Invitation to Consider the Trustworthiness of the Gospels, Part 7 of 8: Me Preaching A Bit

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The prior post on Embarrassing Material is here. In the process of writing this series of posts I found myself getting preachy at times. So I thought automatically to exclude that material because I promised in the first post to refrain from such. But then it occurred to me that certain readers might appreciate a more passionate voice from a …

Invitation to Consider the Trustworthiness of the Gospels, Part 5 of 8: Differences

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In the prior post I paused to reach out to those who’ve been put off by the church. And I talked about evaluating miracle claims, suggesting that philosopher David Hume’s “doctrine” of skepticism would blind a person to a true miracle if it occurred. In this post: What can be said about the disagreements between the four Gospel accounts? If …

Invitation to Consider the Trustworthiness of the Gospels, Part 3 of 8: Do Multiple Sources Matter?

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In the last post I mentioned that, historically speaking, it’s highly unlikely that Jesus’ followers fabricated his divinity. More likely, they discovered the Son of God in their midst. In this post, a simple argument: Palestinian Jews and their close associates were eyewitnesses of the Son of God, and they recorded their observations. They wrote down what they saw and experienced, and …

Invitation to Consider the Trustworthiness of the Gospels, Part 2 of 8: Monotheism

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Hi again. In my prior post I suggested the possibility that faith and reason belong together. This may seem strange to some but the idea goes all the way back to Jesus himself who said, “Though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand . . .” Jesus was essentially saying, “Use your head. Examine …

Invitation to Consider the Trustworthiness of the Gospels, Part 1 of 8: Evidence and Faith

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Introduction: Normally I write brief blog posts. But in this special series I go more in-depth on an important topic, the trustworthiness (reliability) of the four Gospel accounts of the life of Jesus in the New Testament (NT): Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Even with the added depth I’ve tried to keep the posts accessible and not overly technical. Feel …

Invitation to Consider the Trustworthiness of the Gospels, Part 4 of 8: An Apology to the Wounded

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The prior post on Multiple Sources is here. I hope you are tracking along in our study. It’s meant on my part to be an accumulation of smallish arguments that add up to something convincing by day’s end. I leave it to you to judge whether or not I’ve been successful. And I realize the general topic of trustworthiness in …

Hearing God’s Voice in Evangelism

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Mingling in the throng at a local charity event a few months ago, I seemed to get a prompting from the Lord: “Go talk to MC (Minnesota Celebrity).” I obeyed the prompt. But as I started toward MC’s position, he immediately disappeared into a crowd of other celebs. Darn. Must not have heard that prompt correctly. I said to the …

The Five Thresholds of Conversion

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In their excellent little book, I Once Was Lost, Doug Schaupp and Don Everts talk about the stages or “thresholds” that people go through on the road from unbelief to belief. This is important for Christians as we share the faith with others. Many secular persons have a lengthy process in front of them to find Jesus. The thresholds represent …