mid-week apologetics booster (3-15-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Why sexual immorality should be repudiated rather than debated – Washington Times: https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/mar/4/why-sexual-immorality-should-be-repudiated-rather-/
  2. This Is Apologetics: An Argument from Christian Hypocrisy JOEL SETTECASE: https://settecase.wordpress.com/2018/03/08/this-is-apologetics-an-argument-from-christian-hypocrisy/
  3. The Limitations of Apologetics and Belief That and Belief In THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/03/10/the-limitations-of-apologetics-and-belief-that-and-belief-in-2/
  4. WALSH: Many People Have Asked Me To ‘Tone Down The Jesus Stuff.’ I’m Going To Do The Opposite. | Daily Wire: https://www.dailywire.com/news/27897/walsh-many-people-have-asked-me-tone-down-jesus-matt-walsh
  5. Does Jesus Really Want Me to Hate My Family?: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/does-jesus-want-hate-family/
  6. Why Generation Z is less Christian than ever | Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/03/11/why-generation-z-is-less-christian-than-ever-and-why-thats-good-news.html
  7. Who Wrote the Gospels and When Did They Write Them? – Logic & Light: http://www.logicandlight.org/who-wrote-the-gospels-and-when-did-they-write-them/
  8. A Case for the Bible 101: 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/
  9. Why Are Stories Such Powerful Means of Communication? – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-are-stories-such-powerful-means-of-communication
  10. Science Confirms Climate Change! | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/environmental-science/climate-change/science-confirms-climate-change/
  11. Loving Christ – How can I get out of my evidentialist hole and find Jesus? How can I come to know my faith is true? | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/loving-christ/
  12. Isn’t the Christian View of Sexuality Dangerous and Harmful?: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/isnt-the-christian-view-of-sexuality-dangerous-and-harmful/
  13. Is Christianity Intolerant? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/is-christianity-intolerant/
  14. What is the Most Recent Manuscript Count for the New Testament? – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/what-is-the-most-recent-manuscript-count-for-the-new-testament
  15. How Not to Teach Your Kids the Bible: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-not-to-teach-your-kids-the-bible/
  16. The Difference Between Knowing and Showing God Exists THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/03/13/the-difference-between-knowing-and-showing-god-exists/

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalms 19:7-14

Blessings to you all


mid-week apologetics booster (3-1-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Nabeel Qureshi // Why I stopped believing Islam is a religion of peace – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2htOWOF4gqs
  2. Do You Love Your Reputation More than Christ? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/do-you-love-your-reputation-more-christ#.Wo7JnOCp40M
  3. 50 Alleged Bible Contradictions Refuted | The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/50-alleged-bible-contradiction-refuted/
  4. Thoughts on urgency and apologetics Thinking Matters: http://thinkingmatters.org.nz/2017/11/thoughts-on-urgency-and-apologetics/
  5. William Tyndale: Reformer, Translator, Martyr | ReasonableTheology.org: https://reasonabletheology.org/william-tyndale-reformer-translator-martyr/
  6. Undesigned Scriptural Coincidences: The Ring Of Truth: https://crossexamined.org/undesigned-scriptural-coincidences-the-ring-of-truth/
  7. Is God Selfish and Vindictive? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/who-is-god/god-is-good/is-god-selfish-and-vindictive/
  8. Developing An Apologetic That Works | Faith & Self Defense: https://faithandselfdefense.com/2017/11/21/developing-an-apologetic-that-works/
  9. 10 Reasons to Accept the Resurrection of Jesus as an Historical Fact: https://crossexamined.org/10-reasons-accept-resurrection-jesus-historical-fact/
  10. Just the Facts: The Minimalist Approach for Talking about the Resurrection Relevant Belief: https://relevantbelief.com/2017/04/13/just-the-facts-the-minimalist-approach-for-talking-about-the-resurrection/
  11. Saved by Faith or Works? by Living Waters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwR7zT9NtZM
  12. Which side of the abortion rights debate is backed by scientific evidence? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/02/27/which-side-of-the-abortion-rights-debate-is-backed-by-scientific-evidence/
  13. Sharing Your Faith: Embarrassing, Inappropriate and Unprofessional – Amy Orr-Ewing – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJQllrDz1qU
  14. Is There Absolute Truth? by Living Waters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lvSGCaicEg
  15. Is There Meaning to Life? – Dr. Craig Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKGnXgH_CzE
  16. Apologetics: Getting to the Gospel as Soon as Possible Here’s the thing: https://heresthething.blog/2018/02/09/apologetics-getting-to-the-gospel-as-soon-as-possible/
  17. Greg Koukl – What is faith? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRuxYaiTg4g
  18. Did Humans Evolve From Apes; Examining the Anatomy – DyerThoughts: http://www.dyerthoughts.com/home/did-humans-evolve-from-apes-examining-the-anatomy
  19. Why did God Create People He Foreknew Would Go to hell? – GiveAnAnswer.org: https://www.giveananswer.org/why-did-god-create-people-he-foreknew-would-go-to-hell/
  20. What Is Christianity?: https://thereforegodexists.com/what-is-christianity/
  21. Contentment is its Own Apologetic – Southern by His Grace: http://southernbyhisgrace.com/contentment-is-its-own-apologetic/
  22. A Life-Changing Trip for Students: https://mailchi.mp/8cc65cf8733b/a-life-changing-trip-for-students
  23. 10 Ways to Get Your Kids More Interested in Their Faith: http://christianmomthoughts.com/10-ways-to-get-your-kids-more-interested-in-their-faith/
  24. 4 Myths About Teaching Apologetics in Youth Ministry: https://churchleaders.com/youth/youth-leaders-articles/160290-benjer_mcveigh_4_myths_about_teaching_apologetics_in_youth_ministry.html

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever– the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. John 14:13-17

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 2/25/2018

Today in the Apologetics Class, Lord willing, we will be watching the video Sharing Your Faith- Embarrassing, Inappropriate and Unprofessional (Amy Orr-Ewing of RZIM Trust is the speaker):

Here is the note-taking page I handed out before the class:

Sharing Your Faith – Embarrassing, Inappropriate and Unprofessional – Amy Orr-Ewing RZIM Trust, February 25th 2018

  1. A_______________ comes from Greek word “Apologia”, 1 Peter 3:15 “Always be prepared …”
  2. Describes what a defense lawyer would do in a court – give a reasoned, persuasive d_________
  3. Why is it unusual for us to feel unembarrassed, naturally to talk about Jesus?
  4. Sometimes there is an “inner cringe” at the fear and a______________ of evangelism

2 “Motions” that happen in evangelism at our work places:

  1. The P____________ Effect – be ready, so that when opportunity comes, you’re able to take it. You’re pulled into conversation about your faith.  4 characteristics of the kind of person:
    1. Spend time with the Lord in p_______. “Coincidences” happen a lot to those who pray
    2. Something different about them – their lives call forth questions. They r______ Christ.
    3. People for whom “everything is on the altar” for the Lord-completely on f____ for Him.
    4. People who are in c_____________ with other believers, where the quality of Christian love in that community speaks to their work colleagues.
  2. The P____________ Effect – being pro-active. We are to “go therefore and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19).  We worry about seeming “weird”, we worry about being o_______________. Few ideas about how we can be pro-active in sharing our faith:
    1. Pray daily for o_______________ and breakthroughs. We should have a mentality of expectation that God has put is in our workplace (or school) and wants us to be there and wants us to speak for Him.  Sometimes, we’ll sow seeds that others will reap.
    2. Ask people q______________. Sometimes we feel afraid of evangelism because we think, “I don’t know all the answers” and “I don’t know what I should say”.  In the Gospels Jesus asked 1___ questions. Everyone can ask questions.
      1. Questions can help “i____________” apathetic people (John 1:38)
      2. Questions can help get a friend really t____________. Thinking is not the enemy of evangelism (Luke 18:19 – “Why do you call Me good?”)
  • Questions can bring the f______ to J_________ in a conversation. We want people to encounter the person of Christ, to introduce Jesus into the situation.
  1. A question can “r______” an i_______. Especially in “tense” situations – sensitive topics.  Jesus did this in Matthew 22:15-22.  Lady on train in Britain asked, “What would it take for you to believe in God?”
  2. A question can demonstrate e______. John 11:34 – “Where have you laid him?”
  3. A question can reveal m___________ (John 5:6 – “Do you want to get well?”).
  • A question can open up frank discussions about b________ to belief (John 8:46)
  • A conversation needs questions-just talking/p____________ won’t work.

Conversations I’ve Had at Work and How They Got Started

Sharing Christ with my boss over lunch

  1. We were alone together in the company cafeteria eating lunch
  2. V. was on talking about a church shooting in N.C. (shooter in Bible study prior)
  3. He characterized it as “he was sitting there listening to and reading the Word of God and yet he still did that”. This led to an extended conversation (~ 1 hour), & sharing the Gospel with him

Another conversation with Boss at end of the day

  1. Conversation about weekend-I was preparing for class I teach at church & other church activities
  2. His comment was, “Wow, that’s a lot of religion!” Then he admitted, “I’m not religious…“
  3. This led to a 5 minute conversation about our respective spiritual histories

Conversation with an Associate at Work Before We Were Leaving for the Day

  1. Talking about what we were doing this weekend – she was going to see a movie
  2. Talked about “Silence” – Liam Neeson – missionary in Japan & missionaries killed by drowning.
  3. Then I asked her if she’d ever seen the Passion of the Christ
  4. Led to a conversation about why Jesus had to die on the cross.

Conversation with an Agnostic Former Youth Pastor

  1. Conversation about football-mentioned having season tickets interfered w/ church activities
  2. Led to him sharing why he became an agnostic due to the “problem of evil”
  3. I was able to share a response to his objections and he later attended a Bible study with me

Conversation with Atheist in Lunch Line at Work Cafeteria

  1. I can’t remember exactly what started the conversation
  2. He was bringing up all these objections about Christianity (in a rapid fire fashion)
  3. Suggested we go out to lunch. He sent calendar invite and we went to Espo’s
  4. 1 hour talk about Christianity-I shared testimony & answered his questions about the faith.

Conversation with an Agnostic at Work

  1. We were making small talk at my desk.
  2. The topic came up about feeling old and things that make you feel/look older
  3. This led to a ½ conversation walking around the lake (at work) talking about Christianity

Other conversations

  1. With an ex-Catholic while on a business trip to San Antonio
  2. With a Mormon (LDS) who sat next to my cube
  3. With a Chinese lady while on a business trip to Germany
  4. With an British work associate on a trip to Manchester
  5. With a Muslim who mentioned his Friday weekly prayers
  6. With a Hindu couple from work whom my wife is watching their middle school child
  7. A Hindu couple over lunch at Aunt Chilada’s
  8. With Hindu lady asking her about Karma/Reincarnation– led to talk about faith
  9. Several Roman Catholics while serving at St. Vincent de Paul with them
  10. A Chinese atheist and a Malaysian Roman Catholic while on business trip in Australia
  11. With German guy who didn’t want to become Christian b/c he’d have to give up beer!

You can read more about these at: https://1peter41216.wordpress.com/category/conversation/


Apologetics Class 2/4/2018

Tomorrow in the Apologetics class, I plan to show the following videos:


Then this Living Waters video of the Way of the Master TV episode on Atheism (please note – you can purchase this video online here):




Here is the note-taking form with discussion questions that I plan to hand out:

Apologetics @ Ohio State & Atheism (WotM) 2/4/2017

Give Me an Answer – Cliffe Knechtle at Ohio State (~17 minutes)

  1. God’s forgiveness and penalty for sin
    1. God only forgives us when we a________ for forgiveness.
    2. According to Christ, it’s God who we’ve sinned against. According to God, when I sin, what I owe him is my life-the wages of sin is death.
  2. God is selfish/jealous. Doesn’t God owe me something?
    1. God doesn’t owe us anything. God gave us g_______ of l_______, we messed it up.  God gave His only Son, Christ to bleed and die on a cross, so God has given Himself for us.  Question is, how are we going to r_______ to God’s g_______, love and generosity?
    2. If children are drugs, & I’m not jealous, something wrong with my love! If wife is committing adultery, and I experience no jealousy, then I don’t understand what love is.
  3. He’s so committed to us that he gives c_____________ to good people.
    1. God doesn’t give cancer to good people. You and I live in a cursed, messed up world, in Genesis 3, we read about a big fall (not stubbing toe).  Adam and Eve commit cosmic t_____________ against God. Book of Job…  Did Job sin?  Is that why he suffered?  No!  Job suffered because he was born into a cursed, unfair world.
  4. Job s______________ because God had a bet with Satan!
    1. Satan challenged integrity of Job’s faith. Satan’s point was, The only reason Job has faith in God is because he gets good things from Him and once He take those away, he’ll curse God to His face. Is Job’s faith based on based on having the good things in life?  Or is Job’s faith based on the character of God being good, in spite of the circumstances of life?  When the circumstances of life turn unfair and cruel, Job’s faith is so magnificent, because his faith not based on circumstances of life, it’s based on the character of God.
  5. When you say that every other religion is wrong, who are you to say that?
    1. Jesus Christ contradicts Buddha, Muhammad and the Avatars of Hinduism. The law of non-contradiction applies.  ‘A’ and ‘non-A’ cannot be both equally right in the same way at the same time.  Now, the question is, does the evidence support Jesus Christ as being reliable?  Or Siddhartha Gautama Buddha? Or Muhammad?  Or Shirley MacLaine? Or whoever you’re seriously considering?  Jesus lived a sinless life, He taught amazing ethical teachings (Robert Cole, Psychology Professor at Harvard University, points out ‘All the writings on ethics over the past 2,000 years are simply footnotes to the Sermon on the Mount). The evidence is, you can t________ C_________, because He’s credible.
  6. Your evidence is eyewitness accounts from a couple thousand years ago. Christians have a series of anecdotes, not hard evidence (e.g. videos) …how can you disclaim other evidence?
    1. New Testament documents more than anecdotal. NT has so much more m_________ e____________ than any other documents from antiquity. Over 5,000 vs. 20 for others.
    2. Belief with no evidence is blind gullibility. Faith had better be based on evidence.
    3. Used example of not giving wallet to street person, but give to friend. That’s faith/trust.
  7. A robot or machine can’t love. Love, in order to be real, has to be f___________.
  8. Why does God allow terrible things to happen?
    1. Genesis 3 – when we human beings r_______________ against God, He took a step back from planet earth and chaos filled the gap. We’re born into cursed world, not because God created it that way, but because we told God to “get lost”.
  9. The only way there can be a moral a_____________ is if there’s a God that created it.
  10. Do you think that the Nazi’s did wrong in gassing J_____? Student: “By my view of justice, of course”. Is there justice above cultural law?  Cliffe cites the Nuremberg Trials (1945-1949).

Way of the Master – Atheism Episode (~28 minutes)

  1. Atheism: the belief that there’s no God. Takes more f____ to be an atheist than believe in God.
  2. The Atheist’s nightmare – the b____________. Designed for our consumption:
    1. 3 ridges on the far side, 2 ridges on the close side, matches hand
    2. No slip surface with outward indicators of inward contents (green, yellow, brown)
    3. Tab at top like soda can, when you pull tab contents don’t squirt in your face
    4. Wrapper (skin) bio degradable and has perforations
    5. Banana is curved toward the face to make eating it easier.
  3. A building is absolute proof that there was a builder. Creation proof of C___________.
  4. Like a car, that was obviously d____________, our bodies were designed by a Creator.
  5. “There is no God” an absolute statement. I would have to have absolute k___________.
  6. “There is no gold in China” – I would have to know everything about China.
  7. “There is gold in China” – don’t need all knowledge about China, just a little.
  8. A_______ (absolutely sure there is no God) vs. A_________ (based on limited knowledge only)
  9. During discussion with atheist: 1) Changes m____, 2) Deliberate s______, 3) J_________ himself
  10. Ray asks atheist, “Do you know what God has done for you so you don’t have to go to Hell?”
  11. Atheist asks, “How good do you have to be…?” Ray answers, “You have to be p__________”.
  12. Principal: Swing (the conversation) from the i__________ to the c______________.
  13. An atheist may not want to believe in God, demanding absolute proof of His existence.
  14. The atheist is not your enemy, so don’t argue with him. Help him see he’s really agnostic
  15. Apologetics is like b____, God’s law is like the h_____. If no hook, fish swim away fat and happy.

Discussion Questions

  1. 1st video answered & didn’t avoid intellectual questions. 2nd video taught you shouldn’t dwell in the intellectual, but swing to the conscience.  Which is the better approach, more biblical? Why?
  2. Were any of the students in the 1st video humbly seeking the truth or really open to it?
  3. Do you think there were unbeliever’s questions avoided during the 3 conversations presented?
  4. How would you answer the woman near the end who said, “I believe everything on this earth was either accidental or created by man”?
  5. How would you answer the young man who asked, why you should believe in a book written by people thousands of years ago, who were superstitious?


  1. https://camelbackclassic2018.homeschooldebate.net/ (March 22-24) Apologetics Judges needed

mid-week apologetics booster (2-1-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Is It Real? 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation – John MacArthur: https://www.gty.org/library/articles/45REAL/is-it-real
  2. Five Ways To Answer A Question: http://www.reasonsforgod.org/2012/11/five-ways-to-answer-a-question/
  3. The Crusades: Were they Justified? (2015) NORMAN GEISLER: http://normangeisler.com/the-crusades-were-they-justified/
  4. Why I Continue to Hold to Inerrancy – Hope’s Reason: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2018/01/23/continue-hold-inerrancy/#.WmndrqinGUk
  5. Apologetics Begins at Home – Christian Worldview | Christian Worldview: http://www.christianworldview.net/2015/02/apologetics-begins-at-home/
  6. An Extra-Biblical Case for Christianity Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2017/04/16/an-extra-biblical-case-for-christianity/
  7. Why are there so many religions? Do all religions lead to God?: https://www.gotquestions.org/so-many-religions.html
  8. Why the KJV Only Movement is Wrong | RunningAwayFromMyChurch.com: https://runningawayfrommychurch.com/kjv-only-king-james-bible-controversy/
  9. Forensic Faith 101: Do you have an accidental or evidential faith? Truth, Faith and Reason: http://truthfaithandreason.com/forensic-faith-101-do-you-have-an-accidental-or-evidential-faith/
  10. Is Defending the Faith Biblical? | Real Issue Apologetics: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2018/01/28/is-defending-the-faith-biblical/
  11. Ten Steps to Becoming an Effective Tent-Making Christian Case Maker: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/ten-steps-to-becoming-an-effective-tent-making-christian-case-maker/
  12. Making a difference as a Christian doesn’t mean doing dramatic, reckless things | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/01/27/making-a-difference-as-a-christian-doesnt-mean-doing-dramatic-reckless-things/
  13. Handling an Objection: How can Jesus be God when the Jewish Scriptures says God is not a man? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/01/26/handling-an-objection-how-can-jesus-be-god-when-the-jewish-scriptures-says-god-is-not-a-man-2/
  14. Examining Islamic Apologetics (Part 2) – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/examining-islamic-apologetics-part-2/
  15. Shock: Reporter Allows Stephen Meyer to Respond to God of the Gaps Challenge | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2018/01/shock-reporter-allows-stephen-meyer-to-respond-to-god-of-the-gaps-challenge/
  16. 5 Ways Christian Parents Fail to Prepare Their Kids to Engage with Questions of Faith and Science: http://crossexamined.org/5-ways-christian-parents-fail-prepare-kids-engage-questions-faith-science/
  17. Eric Chabot -Skeptic Role Play With Local Church – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=db_mhABR9z8
  18. If Christians Are Supposed to Rely on Evidence, Why Call It Faith? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/if-christians-are-supposed-to-rely-on-evidence-why-call-it-faith/
  19. The Religion of Nature: Social Darwinism | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/charles-darwin/darwinism/religion-of-nature-social-darwinism/
  20. How can we be sure we have the Word of God? How accurate are our copies of the Bible? – creation.com: https://creation.com/bible-word-of-god
  21. Is The Bible True? – Theolocast: http://theolocast.org/blog/is-the-bible-true/
  22. Finding God in the Room. Can Atheism Account for Human Dignity and Value?: http://www.breakpoint.org/2018/01/finding-god-in-the-room/
  23. Why Did Jesus Tell His Disciples to Be Silent about His Identity? – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-did-jesus-tell-his-disciples-to-be-silent-about-his-identity
  24. Why the Gospels Were Written Much Earlier than We Thought – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/85175-2/
  25. Atheism Doubles Among Generation Z – Barna Group: https://www.barna.com/research/atheism-doubles-among-generation-z/
  26. Why Aren’t Boys and Girls Allowed to Be Boys and Girls? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/why-arent-boys-and-girls-allowed-be-boys-and-girls#.WnHK0eCp7qA
  27. Donald Trump Did Not Die for My Sins | The Stream: https://stream.org/donald-trump-not-die-sins/
  28. Ex-Lesbian Receives Death Threats After Religious Conversion: https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/ex-lesbian-leaves-lifestyle-for-christ
  29. Court orders university to reinstate Christian club booted for refusing to elect LGBT activist | News | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/court-orders-university-to-reinstate-christian-club-booted-for-refusing-to

For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. Psalms 36:9

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-25-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Atheist Computer Scientist Becomes Theologian Because Of Evidence | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/atheist-computer-scientist-becomes-theologian-because-of-evidence/
  2. Ravi Zachariah sharing gospel with Hindus – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6yqfMFSLME
  3. How to Defend the Christian Faith: Four Principles to Get Started Park Community Church: https://parkcommunity.church/blog/2018/1/16/how-to-defend-the-christian-faith-four-principles-to-get-started
  4. Confusion over moon origins – creation.com: https://creation.com/confusion-over-moon-origins
  5. How to Become a Better Apologetics Communicator – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-to-become-a-better-apologetics-communicator
  6. Why Belief in God is a Rational Position Straight Talk with Claudia K: http://straighttalkwithclaudiak.com/why-belief-in-god-is-a-rational-position/
  7. The Real Murderers: Atheism or Christianity? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/the-real-murderers-atheism-or-christianity#.WmSJ4KinGUk
  8. Core Christianity | 7 Simple Ways to Share Your Faith with Others: https://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/7-simple-ways-to-share-your-faith-with-others
  9. Brody File: Trump Gets A+ on ‘Evangelical Report Card’ for His First Year | CBN News.  Normally I don’t send “political” posts, but this seems to have relevance to us as evangelicals, whether you support or oppose Trump: http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2018/january/brody-file-trump-gets-a-on-evangelical-report-card-in-his-first-year
  10. Core Christianity | Our Faith is Historically Verifiable Or It’s Nothing: https://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/our-faith-is-historically-verifiable-or-its-nothing
  11. Melinda Is Showing Signs of Progress | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/melinda-showing-signs-progress#.WmcjEKinGUk
  12. God is a Genocidal, Immoral, Murderer Exe-Jesus: http://exejesus.com/god-is-a-genocidal-immoral-murderer/
  13. What is the fine-tuning argument for Gods existence, and does the multiverse counter it? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/01/17/what-is-the-fine-tuning-argument-for-gods-existence-and-does-the-multiverse-counter-it/
  14. Lobster eye design – creation.com: https://creation.com/lobster-eye-design
  15. Does God Exist? Big Bang Evidence for God – Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek : http://crossexamined.org/does-god-exist/#toggle-id-4
  16. The Kalaam Cosmological Argument: Short, Sweet, and Stout PastorBrianChilton.wordpress.com: https://pastorbrianchilton.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/the-kalaam-cosmological-argument-short-sweet-and-stout/
  17. The [Mormon] missionary surge is officially a bust… | Recovery from Mormonism: http://exmormon.org/d6/drupal/Mormon-missionary-surge-is-a-bust
  18. Why is Christianity true over and above all other religions? 1 Peter 4:12-16: https://1peter41216.wordpress.com/2017/03/31/why-is-christianity-true-over-and-above-all-other-religions/
  19. 5 Regrets You Don’t Want to Have If Your Kids Walk Away from Faith: http://christianmomthoughts.com/5-regrets-you-dont-want-to-have-if-your-kids-walk-away-from-faith/

Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city. Proverbs 16:32

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 1/14/2018

Today in the Apologetics Class, we watched a video lecture by Dr. Jason Lisle on Evolution and Logical Fallacies:

Here was the note-taking form I handed out:

Evolution and Logical Fallacies – Dr. Jason Lisle (1-14-2018)

  1. The Christian has a moral obligation to be r__________, to think God’s thoughts after Him.
  2. Most Christians don’t know how to identify logical fallacies, and to point them out.
  3. It’s embarrassing when you hear someone advocating your position, but they do it p__________
  4. Logic, the study of the principles of correct and incorrect reasoning.
  5. Knowing logic will revolutionize the way that you d_____________ the faith.
  6. Proposition, a statement that a_________ or d_________ something and is either true or false.
  7. Argument, a group of prepositions where the truth or one is claimed to f_____ from the others.
  8. Although we’re to argue for the faith and contend for the faith, we’re not to be a_____________ or c______________.
  9. Deductive syllogism, where you have two premises and the conclusion.
  10. The claim being demonstrated is the conclusion.
  11. The other statements which provide support our premises.
  12. Logical fallacy, a common error in the c__________ of r____________________.
  13. A fallacy would be when the conclusion does not f_____________ from the premises.
  14. Whenever you have true premises and a false conclusion, it’s definitely a fallacy.
  15. Logical fallacies tend to be p_______________.
  16. An argument is it valid if the conclusion does follow from the premises.
  17. An argument is invalid if the conclusion does not follow from the premises.
  18. There are 2 ways that an argument can be bad:
    1. An e___________ in the chain of reasoning, a fallacy.
    2. A false p_____________.
  19. Even an invalid argument can, by a________________, have a true conclusion.
  20. Two kinds of logic’
    1. D___________ Argument, the conclusion is definitely true if the premises are true.
  1. It is either valid or invalid, sound or unsound
    1. I____________ argument, the conclusion is likely to be true if the premises are true.
  1. It is either strong or weak
  1. Informal Logical Fallacies (Ordinary Language) – 3 categories:
    1. Fallacies of A_____________ – Equivocation, Amphiboly, Accent, Division, Composition, Reification.  There is something unclear or vague in the argument.
    2. Fallacies of P______________ – Sweeping Generalization, Hasty Generalization, Bifurcation, Begging the Question, Question Begging Epithet, Complex Question, “No True Scotsman”, Special Pleading, False Analogy, False Cause, Slippery Slope.  The argument assumes something that is unwarranted.
    3. Fallacies of R_______________ – Genetic Fallacy, Abusive ad Hominem, Circumstantial ad Hominem, “Straw Man”, Irrelevant Thesis, Appeal to (Authority, Ignorance). Where the conclusion is not strongly related to the premises.
  2. Equivocation – the fallacy of sh_____ the meaning of a word within an argument (bait & switch)
  3. Reification – attributing concrete (and often p_____________) characteristics to an abstraction.
  4. Bifurcation – (false dilemma, “either-or fallacy”) – falsely assuming only ___ exclusive options
  5. Begging the Question-(circular reasoning) the conclusion of an argument is incorporated into premises or a premise d________ on the conclusion. This fallacy is actually “valid”, but arbitrary.
  6. Question-begging Epithet-using b____ language to support conclusion that is logically unproved
  7. Complex Question-phrasing a question such that it a______________ the conclusion.
  8. No True Scotsman-protecting claim from c__________-argument by defining term in biased way
  9. Ad Hominem Fallacy-when an argument is directed against a p______ rather than their p_____
  10. Irrelevant Thesis-when an argument proves a point that is n___ at i___________
    Fallacy of Irrelevant Thesis can be answered by this response: True, perhaps.  But i___________
  11. Straw-man-an argument against a mis____________ (rather than actual) of opponent’s position
  12. Faulty Appeals-when person appeals to something/someone in way not relevant to the c______
  13. Deductive logic: Propositional Logic: If-then, And, Or, Not
  14. Mixed hypothetical Syllogism (these are valid):
    1. if p then q, p, therefore q (affirming the antecedent)
    2. if p then q, ~q, therefore ~p (denying the consequent)
  15. Formal Fallacies (Mixed hypothetical Syllogisms which are invalid):
    1. If p then q, ~p, therefore ~q (denying the antecedent)
    2. If p then q, q, therefore p (affirming the consequent) – most common committed
  16. Pointing out logical fallacies to evolutionists take the w____________ out of their sails.


Discussion Questions

  1. Have you heard any of these logical fallacies committed? If so, where (e.g. TV, Political debates, during witnessing situations, etc.)?
  2. Have you tried to point out incorrect use of logic to another? What was their reaction?
  3. Have you, yourself, committed any of these fallacies?
  4. Do you agree that arguing in a way that commits fallacies is a bad thing?
  5. Which is the hardest fallacy to spot?
  6. How can you point out a fallacy, while still upholding the 2nd part of 1 Peter 3:15 (“with gentleness and respect”)?



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

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Nine Early Church Fathers Who Taught Jesus Is God | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/nine-early-church-fathers-who-taught-jesus-god#.Wk4XYt-nGUk
  2. Biblical Archaeology’s Top 10 Discoveries of 2017 | Christianity Today: http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2017/december/biblical-archaeology-top-10-discoveries-2017-israel.html
  3. Progressive Christianity Is As Much Of A Threat To Your Kids’ Faith As Atheism: http://prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=1909
  4. Top-10 Challenges Facing American Christianity in 2018 | Bellator Christi: https://bellatorchristi.com/2018/01/03/top-10-challenges-facing-american-christianity-in-2018/
  5. Caste violence erupts in India over 200-year-old fault line – not really an apologetics article, but related to Hinduism and the Caste system and interesting: https://www.ksat.com/news/international/caste-violence-erupts-in-india-over-200yearold-faultline
  6. Does Science Rule Out a First Human Pair? Geneticist Richard Buggs Says No: http://www.biologicinstitute.org/post/169254791759/does-science-rule-out-a-first-human-pair?utm_content=buffera90ba&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
  7. Yes, Women Need Apologetics, But More Importantly, Apologetics Needs Women: http://crossexamined.org/yes-women-need-apologetics-importantly-apologetics-needs-women/
  8. How Do We Communicate with Winsome Persuasion in our Hostile Culture? – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-do-you-communicate-with-winsome-persuasion-in-our-hostile-culture
  9. Atheist Actor Andrew Garfield Falls in Love With Jesus During the Making of Silence: https://faithit.com/andrew-garfield-finds-jesus-in-acting/
  10. Why I Wish Christians Would Argue MORE (No, Seriously): https://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/301281-wish-christians-argue-no-seriously-trevin-wax.html
  11. A Little Bit of Religion is a Good Thing But Don’t Take it Too Seriously?: http://www.cltruth.com/2018/a-little-bit-of-religion-is-a-good-thing-but-dont-take-it-too-seriously/
  12. Jesus Is A Myth, Just Like President Kennedy | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/jesus-is-a-myth-just-like-president-kennedy/
  13. The Triunity of God: http://pleaseconvinceme.com/2013/the-triunity-of-god-2/
  14. The Difference Between Belief That and Belief In – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCoaYAovZAE
  15. Deepak Chopra vs Christian Apologist – The most prominent teacher of mysticism and New Age philosophy in the West Deepak Chopra goes toe to toe with Christian apologist Greg Koukl on Lee Strobel’s show “Faith under Fire”. This episode called “The Future of Faith” aired in 2005: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meYHmFz33NE
  16. Top 10 Reasons our Kids Leave Church | Marc5Solas: https://marc5solas.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/top-10-reasons-our-kids-leave-church/
  17. Testimonials showing the part William Lane Craig’s apologetics teaching had in people’s conversion to Christ | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/testimonials
  18. 2015-An Open Letter on Climate Change to the People, their Local Representatives, the State Legislatures and Governors, the Congress, and the President of the United States of America: http://cornwallalliance.org/climateletter2015/
  19. Correcting a cultist with truth and grace – creation.com: https://creation.com/correcting-cultist
  20. Worldview Flows from Heart and Mind Apologetics for the Church: https://apolotheo.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/worldview-flows-from-heart-and-mind/
  21. 5 Reasons You Should Get Apologetics Training in 2018 – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/5-reasons-you-should-get-apologetics-training
  22. Answering Questions about Gene Editing Technologies: http://reasons.org/explore/blogs/theorems-theory/read/theorems-theory/2018/01/04/answering-questions-about-gene-editing-technologies
  23. Confessions of a Former Atheist | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/atheism/confessions-of-a-former-atheist/

David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth.” But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.” Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He looked David over and saw that he was only a boy, ruddy and handsome, and he despised him. He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field! ” David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the scabbard. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath and to the gates of Ekron. Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron. When the Israelites returned from chasing the Philistines, they plundered their camp. David took the Philistine’s head and brought it to Jerusalem, and he put the Philistine’s weapons in his own tent. 1 Samuel 17:32-54

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 1/7/2018

Today in the Apologetics class, we watched a video by Alan Shlemon called “Tactics for Defending the Faith”:

Here is the note-taking form I created and handed out:

Tactics for Defending the Faith – Alan Shlemon (1/7/2018)

  1. Conversation with a Hindu, who was a “religious pluralist” (believes that all religions are t____).
  2. What Alan didn’t do in that conversation:
    1. Didn’t tell him he was w__________
    2. Didn’t tell him religious pluralism was f_________
    3. Didn’t d___________ any aspect of his own Christian convictions
  3. Was able to convince him that he should a_____________ the idea of religious pluralism
  4. The only thing he did in that conversation was ask q_________________
  5. Learning how to use questions in order to make your case.
  6. We are all a______________________s for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20)
  7. 3 characteristics every ambassador for Christ should have:
    1. K______________: an accurately informed mind
    2. W_____________ : an artful method
    3. C______________: an attractive manner
  8. If you learn tactics, you will be able to
    1. P_______________ the truth clearly and cleverly.
    2. Choreograph your i_________________.
    3. S_____________ an aggressive challenger in their tracks and turn the tables.
    4. Recognize someone’s b_______ t______________ for the purposes of guiding them to the truth, yet remaining g______________ and c_______________.
  9. Tactics should not be used as.
    1. T_______________.
    2. Empty rh_______________.
    3. Clever Pl____________.
    4. Attempts to belittle or h______________.
  10. These tactics are powerful and a__________________ quite easily.
  11. The goal is to guide people g___________ to the truth while remaining gracious and charitable.
  12. When I think about talking to non-believers about my Christian faith:
    1. I relish the encounter.
    2. I’m willing, but nervous, uncertain, or scared.
    3. I tried to avoid it.
  13. If you are a number two, what are some of the reasons?
    1. I’m not k______________________ enough.
    2. I’m afraid of r___________________.
    3. I might l__________ my job.
    4. Not enough t___________ to address what I really want to address.
    5. Concerned about physical th______________
  14. The Columbo tactic, at its very core is about using q______________ rather than st_____________ in order to be able to make your point, or to respond to an objection.
  15. What are some of Benefits of using questions in conversations?
    1. Questions are e_______________g.
    2. Questions allow you to have c___________________.
    3. Questions don’t paint people into a corner, making them feel trapped, but rather allow them to e________________ their opinion.
    4. You l_________________ a lot about the person you are talking to.
  16. There are 2 applications of the Columbo tactic.
    1. The first kind of question helps you g_______ information. “What do you mean by that?” This question tells you what a person thinks. Consider the following assertions:
  1. “All religions are basically the same”
  2. “The Bible isn’t reliable”
  • “I’m pro-choice”
  1. “Evolution is a well proven fact.”
  2. “Stem-cell research should be allowed”
    1. The 2nd Columbo question helps you r_____ the burden of p____.  “How did you come to that conclusion?”  Tells you why they think the way they do. Consider these statements:
  1. “The Bible has been translated and re-translated…”
  2. “Jesus taught reincarnation after travelling to India”
  • “The universe came into existence by itself”
  1. “The Bible is full of fables and myths”
  2. “Every living thing came from a single-celled life form”
  3. “Science has proven the Bible wrong”
  1. How do you define an a________?  A claim with evidence or reasons to back it up.  Like a house.
  2. Burden of proof: the responsibility someone has to give e___________ or reasons for their view.  Rule: whoever makes the cl___________ bears the burden of proof.
  3. The “Professor’s Ploy” – reverses the burden of proof back on you…
  4. Don’t Worry If You Don’t Know Where To Go Next (like if you meet an “expert”):
    1. Acknowledge their p__________________
    2. Ask if you can get b_____________ to them
    3. R_______________ the question (e.g. www.str.org)
    4. Get back to them: “I was th_______g about what you said and it occurred to me that…”
  5. “The more you sweat in tr____________________, the less you bleed in battle”
  6. Don’t be discouraged by “outward ap_________________”
  7. Don’t feel compelled to present the Gospel in e______________ conversation
  8. Make it a goal to “put a st____________ in their shoe”
  9. “God has not called me to be S__________. He called me to be F__________.”  – Mother Teresa

Discussion Questions

  1. What are the main reasons you don’t share your faith more often?
  2. What is the best way to start a spiritual conversation?
  3. How will using the tactical approach change your interactions with unbelievers?
  4. What are the 3 characteristics an ambassador for Christ should have? Why are they important?
  5. Are Tactics just clever ploys or tricks? Why or why not?
  6. Explain “reversing the burden of proof”. Why is it important that we do this?
  7. What objection have you heard against that Christian faith that you couldn’t answer? How could you apply a tactical approach to that challenge?
  8. Have you encountered an “expert” (e.g. evolution) where you couldn’t counter the argument?

mid-week apologetics booster (1-4-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. When sceptics convert: 3 former atheists walking the path of CS Lewis: https://www.premierchristianity.com/Past-Issues/2017/April-2017/When-sceptics-convert-3-former-atheists-walking-the-path-of-CS-Lewis
  2. 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/
  3. The Challenges Facing Young Christians | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/the-challenges-facing-young-christians/
  4. Historical References to Christ From Non-Biblical Authors Free Thinking Ministries: http://freethinkingministries.com/historical-references-to-christ-from-non-biblical-authors/
  5. My 5 Favorite Arguments for Gods Existence Free Thinking Ministries: http://freethinkingministries.com/my-5-favorite-arguments-for-gods-existence/
  6. Lawyer Explains Why Belief In God Is Not Childish | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/lawyer-explains-why-belief-in-god-is-not-childish/
  7. 7 New Year’s Resolutions Every Christian Parent Should Have: http://christianmomthoughts.com/7-new-years-resolutions-every-christian-parent-should-have/
  8. Theology of Exercise | Christianity For Everyone: http://www.christianityforeveryone.org/theology-of-exercise/
  9. Miracle in Amagansett, June2001 | Eric Metaxas: http://ericmetaxas.com/writing/essays/miracle-amagansett-june-2001/
  10. How I Learned the Difference Between Belief THAT and Belief IN | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/how-i-learned-the-difference-between-belief-that-and-belief-in/
  11. Pro-Life at Google: http://www.breakpoint.org/2017/12/pro-life-google-2/
  12. How Christians Can Take Back Their Minds Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.: https://douglasgroothuis.com/2017/12/28/how-christians-can-take-back-their-minds/
  13. Do creationists cherry-pick discordant dates? – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/do-creationists-cherry-pick-discordant-dates
  14. 6 Things You Can Tell Your Kids When Trying to Explain Pain and Suffering in Our World – Christian Businesses Article By Family Focus: https://www.midlandscbd.com/articles/6-things-you-can-tell-your-kids-when-trying-to-explain-pain-and-suffering-in-our-world-6706
  15. Is The Doctrine Of The Incarnation Coherent?: http://crossexamined.org/doctrine-incarnation-coherent/
  16. Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? What Does the Science Say? – Alisa Childers: https://www.alisachilders.com/blog/did-adam-and-eve-really-exist-what-does-the-science-say
  17. The New Origin of Species | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/charles-darwin/new-origin-species/
  18. No, Dr. Janssen, Human Beings Are Not Trying to Find God | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/no-dr-janssen-human-beings-are-not-trying-find-god#.WkjZT9-nGUm
  19. Being A Good Apologist Is More Than Knowing The Right Answers: http://cerebralfaith.blogspot.mx/2017/10/being-good-apologist-is-more-than.html
  20. Solid Answers on Soft Tissue | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/dinosaurs/when-did-dinosaurs-live/solid-answers-soft-tissue/
  21. Six Enemies of Apologetic Engagement – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/six-enemies-of-apologetic-engagement
  22. Preparing to Give an Answer – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/preparing-to-answer
  23. This Theologian Has An Answer To Claims That Evil Disproves God: http://thefederalist.com/2018/01/03/theologian-answer-new-atheists-claims-existence-evil-disproves-gods/
  24. Why Did The Washington Post Tweet A Debunked Hit Piece On Jesus?: http://thefederalist.com/2018/01/03/washington-post-tweet-debunked-hit-piece-jesus/
  25. Ex-Lesbian Talks Leaving Behind ‘Super Wild’ Lifestyle With Women, Turning to Jesus in Viral Video: https://www.christianpost.com/news/ex-lesbian-talks-leaving-behind-super-wild-lifestyle-women-turning-to-jesus-video-212202/

“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins.” Mark 2:21-22

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-14-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. How I Can Believe in a God Who Sends People to Hell: https://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/how-i-can-believe-in-a-god-who-sends-people-to-hell
  2. Taking Jesus to Work – Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/article/taking-jesus-work/
  3. How Apologetics Builds a Tougher Faith | A Well-Designed Faith: http://welldesignedfaith.net/2017/12/05/how-apologetics-builds-a-tougher-faith/
  4. Atheist billboards say Church is ‘Fake News,’ cause outrage – This was interesting unfortunately, the audio is pretty bad. Frank Turek was apparently invited on Fox News for a very short debate with an Atheist. The atheist was in studio, while Frank was over skype, so his audio cuts out several times | Fox News Video: http://video.foxnews.com/v/5672661343001/
  5. Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayers? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOUNKYUR-t8
  6. Were Jesus Disciples Gullible?: http://www.reasonsforgod.org/2012/09/were-jesus-disciples-gullible/
  7. 10 Answers Every Creationist Should Know | adamlickey.com: https://adamlickey.com/2012/10/02/10-answers-every-creationist-should-know/
  8. Why would a loving God send people to Hell?: https://creation.com/hell
  9. If God Exists, Why Does He Allow Evil? – Watermark: http://www.watermark.org/message/2231
  10. 10 best evidences for creation – 9. Very Little Salt in the Sea | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/evidence-for-creation/9-very-little-salt-in-the-sea/
  11. Mormonism Disproved – Plagiarism: http://www.mormonismdisproved.org/plagiarism.html
  12. Fishless Fishermen’s Fellowship – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVBXrknp9x8
  13. Does Faith, Not By Sight Contradict Apologetics? The Sojourner: https://thesojourner.org/2017/12/08/does-faith-not-by-sight-contradict-apologetics/
  14. Has the Family Tomb of Jesus Been Found? – Risen Jesus, Inc.: https://www.risenjesus.com/has-the-family-tomb-of-jesus-been-found
  15. Is Apologetics a “Sad Replacement” for Bible Study? | Confident Christianity: http://confidentchristianity.com/?p=1436
  16. Marvels of the Monarch | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/creepy-crawlies/insects/marvels-of-the-monarch/
  17. Is Morality Determined by Its Popularity? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/morality/is-morality-determined-by-its-popularity/
  18. Who Were The First Apologists? A Look At The Apostles THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/who-were-the-first-apologists-a-look-at-the-apostles/
  19. Mike Licona vs Shabir Ally – Is Jesus God? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grDPJmb3gAs
  20. Blue Stars Confirm Recent Creation | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/6943/
  21. The Biblical Literacy of Teenage Believers | Theological Matters: https://theologicalmatters.com/index.php/2012/09/05/the-biblical-literacy-of-teenage-believers/
  22. Hell and the Gospel | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/hell-and-the-gospel#.Wi0xUt-nGUk
  23. Pascal on God’s Hiddenness – Apologetics 315: http://www.apologetics315.com/2012/09/pascal-on-gods-hiddenness.html
  24. Friendship Evangelism Is Neither Friendship Nor Evangelism | Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry: https://carm.org/friendship-evangelism
  25. Seven Common Comments Non-Christians Make about Christians – ThomRainer.com: http://thomrainer.com/2012/09/seven_common_comments_non-christians_make_about_christians/
  26. As God Is Man May Be? | Mormonism Research Ministry: http://www.mrm.org/lorenzo-snow-couplet
  27. Crop Circles as an Intelligent Design Test | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2013/01/crop_circles_as/
  28. The Case for the Pre-Existence of Christ: The Birthday that was Not the Beginning: http://crossexamined.org/case-pre-existence-christ-birthday-not-beginning/
  29. ANOTHER FATAL FLAW OF NATURALISM AND EVOLUTION: http://mannsword.blogspot.com/2017/12/another-fatal-flaw-of-naturalism-and.html
  30. Army atheist yells, God save me, as shells explode – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/atheists-prayer-answered
  31. Jesus Is Evidence That God Exists | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/jesus-is-evidence-that-god-exists/
  32. No, Christmas Is Not Based on a Pagan Holiday | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/12/no-christmas-is-not-based-on-pagan.html
  33. Are Young People Really Leaving Christianity? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/are-young-people-really-leaving-christianity/
  34. The First Question to Ask of an Ancient Holy Book: Is It Ancient? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/the-first-question-to-ask-of-an-ancient-holy-book-is-it-ancient/

Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them. Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. Luke 2:41-52

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-7-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. The armored dinosaur fossil preserved in exquisite detail unearthed in a western Canadian oil sand mine highlights the new daunting challenges facing the theory of evolution.: http://www.darwinthenandnow.com/2017/09/evolution-not-what-they-once-said/
  2. Inconsistencies In The Gospels Prove Their Veracity – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/inconsistencies-gospels-prove-ver/
  3. 7 Differences Between the Bible and the Qur’an – Hope’s Reason: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2016/11/30/7-differences-bible-quran/#.WiAQ6EqnGUk
  4. Why Religious Freedom Should Matter to Absolutely Everyone – Apologetics Guy: http://www.apologeticsguy.com/2017/07/religious-freedom/
  5. Why People Misunderstand the Old Testament – A Life Inspired: http://www.a-life-inspired.com/why-people-misunderstand-the-old-testament/
  6. Has God Given Enough Evidence for a Rational Faith? | The Stream: https://stream.org/evidence-rational-faith/
  7. Atheists Bring You The Saddest Celebration Sign You’ll See This Season | The Stream: https://stream.org/saddest-celebration-sign-youll-see/
  8. Survey: Christians Are Not Spreading the Gospel | American Culture and Faith Institute: https://www.culturefaith.com/survey-christians-are-not-spreading-the-gospel/
  9. Atheist Doctor Converts to Christianity – Amazing Testimonial – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEsCs97-hOQ
  10. Jurassic Coast Icon for Genesis Flood – creation.com: https://creation.com/jurassic-coast-icon-for-genesis-flood
  11. Who Is Jesus, According to Other Religions? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/who-is-jesus-according-to-other-religions/
  12. If Evolution Is True, Our Cognitive Faculties Cannot Be Trusted & Atheism Cannot Be Rationally Held | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/if-evolution-is-true-our-cognitive-faculties-cannot-be-trusted-atheism-cannot-be-rationally-held/
  13. That’s Just Your Opinion – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_r51x10Paw
  14. Chances of a functional protein by chance – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5p4T8MD7aA
  15. The Heresy of Orthodoxy: When Was the Earliest Complete List of New Testament Books? Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/the-heresy-of-orthodoxy-when-was-the-earliest-complete-list-of-new-testament-books/
  16. 5 Life-lessons for Apologists from Martin Luther King, Jr. – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/5-life-lessons-for-apologists-from-martin-luther-king-jr
  17. Hugh Ross vs Kent Hovind How old is the Earth – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_Z_br-4RCo

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.  Habakkuk 3:17-19

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 11/26/2017

Here is the video we watched in class today (part 2 from 1:01-1:45:40) – What Better Explains Reality: Atheism or Theism:

Here is the note-taking form I passed out:

What Better Explains Reality: Atheism or Theism (Part 2) 1:01-1:45:40

Frank’s Rebuttal

  1. Not God of the Gaps – we’re not arguing from what we don’t know, but what we do know.
  2. Difference between the G_____ C______ and Mount Rushmore. Wind, rain and erosion did not create the faces on Mount Rushmore. These faces required i________ cause, not natural cause.
  3. “Take out the garbage mom”, is positive, verifiable e____________ for an Intelligent Cause. You don’t just lack a natural explanation.
  4. “…Astronomical evidence leads to a Biblical view of the origin of the world… the essential element in the astronomical and biblical accounts of Genesis is the same.” Robert Jastro (from the book “God and the Astronomers”, page 14), NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space studies.
  5. “Astronomers now find they have painted themselves into a corner because they have proven, by their own methods, that the world began abruptly in an act of c____________ to which you can trace the seeds of every star, every planet, every living thing in this cosmos and on the earth. And they have found that all this happened as a product of forces they cannot hope to discover… That there are, what I or anyone would call, supernatural forces at work is now, I think, a scientifically proven fact.”  Robert Jastro.
  6. Why couldn’t nature have created the universe? Because there was no nature! Nature is the e______________, so it can’t be the c____________. The cause must transcend the effect.
  7. That would be like saying, “if you just give me more time, I’ll find out that I gave birth to my own mother.” I wouldn’t be able to do that, because I’m the effect, not the cause!
  8. “The beginning seems to present insuperable difficulties unless we agree to look on it as frankly s________n__________.” -Arthur Eddington.
  9. Can’t know whether something designed poorly or well, unless you know i________ of Designer.
  10. Bad design is not no design. Car not designed perfectly – doesn’t mean that it wasn’t designed.
  11. We live in a fallen world, so everything’s broken! Nothing’s going to work perfectly!
  12. Atheistic materialism is s____-d_________. If we are all just molecules in motion, we don’t really reason, we just react. Why should we believe any of our thoughts, including “atheism is true”?
  13. David said that societies decide morality. Which society? Mother Teresa’s, or Hitler’s?
  14. The question isn’t “how do we know morality?”, the question is “how do we know a moral law exists?” There must be a Moral Law G______________ e_____________ to ourselves.
  15. Is there a Being beyond world, Who created & sustains the world. Don’t need Bible to know it.
  16. If you claim that you need the Bible to know morality, then God was completely unjust for judging the entire generation of N__________. They didn’t have a Bible!
  17. To be an atheist, you have to give up c______________ s_______________.


David’s Rebuttal

  1. I’m a product of my parents. If my sister’s friend hadn’t called her that night, if my younger sister hadn’t gone with her that night … I wouldn’t be here.
  2. The universe looks ordered and designed because we’re here.
  3. Frank insists that the first cause argument is not an argument from i__________________.
  4. Evolution not about exploding in falling into place, it happens over a long, long period of time.
  5. It’s not a “defeat” to say that we’re all m____________ and e_______________.
  6. David refers to the Bible being i______________, because in Psalm ____ it says “…he who seizes your infant’s and dashes them against the rocks.”
  7. If morality is fluid, actually makes everything work, because it puts all the responsibility on us.
  8. David confirms that, in his view, the H______________ is just a matter of opinion. The Germans and the Nazis were simply doing what they thought was right.
  9. The idea of objective morality is extremely d________________.
  10. If you get two theologians in a room, and they disagree, they don’t try to work out their differences, instead they go off and create two different s__________s.
  11. Objective morality causes people to not take responsibility for their actions.
  12. The reality is, we’re all going to die. The reality is, morality is all r________________.
  13. David cites, “leaving a baby in an orphanage, rather than letting it be adopted by a g________ c________________”, as an example of something religious people do that is immoral.
  14. Religion makes you do immoral things because religion preaches objective morality, and takes the d________________ away from you.


  1. David: The hard answer is, they (the Nazi’s) thought they were doing objective good – they did!
  2. Frank: They may’ve thought they were doing good, but they weren’t according to a standard
  3. David: According to w___________ standard?
  4. Frank: The unchanging, objective, moral standard that is G______’s n_____________.
  5. David: They did it under the name of God!
  6. Frank: You don’t judge a philosophy or religion by it’s a___________. Jesus never said that we ought to kill the Jews, quite obviously – He was a J____ Himself – you should know that!  Because people have abused a religion doesn’t mean that the religion is f_________.
  7. David: That people have abused religion shows that morality is relative, if objective couldn’t.
  8. Frank: You’re confusing Sociology and Morality – Sociology is how people b__________, Morality is how they o_________ t___ We all ought to behave a certain way, but we fail to – by the way, that’s why we need a S___________.
  9. David: I’m saying there’s no objective evil!
  10. Frank: then what are you complaining about?
  11. David: Why does God need babies to have c_________________?
  12. Frank: God doesn’t need it, God might allow it! (showed 1 min 46 sec video)
  13. David: God’s the one who sends everyone to h________; Frank: No, you send yourself there.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why couldn’t “nature” have created the universe? Why must it be God?
  2. What is “Atheistic Materialism”? Why is it “self-defeating”?
  3. Can an atheist be a “good person” (relative to other humans)? Can an atheist justify morality?
  4. What is David’s point about leaving a baby in an orphanage vs. adoption by gay couple?
  5. Because of David’s relative view of morality, what does he conclude regarding the Holocaust?
  6. Do we need the Bible to know morality?
  7. David quotes Ps. 137 – does he have a good point, or is he misinterpreting the passage?
  8. David says “objective morality is extremely dangerous”, how would you respond?
  9. David lumps all religions together by citing the 9/11 terrorists believing what they were doing was objectively moral. Is that a fair point?

mid-week apologetics booster (11-9-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Understanding The Trinity – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/god/understanding-the-trinity
  2. Think Divinely Examining Islam: is it a reasonable faith to trust?: http://thinkdivinely.com/examining-islam-is-it-a-reasonable-faith-to-trust/
  3. From “Hardcore Atheist” To Christian Apologist, Dr. Robert Muncaster: http://reasonsforjesus.com/from-hardcore-atheist-to-christian-apologist/
  4. How to Debunk the Myth of Overpopulation in Three Easy Steps | LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2013/10/02/how-to-debunk-the-myth-of-overpopulation-in-three-easy-steps/
  5. Belly Flopping | Reasonable Faith – Someone wrote in to Dr. William Lane Craig and said, “I had a discussion over God’s existence tonight and totally botched it!! I feel I did a dis-service to the reasonableness of the Christian worldview”: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/belly-flopping
  6. I am a mass murderer, former abortionist tells Congress | Lifesitenews: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/i-am-a-mass-murderer-former-abortionist-tells-congress
  7. Sharing the Gospel in Our Secular Age | Oklahoma Apologetics Alliance: https://oklahomaapologetics.com/general/sharing-the-gospel-in-our-secular-age/
  8. How Can Jesus Be God If He Was Born? | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/how-can-jesus-be-god-if-he-was-born/
  9. Is It Time for a New Jesus Movement Among Jewish Millennials? | The Stream: https://stream.org/jesus-movement-jewish-millennials/
  10. Does the Unbeliever Have to Approach the Bible as Divinely Inspired? (William Lane Craig) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsNKvszIvnI&feature=youtu.be
  11. New Archeological Evidence Fills the Gap in the Biblical Case for Human Origins: http://reasons.org/explore/blogs/todays-new-reason-to-believe/read/tnrtb/2013/02/04/new-archeological-evidence-fills-the-gap-in-the-biblical-case-for-human-origins
  12. What Caitlyn Jenner Reveals About American Religion – Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/what-caitlyn-jenner-reveals-about-american-religion/
  13. 6 Misconceptions About the New Testament – Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/6-misconceptions-about-the-new-testament/
  14. 10 Lies Muslims Tell You About Islam | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/10-lies-muslims-tell-you-about-islam/
  15. The Problem of Evil – Never Judge God by Isolated Events | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/article/never-judge-god-isolated-events#.WgPO0sqp7qB

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.” John 3:5

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-2-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. 31 Actions to Advance Apologetics – Apologetics 315: http://www.apologetics315.com/2012/05/31-actions-to-advance-apologetics.html
  2. If God knew that Satan would rebel, why did He create him?: https://www.gotquestions.org/if-God-knew.html
  3. Lecture – Dr. Peter Williams – Things Which Ought To Be Better Known About The Resurrection Of Jesus – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbBVBUeHXZ4
  4. Is Christianity Rational? R.C. Sproul: http://www.ligonier.org/blog/christianity-rational/
  5. Engaging Tim Keller, CS Lewis and the Fires of Hell | Saints and Sceptics: http://www.saintsandsceptics.org/engaging-tim-keller-cs-lewis-and-explaining-the-fires-of-hell/
  6. Logical and Biblical Defeaters of Reincarnation and Karma – Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/article/logical-biblical-defeaters-reincarnation-karma/
  7. “I BELIEVE IN SCIENCE!” – SOMETHING NO ONE SHOULD SAY: http://www.cltruth.com/2017/i-believe-in-science/
  8. What Do Christians Mean When They Say Jesus is The Son of God? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/10/27/what-do-christians-mean-when-they-say-jesus-is-the-son-of-god-4/
  9. The Deity of Christ in the Gospel of Mark | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/deity-christ-gospel-mark#.WfM4hsqp7qC
  10. Using Public Funds to Establish Atheist Beliefs | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2016/08/using-public-funds-to-establish-atheist.html
  11. Absolute Truth vs. Relativism Truth, Faith and Reason: http://truthfaithandreason.com/defending-your-faith-101-absolute-truth-vs-relativism/
  12. The Average Person You Know Probably Isn’t Hostile towards Christianity | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/average-person-you-know-probably-isnt-hostile-towards-christianity#
  13. 21 Things That Apologists Need to Know – Hope’s Reason: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2016/10/04/21-things-apologists-need-know/#.WfPJfsqp7qA
  14. The Death of ‘New Atheism’ | The Stream: https://stream.org/the-death-of-new-atheism/
  15. Jesus Christ: Our Prophet, Priest, and King: http://www.ligonier.org/blog/jesus-christ-our-prophet-priest-and-king/
  16. Creation 101: Radiometric Dating and the Age of the Earth | Biblical Science Institute: https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/origins/creation-101-radiometric-dating-and-the-age-of-the-earth/
  17. Are You Ready To Do Apologetics The Jesus Way? (It Takes Guts) iApologia: http://iapologia.com/are-you-ready-to-do-apologetics-the-jesus-way-it-takes-guts/
  18. New discovery: ancient Old Testament fragment is identical to copy 2,000 years later | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/10/28/new-discovery-ancient-old-testament-fragment-is-identical-to-copy-2000-years-later-2/
  19. Why Should We Practice Apologetics? | A Narrow-Minded Woman: http://narrowmindedwoman.com/why-should-we-practice-apologetics/
  20. The Gospels Are Reliable and the Gospel Jesus is a Historical Person – Hope’s Reason: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2016/02/26/the-gospels-are-reliable-and-the-gospel-jesus-is-a-historical-person/#.WfXSoGhSyUk
  21. 18 Reasons Christian Leaders Should Be Apologists | Saints and Sceptics: http://www.saintsandsceptics.org/18-reasons-why-evangelists-need-apologetics/
  22. Whatever Happened in Corinth? – Did Paul believe that he had failed in his encounter with the philosophers in Athens (Acts 17:16-34), leading to a change of approach in Corinth (Acts 18:1-18)? The start of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 2:1-5) is sometimes seen as supporting this change and undermining the value of apologetics today. Peter May considers the matter.: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/whatever-happened-in-corinth
  23. Does 1 Corinthians 2:4 mean Christians are wrong to use apologetics in their evangelism?: http://apologeticsuk.blogspot.com/2014/06/does-1-corinthians-24-mean-christians.html
  24. To Give a Good Answer, Sometimes You Have to Change the Question | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/give-good-answer-sometimes-you-have-change-question#.WfXbC2hSyUk
  25. Surprising lizards in amber – creation.com: https://creation.com/surprising-lizards-in-amber
  26. Reformation then and now – creation.com: https://creation.com/reformation-then-and-now
  27. Hell Interrupted – Part 1 | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/SolidGroundSept2017HellInterrupted#.Wfm6kYiQyUl
  28. Hell Interrupted – Part 2 | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/solidgroundnovember2017hellinterruptedpart2#.Wfm6hIiQyUl
  29. History of the Bible – Who Wrote the Bible – Why It’s Reliable: https://www.everystudent.com/features/bible.html
  30. How Jesus Emptied Himself – Topical Studies: https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/jesus-selflessness-11651877.html
  31. If Jesus was God, why did He not know when He would return?: https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-know-return.html
  32. The Biblical Doctrine of the Godhead : Christian Courier: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1488-biblical-doctrine-of-the-godhead-the
  33. The Deity of Jesus Christ – John Ankerberg Show: this is a great summary of the case for the deity of Christ Jesus: https://www.jashow.org/articles/jesus/deity/the-deity-of-jesus-christ/
  34. If Jesus Is God, Why Does He Call the Father : https://www.str.org/articles/if-jesus-is-god-why-does-he-call-the-father-my-god#.WfnEHWhSyUk
  35. Is there proof for the inspiration of the Bible?: https://www.gotquestions.org/proof-inspiration-Bible.html
  36. Should we trust the Bible? – creation.com: https://creation.com/trust-the-bible
  37. What is the New Covenant?: https://www.gotquestions.org/new-covenant.html
  38. A RESPONSE TO BART D. EHRMANS MISQUOTING JESUS – this is a 60 page PDF containing a point by point response to Ehrman’s book: http://www.isca-apologetics.org/sites/default/files/papers/Jared%20Martinez/Howe-AResponseToBartEhrman.pdf

“Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. Acts 2:22-24

Blessings to you all

Conversation at Work with a Hindu Lady on Way Out to Parking Lot

On October 26th at work I had a conversation about religion with a woman who sits next to me at work I’ve known her for over 15 years. She knows that I’m a devout Christian. But we’ve never had a substantial conversation about faith. It started because, over lunch that day, I was reading an article about Karma and reincarnation. So I asked her if she goes to Temple on a regular basis for her Hindu faith? She said she only goes on special occasions like festivals. I asked her why she didn’t go regularly? She said that the parking at her Temple is horrible. She mainly went to the Temple when her kids were young just to teach them about the faith and about all the stories and all the festivals.

I asked her also does she read her scriptures? She said no not really. She said that her parents do. I asked her why she doesn’t read them? She said it’s mainly because of time she doesn’t have enough time.

I then asked her about reincarnation and Karma. I mentioned to her that I had read an article about it today and I wanted to hear from a real Hindu whether these things I read in the article or true. I asked her if she believes in Karma, and she said yes, and that the concept of Karma is very important for Hindus. She said that’s the way she was raised. I asked her do you believe that you will be reincarnated? Again she said that’s the way I was raised. She said she doesn’t really think about it that much. I asked her why. She said she doesn’t like to think about death.

We were talking a little bit about some of the similarities between Christianity and Hinduism. I asked her about the nature of God that this article said that God was really impersonal and that he talked about something called Brahman. She said that there are three main Gods the Creator, the Destroyer and the Comforter. I think it was Vishnu, Shiva and some other name I don’t know if it was Krishna. One of them was like sir Swati or something like that. So that was different from what the article had said.

Then she said she talked about the goal of Hinduism which is to reach… she couldn’t think of the name and I finished her thought: Moksha. She was impressed that I knew the name of that. She asked doesn’t Christianity believe in reincarnation? I said, “No Christianity teaches that you die once and after that you face judgment for sin.” She said, “Oh, so it’s either heaven or hell, right?” I said yes. It depends on whether you believe that Jesus died to pay the penalty for your sins. If you accept that you will go to heaven. If you don’t accept that you will go to hell to pay for your own sins for eternity. We acknowledge that the topic of karma is a little bit similar to sins. In Christianity we have a concept called Grace. I explained what that means to her.  Whereas with Karma you’re actually paying for your own sins, in Christianity Christ pays for your sins if you accept his sacrifice on your behalf.

It was a good conversation it was on the way out the door at the end of the day and it probably lasted 15 minutes or so. It was a very cordial conversation and she actually thanked me, because she said you don’t really think about these things trying to explain to your religion to someone unless you have to actually explain it to them. I hope that I’m able to talk to her again in the future.

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

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-19-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Why Apologetics Has a Bad Name – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-apologetics-has-a-bad-name
  2. 11 False Assumptions about Christianity Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/11-false-assumptions-about-christianity/
  3. Popular Anti-Christian Myths Worth Rejecting – 1st Century Faith Today: https://1stcenturyfaithtoday.com/2017/10/10/popular-anti-christian-myths-worth-rejecting/
  4. Three Atheists Explain Why the Bible Should Be Taught in Schools | Intellectual Takeout: http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/three-atheists-explain-why-bible-should-be-taught-schools
  5. Apologetics Crash Course: The Cosmological Argument – 1st Century Faith Today: https://1stcenturyfaithtoday.com/2017/10/11/apologetics-crash-course-the-cosmological-argument/
  6. The Story of Iran’s Church in Two Sentences: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/the-story-of-the-irans-church-in-two-sentences?mc_cid=f902270254&mc_eid=589e101a5b
  7. Jesus Created The Universe: The Deity Of Christ | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/jesus-created-the-universe-the-deity-of-christ/
  8. ‘The Shack’ Movie Review Heresy, Universalism, & False Gospel | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/the-shack-movie-review-heresy-universalism-false-gospel/
  9. Don’t Be Harvey Weinstein. Or Tim Murphy. Or Karl Barth | The Stream: https://stream.org/dont-harvey-weinstein/
  10. BreakPoint: Who Do You Say that I Am?: http://www.breakpoint.org/2017/10/breakpoint-who-do-you-say-that-i-am/
  11. Truthbomb Apologetics: Free Apologetics E-Book Library: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2009/07/free-apologetics-e-book-library.html
  12. Zacharias – from the English Translation of the Greek Septuagint Bible, in the third century before Christ – read Zacharias Chapter 3 and see the real name Jesus in the Old Testament!: http://www.ecmarsh.com/lxx/Zacharias/index.htm
  13. The 5 Worst Beliefs a Christian Parent Can Have in an Imploding Society: http://christianmomthoughts.com/the-5-worst-beliefs-a-christian-parent-can-have-in-an-imploding-society/
  14. Did Jesus Actually Claim to be God? Sean McDowell – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUdcFQspHus
  15. A 165 million year surprise – creation.com: https://creation.com/a-165-million-year-surprise
  16. The Potters Hands. The amazing dexterity and sensitivity of the human hand so exemplified by a skilled potter is the envy of robotics engineers. Dubbing it one of nature’s marvels, the human hand remains a stupendous challenge to engineers who would replicate it, despite years of trying. That’s understandable, given the hand has over 30 muscles, along with 29 flexible joints and thousands of specialized nerve endings providing a sensory system that can instantly detect whether an object is hot or cold, its surface smooth or rough, and even how firmly or gently it should be grasped. – creation.com: https://creation.com/potters-hands
  17. 50 Alleged Bible Contradictions Refuted | The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/50-alleged-bible-contradiction-refuted/
  18. How do you discuss hell with a Christian who does not believe in its existence? | Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry: https://carm.org/discuss-hell
  19. New discovery: ancient Old Testament fragment is identical to copy 2,000 years later | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2016/09/22/new-discovery-ancient-old-testament-fragment-is-identical-to-copy-2000-years-later/
  20. Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: Starting God-Conversations: Take the “Class-Photo” Approach: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2016/11/starting-god-conversations-take-class.html

When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. Luke 24:50-53

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 10/8/2017

Today we started a series on Islam by watching a video of Dr. Nabeel Qureshi’s testimony:

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

Dr. Nabeel Qureshi’s Journey to Christ

Nabeel was very hesitant to write down his story, but he realized it was not his story but G______ story.

Nabeel’s Childhood Story

  1. Nabeel’s sect of Islam (Ahmadi) was persecuted heavily in Pakistan
  2. The Pakistan immigrant community was very tight
  3. Nabeel came from a very d_____ Muslim family (missionaries). He did not grow up as a “passive Muslim”, but Islam was his very identity.  He viewed himself as an ambassador for Islam.
  4. In Islam, there’s a tight adherence to t_________ and c_________ – this includes speaking Arabic, because Mohammed spoke Arabic.
  5. Nabeel’s mother taught him to recite many memorized Arabic prayers each day.
  6. There’s a lot of overlap between the stories in the Old Testament and the Qur’an
  7. Nabeel had memorized the final 7 chapters of the Qur’an by the age of 5, because those are part of the 5 daily prayers. By the age of 15, he had memorized the last 15 chapters of the Qur’an.
  8. Nabeel read entire Qur’an in Arabic by age of 5, but didn’t fully know how to read English yet.
  9. Nabeel had been trained from an early age how to respond to Christianity & d__________ Islam
  10. Girl Betsy asks Nabeel if he knows Jesus – he replies, “I do know Jesus”. According to the Qur’an:
    1. Jesus is v__________ b___________
    2. Did m____________ (heal the blind and cleanse the lepers and raise the dead)
    3. He is the M_______________ and will come back at the end of time
    4. But Jesus was not G__________
    5. The Bible is not trustworthy, it has been c________________
  11. Nabeel threw back some objections at Betsy.
    1. Where does Jesus say he’s God? (Betsy replies Jesus & the Father are one – John 10:30)
    2. Nabeel replies “One what?” – Jesus also prayed he and the disciples would be one too.
    3. When Jesus was in Galilee in Mark, he said that he could do no m____________.
    4. When Jesus says, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but G_________”
    5. When Jesus says in Mark chapter 13 that no one knows when the end of times is – not the angels, not the Son, but only the F____________. How could he be God if he doesn’t know something that only God knows?
    6. In John 14:28, Jesus says, “The Father is greater than I”.
    7. If I were you Betsy, I would believe Jesus –that the Father is g___________ than Jesus.
  12. The moment she shared the Gospel, my respect for her went up through the r_________. Here is someone who c__________ enough about her faith to share it with me.
  13. Other Christians never shared. I know what Christians believe, that if you don’t accept Jesus you’re going to go to hell.  So, either they don’t b_______ it or they don’t c_____ if I go to hell.
  14. Nabeel asks students – “Do you know w_________ you believe w_________ you believe? Can you give a reason for your faith, that’s compelling?”

Nabeel’s Meets David Wood in College

  1. Nabeel met David Wood on the speech and debate team. They roomed together and he saw David reading his Bible and he was flabbergasted, because he thought all Christians knew that the Bible was c__________.  He had never seen a Christian reading the Bible outside C________.
  2. Nabeel’s objection: Bible is in English, Jesus spoke Aramaic, early church spoke Hebrew, NT written in Greek, translated to Latin, then to German (translation of a translation…)
  3. Most people just replied they believe it by f______________ (synonym for ignorance)
  4. David was different. David pointed out that Nabeel is bilingual – what he hears in one language, he can repeat in another language without losing the m_________ and that’s what disciples did.
  5. We have in our possession _,____ manuscripts of the Greek NT – we know what it said.
  6. We have over __,_____ quotations of the NT from the early church fathers w/in 150 years of NT.
  7. Nabeel and David became friends – they did life together, Nabeel knew David c_____ about him.
  8. “Nobody cares what you know until they know that you care”. Friendship is that glue that you need to have in order to sh__________ your m____________ with people.

Investigating the Claims of Christianity

  1. After acknowledging that the Bible is reliable, Nabeel needed to find out where in there does it say that Jesus c__________ to be G________?
  2. “I want to believe what’s true in the world – I want to have reasons for it”
  3. It doesn’t matter if we have warm, fuzzy f__________ about Christianity – if that man Jesus did not rise from the dead, then Christianity is false and we are deluded.
  4. Good case to determine if Christianity is true:
    1. D___________ of Jesus –you’d have to throw out history not to believe this
    2. R____________ of Jesus – the best explanation by far of what happened to Jesus is that He rose from the dead (looking at the evidence as a historian would)
    3. D_____ – Nabeel took the verses out of context that seem to be saying Jesus is not God
  5. Nabeel considered the case for Christianity strong (80-85%), but considered Islam 100%!
  6. David encouraged Nabeel to apply the same level of c____________ to Islam.

Nabeel’s Worldview is Shaken and He is Converted

  1. Nabeel: “The evidence for Islam came nowhere near the evidence for Christianity”
  2. Nabeel: “You can’t just come out and tell your doubts to your parents.”
  3. Muslims often ask for God to give them visions and dreams. 50-70% of Muslim à Christian c______________ had a dream or vision.
  4. God gave Nabeel a vision and 3 dreams to guide him toward Christianity
  5. Nabeel needed time to mourn, since he knew what was going to happen to him and family
  6. Nabeel pulled out the Qur’an and the Bible, looking for comfort – couldn’t find any in Qur’an, only in the Bible. There is not a single verse in the Qur’an to comfort a h____________ person.
  7. God, why didn’t you kill me between the moment I believed and when my family found out?
  8. “It’s not about you” – When Nabeel walked out, the whole world changed, felt c____________.

Discussion Questions

  1. On page 1, point 13, Nabeel comments about so many Christians that never shared their faith with him, saying that either they don’t believe it or they don’t care if I go to hell? How did that make you feel?  Is that a true assessment of people who don’t share their faith?
  2. In what ways was David Wood different than other Christians Nabeel had met in the past? What role did David play in Nabeel’s conversion?
  3. What are the “costs” for a Muslim (or someone of another religion) to convert to Christ?
  4. What were the 3 key facts about Christ that Nabeel focused on in evaluating Christianity?

mid-week apologetics booster (10-5-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Harvard-Educated Biologist Re-opens Shut Case in Provocative New Book Replacing Darwin | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/about/press/2017/09/26/harvard-educated-biologist-provocative-new-book-replacing-darwin/
  2. John Stott on the New Generation of Christian Thinkers: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2017/09/quote-john-stott-on-new-generation-of.html
  3. Why Do Mitochondria Have DNA?: http://www.reasons.org/articles/why-do-mitochondria-have-dna
  4. Why Is God So Hidden? – Cross Examined: http://crossexamined.org/why-is-god-so-hidden/
  5. Tips for Memorizing a Book of the Bible | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/tips-memorizing-book-bible
  6. Could Behemoth Have Been a Dinosaur? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/dinosaurs/could-behemoth-have-been-a-dinosaur/
  7. Bart Campolo says progressive Christians turn into atheists. Maybe he’s right: https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Bart-Campolo-says-progressive-Christians-turn-into-atheists.-Maybe-he-s-right
  8. 10 Things to Say When Your Child Says They Don’t Believe in God Anymore: http://christianmomthoughts.com/10-things-to-say-when-your-child-says-they-dont-believe-in-god-anymore/
  9. How Hugh Hefner Hijacked Men’s Brains: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-hugh-hefner-hijacked-mens-brains
  10. 5 MORE Apologetics Questions Every Christian Should Learn How to Answer – Alisa Childers: http://www.alisachilders.com/blog/5-more-apologetics-questions-every-christian-should-learn-how-to-answer
  11. How Evidence For The Resurrection Led Dr. Qureshi From Islam Apologist To Christian Apologist | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/how-evidence-for-the-resurrection-led-dr-qureshi-from-islam-apologist-to-christian-apologist/
  12. 5 Reasons Why It’s Unreasonable to Ask Who Created God: http://www.cltruth.com/2017/who-created-god-reasons-why-its-unreasonable/
  13. In This Day and Age, Evangelism Is Spelled: A-P-O-L-O-G-E-T-I-C-S | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/in-this-day-and-age-evangelism-is-spelled-a-p-o-l-o-g-e-t-i-c-s/
  14. Awesome Advice for Aspiring Apologists – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/awesome-advice-for-aspiring-apologists
  15. Bats: Equipped for the Hunt | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/mammals/bats-equipped-for-the-hunt/
  16. 10 Reasons to Accept the Resurrection of Jesus as an Historical Fact | Bellator Christi: https://bellatorchristi.com/2017/04/11/10-reasons-to-accept-the-resurrection-of-jesus-as-an-historical-fact/
  17. After Jesus, What’s Next: 10 Guide Posts for Christian Living: http://www.lifestyleofpeace.com/2017/08/after-jesus-whats-next-10-guide-posts.html
  18. 10 Biblical Reasons Jesus Is God | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/jesus-christ/jesus-is-god/10-biblical-reasons-jesus-is-god/
  19. Tackling The Problem Of Evil – Part 1: The Logical Version: http://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/2017/09/tackling-problem-of-evil-part-1-logical.html
  20. Stephen C. Meyer lectures on intelligent design and the origin of life | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/09/30/stephen-c-meyer-lectures-on-intelligent-design-and-the-origin-of-life-5/
  21. Book of Mormon Graphic Leaves out Important Detail | Mormonism Research Ministry: http://www.mrm.org/book-of-mormon-graphic
  22. The First Vision: Key to Truth? A Review of Seventy Richard J. Maynes June 2017 Ensign article | Mormonism Research Ministry: http://www.mrm.org/first-vision-maynes
  23. 2 Nephi 25:23 A Distinctive Mormon Passage on Salvation | Mormonism Research Ministry: http://www.mrm.org/2-nephi-25-23
  24. What is Tolerance?: http://www.cltruth.com/2017/what-is-tolerance/
  25. Jesus Calling: Channeling A False Christ | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/jesus-calling-channeling-a-false-christ/
  26. A Brief Overview of Buddhism | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/a-brief-overview-of-buddhism/
  27. The Real Issue Apologetics Ministry: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism: What is It and How Can We Respond to this Phenomenon?: http://roblundberg.blogspot.com/2017/09/moralistic-therapeutic-deism-what-is-it.html
  28. Did the Fall Have Consequences on Creation? Romans 8:1822 | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/sin/original-sin/did-fall-have-consequences-creation/
  29. I Only Believe in What I Can See! | Whattaya Do? – New York Apologetics: http://www.newyorkapologetics.com/i-only-believe-in-what-i-can-see-whattaya-do/
  30. Why Did God Write A Book?: http://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/2017/10/why-did-god-write-book.html
  31. Exclusivity Claims of Major World Religions – Christian Apologetics Alliance: http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2017/08/02/exclusivity-claims-major-world-religions/
  32. Prayer for Healing3: Gods Our Father | Clay Jones: http://www.clayjones.net/2017/09/prayer-for-healing-iii-gods-our-father/
  33. What Are Bible Contradictions And Are There Any In The Bible?: http://www.cltruth.com/2017/bible-contradictions-bible/
  34. What is the Most Powerful Evidence for the Christian Faith? – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/what-is-the-most-powerful-evidence-for-the-christian-faith
  35. Ken Hams Ongoing Quest to Take Back the Rainbow | CBN News: https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2017/october/ken-ham-rsquo-s-ongoing-quest-to-lsquo-take-back-the-rainbow-rsquo
  36. Five Reasons To Investigate Christianity | Ted Flint | Reasoned Cases for Christ: https://bcooper.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/five-reasons-to-investigate-christianity-ted-flint/
  37. Speaking Ill of Hugh Hefner – NYTimes.com: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/09/30/opinion/hugh-hefner.html
  38. Was Jesus Crucified? A Look at the Death of Jesus THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/was-jesus-crucified-a-look-at-the-death-of-jesus/
  39. Always Ask What They Mean by God | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/always-ask-what-they-mean-god

Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags. Proverbs 23:20-21

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 10/1/2017

Today I wrapped up our Mormonism class by reviewing the information we covered in the last 6 weeks.  We watched a short video by Bill McKeever on the golden plates:

Here are the slides I used for our recap:

  1. Slide 1 – Mormonism Recap, What did we learn during the last 7 weeks?
    1. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this class series on Mormonism… Here’s where we’ve been for the last 7 weeks

  1. Slide 2 – Where We’ve Been the Last 7 Weeks:
    1. We started off with the overview video “Good News for LDS”
    2. 2009 podcast from J. Warner Wallace, the cold case homicide detective, gave unique, evidential perspective on Joseph Smith and the book of Mormon.
    3. Then watched the hour long film on the Lost book of Abraham
    4. We also watched the Way of the Master episode on Mormonism
    5. We continued with a Mormon role-play with Brett Kunkle of Stand to Reason
    6. And finally, today, we looked at Bill McKeever’s argument concerning the weight of the golden plates

  1. Slide 3 – Topics and Areas We Covered during these weeks:
    1. History of the LDS beginnings
    2. “Translation” process of the Book of Mormon from Golden Plates
    3. The Character traits and motives of Joseph Smith, the founder
    4. The story of the Book of Abraham
    5. Overview of Mormon doctrines, theology and practices
    6. Strategies and approaches in reaching Mormon people
    7. Responding to Mormon claims with grace and truth

  1. Slide 4 – Good News for LDS:
    1. We started this whole series with a 12 chapter video overview of Mormonism
    2. If you want to find out more about the video and the participants, visit http://www.goodnewsforlds.com
    3. It appears to have been made around 2006/2007…

  1. Slide 5 – Good News for LDS Topics:
    1. Who is Jesus?
      1. Mormons say Jesus was the first spirit born to our heavenly Father
      2. According to Mormonism, Jesus is the spirit brother of Lucifer (Satan)
  • Christian view of Jesus – He was God in the flesh, eternal, the uncreated Creator of all things (including angels). (Man à God vs. God à Man)
  1. Who is God?
    1. According to Joseph Smith, the Father has a body of flesh and bones. (D&C 130:22) – read this
    2. According to the Bible, God (the Father) is Spirit. (John 4:24)
  • God is everlasting (Psalms 90:2)
  1. According to the Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, God was once a man.
  2. According to LDS teaching, there are many gods.
  3. According to 1 Corinthians 8:4-6, there is no God but one.
  • Book of Abraham 2:24 has God telling Abraham to lie, which contradicts Ex. 20:16
  1. How Do We Obtain Eternal Life?
    1. Christian view – belief in Christ as Savior and Lord guarantees eternal life (free gift).
    2. Mormon view – 2 Nephi 25:23b read this
  • Mormon view – (D&C 76) 3 Kingdoms: Telestial, Terrestrial, Celestial. You have to keep all the commandments, be baptized, etc…
  1. Christian view – all authority is in Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18)
  2. Mormon view – Joseph Smith holds the keys to heaven.
  3. Christian view – we can know that we have eternal life (1 John 5:13)
  • Mormon view – they can’t be sure if they will make it into the celestial kingdom
  1. Archaeological Evidence:
    1. No book of Mormon location is known with reference to modern topography (Professor Dee Green – BYU)
    2. Biblical archaeology can be studied – we know where biblical places are (e.g. Jerusalem)
  2. Joseph Smith – Prophecies and Revelations
    1. Inhabitants of the Moon – look like Quakers
    2. City of New Jerusalem – to be built in Independence, Missouri
  • David Patten Mission, but he died at the battle of cricket river in the fall of that year (this was a false prophecy)
  1. See Deut. 13:1-3, a warning against false prophets
  2. Biblical requirement for a prophet – 100% accuracy (Deut. 18:21-22)
  3. Joseph prophesied the coming of the Lord, but Jesus said that’s impossible (Matt. 24:36)
  1. The Character of Joseph Smith
    1. He is portrayed by the LDS church as a virtuous family man who is persecuted for his beliefs, but prevails, due to his tremendous faith and his miraculous works.
    2. At the age of 14, Joseph claimed to have a vision of God the Father and Jesus.
  • At age 21, Joseph was arrested in Bainbridge, NY for deception of Josiah Stole (a misdemeanor for his “glass looking”)
  1. Joseph Smith committed multiple adulteries. 27 women were “sealed” to him. He revealed the doctrine of “plural marriage” in 1843 after being caught in an adulterous affair with Fanny Alger.  He married underage girls & women who were already married.
  2. Warren Jeffs is in prison for the same behavior that Joseph practiced.
  3. The Bible condemns multiple wives. (Deut. 17:17, Mark 10:7-9, 1 Tim. 3:2,12; Titus 1:6)
  1. The First Vision
    1. Joseph Smith recorded several different accounts of his first vision. Some of these accounts have Jesus only, some have an angel, some have multiple angels, but the official version of the LDS church has God the Father and Jesus appearing to him.
    2. Since the official vision was before Smith’s official ordination to the priesthood, this would conflict with D&C84:21-22, which says without the authority of the priesthood, no man can see the Father and live.
  • There are 9 varying accounts of the first vision. The first vision is considered the foundation and the cornerstone of the Mormon religion.
  1. Joseph was a 14 year old boy when he supposedly first had this visitation.
  2. He was known around the country as a fabricator of stories. Even his father-in-law thought so.
  3. In 1855 Brigham Young preached a sermon in which he denied that the Lord came to Joseph in the first vision, but was rather visited by an angel.
  1. The Occult
    1. Joseph, his father and brother were actively involved in the occult while living in NY
    2. Joseph found his seer stone while money digging. This seer stone was claimed to have been used by Joseph to translate the Book of Mormon from the golden plates.
  • On March 15th 1842, Joseph Smith joined the Freemasons (believe Jesus is not divine)
  1. Joseph’s Mason membership affected the development of the temple ceremonies
  2. Nauvoo, Illinois temple architecture utilized masonic symbols
  3. The Jupiter Talisman – one of Joseph’s intimate possessions. Guaranteed the possessor the gain of riches, favor, power, love and peace and ability to influence female love.  This talisman was found is Joseph’s pocket the day he died in Carthage.
  1. The Translator
    1. The golden plates were not used during the translation of The Book of Mormon. Rather, it was translated by Joseph looking into a “peep stone” (seer stone) inside a hat.
    2. Oliver Cowdery was primary scribe for Joseph & 1 of “the 3 witnesses” listed in BoM
  • Joseph Smith boasted that the BoM was the most accurate book in existence.
  1. If this book was translated by the power of God, why thousands of corrections?
  2. The witnesses said that they never physically saw or handled the golden plates.
  3. Paul warns of another gospel in Galatians 1:8 (even from an angel [e.g. Moroni]…)
  • Kinderhook Plates – a trap set for Joseph, a hoax to expose him as a false prophet.
  1. Lamanites and DNA
    1. Lamanites are described by Joseph Smith as ancestors of the ancient Israelites
    2. DNA testing of > 5000 Native Americans from 150 different tribes has been completed
  • Not 1 person contained DNA that was of Hebrew descent, but rather of Asian descent.
  1. In order to be a Mormon, one must trust in the “stories” of Joseph Smith
  2. The Book of Abraham has been proven to be completely false. No Egyptologists agree with Joseph’s interpretation of the ancient scroll. Rather, it is a common funeral text.
  1. Conclusion – Jesus Christ vs. Joseph Smith
    1. Joseph claimed that there were many ancient cities in the Americas (38) – not one has ever been found.
    2. DNA evidence disproves his story about Native American origins
  • He was a liar, a false prophet, a womanizer/adulterer, a fraud.
  1. Examine objectively the life of Joseph Smith and the teachings of the Book of Mormon over against the Jesus of the New Testament and the reliability of the Bible
  2. The Mormons are good people and they’re worth the fight. We love them.
  3. There are no excuses at the final judgement
  • All you have to do is believe in Christ.
  • You must choose to follow Joseph or to follow Jesus – you can’t do both. CHOOSE!

  1. Slide 6 – J. Warner Wallace, Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon:
    1. He is a cold case homicide detective and has a very unique perspective in looking at the Mormon issue

  1. Slide 7 – J. Warner Wallace Topics
    1. Evidence Related to Motive:
      1. Sexual Lust
      2. Financial Greed
  • The Pursuit of Power
  1. Evidence Related to the Timing of the Writing
    1. The Second Great Awakening Swept Through New York
    2. The Great Preachers of the Awakening Left Little Guidance
  • The Culture Was Fascinated With the Origin of Native Americans
  1. Ethan Smith – “View of the Hebrews”, published 5 years before BoM
  2. The People of Palmyra Were Interested in Treasure-Digging
  1. Evidence Related to the Author of the Book
    1. Joseph was a Local Treasure-Digger
    2. Joseph Used a “Seer Stone”
  • Joseph Was Charged with Fraud
  1. Evidence Related to the Translation Process
    1. Joseph Translated Just As He Searched for Treasure
    2. Joseph Was Unable to Duplicate the Lost 116 Pages
  • No One Ever Observed the Plates with Their Natural Eyes (3 witnesses)

  1. Slide 8 – the importance of the 3 & 8 Witnesses

While the Mormon Church often portrays these critical three witnesses as trustworthy and reliable, history seems to indicate something different. Oliver Cowdery was eventually excommunicated from the Church after exposing Smith’s first polygamous relationship to Fanny Alger. Smith described Cowdery as a thief, liar, perjurer, counterfeiter, adulterer and leader of “scoundrels of the deepest degree”. Cowdery later became a Methodist and denied the Book of Mormon altogether and publicly confessed his “sorrow and Shame” for having any connection with Mormonism.

Martin Harris was a member of 5 different religious groups before becoming a Mormon, and he was part of eight different groups after leaving Mormonism. He was also excommunicated from the Mormon Church and later reported that he did not see the plates as Smith described, but only saw the plates three days after Cowdery and Whitmer and then only in a spiritual sense:

“I never saw the gold plates, only in a visionary or entranced state. …In about three days I went into the woods to pray that I might see the plates. While praying I passed into a state of entrancement, and in that state I saw the angel and the plates.” (Anthony Metcalf, Ten Years Before the Mast, n.d., microfilm copy, p. 70-71).

David Whitmer was also excommunicated from the Church and later declared he was himself a prophet of the New Church of Christ. Joseph called him a “dumb beast to ride” and an “ass to bray out coursings instead of blessings”. Whitmer later admitted he saw the plates “by the eye of faith” rather than with his physical eyes and he waffled between three varying accounts of how he saw the plates.

Eventually, Smith decided this group of three “witnesses” was insufficient; he involved eight additional men and recruited them as potential eyewitnesses, forming a group of eleven total witnesses to the golden plates. Smith limited his choices to men who were close friends and relatives. He first involved four brothers of David Whitmer. Smith next recruited his own father, two of his brothers and Hiram Page (who was married to David Whitmer’s sister, Catherine). Even though Smith limited his choices to close friends and relatives, these men also had trouble staying true to the faith founded on the golden plates they claimed to see. Two of these eight men apostatized and left the Church altogether. Another was excommunicated. Of the eleven men who claimed to see the golden plates, only five remained faithful to Mormonism. Three of these five men were blood relatives of Joseph Smith. Martin Harris later reported these additional eight witnesses also observed the plates in a vision and never saw the plates with their “natural eyes”.

  1. Slide 10 – Book of Abraham Points
    1. How he came to possess the scrolls
      1. The book of Abraham is considered inspired Scripture (word of God) by the LDS church.
      2. Joseph Smith translated this from an ancient Egyptian scroll of hieroglyphics (bought in Kirtland, OH 1835) but at that time in America, no one could read Egyptian hieroglyphics.
  • Joseph Smith purchased the scrolls (and mummies) for $2,400, which he raised from investors.
  1. How he “translated” the scrolls
    1. Joseph started by creating an alphabet and grammar of the Egyptian language. We have his notes for this process.
    2. Joseph created a bank in Kirtland, OH, which failed, after which he fled from there at night.
  • Joseph and the Mormons moved to Commerce, IL and renamed it to Nauvoo, where he became mayor of the city, had a large militia & even announced his candidacy for president of the US
  1. In Nauvoo, IL in 1842, Joseph published his translation of the book of Abraham.
  2. The book of Abraham includes a creation story “they, that is the Gods, organized and formed…”. See the book of Abraham chapters 4 & 5 – Mormonism is polytheistic.
  3. In June 27th, 1844, Joseph was assassinated while in jail in Carthage, IL
  1. Scrolls were lost:
    1. 1846 – 1856: the papyri are lost to the church
    2. In 1846, under the leadership of Brigham Young, the Mormons moved to Salt Lake City, UT
  • It was assumed that the papyri was destroyed in the great Chicago fire of 1871
  1. 3 drawings in book of Abraham misidentified by Joseph, according to Egyptologists.
  2. These drawings are actually, from the “book of the dead” (Egyptian funeral text)
  1. Scrolls found and actually translated
    1. 1966 – A dramatic discovery – the papyri was found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.
    2. 1967 – the lost papyri presented to the LDS church along with attesting letter from Emma Smith
  • Abraham not mentioned once in the papyri. Joseph’s translation was found to be incorrect.
  1. The LDS church claims that a large portion of the scroll is missing, but this is not correct.
  2. Some argue that Joseph may’ve received the translation by direct revelation from God…
  3. According to Joseph Smith’s diary, this is not correct – he was translating it directly.
  • According to Egyptologists, there is no historical validity to the translations in that book.
  • Are the Mormon truth claims credible? Are they the kinds of things that we ought to bet our lives on?
  1. Since Joseph’s translation of the book of Abraham, which can be tested, has been found to lack credibility, then how can we accept his translation of the book of Mormon, which cannot be tested?

  1. Slide 12 – Way of the Master Topics
    1. The Mormon Holy Books and Sources of Authority
      1. The Book of Mormon (“the most correct of any book on earth” according to Joseph Smith)
      2. Doctrine and Covenants – a book mostly about theology
  • The Pearl of Great Price
  1. The King James Bible (in so far as it is translated correctly)
  2. The ultimate authority in the Mormon Church comes from living Mormon apostles and prophets, especially the president, who is considered to be “the voice of God on earth”.
  1. Mormon Teachings about God:
    1. God has not been God from all eternity
    2. Jesus is a god
  • Jesus is the Jehovah of the Old Testament
  1. They limit Jesus to being the Creator only of this planet
  2. There are an infinite number of gods who created an infinite number of other worlds
  3. God has a body of flesh and bones like us
  • We can become like God if we adhere to his commandments
  • God is married and has many wives and they had many spirit babies, resulting in you and I getting here.
  1. It is possible to become a god, reigning over your own planet.
  1. The Mormon Jesus
    1. Law of progression – men and God are of the same species. We are at different point in our progression
    2. God, the Father of this planet is called Elohim
  • The Mormon God cannot create anything Ex-Nihilo (out of nothing) – he “organized” this earth
  1. The first “begotten” of his spirit children was Jehovah (or Jesus) – we all are the spirt brothers of Jesus.
  2. Another one of the offspring of Elohim was Lucifer – according to Mormonism, Jesus is the spirit brother of Lucifer.
  3. Jesus was not the eternal Creator of all things, who became a man (as the Bible says) – they have it reversed, they believe that man became a god instead
  1. The Mormon Afterlife
    1. Almost a universal salvation – only those who’ve actually had revelation of the truthfulness of Mormonism and reject it have sinned bad enough to merit eternal hell.
    2. There is a temporary hell in Mormonism (the spirit prison) that non-Mormons would go to.
  • They would not believe Hitler went to hell
  1. 4 levels of afterlife:
    1. Eternal (outer) darkness – devil, demons, a few apostate Mormons
    2. Terrestrial (for non-Mormons, Hitler, murderers, rapists, child molesters, liars, thieves)
    3. Telestial
    4. Celestial (highest – this is where God is)
  2. The Mormon Salvation
    1. 2 Nephi 25:23b – “for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do
    2. Moroni 10:32 – if you “love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you” (vs. 2 Corinthians 12:9)
  • Spencer Kimball (former president of the LDS Church) – one of the most fallacious doctrines (of the devil) is that man is saved alone by the grace of God.
  1. Witnessing Tips
    1. You must define your terms, because Mormons use all the same terms as Christians, but they have different meanings for those terms
    2. Ask the Mormon first to explain who their God is, who their Jesus is and how salvation is gained
  • Pose this to a Mormon – “If the Mormon religion is right and I’m wrong, then I go to the 3rd level of heaven. But if the Bible is right and the LDS church is wrong, then you are following a false Jesus and you’ll end up in hell forever.”
  1. Baptism for the Dead
    1. Mormons get baptized for dead people. They use 1 Corinthians 15:29 to justify that.
    2. If anyone dies without believing in Mormonism, they can still make it to heaven if someone is baptized on their behalf. They can accept Mormonism in the spirit world.
  2. The main point in reaching the Mormon is using the power of the Gospel (Romans 1:16).

  1. Slide 14 – Mormon Role Play Points
    1. How would you define a Christian?
      1. Elder Kunkle: You probably believe something like this – Mormons are not Christians
      2. Elder Kunkle: How would you define a Christian, what is a Christian?
  • Someone answered “Someone who has been saved by Jesus and professes Him as their Lord and Savior”
  1. Mormon definition of Jesus:
    1. “Mormons have a different definition of Jesus” – but Elder Kunkle affirmed that Jesus was:
      1. Born of the Virgin Mary
      2. Is the Son of God
      3. Lived a sinless, perfect life
      4. Died on the cross to atone for our sins
      5. Rose from the dead – bodily
    2. Deity of Christ & the Trinity:
      1. “Jesus claimed to be God” – Elder Kunkle challenged, “Where did Jesus claim to be God?”
      2. Elder Kunkle: the oneness that Jesus is talking about is oneness in unity.
  • Elder Kunkle: I affirm, “One Lord and One Savior”
  1. Audience member says that his Bible does not say that God was once a man, like Mormonism believes. Elder Kunkle replies, “You don’t believe Jesus was a man?”  Person replies, “I’m not saying Jesus, I’m saying God”
  2. Elder Kunkle: we believe in the Father, we believe in the Son, we believe in the Holy Spirit…I believe in the God of the Bible…. But one of the differences we have is the Trinity… the claim of the Trinity is that you have 3 beings in 1 being, but that is a patent contradiction.
  3. One audience member brought up Jesus is considered to be Lucifer’s brother in Mormonism
  • Elder Kunkle: Colossians 1 – Jesus is the first born of all creation. So, He is the first born Son of God.
  • Elder Kunkle: If Jesus is God, in Matthew 26 Jesus is praying to God, but if Jesus is God, then He is just praying to Himself.
  1. Elder Kunkle: There’s nowhere you can point to in Scripture to show the Trinity – where is the Trinity in the Bible?
  2. One audience member brought up John 10:30 – I and the Father are one. Elder Kunkle replied that in this church, you probably all consider yourself to be “one”, but not the same being.
  3. Elder Kunkle: where in the Bible does it say that to be a Christian, you have to affirm that Jesus is Yahweh?
  • Elder Kunkle quotes John 14, where Jesus says, “The Father is greater than I”
  1. Book of Mormon / additional revelation:
    1. One audience member says he has been “taught his doctrine” – he was indoctrinated differently
    2. One audience member said you put your faith in a man who brought an additional book
  • Elder Kunkle: that’s all the Book of Mormon is – it’s God speaking through a man
  1. Elder Kunkle: Just like God built on the Old Testament and gave us the New Testament, God builds on the New Testament and gives us another testament to Jesus Christ (BoM)
  2. One audience member quotes Revelation 22:19 “If any man shall take away from the words…”
  3. Elder Kunkle replies with Deut. 4:2, which has the same warning.
  • One audience member quotes John 8:58 – says Jesus claimed to be Elohim.
  • Elder Kunkle made a case for works salvation (James 2, Philippians 2, Acts 2, Eph. 2 etc.)
  1. Christians inarticulate / apologetics not optional, but required – asked everyone to do a self-assessment
    1. What we wanted to do tonight was provide you a little test.
    2. Most evangelical Christians do not know what they believe or why they believe it
  • Most Christians are completely inarticulate about what they believe and why they believe it.
  1. We wanted you to take this test here, now, with me before you go out the door and have this test with “the real thing”.
  2. We need to be effective ambassadors for Jesus Christ and being an effective ambassador means that you have to know some things – you have to have knowledge of the truth.
  3. How many of you would be able to make the case that Jesus is God, the Holy Spirit is God and that the Father is God and that those 3 persons are together the one God, who offers salvation solely through faith in Christ by grace alone? Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10.
  • How well would you be able to reason from the Scripture? How prepared would you be?
  • 2 Timothy 2:15 – how many can say that we are workmen who do not need to be ashamed because we can accurately handle the God’s Word?
  1. Many of you had courage to defend, but many of you did not accurately handle God’s Word
  2. I would much rather have you fail in here, than with your Mormon neighbor.
  3. We Christians spend most of our time talking with other Christians
  • Many of us are fearful to open our mouths about Jesus b/c we don’t have answers to objections
  • Apologetics is not some optional thing we do as believers, apologetics is not a club for nerds. Apologetics should be an essential part of our discipleship under Jesus Christ.
  • It’s not enough to simply be right. Not only need knowledge, but wisdom and character too…
  1. How were you as representatives of Jesus Christ? He came in grace & truth (Jn 1:14) – need both
  • Sometimes you’ve got to be made uncomfortable before you realize that you need to grow.
  • John 10:30 – you have to go further in reading that passage in order to make the case from that

Here is the note-taking form I handed out:

Notes for the LDS Recap Session

  1. Bill McKeever – Problems with the Golden Plates
  2. Good News for LDS
  3. Warner Wallace on Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon
  4. The Book of Abraham
  5. The Way of the Master Mormonism Episode
  6. Mormon Role-Play, Brett Kunkle (Elder Kunkle)

Discussion Questions

  1. How has your view of Mormonism changed during this study?
  2. How has your view of the Mormon people changed during this study?
  3. What new information did you learn about Mormonism that will be useful to you?
  4. In your view, what is the most compelling evidence demonstrating that Mormonism is false?
  5. Do you now feel more or less likely to reach out to Mormons in your circle of influence?
  6. When talking to Mormons, do you think it is more effective to:
    1. Address their non-orthodox theology & doctrines
    2. Talk about Joseph Smith’s character, the translation process of the Book of Mormon and the lack of archeological support
    3. Just share the Gospel
  7. How would you explain to a Mormon why you don’t think Joseph Smith is a prophet of God?
  8. What reason(s) do you have for not accepting the Book of Mormon as Scripture?
  9. Why do we believe Mormon people are not evil enemies to be opposed?
  10. What were the 3 ungodly motivations that drove Joseph to perpetrate his lies?
  11. How do the biblical and Mormon views of the following differ?
    1. Jesus
    2. God the Father differ?
    3. Eternal life (as well as how one obtains it) differ?
  12. Is there any archeological evidence that the Book of Mormon is true? Is there any archeological evidence that the Bible is true?
  13. Has Joseph Smith met the biblical test for a prophet of God? Where is that biblical test found?
  14. How is the Joseph Smith portrayed by the LDS church different than the Joseph Smith of history?
  15. How would you answer the following charges?
    1. Men of God in the Old Testament had multiple wives, so this must be a practice approved by God
    2. Several biblical authors were also sinners (e.g. David, Solomon, Abraham, Moses, Peter, Paul etc.) like Joseph, so we can still believe Joseph’s writings
  16. How old was Joseph when he supposedly received his first vision?
  17. Were the accounts of Joseph’s vision always consistently told by him?
  18. What is a “peep stone” or “seer stone”? What did Joseph use it for?
  19. Was Joseph ever in trouble with the law? Was he ever arrested?  How is this different from the apostles Peter, John and Paul being imprisoned in the book of Acts?
  20. How did Joseph supposedly translate the “Book of Mormon” into English?
  21. What are the “Kinderhook Plates” and what do they tell us about the nature of Joseph Smith?
  22. How does DNA evidence contradict Joseph Smith’s story of Native American origins?
  23. What is the Book of Abraham? What is the story of that book’s origin? What does it tell us about the reliability of Joseph Smith as a translator of ancient languages?
  24. What evidence could you provide to show Joseph Smith is a womanizer and an adulterer?
  25. What circumstances led Joseph Smith to claim that polygamy was a “God-ordained” practice?

mid-week apologetics booster (9-28-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. 6 Reasons Why It Takes Faith To Deny Jesus | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/6-reasons-takes-faith-to-deny-jesus/
  2. Four Truths About the Universe You Can Share with Your Kids to Demonstrate the Existence of God | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/four-truths-about-the-universe-you-can-share-with-your-kids-to-demonstrate-the-existence-of-god/
  3. No, God Did Not Prescribe the Use of Cannabis in the Bible | The Stream: https://stream.org/no-god-not-prescribe-use-cannabis-bible/
  4. What is the Core Reason Kids Leave the Faith?: http://www.thegoodbookblog.com/2017/sep/11/what-is-the-core-reason-kids-leave-the-faith/
  5. How did Pliny the Younger support the Biblical Jesus – Biblical Worldview Academy: http://biblicalworldviewacademy.org/discovering-the-historical-jesus-part-6/
  6. The Case for the Reliability of the New Testament | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/the-case-for-the-reliability-of-the-new-testament-free-bible-insert/
  7. Can We Trust the Gospels, Even If They Were Transmitted Orally? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/can-we-trust-the-gospels-even-if-they-were-transmitted-orally/
  8. The Evidence Continues to Show That The Bible Really Is History – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/historical-reliability-bible/
  9. Your Mind Matters: 12 Apologetics Quotes: http://www.thepoachedegg.net/the-poached-egg/2017/09/your-mind-matters-12-apologetics-quotes.html
  10. Mike Licona explains the As, Bs, Cs, Ds and Es of New Testament reliability | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2013/10/29/mike-licona-explains-the-as-bs-cs-ds-and-es-of-new-testament-reliability-3/
  11. 5 Qualities of a Small Church That Has a Big Impact ChurchLeaders.com: https://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/310379-5-qualities-small-church-big-impact-dan-reiland.html
  12. Ten Easy Ways to Start Meaningful Dialogue | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/ten-easy-ways-start-meaningful-dialogue
  13. Apologetics Restored my Faith | Truth Matters Ministries: http://www.truthmattersministries.com/apologetics/apologetics-restored-my-faith/
  14. 3 Evidences That Confirm the Bible Is Not Made Up | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/is-the-bible-true/3-evidences-confirm-bible-not-made-up/
  15. Forum on the Resurrection with William Lane Craig | Reasonable Faith: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forum-on-the-resurrection-with-william-lane-craig
  16. If Christ Has Not Been Raised: Reasoning Through the Resurrection: http://www.reasons.org/articles/if-christ-has-not-been-raised-reasoning-through-the-resurrection
  17. The Challenge of History: An Interview with William Lane Craig | Reasonable Faith: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/the-challenge-of-history-an-interview-with-william-lane-craig
  18. Boston city hall denies Christian flag, but allows LGBT flags | News | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/boston-bans-christian-groups-flag-allows-transgender-flag
  19. 11 Things Pro-Choicers Don’t Get About Abortion: http://www.lifenews.com/2013/09/25/11-things-pro-choicers-dont-get-about-abortion/
  20. How to Deconstruct the Environmentalist Propaganda of Mother! (Movie Review) – Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/article/deconstruct-environmentalist-propaganda-mother/
  21. The Life and Death of Nabeel Qureshi (David Wood) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRK2NXFXEtY
  22. Jesus Smashes the Gospel of Self-Esteem: http://afa.net/the-stand/faith/2017/09/jesus-smashes-the-gospel-of-self-esteem/
  23. CRI Interview with Brett Kunkle – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/cri-interview-brett-kunkle/
  24. The Reliability of the Bible and How To Best Interpret The Scriptures: http://www.findingtruthmatters.org/articles/biblical-reliability/index.html

Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church about your love. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. 3 John 1:5-6

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-21-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Even Caesar Confirmed the Resurrection | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/archaeology/even-caesar-confirmed-resurrection/
  2. Dr. Michael G Strauss: Facts vs Faith: http://www.michaelgstrauss.com/2017/09/facts-vs-faith.html
  3. Good Arguments Aren’t Enough in Defending the Faith | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2016/01/good-arguments-arent-enough-in.html
  4. Six Scary But Important Words Every Christian Parent Should Say to Their Kids About Faith: http://christianmomthoughts.com/six-scary-but-important-words-every-christian-parent-should-say-to-their-kids-about-faith/
  5. Matt Walsh: Dear churches, you’re killing yourselves and this is how The Blaze: http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/matt-walsh-dear-churches-youre-killing-yourselves-and-this-is-how/
  6. The Real Issue Apologetics Ministry: Five Questions Every Worldview MUST Answer Coherently and Cohesively: http://roblundberg.blogspot.com/2017/09/five-questions-every-worldview-must.html
  7. What is Unitarianism? | Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry: https://carm.org/what-unitarianism
  8. How to Talk to Jehovah’s Witnesses About Jesus | Desiring God: http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/in-the-beginning-was-the-word/excerpts/how-to-talk-to-jehovah-s-witnesses-about-jesus
  9. Nabeel Qureshi (1983-2017) | TGC: https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/justintaylor/2017/09/16/nabeel-qureshi-1983-2017/
  10. Nabeel Qureshi (1983-2017) | RZIM: http://rzim.org/global-blog/nabeel-qureshi-1983-2017/
  11. Nabeel Qureshi Dies at Age 34 | CBN News: http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2017/september/nabeel-qureshi-dies-at-34
  12. Ravi Zacharias: Why Nabeel Qureshi resonated with so many before his death at 34 – The Washington Post – So hard to believe that Nabeel is acknowledged even in this liberal newspaper: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/09/17/why-this-muslim-turned-christian-speaker-resonated-with-so-many-before-his-death-at-34/
  13. Nabeel Qureshi, Servant of Jesus Christ, 1983-2017 | The Stream: https://stream.org/nabeel-qureshi-servant-of-christ-1983-2017/
  14. Why Didn’t God Heal Nabeel Qureshi? | The Stream: https://stream.org/why-didnt-god-heal-nabeel-qureshi/
  15. Why Didn’t God Heal Nabeel Qureshi? Good (and brutally honest) article. There are a lot of comments at the end as well that are worth reading.: http://christianmomthoughts.com/why-didnt-god-heal-nabeel-qureshi/
  16. Did Jesus Claim to be God? | Ask Dr. Brown: https://askdrbrown.org/library/did-jesus-claim-be-god
  17. 8 Proverbs for Apologists When Talking with Unbelievers – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/8-proverbs-apologists-talking-unbelievers/
  18. Faithful Thinkers- Defending God’s Existence and Compatibility of Science with God and the Bible: Book Review: Forensic Faith: http://lukenixblog.blogspot.com/2017/08/book-review-forensic-faith.html
  19. Turning On Your Brain: 10 Christian Apologetics Quotes: http://www.thepoachedegg.net/the-poached-egg/2012/12/turning-on-your-brain-10-christian-apologetics-quotes.html
  20. Opabinia – the strangest animal of the Cambrian: http://reasonandscience.heavenforum.org/t2610-opabinia-the-strangest-animal-of-the-cambrian
  21. A List Of Extra-Biblical Sources For The Historical Jesus | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/a-list-of-extra-biblical-sources-for-the-historical-jesus/
  22. Sorry to Tell You, But Jesus is Not Returning on September 23 | The Stream: https://stream.org/sorry-tell-jesus-not-returning-september-23/
  23. Are People Born Gay? The Biological and Genetic Basis for Homosexuality: http://www.godandscience.org/evolution/homosexuals_born_gay.html
  24. A Carbon Tax Won’t Stop Hurricanes | The Stream: https://stream.org/carbon-tax-wont-stop-hurricanes/
  25. Questions from a Muslim about the Trinity | Reasonable Faith: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/questions-from-a-muslim-about-the-trinity

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

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 9/17/2017

Today we continued the Mormonism series by watching Way of the Master – Mormonism Episode:

Here is the note-taking form:

Way of the Master – Mormonism

The Mormon Holy Books and Sources of Authority

  1. The Book of M________ (“the most correct of any book on earth” according to Joseph Smith)
  2. Doctrine and Covenants – a book mostly about th____________
  3. The Pearl of G_________ P_____________
  4. The K_________ J___________ B__________ (in so far as it is translated correctly)
  5. The ultimate authority in the Mormon Church comes from living Mormon apostles and prophets, especially the p_____________, who is considered to be “the voice of God on earth”.
  6. Mormon Teachings about God:
    1. God has not been God from all e__________
    2. Jesus is a god
    3. Jesus is the J______________ of the Old Testament
    4. They limit Jesus to being the C_____________ only of this planet
    5. There are an infinite number of gods who created an infinite number of other worlds
    6. God has a body of f___________ and b___________ like us
    7. We can become like G_________ if we adhere to his commandments
    8. God is married and has many wives and they had many s_______ b___________, resulting in you and I getting here.
    9. It is possible to become a god, reigning over your own p_____________.

The Mormon Jesus

  1. Law of p______________ – men and God are of the same species. We are at different point in our progression
  2. God, the Father of this planet is called E_____________
  3. The Mormon God cannot create anything Ex-Nihilo (out of n______) – he “organized” this earth
  4. The first “begotten” of his spirit children was Jehovah (or Jesus) – we all are the spirt b___________ of Jesus.
  5. Another one of the offspring of Elohim was Lucifer – according to Mormonism, J____________ is the spirit brother of Lucifer.
  6. Jesus was not the eternal Creator of all things, who became a man (as the Bible says)

The Mormon Afterlife

  1. Almost a universal s_______________ – only those who’ve actually had revelation of the truthfulness of Mormonism and reject it have sinned bad enough to merit eternal hell.
  2. There is a temporary h_____ in Mormonism (the spirit prison) that non-Mormons would go to.
  3. They would not believe Hitler went to hell
  4. 4 levels of afterlife:
    1. Eternal (outer) darkness – devil, demons, a few apostate Mormons
    2. Terrestrial (for non-Mormons, Hitler, murderers, rapists, child molesters, liars, thieves)
    3. Telestial
    4. Celestial (highest – this is where God is)

The Mormon Salvation

  1. 2 Nephi 25:23b – “for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, a_________ all we can do
  2. Moroni 10:32 – if you “love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you” (vs. 2 Corinthians 12:9)
  3. Spencer Kimball (former president of the LDS Church) – one of the most fallacious doctrines (of the devil) is that man is saved alone by the g___________ of God.

Witnessing Tips

  1. You must d__________ your t__________, because Mormons use all the same terms as Christians, but they have different meanings for those terms
  2. Ask Mormon first to explain who their G___ is, who their J_____ is and how s________ is gained
  3. Pose this to a Mormon – “If the Mormon religion is right and I’m wrong, then I go to the 3rd level of h_________. But if the Bible is right and the L____ church is wrong, then you are following a f________ Jesus and you’ll end up in h_______ forever.”

Baptism for the Dead

  1. Mormons get baptized for dead people. They use 1 Corinthians __:___ to justify that.
  2. If anyone dies without believing in Mormonism, they can still make it to heaven if someone is baptized on their b________. They can accept Mormonism in the s__________ w_________.


The main point in reaching the Mormon is using the power of the G________ (Romans 1:16).  Trust in God and p_______ for the Mormon.

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

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 8/13/2017

Today in the Apologetics Class, we watched Hell’s Best Kept Secret – Ray Comfort / Kirk Cameron:

Here is the note-taking form:

Hell’s Best Kept Secret (Ray Comfort & Kirk Cameron)

  1. The “fall-away rate” – 80-90% of “decisions” fall away from their faith. In other words, there are 80-90 “backsliders” for every 100 decisions for Christ.
  2. The Church has strayed away from the b_______________ way of presenting the Gospel.
  3. Mark 10:17-22 – Jesus’ approach with the rich young ruler. He was using a principle that prepares the heart for g______________.  It shows people why they need the Savior.
  4. Psalm 19:7 – “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul…”
  5. Civil law example – someone paid $25,000 fine on your behalf… (doesn’t make sense)
  6. Telling a person precisely what they’ve done w_______ first, makes the good news make sense.
  7. Romans 3:19 – One function of God’s law: “…that every mouth may be st____________…”
  8. More about the law – Romans 3:20, 1 John 3:4, Romans 7:7, Galatians 3:24
  9. The law doesn’t help us, it just leaves us h_______________. The law doesn’t justify us, it just leaves us g______________ before a just and holy God.
  10. We are not saved by the law, we are saved by God’s grace, through faith.
  11. Modern evangelism tries to attract people to Jesus with the promise of “life e______________”.
  12. Modern Parable about 2 passengers on an airplane that are told to put on a parachute for different reasons – one to improve his flight, the other to prepare for a 25,000 foot jump.
  13. Modern Gospel says, put on the Lord Jesus Christ and He will give you “Love, Joy, Peace, Fulfillment and Lasting Happiness” (i.e. Jesus will “improve your flight”)
  14. The sinner responds and puts on the Savior in an ex___________ fashion and gets just what Jesus promised – trials, tribulation, persecution (other passengers mock him). He’s offended, disillusioned and bitter – he was promised Love, Joy, Peace, Fulfillment and Lasting Happiness
  15. Instead of telling sinners that Jesus “improves the flight”, we should be warning them that they’re going to have to j_____________ out of the plane. (Hebrews 9:27)
  16. When a sinner understands the horrific consequences of breaking God’s law, he will flee to the Savior solely to escape the w______________ to come.
  17. It’s not an issue of happiness, but of righteousness. It doesn’t matter how happy a person is or isn’t in their current lifestyle, without the righteousness of Christ, they’ll p____________ on the Day of Judgment. (Proverbs 11:4)
  18. If a person comes to God looking for peace and joy in their life, but they’re not broken in their heart, repentant over the fact that they’ve s______ against Almighty God, they won’t find peace with God! They won’t know the joy of the Lord – they’ll remain e________ of God in their mind.
  19. If we continue to give people a wrong reason to come to Christ, they’ll respond with the wrong motive – lacking r_________________.
  20. If you and I have put on the Lord Jesus Christ for the biblical motive to flee from the wrath that’s to come, when tribulation strikes (“flight” gets bumpy) we won’t get a_____________ with God or lose our joy or peace – why should we? We didn’t come to Jesus for a happy life-style, we came because we’d sinned against God and needed a Savior to save us from the wrath to come.
  21. If anything, tribulation drives a true Christian c______________ to the Savior.
  22. One of the functions of God’s law: it c_______________.
  23. Wooden table analogy, looks dust-free until the sunlight shines on it. Did the light create the dust?  No, the light merely ex_______________ the dust.  In the same way, when the light of God’s law shines upon a sinner’s heart, all that happens is that he sees himself in t___________.
  24. People can hardly name any of 10 c______________, but can name a lot of b________ brands.
  25. If someone does not know God’s law, they will not see their sin as being exceedingly sinful.
  26. Modern evangelism takes the good seed of the Gospel and casts it on the hard, unregenerate h_____________ of humanity.
  27. Biblical evangelism, without exception, is always “Law to the p______, Grace to the h________”
  28. With the law, He (Jesus) breaks the hard heart and with the Gospel, He heals the broken heart.
  29. God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble (James 4:6b).
  30. What doctor would give a c_____ to a patient when the patient is not 1st convinced of his disease
  31. The disease is s__________, and the cure is the G________________.
  32. John 4 – the women at the well (they call it “the W____ of the M___________”). Jesus does this:
    1. Starts out with the n________________ conversation
    2. Then swings the conversation to the s_______________ realm
    3. Then, brings c_____________ of sin using the commandments
    4. Finally, reveals Himself as M_________________.
  33. Show a person they’re not a “g__________ p____________” by looking at the commandments (lying, stealing, adultery, etc.) and showing them they’ve not kept them perfectly.
  34. God is forgiving – try that in a court of law. Someone charged of murder says to judge, “because you’re a good man, and therefore, you’ll let me go…”  That wouldn’t be a good j_____________.
  35. If God is good, then by nature, He will make sure that j______________ is served and that people are punished for what they’ve done. If God gave you justice, you wouldn’t be headed for heaven but for h_________.
  36. We broke the law and Jesus paid our f____________ – it’s as simple as that.

Discussion Questions

  1. According to this video, what is a “biblical motive” for salvation?
  2. Modern evangelism attracts people by promising what unbiblical motive?
  3. What does the phrase “Law to the Proud, Grace to the Humble” mean? How would this work in an evangelistic encounter?
  4. Explain the parable told in this video about the 2 passengers on the plane and the parachute. What does it mean?
  5. Explain the analogy about a dusty table and the morning light. What truth is that trying to communicate?
  6. According to this video, what is the “Way of the Master” and what Scripture is it based on?
  7. What opportunities do you have for evangelism at your work, school, neighborhood, family or circle of friends and acquaintances?
  8. According to this video, what is “Hell’s Best Kept Secret”?

mid-week apologetics booster (8-3-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. A Look at Jesus View of Scripture THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/a-look-at-jesus-view-of-scripture/
  2. Science @ The John Ankerberg Show: No Creation Errors: http://jasscience.blogspot.com/2017/07/no-creation-errors.html
  3. New study: rising oxygen levels rejected as explanation of Cambrian explosion | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/07/28/new-study-rising-oxygen-levels-rejected-as-explanation-of-cambrian-explosion-2/
  4. Are You Suffering From Apologetic Burnout? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/are-you-suffering-from-apologetic-burnout-3/
  5. Why Apologetics is Essential to Being a Pastor – Hope’s Reason: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2016/02/19/why-apologetics-is-essential-to-being-a-pastor/
  6. Christianity: It’s Either Objectively True or Objectively False | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/blog/christianity-it-s-either-objectively-true-or-objectively-false#.WXz68Xqp7qC
  7. CMI: Teaching creationism is child abuse? (Part 1) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSFGGqX8zvU&feature=youtu.be
  8. Profound Problems with Religious Pluralism: http://www.reasons.org/blogs/reflections/profound-problems-with-religious-pluralism
  9. Bible Reliability: M-A-P-S to Guide You through Bible Reliability – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/bible-reliability-m-a-p-s-to-guide-you-through-bible-reliability/
  10. Why I Know the Story of Jesus Wasn’t Changed Over Time | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/why-i-know-the-story-of-jesus-wasnt-changed-over-time/
  11. We Can Corroborate the Gospels without Verifying Every Detail | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/we-can-corroborate-the-gospels-without-verifying-every-detail/
  12. Is the Bible Reliable?: https://www.gty.org/library/topical-series-library/65/is-the-bible-reliable
  13. A Deeper Look at If the Bible Is Reliable: https://www.exploregod.com/is-the-bible-reliable-paper
  14. Is the Bible True? The Cumulative Case for the Reliability of the Gospels (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/is-the-bible-true-the-cumulative-case-for-the-reliability-of-the-gospels-free-bible-insert/
  15. Refuting Evolution 2 chapter 11: Argument: Evolution of sex – creation.com: http://creation.com/refuting-evolution-2-chapter-11-argument-evolution-of-sex
  16. 15 Questions for Evolutionists — #8 How did sex originate? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu0IK-EB5F4&feature=youtu.be
  17. Can evolution be observed – creation.com: http://creation.com/can-evolution-be-observed
  18. FACE the Facts about Evolution – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/face-the-facts-about-evolution/
  19. The Deity of Jesus – A strong argument for the deity of Christ is the fact that many of the names, titles, and attributes ascribed to Yahweh are also ascribed to Jesus Christ.: https://www.livingwaters.com/witnessingtool/deityofJesus.shtml
  20. Does Scripture Declare the Deity of Jesus Christ? | John Ankerberg Show: https://www.jashow.org/articles/jesus/deity/does-scripture-declare-the-deity-of-jesus-christ/
  21. Supposed Bible Contradictions: Scripture Index | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/contradictions-in-the-bible/scripture-index/
  22. Hell on Trial by John Blanchard: http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/hell-trial/
  23. Can The Existence and Nature of Hell Be Defended? (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/can-the-existence-and-nature-of-hell-be-defended-free-bible-insert/
  24. How Can a Loving God Send People to Hell? – Apologetics Canada: https://www.apologeticscanada.com/2015/09/08/how-can-a-loving-god-send-people-to-hell/
  25. Do New DNA Discoveries Really Disprove the Bible? | The Stream: https://stream.org/new-dna-discoveries-really-disprove-bible/
  26. Apologetics Press – God and Capital Punishment: http://www.apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=11&article=5415
  27. J.D. Wofford Ministries: Where do Apologetics and Evangelism meet?: http://christianthoughts91.blogspot.com/2017/07/where-do-apologetics-and-evangelism-meet.html
  28. Reasons To Believe : Logic as an Intellectual Navigation System, Part 1: http://www.reasons.org/blogs/reflections/logic-as-an-intellectual-navigation-system–part-1
  29. Were the Early Christians Really Persecuted? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/were-the-early-christians-really-persecuted/

So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

mid-week apologetics booster (7-20-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Seven Costs to Being an Evangelistic Leader in Your Church: http://thomrainer.com/2017/07/seven-costs-evangelistic-leader-church/
  2. Christian Worldview and The View: http://www.breakpoint.org/2017/07/breakpoint-christian-worldview-and-the-view/
  3. Please Don’t Tell Your Kids to Believe in God Just in Case He Exists: http://crossexamined.org/please-dont-tell-your-kids-to-believe-in-god-just-in-case-he-exists/
  4. How a 29-Year-Old G. K. Chesterton Flipped 4 Arguments Against Christianity Upside-Down | TGC: https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/trevinwax/2016/01/21/how-a-29-year-old-g-k-chesterton-flipped-4-arguments-against-christianity-upside-down/
  5. Is There One Point of Evidence That Proves the Existence of God? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/is-there-one-point-of-evidence-that-proves-the-existence-of-god-video/
  6. 5 Ways to Love God with Your Mind Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/5-ways-to-love-god-with-your-mind/
  7. Did Jesus Rise From The Dead? Tim Barnett: http://subsplash.com/standtoreason/v/mzeycxu
  8. Prohibition – Can You Make People Be Good? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYfPxqrl988&feature=youtu.be
  9. What About Those That Have Not Heard, Part 1 – Listen to JP Jones from Truth That Changes Lives: http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/truth-that-changes-lives/listen/what-about-those-that-have-not-heard-part-1-515491.html
  10. What Are the Differences Between Judaism and Christianity? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/what-are-differences-between-judaism-and-christianity/
  11. Surtsey Still Surprises – Formed by a volcanic eruption in 1963, the Island of Surtsey, near Iceland, has intrigued scientists because it looks like landscapes most think are much older.: http://creation.com/creation-videos?fileID=olcVAb_oNWg
  12. Surtsey, the young island that looks old – creation.com: http://creation.com/surtsey-the-young-island-that-looks-old
  13. World Famous Atheist Illusionist, Andre Kole, Tried to Debunk Jesus & Converted Instead | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/world-famous-atheist-illusionist-andre-kole-tried-to-debunk-jesus-converted-instead/
  14. Biblical Inerrancy: What It Means To Say Scripture Is : http://reasonsforjesus.com/biblical-inerrancy-what-it-means-to-say-scripture-is-inerrant/
  15. Christian Leaders, Please Speak the Truth About Homosexuality Plainly and With Love | The Stream: https://stream.org/christian-leaders-please-speak-truth-homosexuality-plainly-love/
  16. The Real Issue Podcast Why Christian Students Fall Away from Their Faith and What We Can Do to Help Them – The Real Issue Podcast | podcast garden: http://www.podcastgarden.com/episode/the-real-issue-podcast-why-christian-students-fall-away-from-their-faith-and-what-we-can-do-to-help-them_109569
  17. The Freethinking Argument | The Apologers: https://apologers.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/the-freethinking-argument/
  18. Tree fruit and the relevance of Genesis creation – creation.com: http://creation.com/tree-fruit-and-the-relevance-of-genesis-creation
  19. The Agonizing Ordeal of Eugene Peterson – You Might Be Next – AlbertMohler.com: http://www.albertmohler.com/2017/07/17/eugene-peterson/

Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth –to every nation, tribe, language and people. Revelation 14:6

Blessings to you all