HillFaith’s First Zoom Class Starts Tuesday, Jan. 19, 7:00 PM

Beginning at 7 pm Tuesday, January 19, a dozen men and women from points across America will convene together via Zoom for the first session of an eight-week study called “God’s Crime Scene.”

The course is taught by J. Warner Wallace, the former Los Angeles Police Detective who became nationally famous a few years ago with his many appearances on NBC’s “Dateline” news program.

Wallace was a gifted detective with extraordinary investigative skills that enabled him to solve murder cases that had eluded being solved for decades.

J. Warner Wallace.

Go here for a special message from Wallace about the course.

Along the way, he also applied those skills to the evidence for and against Christianity, with the result that he came to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Now he teaches others how to learn and apply the same skills.

Each of the eight sessions will be an hour long, with a 10-15 minute video presentation by Wallace, followed by questions and discussion led by HillFaith founder and editor Mark Tapscott.

This Zoom class is full, but it will be repeated in the near future for congressional employees, and other classes will also be offered, in 2021, including Dr. Frank Turek’s “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist.”

If you would like to receive scheduling and content information on future HillFaith class offerings, send your name and email address to: mt.hillfaith@gmail.com


 

Think Again If You Think There’s No Evidence For Christianity

Even if you’ve been a follower of Jesus Christ who has attended church regularly since childhood, the odds are very good you have little or no idea of just how massive the evidence from multiple fields is for Christianity. There has been a veritable explosion in Christian apologetics research in recent decades.

Same applies if you are an agnostic or an atheist because you almost certainly approach whatever arguments you’ve ever encountered on behalf of, for example, the Resurrection or the reliability of the Bible, with certain presuppositions that makes it all but impossible for you to see the whole picture.

Now along comes Cold-Case Christianity’s J. Warner Wallace, a man who for much of his adult life was an atheist, to demonstrate just how complex and detailed is the case for the most influential faith in all human history. Pay especially close attention when the chalkboard comes on the screen:


 

MYTH-BUSTERS: No, The Bible Does Not Endorse Slavery

More than a few of those who attended college in recent decades were told by professors, guest speakers, textbooks and other assigned readings that “the Bible supported slavery.”

What wasn’t disclosed was the fact the modern abolitionist movement  was inspired by the same Bible, as with William Wilberforce who succeeded in outlawing the Slave Trade. How can these two claims simultaneously both be true? They can’t.

Cold-Case Christianity’s J. Warner Wallace makes that point about Wilberforce, the great British Parliamentarian, and much more in the following video that makes it clear the critics got this one wrong, too:


 

 

MYTH BUSTERS: Did An Imposter Fake The Resurrection?

It’s one of a half-dozen or so theories critics of the resurrection of Jesus Christ have propounded over the years in their effort to explain away the central claim of Christianity, that Jesus was crucified dead, buried and on the third day rose again and appeared to hundreds of people before returning to Heaven.

How important is the Resurrection to the credibility of Christianity? Without the Resurrection of Jesus, Christianity is based on a lie, a myth or deception.

As Paul told the Corinthians, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.”

Cold-Case Christianity’s J. Warner Wallace, the former Los Angeles Police Detective who became famous for solving unsolvable murder cases, addresses the claim that the person seen after the alleged Resurrection was an imposter:


 

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY: Is The Christmas Season Just A Pagan Holiday?

You may have heard that Christmas is little more than the early Christians’ co-opting a bunch of pagan holiday traditions and practices in order to not be left out of all the fun. It’s often presented as a snarky way of more generally discrediting Christianity.

Shane Morris of the Colson Center takes the snark apart with three common sense and well-researched reasons why it makes little sense to dismiss Christmas on that basis:


 

DID YOU KNOW: Giraffes Have Huge Hearts. By Design Or By Chance?

Have you ever thought about the distance from a giraffe’s heart to its brain? Me, neither, until today anyway,  when I watched the following video from Eric Lyons of Apologetics Press.

Screen shot from Apologetics Press.

Think about it, it’s approximately eight feet from the adult giraffe’s heart to its head.

When the giraffe reaches up into trees to eat, that’s eight vertical feet the heart must pump blood to its brain, while maintaining sufficient blood pressure that, by the way, is substantially greater than you or I require in our bodies to continue living.

So why should you care about this? It’s the difference between mere chance and purposeful intention. By definition, the former isn’t a reliable source for the required heart, while the latter requires will and thus indicates design. But that leads us to you know where! Regardless where you stand on evolution vs intelligent design, this video will make you think twice:



 

Even Top Evolutionists Admit The World Looks Like Something That Was Intelligently Designed

Bet you didn’t know that the appearance of intelligent design in the universe is so deep and pervasive that more than a few otherwise convinced evolutionists concede that the world looks like it was created for a purpose.

In the following video, Eric Lyons of the Apologetics Press shares some surprisingly candid quotes from world-famous evolutionists like Jerry Coyne. At what point of interwoven sophistication in form and function does it become unreasonable to think it came to be strictly by chance?

You don’t have to agree with every jot and tittle of Lyons’ presentation (I don’t) to realize how amazing is the incredible complexity, cleverness and intricacy of creation, far beyond what might be possible through chance:


 

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY: How Could God Be Good If He Ordered Old Testament Genocide?

They are among the most troubling of Old Testament passages for contemporary minds. I am referring to verses like Deuteronomy 2:34 and I Samuel 15:2-3 in which God ordered every Amalekite and Canaanite man, woman, child, cow, goat, etc. etc. utterly destroyed.

Doesn’t sound like justice, does it? Well, maybe there’s more to these verses than is commonly assumed, especially when there is a lack of  understanding of the ancient contexts in which they were composed.

The Colson Center’s Brook McIntyre digs deep into the facts about how ancient literature portrayed things like military victories, as well as the horrific truths about the pagan culture that was dominant in what the Old Testament referred to as the “Promised Land” for Israel:


 

MYTH-BUSTERS: Is Being ‘Good’ All That Matters To God?

It may be the most commonly heard response to the question of what do you have to do to get to Heaven: “Well, I’m basically a good person, so I’m pretty confident God will let me in Heaven when I die.”

But think about it for a second. If being ‘good’ is the key standard, who defines what it means to be good? That of all your acts in life, including all your words and thoughts, 5o percent of them, plus one, were “good?”

Cold-Case Christianity’s J. Warner Wallace offers a bracing analysis of this issue in the following video:


 

You Only Get One Shot To See ‘Against The Tide’

“Against the Tide: Finding God in an Age of Science” is a new documentary from Pensmore Films featuring Oxford Mathematics Professor Emeritus John Lennox and actor Kevin Sorbo, to be aired in more than 600 theaters across the country on November 19.

John Lennox, Professor Emeritus in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science.

Lennox has debated the world’s most well-known atheists around the world — including Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Peter Singer, and Michael Shermer — and is the author of God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?Gunning for God, and God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is it Anyway.

Kevin Sorbo is known to millions of Hollywood fans around the world as the lead character in one of the most successful syndicated TV series ever,  “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” as well as “Andromeda” and “Supergirl.”

Actor Kevin Sorbo in “Hercules”

More recently, Sorbo has become known for his faith as a follower of Jesus Christ. “I am frequently berated by Hollywood compatriots for my Christian faith,” Sorbo said. “This seemed a great opportunity to learn how to respond from a master in turning the atheist manifesto on its head. Furthermore, I get to appear as ‘myself!’” Not every successful actor gets to appear on screen as themselves.

For more information on tickets and where the film is being shown, go here.


 

These Ancient Secular Historians Explode The Recurring Myth That Jesus Never Actually Existed

There is a claim that comes and goes in public forums among critics of Jesus that contends there never was an actual person by that name who did the miracles described in the Gospel and who ultimately was crucified on a Roman cross, buried in a grave donated by a rich man and resurrected three days later.

With the advent of social media, the “Jesus never lived” claim is frequently recirculated on the Internet, thanks in great part to  evangelism efforts inspired by high-profile atheists like the late Physicist Stephen Hawking and astrophysicist/cable TV celebrity Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The reality is, as the following vimeo from David Couchman’s series on “Jesus Myths” makes abundantly clear, ancient secular historians who are readily accepted as legitimate sources for other persons and events in the world of the Roman Empire also attest to the life and death of Jesus:


 

MYTH BUSTERS: No, Jesus Was Not A Copycat Savior

It’s one of those objections that comes and goes in public discussions about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as opponents of the Gospels claim His disciples simply made Him up by borrowing from similar pagan gods with which they were familiar.

Uh, no, there’s scant evidence that any of those pagan deities were anywhere near sufficiently alike the Jesus of the Gospels to be suitable for such a fictional enterprise of creation. Cold-case Christianity’s J. Warner Wallace explains:


 

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY: When Someone Claims The Crusades Prove Christianity Is Just As Violent As Islam

Listen to a conversation on the Hill among congressional staffers about the Crusades and it’s a near certainty that somebody will claim these Middle Ages wars between Christians and Muslims prove Christianity is just as violent as Islam.

There is some truth behind that statement, but it’s not what you might be expecting. What it shows is that Original Sin is a problem every human being who has ever lived (except one, Jesus Christ!) must come to grips with one way or the other.

The Colson Center’s Brook McIntyre lays out the historical facts on three points that make clear the inaccuracy of the argument about what the Crusades “prove” about Christianity:


 

No, Jesus Was NOT A Socialist, Not Even Close!

How many times have you heard the claim that Jesus cared about the poor and condemned the rich, so He must have been a socialist? It’s one of those claims that have a superficial appearance of reasonableness. Until the facts about Jesus and socialism are known, that is.

A related myth here is that the early Christians “owned everything in common” and that made them socialists as well. But, as Joseph Backholm of the Colson Center makes clear in the following video, Jesus never advocated forced charity and the early Christians shared their worldly goods because they chose to do so, not because they were commanded to do it:


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WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? To The Person Claiming That Socialism Is The Answer To Our Problems

Utopian thinking has been around since the dawn of time, but the socialist version of that outlook is a relatively recent invention. Government ownership of the means of production and abolishing private property is the socialism of the modern era, thanks mainly to Karl Marx and the British Fabians.

Here in America, this socialism has developed an inordinately large following among Millennials and Gen Xers because America’s public schools for decades have refused to allow students to learn the advantages, flaws and historical performance records of both free enterprise and socialism. Nobody should be surprised then that so many think socialism is the answer to all of America’s problems.

But the facts, according to Brook McIntyre on the latest Colson Center “What Would You Say” video, make it abundantly clear that there really is no comparison between the two systems:


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