Sunday, April 26, 2020

Quarantined? Try Cold Case Christianity for Kids

During this time of quarantine, my two kids, Olivia age 10 and Jeremiah age 8, recently completed Cold Case Christianity for Kids, which is the first course in J. Warner and Susie Wallace’s Case Maker Academy.  The course consists of an 8-chapter book where readers investigate a “crime scene” involving a mysterious skateboard.  The investigation introduces children to critical thinking and how that translates to examining the writings of the New Testament Gospels.  We are now moving on to the next course, God’s Crime Scene for Kids. 
I highly recommend this material for helping to teach your children about the truth claims of Christianity. 
I asked my daughter, Olivia, to provide a brief thought on the book. She said, “I liked how they made it a story so that I could understand what they were trying to communicate to me better.”

Below is a brief summary from the Cold Case Christianity website-

Are Your Kids Sure Christianity Is True?
Children between 8 and 12 are at the critical age when they start to ask if Christianity is true. Cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace knows the thrill of high-stakes investigation and presents the case for Jesus in a compelling way while training kids “how to think, not just what to think” as they examine their faith intelligently.
J. Warner and Susie Wallace have been training young people in the church setting for over a decade. J. Warner is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on Dateline, FOX News, TruTV and other crime related television shows. A former atheist, he is the author of Cold-Case Christianity, God’s Crime Scene, and Forensic Faith. J. Warner has a master’s degree in theological studies, and Susie has a master’s degree in speech pathology.

God Bless,

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

J. Warner Wallace on Bias

"Christians are often accused of being 'biased' simply because they believe in the supernatural.  This accusation has power in our current pluralistic culture.  Biased people are seen as prejudicial and unfair, arrogant and overly confident of their position.  Nobody wants to be identified as someone who is biased or opinionated. But make no mistake about it, all of us have a point of view; all of us hold opinions and ideas that color the way we see the world. Anyone who tells you that he (or she) is completely objective and devoid of presuppositions has another more important problem: that person is either astonishingly naive or a liar."1

You can find a post by Wallace on this topic here.

Courage and Godspeed,

1. J. Warner Wallace, Cold-Case Christianity, p. 27-28.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Convert David Wood to Islam!

In this featured video, Dr. David Wood of Acts 17 Apologetics challenges Muslims as follows:

"Zakir Naik has been training his followers to say to Christians, "Show me one unequivocal statement where Jesus Christ (peace be upon him) says, ‘I am God,’ or ‘Worship me.’” Since the demand is now for an unequivocal verse, I have a question for Muslims. If any Muslim can answer the question from the Quran, I will convert to Islam."

So, we encourage our Muslims readers to take-up the challenge!

Courage and Godspeed,

Monday, April 13, 2020

An Idle Tale? A Message on the Resurrection by Alistair Begg

The story of Easter is certainly amazing—yet so many people dismiss it as mere fiction. During this special Easter edition of Truth For Life as Alistair Begg presents the evidence for the resurrection.

The message is available here

Alistair Begg has been in pastoral ministry since 1975. Following graduation from The London School of Theology, he served eight years in Scotland at both Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh and Hamilton Baptist Church.

In 1983, he became the senior pastor at Parkside Church near Cleveland, Ohio.  He has written several books and is heard daily and weekly on the radio program, Truth For Life.  The teaching on Truth For Life stems from the week by week Bible teaching at Parkside Church.
He and his wife, Susan, were married in 1975 and they have three grown children.
As previously mentioned, Alistair has written a free resource available online entitled "Who is Jesus?" which can be found here.


Thursday, April 09, 2020

Article: Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? by Mike Licona

This article was taken directly from the Apologetics Study Bible for Students:

Science has taken us to the moon, allowed us to see DNA, and show us that people who are assuredly dead do not return to life by natural causes. Since the apostle Paul wrote that Christianity is a false religion if Jesus was not resurrected (1 Co 15:17), has science disproved Christianity? Is there any good evidence that Jesus' resurrection actually occurred? Despite the hesitation of skeptics concerning the four Gospels, nearly all Bible scholars are confident that there are at least three sure facts concerning what happened to Jesus.

1. Jesus was crucified on the orders of the Roman governor and died as a result.

2. Jesus' disciples honestly believed that He rose from the dead and appeared to them beginning on Sunday morning.

3. A sworn enemy of the Christians named Saul (later called Paul) had an experience that he believed was an appearance of the risen Jesus, prompting him to become a Christian. This would be similar to Jesus appearing to a Muslim who then leaves Islam and becomes the next Billy Graham! Saul become the opposite of what he'd been because of the risen Jesus (see Ac 9).

Unbelieving scholars form theories that attempt to explain away the above facts. Some used to claim that Jesus' disciples lied about the resurrection appearances or that the reports of Jesus' resurrection were legends that developed over time. But once the second fact above was admitted, that Jesus' original disciples sincerely believed He had risen and appeared to them shortly after His death, the legend and fraud theories fell apart. Today they have been largely abandoned.

Now the theory most commonly held by non-Christian scholars is that the appearances of the risen Jesus were hallucinations resulting from the disciples grief over Jesus' death. But this theory does not explain the third fact (Saul's conversion experience) since, rather than grieving over Jesus' death, he hated Jesus so much that he arrested and killed Christians. And while a hallucination could conceivably explain an appearance of Jesus to an individual like Peter (Lk 24:34; 1 Co 15:5), it does not explain the appearances to Jesus to groups, such as the Twelve, more than 500 at one time, and to all of the apostles when they were together (1 Co 15:5-7). Why not? Hallucinations are like dreams. Just as a friend cannot actually join you in one of your dreams, friends cannot join others in their hallucinations.

In contrast to the theories of skeptics, Jesus' genuine resurrection from death explains how Jesus' devastated disciples and, later on, one of the his best-know enemies, came to devote their lives to proclaiming that Jesus had risen from the dead. By far, this is the best explanation of the three commonly accepted facts listed above.

So, while science has proved that the dead do not return to life by natural causes, historical investigation suggests that Jesus rose supernaturally three days after His execution. Since there are many religions competing for your devotion, Jesus' resurrection verifies that His promises are words upon which you can bet your life and soul.

For more of Mike Licona's work, see here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad A. Gross