Is Christianity Reasonable? A Review of Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace

http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/is-christianity-reasonable-a-review-of-forensic-faith-by-j-warner-wallace

Why Didn’t Luke Include the Deaths of Paul, Peter and James in the Book of Acts?

93In my book, Cold Case Christianity, I attempt to evaluate the gospel accounts with the same criteria used by jurors to assess the reliability of eyewitnesses in a criminal case. In California, jurors are encouraged to ask themselves, “How well could the witness see, hear, or otherwise perceive the things about which the witness testified?” In essence, jurors must determine whether or not a witness was even present and able to see what it is they say they saw! For those of us who are examining the gospel accounts, this means we’ve got to answer the simple question, “Were the gospel written early enough to have been written by people who were actually present for the life and ministry of Jesus?” This is a critical question in evaluating the reliability of the New Testament gospels, and I think the Books of Acts is the key to the answer.

Read more: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/why-didnt-luke-include-the-deaths-of-paul-peter-and-james-in-the-book-of-acts/

The Frustrating Fallacy of Friendship Evangelism

In this piece, J. Warner Wallace writes about the concept of friendship evangelism. In it, he concludes that strict friendship evangelism is “a natural, fallen, human response to the fear of discomfort and worldly judgment.”

To see how he arrives at this conclusion, read the piece in its entirety here.

J. Warner Wallace – Top 3 Reasons the Bible Is Reliable

http://churchleaders.com/pastors/videos-for-pastors/280893-j-warner-wallace-top-3-reasons-bible-reliable.html

You Can Trust the Gospel Accounts, Even If They Don’t Agree

http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/you-can-trust-the-gospel-accounts-even-if-they-dont-agree/

What Does It Mean to Have Been Created In the “Image of God”?

corgiMy dog, Bailey, is the best pet I have ever had the privilege to live with. We’ve had a number of dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, lizards and guinea pigs over the years, but in my mind, Bailey sits at the top of the list. As I enjoy her company (now that I’m working at home more than ever before), I can understand why so many of us hope that our pets will be part of our eternal life with God. I’m convinced from scripture that animals have souls, but I still have my reservations about whether or not the souls of animals are eternal. I’m not sure that the Bible is emphatically clear on that issue. One thing is certain, however: we humans are different. According to Genesis 1, we have been created in the “image of God”; we are His last creation, placed carefully in our world after God prepared our environment and filled it with other creatures. Much can be said about what distinguishes us from the other creations of God, but three characteristics of humans seem to stand out as the key to understanding what it means to bear the image of God:

Moral Awareness
Humans seem to be uniquely capable of measuring difficult and weighty moral issues. We understand the value of sacrifice, even when a noble cause may cost us our lives. As humans, we are able to move beyond survival mechanisms and base desires. We have the capacity to distinguish between what “is” toward what “ought to be”. This ability defines us as humans and it is something that we share with our creator. In fact, this innate understanding of morality comes from the creator (Romans 2:14-15). God’s moral law is not written for animals. We don’t assign or recognize moral culpability on the part of creatures other than humans, and the Old Testament also recognizes this difference between animals and humans (Exodus 21:35-36). Humans are held to a different standard; a standard that is a direct reflection of their ability to comprehend and act on the moral law written in their hearts.

The rest is at: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/what-does-it-mean-to-have-been-created-in-the-image-of-god/

Jesus Is the Only Way to Heaven Because God Is the Only Way to God

http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/jesus-is-the-only-way-to-heaven-because-god-is-the-only-way-to-god/