Tuesday, November 24, 2015

If Everything Needs a Creator, then Who or What Created God?

Introduction.

Those of you who have been following some recent Twitter to Facebook quotes have noticed that I have been involved in some conversations with the fellow coworker, who embraces a pagan religion, and who loves to see if he can stump me.  Without getting into the crux of the conversation, it somehow ended up on what kind of God exists. 

My conversant took tried to state that the universe had always existed and if was expanding it at a constant rate. In other words, he was promoting his understanding of a "steady state" universe.[1] This prompted him to question me with the following, "If you believe that God created the universe, then who created God?"

Monday, October 26, 2015

Is Biblical Christianity Compatible with Socialism?

I usually don't mettle on political issues unless there is something that has to do with impacting the Christian church. The last time I did something relevant to politics and culture was at the beginning of the second term of the current President's administration.

This upcoming election season has sparked a question, that raises another question. This question has  been raised over the last few decades in various circles. The question is, "Is Christianity compatible with socialism?" or "Are socialism and Christianity similar in their outworkings?

This is a worldview question. We have seen the decisions that have been made that are in direct conflict with the biblical worldview.  Since every political candidate has a worldview, I want to address this issue from a worldview perspective. What I hope to defend in this posting is that socialism, as a political economic theory, is contra-biblical. In other words, it is in total contradiction to the biblical worldview.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Congratulations to The Poached Egg Apologetics Network for Five Years of Ministry!


It was about three years ago that I received a phone call from Greg West sharing with me about his passion on apologetics. At that time The Poached Egg Apologetics Network was still in its adolescence, and reflected that passion.

What is this poached egg illustrative description?  The name of his ministry comes from C. S. Lewis' statement in Mere Christianity,

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

Monday, June 8, 2015

Apologetics Serves Evangelism in a Post Christian Culture

Thinking this morning about where our culture has been and where it is going, I could not help pondering about the church’s effectiveness in this post Christian culture in reaching those without Christ.  

The truth is that every believer already, whether they realize it or not, does some form of pre-evangelism to the ones who are hostile to the gospel message. The question now becomes, do they want to continue to do it poorly or do they want to do it well? And it saddens me to think that there are many pastors who are still stuck in the old paradigm of "the Bible says" approach to evangelism. 

While that paradigm may work in some scenarios, such encounters are becoming less frequent as our culture plunges itself deeper into the the naturalistic worldview.  How is this manifesting itself?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

In the Culture We Have Today, Pre-evangelism or Apologetics Cannot be Ignored

A couple of postings ago, I shared with you about four dangerous trends that are confronting the church and the culture. With these four trends, the task of apologetics is needed more than ever. People today are living out a humanistic existence, reflecting no need for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  

Just the other day, I was at Sheets, picking up a smoothie, and saw someone with a tee shirt that had the word "Church" on the back. I thought that this might give me to seek an opportunity to talk with the young man sporting the tee shirt, with the hopes of a conversation. It turned out that the concert shirt a country musician named Eric Church's world tour and not for the Epic Life Church[1] that is here in "the Burg."

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

For Those Who Are Struggling, What Does God Think of Me as His Child?

Here is a list of biblical affirmations about who we are, when it comes to our identity in Jesus Christ that is derived from a few selected passages in the New Testament. This is just a portion of the many truths about who we have become through faith in God’s Son.  Use this as a way of taking inventory from time to time.

• I am a child of God.

But to all who have received him--those who believe in his name--he has given the right to become God's children … (John 1:12).

• I am a branch of the true vine, and a conduit of Christ’s life.

I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me--and I in him--bears much fruit, because apart from me you can accomplish nothing (John 15:1, 5).

• I am a friend of Jesus.

I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from my Father (John 15:15).

Monday, April 13, 2015

You Should Not Legislate Morality! Really?


Introducing the Challenge

Whenever you and I find ourselves in a conversation with someone centered around a volatile issue concerning morality or lifestyles, we are bound to hear something like, "you cannot legislate morality!" Is this true? Do we, ourselves legislate morality whenever we go to the voting booth? Is this challenge logical? Is this challenge correct from a political understanding?

These last two questions go to the nerve of this challenge.  Let's look at these real issues.