Sunday, July 05, 2015

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Video: Worst Objection to Theism- Who Created God?


Here is another great video from Inspiring Philosophy.  You can checkout their Youtube Channel here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad


Friday, July 03, 2015

Greg Koukl on American Nationalism


In this video, Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason covers the following points:
  • What is nationalism?
  •  Is it acceptable or not for the Christian to embrace nationalism?
  • If nationalism is embraced by the Christian, what are its limitations?
Enjoy!

Stand firm in Christ,
Chase

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Share Your Thoughts: Christians and Religious Freedom in America

Followers of Christ have various views on how much they should be involved in the political arena.  Since the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage this past Friday, it seems this is  a hot topic, understandably so.

One view among Christians that I have heard is that it would be better for the sake of the gospel if believers in America lost their religious freedoms and were persecuted.  The idea is that the gospel is growing like wildfire in China under persecution so it would be most advantageous for American believers to be persecuted as well.

What do you think?  Do you think it would be a good thing if American Christians lost their liberties and experienced severe persecution?

Please sound off in the comments below!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Reasonable Faith Podcast: The Concept of God in Islam and Christianity

This podcast features a talk Dr. William Lane Craig gave at the National Religious Broadcaster's convention on "The Concept of God in Islam and Christianity."

He summarizes the nature of God, religious pluralism, and the doctrine of the Trinity as well.

I was impressed with Craig's tight arguments, compassionate manner and boldness.  He holds nothing back.

Please take the time to listen to this podcast. You'll be glad you did!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top Resources on the Marriage Debate from the Center for Strategic Apologetics

The Center for Strategic Apologetics writes:

"It's the most difficult and contentious issue facing Christians in the Western world today, and we all need the best possible information available. This is especially true in the U.S, now that the Supreme Court has made gay marriage the law of the land.

This page presents some of the best biblically-informed books, articles, videos, and podcasts on the topic. It's not a comprehensive list; there is much, much more that could be included. But it's a reliable list that covers the major facets of the debate."

Get equipped here.  I also encourage you to checkout our past posts on the topic here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

HT: Amy Hall of Stand to Reason

Monday, June 29, 2015

Justice Kennedy's Arguments for Polygamy and Polyamory

Amy K. Hall of Stand to Reason posted the following on June 27.  You can see her original post on the Stand to Reason website here.







As all parties agree, many [polygamous and polyamorous groups] provide loving and nurturing homes to their children, whether biological or adopted. And hundreds of thousands of children are presently being raised by such [groups]. 

Excluding [polygamous and polyamorous groups] from marriage thus conflicts with a central premise of the right to marry. Without the recognition, stability, and predictability marriage offers, their children suffer the stigma of knowing their families are somehow lesser. They also suffer the significant material costs of being raised by unmarried parents, relegated through no fault of their own to a more difficult and uncertain family life. The marriage laws at issue here thus harm and humiliate the children of [polygamous and polyamorous groups].

[Polygamous and polyamorous groups] are consigned to an instability many opposite-sex [and same-sex] couples would deem intolerable in their own lives. As the State itself makes marriage all the more precious by the significance it attaches to it, exclusion from that status has the effect of teaching that [those with a polygamous or polyamorous orientation] are unequal in important respects. It demeans [those with a polygamous or polyamorous orientation] for the State to lock them out of a central institution of the Nation’s society. [Polygamous and polyamorous groups], too, may aspire to the transcendent purposes of marriage and seek fulfillment in its highest meaning.

The limitation of marriage to opposite-sex [and same-sex] couples may long have seemed natural and just, but its inconsistency with the central meaning of the fundamental right to marry is now manifest. With that knowledge must come the recognition that laws excluding [polygamous and polyamorous groups] from the marriage right impose stigma and injury of the kind prohibited by our basic charter.

These considerations lead to the conclusion that the right to marry [whomever one wishes to marry] is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment [polygamous and polyamorous groups] may not be deprived of that right and that liberty. The Court now holds that [polygamous and polyamorous groups] may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them.

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

Now tell me, on the basis of the reasons given, why not?  Tell Amy (and Truthbomb) what you think.

Don't take my word for it, read the post - don't wait for the movie.

Have a little hope on me,
Roger

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Tim Keller, Apologetics, and Preaching

Last Saturday I featured a post on 5 Ways to Incorporate Apologetics into Your Preaching.  In keeping with that theme, I stumbled across this interview with Pastor Tim Keller and in it he was asked the following question:

"Most of the people in this room preach to Christians regularly in churches.  How much should apologetics be worked into a sermon schedule?"

His response was as follows:

"What you ought to do is have apologetic sidebars.  You shouldn’t do apologetics as the main thing you do in a sermon, but when you get to a text or part of the text where non-Christians would probably object, then just take a little sidebar and mention the reasons why that is true.  Even if it’s all Christians, still do it.  No one will bring their non-Christian friends if you talk as if everyone in the room is a Christian." [1]


Amen!  My prayer is that God would raise up a generation of pastors who value the life of the mind and who equip their congregation to engage the world for Christ!  

To learn more about how to preach to the non-believer's mind, go here.

Dear Lord, wake us up!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnote:
1. http://willfjohnston.com/2011/05/05/dr-tim-keller-advance-the-church-qa/

Friday, June 26, 2015

Article: The New Age Worldview- Is It Believable? by Doug Groothuis

I confess that sometimes when talking to someone with New Age beliefs it can be like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall!  It seems they have visited a buffet of religions and they just pick and choose what they like.

In this featured article, philosopher Doug Groothuis highlights how Christianity is different from the New Age worldview and offers strategies for the Christian Case Maker to successfully navigate the maze of New Age beliefs.

You can check it out here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad