Why science hasn’t disproved Christianity

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Evangelism in a Skeptical World

We used to live in the Dark Ages, where we believed in unicorns, fairy godmothers, and goblins. But then science came along and it rescued us from superstition and our age of darkness.

…Or that’s how the story is often told.

If we want to believe in a God, aren’t we going back to the Dark Ages, where we also believe in unicorns and leprechauns and fairy godmothers? Hasn’t science disproved Christianity?

The benefits of science

Before we talk about what science can’t do, we need to recognize what it can do.

Science has given us so many good things, from microwave ovens to mobile phones.

We can’t have it both ways: upholding Christianity doesn’t mean we need to disparage the benefits of science. If you want to enjoy the microwave oven, you can also believe in God at the…

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How we know Jesus rose from the dead

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Evangelism in a Skeptical World

How do we really know that Jesus rose from the dead?

I could give you a traditional answer. It would be something like:

“Well the Bible says he rose from the dead, and the Bible contains many contemporary eyewitness accounts which are corroborated by non-Christian, non-Biblical evidence, and it’s been transmitted to us accurately through multiple sources.”

This is how many Christians would respond, and they would be right.

Or, I could say:

“You know what? We live as if Jesus rose from the dead, because we live as if there is such a thing as unconditional love, because somehow we feel that we should love everyone no matter what—especially the marginalized, the poor, and the outcast.”

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Why your belief in absolutes doesn’t make you judgmental

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Evangelism in a Skeptical World

Today’s post comes from Sam Chan, a public evangelist with City Bible Forum in Sydney, Australia, where he regularly shares the gospel with high school students, city workers, doctors, and lawyers.

Why are Christians so unloving?

You can give me so many examples of unloving Christians, and I can give you more examples of unloving Christians.

Here’s one way of thinking about it: in the end, it’s not about being good, it’s not about being religious, it’s not even about being right.

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Can We Still Believe in Miracles Today? Should We?

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This post is adapted from K. Scott Oliphant’s new online course, Know Why You Believe.

How could you believe that an ax head could ever float on water?

How about a person? Could a person walk on water?

Can someone really rise from the dead?

Questions like these often come to Christians. Embedded in our belief in Christianity is a belief in the reality of miracles.

But why would we believe that miracles could happen?

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When Was Acts Written?

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When was Acts written

This post is adapted from Darrell Bock’s Theology of Luke and Acts online course.

To determine when Acts was written, we need to evaluate the evidence from both Luke and Acts, because the two books were written together, with Luke appearing slightly before Acts.

At first glance, it seems that the book of Acts was written around the same time of the last events it describes. The story ends; Luke writes the book. That’s the date.

For this reason, many people place Acts in the early 60s, because this coincides with the date of Paul’s imprisonment in Rome.

But why couldn’t Luke have written the book later?

It is possible Luke’s story isn’t really about Paul. Instead, it’s about the gospel arriving at Rome. In this view, it’s not important what Paul does after the gospel makes it to…

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How to Identify and Excavate an Archaeological Site – An Excerpt from the Zondervan Handbook of Biblical Archaeology

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archThe Zondervan Handbook of Biblical Archaeology is a reference resource for anyone interested in archaeology and its relevance to biblical, theological, and apologetic studies. Illustrated with full-color photos, charts, and maps, this handbook provides readers with a wealth of information that complements and supplements the historical context of the Bible.

In today’s excerpt, author Randall Price explains how archaeological digs are found and excavated.

Identifying an Archaeological Site

The remains of an ancient site are called a tel, “mound” (Hebrew tel, Arabic tell or tall), because it resembles a small hill as a result of successive habitation layers deposited through destruction. This is related to an older Arabic term khirbet (“ruin”). These archaeological mounds were formed through time as cities became ruins due to natural…

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The Seven Churches of Revelation: Why They Matter and What We Can Learn

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The book of Revelation opens with seven letters to seven churches. Each of the seven letters is a prophetic word from Jesus, through the Spirit, who is inspiring John to write.

Who were the recipients of these letters? How were they read and understood in the first century? And what are we to make of them today?

Where were the seven churches located?

Before we look at these letters as a whole, let’s briefly look at the seven cities where the recipients lived.

1. Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7)

A messenger coming from Patmos—where John wrote—would reach Ephesus first, so Ephesus makes sense as the first letter. Ephesus was also a prominent city in the province: more powerful than Pergamum politically, and more favored than Smyrna for the imperial cult.

The letter to Ephesus warns against false teachers and evil in the…

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“For what is exalted among people is an abomination before God” (Luke 16:15) – Mondays with Mounce

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Before I get into the Greek, I think it is helpful for us to stop and ask ourselves if we really believe this. Think about the things that we value, to which we aspire, what we respect in other people, what we secretly long for. How many of these things are actually “detestable” (NASB), an “abomination” (ESV), “revolting” (CSB) in God’s eyes? I suspect the list is rather long.

The Greek of this verse is pretty simple, but it does illustrate several points.

“What is exalted among men (τὸ ἐν ἀνθρώποις ὑψηλὸν)” shows the use of the article (τό) to turn…

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What Is the Mark of the Beast?

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The mark of the beast

This post is adapted from material found in Craig Keener’s Revelation online course.

The book of Revelation speaks of several beasts. Perhaps the most famous is the beast found in Revelation 13:11–18. And this beast comes with a mark—the number 666.

What, or who, is this beast? What does this mark mean? And in light of the wildly different interpretations of this passage—both in our own time, and throughout the church’s history—how should we think about the mark of the beast today?

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eBook Sale: Apologetics, Sexuality, Leadership & Spiritual Disciplines

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New and popular eBooks are on sale, starting at $1.99 in this eBook sale on apologetics, sexuality, leadership and spiritual disciplines.

The sale includes deals from Greg Koukl, Nabeel Qureshi, Roger E. Olson, Wesley Hill, and many more.

Don’t wait because these deals end on January 7, 2018.

 

Apologetics

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi • Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Gregory Koukl • The Essentials of Christian Thought: Seeing Reality through the Biblical Story by Roger E. Olson • 9 more deals

 

Leadership

Deep & Wide and the new Going Deep & Wide: A Companion Guide for Churches and Leaders by Andy Stanley • The Emotionally Healthy Leader: How Transforming Your Inner Life Will Deeply Transform Your Church, Team, and the World by…

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An Introduction to the Aramaic Alphabet

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Most Bible readers wouldn’t be surprised to hear that most of the Old Testament is written in Hebrew, but it might surprise them to find out just how much of the Old Testament is written in Aramaic. Old Testament passages written in Aramaic include:

Genesis 31:47 Jeremiah 10:11 Ezra 4:8-6:18 Ezra 7:12-26 Daniel 2:4-7:28

The Zondervan Academic online course Basics of Biblical Aramaic introduces you to the Aramaic language so that you can use it to better understand and teach God’s Word. Video lectures and exercises accompany each lesson’s instruction, providing a rich, interactive experience that goes well beyond a stand-alone textbook. Learning to read the 269 verses of Aramaic in the Old Testament has never been easier!

The following introduction to the Aramaic alphabet is adapted from this course.

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An Introduction to the Biblical Greek Alphabet

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Is understanding Greek essential for having a clearer, more exact, and more persuasive presentation of God’s saving message?

If you’re unsure of the answer to this question, learning Greek will be a struggle. Each student must come to the place where they believe that learning Greek is truly worth the effort. There’s a wealth of awesome resources available to help pastors and preachers understand God’s Word, and it would be unfair to claim that the only way to be a good expositor of Scripture is to learn Greek.

Bill Mounce, New Testament Greek scholar and instructor for the Zondervan Academic Basics of Biblical Greek course, offers a helpful insight into the importance of learning biblical Greek:

You need to overhaul your car engine. What tools will you select? I would surmise that with a screw driver, hammer, a pair…

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