Saturday, September 30, 2017

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism: What is It and How Can We Respond to this Phenomenon?

A couple of years ago one of my students in our chapter confessed that he had been experiencing some difficulties at home. Much of problem was a misunderstanding about being a well behaved young adult (college student) living under their parents roof.  However their thinking also revealed that they were questioning their understanding of God and whether God really cared and intervened in their life. What that person told me was that they were living more along the lines of a deistic understanding of how God operates in our lives.

As I think about where we are in our culture

Monday, September 25, 2017

Are 2 Samuel 24:1 and 1 Chronicles 21:1 Contradictory?

Sometimes the Bible presents what seems to be contradictions in the histories of the Old Testament. One such case are the passages of 2 Samuel 24:1 and 1 Chronicles 21:1 which respectively tell us, What is the problem? Well, how can a passage claiming that God moved David to number Israel be not a contradiction to a similar passage in 1 Chronicles 21:1 which claims that it was Satan who caused David to number Israel?  Are these passages problematic?

Here are the passages and let's work this through.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Remembering Nabeel Qureshi April 13, 1983 - September 16, 2017

April 13, 1983-September 16, 2017

Nabeel Qureshi died of cancer yesterday (Saturday) morning. I did not know him as well as those in the RZIM community, the Houston Baptist faculty and the folks at Biola. 

However I am thankful for the privilege having the opportunity to be a break out speaker in 2010, when he and his pastor hosted a regional apologetics conference as a youth minister at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church and conversing with him about his and David Wood's experiences at the Dearborn Arab Festival.  I had a short visit with him a few times at the National Apologetics Conference, particularly the year that he shared his testimony and why he wrote Seeking Allah and Finding Jesus.  

He will be greatly missed by many.  Please continue to pray for his wife, Michelle, and their daughter Ayah.  

There are some wonderful posts out there in the blogosphere. Allow me to recommend this article from The Stream by Tom Gilson.  Also, Ravi Zacharias has written a wonderful testimony of Nabeel's impact with RZIM for  the Washington Post.  Also Justin Taylor from the Gospel Coalition has written a wonderful article on Nabeel's life.

His writing, his preaching and speaking and his fellowship in the apologetics world will be sorely missed. He impacted many in the church to reach out to Muslims and defend their faith with the gentleness and respect we are called to do. This young man's legacy will continue to impact many because of the many lives that he touched. Ravi Zacharias stated that it was tens of thousands. 

This is not good bye, Nabeel. This we'll see you later and soon.  

Rob

Addendum:

For those of you who may have missed the service, you can also read the gleanings by Ravi Zacharias who gave Nabeel's eulogy.  It is found online in the Christianity Today  What Ravi Zacharias Said at Nabeel Qureshi’s Funeral.  Please continue to pray for Nabeel's wife Michelle, their daughter Ayah Fatima, and Nabeel's Mother and Father and his sister who are both Muslims.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Five Questions Every Worldview MUST Answer Coherently and Cohesively



You hear a lot about the subject of world views and you may have run across some posts here at The Real Issue on world views. But repetition is always a good teacher, particularly when it comes to matters of truth and ministry. 

There are a variety of definitions that are presented by different authors. When we look at the meaning of the worldview, my go to is James Sire's definition where he says that a worldview is  "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]  

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Real Issue Podcast: It's Apologetics Awareness Week! (September 10-17, 2017)

September 10-17, 2017 kicks off the first Apologetics Awareness Week.  If you have been following the postings this week, took some time to sum up those postings and share a little about this week.

This is a week to get those who have not thought about the task of apologetics or have had difficulty questions thrown their way and have not known how to answer them. It is also a week for those who have wondered about apologetics and have not had the chance to get in on the fun of learning what it means to be confident about one's faith.

Check out the Real Issue Podcast for more information and more equipping in this show, on "It's Apologetics Awareness Week" on the Real Issue podcast.


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Saturday, September 9, 2017

What Can Apologetics Do and Why Do Apologetics?

We are fast approaching the Apologetics Awareness Week (September 10-17) and I have shared with you somethings about the purpose and the importance of apologetics. My previous post was about what apologetics cannot do without the aide of the Holy Spirit.  In this post I want to do double duty in sharing with you about what apologetics can do and why we should do apologetics.

First off we need to understand why we do apologetics apart from the Scriptures commanding us to give a reason for the hope that we have.

Friday, September 8, 2017

What Apologetics Cannot Do

We have a few more days before the beginning of the Apologetics Awareness Week (Sept 10-17).  Be sure to check out your local LifeWay stores to find if and when there will be a workshop during the week. The Tuesday event is a workshop that will be held by a staff member of the LifeWay store walking the participants through the free Apologetics workbook. Make sure that if you have thought of learning about apologetics, these events might be a good activity to whet your appetite.

In this post, I want to share with you about four (4) things that apologetics cannot do.  Let's address them and get to the real issue.  Tomorrow's post will be on the things that apologetics can do as we wrap up the week of posts.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

What is the Goal of Apologetics?

As we continue some short posts in preparation for next week's nationwide Apologetics Awareness Week (Sept 10-17), I am often told by folks who really don't understand the goal of apologetics or the purpose of apologetics that apologetics is divisive. Many think it is about winning an argument.  But this posting is going to show that apologetics has a broader purpose than winning a debate in a formal setting, or demolishing arguments or giving reason.

The goal of apologetics, in a one to one conversation should be evangelism. No way! Really? Yes. Really!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Why is Apologetics Important and Necessary?

Continuing on as we approach the Apologetics Awareness Week, let me share with you why I believe apologetics is very important and very necessary for Christians and for the Church today. Here is my "ugly statement." Believers who would like to be effective in their evangelism and discple-making must understand three reasons why apologetics is important and necessary for Christians and the Church. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Apologetics Awareness Week, September 10-17

Apologetics Awareness Week is next week!  What is Apologetics Awareness Week?  The purpose of Apologetics Awareness Week - September 10-17, 2017 - is two fold.  First it is to motivate and inspire Christians to promote apologetics in their local area, online, and within their sphere of influence.  

Second it is to unite the apologetics community in promoting rational faith in the church, Christian schools, and throughout the culture. You can help with this effort by networking intentionally, particularly through social media during this week. And don’t forget the power of personal, face-to-face communication, especially with your church’s leadership.

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Real Issue Podcast: The Sacredness of Human Sexuality, The Nashville Statement and Did Jesus Address Same Sex Marriage

We continue this week in our final program (for now) on the those things that God considers sacred.

Is human sexuality sacred? With the divorce rate being close to 50% in our culture and the church, along with culture affirming sexual promiscuity the church in America came up with a balanced and biblical response.

This week the CBMW came out with a coalitional statement called "The Nashville Statement" that puts forth a sound biblical response to the sexually charged post Christian culture. With the religion of the culture being "sex" and the philosophy of the culture being nihilism, this statement is God's message to the church, the culture, and those "on the fence" because of the culture pontifications that gay is okay, and sexual freedom is the way to meaningful relationships (it's not).


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Links:
The Nashville Statement
Sojourners' Counter Response
Michael Brown's response to the Sojourners response
Closing music: King and Country, "Ceasefire"