27Mar
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Historical Jesus: Introduction

(Guest post by PX Chirho)

From today until Easter, as is tradition for the blog, we will be re-publishing a series of essays I wrote from an apologist’s perspective defending the trustfulness of certain claims about the life of Jesus. This is part 1: A Introduction to Historical Jesus studies. 

Who is Jesus Christ? What did he do? What did he say? What does it mean to me? These are the most important questions that we can ask related to the Christian faith. As William Lane Craig has put it:

The Christian religion stands or falls with the person of Jesus Christ. Judaism could survive without Moses, Buddhism without Buddha, Islam without Mohammed; but Christianity could not survive without Christ. (Craig, Reasonable Faith 2 edtion, pg 287)

This is due to the fact that Christianity, unlike other religions, places emphasis on actual spacio-temporal events in physical testable history,  such as the Crucifixion of Christ. So the question that follows is a series of essays I originally wrote for SCAE that have been collected and expanded for this introduction to the historical Jesus. They include, “The authorship of the Gospels”, “the Miracles of Jesus”, “Who did Jesus think he was”, and a historical case for the resurrection of Christ called “In Defence of Easter”.

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25Mar
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Being Disciples That Make Disciples

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20

Every Christian knows about the great commission, but they know little about what it really means. Today the ‘institutionalized’ church has taken this to mean getting baptized, going to church on Sunday, attending a bible study, and sending out ‘specialized‘ units of missionaries to fulfill this command for them. As long as you give some money toward the cause that means you’re okay, right? Wrong. This thinking has led to the destruction of churches, it is nothing but a 21st century way of living comfortably without living Christianly.

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21Mar

2005 vs 2013

2013 vs 2005

Wow, how things so quickly change. As expected though, some people think our dependency on technology is a bad thing. What will happen if we experience a mass EMP attack? Or a solar flare screws up our satellites? It would seem as if people are not as independent as they used to be. On the other hand, technology provides us with a good deal of information and allows us to connect to others across the globe. Surely it’s not all bad? What do you think?

 

20Mar
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A Prayer For Ministry

This prayer was written during a ‘Missions Intensives’ event and I think it is appropriate for me to put it up on this blog now because I have been struggling with how hopeless it seems for God to use me to pursuade others of the truth for their salvation. It’s just hard to convince those around me and it sometimes causes one to give up evangelizing. There are many others that seem more adequate for this task than me (e.g, Billy Graham), but it’s not an option, we are all commanded to reach out to those around us. Where I am now is exactly where I am supposed to be and those are the ones who I am called to reach out to. 

Dear Father,

I am an unclean, unworthy and wretched vessel in your perfect sight. You see through my heart and my motives are revealed before you. But I ask that you use me in whatever small or great way for your kingdom to be a witness of your love and truth. Forgive me of my selfishness and make me into your servant.

Be with me God and lead me in the direction that you please. Show me what you want me to do and if I must sacrifice everything to do so, even my own calling and name as a [this is a secret] then let it be so Lord. I lay it down on the alter and ask that you cleanse me and anoint me for your divine purpose.

Please push me aside and make your Son shine through me more clearly than the brightest star. Let Him receive all the glory that is due to Him and if you must break me and if I must die for it then do what you know is best for your kingdom. I want to reach out to the lost souls, I want to love them as you do. Please give me your wisdom.

In Jesus’ name, 

Amen

19Mar

End Times Quackery: Petrus Romanus

Previously I made a post covering St Malachy’s prophecies in what seemed to be some promising predictions, at least with the few that I had investigated.  In hopes that I could post it before the new pope was elected, I rushed to post it in order to later assess its claims about “Petrus Romanus”. I  sincerely apologize to anyone that may have be misled by my article. As Pope Francis was revealed, it became clear to me that it was a false prophecy or at the very least too vague to be of any real value. But as you’d expect, the defenders of this prophecy came up with a way to spin up some connection.

They connected Pope Francis to Francis of Assisi whose original name was “Francesco di Pietro di Bernardone” which Horn and Putnam said literally meant “Peter the Roman”. They practically set themselves up for success by defining Petrus Romanus as anyone who takes the Petrine office. On the other hand, they proposed a few candidates whose name can be translated to Peter the Roman. Anyone who has properly studied the prophecy should know that the phrases always described a characteristic of the Pontiff, not their actual name. Why then did they bother speculating over the names of some possible candidates?

J.P. Holding, one of my favorite apologists, satirically destroys their argument in the video. You should watch it.

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