Sunday, June 25, 2017

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Worldview and Apologetics in the News

Feminist Camille Paglia On Transgenderism: 'The Cold Biological Truth Is That Sex Changes Are Impossible'

Texas pastors reject LGBT school curriculum: ‘This is Houston, not San Francisco’

What You Need to Know about the Church and Global Terrorism

The Continuing Triumph of Faith: The World is Becoming More Religious

CNN: National Center for Science Education “Promotes Science Over Ideology”; What!?

Would Baseball Team Have Mocked Tebow’s Religion Had He Been a Muslim?

Coming Soon: The Revised Apologetics Study Bible for Students

Ex-Muslim Journalist Explains Sharia Law: Incompatible with U.S. Constitution

Denna Laing honored at NHL Awards

New Forensic Report Flushes Planned Parenthood’s “Highly Edited” Talking Point

Catholic bishop writes decree barring same-sex couples from receiving Holy Communion, funeral rites

Evolutionists Try to Nourish Darwin’s Wilting Tree of Life

A defeat for Planned Parenthood

Christians resurrect criminal justice reform talks

Mother Chooses Life, Accepts Jesus and Gets Married in One Week

‘We Have a Problem’: ISIS in Afghanistan ‘Not Getting Better’ as US Mulls Thousands More Troops

Bomber planning to attack Mecca’s Grand Mosque blows himself up

Spurgeon collection launched online

The American campus: A dangerous place for ideas

Responding to Pride Month with Genuine Love
Courage and Godspeed,

Last week's edition is here.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Coming Soon: The Revised Apologetics Study Bible for Students

It was my genuine privilege to have had the opportunity to contribute an article to the forthcoming revised Apologetics Study Bible for Students.  For those who desire to always be "...ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you..." (1 Peter 3:15), this is an invaluable resource.

As general editor Sean McDowell explains:

"The student apologetics Bible first released in 2010 and has sold over 160,000 copies.  To be honest, this has blown away my expectations.  This shows the hunger for both relevant and practical resources that tackle the real questions students are asking.  On July 1 we are releasing an updated, expanded, and improved version.  Here are a few ways the update will be different from the first version:

1.Outdated articles have been removed or updated.
2. Individual authors went through each of their articles and improved them substantially.
3. There are 12 new articles on “hot” topics like tattoos, euthanasia, transgenderism, Islamic Jihad, religious freedom, singleness, race, and more.
4. Each of the special features (Bones & Dirt, Tactics, Twisted Scriptures, Stories, and Fast Facts) have been expanded with 5-10 more articles."1

Some of the articles within include:
  • Why does God allow evil?
  • If I can’t see God, how do I know He is real?
  • Can God’s love be reconciled with the order to kill the Canaanites?
  • Is it okay to pick and choose my religious beliefs and practices?
  • What does the Bible say about homosexuality?
  • If God made everything, why shouldn’t I smoke pot?2
You can learn more about this excellent resource here.

Pre-order your copy here.

Courage and Godspeed,

Related Posts

How Old is the Earth? by Chris Sherrod

Article: Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? by Mike Licona

Book Review: The Fate of the Apostles by Sean McDowell

1. Sean McDowell, "Coming Soon: The Revised Apologetics Study Bible for Students," June 20, 2017.
2. Ibid.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Free Printable Mormon Tract

According to Apologia Church, this Mormon Tract (which you can download here for free!) "has aided in bringing people to Christ from the LDS church.

Let this tract do the heavy lifting and use the verses provided to engage and start confidently making irrefutable with your Mormon friends.

Each topic is thoroughly covered using their scripture vs. Bible Scriptures.

- The nature of God
- Who is Jesus
- A LDS member’s responsibilities
- How LDS gain salvation"

You can get your free downloadable tract here!  The above video demonstrates how to use it.

Learn more about Apologia Church and Pastor Jeff Durbin here.

Courage and Godspeed,

Related Posts

Is Mormonism Just Another Christian Denomination?

What is the Book of Mormon? by Robert M. Bowman, Jr.

Thinking about Mormonism by Brett Kunkle

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Apologetics Interview with Mike Felker by Brian Auten of Apologetics315

I recently listened to this excellent interview by Brian Auten of Apologetics315 with apologist Mike Felker.

Auten explains that Felker "has an emphasis on interacting with Jehovah's Witnesses. He talks about his background, the overall belief system of JWs, The Watchtower Society, their various teachings regarding salvation, the afterlife, Jesus, the trinity, etc. He also discusses strategies for interaction including what to focus on and what to avoid."

Interestingly, Felker studied with various Jehovah's Witnesses for a two year period.  He offers first-hand accounts of what they believe, how they live and how to reach them effectively.  This interview was personally beneficial and Mike's work has been helpful to me numerous times in the past.

You can listen to this interview here.

Learn more about Mike and his work here.

Finally, if you haven't already, checkout Apologetics315's archived interviews with various apologists, philosophers and theologians here.

Courage and Godspeed,

Related Posts

Free E-book- Behold I Stand at the Door and Knock: What to say to Jehovah's Witnesses when They come Knocking on Your Door by Mike Licona

When the Mormons or Jehovah's Witnesses Come Knocking

Does the Reference to Jesus as a "Mighty God" indicate that Jesus is a Lesser God than God the Father?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Debate Video: "Who is God?" featuring Dr. James White and Bro. Joe Ventlacion

In this video, Dr. James White of Alpha & Omega Ministries debates Bro. Joe Ventilacion of Iglesia ni Cristo, moderated by Dale Bartcher of Family Heritage Alliance.

Dr. White defends the affirmative: “The Bible teaches that within the one Being that is God there exists eternally three coequal and coeternal persons, namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” Bro. Joe Ventilacion argues the negative.

This event was held in Rapid City, SD on April 21st, 2017. This event was arranged and coordinated by the ministry of South Dakota Apologetics.

Dr. White's opening statement is a masterful defense of trinitarianism.

Courage and Godspeed,

Related Posts

My Favorite Analogy of the Trinity

Article: Understanding the Trinity by Peter S. Williams

Free Online E-book: Letters to a Mormon Elder by James R. White

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Unexpected Blessings of Fatherhood

In this post, Reverend Sean Martin, Human Coalition’s National Church Outreach Director, shares his story and provides a few practical ways fathers can model the virtues of a strong work ethic, reliance, trustworthiness, meekness, humility, compassion, and empathy. They are as follows:

  • When your child asks you to play a game or read a book with them, put aside the task at hand and do it.

  • Involve them in chores around the house. Whether you have 1 child or 11 children, there’s always something that needs to be done.
  • Even at the end of the day, when you’re exhausted and just want to fall into bed, be there for your kids. I guarantee your teens will want to have their deepest and most meaningful conversations at 11:00 p.m.

  • You can read the post in full here. Happy belated Father's Day!

    Stand firm in Christ,

    Friday, June 16, 2017

    The Case for Case Making

    Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to the youth students at our church on the topic of discipleship.  The lesson I used as part of my preparation included passages from Matthew chapters 4 and 9 to show that Jesus’ team of disciples weren’t necessarily what we would consider the “cream of the crop.”  The other point emphasized in the lesson was that we must first repent and believe before becoming disciples of Jesus Christ.

    Also during this time, I had started reading J. Warner Wallace’s Forensic Faith.  In the preface, he describes the “awkward truth” of the Case for Case Making.  This prompted me to pose a question to the students- “What needs to come first? Repentance or belief?  The point I was hoping to make was that not only is belief the first step, but understanding why you believe.  Meaning, we are Christians because we believe Christianity is true. 

    Wallace makes a great point that we as Christians “have a history of doing whatever it takes to respond to real human challenges. But there is another real challenge on the horizon.  Christians are leaving the church in record numbers.  Surveys and polls have been exposing this trend for many years now.” 1

    While I think it’s critically important to work through the Bible with our young people, it’s just as important to emphasize the truths of Christianity so they can begin to understand the overwhelming evidence for what we believe to be true.

    Click here for the Truthbomb review of Forensic Faith.


    1.   J. Warner Wallace: Forensic Faith p. 26

    God Bless,