mid-week apologetics booster (12-1-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

The “problem of evil” is irrefutable evidence that the people who raise the problem of evil deeply believe in objective morality. – Greg Koukl


To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Was the Virgin Conception Borrowed from Prior Mythologies? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/was-the-virgin-conception-borrowed-from-prior-mythologies/
  2. 4 Myths About Teaching Apologetics in Youth Ministry: https://churchleaders.com/youth/youth-leaders-articles/160290-benjer_mcveigh_4_myths_about_teaching_apologetics_in_youth_ministry.html
  3. Three Reasons the Story of Jesus Was Not Borrowed From Pagan Mystery Religions – Jonathan Morrow: http://www.jonathanmorrow.org/three-reasons-story-jesus-not-borrowed-pagan-mystery-religions/
  4. Design Without a Designer | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/charles-darwin/design-without-designer/
  5. 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/
  6. Has God Given Enough Evidence for a Rational Faith? | The Stream: https://stream.org/evidence-rational-faith/
  7. Chances of a functional protein by chance – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5p4T8MD7aA
  8. The Heresy of Orthodoxy: When Was the Earliest Complete List of New Testament Books? Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/the-heresy-of-orthodoxy-when-was-the-earliest-complete-list-of-new-testament-books/
  9. 7 Differences Between the Bible and the Qur’an – Hope’s Reason: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2016/11/30/7-differences-bible-quran/#.WiAQ6EqnGUk
  10. 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
  11. The Importance of Defining Terms: https://crossexamined.org/importance-defining-terms/
  12. The Circular Reasoning of Atheists: https://reasonsforgod.org/the-circular-reasoning-of-atheists/
  13. 3 Reasons Why Christians Should Be Evidential Investigators Instead of Experience Junkies – Alisa Childers: https://www.alisachilders.com/blog/3-reasons-why-christians-should-be-evidential-investigators-instead-of-experience-junkies
  14. Saved by Faith or Works? by Living Waters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwR7zT9NtZM
  15. God, Unicorns, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster – God Evidence Does God Exist?: http://godevidence.com/2018/12/god-and-modern-science/
  16. Who was Rahab in the Bible? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/life-Rahab.html
  17. William Lane Craig answers: how can the four gospels be independent sources? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/11/28/william-lane-craig-answers-how-can-the-four-gospels-be-independent-sources-3/
  18. Confronting Homosexuality in a Culture of Identity (Part 4): https://crossexamined.org/confronting-homosexuality-in-a-culture-of-identity-part-4/
  19. How did Judas die? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Judas-die.html
  20. Christian woman finds a way to discuss her faith with non-Christians | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/11/30/christian-woman-finds-a-way-to-discuss-her-faith-with-non-christians-5/
  21. David French wants Christians who accept Jesus definition of marriage to be persecuted | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/11/29/david-french-wants-christians-who-accept-jesus-definition-of-marriage-to-be-persecuted/

“There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.” Isaiah 57:21

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-17-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

In order to recognize an explanation as the best, you don’t need to have an explanation of the explanation. This is an elementary point in the philosophy of science. If archaeologists digging in the earth were to discover things looking like arrowheads and pottery shards, they would be justified in inferring that these artifacts are not the chance result of sedimentation and metamorphosis, but products of some unknown group of people, even though they had no explanation of who these people were or where they came from.  – William Lane Craig (On Guard)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What You Can Learn From the Pilgrims – Frank Turek interviews Bill Federer about the very interesting history of the pilgrims: https://subspla.sh/7277698
  2. Monthly reasonable faith update to Friends of Reasonable Faith- November 2022 – this update has a few encouraging stories of atheist conversions: https://pages.e2ma.net/pages/1787618/38963
  3. Doppleganger genes: https://creation.com/doppleganger-genes
  4. Archaeological proof that the Bibles King David existed #Shorts – YouTube: https://youtube.com/shorts/qZ6xN077ftM?feature=share
  5. Responding to the Objection: I dont see the need for God or Jesus? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/09/12/responding-to-the-objection-i-dont-see-the-need-for-god-or-jesus/
  6. Maybe Young Christians Leave Us Because They Were Never With Us in the First Place | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/maybe-young-christians-leave-us-because-they-were-never-with-us-in-the-first-place/
  7. Genesis and the Question of Entropy | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/genesis-question-entropy
  8. 10 Predictive Prophecies Fulfilled in Jesus | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/10-predictive-prophecies-fulfilled-in-jesus
  9. The Difference Between Speaking the Gospel and Sharing the Gospel | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-difference-between-speaking-the-gospel-and-sharing-the-gospel/
  10. Stop Making Speeches and Start Asking Questions: https://wisedisciple.org/article/stop-making-speeches-start-asking-questions
  11. Christ-Centred Hindu Community – bethinking.org – The title of this review will likely grate in the ears of many readers. Christ-centred community you get; Hindu community you also get. But Christ-centred Hindu community sounds like an oxymoron, like heavy feathers or hot ice. Before you leave this page, judging it as the ravings of a weirdo, allow me to inform you that no less a man than the pioneering missionary to India William Carey talked about Hindu Christians. Timothy Shultz would not be comfortable with that terminology but not for the reasons you might expect.: https://www.bethinking.org/eastern-religions/christ-centred-hindu-community
  12. Ex-gay man: Homosexuality is just another human brokenness – LifeSite – Dean Bailey, 50, is not afraid to tell anyone he is living proof that sexual orientation can in fact be changed. But he prefers to use the word restored rather than changed: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/ex-gay-homosexuality-is-just-another-human-brokenness/
  13. This New, Must-See Pro-Life Video Brilliantly Mocks the ‘Magic of the Birth Canal’ – It is a searing take on the pro-abort narrative that says life begins at birth. Quite simply, it is brilliant.: https://redstate.com/kimberly_ross/2018/06/05/new-pro-life-video-mocks-birth-canal-n90647
  14. Why I Try Not to Obsess Over the Genesis Debate | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-i-try-not-to-obsess-over-the-genesis-debate/
  15. Bible ‘Contradictions’ and the Goldilocks Principle – DavidVogel.net: https://davidvogel.net/2017/05/08/bible-contradictions-goldilocks-principle/
  16. Undesigned Coincidences and the Reliability of Scripture: https://thedailyapologist.com/blog/undesigned-coincidences-and-the-reliability-of-scripture
  17. Three Christian Principles We Can Learn from Chick-fil-A: https://townhall.com/columnists/jwarnerwallace/2018/04/18/three-creepy-christian-principles-we-can-learn-from-chickfila-n2471767
  18. 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/
  19. Two trees, one root: the link between evolutionism and Eastern spirituality: https://creation.com/evolution-linked-with-eastern-spirituality
  20. The Muratorian fragment, dated 170 A.D., affirms 22 out of 27 New Testament books | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/08/02/the-muratorian-fragment-dated-170-a-d-affirms-22-out-of-27-new-testament-books-3/
  21. How Atheism Fails To Explain A Beginning To The Universe | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/atheism-fails-explain-beginning-universe/
  22. Twelve Shocking Discoveries for Evolution | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2022/11/twelve-shocking-discoveries-for-evolution/

Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the LORD and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the LORD had given Moses. And the LORD was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him. 2 Kings 18:5-7

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-3-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

So many young Christians are ill prepared to face the moral, intellectual, relational, and spiritual challenges that confront them daily. They don’t have an anchor to help ground them amid the cultural chaos, and as a result, many find their faith shipwrecked on the shores of our increasingly secular culture. Here is a stark reality: if we do not consciously equip young Christians with a biblical worldview, they will unconsciously absorb the ideas of today’s culture.  – Sean McDowell  and J. Warner Wallace (from book “So the Next Generation Will Know”)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Maggie DeJong | Alliance Defending Freedom – In the United States, colleges and universities have traditionally been bastions of free speech. People with diverse religious, political, and philosophical beliefs have been able to come together for a free and robust debate in the marketplace of ideas in university classrooms, lecture halls, quads, and dorms. But universities such as Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) have grown more hostile toward religious, political, and philosophical beliefs that university officials or students disfavor. Such is the case with Maggie DeJong.: https://adflegal.org/article/southern-illinois-university-silenced-student-maggie-dejong-her-harmful-beliefs
  2. Breaking Down the Importance of Apologetics Welcome to Rob Lundberg.org: https://roblundberg.org/2022/10/30/breaking-down-the-importance-of-apologetics/
  3. Search for Habitable Planets as Design Detection | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2022/11/search-for-habitable-planets-is-a-design-detection-exercise/
  4. Why I Know the Story of Jesus Wasn’t Changed Over Time | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-i-know-the-story-of-jesus-wasnt-changed-over-time/
  5. How to Perfectly Know the Existence of God : Strange Notions: https://strangenotions.com/how-to-perfectly-know-the-existence-of-god/
  6. Answering the Galileo Myth: https://www.str.org/w/answering-the-galileo-myth
  7. Why Apologetics Has a Bad Name | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-apologetics-has-a-bad-name
  8. Don’t Be Harvey Weinstein. Or Tim Murphy. Or Karl Barth – The Stream: https://stream.org/dont-harvey-weinstein/
  9. 50 Alleged Bible Contradictions Refuted | The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/50-alleged-bible-contradiction-refuted/
  10. Starting God-Conversations: Take the Class-Photo Approach: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2016/11/starting-god-conversations-take-class.html
  11. Developing An Apologetic That Works Faith & Self Defense: https://faithandselfdefense.com/2017/11/21/developing-an-apologetic-that-works/
  12. Can death be abolished?: https://creation.com/can-death-be-abolished
  13. The Jesus Blog: The Five Most Common Fallacies about the Life of Jesus: http://historicaljesusresearch.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-five-most-common-fallacies-about.html
  14. What Really Happened At The Council Of Nicaea | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/what-really-happened-at-the-council-of-nicea/
  15. The Intellectual Persecution of the Church Credo House Ministries: https://credohouse.org/blog/the-intellectual-persecution-of-the-church
  16. Handling an Objection: We Can’t Trust Eyewitness Testimony! THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/handling-an-objection-we-cant-trust-eyewitness-testimony-4/
  17. Why talking to strangers can make us smarter – BBC Future – though this is not apologetics related, it discusses subjects that are relevant to apologetics and evangelism. Here is a snippet: What I learned was this: we miss a lot by being afraid of strangers. Talking to strangers under the right conditions is good for us, good for our neighborhoods, our towns and cities, our nations, and our world. Talking to strangers can teach you things, deepen you, make you a better citizen, a better thinker, and a better person. It’s a good way to live.: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20221026-why-talking-to-strangers-can-make-us-happier
  18. The worst mistake you can make when defending the Christian worldview | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/11/02/the-worst-mistake-you-can-make-when-defending-the-christian-worldview-6/
  19. Why did God command Abraham to sacrifice Isaac? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Abraham-Isaac.html

After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life. But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him. Therefore Jesus told them, “The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil. You go to the Feast. I am not yet going up to this Feast, because for me the right time has not yet come.” Having said this, he stayed in Galilee.  – John 7:1-9

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-27-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

Love is a choice, not a feeling. It is an initiated action, not an impulsive reaction. Choose today to be committed to love. – The Love Dare

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Is the RNA world hypothesis a good naturalistic explanation for the origin of life? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/10/24/is-the-rna-world-hypothesis-a-good-naturalistic-explanation-for-the-origin-of-life/
  2. 6 Reasons Why It Takes Faith To Deny Jesus | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/6-reasons-takes-faith-to-deny-jesus/
  3. Four Truths About the Universe You Can Share with Your Kids to Demonstrate the Existence of God | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/four-truths-about-the-universe-you-can-share-with-your-kids-to-demonstrate-the-existence-of-god/
  4. No, God Did Not Prescribe the Use of Cannabis in the Bible – The Stream: https://stream.org/no-god-not-prescribe-use-cannabis-bible/
  5. Ten Easy Ways to Start Meaningful Dialogue – The key to entering a meaningful conversation is to look for opportunities, then start the conversation by building a bridge with a friendly opener. The following list gives helpful tips for striking up conversations with non-believers.: https://www.str.org/w/ten-easy-ways-to-start-meaningful-dialogue
  6. 3 Evidences That Confirm the Bible Is Not Made Up | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/is-the-bible-true/3-evidences-confirm-bible-not-made-up/
  7. Interview with Brett Kunkle on his book A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Todays World: https://www.equip.org/articles/cri-interview-brett-kunkle/
  8. If Christ Has Not Been Raised: Reasoning Through the Resurrection – Reasons to Believe – From a historic Christian perspective, both the nature and truth of Christianity rest upon Jesus Christs bodily resurrection from the dead. Jesus being raised to new life three days after His execution pumps the heart of the Christian gospel (doctrine), and is Christianity’s central supporting fact (apologetics). The truth of Christianity uniquely stands or falls on Christs resurrection. The apostle Paul explains: If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith (1 Cor. 15:14). If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, you are still in your sins (1 Cor. 15:17). Since the truth-claims of Christianity hinge on the Resurrection, the New Testament accounts of Christs resurrection warrant careful analysis and reflection. The writers of these accounts not only report the Resurrection as a factual event but also provide a theological context and explanation of its overall significance to Gods historical redemptive plan.: https://reasons.org/explore/publications/articles/if-christ-has-not-been-raised-reasoning-through-the-resurrection
  9. 3 Logical Fallacies to Avoid (and How to Tell When Someone Else is Committing Them) Apologetics for the Church: https://apolotheo.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/3-logical-fallacies-to-avoid-and-how-to-tell-when-someone-else-is-committing-them/
  10. Ricochet Evangelism hen we are sharing the Gospel or defending the reason for our hope, we may not be sharing it with the person we are sharing it with. I mean, of course, we are but that’s not all. It may be bouncing off them and hitting someone else.: https://mrpatvincent.com/2018/09/25/ricochet-evangelism/
  11. Jesus Specifically Said, I am God | Cold Case Christianity – As a skeptic, I was willing to accept a nice guy version of Jesus. You know, the wise sage from the past who was misunderstood and mythicized into something divine by leaders of a movement who were either mistaken or deceptive. Jesus might have been a nice guy and a great teacher, but did he ever really claim to be God? I had atheist friends who knew more about the Gospels than I did, and they said that Jesus never claimed to be God in any of the New Testament accounts. Once I began to examine the Gospels for myself, I discovered my friends were wrong; Jesus did say specifically that He was God. Now don’t get me wrong, Jesus didn’t use those exact words. But His listeners sure understood what He meant.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/jesus-specifically-said-i-am-god/
  12. THE CROSS NEWSLETTER Concerned Christians: https://concernedchristians.com/the-cross-newsletter-4/
  13. Do faith in God and science contradict? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/science-God.html
  14. Are Your Christian Students Ready for College? | Cold Case Christianity – Christian college students need to decide if they are serious about following Jesus or if they are going to drift into playing Christian. If they are serious about following Jesus, then they can set the destination they are pursuing early on, which will make all the difference. As Christians we are called to more than just surviving that’s the heart behind Welcome to College.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/are-your-christian-students-ready-for-college/
  15. A Stone in His Shoe: https://www.str.org/w/a-stone-in-his-shoe
  16. Canadian landscape a testimony to the Flood – A remarkable planation surface in Canada: https://creation.com/cypress-hills-planation-surface
  17. What I Wish I Knew Sixteen Years Ago About Sharing The Good News With Mormons Straight Talk with Claudia K: https://straighttalkwithclaudiak.com/2018/07/26/what-i-wish-i-knew-sixteen-years-ago-about-sharing-the-good-news-with-mormons/
  18. The Challenge of Moral Relativism: Three Problems with Relativism: http://www.mandm.org.nz/2018/06/the-challenge-of-moral-relativism-three-problems-with-relativism.html
  19. How Bacteria Help Our Bodies Survive | The Institute for Creation Research – Our relationship with our microbiome has been quite intimate from creation because the microbiota accomplishes vital tasks for us.: https://www.icr.org/article/10785/
  20. One of the Most Common Objections to Gods Existence on a College Campus THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/09/22/the-most-common-objection-to-gods-existence-on-a-college-campus-3/
  21. 10 Biblical Reasons God Allows Suffering | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/10-biblical-reasons-god-allows-suffering
  22. 3 Reasons Why Christians Should Be Evidential Investigators Instead of Experience Junkies – Two men. Both grew up in Christian homes in suburban America. Both have famous Evangelical fathers. Both made personal decisions for Christ and became actively involved and well-known in ministry. One walked away from his faith and became a secular humanist. The other has become one of the top apologists and defenders of the Christian faith. Who are these two men? The first is Bart Campolo, son of evangelist and author Tony Campolo, and the other is Sean McDowell, son of evangelist and author Josh McDowell. Why did their fairly similar paths lead them to such radically different destinations?: https://www.alisachildersblog.com/blog/3-reasons-why-christians-should-be-evidential-investigators-instead-of-experience-junkies
  23. Advice for Christians who discuss their faith with atheists from an atheist | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2013/05/01/advice-for-christians-who-discuss-their-faith-with-atheists-from-an-atheist-2/
  24. Studying the Works of Our Creator | The Institute for Creation Research – As believers, we enjoy the privilege of studying the works of the Lord. Creation reveals our Creators character. His work is honorable and glorious, and His righteousness endures forever. He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and full of compassion (Psalm 111:3-4). One of His greatest works was sending redemption to His people because He cares for us (Psalm 111:9). His wonderful works remind us that He is indeed full of grace and compassion. Have you taken the time to study His works? All of creation reveals mysteries of the God who was here before the foundations of the world, allowing us to know Him more intimately. Have you pondered His works, displayed in the reliability of the seasons and demonstrated in the uniqueness of each created kind of animal? Have you wondered how the stars found their place in the heavens? Have you ever been in awe that the very breath of God is housed in humans made of dust?: https://www.icr.org/article/10434/
  25. The Nature of Apologetics – The following summary will help people understand the nature of apologetics and why it is not merely for the edification of the saved, nor is it merely for evangelism and missions. In summary, (1) The Great Commission, as lived out by the earliest Christians, does not afford us the option of using apologetics with Christians alone. (2) Not all apologetics are the same; there are various methodsClassical, Evidential, and Presuppositional. Some are more effective with believers, and others are more effective with non-believers. (3) His claim is refuted by the verifiable testimony of believers such as Lee Strobel and Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the Human Genome Project, who became a believer in Christ after reading C. S. Lewis Mere Christianity. (4) While there are methods that favor those within the fold versus those outside the flock, the Classical method is a means to serve the believer and unbeliever by providing evidence for the faith that can convince the skeptic and assure the disciple. : https://ses.edu/the-nature-of-apologetics/
  26. Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, but Prosperity Preaching Isn’t for Me | Christianity Today: https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2017/october/benny-hinn-costi-uncle-prosperity-preaching-testimony.html
  27. What do Christians mean when they say ‘God spoke to me?’ | Fox News: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/what-do-christians-mean-when-they-say-god-spoke-to-me
  28. The Scientific Evidence for Intelligent Design on Vimeo (Casey Luskin, 1 hr 17 min video) – The Scientific Evidence for Intelligent Design : https://vimeo.com/77175512
  29. Young Earth Creation Science Argument Index – The purpose of this index is to list all the claims of young earth creationists, and provide rebuttals to those claims.: http://www.oldearth.org/young_earth_creationist_argument_index.htm
  30. Sun Paradox Challenges Old Earth Theory | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/sun-paradox-challenges-old-earth-theory
  31. Are Young People Really Leaving Christianity? | Cold Case Christianity – Much has been written about both the Biblical illiteracy of teenage believers and the flight of young people from the Church. Many have observed this trend, and I too have witnessed it anecdotally as a youth pastor (and shamefully, I contributed to the trend for some time before I changed course). Some writers and Christian observers deny the flight of young people altogether, but the growing statistics should alarm us enough as Church leaders to do something about the dilemma. My hope in this post is to simply consolidate some of the research (many of the summaries are directly quoted) so you can decide for yourself.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/are-young-people-really-leaving-christianity/
  32. What Is Hinduism and Hare Krishna? This is a great chapter from the book World Religions and Cults Volume 2: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/what-is-hinduism-and-hare-krishna/
  33. Hinduism and other religions – Hinduism has Brahma, who is impersonal and pantheistic. The world is thought to be an illusion. Hinduism has no salvation, rather, the goal is to be dissolved into this ultimate reality which then leads to the absence of suffering. But I would say that the Hindu philosophy fails at the most basic level, because we can’t really live as if the world was an illusion. For instance, if I saw your message, and said, Oh well, guess I can delete it without responding, because N. J. is an illusion and I can’t answer it anyway, because I am one as well, that would be consistent with Hindu thinking, but inconsistent with how we actually live. No human actually wants to be dissolved into a ceaseless Nothingness where individuality is lost. What we want, what we long for, is to live forever, to see our dead loved ones again, to have a world free of the struggle and strife of this life. Christianity succeeds on this most basic level because it acknowledges that something is really wrong with this universe, and it presents the promise of a future restoration back to how each of us knows everything should be.: https://creation.com/hinduism-and-other-religions
  34. 3 Reasons Your Evangelism Efforts Have Stalled – Lifeway Voices: https://voices.lifeway.com/uncategorized/3-reasons-your-evangelism-efforts-have-stalled/
  35. Clarification on fossilized soft tissue reports – Soft tissue in fossils vs fossilized soft tissue. When a scientific report or an article commentary refers to soft tissue being preserved in a fossil, this could refer to one of two largely separate things: https://creation.com/soft-tissue-clarification
  36. The Reliability of the Bible | Biblical Christianity – No book has had more said about it, good or bad, than the Bible. We now live in a time when many people passionately believe the Bible to be the word of God while many others strongly criticize the Bible as textually corrupt, scientifically nave, historically incredible, and morally backward. Many people who grew up accepting the Bible as true come to question, doubt, and even reject it. Yet there has never been more evidence in support of the reliability of the Bible than there is today. Recent advances in science and scholarship have answered many of the common criticisms of the Bible. It is unrealistic to try to prove every detail of the Bible or to vindicate all of its statements. However, we have very good reasons indeed to be confident in the Bible and to accept its message: that the God who created us has acted to reconcile estranged humanity to himself through the revelations given to Israel and especially through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.: https://bib.irr.org/reliability-of-bible
  37. How to Use Questions & Tactics In Your Next Apologetics Encounter The Think Institute: https://thethink.institute/articles/how-to-use-questions-amp-tactics-in-your-next-apologetics-encounter

In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Luke 15:10

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-13-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

Thou shalt soon be with the glorified, where thy portion is; thou art only waiting here to be made meet for the inheritance, and that done, the wings of angels shall waft thee far away, to the mount of peace, and joy, and blessedness, where, “Far from a world of grief and sin, With God eternally shut in,” thou shalt rest forever and ever. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Fearfully and wonderfully made | WORLD – Elegant molecular machines at the center of life belie Darwin’s theory: https://wng.org/articles/fearfully-and-wonderfully-made-1663727703
  2. Do We Secretly Resent Evangelism? | Crossway Articles: https://www.crossway.org/articles/do-we-secretly-resent-evangelism/
  3. Peter Williams lectures on the historical reliability of the gospels | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/10/07/peter-williams-lectures-on-the-historical-reliability-of-the-gospels-3/
  4. Why Don’t We Find Humans Buried with Dinosaurs? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/eDK0r88Y70M
  5. Evolution Fails to Explain the Vertebrate Camera-Type Eye | Answers Research Journal: https://answersresearchjournal.org/evolution/vertebrate-camera-type-eye/
  6. Luke Barnes on the fine-tuning of the strong force and fine structure constant | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/10/09/luke-barnes-on-the-fine-tuning-of-the-strong-force-and-fine-structure-constant-5/
  7. The Left Isn’t Afraid of Christian Nationalism. They’re Afraid of Christians. – A strange development is taking place in the American political landscape. At precisely the moment the Left is sounding the alarm about the growing threat of Christian nationalism, they are increasingly employing religious arguments in support of their policy preferences.: https://washingtonstand.com/commentary/the-left-isnt-afraid-of-christian-nationalism-theyre-afraid-of-christians
  8. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Stupid Stupid Design Argument – YouTube: https://youtu.be/hK5RXaEqTIg
  9. Same-sex marriage: polyamory is now marriage and surrogacy is now a fertility treatment | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/10/12/same-sex-marriage-polyamory-is-now-marriage-and-surrogacy-is-now-a-fertility-treatment/

I love you, O LORD, my strength. Psalms 18:1

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-6-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

When someone asks if you’re going to heaven, saying “I hope so” isn’t humble, it’s arrogantly believing that your salvation is resting on your works. But if you respond, “Yes, I’m certain,” isn’t arrogance, it’s humble assurance because you’re resting on the works of Christ. – Burk Parsons

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What does it mean to be transformed by the renewing of the mind? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/renewing-the-mind.html
  2. An Open Letter (from John MacArthur) to Governor Gavin Newsom | Grace Community Church: https://www.gracechurch.org/news/posts/3592
  3. Was Queen Elizabeth II a true Christian? | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2022/10/01/was-queen-elizabeth-ii-a-true-christian/
  4. 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/
  5. Chinas religion problem: Why the Chinese Communist Party views religious belief as a threat Asia Dialogue: https://theasiadialogue.com/2019/10/17/chinas-religion-problem-why-the-chinese-communist-party-views-religious-belief-as-a-threat/
  6. The Fossil Record on Vimeo – Do fossils really show that creatures gradually evolved from simple to complex? The late fossil expert and evolution-defender Stephen Gould recognized they didn’t. He said the fossil record shows two clear features 1) Sudden appearance, and 2) Stasis.: https://vimeo.com/290548930
  7. Is Hell Real? | Crossway Articles – Ortlund – Scripture teaches us these five truths and more about hell: https://www.crossway.org/articles/is-hell-real/
  8. 7 Things We Know about Jesus and His Followers from Non-Biblical Sources | Cloud of Witnesses: https://greatcloud.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/7-things-we-know-about-jesus-and-his-followers-from-non-biblical-sources/
  9. Ancient Dinosaur Depictions | Genesis Park – The purpose of Genesis Park is to showcase the evidence that dinosaurs and man were created together and have co-existed throughout history (there is a lot of archeological evidence listed on this page): https://www.genesispark.com/exhibits/evidence/historical/ancient/dinosaur/
  10. The shocking Beliefs of John Calvin: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/frankviola/shockingbeliefsofjohncalvin/
  11. There’s No Good Reason to Deny the Early Dating of the Gospels | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/theres-no-good-reason-to-deny-the-early-dating-of-the-gospels/
  12. Why believe in Christianity over all other religions? | carm.org: https://carm.org/atheism/why-believe-in-christianity-over-all-other-religions/
  13. William Murray, Son of the Founder of American Atheists, Converts to Christianity | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/william-murray-son-of-the-founder-of-american-atheists-converts-to-christianity/
  14. Evidence For Resurrection Turns Josh McDowell From Skeptic To Christian Apologist | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/evidence-for-resurrection-turns-josh-mcdowell-from-skeptic-to-christian-apologist/
  15. Dr. Gary R. Habermas (free on-line book) – The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ Among the Major World Religions – Jesus claimed to be Deity, but does this make him unique? Dig into this easy-to-read examination of this serious topic with Dr. Gary Habermas to see just how unusual this claim really is. Then realize that there’s even more to consider than this! Jesus said that he was the path to salvation. Very early sources tell us that he performed supernatural miracles. Jesus and his followers said that his death served the purpose of saving others, dying in their place. Jesus’ death affirms and explains the reality of suffering and death in the world. And finally, and perhaps most importantly, Jesus is unique in rising from the dead bodily. When these ideas are all combined, especially the powerful combination of the Resurrection and the Gospel, Jesus stands dramatically apart as unique in a way that surpasses all others!: http://www.garyhabermas.com/Evidence2/
  16. If we can’t see God, how can we know he exists? | Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/bible_answers/if-we-cant-see-god-how-can-we-know-he-exists-/
  17. Why Are There So Many Atheists on College Campuses? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/why-are-there-so-many-atheists-on-college-campuses-3/
  18. A Christians Rebuttal to Why I Am Not A Christian By Bertrand Russell Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2017/04/13/a-christians-rebuttal-to-why-i-am-not-a-christian-by-bertrand-russell/
  19. When Someone You Love Says, I’m Gay – As homosexuality becomes more broadly accepted within the culture, it’s no surprise that more Christian families are hearing a loved one say, I’m gay; I’ve accepted it; I intend to live it out. Aside from the obvious emotions raised, a number of questions come up as well: Can I say anything to change his mind? How do I handle it if she gets into a relationship with another woman? What about my gay teen? What if he marries another man? These concerns spring from a real-life crisis many Christian homes are facing today. Two primary questions arise as well: What about us? and What about God? Both questions are relevant to the discussion families will have when addressing the issue, and believers need to frame them wisely. When responding to a family member coming out, a Christian should first clarify his own feelings in response, then stress the importance of the relationship and clarify mutual expectations as well. A broader discussion about worldview, the claims of Christ, and what created intent there may be for the human sexual experience should follow. While we cannot override someone else’s free will, we can and should seek to engage them, thereby being part of the work God is seeking to do in their lives.: https://www.equip.org/articles/someone-love-says-im-gay/
  20. 5 Ways Christian Parents Fail to Prepare Their Kids to Engage with Questions of Faith and Science: https://natashacrain.com/5-ways-christian-parents-fail-to-prepare-their-kids-to-engage-with-questions-of-faith-and-science/
  21. The Book of Mormon problems with reliability and consistency | carm.org: https://carm.org/mormonism/problems-with-the-book-of-mormon/
  22. 7 Tips For Apologetics Judo Intelligent Christian Faith – Apologetics can be modeled after any number of other helpful analogies, for example (1) Cultivating an Intellectual Garden, (2) Worldview Surgery, (3) Theological Housecleaning, or (4) Ideological Homebuilding, etc. etc.: https://intelligentchristianfaith.com/2015/06/14/philosophical-judo-apologetics-as-a-martial-art/
  23. How Geographic Separation Affirms the Reliability of the New Testament | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-geographic-separation-affirms-the-reliability-of-the-new-testament/
  24. Should We Expose Students to Arguments Against | Sean McDowell – Sheltering students from beliefs contrary to Christianity is a big mistake. Let me say it again, to be sure it sinks in: Sheltering students from arguments for other religions, or against Christianity, is a bad strategy for developing them as disciples in the faith.: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/should-students-be-exposed-to-evidence-against-christianity
  25. The Ambassador Model – Here’s the model we use at Stand to Reason to help us fulfill Paul’s admonition to be ambassadors for Christ: https://www.str.org/w/the-ambassador-model
  26. 5 Things Christian Parents Must Do to Raise Godly Children in a Secular World: https://crossexamined.org/5-things-christian-parents-must-do-to-raise-godly-children-in-a-secular-world/
  27. The Relationship Between Arguments and Persuasion THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/05/12/the-relationship-between-arguments-and-persuasion/
  28. Why Would Scholars Leave Mormonism? Interview with | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-would-scholars-leave-mormonism-interview-with-author-corey-miller
  29. The Story of Reality – YouTube – Every religion, every worldview is telling a story. They’re trying to take the things we know about the world and fit them together into a big picture. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxU0UNlnnOA
  30. Is The Bible Relevant Today? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-bible-relevant-today/
  31. If God knew that Satan would rebel, why did He create him? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/if-God-knew.html
  32. Should we trust the Bible? – creation.com – How should we answer those who claim that it’s been re-written so many times that we no longer have the original? And even if we do, was it written long after the events it claimed to report? Also, does archaeology disprove the Bible? Finally, even if it is true, what’s the point? https://creation.com/trust-the-bible
  33. A RESPONSE TO BART D. EHRMANS MISQUOTING JESUS – this is a 60 page PDF containing a point by point response to Ehrman’s book: http://www.isca-apologetics.org/sites/default/files/papers/Jared%20Martinez/Howe-AResponseToBartEhrman.pdf
  34. Where are the Kantian Agnostics? | Tough Questions Answered: https://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2011/11/07/where-are-the-kantian-agnostics/
  35. Who was J. C. Ryle? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/J-C-Ryle.html
  36. Eve and the definition of a woman – creation.com: https://creation.com/eve-defining-woman

Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. Acts 18:4

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-22-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

What kinds of conclusions would people draw about our Lord after watching us closely for a week, a month, a year? – Marshall Segal

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Transubstantiation: What Catholicism Teaches About the Supper | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/transubstantiation
  2. Is it wrong for a Christian girl/woman to be a tomboy? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-girl-tomboy.html
  3. How the presence and quality of fathers affects belief in God | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/09/18/how-the-presence-and-quality-of-fathers-affects-belief-in-god-7/
  4. Do More Than Keep Your Cool in Todays Heated Topics (Dr. Sean McDowell): https://think-well.org/2022/09/19/do-more-than-keep-your-cool-in-todays-heated-topics-dr-sean-mcdowell/
  5. June 2020 The Cross Newsletter Concerned Christians: https://concernedchristians.com/june-2020-the-cross-newsletter/
  6. A Look at Jesus View of Scripture THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/a-look-at-jesus-view-of-scripture/
  7. New study: rising oxygen levels rejected as explanation of Cambrian explosion | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/07/28/new-study-rising-oxygen-levels-rejected-as-explanation-of-cambrian-explosion-2/
  8. Why I Know the Story of Jesus Wasn’t Changed Over Time | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-i-know-the-story-of-jesus-wasnt-changed-over-time/
  9. Is the Bible Reliable? Many see the Bible as irrelevant. They may commend it as literature or denounce it as folklore, but it’s merely one old text among many. This detail-rich series presents the powerful authority of Scripture. John MacArthur delves into the Bibles composition it’s inspiration and inerrancy and how science, history, and archaeology back its claim to be the Word of God. Gain confident answers to the question Is the Bible Reliable? and see why you can put complete trust in it.: https://www.gty.org/library/topical-series-library/65/is-the-bible-reliable
  10. Is the Bible Reliable? | Explore God Article – Christians believe the Bible speaks truth about God. But is the Bible reliable?: https://www.exploregod.com/articles/is-the-bible-reliable
  11. Christianity: Its Either Objectively True or Objectively False – Lately, I’ve begun to realize just how much relativism is ingrained in our culture, particularly when it comes to religion. In conversations with people about Christianity, I’ve found that sometimes I am literally unable to communicate the idea that I’m claiming Christianity is an objectively true description of reality. Unfortunately, I’ve even had a conversation or two like this with Christians.: https://www.str.org/w/christianity-it-s-either-objectively-true-or-objectively-false#.WXz68Xqp7qC
  12. Refuting Evolution 2 chapter 11: Argument: Evolution of sex – creation.com – Evolutionists say, One of the so-called problems of evolution sexuality can easily be explained: https://creation.com/refuting-evolution-2-chapter-11-argument-evolution-of-sex
  13. Supposed Bible Contradictions: Scripture Index | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/contradictions-in-the-bible/scripture-index/
  14. Hell on Trial by John Blanchard (Ligonier) – The idea that untold billions of human beings, including many who would have seemed decent, law-abiding citizens, will spend eternity exposed to God’s unrelenting anger, is simply unacceptable to many people.: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/hell-trial
  15. FACE the Facts about Evolution | Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/articles/face-the-facts-about-evolution/
  16. Please Don’t Tell Your Kids to Believe in God Just in Case He Exists: https://crossexamined.org/please-dont-tell-your-kids-to-believe-in-god-just-in-case-he-exists/
  17. Did Jesus Rise From The Dead? – Stand to Reason – This talk was given at Praise Church (praisechurch.tv) in Beaumont, TX. Tim Barnett looks at some of the reasons why he believes Jesus resurrection is the best explanation of the historical evidence.: https://subsplash.com/standtoreason/media/mi/+mzeycxu
  18. World Famous Atheist Illusionist, Andre Kole, Tried to Debunk Jesus & Converted Instead | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/world-famous-atheist-illusionist-andre-kole-tried-to-debunk-jesus-converted-instead/
  19. Zeitgeist Debunked: Jesus Is Not A Copy Of Pagan Gods | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/zeitgeist-debunked-jesus-is-not-a-copy-of-pagan-gods/
  20. Dilbert Comic Strip on 1993-05-30 – on free will and the brain: https://dilbert.com/strip/1993-05-30
  21. So Many Religions–What Do We Do? – Tim Barnett – YouTube – In this short TED-style talk, Tim Barnett tackles the question, “So Many Religions What Do We Do?” This talk took place at the youth event, Big Deal Questions. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSb2ae_mPaE
  22. The Attitude of Apologetics – Ligonier.org – When people first hear the word apologetics, they typically think of our modern use of the word apology. They often conclude that the task of apologetics is apologizing for the Christian faith as if to say we are sorry for our faith. However, the word apologetics derives from the Greek word apologia, which means to give an answer or to make a defense. Apologetics is not an apology, it’s an answer – a defense of what we believe.: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/attitude-apologetics
  23. Is the probability of getting a universe that supports complex life 100%? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2015/06/16/is-the-probability-of-getting-a-universe-that-supports-complex-life-100/
  24. Why are Atheists Generally Smarter Than Religious People? – The Stream: https://stream.org/atheists-generally-smarter-religious-people/
  25. Two More Ways Learning to Defend Your Faith Benefits You | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/09/two-more-ways-learning-to-defend-your.html
  26. When Youth Pastors Ought to Feel Responsible | Cold Case Christianity – As youth pastors, we aren’t responsible for some of the poor choices our students will make. But we are responsible for teaching them the complete and robust truth about the Christian worldview.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/when-youth-pastors-ought-to-feel-responsible/
  27. Communicating Biblical Worldview to Millennials and iGens: Taste and See Apologetics – drcone.com: https://drcone.com/2017/04/20/communicating-biblical-worldview-millennials-igens-taste-see-apologetics/
  28. Should we expect to know what God’s reason is for allowing evil and suffering? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2016/12/11/should-we-expect-to-know-what-gods-reason-is-for-allowing-evil-and-suffering/
  29. 4 Ways to become a better listener and a better Apologist: https://crossexamined.org/4-ways-become-better-listener-better-apologist/
  30. How To Better Apply Apologetics When Talking to Non-Believers – YouTube – How can we efficiently use apologetics to reach the end goal? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iArt_fe-EmM
  31. Scientists associated with the Institute for Creation Research have finished an eight-year research project known as RATE, or Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth. For over a hundred years, evolutionists have insisted that the earth is billions of years old, and have arrogantly dismissed any views contrary to this belief. However, the team of seven creation scientists have discovered incredible physical evidence that supports what the Bible says about the young age of the earth. Learn about their discoveries and explore the scientific evidence that supports biblical truth here!: https://www.icr.org/rate
  32. Stunning Protein Fossils Confirm the Flood | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/9940
  33. 8 False Assumptions about Christianity | Cccdiscover: https://cccdiscover.com/8-false-assumptions-about-christianity/
  34. Case-Making 101: Why Do Christians Need To Understand and Practice Apologetics? Truth, Faith and Reason: http://truthfaithandreason.com/case-making-101-why-do-christians-need-to-understand-and-practice-apologetics/
  35. Notecard Answers for Why I Believe the Bible: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/erik-raymond/notecard-answers-to-why-i-believe-the-bible/
  36. Four Ways the Earth Is Fine-Tuned for Life | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/four-ways-the-earth-is-fine-tuned-for-life/
  37. How does God relate to time? – creation.com – God exists without beginning or end; that much the Bible is clear on. But what does that mean about the nature of time and how God relates to it? Is He essentially timeless? Must He be in time? Or can God choose between being timeless and in time?: https://creation.com/god-and-time
  38. 5 apologetics arguments Christians should avoid | Premier Christianity: https://www.premierchristianity.com/home/5-apologetics-arguments-christians-should-avoid/2615.article
  39. Christianity is rejected because of dislike rather than rational reasons | Real Life Apologetics: https://reallifeapologetics.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/is-the-rejection-of-christianity-an-emotional-or-a-rational-decision/
  40. Stop Using the Term Fetus | Cold Case Christianity – Language is important. When we allow the debate to embrace terms that objectify and dehumanize the unborn, we give ground unnecessarily to those who would deny the humanity of fetal humans. That’s why I’m doing my best to stop using the term fetus.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/stop-using-the-term-fetus/
  41. What does it mean to not be ashamed of the Gospel (Romans 1:16)? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/not-ashamed-Gospel.html
  42. Ten quick responses to atheist claims – You don’t have to read hundreds of books before you can discuss your faith with an atheist. Sometimes claims and questions that are just short soundbites can be answered just as quickly. At the London Evangelists’ Conference, Professor John Lennox offered some quick responses to some common claims from atheists.: https://www.christiantoday.com/article/ten.quick.responses.to.atheist.claims/41439.htm
  43. Don’t All Religions Basically Say the Same Thing? – YouTube – Alisa Childers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO_tmWPNf3w
  44. Let’s Make Jesus Less … Offensive! (Satire) – The Stream: https://stream.org/make-jesus-less-offensive/
  45. The Absence Of A Papacy In Early Responses To Christianity – Men like Aristides and Tertullian wrote apologies in which they responded to objections to Christianity and anticipated potential objections. They address the deity of Jesus, his virgin birth, his resurrection, the second coming, the inspiration of scripture, how to interpret various passages of scripture, Christian moral standards, the apostles, Christian teachers, the nature of the church, and many other topics. But they say nothing of a papacy, to explain it, defend it, anticipate objections to it, or anything else.: http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-absence-of-papacy-in-early.html
  46. Does James 1:5 teach about praying for a testimony? Mormonism Research Ministry: https://www.mrm.org/james-15-testimony
  47. Cartoon Explaining Jehovah’s Witnesses – YouTube – This video is for the education of the saints. 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
  48. Code Of Ethics for SQLite database.  As a software developer, I use this database technology (SQLite) quite frequently.  According to the about page, “SQLite is the most widely deployed database in the world”.  I know this doesn’t seem like apologetics, but I like to take note when I see some distinctly Christian content in a secular context (look at #3 “The Rule“) – this is a set of rules, distinctly Christian that the SQLite founder strongly believes that one should live by: https://www.sqlite.org/codeofethics.html

“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse –the whole nation of you–because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit, ” says the LORD Almighty. Malachi 3:8-11

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-15-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

We are to live on our guard like men in an enemy’s country. We are to remember that evil is about us, and near us, and in us – that we have to contend daily with a treacherous heart, an ensnaring world, and a busy devil! Remembering this, we must put on the whole armor of God, and beware of spiritual drowsiness. – J.C. Ryle


To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The King Follett Discourse | Times & Seasons – I’m including this in the apologetics booster not because it answers any objection to orthodox Christianity, but rather that it explicitly shows the heretical doctrines that the founder of the Mormons taught, and this material can be used to education LDS believers about what their founder really taught: https://www.timesandseasons.org/index.php/2022/05/the-king-follett-discourse/
  2. 6 Ways You May Be Raising Your Kids with an Oversimplified Faith – If we raise our kids with an oversimplified faith, were building a ramp to eventual shame when difficult questions arise.: https://natashacrain.com/6-ways-you-may-be-raising-your-kids-with-an-oversimplified-faith/
  3. Why Spiritual but not religious won’t solve your problems – YouTube: https://youtu.be/j6HkBGl9mOI
  4. Who was Desiderius Erasmus? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Desiderius-Erasmus.html
  5. One of the Clearest (and Earliest) Summaries of Early Christian Beliefs – Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/one-of-the-clearest-and-earliest-summaries-of-early-christian-beliefs/
  6. Is Jesus Christ a Copy of Pagan Religions? Bishop’s Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy – As Dan Brown in his book The Da Vinci Code (2003) writes, Nothing in Christianity is original. In recent times a number of people are claiming that the historical Jesus is simply a rehash of older pagan secretive religions, and of the religions of dying and rising gods. This is a view expressed in media such as Zeitgeist, The Da Vinci Code, and Irreligious which attempt to be factual and convincing. But how factually based are these claims? This article argues, in reference to reputable scholars, that these claims are false and, on many occasions, deliberately deceitful in their fabrications. : https://jamesbishopblog.com/2015/01/19/23-reasons-why-scholars-know-jesus-is-not-a-copy-of-pagan-religions/
  7. Start teaching kids apologetics as early as possible, Young Defenders author says | Church & Ministries News: https://www.christianpost.com/news/start-teaching-kids-apologetics-as-early-as-possible-young-defenders-author-says.html
  8. An 11-Day Study On Challenges To Biblical Authority – We want to know God and meet Him in His Word. But why is Scripture so confusing at times? In this 11-day Bible reading plan, you’ll walk through some of the most challenging aspects in Scripture, find a new confidence in the Bible and a deeper trust in God.: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/17194-an-11-day-study-on-challengesto-biblical-authority/day/1?ret=1
  9. What Is a Biblical Worldview? with George Barna | Natasha Crain: https://natashacrain.com/what-is-a-biblical-worldview-with-george-barna/
  10. Take a Tip from Lt. Columbo – Have you ever taken a verbal beating when trying to talk about Jesus? If so, I’ve got a tip for you. It’s the simplest tactic imaginable to help stop a challenger in his tracks, turn the tables, and put you back in the driver’s seat. And it can be done almost effortlessly.: https://www.str.org/w/take-a-tip-from-lt.-columbo-
  11. The Apologetics of Jesus: Asking Tactful Questions – Sometimes we apologists can forget that human beings are more than intellectual machines. That’s why it’s important to ask tactful questions that go beyond the surface of intellectual arguments. Three of Jesus questions in particular can be easily adapted to use in apologetic and evangelistic conversations. : https://wisedisciple.org/podcast-episodes/apologetics-of-jesus-asking-tactful-questions
  12. How Media Consumption Threatens the Future of Christianity (It’s Not What You Think) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-media-consumption-threatens-the-future-of-christianity-its-not-what-you-think/
  13. Fearfully and Wonderfully Made – YouTube – Dr. David Menton from Creation Ministries international presents a stunning lecture on how babies are conceived in their mother’s womb. This presentation will leave you marveling at the awesome design of God in the mother’s womb.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9LKweRWpLk
  14. Abiogenesis – creation.com – Fantastic claims highlight the scientific absurdity of this recycled philosophy of spontaneous generation: https://creation.com/abiogenesis
  15. DNA and An Argument for God The DNA molecule (deoxyribonucleic acid) is a coiled ladder, two chains of sugar and phosphate running in opposite directions. And on the DNA base pairs, the rungs of this ladder, are segments of biological code called genes. This code is used in our cells for the production of proteins, the essentials components of life.: https://respondblogs.wordpress.com/2019/08/01/dna-and-an-argument-for-god/
  16. Jay Richards answers the objection Who Designed the Designer? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/11/25/jay-richards-answers-the-objection-who-designed-the-designer/
  17. Beyond Adaptation: The Human Brain Is Something New | Evolution News – Who or what are we? The materialist viewpoint is that we are matter in motion governed by our brains, a wetware operating system of three pounds of grey and white matter. Our identity is packed into our brains and if they die, so do we. There is no soul, and consciousness is an illusion. Is that what we are? From the materialist point of view our human brains are the product of evolution an ape-like brain grown larger and more sophisticated. Physically a human brain is three times the size of a chimpanzee brain, and uses considerably more energy. Our brain represents 2 percent of our body weight but uses 20 percent of the oxygen we breathe: https://evolutionnews.org/2018/09/beyond-adapation-the-human-brain-is-something-new/
  18. The Four Miracles of Atheism | ReasonableTheology.org – Richard Dawkins stated that Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence. However, even naturalistic worldviews also take some things on faith. For the purposes of this discussion, we will define a miracle as an event which occurs outside of the natural order and cannot be repeated or explained by the scientific process.: https://reasonabletheology.org/four-miracles-athiesm/
  19. How can a Christian overcome the fear of witnessing? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-witnessing.html
  20. Contradictions In The Life of a Christian – The Christian Church is no stranger to hypocrisy. The Church is comprised of sinners who do not always practice what they preach, and sometimes such practice is in stark contradiction to what we preach. Some of the most heinous acts have been committed by Christians while they speak truth. It seems that sexual misconduct within the Church is always on the radar. : https://crossexamined.org/contradictions-in-the-life-of-a-christian/
  21. Dr. Michael G Strauss: An Introduction to the Anthropic Principle and Fine Tuning: https://www.michaelgstrauss.com/2017/04/an-introduction-to-anthropic-principle.html
  22. 3 More Logical Fallacies to Avoid (and How to Tell When Someone Else is Committing Them) Apologetics for the Church: https://apolotheo.wordpress.com/2018/09/24/3-more-logical-fallacies-to-avoid/
  23. Does having an extra forearm artery prove evolution? – creation.com: https://creation.com/extra-artery
  24. How does fetal blood circulation differ from circulation after birth? – creation.com: https://creation.com/how-does-fetal-blood-circulation-differ-from-circulation-after-birth
  25. Here are the companies that will cover costs for employees seeking abortion services: https://www.wsls.com/news/local/2022/06/25/here-are-the-companies-that-will-cover-costs-for-employees-seeking-abortion-services/
  26. America After 9/11: Is Religion Evil? – Dr. Mikel Del Rosario | Apologetics Guy: http://apologeticsguy.com/2011/09/religion-in-america-after-911-is-religion-evil/
  27. The Three Faces of Evil and a Christian Response Welcome to Rob Lundberg.org: https://roblundberg.org/2011/09/10/the-three-faces-of-evil-and-a-christian-response/
  28. The Next Stage in Evangelism and Apologetics: | Sean McDowell – What is the next stage in evangelism and apologetics? I recently caught up with Lee Strobel to ask him about his new center for evangelism and apologetics. Check out the brief interview below for some insight as to how he, along with Mark Mittelberg, plan to equip people in the church to naturally share and defend their faith:: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/the-next-stage-in-evangelism-and-apologetics-interview-with-lee-strobel
  29. EVIDENCE FOR THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM – this is a page full of links to other pages containing evidences for the resurrection: https://chab123.wordpress.com/evidence-for-the-resurrection-of-jesus/
  30. If a person’s best efforts to believe the Bible fail, do they still deserve to burn in hell?: http://www.provethebible.net/T2-Objec/G5-002.htm
  31. Is There a God? 6 Reasons Point to God’s Existence – Does God exist? Here are six straightforward reasons to believe that God is really there. Just once wouldn’t you love for someone to simply show you the evidence for God’s existence? No arm-twisting. No statements of, “You just have to believe.” Well, here is an attempt to candidly offer some of the reasons which suggest that God exists. But first consider this. When it comes to the possibility of God’s existence, the Bible says that there are people who have seen sufficient evidence, but they have suppressed the truth about God.1 On the other hand, for those who want to know God if he is there, he says, “You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you.”2 Before you look at the facts surrounding his existence, ask yourself, If God does exist, would I want to know him?: https://www.everystudent.com/features/is-there-a-god.html
  32. Index fossils – creation.com – For example, if dinosaur fossils are found in a rock layer, the rocks are assumed to be at least 65 million years old. So if a radiometric dating result indicates an age of 40 million years, it is interpreted as representing, not the age of the rock, but a later geological process, such as disturbance, reworking or contamination. The fossils always trump the supposedly objective radiometric dating!: https://creation.com/index-fossils
  33. San Francisco Decriminalizes Psychedelics | DoubleBlind Mag – all I can say is, wow: https://doubleblindmag.com/san-francisco-decriminalizes-psychedelics/
  34. Stealing From God – If you think atheists have reason, evidence, and science on their side, think again! Dr. Frank Turek shows how atheists steal reason, evidence, science, and other arguments from God trying to make their case for atheism. Sound contradictory? It is! Atheists can’t make their case without appealing to realities only theism can explain. Stealing from God exposes intellectual crimes atheists commit, then provides powerful reasons why Christianity is true.: https://www.bible.com/es/reading-plans/2928-stealing-from-god/day/5

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Colossians 3:5-10

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-8-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

Sorrow and sickness, and poverty, and persecution, can never touch them (servants of Christ in every age), unless God sees fit. They may boldly say to every cross—”You could have no power against me, except it were given you from above.”  – J.C. Ryle


To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Satanists’ Prayer Stunt Is To Shush Christians, Not Speak Freely: https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/01/satanists-prayer-stunt-isnt-about-free-speech-its-about-silencing-christians/
  2. Islam Advances by the Sword (Hank Unplugged Short) | Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/hank-unplugged-shorts/islam-advances-by-the-sword-hank-unplugged-short/
  3. Do moral dilemmas undermine objective moral absolutes? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/09/01/do-moral-dilemmas-undermine-objective-moral-absolutes-4/
  4. Mormon Jesus vs Bible Jesus – Jeff Durbin – YouTube: https://youtu.be/39EO83sbWWk
  5. Who created God? | John Lennox at UCLA – YouTube: https://youtu.be/UIknACeeS0g
  6. Tips for Memorizing a Book of the Bible: https://www.str.org/w/tips-for-memorizing-a-book-of-the-bible
  7. 5 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Should Learn How to Answer – Blog – Eternal Perspective Ministries: https://www.epm.org/blog/2021/Aug/9/five-apologetics-questions
  8. In This Day and Age, Evangelism Is Spelled: A-P-O-L-O-G-E-T-I-C-S | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/in-this-day-and-age-evangelism-is-spelled-a-p-o-l-o-g-e-t-i-c-s/
  9. Exclusivity Claims of Major World Religions – Christian Apologetics Alliance: http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2017/08/02/exclusivity-claims-major-world-religions/
  10. Jesus Calling: Channeling A False Christ | Reasons for Jesus – Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, and other similar books by her, have multiplied themselves into a publishing empire with offerings of Jesus Calling books for teens and for children, calendars, special editions, accompanying journals, a Jesus Calling Bible Storybook, and even a Jesus Calling Devotional Bible. This is not a conventional review of the book or her story, nor is the purpose to analyze the whole content. Although several troubling areas are addressed, this paper is a response primarily to two issues: 1) The claims made by Young regarding what she wrote and the alleged words spoken to her by Jesus; and 2) Young’s admission that a primary influence on her was the book, God Calling, by Two Listeners. Due to Young’s admiration for and admitted inspiration from this latter book, it will also be examined.: https://reasonsforjesus.com/jesus-calling-channeling-a-false-christ/
  11. Why Apologetics Has a Bad Name | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-apologetics-has-a-bad-name
  12. The Shack Movie Review Heresy, Universalism, & False Gospel | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/the-shack-movie-review-heresy-universalism-false-gospel/
  13. Free Apologetics E-Book Library: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2009/07/free-apologetics-e-book-library.html
  14. What to say to Mormons – 2. The Bible is Reliable – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/mormons/what-to-say-to-mormons/3-the-bible-is-reliable
  15. The Potters Hands A very handy thing to have – creation.com: https://creation.com/potters-hands
  16. 50 Alleged Bible Contradictions Refuted | The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/50-alleged-bible-contradiction-refuted/
  17. Why Did Jesus Have To Die? Couldn’t God Just Forgive Sins?: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/why-did-jesus-have-to-die-couldnt-god-just-forgive-sins/
  18. How Does the Old Testament Law Apply to Christians Today?: https://www.str.org/w/how-does-the-old-testament-law-apply-to-christians-today-#.WkD-aN-nGUk
  19. Lobster eye design – New design innovations from biomimetics – creation.com – The exquisite designs of the organisms on Earth have served as inspiration to countless engineers and scientists. Important inventions, such as Velcro or the airplane, owe their inceptions to those who first observed these qualities in Gods handiwork and then sought to mimic these abilities.: https://creation.com/lobster-eye-design
  20. The Kalaam Cosmological Argument: Short, Sweet, and Stout Pastor Brian Chilton: https://pastorbrianchilton.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/the-kalaam-cosmological-argument-short-sweet-and-stout/
  21. American Atheists Hide Behind the Fairy Tale of Evolution – The American Vision: https://americanvision.org/11504/american-atheists-hide-behind-fairy-tale-evolution/
  22. The Right and Wrong Reasons to Pursue Apologetics THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/the-right-and-wrong-reasons-to-pursue-apologetics/
  23. The Three Ds of Tolerance | Cold Case Christianity – Of the many self-refuting statements offered on college campuses across America, perhaps the most dangerous for Christians is the new definition of tolerance.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-three-ds-of-tolerance/
  24. What does it mean to say Christianity is true? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/03/05/what-does-it-mean-to-say-christianity-is-true-3/
  25. Who Decided What Books to Include in the Bible? 5 Principles – The Stream: https://stream.org/decided-books-include-bible-5-principles/
  26. 10 Reasons to Accept the Resurrection of Jesus as an Historical Fact: https://crossexamined.org/10-reasons-accept-resurrection-jesus-historical-fact/
  27. 3 Startling Truths about the Early Church from the Pre-New Testament Texts: https://crossexamined.org/3-startling-truths-early-church-pre-new-testament-texts/
  28. Responding to the objection by Christians who say I don’t need any evidence for my faith! THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/responding-to-the-objection-by-christians-who-say-i-dont-need-any-evidence-for-my-faith-4/
  29. Dr. Walter Bradley lectures on scientific evidence the creation and design of the universe | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/04/27/dr-walter-bradley-lectures-on-scientific-evidence-the-creation-and-design-of-the-universe/
  30. Undesigned Coincidences and the Reliability of Scripture: https://thedailyapologist.com/blog/undesigned-coincidences-and-the-reliability-of-scripture
  31. Five Steps to Help Your Child Remain a Christian Into Adulthood | Beyond Teachable Moments: https://beyondtm.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/five-steps-to-help-your-child-remain-a-christian-into-adulthood/
  32. Does the church do a good job of equipping Christians to talk to non-Christians? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2014/10/19/does-the-church-do-a-good-job-of-equipping-christians-to-talk-to-non-christians-2/
  33. Do faith in God and science contradict? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/science-God.html
  34. Minimal Facts Argument for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ | Worldview of Jesus: https://worldviewofjesus.com/2013/02/03/minimal-facts-argument-for-the-resurrection-of-jesus-christ/
  35. A Stone in His Shoe – In some circles there’s pressure for Christian ambassadors to close the sale as soon as possible. When pressed for time, get right to the meat of the message. Get to the Gospel. If the person doesn’t respond, you’ve still done your part. Shake the dust off your feet and move on. A wise ambassador, though, seasons his words. He weighs his opportunities and adopts an appropriate strategy for each occasion. Sometimes, the simple truth of the cross is all that’s needed. The fruit is ripe for harvesting. Bump it and it falls into your basket. Usually, though, the fruit is not ripe; the nonbeliever is simply not ready. He may not even have begun to think about Christianity in the right way.: https://www.str.org/w/a-stone-in-his-shoe
  36. Apologists are Fighting the Wrong Battle – Capturing Christianity: https://capturingchristianity.com/apologists-are-fighting-the-wrong-battle/
  37. 5 Terrible Reasons Your Kids May Think They Can Outgrow Christianity: https://natashacrain.com/5-terrible-reasons-your-kids-may-think-they-can-outgrow-christianity/
  38. Why Aren’t More Women Interested in Apologetics?: https://www.str.org/w/why-aren-t-more-women-interested-in-apologetics-
  39. Should Christians Ever Offend Anyone? | Answers in Genesis – Clearing Up Misconceptions – Do Christians need to avoid offending anyone? What does Paul mean when he says to give no offense in anything? Jeremy Ham, AiGUS, explains.: https://answersingenesis.org/bible-questions/christians-should-never-offend-anyone/
  40. 4 Reasons It is Critical to Believe the Bible Is God’s Word | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/4-reasons-it-is-critical-to-believe-the-bible-is-gods-word
  41. 3 Logical Fallacies to Avoid (and How to Tell When Someone Else is Committing Them) Apologetics for the Church: https://apolotheo.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/3-logical-fallacies-to-avoid-and-how-to-tell-when-someone-else-is-committing-them/
  42. Ricochet Evangelism When we are sharing the Gospel or defending the reason for our hope, we may not be sharing it with the person we are sharing it with.: https://mrpatvincent.com/2018/09/25/ricochet-evangelism/
  43. Jesus Specifically Said, I am God | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/jesus-specifically-said-i-am-god/

And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”  –Isaiah 6:3

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-1-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

The thought of delight in religion is so strange to most men, that no two words in their language stand further apart than “holiness” and “delight.” But believers who know Christ, understand that delight and faith are so blessedly united, that the gates of hell cannot prevail to separate them. – Charles Spurgeon


To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Contend Earnestly for the Faith (Greg Koukl – Solid Ground): https://www.str.org/w/contend-earnestly-for-the-faith
  2. The Crucifixion and Old Testament Prophecy: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/crucifixion-and-old-testament-prophecy
  3. 47 Old Testament Prophecies About Jesus: https://www.learnreligions.com/prophecies-of-jesus-fulfilled-700159
  4. God, the universe, tolerance and suffering – creation.com: https://creation.com/god-the-universe-tolerance-and-suffering
  5. What are historical facts of Jesus and crucifixion- Nabeel Qureshi – YouTube: https://youtu.be/9JNbdt2mZ5E
  6. Claim Being Made that Biden Student Loan Payoff is Christ-like, Is This Correct? Kingsjester’s Blog: https://kingsjestersblog.com/2022/08/28/dems-claim-biden-student-loan-payoff-is-christ-like-are-you-kidding-me/
  7. Are We Really Full of Junk DNA? | The Creation Podcast: Episode 30 – YouTube – Is it really true that less than 2% of genes are functional? Is the other 98% just “junk?” In episode 30 of The Creation Podcast, host Lauren Pennington and ICR geneticist Dr. Jeff Tomkins debunk misconceptions about the usefulness of genes. This episode will reveal some surprising facts about RNA production, regulatory functions of genes, and more!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0dPntyyCpU
  8. I’m Sorry! But the Church Needs Apologetics Faith Beyond Belief: https://www.faithbeyondbelief.ca/blog/2015/09/03/im-sorry-but-the-church-needs-apologetics
  9. Is the Christian Faith Evidentially Reasonable? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-christian-faith-evidentially-reasonable/
  10. I don’t see God. Therefore, God doesn’t exist: https://think-well.org/2015/09/05/i-dont-see-god-therefore-god-doesnt-exist/
  11. Vital Function Found for Whale ‘Leg’ Bones | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/vital-function-found-for-whale-leg/
  12. A Concise Summary of the Corporate View of Election and Predestination: http://evangelicalarminians.org/a-concise-summary-of-the-corporate-view-of-election-and-predestination/
  13. I Came to Faith Through Apologetics | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/i-came-to-faith-through-apologetics/
  14. If God Created The Universe, Who Created God?: https://crossexamined.org/if-god-created-the-universe-who-created-god/
  15. Why Claiming Belief is a Psychological Crutch Backfires | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/09/why-claiming-belief-is-psychological.html
  16. Portrait of a Fanatic – A top physicists embarrassing tirade – Professor Lawrence M. Krauss (Atheist professor at Arizona State University) | National Review: https://www.nationalreview.com/2015/09/lawrence-krauss-physicist-fanatic/
  17. What Ought We Make of the Word Proof? | Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.: https://douglasgroothuis.com/2015/04/02/what-ought-we-make-of-the-word-proof/
  18. Cleverly designed camel – creation.com – The camel – a drought-defying marvel of design. A wonderful water-conserving mammal: https://creation.com/cleverly-designed-camel
  19. Think the Church’s Precarious Cultural Situation is Unique? Think Again – Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/think-the-churchs-precarious-cultural-situation-is-unique-think-again/
  20. Following Kitzmiller v. Dover, an Excellent Decade for Intelligent Design | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2015/09/following_dover/
  21. Apologetics and Your Kids (4) Inculcating the Right Worldview DR. RELUCTANT: https://drreluctant.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/apologetics-and-your-kids-4-inculcating-the-right-worldview/
  22. I Just Want To Know The Truth: The Absurdity Of Life Without God: https://blogabouttruth.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-absurdity-of-life-without-god.html
  23. Isn’t the Bible Full of Contradictions? | Answers in Genesis – For many people, the belief that the Bible contains contradictions and inaccuracies is an excuse for not believing.: https://answersingenesis.org/contradictions-in-the-bible/isnt-the-bible-full-of-contradictions/
  24. Nine Tips for Public Speaking | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/tips-for-public-speaking
  25. When Someone says the Bible can’t be Trusted. – New York Apologetics: http://www.newyorkapologetics.com/when-someone-says-the-bible-cant-be-trusted/
  26. Eight Steps to Investigating the Case for Christianity | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/eight-steps-to-investigating-the-case-for-christianity/
  27. The Tree of Life as a Challenge to Darwinism Denton on the Distinctness of Types | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2016/03/the_tree_of_lif/
  28. Why Is It Wrong to Have Surgery to Alter Your Sex? – Stand to Reason (#STRAsk podcast): https://subspla.sh/g9czztd
  29. Families Don’t Need Disney Anymore. Does Disney Need Them?: https://thefederalist.com/2022/08/31/faith-centered-families-dont-need-disney-anymore-but-does-disney-need-them/
  30. Rhetoric: This is a full text-book (not a Christian book, but useful to anyone trying to persuade by speaking or writing), designed for use in schools and colleges, and for private study : Haven, E. O. (Erastus Otis), 1820-1881 : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/rhetorictextbook00haverich/page/vi/mode/2up?ref=ol&view=theater

because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son. Hebrews 12:6

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-25-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

I believe that a man of God—under trial and difficulty and affliction, bearing up, and patiently submitting with holy acquiescence and still rejoicing in God—is a real preacher of the Gospel, preaching with an eloquence which is mightier than words can ever be, and which will find its secret and silent way into the hearts of those who might have resisted other arguments! – Charles Spurgeon  


To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Knight and Rose Show Episode 19: The Historical Reliability of the Gospels | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/08/20/knight-and-rose-show-episode-19-the-historical-reliability-of-the-gospels/
  2. Book Review: 40 Questions About Heaven and Hell (40 Questions Series) by Alan Gomes THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2022/08/20/40-questions-about-heaven-and-hell-40-questions-series-by-alan-gomes/
  3. The seven fatal flaws of moral relativism | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/08/22/the-seven-fatal-flaws-of-moral-relativism-8/
  4. Texas Fire Dept. Chaplain Axed for Biblical View of Gender: https://washingtonstand.com/news/texas-fire-chaplain-axed-for-biblical-view-of-gender
  5. First life arrival – creation.com – In this BBC-Discovery TV program Sir David Attenborough tells us his purpose is to look at the origin of life and for the very first living creature that appeared on Earth. As he presents the evolutionist worldview, we shall examine what he says and compare it with the biblical worldview.: https://creation.com/first-life-arrival
  6. The Reliability of the Bible: 4 Quick Thoughts | ReasonableTheology.org: https://reasonabletheology.org/reliability-bible-4-quick-thoughts/
  7. Designed by the Watchmaker – creation.com – William Paley (17431805) was an English archdeacon and theologian known mainly for a book he wrote. The book is Natural Theology: or Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity Collected from the Appearance of Nature (he is less well known for his fervent opposition to slave trade and denunciation of slavery in an earlier book). It was very influential in the first half of the nineteenth century. In this book, Paley draws proof for the existence of a Creator from the design apparent in natural phenomena, and particularly in the human body.: https://creation.com/designed-by-the-watchmaker
  8. Should Christians Use Evidence and Logic to Proclaim the Gospel?: http://askingthegodquestions.blogspot.com/2013/08/should-christians-use-evidence-and.html
  9. The Perilous Pitfalls Facing Tent-Making Christian Case Makers | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-perilous-pitfalls-facing-tent-making-christian-case-makers/
  10. Should We Go to Our Gay Neighbors’ Wedding?: https://probe.org/should-we-go-to-our-gay-neighbors-wedding/
  11. How the presence and quality of fathers affects belief in God | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2015/10/04/how-the-presence-and-quality-of-fathers-affects-belief-in-god-3/
  12. How Do You Best Handle Challenges to Your Faith? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-do-you-best-handle-challenges-to-your-faith
  13. 5 Reasons Why the Church Should Care About Apologetics – Christian Week: https://www.christianweek.org/5-reasons-church-care-apologetics/
  14. Tactics: the worst mistake a Christian can make when doing apologetics | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2016/01/29/tactics-the-worst-mistake-a-christian-can-make-when-doing-apologetics-2/
  15. How Is Apologetics Bringing Christians Together? | Tough Questions Answered: https://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2014/02/10/how-is-apologetics-bringing-christians-together/
  16. 4 Key Points Christian Kids Need to Understand About Evolution: https://crossexamined.org/4-key-points-christian-kids-need-to-understand-about-evolution/
  17. How other religions began vs. how Christianity began (1 minute video) – There is a huge difference between Christianity and other religions. Watch the video to find out how.: https://www.facebook.com/27769441696/videos/10153373385331697/
  18. Answering the Skeptic: Is the Bible a Myth? – Come Reason Ministries: http://www.comereason.org/skeptic-bible.asp
  19. Skateboarding and Darwinism | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/9292
  20. 4 Pieces of Wisdom from a Street Level Apologist: https://crossexamined.org/4-pieces-of-wisdom-from-a-street-level-apologist/
  21. So, You Just Became a Christian? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/idDoRftSuRU
  22. What Made Paul Washer’s “Shocking Message” So Very Shocking? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/PH0mnIO9K7I
  23. Are You Really A Christian? | Paul Washer – YouTube: https://youtu.be/6N7f8hvUMxg
  24. The J.C. Ryle Archive – Since J.C. Ryle died in 1900, his writing are public domain and not copyrighted. So, you are able to use any of the materials on this site with no expressed permission. May the writings of J.C. Ryle help you become a more committed follower of Jesus Christ and compel you to good works. : https://www.jcryle.info/

since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Romans 1:19-20

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-18-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

Lead me to the cross and show me his wounds, the hateful nature of evil, the power of Satan; May I there see my sins as the nails that transfixed him, the cords that bound him, the thorns that tore him, the sword that pierced him. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Can science answer all of life’s questions? – Sharon Dirckx – OCCA: https://www.theocca.org/resources/can-science-answer-all-of-lifes-questions/
  2. Why Do Humans Differ from Animals in Courtship and Sexual Dimorphism? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/animal-behavior/humans-animals-courtship-sexual-dimorphism/
  3. The Secret Origin of One of Bugs Bunny’s Best Insults. Because of Bugs’s popularity, the bunny’s use of nimrod became, over time, the predominant version of the word so much so that, today, few people even know it is actually a Biblical reference. The Dot and Line: https://dotandline.net/when-bugs-bunny-beat-the-bible/
  4. Why Can’t Something Come from Nothing? – YouTube – Alex J. O’Connor, aka. (The) Cosmic Skeptic, questions Dr. Craig on the first premise of the kalam cosmological argument for God’s existence.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUhKnzA_0dM
  5. Many scientists believe scientific theories religiously | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2022/08/16/many-scientists-believe-scientific-theories-religiously/
  6. Defending the Faith in Your Community – Every Day – Ask a Christian to defend the faith and you get a variety of reactions. Why does the faith need defending? God can take care of Himself. How do I do that? I don’t want to do that! Are you serious? I wouldn’t know how. Isn’t that for professionals? Me? I’m not one of those apologists. I’m just a Christian. Whatever your reaction, the fact is that every Christian can and should defend the faith in their community every day.: http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2013/01/15/defending-the-faith-in-your-community-every-day/
  7. Is Natural Selection the Same Thing as Evolution? | Answers in Genesis – Natural selection is an observable process that is often purported to be the underlying mechanism of unobservable molecules-to-man evolution.: https://answersingenesis.org/natural-selection/is-natural-selection-the-same-thing-as-evolution/
  8. Who are the “other sheep” in John 10:16? And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd John 10:16 Christians have traditionally viewed the above passage as a reference to the Gentiles who would soon be presented the Good News of salvation and engrafted into the Christian fold. Mormons, however, have used John 10:16 as a proof-text to support the existence of one of the people groups in the Book of Mormon. : https://www.mrm.org/john-10-16
  9. A must-read series of posts on cosmic fine-tuning by Allen Hainline | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2014/07/18/a-must-read-series-of-posts-on-cosmic-fine-tuning-by-allen-hainline/
  10. Does the Doctrine of Hell Make God Unjust? | The Cripplegate: https://thecripplegate.com/does-the-doctrine-of-hell-make-god-unjust/
  11. Apologetics, Evidence, and Relevance | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/8205/
  12. 4 Reasons Christian Parents Need to Care More About Atheism: https://natashacrain.com/4-reasons-christian-parents-need-to-care-more-about-atheism/
  13. Advice to Young Aspiring Apologists – 13 lessons – Jonathan McLatchie: https://jonathanmclatchie.com/advice-to-young-aspiring-apologists/
  14. Truthbomb Apologetics: The Art of Listening – In conversations I am continually learning that what I don’t say is sometimes just as important as what I do say.: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-art-of-listening.html
  15. Why Christians Must Continue to Guard the Truth of the Gospel | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-christians-must-continue-to-guard-the-truth-of-the-gospel/
  16. Are Christians Narrow-Minded and Intolerant? – Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/are-christians-narrow-minded-and-intolerant/
  17. How to Talk About Evolution | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2012/10/how_to_talk_abo/
  18. Historical Evidence of Jesus Christs Resurrection – There are many skeptics of Jesus Christ and of His resurrection. Can it be proven as an actual historical event? Are we to believe only on faith? What empirical, concrete evidence do we have today that Jesus Christ indeed was resurrected from the dead? Can His resurrection be proven? : https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/historical-evidence-of-jesus-christs-resurrection/
  19. Dialogue with Muslims about evidence why Islam is true: https://carm.org/dialogues/dialogue-with-muslims-about-evidence-why-islam-is-true/
  20. 7 Tips to Engage Skeptics Like the Apostle Paul Did in the Bible – Part 1: http://apologeticsguy.com/2013/05/acts-17-bible-study-apostle-paul-athens-1/
  21. Was There a Great Apostasy? | Douglas Beaumont – Some kind of apostasy narrative is required to explain why a group that did not exist for nearly 2,000 years can consider itself the true expression of Christianity. Obviously, if the Church founded by Jesus did not go into apostasy, there would be no excuse to create a new group or restore what was lost. Unlike most Christian sects that attempt to locate themselves (in some form) throughout Christian history, the Mormons accept and explain their non-existence by claiming the Church founded by Jesus Christ disappeared from the Earth shortly after its creation.: https://douglasbeaumont.com/2014/10/04/was-there-a-great-apostasy/
  22. Refuting Evolution chapter 1: Evolution & creation, science & religion, facts & bias – creation.com: https://creation.com/refuting-evolution-chapter-1-evolution-creation-science-religion-facts-bias
  23. Christianity is a Thinking-Man’s Faith | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/11/christianity-is-thinking-mans-faith.html
  24. Is the Watchmaker Argument Still Valid? | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/media/reasonable-faith-podcast/is-the-watchmaker-argument-still-valid
  25. A Recent Origin for Stonehenge? | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/8488
  26. Galapagos evolution – creation.com – Whether or not evolution has occurred on Galpagos (or anywhere else on Earth for that matter) depends very much on what is meant by the term evolution. The theory that creationists oppose is the idea (and consequent atheistic worldview) that all living things on Earth have arisen from a single source (which itself came from non-life). The key issue is the type of change required. For example, to change microbes into marine iguanas would require massive successive increases in the genetic information of the genome.: https://creation.com/galapagos-evolution
  27. This Twitter thread about Roman Catholicism “blew up”. Interesting (and sad) to read the comments from Catholics and also the debate back and forth: https://twitter.com/JoRo_______/status/1559542221896032257?t=cLaCM2ic5Kl-ivqgqJppFQ&s=19

When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing. Luke 9:10-11

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-4-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

Let me never forget that the heinousness of sin lies not so much in the nature of the sin committed, as in the greatness of the Person sinned against. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Ambassador’s Creed: https://www.str.org/ambassadors-creed
  2. Truthbomb Apologetics: Jesus Argued Reductio Ad Absurdum: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2013/12/jesus-argued-reductio-ad-absurdum.html
  3. Jehovah’s Witness Role Play – YouTube – Mike Felker role plays as a Jehovah’s Witness to a college apologetics group. Most of the students had no idea that I was actually a Christian until I revealed my identity at about 40 minutes into it. Thanks to Brett Kunkle for inspiring me to do this. It was my first time and I’d love to do more of this.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNNqBRpv2Bk
  4. Jesus and Logical Fallacies: The False Dilemma | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/01/jesus-and-logical-fallacies-false.html
  5. You Have to Come Out As A Christian Before You Can Step Out As An Apologist | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/you-have-to-come-out-as-a-christian-before-you-can-step-out-as-an-apologist/
  6. Above All the Earth | The Institute for Creation Research – Few can say they’ve left planet Earth. Jeff Williams has done it three times. After a lengthy military career, Colonel Jeffrey N. Williams was chosen from among a handful of candidates to become an astronaut for NASA and work on the International Space Station (ISS). He has been a longtime supporter of ICR and recently visited our headquarters for the first time, graciously allowing us an interview.: https://www.icr.org/article/8635
  7. String theory has come to be seen as faith, not reason? Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/string-theory-has-come-to-be-seen-as-faith-not-reason/
  8. Apologetics for Kids: Free Resources for Parents | Beyond Teachable Moments: https://beyondtm.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/apologetics-for-kids-free-resources-for-parents/
  9. How the Body Works: Intelligent Design in Action | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2015/02/how_the_body_wo/
  10. New Testament Bible Reliability by Daniel Wallace, PhD – YouTube – If you encounter someone who questions or doubts the accuracy and reliability of our New Testament, such as a Mormon, the information Dr. Daniel Wallace provides in this presentation at Heights Baptist Church in 2013 will address those issues directly. Mormon apologists must admit that the staggering majority of the textual variants are merely minor in nature. Dr. R. L. Anderson, a Mormon scholar and authority in the LDS Church on Biblical manuscripts, recognizes that the variations in the New Testament manuscripts are essentially insignificant. Dr. Anderson notes the overwhelming agreement between the thousands of manuscripts; he explains that : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lEmch2OAhs
  11. Lecture – Dr. Peter Williams – Things Which Ought To Be Better Known About The Resurrection Of Jesus – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbBVBUeHXZ4
  12. The Argument from Consciousness in Eight Quick Points | Saints and Sceptics: http://www.saintsandsceptics.org/the-argument-from-consciousness-in-seven-quick-points/
  13. Inspired or Not? What Does Paul Mean by What He Says in 1 Corinthians 7:6, 7:12, and 7:25? Did Paul fill his letters with opinion?: https://answersingenesis.org/contradictions-in-the-bible/contradictions-in-the-bible/inspired-or-not-1-corinthians-7/
  14. Can Evolution Explain the Appearance of Design in Biology? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/can-evolution-explain-the-appearance-of-design-in-biology/
  15. Why the Appearance of Design in Biology Is a Problem for Atheistic Naturalism | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-the-appearance-of-design-in-biology-is-a-problem-for-atheistic-naturalism/theistic-naturalism/
  16. Life in the Big Tent: Traditional Creationism and the Intelligent Design Community | Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/articles/life-in-the-big-tent/
  17. Evangelical Elites Can’t Let Go Of Beefs Against Conservatives: https://thefederalist.com/2022/08/02/russell-moore-and-evangelical-elites-cant-let-go-of-their-jeremiad-against-conservative-evangelicals/
  18. Scientists Are Undermining Our Trust in Science | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2022/07/scientists-are-undermining-our-trust-in-science/

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, Philippians 3:20

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-30-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

Death to the world, and burial with Christ, are experiences which carnal minds treat with ridicule, and hence the ordinance which sets them forth is almost universally neglected, and even condemned. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Sex abnormalities and transgender – creation.com – Abnormal sexual development has nothing to do with choosing which gender you would like to be.https://creation.com/sex-abnormalities-v-transgender
  2. How to Make the Case against Abortion in Less Than a Minutehttps://www.str.org/w/how-to-make-the-case-against-abortion-in-less-than-a-minute
  3. Make the Pro-Life Case in 60 Seconds – YouTube – You’re in a conversation and someone says, Pro-lifers just want to force their religious views on everyone else. They don’t really have a good reason to oppose abortion. What would you say? Dismissing opposition to abortion as religious ideology is intellectually lazy. There are rational arguments against abortion, and those who oppose abortion make them often. So, when abortion advocates dismiss arguments against abortion, remember these three steps: First, formally state the case against abortion. Second, defend the case against abortion by clearly stating the reasons for your pro-life position. Third, establish ground rules for further discussion.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEnokKiwtkA
  4. Is Hell Real? – YouTube – You’re in a conversation and someone says, I don’t believe a loving God would send anyone to Hell. He wouldn’t even allow a place like that to exist. What would you say? It’s easier to believe in things like Heaven, redemption, and eternal joy with God you know, the things we want to be true — than those things that are hard to imaging and even stomach, like eternal punishment. Hell is a hard thing to talk about, but the next time it comes up in conversation, here are three things to remember: First, God doesn’t force anyone into Hell, but He doesn’t force anyone to love Him or be with Him either. Second, Jesus taught that Hell is real, and talks about it more than anyone else in the New Testament. Third, Hell does not diminish Gods love; it displays it.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucC8O471qyE
  5. How to Have a Conversation: When Under Pressure – YouTube – you’re in a conversation and suddenly an assertion is leveled against your view and you don’t know how to answer it. Now maybe you’ve forgotten the reasoning or evidence, or maybe haven’t done your research in the first place. What would you say? The What Would You Say videos are a great way to ground yourself in the basic arguments for Christian values and convictions, but the pressure of the moment, you may not be able to recall the details. For those situations, you need a game plan. The next time you’re in over your head, here are three things to remember: First, don’t try to answer the challenge immediately. If you do, you’re giving them a free ride. Second, don’t be taken in by their, I can explain that response and Third, ask for specific reasons why their ideas should be taken seriously https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhyMclem04A
  6. The Heart of the Abortion Issue – In this clip from To the Point LIVE, Jon Noyes asks how a civil society should treat innocent human beings who challenge our current way of life and reminds us not to be distracted away from the most important question in the abortion debate: What is the unborn?https://www.str.org/w/the-heart-of-the-abortion-issue
  7. What Is the General Theory of Evolution Unable to Explain? – YouTube – Dr. Craig answers a question about certain limits within the theory of evolution, common ancestry, random mutation, natural selection, etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpuog3h_tb0
  8. Must You Remain Silent on Abortion Unless You Adopt a Baby? If you’ve never adopted a child, does this disqualify you from speaking out against abortion? Alan offers five reasons why this challenge is mistaken.https://www.str.org/w/must-you-remain-silent-on-abortion-unless-you-adopt-a-baby-1
  9. What does the Bible say about abortion? | GotQuestions.orghttps://www.gotquestions.org/abortion-Bible.html
  10. Values Voter Summit Highlights Abortion, Adoption Link | Politics Newshttps://www.christianpost.com/news/values-voter-summit-highlights-abortion-adoption-link.html
  11. When Christians Have a Contagious Faith – The Stream – While it’s easy to feel intimidated by the thought of sharing Jesus with others, Marks approach emphasizes the different gifts and skills within the body of Christ.https://stream.org/when-christians-have-a-contagious-faith/
  12. The Significance of the Overturning of Roe – The Streamhttps://stream.org/the-significance-of-the-overturning-of-roe/
  13. Barr: Public Schools Are So Hostile To Christians, They’re Unconstitutional – That’s because there are only two ways to restrain people from following disordered passions, Barr said: internal restraints, which are largely provided by ones beliefs; and external restraints, which are typically provided by government. So in order to have a limited government, Barr noted in an explicit echo of the American Founders, citizens must practice self-restraint.https://thefederalist.com/2022/06/27/barr-public-schools-are-now-so-hostile-to-christians-theyre-unconstitutional/

About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in no little business for the craftsmen. He called them together, along with the workmen in related trades, and said: “Men, you know we receive a good income from this business. And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that man-made gods are no gods at all. There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited, and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.” When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia, and rushed as one man into the theater. Paul wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him. Even some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, sent him a message begging him not to venture into the theater. The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there. The Jews pushed Alexander to the front, and some of the crowd shouted instructions to him. He motioned for silence in order to make a defense before the people. But when they realized he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison for about two hours: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” The city clerk quieted the crowd and said: “Men of Ephesus, doesn’t all the world know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image, which fell from heaven? Therefore, since these facts are undeniable, you ought to be quiet and not do anything rash. You have brought these men here, though they have neither robbed temples nor blasphemed our goddess. If, then, Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a grievance against anybody, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. They can press charges. If there is anything further you want to bring up, it must be settled in a legal assembly. As it is, we are in danger of being charged with rioting because of today’s events. In that case we would not be able to account for this commotion, since there is no reason for it.” After he had said this, he dismissed the assembly. Acts 19:23-41

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-9-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

Christian, beware how thou thinkest lightly of sin. Take heed lest thou fall by little and little. Sin, a little thing? Is it not a poison? Who knows its deadliness? Sin, a little thing? Do not the little foxes spoil the grapes? Doth not the tiny coral insect build a rock which wrecks a navy? Do not little strokes fell lofty oaks? Will not continual droppings wear away stones? Sin, a little thing? It girded the Redeemer’s head with thorns, and pierced His heart! It made Him suffer anguish, bitterness, and woe. Could you weigh the least sin in the scales of eternity, you would fly from it as from a serpent, and abhor the least appearance of evil. Look upon all sin as that which crucified the Saviour, and you will see it to be “exceeding sinful”. – Charles Spurgeon


To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Tips for Discussing Abortion Onlinehttps://www.str.org/w/tips-for-discussing-abortion-online
  2. Clarks woodpecker – Amazing birds help trees with staggering feats of rememberinghttps://creation.com/clarks-woodpecker
  3. Questions on Universal Salvation, Molinism, and the Burial of Jesus – Reasonable Faith Apphttps://subspla.sh/rs4mksb
  4. Aren’t Some Unbelievers Sincerely Seeking Truth? – Stand to Reasonhttps://subspla.sh/gq6spcf
  5. Since God Values Humility, Is He Against Certainty? – Stand to Reasonhttps://subspla.sh/pgrk69q
  6. The Top 20 Discoveries About Jesus Outside the Bible – Cross Examinedhttps://subspla.sh/mvjpsm9
  7. Christian Student Files Federal Lawsuit after Illinois University Punishes Her for Sharing Her Beliefs with Classmates – Milton Quintanillahttps://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/milton-quintanilla/christian-student-files-federal-lawsuit-after-illinois-university-punishes-her-for-sharing-her-beliefs-with-classmates.html
  8. Three Realities Chance Can’t Explain That Intelligent Design Can: https://evolutionnews.org/2022/06/three-realities-chance-cant-explain-that-intelligent-design-can/

The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. Psalms 103:6

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-7-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

Pastors will need to play a role in shoring up those they are called to shepherd. But there is another group that can help take some of the weight off our already overly burdened ministers: lay apologists. Lay apologists are Christians not already in full-time or paid ministry, but have the interest and equipping to carry out the task of apologetics. As a former lay apologist myself, I know how capable they are of carrying out this task. Unfortunately, too many of them are wasting their talents in endless debates with internet-based atheists. If you’re a lay apologist, I hope you’ll heed this call: This church needs your skills and training. – Joe Carter (from, New Age Beliefs Are Common in America and in Our Churches)


To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Jesus Is the Only Cure – People will go to hell not because they merely had a theological point wrong, but because they had a real disease (sin) and never got the only effective cure.: https://www.str.org/w/jesus-is-the-only-cure
  2. Jesus: The Antidote – Jesus is an antidote to a deadly disease. Some people have the symptoms of the disease more obviously or in a greater manner than others. But everybody is sick.: https://www.str.org/w/jesus-the-antidote
  3. Are You Telling Me I’m Going to Hell Because I Don’t Believe in Jesus? | Thinking to Believe: https://thinkingtobelieve.com/2006/04/12/are-you-telling-me-im-going-to-hell-because-i-dont-believe-in-jesus/
  4. A Ten Minute Witness – bethinking.org – I had a conversation today that I wish you could have eavesdropped on. It was that precious. I was preparing for the show about an hour ago at my home and I heard a knock at the door.: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/a-ten-minute-witness
  5. Persuasion the Centre Piece of Effective Evangelism – bethinking.org – Persuasion is a pivotal word in understanding evangelism, but it has for a long time been overlooked. I have been to countless training sessions and read numerous books on evangelism, where neither the word nor even the idea have been mentioned at all. Even a Dictionary of Apologetics and an Encyclopedia of Apologetics on my shelves do not have entries under the P word. Yet, if you take persuasion out of evangelism, you are left with unpersuasive evangelism.: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/persuasion-the-centre-piece-of-effective-evangelism
  6. New video series on intelligent design starts off discussing the Cambrian explosion | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/03/31/new-video-series-on-intelligent-design-starts-off-discussing-the-cambrian-explosion/
  7. What if your science class contradicts the Bible? – YouTube – What if something you learn in science class seems to totally contradict something you read in the Bible? Does that mean either your professor or pastor can’t be trusted? Or is it better to separate the scientific data from our Biblical beliefs? So many questions! In this video, Frank breaks it all down and explains how we can believe both science and the Bible to be true.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjcQeBYmbhY
  8. How Free Grace Theology Diminishes the Gospel – We can’t preach the full gospel without preaching repentance.: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/reviews/free-grace-theology/
  9. What is the difference between a Christian and a disciple? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-disciple.html
  10. Disney Executives Admit: Of Course We’re Grooming Your Children: https://thefederalist.com/2022/03/30/disney-executives-admit-of-course-were-grooming-your-children/
  11. What should parents think about Disney’s position on grooming children for sex? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/04/03/what-should-parents-think-about-disneys-position-on-grooming-children-for-sex/
  12. What does it mean to take up your cross daily? Luke 9:23 commentary: https://activechristianity.org/what-does-it-mean-to-take-up-your-cross-daily
  13. When Debating Biblical Inspiration, Let God Do the Heavy Lifting. A woman I once spoke with expressed frustration with a friend who had dismissed the Bible as only written by men. Her insistence that the words were inspired by God was no help. Instead, it led to a fruitless cycle: The Bible is God’s Word.  But it was just written by men. But God inspired those men. But men make mistakes. Round and round they went, going nowhere. Maybe you’ve encountered this problem, too. Here’s one way you might respond: Give specific reasons why it’s reasonable to believe the Bible is a supernatural book of divine authorship and not merely the musings of men.: https://www.str.org/w/when-debating-biblical-inspiration-let-god-do-the-heavy-lifting
  14. Can We Trust the Bible? Brett Kunkle – Classically, Christians have defended their view of God not with mere appeals to subjective experience but from what they take to be Gods voice recorded in the Bible. Do Christians have good reason to think God has spoken through the Bible? Yes. Not only do we have overwhelming evidence the Bible has been reliably passed down for almost 2,000 years, but there is good reason to think it is covered with divine fingerprints.: https://www.str.org/w/can-we-trust-the-bible-
  15. Can a Person Be Saved through General Revelation? Greg and Amy consider examples of salvation from the Old Testament next to what Paul writes about general revelation and salvation in Romans. (clip from the #STRAsk podcast – 12 min): https://www.str.org/w/can-a-person-be-saved-through-general-revelation-1
  16. Has God Spoken? Evidence For The Bible pt1 – (Bible Thinker) – How could you prove that God has communicated to us? What would be a reasonable way to show that God has spoken? This video answers that question and deals with false prophecies in preparation for the next video in this series, where we will begin to look at fulfilled prophecy in the Bible as proof that God has spoken.: https://biblethinker.org/has-god-spoken-evidence-for-the-bible-pt1/
  17. Building A Solid Christian Worldview – Focus on the Family – Greg Koukl helps listeners discover, develop, and nurture a Christian worldview by examining the story of the Bible. Based on his book The Story of Reality , Greg Koukl offers believers a glimpse of the bigger picture, along with their role in the overarching Christian Story.: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/episodes/broadcast/building-a-solid-christian-worldview/
  18. Sing a Little Louder – Pro-life Version on Vimeo – This well-done, 10-minute video makes a powerful pro-life point.: https://vimeo.com/144427221?embedded=true&source=vimeo_logo&owner=45362802&fbclid=IwAR3H83oV8Dgfb0LNairYM-m6iVx989oo1Aw6tbfzuvkFLwtus7OOZgDaOzA
  19. Kirk Cameron is joined by Greg Koukl and Allie Beth Stuckey to discuss the importance of discerning truth.: https://watch.tbn.org/videos/hd-kct0017?fbclid=IwAR10A5UVDgdThbMYp-UkCsO295nEIj9xKYxLxdUtlrZNulXSZIK1PeV2Xu4
  20. How to Have a Conversation: Engaging Controversial Topics – YouTube – You’re in a conversation with a coworker and they’re pretty vocal about a controversial topic. You want to say something, but you’re having a hard time gathering the confidence to respond. What would you say? Questions are a risk-free way to engage in a conversation, giving you latitude, liberty and effectiveness, without assuming too much responsibility. They can be used to engage a close friend or a complete stranger. The next time you’re in a conversation and don’t know how to proceed. Here are three things to remember: First, don’t immediately try to answer the challenge or run from it. Second, gather Intel about the challenge. Third, always ask for clarification with some form of this question: What do you mean by that?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJSG6BOWiEI
  21. How to Have a Conversation: Difficult Circumstances – YouTube – You’re in a conversation and someone keeps interrupting you or you’re in a conversation and someone complains it’s bigoted to think that Jesus is the only way to God or you’re in a conversation, and someone says, You’re a Christian because you live in America. If you lived in Iran, you’d be a Muslim. What would you say? Here’s some other tips to help you handle difficult circumstances you may run into as a follower of Christ. Number one: When someone keeps interrupting you, stop them gently and ask for equal time. Number two: When someone raises an issue that Jesus himself has spoken about, enlist him as your ally. Number three: When someone challenges Christianity based on something about you, ask So what? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64dZhJGmBgg
  22. Does Science Argue for or against God? – YouTube – Why are we here? Literally. The latest science says we shouldn’t be. It says that the chance life exists at all is less than zero. So, is science the greatest threat to the idea of Intelligent Design or is science its greatest advocate? Best-selling author and lecturer, Eric Metaxas, poses this intriguing question and comes up with a very unexpected and challenging answer.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjGPHF5A6Po
  23. Does God Exist? 4 New Arguments – YouTube – Science tells us that the universe came into being via The Big Bang. But how do you get from energy and matter to a self-aware human being? That takes three additional Big Bangs that science can’t explain. Noted theologian, Frank Pastore, unravels this compelling mystery and, in the process, poses the ultimate question that every thinking person must face.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIorXcloIac
  24. God and Suffering – YouTube – Isn’t human suffering proof that a just, all-powerful God must not exist? On the contrary, says Boston College Professor of Philosophy Peter Kreeft. How can “suffering” exist without an objective standard against which to judge it? Absent a standard, there is no justice. If there is no justice, there is no injustice. And if there is no injustice, there is no suffering. On the other hand, if justice exists, God exists. In five minutes, learn more.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNtz5wgnopQ
  25. Suffering and Evil: The Logical Problem – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k64YJYBUFLM
  26. Why does God let people suffer? Why is there so much evil in the world? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/04/05/why-does-god-let-people-suffer-why-is-there-so-much-evil-in-the-world-7/
  27. How To Raise Kids When Leaving Public Schools Is Not An Easy Option: https://thefederalist.com/2022/04/06/how-to-raise-sane-kids-when-leaving-public-schools-is-not-an-easy-option/
  28. Cambrian Explosion: More Woes and Dodges | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2022/03/cambrian-explosion-more-woes-and-dodges/
  29. Monthly Report April 2022 – William Lane Craig: https://pages.e2ma.net/pages/1787618/34807?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=READ%20MORE&utm_campaign=April%20MR%20-%202022

For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men. 2 Corinthians 8:21

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-24-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

If the unborn is not a human being, no justification for abortion is necessary. However, if the unborn is a human being, no justification for abortion is adequate. – Gregory Koukl Founder, Stand To Reason

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Canaanite Golden Calf Discovered Creation Moments – However Jehu did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Israel sin, that is, from the golden calves that were at Bethel and Dan. 2 Kings 10:29: https://creationmoments.com/sermons/canaanite-golden-calf-discovered-2/
  2. How am I expected to make a 100% commitment to Christianity when I don’t have 100% certainty? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2022/02/19/how-am-i-expected-to-make-a-100-commitment-to-christianity-when-i-dont-have-100-certainty/
  3. What are the pseudepigrapha? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/pseudepigrapha.html
  4. What is the Gospel of Thomas? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/gospel-of-Thomas.html
  5. What is the House of Yahweh? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/House-of-Yahweh.html
  6. How big is heaven? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/how-big-is-heaven.html
  7. Why The Bible Ought To Be More Important To Police Officers Than Politics: http://www.thethinbluelife.com/articles/engaging-culture/why-making-a-case-for-the-bible-is-more-important-than-arguing-about-politics/
  8. Responding To: “I’m A Christian, But I Don’t Want To Force My Religion On Others”: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/responding-to-im-a-christian-but-i-dont-want-to-force-my-religion-on-others/
  9. The Problem With Answering The Problem Of Evil: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-problem-with-answering-the-problem-of-evil/
  10. Everyone Needs to Change, Including LGBT People: https://www.str.org/w/everyone-needs-to-change-including-lgbt-people
  11. Defending without Becoming Defensive: https://www.str.org/w/defending-without-becoming-defensive

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-10-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

What Hitler did not believe and what Stalin did not believe and what Mao did not believe and what the SS [Hitler’s zealous inner circle of soldiers] did not believe was that God was watching. – David Berlinski, a secular Jew

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Cosmologist Luke Barnes answers 11 objections to the fine-tuning argument | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/02/03/cosmologist-luke-barnes-answers-11-objections-to-the-fine-tuning-argument-11/
  2. WHY CAN’T WE PREACH THE GOSPEL WITHOUT WORDS? – Bernard J Mauser: http://www.bernardjmauser.com/philosopher/why-cant-we-preach-the-gospel-without-words/
  3. Finland Puts the Bible on Trial – Yesterday, Europe’s biggest religious freedom case went to trial. A Finnish member of parliament, Pivi Rsnen, has been charged by the Finnish prosecutor general with three counts of “ethnic agitation,” a hate speech provision in Finland’s criminal code. Each count relates to Rsnen’s respectful expression of widely held Christian beliefs.: https://www.frc.org/updatearticle/20220125/finland-trial
  4. 9 Things That Science Will Never Explain – YouTube: https://youtu.be/LWNzC3jx9ls
  5. Mind Control: Entering Into the Mind of the Jehovah’s Witness – YouTube: https://youtu.be/kXKzxLoSneA
  6. Is believing in Jesus Christ the ONLY way to get to God? (You may need to know the answer to this or you are wondering yourself). The stats are in. 56% of all professing Christians believe there is another way to get to heaven other than Jesus.  I mean you have Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, JW’s Mormons to name a few. So how can Jesus and Christianity be the ONLY way? Today I want to share with you 4 things that totally set him apart from every other religious leader that has ever lived: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMlSqNzB_Ts
  7. What did Jesus mean when He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6)? Is Jesus the only way of salvation? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTS1tMC38AQ

Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.  – Philippians 1:12-14

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-13-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

O MERCIFUL GOD, I come to thee in my distress and make lamentable complaint; Teach me how to take reproofs from friends, even though I think I do not deserve them. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The ONE Apologetics Book EVERY CHRISTIAN Should Read in 2022 – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDRW0It-7zY
  2. Does the Bible teach that all judging of other people is wrong? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/01/05/does-the-bible-teach-that-all-judging-of-other-people-is-wrong-4/
  3. Science Confirms Biblical Creation – Dr. Jason Lisle – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qjrTSra0pQ
  4. Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, PhD talks about the Case for Intelligent Design: https://youtu.be/vl802lHAk5Y?t=542
  5. Hugh Ross vs. Jason Lisle – The Age of the Universe – YouTube: https://youtu.be/z045s1rLLIc
  6. The Atheist Delusion Movie (2016) HD – YouTube: https://youtu.be/ChWiZ3iXWwM
  7. Doing Apologetics in an Anti-Apologetics Age – YouTube – Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean at African Christian University’s Seminary in Lusaka, Zambia discusses apologetics and its importance in everyday life.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t91z67hvFvw
  8. Christianity in a World of Religions – YouTube – Director of Biola’s Christian Apologetics Program, Craig Hazen, speaks about what makes Christianity unique amongst all the world’s religions and belief systems.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDkFrPrPWj4
  9. Is What We Have Now What They Wrote Then? YouTube – Dr. Daniel Wallace explains the copying of the New Testament books and shows the reliability of the scribal processes. Video from the Sacred Words History of the Bible Conference, February 2122, 2020. Hosted by the Text & Canon Institute.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHP9aNDXDTw
  10. God and Climate Change | Movie (HD) – YouTube – Living Waters: https://youtu.be/CvaNsnzpUE8
  11. Through the Eyes of Spurgeon – Official Documentary – YouTube: https://youtu.be/4a6R96XhPaA
  12. Puritan Reformation – YouTube – unfortunately, at the very end of this video, there’s a snippet of Kenneth Copeland who I do not endorse at all..: https://youtu.be/Me1Yw_9BfGA
  13. Atheist Changes Mind With THIS Info – YouTube – Living Waters: https://youtu.be/AU7mEYNGfIk
  14. Richard Dawkins asks John Lennox “who created God?” INSTANTLY REGRETS IT! – YouTube: https://youtu.be/kPVfyNwZams
  15. ARE YOU TOLERANT? Does truth exist & can you know it? Is truth relative? How tolerant are you? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/Rt8bJyiUAhY
  16. D James Kennedy Sermons Fearfully and Wonderfully Made – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtJoWLPGZtE
  17. Professor John Lennox | God DOES exist – YouTube: https://youtu.be/otrqzITuSqE
  18. Gunter Bechly Explains What The Fossil Evidence Really Says – YouTube: https://youtu.be/V15sjy7gtVM
  19. AFRAID to Speak Up! J Warner Wallace (Person Of Interest) and Dr. James Tour on Christianity/The Evidence – YouTube: https://youtu.be/bb2K_DDjj-Q
  20. Dr. James Tour (his testimony) from being a Jewish boy in New York to a lover and follower of Jesus – Genius Inventor Discovers His Messiah! – YouTube: https://youtu.be/zPjtvFoCR38
  21. The BIGGEST Problem With Todays Preachers! | Way of the Master: Season 2, Ep. 22 – YouTube: https://youtu.be/71aSBINBbqo

Now if we are children, then we are heirs –heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:17

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-23-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

Believe me, the day is fast coming when the soul will be the one thing men will think of, and the only question of importance will be this: Is my soul lost or saved? – J.C. Ryle

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Is Christmas Pagan? Greg sets the record straight on some old rumors about the origin of Christmas and separates the concepts of the meaning of Christmas from the spirit of Christmas.: https://www.str.org/w/is-christmas-pagan-
  2. Celebrate Christmas with your kids they already believe in God – J. Warner Wallace: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/celebrate-christmas-kids-believe-god-j-warner-wallace
  3. Are Christmas Traditions Really Christian? | Cross Examined Podcast: https://crossexamined.org/are-christmas-traditions-really-christian/
  4. Christmas Evangelism Q&A: Did Jesus even exist? Is believing in Jesus just as naive as believing in Santa? Rebecca McLaughlin makes the case that Jesus did in fact walk the earth 2,000 years ago and explains how it’s actually naive not believe that he was a real person. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX-PHYp9pxI
  5. Eighty-Five Reports of Biological Remnants in Fossils | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/eighty-five-reports-biological-remnants-fossils/
  6. What’s the best explanation for the origin of life for atheists? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/12/18/whats-the-best-naturalistic-explanation-for-the-origin-of-life-proposed-by-atheists-2/
  7. The Question that Stops Christians in Their Tracks. Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason explains how to rephrase the question that stops Christians in their tracks. – Greg Koukl (short video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOoUDpqtq-k
  8. How to Interpret Your Bible Course – YouTube – If Christianity is true, then the Bible provides true answers to those critically important questions. God gives us much of life’s instructions in the Bible. But unless you attend Seminary, you probably aren’t going to be taught how to properly interpret your Bible. In fact, even some seminaries do not teach proper Biblical interpretation!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l0QY9yGPpY
  9. Ethical treatment of animals. Applying biblical principles. God does not place moral obligations on animals or plants and Jesus did not die for them, even though they are affected by the curse of Adams sin. Jesus told the disciples to provide a donkey for him to ride upon (Matthew 21:27). To claim that using animal services is unethical is to claim that Jesus sinned. – creation.com: https://creation.com/ethical-treatment-of-animals
  10. Four Things We Won’t Need in Heaven (But Ought to Pursue Here on Earth) – As a Christian, I have a reasonable expectation of Heaven, based on the clear teaching of Scripture and the logical consequence of Gods nature. I also anticipate a particular experience in Heaven based on the teaching of the Old and New Testament. I’m looking forward to what each of us will become when we are united with God. At the same time, I recognize there are some earthly pursuits I will abandon in the next life. While many of our cravings and desires will be satisfied once we are reunited with the One who has created us in His Image, some needs will simply vanish once we leave this world.| Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/four-things-we-wont-need-in-heaven-but-ought-to-pursue-here-on-earth/

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. Philippians 3:7

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-25-2021)

Good morning friends and Happy Thanksgiving,

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

O LORD OF GRACE… All thy lovingkindness is in thy Son, I bring him to thee in the arms of faith, I urge his saving Name as the One who died for me. I plead his blood to pay my debts of wrong. Accept his worthiness for my unworthiness, his sinlessness for my transgressions, his purity for my uncleanness, his sincerity for my guile, his truth for my deceits, his meekness for my pride, his constancy for my backslidings, his love for my enmity, his fullness for my emptiness, his faithfulness for my treachery, his obedience for my lawlessness, his glory for my shame, his devotedness for my waywardness, his holy life for my unchaste ways, his righteousness for my dead works, his death for my life. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Sharing the Gospel With a Post-Christian World: Insights From Thessalonica: https://churchleaders.com/voices/exchange/408694-post-christian-thessalonica.html
  2. What You Can Learn From the Pilgrims – Frank Turek interviews Bill Federer about the very interesting history of the pilgrims: https://subspla.sh/7277698
  3. What’s the truth about the first Thanksgiving?: https://youtu.be/a33Fuz8wKDA
  4. Tapestry of New Testament History – Dr. Frank Turek interviews Dr. Timothy McGrew from Western Michigan University on the subject of “Undesigned Coincidences” (unintentional support) between the 4 Gospels and Josephus: https://subspla.sh/b919cec
  5. The Best Evidence-Based Presentations on the Existence of God: https://www.lifestyleofpeace.com/2021/11/the-best-evidence-based-presentations.html
  6. Eighty-Five Reports of Biological Remnants in Fossils | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/eighty-five-reports-biological-remnants-fossils/
  7. Run Or Resist? As persecution heats up, how are Christians to respond? What happens when Christians face hardcore opposition and persecution? If heavy resistance to the faith is under way, how should believers respond? Is there a one size fits all sort of response, or are there a number of options available to them? – Culture Watch: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2021/11/22/run-or-resist/
  8. Defending God’s Existence and Compatibility of Science and the Bible: Does Jesus Devastate An Old Earth?: https://lukenixblog.blogspot.com/2019/05/does-jesus-devastate-old-earth.html
  9. Logic & Light – The Nativity: Take Another Look – Logic & Light: http://www.logicandlight.org/the-nativity-take-another-look/
  10. Arches National Park: Sculptures from the Flood | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/arches-national-park-sculptures-from-the-flood/
  11. U.S. Abandons Terror-filled Nigeria – When Pastor Silas Yakubu Ali didn’t show up to preach on Sunday morning, there was one overriding feeling: dread. It wasn’t like the 55-year-old leader of the Evangelical Church Winning All to be late. As the hour grew later, people in the congregation left to search — each one praying that his disappearance wasn’t what they all feared. In Nigeria, they knew, being a Christian or going to church could be a death sentence — one that had been carried out thousands of times this year already.: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA21K42&f=WU21K12

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. Hebrews 12:28

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-11-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

He (Jesus) was a willing Sufferer in order to procure redemption for a lost and ruined soul. He had undertaken to give His own life as a ransom, that we might live forever, and He laid it down on the cross with all the desire of His heart. He did not bleed and suffer and die because He was vanquished by superior force, and could not help Himself, but because He loved us, and rejoiced to give Himself for us as our Substitute. – J.C. Ryle

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. But I only believe in things I can see: Why Everyone Uses Inferential Reasoning THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/11/03/but-i-only-believe-in-things-i-can-see-why-everyone-uses-inferential-reasoning/
  2. What are the Top Books to Give a Non-Christian? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/what-are-the-top-books-to-give-a-non-christian
  3. J. Warner Wallace: Conversations with High School Students – YouTube – In September 2020, The King’s Academy had the privilege of hosting former LAPD cold crime detective and atheist-turned-apologist J. Warner Wallace, founder of Cold-Case Christianity, at its RUSH spiritual empahsis week. Det. Wallace spoke to King’s students and, in this video, also was interviewed by some of the school’s high school students.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n97x00V5aws
  4. Lessons for Sharing Your Faith and Engaging Culture (Acts 17) – YouTube – What are some practical steps for engaging people in spiritual conversation? What lessons can we learn from Paul in his presentation of the gospel in Athens? In this video, which is a sermon at my home church, I discuss Acts 17 and what practical lessons we can learn for engaging others thoughtfully.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWrop6Y509k
  5. Preparing to Give an Answer – bethinking.org – No doubt youve faced tough questions from your friends too. In fact, in our increasingly non-Christian society, this will happen more and more. If were not careful, well find ourselves frustrated, discouraged and doubting. This is why the Bible says, Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15).: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/preparing-to-answer
  6. WHAT KIND OF EVANGELISM IS GEN Z LOOKING FOR? | LeaderTreks Youth Ministry Blog: https://www.leadertreks.org/evangelism-is-gen-z-looking-for/
  7. How can the four gospels be independent sources? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/11/07/how-can-the-four-gospels-be-independent-sources-2/
  8. How Can There Be Just One True Religion? Kingdom Grace Media: https://kingdomgracemedia.com/how-can-there-be-just-one-true-religion/
  9. The Three Most Important Trajectory Decisions Every University Student Must Make | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-three-most-important-trajectory-decisions-every-university-student-must-make/
  10. Rapid Crystal Growth Supports Flood Model | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/rapid-crystal-growth-supports-flood-model/
  11. Is the New Testament Reliable? – YouTube – Is today’s new testament the same as the original that was written two-thousand years ago, or has the original been hopelessly lost? After all, not one of the original manuscripts still exists. If we can’t trust the New Testament, then we can’t trust what we think we know about Jesus of Nazareth.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCeOjLQ61vo
  12. Is The Bible Trustworthy? – YouTube – How do we know that the Bible is reliable and that the words contained in todays Bibles convey the same message as the original documents?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20yiTTJVaqg
  13. The Bible Explored: Can I trust the Bible? – YouTube – No other book in the world is as widely available, as frequently read, or translated into as many languages as the Bible. Nevertheless, for many people it remains a book that is misunderstood or even unknown. Many opinions about the Bible are not accurate: it is said to be no different than other historical books, difficult to read or understand, to teach harmful things, or to be so heavily altered by history that we can no longer trust it.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPaeo19sQXw

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings. James 1:1

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-26-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. So says Carl Sagan. And I would add evidence that can be observed and repeated in experiments. Claims by Darwinian and Neo-Darwinian evolutionists are extraordinary claims; claims that organisms and systems that are so vastly complex – much more complex than anything man has ever been able to design and build – could arise via random means (e.g. via natural selection acting on random information gaining mutations).

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How I Got into Apologetics (And How You Can Too!) – Cross Examined: https://crossexamined.org/how-i-got-into-apologetics-and-how-you-can-too/
  2. What is a human being? | WORLD – Matthew Connally: https://wng.org/roundups/what-is-a-human-being-1618613523
  3. Who is the Author of scientific truth? | WORLD: https://wng.org/roundups/who-is-the-author-of-scientific-truth-1624108585
  4. What is infinity? | WORLD: https://wng.org/roundups/materialism-101-what-is-infinity-1628946910
  5. Faster than Light? – Did the V838 Monocerotis explode faster than light? creation.com: https://creation.com/faster-than-light
  6. How to share the gospel to Hindus effectively | carm.org: https://carm.org/hinduism/how-to-share-the-gospel-to-hindus/
  7. Do Killer Whales Destroy Darwin’s Theory Of Evolution? A Biologist Answers – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=591IqiNMd1k
  8. Progressive & Conservative Christianity: Different Faiths? A Discussion between Dr. Sean McDowell & Dr. George Yancey – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoTim3-j7d8
  9. The basic building blocks in the origin of life: https://youtu.be/MFtnwriQRi8
  10. What does Colossians 3:23 mean?: https://www.bibleref.com/Colossians/3/Colossians-3-23.html
  11. Debunking Flat-Earth Claims Part 3 | Biblical Science Institute: https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/refuting-the-critics/debunking-flat-earth-claims-part-3/
  12. Jordan B. Peterson’s YouTube account locked during biblical lecture series: ‘No explanation’ – Washington Times: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/1/jordan-b-petersons-youtube-account-locked-during-b/

We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! 1 Corinthians 4:10

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-12-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

Jesus argued with the Pharisees all the time. Even His enemies reported that “no man speaks as this man speaks.” If Jesus merely relied on the power of God and the particulars of His speech were inconsequential, if His mind and intellect and cleverness didn’t enter into it, then why don’t we behold unimpressive, muddled, uncompelling words in His discourses? No, it was quite the opposite. When we look further in the New Testament we see heated and intense disputation– polemic, argumentation–at the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15. We see Paul going after Peter hammer and tongs in Galatians 2:11. You can immediately see the problem with any interpretation of a verse to the effect that one must not use reason and rationality in the proclamation of the Gospel. Such a person runs smack into an army of counterexamples from the Scripture itself. – Greg Koukl

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Was the Deity of Christ A Legendary Development? – Cross Examined: https://crossexamined.org/was-the-deity-of-christ-a-legendary-development/
  2. Students Love Answers More Than the Church Loves Answers | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/students-love-answers-more-than-the-church-loves-answers/
  3. Janet Parshall Interviews Stephen Meyer about Return of the God Hypothesis | Stephen C. Meyer: https://stephencmeyer.org/2021/04/28/janet-parshall-interviews-stephen-meyer-about-return-of-the-god-hypothesis/
  4. 7 Legit Reasons Why So Many Kids are Bored by Church – Cross Examined: https://crossexamined.org/7-legit-reasons-why-so-many-kids-are-bored-by-church/
  5. Unbelievable? Is Luke’s Description of Quirinius Historically Inaccurate? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/unbelievable-is-lukes-description-of-quirinius-historically-inaccurate/
  6. The Historical Facts Argument for the Resurrection – Dr. Gary Habermas – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8fKZ9QyHH4
  7. Atheist Changes Mind With THIS Info – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU7mEYNGfIk
  8. How Can We Help People Who Don’t Trust the Reliability of the New Testament? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_z423WR7IE
  9. Why Would A Loving God Create A Place Like Hell? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-would-a-loving-god-create-a-place-like-hell/
  10. Mark Zuckerberg Is Planting The First Church Of The Metaverse: https://thefederalist.com/2021/08/06/mark-zuckerberg-is-planting-the-first-church-of-the-metaverse/#.YRLAGjiNjaw.twitter
  11. Did the Apostles Lie So They Could Die as Martyrs? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/did-the-apostles-lie-so-they-could-die-as-martyrs-repost/
  12. The Unexpected Apologist Think Divinely: https://thinkdivinely.com/the-unexpected-apologist/
  13. Physics professor: Chance of life originating on its own by natural processes is zero | The College Fix: https://www.thecollegefix.com/physics-professor-chance-of-life-originating-on-its-own-by-natural-processes-is-zero/

Does he not see my ways and count my every step? Job 31:4

Blessings to you all

Conversation with an Atheist on a Local Facebook Post Comments Thread

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

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

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

Him:  You know you were created in man’s own image, don’t you?

Me:  There are people who “create” a god of their own liking in their mind – so in that sense, some do what you’re saying, but that is idolatry. God has indeed revealed who He is – we didn’t “create” him in our image. He created all that we see and there is good evidence for His existence. If you’ve not heard of any of this evidence, I can share it with you.

Him:   No thank you. I have thoughtfully weighed the evidence and reached a conclusion. If you want to change my mind, pray over an amputee to regrow a limb. If it grows back, you win.

Me:  Hi <his name>, I appreciate that you have thoughtfully weighed the evidence and reached a conclusion. Your comment about God healing amputees is certainly a difficult one. I can’t get inside the mind of God. However I can evaluate evidence that he exists and designed life. If you’re interested in some additional evidence, and maybe a different perspective, you may want to check out this book which I and other former skeptics have found useful. https://www.amazon.com/…/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc… (Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists)

Him:  My investigation into the matter is closed, save for the amputee or equivalent scenario playing out. Fun fact: It was the world religion classes I took at a Catholic University that exposed the fallacy of the worship of deities and the irrationality of selection, which usually a matter of indoctrination than evaluation. If the illusion provides you comfort and fellowship, I understand that element of faith but the premise can only be accepted through faith, not proof.

Me:  in my case, it wasn’t indoctrination. I was a skeptic for most of my life, I didn’t grow up in the church, I am an adult convert, and entered with my eyes wide open. I am convinced that Christianity is true (beyond a reasonable doubt), by reason of several lines of evidence and philosophical arguments (not blind faith). My reading when I was a skeptic consisted of Sigmund Freud, Frederick Nietzsche, BF Skinner and other philosophers and psychologists. I’m familiar with the arguments of the new atheists, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, Michael Shermer, Sam Harris, Richard Carrier, Bart Ehrman and others. What I hear you saying is that you have your mind made up, and you’re unwilling to consider any additional evidence. You seem to be stuck by the question of, if there is a loving God who’s all powerful and all knowing, why wouldn’t he heal amputees. I’m not claiming to have a good answer for that However, if Christianity is true, and God created the universe and everything in it, then he is extremely powerful and intelligent and has a vast amount more knowledge and context than I possess. Therefore, I would not consider myself qualified to question his judgment on matters where I don’t have all of the information necessary to make a proper decision. I know that answer won’t be satisfying to you, however the amputee issue does not make all of the other lines of evidence that God does exist disappear. I hope you’re not basing your final decision on information you heard at a world religions class in a Catholic University. None of the best minds in Christianity that I know of teach a world religions class at a Catholic University. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with a Catholic University or a world religions class. I’m simply saying that before dismissing a worldview held by billions of people, it may be a good approach to take an assessment of the best proponents of that worldview, people such as, William Lane Craig, JP Moreland, Steven C. Meyer, and others. Ultimately, it is your choice of course, but if you haven’t considered any of the aforementioned names, then I would contend that you haven’t heard the best arguments in favor of Christian theism. If you are willing, you could start with one of the many YouTube debates involving William Lane Craig. Have a great day <his name>!

Him:  It’s not important enough to me explore it further. As an atheist, I have everything to live for and nothing to die for. I’m too busy enjoying life to concern myself with the greatest manipulative tool mankind ever created: the promise of an afterlife IF and only IF you follow a particular, and ever-evolving set of rules. Thanks for the chat, that’s my last comment on the subject.

Me:   ok, nice chatting with you!

Conversation with a Skeptic on a Local Facebook Group Comments Thread

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

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

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

Her:  Who created you?

Me: https://www.gotquestions.org/who-created-God.html

Her:  how many angels fit on the head of a pin?

Me:  I doubt this hypothetical question is of sincere interest to you, so, I will leave it alone

Her:   yes, philosophy and religion are extremely interesting and collide in all kinds of pithy ways. Religion has many positive social structures and fills some peoples’ needs for making order out of what they perceive as disorder. It’s all interesting to discuss if you can move beyond the trite.

Me:   Yes, Christianity has contributed greatly to many essential areas of society (e.g. origin of hospitals, many Christian scientists such as Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Pasteur, institutions of higher learning such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Oxford had Christian beginnings and many other things). I agree that following Christian teachings has benefits for people in terms of stable families and moral behavior. But that’s not the main point. As C.S. Lewis stated, “Christianity is a statement which, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.” So, if it is not true, I might as well be golfing on Sunday mornings   And yes, I strive to “move beyond the trite”. I like to concern myself with things that matter (eternally), and think that we all should do likewise. I think many (including my pre-conversion self) are more concerned about planning the next vacation or retirement than thinking about what will happen when they die. I’m open to a dialogue on these topics that really matter. Have a great day!

Her:   why be concerned about what will happen when you die? If you’re a believer, you should have no concern at all about what happens. Plan that vacation and go play golf on Sunday. 

Me:   I personally am not concerned (or “worried”) about what will happen when I die. That issue was settled for me when I became a Christian, so yes you’re right – I have no concern, I’m confident about my eternal destination. Rather, what I was referring to were those people who have not yet made that decision. I, myself, am an adult convert. I didn’t grow up in the church, but became a Christian well into adulthood, being married with children. So, I was relying on my own experience, describing what my priorities were “pre-conversion”. I was there at one point in my life and am not claiming any superiority of those who’ve not made that decision yet. I’m just one beggar trying to tell another beggar where I’ve found food!

Her:  people will always question and challenge the things they can’t see and know. That’s a part of both religion and philosophy, and all good.

Then, on another question in the same FB thread, the same person replied to my answer to this question:

How did life originate?

Me:  The evidence suggests that abiogenesis (the theory that life originated from non-living material [non-life]) is highly improbable. According to Stephen Meyer, the odds of getting a functional protein of 150 amino acids by chance is no better than 1 in 10 to the 164th power. Now consider that there are 10 to the 80th power elementary particles in the entire universe. So, life could not have originated “on it’s own”. Life shows many evidences of design, therefore the most reasonable conclusion is that life was originated by an intelligent designer, who we call God.

Her:  well, the odds of life being created by ‘god’ are even less! I’d like to see your statistics about that for comparison.

Me:   Design requires a designer. Life is obviously designed. DNA is more sophisticated than any programming language that human beings have created. Creation requires a creator:

1. Whatever begins to exist has a cause

2. The universe began to exist

3. Therefore the universe has a cause.

This syllogism is known as the Kalam Cosmological argument for God’s existence.

The universe didn’t “pop out of nothing”. The effect (the universe) tells us something about the cause.

The bottom line is this: Since there was an absolute beginning to space, time and matter, it’s reasonable to conclude that the cause of the universe must be spaceless, timeless and immaterial. This cause must also be personal in order to choose to create, intelligent to create such a fine-tuned universe, and powerful to create out of nothing. A spaceless, timeless, immaterial, personal, intelligent, powerful Being is exactly what theists call “God”.

Her:   keep thinking! We know very little and eventually you can find calm in that

Me:  sorry, but I will have to respectfully disagree. We know many things, according to the same standard of proof in our legal system, “beyond a reasonable doubt”. I don’t find calm in not knowing, but rather in trusting in God who I have good reasons to believe exists. Again, I will quote C.S. Lewis, who I believe is very helpful here: “Christ never meant that we were to remain children in intelligence: on the contrary. He told us to be not only ‘as harmless as doves’, but also ‘as wise as serpents’. He wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim. The fact that you are giving money to a charity does not mean that you need not try to find out whether that charity is a fraud or not. The fact that what you are thinking about is God Himself (for example, when you are praying) does not mean that you can be content with the same babyish ideas which you had when you were a five-year-old. It is, of course, quite true that God will not love you any the less, or have less use for you, if you happen to have been born with a very second-rate brain. He has room for people with very little sense, but He wants everyone to use what sense they have. “. Have a great day and I urge you to think deeply about the things I’ve said in our interactions in this excellent thread!

Her:  excellent! Yes, I hope you find peace and comfort in the unknown. Scientifically and intellectually speaking, we ‘know’ virtually nothing at all. That makes life exciting! And full of experiences of all kinds. You don’t even know what your brain is going to be thinking about 20 minutes from now. Life is a grand adventure.

Me:  you say “Scientifically and intellectually speaking, we know virtually nothing at all”. I would like to respectfully point out something about it by asking you a question… Is that something you claim to “know”?

Her:  yes, I definitely know that I know almost nothing, compared to what there is to learn and ‘know.’ And, what is known by others is vast, but almost nothing compared to what we would like to know.

Me:  so, you must be aware that your statement is what is called a “self-refuting statement”. It is a statement that doesn’t live up to its own standard. It would be like saying I can’t speak a single word in the English language, yet using English to communicate that idea. Self-refuting statements cannot possibly be true.

Her:   lol, keep thinking! You are a reader and learn from others, and adopt others’ ideas that ring true to you. That’s super interesting. We use what we ‘know’ to try to understand what we don’t ‘know.’ Makes sense to us within the confines of so little knowledge.

Conversation with Muslim on a local Facebook group comments thread

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Her:  great, have a good day!

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

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

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

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

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-3-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

There is no growth without challenge. As students grow up in the church they need real world tests that challenge their faith while in a safe community of other committed Christians who care about them and can equip them. The “just believe harder/blind faith” approach is not working. More importantly, it’s deeply unbiblical. Students need a grown-up worldview that explains their experiences and makes sense of the world around them. At some point, they need to transfer ownership from the church or their parents to themselves. They need to come to a point where they are convinced Christianity is true. Building a lasting faith means knowing what you believe, why you believe it and how to live it out.  – Jonathan Morrow (from, 3 Kinds of Students That Leave Christianity After High School)


To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Yes, Bart Ehrman, Jesus is Yahweh – Bart Ehrman is a professor of religious studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in North Carolina. He is well known for his best-selling popular-level books that are critical of the core tenets of evangelical Christianity and in particular the reliability of the New Testament sources. Frequent readers of my articles will already know that Ehrman is not the most careful scholar when it comes to his utilization of ancient sources. A few days ago, Ehrman published two blog posts on his website, claiming that the idea that Jesus is Himself Yahweh is a recent doctrinal innovation, completely foreign to the New Testament and the ancient church. Ehrman even goes so far as to say that this is the view of only some conservative evangelical Christians and that I’ve never even heard the claim (let alone a discussion of it) until very recently. : https://crossexamined.org/yes-bart-ehrman-jesus-is-yahweh/
  2. If you could rescue EITHER embryos OR a 5-year-old, what would you do? | WINTERY KNIGHT – Embryo: A Defense of Human Life: https://winteryknight.com/2021/05/28/if-you-could-rescue-either-embryos-or-a-5-year-old-what-would-you-do-2/
  3. Frank Turek looks at Scientism of the gaps Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/philosophy/frank-turek-looks-at-scientism-of-the-gaps/
  4. Evangelize the Lost : 9Marks How should we interact with our non-Christian friends, co-workers, and classmates around us in order that they might hear and believe in the gospel? Here are five lessons to remember.: https://www.9marks.org/article/evangelize-the-lost/
  5. Is Mormon Salvation Possible? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-mormon-salvation-possible/
  6. Even Unbelievers Are True Believers | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/even-unbelievers-are-true-believers/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
  7. Nurturing Christian Students As They Engage the Challenges of Atheism | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/nurturing-christian-students-as-they-engage-the-challenges-of-atheism/
  8. Book Review: Another Gospel? By author Alisa Childers: https://lukenixblog.blogspot.com/2021/05/book-review-another-gospel.html

For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. James 3:16-18

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-13-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

You don’t labor to get into a right relationship with God. You labor because you’re in a right relationship with God. – John Piper

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Greg Koukl: Relativism Discussion Starters | Educate For Life: https://educateforlife.org/greg-koukl-relativism-discussion-starters/
  2. How Do I Share What I Believe? Ten Common Christian Expressions Requiring Translation | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-do-i-share-what-i-believe-ten-common-christian-expressions-requiring-translation/
  3. The Difference Between Christian Grace and Mormon Grace | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-difference-between-christian-grace-and-mormon-grace/
  4. The Paradigm Project: Intelligent Design – Meet some of the world’s most dangerous mind scientists who are daring to claim that nature provides compelling evidence of intelligent design. In this new video, join host Kutter Callaway as he investigates recent developments about the origin and evolution of life and what these developments may mean for humanity’s age-old search for faith and purpose. The video features interviews with philosopher of science Stephen Meyer, author of Signature in the Cell, Darwin’s Doubt, and The Return of the God Hypothesis; molecular biologist Douglas Axe of Biola University, author of Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition that Life Is Designed; and molecular and cell biologist Jonathan Wells, author of The Myth of Junk DNA, Icons of Evolution, and Zombie Science. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jxaF36arB4
  5. The Universal Offense: Jesus is THE only way Think Divinely: https://thinkdivinely.com/the-universal-offense-jesus-is-the-only-way/
  6. Why Its Futile to Look for the Perfect Argument for Christianity | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-its-futile-to-look-for-the-perfect-argument-for-christianity/
  7. Scientists Conclude: Human Origins Research Is a Big Mess | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2021/05/scientists-conclude-human-origins-research-is-a-big-mess/
  8. Act Like Men of God: Six Marks of Uncommon Conduct | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/act-like-men-of-god
  9. Lessons from Mount St Helens – How its eruption backs biblical history. creation.com: https://creation.com/lessons-from-mount-st-helens
  10. Sean Responds to His “Atheist Encounter” at A Christian School – In this video, I answer seven questions that I received while role-playing an atheist at a Christian High school. This video includes my REAL thoughts on the existence of Jesus, the multiverse, prophecy, and more. It is from the recent video titled “A Christian Role-Plays an Atheist to a Group of Christians.”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOSMkNH8fNE
  11. The Struggle Between Presenting Arguments and Being Argumentative | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-struggle-between-presenting-arguments-and-being-argumentative/
  12. Can we trust the New Testament as a historical document? | carm.org: https://carm.org/about-the-bible/can-we-trust-the-new-testament-as-a-historical-document/
  13. The Cosmic Chaos of Pantheism The Virtual Office of Rob Lundberg: https://roblundberg.org/2021/04/30/the-cosmic-chaos-of-pantheism/

To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 3:21-22

Blessings to you all