Monday, October 23, 2017

Germs or Fairies?

In the subject post, CiRCE Institute  contributor Lindsey Brigham Knott, writes the following: 
"in belief, Christians deny the philosophies of naturalism and materialism, teaching their children that the Creator God daily sustains them, that they through prayer can speak to Him, that God’s Son wrought miracles for such as them. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; by Him all things were created that are on heaven and on earth; by Him all things were made, and in Him all things consist; of Him, and from Him, and to Him are all things!
But our language undermines our beliefs. For, though we teach that all creation is actively sustained by a loving God, we talk as though it goes on its merry way quite well without Him. "
The post can be found in full here. What are your thoughts? Have Christians been influenced to much by naturalism? Does our speech "affirm a world of agency" too little?
Stand firm in Christ,
Chase

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Worldview and Apologetics in the News

China: House Church Leader, Daughter, and Grandson Arrested for Sharing Faith in Public

A growing share of Americans say it’s not necessary to believe in God to be moral    Response: Moral Opinions Change, But God Still Makes All the Difference

The Professor Who Didn’t Think He Was Being Provocative

Trump Administration Defines Life ‘Beginning at Conception’

Now teaching Christian doctrine at a church school is 'extremist'. Move over Monty Python

Transgender Wyoming woman convicted of sexually assaulting 10-year-old girl in bathroom

Book Review: Origin by Dan Brown

'Courage in the Face of Power:' Christian Baker Whose Case is Before Supreme Court Receives Award

Missouri Satanist Challenges Pro-Life Laws as ‘Religious Tenets’

Hamas to Trump: We want to wipe out Israel, not recognize it

Pushing Back Against Transanity in the Sports World

‘Killer Klown’ Drag Queen Reads to Children at Michelle Obama Library for ‘LGBTQ History Month’

What to Make of Karl Barth’s Steadfast Adultery

Willow Creek Chooses Co-Ed Pastors to Succeed Bill Hybels

4 British Missionaries Kidnapped in Nigeria; Justin Welby Urged to Help as Manhunt Begins

Does Museum of the Bible Ignore, Treat Jesus as 'Afterthought'? VP Responds

Dan Brown’s New Novel Pushes Atheism and Endorses Intelligent Design. Wait…What?

You’ve Been Edited — Another ID Scholar, Walter Bradley, Gets the Wikipedia Treatment

Movie Trailer: Let There Be Light 

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Last week's edition can be found here.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Video: If God, Why Evil? by Sean McDowell


In this featured video, author and speaker Sean McDowell deals with what many would contend is the most difficult objection aimed at the existence of God- the Problem of Evil.

This is another great video from Philosophy, Science and Religion.  

Enjoy!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Bart Ehrman on Jesus Mythicists

“It is fair to say that mythicists as a group, and as individuals, are not taken seriously by the vast majority of scholars in the field of New Testament, early Christianity, ancient history, and theology.”1

And...

The idea that Jesus did not exist is a modern notion. It has no ancient precedents. It was made up in the eighteenth century. One might as well call it a modern myth, the myth of the mythical Jesus."2

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad


Footnote:
1. Bart D. Ehrman, Did Jesus Exist, p. 20; as quoted by Sean McDowell here.
2. Ibid.

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Common Objection #14- "Jesus' Disciples were Uneducated and Illiterate."

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The New Testament Documents: Are they Reliable? by F.F. Bruce


F.F. Bruce's The New Testament Documents: Are they Reliable? is a well-known classic.

Enjoy it online for free here!

This book is part of our Free Apologetics E-book Library.

These free books include works by authors such as Alvin Plantinga, Peter S. Williams, R.C. Sproul, C.S. Lewis, Thomas Aquinas, Paul Moser and more!

Courage and Godspeed,

Chad A. Gross

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Evil as Evidence for God's Existence

1. If God does not exist, objective moral values do not exist.

2. Evil exists.

3. Therefore, objective moral values exist (some things are evil!).

4. Therefore, God exists.1

For those interested in learning about what makes a good argument, see here.

If you are interested in learning more about how to answer the objection of problem and suffering, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnote:
1. William Lane Craig, On Guard, p. 161.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

Josh McDowell: That’s My Story (and I’m Sticking with It)



During a recent sermon at my (the Other Chad) home church, our pastor shared delivery methods for evangelism taken from Bill Hybels' “Becoming A Contagious Christian.”  The delivery methods described were:

·         Confrontational (ex. Chuck Colson)
·         Intellectual (ex. Josh McDowell)
·         Interpersonal (ex. Becky Pippert)
·         Invitational (ex. Ruth Graham)
·         Testimonial (ex. Corrie ten Boom)

Interestingly enough, I have been reading Apologetics for a New Generation by Sean McDowell.  Sean’s father, Josh, has a chapter in the book entitled “A Fresh Apologetic: Relationships That Transform.”  While Josh McDowell may be well known for his work presenting the evidence for the truth of Christianity, many might be surprised to learn it was actually “God’s love” that drew him in.  Below is an excerpt from the chapter:

Most people assume I came to Christ through the intellectual route.  Certainly, there can’t be more than a few people who have documented more evidences for the faith than I have.  And yet, all the evidence I have documented- on the reliability of the Bible, the deity of Jesus Christ, and evidence for the resurrection- never brought me to faith in Christ.

That’s right.  The evidences did not bring me to Christ.  The evidences got my attention, but it was God’s love that drew me.  It was the love I saw between a group of genuine believers who loved not only Jesus Christ but also each other- and even me!

The evidence got my attention, but love drew me.  When I think back to that night when I realized it, I still get chills.  It was a Saturday night in a university dorm.  I was a total skeptic and an absolute heathen.  Only God and the Holy Spirit could have shown me that if I were the only person alive, Jesus still would have died for me.

I’ve said often that I grew up with a father who was the town drunk.  I’ve told how I had to watch him beat my mother.  I’ve shared that I hated him and took my revenge on him when I got old enough and strong enough.  But I never shared the following until recently.

Between the ages of six and thirteen, I was severally sexually abused by a man named Wayne Bailey.  When I was six years old, he was hired on the farm to be a cook and housekeeper.  Whenever my mother would leave or my folks would go downtown or go away for a few days, my mother would always march me to Wayne Bailey and say “Now you obey Wayne.  You do everything that he tells you to do or you’ll get a thrashing when I get home.”  So I was at Wayne Bailey’s mercy.

When I was nine years old, and again at the age of twelve, I told my mother what had been going on.  She didn’t believe me.  I can’t describe the pain and abandonment I felt, on top of the abuse, when my own mother refused to believe me.

Finally, however, at thirteen years of age, I was strong enough.  My parents had left for the weekend, and I went into the house and backed this man against the wall.

“If you ever touch me again,” I said, “I will kill you.”  And I would have.  Two weeks later, he left.  I remember my mom and dad talking that night around the dinner table.  The asked each other, “I wonder what happened”  Why did he leave?  Why didn’t he give notice?”
I sat there thinking, Why didn’t you believe me?

Wayne was gone, but of course by that time, the damage had been done.  I had nothing going for me and everything going against me.  A worse-than-absent father.  Abandoned by my mother.  And horribly abused on top of it all.  I should have become the victim of victims.

But when I went to Kellogg College in Battle Creek, Michigan, I met a group of Christians who exposed me for the first time to the love of God.  Oh, how they loved each other.  And I wanted what they had so badly that I would have paid anything for it.  I would have pawned my soul to have what they have.  That love- and the desire for that kind of relationship- paved the road of faith for me, and thus began my journey of faith.

Some time later, I met the pastor of a tiny church, Factorville Bible Church.  I went to him and shared what happened to me.  And he believed me!

For six months after that, he walked me through Scripture after Scripture, verse after verse, on forgiveness.  When he finished and finally said “Josh, you need to forgive him,” I answered “No way.”  I wanted him to burn in hell, and I wanted to escort him there.

Obviously, if I had not encountered God’s love in that student group at Kellogg College and experienced it again through that pastor’s friendship and mentoring, I would have been content to hate Wayne Bailey for the rest of my life.  But the truth had taken root in me as a result of those relationships.  I’m convinced that all the evidence in the world, all the most powerful arguments and most convincing proofs, would never have gotten through to me if the transforming power of God’s love had not reached my heart through that student group and others, including the pastor at tiny Factorville Bible Church.  In fact, my mind continued to rebel long after my heart knew what I must do.


But, steeled by that pastor’s loving support, one day I found out where Wayne Bailey lived.  I drove to his house.  I knocked on his door.  I introduced myself.  And, though I must admit I didn’t want to tell him because I didn’t want it to be true, I forgave Wayne Bailey and told him that Jesus died for him as much as He did for me.1


 While my story may not be the same as Josh McDowell's, one thing they have in common is the influence of loving relationships.  That combined with the compelling evidence for the truth of Christianity are the anchors of my faith.

1: Apologetics for a New Generation: A Biblical and Culturally Relevant Approach to Talking About God  p. 65-67

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Article: Why Does God Seem Hidden? by Jonathan Morrow

I had the honor and privilege to contribute to the recently updated and revised Apologetics Study Bible for Students.  You can find my article here.

Author and speaker Jonathan Morrow also contributed an article entitled "Why Does God Seem Hidden?"  This is an important topic so I wanted to share Morrow's article here.

Why aren't God's existence and identity more obvious?  Or, as a student once asked, "If God wants people to know he exists, why doesn't he just show up or write his name in the sky or something?"  These are questions about the hiddenness of God.  All struggle with the reality that God seems present and active at certain times but painfully distant and uninvolved at others.  How can this be explained?

First, God is not as hidden as people sometimes believe.  He is all-loving, desires to have a relationship with individuals, and has given humanity plenty of evidence in creation to indicate his existence (Ps 19:1-4; Rm 1:18-20).  People, however, may choose to suppress this evidence (Rm 1:21-25) or else acknowledge it and turn to the true and living God (1 Th 1:9).

Second, human sinfulness has caused a breach in man's relationship with God.  His hiddenness is in part a response to sin, which he finds repulsive.  Isaiah 45:15 speaks frankly about God hiding from his followers: "Yes, you are a God who hides, God of Israel, Savior" (see Ps 10:1; 44:23-24).  God sometimes hides from people because of their disobedience or indifference toward him.  This is a form of judgment (see Is 59:2; Mc 3:4).

Third, people must remember that it is humans who his first.  Genesis illustrates that God's desire from the beginning was to be present with humanity in a life-giving relationship.  But when Adam and Eve turned their backs on God, he sought them out while they were hiding (Gn 3:9-10).  This remains true today.  God sent his Son "to seek and to save the lost" (Lk 19:10).

Fourth, people would be compelled to believe if God suddenly appeared or wrote his name in the sky, as the student suggested.  This forced faith would perhaps destroy the freedom necessary for a genuine loving, voluntary relationship to exist between humanity and its Maker.  God doesn't want people merely to acknowledge intellectually that he exists.  Even demons believe in God, and they shudder rather than love him (Jms 2:19).  What God wants is relationship.  He wants people to choose to become part of his family by faith.

Fifth, at other times God hides for a season so that people will seek him more earnestly.  This is part of how he teaches Christians to live dependent and grateful lives.  There are moments when the pain and loss we feel in life's circumstances make it seem that God is far away or altogether absent.  At such times, we cry out with the psalmist: "Lord, why do you reject me?  Why do you hide your face from me? (Ps 88:14).  Even Jesus experienced an excruciating silence from God on the cross (Mk 15:34).  Ultimately, Jesus is our example for trusting God when the silence is deafening.

We can learn to trust completely without complete understanding.  And we can rest in the promise God has given: "You well seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart" (Jr 29:13; see Jms 4:8).

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Article: Faith and Facts by Greg Koukl


What is a good definition of biblical faith? How does it relate to science? What is the relationship for the follower of Christ between faith and facts?

In this article, Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason considers these questions. You can find it here.

I encourage our readers to checkout more resources from Koukl and company here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad



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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Rapid Response Series by J. Warner Wallace

J. Warner Wallace has started a great series of blog posts called "Rapid Response."  He explains:

"In our Rapid Response series, we tackle common concerns about (and objections to) the Christian worldview by providing short, conversational responses. These posts are designed to model what our answers might look like in a one-on-one setting, while talking to a friend or family member."

Thus far, the objections dealt with are as follows:




We Don’t Need God to Explain the Existence of Free Agency

We Don’t Need God to Explain the Beginning of the Universe

Evil Disproves the Existence of God

The Gospels Have Been Altered

You Can’t Be Certain About the Claims of Christianity

The Gospels are Unreliable

This is a great resource to use when talking to unsaved family, friends and co-workers!

We will continue to update it as Jim adds responses!

For more answers to "Common Objections," see our series here.

Courage and Godspeed,

Book Review: Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace

Common Objection #34- "Jesus never claimed to be God!"

Monday, October 09, 2017

What is the Most Powerful Evidence for the Christian Faith?


In the subject post, Sean McDowell writes the following:

Since I have been working on this book people have been increasingly asking me, “What do you think is the most powerful evidence for the Christian faith?” While I do think the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, the textual evidence for the reliability of the Bible, and the scientific evidence for a designer are persuasive, these are not the most powerful evidences.

Read the entire post here to find out the answer.

Stand firm in Christ,
Chase

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Friday, October 06, 2017

A.W. Tozer on Having the Proper View of God

"It is impossible to keep our moral practices sound and our inward attitudes right while our idea of God is erroneous or inadequate...I think it might be demonstrated that almost every heresy that has afflicted the church through the years has arisen from believing about God things that are not true, or from overemphasizing certain true things so as to obscure things equally true."1

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnote:
1. As quoted by Natasha Crain in Talking with Your Kids about God, p. 140.

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Michelle Qureshi Plans to Continue Nabeel Qureshi's Ministry


I was grateful to learn that Michelle Qureshi, the wife of the late Nabeel Qureshi, plans to continue his important ministry.  In the short video above, she shares how she plans on doing so.  Please take five minutes to watch this video and consider supporting her efforts.  

To learn more about supporting Michelle and her daughter, go here.  

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Future Apologist Interview: Emma Gross Discusses "God's Crime Scene for Kids"

This is actually Emma's (10 years old) second interview.  You can read her thoughts on Jim and Susie's first book, Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, here.

Q. You have already read and discussed Cold-Case Christianity for Kids by J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace. Recently, you finished their latest book, God's Crime Scene for Kids.  How is the Wallace's new book different from their first?

A. Their first book was more about investigating (like a detective) the evidence for Jesus and the New Testament.  Their new book deals with investigating the beginning of the universe and the creation.

Q. You really seem to like the Wallace's books.  You were very excited when their new book arrived through the mail.  In your opinion, what makes them so enjoyable?

A. I enjoy them because the write things like they are a mystery.  But while you are reading their books, you are learning about Jesus and the Creation.

Q. What argument did you find most interesting in the Wallace's latest book?

A. The fine-tuning argument

Q. What was interesting about that particular argument?

A. I think that it is interesting that everything is where it should be to have life on earth.

Q. Mr. and Mrs. Wallace use many different drawings and sketches in their books.  Do you find these sketches helpful?

A. Yes, I do.  They help me understand what they are talking about and to get a picture (in my mind) of what the book is explaining.

Q. Do you think you would recommend the Wallace's books to other students your age?  

A. Yes.  I think they present good evidence about God.  And I think for someone who is not a Christian, it would be a good book for them to start learning the evidence for God.

Q. Shortly after reading God's Crime Scene for Kids, you asked your Grandma to get you a forensic detective set for Christmas.  Did reading this book inspire you to ask for that?

A. Yes!  I love science and God.  I love looking for the evidence for God.  And I want to be a detective.

Q. If you could tell Jim and Susie Wallace something about their books, what would you want to tell them?

A. Could you please write more?  They are great books!  Thank you for sending them to me!

To order your own copy of God's Crime Scene for Kids, go here.

To learn about how your child can become a graduate of the Junior Case Makers Academy, go here.

To learn more about Jim Wallace and his excellent work, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Peter Coffey on the Art of Logic


"To have the art of doing a certain thing is imply to know and possess and make use of all the requisite means for doing that thing well and properly. 'An art,' says St. Thomas, 'is nothing more than a right conception of the way to do certain things'. Logic, considered as an art, is therefore the collection of those practical rule which should regulate our thinking and reasoning processes. And as it is these latter functions which frame the rules for all departments of external activity-therules which constitute all the arts-the art of right thinking will underlie and direct all the other arts."

Stand firm in Christ
Chase

Footnote:
1. Coffey, Peter. The Science of Logic: Volume 1 (Forgotten Books: 2012). 13.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Book Preview: Talking with Your Kids about God by Natasha Crain

About the Author

Natasha Crain is a popular blogger, author, and speaker who is passionate about equipping Christian parents to raise their kids with an understanding of how to make a case for and defend their faith in an increasingly secular world. Her blog, "Christian Mom Thoughts," attracts more than 25,000 readers each month. The author of Keeping Your Kids on God's Side, Natasha has an MBA in marketing and statistics from UCLA and a certificate in Christian apologetics from Biola University. A former marketing executive and adjunct professor, she lives in Southern California with her husband and three children.

About the Book


You want to pass on your faith to your children. But in today's increasingly skeptical and hostile world, how can you prepare your kids for the challenges and doubts they will inevitably face? In a friendly, parent-to-parent voice, Natasha Crain brings clarity to this question by walking you through thirty essential conversations about God that parents and kids must have today, including discussions about

· the existence of God
· science and God
· the nature of God
· believing in God
· the difference God makes

Organized so that each chapter builds upon the last, this book provides a cumulative learning experience appropriate for home, church classes, youth groups, small groups, and homeschools. Every chapter has a conversation guide, and content is adaptable for use with kids from elementary age through high school.

Recommendations

"Talking with Your Kids about God is the most important Christian parenting book you will buy this year. Natasha Crain has masterfully crafted a practical, engaging resource that will give you the confidence and knowledge you need to have meaningful conversations with your kids. Have you ever felt like you aren't ready to navigate difficult questions about God with your kids? This book will change that. Natasha has written a smart, accessible, and winsome guide for parents who are eager to lead their kids to the truth. Get it now, and don't miss the next books in this important series."

J. Warner Wallace, cold-case detective, senior fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and author of Cold-Case Christianity, God's Crime Scene, Forensic Faith, and the accompanying children's books

"Talking with Your Kids about God is an outstanding resource for equipping parents with the techniques and knowledge they need to have effective conversations with their children about the truths of Christianity. Natasha Crain has done an extraordinary job of distilling a large body of material into readable and interesting chapters that can be tackled by topic. As a scholar in the field of science and religion, I was particularly impressed with her treatment of the scientific issues that intersect with the Christian faith. I'll be recommending her book to every parent I know."

Melissa Cain Travis, MA, author of the Young Defenders storybook series and assistant professor of apologetics, Houston Baptist University

"As a homeschooling mother, it is imperative to me that my children know what they believe and why. Rather than waiting for them to encounter the world's arguments by surprise, Natasha empowers parents to guide their children in asking crucial questions, reasoning through the answers, and taking ownership of their own faith. The curriculum-style format makes this a fantastic resource for homeschoolers, Sunday school classes, or small groups, equipping the next generation with the greatest gift we can give them: a deeply rooted faith that can withstand the storms of doubt, skepticism, and an increasingly hostile culture."

Rachel Bjorklund, homeschooling mother of four, Classical Conversations tutor

You can order your copy of Natasha's new book here.

If you are not familiar with her work, you can check it out here.

Our review of this book is forthcoming!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Sunday, October 01, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

Nabeel Qureshi answers a Muslim's question on the Trinity

One of the many things I appreciated about Nabeel Qureshi was the way in which he presented his response to a question.  He always did so with gentleness, respect, and love.  This video responding to a Muslim's inquiry about the Trinity is a great example:




God Bless,

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Quote: John Stott on the New Generation of Christian Thinkers

"I pray earnestly that God will raise up today a new generation of Christian apologists or Christian communicators, who will combine an absolute loyalty to the biblical gospel and an unwavering confidence in the power of the Spirit with a deep and sensitive understanding of the contemporary alternatives to the gospel; who will relate the one to the other with freshness, pungency, authority and relevance; and who will use their minds to reach other minds for Christ."1

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnote:
1. As quoted by The Poached Egg here.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Book Preview: Not a Day Care by Everett Piper

About the Author 

Dr. Piper received a B.A. from Spring Arbor University, a M.A. from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. His previous academic leadership experience includes positions at Spring Arbor University, Grace College and Seminary, Greenville College, and Bowling Green State University

You can learn more about Piper here.





About the Book


What has happened to the American spirit? We’ve gone from “Give me liberty, or give me death!” to “Take care of me, please.” Our colleges were once bastions of free speech; now they’re bastions of speech codes. Our culture once rewarded independence; now it rewards victimhood. Parents once taught their kids how to fend for themselves; now, any parent who tries may get a visit from the police.

In Not a Day Care, Dr. Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University and author of the viral essay, “This Is Not a Day Care. It’s a University!,” takes a hard look at what’s happening around the country–including the demand for “safe spaces” and trigger warnings at universities like Yale, Brandeis, and Oberlin–and digs in his heels against the sad and dangerous infantilization of the American spirit.

You can get your copy here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Debate: Is Homosexuality Compatible with Christianity?- John Shelby Spong vs. James White


This debate took place in 2006 in Orlando, Florida.  The cross-examinations are especially interesting and, at the same time, frustrating.  Spong spends more time preaching than asking or answering questions, but what is said is very revealing.  

Enjoy!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

Article: If You Think Racism is Wrong, You Should be a Christian by Tim Stratton

I greatly appreciate the work of Tim Stratton of Free Thinking Ministries.  Stratton most often argues using syllogisms and this is  how I best understand arguments.  Further, he is able to put difficult concepts "on the lower shelf" for those who are struggling to understand an argument or who may be new to apologetics.  As I have said in the past, I highly recommend his work.

In this featured article, Stratton puts forth and briefly defends the following argument:

1. If God does not exist, life is objectively purposeless.
2. If life is objectively purposeless, there exists no objective standard to which one ought to approximate.
3. Anti-racism is an objective standard to which one ought to approximate.
4. Therefore, life is not objectively purposeless.
5. Therefore, God exists.

You can read the entire article here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

In Loving Memory of Nabeel Qureshi

April 13, 1983-September 16, 2017

Nabeel Qureshi died of cancer this morning.  He will be greatly missed by many.  Please continue to pray for his wife and young daughter.  

Please checkout this wonderful write up by Justin Taylor on Nabeel's life here.  I also recommend this piece by Tom Gilson.  

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Friday, September 15, 2017

(re)union

So I recently finished a new book by my favorite Anabaptist/Armenian, Bruxy Cavey. In it he explains the Gospel in 1 word, the Gospel in 3 words and the Gospel in 30 words. On page 59 while discussing the Gospel in 3 words he makes the following statement that I found important in light of the ontological argument and the concept of proper basic belief:

“At the core of our being, almost everyone holds a shared primary belief. For you and for me, the belief is axiomatic and foundational, a basic belief that we know we know. This idea resonates with all of us as somehow truly true, so that virtually no one would want to argue against it. To assert this proposition is to state what is obvious to our souls, to our deepest selves. And here it is: the highest good is love.

…There is no greater good.

...At the same time, the very concept of God is, by definition, the highest good imaginable. There is nothing more great or more good than what we call “God”…

God is the highest good conceived. Love is the highest good achieved. So here are three beautiful words that bring together to two most axiomatic beliefs ever to enter the human psyche: God is love.”

In 30 words, Bruxy explains that



I found the book to be a refreshing treatise on how an “all-loving God” revealed to us in the person of Jesus makes sense and provides a meaningful invitation to enter into the loving relationship for which God designed us and desires us to have.

Don’t take my word for it, read the book, don’t wait for the movie.

Have a little hope on me, Roger

P.S. I also highly recommend Bruxy’s first book “The End of Religion”

P.S.S. If you haven’t read the book, can you guess how Bruxy explains: 

a) The Gospel in 1 word? 
b) The Gospel in 3 words?  

Leave your answers in the comments, and I’ll be back in a few days to reveal the "correct" answers.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Got Questions: Is the king of Tyre prophecy in Ezekiel 28 referring to Satan?

Question: "Is the king of Tyre prophecy in Ezekiel 28 referring to Satan?"

Answer: 
At first glance, the prophecy in Ezekiel 28:11–19 seems to refer to a human king. The city of Tyre was the recipient of some of the strongest prophetic condemnations in the Bible (Isaiah 23:1–18Jeremiah 25:2227:1–11Ezekiel 26:1– 28:19Joel 3:4–8Amos 1:910). Tyre was known for building its wealth by exploiting its neighbors. Ancient writers referred to Tyre as a city filled with unscrupulous merchants. Tyre was a center of religious idolatry and sexual immorality. The biblical prophets rebuked Tyre for its pride brought on by its great wealth and strategic location. Ezekiel 28:11–19 seems to be a particularly strong indictment against the king of Tyre in the prophet Ezekiel’s day, rebuking the king for his insatiable pride and greed.

However, some of the descriptions in Ezekiel 28:11–19 go beyond any mere human king. In no sense could an earthly king claim to be “in Eden” or to be “the anointed cherub who covers” or to be “on the holy mountain of God.” Therefore, most Bible interpreters believe that Ezekiel 28:11–19 is a dual prophecy, comparing the pride of the king of Tyre to the pride of Satan. Some propose that the king of Tyre was actually possessed by Satan, making the link between the two even more powerful and applicable.

Before his fall, Satan was indeed a beautiful creature (Ezekiel 28:12–13). He was perhaps the most beautiful and powerful of all the angels. The phrase “guardian cherub” possibly indicates that Satan was the angel who “guarded” God’s presence. Pride led to Satan’s fall. Rather than give God the glory for creating him so beautifully, Satan took pride in himself, thinking that he himself was responsible for his exalted status. Satan’s rebellion resulted in God casting Satan from His presence and will, eventually, result in God condemning Satan to the lake of fire for all eternity (Revelation 20:10).

Like Satan, the human king of Tyre was prideful. Rather than recognize God’s sovereignty, the king of Tyre attributed Tyre’s riches to his own wisdom and strength. Not satisfied with his extravagant position, the king of Tyre sought more and more, resulting in Tyre taking advantage of other nations, expanding its own wealth at the expense of others. But just as Satan’s pride led to his fall and will eventually lead to his eternal destruction, so will the city of Tyre lose its wealth, power, and status. Ezekiel’s prophecy of Tyre’s total destruction was fulfilled partially by Nebuchadnezzar (Ezekiel 29:17–21) and ultimately by Alexander the Great.