mid-week apologetics booster (1-6-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

If conversion makes no improvements in a man’s outward actions then I think his ‘conversion’ was largely imaginary. – C.S. Lewis

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Can You Stand for Truth without Being Offensive?: https://www.str.org/w/can-you-stand-for-truth-without-being-offensive-
  2. Did David rape Bathsheba? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/did-David-rape-Bathsheba.html
  3. Is Homology Evidence for Evolution? | Long Story Short – YouTube – Is homology due to common descent or common design? Is descent with modification overwhelmingly obvious? The standard definition of homology is the similarity of the structure, physiology, or development of different species of organisms based upon their descent from a common evolutionary ancestor- the structural identity of parts in distinct species such as the human hand, the wing of a bird, and the flipper of a seal. But is this really the case? The answer: Homology can’t be used as evidence for evolution because it assumes the very thing it’s trying to prove. In other words, Homology therefore evolution, evolution therefore homology. And when biologists try to fix this by pointing to DNA or other areas it only further undermines the case.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk1gDk1wGhQ
  4. How Do We Know the Bible is True? – Focus on the Family: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/faith/how-do-we-know-the-bible-is-true-2/
  5. Most Americans think cohabitation leads to a stable marriage, but what does the data say? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/01/01/most-americans-think-cohabitation-leads-to-a-stable-marriage-but-what-does-the-data-say-2/
  6. The Lords Supper is a memorial, not a transubstantiation | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2022/01/04/the-lords-supper-is-a-memorial-not-a-transubstantiation/
  7. Do people who sing songs about Christianity know whether these things are true? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/01/03/do-people-who-sing-songs-about-christianity-know-whether-these-things-are-true/
  8. Racism countered by biblical creation – creation.com – The issue of race has become extremely contentious in the last few years. Unfortunately, many proposed solutions ignore the real history of humanity, so will just exacerbate the problems. However, the answer is straightforward returning to the Bible’s history starting in Genesis.: https://creation.com/racism-vs-biblical-creation

May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame. Psalms 129:5

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-30-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here are 2 random quotes (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

Argument from Incredulity is the logical fallacy of doubting or rejecting a claim or argument out of hand simply because it seems incredible, insane or crazy, or because it goes against one’s own personal beliefs, prior experience, or ideology – Unknown

The worst of all states of soul is to be without feeling or concern about eternity—to be without “thirst.”  – J.C. Ryle

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What are the pseudepigrapha? The pseudepigrapha are the books that attempt to imitate Scripture but that were written under false names. The term pseudepigrapha comes from the Greek pseudo, meaning “false,” and epigraphein, meaning “to inscribe,” thus, “to write falsely.” The pseudepigraphical books were written anywhere from 200 BC to AD 300. They are spurious works written by unknown authors who attempted to gain a readership by tacking on the name of a famous biblical character. | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/pseudepigrapha.html
  2. The Case for Heaven – Lee Strobel talk (starts at 35 min 45 seconds into the video).  Join Pastor Greg Laurie’s friend and best-selling author Lee Strobel for a message titled “The Case for Heaven” it’s sure to be a time of encouragement and hope, so tell a friend or family member and let’s talk about that! https://youtu.be/f-5UcPGGU1M?t=2145
  3. What Happens After We Die? (Larry King Live with John MacArthur and the following panelists: Roman Catholic Priest, Jewish, Muslim, New Age and an Atheist). Very interesting discussion.  There’s not much in the way of apologetics here, but you could watch this video, then after the other religious views are expressed, you could see how you would answer them. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFrgpeWh6tQ
  4. The BIG difference between the disciples and other martyrs | @Mike Licona – YouTube – Obviously, no one alive today witnessed the resurrected Christ, so how can we trust that Christ was resurrected? The disciples saw this, they knew Christ, they lived beside Him. It makes no sense that the disciples would suffer and die to perpetuate a lie of a resurrected Christ. Of course, we can believe wrongly in something and die for it, but who is going to die for what they know to be a lie? Check out the discussion Dr. Mike Licona and Frank had regarding the differences between Jesus disciples and other religious martyrs. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zNbnn798tk
  5. All In The Family | Christmas Day With The Bunkers’ | Season 2 Episode 13 – YouTube – In this super exclusive Christmas special, Archie (Carroll O’Connor) has to tell the rest of the family (Jean Stapleton, Sally Struthers and Rob Reiner) that he won’t be getting a holiday bonus. From Season 2, Episode 13 ‘Christmas Day With The Bunkers”: Archie is depressed at Christmas because his boss canceled his holiday bonus (purportedly for screwing up a work order) and he doesn’t know how to break the news to his family. Interestingly, there is some interesting conversation between “Meat Head” and Archie about Christianity, Jesus, etc. at around 17 minutes into the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6orcb8aQIPc
  6. Greg Koukl: The Intolerance of Tolerance – YouTube – This presentation is from: “To Everyone an Answer: 10th Annual EPS Apologetics Conference”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG_R9e60Wp4
  7. Apologetics Canada Advent Stories: Episode 6, Episode 6 in the AC “Advent Stories” series. Andy Bannister speaking on the topic of “JOY”.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1PAq5TLKSQ
  8. What’s Wrong with Atheism? Stephen C. Meyer – Science and God (PragerU animated 5 min video) – YouTube – Is there any meaning to life? Or is life nothing more than a cosmic accident? Scientific atheists claim the latter, but ironically, its science itself that suggests the former: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4H3yw0ryT4

Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?Luke 12:24-26

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-2-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2100) from Nuggets:

Purgatory is a pernicious illusion of Satan which brings God’s mercy into awful disrepute, abolishes Christ’s cross, and scatters and undermines our faith.  – John Calvin

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What Does This Rock Refer to in Matthew 16:18?: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/what-does-this-rock-refer-to-matthew-1618/
  2. Cultural Apologetics, by Paul M. Gould – Session 1: Paul at Mars Hill – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSPuQ3gnIUw
  3. Are All Religions True? What if I tell you that the “SIX BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT” parable actually shows the opposite of “Religious Pluralism.” – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmG8A-SaO_w
  4. Answering the Atheists: Stephen Hawking (Part 1) – YouTube – Frank Turek responds to Stephen Hawking’s latest book: The Grand Design Part 1 of 2.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tVO0-zYAvE
  5. How To Present The Gospel To A Muslim? – YouTube – Ravi Zacharias gives some advice on how to present the gospel to a Muslim.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZc9XZv1LvM
  6. Is it OK for a Christian to practice mindfulness? – YouTube – Of course, we want to be mindful of our behaviors, actions, and how we treat others. Melissa Dougherty is not addressing that type of mindfulness here. Mindfulness, often associated with Buddhism, is becoming popular in the mental health community. Mental health is important, and most of us need help during challenging seasons of life, but we need to be aware that mindfulness does not lead to mindlessness. See what Melissa has to say about mindfulness here.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi20ocQeoC8
  7. Evaluating William Lane Craig’s views on Genesis, Adam and Eve | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/11/28/evaluating-william-lane-craigs-views-on-genesis-adam-and-eve/
  8. Men of Faith Are Men Who Fight | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/men-of-faith-are-men-who-fight
  9. Spiders Have Built-In Algorithm to Construct Webs | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/hackled-orb-weaver-webs/
  10. In Finland, Christians face criminal charges for quoting the Bible | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/11/30/in-finland-christians-face-criminal-charges-for-quoting-the-bible/
  11. Man From Opium-Smoking Village Imprisoned Not For Drugs But For His Conversion To Christianity : World : Christianity Daily: https://www.christianitydaily.com/articles/14090/20211129/man-from-opium-smoking-village-imprisoned-not-for-drugs-but-for-his-conversion-to-christianity.htm
  12. Bible vs. Qur’an One Reason the Bible Is More Trustworthy Than the Qur’an – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8qfkZe6NW4
  13. How Do We Show Someone The Bible Is Trustworthy? – YouTube – Bobby Conway asks Brett Kunkle to explain the trustworthiness of the Bible.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYDxyiCBGI4
  14. How can you trust the New Testament when the original manuscripts are different? – YouTube – There isn’t one, single, original, preserved copy of the New Testament. So how can you trust the text of the New Testament when all the earliest copies disagree with each other? Daniel B. Wallace, Executive Director of The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, explains why you can still trust the text of the New Testament despite it having so many textual variants.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NikVdhp0YFs
  15. What Makes Christianity Different from Other Religions? | Illuminate Ep 3 – YouTube – Is Christianity the same as other religions? Not quite. Find out what makes Christianity unique in this insightful video.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbeFQtaybB8
  16. Cartoon Explaining Jehovah’s Witnesses – YouTube – This video is for the education of the saints. Jehovah’s Witnesses are not saved because they do not believe that Jesus rules in Heaven and still exists as the Son of God and not as a created archangel. Jesus Christ always existed and was not created because He and the Father are one and God is eternal (has no beginning and no end).: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVDPQq9EGtk
  17. Cartoon Explaining Mormonism – YouTube – This is a cartoon from the first film of “The Godmakers” that can be found on YouTube. None of this information is based on anything that can be backed up historically or archaeologically. Their doctrine also changes and is not as constant and powerful as God’s true word: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pgw-C_DTVo8
  18. Extra-biblical Evidence for the Veracity of the Gospel History – Jonathan McLatchie | Writer, Speaker, Scholar: https://jonathanmclatchie.com/extrabiblical-evidence-for-the-veracity-of-the-gospel-history/
  19. What about those who never hear about Jesus? – YouTube – Frank talks about the subject of the salvation of those who never hear the Gospel.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc7nec1JOkE
  20. Elaborate [Extra Biblical] Testimony (Undesigned Coincidences): Part 3 – YouTube – Our Last Interlocking Puzzle Piece comes from the Old Testament, you don’t want to miss this. Make sure to watch the entire video!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOuEis9L8os

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?  Esther 4:14

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-5-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

I want to clear something up so that there is absolutely no doubt. I’m a Board Certified OB/GYN who has delivered over 2,500 babies. There’s not a single fetal or maternal condition that requires third trimester abortion. Not one. Delivery, yes. Abortion, no. – Omar L. Hamada

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. John Lennox against the tide in history | George’s Journal – This post is based on the documentary movie Against the tide by Pensmore Films, in which the actor Kevin Sorbo interviews Professor John Lennox to test belief in God.: https://georgesjournal.net/2021/07/29/john-lennox-against-the-tide-in-history/
  2. Do the Non-Canonical Gospels Challenge or Invalidate the New Testament? (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast S7E20) Cold Case Christianity Truth2Freedom’s Blog: https://truth4freedom.wordpress.com/2021/07/28/do-the-non-canonical-gospels-challenge-or-invalidate-the-new-testament-cold-case-christianity-broadcast-s7e20-cold-case-christianity/amp/
  3. Why Are You a Christian Believer? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-are-you-a-christian-believer/
  4. What’s Next for the Intelligent Design Movement? Stephen Meyer Explains. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHQeTJVTBuw
  5. Unbiblical stuff the Catholic Church teaches: Mary, Indulgences, Eucharist, Priests, 7 Sacraments – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1xZTPY98Oc
  6. Atheism: An Irrational Worldview – By embracing materialism, the atheist has destroyed the possibility of knowledge, as well as science and technology.: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/atheism/atheism-an-irrational-worldview/
  7. Why Some People Simply Will Not Be Convinced | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-some-people-simply-will-not-be-convinced/
  8. Three Steps to Becoming a Lifelong Learner | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/three-steps-to-becoming-a-lifelong-learner/
  9. Are We Brainwashing Our Children? Have you ever been told that your children are Christians only because you brainwashed them? Have you been accused of keeping your children from understanding real science by brainwashing them with the Bible?: https://answersingenesis.org/apologetics/critical-thinking/are-we-brainwashing-our-children/
  10. Jesus, the Bible, the Quran, and the Law of Non-Contradiction In Islam, the Quran mentions Jesus more than any other Prophet. It states He was born of a virgin (Surah 19), had disciples (5:111-115), ascended into heaven (4:158), and will return as a sign of the end times (43:61). However, unlike the Bible, the Quran states that Jesus did not die…But wait, the Quran makes a couple other very important claims. God sent the Gospels: https://theologetics.org/2015/11/12/jesus-the-bible-the-quran-and-the-law-of-non-contradiction/
  11. SDA Doctrine and the Clear Word Bible: Sample texts- The Clear Word Bible is a Seventh-day Adventist paraphrase of the Bible that alters numerous verses to bring them in line with SDA doctrine. Here is a list of different verses that are not under any particular theme.: https://carm.org/seventh-day-adventism/the-clear-word-bible-and-miscellaneous-verses/
  12. In Marriage as in Life, Weak Is Strong – humblebrag: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/weakens-us-show-his-strength/
  13. Two Signs From Your Opposition Your Argument Is Sound | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/two-signs-from-your-opposition-your-argument-is-sound/
  14. RNA Ties and Unties Itself | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/rna-ties-and-unties-itself/
  15. America’s new religion: Fake Christianity – Stop calling yourself a Christian if you don’t believe in Christ: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/jul/25/americas-new-religion-fake-christianity/
  16. The Fossils Still Say No: The Fins-to-Feet Transition | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/the-fossils-still-say-no-fins-to-feet-transition/
  17. Why I’m no longer a young earth creationist – Luke Barnes | Premier Christianity: https://www.premierchristianity.com/features/why-im-no-longer-a-young-earth-creationist/5288.article

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. The LORD looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Psalms 14:1-3

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-29-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

THOU INCOMPREHENSIBLE BUT PRAYER-HEARING GOD, Known, but beyond knowledge, revealed, but unrevealed, my wants and welfare draw me to thee. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 5 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Should Learn How to Answer – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETyzqrM3tB8
  2. Responding to Catholic Apologists on Purgatory – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzVzn8h7jnM
  3. The Resurrection Witness of Half-Frantic Women: The Significance of the Women Witnesses Confidence in Christ: https://confidenceinchrist.net/2021/04/15/the-resurrection-witness-of-half-frantic-women-the-significance-of-the-women-witnesses/
  4. Using the Kalaam Argument Correctly | Strange Notions: https://strangenotions.com/using-the-kalaam-argument-correctly/
  5. The Jellyfish with a Broad Reach Creation Moments: https://creationmoments.com/sermons/the-jellyfish-with-a-broad-reach-2/?mc_cid=423df30e6b&mc_eid=29f98ca00d
  6. Are Christians the New Extremists? Yes, and That’s Okay.: https://natashacrain.com/are-christians-the-new-extremists-yes-and-thats-okay/

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.John 8:34-36

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

JC Ryle – The Great Separation!

What a powerful piece this is…

The Great Separation!

J.C. Ryle, 1878

“His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly cleanse His threshing floor. He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire!” Matthew 3:12

Wheat or chaff? You see my question — for whom do you think it is meant? Is it for corn merchants and farmers only, and for none else? If you think so, then you are much mistaken. It is meant for every man, woman, and child in the world. And among others, it is meant for you.

The question is drawn from the verse of Scripture which is now before your eyes. The words of that verse were spoken by John the Baptist. They are a prophecy about our Lord Jesus Christ, and a prophecy which has not yet been fulfilled. They are a prophecy which we shall all see fulfilled one day, and God alone knows how soon.

Reader, I invite you this day to consider the great truths which this verse contains. I invite you to listen to me, while I unfold them and set them before you in order. Who knows but this text may prove a word in season to your soul! Who knows but my question may help to make this day the happiest day in your life! Listen, before you begin once more your appointed path of duty. Listen, before you start once more on some round of business. Listen, before you plunge once more into some course of useless idleness and folly. Listen to one who loves your soul, and would sincerely help to save it, or draw it nearer to Christ. Who knows what a day may bring forth! Who can tell whether you will live to see tomorrow! Be still, and listen to me a few minutes, while I show you something out of the Word of God.

I. Let me show you in the first place, the two great classes into which the world may be divided.

There are only two classes of people in the world, in the sight of God — and both are mentioned in the text which begins this tract. There are those who are called the wheat — and there are those who are called the chaff.

Viewed with the eye of man, the earth contains many different sorts of inhabitants. Viewed with the eye of God, it only contains two. Man’s eye looks at the outward appearance — this is all he thinks of. The eye of God looks at the heart — this is the only part of which He takes any account. And tried by the state of their hearts, there are but two classes into which people can be divided — either they are wheat, or they are chaff.

Reader, who are the WHEAT in the world? Listen to me, and I will tell you.

The wheat means all men and women who are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ — all who are led by the Holy Spirit — all who have felt themselves sinners, and fled for refuge to the salvation offered in the Gospel — all who love the Lord Jesus, and live to the Lord Jesus, and serve the Lord Jesus — all who have taken Christ for their only confidence, and the Bible for their only guide, and regard sin as their deadliest enemy, and look to Heaven as their only home. All such, of every church, name, nation, people, and tongue — of every rank, station, condition, and degree — all such are God’s wheat!

Show me men of this kind of people anywhere, and I know what they are. I know that they and I may not agree in all particulars — but I see in them the handiwork of the King of kings, and I ask no more. I know not whence they came, and where they found their religion — but I know where they are going, and that is enough for me. They are the children of my Father in Heaven. They are part of His wheat.

All such, though sinful, and vile, and unworthy in their own eyes — are the precious part of mankind. They are the sons and daughters of God the Father. They are the delight of God the Son. They are the habitation of God the Spirit. The Father beholds no iniquity in them — they are the members of His dear Son’s body — in Him He sees them — and is well pleased. The Lord Jesus discerns in them, the fruit of His own travail and work upon the cross — and is well satisfied. The Holy Spirit regards them as spiritual temples which He Himself has raised — and rejoices over them. In a word, they are the wheat of the earth — God’s wheat.

Reader, who are the CHAFF in the world? Listen to me once more, and I will tell you this also.

The chaff means all men and women who have no saving faith in Christ, and no sanctification of the Spirit — whoever they may be. Some of them perhaps are infidels — and some are formal Christians. Some are sneering Sadducees — and some self-righteous Pharisees. Some of them make a point of keeping up a kind of ‘Sunday religion’ — and others are utterly careless of everything except their own pleasure and the world. But all alike, who have the two great marks already mentioned — no faith and no sanctification — all such are chaff. From the atheists Paine and Voltaire — to the formal churchman who can think of nothing but outward ceremonies — to the unconverted admirer of sermons in the present day — all, all are standing in one rank before God all, all are chaff!

They bring no glory to God the Father. They honor not the Son, and so do not honor the Father who sent Him. They neglect that mighty salvation, which countless millions of angels admire. They disobey that Word which was graciously written for their learning. They listen not to the voice of Him who condescended to leave Heaven and die for their sins. They pay no tribute of service and affection to Him who gave them life, and breath, and all things. And therefore God takes no pleasure in them. He pities them — but He reckons them no better than chaff!

Yes — you may have rare intellectual gifts, and high mental attainments — you may sway kingdoms by your counsel, move millions by your pen, or keep crowds in breathless attention by your tongue — but if you have never submitted yourself to the yoke of Christ, and never honored His Gospel by heartfelt reception of it — then you are nothing but chaff in His sight. Natural gifts without saving grace, are like a row of ciphers without an unit before them; they look big — but they are of no value. The vilest insect that crawls in the filth — is a nobler being than you are! It fills its place in creation, and glorifies its Maker with all its power — and you do not. You do not honor God with heart, and will, and intellect, and members, which are all His. You invert His order and arrangement, and live as if time was of more importance than eternity, and body better than soul. You dare to neglect God’s greatest gift — His own incarnate Son. You are cold about that subject which fills all Heaven with hallelujahs. And so long as this is the case, you belong to the worthless part of mankind. You are the chaff of the earth.

Reader, let this thought be deeply engraved in your mind, whatever else you forget in this volume. Remember there are only two kinds of people in the world. There are wheat — and there are chaff.

There are many nations in Europe. Each differs from the rest. Each has its own language, its own laws, its own peculiar customs. But God’s eye divides Europe into two great parties — the wheat and the chaff.

There are many classes in England. There are nobles and commoners — farmers and shopkeepers — masters and servants — rich and poor. But God’s eye only takes account of two orders — the wheat and the chaff.

There are many and various minds in every congregation that meets for religious worship. There are some who attend for a mere form — and some who really desire to meet Christ; some who come there to please others — and some who come to please God; some who bring their hearts with them, and are not soon tired — and some who leave their hearts behind them, and reckon the whole service as weary work. But the eye of Jesus only sees two divisions in the congregation — the wheat and the chaff.

There were millions of visitors to the Great Exhibition of 1851. From Europe, Asia, Africa, and America — from North, and South, and East, and West — crowds came together to see what human skill and industry could do. Children of our first father Adam’s family, who had never seen each other before, for once met face to face under one roof. But the eye of the Lord only saw two companies thronging that large palace of glass — the wheat and the chaff.

Reader, I know well the world dislikes this way of dividing professing Christians. The world tries hard to fancy there are three sorts of people, and not two. To be very godly and very strict does not suit the world — they cannot, will not be holy. To have no religion at all does not suit the world — as that would not be respectable. “Thank God,” they will say, “we are not so bad as that!” But to have religion enough to be respectable — and yet not go into extremes, to be sufficiently good — and yet not be peculiar — to have a quiet, easy-going, moderate kind of Christianity, and go comfortably to Heaven after all — this is the world’s favorite idea! There is a third class, a safe middle class — the world imagines; and in this middle class — the majority of men persuade themselves they will be found.

Reader, I denounce this notion of a middle class as an immense and soul-ruining delusion! I warn you strongly not to be carried away by it. It is as vain an invention as the Pope’s purgatory. It is a refuge of lies, a castle in the air, a Russian ice-palace, a vast unreality, an empty dream! This middle class is a class of Christians no where spoken of in the Bible!

There were two classes in the day of Noah’s flood; those who were inside the ark — and those who were outside. There were two classes in the parable of the Gospel net; those who are called the good fish — and those who are called the bad. There were two classes in the parable of the ten virgins; those who are described as wise — and those who are described as foolish. There were two classes in the account of the judgment day; the sheep — and the goats. There were two sides of the throne; the right hand — and the left. There were two abodes when the last sentence has been passed; Heaven — and Hell.

And just so, there are only two classes in the world:
those who are in the state of nature — and those who are in the state of grace;
those who are in the narrow way — and those who are in the broad;
those who have faith — and those who have no faith;
those who have been converted — and those who have not been converted;
those who are with Christ — and those who are against Him;
those who gather with Him — and those who scatter abroad;
those who are wheat — and those who are chaff.
Into these two classes, the whole world may be divided. Beside these two classes, there is none.

Reader, dear reader, see now what cause there is for self-inquiry! Are you among the wheat — or among the chaff? Neutrality is impossible. Either you are in one class — or in the other. Which is it, of the two?

You attend church perhaps. You go to the Lord’s table. You like good people. You can distinguish between good preaching and bad. You think Popery false, and oppose it firmly. You think Protestantism true, and support it cordially. You subscribe to religious societies. You attend religious meetings. You sometimes read religious books. It is well — it is all very well. It is good — it is all very good. It is more than can be said of many. But still, this is not a straightforward answer to my question: Are you wheat — or are you chaff?

Have you been born again? Are you a new creature? Have you put off the old man, and put on the new? Have you ever felt your sins, and repented of them? Are you looking only to Christ for pardon and eternal life? Do you love Christ? Do you serve Christ? Do you loathe heart-sins, and fight against them? Do you long for perfect holiness, and follow hard after it? Have you come out from the world? Do you delight in the Bible? Do you wrestle in prayer? Do you love Christ’s people? Do you try to do good to the world? Are you vile in your own eyes, and willing to take the lowest place? Are you a Christian in business, and on week days, and by your own fireside? Oh, think, think, think on these things — and then perhaps you will be better able to tell the state of your soul!

Reader, I beseech you not to turn away from my question, however unpleasant it may be. Answer it, though it may prick your conscience, and cut you to the heart. Answer it, though it may prove you in the wrong, and expose your fearful danger. Rest not, rest not, until you know how it is between you and God! Better a thousand times find out that you are in an evil case, and repent in time — than live on in uncertainty, and be lost eternally!

Reader, remember my question. Begin to meditate on it this very day. Are you wheat — or chaff?

To read the rest, go to http://gracegems.org/Ryle/great_separation.htm

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 (4-2-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

One reason Christianity has failed to exert much influence on the major intellectual institutions of America is that too many Christians hold their beliefs in an uninformed and precarious fashion. Instead of pursuing answers to the toughest questions an unbelieving world can marshal, they attempt to preserve certainty through ignorance and isolation, relying on platitudes rather than arguments. – Douglas Groothuis

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. An Easy Way to Explain the Role of Apologetics in a Christian’s Life THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/03/25/an-easy-way-to-explain-the-role-of-apologetics-in-a-christians-life-3/
  2. Origins of pathogenic microbes: part 1 – The vast majority of microbes do not inflict damage on their hosts. They are non-pathogenic. The majority of microbes inhabiting humans are classically harmless commensals (one organism benefits, the other is not harmed or benefited). Microbes are present in large numbers in and on the human body and ensure our survival. They aid digestion and provide nutrients necessary for our well-being.: https://creation.com/origins-of-pathogenic-microbes-1
  3. Illustra Media videos on intelligent design are FREE to watch for 2 months | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/03/26/illustra-media-videos-on-intelligent-design-are-free-to-watch-for-2-months/
  4. A Trillion First Responders | To keep us safe, our body coordinates with a vast network of foreign agents that have joined our side.: https://answersingenesis.org/human-body/trillion-first-responders/
  5. Pope: Confess sins directly to God if no priests available during virus pandemic – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/pope-confess-sins-directly-to-god-if-no-priests-available-during-virus-pandemic.html
  6. Here’s why there’s more evidence for Christianity than you might think – J. Warner Wallace : https://youtu.be/UcqeQG5l3Yk
  7. Nearly half of young adults with ties to Christianity say church can’t answer their questions: survey – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/nearly-half-of-young-adults-with-ties-to-christianity-say-church-cant-answer-their-questions-survey.html
  8. COVID-19s Impact on AiG and a Biblical Response by Ken Ham | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2020/03/27/covid19s-impact-on-aig-and-biblical-response-by-ken-ham/
  9. The Ultimate Proof of Creation-Dr. Jason Lisle : https://youtu.be/-j9-cyRbFcs
  10. PDF – PREPARING Your CHURCH for Coronavirus (COVID-19) A Step-by-Step, Research-Informed and Faith-Based Planning Manual: https://www.wheaton.edu/media/humanitarian-disaster-institute/Preparing-Your-Church-for-Coronavirus.pdf
  11. 5 Ways to Disciple Your Kids and Love Your Neighbor Through the Coronavirus Pandemic – Mama Bear Apologetics: https://mamabearapologetics.com/coronavirus/
  12. Can Science Explain Everything? Book Review | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/can-science-explain-everything-book-review
  13. Majority of Americans praying for an end to the coronavirus pandemic: Pew Research Center poll – Washington Times: https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/mar/31/majority-of-americans-praying-for-an-end-to-the-co/
  14. Bart Ehrman Has a Change of Heart (no, he’s not saying Christianity is true…): https://thinktheology.co.uk/blog/article/bart_ehrman_has_a_change_of_heart
  15. You’re Probably Doing It Wrong: Tips for Speaking to a Camera | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/youre-probably-doing-it-wrong-tips-speaking-camera
  16. NYT Ignores The Evidence To Slander Christians As Coronavirus Deniers: https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/01/new-york-times-ignores-the-evidence-to-slander-christians-as-coronavirus-deniers/
  17. What is a Christian to do with Politics?: A Look at Politics and Worldview Integration (video) – THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/what-is-a-christian-to-do-with-politics-a-look-at-politics-and-worldview-integration/
  18. What Are the Most Powerful Arguments for the Existence of God? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/what-are-most-powerful-arguments-existence-god
  19. This Month’s Issue of Acts and Facts | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/aaf/index/
  20. Milking Roaches for All They’re Worth | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/creepy-crawlies/insects/milking-roaches-all-theyre-worth-unlikely-reminder-gods-provision/

I will take vengeance in anger and wrath upon the nations that have not obeyed me. Micah 5:15

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-9-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

Now, when the sinner is brought to the bar, Jesus appears there himself. He stands to answer the accusation. He points to his side, his hands, his feet, and challenges Justice to bring anything against the sinners whom he represents.  – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Harvester or Gardener? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/SolidGroundJan2020-harvester-or-gardener
  2. Why should we read the Bible / study the Bible? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/why-read-Bible.html
  3. Christian and Atheist Fairyology – Randal Rauser: https://randalrauser.com/2020/01/christian-and-atheist-fairyology/
  4. Abortion Leading Cause of Death Worldwide in 2019: https://decisionmagazine.com/abortion-leading-cause-death-worldwide-2019/
  5. Tips for Presenting the Evidence for Christianity – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ska93jAeGaM&t=114s
  6. Astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez lectures on intelligent design and habitability | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/01/05/astronomer-guillermo-gonzalez-lectures-on-intelligent-design-and-habitability-6/
  7. Where Does it Say the Messiah Would Rise On the Third Day in the Jewish Scriptures? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/01/05/where-does-it-say-the-messiah-would-rise-on-the-third-day-in-the-jewish-scriptures-2/
  8. How to Your Turn Golden Years into Revival Years | Living Waters: https://www.livingwaters.com/how-to-your-turn-golden-years-into-revival-years/
  9. 4 People Influencing Your Kids You’ve Never Heard of | Facts & Trends: https://factsandtrends.net/2019/11/14/4-people-influencing-your-kids-youve-never-heard-of/
  10. Are You Practicing Jesusanity or Christianity? – Jonathan Morrow: https://www.jonathanmorrow.org/are-you-practicing-jesusanity-or-christianity/
  11. Chinese govt demands Christians use religion to spread Communist Party principles | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/chinese-govt-demands-christians-use-religion-to-spread-communist-party-principles
  12. Top three reasons people reject Christianity – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/voice/top-three-reasons-people-reject-christianity.html
  13. Why I bought your coffee (evangelism approach): https://youtu.be/FvL87vkfEPg
  14. What Does the Bible Say About Purgatory? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/what-does-the-bible-say-about-purgatory/
  15. What is the naturalistic Darwinian story? Sean describes the worldview in 3 steps (:32 second video): https://twitter.com/Sean_McDowell/status/1214692330583650304?s=09

For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us. Isaiah 33:22

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (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

Lunch conversation with Hindu Colleague

I recently met with a colleague who visiting our office on a business trip from another country in Europe.  It was lunch time and he was sitting at his desk.  I was on my way out to lunch, when I felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit that I ought to see if he had plans and ask him to lunch.  So, I turned around and went back to our area and asked him if he had plans.  He had no plans for lunch that day, so I invited him to go to lunch with me.

I have had a history of working with him and it was very nice to get together for a meal.  We went to a Mexican restaurant, which he enjoyed, as he was able to get a vegetarian meal.  He is originally from India and we were talking about all the places he’s lived in India.  Then I asked about Punjab, commenting that I’d heard they have their own religion there.  So, we started talking about religion in general.  My colleague said that many different religions are practiced in India (Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Jainism, etc.) and that India is very open about religion.  I asked him what he meant by “open”. He said that members of each religion will visit and talk with and be friends with people of other religions and even visit their respective places of worship and spend time together during festivals.  He even said he’s visited Christian churches in India before.  However he said that is not the case for Islam – as Hindus, they don’t go into mosques.

He went on to tell me more about Hinduism, his beliefs and some of the stories in their scriptures.  During our conversation, he described how the best schools in India were Christian schools – he specifically mentioned Catholic and Protestant.  I commented on his mentioning Catholic and Protestant and asked about his understanding of the difference between the 2?  He said that he understood that Catholic was the one true church until the protestant church split away.  I asked him if he’d heard of the Protestant Reformation.  He said no.  I asked if he’d heard of Martin Luther.  He said, “Yes, Martin Luther King, right?”  I said no, that Martin Luther King was the civil rights leader in America in the 1960’s.  I’m talking about Martin Luther.  He said, “Wasn’t he a philosopher?”  So, I went on to explain what happened during the Protestant Reformation.  He asked when all this happened, and I told him about the day (October 30th 1517) when Martin Luther posted his 95 theses (or complaints) against the Catholic Church on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.  I explained that Martin Luther was actually a Catholic Monk and he didn’t want to create a new church, rather he wanted to reform the church because he saw that they were straying away from the Bible – I also explained the situation that was occurring with selling indulgences.  I explained that the Protestant Reformation spread throughout Europe and the UK during that time period.  This was the time when the recent invention of printing press allowed the “common man” to have his own copy of the Bible for a cheaper cost, which helped the spread of this reformation.  We even talked about how the countries of Europe to this day are considered either Catholic (e.g. France, Poland, Italy and Spain) or Protestant (Germany, Netherlands, England, etc.).

During this part of the conversation, he even mentioned the level of Atheism in the UK, where he said that atheists represent about 20% of the population. I told him in the US it is somewhere between 5 and 10%.  We talked about how it is hard to believe that someone could believe that the Universe and everything in it came into existence from nothing with no cause, and that life in all of its complexity, including the DNA molecule, could come into existence without an intelligent designer. He agreed then he started to tell me about how in Hinduism there are three different gods Creator, Sustainer, and Destroyer. I think they were Brahman, Vishnu and Shiva. Then he started to tell me in general about Hinduism and some of the scriptures. After I was asking him many questions he told me about avatars and how Krishna was an avatar. As we went on talking, I asked him about the concepts of Karma and Reincarnation.  He said that everyone must be reborn so that whatever body you’re living in now you will die and eventually be reborn into a different body. I was asking him a lot of questions during this whole time we were talking about Hinduism and learning quite a bit. For example he said the final state of a person according to Hinduism is Moksha. But the new thing that I learned was that Moksha according to him is a state of non-existence that’s the final state of a person (I had previously thought that Moksha was kind of like Nirvana).  He also revealed that there is a heaven and hell in Hinduism. There is one god that keeps track of all the things you do in this life. And there’s another god which, by his description of it, almost sounded like the grim reaper who will take a person to either heaven or hell.  According to him, after you have served your sentence then you’ll get reborn into another body.

Then I asked him if he knew what the concept of “grace” means in Christianity. He said he had definitely heard of that phrase – the grace of God, but what he described sounded more like the blessings of God. So I talked to him about the meaning of grace. I told him that grace is defined as “unmerited favor from God”, meaning, you didn’t do anything to earn it.  With grace, you are getting good things that you don’t deserve. Kind of a parallel concept, I told him about is mercy. Mercy is where you don’t get the bad things (i.e. punishment) that you do deserve. Those two concepts, I explained, are related like two sides of the coin.  He seemed to understand.  I explained that all people have sinned and are accountable to God for those sins and the punishment due for them.  I asked him if he had any idea how to obtain or access the grace and mercy of God?  He thought for a while – I let there be an awkward silence.  Finally, he said no.  I explained to him, this is where Jesus comes in.  God came to earth in the person of Jesus and lived a perfect (sinless) life.  He followed the 10 commandments to a tee.  I asked if he knew what the 10 commandments were.  He had heard of them, but couldn’t name any.  I explained that these are laws and rules for living that God gave to the Israelites long ago, and gave him a few examples.  So, Jesus lived a perfect life and did not deserve to die, but you know that he was killed by crucifixion on a cross, right?  He said yes.  I explained that Jesus was paying for punishment we deserved for our sins.  So, if we believe that we have sinned and deserved the punishment that Jesus experienced and that He died in our place, then we can go to heaven forever to be with God.  This is the Good News – this is the Gospel.  But if we don’t believe in Him and His sacrificial death for us, then we have to go to hell to pay for our sins ourselves.  In Christianity, this life is the time we have to choose Jesus.  After we die, there are no second chances – this is it!  The purpose of life is to know Christ and once you know Him, to make Him known to others.  He indicated he understood.

We covered a lot of ground in this conversation and I pray that God would take my imperfect witness and help my Indian colleague understand it and consider his relationship with God and his destination in eternity!

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

 

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

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The Endosymbiont Hypothesis: Things Arent What They Seem to Be: http://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/the-cells-design/read/the-cells-design/2018/08/29/the-endosymbiont-hypothesis-things-aren-t-what-they-seem-to-be
  2. A world-famous chemist tells the truth: there’s no scientist alive today who understands macroevolution | Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/a-world-famous-chemist-tells-the-truth-theres-no-scientist-alive-today-who-understands-macroevolution/
  3. Isnt the God of the Old Testament Harsh, Brutal, Downright Evil?: https://answersingenesis.org/who-is-god/isnt-the-god-of-the-old-testament-harsh-brutal-and-downright-evil/
  4. Australias New Prime Minister Is an Evangelical Christian – Michael Foust: https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/australia-s-new-prime-minister-is-an-evangelical-christian.html?utm_source=ChristianHeadlines%20Daily
  5. Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions: Volume 1 (online book) | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/answers/books/demolishing-supposed-bible-contradictions-1/introduction/
  6. 50 Alleged Bible Contradictions Refuted | The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/50-alleged-bible-contradiction-refuted/
  7. The Biblical Literacy of Teenage Believers | Theological Matters: https://theologicalmatters.com/2012/09/05/the-biblical-literacy-of-teenage-believers/
  8. Why would a loving God send people to Hell?: https://creation.com/hell
  9. What does the Bible say about the pope / papacy?: https://www.gotquestions.org/pope-papacy.html
  10. Six short Pro-life responses to Six popular Pro-choice slogans – Part 1: http://apologeticsuk.blogspot.com/2013/07/six-short-pro-life-responses-to-six.html
  11. Rosaria Butterfield Interview – At about 24 minutes into the interview, shes recounting a conversation she (as a lesbian) was having with a transgendered individual about how she was reading the Bible and the effect it was having on her. She says: Im reading the Bible and Im reading it a lot and what if its true? We are in big trouble! She said it was Romans 1 that really convicted her She went on to write a book The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ_YI6INTQU&feature=youtu.be
  12. Study: the early Earths atmosphere contained oxygen | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2014/04/28/study-the-early-earths-atmosphere-contained-oxygen/
  13. What is misotheism? What is a misotheist?: https://www.gotquestions.org/misotheism-misotheist.html

he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. James 1:8

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-7-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Christ-Centered Hindu Community – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/eastern-religions/christ-centred-hindu-community
  2. The Limits of Apologetics: the Difference Between Faith That and Faith In Rob Lundberg Apologetics.Com: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2018/06/05/the-limits-of-apologetics-the-difference-between-faith-that-and-faith-in/
  3. Don’t Believe Everything You Hear about the Bible Theology in Motion: https://theologyinmotion.com/2016/02/18/dont-believe-everything-you-hear-about-the-bible/
  4. Remember That First-Century Mark Fragment? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/remember-first-century-mark-fragment#.WxMjLGhlA0M
  5. The breath of life – God’s gift to all creatures: https://creation.com/the-breath-of-life
  6. Does the Roman Catholic Church have the authority of Christ? | CARM.org: https://carm.org/does-the-catholic-church-have-the-authority-of-christ
  7. VICTORY: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Our National Motto, Dismissing Atheist Challenge to : https://aclj.org/american-heritage/federal-appeals-court-upholds-our-national-motto
  8. Former Johns Hopkins head psychiatrist: transgender surgery isn’t the solution | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/former-johns-hopkins-head-psychiatrist-transgender-surgery-isnt-the-solutio
  9. Is There Life Out There? (Interview with Jeff Zweerink) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/is-there-life-out-there-interview-with-jeff-zweerink/
  10. Is Apologetics Needed Because of a Lack of Faith? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/01/13/is-apologetics-needed-because-of-a-lack-of-faith/
  11. Ex-gay man: Homosexuality is just another human brokenness | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/ex-gay-homosexuality-is-just-another-human-brokenness
  12. Responding to Pride Month with Genuine Love | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/article/responding-pride-month-genuine-love#.WxWSp2hlA0M
  13. This New, Must-See Pro-Life Video Brilliantly Mocks the “Magic Of The Birth Canal”: https://www.redstate.com/kimberly_ross/2018/06/05/new-pro-life-video-mocks-birth-canal/
  14. Supreme Court sides with Christian baker against secular left fascists and ACLU | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/06/05/supreme-court-sides-with-christian-baker-against-secular-left-fascists-and-aclu/
  15. Business Sues Church for $2.3 Million Because It Won’t Host LGBT Event | Kingsjester’s Blog: https://kingsjester.wordpress.com/2018/06/03/the-war-against-christianity-business-sues-church-for-2-3-million-because-it-wont-allow-lgbt-event/
  16. Let’s Stop Pretending Sex Is Merely A Private Act – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/lets-stop-pretending-sex-is-merely-a-private-act

When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” Matthew 8:28-31

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 11/5/2017

Today in the Apologetics Class, we continued our mini-series on the reformation by watching Martin Luther the Man (part 4-5):

 

Here is the note-taking form I passed out at the beginning of the class:

Martin Luther (Part 2)

Excommunicated and on trial (19 minutes 44 seconds)

  1. Luther was a university professor and he was posting basically a proposal for a d__________.
  2. For several years after the posting of the 95 Theses, Luther was, publicly, very r___________________ toward the P________.
  3. When Luther started challenging Tetzel, Tetzel didn’t take it lying down. He accused Luther of heresy.
  4. Tetzel accused Luther of being a “Hus-ite” it was Jan Hus who challenged the Pope and was b_____________ at the s_____________ at the Council of Constance in 1450.
  5. The 95 theses reached the Pope in Rome he said, Luther is just a drunken German. He’ll think differently when he gets sober.
  6. In Heidelberg, in 1518 Luther was put on the biggest stage for the order of the Augustinian monks by his superior (Staupitz).
  7. In the Heidelberg disputation, Luther is espousing a theology of the c_________ that rejects w_______________ righteousness.
  8. The Heidelberg disputation of 1518 was in many ways even more significant than the 95 Theses of 1517.
  9. Pope Leo X appointed Prieres a Dominican monk to respond to Luther. The Dominicans in the Augustinians had a bit of a rivalry
  10. Pope Leo X demanded that Frederick the Wise, responsible for the University of Wittenberg, to deliver up Luther, that “child of the devil”.
  11. Luther wrote that he’d be happy to recant if they just tell me where I’m w______________.
  12. Luther had a debate, which in those days were very long, in this example, 18 days!
  13. Luther was coaxed into admitting that some of the doctrines of Hus, a heretic who had been burned at the stake by the Catholic Church 100 years earlier, should not have been condemned. Then the crowd started to shout, “Death to Luther, the S__________ H________!”
  14. After the debate, Johann Eck traveled to Rome to get a P___________ B________ declaring Luther a heretic. He was the first to start calling Lutherans Lutherans as a term of d____________-that they were following Luther, and not following the authority of the Pope.
  15. The Leipzig debate opened up the issue of authority.
  16. Luther sees the need for reform in the church, but he sees that this is not going to come from the hierarchy of the church.  Luther calls on the Christian nobility, asking the princes to intervene for the sake of the church-“if the Pope won’t do it, you princes do it.”
  17. In the year 1520, Luther wrote several treatises.
  18. A Papal Bull was called a bull because the Pope’s seal was attached to the document. In Latin, the seal was called Bulla.
  19. Luther was given a 60-day notice that he would be e____________________ from the church if he did not return to papal o_______________________.
  20. Luther publicly b_____________ the papal bull, along with the canon law of the Catholic Church.
  21. Luther believed that he too was going to be burned at the stake just like Jan Hus.
  22. The Diet, or assembly, of Worms was convened in 1521.
  23. Prior to the Diet of Worms, the Pope had Luther excommunicated for burning the papal bull.
  24. When Luther was summoned to appear before the Diet of Worms, Frederick the Wise, his elector was concerned about Luther’s safety traveling to and from the Diet of Worms, so he secured s__________ t____________ for Luther to and from the Diet of Worms.
  25. Luther was greeted as a h___________ by the Germans when he arrived at the Diet of Worms.
  26. Johann Eck, the prosecutor, pointed to a table of books and asked Luther are these yours? When Luther answered yes, the prosecutor asked him, “Will you know r__________ all that you have written?”  Luther asked to be able to think about it overnight.  The next day Luther said, “Unless I am convinced by the testimony of S____________, or by clear reason, for I do not trust in the Pope or councils alone for it is known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves, I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my c____________ is captive to the w________ of G_______. I cannot and will not recant anything, since it is neither s_______ nor r_________ to go against conscience. Here I s____________, I can do no other. May God help me!”

 

In hiding, and the emergence of the Lutheran Church (20 minutes 28 seconds)

  1. The Edict of Worms by Emperor Charles V says “for this reason we forbid anyone from this time forward to dare, either by words or by deeds, to receive, defend, sustain, or favor the said Martin Luther. On the contrary, we want him to be apprehended and punished as a notorious heretic.”
  2. The edict meant that Luther could be killed by a___________, anytime, anywhere, without any fear of r________________. But Luther had been kidnapped by people working for his prince, in order to protect him. They took Luther to the castle of Frederick the Wise – the Wartburg. Even Frederick the Wise didn’t know where he was.
  3. In 11 or 12 weeks, while in the castle, Luther translated the entire N_______ T_______________ from Greek into German.  In Luther’s day the only official Bible was the Latin Vulgate. To possess a Bible in any other language than Latin, Greek or Hebrew was punishable by d_____________.
  4. In 1517, 7 parents were burned at the stake for teaching their children The L__________’s P_____________ in English.
  5. Luther had found a way to escape his own fear and terror of God, in the word of God, and he wanted people to know that p______________ that he had found.
  6. Luther introduced the concept that people should be able to understand God’s word in their own l_____________ and not depend on hearing it i___________________ by the church.
  7. This work of translation was one of Luther’s greatest accomplishments. We would have heard of him even if he had done nothing in terms of the Reformation.
  8. Luther’s Reformation was always a conservative Reformation, k__________ as much as possible from the medieval Church. Only that which contradicts scripture should be surrendered.
  9. Luther didn’t I want a religious reform movement turned into a political or social revolution. Luther was trying to steer a middle course between all the contrasting extremes that were upsetting the whole program.
  10. In 1526 Luther was rebuilding the church.
  11. In late medieval worship service the congregation were regarded as s__________. They listened to the Liturgy of the mass, probably sung by a choir. But Luther wanted them to be a_________.
  12. In Luther’s liturgy, lay people would be receiving both of the elements in communion (b____________ and w____________) which was not the custom in the medieval Church.
  13. Luther was the author of the hymn, the great battle hymn of the Reformation, “A Mighty F________________ Is Our God”.
  14. Luther wrote the large and the small catechism. The large catechism was for pastors. The small catechism was written so that the head of the household could t___________ the truths of the scriptures to his c___________________.
  15. In 1529, the Roman Emperor Charles V, sent a letter to all the Lutheran princes Asking them to come back to the mother church “or else”.
  16. The Lutheran princes responded from Speyer in 1529, “we protest…” This is where the word P________________ comes from.
  17. There was a meeting of key Protestant leaders, Luther, Zwingli, and others at Marburg in 1529. In that meeting they agreed on everything except the L____ S_____. Zwingli trying to spiritualize it, Luther was immovable on point that the Lord’s Body and blood were present in communion.
  18. Charles V called for a diet at Augsburg in 1530 for the Lutheran prince’s to gather and defend their religious convictions.
  19. Luther was still under the Bull of the Pope and the ban of Charles V, and he had to stay 150 miles away from Augsburg. Luther did not attend but Melanchthon did on his behalf. Out of this came the Augsburg C_________________.
  20. To this day, the Augsburg Confession is the confession of the Lutheran church.
  21. Cornerstones of Lutheran Churches to this day, often have the letters U.A.C. engraved on them. This indicates that they adhere to the U_________________ Augsburg Confession.
  22. The Smalcaldic Confession became one of the key documents of the Lutheran theology.
  23. The Book of Concord is the final document which includes the Smalcaldic confession and forms the basis of Lutheranism.
  24. There was a Roman Catholic pharmacist present at Luther’s death who testified what happened there.  Luther had a massive heart attack in Eisleben (the town where he had been born) & his friend Justus Jonas asks him, while in the throes of agony, “Are you willing to stand on the confession of Christ which you have made?” He replied yes & kept quoting John 3:16 to himself.
  25. Martin Luther is important because he rediscovered the g_____________, the good news that God in Christ his reconciling the world to Himself. That rediscovery had tremendous consequences for both church and culture.

Discussion Questions

  1. What were some of the negative aspects of Luther’s views (not discussed in the video)?
  2. What was Luther’s purpose in posting the 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church?
  3. Who was Jan Hus what happened to him?
  4. Why did Leo X excommunicate Luther from the Roman Catholic Church?
  5. What great hymn did Martin Luther write?
  6. When and where did Martin Luther translate the New Testament from Greek to German?
  7. Did Martin Luther want to start a new church?
  8. Who first called Lutherans Lutherans?
  9. Where did the word “Protestant” come from?
  10. How did Luther respond at the Diet of Worms when Johann Eck asked him to recant?
  11. What was the punishment during Luther’s day for possessing a Bible in any other language than Latin?
  12. Were there other reformers besides Luther?  Who are some?

 

Apologetics Class 10/29/2017

Today, in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we started a 2 week mini series on Martin Luther.  We watched parts 1-3 of Martin Luther the Man:

 

 

Here is the note-taking form I handed out before the video:

Martin Luther

Part 1 His Early Life (13 minutes 17 seconds)

  1. The late medieval church was very powerful
  2. No social security in those days, your social security policy was your s________
  3. Luther’s dad wanted him to be a l___________
  4. Luther’s concept of God was influenced by the fact that his father was so strict and he wasn’t sure he l____________ his father at that point (after getting disciplined)
  5. Church’s slogan at that time – do what is i___ y________ and God will not refuse you grace.
  6. If you fail, confession – priest will give you something to do to satisfy the penalty (penance)
  7. If you don’t do enough penance to cover all the sin, the answer was time in p___________
  8. You’re the one earning the f____________, you’re the one paying the price
  9. When studying at university, he found a copy of the B_______________ in the library
  10. It was understood that laymen needed Church’s help to understand/interpret the Bible
  11. Several incidents in Luther’s life caused him to develop a fear of d_______________.
  12. July 2nd 1505, Luther caught in thunderstorm – he cries out “Saint Anne, help me and I will become a m________!”
  13. Shortly after that, Luther entered a very strict m______________ of the Observant Augustinians
  14. Decision to enter monastery motivated in part by what was going to happen after death
  15. Obsessed by g_________ and the f_________ of damnation, Luther was trying in vain to find assurance of his s_______________.

Part 2 – His Monk Life (15 minutes 56 seconds)

  1. He led a very strict, d_________________ life including self-flagellation
  2. He was very concerned about his salvation and didn’t find the s_________ he thought he would
  3. The more he tried to do things right and by the book, the more he realized he was falling s_____
  4. You had to name all sins – both sins you committed and righteous acts you failed to do – under the medieval system of confession and p____________
  5. Not every monk was a priest – he was a man has taken a vow of p_____________ and ch_______________, a priest was one who was trained to handle the sacraments
  6. Luther was ordained in 1507
  7. His greatest fear as a priest was: how could he possibly tr______________ the bread and the wine into the body and blood of Christ?
  8. He was a good monk – especially at m___________________, self-torture – trying to prove to God that you really, truly are sorry for your sins. He whipped himself, walked over stone floors on his knees, laid out in the snow without covering himself.
  9. Study of the scriptures made things worse, because he’s finding the r________________ of God
  10. He felt that God was a t_______________, demanding what could not be given
  11. In 1509, he earned his Bachelor of the Bible degree
  12. In the fall of 1510, he made a trip to R____________ to defend a dispute that arose within the Augustinian Hermits of Germany
  13. He was disappointed when he really saw what Rome was like.
  14. Luther came to his reformation breakthrough as a p________________, not as a single event.
  15. The L___________ V____________ was the official Bible of the Church – it was translated by St. Jerome in 380 AD
  16. Erasmus organized a newer new testament from the older Greek documents and Luther found that St. Jerome had m___________ the word ‘metanoia’ as ‘do penance’ instead of ‘repentance’
  17. Everything changed for Luther when he found out that it’s not about me c____________ up to God, but about God c_______________ to me.

Part 3 – Purgatory & Indulgences (12 minutes 42 seconds)

  1. Purgatory not defined until the Council of Lyon in 1274, but talked about since Augustine (around 4th century AD)
  2. When you went to confession, the priest absolved you, but that absolution only covered the g_____________ of your sins, it did not cover the p__________________ for your sins. You still had to work off the punishment – either in this life, or in Purgatory.
  3. The Pope at Luther’s time was Leo the 10th – needed money to build St. Peter’s Basilica
  4. Pope Leo the 10th instituted the sale of “i___________________”
  5. There was a special kind of indulgence called a Plenary Indulgence – time in Purgatory altogether taken care of.
  6. The “Treasury of Merit” was under the power of the Pope
  7. The indulgences would allow you to escape additional months, years in purgatory if you paid for the indulgence.
  8. To the common people they probably thought this was paying for the f________________ of s__________, but it was not.
  9. John Tetzel, a Dominican monk, was the chief salesman of indulgences in the territory next to Luther’s
  10. How do you get indulgences sold? You make promises, for example if your grandma Schmidt is suffering in purgatory she’ll be freed from her suffering
  11. The infamous phrase in the sales pitch was, “As soon as the c_____________ in the coffer rings, the s_____________ from Purgatory springs.
  12. Frederick the wise would not let Tetzel sell his indulgences in his territory. Frederick the wise had a collection of relics, which it was said that if you viewed all of the relics (and offer certain prayers) you could earn forgiveness, and you could get 2 million years off of your time in Purgatory!
  13. Some were even showing their indulgences to Luther asking for a s_______________ o________________. People were coming to him and saying I don’t need to go to confession and absolution because I have a “Plenary Indulgence”.
  14. Luther knew that people were being told that they had to pay for God’s m_________________.
  15. Luther drew up a set of theses on the p_______________ and efficacy of indulgences, ninety-five theses. He posted this list on the door of the church in Wittenberg on October 31st, 1517
  16. People got a hold of those theses and translated them from Latin to German and they were being published widely on Gutenberg’s new printing press.
  17. Here are some of the theses:
    1. Luther’s theses started with these words: “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said repent, he willed the entire life of believers to be one of r_______________________. This word cannot be understood as referring to the sacrament of penance, that is, confession and satisfaction as administered by the clergy.”
    2. Thesis 27: “They preach only h_______________ d_________________ who say that as soon as the money clinks into the money chest, the soul flies out of purgatory.”
    3. Thesis 82: If the Pope could redeem souls from purgatory for the sake of money with which to build a church, why did he not free all the needy souls, for the sake of C_________________ l____________?
  18. When Luther posted the theses in 1517, he was still a good C__________________.
  19. Luther was aware there was something really r______________ in the church, and the pope had to do something about it. But Luther found that the pope was actually complicit in all of this.

Discussion Questions

 

  1. What incident in Luther’s life caused him to want to join a monastery?
  2. Why did Luther enter a monastery and become a monk?
  3. Did Martin Luther have assurance of salvation when he was a monk?
  4. What miracle is every priest expected to perform during the Lord’s Supper?
  5. What is the Latin Vulgate? Who was it translated by?
  6. What mistake was made in the translation of the New Testament in Mark 1:15 by St. Jerome?
  7. What is the doctrine of purgatory?
  8. When was the doctrine of purgatory defined?
  9. When you went to confession, in the Catholic Church, what occurred and what were the results?
  10. What is a Plenary Indulgence? What benefit did this Indulgence have for the believer?
  11. Who is John Tetzel? What was he famous for?
  12. When did Luther make his 95 Theses? Where did he post it?
  13. Did Luther want to leave the Catholic Church at the time when he posted his 95 Theses?

 

mid-week apologetics booster (10-26-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. 2018 Women in Apologetics Conference | Women in Apologetics: https://www.womeninapologetics.com/2018-women-in-apologetics-conference/
  2. 5 Powerful Reasons Why The Gospels Are Reliable Sources | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/5-powerful-reasons-why-the-gospels-are-reliable-sources/
  3. Is The Bible Full Of Contradictions? 6 Quick Responses | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/is-the-bible-full-of-contradictions-6-quick-responses/
  4. This Pro-Abortion Fanatic Presented A Thought Experiment ‘DESTROYING’ Pro-Lifers. Here Are 4 Reasons He Fails Dramatically. | Daily Wire: http://www.dailywire.com/news/22360/pro-abortion-fanatic-presented-thought-experiment-ben-shapiro
  5. Does the Fertility Clinic Illustration Disprove the Value of Human Embryos? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/does-fertility-clinic-illustration-disprove-value-human-embryos
  6. Apologetics: How to make a universe: http://mbcpathway.com/2017/10/17/apologetics-how-to-make-a-universe/
  7. Do I Have to Go to Church to Be a Christian? Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/do-i-have-to-go-to-church-to-be-a-christian/
  8. Taking Jesus to Work – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/taking-jesus-work/
  9. Atheism and Objective Morality | Cloud of Witnesses: https://greatcloud.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/atheism-and-objective-morality/
  10. Got Karma? Misses and Misuses – Christian Apologetics Alliance: http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2017/10/19/got-karma-misses-misuses/
  11. The U.S. Is Retreating from Religion – Scientific American Blog Network: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/the-u-s-is-retreating-from-religion/
  12. Paul’s Martyrdom: Killed For Believing Jesus Appeared To Him | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/paul-killed-believing-jesus-appeared/
  13. Church, You Have Got To Take a Stand on Sexuality | The Stream: https://stream.org/church-take-a-stand/
  14. 10 Self-Refuting Statements You Must Know – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/self-refuting-statements-you-must-know
  15. What Are Some Of The Problems With Philosophy-Free Theology?: http://crossexamined.org/what-are-some-of-the-problems-with-philosophy-free-theology/
  16. Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: Identifying an Argument: Looking for Trigger Words: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/02/identifying-argument-looking-for.html
  17. Case Closed: A Christians Case For Christian Case Making iApologia: http://iapologia.com/case-closed-a-christians-case-for-christian-case-making/
  18. 15. Famous Thinkers Physician Is a Creationist | Bible-Science Guy: https://biblescienceguy.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/15-famous-thinkers-physician-is-a-creationist/
  19. Are Faith and Reason Compatible? – Stand to Reason Blog: http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2011/12/are-faith.html
  20. The Danger Of Prosperity Preaching: A Review Of Joel Osteen | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/the-danger-of-prosperity-preaching-a-review-of-joel-osteen/
  21. Georgetown may defund student group for defending Church teaching on marriage | News | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/georgetown-student-group-may-be-defunded-sanctioned-for-defending-church-te
  22. What Are the Solas of the Reformation? Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/what-are-the-solas-of-the-reformation/
  23. A Curious Clue About the Origins of the New Testament Canon – Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/a-curious-clue-about-the-origins-of-the-new-testament-canon/
  24. Modern Science refutes the Evolutionary theory: 60,000 generations of bacteria – But evolution has not been observed: http://sciencerefutesevolution.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/60000-generations-of-bacteria-but.html
  25. Are the Gospels reliable accounts of Jesus’s life and ministry?: https://medium.com/@wykespaul/are-the-gospels-reliable-accounts-of-jesuss-life-and-ministry-9cd63436318b
  26. Why It’s Important For Every Christian to Select a Good “Jury” – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaudT1xinUk
  27. Do we have free will in heaven if we can’t sin? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqNItDURF2g
  28. The Bible and Homosexuality – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YV2QTi3L0A
  29. Aren’t Christians Commanded Not to Judge? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axHvF5G186o
  30. Historian Vs Mythicist: Is Jesus A Copy Of Pagan Gods? | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/historian-vs-mythicist-is-jesus-a-copy-of-pagan-gods/
  31. Martin Luther and the Gates of Paradise | Creation Today: http://creationtoday.org/martin-luther-and-the-gates-of-paradise/
  32. Are Roman Catholicism and Christianity the same thing? | Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry: https://carm.org/is-catholicism-christian

So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things. 2 Peter 1:12-15

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-12-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Radical Christian – creation.com: https://creation.com/radical-christian
  2. Roman Catholicism, comparing Mary to God | Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry: https://carm.org/roman-catholicism-mary-compare-god
  3. Can We Construct The Entire New Testament From the Writings of the Church Fathers? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/can-we-construct-the-entire-new-testament-from-the-writings-of-the-church-fathers/
  4. Why I Am Not Roman Catholic Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/why-i-am-not-roman-catholic/
  5. Why We Must Teach Kids Apologetics or Risk Losing Them ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY: http://www.relevantchildrensministry.com/2016/10/why-we-must-teach-kids-apologetics-or.html
  6. Giraffes: Towering Testimonies to Gods Design | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/mammals/giraffes-towering-testimonies-to-gods-design/
  7. 3 Wise Rules For Social Media From Martin Luther: http://thefederalist.com/2017/10/06/3-wise-rules-social-media-martin-luther/
  8. The Essential Truths Of Jesus In The Nicene Creed | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/the-essential-truths-of-jesus-in-the-nicene-creed/
  9. William Lane Craig: The Church is lagging dangerously behind: http://www.thepoachedegg.net/the-poached-egg/2017/06/william-lane-craig-the-church-is-lagging-dangerously-behind.html
  10. Echidna Outback Oddity – Evolution is hard-pressed to explain this prickly little digger. That’s because the Creator made it like no other single animal | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/mammals/echidna-outback-oddity/
  11. So Will I (100 Billion X) – Beautify video about the creation created by our Creator – Lyric Video on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/232562877
  12. What’s Wrong with The God of the Gaps Argument THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/07/05/whats-wrong-with-the-god-of-the-gaps-argument-2/
  13. Ben Shapiro interviews ex-atheist Dr. Edward Feser on his book 5 proofs of the existence of God (17 minute video): https://www.facebook.com/203805062990264/videos/1557821460921944/
  14. Is it Contradictory to Believe Jesus is God and Man? – Biblical Worldview Academy: http://biblicalworldviewacademy.org/is-it-contradictory-to-believe-jesus-is-god-and-man/
  15. Defending Your Faith 101: The importance of understanding modern times as a Christian Truth, Faith and Reason: http://truthfaithandreason.com/defending-your-faith-101-the-importance-of-understanding-modern-times-as-a-christian/
  16. Why Aren’t People Convinced by Facts? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/worldview/why-arent-people-convinced-by-facts/
  17. The Real Reason We Don’t Read Our Bibles: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/real-reason-we-dont-read-our-bibles
  18. Interview With A Former Skeptic: 3 Important Lessons: http://crossexamined.org/interview-with-a-former-skeptic-3-important-lessons/
  19. No More Excuses: 7 Reasons Your Entire Church Needs Apologetics – Awana YM: https://awanaym.org/blog/no-more-excuses-7-reasons-your-entire-church-needs-apologetics
  20. Is Mormonism Christian? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijUc7NI2O28&feature=youtu.be
  21. Hidden truths behind Mormonism and the Church of the Latter Day Saints (James R White) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1BLR4rufYA&feature=youtu.be
  22. A Simple Reason Why The Quran Cannot Be The Word of God – Cross Examined: http://crossexamined.org/simple-reason-quran-word-god/
  23. Will God Send Me to Hell Just Because I Don’t Believe In Jesus: https://castbox.fm/episode/Will-God-Send-Me-to-Hell-Just-Because-I-Don’t-Believe-In-Jesus-id51673-id4940685?country=us
  24. What happens to those who have never heard about Jesus?: https://www.gotquestions.org/never-heard.html
  25. What Makes for an Authentic Christian? – Discipleship: http://www.jesus.org/following-jesus/discipleship/what-makes-for-an-authentic-christian.html
  26. The Mormon Veneer: http://probe.org/the-mormon-veneer/
  27. Overachieving September Arctic Ice | Science Matters: https://rclutz.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/overachieving-september-arctic-ice/
  28. A Fifteen Point Christian Response to Richard Carrier Christian Apologist: https://christianapologistweb.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/a-fifteen-point-christian-response-to-richard-carrier/amp/
  29. What Do the Fossils Say? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/fossils/fossil-record/what-do-fossils-say/
  30. Nabeel Qureshi, Muhammad, and Aisha – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26GsSRsz8Q8
  31. Wikipedia Erases Paleontologist Gnter Bechly | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2017/10/wikipedia-erases-paleontologist-gunter-bechly/
  32. If God created Satan, does evil and sin come from God? Coffeehouse Questions: https://coffeehousequestions.com/2017/10/10/if-god-created-satan-does-evil-and-sin-come-from-god/amp/

Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. John 15:20

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-13-2017)

Good morning beloved of God,

I hope you have a blessed Good Friday and Easter Sunday, contemplating the marvelous sacrifice and vindicating resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Your Kids Need to Think Critically About the Resurrection, because Secular Media Does Not: http://christianmomthoughts.com/your-kids-need-to-think-critically-about-the-resurrection-because-secular-media-does-not/
  2. How to T.R.A.I.N. Christian Students (Rather than Teach Them) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/how-to-t-r-a-i-n-christian-students-rather-than-teach-them/
  3. Does the Bible Have Contradictions? Quick Response. – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/does-the-bible-have-contradictions-quick-response
  4. Why Some Arminians and Calvinists Need to Calm Down – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/why-some-arminians-and-calvinists-need-to-calm-down/
  5. Why Should I Believe that Jesus Rose from the Dead? – Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/why-should-i-believe-that-jesus-rose-from-the-dead/
  6. How to Defeat Modern Day Atheism With Three Easy Questions | Shadow To Light: https://shadowtolight.wordpress.com/2015/06/24/how-to-defeat-modern-day-atheism-with-three-easy-questions/
  7. Five atheists who lost faith in atheism | Christian News on Christian Today: https://www.christiantoday.com/article/five.atheists.who.lost.faith.in.atheism/61784.htm
  8. 7 Reasons You’ll Be Glad You Saw The Case for Christ – Thinking Christian: https://www.thinkingchristian.net/posts/2017/04/7-reasons-youll-glad-saw-case-christ/
  9. A Brief Overview of the Jehovah’s Witness Worldview | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/a-brief-overview-of-the-jehovahs-witness-worldview/
  10. God’s Word vs. Roman Catholic Tradition | HOME: http://www.reformingamericaministries.com/single-post/2017/04/03/God%25E2%2580%2599s-Word-vs-Roman-Catholic-Tradition
  11. 5 Signs You Glorify Self: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/5-signs-you-glorify-self
  12. How To Avoid Being A Hack As A Christian Apologist: http://thereforegodexists.com/avoid-hack-christian-apologist/
  13. GREG KOUKL EXPLAINS THE RIGHT WAY TO HANDLE AN ANGRY, AGGRESSIVE ATHEIST: https://winteryknight.com/2015/09/18/greg-koukl-expains-the-right-way-to-handle-an-angry-aggressive-atheist-2/
  14. Apologetics and Your Kids: Part 2 – Authenticity & Worldview: http://sharperiron.org/article/apologetics-and-your-kids-part-2-authenticity-worldview
  15. How to Raise Your Kids So They Will Remain in the Faith | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/how-to-raise-your-kids-so-they-will-remain-in-the-faith/
  16. “Debunking Christianity” Writer Becomes Christian Because Of Evidence | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/debunking-christianity-writer-becomes-christian-evidence/
  17. Critical Tactic: Surfacing the Question Beneath the Question – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/critical-tactic-surfacing-the-question-beneath-the-question
  18. What the Fallen Governor of Alabama Can Teach Us – No amount of privilege or power can shield us from temptation: https://stream.org/fallen-governor-alabama-can-teach-us/

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone.’ “ The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’ “ The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written: ” ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus answered, “It says: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ “ When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. Luke 4:1-13

Have a blessed week!

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

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

Good morning friends,

I’ve been sick the last few days, that’s why I’m a day late today.  Here are your weekly links:

  1. Don’t Expect Your Kids to Care What the Bible Says Unless You’ve Given Them Reason to Believe It’s True: http://christianmomthoughts.com/dont-expect-your-kids-to-care-what-the-bible-says-unless-youve-given-them-reason-to-believe-its-true/
  2. The Need for Apologetics in the Local Church – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/the-need-for-apologetics-in-the-local-church/
  3. Christ Journey Church Apologetics Series – Pastor’s introduction, “This series is designed to help believers think and to help thinkers believe.” – interview with John Lennox, PhD: https://youtu.be/KFLIyX-J_-E
  4. Watch “The Gospel Message (HD)” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/n1Ex2FpwqvI
  5. Watch “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus | Nabeel Qureshi Testimony” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/HVBiELaxzAs
  6. Watch “Richard Dawkins vs John Lennox | The God Delusion Debate” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/zF5bPI92-5o
  7. The Three D’s of Tolerance | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/the-three-ds-of-tolerance/
  8. The Myth that Religion is the #1 Cause of War | CARM Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry: https://carm.org/religion-cause-war
  9. Discovery of 7 Earth-Sized Planets | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/astronomy/extrasolar-planets/7-earth-sized-planets-trappist-1/
  10. 3 Textual Variants Every Christian Should Know About – Alisa Childers: http://www.alisachilders.com/blog/3-textual-variants-every-christian-should-know-about
  11. How Abortion Led an Atheist Feminist Professor, Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, to Christianity. | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/how-abortion-led-an-atheist-feminist-professor-elizabeth-fox-genovese-to-christianity/
  12. 10 Signs You Might be Rejecting Biblical Authority Without Realizing It: http://www.alisachilders.com/blog/10-signs-you-might-be-rejecting-biblical-authority-without-realizing-it
  13. Testimonies from ex-Roman Catholic Priests | CARM Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry: https://www.carm.org/testimonies-ex-roman-catholic-priests
  14. Watch “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist (Session 2) – Norman Geisler, PhD” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/FNsdkBK4iO8
  15. You Don’t Need to Believe in God to Know What’s Right and Wrong, But… | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/blog/you-dont-need-believe-god-know-whats-right-and-wrong#.WLYoP8tlDqA
  16. Tucker vs. Bill Nye the Science Guy on Climate Change ~9 min video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN5L2q6hfWo

After Nathan had gone home, the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill. David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and went into his house and spent the nights lying on the ground. The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them. On the seventh day the child died. David’s servants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “While the child was still living, we spoke to David but he would not listen to us. How can we tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate.” David noticed that his servants were whispering among themselves and he realized the child was dead. “Is the child dead?” he asked. “Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.” Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate. His servants asked him, “Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!” He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The LORD may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”  2 Sam 12:15-23

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-16-2017)

Hi Friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. How should Christians react to ‘The Golden Compass’ movie? https://www.gotquestions.org/golden-compass-movie.html
  2. Watch “Does Science Argue for or against God? – PragerUniversity” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/spdgQPJWLfE
  3. Watch Ricky Gervais and Stephen Colbert Debate the Existence of God: http://www.relevantmagazine.com/slices/watch-ricky-gervais-and-stephen-colbert-debate-existence-god
  4. Who was Simon of Cyrene? https://www.gotquestions.org/Simon-of-Cyrene.html
  5. 7 Things We Know about Jesus and His Followers from Non-Biblical Sources: https://greatcloud.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/7-things-we-know-about-jesus-and-his-followers-from-non-biblical-sources/
  6. Detecting Design: http://www.daviddesonier.com/apologetics/2015/12/5/when-to-infer-design
  7. S. Lewis on Why He Wasn’t Roman Catholic: https://hcchristian.wordpress.com/2016/09/04/c-s-lewis-on-why-he-wasnt-roman-catholic/
  8. Tell Someone Talks – Greg Laurie on evangelism – message starts at 36:45 into the video: https://www.harvest.org/watch-and-listen/watch/tell-someone-talks-20170209
  9. Why doesn’t God reveal Himself clearly so we can all be saved? Is God incompetent? http://christiancadre.blogspot.com/2017/02/why-doesnt-god-reveal-himself-clearly.html
  10. A Universe from Nothing? Dr. Krauss Explains Nothing: http://crossexamined.org/a-universe-from-nothing-dr-krauss-explains-nothing/
  11. Ancient Dinosaur Depictions | Genesis Park: http://www.genesispark.com/exhibits/evidence/historical/ancient/dinosaur/
  12. Introduction to Islam: https://shariaunveiled.wordpress.com/islam-101/introduction-to-islam-101/
  13. Is there any truth to The Da Vinci code? https://www.gotquestions.org/DaVinci-code-truth.html
  14. Why do people reject Jesus as their Savior? https://www.gotquestions.org/reject-Jesus.html
  15. Is it possible to be a gay Christian? https://www.gotquestions.org/gay-Christian.html
  16. Preacher locked up for hate crime after quoting the Bible to gay teenager (in the U.K.): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/05/preacher-locked-hate-crime-quoting-bible-gay-teenager/
  17. What is relativism? https://carm.org/what-relativism
  18. The Lord’s Day, Meet Darwin Day. and Shudder – Charles Darwin did what he could to hide his materialistic worldview, but we know what he was up to: https://spectator.org/the-lords-day-meet-darwin-day-and-shudder/
  19. South Dakota Academic Freedom Bill: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2017/02/reporting_on_so103492.html
  20. Shocking Beliefs of John Calvin: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/frankviola/shockingbeliefsofjohncalvin/
  21. Abortion Related:
    1. Watch “Why Abortion Is Unjust Discrimination” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/tL_R0y1Utnw
    2. Watch “HOW TO TROT OUT THE TODDLER” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/6ktPmgBX_FU
    3. Watch “The Most Important Question About Abortion” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/AMwkQVpy98A
    4. Watch “Planned Parenthood’s 3% Abortion Myth” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/KKIOBOFaVYs
    5. Watch “One of the best Pro-life speeches EVER! Gianna Jessen abortion survivor Full video” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/hOWMmx6eBjU
    6. 2nd Trimester Surgical Abortion: Dilation and Evacuation (D & E) – Former abortionist, Dr. Anthony Levatino, explains the most prevalent second trimester abortion procedure, a dilation and evacuation (D&E).  I don’t know how anyone can remain “pro-choice” after watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgw4X7Dw_3k
    7. SLED test intro: http://subspla.sh/cd6e7d6
    8. S – Size: http://subspla.sh/52200fa
    9. L – Level of development: http://subspla.sh/c03b7b5
    10. E – Environment: http://subspla.sh/469db33
    11. D – Degree of dependency: http://subspla.sh/fcd0a3f
    12. SLED Conclusion: http://subspla.sh/60e03e2

Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.  Psalms 127:3

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-5-2017)

Good morning beloved of God,

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!  (1 John 3:1a)  The Bible tells us in many places that we are truly in a family – the family of God (e.g. Eph 2:19).  In the same way that you would defend your earthly father and family when attacked or maligned, so also, you should be prepared to defend your heavenly father and family (the substance of your faith).  Here are some links that will aid you in that endeavor:

  1. 5 Attitude Changes That Will Transform Your Christian Parenting in the New Year: http://crossexamined.org/5-attitude-changes-will-transform-christian-parenting-new-year/
  2. 3 Big Reasons To Believe God Exists – Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/3-big-reasons-believe-god-exists/
  3. 3 SIMPLE WAYS TO DEBUNK RELATIVISM, SKEPTICISM, AND MATERIALISM: http://www.wordonfire.org/resources/blog/3-simple-ways-to-debunk-relativism-skepticism-and-materialism/4747/
  4. Why These 66 Books? We believe in the 39 books of the Old Testament, because the Lord Jesus Christ affirmed the Old Testament. And we believe in the 27 books of the New Testament, because the Lord Jesus Christ authorized His apostles to write the New Testament. https://www.tms.edu/preachersandpreaching/why-these-66-books/
  5. 5 Pieces of News That Show Global Warming Still Isn’t Happening The Way Leftists Say | Daily Wire: http://www.dailywire.com/news/11977/5-pieces-news-show-global-warming-still-isnt-aaron-bandler
  6. Mark Zuckerberg says he’s 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/
  7. Democrats’ Religion Problem – The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/12/democrats-have-a-religion-problem/510761/
  8. Ligonier series from RC Sproul on various differences between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism:
    1. “Scripture and Tradition, Part 1” from Ligonier Ministries: http://www.ligonier.org/rym/broadcasts/audio/scripture-and-tradition-part-1-dec-2016/
    2. “Scripture and Tradition, Part 2” from Ligonier Ministries: http://www.ligonier.org/rym/broadcasts/audio/scripture-and-tradition-part-2-dec-2016/
    3. “Papal Infallibility, Part 1” from Ligonier Ministries: http://www.ligonier.org/rym/broadcasts/audio/papal-infallibility-part-1-dec-2016/
  9. Are We Really Catholic Bashing? http://www.reachingcatholics.org/catholic_bashing.html
  10. Thinking Clearly, Listening Well | Andy Bannister: http://www.andybannister.net/thinking-clearly-listening-well/
  11. A Dialogue on the Relationship of Apologetics and Philosophy to Evangelism – drcone.com: http://www.drcone.com/2014/10/23/a-dialogue-on-the-relationship-between-apologetics-philosophy-and-evangelism/
  12. “Debunking Christianity” Writer Becomes Christian Because Of Evidence – Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/debunking-christianity-writer-becomes-christian-evidence/
  13. Jesus vs Muhammad: 33 Striking Differences – Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/jesus-vs-muhammad-33-striking-differences/
  14. Did God make pathogenic viruses? – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/did-god-make-pathogenic-viruses
  15. Plants Add More Greenhouse Gas: http://www.creationmoments.com/radio/transcripts/plants-add-more-greenhouse-gas-0
  16. Being a Public Intellectual for Christ – Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.: https://douglasgroothuis.com/2016/09/12/being-a-public-intellectual-for-christ/
  17. Epic Failure: My Biggest Evangelism Mistake: http://crossexamined.org/epic-failure-my-biggest-evangelism-mistake/
  18. Prove God Exists | Whattaya Do? http://www.newyorkapologetics.com/prove-god-exists-whattaya-do/
  19. He Is Risen: Historical Evidence That Jesus Rose From The Dead: http://reasonsforjesus.com/risen-historical-evidence-jesus-rose-dead/
  20. A Christian Defense against Atheism: https://sjthomason.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/a-christian-defense-against-atheism/
  21. The Danger of Belief “In” Without Belief “That”: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2013/the-danger-of-belief-in-without-belief-that/

As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.  1 Peter 1:14

Blessings to you all,

Steve

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 (8-25-2016)

Good morning followers of Christ!

I ran into an extraordinarily large amount of articles and videos I’m providing you this week.  Hopefully you’ll find something in here to equip you to gently instruct those who oppose you (2 Timothy 2:23-26):

  1. How to Respond When Someone Says, “No One Comes to Faith Through Arguments.”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cS2xGUj5KQ
  2. When it Comes to Abortion, No One Talks about the One Question that Matters. It’s the One Question the President Never Asks: http://www.str.org/Media/Default/Publications/December%201997%20-1.pdf
  3. 4 Myths About Teaching Apologetics in Youth Ministry: http://www.churchleaders.com/youth/youth-leaders-articles/160290-benjer_mcveigh_4_myths_about_teaching_apologetics_in_youth_ministry.html
  4. A ‘no brainer’ test for measuring the faith of our young ones – Are your children (and grandchildren) asking the right questions? http://creation.com/no-brainer-test
  5. Three Surprising Facts about Atheists | Paul Gould: http://www.paul-gould.com/2016/08/17/three-surprising-facts-about-atheists/
  6. We are saved by faith alone, not by faith and works | Salvation and works: https://carm.org/are-we-saved-faith-alone-or-do-we-need-works-too
  7. How Come the Bible Doesn’t Condemn Slavery? Reasons To Believe: http://www.reasons.org/articles/how-come-the-bible-doesnt-condemn-slavery
  8. Atheist Vs. Christian Summer Camps: Which More Effectively Taught Their Worldview This Summer? http://christianmomthoughts.com/atheist-vs-christian-summer-camps-which-more-effectively-taught-their-worldview-this-summer/
  9. Why 99 out of 10 Millennials Leave The Church? http://crossexamined.org/why-99-out-of-10-millennials-leave-the-church/
  10. State School? Christian College? Navigating the Many Choices: http://www.equip.org/article/state-school-christian-college-navigating-many-choices/
  11. Is it arrogant to claim you have ‘the truth’? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adxa8Iw8T48
  12. What are the differences between Catholics and Protestants? http://www.gotquestions.org/difference-Catholic-Protestant.html
  13. 6 Ways You May Be Raising Your Kids with an Oversimplified Faith: http://christianmomthoughts.com/6-ways-you-may-be-raising-your-kids-with-an-oversimplified-faith/
  14. THEO101: The Destiny of the Unsaved: https://clearlens.org/2016/08/18/theo101-the-destiny-of-the-unsaved/
  15. What Can’t Science Account For? http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2016/08/what-cant-science-account-for.html
  16. Witnessing To Jehovah’s Witnesses [Part1] – Most Christians are ill-equipped to handle themselves in discussions with Jehovah’s Witnesses. The simple reason is they know their stuff and most Christians don’t. Most Christians know what they believe, but don’t know why they believe it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQ6Pf5ZDSCk
  17. Asking Questions and Calling Bluffs: https://apolotheo.wordpress.com/2016/04/06/asking-questions-and-calling-bluffs/
  18. Why Russell’s Teapot Fails: https://clearlens.org/2015/06/03/why-russells-teapot-fails/
  19. Why Every Christian Needs to Be A Sheepdog: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/why-every-christian-needs-to-be-a-sheepdog/
  20. Funsized Fallacies: Tu Quoque: https://clearlens.org/2015/05/01/funsized-fallacies-tu-quoque/
  21. “Ray Comfort on the Banana, in context [HQ]” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/BXLqDGL1FSg
  22. “The Greatest Gamble” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/4uIZkYqkKqM
  23. azvoterguide.com: http://www.azvoterguide.com/
  24. Do all good people go to heaven? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clJdwHyhJzY
  25. Is atheism a religion? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tzxQSFq1iE
  26. There’s Probably No God – a response to Richard Dawkins: http://www.saintsandsceptics.org/theres-probably-no-god-a-response-to-richard-dawkins/
  27. Two More Ways Learning to Defend Your Faith Benefits You: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/09/two-more-ways-learning-to-defend-your.html
  28. More Ways Learning to Defend Your Faith Benefits You! http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/09/four-ways-learning-to-defend-your-faith.html
  29. Why Would God Have Permitted Any Form of Servitude or Slavery? http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/why-would-god-have-permitted-any-form-of-servitude-or-slavery/
  30. Why Natural Selection Cannot Explain the Origin of Animal Development: http://www.equip.org/article/natural-selection-cannot-explain-origin-animal-development/
  31. A Wallet, A Dollar, the Existence of God 1-Theism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vi-FsaEb3Q
  32. Jesus vs. Horus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FR08QtvapM
  33. Questioning Modeled by Jesus | Confident Christianity: http://confidentchristianity.com/?p=1432
  34. Your eyeball has 137,000,000 connections in one square inch.. Evolutionism teaches that it happened by chance… That’s ridiculous: https://www.facebook.com/HowToWinASoul/videos/1808089622744119/
  35. When did the boat sink? https://www.facebook.com/HowToWinASoul/videos/1720959891457093/
  36. Evolutionists say “How can you believe that all the dogs in the world came from two dogs on Noah’s ark?” yet they believe that all the dogs in the world came from a rock: https://www.facebook.com/HowToWinASoul/videos/1808090186077396/
  37. Talk It Up! Major New Study on Homosexuality: https://www.thinkingchristian.net/posts/2016/08/talk-major-new-study-homosexuality/

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Surely you desire truth in the inner parts ; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you. Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.  Psalm 51:1-17

Blessings

mid-week apologetics booster (8-4-2016)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. How Hummingbirds Avoid Collisions: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2016/07/how_hummingbird103016.html
  2. So , how come there is a stegosaur like creature carved on a building which is 800 years old? http://gen1rev22.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/so-how-come-there-is-stegosaur-like.html
  3. Macy’s Fires Catholic Employee for Disagreement With Transgender Bathroom Policy | The Stream: https://stream.org/macys-fires-catholic-employee-disagreement-transgender-bathroom-policy/
  4. The Doctrine of the Twelve Apostles: the Didaché – Best of the Web – Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org: http://aleteia.org/2016/07/12/the-doctrine-of-the-twelve-apostles-the-didache/
  5. How God Worked Through Reigning Miss Teen USA | The Christian Diarist: https://christiandiarist.com/2016/07/30/how-god-worked-through-reigning-miss-teen-usa/
  6. 3 Key Things Skeptics Will Say to Shame Your Kids for Being Christians: http://christianmomthoughts.com/3-key-things-skeptics-will-say-to-shame-your-kids-for-being-christians/
  7. (Not apologetics related – just interesting) Israel Proves the Desalination Era Is Here – One of the driest countries on Earth now makes more freshwater than it needs: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/israel-proves-the-desalination-era-is-here/
  8. Is the Apparent Fine-Tuning of the Universe Simply An Observational Phenomenon? Warner Wallace: http://crossexamined.org/is-the-apparent-fine-tuning-of-the-universe-simply-an-observational-phenomenon/
  9. How to Understand the Distinction Between Islam and Muslims – Mentoring Letter August 2016: http://www.str.org/articles/how-to-understand-the-distinction-between-islam-and-muslims-mentoring-letter-august-2016#.V6JKXstlDqA
  10. A Practical Plan to Equip the Next Generation: http://www.str.org/Media/Default/Publications/SG%20May%202016%20Equipping%20Kids-1.pdf
  11. Watch “447. Who Created God?” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/1yY9a2SwNx4
  12. The Real Issue Apologetics Ministry: Why Did the Bible Include Certain Books and Not Others? http://roblundberg.blogspot.com/2016/08/why-did-bible-include-certain-books-and.html
  13. Reasons To Believe : Why Argue about Evolution? http://www.reasons.org/articles/why-argue-about-evolution
  14. Part 3 Challenging a Jehovah’s Witness with the Alpha and Omega argument – Biblical Worldview Academy: http://biblicalworldviewacademy.org/challenging-a-jehovahs-witness-part-3/

Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.  1 John 3:13

Blessings to you all!

mid-week apologetics booster (5-26-2016)

Good morning family of God,

Hope you’re doing well.  Here are a bunch of links I’ve collected this week.  Hope you can find something useful here:

  1. Are Apologetics and Faith Opposed to One Another? https://clearlens.org/2016/05/18/are-apologetics-and-faith-opposed-to-one-another/
  2. reTHINK Student Apologetics Conference 2016 Costa Mesa, CA – September 23-24, Dallas, TX – October 21-22: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03VcKxiOQpg
  3. 5 Misconceptions about the Bible: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/5-misconceptions-about-the-bible
  4. Cain’s Wife-Who Was She? https://answersingenesis.org/bible-characters/cain/cains-wife-who-was-she/
  5. 23 REASONS WHY SCHOLARS KNOW JESUS IS NOT A COPY OF PAGAN RELIGIONS: https://jamesbishopblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/23-reasons-why-scholars-know-jesus-is-not-a-copy-of-pagan-religions/
  6. 55% OF DOCTORS HAVE SEEN MEDICAL MIRACLES & 74% BELIEVE IN MIRACLES: https://jamesbishopblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/22/55-of-doctors-have-seen-medical-miracles-74-believe-in-miracles/
  7. Is Jesus unique? Ravi Zacharias on how to answer the ‘are all religions the same’ question: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/ravi.zacharias.is.jesus.unique.answering.the.question.in.a.multi.faith.world/39189.htm
  8. AN INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL B. WALLACE ON THE NEW TESTAMENT MANUSCRIPTS: https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/justintaylor/2012/03/21/an-interview-with-daniel-b-wallace-on-the-new-testament-manuscripts/
  9. IS THE TEXT OF THE BIBLE WE HAVE TODAY DIFFERENT FROM THE ORIGINALS? https://winteryknight.com/2016/05/20/is-the-text-of-the-bible-we-have-today-different-from-the-originals-3/
  10. United Methodist Church Quits Pro-Abortion Coalition After Years of Promoting Abortion: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/05/20/united-methodist-church-quits-pro-abortion-coalition-after-years-of-promoting-abortion/
  11. A Call for Plodding Bloggers: http://www.challies.com/articles/a-call-for-plodding-bloggers
  12. POPE FRANCIS’ JIHAD ON CHRISTIANITY – Disturbing pronouncements on the faith from the Vicar of Christ: http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/262921/pope-francis-jihad-christianity-raymond-ibrahim
  13. Do Morally Good People Go To Heaven? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b22oVUHg558
  14. Where did God come from? https://www.facebook.com/pastor.sunday.adelaja/videos/vb.40913763844/10153754784698845/?type=3
  15. 34% of “Pro-Choice” Women Who See This Viral Video Turn Against Abortion: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/05/24/34-of-pro-choice-women-who-see-this-viral-video-turn-against-abortion/
  16. Made in His Image: Life-Giving Blood: http://www.icr.org/article/4823
  17. The lost squadron – Deeply buried missing planes challenge ‘slow and gradual’ preconceptions: http://creation.com/the-lost-squadron
  18. Gender Ideology Harms Children-The American College of Pediatricians is urging educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality: http://www.acpeds.org/the-college-speaks/position-statements/gender-ideology-harms-children
  19. Another Climate Alarmist Admits Real Motive Behind Warming Scare: http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/another-climate-alarmist-admits-real-motive-behind-warming-scare/
  20. The 180 Movie: http://www.180movie.com/
  21. Three Good Reasons to Celebrate Your Christian Worldview: http://crossexamined.org/three-good-reasons-celebrate-christian-worldview/

You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs–he wants to please his commanding officer. Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this. Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.

2 Timothy 2: 1-13