mid-week apologetics booster (8-24-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. How Do We Help Kids Who Have Left the Faith?: http://crossexamined.org/how-do-we-help-kids-who-have-left-the-faith/
  2. Ancient Man – How Could Noah Have Built a Massive Ark? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/noahs-ark/thinking-outside-the-box/ancient-man/
  3. 5 Common Answers to Kids’ Questions about God That Can Do More Harm than Good: http://christianmomthoughts.com/5-common-answers-to-kids-questions-about-god-that-can-do-more-harm-than-good/
  4. 6 Big Reasons Why Islam Is False | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/6-big-reasons-why-islam-is-false/
  5. Evidence For Resurrection Leads Distinguished Philosopher & Atheist John Montgomery To Faith | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/evidence-for-resurrection-leads-distinguished-philosopher-atheist-john-montgomery-to-faith/
  6. How to Recite the Gospel in 60 Seconds – New York Apologetics: http://www.newyorkapologetics.com/how-to-recite-the-gospel-in-60-seconds/
  7. Debating Atheists: Introduction (part 1/5) | CrossExamined.org: http://crossexamined.org/debating-atheists-introduction-part-15/
  8. Can Jesus Really Be God If the Father Is Greater Than the Son? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gjb19qq5heg
  9. The Witnesses of the Resurrection Compared to the Witnesses of the Golden Plates | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2013/the-witnesses-of-the-resurrection-compared-to-the-witnesses-of-the-golden-plates/
  10. William Lane Craig on Universal, Divine, Causal Determinism: http://evangelicalarminians.org/william-lane-craig-on-universal-divine-causal-determinism/
  11. Are the Galapagos finch beaks evidence of Darwinian evolution? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/08/19/are-the-galapagos-finch-beaks-evidence-of-darwinian-evolution-2/
  12. Ravi Zacharias – Jesus Among Other Gods (scroll down to see video – it is about 1/2 hour) – Sermon Videos: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=0B109CNU
  13. What are the doctrines of Islam? | carm: https://carm.org/what-are-doctrines-islam
  14. Jesus vs. Osiris: Debunking The Alleged Parallels | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/jesus-vs-osiris-debunking-the-alleged-parallels/
  15. Testing Hinduism | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2017/08/19/testing-hinduism/
  16. Do All Religions Offer a Piece of the Truth? – YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=AXSMr_CYAZk
  17. A list of false teachings in the Roman Catholic Church | carm: https://carm.org/list-of-roman-catholic-false-teachings
  18. Did Jesus Commend Faith That Is Blind? | CrossExamined.org: http://crossexamined.org/jesus-commend-faith-blind/
  19. The Best Question to Ask When Starting a Conversation About God | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/the-best-question-to-ask-when-starting-a-conversation-about-god/
  20. The earliest complete Koran manuscript in existence in museums today are hundreds of years after Muhammad died: http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-myths-koran-manuscripts.htm
  21. Did Humans Domesticate Ourselves? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2017/08/22/did-humans-domesticate-ourselves/
  22. Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? What Does the Science Say? – Alisa Childers: http://www.alisachilders.com/blog/did-adam-and-eve-really-exist-what-does-the-science-say
  23. To Be Sure….God Loves Us: APOLOGETICS CONVERSION STORIES: Resources: http://2besure.blogspot.com/2016/01/conversion-stories-people-who-came-to.html
  24. Why Make the Case for Christianity, If God Is in Control? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/why-make-the-case-for-christianity-if-god-is-in-control/
  25. Unbelievable? Four Simple Principles to Determine Ancient Historical Reliability | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/unbelievable-four-simple-principles-to-determine-ancient-historical-reliability/
  26. Don’t Impose Your Beliefs on Others?: http://www.cltruth.com/2017/dont-impose-beliefs-others/

Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. Psalms 112:4

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (3-30-2017)

Good morning friends,

Once again, I had the awesome privilege of serving in AWANA (3rd – 6th grade) last night.  Our Pastor had come to AWANA last week to talk about what a pastor is.  He described that pastor means shepherd and that Jesus is described in Scripture as being the Good Shepherd.  Later in the evening, one of the clubbers asked a really good question.  The question was, ‘If God is a Shepherd, then why does he allow bad people who hurt and kill others?’  It’s hard to give a quick answer to a question like that in a minute during AWANA handbook time, so we decided to show this excellent little ~2 minute video to the clubbers at the start of Counsel Time last night:

This really hit home with the clubbers!  They were able to summarize the message of the video and make additional comments on the topic.  In fact it was so popular, many of them wanted to watch it again!  But when we told them it would take away from their game time, they opted not to 🙂  It was such a blessing to see these precious young clubbers excited and interacting with this topic, thinking deeply about their faith!  We also had a great sword drill during Counsel Time, focusing on God’s faithfulness (e.g. 2 Thess. 3:3).  I pray this prayer for them:

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace. ”  Numbers 6:24-26

Here are your weekly links:

  1. 5 apologetics arguments Christians should avoid: https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/5-apologetics-arguments-Christians-should-avoid
  2. Watch “Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?” on YouTube – this is really good – 4 ½ minutes – cartoon video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyZ1l7faKSw
  3. Spiritual Inventory Questionnaire – I ran into this while searching for some spiritual inventory questions.  It is REALLY extensive (10 pages long), but seems to be really good – note: it is a PDF file: http://www.bethanychurch.com/home/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/1_Personal-Spiritual-Inventory.pdf
  4. Sanctuary Cities in the Bible: https://historyforthechristianfaith.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/sanctuary-cities-in-the-bible/
  5. CE 5: You’re Only Christian Because You Were Born in the West – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/ce-5-youre-only-christian-because-you-were-born-in-the-west-2/
  6. Watch “Tim Keller on evangelism in the 21st century” on YouTube (first step is let ‘em know you go to church): https://youtu.be/DHQBoLo31Ns
  7. The Jihadi Who Turned to Jesus: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/03/24/world/middleeast/the-jihadi-who-turned-to-jesus.html
  8. Is Christianity Jewish?  Dr. Michael Brown:
    1. Watch “Is Christianity Jewish? w/ Dr. Michael Brown 1/2” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/kjkm6XS149s
    2. Watch “Is Christianity Jewish? w/ Dr. Michael Brown 2/2” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/cwDWnXdyV9U
  9. Was Jesus’ Death & Resurrection Copied From Krishna? | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/was-jesus-death-resurrection-copied-from-krishna/
  10. Top 10 Lies Christians Believe: http://www.unsealed.org/2016/05/top-10-lies-christians-believe.html
  11. Christianity is rejected because of dislike rather than rational reasons | Real Life Apologetics: https://reallifeapologetics.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/is-the-rejection-of-christianity-an-emotional-or-a-rational-decision/
  12. The World’s Most Persecuted Minority: Christians | PragerU: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytdMUddGe-U
  13. Tell Someone | Harvest Online Courses – free course with video teaching on evangelism sent to your inbox: https://tellsomeone.harvest.org/register/tell-someone/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=paid&utm_content=harvestamerica&utm_campaign=tellsomeonecourse&hs_fb_account_id=22405970&hs_fb_campaign_id=6052164846641&hs_fb_adset_id=6053392481041&hs_fb_ad_id=6070678863441&hs_parent_creative_id=6070679192041&source
  14. C. Boycott Over Bathroom Bill Fails Magnificently: https://pjmedia.com/trending/2017/03/22/this-just-in-boycott-of-n-c-over-bathroom-bill-dies-with-a-whimper/
  15. How Christianity Led to the Rise of Modern Science: http://www.equip.org/article/christianity-led-rise-modern-science/
  16. Stop Using the Term “Fetus”: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/stop-using-the-term-fetus/

I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.  Galatians 1:11-12

Blessing to you all!

AWANA Teaching on Titus 3:5

I’ve prepared my monthly teaching for the 5th and 6th grade AWANA clubbers.  This month the verse is Titus 3:5.  Below are the slides and notes I will be using to present this material this coming Wednesday evening.  My timing of this took 17 minutes.  First is the notes for talking about the slide, then the slide image:

Today, we’re going to be talking about one of your memory verses – Titus 3:5.  This is from the Ultimate T&T Challenge Book 1 (Challenge 3:6 – pg. 65)

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Here is that verse – who would like to read it?  “he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit

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Now, I’m going to read the verse in context.  “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” This passage was written by the Apostle Paul to Titus, who he calls “my true son in our common faith” (1:4).

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Titus was someone that Paul left in charge of the church he’d established on the island of Crete.  You can see this on the map here.  As you can see, this is in the Mediterranean Sea, just southeast of Greece and southwest of Turkey.

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I want you to notice several things about this passage.  (click) The first part of the passage describes how Paul and Titus used to be before their conversion to Christianity.  Consider verse 3 …

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At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.” They weren’t acting very nice – they were disobedient and enslaved by passions and pleasures.   They “lived in malice and envy”.  (click) Do you know what malice is?

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The New Testament dictionary describes Malice like this: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness that is not ashamed to break laws, depravity, evil, trouble.

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But then, God intervened in the situation.  It says, “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us”.  So, while we were still sinning and rebelling against God, He stepped into history in the person of Jesus Christ and saved us.  The Bible (click) says “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).  Notice that Titus 3:5 says that God saved us “not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy”.  This is very important – we did not and cannot do anything to merit salvation.

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Instead, we are receiving God’s mercy.  That’s the word used in Titus 3:5, and it means that we are not getting something bad that we deserve (punishment).  Mercy is kind of the opposite of grace, which is where we are getting something we don’t deserve (God’s favor).

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The meaning of the word “grace” is unmerited favor from God.  Later in this passage (v.7) it says that we are “justified by His grace”.  There are many places in the Bible that talk about this concept of Grace – the word appears 156 places in the New Testament to be exact.  You need to understand that (click) this is a uniquely Christian concept.  Some people wonder what sets Christianity apart from other world religions.  Outside of Jesus, this is probably the main thing.  No other world religion has a concept of Grace or unmerited favor from God – you always have to do something to please the god of other religions.  Let’s talk about a few of them.

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First, Judaism.  This is the Jewish people – they believe in what we would call the “Old Testament”.  They call it the Tanakh.  Remember, we believe much of what the Jewish people believe, because we also believe what is written in the Old Testament.  However, the Jewish people largely rejected Jesus as their Messiah.  The New Testament talks a lot about the Jews and their beliefs.  They believe that being a Jewish person (a descendant of Abraham) and adherence to the Law is what will get them into heaven.  However, the Bible says “Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin” (Romans 3:20)
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Next, Islam.  These are Muslims.  They believe that God will weigh up your good deeds and bad deeds and if your good deeds outweigh your bad deeds, you will go to heaven, otherwise hell.
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What about Mormonism?  That’s also referred to as “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints” or sometimes abbreviated LDS.  They believe that good works factor into their salvation.  The book of Mormon is what they call their scriptures (which they say is “the most correct of any book on earth”). It says “it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.”  By the way, who can say that they have done everything they can do?  No one!  Contrast this with the Bible which says “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith –and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

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Then there’s Hinduism. Hinduism is a very diverse religion that began in India.   They have the concept of Karma and Re-incarnation, which are connected. Karma, is a system they believe in where your behavior, whether good or bad, will affect what happens to you in the future – both in this life and the life to come.  They believe that Karma affects what you are re-incarnated as.  If you’ve led a good life, you will be re-incarnated as a higher life form (click) (maybe a King), but if you’ve lived a bad life, you will be re-incarnated as a lower life form (click) (maybe a bug).  But the Bible says “Man is destined to die once and after that to face judgment” (Heb. 9:27)

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For example, Fakirs are holy men in India.  Here is a fakir sitting on a bed of nails to demonstrate his religious devotion to the gods. They believe that eventually, if you keep living a better and better life each time, you work your way up through the “caste system” to be able to escape the cycle of birth and re-birth and achieve Nirvana. Nirvana, they say, is a place of perfect peace and happiness – it is the highest state that someone can attain, a state of enlightenment, meaning a person’s individual desires and suffering go away.

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Here is a Hindu devotee lying on a bed of nails, being carried by fellow devotees during a religious festival in India. Hundreds of faithful devotees offer sacrifices and perform acts of devotion during the festival in the hopes of winning the favor of Hindu god Shiva and ensuring the fulfillment of their wishes.

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Finally, Buddhism – Buddhism is based primarily on the teachings of Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama – a spiritual teacher from India who lived from approximately 563BC to 483BC). Buddhism incorporates a variety of religious traditions, beliefs and practices. They believe in what is called (click) the “Eightfold Path”.  These are the “works” they have to do to achieve nirvana or the state of enlightenment.  Like Hinduism, they believe in the cycle of re-incarnation leading to nirvana, but they reject the “caste system”.

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So, in summary, all of the other religions we’ve talked about, require man to work (often hard) for their salvation – to please God, but in Christianity salvation is a free gift.

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Think about a gift – like a Christmas gift or a birthday gift.  Do you work for that? No.

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When someone hands you a gift, do you take out your wallet and pay them for it?  Of course not.  That would be an insult!

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So, religion doesn’t save you – Jesus saves you.  Religion is man reaching up to God

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Christianity is God reaching down to men.

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Now, I want to make sure you know that although we’re not saved by good works, that does not mean we’re not to do good works.  Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” and the book of James tells us that faith without works (good deeds) is dead. (James 2:26)

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Now, back to our verse. The passage goes on to talk about the results of our salvation.  It says “so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life”.  What does justified mean? Simply put, to justify is to declare righteous, to make one right with God.

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Justification is God’s declaring those who receive Christ to be righteous. As this graphic shows, justification is where Jesus Christ’s righteousness is credited to us, and our guilt is credited to Jesus as he was on the cross.

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The verse talks about “heirs”…  What does “heirs” mean? The literal meaning of heir is “someone who has been appointed to receive an inheritance.”

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An heir is a person who receives something of value from a father. The Bible sometimes uses the word heir to describe us as recipients of a gift from God

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Let’s wrap this up – our verse Titus 3:5 teaches us:

  1. (click) We can do nothing to merit eternal life (salvation) from God.
  2. (click) We are saved by God’s mercy, which is not getting the punishment we deserve for our sins.
  3. (click) We are justified (made right with God) by His grace (unmerited favor), which is a uniquely Christian teaching – all the other religions we talked about require the person to do good works to be accepted by God
  4. (click) All we can do is choose to receive His salvation by faith.
  5. (click) Since we’ve received this free gift, we can and should choose to thank Him by devoting the rest of our lives to loving Him and others.

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Who has questions either about our passage, what grace or mercy means or about the other religions we talked about?

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mid-week apologetics booster (1-19-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are some links to equip you:

  1. 5 Ways Christian Parents Fail to Prepare Their Kids to Engage with Questions of Faith and Science: http://christianmomthoughts.com/5-ways-christian-parents-fail-to-prepare-their-kids-to-engage-with-questions-of-faith-and-science/
  2. The Spiny Postage Stamp: http://www.creationmoments.com/radio/transcripts/spiny-postage-stamp-0
  3. What the Case Looks Like When Young People Are Your Jury | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/what-the-case-looks-like-when-young-people-are-your-jury/
  4. 7 Tips For Apologetics Judo – Intelligent Christian Faith: https://intelligentchristianfaith.com/2015/06/14/philosophical-judo-apologetics-as-a-martial-art/
  5. Watch “Ravi Zacharias – Jesus Among Other Gods” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Q0QM-DaOZtM
  6. Should Students Be Exposed to Evidence Against Christianity? – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/should-students-be-exposed-to-evidence-against-christianity
  7. The Great Separation: http://gracegems.org/Ryle/great_separation.htm
  8. How Geographic Separation Affirms the Reliability of the New Testament | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/how-geographic-separation-affirms-the-reliability-of-the-new-testament/
  9. Problems with the Book of Mormon | CARM Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry: https://carm.org/problems-with-the-book-mormon
  10. Breaking the Materialist Spell: http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/30355#.WHkA5t6avQU.twitter
  11. evolution
  12. Minuscule Erosion Points to Hawaii’s Youth | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/9751
  13. Christians Who Accept Millions of Years Undermine God’s Word | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2017/01/16/christians-who-accept-millions-years-undermine-gods-word/
  14. christian-persecution
  15. Climate Change: What Do Scientists Say? | PragerU: https://www.prageru.com/courses/environmental-science/climate-change-what-do-scientists-say
  16. Do 97% of Climate Scientists Really Agree? | PragerU: https://www.prageru.com/courses/environmental-science/do-97-climate-scientists-really-agree
  17. Fossils Reflect Life’s Original Diversity | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/fossil-diversity
  18. Luke Barnes discusses the fine-tuning of the fine structure constant: https://winteryknight.com/2017/01/08/luke-barnes-discusses-the-fine-tuning-of-the-fine-structure-constant-2/
  19. What’s Apatheism? https://jamesbishopblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/whats-apatheism/
  20. Atheism Became Way More Popular During The Obama Era | The Daily Caller: http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/12/atheism-became-way-more-popular-during-the-obama-era/
  21. What is the Geneva Bible? https://www.gotquestions.org/Geneva-Bible.html
  22. Watch “[official] Q&A with Tim Keller – Reason for God? Belief in an Age of Skepticism” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/L9jHlrMRJAo

For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder. I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged. 2 Corinthians 12:20-21

Blessings

mid-week apologetics booster (12-15-2016)

Good morning friends,

I hope this week finds you appreciating the fact that the Son of God became a man so that men may become sons of God.  Here are some links to help you defend what you believe:

  1. Christians Who Fear Christmas, Because It Has Pagan Origins, Is That Good Thinking? http://iapologia.com/christians-who-fear-christmas-because-it-has-pagan-origins-is-that-good-thinking/
  2. Watch “Methods for Sharing the Gospel on College Campuses | 2016 Meyer Lecture Series” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/SOVcNpPq4Aw
  3. Do Varves, Tree-Rings, and Radiocarbon Measurements Prove an Old Earth? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/age-of-the-earth/do-varves-tree-rings-radiocarbon-measurements-prove-old-earth/
  4. How to Answer a False Accusation of Racism: http://townhall.com/columnists/mikeadams/2016/12/09/how-to-answer-a-false-accusation-of-racism-n2257095
  5. Do 97% of Climate Scientists Really Agree? | PragerU: https://www.prageru.com/courses/environmental-science/do-97-climate-scientists-really-agree
  6. How Christian Case Making Impacts the Convinced, the Opposed, and the Undecided | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/how-christian-case-making-impacts-the-convinced-the-opposed-and-the-undecided/
  7. Reasons To Believe : Does Dissipation-Driven Theory Explain Life’s Origin? http://www.reasons.org/blogs/todays-new-reason-to-believe/does-dissipation-driven-theory-explain-life%E2%80%99s-origin
  8. “Dinosaur” in Amber: Evolutionists Spin Another Tail | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/dinosaurs/feathers/dinosaur-in-amber-evolutionists-spin-another-tail/
  9. The ghost at the atheist feast: was Nietzsche right about religion? http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2014/03/ghost-atheist-feast-was-nietzsche-right-about-religion
  10. Should You Talk to a Friend Who’s Gay? | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/blog/how-should-you-talk-friend-whos-gay#.WExwlctlDqA
  11. Reasons To Believe : Science News Flash: An Old-Earth Perspective on Dinosaur Feathers Preserved in Amber: http://www.reasons.org/blogs/the-cells-design/science-news-flash–an-old-earth-perspective-on-dinosaur-feathers-preserved-in-amber#.WEst5tHKVzE.twitter
  12. Washington Post, Your Attacks on Evangelicals are Getting Dangerous | The Stream: https://stream.org/washington-post-attacks-evangelicals-getting-dangerous
  13. The Folly of Answering Distracting Atheistic Arguments – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/folly-answering-distracting-atheistic-arguments/#christian-books-3
  14. Feathers on a Bird or Dinosaur Tail? The Media Are Certain; the Scientific Evidence Less So: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2016/12/feathers_on_a_b103354.html
  15. It is a common misconception that Christians are indoctrinated at birth. Many people hear of Christianity at birth especially if they are born in Christian homes, however, remaining a Christian is always based on that persons’ personal encounter with God.  Now, in EVERY school you are FORCED to learn Evolution. You are FORCED to believe it or fail your Science / Psychology course. You are ridiculed if you question it … considered “smart” if you believe it and “stupid” if you require actual proof of it.  What is indoctrination?… when you believe something wholeheartedly without proof simply because you are “forced” to. Want to know the lies of evolution?… Dr. Kent Hovind explains: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKQ-OmeNfFw
  16. How We Got the Bible, Part 3 – Reflections: https://reflectionsbyken.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/how-we-got-the-bible-part-3/
  17. Christianity is a crutch…you may need it someday – The Veritas Forum: http://www.veritas.org/christianity-crutch/
  18. FORMER ATHEIST WILLIAM MURRAY, SON OF THE FOUNDER OF AMERICAN ATHEISTS, CONVERTS TO CHRISTIANITY: https://jamesbishopblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/former-atheist-william-murray-son-of-the-founder-of-american-atheists-converts-to-christianity/
  19. Is it Stupid to Believe in Miracles? http://crossexamined.org/stupid-believe-miracles/
  20. Dark matter caused the demise of the dinosaurs? – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/did-dark-matter-kill-off-the-dinosaurs
  21. Hanukkah – Messianic Perspectives with Dr. Gary Hedrick – Hanukkah – Festival of Lights, Part 5 http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/messianic-perspectives/listen/hanukkah-festival-of-lights-part-5-567171.html
  22. Was Jesus’ Death and Resurrection Copied from Krishna? http://www.apologeticsguy.com/2016/11/jesus-christ-krishna/
  23. JUSTIN MARTYR — THE FIRST APOLOGY OF JUSTIN (150-160 AD): http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/justinmartyr-firstapology.html
  24. Is Reality One or Many? http://www.reasonablefaith.org/is-reality-one-or-many
  25. The Milky Way: https://biblescienceguy.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/the-milky-way/
  26. Was the Story of Jesus Borrowed From Pagan Myth? | The Stream: https://stream.org/story-jesus-borrowed-pagan/
  27. Should we expect to know what God’s reason is for allowing evil and suffering? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2016/12/11/should-we-expect-to-know-what-gods-reason-is-for-allowing-evil-and-suffering/
  28. Why Kids Need a Biblical Worldview and Where to Start – Jonathan Morrow: http://www.jonathanmorrow.org/why-kids-need-a-biblical-worldview-and-where-to-start/
  29. 5 Reasons You Should Get Apologetics Training – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/5-reasons-you-should-get-apologetics-training
  30. Watch “I left Islam for Christianity” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/z-jjJwOtNEw
  31. “Moana” Disney Star Nicole Scherzinger Was Almost Aborted: Thankfully My Grandparents Were Pro-Life | LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/12/14/actress-nicole-scherzinger-was-almost-aborted-thankfully-my-grandparents-were-pro-life/
  32. Scientists Confirm: Darwinism Is Broken: http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/david-klinghoffer/scientists-confirm-darwinism-broken
  33. Culture Watch: The Cohabitation Trap: http://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/2931-culture-watch-the-cohabitation-trap
  34. Testing Islam: https://georgesjournal.net/2016/12/14/testing-islam/

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  Colossians 1:13-14

Blessings

mid-week apologetics booster (11-3-2016)

Good morning friends,

Another week has passed and God’s mercies are still new every morning.  Great is His faithfulness!  Here are some links for you to consider:

  1. How to think (not what to think): http://creation.com/how-to-think
  2. 4 Myths About Teaching Apologetics in Youth Ministry: http://www.churchleaders.com/youth/youth-leaders-articles/160290-benjer_mcveigh_4_myths_about_teaching_apologetics_in_youth_ministry.html
  3. Love Your Neighbor Enough to Speak Truth: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/love-your-neighbor-enough-to-speak-truth
  4. State of Georgia demands pastor turn over sermons | Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/10/26/state-georgia-demands-pastor-turn-over-sermons.html
  5. Did humans and dinosaurs co-exist? Are dinosaurs in the Bible? See what lab tests show about the actual age of dinosaur bones: https://www.facebook.com/icrscience/videos/10154672274024451/
  6. What is the Diwali festival in Hinduism? https://gotquestions.org/Diwali-festival-Hinduism.html
  7. 5 Tips for Young Apologists: http://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/5-tips-for-young-apologists
  8. What Kind of God Would Condemn People to Eternal Torment? https://answersingenesis.org/who-is-god/god-is-good/what-kind-of-god-would-condemn-people-to-eternal-torment/
  9. Why a Quantum-Mechanical Universe Still Requires a Cause: http://christiancadre.blogspot.com/2016/11/why-quantum-mechanical-universe-still.html
  10. Who Wrote the Gospel According to Luke? http://www.logicandlight.org/who-wrote-the-gospel-according-to-luke/

One other item I would like to pass along.  This month (Nov. 18th and 19th in Tempe) there will be a speech and debate tournament called the Cactus Clash.  If you are interested in being a community judge (no experience necessary), you can sign up here.  I did it last year and will be there on Saturday the 19th this year, and I promise, you will be blessed when you see these young people defending what they believe (there is an apologetics focus in the debates as well).

When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another.  Matthew 10:23a

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-6-2016)

Good morning,

First, a house-keeping item – I will not be sending out this booster next week.  Rather than encouraging you with apologetics concerning God and His creation, Lord willing, I will be experiencing His creation in a place called Kauai!  So, you’ll hear from me again in 2 weeks.

Now, on to the good stuff…

  1. David Silverman Denies That The Holocaust Was Objectively Wrong in a debate with Frank Turek: https://youtu.be/ybiFlsLZU-A?t=2m01s
  2. New Bill Would Repeal Johnson Amendment, Protect Pastors’ Rights to Endorse Candidates | LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/09/29/new-bill-would-repeal-johnson-amendment-protect-pastors-rights-to-endorse-candidates/
  3. How Christianity Created the Free Society | Public Discourse: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2016/09/17405/
  4. A Call to Repentance & Renewal – An Open Letter to Christian pastors, leaders and believers who assist the anti-Christian Progressive political movement in America: http://americanevangelicals.com/
  5. Did Man Get Here By Evolution Or By Creation? Chapter 3 Does Life Come from Nonliving Matter? http://www.strictlygenteel.co.uk/evolution67/evolution3.html
  6. Five Questions About Evolution that Charles Darwin Can’t Answer: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1579-five-questions-about-evolution-that-charles-darwin-cant-answer
  7. Holy Rebel: http://dangreenup.com/holy-rebel/
  8. Evolutionary dilemma – The more we know about DNA, the tougher things get for modern Darwinism: http://creation.com/evolutionary-dilemma
  9. Help! My Pastor Became An Atheist! https://clearlens.org/2016/09/28/help-my-pastor-became-an-atheist/
  10. Isn’t It Possible That The Jesus Story Was A Conspiracy (unfortunately, this is poor audio)? “Anything is possible, but not everything is reasonable.” A student alludes to the DaVinci Code, saying that it was put forth in the book/movie that Jesus’ follow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XV7ajMLYO4
  11. The Imminent Death of Darwinism and the Rise of Intelligent Design: http://www.icr.org/article/imminent-death-darwinism-rise-intelligent-design/
  12. The Danger of Treating the Word “Disciple” as a Noun Instead of a Verb: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/the-danger-of-treating-the-word-disciple-as-a-noun-instead-of-a-verb/
  13. How Christ’s Incarnation Differs from the Hindu Idea of Avatar: https://reflectionsbyken.wordpress.com/2015/12/22/how-christs-incarnation-differs-from-the-hindu-idea-of-avatar/
  14. The Free Thinking Argument: http://www.reasonablefaithbelfast.com/blog/-the-free-thinking-argument
  15. Canyon creation – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/a/237
  16. Biblical Contradictions are as Scarce as Hen’s Teeth – Southern by His Grace: http://southernbyhisgrace.com/biblical-contradictions-are-as-scarce-as-hens-teeth/
  17. Evidence for Design Grows Like a New Patch of Kudzu – Southern by His Grace: http://southernbyhisgrace.com/evidence-for-design-grows-like-a-new-patch-of-kudzu/
  18. “I Just Don’t Have Your Faith” | Saints and Sceptics: http://www.saintsandsceptics.org/i-just-dont-have-your-faith/
  19. Cold-Case Christianity for Kids: Investigate Jesus with a Real Detective (new book for kids by J. Warner Wallace): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/cold-case-christianity-for-kids-j-warner-wallace/1123269143/2675127321420?st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_Marketplace+Shopping+Books_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP3038&k_clickid=3×3038
  20. What Is the Essential Truth About the Holy Spirit? (J. Warner Wallace podcast): http://pleaseconvinceme.libsyn.com/what-is-the-essential-truth-about-the-holy-spirit?tdest_id=90058
  21. The Problem with “Friendship Evangelism”: http://www.missioalliance.org/problem-friendship-evangelism/
  22. Creationist receives six-figure legal settlement from public university: http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/29337/
  23. Evidence of the Resurrection Accepted Even by Atheist New Testament Scholars: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/__trashed-3/

Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools. Proverbs 16:22

Blessings

mid-week apologetics booster (9-8-2016)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. The New Face of Atheism (And It’s Not Dawkins!) – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/the-new-face-of-atheism-and-its-not-dawkins
  2. God’s Foreknowledge Does Not Force – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/2015/07/24/gods-knowledge-does-not-force/
  3. Elementary School with Co-ed Restrooms: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Elementary-School-with-Co-ed-Restrooms.html?soid=1100422530046&aid=yGl2YXsMESA
  4. Atheists Who Convert: A Case Study: http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Atheists-Who-Convert-A-Case-Study
  5. LDS Church and Same-Sex Marriage: The DOCTRINE Behind the Policy — dear Ephesus: http://www.dearephesus.org/blog/2015/11/6/lds-church-and-same-sex-marriage-the-theology-behind-the-policy
  6. Pornography and Purity: Pursuing a Biblical Vision of Manhood and Womanhood to the Glory of God – Servants of Grace: http://servantsofgrace.org/pornography-purity-pursuing-biblical-vision-manhood-womanhood-glory-god/
  7. Why isn’t God’s Existence more Obvious? | Saints and Sceptics: http://www.saintsandsceptics.org/why-isnt-gods-existence-more-obvious/
  8. You Don’t Always Have to Make a Defense – Apologetics 105: https://apologetics105.com/2016/08/31/you-dont-always-have-to-make-a-defense/
  9. How To Answer, “Can You Be Good Without God?” – DyerThoughts: http://www.dyerthoughts.com/home/how-to-answer-can-you-be-good-without-god
  10. Mark Spence videos:
    1. Watch “I Deserve Hell – Mark Spence’s Story” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/xci422OZGWE
    2. Watch “Can We Trust the Bible?” by Living Waters on YouTube: https://youtu.be/XyNseXdd260
    3. Watch “Is It Wrong to Judge?” by Living Waters on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ef3P97nz0lU
    4. Watch “Mark Spence ‘The Good News is Great News’” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/LdU3y7EIa8Y
  11. Harvard PhD tosses questions at fossil claim: http://mobile.wnd.com/2016/09/harvard-phd-tosses-questions-at-fossil-claim/
  12. Bad Arguments Against Christianity: Bible Contradictions – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/2015/08/11/answering-the-bible-contradictions-objection/
  13. Video Shows Mother Teresa Saying “Every Abortion is a Rejection of Jesus” | LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2013/12/27/video-shows-mother-teresa-saying-every-abortion-is-a-rejection-of-jesus/
  14. The Problem of Evil Is Often A Problem of Understanding – Cross Examined: http://crossexamined.org/the-problem-of-evil-is-often-a-problem-of-understanding/
  15. ISIS Is Killing Us Because We Are Not Muslim – by Nabeel Qureshi: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nabeel-qureshi/isis-is-killing-us-because-we-are-not-muslim_b_11793770.html
  16. Lessons for America from the fall of Rome: http://mobile.wnd.com/2016/09/lessons-for-america-from-the-fall-of-rome/#67C09EVzvgw1FYx4.99
  17. The Case for Christianity According to a 7th Grader | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/10965/
  18. Our shrinking brains – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/our-shrinking-brains
  19. 4 Ways to become a better listener and a better Apologist: http://crossexamined.org/4-ways-become-better-listener-better-apologist/
  20. Why Would an Engineer-Turned-Mom Care So Deeply about Apologetics? http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-would-an-engineer-turned-mom-care-so-deeply-about-apologetics
  21. The Church of Chronic Denial and Dementia | Today, the Church disavows the theories advanced in the past…… https://robertbridgstock.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/the-church-of-chronic-denial-and-dementia/
  22. Four Self-Refuting Statements Heard on College Campuses Across America: http://crossexamined.org/four-self-refuting-statements-heard-on-college-campuses-across-america/
  23. What Christian Parents Need to Know About New Age and Occult Beliefs: http://crossexamined.org/christian-parents-need-know-new-age-occult-beliefs/
  24. Greg Bahnsen: The Bible is the Word of God: http://evidence4god.blogspot.com/2016/08/greg-bahnsen-standing-on-scripture.html
  25. William Lane Craig Q&A: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/knowledge-of-god-and-his-will
  26. ‘Increasingly Aggressive’ Atheists Target Children in New Evolution-Promoting Book: http://christiannews.net/2016/09/05/increasingly-aggressive-atheists-target-children-in-new-evolution-promoting-book/

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his ; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.  Psalms 100:1-5

mid-week apologetics booster (8-18-2016)

Hi Brothers and Sisters,

An appropriate verse for this morning: “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:8

Here are some items for you to take a look at and learn from:

  1. How Jesus Responded to Doubt: http://www.coldcasechristianity.com/2016/how-jesus-responded-to-doubt/
  2. ‘A delivery boy’ for God: Greg Laurie and his Harvest Crusade are back for a 27th year: http://www.latimes.com/socal/weekend/news/tn-wknd-et-socal-harvest-20160806-story.html
  3. Why Polytheism is false and Christianity True? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XmJ_W6Qwrw
  4. Aren’t all religions basically the same? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFaT_qBzzkQ
  5. Jesus among other religions – Ravi Zacharias: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjpAC9S0C50
  6. Refuting Noah’s ark critics: http://creation.com/refuting-noahs-ark-critics
  7. Should Christians Fear Profanities? http://www.equip.org/article/christians-fear-profanities/
  8. From the Critical Thinker’s Toolbox: Have You Considered the Other Side’s Best Argument? https://reflectionsbyken.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/from-the-critical-thinkers-toolbox-have-you-considered-the-other-sides-best-argument/
  9. Why Young People Lose their Faith–and How to Prevent It: http://www.thrivingfamily.com/Family/Stages/Teen%20Phases/2016/logical-faith.aspx/
  10. Is the Evidence for Intelligent Design “Undeniable”? One Scientist Makes the Case. – Cross Examined: http://crossexamined.org/evidence-intelligent-design-undeniable-one-scientist-makes-case/
  11. Billy Graham Accepts Atheist’s Challenge to Change His Mind — Charisma News: http://www.charismanews.com/culture/59225-billy-graham-accepts-atheists-challenge-to-change-his-mind
  12. To Be Sure….God Loves Us: CULTS & WORLD RELIGIONS: Resources for Study: http://2besure.blogspot.com/2016/02/cults-world-religions-resources.html
  13. Abbreviated Christianity and Christian Case Making: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/abbreviated-christianity-and-christian-case-making/
  14. No Original Documents: A Skeleton in God’s Closet? – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/2016/06/22/no-original-documents-a-skeleton-in-gods-closet/
  15. Teaching Your Children To Be Apologists – Chapter 3 Ministries: http://chapter3min.org/2016/03/17/teaching-your-children-to-be-apologists/
  16. Worldviews and Reality | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/articles/worldviews-and-reality#.V7UsZstlDqB

“If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’  if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained, if I have regarded the sun in its radiance or the moon moving in splendor, so that my heart was secretly enticed and my hand offered them a kiss of homage,  then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.”  Job 31:24-28

Blessings

Talking with an Indian family about Christianity

Sometime in mid-May 2016, I spent time with my wife and an Indian family eating dinner.  Then, after dinner, unbeknownst to me, they invited me back to their house to “debate religion” (according to their 4th grade child).  So, we went, and what ensued was a (friendly) 4 hour talk about Christianity and some about Hinduism.  All I can say is wow…  I didn’t convince them to become Christians, but I was able to clearly share the gospel with them and left the door open for future discussions.  The husband/father of the family said that he actually believes in Jesus, which of course I had to clarify what he meant by that (he doesn’t believe in the Biblical Jesus from what I could gather).  The objections I encountered centered around several themes:

  1. The reliability of the Bible
  2. The exclusivity of Christianity
  3. That all religions are similar

I addressed all of these issues, but without really changing their opinions.  This is a family we continue to be involved with and I continue to pray for opportunities to discuss my faith with them.

mid-week apologetics booster (5-12-2016)

Hi All,

Coming at you evening time this week 🙂  Here are some interesting things I’ve run into this week:

  1. The Trinity is Not A Problem, It’s A Solution: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/the-trinity-is-not-a-problem-its-a-solution/
  2. Is It OK to Question the Bible: http://impact360institute.org/videos/is-it-okay-to-question-the-bible
  3. J.P. Moreland Answers Three Important Questions: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/j-p-moreland-answers-three-important-questions
  4. Is God Real? The Argument for God’s Existence from the Appearance of Design in Biology: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/is-god-real-the-argument-for-gods-existence-from-the-appearance-of-design-in-biology/
  5. The Most Powerful Apologetic Tool in the World: http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-most-powerful-apologetic-tool-in-the-world
  6. 4 Reasons Christians Shouldn’t Worry About Election Results: http://www.churchleaders.com/daily-buzz/278786-christians-worry-election-results-mark-allen-williams-voting.html
  7. 5 Myths about Teaching Apologetics to Students: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/5-myths-about-teaching-apologetics-to-students
  8. What happened at the Council of Nicea? http://www.thepoachedegg.net/the-poached-egg/2014/04/what-happened-at-the-council-of-nicea.html
  9. WHY DOES OPPOSITION TO APOLOGETICS COME FROM MOSTLY WITHIN THE CHURCH? https://chab123.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/why-does-opposition-to-apologetics-come-from-mostly-within-the-church/
  10. Debunking Freud – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/debunking-freud
  11. An Open Letter to Megyn Kelly | The Stream: https://stream.org/open-letter-megyn-kelly/
  12. FOUR WAYS THE EARTH IS FINE-TUNED FOR LIFE, AND ONE MORE: https://winteryknight.com/2016/05/07/four-ways-the-earth-is-fine-tuned-for-life-and-one-more-2/
  13. Why Would God Create a Massive Universe? – Stand to Reason Blog: http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2016/05/why-would-god-create-a-massive-universe.html
  14. Thought Snack: We Think God’s Unfair Because We Don’t Hate Sin – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/2015/09/21/thought-snack-we-think-gods-unfair-because-we-dont-hate-sin/
  15. “IS JESUS THE ONLY WAY?” A LOOK AT RELIGIOUS PLURALISM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2016/05/06/is-jesus-the-only-way-a-look-at-religious-pluralism-2/
  16. First-Ever Muslim Miss USA Rima Fakih Converts to Christianity, Report Claims: http://m.christianpost.com/news/muslim-miss-usa-rima-fakih-converts-christianity-report-claims-163444/?m=1
  17. Is God Sexist? http://www.josh.org/is-god-sexist/
  18. Jesus: God’s Tangible Sign: http://rzim.org/just-thinking/jesus-gods-tangible-sign
  19. Point of Exclusion: http://rzim.org/a-slice-of-infinity/point-of-exclusion
  20. What is pantheism? http://www.gotquestions.org/pantheism.html
  21. The 7 Concepts of God pt.3 – What is “Pantheism”? — Intelligent Faith 315: http://intelligentfaith315.com/latestposts/2013/7/20/the-7-concepts-of-god-pt3-what-is-pantheism
  22. Pantheism and the New Age View on God – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/perspectives/pantheism-and-the-new-age-view-on-god/
  23. Worse than a “Vale of Tears” – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/worse-than-a-vale-of-tears/
  24. Bearing witness to the Creator – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/a/11378
  25. Dennis Prager talked about his book, The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code, and responded to viewer comments and questions: http://www.c-span.org/video/?407593-9/open-phones-dennis-prager
  26. What are the Best Apologetics Resources for Students? http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/what-are-the-best-apologetics-resources-for-students
  27. Is our mind the same as the brain? https://coffeehousequestions.com/2016/04/25/is-our-mind-the-same-as-the-brain/
  28. The faith of Christopher Hitchens (A friend recently recommended I read this book and I’m currently about ½ through the audio book – it is really interesting and insightful): http://blog.drwile.com/?p=14703
  29. Making evangelism a habit – as did Jesus, Paul: http://mbcpathway.com/2016/05/10/making-evangelism-a-habit-as-did-jesus-paul/
  30. Do we need the originals of Scripture? http://mbcpathway.com/2016/05/09/do-we-need-the-originals-of-scripture/
  31. What If the Bible Is True? | Bible-Science Guy: https://biblescienceguy.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/what-if-the-bible-is-true/

You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.  I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? Have you suffered so much for nothing–if it really was for nothing? Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard? Consider Abraham: “He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham. (Galatians 3:1-7)

 

mid-week apologetics booster (2-11-2016)

Hi All,

Here are some weekly links for you to look at:

  1. You Can’t Preach the Gospel without Freedom: http://crossexamined.org/you-cant-preach-the-gospel-without-freedom-2/
  2. Your Most Important Relationship | John Ankerberg Article Archive: https://www.jashow.org/articles/christian-living/relationship-with-god/your-most-important-relationship/?inf_contact_key=ff99c2a49fe2e82715f2e88a9f28ae98d2fe37b67df351117ee39cee14679988
  3. Why Your Kids Can Spend 600-Plus Hours in Church and Not Get Much Out of It: http://christianmomthoughts.com/why-your-kids-can-spend-600-plus-hours-in-church-and-not-get-much-out-of-it/
  4. Youth Questions Answered Tough Questions Answered: http://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/youth-questions-answered/
  5. Three arguments you’ll face on why faith and science are incompatible | Beyond Teachable Moments: https://beyondtm.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/three-arguments-youll-face-on-why-faith-and-science-are-incompatible/
  6. KISS’ Gene Simmons Defends Tim Tebow: He ‘Believes in God and People Pick on Him,’ If Muslim, ‘People Would Never Dare’: http://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/kiss-gene-simmons-defends-tebow-he-believes-god-and-people-pick-him-if-jew-or
  7. Does the “God gene” disprove God? http://www.gotquestions.org/God-gene.html
  8. If the evidence for God is so strong, why are so many smart people unconvinced? – God Evidence • Does God Exist? http://godevidence.com/2010/10/if-the-evidence-for-god-is-so-strong-why-are-so-many-smart-people-unconvinced/
  9. Reasons To Believe : Is Faith in God Merely Wishful Thinking? http://www.reasons.org/articles/is-faith-in-god-merely-wishful-thinking
  10. The Pros And Cons of Being A Christian Introvert – Therefore, God Exists: http://thereforegodexists.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-being-a-christian-introvert/
  11. What’s Wrong with Valentine’s Day? https://realtruth.org/articles/110207-001-holidays.html
  12. When talking with a non-Christian, make truth – not behavior – the main issue: http://winteryknight.com/2016/02/05/when-talking-with-a-non-christian-make-truth-not-behavior-the-main-issue/
  13. Amazing ancient Chinese treasure ships – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/a/10586
  14. The Hard Questions: http://www.premierchildrenswork.com/Past-Issues/2014/February-March-2014/The-Hard-Questions
  15. A Quick Response To The “Who Are You To Judge?” Objection | Think Christianly: http://www.thinkchristianly.org/a-quick-response-to-the-who-are-you-to-judge-objection/
  16. Involving Students in the Battlefield of Ideas | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/involving-students-in-the-battlefield-of-ideas/
  17. 5 Reasons You Should (Probably) Leave Your Attractional Church | TGC: http://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/gospeldrivenchurch/2016/02/02/5-reasons-you-should-probably-leave-your-attractional-church/
  18. Critiquing Culture for Christ — and Our Neighbor: http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/breakpoint-commentaries-archive/entry/13/28770
  19. Apologetics: The Most Important Vaccine: http://www.blogos.org/theologyapologetics/important-vaccine.php
  20. Over 1,000 Christians in India Protest Arrest of Two Christians Accused of Black Magic « Persecution News: http://www.persecution.org/?p=74544
  21. Does the Bible condemn homosexuality? – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/a/10593
  22. Rules to Evaluate Alleged Bible Contradictions and Difficulties (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/rules-to-evaluate-alleged-bible-contradictions-and-difficulties-free-bible-insert/
  23. What does it mean that God is a consuming fire? http://www.gotquestions.org/consuming-fire.html
  24. Darwin vs. Beauty: Explaining Away the Butterfly – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/darwin-vs-beauty-explaining-away-butterfly

If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:11)

mid-week apologetics booster (1-14-2016)

Good morning all,

Here’s a bunch of stuff that may help you “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3):

  1. Short video where Dr. @Frank_Turek shares evidence that the New Testament was written early: https://t.co/8TmRF4xLUY
  2. Reasons To Believe : Can Science Identify the Intelligent Designer? http://www.reasons.org/articles/can-science-identify-the-intelligent-designer
  3. Short Answers to Big Questions: http://www.rzim.ca/events/sabq/
  4. Is the Gospel of Thomas as Reliable as Matthew, Mark, Luke and John? http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2016/01/is-gospel-of-thomas-as-reliable-as.html
  5. The case of the ex-Christian Jihadi bride shows that apologetics matters: http://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/The-case-of-the-ex-Christian-Jihadi-bride-shows-that-apologetics-matters
  6. With Gentleness and Respect: http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/gentleness-and-respect/
  7. Take atheism for a test drive! The misperception that atheism is based upon logic, and that Christianity is based upon blind faith, is the result of a deceptive definition of faith. Specifically, atheists frequently portray Christian faith as blind faith: http://godevidence.com/2016/01/test-drive/
  8. The Church Is an Embassy, Not a Social Club: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/the-church-is-an-embassy-not-a-social-club
  9. What is Sikhism? http://www.gotquestions.org/Sikhism.html
  10. Earth’s Magnetic Field | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/earths-magnetic-field/
  11. Does Your Dog Understand You Because You Share an Ancestral Bond? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/animal-behavior/intelligence/does-your-dog-understand-you-because-you-share-an-ancestral-bond/
  12. Is Your Church Raising an Army of Skeptics? http://www.becauseitstrue.com/blogarticles/is-your-church-raising-an-army-of-skeptics
  13. The Strange Case of Julian “The Apostate”: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/876-strange-case-of-julian-the-apostate-the
  14. The Holy Scriptures-Indestructible: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/31-holy-scriptures-indestructible-the
  15. Unity of the Bible: https://answersingenesis.org/the-word-of-god/3-unity-of-the-bible/
  16. Fulfilled Prophecy | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/is-the-bible-true/4-fulfilled-prophecy/
  17. Is the Bible Really the Word of God? http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/bibletru.html
  18. Chapter III–Inspiration of the Scriptures, Systematic Theology, Augustus Hopkins Strong, Christian Classics books at BibleStudyTools.com: http://www.biblestudytools.com/classics/strong-systematic-theology/part-iii-the-scriptures-a-revelation-from-god/chapter-iii-inspiration-of-the-scriptures.html
  19. Former Atheist Academic Who Rejected God and Believed ‘Smart People Don’t Become Christians’ Reveals What Changed Her Mind Entirely | TheBlaze.com: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/10/16/former-atheist-academic-who-rejected-god-and-believed-smart-people-dont-become-christians-reveals-what-changed-her-mind-entirely/
  20. Tough Topic Tuesday: The Problem of Evil, Pt. 8: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2016/01/tough-topic-tuesday-problem-of-evil-pt-8.html
  21. Reflections On Doing Apologetics On A Major College Campus: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/reflections-on-doing-apologetics-on-a-major-college-campus/
  22. Apologetics: Two Reasons Not to Use: http://www.timothypauljones.com/2015/01/05/apologetics-two-rotten-reasons-believe-jesus/
  23. More Sweat, Less Blood: http://clearlens.org/2014/09/27/funsized-tactics-chapter-fourteen/
  24. Do the Deaths of the Apostles Prove Anything? – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/do-the-deaths-of-the-apostles-prove-anything
  25. Who Created God? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yY9a2SwNx4
  26. Information Enigma – Information drives the development of life. But what is the source of that information? Could it have been produced by an unguided Darwinian process? Or did it require intelligent design?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA-FcnLsF1g

In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.  Hebrews 2:10

Blessings to you all

Diwali

I’m really struggling this week. I work with a bunch of people who are all from India. They don’t all practice the Hindu religion per se, but because of their cultural background in India, they all celebrate the Hindu religious holiday of Diwali. Apparently, Diwali, is kind of like their Christmas. It is a very special celebration for them. Apparently it is actually a 2-week long celebration. But, today is the culmination of the holiday. Looking into it on Wikipedia, it seems like it has various meanings in various areas, but seems related to the celebration of the triumph of good over evil and of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth.

Since I work with all Indian people, I think they wanted to be nice, and invited me to an Indian restaurant for a Diwali lunch today. Also, tomorrow our department is actually having an official Diwali lunch. So two days in a row I will be going to lunch to celebrate Diwali with them. Not only do I not like Indian food, in fact I intensely dislike it (even the smell of it), I now feel like by attending, I’m attending a celebration of an idolatrous Indian Hindu religious festival.

The Lord is clear, that idolatry is a grave sin. It is listed in the Ten Commandments. You shall not make for yourself a graven image. You shall have no other gods before me. (Ex. 20:2-3) It is also listed in several lists of sins in the Bible. For example, Galatians 5:20 clearly says that idolatry is a sin. In fact Paul says in the same passage:

“I warn you as I did before, those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Gal. 5:21b)

That means these friends of mine who worship elephant heads and the goddess Lakshmi will be separated from God for eternity in hell. It emphasizes, those who live like this. I believe that a practicing Hindu is the epitome of living in idolatry. Likewise Revelation 21:8 says:

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

Again, this verse is telling me that idolaters (along with a number of other categories of habitual sinners) will go to hell.  It is very ironic that this very festival, which is intended to celebrate the triumph of good over evil, in the very process of celebrating it, is perpetrating more evil (idolatry) against the one true God.

So when I attend this lunch today, I will be attending there with a very large group of people who are going to hell, unless they change before they die. I’m really struggling with the idea of going there and celebrating this event with them. I almost feel like, just by me showing up, I am endorsing this event and what it stands for. But then, another side of me says, they’re not believers in Christianity, so why would I expect them to act like believers? Paul says in first Corinthians 5:12-13,

“What business is it of mine to judge those outside of the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside! Expel the wicked man from among you!”

So, it is certainly not my job to judge them.

Some of these people, I have shared my faith with. They’ve heard the gospel. If I haven’t directly shared my faith with them, they know I’m a Christian. They’ve heard the message that Christianity says there is one God. They’ve heard the truth, yet they want to just continue to go their own way. Proverbs 16: 25 says:

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

That is what I see happening here. Hinduism and idolatry seems right to them, but it will lead to death. I’ve tried to warn them, particularly this one person, who I had an hour conversation with about the gospel. I challenged him by asking, “What if you’re wrong? What if Christianity is right? If you were wrong, and Christianity is true then you will be in hell for eternity.”

So, at the end of the day, I’m going to attend to be polite. I hope that there will be an open door for me to talk about my faith and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As Paul said,

“To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.” (1 Cor. 9:22).

One of my big dilemmas is whether I should say “Happy Diwali”. Please pray for me Christian brothers and sisters!

mid-week apologetics booster (10-29-2015)

Hi All,

Another week in the record books and we’re pitching our tent one day closer to that glorious finish line!  Here are some links for you to look at:

  1. Seventh Grader Reports Teacher Instructed Class God Is a Myth: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/10/27/seventh-grader-reports-teacher-instructed-class-god-myth/
  2. Can Multiverse Theories Explain the Appearance of Fine Tuning in the Universe? http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/can-multiverse-theories-explain-the-appearance-of-fine-tuning-in-the-universe/
  3. How Do You Best Handle Challenges to Your Faith? http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-do-you-best-handle-challenges-to-your-faith
  4. Parents: Don’t Train Your Kids On Your Own: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/parents-dont-train-your-kids-on-your-own/
  5. God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: Atheistic Evolution is Not Possible: http://goddoesexistallknowit.blogspot.com/2015/06/atheistic-evolution-is-not-possible.html
  6. Innovative Apologetics: New Atheism: All Bark and No Proof: http://goddoesexistuknowit.blogspot.com/2015/06/new-atheism-all-bark-and-no-proof.html
  7. If Atheism Is the Belief That There’s No Evidence For God… : https://www.thinkingchristian.net/posts/2013/08/if-atheism-is-the-belief-that-theres-no-evidence-for-god/
  8. Abortion arguments – The S.L.E.D. Test: http://www.str.org/articles/the-s.l.e.d.-test#.Vit2JytHSMJ
  9. Why Abortion Is Unjust Discrimination: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL_R0y1Utnw
  10. How can I evangelize my friends and family without pushing them away? http://www.gotquestions.org/evangelize-friends-family.html
  11. Witnessing videos:
    1. “Is It Wrong to Judge?” by Living Waters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ef3P97nz0lU
    2. “Is There Absolute Truth?” by Living Waters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lvSGCaicEg
    3. “I believe all religions are the same.”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbf0ZK3Wjjk
    4. God is for People Who Believe, But I’m Not a Religious Person: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H46Fr_n2m6U
    5. You Know What’s Funny About The Whole Jesus Thing? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ywumx3BcKN0
    6. “How you were raised determines your faith”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpgnYX2Xp-4
    7. Todd Friel explains the gospel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY6CXOAIsTc
  12. Charles Darwin: In His Own Words: Abortion and the Racist and Sexist Charles Darwin: http://americanrtl.org/Charles-Darwin-and-abortion
  13. Why Learn Apologetics? https://humblesmith.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/why-learn-apologetics/
  14. What is Fideism? http://www.gotquestions.org/fideism.html
  15. Weighing Worldviews: Naturalism: https://apologers.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/weighing-worldviews-naturalism/
  16. Karma Christianity: http://josiahdavidmusic.com/2014/08/05/karma-christianity/
  17. Already Gone Chapter 4 – The Short Road to Irrelevance: https://answersingenesis.org/christianity/church/the-short-road-to-irrelevance/
  18. Radical Hindus Push Christian ‘Purification,’ Converting Churches to Temples: http://www.charismanews.com/7-news/46434-radical-hindus-push-christian-purification-converting-churches-to-temples
  19. Thoughts about atheist tweets, atheist memes and atheist YouTube rants: http://winteryknight.com/2015/10/26/thoughts-about-atheist-tweets-atheist-memes-and-atheist-youtube-rants/
  20. Parliament of the World’s Religions 2015: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2015/10/parliament-of-worlds-religions-2015.html
  21. The Inconsistencies of Climate-Change Alarmists: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2015/10/25/inconsistencies-of-climate-change-alarmists/
  22. Occultic and Masonic Influence in Early Mormonism: http://mit.irr.org/occultic-and-masonic-influence-in-early-mormonism
  23. America: A Christian or a Secularist Nation? http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=174441
  24. Singer Pharrell Williams Says People Who Don’t Believe in God Are ‘Incredibly Arrogant, Pompous’. This is sad – Pharrell’s views on Christianity…: http://www.christianpost.com/news/singer-pharrell-williams-says-people-who-dont-believe-in-god-are-incredibly-arrogant-pompous-126624/
  25. Carson: ‘Stop Listening to These People Who Tell Us That We Cannot Talk About God’: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/carson-stop-listening-these-people-who-tell-us-we-cannot-talk-about
  26. If you want to know what’s ahead for America, look north to Canada: http://winteryknight.com/2015/10/25/if-you-want-to-know-whats-ahead-for-america-look-north-to-canada/
  27. Hillary Clinton on Marriage in 2004: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I1-r1YgK9I

Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:23-26)

mid-week apologetics booster (10-1-2015)

Good morning everyone,

Here are your weekly links to peruse at your leisure:

  1. The camel—a drought-defying marvel of design: http://creation.mobi/cleverly-designed-camel
  2. Sunday School Syndrome: https://answersingenesis.org/christianity/church/sunday-school-syndrome/
  3. Jumping Over the Evangelism Wall: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2013/jumping-over-the-evangelism-wall/
  4. Does Science Disprove God and the Bible? http://faithandselfdefense.com/2015/09/26/does-science-disprove-god-and-the-bible/
  5. Think the Church’s Precarious Cultural Situation is Unique? Think Again: http://michaeljkruger.com/think-the-churchs-precarious-cultural-situation-is-unique-think-again/
  6. Why are So Many Former Atheists Coming to Christ? http://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/christian-trends/why-are-so-many-former-atheists-coming-to-christ.html
  7. Discovery: Spine Signals Ears to Maintain Balance: http://www.icr.org/article/8976/
  8. Why did God create Satan? http://creation.mobi/a/10378
  9. Apologetics and Your Kids (4) – Inculcating the Right Worldview: https://drreluctant.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/apologetics-and-your-kids-4-inculcating-the-right-worldview/
  10. Seven Basic Elements of the Christian Worldview: https://matgilbert.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/seven-basic-elements-of-the-christian-worldview/
  11. An Honest Assessment of Why Darwinism Is Popular – Evolution News & Views: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2015/09/an_honest_asses099551.html
  12. Following Kitzmiller v. Dover, an Excellent Decade for Intelligent Design: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2015/09/following_dover099671.html
  13. Zeitgeist Response: http://groundedinthegospel.com/blog/zeitgeist
  14. Christian Man Fired from Job of 13 Years after Sharing Faith, Ray Comfort Film ‘Audacity’ With Lesbian Co-Workers: http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/58064/20150923/christian-man-fired-from-job-of-13-years-after-sharing-faith-ray-comfort-film-audacity-with-lesbian-co-workers.htm
  15. 9 Ways to Know the Gospel of Christ Is True | Desiring God: http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/9-ways-to-know-the-gospel-of-christ-is-true
  16. Muslim woman reads Qur’an, leaves Islam | JEWSNEWS: http://www.jewsnews.co.il/2015/09/27/muslim-woman-reads-quran-leaves-islam/
  17. Many atheists refuse to admit they believe the entire universe came into being from nothing, because it is a scientific impossibility and they recognize how silly it sounds: https://dailyevidence.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/many-atheists-refuse-to-admit/
  18. Hinduism and other religions: http://creation.mobi/hinduism-and-other-religions
  19. Bahá’í (Mis-)Behaviour: http://creation.mobi/a/10303
  20. Is Faith Unreasonable? Higher Things: http://higherthings.org/myht/articles/catechesis/isfaithunreasonable
  21. Former supermodel converts to Christianity and becomes a pastor: ‘It was out of my power and God changed me’: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/former.supermodel.converts.to.christianity.and.becomes.a.pastor.it.was.out.of.my.power.and.god.changed.me/65786.htm?print=1
  22. Humility: Taking on the Mind of Christ | Biola University Center for Christian Thought: http://cct.biola.edu/blog/2015/sep/21/humility-taking-mind-christ/
  23. A Response to Bill Nye’s Video on Abortion: http://thefailedatheist.com/2015/09/27/a-response-to-bill-nyes-video-on-abortion/
  24. What do skeptical ancient historians think of the earliest Christian creed? | WINTERY KNIGHT: http://winteryknight.com/2015/09/29/what-do-skeptical-ancient-historians-think-of-the-earliest-christian-creed-2/
  25. Stand to Reason | Does God Whisper? Part 1: http://www.str.org/publications/does-god-whisper-part-1#.Vgtd7r3n_qB
  26. 10th Video Catches Planned Parenthood: We Sell “Fresh” Aborted Baby Eyes, Hearts and “Gonads” | LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2015/09/15/10th-video-catches-planned-parenthood-we-sell-fresh-aborted-baby-eyes-hearts-and-gonads/
  27. Audacity full movie: https://youtu.be/tbPu2rtmDbY
  28. What If Christians Were “Unsilenced”? http://coldcasechristianity.com/2013/what-if-christians-were-unsilenced/
  29. Is Christianity a Copycat Religion? http://coffeehousequestions.com/2015/09/26/is-christianity-a-copycat-religion/
  30. Christian Apologetics: Why Do Believers Need It? https://rydersword.wordpress.com/2015/09/25/christian-apologetics-why-do-believers-need-it/
  31. Tactics for Defending Your Christian Faith: http://reasonabletheology.org/tactics-for-defending-your-christian-faith/
  32. Case-Making 101: Do Worldviews Matter? http://truthfaithandreason.com/case-making-101-do-worldviews-matter/
  33. Michael Strauss lectures on scientific evidence for a Creator at UT Dallas: http://winteryknight.com/2015/09/26/michael-strauss-lectures-on-scientific-evidence-for-a-creator-at-ut-dallas-4/
  34. Strengthening the Immune System for the Christian Faith: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/09/strengthening-immune-system-for.html
  35. The Proof and Evidence for God is Overwhelming pt 1 – When Real Proof is Ignored by the Blind: http://goddoesexistuknowit.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-proof-and-evidence-for-god-is.html
  36. Dinosaur Thighbone Found in Marine Rock: http://www.icr.org/article/dinosaur-thighbone-found-marine-rock/
  37. Dinosaur DNA dilemma: http://creation.mobi/creation-tv?fileID=WCAJoEvOcpk
  38. How do we know that evolution is really happening? http://creation.mobi/a/10429

Have a blessed rest of your week!

Interesting conversation with a cultural (but non-believing) Hindu

The following is a summary, not necessarily in sequential order, of a conversation I had with an associate at work.

  1. Conversation all got started when we were watching a news show about the church shooting in Charleston, S.C. As an aside, during the conversation, we were talking about how the shooter had sat in a Bible study for an hour and then shot the people. The person I was talking to actually phrased it as “he was sitting there listening to and reading the Word of God and yet he still did that”. I didn’t comment on his characterization of the Bible as “the Word of God, but I certainly was happy to hear him refer to it that way! Unfortunately, later in the conversation, he would contradict this characterization by saying that he didn’t think that Jesus really said some of the things that are in the Bible (particularly regarding hell). And unfortunately, I didn’t do 3 things I wished I’d done:
    – Ask him how he’d come to that conclusion (that Jesus didn’t say some of the things in the Bible)…
    – From that point on in the conversation I should’ve referred to the Bible as the Word of God
    – When He later said that he doubted that Jesus had actually said what the Bible says He said about hell, I should’ve reminded him that he called the Bible the Word of God

    Anyway, he said he knew someone who’d lived there. This person was in a mixed marriage (Hindu and a Christian – Indian man, white woman). They liked a lot of their experience in living in that area, but ultimately moved away because they got a lot of questions from ‘Bible thumping’ people about why she as a Christian would be marrying someone of a different religion (Hindu). It wasn’t a racist thing, but more about the mixing of different religions.

    1. I wanted to tell him that I was a ‘Bible thumper’ too, but I didn’t – I just didn’t think it would be beneficial to the conversation and, also, that fact would come out anyway later.
    2. I told him that I can see why Christians would be asking another Christian why she is marrying someone of a different religion. That is specifically prohibited in the Bible. I told him that it is called ‘being unequally yoked’.
    3. I also told him that no matter what 2 religions were involved, I don’t think it is a good idea for 2 people who are deeply committed to 2 different religions to get married. I think they’re just asking for trouble at some point down the line.
  2. Any god who would send people to hell for not believing in him cannot be good. So, I don’t think he actually said that (about people going to hell because they don’t believe in Jesus)
    1. Thinks that the ‘original guy’ (Jesus, Chrisna, Allah, etc) didn’t say that. Thinks that his followers embellished it.
    2. I asked him what his concept of heaven is? He didn’t know. I clarified: what do you think is going to happen when you die? Again, he didn’t know…
  3. Thinks the core of all religions are the same (love your neighbor etc – how you live). Thinks that men added all this other stuff (churches, crosses, etc) – the original guy didn’t want that to be a part of it.
  4. Stopped me when I said “yeah but” when talking about Islam – don’t think that religions should criticize each other. Whenever he talks to someone about religion, they always criticize the other religions.
  5. He wanted to know why can’t they all (religions) be true – why does only yours have to be true?
  6. Says religious people sound like they’re on their moral high horse – telling him that he’s not living as good as he should etc.
  7. I told him that I’m not trying to tell him about this to get him to join a church or donate his money, or out of a sense of arrogance thinking I’m better than him – rather I’m concerned about his eternal salvation. He then said that everyone (from other religions) always tells me they’re telling me out of concern for me.
  8. He believes that churches and men use the concept of hell to draw more people to be a part of their community. It’s a power play.
  9. Asked him about whether he’s sure (about his assessment of Christianity) – has he considered that he could be wrong?
  10. He said he likes to take what he likes from a religion – doesn’t necessarily feel the need to believe everything they tell you you have to believe. For example, he wouldn’t believe in Jesus walking on the water. I told him you must believe the resurrection to be saved – that’s critical – but you don’t necessarily need to believe Jesus walked on water to be saved.
  11. Why is Jesus called Savior? He said lot of gods have been called savior… Then I clarified my question – “since He is called Savior (and called Himself Savior), what do you think He is saving us from?” He didn’t actually verbalize an answer, he just shook his head in agreement as if he knew the answer. I went on to explain that He is saving us from the consequences of our sins, which deserve hell. When He died on the cross, He was paying the penalty that was due us for our sins.
  12. I told him, I’m not better than him – all people are in the same boat – we are all sinners headed for hell apart from a saving relationship with Christ. I’m just a forgiven sinner, that’s the only difference between us. He acknowledged that is the core of Christianity. Yes, I told him it is more about a relationship with a person. Told him I’m just one beggar telling another beggar where to find food. He said, but what about if the beggar is already got a source of food?
  13. He talked about ‘faking it’ in Hinduism
  14. Talked about historical evidence – 40 different people over 1500 years wrote the Bible, 9 people writing 27 documents – new testament – all within the lifetimes of the eyewitnesses – martyred for their faith, when they could’ve recanted and then the Romans wouldn’t have killed them.
  15. He definitely believes that Jesus exists – that he was a historical figure – just doesn’t believe some of that stuff written in the Bible
  16. Doesn’t believe a lot of miraculous stories of his own religion either.
  17. Talked about what happens when you die – he doesn’t know. I asked if he’d ever really investigated it? I mean you plan for vacations, you plan for retirement, why don’t you plan for what’s going to happen when you die?
  18. That led into a talk about reincarnation because he said the Hindu people who visit him periodically, are also concerned about him and his destination, just like other ‘religious people’. So, I asked him, with reincarnation, doesn’t that mean you always have another chance? Like if you do ‘bad’ in this life you might come back as a cockroach, but if you then do well as a cockroach, in the next life, you can come back as a higher life form and keep improving from there – essentially, you have an unlimited number of “do overs”. He acknowledged that was correct, but he said that Hindus don’t really focus on that part much. They focus more on how you live this life. So I communicated to him that there are no “do overs” in Christianity. You have one chance to make peace with God in this life – if you haven’t done that by the time you die, you won’t go to heaven, which means you’ll end up separated from God forever in hell.
  19. He was talking about the Hindu people who come to talk to him and how they don’t think he’s going to temple enough and not doing enough of the practices of their religion. So, I talked to him about how, in Christianity, you can’t work your way into heaven – that’s one of the distinguishing characteristics of Christianity compared to other religions.
  20. Talked about dilemma –Liar, Lunatic, Legend or Lord – it has to be one of those 4. Explained each one. He seemed to agree and understand. From what he was saying, it seemed like even though he didn’t think Jesus Himself was a Legend, it sounded like he thought that a lot of what was said about Jesus was embellished by His followers.
  21. He ended up saying “that’s fine if it works for you – I’m happy for you”. Of course I told him that I’m not a Christian because it “works for me” in the sense that it allows me to be moral, or have more peace or better luck or anything like that. I’m a Christian because I have good reasons for believing it is actually true.

 

mid-week apologetics booster (6-4-2015)

Good morning everyone,

Sorry I didn’t post last week.  I was busy updating my church’s web site with new features (I’ve now taken  on the responsibility of webmaster) 🙂   So, I’m back this week with (a lot of) content for you to consider.  Pick one or 2 things that look interesting to you:

  1. Why College students are Really Leaving the Church: http://www.lifeinprogressministries.org/why-college-students-are-really-leaving-the-church/
  2. 6 Ways You May Be Raising Your Kids with an Oversimplified Faith: http://christianmomthoughts.com/6-ways-you-may-be-raising-your-kids-with-an-oversimplified-faith/
  3. Interdependence: A Conversation Starter: http://www.icr.org/article/interdependence-conversation-starter/
  4. Is Christian Exclusivity Arrogant? http://askingthegodquestions.blogspot.com/2014/01/is-christian-exclusivity-arrogant.html?m=1
  5. Misconceptions of Intelligent Design: http://www.cltruth.com/blog/2014/misconceptions-of-intelligent-design/
  6. You Should Not Legislate Morality! Really? http://roblundberg.blogspot.com/2015/04/you-should-not-legislate-morality-really.html
  7. Cafeteria Faith Doesn’t Fill: https://godneighbor.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/cafeteria-faith-doesnt-fill/
  8. How to Be a Puritan Husband: http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/how-to-be-a-puritan-husband
  9. Environmentalists vs. babies: https://www.worldmag.com/mobile/article.php?id=33992
  10. Challenge Response: When Did You Choose Your Heterosexuality? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIlY-epqce8
  11. Six Reasons for the Need for a Verbal Witness: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/six-reasons-for-the-need-for-a-verbal-witness-2/
  12. Star Football Player Says ‘No’ to Sex Before Marriage: http://www.charismanews.com/world/49764-star-football-player-says-no-to-sex-before-marriage
  13. Christian Apologetics at Ohio State University – (Cliffe Knechtle):   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPmnhv9kbOE
  14. Why evolution cannot produce a mind: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/03/why-evolution-cannot-produce-mind.html?m=1
  15. An intelligent defense of Intelligent Design: An interview with Stephen Meyer: http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2013/08/20/an-intelligent-defense-of-intelligent-design-an-interview-with-stephen-meyer/
  16. Why You Can Trust Your Bible: An Interview with Peter Williams: http://michaeljkruger.com/why-you-can-trust-your-bible-an-interview-with-peter-williams/
  17. Is It Fair for God to Judge Those Who Never Heard? http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/05/is-it-fair-for-god-to-judge-those-who.html
  18. Half of atheists’ children fall away into belief: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/geneveith/2015/05/half-of-atheists-children-fall-away-into-belief/
  19. Does Apologetics Convert People? http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/blog/2014/09/apologetics-convert-people/?nabe=6241452902318080%3A1
  20. 6 Signs Your Kids Will Eventually Believe “Nothing in Particular” http://christianmomthoughts.com/6-signs-your-kids-will-eventually-believe-nothing-in-particular/
  21. One Trait that Set Apart the Earliest Christians: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/one-trait-that-set-apart-the-earliest-christians
  22. Atheists Demand Court Martial for Sharing Faith: http://www.lc.org/index.cfm?PID=14100&PRID=1554
  23. Atheist Matt Dillahunty Goes After Intelligent Design – and Stumbles: http://www.christianapologeticsalliance.com/2015/05/27/atheist-matt-dillahunty-goes-after-intelligent-design-and-stumbles/
  24. Human-like Fossil Menagerie Stuns Scientists: http://www.icr.org/article/human-like-fossil-menagerie-stuns-scientists/
  25. 4 Things Christians Need to Know in the New Religious World: http://factsandtrends.net/2015/05/28/4-things-christians-need-to-know-in-the-new-religious-world/#.VXBBGUYsMVR
  26. Human Hand Capabilities Impossible to Duplicate: http://www.icr.org/article/human-hand-capabilities-impossible
  27. Pastor: ‘I Never Thought’ My Nation Would Persecute ‘Bible-Believing’ Christians: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/penny-starr/pastor-i-never-thought-my-nation-would-persecute-bible-believing-christians
  28. Former Atheist Academic Who Rejected God and Believed ‘Smart People Don’t Become Christians’ Reveals What Changed Her Mind Entirely: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/10/16/former-atheist-academic-who-rejected-god-and-believed-smart-people-dont-become-christians-reveals-what-changed-her-mind-entirely/
  29. John Lennox – Ten quick responses to atheist claims: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/ten.quick.responses.to.atheist.claims/41439.htm
  30. Christianity is a Thinking-Man’s Faith: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/11/christianity-is-thinking-mans-faith.html?m=1
  31. Did God create an ‘open’ universe? Theistic evolutionists take God out of the driver’s seat: http://creation.mobi/a/10050
  32. Warner Wallace: 10 reasons why you hesitate to share your faithhttps://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/j-warner-wallace-10-reasons-why-you-hesitate-to-share-your-faith/
  33. Radical Hindus to Christians in India: Convert or ‘Get Ready to Die’: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2015/06/01/radical-hindus-to-christians-in-india-convert-or-get-ready-to-die-n2006473
  34. Four Questions Skeptics Answer About Christians: http://www.thinkdivinely.com/2014/08/20/four-questions-skeptics-answer-about-christians/
  35. 30 Common New Testament Challenges By Sceptics Answered: https://jamesbishopblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/30-common-new-testament-challenges-by-sceptics-answered/

Have a great week!

midweek apologetics booster (5-14-2015)

Good morning,

 

Hope you’re having a great week.  Here are some links:

 

  1. Seven Tips for Good Christian Case Making Conversations: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/seven-tips-for-good-christian-case-making-conversations-free-bible-insert/
  2. Raising Kids Who Can Stump the Dad: http://www.breakpoint.org/features-columns/breakpoint-columns/entry/2/25694
  3. The Longest Known List of Self-refuting Statements: http://goddoesexistuknowit.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-longest-known-list-of-self-refuting.html?m=1
  4. 3 Biblical Principles for Worldview Conflict: http://clearlens.org/2015/04/15/3-biblical-principles-for-worldview-conflict/
  5. How Humility Helps Us Hear the Gospel: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/how-humility-helps-us-hear-the-gospel/
  6. Theory of Convergent Evolution Analyzed: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2015/05/theory_of_conve095951.html
  7. Martin Rudwick’s shallow assessment: “Creationists out of their depth”: http://creation.mobi/a/10095
  8. Exposing Difficulties with Hinduism: The Gospel Solution: http://goddoesexistuknowit.blogspot.com/2015/05/difficulties-with-hinduism-and.html
  9. Why Parents Need to Become Good Christian Case Makers (2 min 27 sec video – by J. Warner Wallace): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qxFlTY-2Pc
  10. The Telephone Game and Christian Belief: http://pleaseconvinceme.com/2015/the-telephone-game-and-christian-belief/

 

Bless you all!

mid-week apologetics booster (4-16-2015)

Hi Everyone,

I hope your allergies are not flaring up like mine 🙂  Here are some items for you to peruse – pick one or two things that look interesting to you:

  1. Does God expect us to have blind faith? http://www.gotquestions.org/blind-faith.html
  2. Are Modern Bibles Accurate? http://www.daviddesonier.com/apologetics/2015/1/12/is-todays-bible-an-accurate-copy
  3. The New Age. What is it? http://christiananswersforthenewage.org/Articles_NewAge.html
  4. Overview of Hinduism – including a section “Witnessing to Hindus”: http://www.4truth.net/fourtruthpbworld.aspx?pageid=8589952127
  5. Is working on Sunday a sin? http://www.gotquestions.org/working-on-Sunday.html
  6. Freedom of and from Religion (John Stossel) – interesting perspective, even though this guy is an agnostic: http://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2015/04/15/freedom-of-and-from-religion-n1985136
  7. Hasn’t Life Been Created in the Laboratory? http://www.icr.org/article/571/387
  8. 7 Questions Skeptics Ask About the Validity of Christianity: https://www.probe.org/7-questions-skeptics-ask/
  9. The (Mormon) Book of Abraham: “Except for Those Willfully Blind, the Case is Closed”.  This is a VERY long article with a lot of detailed information.  It even includes an embedded (and good) 23 minute video on the Book of Abraham papyri (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5FAFVVv_os).  Here is the main article: http://cesletter.com/apologetics/the-book-of-abraham-except-for-those-willfully-blind-the-case-is-closed.html
  10. Why it Is Reasonable and Scientific to Consider the Soul: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/04/why-it-is-reasonable-and-scientific-to.html
  11. Jesus and Logical Fallacies: Answering Absurd Claims: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/04/jesus-and-logical-fallacies-answering.html
  12. 4 Informal Logical Fallacies & Biblical Examples: http://www.dyerthoughts.com/home/4-informal-logical-fallacies-biblical-examples
  13. Evolution Can’t Explain Dancing Babies: http://www.icr.org/article/evolution-cant-explain-dancing-babies/
  14. DNA: The Tiny Code That’s Toppling Evolution – Good News Magazine | United Church of God: http://www.ucg.org/science/dna-tiny-code-thats-toppling-evolution/
  15. Expect to See This Argument against Religious Freedom – Stand to Reason Blog: http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2015/04/expect-to-see-this-argument-against-religious-freedom.html
  16. Armored Fish Fossils Rewrite Evolutionary Story: http://www.icr.org/article/armored-fish-fossils-rewrite-evolutionary/
  17. Answers in Genesis – Check This Out: Evolution Refuted (~ 2 ½  minute Facebook video): https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153084284774899
  18. Politico Hypes ‘Gender-Neutral’ Bathroom at the White House: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-balan/2015/04/09/politico-hypes-gender-neutral-bathroom-white-house
  19. Quote: But if you want to be prepared to defend the truth, you’ll need to work hard and do whatever it takes to succeed. This may sound daunting, but I’m not asking you to do something you don’t already do. I bet there’s some aspect of your life where you are willing to invest time and energy for a much less important cause. How many hours a week do you spend catching up on our favorite television dramas? How much time do you spend watching sports, or reading about your favorite hobby? Few of us are so busy we have absolutely no time to spend studying what we believe about God. It’s really all a matter of priorities. Most of us are willing to spend time on the things that interest us most. Are our metaphysical beliefs about the existence of God important enough for us to invest the time necessary to become successful case makers? I’ve often described the impact of C. S. Lewis’ words when I first read the following: “Christianity is a statement which, if false, is of no importance, and, if true, is of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.” (C.S. Lewis, from God in the Dock)  Nothing could be truer. If Christianity is an accurate description of reality, it ought to inspire us to commit our time and effort. It ought to cause us to do whatever necessary to become the best Christian case makers possible. The reason why few of us are willing to become case makers is simply because case making requires work. Hard work. But it’s worth it, because this kind of work is actually a form of worship. When we dedicate ourselves to understanding and defending what we believe, we are worshiping God with our minds. I hope you’re willing to be part of the “ten percent”. Let’s do whatever it takes to make the case. – J. Warner Wallace
  20. Compelling Evidence from Astronomy Regarding a Young Universe (Dr. Jason Lisle) – roughly 1 hour video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEejUyEyhhg
  21. Does Distant Starlight Prove the Universe Is Old – Jason Lisle. 3 minute 53 second video.  This was pretty good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83brK_yohRA
  22. Questioner wants to know how ‘deep’ to go into apologetics (answered by Dr. William Lane Craig) http://www.reasonablefaith.org/somebody-stop-me
  23. How should Christians stand up for their faith in such an anti-Christian world? http://www.gotquestions.org/anti-Christian.html

Have a blessed week!

Discussion about Jesus with a Hindu Colleague

I met with an Indian (Hindu) colleague of mine at work this week about a work matter. He came and sat at my desk early Wednesday morning. That day, everyone was working from home in my department – he and I were the only ones there. After we resolved the technical issue that had to be resolved, he started telling me about his son, who is 9 years old and what was going on with him. I mentioned that I also work with kids around his son’s age. I told him I’m a leader in AWANA for 3rd to 6th graders. He asked a little about it and I told him it was Bible based teaching, memorization and games for kids. He told me that he “believes in” Jesus. I said, “Oh really…” He said that he believes that Jesus is a god. Rather going after that statement with intensity, I just asked him in a very polite and curious way how he had learned about Jesus. He said that when he was in school many years ago, they had instruction in world religions and Jesus was one of the religious figures they studied. I always try to carry with me small New Testaments I can give out to people if need be and fortunately, I had 2 of them in my back-pack. I know Indian people like gold, so I gave him the small black leather New Testament (NIV) that I’d purchased at Good Will for $2.99. He said, “Oh, may I keep it?” I said, “Absolutely!” I then explained to him that this book contains the earliest and most reliable information we possess about Jesus’ life and teachings. I opened the book to the Gospel of John and suggested to him that if he wants to know more about Jesus and what he taught, he should read starting there. I explained that there are 21 chapters in that book and then it continues from there. He said he would read it. Hopefully, if and when he reads it, he will be able to understand some of the key verses in the book of John that let us know that Jesus is not just ‘a god’. For example, when he reads John 1:1, he will find out that Jesus is God and that He is the Creator of all things. And progressing to John 1:14, he will find out that Jesus, who is the one and only God, became flesh and made his dwelling among us. Furthermore, he will see that Jesus is God’s Son and that God the Father gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. And also, that God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him, and whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already (John 3:16-18). This is quite a different picture than Karma and reincarnation! I hope that when he reads that, if he has any questions, he will reach out to me. It might be a shock to him based on his Hindu world view that “men loved darkness, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19), but he’ll hopefully acknowledge that he is a sinner in need of a Savior. He will have to ultimately come to grips with this Jesus he says he believes in and who says “There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words. That very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day” (John 12:48) and who also said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). If he gets to the end of the book, I hope he responds when he reads the statement by the book’s author “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of His disciples which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, and that by believing, you may have life in His name” (John 20:30-31). Let’s pray that this Hindu friend of mine will see the light and be saved!