mid-week apologetics booster (10-3-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1300) from Nuggets:

Christians believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. Materialists believe in the virgin birth of the cosmos. Choose your miracle. – Glen Scrivener

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How Long Was Adam in the Garden? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/bible-characters/adam-and-eve/how-long-was-adam-garden/
  2. How Could Adam Have Named All the Animals in a Single Day? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/bible-characters/adam-and-eve/how-could-adam-have-named-all-the-animals-in-a-single-day/
  3. Grounded Faith by Terrell Clemmons – Sinking Roots for Youth Ministry in an Age of Advanced Skepticism -Salvo Magazine: https://salvomag.com/article/salvo44/grounded-faith
  4. What are undesigned coincidences, and how are they used in apologetics? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/09/27/what-are-undesigned-coincidences-and-how-are-they-used-in-apologetics/
  5. Quick Challenge Answer: You Shouldn’t Push Your Views On Me –: http://tentmakingchristianity.com/you-shouldnt-push-your-views-on-me/
  6. Information and the origin of life – Did cells write their own software? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnlz9b5TZB0
  7. The Atheist Delusion – this is a great 1 hour movie: https://youtu.be/ChWiZ3iXWwM
  8. 3 Overlooked Ways to Do Pre-Evangelism: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/3-overlooked-ways-pre-evangelism/
  9. Pascal’s Wager Made Easy (Part 1) | Apologetics315: https://apologetics315.com/2019/09/pascals-wager-made-easy-part-1/
  10. Pascal’s Wager Made Easy (Part 2) | Apologetics315: https://apologetics315.com/2019/09/pascals-wager-made-easy-part-2/
  11. Faith is NOT Blind – Homeschool 101: https://homeschool-101.com/faith-is-not-blind/
  12. The Virtue of Silence | The Apologers: https://apologers.wordpress.com/2016/01/14/the-virtue-of-silence/
  13. Killing babies is wrong – creation.com: https://creation.com/babies-expense-abortion
  14. Who decided what books would go into the New Testament? Matthew Ruttan: https://matthewruttan.com/2019/06/19/who-decided-what-books-would-go-into-the-new-testament/
  15. What Kind of World Is Needed for Science to Work?: https://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/reflections/read/reflections/2019/09/17/what-kind-of-world-is-needed-for-science-to-work
  16. Vicarious Liability and the Imputation of Sins | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/vicarious-liability-and-the-imputation-of-sins
  17. Incarnation Why God became man – creation.com: https://creation.com/incarnation-why-god-became-man
  18. God would not allow evil and suffering (Possible responses you could give): https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/quick-shot-god-would-not-allow-evil-and-suffering/
  19. 4 Critical Tips for Apologists | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/4-critical-tips-for-apologists
  20. How I Get So Much Done | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-i-get-so-much-done
  21. What Do You Mean By That? A Look At Questioning Evangelism: Responding To Five Common Objections On A College Campus THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/10/02/what-do-you-mean-by-that-a-look-at-questioning-evangelism-responding-to-five-common-objections-on-a-college-campus-4/

No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse. Psalms 25:3

Blessings to you all

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mid-week apologetics booster (9-12-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1300) from Nuggets:

A given culture’s depravity isn’t measured simply by the percentage of Christians in that culture. …Corinth remained a sewer not because there weren’t enough Christians there, but because the Christians there weren’t Christian enough. – RC Sproul JR

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The Nation Is Not a Sin – The American Mind: https://americanmind.org/discourse/the-nation-is-not-a-sin/
  2. Did Jesus Exist? Cyber Penance: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2019/09/02/did-jesus-exist/
  3. Bart Ehrman on the Existence of Jesus | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/bart-ehrman-existence-jesus
  4. The Skeptical Argument That Bugs Me The Most – Stephen J. Bedard: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2019/08/31/the-skeptical-argument-that-bugs-me-the-most/
  5. Apeman Waves Goodbye to Darwinian Gradualism | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/09/apeman-waves-goodbye-to-darwinian-gradualism/
  6. Drew Brees and Bring Your Bible to School Day Controversy Highlights Growing Intolerance | Jim Daly: https://jimdaly.focusonthefamily.com/drew-brees-and-bring-your-bible-to-school-day-controversy-highlights-growing-intolerance/
  7. How Stephen Hawking Got God So Amazingly Wrong | The Stream: https://stream.org/stephen-hawking-got-god-wrong/
  8. The Offensively Ordinary Steps to Godliness | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-offensively-ordinary-steps-to-godliness
  9. How parents and churches can make women not like the Bachelorette Hannah Brown | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/09/07/how-parents-and-churches-can-make-women-not-like-the-bachelorette-hannah-brown/
  10. Why, after 10 years of talking to Atheists, I’m still a Christian: https://youtu.be/kQyikukTLm8
  11. Can we trust our Bibles? | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2012/03/29/can-we-trust-our-bibles/
  12. Who was Desiderius Erasmus? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Desiderius-Erasmus.html
  13. Pastor Brother-In-Law rips Buttigieg For Using Bible To Excuse Abortion Until Baby Breathes | Daily Wire: https://www.dailywire.com/news/51550/pastor-brother-law-rips-buttigieg-using-bible-amanda-prestigiacomo
  14. Your Worldview Is Likely More Secular Than You Think | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/your-worldview-might-be-more-secular-than-you-think
  15. The Next Stage in Evangelism and Apologetics: | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/the-next-stage-in-evangelism-and-apologetics-interview-with-lee-strobel
  16. What if they don’t believe the Bible? – Nabeel Qureshi: https://youtu.be/g7LXcYzF12Q
  17. DNA and An Argument for God RESPOND: https://respondblogs.wordpress.com/2019/08/01/dna-and-an-argument-for-god/amp/
  18. The Christian worldview is wholly unique – The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network: https://www.thepoachedegg.net/2019/07/apologetics-the-christian-worldview-is-wholly-unique.html

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

Conversation with a teacher on a plane

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

mid-week apologetics booster (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

mid-week apologetics booster (10-4-2018)

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:

Love is hard to offend and quick to forgive. – The Love Dare

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. What Was the Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/what-was-the-sin-of-sodom-and-gomorrah#.W6zRPmhKiUk
  2. The history of science has very bad news for the theory of evolution.: http://godevidence.com/2017/09/theory-of-evolution/
  3. Dr. Michael G Strauss: An Introduction to the Anthropic Principle and Fine Tuning: http://www.michaelgstrauss.com/2017/04/an-introduction-to-anthropic-principle.html
  4. Masturbation and the Christian – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/pmr-podcast/episode-091-masturbation-and-the-christian/
  5. Apologetics Will Not Make Anyone a Christian – Hope’s Reason: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2017/09/28/apologetics-will-not-make-anyone-christian/
  6. Unhinging the Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence Mantra | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2017/04/unhinging-extraordinary-claims-require.html
  7. 3 More Logical Fallacies to Avoid (and How to Tell When Someone Else is Committing Them) Apologetics for the Church: https://apolotheo.wordpress.com/2018/09/24/3-more-logical-fallacies-to-avoid/
  8. Are all sins equally bad? Or are there degrees of severity for different sins? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/09/30/are-all-sins-equally-bad-or-are-there-degrees-of-severity-for-different-sins-3/
  9. 4 Things Your Biology Teacher Doesn’t Want You to Say (pt. 1) Grounds4Faith: https://grounds4faith.com/2018/09/26/4-things-your-biology-teacher-doesnt-want-you-to-say-pt-1/
  10. Humans: Purposely Designed | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/what-is-the-meaning-of-life/humans-purposely-designed/
  11. In Arizona, Science Education Goes to a Vote | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2018/09/in-arizona-science-education-goes-to-a-vote/
  12. Suppressing Science at Brown University | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2018/09/suppressing-science-at-brown-university/
  13. Internal Telomere-like Sequences Are Abundant and Functional | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/internal-telomere-like-sequences-are
  14. The perils of scientific illiteracy – creation.com: https://creation.com/perils-of-scientific-illiteracy
  15. Letters to a Mormon Elder (full book online): http://www.novus2.com/alphamin/LETTERS/MAINPAGE.htm
  16. Is God an Exalted Man? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/is-god-an-exalted-man#.W7Nmu2hKiUn
  17. We have to stop divorcing apologetics from evangelism – The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network: https://www.thepoachedegg.net/2018/10/we-have-to-stop-divorcing-apologetics-from-evangelism.html
  18. Seven Compelling Evidences Confirm the Bible Is True | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/is-the-bible-true/seven-compelling-evidences-confirm-bible-is-true/
  19. Can God Be in the Presence of Sin? #3 Post of 2010 | Tough Questions Answered: https://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2010/12/29/can-god-be-in-the-presence-of-sin/
  20. 4 Reasons Why Christianity is True – Discover the Compelling Evidence: https://notashamedofthegospel.com/apologetics/4-reasons-christianity-true/

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

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