Saturday, October 28, 2006

More Help Witnessing to Mormons: The Lost Book of Abraham DVD

If you are dialoguing with Mormons and could use a boost in your witnessing efforts with them, make sure to check out this award-winning new documentary film that investigates the story behind a volume of Mormon scripture called The Book of Abraham. The story is that Mormon founder Joseph Smith translated it from an ancient Egyptian papyrus scroll he purchased from an antiquities dealer in 1835. The Lost Book of Abraham DVD visits prominent Egyptologists and other scholars – both Mormon and non-Mormon – to learn the truth behind this fascinating episode in Mormon history. I can't more highly recommend this resource. It is very well done.

Can a Scientist Believe in God?

Can a scientist believe in God? A Nobel-nominated chemistry professor says yes. Check out this great article.

50 Questions to Ask Mormons

Asking Mormons loving, yet challenging questions is a great way to help them see that they have been deceived. There is a great list of questions to ask Mormons available by clicking here.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Intelligent Design

If you would like to know more about the growing Intelligent Design movement, there is a short and helpful list of answers to the most common questions people have about it at the Access Research Network's site. Click here to read. I am also finding William Dembski's book The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions About Intelligent Design (2004), very, very good. He tackles the toughest questions from Intelligent Design's most zealous skeptics. Dr. Norman Geisler calls this book, "the most brilliant defense of the intelligent design movement in print."

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Why Darwinism is Doomed

Jonathan Wells, Ph.D, the author of Icons of Evolution, says, "According to Darwinists, there is such overwhelming evidence for their view that it should be considered a fact. Yet to the Darwinists' dismay, at least three-quarters of the American people – citizens of the most scientifically advanced country in history – reject it....The truth is Darwinism is not a scientific theory, but a materialistic creation myth masquerading as science. It is first and foremost a weapon against religion – especially traditional Christianity. Evidence is brought in afterwards, as window dressing. This is becoming increasingly obvious to the American people, who are not the ignorant backwoods religious dogmatists that Darwinists make them out to be. Darwinists insult the intelligence of American taxpayers and at the same time depend on them for support. This is an inherently unstable situation, and it cannot last. If I were a Darwinist, I would be afraid. Very afraid." Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Should Christians Allow Cultists Into Their Homes?

Should Christians allow cultists into their homes? Whenever I teach on Mormonism or the Jehovah's Witnesses, someone always comes up to my table afterwards and says, "What about 2 John, verse 10? It seems to say that we shouldn't let cultists into our homes." I am in wholehearted agreement with Ron Rhodes when he says, "I do not believe this verse prohibits Christians from allowing cultists into their homes in order to witness to them. Rather it is a prohibition against giving cultists a platform from which to teach false doctrine. The backdrop to this is that in the early days of Christianity, there was no centralized church building where believers could congregate. Rather, there were many small house-churches scattered throughout the city. As we examine the New Testament, the early Christians are seen "breaking bread from house to house" (Acts 2:46; cf. 5:42) and gathering to pray in the house of Mary, the mother of Mark (Acts 12:12). Churches often met in houses (see Col. 4:15; Rom. 6:15; 1 Cor. 16:19; Phil. 2). The use of specific church buildings did not appear before the end of the second century. So, apparently, John is here warning against (1) allowing a false teacher into the church, and (2) giving this false teacher a platform from which to teach. Seen in this way, this prohibition guards the purity of the church. To extend hospitality to a false teacher would imply that the church accepted or approved of their teaching. If the church were to extend hospitality to a false teacher, he would be encouraged in his position and take this action as an acceptance of his doctrine. This should never be." Click here to read the rest of Ron Rhodes answer, and if you have the chance, you might visit his bookstore. His books are all great.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Has King David's Pool Been Uncovered?

There's a buzz of excitement among archaeologists in Israel. In recent days, archeological digs in Jerusalem revealed a tunnel that, according to a number of estimates, leads to a pool used by King David. Click here for the rest of this developing story.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Seventh Day Adventism

Seventh Day Adventists believe that Jesus is Michael the Archangel and that Christians must worship on Saturday (the Jewish Sabbath). What else do Seventh Day Adventists believe? When did this group originate? If you're interested in learing more about this group from a Biblical perspective, click here.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

A New Look to the ABR Website

A huge thanks to Rob Nash, Bill Wright, Chris Wee and all of the others who worked so hard on converting our old website to the new one that just launched today. This new website not only looks better, but it is going to allow me to edit typos, update facts, post new material, etc. on my own. With the old website, I wasn't able to do any of that by myself. So, praise the Lord for these servants of the Lord who have freely offered so much of their time, and talents back to the Lord to help all of you who use this website. I am so blessed by their friendship, example, and willingness to help.

Article Refuting Preterism by Dr. Norman Geisler

Preterism is the view held by some Christians that most, if not all, of the events spoken of by Jesus in Matthew 24, and the Book of Revelation, were fulfilled in the past, in the events leading up to the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. Dr. Norman Geisler, the very well respected Christian theologian, author, and seminary president has a brief article on his website listing some of the many problems with this view. Click here to read. We also have a teaching on this issue.