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EQUIPPED Vol. 1 No. 2: The Word Became Flesh and Dwelt Among Us

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Vol. 1 No. 2: EQUIPPED 1.2

If you’re looking for a good conversation starter, try asking, “Who is the most important person in history?” and follow it up with, “Why do you say that?” After reading this issue, you will be EQUIPPED to discuss these questions and answer the most important question: “Who do you say I am?”

The Word Became Flesh and Dwelt Among Us

—Glen Richmond, Editor EQUIPPED

Why Do We Believe The Gospel?

smallBy Jon Bolie

Introduction

When it comes to the matter of faith, there is only one legitimate definition; knowing that something is true and trusting in that fact. You cannot have faith that is ‘blind’. Now, you may not understand everything about God (we don’t… we have limited [finite] minds, while God’s is infinite), but we can know something.

The Reason

The reason the gospels were written was to give us an actual account of an event (actually, events) that really happened in the context of history and reality, concerning Jesus Christ. The very fact that they wrote the gospels shows that we are to use our minds in believing the gospel. All that we hear, see, read, etc… goes into our minds and our minds make a decision for Christ.

Sure, affections and the heart are involved, in fact, necessarily involved (for we cannot be neutral on any subject that we’ve heard, seen or experienced) but neither mind alone, nor heart alone, are sufficient. Besides the role of the Holy Spirit in regeneration before we can come to Christ, the information of the gospel must be grasped and consented to by our brains. In fact, ‘heart knowledge’ is a category mistake (logical fallacy); it is best described as a heart change, which is a change in our affections toward Christ, God, the Gospel, etc…

But, in squawking about ‘head knowledge’ and ‘heart knowledge’, people forget that God created both our faculty of thought and reason, and of feelings, affections and emotions. Minimizing either of these belittles God and His design for us as humans. These two faculties are not diametrically opposed, for, if we minimize one and focus on the other, we get woefully out of balance. We must use each as they are intended by God, for He created them for a purpose. Do not call what God created evil, or sub-Gospel. They are both used in the Christian life and therefore in the apprehending of the Gospel and God’s Word (the Bible).

Biblically, there are foundations for what we sometimes (mistakenly, and derogatorily) refer to as ‘heady’ knowledge [i.e. “that’s too ‘heady’ of a thought….that’s for academics in an ivory tower.”, etc…]. [Read more…]

Call for submissions to winter edition of EQUIPPED

CAA Newsletter Cover 500x250We are excited to announce the second issue of the Christian Apologetics Alliance publication, EQUIPPED, is in production, with an anticipated release the week of December 15. This second issue, titled “‘The Word Became Flesh and Dwelt Amongst Us’ – John 1:14,” will focus on Jesus’ incarnation. [Review the first issue of EQUIPPED, released two weeks ago.]

EQUIPPED invites all members of the apologetics community to submit articles for consideration by December 1. If you plan to write an article, please email caanewsletter@christianapologeticsalliance.com and let us know on which topic:

  • Historical evidence for Jesus
  • The Incarnation (virgin birth, Holy Spirit)
  • The deity of Jesus (logos)
  • The two natures of Christ (divine, human, hypostatic union)
  • Messianic prophecy
  • The teachings of Jesus
  • The Trinity
  • John 1

Please bear in mind the Resurrection will be the subject of the third issue of EQUIPPED. Discussing the Resurrection at length should be reserved for the coming spring edition of EQUIPPED.

In Him who set us free,

Glen Richmond

Editor, EQUIPPED

EQUIPPED Vol. 1 No. 1: In The Beginning – Evidence for the Existence of God

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Vol. 1 No. 1: EQUIPPED 1.1

The Christian Apologetics Alliance Statement of Faith is the foundation for the overarching topics on which issues of EQUIPPED are themed. Appropriately, EQUIPPED begins:

In The Beginning – Evidence for the Existence of God

With much prayer, we invite you to find a comfortable place to fill your mind with the truth of Jesus Christ, so that you, too, may be EQUIPPED.

—Glen Richmond, Editor EQUIPPED

Understanding the arguments in God’s not Dead: Part III of III

1938081_10102107087661352_1599973938_nIn part one we looked at Professor Radisson’s arguments in detail, and in part two we dug into Josh’s first and second lectures to his class.  In the final part we will discuss the final talk, and the importance of Philosophy for Christians.

Josh’s third lesson begins with the problem of evil and suffering.  This is one of the most difficult questions for the Christian to answer.  However, I do not think we are without anything meaningful to say on this subject.

The most basic form of the objection to God’s existence based on evil is this:

1. If God is all powerful, then He can prevent evil from happening.

2. If God is all loving, then He would want to stop evil from happening

Therefore, since evil exists, an all powerful and all loving God must not exist.

This, at least at first glance, seems to be a pretty good reason to believe that God does not exist, especially since it seems to be the case that if the premises (statements one and two) are true, then the conclusion does seem valid.  So what can the Christian say at this point? [Read more…]