Saturday, August 13, 2016

Miracles: God's Supernatural "Calling Card"

Whenever the subject of miracles arises in a conversation, the accusation of extremism rules the day along with other spiritual topics. Some people deny the possibility of miracles. Others obsess over alleged supernatural events. As we examine the pages of the Bible, miracles appear all throughout its pages usually validating God's messenger. The Old Testament prophets, Jesus, and His apostles were all confirmed by signs and wonders.  Their extraordinary acts all testify that God's messenger spoke from and for God.  This posting is going to define a "miracle" and then briefly examine different views of miracles and provide a response.

Without a supernatural realm, miracles are impossible, and without miracles as God's supernatural calling card, the prophets, Jesus, and the apostles might have been rejected more than what they were.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

"Black Lives Matter:" American Society's Genetic Fallacy

Sometimes some of my best thinking happens in the wee hours of the morning, while I am preparing for my day job. But on this one particular morning I was pondering on the subject of informal fallacies. This posting is going to explain what a fallacy is, then move into explaining the genetic fallacy, and finally share a couple examples of cultural committals of the genetic fallacy. Just a fair word of warning. This posting is probably going to get some hits from both sides of the issue. But it comes with the territory.

What is the genetic fallacy?

Those who are familiar with the study of logic have heard this term "fallacy."  A fallacy is an error in reasoning which violates fundamental laws of logic.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

What Purpose Does Apologetics Have in the Church?

Whenever we talk to another believer about the subject of apologetics, we often get some unique reactions. Some think that apologetics is about arguing someone into Heaven.  It's not about arguing as much as it is persuading or encouraging one to believe.

Others think that apologetics is about debating two contrary views.  While conversation has the potential to get spirited if the wrong attitude is taken this is a misnomer as well.  

This posting is not a response to the reactions to apologetics. That might sound like another blog posting.  What I would like to do here is just share some of the notes that I am putting together for our church, and what we are planning to teach in the not too distant future.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Why Did the Bible Include Certain Books and Not Others?

I have a good friend on (and outside of) Facebook who posted an apologetics video from my wall summarizing evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. This in turn sparked a conversation with one of his friends about the issue of which books were chosen to be included in the Bible.

This person's best defense was an appeal to the faulty sourced used on the National Geographic and History Channels with their presentations of historical documentaries on the Bible. Why didn't the History Channel and other programs daring to pontificate on the books of the Bible include solid evangelical scholarship?  The answer to that question still remains a mystery.