Friday, January 18, 2019

How to Raise Strong Believers- Natasha Crain

Natasha Crain offers practical advice for strengthening your children's faith and equipping them to defend it in a discussion based on her book Talking With Your Kids About God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have.

Check out Natasha's recent appearance on Focus on the Family where she shares insight on how to raise strong believers.

God Bless,

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

New Website: Jesus Always Existed- A Place for the Best Evidence of the Historical Jesus

J.P. Holding, author of Defending the Resurrection and The Impossible Faith, has recently released a new website- Jesus Always Existed. Holding writes about the following about this new resource:

"This website was created and organized to serve as a hub for the best research defending the premise that Jesus existed and walked the earth as a real human being. Many of today's critics of Christianity have deftly avoided more serious questions about Jesus - such as his divinity, his Resurrection, and his salvific mission - by taking an easy and convenient route of merely arguing that he never existed at all.

The 'Jesus myth' theory takes many forms and has a handful or proponents - many of whom are louder in tone of voice than they are in quality of argumentation. At Jesus Always Existed, we will take on any and every Jesus Myth theory, no matter how crackpot or undiscerning."

You can checkout this new resource here.

To learn more about Holding and his work, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Book Excerpt: Without a Doubt by Kenneth Richard Samples

Embracing the grand evolutionary view that the sensory organs and cognitive faculties of human beings are the result of random and purposeless natural process raises an issue of trust regarding that which is observed. Does one's observations and thoughts actually correspond to reality? As a matter of reasonable practice, a person doesn't typically accept the idea that information, knowledge, and truth can come from a random, accidental source. How can such rational enterprises as logic, mathematics, and science be reasonably justified when the human brain and mind are the result of a non rational, mindless accident? Naturalism, in effect, purports that life, the mind, person hood, and reason came from a source that lacked each of these profound faculties and qualities. This would certainly be an effect much greater than its cause!

In table 1.1 two explanatory models show the plausibility of the atheistic and biblical positions:

Naturalistic atheistic model 

a. world created from nothing
b. life from nonlife
c. persons from the impersonal
d. minds from the mindless
e. order from the orderless
f. reason from the nonrational
g. morality from the nonmoral
h. information without a sender
i. code from a nonprogrammer
j. truth from an accident

Biblical theistic model:

a. world created by a Creator
b. life from Ultimate Life
c. persons from the Superpersonal
d. minds from the Ultimate Mind
e. order from an Orderer
f. reason from a rational Being
g. morality from a moral Person
h. information from a Sender
i. code from a personal Programmer
j. truth from ultimate Truth

You can learn more about Kenneth Samples work here.

To order your copy of this fine book, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,

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Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Michael Sherrard on Anti-Intellectualism in the Church

"The pursuit of the knowledge of God is replaced in many with a pursuit of something that merely works. And by works, often what is pursued is a version of Christianity that brings forth the American dream rather than the Kingdom of God. This prosperity and selfish attitude has caused a slumber, a slumber in the proverbial classroom, and the church is now awakening to an exam for which it is not prepared…There was a time in American history where the pastor and the politician were on a level playing field. There was a time when clergy were thought to have answers. And it was not just because people didn’t know any better back then. It was because many men and women of faith were intellectuals. They knew their Bible and their history. They could speak about theology and chemistry. Now many believers are ill equipped to speak about anything that does not have a mascot in a meaningful way. And in that regard, society should place us at the kids table. If we don’t have anything meaningful to say, we ought not say anything at all."

Courage and Godspeed,

HT: The Poached Egg

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Friday, January 04, 2019

Does the Reference to Jesus as a "Mighty God" indicate that Jesus is a Lesser God than God the Father?

Last summer, fellow Truthbomber Chase Deener and I went out to a local park to share the gospel.  We came across a few Jehovah's Witnesses on the corner giving out free literature.  We decided to engage them with a few questions. After we introduced ourselves and explained our position, I asked the gentlemen to get out his New World Translation Bible and read Isaiah 9:6 for me.  He read:

"For a child has been born to us, a son has been given to us; And the rulership will rest on his shoulder.  His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace."

I asked, "Who is that verse referring to?"  He answered, "Jesus."  I then said, "Considering Jehovah's Witnesses reject the deity of Christ, how do you account for Jesus being referred to as 'Mighty God' in this verse?"  He claimed that that Jesus was a 'lesser God' than God the Father.  However, as Norman Geisler and Ron Rhodes explain, this claim is clearly mistaken:

"The folly of the Watchtower position is at once evident in the fact that Jehovah himself is called a 'Mighty God' in the very next chapter of Isaiah (10:21).  That both Jehovah and Jesus are called 'Mighty God' in the same book within the same section demonstrates their equality.

A good cross-reference is Isaiah 40:3, where Jesus is prophetically called both 'Mighty God' (Elohim) and Jehovah (Yahweh): 'A voice is calling, 'Clear the way for the Lord [Yahweh] in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God [Elohim]' (NASB, cf. John 1:23).  Clearly Jesus is not a lesser God than the Father."1

Courage and Godspeed,

1. Norman Geisler and Ron Rhodes, Correcting the Cults, p. 78-79.

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Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Debate Video: Albert Mohler vs. Gary Collins- Does Scripture Speak Definitively to the Age of the Universe?

This was a debate that took place at Trinity International University in 2017.  If you are going to debate the age of the earth, this is how it should be done.  I greatly appreciated how both Mohler and Collins presented their respective positions and framed the debate.  This debate should be required viewing for Ken Ham.

To learn more about Albert Mohler, go there.

To find out more about Jack Collins, go here.

Let us know what you thought of the debate in the comments!


Courage and Godspeed,

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