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The Apologetics Books You Should (Already) Have on Your Bookshelf

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This week after a talk I did on apologetics I was asked to provide a list of books that have helped me in my study and journey into apologetic evangelism. The product of this journey has produced the following list, ordered by subject, on the books that I have on my shelf and/or have helped me navigate through finding the credible answers that I personally had, or that others have asked me. APOLOGETIC EVANGELISM"Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions" by Greg Koukl
"The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How it Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between" by Greg Koukl

"Unanswered: Lasting Truth for Trending Questions" by Jeremiah J. Johnston

"But is it Real?" by Amy Orr-Ewing
"Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis
"What's Your Worldview?: An Interactive Approach to Life's Biggest Questions" by James N. Anderson
"Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of t…

Fat Bastards & Crucifixion - A Case of Offensiveness Working

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Have you ever  had a Fat Bastard? Now that might be a bit of a shocking even offensive sounding question at first. But the surprising thing is that many many people would actually answer that question with, "yes." Back in the late '90s, a renowned French winemaker invited his British wine distributor friend over to his winery to sample a new vintage. They tasted samples from dozens of barrels, were pleased with the stock but not blown away. Then the French winemaker offered his British friend a taste of an experimental wine that had stayed in a barrel with yeast sediment longer than the other wines. They noted a dramatic difference, it possessed an incredibly full-bodied flavour, which prompted the winemaker to exclaim: "Now that is what you call a fat bastard!"
From then on it would be the only name they ever considered. Fat Bastard wine was an incredibly unlikely name for a wine back in the '90s, long before quirky names became a trend in wines. It was…

Why The Gospels Are Embarrassing

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You may have never thought about it before, but if you have ever read the biblical Gospels, they're actually quite embarrassing. Not that the gospel itself is embarrassing, but that the four biographies of Jesus' life (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) are embarrassing. But while that might sound a little controversial to the Christian ear, it's actually not. The fact that the four biblical Gospels are embarrassing, that is, their content would have made the early church a little uncomfortable, actually testifies to their reliability and authenticity.

This is what is referred to as the criterion of embarrassment. In other words, this criterion is a measure that historians use to establish the truthfulness of written historical accounts.(1) It can all be boiled down to this one fact - generally, when people fabricate, exaggerate, or embellish stories they don't tend to incorporate facts that would make them look foolish or leave room for the loss of their credibility. The f…