Oxford Mathematician Explains Why He’s A Follower Of Jesus

Only stupid or insecure or misguided people become followers of Jesus, right? That is an attitude one inevitably encounters while working for a U.S. senator or representative.

But then there is Professor John Lennox, the Irish mathematician from Oxford university, who not only is incredibly intelligent but also among the world’s most effective apologists for Christianity.

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How Do We Know The ‘First Cause’ Is The Christian God?

Most people when they think about it can agree there has to be a First Cause — or the Uncaused Cause — to explain the existence of the universe, including the Earth, time, men and women, etc.

But how do we know this First Cause is the God named in the Christian scriptures? Dr. Frank Turek of cross-examined.org is asked that extremely relevant question by a student who also asks a bunch of additional questions. It makes for a great five minute discussion:

 

Guy Is Swallowed By Whale And Survives. You Doubted The Bible And Jonah?

South African diver Rainer Schimpf shares something with the biblical Jonah that few, if any, other people ever have — Schimpf was swallowed whole by a huge whale, then spit out, and lived to tell about it.

In fact, it was all caught on video. Faithwire has this incredible story, via Barcroft Animals.

New Testament, Archeology Agree, Pontius Pilate Was A Real Person

A commonly heard objection to the New Testament account of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the alleged absence of archeological evidence for various people, including the Lord Himself.

This piece from Raphael Lataster, author of “There Was No Jesus, There Is No God,” is typical of the genre. Besides Jesus, cases have also been made by skeptics that Pontius Pilate was fictional, or at least there was no archeological evidence of his existence.

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PUEBLA 2019: A Monday Journey Way Out, Including A Taste Of Cactus

Workday one in Puebla, Mexico, for our band from Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) fell on February 3, which also happens to be the national holiday celebrating adoption in 1917 of the country’s current constitution.

Fireworks are a big deal in Mexico and a major battle of the revolution that lasted from 1910 to 1920 was won by the constitution forces here in Puebla. So the celebrations in this region are much like re-enactments in the U.S. of battles from our Civil War. Continue reading “PUEBLA 2019: A Monday Journey Way Out, Including A Taste Of Cactus”

PUEBLA 2019: There Was A Time You Couldn’t Pay Me To Do This

It wasn’t that long ago that no amount of money would have been enough to get me to do what I will do for the fourth time in five years, starting early tomorrow morning, February 2.

Me and more than a dozen buddies from Friendship Baptist Church in Sykesville, Md., and thereabouts will board a United Airlines flight from Dulles International Airport to Houston. It’s the first leg of a trip that takes us to Puebla, Mexico, arriving late tomorrow evening.

Why are we going there?

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Would You Stake Your Life On A 1-In- 10-To-The-140th-Power Chance Of Surviving?

Mathematics, simple or otherwise,  has never been my forte, but one thing I understand from those who eat, live and sleep numbers is that odds, or chance, can be measured, as in probabilities.

That means the probability of the proper alignment in the right proportion under the correct environmental conditions for the creation of the first living cell can be expressed as numbers. But we aren’t talking about numbers like 2+2.

Above photo by Chris Liverani on Unsplash.

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Why Is It All We Want For Christmas Is MORE?

Now that the presents are unwrapped, the pretty bows and paper have all been picked up and the kids are out playing with their new delights, take a few minutes of the fleeting quiet time and give some thought to the question posed in the headline above.

Free-Thinking Ministries’ Timothy Fox (a former student of Prof. Sean McDowell at Biola University) cuts to the chase:

“It’s truly the season of More. Kids want to receive more toys than last year. Businesses want to make more money. People want their decorations to be bigger and better than ever.

“We want more holly, more jolly, more rest and relaxation, more, more, More. Of course this can all be attributed to greed, to our culture obsessed with consumption and excess. But I think there’s something deeper going on.”

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A Book Requires An Author But Does A Moral Code?

Put a Christian philosopher and an atheist philosopher in one room and sooner or later — likely sooner — they will start debating the source of morality, or rather whether morality must have a source.

The atheist will invariably, and accurately, point out that he or she can be or act just as morally as any Christian. Dr. Frank Turek addressed the issue earlier this week in a presentation on cross-examined.org.

One Solitary Life … At The Center Of All History

It’s Christmas 2018 and it looks so different in so many ways from when this same holiday was celebrated in 1982. Vastly more commercialized, and almost wholly removed in the public realm from what it is meant to be.

President Ronald Reagan offered this Christmas story in 1982. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, or Christian or atheist, this quiet reminder of who the baby in the manger became is why Christmas and Easter are the two most important dates in history.

Here’s Why The Cross Is The Exact Opposite Of ALL Pagan Sacrifices

If in recent decades you’ve been to college or kept up with the public debate about the credibility and reliability of Christianity’s claims about Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, you’ve likely heard the claims of a variety of skeptics that His death was a sacrifice just like those common among pagan religions.

Stand To Reason’s Alan Shlemon offers three solid reasons why in fact the sacrifice of Christ is the exact opposite of pagan religions, as illustrated in a recently discovered mummified 13-year-old Incan girl found in Argentina, the Llullaillaco Maiden.

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Can We Think About Jesus Like A Detective? Or A Hill Investigator?

Whether you are a famous cold-case detective like J. Warner Wallace solving 30-year-old murders or a veteran investigator for a congressional committee probing government contract fraud, much of what you do and how you do it is the same.

Take, for example, assessing the credibility of witnesses. Crime detectives and Hill investigators have to do that all the time as it’s one of their most important skills. What if witnesses don’t agree on all the details of an event? Is that reason to reject some or all of the witnesses?

For many critics of the Gospels, the fact Matthw, Mark, Luke and John provide four accounts that appear to differ on important details about the resurrection of Jesus disqualifies them as credible witnesses. And that in turn raises huge question marks about the Resurrection.

“What if witnesses don’t agree on all the details of an event? Is that reason to reject some or all of the witnesses?”

Wallace is well-known for his many appearances on NBC’s “Dateline” program where he showed America how he solved five stone-cold cases from decades back.

He knows about witnesses and in this video he shares four rules derived from California judicial procedures that he has used for many years and that helped him evaluate the credibility of the Gospel accounts of the Resurrection.

Enjoy.

If Jesus Wasn’t Resurrected … Who Got His Dead Body?

Here are three rock-solid bottom-line facts you can trust to be true about Jesus

Jesus told His disciples repeatedly before He was arrested, tried, tortured and crucified that those things would happen. He also told them He would be resurrected on the third day after His death.

They didn’t understand any of it before it all came down but within a few days of His death and burial, they were telling the world they had seen and talked to Him, that He was alive, that He had been resurrected.

Here we are 2,000 years later and a bunch of theories have been proposed to explain away the disciples’ claim that Jesus was resurrected. One of those theories is that Jesus didn’t come back to life, and the reason the tomb was empty was because somebody stole His body.

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NEWS FLASH! Millennials Run Congress

Great post today in Roll Call by reporter Alex Gangitano titled “Politicians Worry About Millennials But They’re Already Running The Hill.” If you work on the Hill, you knew that before today but Gangitano’s post puts some interesting human faces on the reality.

Gangitano quotes Chris Carter, 31, who is chief of staff for Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), who at the age of 25 was Hudson’s district director and moved up to his present position at age 29.

“When you get constituents who come up to D.C. to lobby … I do think it’s a little surprising to them when they come in and are talking about a very important issue and they’re sitting across from a 20-something who’s in a senior role in an office,” Carter told Gangitano.

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