Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Debate Video- Frank Turek vs. Michael Shermer- What Better Explains Morality: God or Science?


This streaming video features a debate that took place on April 16, 2015 between Frank Turek and Michael Shermer.  It was hosted by New York Apologetics.

You can read Turek's brief post-debate comments here.

Enjoy!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Monday, April 27, 2015

Of Death and Sleep

Jill Carattini, managing editor of A Slice of Infinity at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries writes of how sleeping may well be a part of Christian discipleship in today's piece. She writes:

We are, likewise, bodies living within a culture generally terrified of aging, uncomfortable with death, and desperate for our accomplishments to distract us. The demands that our bodies make for sleep is a good reminder that we are mere creatures, that life is to be revered, and death will come.
 
This is indeed a sobering reminder, but it need not be only a dire reminder. For to admit there is no escaping the enemy of death is not to say we are left without an ally: “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, shall live." The one who made this claim made it knowing that death would come to all of us, but longing to show the world that it is an enemy he would defeat. Perhaps sleep, then, providing a striking image of finite bodies that will lie down and cease to be, can simultaneously provide us a rousing image of bodies that will rise again.

Today's A Slice of Infinity can be read in its entirety here.

Stand firm in Christ,
Chase

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Video: How Can Young and Old Earth Creationists Work Together?


In this video, Dr. John Sanford, a geneticist and young earth creationist, discusses why we should hold our position regarding the age of the earth with humility.  He also discusses what OECs and YECs agree on.

For more on the age of the earth, see here and here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Friday, April 24, 2015

Adoption's Relationship to Salvation

Those of us who place our trust in Christ alone to stand righteous before God the Father have been adopted into the family of God. God's redemption plan is adoption. Yet adoption is also the means by which our redemption is secured. Russell Moore writes:

Joseph is not Jesus' biological father, but he is his real father. In his adoption of Jesus, Joseph is rightly identified by the Spirit speaking through the Scriptures as Jesus' father (Luke 2:41, 48)...

if Joseph is not "really" the father of Jesus, you and I are going to hell.

Jesus' identity as the Christ, after all, is tied to his identity as the ancestor of David, the legitimate heir to David's throne. Jesus saves us as David's son, the offspring of Abraham, the Christ.  That human identity came to Jesus through adoption.1

Stand firm in Christ,
Chase

Footnotes:
1. Moore, Russell D. Adopted for Life:  The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches. Page 67.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Does Revelation 3:14 indicate that Jesus was a created being?

Revelation 3:14 says, "And the angel of the church in Laodicea write: 'The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation (ESV)."

Jehovah's Witnesses contend that one can logically conclude from these verses that the one spoken of in Revelation 3:14 "is a creation, the first of God's creations, who had a beginning" (Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1989, 409.)

However, as Norman Geisler and Ron Rhodes explain in their book Correcting the Cults, this is clearly not the case:

"The Greek word "arche," translated 'beginning' in this verse, here carries the meaning of 'one who begins,' 'origin,' 'source,' or 'first cause.'  The English word architect is derived from "arche."  This verse says that Jesus is the architect of all creation (See John 1:3; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2; cf. Isa. 44:24).

Furthermore, the same term, beginning, is applied to God the Father in Revelation 21:4-6.  It cannot mean a created being, or God the Father is also a creature, which Jehovah's Witnesses reject.  Hence, 'beginning' should be understood in the absolute sense of Beginner or Source of all things." [1]

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnote:
1. Norman Geisler and Ron Rhodes, Correcting the Cults, p. 305

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Video: Evidence for God- Key Arguments for a Reasonable Faith by William Lane Craig


This talk is from the 2014 Unbelievable? Conference that took place in the UK.  This video features some great graphics that makes the lecture especially enjoyable to watch.

Enjoy!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Article: Why Environmentalism and Animal Rights Are Dependent on a Christian Worldview by J. Warner Wallace

J. Warner Wallace has written an excellent article that questions whether or not atheism or Christian theism best grounds environmentalism and animal rights.  Jim writes:

"For many who deny the existence of the Christian God, environmentalism and the cause of animal rights have become a religion of sorts. The movement has its own doctrinal beliefs, its own set of commandments and its own set of prescribed consequences. At times, the doctrinal beliefs seem self-contradictory. I have many friends who fight vehemently for the rights of animals while supporting the abortion of humans. Maybe contradictions of this sort are the result of improper 'grounding'."

You checkout the rest of the article here.

Further, I highly recommend Jim's book Cold-Case Christianity.  You can find our review here.


Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Monday, April 20, 2015

Nancy Pearcey on How to Dismantle Materialism

The City Podcast welcomed in Nancy Pearcey to discuss her latest book Finding Truth.  The five principles she discerned from Romans Chapter 1 for evaluating a worldview are covered.

You can listen to the podcast here. Enjoy!

Stand firm in Christ,
Chase

Sunday, April 19, 2015