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    Burden of Proof: Does God Exist?

    Christianity is a theistic worldview founded on factual evidence that concludes there is a supernatural deity and that the Bible is the most reliable testimony to reveal the identity of that deity as Jesus Christ.

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    Methods of Evangelism

    Part ONE – Evangelistic Method #1 The Romans Road is an intellectual evangelistic method of sharing the Gospel which uses a systematic approach in laying out the plan of salvation through Bible verses in the book of Romans. In this approach the verses are organized into a simple teaching which is easy to outline who is in need of salvation, why man needs salvation, how God provides that salvation, how man can respond to God’s provision of salvation, and finally what the result is of man’s response to God’s salvation (What is Roman’s Road?). First the case is established that all people are unrighteous before God, all have sinned and…

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    The Truth about Christmas and Easter

    Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. (Colossians 2:16–17, NIV84)

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    Love Wins [Part 4] – A Play with Two Parts

    In Professor John Goldingay’s class on Biblical Hermeneutics at Fuller Theological Seminary he introduces the Bible as a play with two parts. The first part of the play is the Old Testament and the second part is the New Testament. Between the two parts there is an intermission and if you leave during the intermission you only see the first part of the play – you only see the storyline being set up but never get the full understanding or see the culmination of the plot. Similarly, if you come to the play late and walk in during intermission to only see the second part you will have missed the…

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    Love Wins [Part 3] – My Own Personal Hell

    This article deals with the parable known as ‘The Rich Man and Lazarus’ or ‘Abraham’s Bosom’. In the book Love Wins Rob Bell uses this parable to teach that hell is more a state of mind than an actual place and that if we can change our mindset we can be free from hell. He teaches that hell is not forever and in eternity we will have the option to be set free. Is this sound teaching? Where does this understanding come from? According to Bell this is laid out for us in the parable of ‘Abraham’s Bosom’. What is a Parable? The simple and direct definition provided by Merriam-Webster…

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    The Heart of an Apologist

    I have an inquiring mind. I always have questions which when answered lead to more questions and I never accept things at face value. I often find myself as the “devil’s advocate” in discussions when I see a group in agreement. I also try to know the opposing side’s reasoning as much as possible – sometimes as well as the opposition itself. I firmly believe what I believe but am continually seeking to test my beliefs under all scrutiny. To put a formal title on an informal position – I am an Apologist. Not that I have any official role as such but in my mentality – especially when relating…

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    Love Wins [Part 2] – Is Forever, Forever?

    Aion and Olam aion – noun [age, aeon] aionios – adjective [eternal] ‘Aion’ is a Greek noun translated as ‘age’. It’s adjective counterpart, ‘aionios’, is translated as ‘eternal’. Aionios is commonly used to describe the age referred to as everlasting. Love Wins uses many passages, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament, as examples of the usage of the two words, ‘olam’ in the Hebrew and ‘aion’ in the Greek. The argument presented is that both words are defined as ‘age’ and as such they are not eternal but rather a determined period of time. The next conclusion is that the Bible never states an eternal punishment as…

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    Love Wins [Part 1] – Really?

    I just finished reading the new book ‘Love Wins’ by Rob Bell. The book is subtitled ‘A book about heaven, hell and the fate of every person who ever lived’. With a subtitle like that it sounds like it will have some definitive statements on the future of mankind. Doesn’t it? Does it? If you’re not familiar with ‘Love Wins’ let me introduce you to the drama. This book has been a hot topic for the past few weeks since its release, and rightly so. It deals with questions that are current and on everyone’s mind. Is there really a Hell? Does a loving God send people there because they…

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    The Sign of Jonah

    Matthew chapter 12 begins with Jesus and his disciples walking through a field when the disciples picked some grains in the field and ate. The observing Pharisees challenged their obedience to the Sabbath law claiming they should not be working. Jesus’ rebuttal to their scorn was an excellent exegetical lesson from scripture on the meaning of the Sabbath law and Jesus declaring his divine authority. If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath. (Matthew 12:7-8) During that same day as Jesus healed a man with a withered hand;…