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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What is an “unreached people group”?

What is an “unreached people group”?

Blog, Missions
If you have spent much time in a church that prioritizes global missions then you have probably heard talk about the priority of sending missionaries to unreached people groups. This is a great priority but I think at times those advocating for this priority forget that some of these terms may be unfamiliar to many in the church. I have been guilty of this myself when, as a missionary, I spoke to fellow believers about the importance of working with unreached people groups without taking the time to explain some of the terms I was using. So, let’s talk a little bit about “unreached people groups” and define what we are talking about. The world is like a waffle, not a pancake I once heard a helpful illustration about the…
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Weekend Reading (February 3-4, 2018)

Weekend Reading (February 3-4, 2018)

Blog, Weekend Reading
It’s Friday again friends! There has been plenty in the news world this week both good and bad. Here are a few items you may not have seen. Enjoy! Contentment in an Age of Discontent – Chris Grace and Tim Muehlhoff, The Art of Relationships For those of you unfamiliar with The Art of Relationships podcast, consider this a gift…you’re welcome! This is a fantastic podcast with two very smart, very funny guys. This episode focused on how many are experiencing discontentment and which social, cultural and technological influences are feeding it. I found this an encouraging episode as there are areas of my life where I feel discontent and it was a good reminder to stop myself and evaluate whether those feelings are justified. Here is a small excerpt…
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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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Weekend Reading (January 27-28, 2018)

Weekend Reading (January 27-28, 2018)

Blog, Weekend Reading
“People wonder why the novel is the most popular form of literature; people wonder why it is read more than books of science or books of metaphysics. The reason is very simple; it is merely that the novel is more true than they are.” ― G.K. Chesterton Here are a few articles I read this week and wanted to pass along. Have a great weekend and enjoy the reading!   Japan, New Wine, and a Vision to Share Christ – Lindsay Steele, Mission News Network Think about some of the world’s largest groups of people who haven’t heard the Gospel. Peoples such as the Iranians, Turks, or Indonesians probably come to mind but what about the Japanese? The 127 million Japanese are one of the largest unreached people groups. A…
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16 Ways to Share Your Faith

16 Ways to Share Your Faith

Blog, Encouragement, Evangelism
Sharing my faith. Why am I so hesitant to do it? As a forgiven follower of Jesus, I am so grateful for Jesus’ saving work, the power of the Holy Spirit in my life, and my faith in a good and loving God who helps me live in a broken world. I want to tell others about what God has done for me. I know that God wants me to tell others and yet I am hesitant and fearful. This is an area that needs improvement in my life. One of my personal challenges for this year is to be more intentional about sharing my faith, having conversations about faith and pointing others to Jesus. Since this is definitely not one of my strong suits, I decided to reach out…
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Weekend Reading (January 20-21, 2018)

Weekend Reading (January 20-21, 2018)

Blog, Weekend Reading
As Dr. Seuss says in I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” Enjoy this first installment of “weekend reading”! I will link to some of the articles I have enjoyed or been challenged by this week. I hope you will enjoy them too! 2018 World Watch List - Open Doors Since the 1970s, Open Doors has been monitoring and reporting on the persecution of Christians throughout the world. Every year they release the World Watch List of the 50 countries in which Christians face the most persecution. The accompanying article explains the methodology and the definitions of the different terms and categories and this can help you not only…
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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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Waiting for the Returning King

Waiting for the Returning King

Blog, Encouragement
In part one of this article, we looked at how the birth of Jesus was, in one sense, the culmination of centuries of expectation as Israel waited for the long-prophesied Messiah. Jesus' death on the cross and his resurrection assured his victory over Satan, a conquering of death and a chance for those who trust in him to receive forgiveness and eternal life. Before he ascended into heaven, Jesus promised he would return again. Like those who waited for his first coming, we look around us at our broken world, at our broken relationships and long for Jesus’ return. Like every generation, since the disciples saw him depart, we hope that ours will be the generation that will welcome him back. As we reflect on this time of waiting, there…
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Waiting for the Messiah

Waiting for the Messiah

Blog, Encouragement
One aspect that I love about the story of Jesus’ birth, an aspect that sometimes gets lost in the amazing wonder of the details we are more familiar with, is the celebration at the end of the long wait for the Messiah. As 21st century readers, we need to try to appreciate the context of that moment in history. The Jews had been waiting for centuries for the promised Messiah. Numerous prophecies foretold of him and each generation waited with bated breath, hoping he would come. By the time the first century rolled around, God’s chosen people had not had a word from the Lord in 400 years! They had been ruled over by the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Seleucids, and finally the Romans. I can imagine faithful Jews at…
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