Monday, December 05, 2016

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Saturday, December 03, 2016

How Does the Holy Spirit Relate to Evidence for Christianity?by Gary R. Habermas


It is often assumed that the Holy Spirit's witness to a believer is not very helpful in a study of apologetics. After all, this testimony is given only to Christians and it is not verified or falsified by evidences. So does it follow that this witness is no more than a subjective conviction?
In the few NT passages that address this subject, we are told that, at a minimum, the witness of the Holy Spirit is a personal word to believers that they are children of God (Rom 8:15-17). The Holy Spirit testifies to believers as family members (Gl 4:6-7). So the believer will experience the presence of the Holy Spirit (Jn 14:16-17). This is one way to know that we are truly believers (1 Jn 3:24; 4:13).
Since the unbeliever cannot understand things pertaining to salvation (Jn 14:17; 1 Cor 2:14), one might questions the value of the Holy Spirit's witness in an apologetic context. But this seems to assume that dealing with unbelievers is the only purpose for defending the faith. Apologetics may have even more value in strengthening the faith of believers through a variety of avenues.
Since the chief purpose of the Holy Spirit's witness is to provide personal assurance of the believer's salvation, the resulting confidence can play a valuable role in convincing believers of their own relationship with the Lord. This might provide assistance, for example, in dealing with religious doubt.
Moreover, the witness of the Holy Spirit provides indirect confirmation of the truth of the Christian gospel. After all, if we are the children of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ as we suffer and are glorified with Him (Rm 8:17), then it would follow that God's gospel path--the basis of this assurance--is likewise true.
So when people become Christians and experience the Holy Spirit's presence, it ought not surprise them, since this is precisely what Scripture teaches! It should be normal fare for the believer. Briefly stated, the study of apologetics indicates that Christianity is true; the witness of the Holy Spirit performs the related function of identifying those who are members of the faith.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Scholars and Apologists Weigh in on the First Christmas


Here is a collection of Research Materials for Christmas:

Articles


Star-Studded Wise Men: Rethinking the Christmas Story by Ben Witherington

The First Christmas: Myths and Reality by Paul Copan

The Birth of God by William Lane Craig


On the Miracle of Christmas by Chad A. Gross

Is Christmas Paganby Greg Koukl

Christmas is Christmas because Jesus is God by J. Warner Wallace

The Gift of Christmas was Predicted with the Gift Prophecy by J. Warner Wallace

Why Didn't Paul Mention the Virgin Conception? by J. Warner Wallace

What Do We Mean When We Use the Word "Virgin Conception?" by J. Warner Wallace

Christmas Resources from Apologetics315

Is There Proof that Jesus was Born of a Virgin? by Sean McDowell

Christmas Resources 2016 by Triablogue


Thursday, December 01, 2016

Article: 5 Ways to Help Keep Your Kids From Becoming Secularized Worshipers by Alisa Childers

In this featured post, Alisa Childers, formerly of the recording group ZOEgirl,  writes about how secularism can even creep into our kids’ worship experience.

She writes:

"As a worship leader and as a parent, I have a deep desire to help equip my kids to approach God with genuine worship that is insulated from the secular influence of the culture they are growing up in. This is no easy task."

Further, she shares that "Christian worship seeks to glorify God, while secularized worship seeks to glorify our experience of worshiping God."  

However, as she rightly asks, "How can we get our kids to understand this?"  She offers 5 tips:

1. Live a life of God-centered worship in front of them.

2. Teach your kids theology, and focus in the attributes of God.

3. Stress admiration over experience.

4. Teach your kids apologetics.

5. Encourage your kids to be critical thinkers in worship, without becoming critical people.

I encourage you to checkout the article here.

Finally, this post was a guest feature on Natasha Crain's excellent blog which can be found here.  This blog is "must reading" for Christian parents.

Enjoy!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Video: How Can Parents Help In Their Kids' Apologetic Development?

Raising Your Kids for Christ

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Video: Answering Atheists by Abdu Murray


In this video, Abdu Murray of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries gives a brief overview of why he believes atheism fails to explain the reality we live in.  Topics discussed include:
  • Is belief in God is just a crutch?
  • Objective morality
  • The Problem of Evil
  • Hard atheism vs. soft atheism
  • Sam Harris and moral ontology
  • Test for truth- empirical verifiability and coherence to reality
  • Secular humanism
  • The solution to the human problem i.e. sin
  • Summary case (C.A.S.E.) for the resurrection of Jesus Christ
C- Crucifixion
A- Appearances
S- Skeptics Converted
E- Empty Tomb
  • Definition of faith
For those who are interested in learning more about Abdu's case for the resurrection, you can find his debate with atheist John Loftus here on the topic "Was Jesus raised from the dead?"

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Apologetics315 Interview: Abdu Murray

Abdu Murray on Appealing Only to the Mind

Atheist Joel Marks on God and Morality

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

How Should We Then Live?

In the subject series, Haven Today examines the life and impact of Francis Schaeffer.

You can listen to the series here.

Stand firm in Christ,
Chase

Monday, November 28, 2016

Article: What Every Christian Should Know about Paul by Eric Chabot

In this featured article, Eric Chabot of the Christian Apologetics Alliance writes of the Apostle Paul:

"Given that historians look to those who are contemporaries of the events, Paul is an important resource for what historians can know about Jesus of Nazareth. Furthermore, the earliest documents we have for the life of Jesus are Paul’s letters. Paul was a very competent rabbi who was trained at the rabbinic academy called the House of Hillel by ‘Gamaliel,’ a key rabbinic leader and member of the Sanhedrin.  Both Christian and non-Christian scholars have come to have great respect Paul."

He then continues by listing some very basic things that he contends all Christians should know about Paul.

You can checkout this excellent article here.  For more from Chabot, see here.

For more great resources checkout the Christian Apologetics Alliance.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Research Materials for the Argument from Reason

Articles


The Cardinal Difficulty of Naturalism, Chapter 3 of C.S. Lewis's Miracles.

C.S. Lewis and the Argument from Reason by Jay Richards

'Naturalism is True:' A Self-Contradictory Statement by Albrecht Moritz

The Argument from Reason by John M. DePoe

The Argument from Reason by Victor Reppert

Why Atheism is Self-Defeating by Scott Youngren

Libertarian Free Will and the Argument from Reason by Angus Menuge

Audio

An Evolutionary Argument against Naturalism by Alvin Plantinga

Apologist Interview: Angus Menuge by Brian Auten

Can Atheists Trust Their Own Minds? by William Lane Craig

Unbelievable? Alvin Plantinga vs Stephen Law on the Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism

Video


The Argument from Reason by Acts 17 Apologetics

Descartes, Hume, and Darwin on the Argument from Reason

Books

Agents Under Fire: Materialism and the Rationality of Science by Angus Menuge

C.S. Lewis's Dangerous Idea
by Victor Reppert

C.S. Lewis vs. The New Atheists by Peter S. Williams

Miracles by C.S. Lewis

Warrant and Proper Function by Alvin Plantinga

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad