Is Simulation Theory Self-Defeating?

My recent Intro to Apologetics video gave some examples of self-defeating statements. Here’s another example.

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Addendum – Why do YOU believe?

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The Right way to Approach Christian Apologetics

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The Edge Pieces to the Puzzle – Romans 9-11 overview (with presentation visuals)

I took the audio from my talk at Thrive last year and synced it to the presentation I prepared with it. I think the visuals help. Check it out and let me know what you think. Hopefully, more video content is on its way.

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Be Mindful of the Return of Christ – 2 Peter 3 at Thrive Gig Harbor

My humble first video message. I got to teach for the local young adults ministry last week to finish out their study of 2 Peter. If you’re in the area, consider giving to this awesome ministry: http://www.thriveharbor.com/


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Evidence for God is All Around You

Psalm 19 says, “the heavens declare the glory of God.” And Paul declares in Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead…” But how are God’s attributes seen by the things that are made? And how do the heavens declare the glory of God?


olive treeA very common objection to God’s existence is that there is no evidence, and never has been any evidence for his existence. “I’m waiting! I’m open to the idea,” the skeptic claims, “but no one has ever presented evidence!” This objection, however, is either spawned from pure ignorance, or a terribly narrow definition of “evidence.” Most of the time it comes from people who define evidence as direct empirical measurement. In other words, something a physics lab could detect – evidence that in principle could be seen, touched, tasted, smelled, or heard. But that means to count as evidence, “God” would have to be physical, material, a force, a field, a body. Whatever else God might be, he wouldn’t count as God if he were any of those things. So, claiming that evidence must fit the criteria of physics or chemistry just begs the question. Continue reading

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The Gospel Trumps All

How Christians are to relate to their Government

By Erin Baumgaertel

In response to two articles about Christians and President Trump, I want to examine the church’s purpose and how that purpose informs the way Christians ought to act toward their Government.

First, we must read the Bible for ourselves and pray for wisdom for how to think and act on the subject. If we have formed our opinions solely on articles and insights from others, we very well could be left confused and polarized. Believers are to “test everything” (1 Thess. 5:21), and we need God’s truth to do so.

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Romans 9-11 Overview at Thrive, Gig Harbor

Last week I had the privilege of speaking at Thrive, a young adults ministry in Gig Harbor. Michael, the director, asked me to introduce their next series in Romans with a 9 through 11 overview. Give it a listen, and if you’re in the area, consider giving to this cool ministry.

http://www.thriveharbor.com/romans/2019/8/15/20-romans-9-11-an-overview-david-baumgaertel

 

 

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The Bible Project on the Day of the Lord

There is a popular animated video series called, the Bible Project. It seeks to summarize the Bible and biblical theology in short, easy to understand episodes. I love this idea! This could be a fantastic way to introduce the Bible to people unfamiliar with it, or to help explain some of the more difficult passages and concepts. Until recently I had not watched many of the episodes, but then I noticed they did an episode on “The Day of the Lord.” Continue reading

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An Incomplete List of Consequences of Misunderstanding the Kingdom of God

Possible consequences of misunderstanding the nature of the Kingdom of God:

  • The crusades
  • The Catholic priesthood
  • Calvin’s Geneva
  • A temptation toward anti-Semitism
  • A tendency to confuse law and grace
  • A tendency to confuse a Christian’s relationship to Sabbath days
  • A temptation to replace straightforward interpretation of scripture for allegory
  • Misapplying scriptures about Israel to the Church, or even America
  • Despair and discouragement in reaction to apostasy and counterfeit Christianity
  • Despair and discouragement at the world’s continued rejection of Christ
  • Forgetting or underappreciating the thriving gospel among the world’s individuals
  • Neglecting the gospel for the “social gospel” and the liberal political agenda
  • Neglecting the gospel for patriotism and the conservative political agenda
  • Neglecting the gospel for a comfortable life
  • Identifying the church with the state
  • Fighting the world’s battles
  • Practically forgetting the return of Christ

    related: The Application for Every Verse  The Kingdom – Part 1

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