Apologetics Class 12/10/2017

Here is the video we watched in class today – Peter J Williams on New Atheists & Old Testament (incl. The Canaanites):

Here is the note-taking form I handed out:

Dr. Peter J. Williams: New Atheists & Old Testament 12/10/2017

  1. Objection – God commands the destruction of the Canaanites in the Old Testament
  2. Is that your most difficult/important question?  If so, other ones can be dealt with too

Religion and violence

  1. Secularist conclusion: Religion causes violence – this is true in part
  2. Other things cause violence too: politics, leadership, thinking, etc.
  3. M__ & S_____ (atheists) responsible for more deaths (80-100 million) than all the religious wars
    1. Can people be held responsible for what is done in their name? Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, Buddha, Jesus Christ
  4. Objections about violence in the Old Testament:
    1. General reporting of war and conflict
    2. Penalties in Old Testament laws.
    3. God tells his people to destroy the Canaanites.
  5. Atheist equate Old Testament violence with religious t______________ and g___________.

Morality and the nature of the universe

  1. Atheists and Christians disagree about the n______________ of the universe.
  2. God commanding Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, affected by Abraham’s view of the universe.
  3. What is the right thing to do? The right thing to do is what God c_______________.
  4. The character of God. God reveals himself as merciful. Old Testament gives record of His gracious actions. God has p_____________ c______________. Humans can trust Him.
  5. Think about these situations, do they bear guilt? A tiger kill someone? Someone who kills by accident? Someone who kills while mentally ill? Someone who sincerely believes he has authorization? Someone who actually has authorization?  9/11 executive authorization to shoot down planes? Not obviously wrong.

The Old Testament story of the destruction of the Canaanites

  1. The new atheists launch two simultaneous attacks on the Old Testament.
    1. It didn’t h_______________.
    2. It’s u____________.
  2. In order for an atheist to critique the m_____________ of a story in the Old Testament, they have to enter into that story.
  3. God is character in story-can’t say, I don’t believe in God, therefore d______ Him from the story.
  4. What you need to know about the Canaanites.
    1. They were punished for their wickedness, not for their race.
  1. Rahab and extended family were spared, Joshua 6:25.
  2. When Israel committed same sins as Canaanites, judged like the Canaanites.
    1. The people in the land knew what God could do and chose to resist.
    2. The Canaanites had s________________ their children, Deuteronomy 12:31.
  1. What you need to know about the Israelite Conquest.
    1. Israel had a unique position as God’s judicial r_________________.
    2. Accompanied by miracles as sign that it was not of human initiative.
    3. They could not they could not reasonably doubt God’s command.
    4. The punishment should be l_________________ by proportionality.
    5. Unparalleled restraint in ancient warfare.
    6. What if?
  1. Put an end to Canaanite child sacrifice.
  2. Over centuries might result in killing of fewer children.
  1. What you need to know about God.
    1. Merciful/gracious, slow to anger & abounding in love & faithfulness, Exodus 34:6.
    2. God delayed their p___________________ by hundreds of years:
  1. The iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete, Genesis 15:16.
  2. In the story, God actually did most of the f__________________.
  1. Doesn’t the Bible Encourage people to kill others today?
    1. Absolutely not!
    2. No group has same judicial position as Israel had on Earth.
    3. God did not order their action privately, but with greatest show of signs and all history.
    4. Completely different from all modern wars.
    5. Readers know they’re reading about something unique.
  2. Dawkins says story of Joshua is morally indistinguishable from H______ or S_________ Hussein.
  3. Here are the differences.
    1. Specific guilt.
    2. Not indiscriminate.
    3. Concern for children.
    4. 400 year delay.
    5. Warning ignored.
    6. Warrant.
    7. God fights.
  4. Example of amputation by a s___________ versus an amputation as a part of a t_________ act.
  5. Which objection is being made?
    1. It was immoral for God to command the destruction of the Canaanites.
    2. It was immoral for the Israelites to obey such a command if it really was given in the way the Bible describes.
  6. Conclusion.
    1. Problem isn’t taken away.
    2. Not all questions are answered.
    3. But most difficult moral objection to Bible is shown not to be a conclusive d__________.
  7. Christ on the cross took our sins on Himself. What happened to the Canaanites becomes for us a picture of how a__________ s_______ is and how much Jesus Christ did on the cross.



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 12/3/2017

Here is the video we watched today in the apologetics class – Homosexuality with Compassion & Clarity – Sean McDowell:

Here is the note-taking form I handed out:

Homosexuality- Compassion and Clarity – Sean McDowell

  1. “I can’t keep living because my life is a living Hell. I can’t die because I will go to Hell” – Christian Teen
  2. Questions for Thought:
    1. How would your l_______ change if you had same sex attraction?
    2. How would it affect your r____________?
    3. How would it affect your f____________?
    4. How would it affect your f____________?
  3. Aren’t all sins e___________?
  4. What bad impressions do Christians leave that prevent us from even being h____________?
  5. “Outsiders say our hostility toward gays – not just opposition to homosexual politics and behaviors, but disdain for gay i______________ – has become virtually synonymous with the Christian faith” – David Kinnaman, author of “UnChristian”
  6. “We must obey God rather than men” – Acts 5:29
  7. All sins are not equal, but there is a sense in which sin is equal: any sin can eternally s_____________ us from a loving and Holy God.
  8. 5 General Biblical Truths:
    1. There is not a single passage in the OT or NT that s____________ homosexuality
    2. Until the middle of the 20th century, not a single Church leader a_____________ homosexuality
    3. Every regulation in the Bible assumes m__________-f___________ sex.
    4. Every P_____________ or wise saying in the Bible assumes heterosexuality
    5. The Ten Commandments assume h________________
  9. 3 Passages from the Bible that lay out God’s on marriage/sexuality:
    1. Genesis 2:24/Matthew 19:4-6
    2. Leviticus 18:22
    3. Romans 1:26-27
  10. How do we as a Church respond?
    1. Speak with t___________________
    2. Do not allow gay j___________ and comments
    3. Preach the Gospel: Change is P_____________
    4. Be prepared to s______________
  11. “For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil” 1 Peter 3:17


mid-week apologetics booster (11-30-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. The Truth about Thanksgiving: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2017/11/video-truth-about-thanksgiving.html
  2. Atheist Group Accuses Museum of the Bible of ‘Indoctrination,’ Vows to Give ‘Same Treatment’ as Ark Encounter: http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/71641/20171122/atheist-group-accuses-museum-bible-indoctrination-vows-give-same-treatment.htm
  3. Developing An Apologetic That Works | Faith & Self Defense: https://faithandselfdefense.com/2017/11/21/developing-an-apologetic-that-works/
  4. Touchstone Archives: The Gospel Truth of Jesus: http://www.touchstonemag.com/archives/article.php?id=27-03-035-f
  5. Skin Color Surprises – creation.com: https://creation.com/skin-colour-surprises
  6. Faith: wishful thinking | CrossExamined.org: http://crossexamined.org/faith-wishful-thinking/
  7. THE WORLD’S MOST TESTABLE RELIGION – Great little video (1 min 18 sec), shows the difference between how Christianity started and how other religions started. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UndVaMDhiY
  8. Is Jesus the only way to Heaven | GotQuestions.org – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABGfp4jB_ak
  9. Pluralism: Is Jesus the Only Way to God? | Norman Geisler, PhD – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHg1g6ETTRA
  10. 3 Reasons To Integrate Apologetics Into Youth Ministry – Awana YM: https://awanaym.org/blog/3-reasons-to-integrate-apologetics-into-youth-ministry
  11. The Bias of Skeptics Apologetics for the Church: https://apolotheo.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/the-bias-of-skeptics/
  12. Eleven Common Self-Refuting Statements to Avoid: http://strawn-04.blogspot.com/2017/06/ten-common-self-refuting-statements-to.html
  13. Five Apologetic Topics Every Christian Should Learn About THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/06/09/five-apologetic-topics-every-christian-should-learn-about/
  14. How to NOT shelter your kids from ideas:
    1. Teaching our kids to think well: http://www.travisdickinson.com/not-shelter-kids-ideas-strategy-1/
    2. Teach alternative worldviews fairly: http://www.travisdickinson.com/not-shelter-kids-ideas-teach-alternative-worldviews-fairly/
    3. Make a case for Christianity’s truth, goodness, and beauty: http://www.travisdickinson.com/not-shelter-kids-ideas-make-case-christianitys-truth-goodness-beauty/
  15. The Essence of Apologetics – Persuading the Hard-Hearted – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/the-essence-of-apologetics/4-persuading-the-hard-hearted
  16. A Proof of God from Reason: http://mannsword.blogspot.com/2017/11/a-proof-of-god-from-reason.html
  17. Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal | The Guardian – not a Christian apologetics article, but consistent with the Christian worldview: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/dec/02/men-women-brains-wired-differently
  18. Massive Genetic Study Purporting Human Evolution Debunked | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/10243/
  19. Defending the Faith: https://www.intouch.org/read/magazine/daily-devotions/defending-the-faith
  20. What Really Happened At The Council Of Nicaea | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/what-really-happened-at-the-council-of-nicea/

A greedy man stirs up dissension, but he who trusts in the LORD will prosper. Proverbs 28:25

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 (11-23-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Praying for Unsaved Loved Ones | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/podcast/clear_thinking/praying-for-unsaved-loved-ones#
  2. Can There Be One Right Religion? – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/can-there-be-one-right-religion
  3. Four Differences Between New Testament Servitude and New World Slavery | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/four-differences-between-new-testament-servitude-and-new-world-slavery/
  4. 4 tremors that have made Darwin irrelevant: http://mobile.wnd.com/2017/11/4-tremors-that-have-made-darwin-irrelevant/
  5. How Do I Glorify God in My Job? | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/how-do-i-glorify-god-in-my-job
  6. Forgo Kids for ‘Mother’ Earth: http://www.frc.org/updatearticle/20171116/lib-kids
  7. Isn’t the Bible Full of Errors? – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/is-the-bible-reliable/isnt-the-bible-full-of-errors
  8. Evidence For Resurrection Leads Atheist Lecturer & Writer To Christ | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/evidence-for-resurrection-leads-atheist-lecturer-writer-to-christ/
  9. Celebrating Thanksgiving In America – WallBuilders: https://wallbuilders.com/celebrating-thanksgiving-america/
  10. Biblical Faith VS. Blind Faith | Crossexamined.org: http://crossexamined.org/biblical-faith-vs-blind-faith/
  11. How I Got 100 Average Church Goers to Attend An Apologetics Conference: https://www.apolothink.com/home/how-i-got-100-average-church-goers-to-attend-an-apologetics-conference
  12. How Your Faith Can Withstand Intellectual Assault Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/how-your-faith-can-withstand-intellectual-assault/
  13. Why the Claim Its Primitive or Infantile to Believe in God is False – Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/why-the-claim-its-primitive-or-infantile-to-believe-in-god-is-false/
  14. What Is a Worldview?: http://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-worldview/
  15. 7 Common Myths about Old-Earth Creationism Reflections: https://reflectionsbyken.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/7-common-myths-about-old-earth-creationism/
  16. Why the Mike Pence Rule is as Christian as it is Wise | The Stream: https://stream.org/mike-pence-rule-christian-wise/
  17. How does church appear to someone raised in a non-Christian home? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/11/21/how-does-church-appear-to-someone-raised-in-a-non-christian-home/
  18. Here’s Why We Should Still Celebrate the Pilgrims at Thanksgiving: http://dailysignal.com/2017/11/20/heres-still-celebrate-pilgrims-thanksgiving/
  19. False Beliefs Lead to Sexual Sin | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/false-beliefs-lead-sexual-sin#.WhXGeMqp7qA
  20. The Most Reluctant Convert in all of England: Why Former Atheist C.S. Lewis Became a Christian: http://reasonsforjesus.com/the-most-reluctant-convert-in-all-of-england-why-former-atheist-c-s-lewis-became-a-christian/
  21. Matthew 7:1-6 Why the Confusion About Judging? | Dr. Mike Spaulding: http://www.drmikespaulding.com/?p=1993
  22. Is Religion Part of Culture? Should Culture Decide Your Religion?: http://www.cltruth.com/2017/religion-part-culture-culture-decide-religion/
  23. The Death of Jesus & the Defeat of Islam – Risen Jesus: https://www.risenjesus.com/the-death-of-jesus-the-defeat-of-islam
  24. Why doesn’t God intervene to end suffering? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSm53M-54Q0&feature=youtu.be
  25. What You Can Learn From the Pilgrims – great 48 minute audio podcast from Frank Turek where he interviews Bill Federer about the history of the pilgrims (it would be great to listen to with the family at Thanksgiving): http://subspla.sh/7277698

“Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. Exodus 22:22-23

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 11/19/2017

Here is the video we watched in class today – Frank Turek vs. David Silverman Debate Part 1 – What better explains reality, theism or atheism?

Here is the note-taking form I handed out:

What better explains reality, theism or atheism?

Frank Turek Opening Statement (C.R.I.M.E.S.)

  1. Cosmos
    1. The Big Bang represents the cr_______ e______, the creation not only of all the matter and energy in the universe, but also of space-time itself.” – Paul Davies, physicist – ASU.
    2. With the proof now in place, cosmologists can no longer hide behind the possibility of a past eternal universe. There is now no escape, they have to face the problem of a cosmic beginning.” – Alexander Vilenkin, Tufts University.
    3. Astronomy leads us to a unique event, a universe which was created out of n_________, one with the very delicate balance needed to provide exactly the right conditions required to permit life, and one which has an underlying, one might say s________________, plan.” – Arno Penzias, Nobel Laureate.
    4. If the Universe had a begin______, then it must have had a Begin____.
    5. If this Being created s___, t___ & m_____, He must be spaceless, timeless & immaterial.
  2. Reason.
    1. With me, the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man’s mind, which has been developed from the mind of the lower animals, are of any v_________ or at all trustworthy. Would anyone trust in the convictions of a m_________’s mind, if there are any convictions in such a mind?” – Charles Darwin.
  3. Information.
    1. Observation: Amoeba doesn’t say m_______ by God or made by natural forces on it!
    2. Science doesn’t say anything, sc______________ do.
    3. Messages only come from m______. Then, where does the message in DNA come from?
    4. In an amoeba, you have about a thousand volumes of an encyclopedia of i___________.
    5. Like believing L__________ of C___________ resulted from explosion in a printing shop.
  4. Morality.
    1. If no standard beyond us, only o_________ – no moral rights, & no objective moral laws.
    2. If God does not exist: The Nazis were not w______. Love is no better than rape. Blowing up innocent people watching a marathon is morally no different than feeding the poor. Religious Crusades are not wrong. Tolerance is no better than i_________. There are no human rights. We’re just overgrown g______, we’re no different from any other animal.
  5. Evil.
    1. Evil is actually an argument for God, objective evilàobjective goodà God.
    2. As an atheist my argument against God was that the Universe was seemed so c_______ and u__________. But how would I got this idea of a just and unjust? A man doesn’t call a line c___________ unless he has some idea of a s___________ line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?”  – C.S. Lewis.
    3. In order to have shadows you have to have sunshine & you can’t have evil without good.
  6. Science.
    1. The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all c______________.” -Albert Einstein.
    2. We’re reasoning from e______ to c_________ to learn that God is immaterial, timeless, spaceless, rational, extremely intelligent, has purpose, morally perfect & personal.

David Silverman Opening Statement

  1. #1 reason that he gets is the “G______ of the G________”
  2. Central Idea: “I don’t know” = Proof of a god
  3. Not proof at all, rather an attempt to r__________.  Ignorance of fact is not evidence for fiction.
  4. Religion was started by the Neanderthals
  5. The space for God gets smaller and smaller as time goes on
  6. “God of gaps” exists (needed to explain) before the b_____________ of the universe
  7. “The tide goes in, the tide goes out.  You can’t e_____________ that.” – Bill O’Reilly
  8. First Cause – How did the u_____________ come to be?  I don’t know, therefore a god did it.
  9. Design Argument: Why does the universe l________ like this? I don’t know, so god did it!  The universe has about a trillion trillion stars, many with planets – 95% of the universe is either dark matter or dark energy (100% dead). The Earth is 15% h_________ by humans. It’s 75% water but only 3% of the water is d_______.  If you had the power to design a planet, you could do better.
  10. Moral Argument – Who invented objective immorality? Must be a god!
  11. Preference – Wouldn’t you prefer it if my god were r_______?  I_____________.
  12. But Then There’s Real (Atheistic) Learning
  13. First Cause – Don’t know, good ideas, based on discovery/research. “I don’t know” v___ a_____.
  14. Design: Physics yields everything-no e_________ of supernatural/intelligent design of Universe.
  15. Morality – There is no o_______________ morality. All morality is fluid which is why there is genocide, slavery, and incest portrayed positively in the Bible. Why is there no commandment against r__________, but there are four about obeying religion?
  16. God made man in his own image – proven wrong; evolution is a scientific f__________.
  17. God made the earth before l______, less than 10K years ago – proven wrong, over & over again.
  18. Theism NEVER admits it is wrong, even when proven beyond doubt. Atheism 100% track record.
  19. Theism’s art of lying: Evolution is “just a th_______”. Bible is “t_________ because it says so”.
  20. About 7% of the scientists in this country believe in a god, but not for scientific reasons.
  21. There are more d______________ in Christianity than there are sentences in the Bible

Discussion Questions

  1. What is a “God of the Gaps” argument? How would you reply to the charge that we Christians use “God of the Gaps” arguments to make our case?
  2. What is the difference between “proof” and “evidence”? Do we have proof of God’s existence?  Do we have evidence of God’s existence?
  3. Have you ever used “preference argument” in talking to non-believers? How did they respond?
  4. Explain the following arguments for the existence of God:
    1. Cosmological argument (First Cause)
    2. Teleological argument (Design)
    3. Moral argument
  5. How is it that Frank says that existence of evil is actually an argument for the existence of God?
  6. Did Bill O’Reilly give a good argument for the existence of God?
  7. How would you respond to David’s charge of no evidence of intelligent design in the universe?
  8. Has evolution been proven as a scientific fact? How would you respond?
  9. Do the universe, the solar system and earth look like they are designed for humans?
  10. Are genocide, slavery, and incest portrayed positively in the Bible? What about rape?

mid-week apologetics booster (11-16-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Purpose and Meaning of Ego Eimi in the Gospel of John In Reference to the Deity of Christ – James R. White: http://vintage.aomin.org/EGO.html
  2. Muhammad Was NOT Mentioned In The Bible | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/muhammad-was-not-mentioned-in-the-bible/
  3. Podcast by Al Fadi – ex-Sunni Muslim – there are 154 episodes in this podcast: https://soundcloud.com/let-us-reason
  4. What Really Happened at Nicea? – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/what-really-happened-at-nicea/
  5. The Muratorian fragment, dated 170 A.D., affirms 22 out of 27 New Testament books | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2015/07/20/the-muratorian-fragment-dated-170-a-d-affirms-22-out-of-27-new-testament-books/
  6. What is the Gospel of Barnabas?: http://apologeticsuk.blogspot.com/2012/08/what-is-gospel-of-barnabas.html
  7. A Muslim Student Challenges Ravi Zacharias (@RaviZacharias) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWBISvwRWlA
  8. Five Atheist miracles – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/five-atheist-miracles
  9. Many Changes to the Laws of Physics Would be Life-Prohibiting: http://crossexamined.org/many-changes-laws-physics-life-prohibiting/
  10. Has the dark matter mystery been solved – creation.com: https://creation.com/has-the-dark-matter-mystery-been-solved
  11. Did Jesus Think He Was God? The Answer is Obvious theidolbabbler.com: https://theidolbabbler.com/2017/11/13/did-jesus-think-he-was-god-the-answer-is-obvious/
  12. To All Pastors Afraid Of Condemning Abortion: Find A New Job. You Aren’t Qualified. | Daily Wire: http://www.dailywire.com/news/23318/if-your-pastor-afraid-condemn-abortion-find-new-matt-walsh
  13. PILGRIMS REJECTING COMMUNISM GAVE US THANKSGIVINGhttp://www.wnd.com/2012/11/pilgrims-rejecting-communism-gave-us-thanksgiving/

See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.” Isaiah 42:9

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 11/12/2017

Today in the Apologetics class, we continued our series on Islam by watching Nabeel Qureshi /David Wood – Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus series parts 3 & 4.

Part 3 was Different Approaches of Ministering to Muslims:

Part 4 was Answering Common Muslim Objections: The Bible Has Been Corrupted:

Here is the note-taking form I passed out during the class:

Nabeel Qureshi & David Wood – Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus Series

Different Approaches of Ministering to Muslims (21 minutes 19 seconds)

  1. Nabeel: evidence for Christianity was much s__________ than for Islam, or any other worldview.
  2. Nabeel was tired of Christians who didn’t have a_____________ or didn’t have a backbone.
  3. Nabeel said, “If you think that I need to believe the gospel to be s___________, which I thought was ridiculous, then you’d better come with reasons, because I have reasons why Islam is true.”
  4. David’s aggression wasn’t an angry or negative aggression, but more of an a________________.
  5. There are different approaches – you need to think about what kind of person you are…
    1. Aggressive? Like to argue? Use it – find Muslims who shared that kind of approach.
    2. If you are incredibly l_____________, then use that approach
    3. If you’re good at just walking up and talking to people, use that approach
    4. If you’re good at making v________, use that approach (or public debates with Muslims)
    5. Being active on s__________ m___________ (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
    6. Public speaking
    7. Writing and/or b________________
  6. What are your goals?
    1. Jihad or Sharia? Treatment of Christians or Jews under Islam… (refuting Islam as an ideology to improve these social issues)
    2. One of the biggest people groups (__.___ billion) who are unreached or under-reached
  7. Who has God made you to be?  Do that.  You have a unique p________________.  There is no c______________ approach, although relationships are important and preferred.
  8. H______________ and P______________ are important.
  9. Willingness to l____________ is important.
  10. You don’t have to be a scholar on Islam – the most important thing is that you know why you are a Christian and they need to be g__________ reasons and not b________ reasons.
  11. Know why you can t_______ Scripture – know the reason for the hope within you (1 Peter 3:15)
  12. If you say you believe in the Trinity, be able to explain what the Trinity is, otherwise you don’t actually believe it – you’re just parroting what you’re s____________ to b____________.
  13. You should come ready with an understanding of w______ you believe and w___ you believe it.


Common Muslim objection: The Bible has been corrupted (23 minutes 33 seconds)

  1. Muslims have had this drilled into their head at the Mosque, the Qur’an is been perfectly pr_____________, but the Bible has been c______________.
  2. Muslims must believe that all scripture is divinely inspired-including all scripture that has come b____________ the Qur’an. However, they don’t have to reconcile what the Bible says with the Qur’an, because they claim that it’s been corrupted, that it doesn’t say what it originally said.
  3. David: if you’re claiming it has been corrupted, w_____ was it corrupted and w___ corrupted it?
  4. David responds differently to same objection depending on worldview of person.
  5. Muslims who say the Bible has been corrupted have a p______________ on their hands, because their text says that our scriptures haven’t been corrupted.
  6. The Qur’an affirms the inspiration of the Torah & Gospels. It doesn’t just affirm the i__________ of the Torah and the Gospel, it also affirms the p______________ of the Torah and the Gospel.
  7. Qur’an 3:3-4 says Allah revealed the Torah and the Gospel as a gu____________ to mankind.
  8. Qur’an 7:157 – Jews & Christians in Muhammad’s day still reading the Torah and the Gospel.
  9. There are passages in the Quran that talk about no one being able to c_________ Allah’s words.
  10. Qur’an 5:43 says “Why are the Jews coming to you for judgment when they have the Torah?”
  11. In chapter 5:47 of the Qur’an, Allah says “Let the people of the Gospel judge by what Allah has revealed there in. If anyone fails to judge by what Allah has revealed they are no better than those that rebel.” This (people of the Gospel) is referring to C______________.
  12. If the Jews and Christians have corrupt scripture, then these passages make no sense.
  13. When Muhammad was having doubts about his revelations, Allah tells him that the Gospel and the Torah are au____________________ over him.
  14. David to Muslims: “If you’re saying my scripture is corrupted, why does your God say something very d___________________ in the book you claim to believe?”
  15. Nabeel: The Qur’an never actually says that the Bible has been corrupted. Once you’ve made an airtight case for a doctrine from the Bible, the only thing that remains for them to say is that the Bible has been corrupted.
  16. Within early Islamic history, it is recorded that all the Qur’ans were b___________ because they had differences in them. This is from Sahih Bukhari & is within 20 years of Muhammad’s death.
  17. When given e________________, a Muslim may deny it right at the moment, but later at home might be thinking about it.
  18. David’s approach:
    1. Here’s what Quran says about Bible. If my scriptures are corrupt, you’ve got a problem.
    2. Here’s history of Bible-no place in there to have the kind of corruption you’re describing.
    3. What’s the criteria of what counts as a corruption? If t_________ v___________s count as corruption, then guess what? There are textual variants in the text of the Qur’an!
  19. Muhammad’s own companions didn’t agree about ch______________ to be in the Qur’an.

Discussion Questions

  1. What was the Nabeel “tired of” as he talked to Christians?
  2. What are some of the approaches that you can use to reach out to Muslims?
  3. What are some important character traits you must develop to be successful at this endeavor?
  4. What are some of the most important things you must know to reach out to a Muslim?
  5. Muslims have had what “drilled into their heads” at the Mosque?
  6. What does the Qur’an say about the inspiration and preservation of the Bible?
  7. If the Bible is corrupted, what problem do Muslims have on their hands?
  8. Does the Qur’an say that the Bible is corrupted?
  9. What incident in the history of Islam shows that the Qur’an has been corrupted? Was this type of incident even possible with the Bible?

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

Apologetics Class 11/5/2017

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


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

Martin Luther (Part 2)

Excommunicated and on trial (19 minutes 44 seconds)

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


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

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

Discussion Questions

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


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

Apologetics Class 10/29/2017

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



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

Martin Luther

Part 1 His Early Life (13 minutes 17 seconds)

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

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

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

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

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

Discussion Questions


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


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

Apologetics Class 10/22/2017

Today we continued our series on Islam by watching Nabeel Qureshi /David Wood – (unofficial) Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus series parts 1 & 2:


Here is the note-taking form I handed out prior to starting the videos:

Introducing the Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus Series

  1. We are benefitting from 16 years of the research, dialogue and experience of David Wood and Nabeel Qureshi – no need to “reinvent the wheel”.
  2. There’s no “learning everything in one sitting”, it is better to learn as you go along and respond to the situation you’re in (David Wood)
  3. Nabeel was a devout Muslim – he really believed Islam was the t______ r___________ and that Muhammed was the culmination of all the p____________.
  4. Nabeel’s first book was “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus”. His second book was “No God but One: Allah or Jesus”.  Those are both well worthwhile to buy. Make sure to get the Audible versions.
  5. Nabeel’s pinned tweet:
  6. People desperately need to know this information that Nabeel is going to share.
  7. David was an a_____________ and became a Christian based on the e___________________

The Importance of Relationships in Religious Dialogue

  1. This is the best possible approach (building a f_______________) in reaching people.
  2. David and Nabeel met about 3 weeks before ___/______ happened.
  3. Devout Muslims in the West are taught not only, “this is how you’re supposed to be a good Muslim”, but also, “this is why you’re n________ supposed to be a Christian”
  4. Muslims believe that the Bible has been c_____________ – c______________ over time.
  5. The average Christian Nabeel met, when he questioned them about the integrity of the Bible, they would have nothing to give him, but now, in David, he’d met someone who could a_______________
  6. After Nabeel explained his beliefs, David asked him, if you’re w____________, would you want to know it?
  7. They would go to Nabeel’s house and write out their arguments point by point and compare.
  8. David was saying Jesus r__________ from the d__________ and Nabeel was saying He didn’t. David’s future wife was an agnostic who believed that both views could be right (if it’s true for you then it’s true…)
  9. Islam and Christianity are much closer to each other than other world views, but “the d________________ make a d______________”.
  10. Tons of things Islam and Christianity agree on, but 3 main things they don’t agree on:
    1. Jesus’ d_____________ on the cross
    2. Jesus’ r________________ from the dead
    3. That Jesus is G__________
  11. Since they don’t teach the same things on core doctrines, they can’t both be true.
  12. Only 3 possibilities:
    1. Islam is t________ and Christianity is f_________
    2. Christianity is t__________ and Islam is f____________
    3. Both of them are ________________
  13. If Christianity is wrong, then the earliest Christians got the c_______ m____________ about J______________ wrong – they got the peripheral details correct, but the core wrong.
  14. You need to have a “dialogue partner” when searching for t_____________, in context of relationship.
  15. Both Christian and the Muslim are thinking, “Maybe God put us together for a r___________…”
  16. You’re not loving them for the sake of c____________ them, because if that’s your motivation, then, when they say they’re not going to convert, you’re going to drop your love for them. That’s an ulterior motive – that’s not l___________.  You love them because they’re created in them i__________ of God.
  17. Christians said to David, stop spending time with this Muslim – he’s not going to convert, you’re w_______________ your t___________…
  18. Not everyone responds quickly like at a Billy Graham crusade… For Nabeel, it took _____ years, for Abdu Murray (another Muslim convert to Christianity) it took ______ years!

Discussion Questions

  1. Is it scary to engage in spiritual conversations with someone of a different belief system? Would you feel prepared to do this?  If not, why not?
  2. What are some of the unique challenges in discussing your faith with a Muslim?
  3. Why did Nabeel leave Islam and accept the Gospel? Why did David become a Christian?
  4. What good question did David ask Nabeel, that we could ask any non-believer?
  5. Are you prepared to answer the objection that the Bible has been changed and/or corrupted over time?
  6. Considering all the possible approaches for sharing your faith, which approach do David and Nabeel feel is the best approach? Why?  Are all of the other approaches without merit?
  7. What are the 3 main points (about Jesus) that Christianity and Islam do not agree on?
  8. Can Islam and Christianity both be true at the same time? What are your reasons for this view?
  9. In what way did Christians discourage David when he was spending all this time with Nabeel?
  10. Is spending great amounts of time (months or years) to witness to a non-believer, a waste of time? (Especially if you’re seeing no results and even outright refusals to convert to Christianity)
  11. Have you ever been guilty of getting to know someone solely as an evangelism target? If so, how did that work out for you?


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

Apologetics Class 9/24/2017

Today we continued our Mormonism series by watching Mormon Role-Play, Brett Kunkle:

Here is the note-taking form:

Mormon Elder Speaks to Crowd of Church Youth


  1. Elder Kunkle: You probably believe something like this – Mormons are not C____________
  2. Elder Kunkle: How would you d___________ a Christian, what is a Christian?
  3. Someone answered “Someone who has been saved by Jesus and professes Him as their Lord and Savior”
  4. “Mormons have a different d___________ 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
  5. “Jesus claimed to be God” – Elder Kunkle challenged, “Where did Jesus claim to be God?”
  6. Elder Kunkle: (re: John 10:30) the oneness that Jesus is talking about is oneness in u_________.
  7. Elder Kunkle: I affirm, “One Lord and One Savior”
  8. 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”
  9. 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 T________… the claim of the T_______ is that you have 3 beings in 1 being, but that is a patent contradiction.
  10. One audience member brought up Jesus is considered to be Lucifer’s brother in Mormonism
  11. Elder Kunkle: Colossians 1:15 – Jesus is the first b________ of all creation. So, He is the first born Son of God.
  12. 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 h__________.
  13. Elder Kunkle: There’s nowhere you can point to in Scripture to show the Trinity – where is the Trinity in the Bible?
  14. 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 b________.
  15. Elder Kunkle: where in the Bible does it say that to be a Christian, you have to affirm that Jesus is Yahweh?
  16. Elder Kunkle quotes John 14, where Jesus says, “The Father is g___________ than I”
  17. One audience member says he has been “taught his doctrine” – he was indoctrinated differently
  18. One audience member said you put your faith in a man who brought an a______________ book
  19. Elder Kunkle: that’s all the Book of Mormon is – it’s God speaking through a m________
  20. 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 t______________ of Jesus Christ (BoM)
  21. One audience member quotes Revelation 22:19 “If any man shall take away from the words…”
  22. Elder Kunkle replies with Deut. 4:2, which has the same warning.
  23. One audience member quotes John 8:58 – says Jesus claimed to be Elohim.
  24. Elder Kunkle made a case for w_________ salvation (James 2, Phil 2, Acts 2, Eph 2:10 etc.)


  1. What we wanted to do tonight was provide you a little t____________.
  2. Most evangelical Christians do not know w________ they believe or w______ they believe it
  3. Most Christians are completely inarticulate about what they believe and why they believe it.
  4. We wanted you to take this test here, now, with me before you go out the door and have this test with “the r___________ t_____________”.
  5. 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 k____________ of the t__________.
  6. 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 f_______ in Christ by g____________ alone? Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10.
  7. How well would you be able to r__________ from the Scripture? How prepared would you be?
  8. 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?
  9. Many of you had courage to defend, but many of you did not accurately h________ God’s Word
  10. I would much rather have you f_____________ in here, than with your Mormon neighbor.
  11. We Christians spend most of our time talking with other Christians
  12. Many of us are f___________ to open our mouths about Jesus because we don’t have answers to q____________ and o___________ that will come up in response
  13. Apologetics is not some o_______________ thing we do as believers, apologetics is not a club for nerds. Apologetics should be an e____________ part of our discipleship under Jesus Christ.
  14. It’s not enough to simply be right. Not only need knowledge, but w__________ and c________________ too…
  15. How were you as representatives of Jesus Christ? He came in g_______ and t________ (John 1:14) and we need both.
  16. Sometimes you’ve got to be made u____________ before you realize that you need to g________.
  17. John 10:30 – you have to go further in reading that passage in order to make the case from that


Discussion Questions

  1. Were the audience members winsome, kind, polite?
  2. Did the audience members have good answers to the question to define what a Christian is?
  3. Did the audience members have a good response to Elder Kunkle’s objections about the Trinity?
  4. Did the audience members know the Scripture well? Were there times that they “faked it”?
  5. Is it a good thing to tell a Mormon what he/she believes? Or is it better to let them tell you what they believe? (see Proverbs 18:13)

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 (9-14-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. The Relationship Between Arguments and Persuasion THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/the-relationship-between-arguments-and-persuasion/
  2. Gender and marriage | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2017/09/10/gender-and-marriage/
  3. The 9/11 Sermons | ReasonableTheology.org: http://reasonabletheology.org/the-9-11-sermons/
  4. How the Book of Abraham Exposes the False Nature of Mormonism | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/how-the-book-of-abraham-exposes-the-false-nature-of-mormonism/
  5. Did Moses Really Write About Jesus? A Look at Messianic Prophecy in the Torah THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/09/11/did-moses-really-write-about-jesus-a-look-at-messianic-prophecy-in-the-torah-5/
  6. Answering the Galileo Myth | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/article/answering-galileo-myth#.WbfI5ciGOUm
  7. Asking Questions and Calling Bluffs Apologetics for the Church: https://apolotheo.wordpress.com/2016/04/06/asking-questions-and-calling-bluffs/
  8. Is 75% of the Human Genome Junk DNA? (Reasons To Believe) This is a technical article, but if this interests you or you are challenged in this area, it is a good response to ENCODE criticisms: http://www.reasons.org/blogs/the-cells-design/is-75-of-the-human-genome-junk-dna
  9. Why Would Scholars Leave Mormonism? Interview with Author Corey Miller – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-would-scholars-leave-mormonism-interview-with-author-corey-miller
  10. How to Perfectly Know the Existence of God | Strange Notions: https://strangenotions.com/how-to-perfectly-know-the-existence-of-god/
  11. Christians Need The Trinity – Therefore, God Exists: https://thereforegodexists.com/christians-need-the-trinity/
  12. BreakPoint: Only in the Lord – Dating Unbelievers Deadens Faith: http://breakpoint.org/2017/09/breakpoint-only-in-the-lord/
  13. 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/
  14. 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/
  15. Hurricanes and the Climate, Part 2 – Reasons to Believe: http://www.reasons.org/articles/hurricanes-and-the-climate-part-2
  16. Why Does God Allow Natural Disasters? Frank Turek : https://afr.net/podcasts/cross-examined/2017/september/why-does-god-allow-natural-disasters/
  17. Are Natural Disasters from God?: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/are-natural-disasters-from-god/
  18. Why death suffering (both moral evil and natural evil are covered in this article) – creation.com: https://creation.com/why-death-suffering
  19. That’s a Fact (ICR) – Climate Change on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/227252284
  20. The Story of Reality (Stand to Reason) – YouTube: https://youtu.be/vxU0UNlnnOA
  21. Is The Bible Relevant Today? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/is-the-bible-relevant-today/

Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. Psalms 119:133

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 9/10/2017

Today we continued the Mormonism series by watching The Lost Book of Abraham movie:

Here is the note-taking form:

The Lost Book of Abraham movie

  1. The book of Abraham is considered inspired Scripture (word of God) by the LDS church.
  2. Joseph Smith t___________ 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.
  3. Joseph Smith purchased the scrolls (and mummies) for $2,____, which he raised from investors.
  4. Joseph started by creating an al________ and gr__________ of the Egyptian language. We have his notes for this process of translation.
  5. Joseph created a bank in Kirtland, OH, which f________, after which he f___ from there at night.
  6. Joseph and the Mormons moved to Commerce, IL and renamed it to Nauvoo, where he became m______ of the city, had a large militia & even announced his candidacy for p_______ of the US
  7. In Nauvoo, IL in 18____, Joseph published his translation of the book of Abraham.
  8. The book of Abraham includes a c__________ story “they, that is the Gods, organized and formed…”. See the book of Abraham chapters 4 & 5 – Mormonism is polytheistic.
  9. In June 27th, 1844, Joseph was assassinated while in j_______ in Carthage, IL
  10. 1846 – 1856: the papyri are l_________ to the church
  11. In 1846, under the leadership of Brigham Young, the Mormons moved to S____ L____ C____, UT
  12. It was assumed that the papyri was d__________ in the great Chicago fire of 1871
  13. 3 d___________ in book of Abraham misidentified by Joseph, according to Egyptologists.
  14. These drawings are actually, from the “book of the dead” (Egyptian funeral text)
  15. 1966 – A dramatic discovery – the papyri was f_______ in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.
  16. 1967 – the lost papyri presented to the LDS church along with attesting letter from E____ S____
  17. Abraham not mentioned once in the papyri. Joseph’s translation was found to be incorrect.
  18. The LDS church claims that a large portion of the scroll is m__________, but this is not correct.
  19. Some argue that Joseph may’ve received the translation by direct revelation from God…
  20. According to Joseph Smith’s diary, this is not correct – he was tr__________ it directly.
  21. According to Egyptologists, there is no historical v__________ to the translations in that book.
  22. Are the Mormon truth claims cr___________? Are they the kinds of things that we ought to bet our l___________ on?
  23. 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?

Discussion Questions

  1. Where is the book of Abraham found within the Mormon scriptures?
  2. How do the drawings in the book of Abraham help to demonstrate that the translation of the book is not correct?
  3. How was Joseph’s translation of this ancient Egyptian scroll tested and found to be false?
  4. How was the Egyptian scroll lost by the Mormons?
  5. When/where was the Egyptian scroll found? How did it get back into the hands of the LDS church?
  6. What did the Egyptian scroll contents really contain? Did Joseph’s translation have any validity?
  7. According to the book of Abraham’s creation story, is Mormonism a monotheistic religion?
  8. How, where and under what circumstances did Joseph Smith die?
  9. Which Mormon leader led the LDS church migration to Salt Lake City?
  10. Under what circumstances did Joseph and the Mormons flee Kirtland, Ohio?
  11. How does the book of Abraham demonstrate that Joseph Smith is a false prophet?

mid-week apologetics booster (9-7-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. The Dating of the New Testament – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/bible/the-dating-of-the-new-testament
  2. 7 Misunderstandings Muslims Have of Christianity – Therefore, God Exists: http://thereforegodexists.com/7-misunderstandings-muslims-christianity/
  3. Gospel Dates and Reliability – creation.com: https://creation.com/gospel-dates-and-reliability
  4. 4 Reasons We Should Accept the Gospels As Eyewitness Accounts – Frank Turek: http://crossexamined.org/4-reasons-we-should-accept-the-gospels-as-eyewitness-accounts/
  5. Is the New Testament Text Reliable? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/is-the-new-testament-text-reliable#.WagFBsiGOUk
  6. No Original Documents: A Skeleton in God’s Closet? – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/no-original-documents-a-skeleton-in-gods-closet/
  7. Why Shouldn’t Christians Accept Millions of Years? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/theory-of-evolution/millions-of-years/why-shouldnt-christians-accept-millions-of-years/
  8. What are the attributes of God?: https://www.gotquestions.org/attributes-God.html?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork
  9. Why Parents Need to Become Good Christian Case Makers – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qxFlTY-2Pc
  10. Responding to Same-Sex Marriage – There are many principled objections as to why same-sex marriage is neither necessary nor beneficial to our society.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vvq87M03qk
  11. Kennedy Classics: The Spiritual Pulse of America – Dr. D. James Kennedy – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7ZxnjoHOXk
  12. Lutheran Satire – St. Patrick’s Bad Analogies for the Trinity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dADpSJan3Qc
  13. What is the Purpose of Your Life? Frank Turek asks the question from a biblical, philosophical, and historical perspective. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80V1EqhRip0
  14. The Quran, the Bible, and the Islamic Dilemma – The Quran affirms the inspiration, preservation, and authority of the Christian scriptures (including the Torah and the Gospel). Yet the Quran contradicts the Christian scriptures on fundamental doctrines (e.g., Jesus’ death, resurrection, and deity). By affirming scriptures that contradict Islam, the Quran self-destructs.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNAS0aaViM4
  15. [J Warner Wallace] Getting to the Original Message through Multiple Copies with Errors – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNfp6M8kMDc
  16. Greg Koukl – What about those who’ve never heard? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIXs5wOSVk4
  17. Christian Historian Bill Federer (Part 1) Faith of Founding Fathers – 8-18-14 – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1hOyDdM7yU&feature=youtu.be
  18. Wait a second. Richard Dawkins admits that we don’t know who started the process of life, but that it was possible that we would one day find out that Aliens were responsible for creation. Frank Turek explains why Richards Dawkins would resort to such an unusual explanation.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDvaPzg32W8
  19. What Does It Mean To Have Faith? | Frank Turek, PhD – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgiLyCWYdfw
  20. Good Works Don’t Save. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7G2-FW-1C0
  21. Are Miracles Even Possible? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hQAi0u5Rs0
  22. How do you know that Christianity is the one true worldview? Exclusivity is one of the most popular charges leveled against the Christian faith. Here, author and apologist Ravi Zacharias and RZIM speaker John Njoroge challenge the assumption that Christianity is alone in making exclusive claims.- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWY-6xBA0Pk
  23. Does The Punishment Fit The Crime When It Comes To Hell? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-zvdKF1kFU&feature=youtu.be
  24. Basic Differences Between Islam and Christianity. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6dkexljCiU
  25. God and the Transgender Debate: Book Review – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/god-and-the-transgender-debate-book-review
  26. Suffering and Evil: The Logical Problem – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k64YJYBUFLM
  27. Hell Interrupted – Part 1 | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/SolidGroundSept2017HellInterrupted
  28. Lee Strobel: Different people react in different ways: http://www.thepoachedegg.net/the-poached-egg/2012/11/lee-strobel-different-people-react-in-different-ways.html
  29. Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse blood transfusions?: https://www.gotquestions.org/blood-transfusions.html
  30. When Making a Case for Christianity is Futile | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/when-making-a-case-for-christianity-is-futile/
  31. Why did the people in Genesis live such long lives?: https://www.gotquestions.org/Genesis-long-lives.html
  32. Some Thoughts and Advice for Our Students and All Students | James Madison Program: https://jmp.princeton.edu/announcements/some-thoughts-and-advice-our-students-and-all-students
  33. Profits of Hate: The Southern Poverty Law Center Special – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRkquYIdNwA
  34. The Reformation: Then and Now – D. James Kennedy, PhD – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wNw0L4MXcM
  35. D James Kennedy Sermons Jesus Christ Myth or Messiah – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_z-taVoIlw&feature=youtu.be
  36. Reasonable Faith | The Debate on Apologetic Methodology Part 1: http://subsplash.com/reasonablefaith/v/fsrszlo
  37. Reasons why the Apocrypha does not belong in the Bible | Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry: https://carm.org/reasons-why-apocrypha-does-not-belong-bible
  38. Kindergarten transgender lessons have parents changing schools – Washington Times: http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/3/kindergarten-transgender-lessons-have-parents-chan/
  39. Encouragement to Men to Study the Bible and Theology, and Find Great Happiness by Randy Alcorn – SermonCentral.com: https://www.sermoncentral.com/pastors-preaching-articles/randy-alcorn-encouragement-to-men-to-study-the-bible-and-theology-and-find-great-happiness-2986
  40. Why the Ancient Christian Record About Jesus Is the Most Reliable | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/why-the-ancient-christian-record-about-jesus-is-the-most-reliable/
  41. Case-Making 101: Christianity and Islam? | Reasoned Cases for Christ: https://bcooper.wordpress.com/2017/09/02/case-making-101-christianity-and-islam/
  42. We know beyond any doubt: Jesus Existed – 8 quick points | Saints and Sceptics: http://www.saintsandsceptics.org/how-we-know-beyond-all-doubt-that-jesus-existed-8-quick-points/
  43. Awana Is Poised to Equip the Next Generation | | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/awana-is-poised-to-equip-the-next-generation/
  44. Quick History of the King James Bible! – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6akZ5J1VLdg
  45. 7th Grader Argues The Case for Christianity Blows the Doors Off Jesus Skeptics: http://faithit.com/7th-grader-makes-case-christianity/
  46. Think Divinely Evolutions Fatal Flaw Lack of Fossil Evidence: http://thinkdivinely.com/evolutions-fatal-flaw-lack-of-fossil-evidence/
  47. Racism Is Incompatible With Christianity | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/racism-is-incompatible-with-christianity/
  48. Testing Buddhism | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2017/08/29/testing-buddhism/
  49. Can Christians claim to have the One, True God?: http://crossexamined.org/can-christians-claim-to-have-the-one-true-god-2/

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ ” ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’ Matthew 25:1-12

Blessings to you all

KJV Only Controversy

I rarely, if ever, get into internet arguments, but there was a post of a FB friend, to which I replied with a scripture reference (which I often do).  Here is how he replied and the ensuing conversation back and forth (the first statement is my original comment on his FB post) – he is identified by his initials (RL):

  1. SW: Matthew 19:24
    1. RL: Hoping you have a KJV Bible
    2. SW: I was on NIV and NKJV, but recently have switched to the most accurate English translation (NASB)_ see graphic:

      I don’t use KJV, not because I think it is a bad translation, but because it is 17th century and I believe everyone should have the privilege and ability to read God’s Holy Word in the language they speak every day. I’ve read a lot on the “King James only controversy” and I believe that the original Greek and Hebrew manuscripts are the most accurate version of the Bible, not any English translation. God bless you RL
    3. RL: Your cleary Decived my friend The KJV is the Authentic Word of God because God can Preserve His Word like God has Preserved the Gospel of Jesus Christ
    4. RL: You also Question your faith I’ve Noticed .
    5. SW: Hi RL, I consider you a brother in Christ. We as brothers in Christ are supposed to have Unity. So I don’t want to get into a situation where we are arguing. I do want to say that I do not question my faith, but I practice apologetics, which is biblically commanded in 1st Peter 3:15. Just to clarify, are you saying that no other Bible but the KJV is the inspired word of God? If so what about the Christians who existed prior to the KJV being translated in the year 1611? Blessings to you, SW
    6. RL: Who ever said we were arguing? That’s an assumption that you made.
    7. RL: Yes it’s the first translation of the holy Bible God can Preserve His Word . So are you saying that God can’t Preserve His Word?
    8. SW: Well, you should research your history. It was not the first translation of the Bible in English, nor was it the first translation of the Bible period. It was translated in 1611, Jesus died in 30 or 33 AD, so if what you’re saying is true, Christians had no Bible for about the first 1600 years
    9. RL: Yes it was the First Translation in English. 1611 I’m also in Christian College
    10. RL: Why you lying for ?
    11. SW: Actually, someone’s been feeding lies to you, but it’s not me. I’m not lying RL, i’m trying to share the truth with you in love (Ephesians 4:15). The Tyndale Bible was the first English translation of the Bible in 1526 – 85 years before the King James version (https://www.gotquestions.org/Tyndale-Bible.html). But don’t trust me. Check it out for yourself – ask a professor at your Christian college.
    12. RL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGwwScorP6w (History of The King James Bible: God’s Perfect Word) – Here is all your Info you need
    13. RL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6akZ5J1VLdg (Quick History of the King James Bible!)
    14. SW: The video you just sent me said in it that the KJV was NOT the first English translation (start listening around 1:15 into the video), so you must agree now that the King James Version WAS NOT the first English translation, right?
    15. SW: In researching the KJV Only issue, I’ve been rereading the excellent book “The King James Only Controversy: Can You Trust Modern Translations” by James R. White (https://www.amazon.com/King-James-Only-Controversy-Translations/dp/0764206052/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1504618243&sr=8-1 ). In there he points out that Erasmus, under pressure from Lee and Zuniga, included text that was found in no Greek manuscript in 1 John 5:7. KJV says “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” This is an inaccurate translation and was only included because he was pressured by those 2 since this was in the Latin Vulgate. See here (http://biblehub.com/1_john/5-7.htm ) for a comparison of this verse in KJV vs. modern translations. This incorrect passage included in the KJV is referred to as the “Comma Johanneum”.

I had always heard about these KJV only advocates, but never ran into one until now.