Conversation with Muslim on a local Facebook group comments thread

Someone posed the following question on a local Facebook group for our community:

If you could ask God any one question and you knew He’d give you an answer right now, what would you ask?

What follows is one of many conversations that occurred in the comments for this post:

Her:  Where and how, did racial supremacy and arrogance start?

Me:  It’s called sin. God allows this now, but will be dealt with at Judgment Day…

Her:  my question though, is not whether God allows it or not. He certainly DOES NOT APPROVE OF IT. There is NOTHING godly about it at all! When you make that statement, it sounds a bit irresponsible. Also my question, is what are the origins of it?

Me:  the origins of it are evil and sin in the human heart. The Bible says, the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure, who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9. All have sinned in fall short of the glory of God. Each one has different types of sins that they commit, for some it’s lying, for some its selfishness, for some it’s racism, arrogance, etc. However God will judge all sin, no matter what type.

Her:  I can get you plenty of Holy Quran verses, which say that it started when Iblis or who the Christians call Lucifer, refused to bow in greeting to Adam. The reason being that this entity, was one of the jinn, made of fire, according to Muslims and according to the Christians he is a fallen angel made of light. Either way, he thought he was superior to Adam, who was made of clay or earth. But now I would like the specific human instance where racial supremacy first started.

Me:   Well, I don’t know if it’s the first instance, but the Pharaoh of Egypt enslaved millions of Hebrews (under Moses – Read the first part of the book of Exodus) and treated them very harshly. He only finally let them go after God brought the series of plagues and other disasters upon him and his people. But it is said that Pharaoh “hardened his heart”. I believe that what was going on there was a form of racism or ethnic persecution. I will say this, the Bible does speak about all races and classes of people being equal. Galatians 3:28 says “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”. So, the ground is level at the foot of the cross. Additionally, yes, I do agree that Satan was the instigator of the initial sin that came into the world, when he caused Eve to question God’s Word and His goodness. It is said of Satan in Isaiah chapter 14 that his sin was pride and that he wanted to be higher than God, which is why God cast him down and he took with him a third of all the angels, which you called “Jin”. I had many conversations over a period of about a year with a Muslim friend of mine who is a Sunni Muslim. It was a really good time and we sparred back and forth about the various aspects of the Quran, and the Bible, and Jesus, etc. He gave me a copy of the Quran, which I already had in Kindle on my phone, and I gave him a study Bible. Neither one of us convinced the other one, but it was always an enjoyable, respectful and invigorating conversation. I continue to pray that he would see the biblical Jesus and receive Him as Lord and Savior of his life. I truly believe that all religions can have productive dialogue without hatred violence or discord.

Her:  I really like your comment here, but if I have to be completely honest, this idea of Eve being the one to be blamed for the original sin is simply NOT in Islam. My personal belief is that it is erroneous, because it is not written in the Holy Quran like this AT ALL. It is both who sinned. This belief has caused A LOT of misogyny in the world and even in Western nations, I see this cruel misogyny that rivals or even tops the most uneducated nations. It has caused a lot of sadness and heartache. I simply do not believe it, which is why ,I simply cannot accept Christianity….and why only Christianity , I also can’t accept Judaism . But of course to each their own 

Me:   to be clear, in Christianity, Eve is not the one blamed for original sin. Romans 5:12 says that sin entered the world through one man, and that man was Adam. It doesn’t say that sin entered the world through Eve. Eve was the first one to eat the fruit which God commanded not to eat, but Adam participated with her. It was a joint error. Therefore, it is not a valid reason to reject Christianity. Christianity stands or falls on three things: The deity, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. If those three things are true, Christianity is true if any of them can be proved false, then Christianity falls apart.

Her:  I would need to read the Bible. But I have many reasons for not accepting the Judeo -Christian tradition. That is certainly my choice. I am not obligated to accept this tradition at all. I have friends from both faiths though.  Whatever you are telling me here, about who ate the apple first, sounds …not quite right to me. Anyway, if you believe it, then this is your choice.

Me:   sure, it would be good for you to read the Bible, Sura 5:47 even says “let the People of the Gospel judge by what Allaah has revealed therein”. Yes, it is certainly your choice what to believe. Christians attempt to persuade others Christianity is true, but we don’t force people. And thankfully, our country was founded with freedom of religion. Good to hear you have friends of both faiths

Her:  great, have a good day!

Me:  thanks! You too! Nice talking to you.

Another person chiming in: thank you both for having an open and respectful dialogue. Either which way… you guys both rock!!

Her: awww, thank you You are so sweet. (my name) seems like a gentleman, I think I am too blunt, I apologize if I have hurt anyone. Also, I would like to let (my name) know that the place my parents came from, India, also has almost every religion, it was founded on freedom of religion, so even though it is majority Hindu, there are plenty of Muslims and also Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Zoroastrians, Buddhists and even Jews …also many Muslim nations too, like Palestine, Syria, Egypt and Iran do have freedom of religion! There are plenty of happy Christians living in those places as well as other faiths and Iran has THE highest Jewish population in the Middle East, aside from Israel and they are VERY happy living there! But the media often paints another very sad picture. Iraq too, used to be like this, but then first Saddam Hussain, then our invasion of the place and then the formation of ISIS/ISIL (due to a variety of sinister factors) really messed things up and that terror spread into Syria as well. It is very sad and if I talk about it too much it could get controversial, as this is a local group. Anyway, love and prayer for you both

Me:   don’t worry, I don’t get hurt over things like this. Nothing you said was offensive or hurtful – I promise you. I’m told in the Bible to contend earnestly for the faith (Jude 1:3), but yet leave the results to God (1 Corinthians 3:6). Most of my adult life in college and work, I have spent with people from India, Iran, China, Japan, Ecuador, Mexico, Taiwan, Germany, Spain, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and many other places and many other faiths, so in a sense, at my place of employment, I’ve been a minority for many years – the only native born American and only Christian in my department. I appreciate hearing about the cultures and ways of life from all these different locations, and I continue to share my faith with them all. Again, I would like to thank you for the respectful conversation and would also like to mention that you’re free to come join us at Bridgeway Community Church (24th Street & Liberty Lane), I’m sure you will find all the people there friendly. By the way, thank you for the kind words. Additionally, (to the other person), thanks for chiming in to give your 2 cents! Have a great father’s day with any fathers in your lives!

mid-week apologetics booster (7-8-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

The wrong tomb theory assumes that the all of the Jews (and the Romans) had a permanent kind of “collective amnesia” about what they had done with the body of Jesus. – William Lane Craig

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 10 Biblical Reasons Jesus Is God | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/jesus/jesus-is-god/10-biblical-reasons-jesus-is-god/
  2. Five Best Scientific Evidences for the God of the Bible – Reasons to Believe – Five Best Scientific Evidences for the God of the Bible: https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/todays-new-reason-to-believe/five-best-scientific-evidences-for-the-god-of-the-bible
  3. How Do We Know that the Bible Is True? A number of Christians have tried to answer this question. Unfortunately, not all of those answers have been as cogent as we might hope. Some answers make very little sense at all. | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/is-the-bible-true/how-do-we-know-that-the-bible-is-true/
  4. How Do We Know Who Wrote the Gospels in the New Testament? Open your Bible to the table of contents and take a look at the list of books in the New Testament. There, you’ll find the Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John leading the list. But were Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John really the ones who wrote the Gospels? If so, how do we know? Your first reply might be, Of course, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John wrote the Gospels; their names are right there on the books! and you would be correct. These four names have appeared on the manuscripts of these four Gospels for well over a thousand years. And yet, these names may not have been present on the earliest manuscripts of the Gospels. In fact, when it comes to the question of who wrote the Gospels, some scholars are quite convinced that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John couldn’t possibly have been the authors of these four books (e.g. Bart Ehrman).: https://www.timothypauljones.com/apologetics-how-do-we-know-who-wrote-the-gospels-2/
  5. Skeptics say we don’t know who wrote the gospels, but it wasn’t Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. They’re using a double standard. | by Erik Manning | Medium: https://eriknmanning.medium.com/skeptics-say-we-dont-know-who-wrote-the-gospels-but-it-wasn-t-matthew-mark-luke-or-john-c710546d003
  6. Do we know who wrote the Gospels? – The claim: We don’t know who wrote the gospels. This post responds: https://connect.rzim.org/t/do-we-know-who-wrote-the-gospels/28709
  7. Can I Trust the Bible? Open Forum with Amy Orr-Ewing – YouTube. Lots of people imagine that the Bible is fantasy, fairy tale or stories that have evolved over time but is this what the evidence supports? Are there good reasons to believe that the Bible is historically reliable and may have something really meaningful to say to us today?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2lnouLeQzg
  8. Who Wrote the Gospels? | CrossExamined.org | Apologetics: https://crossexamined.org/wrote-gospels-2/
  9. Species were designed to change, part 1 – creation.com: https://creation.com/species-designed-to-change-part-1
  10. Mike Licona explains the As, Bs, Cs, Ds and Es of New Testament reliability | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/07/01/mike-licona-explains-the-as-bs-cs-ds-and-es-of-new-testament-reliability-7/
  11. Andy Bannister and Michael Ruse discuss how atheists find meaning in life | WINTERY KNIGHT – Nietzsche’s statement that if there is no God, there is no meaning in life: https://winteryknight.com/2021/06/30/andy-bannister-and-michael-ruse-discuss-how-atheists-find-meaning-in-life-4/
  12. If There Is No God -Then Everything Is Permitted – Fyodor Dostoevsky’s faith: https://www.pravmir.com/article_678.html
  13. Is God Real? – God Evidence – lot of talking this article about quantum physics and the idea of a mind being the primary reality: https://godevidence.com/2020/10/is-god-real/
  14. 23 Minutes in Hell – Bill Wiese is the Man Who Went to Hell – I realize that this may be controversial, but I have the book of the same title and it is a good book not containing heresy That’s why I’m including it here: https://notashamedofthegospel.com/video/bill-wiese-23-minutes-in-hell/
  15. Muslim Father in Uganda Beats, Poisons Daughter for Turning to Christ – Christian News Headlines: https://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/muslim-father-in-uganda-beats-poisons-daughter-for-turning-to-christ.html
  16. The Injustice of Social Justice. Why Woke Social Justice Is Antibiblical | iApologia – iApologia: http://iapologia.com/the-injustice-of-social-justice-why-woke-social-justice-is-antibiblical-iapologia/
  17. Who Wrote The Gospel Of Luke & Acts? | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/who-wrote-the-gospel-of-luke-acts/
  18. Archaeological Evidence for Jesus’s Resurrection Seeing God’s Breath: https://godsbreath.net/2021/05/02/archaeological-evidence-for-jesuss-resurrection/
  19. Are Fine-Tuning Arguments for God (or the Multiverse) Circular? | Strange Notions: https://strangenotions.com/are-fine-tuning-arguments-for-god-or-the-multiverse-circular/
  20. Why New Testament Miracles Shouldn’t Disqualify the Gospels | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-new-testament-miracles-shouldnt-disqualify-the-gospels/
  21. Stop Using the Term Fetus | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/stop-using-the-term-fetus/
  22. Work toward having unshakable faith – Media Center – creation.com: https://youtu.be/0wfJ00bJdIA
  23. Change, Yes; Evolution, No, Darwin and Biologic Change | Answers in Genesis – Dr. Gary Parker: https://answersingenesis.org/natural-selection/change-yes-evolution-no/
  24. Is the Bible True? The Cumulative Case for the Reliability of the Gospels (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-bible-true-the-cumulative-case-for-the-reliability-of-the-gospels-free-bible-insert/
  25. Yes, America Had a Christian Founding | The Stream: https://stream.org/should-we-just-write-america-off-as-a-botched-godless-experiment/
  26. How Can the Bible Be Inerrant If It Contains Variants – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl41qMLjHeY
  27. Evidence, Dr. Frank Turek looks at science and if it confirms or denies belief in God. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbrY2orqhm0
  28. The Solar System Declares the Glory of God – Dr. Jason Lisle – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaROq87mnWM
  29. Jeff Foxworthy on the Bible, An interview with Jeff Foxworthy for a promo leading up to the hosting of the Bible Challenge game show. He talks about one of his favorite stories of the bible and real life experience. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxFqVQFvhvw

In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. Acts 6:1-7

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-24-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

This is no time to think of safety. I must take care that the gospel is not brought into contempt by our fear of confessing it, or our fear of sealing it with our blood. – Martin Luther, resolving to go to the Diet of Worms


To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Michael Behe and Keith Fox debate theistic evolution vs intelligent design | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/06/16/michael-behe-and-keith-fox-debate-theistic-evolution-vs-intelligent-design-10/
  2. Is Jesus the Only Way?: A Look at Religious Pluralism/Exclusivism and Inclusivism THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/06/17/is-jesus-the-only-way-a-look-at-religious-pluralism-exclusivism-and-inclusivism/
  3. 7th Grader Argues The Case for Christianity – Blows the Doors Off Jesus Skeptics: https://faithit.com/7th-grader-makes-case-christianity/
  4. Disney+ Hosting LGBTQ Pride Concert Aimed at Children, Starring Drag Queen Nina West: https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2021/06/17/disney-hosting-lgbtq-pride-concert-aimed-at-children-starring-drag-queen-nina-west/
  5. Why Making a Case for the Bible Is More Important Than Arguing About Politics | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-making-a-case-for-the-bible-is-more-important-than-arguing-about-politics/
  6. Why do men have nipples? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/why-do-men-have-nipples.html
  7. Peter Borger interview – creation.com: https://creation.com/peter-borger-interview
  8. Intelligent Design and Evolution – Frank Turek lecture – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpRPTYVi5nY
  9. Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Oxford Once Christian? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/christianity/harvard-yale-princeton-oxford-once-christian/
  10. Dr. Nabeel Qureshi- Did Jesus really rise from the dead? | Take Up Our Cross: https://takeupourcross.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/dr-nabeel-qureshi-did-jesus-really-rise-from-the-dead/
  11. Gods Hiddenness Is Intended to Provoke Us | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/gods-hiddenness-is-intended-to-provoke-us/
  12. Peter J. Williams debates Bart Ehrman on his book Misquoting Jesus | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/06/21/peter-j-williams-debates-bart-ehrman-on-his-book-misquoting-jesus-3/
  13. Rapid Response: The Gospels Are Unreliable | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/rapid-response-the-gospels-are-unreliable/
  14. Can We Investigate the Universe Like A Crime Scene? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/can-we-investigate-the-universe-like-a-crime-scene/

Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy. Proverbs 14:10

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-17-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

Think about Genesis 18 again, where God appeared to Abraham. This clearly teaches that God can come to earth in human form for a period of time if he wants to. If he could do this for a few hours, in a temporary human form, could he do it for a few years, in permanent human form? Of course. This is called the incarnation – God coming down to earth in the person of his Son. When we recognize the Son as the exact representation of God, yet God himself, then we can explain how God remained the Lord in heaven while also appearing as the Lord on earth in Genesis 18. – Dr. Michael Brown (quoted in “The Case for the Real Jesus”)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Atheisms Burden of Proof – Atheists claim they have nothing to prove. They simply lack a belief in God, which means they don’t shoulder a burden of proof. After all, no one needs to prove why they don’t believe in Santa Claus. Only the person who posits that Santa Claus (or some other being) exists is responsible for giving evidence for their view. Atheists, allegedly, can sit back and watch Christians and other theists struggle to defend their belief….: https://www.str.org/w/atheism-s-burden-of-proof
  2. Cruella – Being bad has rarely looked so good. Therein lies this Disney reboots charm and its problems. Though it stays well within its PG-13 rating fence and doesn’t have that many overt content issues, Cruella is all style, little substance – all glam, no mass. Fitting it should revolve around the world of fashion, given that the film itself is sequin deep. Plugged In: https://www.pluggedin.com/movie-reviews/cruella-2021/
  3. Rapid Response: God Is Not Needed to Explain the Fine-Tuning of the Universe | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/rapid-response-god-is-not-needed-to-explain-the-fine-tuning-of-the-universe/
  4. Lava Flows Disqualify Lake Spillover Canyon Theory | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/lava-flows-disqualify-lake-spillover-canyon-theory/
  5. The World’s Most Amazing Camera: Part 6 Variations on a Theme | Biblical Science Institute: https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/origins/the-worlds-most-amazing-camera-part-6-variations-on-a-theme/
  6. Am I unloving for not affirming same sex behavior (Frank Turkek Q&A)? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=438wl_11aJ0
  7. Dr. William Lane Craig – Do Different Atonement Motifs Complement One Another? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzlfJWnUJ-g
  8. No Free Lunch for Evolution – Molecular biologist Douglas Axe explains how there is “no free lunch” when it comes to explaining the development of life. This talk is from Axe’s online course, “Douglas Axe Investigates Molecular Biology and Intelligent Design” – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0VJkQHC7zA
  9. What About Other Religions? | Nabeel Quareshi – REBOOT //London 2015 – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzByh4ix_K4
  10. Evolution’s Divide Is Creation’s Opportunity | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/evolution-divide-creation-opportunity/
  11. The Two Paths of Life (the narrow way and the broad way) Dr. Charles Stanley – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RXPIV21gH8
  12. Fooling the Prophet with the Kinderhook Plates – According to the account, Wiley and others, found a skeleton about six feet from the surface of the earth, which must have stood nine feet high. The plates were found on the breast of the skeleton and were covered on both sides with ancient characters. The plates were then given to Joseph Smith to translate. Though he was described as a respectable merchant (p. 374), Smith was unaware that Wiley was part of a conspiracy to expose Smith as a fraud. The ruse was a success. Mormonism Research Ministry: https://www.mrm.org/kinderhook-plates
  13. The Culpability of Unbelief – So, as you say, Jon, the question is, is Christianity a communication from God? Is it the real thing? I have given abundant evidence in my published work that it is and have defended this claim in public debates with Christianity’s most celebrated detractors. If, indeed, Christianity is from God, then we should give heed to Jesus when he says, If any mans will is to do Gods will, he will know whether my teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/the-culpability-of-unbelief/
  14. Tacitus Ancient Roman Historian Reports on Jesus – Cross Examined: https://crossexamined.org/tacitus-ancient-roman-historian-reports-on-jesus/
  15. Is the Church A Cruise Ship Or A Rescue Boat? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-church-a-cruise-ship-or-a-rescue-boat/
  16. Did Noah need oxygen above the mountains – creation.com: https://creation.com/did-noah-need-oxygen-above-the-mountains
  17. Can Christians Disagree About the Creation Account in Genesis? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/can-christians-disagree-about-the-creation-account-in-genesis/
  18. Jesus Specifically Said, I am God | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/jesus-specifically-said-i-am-god/
  19. Did John Really Write John?: https://crossexamined.org/did-john-really-write-john/
  20. My Woke Employees Tried to Cancel Me. Here’s How I Fought Back.: https://www.dailysignal.com/2021/06/07/my-woke-employees-tried-to-cancel-me-heres-how-i-fought-back-and-saved-my-nonprofit

As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. Psalms 103:15-16

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-20-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

Keep us from intermittent attention to eternal things; Save us from the delusion of those who fail to go far in religion, who are concerned but not converted. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Is the definition of atheism a lack of belief in God? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/05/12/is-the-definition-of-atheism-a-lack-of-belief-in-god-13/
  2. Is the Bibles definition of faith opposed to logic and evidence? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/05/13/is-the-bibles-definition-of-faith-opposed-to-logic-and-evidence-17/
  3. The Challenge of Complex Adaptation for Evolution – Molecular biologist Douglas Axe explains the challenging problem of complex adaptation for evolution. According to Axe, complex adaptation is a problem because “you have to get lots of things together, none of which on its own would be beneficial, in order to get some new thing.” – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_OTy4fYSwY
  4. In this interview, astrophysicist Bijan Nemati engages in a wide-ranging discussion of the rarity of the Earth, the search for extra-terrestrial life, fine-tuning, the Big Bang, and lots more. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn3YpOWCrc4
  5. Can Jesus Story Still Surprise You?: https://crossexamined.org/can-jesus-story-still-surprise-you/
  6. Do pets / animals go to Heaven? Do pets / animals have souls / spirits? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/pets-heaven.html
  7. I’m Not A Christian Because It Works for Me | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/im-not-a-christian-because-it-works-for-me/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
  8. How Evolutionary Naturalism Undermines Environmentalism Thinking Matters: https://thinkingmatters.org.nz/2021/04/how-evolution-undermines-environmentalism/
  9. Why would Jesus be the only way to God?: http://askingthegodquestions.blogspot.com/2020/09/why-would-jesus-be-only-way-to-god.html
  10. Islam: 3 Reasons Why You Need to Know About it Think Divinely: https://thinkdivinely.com/islam-3-reasons-why-you-need-to-know-about-it/
  11. Exclusive: ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ at the Museum of the Bible are all forgeries: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/museum-of-the-bible-dead-sea-scrolls-forgeries
  12. Were called to help our brothers and sisters (Matt 25:35-36), but what’s the difference between helping someone and enabling them to depend on you?: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/whats-the-difference-between-helping-someone-and-enabling-someone/
  13. Why were Michael and Satan disputing over the body of Moses (Jude 9)? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Michael-Satan-Moses.html

A man finds joy in giving an apt reply — and how good is a timely word! Proverbs 15:23

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster 4-15-2021

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

It’s not the amount of your faith that saves you; it’s the object of your faith that saves you, – Greg Koukl

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How Do We Know Who Wrote the Gospels in the New Testament?: https://www.timothypauljones.com/apologetics-how-do-we-know-who-wrote-the-gospels-2/
  2. Here is why we can expect Christian persecution to grow worse this year, and yes, even in America.: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/why-we-can-expect-persecution-to-grow-worse-this-year/
  3. Why Aren’t Christians More Confident to Share Their Faith? | Jonathan Morrow – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JKX8DHOeqA
  4. Wise Disciple: How Can I Share the Gospel with a Hindu? https://aclearlens.libsyn.com/how-can-i-share-the-gospel-with-a-hindu?tdest_id=1746821
  5. Is Wokeness the Greatest Threat to the Gospel? https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevin-wax/is-wokeness-the-greatest-threat-to-the-gospel/
  6. Genetic entropy and the gospel – creation.com: https://creation.com/genetic-entropy-gospel
  7. Can The Gospels Be Trusted? C.S. Lewis argued that if the gospel is true (if Jesus was the Son of God come in flesh, if He lived a perfect life, performed miracles, died for our sins, was physically raised from the dead, ascended to heaven, and reigns at present as the living Lord), it is of infinite importance. If it is not true, it is of no importance, except as a cultural phenomenon. But it cannot be of moderate importance. The events mentioned above either happened, or they did not. In other words, our faith is rooted in history. Paul Johnson says, Christianity is essentially a historical religion. It bases its claims on the historical facts it asserts. If these are demolished it is nothing. | C.S. Lewis Institute: https://www.cslewisinstitute.org/Can_The_Gospels_Be_Trusted_FullArticle
  8. Is the Content of the Biblical Manuscripts Reliable? | C.S. Lewis Institute: https://www.cslewisinstitute.org/Is_the_Content_of_the_Biblical_Manuscripts_Reliable_page1
  9. The Fear of Phobic – There are a lot of terms that end with phobic: homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, and transphobic. If someone expresses disagreement with the mainstream narrative on homosexuality, Islam, foreigners, or transgender people, they’ll be slapped with a phobic label. Although a phobia has been historically understood to be a fear of something (e.g., arachnophobia is a fear of spiders), adding the suffix today is intended to signal that you hold a bigoted view on that subject and that’s bad. You’re supposed to be so afraid of being labeled phobic that you’ll change your position or, at least, never express it again in public. If you do, prepare to be canceled, – Alan Shlemon: https://www.str.org/w/the-fear-of-phobic-
  10. How to Receive Critical Feedback: https://www.str.org/w/how-to-receive-critical-feedback
  11. Irreducible Complexity | Biblical Science Institute: https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/origins/irreducible-complexity/
  12. A Pastor’s Reflection on the April 2021 LDS General Conference – WitnessInLove.org: https://witnessinlove.org/a-pastors-reflection-on-the-lds-general-conference-april-2021/?fbclid=IwAR080x7-ZIuoBynKC3F-jMNGC9iG_Hj_bn6YfLwC3AT9WmudAN_HmWsMyRQ
  13. In polygamy, should a man divorce his wives after becoming a Christian?: https://carm.org/about-marriage/polygamy-should-men-divorce-wives-after-becoming-christian/
  14. Why, After 10 Years of Talking with Atheists, I Still Believe in Christianity: An Interview with Justin Brierley – Bible Gateway Blog: https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2021/04/why-after-10-years-of-talking-with-atheists-i-still-believe-in-christianity-an-interview-with-justin-brierley/
  15. The Cambrian Explosion Has Just Gone Nuclear | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2021/04/the-cambrian-explosion-has-just-gone-nuclear/
  16. Resurrection Defense Series (Part Six): Transformation of Eyewitnesses PastorBrianChilton.wordpress.com: https://pastorbrianchilton.wordpress.com/2021/04/06/resurrection-defense-series-part-six-transformation-of-eyewitnesses/
  17. Why Romans 7:18 Needs a Translation Update – The Good Book Blog – Biola University: https://www.biola.edu/blogs/good-book-blog/2021/why-romans-7-18-needs-a-translation-update
  18. Christianity in the Public Square with Wintery Knight (podcast interview): https://www.spreaker.com/user/veracityhill/016-christianity-in-the-public-square-wi
  19. Is It Arrogant To Claim That Jesus Is The Only Way? https://lukenixblog.blogspot.com/2021/01/is-it-arrogant-to-claim-that-jesus-is.html
  20. How are Christians treated in communist, atheist China? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/04/13/how-are-christians-treated-in-communist-atheist-china/
  21. Ratio Christi at Arizona State University – Thursday Summer Forum – Join us as we explore a friendly and thoughtful debate between atheist scholar, Dr. Michael Shermer, and Christian scholar, Dr. Frank Turek. In this great debate, they deftly discuss the evidence for and against the existence of God. We plan to watch a segment of the debate each week, then, when we meet online each Thursday at 5pm, we can all openly and respectfully question both positions. Message us to join the discussion. | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/463153898280840/?acontext=%7B%22source%22%3A%2229%22%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3A%22event_calendar_create%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&notif_id=1618399128374117&notif_t=event_calendar_create&ref=notif
  22. Renewing Your Mind | Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God? | Apr 13, 2021: https://renewingyourmind.org/2021/04/13/do-christians-and-muslims-worship-the-same-god
  23. Mormons & The Church of Latter-day Saints – 10 Things You Should Know About their Beliefs: https://www.christianity.com/church/denominations/are-mormons-christians-10-things-to-know-about-the-church-of-latter-day-saints.html
  24. Why Is The Supreme Court Important To Christians? (Cross Examined June 2018) : https://subsplash.com/crossexamined/lb/mi/+szgc7mp
  25. Building a Culture of Evangelism Takes Time, So Be Patient and Get to Work: https://ftc.co/resource-library/blog-entries/building-a-culture-of-evangelism-takes-time-so-be-patient-and-get-to-work/

Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 1 Peter 2:16

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-8-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

In His grace, God freely gives salvation to those who believe in Jesus. We cannot earn this gift, nor do we deserve it. Our Father does notice our good works, though. And He promises to reward us according to what we have done for Him. True service occurs when we allow the Lord to work through us for His glory and honor. – Charles Stanley

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 10 Important Questions for the Jehovah’s Witness Worldview | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/some-important-questions-for-the-jehovahs-witness-worldview/
  2. Blood Clotting Remains a Mousetrap for Darwin | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/12/blood-clotting-remains-a-mousetrap-for-darwin/
  3. James Tour: Molecules Don’t Care About Life | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/09/james-tour-molecules-dont-care-about-life/
  4. What about evidence from other religions? Q&A session with Dr. Frank Turek: https://youtu.be/mGxdBA3AAho
  5. MIT professor finds meaning of life in god, not science-the Veritas Forum: https://youtu.be/bYoAN6m1sec
  6. Is there proof outside the Bible that Jesus existed? Nabil Qureshi answers in a Q&A: https://youtu.be/xGQ_5rSBwIQ
  7. Where do morals come from? Living Waters: https://youtu.be/ANSPIz4TMhw
  8. John MacArthur questions Robby Zacharias’s salvation: https://youtu.be/L2tpwVrBEz0
  9. What is faith?: https://youtu.be/FLzBOnlvN4w
  10. The Bee Explains: Catholics Vs. Protestants | The Babylon Bee: https://babylonbee.com/news/the-bee-explains-catholics-vs-protestants
  11. Muslim converts to Christianity after realizing the Bible is true: https://youtu.be/Ry8K4sK3uDc
  12. An Introduction to Christian Ethics – In philosophical ethics (the world), the end goal in life is happiness. But in Christian ethics (the Church), the end goal is holiness. That distinction often determines which choice we make.- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkac-R-C8MA
  13. If you get canceled, like paleontologist Gunter Bechly, where do you go? Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/if-you-get-canceled-like-paleontologist-gunter-bechly-where-do-you-go/
  14. James Huntsman’s fraud suit is hardly the only one against the LDS Church. Can any of them win? Laura Gaddy, who grew up as a devout Latter-day Saint in North Carolina, says she felt her surety in church principles begin to unravel in 2015, when leaders pulled Joseph Smiths seer stone from a vault and showed it to the media. For her, according to court documents, the event signaled that the faiths founding prophet had not translated the Book of Mormon, the church’s signature scripture, directly from gold plates inscribed with reformed Egyptian characters, but instead had dictated the narrative from a stone with his head in a hat. Gaddy came to be deeply troubled by what she saw as similar dismaying misrepresentations, according to her lawsuit, over the church’s translated Book of Abraham and over Smiths own character, leading to a crisis in her faith. That crisis brought her to a Utah federal court in August 2019. Her initial lawsuit accused church leaders of misrepresenting its foundational facts and continuing conduct of concealing access to those facts as part of perpetuating an alleged fraud to ensure, among other things, that members tithing contributions would continue. Gaddy’s case also cites specific examples of church statements that appear to contradict reality. But while Huntsman’s pleadings pinpoint the church’s alleged business dealings versus how they were portrayed dating to 2003, Gaddy offers evidence reaching back nearly a century. New filings in her suit include a host of exhibits drawn from the church’s historical record, including purported evidence of Joseph Smith practicing polygamy and being labeled a disorderly person in 1826 in connection with a form of deception related to treasure hunting. These are facts that have been hidden from members, Burningham said. These are not beliefs. These are facts (Note – I have downloaded this content in case they take down the article): https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2021/04/04/james-huntsman-isnt-first/
  15. Scholars turn anew to an old question: If Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon, how did he do it?: https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2020/09/28/scholars-turn-anew-an-old/
  16. William Lane Craig debates James Crossley on the resurrection of Jesus | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/04/04/william-lane-craig-debates-james-crossley-on-the-resurrection-of-jesus-11/
  17. Distant Starlight Unlikely Solutions Part 2: ASC – Questions for Dr. Lisle Rational Faith: https://rationalfaith.com/2021/03/distant-starlight-unlikely-solutions-part-2-asc-questions-for-dr-lisle/
  18. The Theological Roots of Capitalism: A Conversation with Economist Benjamin M. Friedman – AlbertMohler.com: https://albertmohler.com/2021/03/24/benjamin-friedman
  19. Largest Canyons Were Formed by the Receding Flood | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/largest-canyons-were-formed-by-the-receding-flood/
  20. The resurrection argument that changed a generation of scholars – Gary Habermas: https://youtu.be/ay_Db4RwZ_M
  21. China Is Detaining Christians In Secret Facilities Forcing Them To Renounce Their Faith Or Be Tortured: Report | The Daily Wire: https://www.dailywire.com/news/china-is-detaining-christians-in-secret-facilities-forcing-them-to-renounce-their-faith-or-be-tortured-report
  22. Origin of Life’s Purple Unicorn: Protocells | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2021/04/origin-of-lifes-purple-unicorn-protocells/
  23. Refutation of Atheist Paul Carlson’s 51 Bible Contradictions | Dave Armstrong: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/davearmstrong/2021/04/refutation-of-atheist-paul-carlsons-51-bible-contradictions.html
  24. God of Love? We now turn our attention to answering the accusation that the God of the Old Testament is not a God of love. | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/hermeneutics/god-of-love/
  25. Where did Paul get the idea that the Messiah died for our sins according to the Scriptures in 1 Corinthians 15: 3? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/12/27/where-did-paul-get-the-idea-that-the-messiah-died-for-our-sins-according-to-the-scriptures-in-1-corinthians-15-3/amp/

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day –and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-18-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

Temptation is not a sin; it is simply Satan’s attempt to make us fall. – Charles Stanley

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Plant Diversity and Computer Programming | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2021/01/plant-diversity-and-computer-programming/
  2. Has the Message of the Bible Changed? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/has-the-message-of-the-bible-changed/
  3. Catch Countless Logical Fallacies with One Critical Thinking Hack | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/patricia-engler/2020/07/15/catch-countless-logical-fallacies/
  4. Grounds for Belief in Biblical Inspiration | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/grounds-for-belief-in-biblical-inspiration/
  5. Christ’s deity in the New Testament – Muslims, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and atheists often argue, Jesus never claimed to be God. They assert that Christians have corrupted or misinterpreted the New Testament, or they reject the Bible outright. But for those willing to consider the eyewitness testimony of the New Testament writers, and the convincing evidence that their words are accurately preserved, we may point our unbelieving friends to seven ways that Jesus does, in fact, claim deity: https://mbcpathway.com/2020/12/26/christs-deity-in-the-new-testament/
  6. Can We Trust The Bible Written 2000 Years Ago? Dr. William Lane Craig – YouTube: https://youtu.be/reYBCz_kf1c
  7. How did we get the Bible? – creation.com: https://creation.com/how-did-we-get-the-bible
  8. History of the Bible – Who Wrote the Bible – Why It’s Reliable: https://www.everystudent.com/features/bible.html
  9. What Are The Best Questions For Spiritual Conversation? SeanMcDowell.org – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz6Lr4mwVrc
  10. Martin Luther Rewired Your Brain – This View Of Life: https://thisviewoflife.com/martin-luther-rewired-your-brain/
  11. Ravi Zacharias Hid Hundreds of Pictures of Women, Abuse | Christianity Today: https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2021/february/ravi-zacharias-rzim-investigation-sexual-abuse-sexting-rape.html

They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen. Romans 1:25

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-31-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith.” (2 Cor. 13:5) Look well to your state; see whether you be in Christ or not. It is the easiest thing in the world to give a lenient verdict when oneself is to be tried; but O, be just and true here. Be just to all, but be rigorous to yourself. Remember if it be not a rock on which you build, when the house shall fall, great will be the fall of it. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 5 Common Logical Mistakes to Avoid (esp. on Social Media) Confidence in Christ: https://confidenceinchrist.net/2020/12/13/5-common-logical-mistakes-to-avoid-esp-on-social-media/
  2. Learning To Talk Not Yell: 3 Ways to Talk to Progressive Christians TABLE THEOLOGY: https://tabletheology.com/2020/10/16/learning-to-talk-not-yell-3-ways-to-talk-to-progressive-christians/
  3. Jesus: Reformer of Judaism or Founder of Christianity? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/12/26/jesus-reformer-of-judaism-or-founder-of-christianity-4/
  4. Where did Paul get the idea that the Messiah died for our sins according to the Scriptures in 1 Corinthians 15: 3? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/12/27/where-did-paul-get-the-idea-that-the-messiah-died-for-our-sins-according-to-the-scriptures-in-1-corinthians-15-3/
  5. A Look at the Fine Tuning Argument THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/12/29/a-look-at-the-fine-tuning-argument/
  6. How do we know that Jesus actually said and did what is recorded about Him? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/5l_P2XT7xWU
  7. God the Son-John 1 clarifies the Son is actually the very agent of creation and the eternal God himself. What C. S. Lewis describes as the central event of human history: the Son took on humanity, a mortal body from the Virgin Mary & a soul untainted by Adams sin. – BreakPoint: https://breakpoint.org/god-the-son-4/
  8. Citing rise of ‘Christian nationalism,’ Secular Democrats unveil sweeping recommendations for Biden: https://religionnews.com/2020/11/30/secular-democrats-unveil-sweeping-recommendations-for-biden-administration/
  9. It’s Not Nancy Pelosi’s Job To Tell Christians What They May Believe: https://thefederalist.com/2020/12/24/its-not-nancy-pelosis-job-to-tell-christians-what-they-are-allowed-to-believe/
  10. Report: Bloodthirsty Jihadists Cover Christian in Gasoline, Try To Burn Him Three Times Until Miracle Happens: https://www.westernjournal.com/report-bloodthirsty-jihadists-cover-christian-gasoline-try-burn-three-times-miracle-happens/
  11. Christians, Don’t Read the Entire Bible in 2021 | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/christians-dont-read-the-bible-for-the-year-2020

They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. 1 John 2:19

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-5-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1800) from Nuggets:

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. “Dr. Turek, would you kill your family?” Cody strikes again!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXUs0WNu-RU
  2. 3 Minute Theology 1.2: How could God be Three-in-One? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ra0ASN0d7o
  3. Top Six Evidences for Intelligent Design | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/10/top-six-evidences-for-intelligent-design/
  4. Omniscience And Free Will – Christian doctrine holds that God is all knowing (1 John 3:20), and humans have free will (Deuteronomy 30:19 is my favorite example). however, at my favorite apologetics debate board, I have seen skeptics raise an objection to these points several times. – Come Reason Ministries: https://www.comereason.org/omniscience-and-free-will.asp
  5. 5 Proofs For The Existence of God | finding truth matters: https://www.findingtruthmatters.org/articles/apologetics/5-proofs-for-the-existence-of-god/
  6. Street Tactics Part 5 – Trinity – Atheists and skeptics think the Trinity is absurd. Muslims protest, pointing out that Jesus never said, I am God. Worship me. Jehovahs Witnesses are strict unitarians on biblical grounds, and Mormons, though they affirm Scripture, are polytheists, regarding the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as distinct gods. (Greg Koukl): https://www.str.org/w/street-tactics-part-5

“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. ” Matthew 25:46

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-30-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1700) from Nuggets:

All I am in private life is a literary critic and historian, that’s my job…And I’m prepared to say on that basis if anyone thinks the Gospels are either legends or novels, then that person is simply showing his incompetence as a literary critic. I’ve read a great many novels and I know a fair amount about the legends that grew up among early people, and I know perfectly well the Gospels are not that kind of stuff. – C.S. Lewis

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Dogs breeding dogs? That’s not evolution! – creation.com: https://creation.com/dogs-breeding-dogs
  2. Are You Looking for Ideas for Doing Apologetics? The Virtual Office of Rob Lundberg: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2020/07/29/are-you-looking-for-ideas-for-doing-apologetics/
  3. A Case for the Bible: The importance of understanding how the Bible was translated when practicing Christian Apologetics Truth, Faith and Reason: https://truthfaithandreason.com/a-case-for-the-bible-the-importance-of-understanding-how-the-bible-was-translated-when-practicing-christian-apologetics/
  4. Does the Book of Isaiah Teach the Trinity?: https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/todays-new-reason-to-believe/read/todays-new-reason-to-believe/2020/07/20/does-the-book-of-isaiah-teach-the-trinity
  5. Reflecting God’s Character in Apologetics | Mikel Del Rosario | Your Apologetics Guy: http://apologeticsguy.com/2020/07/apologetics-and-character/
  6. 3 Steps to a More Intentional Mission Trip | LeaderTreks Youth Ministry Blog: https://www.leadertreks.org/intentional-mission-trips/
  7. Michael Egnor: How NOT to debate materialists Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/michael-egnor-how-not-to-debate-materialists/
  8. Frank Turek Podcast interviewing John Lennox on artificial intelligence: https://subspla.sh/pp966r3
  9. Biblical site of Ziklag finally identified? This is not really a Christian article, but interesting theory related to this biblical site. – The Jerusalem Post: https://m.jpost.com/israel-news/biblical-site-of-ziklag-finally-identified-635127
  10. Why are Christians always arguing? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christians-arguing.html
  11. The importance of having a narrative when confronting the assumption of naturalism | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/07/24/the-importance-of-having-a-narrative-when-confronting-the-assumption-of-naturalism-3/
  12. Generation Why? Churches Worry They Can’t Reach Young Adults Full of Questions | Facts & Trends: https://factsandtrends.net/2019/02/18/generation-why-churches-worry-they-cant-reach-young-adults-full-of-questions/
  13. A Case for the Bible: The importance of understanding how hostile witnesses actually give support to the Biblical record when practicing Christian Apologetics Truth, Faith and Reason: https://truthfaithandreason.com/a-case-for-the-bible-the-importance-of-understanding-how-hostile-witnesses-actually-give-support-to-the-biblical-record-when-practicing-christian-apologetics/
  14. A Student Punished for Privately Sharing Religious Views | Alliance Defending Freedom: https://www.adflegal.org/blog/student-punished-privately-sharing-religious-views
  15. California churches refuse to shut down in face of local leaders threatening to cut power | News | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/california-churches-refuse-to-shut-down-in-face-of-local-leaders-threatening-to-cut-power
  16. Islamic extremists in Nigeria execute 5 men as warning against converting to Christianity | Disrn: https://disrn.com/news/islamic-extremists-execute-5-nigerian-men-as-warning-to-those-converting-muslims-to-christians
  17. Norm Geisler the Movie An NGIM Production: https://normgeislerthemovie.com/

O LORD, what is man that you care for him, the son of man that you think of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow. Psalms 144:3-4

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-25-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1700) from Nuggets:

Wherever the people do not believe in something beyond the world, they will worship the world. – G.K. Chesterton

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi Describes Encounter with First Christian Who Could Answer His Objections – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BMS8Nufy1k
  2. Why is Religion So Divisive? | Andy Bannister: http://www.andybannister.net/why-is-religion-so-divisive/
  3. Why did Dan Barker leave Christianity for atheism? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/06/23/why-did-dan-barker-leave-christianity-for-atheism-2/
  4. Original animal protein fossils – Those biochemicals should have completely decayed over any claimed period of millions of years into tiny molecules like carbon dioxide, water, or ammonia. But paleontologists keep finding original biochemistry like finding mummified remains encased in rock. – creation.com: https://creation.com/original-animal-protein-fossils
  5. Did God create over billions of years? – creation.com: https://creation.com/Did-god-create-over-billions-of-years
  6. Was Saint Peter the first pope? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Peter-first-pope.html
  7. What does the Bible mean by binding and loosing? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/binding-loosing.html
  8. Are There Different Degrees of Reward in Heaven? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/are-there-different-degrees-of-reward-in-heaven/
  9. Did the Apostles Really Die as Martyrs for their Faith? Biola Magazine: http://magazine.biola.edu/article/13-fall/did-the-apostles-really-die-as-martyrs-for-their-f/
  10. Responding to Pride Month with Genuine Love: https://www.str.org/w/responding-to-pride-month-with-genuine-love?inheritRedirect=true
  11. 5 Casualties of the Courts LGBTQ Sex Ruling: https://crossexamined.org/5-casualties-of-the-courts-lgbtq-sex-ruling/
  12. What is the definition of marriage according to Jesus? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/04/18/what-is-the-definition-of-marriage-according-to-jesus/
  13. Post-Pandemic Pastors and the Sin of Silence – Shane Idleman: https://shaneidleman.com/2020/06/20/post-pandemic-pastors-and-the-sin-of-silence/
  14. Gorsuch Takes the Road Less Gaveled – As Christians, we’re not called to win in the earthly realm. We’re called to stand. And in these dark days, when lawlessness isn’t just found in Antifa’s black hoods on our streets but in the black robes on our courts, we can’t look around and hope someone else will step in. When men try to rewrite God’s truth, it’s up to us to make it a ferocious battle. “We’ve got to stand up,” Senator Hawley demanded, “and say we’re not going to take this anymore.”: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA20F39&f=WU20F11
  15. How to apologize effectively: responsibility, restitution, repentance | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/06/19/how-to-apologize-effectively-responsibility-restitution-repentance-8/
  16. 3 Reasons Why Christians Should Not Support Black Lives Matter: https://www.centerforbiblicalunity.com/post/3-reasons-why-christians-should-not-support-black-lives-matter
  17. Mid-June 2020 Presuppositional Apologetics Links | The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2020/06/15/mid-june-2020-presuppositional-apologetics-links/

Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him. Isaiah 1:4

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-21-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1600) from Nuggets:

God could deal with this by eliminating all evil at midnight tonight, but if He did so, which one of us would be left at 1 AM? – Michael Licona

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Investigating Bart Ehrman’s Top Ten Troublesome Bible Verses | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/investigating-bart-ehrmans-top-ten-troublesome-bible-verses/
  2. How can a loving God send someone to hell? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/loving-God-send-someone-hell.html
  3. The hiddeness of God: Why is God hidden? Why doesn’t He appear? If God exists, why doesn’t He just come and appear to us all? Wouldn’t a loving God do that? A student at the University of Alaska posed that excellent question. Here is my 5-minute response. Dr. Frank Turek Q&A – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZMMYYY0DG4
  4. Starting God-Conversations: Take the Class-Photo Approach. How can you get “God conversations” started where others are interested in engaging instead of arguing with you? How do you set the stage so others won’t be put off before the conversation has begun?: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2016/11/starting-god-conversations-take-class.html
  5. How can it be said that we have everlasting life when we still die? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/everlasting-life.html
  6. How should Christians react to The Golden Compass movie?: https://www.gotquestions.org/golden-compass-movie.html
  7. The ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Now Promoting Praying To ‘Mother God’ After Wiping Israel From NT: https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=4048
  8. Why Don’t Christians Consider the Quran? Dr. Frank Turek (Q&A): https://youtu.be/mqckv2dm8mU
  9. Zoom and Doom: Company Accused Of Corrupting Bible Class Through Pornographic Zoombombing JONATHAN TURLEY: https://jonathanturley.org/2020/05/15/zoom-and-doom-company-accused-of-corrupting-bible-class-through-pornographic-zoombombing/
  10. How American Christianity Lost the Evangelical Mind The Virtual Office of Rob Lundberg: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2020/05/16/how-american-christianity-lost-the-evangelical-mind/
  11. Tapir – Studies of young children in various countries reveal they see nature as logically having been designed, not by people but by a Creator God – even children who have never received any such instruction…According to evolution, all living things are related. Evolutionists have nominated the rhinoceros and the horse as being the tapirs closest relatives. The three occupy the order Perissodactyla, which includes all hoofed animals having an odd number of toes on their hind feet. creation.com: https://creation.com/tapir
  12. Global Persecution Report: ‘Christians Are the Most Persecuted …and It’s Accelerating’ | CBN News: https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/2019/april/global-persecution-report-christians-are-the-most-persecuted-and-its-accelerating
  13. Ninth Circuit rules California churches can fight abortion coverage mandate: https://www.liveaction.org/news/ninth-circuit-california-churches-fight-abortion-mandate/
  14. Obituary: Ravi Zacharias | RZIM: https://www.rzim.org/read/rzim-updates/ravi-zacharias-obituary

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:32-34

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-30-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1600) from Nuggets:

It is flying in the face of Gods purposes to do as many do to make the soul a servant to the body and not the body a servant to the soul. – J.C. Ryle

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How to respond to an atheist who complains about slavery in the Bible | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/04/23/how-to-respond-to-an-atheist-who-complains-about-slavery-in-the-bible-4/
  2. 8 Things Christian Parents Should Consider Before Sending Kids Back to Public or Private School This Fall: http://christianmomthoughts.com/8-things-christian-parents-should-consider-before-sending-kids-back-to-public-or-private-school-this-fall/
  3. When is civil disobedience allowed for a Christian? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/civil-disobedience.html
  4. Why Do Two People See the Same Evidence Differently? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-do-two-people-see-the-same-evidence-differently/
  5. Why It’s Important to Understand the Difference Between Facts and Inferences (Video) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/videos/why-its-important-to-understand-the-difference-between-facts-and-inferences-video/
  6. Free Movies from Living Waters that can be watched on YouTube: https://www.livingwaters.com/movies/
  7. Virus Brings Unlikely Faith Fellows Together: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA20D56&f=WU20D17
  8. Frank Turek in Britain giving lecture on “Is the New Testament True?”: https://youtu.be/iuV3Qv4whNY
  9. 4 Historical Facts that Prove Jesus Really Did Rise from the Dead (Interview of Dr. William Lane Craig) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmKg62GDqF4
  10. An Empirical Argument for Intelligent Design – Michael Behe Dallas Science Faith Conference 2020 – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24t2eCjPbq4
  11. Robert Gagnon debates gay activist Jayne Ozanne on Bible vs homosexuality | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/04/26/robert-gagnon-debates-gay-activist-jayne-ozanne-on-bible-vs-homosexuality-6/
  12. 4 Ways to Not Be a Coronavirus Divorce Statistic | FamilyLife: https://www.familylife.com/articles/topics/marriage/divorce/rise-in-divorces-4-ways-to-not-be-a-coronavirus-statistic/
  13. The coherent creation worldview – People often think of creation vs evolution in terms of the evidence for or against each position. But really it’s much more foundational than that. Creation and evolution are two entirely different ways of looking at the world, each with their own origin story, morality, anthropology, and even eschatology.: https://creation.com/coherent-creation-worldview
  14. Cain’s Wife The subject of Cain’s wife is often used as an excuse for not believing the account in Genesis: https://creationmoments.com/sermons/cains-wife/
  15. Who Was Cain’s Wife? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/bible-characters/cain/who-was-cains-wife/
  16. Faith With Works is Alive! – James, in his epistle, says, Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead (2:17). His stark warning is spiritual food for thought. Yet it also raises this question: What does faith look like if it does have works? For the answer, we turn to three well-known Bible stories.: https://www.thomasnelsonbibles.com/faith-with-works-is-alive/
  17. What First Century Christians Could Teach Us Today: https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=4001
  18. Evidence for Hebrews in Egypt – creation.com: https://creation.com/hebrew-egypt-evidence
  19. The One Thing That Turns Teaching Into Training (5 minute 39 second Video) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/videos/the-one-thing-that-turns-teaching-into-training-video/
  20. Stop Teaching Young Christians About Their Faith | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/stop-teaching-young-christians-about-their-faith/
  21. Ex-Muslim Once Chanted ‘Death To America!’ Now, He’s Saving Iranians | CBN News: https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/2020/april/ex-muslim-once-chanted-death-to-america-now-hes-saving-iranians
  22. Interview with computer scientist Ed Knorr – creation.com: https://creation.com/ed-knorr-interview

Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool– how much worse lying lips to a ruler! Proverbs 17:7

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-20-20)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1500) from Nuggets:

It is not feeling the Spirit that proves my saved state but the truth of what Christ did perfectly for me. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Five Ways to Help Your Kids Grow in Their Christian Confidence | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/five-ways-to-help-your-kids-grow-in-their-christian-confidence/
  2. Three Ways to Ignite Your Teenager’s Passion for God | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/three-ways-to-ignite-your-teenagers-passion-for-god/
  3. Politics Will Not Save Us | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/politics-will-not-save-us
  4. Cosmologist Luke Barnes answers 11 objections to the fine-tuning argument | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/02/12/cosmologist-luke-barnes-answers-11-objections-to-the-fine-tuning-argument-9/
  5. The Founders As Christians, their quotes – Wall Builders: https://wallbuilders.com/the-founders-as-christians/
  6. David Wood And Bobby: If Bart Ehrman Is Right, Islam Is False. – One Minute Apologist: https://oneminuteapologist.com/david-wood-and-bobby-if-bart-ehrman-is-right-islam-is-false/
  7. Five atheist miracles (Creation Magazine LIVE! 7-20) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzlz8OFBSVc
  8. A review of The Myth of Junk DNA by Jonathan Wells – creation.com: https://creation.com/review-wells-junk-dna
  9. The Three Kinds of Doubt and How to Address Them (Brett Kunkle hosts the Stand to Reason podcast): https://subspla.sh/52qfhwr
  10. Lord of the Rings Star Defends Faith, Argues That Christianity Has ‘Made the World a Better Place’ | CBN News: https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/entertainment/2020/february/lord-of-the-rings-star-defends-faith-argues-that-christianity-has-made-the-world-a-better-place
  11. Way of the Master episode in Switzerland – this episode contains a lot of Apologetics conversations (~30 minute video): https://youtu.be/_id_l_0BQy0
  12. Why did Jesus Say the Father is Greater than I in John 14:28? | Berean Perspective Apologetics & Evangelism Ministry: https://rootedinchrist.org/2019/12/28/why-did-jesus-say-the-father-is-greater-than-i-in-john-1428/
  13. Push To Legalize Polygamy Uses Same Arguments As Same-Sex Marriage: https://thefederalist.com/2020/02/17/push-to-legalize-polygamy-uses-same-arguments-as-same-sex-marriage/
  14. Rhett & Link, YouTubers Popular With Youth, Deconstruct Their Faith: https://churchleaders.com/youth/youth-leaders-articles/371115-rhett-link-youtubers-ear-biscuits-popular-with-youth-deconstruct-their-faith.html
  15. Does Oxytocin Cause Spiritual Experiences?: https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/the-cells-design/read/the-cells-design/2016/10/12/does-oxytocin-cause-spiritual-experiences
  16. Deity of Christ: Case Closed – this article contains a good strategy for discussing the deity of Christ with Jehovah’s Witnesses | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/publications/deity-of-christ-case-closed
  17. Interview: John Dyer From the Garden to the City – (Brett Kunkle hosts the Stand to Reason podcast, where they discuss the results of Christian use of various forms of technology): https://subspla.sh/yvzrjk7
  18. Free PDF Apologetics Dissertation: How Language, Beauty, and Literature Point Toward the Existence of God The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2019/12/28/free-pdf-apologetics-dissertation-how-language-beauty-and-literature-point-toward-the-existence-of-god/
  19. Does the Cumulative Case for Design Point to a Divine Designer? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/does-the-cumulative-case-for-design-point-to-a-divine-designer/
  20. Family Ministry: Who Is Responsible for the Discipleship of Your Children? – Timothy Paul Jones: https://www.timothypauljones.com/family-ministry-who-is-responsible-for-discipling-your-children/
  21. The New Age Jesus Versus the Biblical Jesus – CultureWatch: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2019/12/31/the-new-age-jesus-versus-the-biblical-jesus/
  22. Atheists and Evidence 2020. Some things never change. Shadow To Light: https://shadowtolight.wordpress.com/2019/12/30/atheists-and-evidence-2020-some-things-never-change

For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.John 12:49-50

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-31-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1400) from Nuggets:

After studying the historical origins of the Christian faith, I came to these conclusions: that Jesus died on the cross is as certain as anything historical can be; that he rose from the dead is by far the best explanation of the events surrounding his death; and that Jesus claimed to be God is the best explanation for the immediate Christian proclamation of Jesus deity. Putting it all together: Jesus claimed to be God, and he proved it by rising from the dead. The case for Christianity is powerful. Despite my ardent desire to believe in Islam, I had to admit that history was in favor of Christian claims, and even more reluctantly, that it challenged Islamic teachings. – Nabeel Qureshi (former devout Muslim)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Why did God put the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/tree-knowledge-good-evil.html
  2. Why does God allow evil? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/God-allow-evil.html
  3. Darwin’s Abominable Mystery and the Genesis Flood | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/abominable-mystery-and-the-flood
  4. Catching Some Z’s – How Can the Church Reach the Most Connected and Distracted Generation Ever? | Facts & Trends: https://factsandtrends.net/2017/09/29/genz-single-page/
  5. If You Want Your Kids to Own Their Faith, Teach Them to Think Critically about Their Faith | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/if-you-want-your-kids-own-their-faith-teach-them-think-critically-about-their-faith
  6. Reasonableness in an Age of Outrage: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevin-wax/reasonableness-age-outrage/
  7. Non-Canonical Texts | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/category/writings/non-canonical-texts/
  8. Kanye West: From I Am a God to Jesus Is King: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/kanye-west-god-jesus-king/
  9. Denisovan DNA Shown to Be Human…Again | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/denisovan-dna-shown-human
  10. The importance of studying the Bible when practicing Apologetics – Truth, Faith and Reason: https://truthfaithandreason.com/a-case-for-christianity-the-importance-of-studying-the-bible-when-practicing-apologetics/
  11. The power of Paul’s testimony: How investigating Paul’s conversion turned a skeptic into a Christian apologist Is Jesus Alive?: https://isjesusalive.com/paul-liar-lunatic-dupe-or-genuine-eyewitness-of-the-resurrected-jesus/
  12. Tolerance on LGBTQ+ Issues BEARDED DISCIPLE: https://beardeddisciple.com/2019/10/22/tolerance-on-lgbtq-issues/
  13. Settling In as Christians to the New Normal of a Post-Christian Society Christianity 201: https://christianity201.wordpress.com/2019/09/19/settling-in-as-christians-to-the-new-normal-of-a-post-christian-society/amp/
  14. Is it a Problem That the Bible Does Not Give Arguments to Refute Modern-Day Atheism? – The Daily Apologist: https://thedailyapologist.com/is-it-a-problem-that-the-bible-does-not-give-arguments-to-refute-modern-day-atheism/
  15. Origin of Life Conundrums Require A Divine Designer | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/origin-of-life-conundrums-require-a-divine-designer/
  16. Here Are 5 Tips for Conversations in Our Tense Cultural Moment – Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/here-are-5-tips-for-conversations-in-our-tense-cultural-moment/
  17. Is Polygamy Condoned In The Old Testament? –: http://tentmakingchristianity.com/is-polygamy-condoned-in-the-old-testament/
  18. Is God Real? The Bacterial Flagellum and the Divine Design Inference | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-god-real-the-bacterial-flagellum-and-the-divine-design-inference/
  19. 2020 3RD Annual WIA (Women in Apologetics) Conference | Women in Apologetics: https://www.womeninapologetics.com/2020-3rd-annual-wia-conference/
  20. Ten Reasons We Fail to Share Our Faith (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/ten-reasons-we-fail-to-share-our-faith-free-bible-insert/
  21. Will Your Kids Faith Survive YouTube? – Jonathan Morrow: https://www.jonathanmorrow.org/29-will-your-kids-faith-survive-youtube/
  22. Once Again: Who Designed the Designer? | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/09/once-again-who-designed-the-designer/

A poor man’s field may produce abundant food, but injustice sweeps it away. Proverbs 13:23

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-19-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

There’s a reason it’s okay to gas termites and not Jews. It’s because we know that people are different from other creatures in an important and wonderful way.  – Greg Koukl, The Story of Reality

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What does it mean to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16)? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/wise-serpents-harmless-doves.html
  2. Piers, When Did Jesus Say That? | The Stream: https://stream.org/piers-jesus-say/
  3. What are the consequences of sin? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/consequences-of-sin.html
  4. Thoughts from Greg and Amy on Having Meaningful Spiritual Conversations | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/thoughts-greg-and-amy-having-meaningful-spiritual-conversations
  5. 3 Reasons Why Christians Should Be Learning About Other Religions Christian Defenders: https://christiandefenders.org/3-reasons-why-christians-should-be-learning-about-other-religions/
  6. My Favorite Argument for the Existence of God: https://thinkdivinely.com/my-favorite-apologetic-argument-for-the-existence-of-god/
  7. Magnificent Motors | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/biology/microbiology/magnificent-motors/
  8. What Is the Preborn? | Human Defense: https://humandefense.com/what-is-the-preborn/
  9. Netherlands: Muslim who stabbed Jews grew more devout in the months before the assault: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/09/netherlands-muslim-who-stabbed-jews-grew-more-devout-in-the-months-before-the-assault
  10. Exposing the Truth About Jihad – Part 1 on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/327205953
  11. Exposing the Truth About Jihad – Part 2 on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/327532185
  12. The Muslim Brotherhood: Origin, Identity, and Agenda (2019 Edition) on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/333453389
  13. Correcting four myths about the history of the Crusades | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/09/11/correcting-four-myths-about-the-history-of-the-crusades-6/
  14. Johns Hopkins professor on child transgender trend: Many will regret this | The College Fix: https://www.thecollegefix.com/johns-hopkins-professor-on-child-transgender-trend-many-will-regret-this/
  15. Newly passed California resolution blames religious groups for LGBT suicides | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/newly-passed-california-resolution-blames-religious-groups-for-lgbt-suicides
  16. The LGBT endgame is to destroy Christianity | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/the-lgbt-endgame-is-to-destroy-christianity
  17. ASSURANCE, by J.C. Ryle: https://gracegems.org/Ryle/assurance.htm

He who has ears, let him hear.” The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.” Matthew 13:9-11

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-22-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

What we need is not a religion that is right where we are right, but one that is right where we are wrong. – Ravi Zacharias

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. PBS Eons Teaches Nonsense about Evolution | In the summer of 2018, PBS Eons published Episode 46 of Season 1, When Fish First Breathed Air: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/08/pbs-eons-teaches-nonsense-about-evolution/
  2. The American Minute: The FIRST PRAYER in Congress! | For God’s Glory Alone Ministries: https://www.fggam.org/2014/09/american-minute-first-prayer-congress/
  3. Was Abraham Lincoln a Christian? – Dr. D. James Kennedy – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLFd-4098RA
  4. Have you lost your mind? The Christian mind. The difference between the mind and the Brain – RC Sproul: https://youtu.be/qmHU3p8L-VI
  5. Explaining The No True Scotsman Fallacy Lucas’ Theological Novelties and Apologetics: https://lucsnovelties.com/2019/08/13/explaining-the-no-true-scotsman-fallacy/
  6. Five Bad Reasons to Reject Christianity – The Daily Apologist: https://thedailyapologist.com/five-bad-reasons-to-reject-christianity/
  7. Pro-Life Converts: Dr. Bernard Nathanson: https://www.frcblog.com/2019/08/pro-life-converts-dr-bernard-nathanson/
  8. Apologetics Resources for Alabama Baptist – Tactical Faith: https://www.tacticalfaith.com/apologetics-resources-for-alabama-baptist/
  9. Kids Walking Away from the Faith? Why Public School isn’t the Problem – Salt and Grace: https://saltngrace.com/lack-of-apologetics-is/
  10. New Testament Bible Reliability by Dan Wallace PhD: https://youtu.be/6lEmch2OAhs
  11. Should Christians Be Against Christian Nationalism? Free Thinking Ministries: https://freethinkingministries.com/should-christians-be-against-christian-nationalism/
  12. If Mormonism Is Not True | Mormons in Transition: http://mit.irr.org/if-mormonism-not-true
  13. The Good of Politics | Matthew D. Wright: https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2019/08/the-good-of-politics
  14. How to Overcome and Prevent Sexual Sins – Seeing God’s Breath: https://godsbreath.net/2008/04/03/prevent-and-overcome-sexual-sins/
  15. Physicist: Multiverse Is Religion, Not Science | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/07/physicist-multiverse-is-religion-not-science/
  16. Three Things Materialists Can’t Do Without | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/07/three-things-materialists-cant-do-without/
  17. Defeating Selfishness in Your Marriage | Family Life: https://www.familylife.com/articles/topics/marriage/staying-married/resolving-conflict/defeating-selfishness-in-your-marriage/
  18. Vestigial Organs: Leftovers Again? | Living Waters: https://www.livingwaters.com/vestigial-organs-leftovers-again/
  19. Did Darwin Promote Racism? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/charles-darwin/racism/did-darwin-promote-racism/
  20. One Birthday, Two Legacies (Abraham Lincoln vs. Charles Darwin) | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/one-birthday-two-legacies
  21. What Your Biology Teacher Didn’t Tell You About Charles Darwin: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/what-your-biology-teacher-didnt-tell-you-about-charles-darwin/
  22. Who Are The Jehovah’s Witnesses? –: http://tentmakingchristianity.com/who-are-the-jehovahs-witnesses/
  23. Was Jesus a god? Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses: John 1:1 | god from the machine: https://godfromthemachine.blog/2019/07/31/was-jesus-a-god-answering-jehovahs-witnesses-john-11/
  24. Do Muslims call Allah Father? How can we come to God as Father? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/God-our-Father.html
  25. Archaeological Evidence For Melchizedek’s House of God Lady Apologist: https://ladyapologist.com/2018/12/09/archaeological-evidence-for-melchizedeks-house-of-god/
  26. Lizard discovery confirms biblical creation – creation.com: https://creation.com/lizard-discovery-confirms-biblical-creation

See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.  But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. Hebrews 3:12-14

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-1-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1250) from Nuggets:

We do well when we are angry with sin, because of the wrong which it commits against our good and gracious God; or with ourselves because we remain so foolish after so much divine instruction. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Ravi Zacharias on the Ben Shapiro Show THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/07/26/ravi-zacharias-on-the-ben-shapiro-show/
  2. Google says “Christian” unacceptable keyword, “Muslim” okay. people mock the idea of Christian persecution in America today, but here is one such example of persecution by exclusion from a media giant.: https://youtu.be/J0Ev02c0WnY
  3. John Bunyan – Biography and Life Facts: https://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/1601-1700/john-bunyan-11630083.html
  4. Is the Bible True? The Cumulative Case for the Reliability of the Gospels (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-bible-true-the-cumulative-case-for-the-reliability-of-the-gospels-free-bible-insert/
  5. Voted the Best Christian Book of All Time: https://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/reflections/read/reflections/2019/07/23/voted-the-best-christian-book-of-all-time
  6. Theories that explain everything | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2019/07/29/theories-that-explain-everything/
  7. The Prosperity Gospel and Biblical Promises: How should we understand them? Coffeehouse Questions: https://coffeehousequestions.com/2019/07/28/the-prosperity-gospel-and-biblical-promises-how-should-we-understand-them/
  8. A Long Way from Bake My Cake – Break Point: http://www.breakpoint.org/2019/07/breakpoint-a-long-way-from-bake-my-cake/
  9. The Bible Comes Alive in Israel | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/bible-comes-alive-israel
  10. Atheism Is Inconsistent with the Scientific Method, Prizewinning Physicist Says – Scientific American. This is a Jewish Physicist and I like some of the things he has to say. For example, about scientism and about the “Theory of Everything”: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/atheism-is-inconsistent-with-the-scientific-method-prizewinning-physicist-says/#
  11. Celebrating new religious freedom law, Bolivian evangelicals push for more – Religion News Service: https://religionnews.com/2019/07/29/celebrating-new-religious-freedom-law-bolivian-evangelicals-push-for-more/
  12. Hitler’s God: 3 Reasons Hitler Wasn’t Christian iApologia: http://iapologia.com/hitlers-god-3-reasons-hitler-wasnt-christian/
  13. The Gospel – Paul Washer: https://youtu.be/cqbPaXhK4Zw
  14. Science Doesn’t Say Anything- Scientists Do – Frank Turek: https://crossexamined.org/science-doesnt-say-anything-scientists-do/
  15. Q&A session after “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist” lecture with Dr. Frank Turek – 54 minutes : https://youtu.be/zSqb5Q8zjx4
  16. If God is just, then why give eternal punishment for temporal sin? Vince Vitale and Ravi Zacharias: https://youtu.be/zb5fEK99BIk
  17. How can so many people read the Bible, but still die unbelieving? Ravi Zacharias and Abdu Murray: https://youtu.be/4CIGJw-XRq8
  18. Why would God make me a lesbian? Is it wrong to love someone of the same sex? Q&A session with Dr. Frank Turek answering: https://youtu.be/VShB2Y6A5Kc
  19. Do you think homosexuality is wrong? Q&A session with Dr. Frank Turek: https://youtu.be/JBHodHT3pOk
  20. The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel: https://youtu.be/67uj2qvQi_k
  21. Developing a forensic faith (47 minute lecture) – J. Warner Wallace: https://youtu.be/T_lyyw-x2Kk
  22. Evidence for the Resurrection – Craig Hazen, 1 hour lecture: https://youtu.be/ocbtjLgUnQY
  23. Crazy College Courses and the Religion of Sex: https://townhall.com/columnists/frankturek/2017/12/20/crazy-college-courses-and-the-religion-of-sex-n2424553
  24. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist – Dr. Frank Turek: https://youtu.be/_sgxYiuTJNo
  25. Is the New Testament true? Dr. Frank Turek: https://youtu.be/iuV3Qv4whNY
  26. What if they don’t believe the Bible? Nabeel Qureshi: https://youtu.be/g7LXcYzF12Q
  27. Seven Days that Divide the World – John Lennox: https://youtu.be/0FmO2XKMe6g
  28. Does the Bible Utilize One Type of Apologetic Methodology? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/does-the-bible-utilize-one-type-of-apologetic-methodology/
  29. Famed Yale computer science professor quits believing Darwin’s theories | The College Fix: https://www.thecollegefix.com/famed-yale-computer-science-professor-quits-believing-darwins-theories/
  30. Church of the Apostles discovered near Sea of Galilee, archaeologists say | Fox News: https://www.foxnews.com/science/church-of-the-apostles-discovered-archaeologists-say

I thought in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless. “Laughter,” I said, “is foolish. And what does pleasure accomplish?” I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly –my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was worthwhile for men to do under heaven during the few days of their lives. I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me. I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired men and women singers, and a harem as well–the delights of the heart of man. I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me. I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. Ecclesiastes 2:1-11

Blessings to you all

This Week’s Conversations

Wednesday July 24th

A Christian friend and I had lunch with our Hindu / Skeptic friend.  During the course of our conversation, here are some of the objections he brought up:

  1. He believes that all paths/religions are valid – there is not 1 true religion
  2. Evolution – thinks that all true scientists believe in evolution. If there are any anti-evolution writings, their origin can always be traced back to a spiritual source, and therefore can’t be trusted (biased).
  3. Many of his objections were of the category, “God doesn’t do what I expect (or how I would do it), and therefore He doesn’t exist.
  4. Inequity – bad people do well, good people suffer.
  5. All religion is man-made.
  6. Leaders rise up and have millions of followers and people end up deifying them. This has happened numerous times in history and Jesus is just another example of that
  7. There is no physical evidence of God or Christianity
  8. He is absolutely certain that there is no heaven or hell. This earth is where heaven or hell are.
  9. God can’t control his people – he can’t make them believe. Also, the ones who do believe, split into “denominations”.  He named Protestants, Catholics and Mormons.
  10. He challenged, “So what happens if everyone believes in Jesus?” Do all the problems go away?
  11. He wanted to know about believing in Jesus, “what difference does it make?” I told him about the wrath of God that each person has due to him for his sin and how believing that Jesus died to pay the penalty for your sins reconciles you to God, making peace between you and God, since Jesus took your punishment, but if you reject Jesus and what He did, you have to pay the penalty for your own sins.
  12. He doesn’t trust the Bible – anytime we would bring up what it says, he would dismiss it. Anytime we would bring up what Jesus said, he would say that no one knows what Jesus actually said – that’s just what His followers said that He said.
  13. He believes that the followers of Jesus (who saw Him risen from the dead) were hallucinating. He believes they talked themselves into believing.
  14. His standard of belief is very high – he won’t believe unless God personally talks to him. Even then, he might think he is hallucinating.
  15. He wants “proof” for God.
  16. He wonders why Jesus showed up in this little insignificant place like Israel 2000 years ago. Why didn’t He show up in a big place, like New York City where many millions of people would’ve seen Him?
  17. He wanted to know “what is God?” I said, “Creator”.  My friend said, “God is Spirit”.  He said, “So, you can’t see God, right?”  He went on saying that he can’t believe in anything he can’t see or detect in anyway.

Needless to say, we answered his questions the best we could – I thought we gave very reasonable answers, but he wasn’t convinced by them.  Interestingly enough, on the way out to the parking lot, we were talking about who’s right and who’s wrong and I made the comment, “Maybe I’m wrong (although I don’t think I am), please convince me!”  He said, “I can’t convince you, I’m lost!”  I thought that was a remarkable admission and told him so and hugged him goodbye.  I don’t think he knows the profoundness of his admission there – he is truly “lost” – in the biblical sense.  Jesus came to seek and to save the lost, and I pray that Jesus seeks and finds him, and similarly, I hope our friend seeks Jesus with a sincere heart!

Yesterday (Friday July 27th), shortly before it was time to leave work for the day, I saw a Muslim colleague of mine who will be quitting work next week and moving back to his country of origin.  I wanted to talk to him and tell him I was really going to miss him and our conversations.  He had another friend with him who I hadn’t met before.  It turns out that guy works at our company on a different floor than me and in fact he is a Christian too!  Anyway, my Muslim friend asked me something about whether the Bible spoke about his country of origin, so I showed him my Nuggets web site and searched the full Bible and found out that what he was asking me appeared in the Bible twice (Gen. 2:14, Dan. 10:4).  I will let you (the reader) determine what he asked me to search for 🙂  Anyway, that opened a spiritual conversation that lasted about 45 minutes (caused me to get home late from work :()!  It was a great conversation in which we compared and contrasted Christianity and Islam, and talked about our respective worldviews.  I was able to share the Gospel with him as I explained the core message of Christianity, when he asked what the absolute necessary thing was to be a Christian (we had been talking about baptism, because another colleague of his is Mormon and had discussed baptism previously).  During that part of our conversation, I shared Romans 10:9 – “if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  I emphasized that you have to believe in the Deity, Death and Resurrection of Jesus and trust in Him as your Lord and Savior in order to be a Christian.  Of course he said that Muslims don’t believe that Jesus was crucified, but that Judas was crucified in His place.  I searched my copy of the Qur’an on my Kindle for Sura 4:157 and showed him that.  During the conversation, he was sharing various verses out of the Qur’an showing that all paths lead to God.  He is a very moderate Muslim and made extreme effort to communicate that he respects all religions and that it is good people who go to heaven (from all religions).  Wow…  A lot could’ve been said there (and some was said in response at the time), but we would need many hours to fully unpack this topic and make sure he understands the biblical view and how it is different from Islam.  Anyway, it was a great conversation and I will miss him and do pray that he would be reconciled to the one true God, Yahweh!  I also hope and pray that I can continue to meet with and fellowship with the other new Christian friend I met during that conversation.

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

A Few More Spiritual Conversations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Colossians 4:5-6

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

1 Corinthians 3:5-8

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

Conversation with a Hindu friend

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

http://ps11911.com/todo

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

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

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

Kindle or Hardcover/Paperback

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

Audio

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

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

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all