Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Bankruptcy of Atheism

When you look at the title, you might be saying, "Hey Rob, what do you mean that atheism is a bankrupt worldview?" First off what prompted this topic for this posting is from finding a meme asking this same question on a Facebook apologetics group.  The meme asked, "Is Atheism Impossible?" This can be taken a couple of ways.

One way is in the thinking that it is hard to win an atheist to believe in the existence of God and the become a follower of Jesus Christ, God in human flesh. The other way is to look at this from the angle of two terms in the question, "atheism" and ideologically bankrupt."  Here is the approach that I wish to take on this subject since there are those a whole lot philosophically astute who have written on this, like Dr. William Lane Craig.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

A Biblical Look at Doing Apologetics

This post is a follow up to my previous entry on a biblical view of apologetics. At the National Conference on Christian Apologetics, there was a discussion on the starting point of apologetics. What seemed like a good start, the discussion turned into a debate on why the Young Earth view was better than the Old Earth view, which was not the intended topic for the discussion since both participants in the discussion (Ken Ham and Dr. Richard Howe) were proponents of the young Earth position, for different reasons.

While which specific methodology is the best, it will not be the topic of this posting. This is because the temptation with apologetics is to offer set answers to set questions.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Biblical Look at Apologetics

Not too long ago there was a running thread on my Facebook wall about being dumbfounded about why Christians see apologetics as an unnecessary discipline in the Christian life and witness. That posting created what I call "blog fodder" which is now prompting me write this post after about a week of study, and research.  So what I would like to present here is a biblical understanding of apologetics from 1 Peter 3:15 and how it relates to contemporary evangelism. 

This posting is going to address the definition of apologetics rooting it firmly as a spiritual discipline indispensable to and indivisible from evangelism in a post-Christian America. 

This is going to be a two part presentation, where in the second part, I am going to bring in how we are to engage in apologetics. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Multiple Worldview Disorder (MWD) in Culture and the Church

by Rob Lundberg, Staff Apologist

Over the past few years I have been writing on the subject of the competing worldviews to biblical Christianity. Whether one wants to recognize this or not, every person, including you the reader, has a worldview. What is a worldview? James Sire in his classic book, The Universe Next Door puts it this way,
“a worldview is a commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions (assumptions, that may be true, partially true, or false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously) about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides that foundation on which we live and move and have our being.”[1]
This past weekend at the Donors Banquet kicking off our Ratio Christi Symposium,

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Has God Restored the Offices of Apostle and Prophet in the Present-Day Church?

There is a movement claiming to restore the offices of apostle and prophet known as The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR).  The basic claim of the NAR is that offices of the apostles and prophets are to be a part of the church. The prooftext for the NAR's claim is founded on Paul's letter in the First Century church(es) in Ephesus.  The text for this claim is Ephesians 4:11-12 which states,  "And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ."  

Is there any biblical support for this claim?  In this post, following up our post addressing the question of whether or not the office of the apostle being alive today, I am going re-address it a little deeper

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

What's All This Talk of a "Five-Fold Ministry"?

The concept of the five-fold ministry comes from the context of  Ephesians 4:11, "It was he who gave some to be (1) apostles, some to be (2) prophets, some to be (3) evangelists, and some to be (4) pastors and (5) teachers.

Because of the singular focus by NAR and charismatic teachers, there are some who believe God has restored, or is restoring, the offices of apostle and prophet in the church today. In my last posting, I addressed whether or not the office of the apostle was valid for today.