Sunday, November 29, 2015

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Video: One Question You Should Always Ask An Unbeliever by Frank Turek

Sometimes when sharing your faith a great question can be more powerful than an argument.  In this brief video Dr. Frank Turek shares what he believes to be the #1 question you should ask those who don't believe.

You can see our review of Dr. Turek's new book Stealing from God here.

Courage and Godspeed,

Friday, November 27, 2015

Pastor Voddie Baucham, Jr. on Science and the Christian Community

"One of the most tragic developments of our day is the abandonment of the hard sciences by the Christian community.  Teaching our children what the Bible says about creation and giving them a biblical worldview should ignite a renewed interest in biology, geology, astronomy, chemistry and physics...Christian Theists must once again take their place at the forefront of scientific inquiry in pursuit of a better understanding of the world and the God who created it."

Courage and Godspeed,


1. Voddie Baucham, Jr., Family Driven Faith, p. 85.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Article: The Truth about the Origin of Thanksgiving by J. Warner Wallace

In this featured article J. Warner Wallace examines the historical roots of Thanksgiving.

You can checkout the article here.

We are thankful for your readership and wish each of you a blessed Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Video: Does Islam Really Teach Peace? by Nabeel Qureshi

In this video, former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi discusses what Islam teaches and how it differs from Christianity.


Courage and Godspeed,

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tough Topic Tuesday: The Problem of Evil, Pt. 2

Last week we introduced the logical problem of evil as follows:

Logical Version: “It’s Logically Impossible for God and Suffering to Coexist.”

The argument goes something like this:

1. An all-loving, all-powerful God exists.
2. Suffering exists.

Usual assumptions…

3. If God is all powerful, He can create any world that He wants.
4. If God is all-loving, He prefers a world without suffering.

Argument: God is all-loving and all-powerful.  Therefore, He both can and wants to create a world without suffering.  Therefore, it follows that the world has no suffering.  But that contradicts 2, Suffering exists. Therefore, God must not exist. 1


Let us consider assumption 3.

Assumption 3 says, "If God is all powerful, He can create any world that He wants."  I would contend that this isn't so if people have free will.  Dr. William Lane Craig explains:

"It's logically impossible to make someone do something freely.  That is as logically impossible as making a round square or a married bachelor.  God's being all-powerful does not mean that He can bring about the logically impossible-indeed, there is not such 'thing' as the logically impossible.  It's just an inconsistent combination of words...since it's possible that people have free will, it turns out that 3 is not necessarily true.  For if people have free will, they may refuse to do what God desires.  So there will be any number of possible words that God cannot create because the people in them wouldn't cooperate with God's desires.  In fact, for all we know, it's possible that in any world of free persons with as much good as this world, there would also be as much suffering.  This conjecture need not be true or even probable, but so long as it's even logically possible, it shows that it is not necessarily true that God can create any world that He wants.  So assumption 3 is just not necessarily true.  On this basis alone, the atheist's argument is logically fallacious."2

Next week we will look at assumption 4, "If God is all-loving, He prefers a world without suffering."

Courage and Godspeed,

1. William Lane Craig, On Guard, p. 154-155.
2. Ibid. p. 155-156; for those who might respond, "Can't God do anything?," see here.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Love Without Knowledge Is Uninformed Infatuation

In the subject article, Kristen Davis of Doubtless Faith Ministries writes of why the heart, soul, and mind must all be engaged in order to have a deep relationship with God.  Below is an excerpt:

Loving God with our minds cannot be separated from loving Him with our hearts, souls and strength. When some part of that is removed it’s not love. It’s either infatuation based on an idea (lack of mind) or infatuation based on information (lacking heart and soul). If we say we love God but don’t care to learn about Him and grow in our depth of knowledge both informational and interpersonal then how can we really say we love God?

Happy reading!

Stand firm in Christ,

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Quote: J. Warner Wallace on Evil

"Few people witness as much horrific evil as homicide detectives. I’ve certainly seen my share. But what do we really mean when we say something is evil? Are we saying we just don’t like it personally, or are we saying there are some things that are truly, transcendently, objectively evil? Is evil nothing more than a matter of opinion? If so, we could remove all evil by simply changing our minds about what we thought was evil in the first place. If we can’t eliminate evil in this way, we need to think about why and how transcendent notions of evil could exist. While evil might at first appear to be a strong evidence against the existence of an all-powerful, all-loving Divine Creator, it may actually be the best possible evidence for the existence of such a Being. Unless we are prepared to dismiss evil as nothing more than whatever fails to please our private desires or opinions, we’re going to need a transcendent standard of good by which to evaluate and identify anything as evil. As crazy as it might sound at first, the existence of true evil, the kind that transcends each of us as individuals and groups, is dependent on the existence of a true, transcendent standard of good. True evil is evidence for God’s existence."1

Courage and Godspeed,

HT: The Poached Egg

Friday, November 20, 2015

Article: Two Things Terrorist Attacks Do NOT Tell Us About Religion by Natasha Crain

I was spending time with my wife and girls when I learned of the horrible terrorist attacks in Paris.  Many people have an opinion about what causes people to carry out such acts and to behave in such morally deplorable ways and it seems that all "religion" is often demonized as a result.

In this featured article Natasha Crain contends that while these attacks may tell us many things, there are two things they DO NOT tell us about religion.

1. That religion is bad.

2. That religion is false.

Crain claims that both of these conclusions are false.

Checkout the article here.

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Courage and Godspeed,