Friday, July 01, 2022

Greg Koukl on Abortion

 

“If the unborn is not a human person, no justification for abortion is necessary. However, if the unborn is a human person, no justification for abortion is adequate.”1

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnote:
1. As quoted here.


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Thursday, June 30, 2022

A Christian Perspective on Homosexuality



In this featured video, Tim Stratton of Free Thinking Ministries shares his perspective on homosexuality.

One of the arguments he shares is as follows:

1. God raised Jesus from the dead (Acts 2:24; Romans 4:24; Galatians 1:1; 1 Peter 1:21).

2. The resurrection is God's stamp of approval on the teachings of Jesus (the Law of Christ).

3. Jesus taught that we ought to follow His teachings (John 14:15; 23).

4. Jesus taught the heterosexual model of marriage (Mark 10:6-8).

5. The resurrected and omniscient Jesus chose Paul to continue His teachings (Acts 9).

6. Paul was clear that those who choose to practice homosexuality (among other sins) will not inherit the Kingdom of God (Romans 1:24-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Timothy 1:10).

7. Therefore, the Law of Christ is clear that homosexual acts are against God's will, and morally wrong (sin). 

Stratton shares a second argument in the video as well.  

To learn more about Tim and his ministry, go here.

To hear our Apologetics315 Podcast interview with Tim, check out the link below in the "Related Posts."

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Apologist Interview: "The Free Thinking Theist" Tim Stratton

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Apologetics315 Podcast: Why Believe? with Neil Shenvi

 

Brian Auten and I recently had the opportunity to chat with Christian thinker Neil Shenvi about his new book Why Believe? A Reasoned Approach to Christianity.  

We talked about how Neil became a Christian, arguments for the existence of God and why the gospel is actually an argument for the truth of Christianity (and more).  

This was a very enjoyable discussion and we (Brian and I) highly recommend Why Believe? to both believer and non-believer.  You can get your copy here.


You can listen to our discussion here.

Enjoy!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad


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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Video Dialogue: Four Views on Apologetics


Brian Auten and I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Jonathan McLatchie yesterday about his objections to presuppositional apologetics for a forthcoming episode of the Apologetics315 Podcast.  During the interview, Dr. McLatchie mentioned a passed dialogue he participated in on apologetic methodology.  I remembered watching it and wanted to feature it here.  The representatives for each view are as follows:

Pre-Suppositionalism - Dr. James White

Evidentialism - Dr. Jonathan McLatchie

Classical Apologetics - Dr. Richard Howe

Reformed Epistemology - Dr. Randal Rauser 

This is a very informative dialogue and a great introduction to the varying apologetic methods.  

Enjoy!

Courage and Godspeed,

Monday, June 27, 2022

4 Key Scriptural Commitments that Must Shape a Christian's Political Thinking

Politics is a difficult arena for the follower of Christ to navigate.  In his forthcoming book, A Rebel's Manifesto (You can find a preview here), author and teacher Sean McDowell offers four key scriptural commitments that should shape a Christian's political thinking. 

They are as follows:

1. The stranger is my neighbor.  Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan to indicate that we have a duty to treat our neighbors lovingly (see Luke 10:29-37) and Jesus expanded the definition of who our neighbors are to include people who are not like us and even our enemies.

2. Regardless of race, sex, or age, every human life must be protected, as all humans have been made in the image of God (see Genesis 1:27).

3. Care for the poor and marginalized is crucial, as God cares for the poor (see Deuteronomy 15:7-11; Psalm 140:12; Proverbs 14:31).

4. We must seek justice.  Scripture calls both individuals and the state to act justly (see Micah 6:8; Psalm 72).1

In typical Sean McDowell fashion, he is able to simplify a challenging topic.  I hope you find these commitments instructive when making decisions about what policies to advocate for and what political leaders to support. 

Let us "major on the majors" when it comes to politics in a manner that honors Him who commanded us to love thy neighbor. 

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad


Footnote:
1. Sean McDowell, A Rebel's Manifesto, p. 70.


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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Friday, June 24, 2022

Resources for Discussing Your Pro-Life Convictions

 

Today is a historic day.  The Supreme Court has overturned Roe vs. Wade.  Thus, returning the decision about abortion to each individual state.  And although I see this as a day to rejoice, there are others who believe otherwise.  Some pro-abortion choice advocates have called for a "Night of Rage" across America.  Pregnancy centers, abortion clinics and churches across the country are increasing security as pro-choice demonstrators begin hitting the streets.  Pray for our country.  

Needless to say, the topic of abortion is going to be a hot topic for many days to come.  So I wanted to offer some helpful resources that will serve to equip you to discuss this heated topic in a winsome, informed and compassionate manner.  These resources are also ideal for sharing online.


Stay informed.  Stay reasonable.  Stay compassionate.  Be bold.
Chad

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Convincing Communication: Summarize Visually


 In Chapter Four of J. Warner Wallace's book Forensic Faith, he provides five principles for convincing communication:

1.  Pick a jury insightfully

2.  Instruct your jury evidentially

3.  Make an opening statement enthusiastically

4.  Present the evidence powerfully 

5.  Make a closing argument persuasively


Part of the fifth principle includes summarizing your evidence visually.  

I employed this principle recently while attempting to illustrate the connection between two passages in the New Testament on the topic of faith.  

I used Ephesians 6:16 where faith is symbolized by a shield that can be used to extinguish the arrows of the evil one-

 Ephesians 6:16 (CSB)

In every situation take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.


 When considering what makes up the "shield of faith," I believe you can find this in 2 Peter 1:3-7.  Verses 8-12 explain the impact and importance of maintaining your shield-

2 Peter 1:3-12 (CSB)

His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. By these he has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The person who lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten the cleansing from his past sins. 10 Therefore, brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election, because if you do these things you will never stumble. 11 For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly provided for you.

12 Therefore I will always remind you about these things, even though you know them and are established in the truth you now have.

As Wallace points out in Forensic Faith1, you do not have to be a trained illustrator to create a simple diagram to help someone understand what is being presented.  In my illustration below, I was able to draw a simple sketch that consists of multiple layers that make up the qualities needed to supplement one's faith or shield.  At the center, I strategically placed the quality of love, which is the most important of all (see 1 Corinthians 13:13).




God Bless,

1- Forensic Faith, pg. 191

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Article: Is the New Testament Reliable? by Sean McDowell

In this featured article, Sean McDowell offers 4 reasons why we can trust that the New Testament is reliable.  They are as follows:
  • Manuscript Authority
  • Early Dating
  • Embarrassing Accounts
  • Eyewitness Testimony
You can check it out here

To learn more about Sean McDowell and his work, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad