A Christian Hater and Persecutor Decides to Follow Jesus

A Christian Hater and Persecutor Decides to Follow Jesus

Apologetics, Blog
As you investigate the resurrection of Jesus you come to see that there are a number of widely accepted facts that require an explanation. Some of these “minimal facts”, as Dr. Gary Habermas refers to them, are that Jesus was crucified, after his death his followers claimed to have seen him alive again and they were willing to die for this claim, and Jesus’ tomb was empty. These facts need an explanation. Another fact that is accepted by the majority of New Testament scholars, both Christian and non-Christian, involves the unlikely and sudden conversion of Saul of Tarsus. Saul of Tarsus was a zealous Pharisee. In the book of Acts we see him approving the stoning death of Stephen and hunting down Christians so they can be imprisoned and punished.…
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Was Jesus’ Tomb Empty?

Was Jesus’ Tomb Empty?

Apologetics, Blog
There are a surprising number of facts about Jesus’ death and resurrection that are accepted by both Christian and non-Christian scholars such as the fact that Jesus died by crucifixion and the fact that Jesus’ disciples claimed to have seen him alive again and were willing to die for this claim. Another element of Jesus’ death and resurrection is that his tomb was found empty. There is strong evidence to suggest that Jesus’ tomb was in fact empty, so much so that, according to scholar Gary Habermas the majority of New Testament scholars, both Christian and non-Christian, accept it as fact. Why should we believe that Jesus’ tomb was empty? Jesus was a well-known public figure who suffered a gruesome and very public execution in Jerusalem. Jesus and his followers…
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Did the Disciples See Jesus Alive After the Resurrection?

Did the Disciples See Jesus Alive After the Resurrection?

Apologetics, Blog
There is quite a bit of evidence that Jesus was crucified. A number of biblical authors attest to this but several ancient non-Christian writers do as well. The big question then, and indeed the crux of the whole truth of Christianity, is whether Jesus came back to life after three days as the biblical authors claim. Many skeptics seek 100% certainty or proof that Jesus rose from the dead. Those seeking this type of proof will be disappointed. However, just like in an investigation or court case, we can examine all the evidence and decide which explanation best fits the evidence we have. When it comes to whether Jesus rose from the dead, one of the biggest facts that we have available to us is the fact that Jesus’ disciples,…
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Non-Biblical Evidence for Jesus’ Crucifixion

Non-Biblical Evidence for Jesus’ Crucifixion

Apologetics, Blog
Jesus was a real person. While you may encounter those on the Internet or even people you know who claim that Jesus never existed, that a man named Jesus lived in first century Palestine is one of the most solidly attested and accepted facts of the ancient world. Critical scholars of the time period, both Christians and non-Christians, agree that Jesus was a real person. While this fact is commonly accepted, where the debate arises is whether the Jesus described in the Bible is the real Jesus. Did he perform miracles? Was he crucified? Did he rise from the dead? Is he God? Many non-Christians dismiss these claims and many Christians believe that they only have the Bible to rely on for evidence…the very evidence denied by many non-Christians. Christians…
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How to Turn a Conversation Toward Spiritual Things

How to Turn a Conversation Toward Spiritual Things

Apologetics, Blog, Evangelism
So, you’re hanging out with your friends and you would really like to share something about your faith…do you chicken out or do you take the plunge and, in a break in the conversation, dive right into the “Romans Road” or the 4 spiritual laws? Many people choose to chicken out because they assume that there are only two possibilities: remain silent or share the full Gospel with someone. Fortunately, there are easier and more natural ways to have a spiritual conversation with a friend. Last weekend, I attended Mission ConneXion in Portland and sat in on a very helpful workshop lead by apologist Dr. Brent Strawsburg, Founder of Brent Strawsburg Apologetics.  Dr. Strawsburg spoke about several ways to share your faith and I wanted to pass one on to…
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Youth Apologetics and Christian Worldview Programs

Youth Apologetics and Christian Worldview Programs

Apologetics, Blog, Youth
As noted in several prominent studies, many Christian youth leave the church in their teen years. One of the most frequently cited reasons given by those who leave the faith is that Christianity does not provide answers to life’s most important questions. This is so sad to hear; firstly, because the Christian worldview actually does provide these answers, in fact, the Christian worldview provides the best explanation for the reality of the world as we know it. Secondly, this is tragic because the parents of these youth and their church were not equipped to provide these valuable answers. This should be a huge wake-up call to the church and should spur all of us on to become skilled and compassionate Christian apologists who can help our youth, as well as…
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5 Reasons to Start Your Religious Quest with Christianity

5 Reasons to Start Your Religious Quest with Christianity

Apologetics, Blog
My guess is you’re reading this because you’re interested in spiritual matters. While much of the website is written to encourage Christians, I know that some of you visiting the site are not Christians. If you are a “spiritual” person and are seeking to better understand world religions, then this post if for you. The following are five reasons why a thoughtful person seeking religious truth should start with Christianity. I originally heard these five reasons in an apologetics lecture by Dr. Craig Hazen of Biola University. Those interested in exploring these more should check out one of his lectures (start around 14:15) or read his apologetics novel Five Sacred Crossings. And now the five reasons: 1)      Christianity is testable. Christianity is the only religion that is objectively testable. It…
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4 Awesome Apologetics Apps

4 Awesome Apologetics Apps

Apologetics, Blog
It can be easy to spend a lot of time on our phones and I’m not going to wade into that debate here. While there are a lot of apps that are time wasters, there are also some good apps that can build your faith. I wanted to mention a few great apps you may not know about, they are all about apologetics. In its basic sense, apologetics simply means making a defense. Christian apologetics is defending or making a case for the truth of our beliefs. We can also think of Christian apologetics as a ministry, that of caring for people by answering their honest questions about and objections to Christianity. I know some of you just read that and are ready to close the browser window, but hang…
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