In the cultural climate of the 21st century unbelievers need to hear the gospel message as much as ever before. However, unlike the world of the mid 20th century, atheists, agnostics, and proponents of false forms of the faith are becoming more evangelistic for their causes. Students, workers and even ministers are being challenged to accept that modern science, philosophy and mere human desire dictate that they should live a life devoid of Christian sacrifice. For this reason, Trinity Crusades for Christ exists. We are happy to assist God’s people by scheduling evangelistic events, Christian defense conferences and personal evangelism training weeks. It is our desire to see the lost embrace the life that Christ died that they might have, and see Christians grow in their knowledge of how to preach and defend that message. If you would like to schedule an event in your community, contact us now. We are excited to work with you.
Many treat the value of the church no differently than they treat the dollar value menu at McDonald's. They give the same reasons for avoiding the church that they give for avoiding the golden arches. In this way, many in our culture have placed the most important, majestic and glorious earthly organization on par with a place that is known for fries and clowns.
I'm a pretty laid back guy and I expect those who are not Christians to have non-Christian views. But, despite my laid-back-ness, what does irritate me to the point of spilling my coffee is when Christians do not have Christian views. Worse, I can't handle Christians who have non-Christian views and espouse those views with faux piety. Enter - the embarrassed Christian.
In order to have intrinsic meaning or purpose that is REAL a thing needs a designer. A hammer, for example, does not decide to be a hammer. Rather an inventor crafted neutral objects together and then declared the purpose of the new creation. It is a hammer. It is meant to put nail into boards. I am a preacher. In order for that purpose to be real I need an inventor. I needed someone to take some flesh and bone and determine that I would be used for the preaching of the gospel and the defense of the Christian faith. I have purpose for the same reason the hammer does. Namely, an inventor had a purpose in mind.
I became ridiculously productive. I was a checklist-dominating master. More was accomplished during my time serving in that position than I had done in the previous five years. The question that often occurred to me was, “What on earth happened to transform my thinking from apathy to passion in less than a day?” I have determined that there were three simple principles. For these principles to exist, it may seem like the stars need to align, but once they are in place no one needs to motivate you. You will also become a checklist-dominating master of productivity.
The most widespread religious enthusiasm among individuals under the age of ten years old in America is brought about in mid November (at the latest) at the sight of two colors (red and green). Their acceptance of Mr. Claus is completely fueled by faith.
The latest atheist attention grab is taking place in the south. Billboards will be placed in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, St. Louis, Missouri and Fort Smith, Arkansas with a picture of a girl writing her annual letter to Santa Claus pleading, "Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I'm too old for fairy tales." In an article about the stunt, David Silverman is quoted as saying,
The concept of love (particularly how God loves) is a bit different on Calvinism. On Calvinism God loves the elect. Jesus died and rose again, for the few elect. This means that by definition, God as described by the consistent Calvinist is not omnibenevolent. Of course, a calvinist could redefine the word love as it relates to God and claim that it is “loving” for God to allow those he loves to go to hell when they simply could not choose otherwise. Believe it or not, this is what is actually done by some of them.
WARNING: I usually am not this direct, because I want to live up to the the second half of 1 Peter 3:15 as a Christian apologist. However, this is an issue that warrants a little force. Please forgive my strong words and know that I only say this because I care.
Abortion is not a political issue, it's just an issue that has been politicized. What's more, the pro-life position is not one that can only be reasonably held on the basis of Bible verses. The separation of church and state mantra, which is given regularly by pro-choicers as a way of sidestepping the real discussion, is just a smoke-screen. To make the point, here are two arguments (one mine, and one from Stephen Schwarz) that demonstrate that no thinking person (Christian or otherwise) should support the pro-choice movement. They demonstrate that abortion is a bad . . . nay . . . a bigoted, narrow-minded, backwoods, illogical, immoral, animalistic activity. See what you think . . .
The book of Esther reveals a situation in which God's people, the Jews, were in captivity in a comfortable place. After the Babylonians had conquered Judah and that holy City of Jerusalem they took God’s people into bondage in Babylon and though they were in bondage they had a certain degree of freedom. They were allowed to live a normal life in this city, and what an incredible city it was. These captive Jews were brought in and carried past the gates of Ishtar bigger and more beautiful than any architectural achievement they had ever seen. The walls were 40 feet thick all the way around as the Babylonians boasted that they could ride four chariots side by side across the top. The city was full of bright colors and sounds (the blue bricks, for example, that made up the Ishtar gate were difficult to make. The color itself was unusual to find naturally in the mesopotamian world. This place was amazing to the Jewish people who had never seen such sights. They would have continued along a road past the palace with walls even thicker than the walls of the city itself. In the inner most chambers of that palace was where Daniel prophesied. The Jews could see that they were going to have strong leadership. Then they would have seen the temple coming into view, four football fields large on bottom, 2 football fields large on the second level and one football field large on the top - high above the city where they would worship their god’s while involved in drunken orgies. Sadly this would have been carnally enticing to many men. So by the time, years later, the Jews were set free, they had no reason to want to go back to Judah and the City of Jerusalem. They were quite happy and comfortable where they were.
Near here is the United States Naval Air Station at Patuxent River. On that base is the Naval Test Pilot School. The school trains elite pilots to actually do the testing on military aircraft. Only the best of the best are allowed to enter the school, and those who make the grade will have a heavy burden. Several astronauts were selected from the school including two men who are currently on our space station. There is no room for error. In the words of the Commanding Officer, they have to be both "geeks and warriors." They don't just know how to fly (everything), but they are also academically superior. They will also oversee the production of new technology that may or may not make it onto certain planes or helicopters. Each new piece of equipment must be shown to be of great value since space and weight on the control panels is limited. This I think speaks to the task of preaching, evangelism and Christian defense indirectly in several powerful ways. Namely, preachers and Christian apologists must:
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There are a lot of things that those of us in the Christian church culture say as a part of our natural conversation. Some of those things need to go. Let's talk about some of those things on Trinity Insight!
Many atheists say they can be good without God. There certainly seem to be many morally upright people who don't believe in God. So, what should Christians say about this? Find out now on Trinity Insight!
Aside from quoting Scripture, many Christians feel unsure of how to respond to pro-choice arguments. Here we take a look at one of the best extrabiblical responses to the typical defenses of Abortion.
It is often said that Christians and Muslims ultimately worship the same God. Yet, they have very different explanations of his nature. This quick video will explain all you need to know in order to defend the Christian understanding of God the next time someone makes this statement.