Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Stay the Course: A Message on Perseverance

On Father's Day, 2018, I (The Other Chad) had a second opportunity to speak at Faith Christian Fellowship, in Williamsport, MD.  The purpose of this message was to provide good reasons why we should count it all joy when we experience various trials, knowing that the testing of our faith produces endurance as described in the New Testament letter of James 1. 

I chose 2 Peter 1:3-12 as the opening reading because the writer describes perseverance as one of the supplemental qualities of the Christian faith that should be apparent in the life of the believer. 

During the message, I shared 3 examples of perseverance:

  • The perfect example- Jesus in his final hours before his arrest.
  • An example in marriage- The testimony of David and Marsha Muritz, which can be found here.
  • My own personal example- Trials I experienced while caring for my beloved grandfather.

Approximately 37 minutes in, I take some time to address the problem of pain and suffering.  Using material from Dr. William Lane Craig's On Guard, I attempted to address intellectual and emotional objections that one may consider when dealing with pain and suffering.1

God Bless,

1.  On Guard by Dr. William Lane Craig- pg. 147-175

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,

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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,

Sunday, June 03, 2018