Friday, September 21, 2018

Book Preview: Forensic Faith for Kids by Jim and Susie Wallace



About Authors


J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace have been training young people in the church setting for over a decade. J. Warner is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on Dateline, FOX News, truTV, and other crime-related television shows. A former atheist, he is the author of Cold-Case Christianity, Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, God’s Crime Scene, God’s Crime Scene for Kids, and Forensic Faith.




About the Book


Many young believers want to tell others about their relationship with Jesus but aren’t sure how to begin or can become rattled by questions. In fact, many young believers have their own questions about Christianity and struggle to find answers.

Detective J. Warner Wallace helps kids develop good investigative skills, so they can navigate tough questions about faith and share what they’ve learned with others.

As in their other Case Makers Academy books, J. Warner and Susie Wallace teach kids to think like detectives by reaching into their detective tool bag. While they search for clues to the real owner of a lost puppy, the cadets learn how to be confident in sharing with friends the truth of their faith in Jesus.

Learn more about the book here.

You can purchase your copy here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Article: Try As We Might, It Won’t Be Easy to Abandon Our Religious Identity by J. Warner Wallace

In this featured article, author, speaker and cold-case homicide detective J. Warner Wallace reports on data he has been collecting for the past 10 years.  The data he reports on demonstrates that while, "fewer people claim a Christian affiliation than ever before, and those who claim no religious affiliation are the fastest growing group in America. But while fewer people may belong to Christian churches or communities, Americans will likely retain some form of religious identity, especially if what’s happening in Europe is an indicator of things to come."

You can read the entire article here.

For more of Wallace's work, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Debate Video: Michael Ruse vs. John Lennox- Science, Faith and the Evidence for God


In this featured video, John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University & Michael Ruse, Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University, debate science, faith and evidence for God.  This debate was featured on Justin Brierley's Unbelievable?.  This discussion is part of Unbelievable?'s "Big Conversation" series.  The Big Conversation is a unique video series from Unbelievable? featuring world-class thinkers across the Christian and atheist community.  Exploring science, faith, philosophy and what it means to be human.

Enjoy!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Jesus Among Secular Gods: Upcoming Group Study for Men and Women

Faith Christian Fellowship of Williamsport, MD, will be hosting a group study using the curriculum from the book Jesus Among Secular Gods, which is co-authored by Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale.  The study will begin for men on Monday, September 24th.  The women's study will begin on Monday, October 1st.  The time for each will be 7:00-8:30 PM.  Sessions will be bi-weekly.

The study books can be purchased at your local LifeWay Christian bookstore.  For additional information, you can email Erin Croteau at ecroteau3@gmail.com.



God Bless,




Friday, September 14, 2018

Video: What is Molinism?


Molinism (a theological position named after 16th century Jesuit theologian Luis de Molina), is an increasingly popular model for reconciling God's sovereignty and providence with human freedom and choice. Molinists maintain that God knows what we would do in counter-factual situations (middle knowledge), and that God uses this knowledge to accomplish his goals.[1] In this video, David Wood of Acts 17 Apologetics interviews William Lane Craig about the doctrine.  This is a great introduction to Molinism!

Courage and Godspeed,

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Four Functions of Apologetics

As I was reading through an article this evening entitled What is Apologetics? by Kenneth Boa, I found these brief paragraphs helpful in addressing the often asked question, "What is the purpose of apologetics?"
Although Boa concedes that not everyone agrees that apologetics involves all four of these functions, I found them helpful in clarifying what one can aim to accomplish using apologetics.

Boa writes:

 "The first function of apologetics may be called vindication or proof, and involves marshaling philosophical arguments as well as scientific and historical evidences for the Christian faith. The goal of this function is to develop a positive case for Christianity as a belief system that should be accepted. Philosophically, this means drawing out the logical implications of the Christian worldview so that they can be clearly seen and contrasted with alternate worldviews.

The second function is defense. This function is closest to the NT and early Christian use of the word apologia, defending Christianity against the plethora of attacks made against it in every generation by critics of varying belief systems. This function involves clarifying the Christian position in light of misunderstandings and misrepresentations; answering objections, criticisms, or questions from non-Christians; and in general clearing away intellectual difficulties that nonbelievers claim stand in the way of their coming to faith.

The third function is refutation of opposing beliefs. This function focuses on answering the arguments non-Christians give in support of their own beliefs. Most apologists agree that refutation cannot stand alone, since proving a non-Christian religion or philosophy to be false does not prove that Christianity is true. Nevertheless, it is an essential function of apologetics.

The fourth function is persuasion. By this we do not mean merely convincing people that Christianity is true, but persuading them to apply its truth to their life. This function focuses on bringing non-Christians to the point of commitment. The apologist's intent is not merely to win an intellectual argument, but to persuade people to commit their lives and eternal futures into the trust of the Son of God who died from them."1

Courage and Godspeed,

Chad

Footnote:

1. Kenneth D. Boa, What is Apologetics?, The Apologetics Study Bible, p. xxv.