Monday, March 27, 2017

Pt. 1- Four Dishonest Ways to Argue about Abortion

Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we are unapologetically pro-life.  It is our desire to not only defend life, but to equip others to do so as well.  We regularly feature posts by pro-life ministries such as Life Training Institute, Human Coalition and Stand to Reason for that purpose.1

This week we begin a four week series called, "Four Dishonest Ways to Argue about Abortion."  This series will feature four common arguments proponents of abortion often make and why they fail.  The responses come from Stand to Reason's excellent resource, "Pro-Life Defense Quick-Reference Guide."

1. Confuse Moral Claims with Preference Claims.

The pro-life opposition to abortion is an objective moral claim.  It is not a claim of preference.  To illustrate this better, look at two common responses to the pro-life claim that abortion is morally wrong.

"That's just your view."

This objection treats our claim as a mere statement of preference.  However, we are not saying that we personally dislike abortion or that we would prefer that women didn't have abortions.  We are saying that elective abortion is objectively wrong for everyone regardless of how they feel about it.

Yes, it is our view, but not just our view.  We're saying that abortion is wrong in itself, whether people prefer it or not.

"Don't force your morality on others."

This is a common example of the pervasive idea that no objective standard of right and wrong exists, also known as moral relativism.  But there are fundamental problems with this view.

The very statement itself is self-refuting.

In other words, "You have no right to tell someone that their actions are wrong."  But what are you saying when you say, "Don't force your morality.."?  You are saying that the pro-lifers actions are wrong, the very thing you just said they had no right to do.

To be consistent, it would be impossible to say that anything is wrong.

If morals are relative, it would e impossible to say that anything is wrong.  If morals are relative, then who are you to say that anyone should be tolerant?  If no objective standard of right or wrong exists, then there is no principled opposition to Adolf Hitler's morality.  He simply had preferences different from our own.  This is obviously wrong.2

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnotes:
1. For those interested in learning how to argue for the pro-life position both scientifically and philosophical, see my article "Live Action, Snopes and Planned Parenthood" here.
2. See here.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Worldview and Apologetics in the News

Mel Gibson Has Been Quietly Working to Help Holocaust Survivors

Former Planned Parenthood Workers Reveal Gruesome Process of Sorting Baby Body Parts

What’s Driving Muslim Refugees to Christianity?

Black Southern Baptists: ‘We are Pulling for Dr. Moore’

Evolving Icons of Evolution

Oxford’s Denis Noble Advocates “Fundamental Revision” in “Reductionist…Neo-Darwinism”

Louisiana Adopts Science Standards, Including Louisiana Science Education Act

Chimps Hold “Funeral”?

The Man in the Women’s Room, and Why He Can Stay There

Peer-Reviewed Survey Finds Majority Of Scientists Skeptical Of Global Warming Crisis

Stephen Hawking will travel to space on board Richard Branson's ship, professor says

California Pastor Murdered While Meeting With Member for Prayer

Chinese researchers announce designer baby breakthrough

Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast

Historic restoration of Jesus’s burial shrine in Jerusalem completed

Newest "Sesame Street" Muppet has autism: Meet Julia

Preacher Paul Washer Suffers Heart Attack, Is In 'Critical' Condition

Hoard of coins from 1,400-year-old Byzantine site tells story of Persian invasion

Watch: Wounded Veteran Gifted with Service Dog at Dallas Hockey Game

Remember Those Exciting “Earth-Like” Planets of the TRAPPIST-1 System? The Honeymoon Is Over

Greg Laurie Brought to Tears by Lee Strobel's 'The Case for Christ,' Urges Atheists to See It

BREAKING NEWS: MAJOR BIBLICAL DISCOVERY ROCKS THE WORLD – MUSLIMS ARE LIVID

UK Parliament terror attack: 5 dead, including cop and alleged assailant, in 'sick and depraved' act

Pastor Tim Keller Too Conservative For Religious Award, Princeton Rescinds

School Orders Boy to “Tolerate” Undressing with Girl and Make it “Natural”

Transgender Challenges

Russell Moore Apologizes for Creating Conflict with Opposition to Trump

President Trump Announced as Liberty University Commencement Speaker

Power Rangers to Feature Lesbian Character

Columnist: ‘It should be illegal’ to be a stay-at-home mom

Why Princeton’s snub of Tim Keller should outrage progressives

Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipeline

Exclusive: Tomb of Christ at Risk of 'Catastrophic' Collapse

Mother Beats Cancer During Pregnancy with Twins Only to Die from Heart Failure a Day After Giving Birth

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Last week's edition is available here.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Doctrine of Justification and Social Justice

Below is a very good article written by Charles Holmes Jr. on the connection between the doctrine of justification and social justice.  It was published via the Jude 3 Project:

The Justice of God

The doctrine of justification is a doctrine about our glorious salvation. It is an essential part of the message of the Bible. This doctrine, although is directly about Christ atoning for our sins, is foundationally built on the justice of God. God is an infinitely holy God, and there is nothing and no one on earth or in Heaven like Him (1 Samuel 2:2). God is a completely righteous God and can’t even look upon sin or have sin in His presence. When sin entered the world, we offended the rule and reign of God, and we followed our own way and trusted in our own ability for life and happiness. (Romans 1:22-23). For this reason, our disobedience to God must be punished eternally because our sin was against an infinite and holy God. God is a God of justice, so justice must be sought out by God for His glory (Psalm 89:14) in order for sin not to go without punishment. By the grace of God, God is not only a just God, but simultaneously a merciful and gracious God. All throughout the Bible God displays His mercy and justice as He intervenes in the world. The best display of this was on the cross where Jesus, the Son of God, went to bear the sin of world bringing justice to God, but also bringing mercy to a wicked people (1 Peter 2:24). As believers, because we have received the mercy of God and have seen the justice of God poured out on the person of Jesus, our understanding of justice should be shaped by this beautiful Gospel message.

Injustice and Humanity

As we see, justice is part of the very nature of our God. When the topic of social justice comes up, believers should be leading the way because of what we have experienced in the Gospel. Social justice, however, can be misinterpreted by the church due to a lack of compassion and knowledge on the subject. In the realm of social justice many times the church looks on with hesitance to be bold for the voiceless, neglected, and broken.
Over the past few years we have seen the awareness of social injustices in our world heighten. As witnesses of these injustices the church cannot afford to become timid in our response to these wicked atrocities. Our response will have an effect on how people view the message of the Gospel and how people view Jesus. No matter the injustice, whether it is poverty, abortion, or racism, the church must be the voice of God for the victims since we have experienced the justification of God through the person and work of Jesus. Because God does care so deeply about establishing justice, Jesus goes as far to identify Himself with the least these in society who have been victims of injustice (Matthew 25:35-40). James in his letter writes that true Christianity is a Christianity that serves and takes care of the oppressed (James 1:26-27). In the Old Testament God condemns congregational worship that offers sacrifices on behalf religion and yet doesn’t pursue justice on behalf of the hurting and broken image bearers (Amos 5:21-24). The church should be aware of the injustices that occur in our world, because injustice distorts the image we were created in. If we are called to be imitators of God, we called to be a people and a church that preaches the justice of God in the cross and lives out the justice of God in practice through love.

The Christian Approach to Social Justice

Social injustices aren't just problems with systems and structures, but are theological issues as well. The mistreatment of human beings made in the image of God is an issue of human value and worth. In Genesis 9, God shows us that because we are created in the image of God, both humans and animals are held accountable for the killing of other humans. The extent of our value stems from the very nature of God. When injustice happens, the biblical truth that all of mankind are image bearers of God is attacked. As believers in Christ, we hold to the fact that we are all made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). This Gospel truth, coupled with the reality that we have been justified and declared righteous because of Jesus should compel our hearts to seek to bring forth justice on the earth. Through social justice, we point to the coming perfect judge who died and rose from the grave to redeem and reconcile sinners to God, all while standing up for the oppressed.
Faith in Jesus is a faith that empowers action for the glory of God and good of humanity. Sadly, we are sometimes seen more so as moral police than caretakers of the sick and hurting. In Matthew 23:23 Jesus rebukes this kind of attitude, “Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You pay a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, yet you have neglected the more important matters of the law -justice, mercy, and faith. These things should have been done without neglecting the others." We see that the heart of God is that our Gospel commissions’ and ordains good works, that people may see and glorify God. (Matthew 5:16; Ephesians 2:10). If we are involved in religious activity, but lack compassion and mercy towards people in need, then our religious activity is a waste and a mockery of the very religion we claim to believe and practice. True Gospel belief should produce compassion and love in us for those oppressed by injustice.
We once were alienated from God, but God had compassion on us. As we seek to be conformed to the image of God lets seek justice by doing good deeds, declaring justification through faith, and hoping and proclaiming in the coming perfect Judge Jesus Christ.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Classic Lecture: Blind Watchmaker? A Skeptical Look at Darwinism by Phillip Johnson


Here is a lecture by Phillip Johnson, one of the founders of the intelligent design movement.  In this talk, Johnson explains how he became a skeptic of Darwinism after reading Richard Dawkins' book The Blind Watchmaker.  He also summarizes the major conflicts between neo-Darwinian theory and natural science including the Cambrian explosion and the existence of bio-molecular systems of irreducible complexity.

This talk was filmed before a live audience at the University of Wales in 1997.

Some of Johnson's well known books that you may want to check out include Darwin on Trail, The Wedge of Truth and Defeating Darwinism.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Book Preview: Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace

About the Author

J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective, popular national speaker and best-selling author. He continues to consult on cold-case investigations while serving as a Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is also an adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University and a faculty member at Summit Ministries. J. Warner was a conscientious and vocal atheist until the age of thirty-five, when he took a serious and expansive look at the evidence for the Christian Worldview and determined that Christianity was demonstrably true. After becoming a Christ follower in 1996, Jim continued to take an evidential approach to truth as he examined the Christian worldview. He eventually earned a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.

J. Warner served as a Youth Pastor for several years, then planted a church in 2006. Along the way, he created and built the Cold-Case Christianity website, blog and podcast as a place to post and talk about what he discovered related to the evidence supporting Christianity. Jim has appeared on television and radio, explaining the role that evidence plays in the Christian definition of “faith” and defending the historicity of Jesus, the reliability of the Bible and the truth of the Christian worldview. Jim also speaks at churches, retreats and camps as he seeks to help people become confident Christian case makers. J. Warner’s book, Cold-Case Christianity, provides readers with ten principles of cold case investigations and utilizes these principles to examine the reliability of the gospel eyewitness accounts. In God’s Crime Scene, he investigates eight pieces of evidence in the universe to make the case for God’s existence.

J. Warner’s professional investigative work has received national recognition; his cases have been featured more than any other detective on NBC’s Dateline, and his work has also appeared on CourtTV and Fox News. He also appears on television as an investigative consultant (most recently on truTV) and had a role in God’s Not Dead 2, making the case for the historicity of Jesus. J. Warner was awarded the Police and Fire Medal of Valor “Sustained Superiority” Award for his continuing work on cold-case homicides, and the CopsWest Award after solving a 1979 murder. Relying on over two decades of investigative experience, J. Warner provides his readers and audiences with the tools they will need to investigate the claims of Christianity and make a convincing case for the truth of the Christian worldview.

About the Book


J. Warner Wallace has asked this question in churches across America over the past several years, and the answer he gets is often disappointing; it’s almost always rooted in some sort of personal, subjective experience. As a community, we Christians aren’t typically prepared to make the case for why we believe Christianity is true from the objective evidence of history, philosophy or science. Worse yet, many of us don’t think we have any obligation to do so.

In J. Warner’s first two books, he made the case for God’s existence (God’s Crime Scene) and the case for Christianity (Cold-Case Christianity). In Forensic Faith, J. Warner completes the trilogy by making the case for… making the case! In Forensic Faith, J. Warner helps readers understandwhy it’s important to defend what they believe, and provides them with a unique template to help them become effective “Christian Case Makers”. Forensic Faith will help readers:
understand why they, as Christians, have a duty to defend the truth
develop a training strategy to master the evidence for Christianity
learn how to employ the techniques of a detective to discover new insights from God’s Word
become a better communicators by learning the skills of professional case makers
With real-life detective stories, fascinating strategies, and biblical insights, J. Warner hopes to teach readers the daily cold-case investigative disciplines they can apply in their lives as believers. Forensic Faith is an engaging, fresh look at what it means to be a Christian...

Forensic Faith is an accessible and exciting call to action. It will help you understand why it’s important to develop an evidential faith as it gives you the tools to accomplish the mission. It will also help you explain the need for apologetics to those who don’t yet understand their duty as Christian Case Makers. 


Forensic Faith is not only a book, it’s also a video curriculum!

This eight-week Forensic Faith Curriculum Kit is a companion to the Forensic Faith book. It takes participants through the investigative techniques that J. Warner Wallace learned from his decades as a homicide detective. Designed to be used in small groups in a variety of settings, the Forensic Faith interactive Participant’s Guide, Leader’s Guide and DVD will help participants in all seasons of faith become better “Christian Case Makers.” 


To pre-order your copy of the book, go here.

To learn more about J. Warner Wallace and his work, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Jesus: The Smartest Man Who Ever Lived

It was the late Dallas Willard who was fond of saying, "Jesus Christ is the smartest man who ever lived."  Have you ever thought of Jesus in this way?  If you are a Christian, it is important that you realize that seeing Jesus as intelligent and smart is critical to your discipleship.  Why? Simply put, if you don't think your teacher is very bright, you aren't going to learn much from Him.  Further, if Jesus is thought of as irrelevant to your intellect, you will not go to Him to learn how to live. And if you don't go to Him to learn how to live, then you are not His disciple.

The following are resources that will aid you in viewing Jesus perhaps in a way you have not considered before.


Articles


How Did Jesus Argue?  Jesus and Logic by J.P. Moreland

Jesus: Philosopher and Apologist by Doug Groothuis

Jesus the Logician by Dallas Willard

Who Is Your Teacher? by Dallas Willard

Jesus Used Logic by Dave Miller

The Apologetics of Jesus by Patrick Zukeran

Jesus: The Master of Critical Thinking by Juan Valdes

Audio

Jesus as a Logician and Apologist by Dallas Willard

Loving God with All Your Mind by J.P. Moreland

Books

Loving God with All Your Mind by J.P. Moreland

On Jesus by Doug Groothuis

The Apologetics of Jesus by Norm Geisler and Patrick Zukeran

The Great Omission by Dallas Willard

The Philosophy of Jesus by Peter Kreeft

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Monday, March 20, 2017

The Source of Our Fear When It Comes to Evangelism


In the subject post, J. Warner Wallace discusses how fear of evangelizing is mostly centered on a desire to be comfortable. He provides his thoughts and insight from Scripture to help the follower of Christ overcome this fear.

You can read the post here.

Stand firm in Christ,
Chase

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Worldview and Apologetics in the News

2,000-Year-Old Road Unearthed in Bet Shemesh

Student Satanists Announce Lamb Sacrifice and Bible Burning at Clemson U

AI’s PR Problem

Democrats Kill Bill to Protect Babies Born Alive After Botched Abortions

Portuguese Feminists Abort Jesus in Front of Catholic Church

Evangelicals Need to Stop being Wimps

McCain Calls On Trump To Put Up Or Shut Up On Wiretapping

Southern Baptists Consider Dumping Moore For Opposing Trump. That's A Bad Move

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Ex-Luciferian Satanist Jacob McKelvy Saved by God

Scott Hamilton Reveals His Third Brain Tumor Has Shrunk Without Treatment: I Was the Recipient of a Spectacular Miracle

Christian mom cancels $6,000 Disneyland trip over 'Beauty and the Beast' gay character

Atheists at risk of dying out due to belief in contraception, study claims

Why the Muratorian Fragment is a Big Deal and What You Need to Know About It

Russell Moore survives attempted coup over his criticism of Donald Trump

Update: Continue to Pray for Pastor Raymond Koh, Abducted in Malaysia

Author N.T. Wright visits Houston Baptist University

Research on Ancient DNA Could Test Predictions of Non-Darwinian Speciation Models

Protein-Binding Sites ENCODEd into the Design of the Human Genome

Egypt extracts torso of 'Pharaoh Ramses II' statue from mud  Update

White House apologizes to British government over spying claims

‘After School Satan Club’ Received Fast-Tracked Tax-Exempt Status from IRS

This is the ‘Single Greatest Contributor’ to Millennials Abandoning Faith According to New Book

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

You can checkout last week's edition here.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Eric Metaxas on the Living the Christian Life

"We need to seek the mind of Christ, to think and to act as Christians, to know our Bible and to live by it in the power of the Spirit, 'making the most of your time, for the days are evil.'  We must commit anew to forming a biblical worldview and evaluating everything in our lives in light of it. We must recommit our time and our treasure to evangelism, missions, and Christ’s command in Matthew 25 to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, and visit the prisoner. Christian faith is not a nice add-on to our agendas, it’s the very marrow of our lives."1

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad



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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Notable Christian Apologist: Anselm by Ted Cabal

Taken from The Apologetics Study Bible, p. 801:

Born in what would be modern-day Italy, Anselm (A.D. 1033-1109) was raised by a father who resisted his son's desire for a life of scholarly devotion.  His mother, however, instilled in him a vision and love of God.  Through his unwavering commitment Anselm became not only a Christian scholar but eventually also a celebrated teacher and the archbishop of Canterbury.  Like the earlier scholar and churchman Augustine, Anselm sought to better understand the faith he already believed.  In the classic Why God Became Man, Anselm produced what has become the standard view of the atonement: God alone can satisfy the infinite demands of His righteous wrath-and He graciously does so through the saving work of the God-man, Jesus Christ.

Written in a spirit of prayer, Anselm's Proslogian presents one of the most controversial and fascinating arguments for God's existence- the so-called ontological argument (argument from being).  When a fool says in his heart that there is no God (Ps 14:1), he demonstrates that he understands what is meant by the term God, namely "that than which nothing greater can be conceived."  And anything that can be conceived not to exist is not God.  Thus God cannot be conceived not to exist.  Or in other terms, God would not be that than which nothing greater can be conceived if He existed only in one's mind, for it is greater to exist in reality than in thought alone.  Hence God must exist.  In response to charges that the argument is unsound, Anselm expounded the argument further by nothing that God is a necessary being, that is, a being whose uncaused self-existence accounts for the existence of all other contingent things.

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For a great introduction to the ontological argument, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Video: Near Death Experiences by Dr. Gary Habermas


In this talk, Dr. Gary Habermas talks about some of the evidence for near-death experiences and their possible implications.  

For those interested in learning more about near-death experiences, we highly recommend J. Steven Miller's Near Death Experiences.

Our review is here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Book Preview: Dictionary of Christianity and Science

About the Book

The definitive reference work on science and Christian belief

How does Christian theology relate to scientific inquiry? What are the competing philosophies of science, and do they “work” with a Christian faith based on the Bible?

No reference work has covered this terrain sufficiently—until now.

Featuring the work of over 140 international contributors, the Dictionary of Christianity and Science is a deeply-researched, peer-reviewed, fair-minded work that illuminates the intersection of science and Christian belief. In one volume, you get reliable summaries and critical analyses of over 450 relevant concepts, theories, terms, movements, individuals, and debates. You will find answers to your toughest questions about faith and science.


Be one of the first to get your hands on the new book, which hits stores April 15, 2017. 


If you pre-order, you'll get exclusive bonus content:
  • 3 presentation slide decks present a succinct, visual summary of the following oft-discussed topics: miracles, string theory, and stem-cell research. Put them to use in your classroom or in your personal study.
  • High-resolution poster of Galileo Galilei, the "Father of Science"
  • 12-month access to an online course on Genesis taught by Tremper Longman III, general editor and contributor. Courtesy of Zondervan Academic Online Courses.
Read an excerpt of the book here.

You can find the book endorsements here.

The impressive list of contributors can be seen here.

You can learn more about the book here.

Finally, you can pre-order the book here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Some Thoughts on the Doctrine of Divine Eternality

Time is not a substance. It is the mind's measurement of motion. So to say that something is temporal is to say that it is in motion and undergoing change. Since God is the Unmoved Mover, He is immutable. Thus He is not temporal, but eternal. Further, since time is duration, God does not endure; He is in His eternal now.
One major objection to divine eternality is that God cannot relate to temporal things, because He would need to be temporal in order to do so.
A response to this objection is the understanding that God does not have to be temporal to bring about temporal change. As the Uncaused Cause, He has willed all causes from His eternal now. This is similar to Him setting up a chain of dominoes from eternity. Where and when the dominoes fall is determined by God in His eternal now. He does not have to be moving when they are moving.
What are your thoughts on God's eternality? Share in the comments below.
Stand firm in Christ,
Chase 


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Worldview and Apologetics in the News

Transgender People Need As Much Help As The ‘Human Ken Doll’ Does

Trump's travel ban and refugees: What happened and what's next

Decoding Jesus: Separating man from myth

Republicans introduce bill defunding Planned Parenthood and replacing Obamacare

The Southern Baptist Convention’s Decision to Investigate Russell Moore Has Huge Implications for Black SBC Churches

Republicans Release ‘American Health Care Act’

Christians Who Refused to Bake Cake for Gay Wedding Appeal $135,000 Fine

ISIS' Destruction of Tomb of Jonah Uncovers Ancient Palace of Biblical King Sennacherib

Reza Aslan Doesn't Get Religion: CNN's Tour de Farce

Trump Offers Planned Parenthood Funds if It Halts Abortions

Family Christian’s Failure: The View From the Mason, Ohio Store

Rabbit hole leads to incredible 700-year-old Knights Templar cave complex

New Film Is Genesis History? Presents a False Dichotomy: I Dissent from My Role in It

Physicist Considers a Possibility Forbidden to Biologists

Nike has a new product for Muslim women: The 'Pro Hijab'

Without a ‘world government’ technology will destroy us, says Stephen Hawking

Planned Parenthood to GOP: ‘We won’t stop providing abortions’

CNN’s Reza Aslan Doesn’t Get Religion

The decline of Christian bookstores

Rand Paul introduces ObamaCare repeal alternative

CNN’s Reza Aslan Faces Backlash After Eating Part of a Human Brain While Filming with Hindu Cannibal Sect

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

You can checkout last week's edition here.

Friday, March 10, 2017

How can I recognize a false teacher / false prophet?




The Gospel of Matthew records Jesus' words regarding false prophets/teachers.  We are told in chapter 7 verses 16-20 that we will know them by their fruit.  Bad trees cannot produce good fruit, and good trees cannot produce bad fruit.

So what exactly should one look for when evaluating potential false teaching regarding the Deity of Jesus Christ?  I believe gotQuestions.org answers it well here.

In summary, the brief article points to three main tests:

1) What does this teacher say about Jesus?
  • Do they confirm that Jesus is "the Christ", and the "Son of the Living God" as Peter does in Matthew 15:16
2) Does this teacher preach the gospel?
  • Do they correctly portray the message as described in 1 Corinthians 15: 1-4 regarding Jesus' death, burial and resurrection?
3) Does this teacher exhibit character qualities that glorify the Lord?
  • Or do they exhibit non-Christlike attributes such as pride, greed, and rebellion mentioned in Jude 11?

"Only by being thoroughly familiar with the truth will we be able to recognize a counterfeit."

God Bless,

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Resources for Evaluating "The Shack"

For those who haven't heard, William P. Young's best-selling book The Shack is being made into a feature film and will be released this coming weekend.  You can learn more about the film and watch the trailer here.

Upon a recommendation, I read the book a few years ago and found the story to be heart-breaking, gripping and inspiring.  However, there are numerous theological problems embedded throughout the story.  I remember one relative telling me that the book really helped them understand the Trinity!  Yikes!

I wanted to share a few online resources that I hope will prove helpful while reading the book, viewing the film and talking to friends and relatives about the movie.

Online Resources

The Shack Profile by Robert M. Bowman, Jr. [PDF]

The Shack: Helpful or Heretical? by Norman Geisler

Critique of The Shack- A Christian Theologian's Perspective by Patrick Zukeran

The Shack by William P. Young by Tim Challies

What Does The Shack Really Teach? “Lies We Believe About God” Tells Us by Tim Challies [Recently Added]

What is GotQuestions.org's review of The Shack by William P. Young? by gotQuestions.org

The Shack — The Missing Art of Evangelical Discernment by Al Mohler

The Shack: Four Walls, Five Reviews by Fred Sanders [humorous]

Movie Review: The Shack by Focus on the Family's Plugged In

The Shack Movie Review by Melinda Penner

Should Christians Boycott the Film?

I saw that some Christians are considering a boycott of the film based upon it's heretical content.  I believe this is wrongheaded.  I see films like "The Shack" as a wonderful opportunity to talk with unbelievers about the true nature of God and the gift of salvation He offers in Jesus Christ.  My suggestion is that you take the time to read some of the resources above and see the film.  Then, when others are talking about it at the water cooler or at family gatherings, you will be ready to offer theologically accurate thoughts that the Holy Spirit can use to point them toward the one, true God.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Video: Are the Gospels Historically Reliable? by Mike Licona



In this video, Dr. [Mike] Licona tells us why we can trust the stories we read about in the Gospels. This talk was delivered at Foothills Alliance Church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in conjunction with the Be Ready Conference in March of 2017.

For more from Dr. Licona, see here.

His new book, Why Are There Difference in the Gospels?, is available here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Book Preview: A Practical Guide to Culture by John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle

About the Authors

John Stonestreet is a speaker and fellow with the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and co-host with Eric Metaxas of Breakpoint, the Christian worldview radio program founded by the late Chuck Colson. John is a sought-after speaker at conferences, colleges and churches on areas of faith and culture, theology and apologetics. He holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Bryan College.  Listen to John's daily radio features at www.breakpoint.org.

Brett Kunkle is the Student Impact Director at Stand to Reason. He is passionate about seeing students and adults “transformed by the renewing of their minds.” Brett has more than 18 years of experience working with junior high, high school, and college students. He spent 11 of those years as a pastor to students and young adults at Chino Valley Community Church in Southern California and Creekside Church in Colorado.

You can checkout Brett's weekly podcast here.

About the Book

We don’t have to lose the next generation to culture. In this practical guide, John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle explore questions including:

  • What unseen undercurrents are shaping twenty-first-century youth culture?
  • Why do so many kids struggle with identity?
  • How do we talk to kids about same-sex marriage and transgenderism?
  • How can leaders steer kids away from substance abuse and other addictions?
  • How can we ground students in the biblical story and empower them to change the world? 

With biblical clarity, this is the practical go-to manual to equip kids to rise above the culture.

This book will be available on June 1, 2017 and you can pre-order your copy here.

You can listen to Kunkle interview Stonestreet about the new book here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Monday, March 06, 2017

New York Times: A Reasonable Response


Lauren Enriquez, Human Coalition's Public Relations Manager, had one of her op-eds recently published in the New York Times. You can read her piece here. Brian Fisher, President of Human Coalition, summarizes the most common arguments in response to Enriquez's piece as follows:

  1. “There is no such thing as ‘pro-abortion.’ I’m pro-choice. I don’t like abortion, but I believe every woman should have the right to choose abortion if they wish.”
  2. “Do you support universal healthcare? Are you going to adopt these babies? Aren’t you part of the conspiracy to cut social welfare programs? You pro-lifers are hypocritical – only caring about the baby and leaving the woman to her own devices.”
You can read Fisher's response to these common arguments from pro-abortion choice advocates here.

Stand firm in Christ and stand firm for the pre-born,
Chase

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Worldview and Apologetics in the News

Family Christian Stores Closing after 85 Years

20 years after Dolly the sheep, what have we learned about cloning?

Most Americans Agree With Trump Not Obama on Transgender Bathroom Mandate
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/most-americans-agree-trump-not-obama-transgender-bathroom-mandate-schools-175893/#ZOzHBKRzKPJ2LriQ.99
Most Americans Agree with Trump Not Obama on Transgender Bathroom Mandate

Alien Life Unlikely in TRAPPIST-1 System, NASA Hyping Findings for More Funding, Christian Astrophysicist Hugh Ross Says

Alien Life Unlikely in TRAPPIST-1 System, NASA Hyping Findings for More Funding, Christian Astrophysicist Hugh Ross Says
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/alien-life-trappist-1-nasa-hyping-funding-christian-astrophysicist-hugh-ross-175846/#DxXZuTV56ItGS2A3.99
Will high court still hear transgender restroom case?

Transgender Boy Wins Texas Girls’ Wrestling Title

Trump to skip White House correspondents’ dinner: ‘No reason for him to go in and sit and pretend’

Disney's first 'exclusively gay moment' hits screens in Beauty and the Beast

Donald Trump's Congress speech (full text)

Paying for his sins: A superhero story of self-sacrifice is marred by R-rated content in 'Logan'

Darrell Bock on defining evangelicalism

Liberal Protesters Interrupt Town Hall Prayer With Jeers When Chaplain Prays in Jesus’ Name

Over 100 Conservative Leaders Urge Trump to Sign Religious Freedom Executive Order

Conservatives Slam Disney's Display of Gay Characters Kissing in Cartoon

My Review of The Case for Christ Movie

Did Archaeologists Really Discover a New Dead Sea Scroll Cave?

The Retirement of John Frame

Pro-Life Leaders Respond to George W. Bush's Daughter Headlining Planned Parenthood Fundraiser

Tim Keller Stepping Down as Redeemer Senior Pastor

The Beastly Beauty of Disney’s ‘Gay Moment’ — And How We Should Respond

Evolution News and Views Has a New Look!

Cosmic Inflation Theory Faces Challenges

The Envelope, Please? Doug Axe and Undeniable Are World Magazine 2016 Science Book of the Year!

Disney Introduces a Gay Character in Beauty and the Beast: Six Reflections
Courage and Godspeed,

Chad

You can find last week's edition here.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Tim Stratton on the Relationship between Philosophy and Theology

“There is no such thing as philosophy-free theology, just theology that has been conducted without any consideration of its underlying philosophical assumptions.”1

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Footnote:
1. Tim Stratton, "The Bible Trumps Logic," Feb. 21, 2017.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Pt. 5- Four Facts about the Fate of Jesus of Nazareth: Did Jesus Rise From the Dead?

We have been considering some of the reasons that the majority of NT historians accept the following historical facts surrounding the fate of Jesus of Nazareth:

Fact 1: After His crucifixion, Jesus was buried by Joseph of Arimathea in a tomb.

Fact 2: On the Sunday after the crucifixion, Jesus' tomb was found empty by a group of His women followers.

Fact 3: On multiple occasions, and under various circumstances, different individuals and groups saw Jesus alive after His death.

Fact 4: The original disciples suddenly and sincerely came to believe Jesus was risen from the dead, despite having every disposition to the contrary.
This week, we concern ourselves with the question, "How do we decide the best explanation for these facts?"

Theologian and philosopher William Lane Craig writes:

"In his book Justifying Historical Descriptions, historian C.B. McCullagh lists six tests historians use to determine the best explanation for a given body of historical facts.  The hypothesis given by the eyewitnesses- 'God raised Jesus from the dead'- passes all these tests:

1. It has great explanatory scope.  It explains why the tomb was found empty, why the disciples saw postmortem appearances of Jesus, and why the Christian faith came into being.

2. It has great explanatory power.  It explains why the body of Jesus was gone, why people repeatedly saw Jesus alive despite His earlier public execution, and so forth.

3. It is plausible.  Given the historical context of Jesus' unparalleled life and claims, the resurrection makes sense as the divine confirmation of those radical claims.

4. It is not ad hoc or contrived.  It requires only one additional hypothesis: that God exists.

5. It is in accord with accepted beliefs.  The hypothesis 'God raised Jesus from the dead' does not in any way conflict with the accepted belief that people do not rise naturally from the dead.  The Christian accepts that belief as wholeheartedly as he accepts the hypothesis that God raised Jesus from the dead.

6. If far outstrips any of its rival theories in meeting conditions 1 through 5.

Down through history, various alternative explanations of the facts have been offered-the conspiracy theory, the apparent death theory, the hallucination theory, and so forth.  Such hypothesis have been almost universally rejected by contemporary scholarship.  No naturalistic hypothesis has, in fact, attracted a great number of scholars."1

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Footnote:
1. William Lane Craig, "Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?," The Apologetics Study Bible, p. 1729-1730.