties.com/2018/08/05/top-five-apologetics-books/
  5. Does Islam View Women Equal to Men? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/does-islam-view-women-equal-men
  6. Uprooting a Bad Design Argument: http://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/todays-new-reason-to-believe/read/tnrtb/2010/03/04/uprooting-a-bad-design-argument
  7. Logical Fallacies: Ad Hominem | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/logic/ad-hominem/
  8. Debate between Frank Turek and David Silverman: https://player.vimeo.com/video/64415351
  9. How We Got the Bible: The English Bible to 1611: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2014/03/how-we-got-bible-english-bible-to-1611.html
  10. Christian Medical Comment: Twenty good arguments for Christianity: http://pjsaunders.blogspot.com/2013/01/twenty-good-arguments-for-christianity.html
  11. Sean McDowell and Michael Shermer talk about the Fine-Tuning of the Universe, Objective Morality, and the Evidence for God Thinking Matters: http://thinkingmatters.org.nz/2013/03/sean-mcdowell-and-michael-shermer-talk-about-the-fine-tuning-of-the-universe-objective-morality-and-the-evidence-for-god/
  12. Its Back The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife and the State of Modern Scholarship – AlbertMohler.com: https://albertmohler.com/2014/04/14/its-back-the-gospel-of-jesuss-wife-and-the-state-of-modern-scholarship/
  13. America’s Godly Heritage series – David Barton – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pme3o0WimkU&list=PL9A8002C80FA935C5&index=1
  14. Is There Any Evidence for Jesus Outside the Bible? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/is-there-any-evidence-for-jesus-outside-the-bible/
  15. 9 Undeniable Prophecies of Jesus from the Old Testament Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2018/07/29/9-undeniable-prophecies-of-jesus-from-the-old-testament/
  16. Engaging Skeptical Challenges to the Old Testament (12 page PDF): http://apologeticsguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Challenges-to-the-Old-Testament.pdf
  17. A Sign of the Times? Pastor Greg Laurie Forced to Remove Billboards Featuring the Bible | CBN News: http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2018/august/a-sign-of-the-times-pastor-greg-laurie-forced-to-remove-billboards-featuring-the-bible
  18. Witnessing Tips: Apologetics, Truth, and Humility – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/articles/witnessing-tips-apologetics-truth-and-humility/
  19. Can We Trade Sexual Morality for Church Growth?: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/can-we-trade-sexual-morality-for-church-growth1/
  20. Jesus Is A Myth, Just Like President Kennedy | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/jesus-is-a-myth-just-like-president-kennedy/
  21. Rubber Crutches | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/quickthoughts/rubber-crutches
  22. The Sower’s Apologetics Profile – When is Apologetics Effective?: http://www.cltruth.com/2017/the-sowers-apologetics-profile/

Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. So watch yourselves. “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.” Luke 17:1-4

Blessings to you all