mid-week apologetics booster (5-25-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Teaching Series on Why the Resurrection of Jesus Matters | THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM – This page has 6 embedded youtube videos: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/teaching-series-on-why-the-resurrection-of-jesus-matters/
  2. Apologetic Engagement-Fish or Cut Bait – Southern by His Grace: http://southernbyhisgrace.com/apologetic-engagement/
  3. Are Objective Moral Truths Merely a Matter of Cultural Agreement? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/are-objective-moral-truths-merely-a-matter-of-cultural-agreement/
  4. Defending the Age of Accountability | SOTERIOLOGY 101: https://soteriology101.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/defending-the-age-of-accountability/
  5. What Happens to Our Pets When They Die?: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/what-happens-to-pets-when-they-die
  6. ACLU and Planned Parenthood Fighting for Teens to Get Secret Abortions Without Their Parents Knowing | LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2017/05/18/aclu-and-planned-parenthood-fighting-for-teens-to-get-secret-abortions-without-their-parents-knowing/
  7. Atheist Astrophysicist Explains Her Journey To Jesus | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/atheist-astrophysicist-explains-her-journey-to-jesus/
  8. Modalism | carm: https://carm.org/modalism
  9. Creation Clips – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/creation-videos?fileID=YddmGJofbL0
  10. Leading Millennials? Core Issues You Need to Know | ChurchLeaders.com: http://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/303966-leading-millennials-core-issues-need-know.html
  11. Six Enemies of Apologetic Engagement – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/six-enemies-of-apologetic-engagement
  12. Are Christians Intolerant Haters? The Charges are Not New – Michael J. Kruger: http://www.biblestudytools.com/blogs/michael-j-kruger/are-christians-intolerant-haters-the-charges-are-not-new.html
  13. Four Iowa Planned Parenthood Locations Closing After State Cuts Funding to Abortion Facilities | Christian News Network: http://christiannews.net/2017/05/22/four-iowa-planned-parenthood-locations-closing-after-state-cuts-funding-to-abortion-facilities/
  14. Case-Making 101: How does the Bible compare to other ancient documents? Truth, Faith and Reason: http://truthfaithandreason.com/case-making-101-how-does-the-bible-compare-to-other-ancient-documents/
  15. Who Has the Burden of Proof When Discussing God? | Strange Notions: http://strangenotions.com/who-has-the-burden-of-proof-when-discussing-god/
  16. Truthbomb Apologetics: Video: True for You, but Not For Me? by Brett Kunkle: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2017/05/video-true-for-you-but-not-for-me-by.html
  17. Pro-Abortion Students at Catholic Notre Dame Walk Out of Pro-Life VP Mike Pences Commence Speech | LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2017/05/22/pro-abortion-students-at-catholic-notre-dame-walk-out-of-pro-life-vp-mike-pences-commence-speech/
  18. Is Right and Wrong Simply a Matter of Human Flourishing? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/is-right-and-wrong-simply-a-matter-of-human-flourishing/
  19. Four Things We Wont Need in Heaven (But Ought to Pursue Here on Earth) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/four-things-we-wont-need-in-heaven-but-ought-to-pursue-here-on-earth/
  20. How to Become a True Student and a Better Apologist: http://crossexamined.org/how-to-become-a-true-student-and-a-better-apologist/
  21. Nature & Scripture: Argument for the Early Dating of Christian Theology and Christian Writings: http://natureandscripture.blogspot.com/2017/05/argument-for-early-dating-of-christian.html
  22. The Trinity is Not A Problem, Its A Solution | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/the-trinity-is-not-a-problem-its-a-solution/
  23. Why I Wish Christians Would Argue MORE (No, Seriously) ChurchLeaders.com: http://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/301281-wish-christians-argue-no-seriously-trevin-wax.html
  24. The Empty Tomb | The John 10:10 Project: http://thejohn1010project.com/the-empty-tomb.html
  25. Matthew 7:1-6 Why the Confusion About Judging? | Dr. Mike Spaulding: http://www.drmikespaulding.com/?p=1993
  26. Apologetics Mission Trips – Brett Kunkle | Stand To Reason – Opening monologue is pretty powerful: http://subsplash.com/standtoreason/v/5nfgovh
  27. Pastor James MacDonald – Are You Saved? – Very convicting sermon, which I like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVRUTknpA7Q
  28. What is the Best Evidence for Intelligent Design? Interview with Brian Johnson. – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/what-is-the-best-evidence-for-intelligent-design-interview-with-brian-johnson

My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest– I would flee far away and stay in the desert; “Selah” Psalms 55:4-7

Blessings to you all

Why is Christianity true over and above all other religions?

If someone asked you why you think Christianity is true as opposed to all the other religions, what would you have to say?  Could you defend your belief?  Why couldn’t Judaism, Islam, Mormonism and other religions be true?  How do you know Christianity is true and the others are not?

I’ve given some thought to this question recently…  For me, it all starts with Jesus.  According to the apostle Paul, writing in 55 AD (~25 years after the resurrection) under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, if Christ was not raised, then Christianity is useless and of no value (1 Corinthians 15:16-17).  Of course, if Christ did predict and accomplish His resurrection, then that would validate His claim to be who He said He was.  So, I have to ask…  Who would’ve been in the best position to know the facts about Jesus?  There are 3 groups that were closest to the events:

  1. The Jews – they were the ones opposing Jesus at that time. Many passages affirm this.  The phrase “the Jews” appears 127 times in the New Testament.  In many of these verses where the Jews seem to be in opposition to Jesus are in the gospel of John.  Here are the verses in John where it seems that the Jews are in opposition to Jesus:2:18, 2:20, 5:10, 5:16, 5:18, 6:41, 7:1, 8:48, 8:52, 8:57, 9:22, 10:31, 10:33, 11:8, 18:14, 18:28, 18:31, 18:36, 19:7, 19:12, 19:21, 20:19
  2. The Disciples of Christ (of which most were Jews as well). Not only was Jesus thoroughly Jewish, but so were His disciples.
  3. The Romans – they were the occupying force in Palestine during the time of Jesus.

Many religions have something to say about Jesus.  For example:

  1. Judaism says that Jesus’ tomb was empty and that his disciples stole the body.
  2. Islam says he was a prophet, but not the Son of God and was not crucified, that Allah put a substitute on the cross, but instead took Jesus directly to heaven.
  3. Mormonism says that he was the spirit brother of Lucifer

So, if I’m going to pay attention to any historical source, I would be wise to consider those who were closest to the events.  It seems to me that the disciples were closest to the events of Jesus since they lived and walked with Him for 3 years, directly experiencing His miracles, teaching and post-resurrection appearances.  The Jews were also very close to Jesus and they acknowledged some of the key facts in the story – namely that He was a miracle worker, that He was crucified and that His tomb was empty Sunday morning.  John 12:10-11 tells us that “the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him.”  Acts 6:7 tells us “Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.”  Since the faith increased in Jerusalem, which was the center of Judaism, we can assume those priests being spoken of were Jewish.  So, the biblical record is clear that even though the Jewish leadership in large part rejected Jesus, many Jews did actually believe in Him.

So, in relation to the religions that had something to say about Jesus, I would not trust Islam, since it does not record eyewitness testimony about Jesus, but rather personal revelation written down more than 500 years after the events.  Nor would I trust Mormonism, since it’s writings come ~1800 years after the events.  The New Testament writings are the most credible source of information about Jesus.  We have excellent historical evidence that the resurrection is the best hypothesis to account for the known facts about Jesus.  Here are the facts:

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

Here is a chart that shows theories that attempt to explain these facts:

So, you can see that the only theory that accounts for all the known historical evidence is either that Jesus was an Alien or that He was bodily resurrected.

As good historians, we must go with the theory that accounts for all the facts, therefore, the most likely explanation is what the New Testament reports – that Jesus was resurrected bodily.  Therefore, Christianity is true, beyond a reasonable doubt and anything that contradicts it is false.

mid-week apologetics booster (3-16-2017)

Good morning friends,

I was reminded again last night of the importance of heeding the words of 1 Peter 3:15, Jude 3, Colossians 4:5-6 & 2 Timothy 24-26 – being ready to give an answer.  Our AWANA Truth & Training leader gave our 3rd to 6th grade clubbers a chance to ask questions about the Bible and their faith last night during counsel time.  What a great session it was.  Once we got them started, the questions were non-stop and we had to cut it off at the end due to running out of time.  Here were some of the questions asked by these young, precious ones:

  1. Who made God?  How could He just always be there?
  2. Why did God make hell?
  3. Why did God create the first people if He knew they were going to sin?
  4. Why did God put the tree in the garden if He knew they were going to eat from it?
  5. Why did God make Satan?
  6. Why doesn’t God (Jesus) come back to earth to prove to everyone that He exists?
  7. How do we know Angels and Devils exist?
  8. (the answer to the prior question prompted this one) How do we know the Bible is true?
  9. Why did God love Satan more than any other angel?
  10. Why did God make people if He knew they were going to be evil and bad like stealing things and killing?

It was a 20 minute session and, wow, were the clubbers engaged and loving it… Unfortunately, I don’t have the time (or the memory) to remember all the answers the leaders gave, but it was a great session – they asked tough questions – deep questions.  We even had one of the 4th grade clubbers answering one of the questions and she was right on target!

I pray to God that this session was meaningful for these clubbers.  It is so important that kids at this age know that they are welcome to ask questions and that it is OK to have questions and even some doubts.  And it is extremely important that we adults have done what Peter has stated (as a command for all believers) “always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you”.  That means you can’t be “winging it” at the time you’re asked.  That command implies that you have (already) been preparing yourself through study prior to the child asking the question.  I truly believe that the parents are the number 1 apologists in our culture.  We need to be ready when the question is asked.  Being ready can consist of having answer ready “off the top of your head” or knowing about a resource that you can get to that explains the answer.

Because this is such an important command, I continue to bombard you with these articles and videos each week.  I pray that you find something useful here, coming just at the right time!

  1. When the emotions are gone, what’s left? Engaging the mind as well as the heart is vital: http://creation.com/emotion-gone
  2. Why would a loving God allow death and suffering? – This is a very good (and very long) article that gives comprehensive, Biblically based answers to this issue – excellent!  http://creation.com/why-death-suffering
  3. The Absence Of A Papacy In Early Responses To Christianity: http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-absence-of-papacy-in-early.html
  4. Indulgences – CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY (March 15th) – “My guess is that if Pope Leo X knew what he would set off by allowing the sales of indulgences on March 15, 1517, he’d re-think that one. The building of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican had gone way over budget (it would be almost 80 years until it would be completed) and the Pope’s financial adviser suggested the idea of buying an indulgence would help get a repentant sinner out of purgatory sooner and it was a “win-win”. Then a regional indulgences salesman stopped by the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany and ran into a priest named Martin Luther who decided he’d read about the sale of indulgences in the Bible and found no basis for it. The rest, as we like to say, was history.
  5. Questioning Jesus’ Existence: http://breakpoint.org/2017/03/questioning-jesus-existence/
  6. Staying Outside The Shack | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/reviews/movies/staying-outside-the-shack/
  7. Parents, Hollywood wants to brainwash your kids. Don’t let them: http://www.theblaze.com/podcasts/matt-walsh-parents-hollywood-wants-to-brainwash-your-kids-dont-let-them/
  8. Does James 1:5 teach about praying for a testimony? http://www.mrm.org/james-15-testimony
  9. Celebrating gender confusion: http://creation.com/celebrating-gender-confusion
  10. Convergent evolution of crocodile and dolphin skull shapes | Uncommon Descent: http://www.uncommondescent.com/news/convergent-evolution-of-crocodile-and-dolphin-skull-shapes/
  11. A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely-Tuned Cosmos (with Dr. Luke Barnes) – THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/a-fortunate-universe-life-in-a-finely-tuned-cosmos-with-dr-luke-barnes/
  12. Biblical Faith VS. Blind Faith | Crossexamined.org: http://crossexamined.org/biblical-faith-vs-blind-faith/
  13. Every American Needs Know Qur’an (Bill Federer) | Video | C-SPAN.org: https://www.c-span.org/video/?314071-10/every-american-needs-know-quran
  14. Watch “How to Listen to the Lord (Mark 4:21-34)” on YouTube (this is a John MacArthur sermon I watched on Sunday since I couldn’t go to church because I was sick): https://youtu.be/RFzGD7S-w3g
  15. DOES GOD REALLY HATE ESAU? http://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2009/05/25/does-god-really-hate-esau/
  16. Why did the early church decide to indoctrinate a canon of New Testament books in the first place? https://www.josh.org/early-church-decide-indoctrinate-canon-new-testament-books-first-place/
  17. Will We Ever Colonize Mars? http://www.icr.org/article/9900
  18. Greg Koukl Stand to Reason podcast – at about 26:30 into the show, an atheist calls in (he calls himself the “Street Epistemologist”).  They are talking about the difference between mind and brain and whether there is a “non-physical realm”.  It is quite a long call (and very cordial, not adversarial at all): http://subspla.sh/0376859
  19. What You Can Learn From the Pilgrims (Bill Federer): http://subspla.sh/7277698
  20. Watch “Wretched: Nothing made everything.” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/sK2yNkTuJkY
  21. 3 Horrific Consequences When a Nation Rejects God — Charisma News: http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/63453-3-horrific-consequences-when-a-nation-rejects-god
  22. Q&A with Sam Allberry: Same-Sex Attraction, Synod Remarks, and Why The Gospel Is Truly Good News For All | RZIM: http://rzim.org/global-blog/qa-with-sam-allberry-same-sex-attraction-synod-remarks/
  23. Planned Parenthood abortion quotas: https://m.facebook.com/video_redirect/?src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent.fphx1-2.fna.fbcdn.net%2Fv%2Ft42.1790-4%2F16616327_245823025863146_1673784158666620928_n.mp4%3Fefg%3DeyJ2ZW5jb2RlX3RhZyI6InN2ZV9zZCJ9%26oh%3D6e69f150dc01e34d1c5525689be4b732%26oe%3D58CABADF&source=misc&id=10154959592988728&refid=52&__tn__=F
  24. Here’s 5 things to say when discussing Planned Parenthood: http://www.liveactionnews.org/heres-5-things-to-say-when-discussing-planned-parenthood/
  25. Watch “Hollywood and God” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Fohrk2jt0LA
  26. Watch “Mark Spence & Shaw the atheist” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dfsS3BB5C-I
  27. Book of Job: https://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Job.html
  28. Cannabis boosts risk of stroke and heart attack, independent of tobacco, new study finds: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/03/09/cannabis-boosts-risk-stroke-heart-attack-independent-tobacco/

Then Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD. Hezekiah prayed before the LORD and said, “O LORD, the God of Israel, who are enthroned above the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. ” Incline Your ear, O LORD, and hear ; open Your eyes, O LORD, and see ; and listen to the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God. “Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have devastated the nations and their lands and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. So they have destroyed them. “Now, O LORD our God, I pray, deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O LORD, are God.”  2 Kings 19:14-19

Blessings to you all

AWANA Teaching on Titus 3:5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Christianity is God reaching down to men.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good morning friends,

Here are some links to equip you:

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

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

Blessings

mid-week apologetics booster (12-8-2016)

Good morning friends,

In the midst of this busy season, let us not forget the true meaning of Christmas:

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Here are some links to assist you in making the case for your Christian worldview and answering those who oppose it (1 Peter 3:15; 2 Cor. 10:5):

  1. Cerebral Faith: Logical Fallacy Series — Part 20: Appeal To Ridicule: http://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/2016/07/logical-fallacy-series-part-20-appeal.html
  2. Researchers Have Found the Oldest Known Manuscript of Leviticus – Jonathan Morrow: http://www.jonathanmorrow.org/researchers-have-found-the-oldest-known-manuscript-of-leviticus/
  3. Simple Questions About Christians in the Workplace | National Review: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/442641/simple-questions-about-christians-workplace
  4. Ministering to Mormons in Utah Day 5 – Biblical Worldview Academy: http://biblicalworldviewacademy.org/ministering-to-mormons-in-utah-day-5/
  5. Why I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist: http://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Why-I-don-t-have-enough-faith-to-be-an-atheist
  6. SES Veritas Player | Day 1: The Existence of God: http://subsplash.com/veritasplayer/v/2d5e0b2
  7. Apologetics and the Role of Plausibility Structures: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/apologetics-and-the-role-of-plausibility-structures/
  8. Truthbomb Apologetics: Video: Answering Atheists by Abdu Murray: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2016/11/video-answering-atheists-by-abdu-murray.html
  9. Huge sections of the KJV Bible that Joseph Smith just copied into the Book of Mormon: http://www.mormonismdisproved.org/plagiarism.html
  10. Christian Essentials Online (systematic theology) – Wayne Grudem messages (mp3 with study outlines): http://www.christianessentialssbc.com/messages
  11. Accounting for the Origin of Life, Paul Davies Recognizes the Role of “Software”: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2012/12/accounting_for067461.html
  12. 5 Reasons to Share Your Faith: http://www.churchleaders.com/youth/youth-leaders-articles/164712-greg-stier-5-reasons-share-your-faith-in-2013.html
  13. Jesus Is A Myth, Just Like President Kennedy: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/jesus-is-a-myth-just-like-president-kennedy/
  14. “180” Movie – Abortion. Is it a woman’s choice? Or is it murder? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y2KsU_dhwI
  15. Perspectives on Louie Giglio, the Homosexual Issue and What It Means to Be a Christ-Follower in This Culture: http://www.epm.org/blog/2013/Jan/14/perspectives-louie-giglio
  16. Centre for Intelligent Design Lecture 2011 by Stephen Meyer on ‘Signature in the Cell’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NbluTDb1Nfs
  17. 5 Threats Of Demanding Certainty To Change Your Beliefs: http://lukenixblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/5-threats-of-demanding-certainty-to.html
  18. As God Is Man May Be? http://www.mrm.org/lorenzo-snow-couplet
  19. Crop Circles as an ID Test: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2013/01/crop_circles_as068691.html
  20. The Difference Between “Belief That” and “Belief In” (< 3 min video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCoaYAovZAE&feature=youtu.be&a
  21. When are we human enough to matter: Debate b/w Professor Malcolm Potts and Mr. Scott Klusendorf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsC6ZfTHoL4
  22. When Does Personhood Begin? Part I: http://prolifephilosophy.blogspot.com/2012/07/when-does-personhood-begin.html
  23. Witnessing for Christ: Spiritual conversation starters: https://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/assess.htm
  24. Witnessing: Spiritual conversation starter questions: https://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/starters.htm
  25. Faith steps: 8 tips to talking about Jesus: https://www.cru.org/train-and-grow/share-the-gospel/evangelism-principles/faith-steps-8-tips-talking-about-jesus.html
  26. Starting a Conversation about Jesus | CBN.com: http://www1.cbn.com/youth/starting-a-conversation-about-jesus
  27. BibleForums Christian Message Board: http://bibleforums.org/showthread.php/130604-Bringing-God-up-in-conversation
  28. Coaching Center – Turning the Conversation to Christ: http://www.gocampus.org/modx/index.php?id=247
  29. The Entire ‘LGBT’ Narrative Just Crumbled | The Stream: https://stream.org/entire-lgbt-narrative-just-crumbled/
  30. Never Read a Bible Verse | Greg Koukl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PHs_9vX20Y
  31. Case-Making 101: How does the Bible compare to other ancient documents? http://truthfaithandreason.com/case-making-101-how-does-the-bible-compare-to-other-ancient-documents/
  32. To Witness Like Jesus, Use Logic and Reason: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/12/to-witness-like-jesus-use-logic-and.html
  33. Is Spiritual Truth a Matter of Opinion? Open Letter to a Relativist: http://crossexamined.org/is-spiritual-truth-a-matter-of-opinion-an-open-letter-to-a-relativist/
  34. Whale evolution fraud: http://creation.com/whale-evolution-fraud
  35. Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: The Intellectual Cowardice behind ‘Agnostic Atheists’: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2016/12/the-intellectual-cowardice-behind.html
  36. Myth of Neutrality and a Prejudicial Challenge – the pretended neutrality fallacy: http://theophilus-defendingthefaith.blogspot.com/2016/11/myth-of-neutrality-and-prejudicial.html
  37. The Gospel According to Peanuts – Larry Alex Taunton: http://larryalextaunton.com/blog/the-gospel-according-to-peanuts/
  38. Watch these 6 free Christian films online: http://www.fullyfreefilms.com/
  39. Ohio Senate Passes Bill to Ban All Abortions After an Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat Begins: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/12/06/ohio-senate-passes-bill-to-ban-all-abortions-after-an-unborn-babys-heartbeat-begins/
  40. 84 Confirmed Facts in the Last 16 Chapters of the Book of Acts: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2012/01/84-confirmed-facts-in-last-16-chapters.html
  41. The State of Climate Science: No Justification for Extreme Policies: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2016/04/the-state-of-climate-science-no-justification-for-extreme-policies
  42. Does the Cumulative Case for Design Point to a Divine Designer? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/does-the-cumulative-case-for-design-point-to-a-divine-designer/
  43. Further Reflections on the Belief That “All Sins Are Equal”: It’s More Widespread Than You Think – Canon Fodder: http://michaeljkruger.com/further-reflections-on-the-belief-that-all-sins-are-equal-its-more-widespread-than-you-think
  44. Belief in Christ Is a Conclusion, Not a Delusion: http://www.gospel-life.net/belief-in-christ-is-a-conclusion-not-a-delusion/

Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself ; for you who judge practice the same things.  Romans 2:1

Blessings

mid-week apologetics booster (12-1-2016)

Good morning friends,

Here are some links for you to take a look at:

  1. 11 Objections to the Kalam Cosmological Argument: http://crossexamined.org/11-objections-kalam-cosmological-argument/
  2. There’s No Balancing This Moral Equation: Human Well-Being Doesn’t Explain Human Morality: https://www.thinkingchristian.net/posts/2016/11/human-well-being-doesnt-explain-morality/
  3. Christian refugees in Germany threatened with beheading for being ‘unbelievers’ by Muslim migrants: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/725193/Christian-refugees-threatened-beheading-German-migrant-camp-Muslim-unbelievers
  4. Ministering to Mormons in Utah Day 3: http://biblicalworldviewacademy.org/ministering-to-mormons-in-utah-day-3/
  5. Logical Fallacy Series — Part 8: Argument From Silence: http://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/2016/06/logical-fallacy-series-part-8-argument.html
  6. Does The Bible Need Defending? http://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/2015/01/does-bible-need-defending.html
  7. What does the Bible say about homosexuality? | CARM Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry: https://carm.org/bible-homosexuality
  8. Who’s Afraid of the Big Bang? Why Christians should not Run from Science: https://www.hbu.edu/news-and-events/2016/07/18/whos-afraid-big-bang/
  9. How gay theology manipulates the book of Leviticus: http://evangelicalfocus.com/magazine/965/How_gay_theology_manipulates_the_book_of_Leviticus
  10. What is Hate Speech? | CARM Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry: https://carm.org/hate-speech
  11. How Muslim atrocities impacted world history: http://mobile.wnd.com/2016/11/how-muslim-atrocities-impacted-world-history/#hDdxWoKFsaKQbz5d.99
  12. How Are People Actually Coming to Faith Today: http://magazine.biola.edu/article/16-fall/how-are-people-actually-coming-to-faith-today/
  13. Frank Turek (February 2017) – Fearless Faith Conference-Catalina Foothills Church (Tucson, AZ)http://subspla.sh/e74cd1f
  14. Transgender: Truth and Compassion – Alan Shlemon: http://subspla.sh/4d0ba56
  15. Can We “Agree To Disagree” On Sexuality and Marriage? | TGC: https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/trevinwax/2016/02/25/why-we-cant-agree-to-disagree-on-sexuality-and-marriage/
  16. Atheism’s Lucky Bullet Fallacies | The Stream: https://stream.org/atheisms-lucky-bullet-fallacies/
  17. Just Say “Merry Christmas”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwVpTYez82w
  18. Talking Snakes, Donkeys, and Believing the Bible: http://blogs.christianpost.com/confident-christian/talking-snakes-donkeys-and-believing-the-bible-11993/
  19. Homosexuality: Compassion and Clarity – Sean McDowell: https://youtu.be/w7a2RJgAGcM
  20. Speaking Up or Keeping Silent in Science Class: https://answersingenesis.org/public-school/religion-in-schools/speaking-up-or-keeping-silent-in-science-class/
  21. A Short Defense of Christianity (to myself): http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/blog/2011/12/a-short-defense-of-the-christianity-to-myself/
  22. What does Christmas mean to Christians? https://winteryknight.com/2011/12/25/what-does-christmas-mean-to-christians/
  23. Ehrman’s Problem 4: Why Won’t We Abuse Free Will in Heaven? http://www.clayjones.net/2012/01/ehrman%e2%80%99s-problem-4-why-won%e2%80%99t-we-abuse-free-will-in-heaven/
  24. The Finely Tuned Genetic Code: http://apologeticsuk.blogspot.com/2012/01/finely-tuned-genetic-code.html
  25. The Bible: http://links.emagnify.com/q/119zwZjDepmd/wv?platform=hootsuite
  26. Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth (RATE)http://www.icr.org/rate

And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.  2 Corinthians 11:14-15

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-20-2016)

Good morning friends,

I’m back after my vacation and feeling refreshed and relaxed!  Here are some links for you to look at:

  1. French gvmt announces plan to criminalize websites opposing abortion: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/french-gvmt-intends-to-obstruct-websites-offering-negative-information-abou
  2. Christians and Donald Trump: Our Meeting with Him: http://crossexamined.org/christians-donald-trump-meeting/
  3. Comparison Grid of Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Christianity: https://carm.org/comparison-grid
  4. It takes guts for celebrities to be open about their faith. We should support them: http://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/It-takes-guts-for-celebrities-to-be-open-about-their-faith.-We-should-support-them?j
  5. A Sure Word: Textual criticism made amazingly easy: http://rkbentley.blogspot.com/2016/10/textual-criticism-made-amazingly-easy.html
  6. Challenge: Christianity Is Absurd | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/blog/challenge-christianity-is-absurd#.WAbtjBllDqB
  7. Clues That Corroborate the Traditional Authorship of the Gospels – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/2016/09/09/clues-that-corroborate-the-traditional-authorship-of-the-gospels/
  8. Looking for Life on Enceladus: http://www.creationmoments.com/radio/transcripts/looking-life-enceladus
  9. How Did Judas Die? https://answersingenesis.org/contradictions-in-the-bible/how-did-judas-die/
  10. Atheists Say Darwinism Means Life is Meaningless, But Their Behavior Shows They Know Better: https://stream.org/atheists-say-darwinism-means-life-meaningless/
  11. Old Testament Believers: How Were They Saved? http://www.alisachilders.com/blog/old-testament-believers-in-god-before-jesus-were-they-saved

The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And this was his message: “After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Mark 1:5-8

 

mid-week apologetics booster (9-29-2016)

Good morning friends and fellow co-heirs!

I hope this morning finds you in good health, both physically and spiritually!  Below are some links for you to take a look at.

  1. Did Jesus Commend Faith That Is Blind? | CrossExamined.org: http://crossexamined.org/jesus-commend-faith-blind/
  2. Three Quran Verses Every Christian Should Know: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5Nu6EabQD8
  3. Christians ‘Hung On A Cross Over Fire’, Steamrollered And Crushed To Death In North Korea | Christian News on Christian Today: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/christians.hung.on.a.cross.over.fire.steamrollered.and.crushed.to.death.in.north.korea/96190.htm
  4. Did Jesus Drink Alcoholic Wine? | Tough Questions Answered: http://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2016/09/21/did-jesus-drink-alcoholic-wine/
  5. Failed Atheist Explanations for a Beginning to the Universe. | James Bishop’s Theology & Apologetics: https://jamesbishopblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/23/failed-atheist-explanations-for-a-beginning-to-the-universe/
  6. C-3PO Crashes a Pentecostal Revival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhGH4HaylaU
  7. Three Levels of Heaven? James R. White: http://www.equip.org/article/three-levels-of-heaven/
  8. Podcasts you should know about (as reported by Apologetics Minion):
    1. https://apologeticsminion.com/2016/06/21/podcasts-you-should-know-about-part-1/
    2. https://apologeticsminion.com/2016/07/04/podcasts-you-should-know-about-part-2/
    3. https://apologeticsminion.com/2016/07/21/podcasts-you-should-know-part-3/
    4. https://apologeticsminion.com/2016/09/10/podcasts-you-should-know-part-4/
    5. https://apologeticsminion.com/2016/09/24/podcasts-you-should-know-part-5/
  9. Impact events (quote from “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist”): Some skeptics may think that a 15- to 40-year gap between the life of Christ and the writings about him is too wide for the testimony to be reliable. But they are mistaken. Think about events that occurred 15 to 40 years ago. When historians write about those events, we don’t say, “Oh, that’s impossible! No one can remember events from that long ago!” Such skepticism is clearly unwarranted. Historians today write accurately about events in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s by consulting their own memories, those of other eyewitnesses, and any written sources from the time. This process is the same one the New Testament writers used to record their documents. Like a good reporter, Luke interviewed eyewitnesses. And as we’ll see in the next chapter, some New Testament writers were eyewitnesses themselves. They could remember 15- to 40-year-old events quite easily, just as you can. Why can you remember certain events vividly from 15 to 40 years ago and (if you’re old enough) even further back? You may be able to remember certain events because they made a great emotional impact on you. (In fact, those of us who are “over the hill” can remember some events from 30 years ago better than those from 30 minutes ago!) Where were you and what were you doing when President Kennedy was assassinated? When the Challenger exploded? When the second plane hit the tower? Why can you remember those events so well? Because they made a deep emotional impact on you. Since an event like the Resurrection certainly would have made a deep emotional impact on the New Testament writers and the other eyewitnesses they may have consulted, it’s easy to see why the history of Jesus could be easily recalled many years later, especially in a culture with an established reliance on oral testimony (more on this below). Furthermore, if the major works of the New Testament are eyewitness accounts written within two generations of the events, then they are not likely to be legend. Why? Because historical research indicates that a myth cannot begin to crowd out historical facts while the eyewitnesses are still alive. For this reason, Roman historian A. N. Sherwin-White calls the mythological view of the New Testament “unbelievable.” William Lane Craig writes, “The tests show that even two generations is too short to allow legendary tendencies to wipe out the hard core of historical fact.” Inside of those two generations, eyewitnesses are still around to correct the errors of historical revisionists.
  10. How Do You Develop a Public Speaking Ministry? – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-do-you-develop-a-public-speaking-ministry
  11. I’m Sorry! But the Church Needs Apologetics: http://www.faithbeyondbelief.ca/2015/09/03/im-sorry-but-the-church-needs-apologetics/
  12. Scientists Discover Camouflaged Dinosaur | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2016/09/26/scientists-discover-camouflaged-dinosaur/
  13. Transgender Identities Are Not Always Permanent | Public Discourse: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2016/09/17753/
  14. Postmodern Realities is a podcast from the Christian Research Institute and the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL. Each podcast features in-depth conversations with our JOURNAL authors: http://www.equip.org/crj-pmr-podcast/

O LORD, by your hand save me from such men, from men of this world whose reward is in this life. You still the hunger of those you cherish; their sons have plenty, and they store up wealth for their children. And I–in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness. Psalm 17:14-15

Blessings to you all!

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

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

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

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

mid-week apologetics booster (9-1-2016)

Good morning all,

I hope I find you this morning thinking deeply about “the only true God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent” (John 17:3)!  Here are some items to help you defend your faith this week:

  1. Podcast #41: A Clear View of Mormonism with Dr. Craig Hazen – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/2016/08/17/podcast-41-a-clear-view-of-mormonism-with-dr-craig-hazen/
  2. How to Talk to Your Kids About Hell: http://christianmomthoughts.com/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-hell/
  3. Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: Using Public Funds to Establish Atheist Beliefs: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2016/08/using-public-funds-to-establish-atheist.html
  4. Talking to a student about God’s existence at The Ohio State University – THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2016/08/24/talking-to-a-student-about-gods-existence-at-the-ohio-state-university/
  5. Possible Worlds: My Favorite Apologetic Arguments: http://www.randyeverist.com/2016/08/my-favorite-apologetic-arguments.html
  6. Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: Dealing with All Those “Lost Gospel” Claims: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/03/dealing-with-all-those-lost-gospel.html
  7. Shia and Sunni Islam – what are the differences? http://www.gotquestions.org/Shia-Sunni-Islam.html
  8. 65 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Parent Needs to Learn to Answer: http://crossexamined.org/65-apologetics-questions-every-christian-parent-needs-to-learn-to-answer/
  9. Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/bible_answers/adam-eve-really-exist/
  10. Richard Dawkins: The Atheist Evangelist – Larry Alex Taunton: http://larryalextaunton.com/articles/richard-dawkins-the-atheist-evangelist/
  11. Did Bible Authors Believe in a Literal Genesis? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/genesis/did-bible-authors-believe-in-a-literal-genesis/
  12. Why some Americans left religion behind | Pew Research Center: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/08/24/why-americas-nones-left-religion-behind/
  13. Funsized Fallacies: Post Hoc – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/2015/06/05/funsized-fallacies-post-hoc-3/
  14. 5 Questions to Ask Jesus Mythicists: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/5-questions-ask-jesus-mythicists/
  15. Your Work Matters to God: https://www.probe.org/your-work-matters-to-god/
  16. Parents: Don’t Train Your Kids On Your Own: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/parents-dont-train-your-kids-on-your-own/
  17. 3 WAYS ‘THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT’ STORY BACKFIRES: https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/trevinwax/2016/08/25/3-ways-the-blind-men-and-the-elephant-story-backfires/
  18. Transgender Identity-Wishing Away God’s Design: https://answersingenesis.org/family/gender/transgender-identity-wishing-away-gods-design/
  19. Despite Rape and Torture, ISIS Captive Refused to Renounce Christianity Before Execution | The Stream: https://stream.org/despite-rape-torture-isis-captive-refused-renounce-christianity/
  20. FRC Blog » Ending the Secular Witch Hunt: http://frcblog.com/2016/08/ending-secular-witch-hunt/
  21. The 5 Worst Beliefs a Christian Parent Can Have in an Imploding Society: http://christianmomthoughts.com/the-5-worst-beliefs-a-christian-parent-can-have-in-an-imploding-society/
  22. The Apostles Wrote the Gospels as Eyewitness Accounts | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/the-apostles-wrote-the-gospels-as-eyewitness-accounts/
  23. Ancient Evidence for Jesus from Non-Christian Sources – bethinking.org: http://www.bethinking.org/jesus/ancient-evidence-for-jesus-from-non-christian-sources
  24. Jesus Is A Myth, Just Like President Kennedy | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/jesus-is-a-myth-just-like-president-kennedy/
  25. Building a case for the historical Jesus – ChristianWeek: http://www.christianweek.org/building-case-historical-jesus/
  26. Reasons To Believe : Universe Cannot Be Created Because That Would Be Magic? http://www.reasons.org/blogs/todays-new-reason-to-believe/universe-cannot-be-created-because-that-would-be-magic
  27. Did Papias Know the Apostle John? – Canon Fodder: http://michaeljkruger.com/did-papias-know-the-apostle-john/
  28. An Essential Key to Understanding the Development of the NT Canon – Canon Fodder: http://michaeljkruger.com/an-essential-key-to-understanding-the-development-of-the-nt-canon/
  29. Watch “Why Can The Bible Be Trusted Sean McDowell” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Jc2wqBfk20E
  30. Football banana-throwing racism – What’s the basis for the racist symbolism of hurling bananas at black football players? http://creation.com/banana-throwing-football-and-racism
  31. A Billion Genes and Not One Beneficial Mutation: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2016/08/a_billion_genes103091.html

Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.  John 12:27

Blessings

mid-week apologetics booster (8-11-2016)

Good morning fellow ambassadors!

Here are some interesting links I ran into this week, in case you have some time to do any reading or watching:

  1. Can Christians claim to have the One, True God? http://crossexamined.org/can-christians-claim-to-have-the-one-true-god-2/
  2. Hiroshima, Obama, and American Morals: http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=182245
  3. New Student Resource on Mormonism: Author Interview: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/new-student-resource-on-mormonism-author-interview
  4. Arguing Is Good (short video by Greg Koukl): http://www.str.org/videos/arguing-is-good-2#.V6nVZDXaxtp
  5. How do you approach the subject of Hell in a conversation? (short video by Dr. Frank Turek responding to a question at a Q&A): https://www.facebook.com/drfrankturek/videos/838379222960269/
  6. IS HISTORICAL EVIDENCE CONVINCING TO SKEPTICS OF CHRISTIANITY? http://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2009/07/15/is-historical-evidence-convincing-to-skeptics-of-christianity/
  7. How Should I Talk to My Gay Friend about the Bible and Homosexuality? http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2016/08/how-should-i-talk-to-my-gay-friend-about-the-bible-and-homosexuality.html
  8. Greek Scholars and the Watchtower | Thomistic Bent – this is regarding the infamous New World Translation rendering of John 1:1, which says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was a god”: https://humblesmith.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/greek-scholars-and-the-watchtower/
  9. William Lane Craig: churches should focus on apologetics to attract more men | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2016/07/28/william-lane-craig-churches-should-focus-on-apologetics-to-attract-more-men-4/
  10. A simple case for the pro-life position by Scott Klusendorf – As Stephen Schwarz points out, there is no morally significant difference between the embryo that you once were and the adult that you are today. Differences of size, level of development, environment, and degree of dependency are not relevant such that we can say that you had no rights as an embryo but you do have rights today. Think of the acronym SLEDas a helpful reminder of these non-essential differences: https://winteryknight.com/2016/08/04/a-simple-case-for-the-pro-life-position-by-scott-klusendorf-4/
  11. Faith and Reason – Michael W. Austin: http://www.michaelwaustin.com/faith-and-reason/
  12. FRC Blog » The Islamic State (ISIS) Lays Out Its Plan for Christians: http://frcblog.com/2016/08/islamic-state-isis-lays-out-its-plan-christians/
  13. Pastor Rick Warren Is Well Prepared For A Purpose Driven Retirement – Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertlaura/2013/03/21/pastor-rick-warren-is-practicing-what-he-preaches-and-getting-ready-for-retirement/#4a4f91756a1c
  14. Is it a sin to drink alcohol? https://reasonsforhopejesus.com/sin-drink-alcohol/
  15. Watch “The Teaching of Joyce Meyer” on YouTube (7 min video) – In answer to a question, Hank plays an example of Joyce Meyer’s teaching and then comments on her false prosperity message and a misquotation of Scripture: https://youtu.be/bYJW2nWQqfo
  16. Answering atheist arguments – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/atheist-arguments
  17. Paul’s Trial Before Felix, Part 1: The Case Against Paul: https://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/1791
  18. The Resurrection and the Secular Mind – Pastors and Christian Leadership Resources: http://www.crosswalk.com/church/pastors-or-leadership/the-resurrection-and-the-secular-mind-11570590.html
  19. Watch “Planned Parenthood Supporter vs. Christian” on YouTube (27 min street interview) – This guy can be a little bit pushy during the interview, but he has some good arguments as he’s responding to the Planned Parenthood supporter: https://youtu.be/mx7tulUPHMw
  20. Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air – Greg Koukl and Francis Beckwith discuss the problems of relativism and moral relativism.  Del Tackett is the host (1 hour 18 min video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s98Z4tlunA

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.  Colossians 4:5-6 (NIV)

mid-week apologetics booster (5-19-2016)

Good morning,

I hope this morning finds you well as you live out your Christian life – “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction” (Eugene H. Peterson)….  Here are some interesting links to equip you to contend for the faith:

  1. The Case of the Missing Verse – John 5:4: http://mattdabbs.com/2008/03/20/the-case-of-the-missing-verse-john-54/
  2. Nine Ways Your Church Can Use Twitter on Sundays – ThomRainer.com: http://thomrainer.com/2016/05/nine-ways-your-church-can-use-twitter-on-sundays/
  3. Take a Quiz on Mormonism! (I got 100% 🙂 ): http://www.dearephesus.org/blog/2015/10/26/take-a-quiz-on-mormonism
  4. Epic Failure: My Biggest Evangelism Mistake: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/epic-failure-my-biggest-evangelism-mistake
  5. Are Christians Narrow-minded? 2 Minute Video Response: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/are-christians-narrow-minded-2-minute-video-response
  6. Conflating Questions – Cross Examined: http://crossexamined.org/conflating-questions/
  7. God does not lose books, there are no Lost Books of the Bible: http://www.str.org/articles/no-lost-books-of-the-bible#.Vz0YvMtlDqA
  8. What If the Copies Were Corrupted? http://timothypauljones.com/apologetics-what-if-the-copies-are-corrupted/
  9. What’s So Special about the Bible? http://timothypauljones.com/whats-so-special-about-the-bible/
  10. Nine New Testament Facts about Jesus Corroborated by Josephus and Tacitus | Apologetics Review: http://www.apologeticsreview.com/2014/12/17/nine-new-testament-facts-about-jesus-corroborated-by-josephus-and-tacitus/
  11. James White – The Inspiration, Canonization, and Transmission of Scripture: https://youtu.be/BqcwcxoxoUo
  12. Ehrman–Licona Dialogue on the Historical Reliability of the New Testament | THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/ehrman-licona-dialogue-on-the-historical-reliability-of-the-new-testament/
  13. Do We Have to Prove Christianity Beyond a Reasonable Doubt? | THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/do-we-have-to-prove-christianity-beyond-a-reasonable-doubt/
  14. Did Nearly 200 Muslim Refugees in Germany Just Convert to Christianity? https://stream.org/nearly-200-muslim-refugees-germany-convert-christianity/
  15. Atheists float new attack on Noah’s Ark tourist attraction: http://mobile.wnd.com/2016/05/atheists-launch-another-attack-on-noahs-ark-tourist-attraction/
  16. A Call for National Civil Disobedience to Obama’s Public School Transgender Bathroom Mandate: https://stream.org/call-national-civil-disobedience-obama-public-school-transgender-bathroom-mandate/
  17. Church of Iran pastor arrested after being freed from death row: http://www.premier.org.uk/News/World/Church-of-Iran-pastor-arrested-after-being-freed-from-death-row
  18. Kirk Cameron – Balancing Apologetics and Evangelism – Kirk Cameron (“Growing Pains,” “Fireproof”) shares his personal testimony, as well as explains what a healthy marriage between apologetics and sharing the gospel looks like. The message includes answers to some of the more common questions and objections skeptics raise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJagd_vxuA4&feature=youtu.be
  19. The Unintended Victims of Bathroom Bills and Locker Room Policies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg-MAMvkplE
  20. How The Trans-Agenda Seeks To Redefine Everyone: http://thefederalist.com/2014/06/23/how-the-trans-agenda-seeks-to-redefine-everyone/
  21. Atheists bash hotel Bibles – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/a/11115
  22. New DNA Study Confirms Noah: https://www.icr.org/article/9325/
  23. Should Christians Mix Faith and Politics? – Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.: https://douglasgroothuis.com/2016/03/10/should-christians-mix-faith-and-politics/
  24. Presuppositions – Why They Matter – Christian Worldview: http://www.christianworldview.net/2016/01/presuppositions/
  25. Fun Bible Facts for Christian Teens: Get Centered with Psalms 118: http://christianteens.about.com/od/understandingyourbible/qt/Psalms118Facts.htm
  26. Why Did God Tell Abraham to Sacrifice Isaac? http://christianmomthoughts.com/why-did-god-tell-abraham-to-sacrifice-isaac/

The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.” The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”  Luke 23:35-37

mid-week apologetics booster (12-17-2015)

I don’t know about you, but I love this chilly weather – nice change of pace 🙂 I hope you find something here that is encouraging, informative or otherwise useful:

  1. 5 Reasons Why the Church Should Care About Apologetics: http://www.christianweek.org/5-reasons-church-care-apologetics/
  2. Helping a Student to Investigate the Origins Debate – Evolution News & Views: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2015/12/helping_a_stude101511.html
  3. Sorry Whoopi, Hitler was no Christian: http://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Sorry-Whoopi-Hitler-was-no-Christian
  4. Denying the Signature in the Brain – Evolution News & Views: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2015/12/denying_the_sig_7101481.html
  5. A Christmas question: Are the Gospels more reliable than scholars once thought? http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/12/14/christmas-question-are-gospels-more-reliable-than-scholars-once-thought.html?intcmp=hphz05
  6. Jesus: The “Begotten” of the Father: http://www.equip.org/article/jesus-the-begotten-of-the-father/
  7. Atheist Jerry Coyne explains why morality is impossible for atheists: http://winteryknight.com/2015/08/04/atheist-jerry-coyne-explains-why-morality-is-impossible-for-atheists/
  8. Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: The Scary World of Truth: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/07/the-scary-world-of-truth.html
  9. Is There a Difference Between Theist and Atheist “Irrationality”? – Thinking Christian: https://www.thinkingchristian.net/posts/2014/03/is-there-a-difference-between-theist-and-atheist-irrationality/
  10. Dealing with apathy when discussing faith: http://pleaseconvinceme.com/2014/dealing-with-apathy-when-discussing-faith/
  11. How Can You Trust Christianity Is True When There Are So Many Unanswered Questions? http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/how-can-you-trust-christianity-is-true-when-there-are-so-many-unanswered-questions/
  12. Is God too Odd to Explain Anything? Five Quick Points | Saints and Sceptics: http://www.saintsandsceptics.org/is-god-too-odd-to-explain-anything-five-quick-points/
  13. ‘God of the Gaps’ – a guide for the Perplexed | Saints and Sceptics: http://www.saintsandsceptics.org/god-of-the-gaps-a-guide-for-the-perplexed/
  14. Answers to Arguments Against Christianity: http://www.christianciv.com/Answers.html
  15. Creating God in our own image: https://reallifeapologetics.wordpress.com/2015/07/16/engineering-a-false-god-in-our-own-image/
  16. Case for Faith video – L. Strobel: https://vimeo.com/15113643
  17. Eric Metaxes on Miracles Being One Way God Reveals Himself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byfmQtKxx2I
  18. Case-Making 101: If God Exists Then Miracles Are Possible: http://truthfaithandreason.com/case-making-101-if-god-exists-then-miracles-are-possible/
  19. Children Seized from Christian Family by Government for ‘Christian Indoctrination’: http://www.christianitydaily.com/articles/7118/20151207/children-seized-christian-family-government-indoctrination.htm
  20. Why are there so many rules in Christianity? https://youtu.be/Zq6MmZpZiyM
  21. Did Jesus Exist? (Part 2: Pliny the Younger and Suetonius): http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2015/12/13/did-jesus-exist-part-2-pliny-the-younger-and-suetonius/
  22. 10 Reasons Why There Really Was a Historical Jesus | Hope’s Reason: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/10-reasons-why-there-really-was-a-historical-jesus/
  23. Former Muslim Terrorist Sees Jesus And Becomes A Christian (English with Arabic Subtitles): https://youtu.be/NMMsKicQSn8
  24. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis – Five Great Quotes: http://www.reasonsforgod.org/2015/12/mere-christianity-by-c-s-lewis-five-great-quotes/
  25. Is Man Born Sinful? – Stand to Reason Blog: http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2015/12/is-man-born-sinful.html
  26. Walking in the Light of Oughtness: http://theidolbabbler.com/2014/05/15/walking-in-the-light-of-oughtness/
  27. Top 10 Most Common Atheist Arguments, and Why They Fail | Eric Hyde’s Blog: https://ehyde.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/top-10-most-common-atheist-arguments-and-why-they-fail/
  28. Climate Change Related:
    1. Freeman Dyson: the last 10 years have proven climate change models wrong: http://winteryknight.com/2015/10/15/freeman-dyson-the-last-10-years-have-proven-climate-change-models-wrong/
    2. At last some honesty on global warming alarmism: http://winteryknight.com/2009/04/14/at-last-some-honesty-on-global-warming-alarmism/
    3. Former alarmist scientist admits global warming is a “fiction”: http://winteryknight.com/2011/05/17/former-alarmist-scientist-admits-global-warming-is-a-fiction/
    4. Facts Undercut Apocalyptic Climate Change Agenda: No Real Warming Since 1998: http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/william-okeefe/facts-undercut-apocalyptic-climate-change-agenda-no-real-warming-1998
    5. Global Warming Myths: Bogus Science and Exaggerated Claims for Climate Change: http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/global_warming_myths.html
    6. Nobel Laureate Smashes the Global Warming Hoax: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCy_UOjEir0&feature=player_detailpage
    7. The Great Global Warming Swindle Full Movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52Mx0_8YEtg
    8. New Science Contradicts Climate Alarmists’ Predictions of Global Warming Doom: http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/h-sterling-burnett/new-science-contradicts-climate-alarmists-predictions-global-warming
    9. Global Warming – Reason for Alarm? http://realtruth.org/articles/443-gwrfa.html
  29. The humanist apostles’ creed—that which ‘a Devil’s Chaplain might write’ – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/a/3201
  30. You are Called to Preach and Teach Online: http://www.morethancake.org/archives/1679
  31. What does it mean that Jesus is God’s only begotten son? http://www.gotquestions.org/only-begotten-son.html
  32. Live Republican Debate Blog: Many are Called: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/eidos/2015/12/live-republican-debate-blog-many-are-called/
  33. Mormonism in a Nutshell|Regarding God and Jesus|Regarding Salvation: https://carm.org/mormonism-in-a-nutshell
  34. Self-Defeating Atheism | Intelligent Christian Faith: http://intelligentchristianfaith.com/2015/12/10/self-defeating-atheism/
  35. The Fine Tuning of the Universe: https://youtu.be/UpIiIaC4kRA

By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea into jars ; he puts the deep into storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. Psalm 33:6-9

mid-week apologetics booster (11-26-2015)

Good morning,

Happy Thanksgiving!  Here are some links.  Maybe you’ll have some time to look at a few of these over the long weekend.  Especially pay attention to the first one:

  1. What You Can Learn From the Pilgrims – great 48 minute audio podcast from Frank Turek where he interviews Bill Federer about the history of the pilgrims (it would be great to listen to with the family at Thanksgiving): http://subspla.sh/7277698
  2. They Did Not Honor Him or Give Thanks — Why Thanksgiving is Inescapably Theological | AlbertMohler.com: http://www.albertmohler.com/2015/11/23/they-did-not-honor-him-or-give-thanks-why-thanksgiving-is-inescapably-theological/
  3. Celebrating Thanksgiving in America: http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=17984
  4. Religious Roots: Not All Turkey and Touchdowns – The Imaginative Conservative. From the Mayflower Compact: Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first Colony in the northern Parts of Virginia; Do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually, in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2012/11/religious-rootsnot-all-turkey-and-touchdowns.html
  5. A (Not Too) Serious Christmas Quiz: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/12/a-not-too-serious-christmas-quiz.html
  6. Why Do Christians Follow Some Biblical Commands and Not Others? Brett Kunkle of Stand to Reason explains how some commands in the Bible were for a specific group of people at a specific time in history. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90_ZvhdXFWo
  7. Is Mormonism a cult? https://carm.org/is-mormonism-cult
  8. Do Christians really put their friends off Jesus? http://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Do-Christians-really-put-their-friends-off-Jesus
  9. Honoring the 41st Anniversary of the Discovery of “Lucy,” Google Offers a Misleading Doodle – Evolution News & Views: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2015/11/honoring_the_41101151.html
  10. Why We Need to Know Facts About the Bible: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/why-we-need-to-know-facts-about-the-bible
  11. What Is the Point of Prayer? | Reasonable Faith: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/what-is-the-point-of-prayer
  12. 121 Quotes on Why We Need Apologetics: http://www.thepoachedegg.net/the-poached-egg/2014/12/121-quotes-on-why-we-need-apologetics.html
  13. Is Jesus Really God? By Mark Mittelberg — Think Eternity: http://www.thinke.org/blog/jesus-god
  14. 911 Call to Parents of Christian Kids in College: Get the EpiPen Ready: http://ratiochristi.org/boosters/blog/post/911-call-to-parents-of-christian-kids-in-college-get-the-epipen-ready/3806#.VlYuFb3n_qC
  15. What are the historical arguments for the empty tomb story? (includes video debate): http://winteryknight.com/2015/07/24/what-are-the-historical-arguments-for-the-empty-tomb-story-2/
  16. Grounded in the Gospel | Zeitgeist: http://groundedinthegospel.com/blog/zeitgeist
  17. Dare to be a Daniel? https://www.worldmag.com/mobile/article.php?id=35120
  18. Earth-like planet hyped by science-fiction-crazed atheists likely uninhabitable | WINTERY KNIGHT: http://winteryknight.com/2015/11/20/earth-like-planet-hyped-by-science-fiction-crazed-atheists-likely-uninhabitable/
  19. The Reliability of the New Testament | Stephen J. Bedard: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/reliability-new-testament/
  20. What Distinguishes a Text as Scripture? Authority Matters: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/05/what-distinguishes-text-as-scripture.html
  21. Are Moral Truths An Illusion? http://crossexamined.org/are-moral-truths-an-illusion/
  22. Nancy Pearcey’s mission to reinvigorate the evangelical mind – On Faith & Culture: http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2015/06/10/nancy-pearcey-apologetics-influential/
  23. Inclusivism: http://www.str.org/articles/when-catholicism-hinders-the-gospel
  24. An Intro to Dismantling Alleged Discrepancies | A Clear Lens: http://clearlens.org/2015/11/18/an-intro-to-dismantling-alleged-discrepencies/
  25. Refugee Cost to bring them here vs. taking care of them where they’re at: https://www.afa.net/the-stand/immigration/2015/11/what-are-we-to-do-about-refugees/
  26. Two Things Terrorist Attacks Do NOT Tell Us About Religion: http://christianmomthoughts.com/two-things-terrorist-attacks-do-not-tell-us-about-religion/
  27. 10 Things Every Christian Should Know About Islam: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/10-things-every-christian-should-know-about-islam
  28. The Rise of Islam: http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/rise-islam/
  29. Nabeel Qureshi (ex-Muslim, turned Christian apologist) – My response to the Paris Attacks: we need love and truth. Love for Muslims, but the truth about Islam: https://www.facebook.com/NabeelQureshi.RZIM/videos/1056491281038365/
  30. Generic view of religion undermines ability to respond to theological significance of Paris attacks: http://www.albertmohler.com/2015/11/19/the-briefing-11-19-15/
  31. What percentage of Muslims approve of radical Islam and terrorism? | WINTERY KNIGHT: http://winteryknight.com/2015/11/18/what-percentage-of-muslims-approve-of-radical-islam-and-terrorism/
  32. What Islam is Not (Video): https://shariaunveiled.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/what-islam-is-not-video-2/
  33. Do You Think Homosexuality Is Wrong? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBHodHT3pOk
  34. God Is Unchanging; Believe It – David Limbaugh: http://m.townhall.com/columnists/davidlimbaugh/2015/11/20/god-is-unchanging-believe-it-n2083010
  35. Saudi court sentences poet to death for renouncing Islam: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/20/saudi-court-sentences-poet-to-death-for-renouncing-islam

Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.  (John 20:30-31)

mid-week apologetics booster (11-19-2015)

Good morning servants of the Living God!

I hope this morning finds you well in whatever situation you’re facing. Here are some items to encourage you to “earnestly contend for the faith, once and for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3):

  1. Objections to Christianity: Who Created God? I’ve heard this question 2 times so far this year from AWANA 3rd and 4th graders: http://weighingevidence.com/2015/11/10/objections-to-christianity-who-created-god/
  2. “You’re Only a Christian Because of Your Birthplace!”: http://www.saintsandsceptics.org/youre-only-a-christian-because-of-your-birthplace/
  3. Why Moral Evil Does Not Disprove the Existence of God: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIOFYjoquUk
  4. Who Is Jesus, According to Other Religions? http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/who-is-jesus-according-to-other-religions/
  5. We Share Many Genes with Lettuce, but that Doesn’t Make Us Part Salad: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2015/11/we_share_many_g100961.html
  6. A Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor: An Evangelical Response to Global Warming: https://erlc.com/article/a-call-to-truth-prudence-and-protection
  7. Did Jesus Exist? (Part 1: Tacitus): http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2015/11/13/did-jesus-exist-part-1-tacitus/
  8. Confronting the Transgender Storm: A Sermon on Deuteronomy 22:5: http://bcsmn.edu/index.php/bcs-media/chapel-messages/item/transgender
  9. Apologetics is Becoming Very Practical in America: http://southernbyhisgrace.com/apologetics-becoming-practical-america/
  10. Interesting (actually shocking) Quotes From Brigham Young The Second Prophet of the Mormon Church: https://carm.org/brigham-young-quotes
  11. Jesus celebrated Hanukkah! http://hightimetoawake.com/2013/11/27/jesus-celebrated-hanukkah/
  12. Did Daniel Accurately Predict a Succession of Nations? – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/daniel-accurately-predict-succession-nations/
  13. Why Defend My Faith? http://coffeehousequestions.com/2015/05/04/why-defend-my-faith/
  14. Jihad, Jizya, and Just War Theory – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/jihad-jizya-just-war-theory/
  15. Video: Real Answers to Tough Questions: A Talk with J.P. Moreland: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2015/08/video-real-answers-to-tough-questions.html
  16. The Freethinking Argument: https://apologers.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/the-freethinking-argument/
  17. Helping Kids Learn to Ask Questions About Their Faith: https://beyondtm.wordpress.com/2015/11/05/helping-kids-learn-to-ask-questions-about-their-faith/
  18. Interview with Craig Evans, Distinguished Professor of New Testament. | Historical Jesus studies: https://jamesbishopblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/14/interview-with-craig-evans-distinguished-professor-of-new-testament/
  19. How Early Was Jesus Being Worshiped As God? http://www.thinkchristianly.org/how-early-was-jesus-being-worshiped-as-god/
  20. Why Naturalism is Simply Unbelievable: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/12/why-naturalism-is-simply-unbelievable.html
  21. Were the Salem Witch Trials biblical? http://www.gotquestions.org/Salem-Witch-Trials.html
  22. Richard Dawkins, anti-Christian language and the rise of science: http://creation.com/anti-christian-rise-science
  23. Can A Good God Send People to Hell? http://pleaseconvinceme.com/2015/can-a-good-god-send-people-to-hell/
  24. Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God? http://www.str.org/articles/do-christians-and-muslims-worship-the-same-god#.VkvKWN-rTBU
  25. The Trinity: A Solution, Not a Problem Part 1 by Greg Koukl (Solid Ground Newsletter): http://www.str.org/Media/Default/Publications/Solid%20Ground%2011-2015%20The%20Tirnity-1.pdf
  26. An Argument for Jehovah’s Witnesses: Jesus Is Jehovah: http://www.str.org/articles/an-argument-for-jehovah-s-witnesses-jesus-is-jehovah

We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands. Psalm 78:4-7

 

Blessings to you all!

Apologetics Class 11-15-2015

Currently, we are reading the book Unsilenced: How to Voice the Gospel by James Boccardo.  It is a great book about evangelism that also includes some information about Apologetics.

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Hi All,

In class this past Sunday, we started reading chapter 8 ‘The Varsity Team’.  The chapter seems to focus on some more advanced topics such as Mormonism and Jehovah’s Witness.  We also watched a short video on the following topic:

“Which Jesus Do You Follow?” by Living Waters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trwOqDnITvc

It is a 2 minute 43 second video which examines some of the false conceptions of Jesus that other religions subscribe to.  It was a good introduction to the content of the first part of this chapter.

We read pages 139-151 during our time together.  Here are the notes that we discussed after the reading:

  1. (pg. 140-142) What 2 things to Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses have in common that distinguishes them from Christians?
  2. (pg. 143-144) What does 2 Nephi 25:23 (in the Book of Mormon) say and how does that compare with Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5 and Galatians 2:21?
  3. (pg. 144-145) Did David forfeit his inheritance in heaven because of his adultery with Bathsheba, or was he saved despite his many sins?  Why and how?
  4. (pg. 145) How would you respond to the argument that Abraham was saved by good works based on James 2:21?
  5. (pg. 146) We’re not saved from _____ and don’t enter ______ by ________: only through _______.  That _______ will result in _______ because of the _________ that God gives us.
  6. (pg. 147-151) Where in the New Testament does it say that Jesus is God? Explain the difference between ‘direct references’ and ‘indirect references’.
  7. (pg. 150-151) Does the phrase ‘firstborn’ in Colossians 1:15 mean that Jesus is not eternal? What does Psalm 89:27 tell us about the phrase ‘firstborn’?

Next week we will probably be finishing chapter 8, reading about the following topics:

  1. What if you meet a “Christian”?
  2. What if I meet someone of another religion that I know nothing about?
  3. Evolution – your grandpa wasn’t a monkey

Thanks for participating!