Thursday, December 08, 2016

Abdu Murray makes his C.A.S.E. for the Resurrection of Jesus

Former Muslim Abdu Murray is a radio show host, professor, and adjunct apologist with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.  On this edition of "The Exchange, " Murray shares the key evidence that convinced him to abandon Islam and embrace the God of the Bible.

Murray also explains the following acronym he and a friend developed to explain the evidence for Jesus' resurrection. It is as follows:

C is for crucifixion

Many sources, including anti-Christian sources including the testimony of Pontius Pilate confirm that Jesus was crucified.

A is for appearances

Stories of the resurrected Jesus appearing to Peter, James, and Paul are historically accurate.

S is for skeptics
James and Paul, some of the most infamous skeptics were converted. If those who have everything to lose are convinced you have good evidence.

E is for empty tomb

The Gospels teach that Jesus first appeared to the women outside of the tomb. Using the testimony of women as proof for the resurrection of Jesus would have been unwise because the testimony of women was virtually worthless in that time.

You can listen here.

You can learn more about Abdu, and Embrace the Truth ministries, here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Book Preview: Signposts to God- How Modern Physics and Astronomy Point the Way to Belief by Peter Bussey

Author

Peter Bussey (PhD, ScD, Cambridge) is a particle physicist and an honorary research fellow in the school of physics and astronomy at the University of Glasgow. He is a fellow of the Institute of Physics and previously served at Cambridge University, CERN, and Sheffield University. Bussey is involved in research with several international particle physics collaborations, including the ZEUS Experiment at DESY in Hamburg, Germany, the CDF Experiment at Fermilab in Chicago, and the ATLAS Experiment at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland. He is widely published in journals such as Science and Christian Belief.



About the Book


The heavens declare the glory of God" (Ps 19:1). Can we still sing the words of the Psalmist in an age where scientists talk about an expanding cosmos, the Higgs boson, and the multiverse?

In Signposts to God particle physicist Peter Bussey introduces readers to the mysteries of modern physics and astronomy. Written in clear, accessible prose, Bussey provides a primer on topics such as the laws of nature, quantum physics, fine-tuning, and current cosmological models. He shows that despite the remarkable achievements of science, the latest research in these fields does not lead to simple physicalism in which physical processes are able to explain everything that exists.

Bussey argues that, far from ruling out a divine Creator, modern physics and astronomy present us with compelling signposts to God. The more we know about the cosmos and our presence in it, the more plausible belief in God becomes. We can be intellectually satisfied in both science and the Christian faith. Written by someone who has worked for years in scientific research, Signposts to God is a timely and winsome response to a cultural stalemate.

Recommendation

"During my decades of teaching, I have carried a constant sadness about the complete ignorance and misunderstanding—by almost all secularists and many Christians—of the relationship between Christianity and science. Upon reading Signposts to God, my cloud began to lift. This book does a thorough and masterful job of showing that physics and astronomy have usually been friendly, not hostile, to Christian ideas. Peter Bussey wisely provides a user-friendly overview of the last centuries of physics and astronomy so the reader can understand the arguments to follow. If you get one book on science and religion this year, get this one."

—J. P. Moreland, distinguished professor of philosophy, Biola University

You can learn more about the book here

Order your copy here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Monday, December 05, 2016

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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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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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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