Saturday, May 23, 2015

Why Christians Should Be Involved in Politics

In this brief video apologist Frank Turek makes that case that if you don't think being involved in politics is important then you don't think preaching the gospel is important.

Courage and Godspeed,

Friday, May 22, 2015

Article: The Future of the Church by Brett Kunkle

Where is the US church heading?  In this featured article, Brett Kunkle of Stand to Reason uncovers some clues regarding where the church could be headed.  The picture he paints is not a pretty one and we foolish to ignore him.  Let us "contend for the truth!"

You can check it out here.

Courage and Godspeed,

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Debate Video: Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? - John Loftus vs. David Wood

As I have shared before, Christianity is unique among religions because it offers a historic truth test. It was the Apostle Paul that wrote, "And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain" (1 Cor. 15:14).  Here, Paul stacks the truth of Christianity on a historical event- the resurrection of Jesus Christ!  This can be investigated by any sincere seeker.

In this debate, John Loftus and David Wood debate the question, "Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?"  I have written about Loftus here and here.  

You can here David Wood's powerful testimony here.

Enjoy the debate and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments!

Courage and Godspeed,

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Chuck Colson on Practicing Apologetics

"If our culture is to be transformed, it will happen from the bottom up – from ordinary believers practicing apologetics over the backyard fence or around the barbecue grill."

Courage and Godspeed,

HT: Reasonable Theology

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Article: Three Paradoxes of Atheism by Neil Shenvi

I have found Neil Shenvi's work to be very helpful in the past and I read a another great article on his website entitled Three Paradoxes of Atheism.

In the article, Shenvi contends that "at the very heart of atheism are several extremely unexpected paradoxes, areas in which atheism is shown to be in tension with a commitment to realism and a life consistent with truth."

The paradoxes include truth-seeking, moral reflection and moral motivation.  

You can checkout the article here.

I also recommended Neil's article Do Objective Moral Values Exist?  

I have written on the moral argument in the past here and here.  You can also hear a talk I did on how to present the moral argument here.

Courage and Godspeed,


Monday, May 18, 2015

Book Highlight: Why Trust Jesus? by Dave Sterrett

Chapter Five:  Why Should I Trust Jesus When All I Need to Do Is Trust Myself?

Sterrett addresses pantheism when answering this question because a main tenet of pantheism is trusting in self.1 I think he also addresses it because of the great influence pantheism has had in Western society. He notes Star Wars, Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey as examples of this influence. He even writes of the seepage of pantheistic thought into the minds of Christians. So before Sterrett answers the question, he first details how pantheism contradicts what Jesus taught in order to demonstrate that Jesus cannot fall under the pantheistic umbrella. The contradictory teachings he lists follow:

  • Pantheism teaches that God is impersonal. Jesus teaches that God is personal.
  • Pantheism attempts to defy the simple laws of logic. Jesus holds that logic is undeniable.
  • Pantheism teaches that the universe is God. Jesus teaches that God made the universe.
  • Pantheism teaches that the universe is eternal. Jesus states that that the universe had a beginning.
  • Pantheism teaches that you are part of God. Jesus teaches that you are made in the image of God but separate from Him.
  • Pantheism teaches that sin is an illusion. Jesus states that dealing with sin is the reason He came to earth.
  • Pantheism does not emphasize absolute truth. Jesus emphasized worshiping in spirit and in truth.
Having made it clear that pantheism teaches trust in self and that Jesus teaches trust in Him, Sterrett answers the question of this chapter with the following truths:

1. We are limited in knowledge, but Jesus Christ is all knowing. We see evidence of the omniscience of Jesus in His encounter with Nathanel in John 1 and with the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4.

2. We had nothing to do with our creation; Jesus Christ designed us and sustains us. For example, the Apostle Paul wrote of this in Colossians 1:15-17.

3. We are constantly changing, but Jesus Christ does not change. This is affirmed by Scripture. Hebrews 13:8 is an example.

In the light of these truths, and the truths of the previous chapters, I once again encourage you to…   

Stand firm in Christ,

1. Trust in self is needed to escape samsara; an endless cycle of death and rebirth. This escape happens when the realization that we are truly divine and that the divine is all there is achieved through our own merits. When this realization occurs we become one with the divine. This results in pantheism being contradictory because another main tenet is that the idea of an individual self is an illusion.

Forthcoming:  A summary of Chapter Six:  Why Should I Trust Jesus When There is So Much Disagreement about the Identity of the “Real Jesus”?

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Word About Honesty

I've made an observation based on hundreds of conversations with people on tough moral issues. I've met few who were really interested in doing what's right.  This may seem like a strong statement, but in the course of conversation it becomes obvious.
Sure, they give reasons for their views, convincing even themselves that they have a genuine interest in morality.  Their true colors show, however, when their reasons turn out to be bad ones. They fish around for other justifications.  They begin twisting the facts to fit their views. They reject or ignore contrary points instead of refuting them.
As their options diminish, their search gets more frantic.  It soon becomes clear they never had any intention of being ethical at all.  Their justifications were only rationalizations all along.
Instead of changing their opinions and, ultimately, their conduct, they become angry.  Stripped of the appearance of being moral, they leave mad, still bent on doing what they intended to do in the first place.
Why do we do that? Because the moral demands of the truth are often an unpleasant burden to bear. When self-interest is at stake, we change the rules. We resort to contorted, disfigured arguments. We attack individuals rather than ideas. We take refuge behind the claim that the question is complicated, when it's not really difficult at all. In the end we fire our final salvo, "It's my right!" - the last refuge of the libertine.
Those who are interested in what's true, however, let their judgments rest on the evidence. When the facts go against what they want, they make the difficult choice for the right reasons. They remain loyal to what's true and good, not to what's convenient.
Stand firm in Christ,
Koukl, Greg. Precious Unborn Human Persons. Pages 8 and 9.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Video: Why Parents Need to Become Good Christian Case Makers

In this featured video, apologist and author J. Warner Wallace explains why parents must become effective Christian Case Makers.  This is a topic near and dear to my heart and I agree with Jim wholeheartedly.

Follow Jim on YouTube here.

I've written on raising your kids for Christ here.

Courage and Godspeed,

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Share Your Thoughts: John MacArthur on God's Existence

I follow C.S. Lewis on Twitter. Yes, you read that correctly. You can follow him here. He (read that tongue and cheek please) tweeted the following quote from Pastor John MacArthur that I found intriguing.

“To the honest and open mind, God is self-evident.” ―John MacArthur

God being self-evident has long fascinated me and I was curious to hear your thoughts.  I will share my thoughts at a later date.

Do you agree with Pastor MacArthur or not?  Why or why not? Please share in the comments!  All views are welcomed as long as they are stated charitably.

Courage and Godspeed,