mid-week apologetics booster (7-18-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

Yes, I know it sounds cliché, but I’ve got to say it, because I believe at the core of my being it is true. Jesus is the answer. Jesus is the answer for a tragedy such as what happened in Florida. Jesus is the answer for the man who committed this atrocity. Jesus is the answer for the people on whom this atrocity was committed. Jesus is the answer for the society who is trying to cope with this tragedy. Jesus was the answer, the only answer, for those who perished in this tragedy. Jesus transforms sinners into Spirit-filled believers, who exhibit the fruits of the spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. Jesus is the answer!
To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Can You Keep a Secret? So Can Your Daughter’s School. Imagine sending your daughter off to school only to find out that she was headed for an abortion appointment instead. Then imagine this: her teachers knew and never told you. In California, parents don’t have to imagine it. Thanks to a new undercover video, they know — it’s already happening.: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA19G08&f=WU19G04
  2. Book Plunge: Can We Trust The Gospels? – A review of Peter J. Williams’s book: https://www.deeperwatersapologetics.com/?p=11929
  3. Bloom Where You’re Planted | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/bloom-where-you-re-planted
  4. Bloom Where You’re Planted (shorter article by Melinda Penner): https://www.str.org/blog/bloom-where-you-re-planted
  5. How Should a Christian Vote? – One Minute Apologist: https://oneminuteapologist.com/blog/how-should-a-christian-vote/
  6. The Ark Encounter review – the Ark was absolutely thrilling, and at the end of the day, worth the price of admission to be sure. : https://thinkdivinely.com/the-ark-encounter/
  7. Old Earth Belief: http://oldearth.org/old.htm
  8. Understanding Worldview – Engaging the World Around Us – Impact 360 Institute: https://www.impact360institute.org/articles/understanding-worldview-engaging-the-world-around-us/
  9. Is Religion Just a Social Construct? | Strange Notions: https://strangenotions.com/is-religion-just-a-social-construct/
  10. Old Testament Prophecies of Jesus Resurrection | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/old-testament-prophecies-of-jesus-resurrection-1
  11. Listen: Nancy Pearcey on the Surprising Early History of Darwinism | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/06/listen-nancy-pearcey-on-the-surprising-early-history-of-darwinism/
  12. Why Is Evidence Important for Faith? – FaithGateway: https://www.faithgateway.com/why-is-evidence-important-for-faith/
  13. Doesn’t the Bible Say True Faith is Blind? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/doesnt-the-bible-say-true-faith-is-blind/
  14. Trend-line of Scientific Discovery Points To A Creator – Part 2: http://natureandscripture.blogspot.com/2019/06/trend-line-of-scientific-discovery_20.html
  15. New Engineering Textbook, Hacking the Cosmos, Argues for Intelligent Design | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/06/new-engineering-textbook-hacking-the-cosmos-argues-for-intelligent-design/
  16. Quantum Mechanics and the Laws of Logic, Part 1: https://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/reflections/read/reflections/2019/06/11/quantum-mechanics-and-the-laws-of-logic-part-1
  17. Responding to You Can’t Prove or Disprove God’s Existence THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/06/07/responding-to-you-cant-prove-or-disprove-gods-existence-2/
  18. How to Share Your Faith with Friends of other Faiths: https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/how-to-share-your-faith-with-friends-of-other-faiths.html
  19. Five Fake News Stories That People Believe about Early Christianity Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/five-fake-news-stories-that-people-believe-about-early-christianity/
  20. Detecting False Dichotomies that Hinder the Mission of the Church | Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.: https://douglasgroothuis.com/2019/06/06/detecting-false-dichotomies-that-hinder-the-mission-of-the-church/
  21. A Christian Perspective on Pagan and Secular Belief Systems: https://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/reflections/read/reflections/2019/06/04/a-christian-perspective-on-pagan-and-secular-belief-systems
  22. Treating the Gospel Like a Cookie Rather Than a Cure | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/treating-the-gospel-like-a-cookie-rather-than-a-cure/
  23. IS JESUS’ DEATH AS A PUNISHMENT FOR SINS CENTRAL TO CHRISTIANITY…OR COSMIC CHILD ABUSE?: http://2besure.blogspot.com/2019/05/someone-in-one-of-online-groups-i-am.html
  24. Does God Know & Not Know Simultaneously? Free Thinking Ministries: https://freethinkingministries.com/does-god-know-not-know-simultaneously/
  25. 7 Unbiblical Statements Christians Believe | RELEVANT Magazine: https://relevantmagazine.com/god/7-unbiblical-statements-christians-believe-2/
  26. The Sexual Ethics of Jesus and His People | Radically Christian: https://radicallychristian.com/the-sexual-ethics-of-jesus-and-his-people
  27. Why Everyone Should Believe that the Gospels are Reliable – Capturing Christianity: https://capturingchristianity.com/why-everyone-should-believe-that-the-gospels-are-reliable/

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32

Blessings to you all

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Follow-up conversation with a Hindu friend

On Monday of this week, I had a follow-up conversation with a Hindu friend (read about prior conversation here), this time, bringing you along another Christian friend. We met for lunch at a busy fast food place. The conversation got right to the point.

I asked him about a prior statement he had made that religion is “man-made”. I said, “I can’t speak for the other religions, but what makes you think that Christianity, in particular, is ‘man-made’?” He said, “Well, everyone knows that Christianity didn’t start till 2000 years ago.” He said, “If God is so powerful, why can’t he stop all these other religions? Why couldn’t God make it obvious that he is God? Why couldn’t he (on every continent, simultaneously) make it absolutely clear that Jesus is God?” He talked about the priests molesting young boys and wondered why God couldn’t stop that. He also wanted to know why God couldn’t just make everyone believe in Jesus? I gave an example: “Let’s say your son wants a girlfriend. So you decide to find a girl and pay her a $1,000 to date your son and to act like she loves him.” I asked him, “Now would that be real love if the girl was paid $1,000 to date your son?” He said he didn’t know! Wow, I couldn’t believe he said that, because it’s quite obvious that it wouldn’t be real love and I told him that. So, I said, “God is in the same position. He wants people to freely love him, although he doesn’t need us to love him. He’s given man free will. A love that is forced is not true love. It’s not that he doesn’t have enough power to make people love him, it’s that he’s chosen to give people free will to respond in love, or to reject him. True love can only be freely given, it cannot be not forced. He doesn’t want robots (or puppets) who love him because they’re programmed to love him.”

He said, “If God lives in the temple or the church, the priest or pastor who is in the church should be closest to God, right? God can’t even control those people that are closest to him, the priests, who are doing evil things. He can’t even control who believes in him so it’s just a never-ending cycle!” I told him that the Bible actually says that God does not “live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24b).

The Christian friend who was with me, shared with my Hindu friend the story of Jesus telling people about a tower that fell on some people and killed them. He said, “Jesus didn’t explain to them why the tower fell on them and kill them, but rather that they should repent otherwise they would likewise perish.” So it is instructive that Jesus did not give an answer about why these bad things happened, but rather warns people that they need to repent and get right with God.

My Hindu friend said that any religion that tries to scare people with hell (or has a concept of hell), is “man-made”.  So I reminded him that he was eliminating Hinduism (since it has a concept of hell)!  Also, in the same breath, he’s eliminating Islam, Judaism and Christianity as legitimate religions, since they all teach about a concept of hell. Additionally, I reminded my friend that just because evil people use religion to oppress people and scare people, does not mean that it is not true. I pointed out the contradiction in him complaining on the one hand about priests who are doing evil things and God not doing anything about it, and then also complaining about the concept of hell, which is the means that God uses to punish evil ultimately.

He seemed to have a concept that whatever a true believer prays for, he should receive. I reminded him that the 12 disciples, who wrote the New testament, did not often get what they asked for. In fact, 11 of the 12 were martyred for their faith — they were killed for proclaiming Jesus. So if it is a requirement that people get what they pray for to show that God is who he said he is, then the record of the disciples seems to go against that notion.

Also I talked to him about Christians needing to live their lives according to how the Bible tells us to live. In his view, the “true believers” are the ones who renounce family and material possessions and go to other continents to help people and serve the poor etc. They’re not worried about their retirement plans, money, health or or even dying — they are totally giving their lives to God.  But I said, “That that goes against other things that the Bible commands us to do. For example, we are instructed to save money, we are instructed to leave an inheritance for our children’s children. We are told that ‘he who does not provide for his family has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever’ (1 Timothy 5:8). So, we need to live our lives according to what is written in the Bible.”

Then he complained about the Bible being this huge complicated book.  He wonders why it has to be made so big and complicated because it could’ve been simple — something like a one-page document with just the important information about Jesus. I told him that most of the Bible is the record of the nation of Israel, through whom the Messiah would come. 39 books of the 66 books in the Bible are the Old Testament which record the history of the nation of Israel. Only 27 books are the New testament from the time of the birth of Jesus onward. in fact, only 4 books record the life and teachings of Jesus.

We also talked about the Bible verses other religions books.  I explained that the Bible was written by 40 different authors from all walks of life (kings, shepherds, fisherman, etc.) over a period of 1500 years on 3 different continents in 3 different languages, yet it all has the same theme.  Compare this with, say, Mormonism, whose holy book was written by a 14 year old boy who had a vision of Jesus and God the Father while in the woods, then was told about some “golden plates”, which he supposedly translated from ancient hieroglyphics by looking into a hat.  Which is more believable to you?  The eye-witness, corroborating testimony of 40 people or the “visions” of a 14 year old boy with no corroboration?  He acknowledged that the Bible would be more believable, but then he quickly moved on to other objections.

To be honest with you, I don’t know if this friend of mine is truly seeking or not.  At the end of the conversation, he said that we would need many hours to talk about this.  I said, “Great! Then how about we meet every Monday?”  He said, “Maybe we can…”  In any case, he sounds like he is willing to do this again.  My Christian brother assured him that according to Bible, if you seek God with all your heart, you will find him (Jeremiah 29:13) and that he has determined that we would live in places where we could find him and that he is not far from each of us (Acts 17:26-27).  So, please be praying for my Hindu friend.  I don’t want to give names for good reason, but nonetheless you can be praying for this situation and for his eyes to be opened.

A Few More Spiritual Conversations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Colossians 4:5-6

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

1 Corinthians 3:5-8

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

mid-week apologetics booster (6-27-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1100) from Nuggets:

The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference.

– Elie Weisel, Jewish Holocaust survivor

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Ex-Atheist Dr. Sarah Salviander Destroys Atheism with One Tweet | Faith: https://pjmedia.com/faith/ex-atheist-dr-sarah-salviander-destroys-atheism-with-one-tweet/
  2. Erwin Lutzer lays out 5 false gospels within evangelical churches – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/erwin-lutzer-lays-out-5-false-gospels-within-evangelical-churches.html
  3. Good Question for the Next Darwinist You Meet | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/04/good-question-for-the-next-darwinist-you-meet/
  4. The Other Side of the Good News: Hell: https://thinkdivinely.com/hell/
  5. Does it matter that Buddha came long before Jesus? | CARM.org: https://carm.org/does-it-matter-that-buddha-came-long-before-jesus
  6. Why The Gospels Don’t Call Jesus God – Lucas’ Theological Novelties and Apologetics: https://lucsnovelties.com/2019/05/20/why-the-gospels-dont-call-jesus-god/
  7. Want Gospel Opportunities? Embrace Opposition.: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/gospel-opportunities-opposition/
  8. The dumbing down of America – Dr. D. James Kennedy: https://youtu.be/V96cpOj3xk8
  9. Crazy Bible: https://youtu.be/z0-Q3Jl7vng
  10. The Atheist Delusion: https://youtu.be/ChWiZ3iXWwM
  11. A world-famous chemist tells the truth: there’s no scientist alive today who understands macroevolution | Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/a-world-famous-chemist-tells-the-truth-theres-no-scientist-alive-today-who-understands-macroevolution/
  12. Six Enemies of Apologetic Engagement – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/six-enemies-of-apologetic-engagement
  13. What were the Inquisitions?: https://www.gotquestions.org/inquisitions.html
  14. Poolside Apologetics – Straight Talk with Claudia K: http://straighttalkwithclaudiak.com/poolside-apologetics/
  15. 5 Examples Why Agnostic Bart Ehrman Is Not a Gospel Expert – Lady Apologist: https://ladyapologist.com/2018/10/17/5-examples-why-agnostic-bart-ehrman-is-not-a-gospel-expert/
  16. Trend-line of Scientific Discovery Points To A Creator: http://natureandscripture.blogspot.com/2019/06/trend-line-of-scientific-discovery.html?m=1

Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. Revelation 10:1

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

Conversation with a teacher on a plane

Today, I was on a plane trip for business and was sitting next to a person who is a teacher of Electrical Engineering at a community college and also works at a local university. Initially, there was just the normal chit chat, then she started to sleep for a while, and I started to read the book that I brought with me:

Is God Just a Human Invention?
And Seventeen Other Questions Raised By The New Atheists

It is a fantastic book – this is my second time reading it – and while she was sleeping, I made it through chapter 1 (Is Faith Irrational?) and was starting to read chapter 2 (Are Science and Christianity at Odds?), when the flight attendants came by and asked if we wanted a snack or to order any food, which woke her up and got me to stop reading.

So, after we were given our snacks, we both started to eat and then started to engage again in some conversation. There was a lot of talk about why there are not that many women in technology fields and other various topics.
Then at one point I saw an opportunity to bring up a “theological term” in the context of our conversation (which I then explained). That gave her an opening to ask me about the book I was reading. She’d noticed it and was curious what it was about. I read the title to her and she asked who the author was. So, I handed her the book, (open to the table of contents) so she could see all of the titles of the chapters. she also took note of the editors/authors, Sean McDowell and Jonathan Morrow, from the back of the book.
After taking note of that, she asked me, “So what’s your position on these topics?” That was a good sign, that she was willing to talk about these topics! I’m guessing that she thought maybe I was a skeptic, who was investigating the truth of the Christian worldview. So I told her that I was a Christian.
What ensued over the next 1.5-2 hours was an in-depth conversation about science, religion and (specifically) Christianity. It was a great conversation – we were very respectful, calm and engaged, listening to each other as we learned about our respective worldviews.
We started this part of the conversation talking about the existence of God. I quickly found out that she is a person who, though being in a technical field herself, believes that there are many truths, and many realities. Each person can have their own truth that is meaningful to them. I also found out that she doesn’t really find the questions about God as relevant to her daily life. I suggested to her that questions of our ultimate destination are in fact meaningful to everyone on the earth. That is one issue that we will all have to face. assessing what we will experience on the other side of the door of death. She, however, feels that our behavior and how we get along as people here on earth, and well as preserving the earth are the most important things. During the conversation, I tried to explain to her, the nature of my faith – that, all humans are like jurors who are hearing both sides of a case from opposing “expert witnesses”. We have to evaluate what is said by the opposing expert witnesses and determine which case seems more reasonable. So, my faith is not a “mystical” thing – not a blind faith – but rather that I view the existence of God and the Christian view of the nature of Jesus to be the best inference from the evidence that we have available.That being said, I do have faith in Jesus, which is really a synonym for trust. This seemed to really puzzle her, and she communicated that she does not believe that there’s any evidence for the existence of God and that faith is an individual thing that is meaningful to the person. She was curious to know what I thought was evidence for the existence of God. So I talked about the universe and the fact that it had a beginning – that whatever begins to exist must have a cause. We now know from science that the universe began to exist – that is – all space time and matter came into being at the Big Bang. So, whatever was the cause of the universe had to be spaceless, timeless, and immaterial. She seemed to take issue with me saying it had to be. Additionally at this point, she brought up the question of who created God? To which I responded, since the beginning of the Big Bang was the beginning of time, the cause of the universe must be timeless, that is eternal.
She was wondering what the current scientific response to what I was saying was. I explained that the current thinking is what is called the multiverse. She was completely unfamiliar with that term. So I explained that the multiverse is a sort of universe generator, which supposedly has generated innumerable other undetectable universes, and that we just happen to be in the universe that appears to be designed for life, and thus, are here and able to observe it. Then, she was curious about my statement that the universe appears to be designed for life. So, I explained about the cosmological constants and quantities that are fine-tuned to particular values which, had they been different, would prohibit the existence of life in this universe. She seemed to understand these constants and quantities, and I didn’t have to give any further explanation on that topic. But oddly enough, she was very hesitant to agree that the Big Bang is actually the explanation for the beginning of the universe. She clarified that this is the best that scientists can come up with right now, and that future scientific discoveries could change that.
I went on and continued to explain other evidence for the existence of God, such as the argument from the design of DNA (the informational equivalent of roughly 8000 books inside every DNA molecule) and the complexity of biological life at the cellular level.
During this conversation, we talked about many other topics and she raised many other objections against Christianity and theism in general – again, this was all done in a very congenial and friendly conversational way. There was no animus in the conversation at all.
Here’s a summary of what I think she believes.
She believes that Jesus of Nazareth was a real person (or someone like him actually existed).
She believes that the Bible was written so long ago that it’s hard for her to see it as being real. I clarified that the important time Gap is the time between the events, and when they were recorded, not the time between the events and today. We also had, at this point, and discussion about how she knows about the existence of George Washington, and his doings. I was trying to get her to agree that the same way she knows about (and trust the accounts of ) George Washington, is the same way she can know about Jesus.
She completely rejects all miracle reports. In response to this, I asked her, “if there is a God who created the universe and everything in it, isn’t it reasonable to believe that the Being who created the universe and established all the laws that govern it could alter how things occur inside the universe?” She countered with an example that, if a woman gives birth to a baby, does that mean the woman can control everything that happens inside the baby? I acknowledge that that was a good point, but the human mother and the baby are of the same species. But God in the universe are completely different. So I think the analogy fails.
She finds it more difficult to believe in the existence of a Creator of the universe than she does to believe that Jesus existed. At this point, I referred back to the cosmological argument that I’d talked previously with her about. I also emphasized that, if you think about it, there must have been something that was eternal, whether that be God, or the universe itself. One of them must have been eternal. Otherwise, there would be nothing at all. I asked her to consider the point, why is there something rather than nothing? She had a problem understanding the question, then I explained it and, again, she didn’t think it was irrelevant question. she, unlike me does not think about questions of our origin, or our destination.
Even if Jesus existed, and there were eyewitnesses of him, she doesn’t think that what he is reported to have said in the Bible is necessarily what he actually said. At this point, I spoke a little bit about the fact that the Bible was written as 27 books by 9 authors, over a period of 50 years, within the lifetime of the eyewitnesses. so, with that information, what you have to evaluate is the reliability of these eyewitnesses. much in the same way that our criminal justice system evaluates eyewitnesses. Were they there and available to observe the event? Do they have any reason to lie?Is there corroboration from other sources? We also talked a little bit about the nature of eyewitness testimony and that diverging details are to be expected in authentic eyewitness testimony. In the case of the eyewitnesses that wrote down the historical accounts of Jesus, they were willing to go to their deaths proclaiming an account that they knew whether it was true or false.
She stated that the people who wrote it down wrote it down long after he lived.She also stated that these people couldn’t even write. In response to these assertions I explained that the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD is not even mentioned in the New Testament.So, that is evidence that the writing was before 70 AD oh, well the other eyewitnesses we’re still alive. also I mentioned to her that the apostle Paul, who wrote one half of the New Testament books was a scholar, so yes, he could write.
She talked about wars in the name of religion, and she talked about people who are “true believers” who do horrible things. I readily agreed with her on this point, that there are those who, throughout the history of Christianity, have done horrible things in the name of Christ. That grieves me as well.
She contrasted the behavior of atheists, with that of Christians, and suggested that sometimes, the atheists actually behave better because of the way that they were brought up. In response to this point I talked about how there is no one perfect, and that according to the Christian worldview, everyone has sinned.we are all guilty before God. She admitted to not really understanding what sin was. I explained that anything less than perfection was sin. I asked her if she had ever told a lie? She said yes but only in a moral dilemma where it was better to lie than to tell the truth so as not to hurt someone. I asked her about stealing and lust. She would not admit to doing anything wrong (wow). But yet, when she agreed that no one was perfect, I explained that God’s standard is perfection, so in this sense, everyone is guilty before God. And I went on to emphasize, that wouldn’t this be a wonderful world if everyone did follow those rules listed out in the ten commandments, that they would love their neighbors theirselves, that they would respect and honor their parents, that they would not lie, steal, commit adultery and she agreed that this would be a utopia if that were the case.

She believes that the term Christian can mean whatever the person feels it too mean. She personally believes that Christian is more of a disposition, or a way of behaving. That we say that when someone is kind to another or charitable, they are acting “Christian”. I asked her, since she’s also an anthropologist, whether she knew what the origin of the term Christian was. Oddly, she thought that didn’t matter. I told her that Christian means follower of Christ, or little Christ. I also asked her at this point what she thought that Jesus would think about this issue. What would he consider a Christian?of course, since she doesn’t think that we have the actual words that Jesus spoke, she claimed to have no idea what Jesus would think about this.

We talked a little bit about evolution. She said she didn’t know whether I believed in evolution. I asked her, “what do you mean by evolution? If you mean change over time, I certainly believe it, it is undeniable. However, if you mean that all life forms on earth today descended from a single cell organism in the distant past, I don’t think that the fossil evidence supports that assertion.”. I went on to explain that in Darwin’s day, there was limited knowledge of the fossil record, but now over a hundred and fifty years later, we have explored much more of it, and are still unable to find the evolutionary precursors of many of the existing life-forms today. At this point, I also mentioned the Cambrian explosion. She was unfamiliar with it. I talked about how over 20 of the current phyla of animals came into existence in a “geological instant” – with no precursors found in the fossil record. This fossil evidence demands an explanation. She didn’t have an answer for this topic. However, she said that she thought Christians in the 19th century were against evolution, not based on scientific evidence, but rather, because it conflicted with their view of the world. She also mentioned that there are Christians who evidently believed that the universe is only 4,000 years old. So we continued on this topic and I explained to her the controversy between old earth creationists and young earth creationists. she was surprised to learn that there are in fact old earth creationists who accept the scientific dating of the universe and of the earth, yet still believe that God was the creator of the universe.I explained to her the different meanings of the Hebrew word for day and how there are many Christians who interpret “day” to mean “age” or “epoch”, not a normal 24 hour period. I also explained to her the young earth creationists contend that there are assumptions built into the scientific dating methods and therefore they are unreliable, and have shown at times to be unreliable when samples of known age are submitted to laboratories for testing and I received back with much longer ages than known age. At this point, I also talked a little bit about the historical situation in the 16th century with Galileo. How at that time there were the “fixed earthers” who believed that the sun rotates around the earth and who believe that the earth must be stationary, because the Bible says that it is fixed in space and rests on pillars. Then there were those (including Galileo) who believed that the earth rotated around the sun. Nowadays, hardly anyone, Christian or secular, believes that the earth is fixed in space. We unanimously believe the evidence which suggests that the earth rotates around the sun. It is non-controversial. I think that one day we may get there on the age of the universe, where all Christians come to accept the scientific consensus without controversy. We also talked about the problem of distant starlight. I told her that I typically try to stay out of those controversies about the age of the earth and the age of the universe. Normally I remain engaged on the topics of the existence of God, the design life, and the resurrection of Jesus.

So, all of this dialog occurred in a very respectful way, and was interspersed in our conversation. She didn’t bring up all these objections at once. During the course of the conversation, I tried to answer most of her objections. We spoke for a long, long time, so there was a lot of back-and-forth conversation. I wouldn’t even call it a debate.
I wish I’d had a tape recorder running, because I would’ve loved to be able to go back and hear all the things that she brought up and how I’d responded to them.I certainly did not list them all here. Overall, it was a very good conversation and we ended the conversation on a positive tone. It sounded like much of what I was telling her in response to her objections she had never heard before.
So, I think it was a successful encounter. Earlier in the day, I’d been praying to God for the opportunity to talk to someone on the flight. Then as all the passengers were boarding the plane, and I was already seated, while they were walking down the aisle, I was praying that God would be preparing someone to sit next to me who’d be ready to hear what I would have to say. I feel that He did answer that prayer! I will be praying for her, that maybe I put a stone in her shoe, and gave her something to think about, something to annoy her (in a good way). I didn’t share the gospel in a classic sense, but I did talk about God, Jesus, sin, heaven, hell, and faith, so we covered just about all the basics.
Thank you Lord for blessing me with this great opportunity. May you make it fruitful. In Jesus’ holy and precious name I pray, Amen.

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

Good morning friends,

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

We could put it this way: The shadows prove the sunshine. There can be sunshine without shadows, but there can’t be shadows without sunshine. In other words, there can be good without evil, but there can’t be evil without good; and there can’t be objective good without God. So evil may show there’s a devil out there, but it can’t disprove God. Evil actually boomerangs back to show that God exists.

– Frank Turek

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. ESSAY; Science and Religion: Bridging the Great Divide – The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/1998/06/30/science/essay-science-and-religion-bridging-the-great-divide.html
  2. Following Jesus’ Example? It’s Biblical: https://mintools.com/blog/following-jesus-example.htm
  3. Luke Barnes on the fine-tuning of the strong force and fine structure constant | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/05/31/luke-barnes-on-the-fine-tuning-of-the-strong-force-and-fine-structure-constant/
  4. Pro-Choice Objection: Bodily Autonomy & Organ Donors Coffeehouse Questions: https://coffeehousequestions.com/2019/06/01/pro-choice-objection-bodily-autonomy-organ-donors/
  5. A Great Teacher Can Simplify without Distortion: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/great-teacher-simplify-without-distortion/
  6. Twitter bans Live Action (a great pro-life Twitter feed) unless and until they remove anything about abortion procedures, Investigations of Planned Parenthood, ultrasound images. This is outrageous: https://twitter.com/LilaGraceRose/status/1135732734146428928
  7. Frank Turek analyzes tweets of a pastor left the faith: https://subspla.sh/3476rnd
  8. Universe is younger and expanding faster than previously thought – CBS News: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/universe-is-younger-and-expanding-faster-than-previously-thought/
  9. Paul on the Areopagus: A Master Class in Evangelization (although I don’t agree with Roman Catholic theology, I do think this article is worthy to read): https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/article/paul-on-the-areopagus-a-master-class-in-evangelization/24258/
  10. Think Divinely A Great Falling Away: https://thinkdivinely.com/a-great-falling-away/
  11. Think Divinely Apologetics links and resources: https://thinkdivinely.com/resources/
  12. Is the Watchmaker Blind? – Part II – Logic & Light: http://www.logicandlight.org/blind-watchmaker-part-ii/
  13. What are Western European Views on Gay Marriage? | Bishop’s Encyclopedia of religion, society and philosophy: https://jamesbishopblog.com/2019/06/03/what-are-western-european-views-on-gay-marriage/
  14. God’s providence and the D-day landings: https://www.evangelical-times.org/20735/gods-providence-and-the-d-day-landings/

and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:26

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-16-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny. – Samuel Smiles

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

    1. Debunking the myth of ‘back-alley’ abortions: https://www.lifesitenews.com/pulse/debunking-the-myth-of-back-alley-abortions
    2. But Paul Never Met Jesus And Other Bad Arguments About Paul On The Internet THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/05/10/but-paul-never-met-jesusand-other-bad-arguments-about-paul-on-the-internet-3/
    3. Motherhood: More Important than Rocket Science (according to Cathryn Buse!) – Mama Bear Apologetics: https://mamabearapologetics.com/motherhood-rocket-science/
    4. Christianity Inflicting ‘Enormous Harm’ on China, Warns Communist Party: https://www.gospelherald.com/articles/71976/20190509/christianity-inflicting-enormous-harm-china-warns-communist-party.htm
    5. David Limbaugh: Kudos to Chris Pratt: https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/david-limbaugh/david-limbaugh-kudos-chris-pratt
    6. Fifteen Reasons Our Churches Are Less Evangelistic Today: https://thomrainer.com/2015/02/fifteen-reasons-churches-less-evangelistic-today/
    7. How to Recover When You Stumble in Your Christian Walk: https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/how-to-recover-when-you-stumble-in-your-christian-walk.html
    8. Tardigrades too tough for evolution – The toughest animals on Earth are the tardigradesaka moss piglets, bear animalcules or water bears. Mostly less than 1 mm (1/25 inch) long, they can survive conditions far worse than any they would ever experience on Earth: https://creation.com/tardigrades-too-tough-for-evolution
    9. Belgian Blue Cows — evidence of ‘de-volution’ – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y6OWI8fN-M
    10. Does God cause Down syndrome? – creation.com: https://creation.com/does-god-cause-down-syndrome
    11. William Lane Craig being interviewed on the Ben Shapiro show: https://youtu.be/hL-zJzE5clA
    12. Matt. 1:1-17; Luke 3:23b-38 – Jesus’ Genealogy – different approaches to resolving the apparent discrepancies in Matthew and Luke’s genealogies: https://www.answering-islam.org/BibleCom/mt1-1.html
    13. Assessing the Craig/Shapiro dialogue – the author of this article makes some excellent points in his critique of Craig’s response to Shapiro’s challenge about Jesus’ messiaship: http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2019/05/assessing-craigshapiro-dialogue.html
    14. DID PETER GO TO ROME IN AD 42? JOHN WENHAM (Tyndale Bulletin): https://legacy.tyndalehouse.com/tynbul/Library/TynBull_1972_23_04_Wenham_PeterInRome.pdf
    15. Common Objections to Christianity from Skeptics (with answers) by Steve Hays: http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/sdg/qa_steve_hays.html
    16. Kids Walking Away from the Faith? Why Public School isn’t the Problem – Salt and Grace: https://saltngrace.com/lack-of-apologetics-is/
  1. A Lifestyle of Peace: Street Evangelism is Powerful: The Majesty of Carrying the Gospel: https://www.lifestyleofpeace.com/2019/04/street-evangelism-is-powerful-majesty.html

The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man ; it searches out his inmost being. Proverbs 20:27

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-18-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

Government exists to protect its citizens from evil from both inside and outside of the country. Government does not exist to give handouts.

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Seven Tips for Good Christian Case-Making Conversations – Break Point: http://www.breakpoint.org/2019/04/41144/
  2. Are Jews Who Believe in Jesus Still Jews? | The Stream: https://stream.org/jews-believe-jesus-still-jews/
  3. Bart Ehrman says that God has a problem. If we have free will in Heaven, what’s to stop us from sinning in the afterlife? And if God takes away free will in Heaven, then why doesn’t he take it away so we stop doing evil now? – Is Jesus Alive?: https://isjesusalive.com/is-there-free-will-in-heaven/
  4. Google under fire for dubbing ‘Unplanned’ film ‘propaganda’: https://www.foxnews.com/tech/google-slammed-labeling-pro-life-film-unplanned-propaganda
  5. Scientism tries to Turn Man into a Monkey: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/08/scientism-tries-to-turn-man-into-monkey.html
  6. Transgender – Bringing Clarity to a Confused World. The transgender movement has shattered the cultures understanding of Gods design. How can Christians respond with biblical love and integrity?: https://answersingenesis.org/family/gender/bringing-clarity-confused-world/
  7. What is True Tolerance? – Jonathan Morrow: http://www.jonathanmorrow.org/14-what-is-true-tolerance/
  8. Cohabitating with Jesus | Jason L Sneed: https://jasonlsneed.com/2012/07/24/cohabitating-with-jesus/
  9. New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Growing Stronger: https://thefederalist.com/2018/01/22/new-harvard-research-says-u-s-christianity-not-shrinking-growing-stronger/
  10. What Faithfully Sharing the Gospel Looks Like Outrageous Mercy: https://williampfarley.com/2019/03/28/what-faithfully-sharing-the-gospel-looks-like/
  11. Progressive Christianity defined – Alisa Childers: https://youtu.be/NtoXb2D7y1E
  12. Seeing the Glory of God in Scallop Eyes | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/aquatic-animals/seeing-glory-god-scallop-eyes/
  13. Was Paul Unaware of the Empty Tomb? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/was-paul-unaware-of-the-empty-tomb
  14. Who Made God? | Origins :: Cornerstone Network: http://origins.ctvn.org/2019/04/08/the-ufo-phenomenon-2/
  15. J. Warner Wallace in the History of Joseph Smith: https://youtu.be/ZfUOFQkv69k
  16. The Importance of the Bible Dr. David Jeremiah: https://youtu.be/BBJnk28-T1w
  17. Ravi Zacharias at Princeton university – Why I am not an Atheist: https://youtu.be/d6aDoOzYN-U
  18. When a Homosexual Episcopalian Calls Trump’s Christianity Hypocritical | The Stream: https://stream.org/homosexual-episcopalian-calls-trumps-christianity-hypocritical/
  19. False teachers exposed, word of Faith movement and prosperity gospel: https://youtu.be/ptN2KQ7-euQ

Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 1:3

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (3-14-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

Believers may unwittingly assume a special burden of proof is on them, while assuming the atheist has none. The problem here is that every person – atheist, skeptic, or agnostic included – has a worldview with various assumptions about the nature of reality, ethics, knowledge, and life’s meaning. Everyone takes a stance in both theory and practice. How often we meet critics who borrow heavily from a biblical worldview about human dignity and rights, moral responsibility, right and wrong, purpose and meaning in order to sustain their own worldview rooted in purposeless, mindless, valueless, impersonal, material origins! All worldviews make truth claims; therefore, all – not just the Christian faith – stand in need of justification. We can wrongly assume that only the believer has a burden of proof and that the unbeliever does not – that somehow his views escape intellectual scrutiny. – Paul Copan (from, Learn How (Not) To Doubt)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How Do I Share What I Believe? The Relationship Between Respect and Reach | Cold Case Christianity Logical Faith: https://logicalfaithdotblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/07/how-do-i-share-what-i-believe-the-relationship-between-respect-and-reach-cold-case-christianity/
  2. Do Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence? – creation.com: https://creation.com/extraordinary-claims
  3. The Case for Christ’s Resurrection – a chapter from a book: To Everyone an Answer: A Case for the Christian World View.: http://www.garyhabermas.com/books/inbook_to-everyone-an-answer/habermas_case-for-xp-res.htm
  4. The Minimal Facts Approach to the Resurrection of Jesus: The Role of Methodology as a Crucial Component in Establishing Historicity – Gary Habermas: http://www.garyhabermas.com/articles/southeastern_theological_review/minimal-facts-methodology_08-02-2012.htm
  5. The Resurrection of Jesus and the Witness of Paul – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/did-jesus-rise-from-the-dead/the-resurrection-of-jesus-and-the-witness-of-paul
  6. Four Challenges to the Apologetic Life – Rob Lundberg’s Online Ministry Website: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2019/03/07/four-challenges-to-the-apologetic-life/
  7. Dear Church, We’re Not Messy, We’re Sinful: https://mamabearapologetics.com/dear-church-messy-sinful/
  8. 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/
  9. Why Apologetics? Renewing Your Mind – We must not only answer the objections people raise about Christianity, but also make a positive case for our faith. From his series Defending Your Faith, R.C. Sproul considers defensive and offensive apologetics. | Mar 9, 2019: https://renewingyourmind.org/2019/03/09/why-apologetics
  10. Was Stalin an atheist? Is atheism or communism responsible for mass murders? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/03/10/was-stalin-an-atheist-is-atheism-or-communism-responsible-for-mass-murders-5/
  11. Over 1,000 Scientists Openly Dissent From Evolution Theory: https://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/item/31694-over-1-000-scientists-openly-dissent-from-evolution-theory
  12. Did Daniel the Prophet Accurately Predict the Timing of Jesus Death? Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2018/11/18/did-daniel-the-prophet-accurately-predict-the-timing-of-jesus-death/
  13. Women Pastors…What Does the Bible Say? – Shane Idleman: https://shaneidleman.com/2019/03/04/women-pastors-what-does-the-bible-say/
  14. Has the Bible Been Preserved For Us Today? – Tim Challies: https://www.challies.com/articles/has-the-bible-been-preserved-for-us-today/
  15. Am I Sitting Under Healthy Preaching? | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/am-i-sitting-under-healthy-preaching

“Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Acts 20:25-27

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (3-7-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

Integrity is sticking with your commitments even after circumstances have changed. – Dr. David Jeremiah

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The Biggest Hindrance to Your Kids Faith Isn’t Doubt. Its Silence | Christianity Today: https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/february-web-only/doubt-parenting-biggest-hindrance-kids-faith-is-silence.html
  2. If Christianity is True, Why Do So Many Kids Have Doubts Today?: http://christianmomthoughts.com/if-christianity-is-true-why-do-so-many-kids-have-doubts-today/
  3. Persuasive Apologetics Principle 7: Bonus Tips – Service, Word Choice, Humor, Kindness and Communication Style, Weirdness, Mere Exposure: https://jaymedenwaldt.blogspot.com/2019/02/effective-apologetics-bonus-tips.html
  4. How Fortnite Shows The Need For Apologetics: https://www.lukeknight.org/betweenworlds/how-fortnite-shows-the-need-for-apologetics
  5. Three Reasons Why All Religions Do Not Lead To God Or Heaven: https://rajkumarrichard.blogspot.com/2019/01/three-reasons-why-all-religions-do-not.html
  6. Here are 3 intelligent former atheists who became Christians because of the Moral Argument. Every Christian that is serious about sharing their faith should begin to master this argument today. Is Jesus Alive?: https://isjesusalive.com/moral-argument/
  7. Introduction to Apologetics Part 5: Is the Bible Reliable? BEARDED DISCIPLE: https://beardeddisciple.com/2019/02/19/introduction-to-apologetics-part-5-is-the-bible-reliable/
  8. 4 Practices for Navigating Those Conflicting Bible Stories – Missio Alliance: https://www.missioalliance.org/4-practices-for-navigating-those-conflicting-bible-stories/
  9. Christians Don’t View Jesus as a Means to an End | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/christians-dont-view-jesus-means-end
  10. Should a Christian play video games?: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-video-games.html
  11. What Do You Mean By That? A Look At Questioning Evangelism: Responding To Five Common Objections On A College Campus THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/03/06/what-do-you-mean-by-that-a-look-at-questioning-evangelism-responding-to-five-common-objections-on-a-college-campus-3/
  12. 6 Things Writing An Evangelistic Book Taught A Guilty Non-Evangelist | The Good Book Blog: https://www.thegoodbook.com/blog/interestingthoughts/2019/02/26/6-things-writing-an-evangelistic-book-taught-a-gui/
  13. Five Challenges For Your Secular Friends: http://www.reasonsforgod.org/2013/05/five-challenges-for-your-secular-friends/
  14. I’m Shy So How Can I Witness for Christ?: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/im-shy-so-how-can-i-witness-for-christ/
  15. Christians Answer Questions from a Street Epistemologist & Ask Him Questions in Return! Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2019/01/17/christians-answer-questions-from-a-street-epistemologist-ask-him-questions-in-return/

And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment –to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. Ephesians 1:9-10

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-28-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

Commitment is the defining characteristic of a person’s life. – James MacDonald

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Want to Share the Gospel? Start with This Question | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/video/want-share-gospel-start-question
  2. Harvard’s Rules and Precepts, adopted in 1646, stated, …Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the maine end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the bottome, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and Learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisedome, Let every one seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seeke it of him (Prov. 2:3)…: http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~gsascf/shield-and-veritas-history/
  3. Is Committing Intellectual Suicide a Requirement for Becoming a Christian?: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2019/02/21/is-committing-intellectual-suicide-a-requirement-for-becoming-a-christian/
  4. Why the Resurrection of Jesus Matters THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/02/21/why-the-resurrection-of-jesus-matters-3/
  5. Medicine and Miracles – Anything we do to help our bodies recover from or function under the effects of the Curse is a medical intervention. If we wear glasses to help us cope with near-sightedness, take an aspirin for a headache, or put a band-aid on a cut, we are effectively using natural means instead of relying on a miracle. And that isn’t wrong!: https://creation.com/medicine-and-miracles
  6. 12 Senators Pushed a Religious Test for Public Office and Spread Anti-Religious Bigotry. They Include Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris: https://pjmedia.com/faith/remember-these-names-12-senators-pushing-anti-religious-bigotry/
  7. Why the Resurrection is the Best Argument for Christianity: https://crossexamined.org/why-the-resurrection-is-the-best-argument-for-christianity/
  8. Ambassador at Work – Faith, Vocation, and Apologetics | Mikel Del Rosario: http://apologeticsguy.com/2018/10/vocation/
  9. Can the Problem of Evil Be Answered by Christianity? Christian Defenders: http://www.christiandefenders.org/2019/02/12/can-the-problem-of-evil-be-answered-by-christianity/
  10. Report: 47% of Christian Millennials Believe Evangelism Is Wrong RELEVANT Magazine: https://relevantmagazine.com/god/report-47-of-christian-millennials-believe-evangelism-is-wrong/
  11. Gorge looks thousands of years old, but created in months – creation.com: https://creation.com/newly-formed-clarence-river-gorge-looks-old
  12. Handling an Objection: Jesus is Just One of Several Messianic Figures in the First Century THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/02/25/handling-an-objection-jesus-is-just-one-of-several-messianic-figures-in-the-first-century-2/
  13. Answering Smug Atheist Mocking Points | The Stream: https://stream.org/answering-smug-atheist-mocking-points/
  14. Mr. Spock’s Lessons in Logical Fallacies 2: The Wrath of Logic Cyber Penance: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2019/02/25/mr-spocks-lessons-in-logical-fallacies-2-the-wrath-of-logic/
  15. Liberal Christian, there are answers to be had | Coyle Neal: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/schaeffersghost/2019/02/liberal-christian-there-are-answers-to-be-had/
  16. The Story of God with Morgan Freeman | Apologetics: https://arcapologetics.org/comparative-religion/the-story-of-god-with-morgan-freeman/
  17. Quick Challenge Answer: All Religions are the Same –: http://tentmakingchristianity.com/quick-challenge-answer-all-religions-are-the-same/
  18. The Gospel Is Offensive. Is That Okay? The Majesty’s Men: https://themajestysmen.com/the-gospel-is-offensive/
  19. I THOUGHT CHRISTIANS WERE STUPID BIGOTS: https://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/i-thought-christians-were-stupid-bigots
  20. The Beautiful Mind of Jesus – Growing Deeper Roots: https://growingdeeperroots.org/index.php/2018/07/15/the-beautiful-mind-of-jesus/
  21. Reincarnation and the Bible: Past Lives and Scripture – Theolocast: https://theolocast.org/blog/reincarnation-and-the-bible/
  22. The Reliability of the Bible – 4 Quick Thoughts | ReasonableTheology.org: https://reasonabletheology.org/reliability-bible-4-quick-thoughts/

I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 1 John 2:21

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-21-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

In prayer I am lifted above the frowns and flatteries of life, and taste heavenly joys; entering into the eternal world I can give myself to thee with all my heart, to be thine for ever. In prayer I can place all my concerns in thy hands, to be entirely at thy disposal, having no will or interest of my own. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Camelback Classic (March 21-23, 2019) – this is a Christian Homeschool speech and debate tournament hosted by Mars Hill Speech & Debate. You can be a community judge and I promise you that you will be blessed to see the next generation clearly articulating and defending the Christian faith!: https://camelbackclassic2019.homeschooldebate.net/
  2. 3 Practical Steps to Help Build Your Kids’ Immunity to Anti-Christian Ideas – Alisa Childers: https://www.alisachilders.com/blog/3-practical-steps-to-help-build-your-kids-immunity-to-anti-christian-ideas
  3. Millennials and Evangelism – Break Point: http://www.breakpoint.org/2019/02/breakpoint-millennials-and-evangelism/
  4. Why is Christianity Right? Ravi Zacharias: https://youtu.be/o5qJPZySo7A
  5. Why should one religion have the right to declare what is right and what is wrong?: https://youtu.be/V7d2iETJ1AE
  6. The Dire Need for Christian Apologetics | Reasoned Cases for Christ: https://bcooper.wordpress.com/2019/01/19/the-dire-need-for-christian-apologetics/
  7. The Truth Behind New York’s New Abortion Law Straight Talk with Claudia K: https://straighttalkwithclaudiak.com/the-truth-behind-new-yorks-new-abortion-law/
  8. 3 Ways to Misunderstand the Trinity: https://lifewayvoices.com/bible-theology/3-ways-to-misunderstand-the-trinity/
  9. John Lennox: Seven Days that Divide the World: https://youtu.be/0FmO2XKMe6g
  10. Is the Bible True? The Cumulative Case for the Reliability of the Gospels (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-bible-true-the-cumulative-case-for-the-reliability-of-the-gospels-free-bible-insert/
  11. 10 Questions You’ve Always Had About New Age – Mama Bear Apologetics: https://mamabearapologetics.com/new-age-q-and-a/
  12. Reasonable Answers for honest skeptical: I Don’t Believe in the Bible: https://youtu.be/JEjO_rmZN00
  13. Atheist Michael Ruse tells John Lennox, you can’t prove Christianity is true!: https://youtu.be/cjJhwrF0pB4
  14. Randy Alcorn’s session on Heaven at The Gospel Coalition Conference : https://www.epm.org/resources/2015/Apr/14/alcorntgc/
  15. How to Recognize and Dismantle Self Defeating Statements Rob Lundberg’s Online Ministry Website: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2019/02/18/how-to-recognize-and-dismantle-self-defeating-statements/
  16. Countering emotional attacks on creation – creation.com: https://creation.com/countering-emotional-attacks
  17. 150 Pastors Arrested at Year-End Gathering in China: https://bitterwinter.org/150-pastors-arrested-at-year-end-gathering/
  18. Latest Insights into Obesity Fatten the Case for Human Design: https://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/the-cells-design/read/the-cells-design/2017/03/22/latest-insights-into-obesity-fatten-the-case-for-human-design

He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, Ephesians 2:17-19

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-14-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

Faith is the telegraphic wire which links earth and heaven–on which God’s messages of love fly so fast, that before we call he answers, and while we are yet speaking he hears us. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. If This Is God’s Will, Then Why Am I Struggling? – Defend the Faith Ministry: https://www.defendthefaithministry.com/blog/if-this-is-gods-will-then-why-am-i-struggling
  2. REPORT OF THE CREATION STUDY COMMITTEE (The Presbyterian Church in America) on the history of views in the church of Genesis 1-3: http://pcahistory.org/creation/report.html
  3. 3 Disturbing Cultural Trends Youth Pastors Need to Address: https://stevenkozak.com/2019/01/21/3-disturbing-cultural-trends-youth-pastors-need-to-address/
  4. Leftist fact-checking site denies New York’s new law allows unrestricted abortion until birth | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/snopes-denies-new-yorks-radical-abortion-law-allows-unrestricted-abortion-u
  5. Is the male reproductive system poorly designed?: https://creation.com/male-reproductive-system
  6. Dig In: Tips On Communicating Christ in a Post-Christian Culture: https://stevenkozak.com/2018/12/07/dig-in-tips-on-communicating-christ-in-a-post-christian-culture/
  7. 4 Reasons Why Christianity is True – Discover the Compelling Evidence: https://notashamedofthegospel.com/apologetics/4-reasons-christianity-true/
  8. 5 People to Look Out For at Bible Study: A Response THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/02/10/5-people-to-look-out-for-at-bible-study-a-response-2/
  9. Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus Misleads Readers from its Inception Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2019/02/09/ehrmans-misquoting-jesus-misleads-readers-from-its-inception/
  10. Humanity’s Greatest Problem. Are people on a TRUTH quest or a HAPPINESS quest? The answer to this question may be the key to unlocking HUMANITY’s GREATEST PROBLEM. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osmtPBA0pO0
  11. Do Atheists Have Faith? The faith of an atheist is hard to shake. Did you know that atheists live by faith? Not faith in God, obviously, but they do live by faith. Whether its their belief that consciousness and existence cease after death, or their belief that nothing somehow magically created everything, make no mistake: atheists live by faith. Many atheists cling to their faith in science; they claim that science is the only truth, and that everything must be tested in a scientific manner. But the problem is that science is not always reliable. Did you know that scientists once believed that the world was flat and that bleeding was the best way to rid the body of disease? Sometimes science is wrong. The word science simply means knowledge, and guess what? Man’s knowledge isn’t always correct.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asgF1VD7Exo
  12. The Delusions of Atheists – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/does-science-disprove-god/the-delusion-of-atheists
  13. Who created God – If a creator God needs to have been made by a creator, that creator would also need a creator who needs a creator like an infinite chain of toppling dominoes, which is an impossibility.: https://creation.com/who-created-god
  14. Atheism and the supernatural – Conservapedia: https://www.conservapedia.com/Atheism_and_the_supernatural
  15. Answering Skeptics Questions – Existence of the Jewish People Today is Objective Evidence That the Bible is True. Why? If anyone wishes to know whether or not the God of the Bible exists, one of the strongest reasons he can examine is the Jewish people. An honest inquiry into this question will provide more than an adequate answer to the truthfulness of the Christian faith.: https://www.josh.org/resources/apologetics/answering-skeptics-detail/
  16. Apathy, Atheism, and the Absurdity of Life Without God: https://crossexamined.org/apathy-atheism-and-the-absurdity-of-life-without-god/
  17. How to Share the Gospel With An Agnostic – Dare 2 Share: https://www.dare2share.org/worldviews/agnostics/
  18. The First Step of Atheism Apologetics in an Age of Postmodernism – Truth is Free: http://truthisfree.org/first-step-atheism-apologetics-postmodernism/
  19. How Oxford and Peter Singer drove me from atheism to Jesus – The Veritas Forum – The Veritas Forum: http://www.veritas.org/oxford-atheism-to-jesus/
  20. 4 Essentials to Communicating Christ to a Post-Christian Culture: https://stevenkozak.com/2018/12/07/dig-in-tips-on-communicating-christ-in-a-post-christian-culture/
  21. 5 Questions to Ask a Non-Believer Adherent Apologetics: https://adherentapologetics.com/2018/12/21/5-questions-to-ask-a-non-believer/
  22. How Should Christians Respond to the Recent Decisions Expanding Abortion Rights? Bernard J. Mauser, Ph.D. EPEC Articles: https://epecarticles.com/2019/02/12/how-should-christians-respond-to-the-recent-decisions-expanding-abortion-rights-bernard-j-mauser-ph-d/
  23. How Is God Fair For Punishing Us For Adams Sin? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FR_XM1691hs&feature=youtu.be
  24. Chris Pratt Claps Back at Accusations That His Church Hates Gay People: : https://faithit.com/chris-pratt-claps-back-about-accusations-that-his-church-hates-gay-people-nothing-could-be-further-from-the-truth/
  25. Privileged Species – Dr. Michael Denton: https://youtu.be/VoI2ms5UHWg
  26. The Programming of Life on Earth: https://youtu.be/WPkBEYsG6EQ
  27. The Facts | Programming of Life: https://www.programmingoflife.com/the-facts/

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. Proverbs 31:10-31

Blessings to you all

Conversation while serving the homeless

Yesterday was our church’s once a month time of serving the homeless. There were 2 groups serving there yesterday – our church group of 5 people and a group of volunteers from a large company who has an office in our city. After our set-up time cutting vegetables, the leaders gave us our assignments. I was assigned to trash duty along with another young gentleman – let’s call his name Eric. Eric was the boyfriend of a woman who was from the company we were serving with.

Eric and I hit it off right from the beginning. He is in IT and is also a software developer like myself. Most of our conversation centered around technical topics, such as agile development, Angular, the MEAN stack, etc. It was really fun.

Eric has only been out of college about a year. He went to our local university and received a degree in Computer Science. While Eric and I were working garbage, one of the women (not Eric’s girlfriend) who was the volunteer coordinator for the company serving with us came over and talked to us at the trash station. Let’s call her Joan. We were talking about serving the homeless and I mentioned that the Bible says:

… “The one who has two shirts must share with someone who has none, and the one who has food must do the same.” -Luke 3:11

Joan replied “Amen!” At that point, I guessed she was a Christian, so I asked her if she was. She said yes. I asked her what church she goes to and she told me that she attends a church in our area (a large mega-church that I’m familiar with). Joan went on to recount her testimony of her life “pre-Christ” and how her life is totally changed after she found Christ. I also recounted some details about my conversion to Christ and the dramatic changes that ensued. It really was a blessing to meet another Christian there… This whole time, Eric was present in the conversation and listening, but not really saying anything. So, I asked him, “So, Eric, are you a Christian?” He replied, “No…”. I asked, “Why not?” He said, “It’s just not really my thing.” I asked, “Have you ever been to church or had any history with Christianity?” He said that he’d gone to church some times as a child, but not for many years. So I left it at that and Joan left us and went throughout the dining room visiting with other volunteers.

Eric and I continued to handle the garbage, talking while we worked about our jobs, our hobbies, our plans for the weekend, interesting new consumer electronics devices and anything else that came up. I really enjoyed my time with Eric. As we were getting toward the end of our time serving together, I wanted to get back to that conversation about God. So, I asked him, “Eric, I know you said you’re not a Christian, but do you think that there is an afterlife at all?” He replied, “No…” So, I probed further, “What do you think happens when you die?” He said, “Nothing… It’s just lights out – that’s the end of you.” I said “Really?” He said, “Yeah, I know it sucks, but that’s just the way it is…” Then I asked him, “How did you come to the conclusion – that there is no life after death? What makes you think that is true?” He really didn’t have an answer here. I think he said “I don’t know – that’s just what I believe…” So, I said, “Well, I used to think the same things too. I was very skeptical at one point (reading plenty of Neitche, Freud and science writers), until I was challenged to look into these things. When I did, I realized that I had not developed my views with an open mind – that I was only looking at one side of the argument. I’ve come to find out that there is good evidence for the existence of God. For example, the existence of the universe.” I asked him, “What do you think caused the universe?” He replied, “Uh… I guess, the Big Bang?” I clarified, “Well, that describes what happened at the beginning of the universe, but it is not saying anything about what or Who caused the Big Bang. Whatever begins to exist must have a cause, and science tells us that the universe began to exist.” He didn’t have anything to reply to this, and our conversation was kind of coming to a standstill. So, I just encouraged him to have an open mind and to follow the evidence to see if God exists. I said that I, probably like him, being in I.T., am a logically minded person and a naturally skeptical kind of guy -I don’t believe things without evidence. I would not believe God exists and Christianity is true if there were no evidence for it. That being said, I’m not saying the evidence is absolutely conclusive, but that you need to look at all the evidence and try to determine what is the most likely cause for the universe and the existence of life. I encouraged him to read one of 2 books which give pretty good evidence for the truth of Christianity:

  1. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist – I whipped out my phone kindle app and showed him what the cover of the book looks like. I also told him that it comes on Audible too
  2. Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists – I told him that this book had helped answer the questions of another person his age.

He took note as I showed him the book and described the 4 main topics I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist talks about:

  1. Does Truth Exist?
  2. Does God Exist?
  3. Are Miracles Possible?
  4. Is the New Testament historically accurate?

He seemed interested in the content of the I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist book and said that he has always made decisions in his life on the basis of evidence, so he would be willing to explore the evidence as I encouraged him to do. This was the end of our conversation about this topic.

At the end our time there, I met his girlfriend and I told Eric that I really enjoyed our time here and we both hoped we’d see each other in the future. Since we’re both in the same line of work, I asked him if we could link up on LinkedIn and we did.

I pray that somehow the words I said to Eric would “put a stone in his shoe”, annoying him in a good way. That he would consider someone like me, who, in the past, was very much like he is now, and yet, believes Christianity is true, beyond any reasonable doubt. That he may come to believe, as the Apostle John stated in his Gospel:

… that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. – John 20:31

mid-week apologetics booster (1-24-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

We’re looking for those who are looking for us, in a sense people whose hearts are already being touched by the Spirit. We can be alert for those sheep that hear Jesus voice and lift their heads, without troubling those who are not yet ready. – Greg Koukl

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 8 Tough Questions Kids Ask About Evil and Suffering…and the Answers You Wish You Had When They Asked: http://christianmomthoughts.com/8-tough-questions-kids-ask-about-evil-and-suffering-and-the-answers-you-wish-you-had-when-they-asked/
  2. 10 Challenging Truths about Sex and the Bible – Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/10-challenging-truths-about-sex-and-the-bible
  3. Atheism: An Irrational Worldview | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/atheism/atheism-an-irrational-worldview/
  4. Pastor John MacArthur joins Ben Shapiro to discuss the intersection of the Bible and politics, the proper role of government, and the similarities and differences between Judaism and Christianity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-ofKxfYqGw
  5. The S.L.E.D. Test | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/the-s.l.e.d.-test
  6. C.S. Lewis and the Language of Apologetics – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/c-s-lewis-and-the-language-of-apologetics
  7. How Can I Share My Testimony? Grounds4Faith: https://grounds4faith.com/2019/01/16/how-can-i-share-my-testimony/
  8. Silly Little Apologist – Stephen J. Bedard: https://www.stephenjbedard.com/2014/09/05/silly-little-apologist/
  9. Is Evangelism Harder Than It Used to Be?: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/evangelism-harder/
  10. Reasons Why Students Are Leaving The Faith Part 1 Coffeehouse Questions: https://coffeehousequestions.com/2019/01/20/reasons-why-students-are-leaving-the-faith-part-1/
  11. Eugenics is back – This is the concept of improving the human race by encouraging those individuals deemed fit to reproduce, while discouraging/preventing those deemed unfit from doing so. Darwin heartily approved and wrote: if the prudent avoid marriage, whilst the reckless marry, the inferior members will tend to supplant the better members of society: https://creation.com/eugenics-is-back
  12. How to Handle Your Doubt When Times Get Tough | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-to-handle-your-doubt-when-times-get-tough/
  13. Former Atheist & Philosophy Professor On How Studying Philosophy Convinced Him Of God | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/former-atheist-philosophy-professor-on-how-philosophy-led-him-to-god/
  14. Persecution of Christians is Increasing Worldwide – Bible Gateway Blog: https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2019/01/persecution-of-christians-is-increasing-worldwide/
  15. Addressing Skeptical Challenges, Part 1: https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/reflections/read/reflections/2019/01/01/addressing-skeptical-challenges-part-1
  16. 9 Myths about Abortion Rights and Roe v. Wade: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevin-deyoung/9-myths-about-abortion-rights-and-roe-v-wade/
  17. How does it fit with the Bible? Ask the right question – creation.com: https://creation.com/right-questions-bible-perspective
  18. Liar, Lunatic, or Reliable (about the apostle Paul) | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/liar-lunatic-or-reliable

Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. The LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?” Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you.” Zechariah 3:1-4

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-10-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

True tolerance is where we extend to each other the right to be wrong. False tolerance, on the other hand, navely asserts that all ideas are created equal and this must be rejected. Not only is this obviously false, its unlivable. – Jonathan Morrow (Questioning the Bible)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. I’ve been listening to this excellent apologetics book on Christian Audio– “Talking with Your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have” by Natasha Crain, Sean McDowell.  I think it is a very good book, either for Christian parents or for people involved in children’s ministry.  Each topic explains how to “Start the Conversation” and how to “Advance the Conversation”, it is really good.  I particularly like listening to the audio version in my car.  You can read on Kindle ~8.50 to purchase, or, you can search purchase it on Christian Audio or on AudibleHere is the link to the Amazon Kindle book to start reading it for free (you don’t need to have a Kindle, if you have a smart phone, there is a free Kindle App): http://a.co/cmYihjY
  2. I created a site that stores over 300 links (adding all the time) to various Christian and/or conservative web sites.  At the top of the page there is a button that says “Random Link”.  If you click on that button it will launch one of those sites (randomly) in a new browser tab.  I would encourage you to use this site when you want to browse the internet: http://ps11911.com/links/random_christian_link.php
  3. I also created a custom Google search engine that only searches (close to 400) sites that I approve of.  You may want to take advantage of that rather than using regular Google:  https://cse.google.com/cse/publicurl?cx=010463686461312142595:zj9fpq632pg
  4. The conversion of Paul is one of the greatest Christian evidences we have Is Jesus Alive?: http://isjesusalive.com/an-awesome-quote-about-how-the-conversion-of-paul-is-one-of-the-greatest-christian-evidences-we-have/
  5. Steve Meyer on the information enigma in evolution | Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/evolution/steve-meyer-on-the-information-enigma-in-evolution/
  6. 3 Responses to the Deadly Atheist Meme Even Christians Get Wrong Rational Faith: http://rationalfaith.com/2019/01/3-responses-to-the-deadly-atheist-meme/
  7. If Christianity is True, Everything Else is False. | Ryder’s Word: https://rydersword.wordpress.com/2019/01/04/if-christianity-is-true-everything-else-is-false/
  8. Does religion really matter in America? Frank Turek podcast interviewing J. Warner Wallace: https://subspla.sh/hx2v9pw
  9. A look at an alleged contradiction in the Gospels: Was Jairus’ daughter alive when Jesus was approached or was she already dead? http://isjesusalive.com/a-look-at-an-alleged-contradiction-in-the-gospels-was-jairus-daughter-alive-when-jesus-was-approached-or-was-she-already-dead/
  10. Do Diamonds Take Millions of Years to Form? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/geology/rocks-and-minerals/do-diamonds-take-millions-of-years-to-form/
  11. I’m At Home With Evidentialism Because the Evidence Brought Me Home: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/im-at-home-with-evidentialism-because-the-evidence-brought-me-home/
  12. Study: the early Earth’s atmosphere contained oxygen – this is significant because it undermines naturalistic scenarios for the origin of life: https://winteryknight.com/2014/04/28/study-the-early-earths-atmosphere-contained-oxygen/
  13. How Do I Share What I Believe? The Relationship Between Low Expectations and Lackluster Evangelism: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-do-i-share-what-i-believe-the-relationship-between-low-expectations-and-lackluster-evangelism/
  14. Bill McKeever and the Gold Plates apologetic-this is good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIrMlAH_o9k&feature=youtu.be
  15. Did Humans Really Evolve from Apelike Creatures? https://answersingenesis.org/human-evolution/ape-man/did-humans-really-evolve-from-apelike-creatures/
  16. Here is a collection of Cliffe Knechtle videos, who is a defender of the Christian faith, interacting with students in an open grass mall at Ohio State University.  He gives some pretty good answers to their questions:  https://www.youtube.com/user/askcliffe/search?query=Ohio+State

I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise. I will be careful to lead a blameless life — when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with blameless heart. I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me. Psalms 101:1-3

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-3-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

The best data we have are exactly what I would have predicted had I nothing to go on but the first five books of Moses, the Psalms and the Bible as a whole. – Arno Penzias

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. A Parent’s Guide to the 5 Skeptics Who Want to Shame Your Kids for Being Christian | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/parents-guide-5-skeptics-who-want-shame-your-kids-being-christian
  2. The Number One Sign Your Kids Are Just Borrowing Your Faith: http://christianmomthoughts.com/the-number-one-sign-your-kids-are-just-borrowing-your-faith-and-not-developing-their-own/
  3. 65 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Parent Needs to Learn to Answer: http://christianmomthoughts.com/65-apologetics-questions-every-christian-parent-needs-to-learn-to-answer/
  4. Dr. William Lane Craig answers questions about Jesus in the New York Times | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/12/25/dr-william-lane-craig-answers-questions-about-jesus-in-the-new-york-times/
  5. Professor, Was Jesus Really Born to a Virgin? (This is an interview of Dr. William Lane Craig in the New York Times!) – The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/21/opinion/sunday/christmas-christian-craig.html
  6. Can We Agree to Disagree? Question of the Week | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/can-we-agree-to-disagree
  7. Why Apologetics? Tim Barnett | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/why-apologetics
  8. Salvation – Are You Sure? This is a PowerPoint about salvation that can be given to someone | Biblical Christianity: http://bib.irr.org/file/salvation-are-you-sure
  9. Popular Atheist Blogger, Leah Libresco, Converts to Christianity (specifically Catholicism). | James Bishop’s Theological Rationalism: https://jamesbishopblog.com/2016/12/28/popular-atheist-blogger-leah-libresco-converts-to-christianity/
  10. The Real Reason Why Fewer Americans Think Religion Matters: https://townhall.com/columnists/jwarnerwallace/2018/12/30/the-real-reason-why-fewer-americans-think-religion-matters-n2538228
  11. Why do Christians Love the Cross? – God Loves Mormons: https://godlovesmormons.com/christians-love-cross/
  12. Responding to a Claim that your Argument is God of the Gaps | Adherent Apologetics: https://adherentapologetics.home.blog/2018/12/28/responding-to-a-claim-that-your-argument-is-god-of-the-gaps/
  13. What Do You Do When Family Members Persist in Sin? | Radically Christian: https://radicallychristian.com/what-do-you-do-when-family-members-persist-in-sin
  14. Does Jesus Believe in Immigration Restrictions? Absolutely: https://www.afa.net/the-stand/faith/2017/02/does-jesus-believe-in-immigration-restrictions-absolutely/
  15. Lessons for Immigration and Welfare Reform from the Book of Ruth: https://www.afa.net/the-stand/culture/2015/01/lessons-for-immigration-and-welfare-reform-from-the-book-of-ruth/
  16. Do We Have A Duty To Give A Reason For Our Faith? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/2019/do-we-have-a-duty-to-give-a-reason-for-our-faith-video/
  17. Colossians 2:8 Does Not Condemn Philosophy: https://crossexamined.org/colossians-28-does-not-condemn-philosophy/
  18. Resources on The Historicity of Acts THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/12/31/resources-on-the-historicity-of-acts-2/
  19. Does Archaeopteryx Show Bird Evolution? | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/does-archaeopteryx-show-bird-evolution/
  20. Urbana 2018: 3 habits for building relationships, sharing the Gospel in a divisive world: https://www.christianpost.com/news/urbana-2018-3-habits-for-building-relationships-sharing-the-gospel-in-a-divisive-world.html
  21. Christians Should Care About Suppression of Free Speech | Oklahoma Apologetics Alliance: https://oklahomaapologetics.com/general/christians-should-care-about-suppression-of-free-speech/
  22. 25 Reasons I Believe the Bible | Dad in the Middle: http://waynestocks.com/2009/07/29/25-reasons-i-believe-the-bible/
  23. The Argument for God from Reason – if there’s no God, we don’t reason: https://www.cltruth.com/2018/the-argument-for-god-from-reason/
  24. Debate-William Lane Craig and Christopher Hitches – Does God Exist?: https://youtu.be/4KBx4vvlbZ8

To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Philippians 4:20

Blessings to you all

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

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

Kindle or Hardcover/Paperback

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

Audio

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

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

mid-week apologetics booster (12-27-2018)

Good morning friends,

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

The man of science is a poor philosopher. – Albert Einstein

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What Does the X in Xmas Mean?: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/why-is-x-used-when-it-replaces-christ-in-christmas/
  2. Collection of 50 Apologetics Illustrations | The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2018/12/18/collection-of-50-apologetics-illustrations/
  3. The Spiritual and Moral Bankruptcy of Progressive Christianity | The Stream: https://stream.org/spiritual-moral-bankruptcy-progressive-christianity/
  4. Quick Challenge Answer: How Can We Trust the Bible If It Was Written By Men? How Can We Trust the Bible If It Was Written By Men?: http://tentmakingchristianity.com/how-can-we-trust-the-bible-if-it-was-written-by-men/
  5. The Top Ten Ways to Advance the Gospel at Holiday Dinners: https://crossexamined.org/the-top-ten-ways-to-advance-the-gospel-at-holiday-dinners/
  6. Christianity, Religious Disagreement, and Equal Weight Theory – Capturing Christianity: http://capturingchristianity.com/christianity-religious-disagreement-and-equal-weight-theory/
  7. Josephus on John the Baptist, Jesus, Scourging, Crucifixion, and James the Brother of Jesus Cyber Penance: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2018/10/22/josephus-on-john-the-baptist-jesus-scourging-crucifixion-and-james-the-brother-of-jesus/
  8. The Founders And Public Religious Expressions – WallBuilders: https://wallbuilders.com/founders-public-religious-expressions/
  9. Constitution of Delaware; 1776 includes this requirement for any person holding public office: ” I, _______ do profess faith in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ His only Son, and in the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed for evermore; and I do acknowledge the holy scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by divine inspiration.: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/de02.asp
  10. 5 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Should Learn How to Answer: Christmas Edition – Alisa Childers: https://www.alisachilders.com/blog/5-apologetics-questions-every-christian-should-learn-how-to-answer-christmas-edition
  11. If God Entered Human History, How Would We Know? – Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/if-god-entered-human-history-how-would-we-know
  12. Evangelical Christians and the Quandary of Politics | The Stream: https://stream.org/evangelical-christians-quandry-politics/
  13. 5 Questions to Ask a Non-Believer Adherent Apologetics: https://adherentapologetics.home.blog/2018/12/21/5-questions-to-ask-a-non-believer/
  14. Witnessing Tools Theologetics.org: https://theologetics.org/witnessing-tools/
  15. Why Science Does Not Disprove Miracles | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/why-science-does-not-disprove-miracles#.XCI101xKiUl
  16. Gods Crime Scene for Kids Mystery Investigation Kit Giveaway | Worldview of Jesus: https://worldviewofjesus.com/2017/08/28/gods-crime-scene-for-kids-mystery-investigation-kit-giveaway/
  17. Rhetoric and CS Lewis Part 1 Faith & Self Defense: https://faithandselfdefense.com/2018/12/14/rhetoric-and-cs-lewis-part-1/
  18. How Christianity Changed The World Through Human Sanctification, Women’s rights, Slavery, and Science How to Religion: https://howtoreligion.wordpress.com/2016/09/25/how-christianity-changed-the-world-through-human-sanctification-womens-rights-slavery-and-science/
  19. How Does Christianity Differ from Other Religions on Homosexuality? – Christian Apologetics Alliance: http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2018/05/15/how-does-christianity-differ-from-other-religions-on-homosexuality/
  20. Prophecy Fulfilled: 4 Prophecies that Jesus did that No One Else Could Have. Adherent Apologetics: https://adherentapologetics.home.blog/2018/12/25/prophecy-fulfilled-4-prophecies-that-jesus-did-that-no-one-else-could-have/
  21. Is It Intolerant to Claim Christianity Alone Is True? Reflections: https://reflectionsbyken.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/is-it-intolerant-to-claim-christianity-alone-is-true/
  22. The Importance Of The Bible – Dr. David Jeremiah – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBJnk28-T1w&feature=youtu.be

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. Psalms 57:1

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-6-2018)

Good morning friends,

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

It just doesn’t follow that if humans are somehow wired to be religious, God therefore doesn’t exist. This is what’s called the genetic fallacy, proving or disproving the truth of a view based on its origin. – Paul Copan

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Oprah’s New Age ‘Christianity’ Exposed: Dangerous Heresy | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/oprahs-new-age-christianity-exposed-dangerous-heresy/
  2. The Difference Between Islam and Christianity – Come Reason Ministries: http://www.comereason.org/difference-between-islam-and-christianity.asp
  3. Alister Mcgrath On Evangelism And Apologetics: https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Unbelievable-blog/Take-This-Bread-Alister-Mcgrath-On-Evangelism-And-Apologetics
  4. Karma and the Biblical Worldview: Are They Compatible? Rob Lundberg’s Real Issue Apologetics Ministry Website: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2018/11/29/karma-and-the-biblical-worldview-are-they-compatible/
  5. What did Jesus mean when he said, ‘My Kingdom is not of this world’? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/11/27/what-did-jesus-mean-my-kingdom-is-not-of-this-world-2/
  6. Should You Force Your Kids To Go To Church?: https://crossexamined.org/should-you-force-your-kids-to-go-to-church/
  7. Christianity Doesn’t Need Evidence Because Faith is Blind. | Living Waters: https://www.livingwaters.com/clearing-the-fog/
  8. Chinese Officials Raid Sunday Church Service, Violently Arrest Christian Worshipers: https://www.gospelherald.com/articles/71843/20180820/chinese-officials-raid-sunday-church-service-violently-arrest-christian-worshipers.htm
  9. Should Christians Practice Apologetics? – Josh.org: https://www.josh.org/should-christians-practice-apologetics/
  10. Can a scientist believe in the resurrection? Three hypotheses. – The Veritas Forum: http://www.veritas.org/can-scientist-believe-resurrection-three-hypotheses/
  11. Should Christians Get Involved With Politics Or Stay Out Of It? Straight Talk with Claudia K: http://straighttalkwithclaudiak.com/should-christians-be-involved-with-politics-or-mind-our-own-business/
  12. Examine Evidence for the Bible’s Reliability: http://faithphilosophy.com/en/bible-examine-evidence-for-the-bible-reliability.php
  13. Quick Challenge Answer: Religion Has Caused More War Than Anything Else –: http://tentmakingchristianity.com/quick-challenge-answer-religion-has-caused-more-war-than-anything-else/
  14. The Bible Says, “Knowledge Puffs Up.” Does This Mean We Shouldn’t Study Too Much?: https://www.alisachilders.com/blog/the-bible-says-knowledge-puffs-up-does-this-mean-we-shouldnt-study-too-much
  15. Never Read a Bible Verse | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/never-read-a-bible-verse
  16. 31 Reasons To Believe In The God of the Bible: https://theolocast.org/blog/existence-of-god-31-reasons-to-believe-in-the-god-of-the-bible/
  17. The Apologist’s First Question | RZIM: https://www.rzim.org/read/a-slice-of-infinity/a-living-faith
  18. The Origin of the Sexes (OB3) | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/human-evolution/origins/23-the-origin-of-the-sexes-ob3/
  19. A Melinda Penner Update – One Year Later (Greg Koukl) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=7EsXIUX_WAY
  20. Can the Bible Be Reliable if It Had Human Authors? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/can-bible-be-reliable-if-it-had-human-authors
  21. The HIDDENNESS OF GOD: http://www.logicandlight.org/hidden-god/
  22. 4 Reasons Apologetics Benefits You: http://tentmakingchristianity.com/4-reasons-apologetics-benefits/
  23. Answering The Objection, All Religion Is Manmade”: https://www.equip.org/article/answering-the-objection-all-religion-is-manmade/
  24. Changing Attitudes Toward The Resurrection Of Jesus – Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/article/changing-attitudes-toward-the-resurrection-of-jesus/
  25. Bedtime Theology: Having Spiritual Conversations with Your Kids – Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/bedtime-theology-having-spiritual-conversations-with-your-kids
  26. Why is Christmas on December 25th? Confidence in Christ: https://confidenceinchrist.net/2018/12/03/why-is-christmas-on-december-25th/
  27. Logical Fallacies: Ad Hominem | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/logic/ad-hominem/

Was it a sin for me to lower myself in order to elevate you by preaching the gospel of God to you free of charge? 2 Corinthians 11:7

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-22-2018)

Good morning friends,

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

Good medicine always tastes bad. – Denver’s Aunt Ethan (from the book “Same Kind of Different as Me”)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Caffeine: Convergently Evolved? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/evidence-for-creation/design-in-nature/caffeine-convergently-evolved-creatively-provided/
  2. 4 Reasons Why Christianity is True – Discover the Compelling Evidence: https://notashamedofthegospel.com/apologetics/4-reasons-christianity-true/
  3. Atheism: More Than Just a Non-Belief | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/atheism-more-than-just-a-non-belief#.W-9xvh5lA0M
  4. 10 Biblical Reasons God Allows Suffering – Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/10-biblical-reasons-god-allows-suffering
  5. There’s No Good Reason to Deny the Early Dating of the Gospels | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/theres-no-good-reason-to-deny-the-early-dating-of-the-gospels/
  6. List of Some Notable People Converted to Belief in God via Apologetics: http://templestream.blogspot.com/2014/06/list-of-people-converted-to-belief-in.html
  7. Why should you believe the Bible? Caldron Pool: http://caldronpool.com/why-should-you-believe-the-bible/
  8. Ask and You Shall Evangelize: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/ask-shall-evangelize/
  9. 5 Things That Impact Discussions About The Existence of God THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/11/20/5-things-that-impact-discussions-about-the-existence-of-god-3/
  10. One Main Reason Why the New Testament Is Not Corrupt (Lady Apologist): https://ladyapologist.com/2018/07/24/one-main-reason-why-the-new-testament-is-not-corrupt/
  11. Why Apologetics is Critical for Campus Evangelism | Cru Singapore: https://www.cru.org/sg/en/stories/sharing-the-gospel/why-apologetics-is-critical-for-campus-evangelism.html
  12. What You Can Learn From the Pilgrims (with Bill Federer) – Cross Examined: https://subsplash.com/crossexamined/lb/mi/+7277698
  13. 3 Beliefs Some Progressive Christians and Atheists Share: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/3-beliefs-progressive-christians-atheists-share/
  14. Abortion, the most unbelievable advertisement… With commentary included: https://youtu.be/BVZK6jlAiFY
  15. Appearances on Digging for Truth TV Show and Update: http://christianmomthoughts.com/appearances-on-digging-for-truth-tv-show-and-update/
  16. Thanksgiving: A Christian Celebration in a Post-Christian Society – Alisa Childers: https://www.alisachilders.com/blog/thanksgiving-a-christian-celebration-in-a-post-christian-society

The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. Proverbs 22:7

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-15-2018)

Good morning friends,

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

Patience is a choice to control your emotions rather than allowing your emotions to control you. – The Love Dare

To view more of these quotes, visit here.

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 5 Things Christians Should Do After the Election: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/5-things-christians-election/
  2. Many ways to present the message about Jesus | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2018/11/07/many-ways-to-present-the-message-about-jesus/
  3. The Frightening Truth about Wicca in the United States – Dr. James Emery White Christian Blog: https://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/dr-james-emery-white/more-witches-than-presbyterians.html
  4. Talk About God, Even If You’re No Good at It – Break Point: http://www.breakpoint.org/2018/11/talk-about-god-even-if-youre-no-good-at-it/
  5. 23 Reasons Why Scholars Know Jesus Is Not A Copy Of Pagan Religions. | James Bishop’s Theological Rationalism: https://jamesbishopblog.com/2015/01/19/23-reasons-why-scholars-know-jesus-is-not-a-copy-of-pagan-religions/
  6. Lodi Man Gets Second Chance At Life When Brain Tumor Vanishes Without Surgery CBS Sacramento: https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2018/11/09/lodi-second-chance-brain-tumor/
  7. Is the Bible Reliable? Part 2 – Listen to Moments of Hope with Pastor David Chadwick, Nov 9, 2018: https://www.oneplace.com/ministries/moments-of-hope/listen/is-the-bible-reliable-part-2-725607.html
  8. 3 More Tips to Effective Conversations for Christ – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/3-tips-effective-conversations-christ-2/
  9. A Guide to Purposeful Conversations – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/a-guide-to-purposeful-conversations/
  10. Blessed Are Those Who Have Not Seen and yet Believe | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/blessed-are-those-who-have-not-seen-and-yet-believe#.W-nV8x5lA0N
  11. Leaving Home . . . And God | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/train-up-a-child/christian-parenting/leaving-home-and-god/
  12. A Beginners Guide to Understand and Answer Dr. Bart Ehrman – Christian Apologetics Alliance: http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2016/08/18/a-beginners-guide-to-understand-and-answer-dr-bart-ehrman/
  13. Investigating Bart Ehrman’s Top Ten Troublesome Bible Verses | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/investigating-bart-ehrmans-top-ten-troublesome-bible-verses/
  14. Bart Ehrman’s Latest Book How Jesus Became God | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/bart-ehrman-s-latest-book-%E2%80%93-how-jesus-became-god#.W-t0RB5lA0M
  15. 4 Early Non-Christian Sources For Jesus: http://tentmakingchristianity.com/4-early-non-christian-sources-for-jesus/
  16. Bart Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus an analysis – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/is-the-bible-reliable/bart-ehrmans-misquoting-jesus-an-analysis
  17. Top Five Apologetics Books Lucas’ Theological Novelties and Apologetics: https://lucsnovelties.com/2018/08/05/top-five-apologetics-books/
  18. 7 eye-opening facts we learn about early Christianity from a Roman Historian who hated Christians: http://isjesusalive.com/7-eye-opening-facts-we-learn-about-early-christianity-from-a-roman-historian-who-hated-christians/
  19. Is There Anything Good About Pain? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/human-body/there-anything-good-about-pain/

Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. Psalms 105:4

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-8-2018)

Good morning friends,

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

Man has an amazing capacity to distort Scripture in the things that he wishes were not true. – James MacDonald

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Some Possible Options in Explaining Why the Bible is Authoritative, True, and Inspired! THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/11/01/some-possible-options-in-explaining-why-the-bible-is-authoritative-true-and-inspired-2/
  2. Life Begins at Conception | American Center for Law and Justice: https://aclj.org/begins-at-conception
  3. Engineered Adaptability: Darwin’s Anti-Design Doctrine | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/darwins-anti-design-doctrine/
  4. How Do We Speak Truth in A Distracted Age? – Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-do-we-speak-truth-in-a-distracted-age
  5. What is the Most Recent Manuscript Count for the New Testament? – Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/what-is-the-most-recent-manuscript-count-for-the-new-testament
  6. If believing in Jesus is such a huge deal, why doesn’t he do whatever it takes to show himself to me? Is Jesus Alive?: http://isjesusalive.com/divine-hiddenness/
  7. How Oxford and Peter Singer drove me from atheism to Jesus – The Veritas Forum: http://www.veritas.org/oxford-atheism-to-jesus/
  8. What About All The Other Gods? (J. Warner Wallace): http://www.breakpoint.org/2018/11/what-about-all-the-other-gods/
  9. Why Christian Apologists Must Remember Death – Capturing Christianity: http://capturingchristianity.com/why-christian-apologists-must-remember-death/
  10. The Problem With Answering the Problem of Evil | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/the-problem-with-answering-the-problem-of-evil/
  11. Which Came First, The Chicken or the Egg? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/days-of-creation/which-came-first-the-chicken-or-the-egg/
  12. How Do We Know the Right Books Made it into the New Testament? https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/how-do-we-know-the-right-books-made-it-into-the-new-testament.html

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 1 Peter 1:18-19

Blessings to you all

Letter to my Muslim Friend

Last year around this time (from summer 2017 – Feb. 2018) I had a series of 13 lunch meetings with a Muslim friend of mine from work.  We were meeting at Starbucks and he wasn’t actually eating, but just having coffee.  These were great meetings and I’ve documented everyone of them – what we talked about.  But in preparation for the 9th meeting, I really felt a conviction in my heart that I had to warn my friend about his predicament – about his eternal destiny.  So, I wrote him the following short letter and gave it to him and he read it during our meeting. Here is the text of that letter:


During our talks we are talking about a lot of “secondary matters”, like whether certain verses in the Qur’an or the Bible reveal scientific truth.  These are important matters, but secondary. What really is important is your eternal destination. What really is important is that one day when your heart stops beating and you are no longer breathing, you will stand before Almighty God and will have to give an account for your life and all your sins will be laid out before you and before God and you will have to answer for them by yourself because you rejected the only provision given by God to forgive your sins – our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I say all of this because I care about you and your eternal destination – not because of arrogance or hate.  The loving thing to do is to warn you about this reality.  Listen to all these things Jesus spoke:

  1. There is a judge for the one who rejects Me and does not accept My words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day (John 12:48)
  2. I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6)
  3. If you do not believe that I am [the one I claim to be], you will indeed die in your sins. (John 8:24)
  4. He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters. (Matt 12:30)
  5. Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I will disown him before My Father in heaven. Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law — a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.  Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. (Matt 10:32-39)
  6. For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (John 3:16-18)
  7. If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. (Luke 9:26)
  8. He who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me (Luke 10:16)

You need to consider this and know that on this day you were warned and you will be accountable to God for this knowledge. I consider you a friend and not an enemy. I care about you and pray and hope that God will open your eyes to see that sin is your disease, and that Jesus is the only cure you need. If Jesus does not pay for your sins, if you don’t acknowledge that He did and accept that, you’ll have to pay for your own sins forever being eternally punished in hell. And I don’t want that for you. Please consider this today I don’t want you to be lost forever!


He read it in front of me kind of whispering and in there I had inserted a number of verses where Jesus talks about himself being the only way and so forth. He said that he really appreciated that but that he is not convinced that you have to believe in Jesus in order to be forgiven. He said that that’s putting limits on God and that God is unlimited and his Mercy is unlimited. So why should there be limits on it? We had talked about this before. I said that that’s simply because God would be a liar if that was not true, because he said in his word that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. He restated the fact that he thinks that I’m misinterpreting that, and each of those verses that I listed in that document he said that he would see those through a different context. Through a Muslim context.

So when Jesus says if anyone rejects me and my words that will be condemned on the last day, what he would read that as if anyone rejects me (Jesus) as a prophet in my (Jesus’) words as a prophet then they would be condemned on the last day. He claimed that if I would look thing look at things with an open mind that I would see the truth of Islam. That he thinks that I have a closed mind. I don’t know if he used that word or not, but I would see Muhammad in the Bible if I would look – I would see that Jesus is not God that he’s just a prophet if I would look with an open mind.

I shared with him that also I think that he’s not looking at it objectively I pointed out that in our meetings he’s brought in Bible verses that were taken completely out of context and brought them forward to me to challenge or defeat the Christian faith. He kind of took offense at the statement “totally out of context”. But I pointed out, “have you ever read the Bible just to read it?” I mean those verses that you gave me that you said that you think that they prove that Jesus is not God or something like that did you just run into those while you were reading the Bible? Or were those things that you looked up as you were trying to find arguments against the Christian faith?

So I challenged him, convince me, please convince me! He said he has been trying to convince me. He did admit he’s not a scholar and he doesn’t know the answers to everything. He said that I have not been very convincing in talking to him about the Trinity & talking to him about Jesus being 100% God and 100% man. He mentioned that he had done some research on Nabeel Qureshi (who I’d referred to several times in the previous 8 discussions) and does not find his story convincing at all – he really emphasized that point.

Referring to his lack of having an open mind, I said you’ve got to admit you’re not coming with an open mind or an objective mind either, you haven’t read the Bible. I reminded him that I’d asked him to read or listen to Nabeel Qureshi’s story and he replied that he doesn’t have time to read books. I said told him that he should read all of what Nabeel has to say before he criticizes him. I also reminded my Muslim friend that I (as a Christian) am reading the Qur’an & I’m also reading the Hadith. So, I told him, if you would just read the Bible then you would know the context of some of these things that you’re pulling out of context (at one of our subsequent meetings he agreed to read the Bible, so I gave him an expensive leather bound NIV study Bible, instructing him to start reading in the book of John).

Also he mentioned that he now knows that there are 66 books of the Bible that there are 39 Old Testament and 27 New Testament that there’s four gospels Matthew Mark Luke and John and this Christian and Muslim convert said that you can’t trust John because it was written by another author not by John. It was written in 100 AD and cannot be trusted. I asked him do you want me to give you evidence on the authorship of the Gospel of John? I can do that if that’s what you want. I can’t even remember what he answered on that point.

Our conversations were full of vigorous debate, but we were always VERY friendly and we still remain friends to this day, but I haven’t convinced him to abandon his faith, nor have I convinced him that Christianity is true.

I pray for my Muslim friend that his eyes would be opened and he would see the real Jesus and be saved!

mid-week apologetics booster (11-1-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here is one random quote (of over 700) from Nuggets:

God loves the offender as much as He loves the victim. – Joni Lamb

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Study Finds 61% Of Christians Believe New Age Ideas | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/study-finds-61-of-christians-believe-new-age-ideas/
  2. Emily Thomes: Picture of God’s Grace | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/georgia-purdom/2018/10/26/emily-thomes-picture-gods-grace/
  3. Can Reason Lead Us To A Relationship With God?: https://crossexamined.org/can-reason-lead-us-relationship-god/
  4. Boycotting Christian Beliefs: Pittsburgh Leaders Try to Boot Chick-Fil-A Sponsorship for Kid’s Marathon | CBN.com: http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2018/october/boycotting-christian-beliefs-pittsburgh-leaders-try-to-boot-chick-fil-a-sponsorship-for-kids-marathon
  5. WHY 1 TIMOTHY WAS WRITTEN NO LATER THAN 55 AD & WHY THAT MATTERS: http://2besure.blogspot.com/2018/10/why-1-timothy-was-written-no-later-than.html
  6. Your Kids Need to Think Critically About the Resurrection…Because Secular Media Does Not: http://christianmomthoughts.com/your-kids-need-to-think-critically-about-the-resurrection-because-secular-media-does-not/
  7. Here’s How Christians Can Use Pop Culture to Engage the World With Gospel | Christian News on Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/sponsored/heres-how-christians-can-use-pop-culture-to-engage-the-world-with-gospel.html
  8. Arming Christian Students With the Truth | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/arming-christian-students-with-the-truth/
  9. Manuscript Evidence Part 1, A Few Important Facts Truth, Faith and Reason: https://truthfaithandreason.com/a-case-for-the-bible-101-manuscript-evidence-part-1-a-few-important-facts/
  10. Survey: The Happiest Marriages involve The Least Premarital Sex: http://thefederalist.com/2018/10/26/survey-the-happiest-marriages-had-the-least-premarital-sex/
  11. Is Mark’s Gospel an Early Memoir of the Apostle Peter? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/is-marks-gospel-an-early-memoir-of-the-apostle-peter/
  12. Richard Dawkins is releasing an atheist children’s book – creation.com: https://creation.com/dawkins-childrens-book
  13. 10 Signs the Christian Authors You’re Following are (Subtly) Teaching Unbiblical Ideas: https://crossexamined.org/10-signs-the-christian-authors-youre-following-are-subtly-teaching-unbiblical-ideas/
  14. Isn’t it obvious? Natural selection can eliminate, but never create! – creation.com: https://creation.com/natural-selection-can-eliminate-never-create
  15. Trinity Chart-God is a trinity of persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father is not the same person as the Son; the Son is not the same person as the Holy Spirit; and the Holy Spirit is not the same person as Father. They are not three gods and not three beings. They are three distinct persons; yet, they are all the one God.: https://carm.org/trinity
  16. What is the meaning of the tree of life?: https://www.gotquestions.org/tree-of-life.html#ixzz37M7sD0Wt
  17. Discussing the Age of the Earth with Other Christians (Video) | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/discussing-the-age-of-the-earth-with-other-christians-video#.W9mryuKQyUl
  18. Is Wesleyan-Arminianism a Human-Centered Theology? (Joshua McNall) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuJPYApaRXY&feature=youtu.be
  19. New study: virgins have happiest marriages, more sex partners means more unhappiness | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/10/30/new-study-virgins-have-happiest-marriages-more-sex-partners-means-more-unhappiness/
  20. Evolutionists Are Now Embracing Determinism and Denying Free Will: http://darwins-god.blogspot.com/2014/06/evolutionists-are-now-embracing.html
  21. George Washington and Religion – A Christian Not a Deist: https://probe.org/george-washington-and-religion/
  22. Ex-Gay ‘X-Factor’ Contestant Faces Backlash for Saying He Found Christ, Left LGBT Lifestyle: https://www.christianpost.com/news/ex-gay-x-factor-contestant-faces-backlash-saying-he-found-christ-left-lgbt-lifestyle-228196/
  23. The Secret to Integrating Apologetics in the Church: – The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network: https://www.thepoachedegg.net/2018/10/integrating-apologetics-in-the-church.html

Then Job replied: “Doubtless you are the people, and wisdom will die with you! But I have a mind as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Who does not know all these things? “I have become a laughingstock to my friends, though I called upon God and he answered — a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless! Men at ease have contempt for misfortune as the fate of those whose feet are slipping. The tents of marauders are undisturbed, and those who provoke God are secure — those who carry their god in their hands. Job 12:1-6

Blessings to you all

Teaching on John 10 – The Good Shepherd and His Sheep

This was teaching I developed over the past month and finally delivered yesterday during lunchtime at Mimi’s Cafe to a group of about 15 men.  We’ve been going through the book of John and it was my turn to teach on John 10.

1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.”

6 This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them. 7 So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

11 I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, 15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.

16 I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. 18 No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.”

19 A division occurred again among the Jews because of these words. 20 Many of them were saying, “He has a demon and is insane. Why do you listen to Him?” 21 Others were saying, “These are not the sayings of one demon-possessed. A demon cannot open the eyes of the blind, can he?” 22 At that time the Feast of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem; 23 it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon.

24 The Jews then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, “How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me. 26 But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?” 33 The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Has it not been written in your Law, ‘I SAID, YOU ARE GODS’? 35 If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), 36 do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?

37 If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.” 39 Therefore they were seeking again to seize Him, and He eluded their grasp. 40 And He went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was first baptizing, and He was staying there. 41 Many came to Him and were saying, “While John performed no sign, yet everything John said about this man was true.” 42 Many believed in Him there. (NASB)

Disclaimer (before we get started) – This study group is “multi/non-denominational”. We are all brothers in Christ–we believe in one Lord and one Bible. However, we may have different views on various matters of doctrine and theology.  John 10 is one of those passages the “Reformed Calvinist View” relies on as a proof text.  I am not a Calvinist (for biblical reasons), nor am I Pelagian or Semipelagian, though I do consider myself to be Reformed, holding to the 5 “solas” of the reformation.  I don’t plan to go into detail about my views because we won’t have time for that, yet I want to let you know up front that it is possible you will disagree with parts of this teaching (esp. on John 10:3&26 – I will devote significant attention to 26 – 1½ pages).  That’s ok with me and I hope its ok with you.  In preparation for this, let us receive wisdom from God’s Word:

Proverbs 18:17 – The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.

The point is, maybe you haven’t spent a lot of time considering alternative points of view such things as unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace – on soteriology (or maybe you have…) I ask that you receive this teaching in the spirit in which I hope to deliver it – with humility, gentleness and respect.

Chapter 10 is chock full of great stuff!  Look at all the teaching & doctrine that flows from this chapter:

  1. 2 “I AM” statements by Jesus (v.7,9), (v.11,14), statements of His deity.
  2. Jesus is the only way of salvation for mankind – “I am the door” (v.9)
  3. False teachers/leaders — we must watch out for them (v.1,5,8,10,12-13)
  4. Jesus came to give us abundant life (v.10)
  5. The voluntary atonement of Christ for sins (v.11,15,18)
  6. Prediction of the Gentiles joining Jewish believers in one body, the church (v.16)
  7. Sheep / Shepherd metaphor permeates the chapter, reinforcing His deity (v.1-30)
  8. Jesus attended the “Feast of Dedication” a.k.a. Hanukkah (v.22)
  9. Unconditional election, irresistible grace and limited atonement (v.3,26-27,29)
  10. Jesus’ works are more than enough to prove that He is the Messiah (v.25,37-38)
  11. Eternal security of believers guaranteed by Jesus and the Father (v.28-29)
  12. The Jews attempt for the 3rd time in Gospel of John to stone Jesus (v.31-33)
  13. Jesus claims directly to be God (v.30-33)
  14. The inerrancy / accuracy of Scripture (v.35)
  15. John the Baptist was a true prophet and evangelist of Jesus (v.40-42)

We can’t cover each verse here today–MacArthur took 5 sermons (>=45 minutes each) to give an overview!

According to John MacArthur, this chapter records the final public declaration by the Lord Jesus of His Deity and the end of His public ministry. After this chapter, He goes away for 3 months of isolation across the Jordan with His disciples and others who believed in Him there.  After that He heads toward Jerusalem, after raising Lazarus in Bethany and then comes His passion week (during the Passover feast).  In fact in the next chapter, it explicitly states that His public ministry to the Jews was finished:

John 11:54 – Therefore Jesus no longer continued to walk publicly among the Jews, but went away from there to the country near the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim; and there He stayed with the disciples.

Chapter 10 starts with Jesus’ discourse on Himself as the “good shepherd”. It flows directly from chap. 9, as Jesus continues to talk to the very same people on the very same day. The problem of chap. 9 was that Israel was led by false (blind) shepherds who drew them astray from the true knowledge and kingdom of Messiah (9:39-41). In chap. 10, Jesus declares Himself to be the “good shepherd” who was appointed by His Father as Savior and King, in contrast to the false shepherds of Israel who were self-appointed, self-righteous & blind.

John 10:1 – Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber.

Sheep were kept in a pen which had a door for entry and exit. Those who wanted to steal or harm the sheep would attempt entrance by another way.  The true shepherd enters at the door, being identified by the doorkeeper.  Ezekiel 34 most likely forms the background to Jesus’ teaching:

Ezekiel 34:1-21 Then the word of the LORD came to me saying, 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to those shepherds, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock?”

Ezekiel 34:23-24a – Then I will set over them one shepherd, My servant David, and he will feed them; he will feed them himself and be their shepherd. And I, the LORD, will be their God, and My servant David will be prince among them.

Literally, the whole chapter deals with sheep/shepherd metaphor. v.23-24 speaks of David in future tense, but he lived long before this.  So, apparently He’s talking about the Son of David (Messiah) who will gather His people, from Israel and from the nations, and lead them into the glory of the final kingdom.  Ezekiel 34 is a prophecy fulfilled by Jesus.  The Gospels themselves contain extensive sheep/shepherd imagery. For example:

Matthew 18:11-13 – [For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.] What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray.

John 10:3 – To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

The doorkeeper is John the Baptist who prepared Jesus’ way and identified Him as the Messiah:

John 1:29-34 – The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’ I did not recognize Him, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water.” John testified saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.”

The old covenant Jewish believers accepted John the Baptist’s testimony of Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, and these are the specific sheep in verse 3 that “hear His voice”.  There will be a longer discussion on v.26…

John 10:7-10 – 7 So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

Here He is the door. The shepherd led the sheep out of the sheep pen, here He is the entrance to the pen leading to proper pasture. Near Eastern shepherds slept in the gateway to guard the sheep, Jesus here pictures Himself as the door. He serves as the sole means to approach the Father and partake of God’s salvation–Jesus’ explicitly states that He is the only way many times in the Gospel of John, for example:

John 14:6 – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

Only belief in the risen Christ, who paid for your sins, can save you from the just penalty for your sins and from being cast into hell. Only trust in Him as Savior and Lord can reconcile you to God. Jesus is the source for the knowledge of God and the one basis for spiritual security:

Heb. 7:25 – Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 – Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Q: When Jesus said He came to give us abundant life (v.10), why doesn’t this refer to health and wealth?

In John 10:11-18, Jesus is the “good shepherd” (4th of 7 “I am” statements of Jesus). Good (kalos) means beautiful, magnificent, winsome, attractive, lovely and excellent on all levels, vs. other word for good (agathos), which means moral goodness (pleasant, agreeable, upright and honorable).

 Q: Who are some well-known shepherds in the OT?  Is Jesus claiming Deity by this description?  Why?

John 10:11 – I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

“lays down His life” refers to Jesus’ substitutionary death for sinners on the cross:

1 Peter 2:24 – He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

1 Peter 3:18 – For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit

Romans 5:8-9 – But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

John 10:16 – I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.

Refers to Gentiles who will respond to His voice & become a part of the church. Jesus’ death was not only for Jews, but also for non-Jews. He will make both into one new body, the church.

John 10:17-18 – For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.  No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.

Jesus’ death was not the end. His resurrection was a demonstration of His Messiahship & Deity:

Romans 1:4 – who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord.

John 10:22-23 – At that time the Feast of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem; it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon.

The “Feast of the Dedication” (Hanukkah) celebrates the Jewish victory over Antiochus Epiphanes, who conquered Jerusalem & desecrated the temple. The Jews fought the Maccabean Revolt (166-142 B.C.), liberated the temple, and rededicated it. This celebration is also known as the “Festival of Lights” on account of the lamps and candles lit to commemorate the event in Jewish homes.

Q: Is Jesus celebrating Hanukkah here?  How does it compare with Jesus’ celebration of Passover?

John 10:24-25 – The Jews then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, “How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly. “Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me.”

Jesus didn’t expect people to have blind faith – to believe without reason.  We also see this elsewhere in John:

John 10:37-38 – If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.

John 5:36 – But the testimony which I have is greater than the testimony of John; for the works which the Father has given Me to accomplish – the very works that I do -testify about Me, that the Father has sent Me.

John 14:11 – Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves.

Jesus even stayed with His disciples following His resurrection to give them evidence:

Acts 1:3 – After His suffering, He showed Himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

Jesus had already demonstrated His Deity by His many miracles and rising from the grave. But He stayed for more than a month longer to give His disciples many convincing proofs.”

Q: Why didn’t the risen Jesus appear to the Pharisees to prove that they were wrong about Him?

John 10:26-27 But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;

The Reformed Calvinist interpretation of this passage is that God has chosen a fixed number of individuals (His sheep) before the foundation of the world. It is only they who will hear His voice, believe and follow, after they have been made alive (or quickened) by His Spirit (effectual calling).  The rest, who are not His elect, He “passes over”.  Thus, Christ died only for His particular sheep – not the whole world.  His atonement for sins is said to be “limited atonement”.

Although this doctrine seems to be supported by many Scriptures (Eph. 1:3-8,11, 2:1-9; Rom. 8:7,9:10-24, John 6:37-40,44,65, 8:47, 10:26; Acts 2:39,13:47-48,16:14; 2 Th. 2:13-14; Col. 2:13; 1 Cor. 2:14, etc.), we must also remember that the same Bible tells us the following facts:

  1. God wants all people to be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-4)
  2. He desires all people to repent (2 Peter 3:9)
  3. He’s pleased when the wicked turn from their ways and live (Ezekiel 18:23)
  4. Not all repent/turn from their ways (Jn. 3:19-20; Mt. 7:13-14, 13:18-23; Rom. 1:18-25)

So, if this doctrine of particular individual election be true, then God elects only some to be saved and to repent even though, according to Calvinism, He has elected whoever He wants.

Note: I’m not saying this is unfair (Rom 9:14-21), nor that we can come to Christ without the Father and Holy Spirit drawing (6:44) or enabling (6:65) us.  Rather, it seems contradictory and not supported by “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27).   We know that not all people repent and are saved.  Therefore, since God wants all saved and not all are, there seems to be some element of human choice that God has given us in salvation – this drawing of the lost to God appears to be “resistible”, not “irresistible”.

Salvation is pictured as a gift in the Bible:

Rom. 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

A gift must be received – what good is a Christmas present if it is left under the tree?

John 1:12 – But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God

We receive the gift of salvation by faith, and Paul makes it very clear that faith is not a work:

Romans 4:2-5 – 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.” 4 Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. 5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness

v.5 of this passage clearly says the one who exercises faith in God is not performing a work.  Is the believer just smarter than others because he “figured it out”? No, not any more than a recipient of a gift is smarter or more worthy because he “figured out” that he must open the gift to benefit from what’s inside.

Additionally, John teaches us that Jesus died for the sins, not only of His sheep, but of everyone:

1 John 2:1-2 – My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense –Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

The doctrines of unconditional election and limited atonement have significant practical implications for how we approach lost people in evangelism.  We are communicating the idea that God has genuine love for those whom He has chosen not to save, and that He sincerely offers them salvation. This presents one of the greatest dilemmas for the Calvinist view.  However, God’s love for sinners and His desire for the salvation of all people is communicated by Jesus in one of the most famous verses in Scripture:

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life

God’s love for sinners motivated Him to send His Son. Whoever believes in Him will be saved.  He offers salvation to all—acceptance or rejection of that offer resides with each individual.

So, if “My sheepdoes not refer to a predetermined set of elect persons, then what does Jesus mean by it? One possible meaning is that “My sheep” refers primarily to the faithful sons of Abraham under the old covenant as it was revealed in OT, who were already prepared by their faith and repentance to embrace the promised Messiah at the time of His appearance. These included those under the ministry of John the Baptist, who was appointed to “prepare the way for the Lord”. In a secondary sense, it includes God-fearing Gentiles (e.g., Cornelius, Acts 10) who were led by God’s grace to repentance and whom He drew to faith in His Son.

Q: Dare I ask for any comments here 🙂 ?  Please tell me where I’m wrong…

John 10:28-29 – and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

Jesus’ sheep are secure because He is the Good Shepherd–He has them safe. Neither thieves nor robbers (v. 1, 8) nor the wolf (v. 12) can harm them.  No stronger passage in the OT or NT exists for the absolute, eternal security of every true Christian. Verse 29 makes clear that the Father ultimately stands behind the sheep’s security, for no one is able to steal them from God:

Rom. 8:38–39 – For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Q: What about people who walk away from the faith?  Do you know anyone who’s walked away?

John 10:30-33 – “I and the Father are one.” The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?” The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.”

The Jews are trying to stone Jesus, because His claim He was One with the Father affirmed His claim to deity and caused the Jews to seek His execution. There was no doubt in the minds of those Jews that Jesus was claiming to be God.

The Mosaic Law did permit stoning for blasphemy:

Leviticus 24:16 – Moreover, the one who blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall certainly stone him. The alien as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death.

However, in 1st century Palestine, the Romans reserved for themselves the right of capital punishment:

John 18:31 – So Pilate said to them, “Take Him yourselves, and judge Him according to your law.” The Jews said to him, “We are not permitted to put anyone to death”

Nonetheless, out-of-control Jews at other times engaged in mob actions in lieu of legal proceedings:

Acts 7:57–60 – But they cried out with a loud voice, and covered their ears and rushed at him with one impulse. When they had driven him out of the city, they began stoning him; and the witnesses laid aside their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul. They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” Having said this, he fell asleep.

John 10:34-36 – Jesus answered them, “Has it not been written in your Law, ‘I SAID, YOU ARE GODS’? If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?”

Jesus quotes from Ps 82:6 where God calls some unjust judges “gods” and pronounces calamity against them. Jesus’ argument is an argument “from the lesser to the greater”. If mere men could, in some sense, be referred to as “gods,” why would anyone object to the Son of God Himself being called by that title?  Then He adds this parenthetical statement: “Scripture cannot be broken”.  This is Jesus Christ the Lord Himself affirming the accuracy & authority of the OT.

If you found yourself disagreeing with some parts of this teaching today, I would encourage you to read the excellent book “Deconstructing Calvinism” (currently $3.99 Kindle, $18.99 paperback).

You may also want to read 2 articles to get a balanced view on the topic of God’s desire that all be saved:

Are There Two Wills in God? Divine Election and God’s Desire for All to Be Saved (John Piper):

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/are-there-two-wills-in-god

Are There Two Wills in God? A Response to John Piper:

http://evangelicalarminians.org/john-piper-are-there-two-wills-in-god-a-response/

Robert Hamilton, “The Order of Faith and Election in John’s Gospel: You Do Not Believe Because You Are Not My Sheep”:

http://evangelicalarminians.org/files/Hamilton.%20The%20Order%20of%20Faith%20and%20Election%20in%20John’s%20Gospel..pdf

I also made significant use of the MacArthur Study Bible comments and his 5 sermons on John 10:

  1. I Am the Door (John 10:1–10)
  2. I Am the Good Shepherd (John 10:11–21)
  3. I and the Father Are One, Part 1 (John 10:22–24)
  4. I and the Father Are One, Part 2 (John 10:25–42)
  5. I and the Father Are One, Part 3 (John 10:22–42)

I also listened to Dr. R.C. Sproul’s series on Reformed Theology.

I also read Hermeneutics of 2 Peter 3:9—”Us all” or “you all”? http://calvinandcalvinism.com/?p=12652