Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Ted Wright on Jesus Mythicism

"Ever since I’ve heard about Jesus mythicists, the question I’ve always wanted to ask them is: 'What are you smoking?!'  Furthermore, I frankly wonder why anyone takes them seriously.  If history is at all knowable, with any degree of certainty, then the New Testament is one of THE most remarkable and reliable primary sources in the ancient world!  I think it’s interesting - that radical critics & skeptics of the New Testament read quite a bit of material in order to 'debunk' it as a hoax or as mythology, but they curiously don’t read about the history of critics and skeptics of the past, whose own theories been debunked and disproven. Through the years, the New Testament has stood strong like a stone-clad lighthouse anchored to bedrock, while the waves, foam and torrents of the critics have crashed against it to no affect (John 10:35b)."

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Book Preview: Sharing the Good News with Mormons by Eric Johnson and Sean McDowell

About the Authors

Eric Johnson (MDiv) works with Mormonism Research Ministry and has written and coauthored several books, including Answering Mormons' Questions and Mormonism 101.  He currently lives in Sandy, Utah, with his wife and three daughters.

Sean McDowell (PhD) is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books, including A New Kind of Apologist.  He is an associate professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University, is an internationally recognized speaker, and blogs regularly here.



About the Book


How do you share the gospel with those who don’t think they need it?

Someone you know is a Mormon—a family member, a coworker, a friend, or a neighbor—and you long to present the truth about Jesus and what God’s Word teaches.  But where do you start?  How can you convey what’s on your heart in a way that will be well received?

Every relationship and situation is unique, and that’s why these essays from respected scholars, apologists, and pastors—including Sandra Tanner, Robert Bowman, David Geisler, Bill McKeever, Mark Mittelberg, J. Warner Wallace, Lynn Wilder, and others—lays out a variety of creative methods for sharing the gospel effectively so you can…

- initiate authentic conversations
- respond with compassion and clarity to Mormon teachings
- understand your Mormon friends and find ways to keep the dialogue going

Speaking the truth to Mormons can feel daunting when you’re unprepared.  Let the suggestions in this book give you solid ideas for reaching those who are lost but don’t realize it.

You can order your new copy of this work here.  To learn more about the book, go here.

To learn more about Eric Johnson and his ministry, go here.

Click here to learn more about the work of Sean McDowell.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Apologetics Reading Plan for Parents by Natasha Crain

Earlier this year, we shared our Top 10 Books Every Christian Parent Should Read.

Today's post features Natasha Crain's Apologetics Reading Plan for Parents.

Crain explains that her list meets the following criteria:



1. The books must be accessible enough for a popular audience and won’t leave busy parents feeling unnecessarily overwhelmed.

2. The topics I’m including are the ones parents most need to understand given the challenges their kids are most likely to face.

3. There has to be a reasonable number of books.  Meaning, there aren't too many books on the list!

You can checkout her list here.

To learn more about Natasha Crain and her excellent work, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day: Heroes Remembered...


We at Truthbomb Apologetics just wanted to offer a sincere thank you to those men and women who have served, or are serving, in our armed forces.

In a society that so often elevates and glorifies so-called "celebrities," we are grateful for the lives that have been sacrificed and the time that has been willingly given by you, the real heroes.

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."

-Joseph Campbell


We thank you...

May God Bless You Richly in Christ Jesus,
Chad

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Two Accounts of Creation? Comparing Genesis 1 and2



On May 20th, 2018, I (Chad Vaughn aka "The Other Chad") had the privilege of speaking at my home church, Faith Christian Fellowship.  We've been in a sermon series entitled "From Beginning to End."  The topic I spoke on was comparing the creation accounts described in chapters 1 and 2.  My objective was to show that the two chapters do not conflict one another, but instead the second chapter provides a closer look at the pinnacle of God's Creation- mankind.

I am grateful but at the same time humbled by this opportunity to speak on this topic as I have even more appreciation for pastors and their ability to prepare their sermons on a weekly basis.

My hope is this message will both encourage and challenge listeners to study these accounts further!

God Bless,

Resources:
1.  One Minute Apologist: Question #472- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szkMZO2vDNQ
2.  Seven Days that Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science by Dr. John  Lennox 
3.  The Pentateuch by L. Thomas Holdcroft


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Saving Truth by Abdu Murray



About the Author

Abdu Murray (JD, University of Michigan) is North America director of RZIM, a regular speaker at churches and on college campuses, and host of the radio program and podcast Embrace the Truth with Abdu Murray. A scholar in residence at the Josh McDowell Institute of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, he is the author of many articles and two books, including Grand Central Question.



About the Book


Increasingly, Western culture embraces confusion as a virtue and decries certainty as a sin. Those who are confused about sexuality and identity are viewed as heroes. Those who are confused about morality are progressive pioneers. Those who are confused about spirituality are praised as tolerant. Conversely, those who express certainty about any of these issues are seen as bigoted, oppressive, arrogant, or intolerant.

This cultural phenomenon led the compilers of the Oxford English Dictionary to name "post-truth" their word of the year in 2016. How can Christians offer truth and clarity to a world that shuns both?

By accurately describing the Culture of Confusion and how it has affected our society, author Abdu Murray seeks to awaken Westerners to the plight we find ourselves in. He also challenges Christians to consider how they have played a part in fostering the Culture of Confusion through bad arguments, unwise labeling, and emotional attacks.

Ultimately, Saving Truth provides arguments from a Christian perspective for the foundations of truth and how those foundations apply to sexuality, identity, morality, and spirituality. For those enmeshed in the culture of confusion, the book offers a way to untangle oneself and find hope in the clarity that Christ offers.

You can learn more about this book here.

Order your copy here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Trinity for Kids by Scott Stein

In this 2-part post, apologist and dad Scott Stein explains how to explain the doctrine of the Trinity to your children.  He writes:

"The doctrine of the Trinity is one of the most important teachings of the Christian faith, and yet admittedly one of the most difficult to understand, especially for kids. Nothing caused me more trepidation during nightly bible reading with my kids than beginning to explain to them how the Father, Son and Holy Spirit were all God yet different persons. My approach was prayerful, slow but steady.

I’d like to say that I have done it all right, but that would be a lie. I have tried however, to teach my children thoughtfully and accurately about God. No more has this been a challenge than when it comes to teaching them the Doctrine of the Trinity. What follows is not necessarily a formula, but just the approach I muddled through. My hope is that it might provide you with some help and confidence to not shy away from tackling this essential Christian truth with your own kids."

Part I is here.  Part II is here.

Enjoy!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Friday, May 04, 2018

Understanding Genesis 1-3

In this video, John Walton, professor at Wheaton College, and Joe Fleener, pastor at Rolleston Bible Church, present their views for interpreting the first three chapters in Genesis.  


God Bless,

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Book Preview: The Morals of the Story by David Baggett and Marybeth Baggett

About the Authors

David Baggett (PhD, Wayne State University) is professor of philosophy in the Rawlings School of Divinity at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is the coauthor of Good God: The Theistic Foundations of Morality, God and Cosmos: Moral Truth and Human Meaning, and At the Bend of the River Grand. He is the editor of Did the Resurrection Happen? and the coeditor of C.S. Lewis as Philosopher: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty; The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes; and Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts.

Marybeth Baggett (PhD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania) is professor of English at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is the coauthor of At the Bend of the River Grand and the editor of They Hummed of Mystery: Representations of Faith in the Contemporary American Novel.

About the Book

What arguments best support the existence of God?

For centuries the moral argument—that objective morality points to the existence of God—has been a powerful apologetic tool.

In this volume, David and Marybeth Baggett offer a dramatic, robust, and even playful version of the moral argument. Tracing both its historical importance and its contemporary relevance, they argue that it not only still points to God's existence but that it also contributes to our ongoing spiritual transformation.

Recommendations

"The Morals of the Story is timely, educational, and entertaining. Due to his lectures and previous writings, Professor Baggett has established himself as one of a small handful of elite experts on moral arguments for God and related matters. Now, colaboring with his wife, Marybeth, we finally have a readable and authoritative treatment of a very wide range of issues relevant to the moral argument. The book's structure could not be better, moving from a historical sketch of moral arguments to an identification of the central topics associated with them and closing with a summary of these topics and a word of practical application. Thanks be to God and to the Baggetts for giving us such a treasure."

- J. P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

"The Morals of the Story is a delight to read! It weaves together resources from philosophy, literature, and science as well as illustrations from popular culture and the authors' personal experiences. The result is a powerful, accessible, winsome presentation of the moral argument for God's existence and—in light of our own moral failure—the hope we have in the gospel of Christ."

- Paul Copan, Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University, author of A Little Book for New Philosophers

You can learn more about this work here.

You can order your copy here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Video: Can Objective Morality Exist without God? by Jonathan Morrow


In this episode of "Impact Answers", author and speaker Jonathan Morrow talks about morality, and how objective morality requires God as the foundation.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Monday, April 23, 2018

A Conversation with Bishop Robert Barron and William Lane Craig


On January 13, 2018, Dr. William Lane Craig participated in an event billed as "A Conversation with Two Leading Evangelists" alongside Bishop Robert Barron.  The discussion with Barron, founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, focused on the following three topics:

1) The Challenge of Evangelization
2) Science and Faith
3) Advice to Christians Living in an Increasingly Secular World.

This is an outstanding dialogue and as an added bonus, philosophers Ed Feser and Stephen Davis act as moderators!

Enjoy!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Article- Raise Children in the Lord by Greg Koukl

In this featured article, Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason uses the following outline as a guide for parents to use while discipling their children:

God
Man
Jesus
Cross
Resurrection

He writes:

"We have a responsibility to do this. We cannot just pawn it off on teachers, or Sunday school teachers, or our pastor, or a Christian school, if we have one. They can help, but it is our primary job to raise our children in the Lord."

You can read the entire article here.

Enjoy!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Friday, April 06, 2018

Book Preview: The Lost World of the Flood by Tremper Longman III and John H. Walton

About the Authors

Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is Distinguished Scholar of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.  He is also visiting professor of Old Testament at Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and adjunct of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary.  He lectures regularly at Regent College in Vancouver and the Canadian Theological Seminary in Calgary.

Longman is the author or coauthor of over twenty books, including How to Read Genesis, How to Read the Psalms, How to Read Proverbs, Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation, Old Testament Essentials, and coeditor of A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible.  He and Dan Allender have coauthored Bold Love, Cry of the Soul, Intimate Allies, The Intimate Mystery, and the Intimate Marriage Bible studies.

John H. Walton (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School. Previously he was professor of Old Testament at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago for twenty years.

Some of Walton's books include The Lost World of Adam and EveThe Lost World of Scripture, The Lost World of Genesis One, Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament, The Essential Bible Companion, The NIV Application Commentary: Genesis, and The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament (with Victor Matthews and Mark Chavalas).

Walton's ministry experience includes church classes for all age groups, high school Bible studies, and adult Sunday school classes, as well as serving as a teacher for "The Bible in 90 Days." John and his wife, Kim, live in Wheaton, Illinois, and have three adult children.

Watch a four-part video series from Walton.

About the Book

"The flood continued forty days on the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth . . . and the ark floated on the face of the waters" (Gen 6:17-18 NRSV).

In modern times the Genesis flood account has been probed and analyzed for answers to scientific, apologetic, and historical questions.  It is a text that has called forth "flood geology," fueled searches for remnants of the ark on Mount Ararat, and inspired a full-size replica of Noah's ark in a theme park.  Some claim that the very veracity of Scripture hinges on a particular reading of the flood narrative.  But do we understand what we are reading?

Longman and Walton urge us to ask what the biblical author might have been saying to his ancient audience.  Our quest to rediscover the biblical flood requires that we set aside our own cultural and interpretive assumptions and visit the distant world of the ancient Near East.  Responsible interpretation calls for the patient examination of the text within its ancient context of language, literature, and thought.  And as we return from that lost world to our own, we will need to ask whether geological science supports the notion of flood geology.

To read Longman and Walton is to put our feet on firmer interpretive ground.  Without attempting to answer all of our questions, they lift the fog of modernity and allow the sunlight to reveal the true contours of the text.  As with other books in the Lost World series, The Lost World of the Flood is an informative and enlightening journey toward a more responsible reading of a timeless biblical narrative.

You can learn more about this book here.

Order your copy here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Video: How Do We Train Up Godly Kids?


In this featured video, One Minute Apologist Bobby Conway interviews pastor, author and teacher Jason Jimenez of Stand Strong Ministries about how to train up godly children.

You can learn more about Pastor Jimenez and his ministry here.

For more great resources from the One Minute Apologist, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Bart Ehrman on the Post-Resurrection Appearances

“It is a historical fact that some of Jesus’ followers came to believe that he had been raised from the dead soon after his execution. We know some of these believers by name; one of them, the apostle Paul, claims quite plainly to have seen Jesus alive after his death. Thus, for the historian, Christianity begins after the death of Jesus, not with the resurrection itself, but with the belief in the resurrection.”1

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad






Footnote:
1. The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings. Third Edition. (New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.276), Emphasis mine.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Book Preview: The Case for Miracles for Kids by Lee Strobel

About the Authors

Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and is the bestselling author of The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, The Case for a Creator, and The Case for Grace. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, Lee has won four Gold Medallions for publishing excellence and coauthored the Christian Book of the Year.  He serves as Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University.  Visit Lee's website here.

Jesse Florea has written and edited for Focus on the Family for twenty-five years.  As editorial director for youth publications, he oversees Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. magazines, and he cohosts the “Official Adventures in Odyssey” podcast.  Jesse has written or cowritten more than thirty books, including The Case for Grace for Kids and the bestselling The One-Year Sports Devotions for Kids and Devotions for Super Average Kids.  He lives with his wife, Stephanie, in Colorado Springs.

About the Book

From bestselling author Lee Strobel’s well-renowned, bestselling series exploring the life of Jesus and what it means to be a Christian, The Case for Miracles for Kids tackles the tough questions kids ask about God, Jesus, and miracles, as well as providing information for kids who want to learn more so they can share their faith and knowledge with others.  Mixing light-hearted prose and a conversational style with historical facts, research, and true stories, this book brings the miracles and ministry of Jesus to life and shows why they still matter today.

You can pre-order your copy here.  You can learn more about the book here.

Please checkout the Student Edition and the Adult Edition (and the trailer) as well!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Got Questions: Who was Saint Patrick and why do we celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

Question: "Who was Saint Patrick and why do we celebrate St. Patrick's Day?"

Answer: Patrick, whom almost everyone calls “Saint Patrick,” although he was never canonized by the Catholic Church, was born to a wealthy family in AD 387 in Kilpatrick, Scotland. His real name was Maewyn Succat. It was his extensive missionary work in Ireland for which Patrick is famous. During the thirty years of work there, he supposedly converted over 135,000 people, established 300 churches, and consecrated 350 bishops. Patrick died on March 17, 461. For over a millennium, the Irish have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on March 17.

History records that Saint Patrick, at age sixteen, was captured by Irish raiders and spent several years as a slave in Ireland. It was during this time that he learned the various rituals, customs, and language of Druids, and it was these people that he eventually evangelized. Patrick apparently had a dream in which God spoke to him, saying, “Your ship is ready.” Patrick was then able to escape Ireland by ship. Shortly thereafter, he experienced another dream in which he received a letter that was labeled the “voice of the Irish.” When he opened it, he heard the voices of all those whom he had met in Ireland begging him to return.

Saint Patrick then returned to Ireland to tell people about Christ. Though the task was difficult and dangerous, he persisted and was able to build a strong foundation for Christianity. The Irish people were receptive to his teachings, especially in light of the fact that he was able to take several of their Celtic symbols and “Christianize” them. The most well-known of Patrick’s illustrations is the shamrock, a certain type of clover sacred to the Druids, which he used as a symbol of the Trinity.

Each year millions of people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It is a national holiday in Ireland when people do not work but worship and gather with family. In the United States, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York on March 17, 1762. It consisted largely of Irish soldiers. Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by wearing green, which symbolizes spring as well as Irish culture.

What started as a religious holiday has become a secular celebration of all things Irish. Neither Saint Patrick nor St. Patrick’s Day is mentioned in Scripture. While we would strongly disagree of some aspects of theology that St. Patrick taught, the fact that around 1,600 years ago a man dedicated his life to proclaiming the gospel, resulting in tens of thousands coming to faith in Christ, is most definitely worth celebrating (Luke 15:7–10).