Discussing Christian apologetics among the learned

Matt Crouch hosted a lively 2-hour discussion on the TBN broadcast this week among a panel of learned scholars. One of my strongest initial reactions to it was the civility of the tone and demeanor of the discussants. Unfortunately, these types of forums all too often quickly turn into bitter arguments laced with ad hominem attacks by at least one or more of the participants against one or more of the others, especially when the facts of the physical events and timing of the creation of the universe and of the earth are part of the topics of discussion.

This discussion, however, was fairly and evenly moderated, and all participants made good points while remaining professional and civil in their approach and tone. My congratulations go out to all of them for this outcome.

If Christian apologetics interest you at all, then I encourage you to invest the two hours in listening to this enlightening discussion. Full disclosure: I am a certified volunteer apologist for Reasons to Believe, the organization founded and presently led by on of the panelists, Dr. Hugh Ross, and I am one of the chapter leaders for the Kansas City chapter of that organization.

Can you imagine?

What was it like for God to observe the initial building materials of the universe, before even a single star or planet came into existence? How did He perceive the history to come, which He already fully knew? What was it like to envision a perfect future for us as imperfect beings that He created? How could that be a “good” creation? But He indeed declared it so. And he is graciously and lovingly allowing us to experience it, with His greater purposes at work all the while.

I wanted to share this video that asks those questions and more. Please watch and ponder.


Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job

[I] have been reading the latest book from Dr. Hugh Ross, Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job. It is fascinating! Like many people, I’ve always considered Job to be primarily a treatise on patience and longsuffering. While it is indeed a profound study on how one can maintain the perspective that God is in charge no matter what the circumstances in which we find ourselves, Dr. Ross has peeled back the covers to show that there is signficantly more in the book.

First of all, it is quite signficant to note that, according to many scholars, Job is the oldest book of the Bible. Therefore, it predates Genesis, and it is reasonable to surmise that Moses was familiar with its contents when he was inspired to write Genesis and the rest of the Pentateuch. When Job, Genesis 1, and the other 24+ chapter-length Biblical accounts of creation are considered in aggregate, it is amazing and enlightening to see how they complement and reinforce a unified, coherent, and consistent account of all the events surrounding the creation of the universe. And as Dr. Ross points out in the new book, there are significant predictions in Job of what scientific researchers would one day discover about the nature and origins of the universe — not the least of which is dark matter, which was only recently discovered and explained within the past few years.

The following is a thought-provoking promotional video for the book. I encourage you to watch the video and then read the book for yourself as soon as possible.


Christmas ReTooned

I would like to join many others in encouraging all of us to remember the real meaning of Christmas. no matter what our stereotypes of the events surrounding the first Christmas, let’s never lose sight of the fact that is was no doubt one of the most important events in all of history.

I hope you enjoy this short video, “Retooning the Nativity.” Blessings to you.

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