apologetics

Watch our August 26, 2022 Friday family night service (Thailand)

Watch our August 26, 2022 Friday family night service with a focus Thailand by missionary Ron Myers.

This service includes hymn singing, prayer, and the presentation by Thailand by missionary Ron Myers. He discussed his ministry there, Buddhism, evangelism, and the importance of grounding the gospel in creation (God the creator) for Buddhists.

Read more on Ron Myers creation evangelism for Buddhists HERE

Free Christian Resources at the Chapel

Here are free Christian Resources – books and tracts at the Chapel. What’s on the table occasionally changes. In different seasons, we have different things featured. If you come and don’t see what you’re looking for, ask for Paul. We may have it somewhere else.

Free Christian Resources
Free Christian Resources at the Chapel

Here’s a brief description of each of the items available.

Friendship with God Hymnal – This is the hymnal we use. We have more details about it in this Post Here.

Changed by Tom Cantor – This short book is Tom Cantor’s testimony. Tom teachers at the Chapel. For more details and a link to a copy online read This Post.

Cambiado by Tom Cantor – This is Tom’s book Changed in Spanish.

Whosoever Will vs. Fatalism by Tom Cantor – This book presents a Provisionist understanding of salvation (soteriology) that is neither Calvinist nor Arminian. It is commonly called Provisionism. While this is the statement of faith of the Chapel, people with different beliefs attend and participate in ministry. This short book presents God‘s love for all, our need to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved, and everyone’s ability to respond to God for salvation. It has a number of Bible verses and offers very practical application. You can also read it online at Friendship With God.

More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell – This is a popular apologetics book. Christian apologetics is giving reasons to believe. This book center is on the Lord Jesus Christ. You can read more about it On This Post.

Our Daily Bread is a popular daily devotional. It has a daily Bible verse, short devotional, application, prayer, and references for reading though the Bible in a year.

How to Recognize the Messiah: a gospel tract. This presents six prophetic requirements by which the Messiah (Christ) can be identified from the old testament (Hebrew scriptures). It talks about Jesus and presents the gospel.

Why should you believe the Bible? Reasons From Romans: a gospel tract using the epistle to the Romans. It gives seven reasons why to believe, and a seven point “bridge of salvation.”

¿Pro qué debes creer la Biblical. Razones en Romanos: the same gospel track as above but in Spanish.

Have you Heard The Good News? A clear gospel tract

¿Has Oído Las Buenas Nuevas?” The same track as above but in Spanish.

Passover and Jesus Our Passover Lamb by “Grandma” Joelee for kids

“Passover and Jesus Our Passover Lamb“ by “Grandma Joelee” Chamberlain. This is a Children’s Bible Audios-Stories for Kids free audio. You can listen on SermonAudio

In this audio, first she tells the story of the original Passover in Exodus. Then, she connects this with John the Baptist to the Lord Jesus Christ being “the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.“ She tells of Christ’s crucifixion and relates Passover to it as a type, a “picture-prophecy.”

She then goes on to connect the work of Jesus Christ to the Feast of Unleavened Bread and First Fruits. She develops the number of points and connections in a way that a child can understand and enjoy.

“Passover and Jesus Our Passover Lamb“ by “Grandma Joelee” Chamberlain
Passover and Jesus Our Passover Lamb

This offers apologetics for kids through fulfilled prophecy and type. It is specifically an Easter apologetic. It can we listen to Jess for enjoyment, part of homeschooling, or other schooling. Many kids like listening to them when they go to bed.

This is part of her Holidays & Other Stories Series. But as this audio has fulfilled typology, you could also go with her Apologetics for Kids Series. And it fills out her Escape from Egypt (the Book of Exodus), too.

Children’s Ministry

Simon Greenleaf – “An Examination of the Testimony of the Four Evangelists”

Simon Greenleaf (1783-1853) was a Jewish believer in Jesus and law professor at Harvard university. He wrote a book on apologetics using legal methods. This book is titled, “An Examination of the Testimony of the Four Evangelists.” It is available free to read online, download as a Kindle, PDF, or other formats at Project Gutenberg.

Review

This book is broken into several sections. Here are three important ones.

First, at the beginning there is a section where he uses legal rules of evidence. He applies these principles to examining the gospels. He uses the ancient document rules. Also, he applies five rules of evidence to examining the gospels. These are first, Honesty, the general and specific honesty of the witnesses)p. Second, Ability is the ability for the witnesses to see, understand, and remember what happened. Third is the Number, Independence, and Consistency of the witnesses. Four is Experience, agreement of the testimony with general experience. Fifth, finally is  Circumstances, the agreement of the testimony with specific evidence. You can read the short and very insightful use of legal apologetics Here.

Second, he has a large harmony of the Gospels. Here he uses his expertise to harmonize the different Gospel accounts. You can read it starting Here.

Third, he has a section focus just on the resurrection accounts. This is always important and especially timely for Easter. Read this short section Here.

Other Free Resources

Simon Greenleaf has influenced many Christian apologists including Wilbur M. Smith, John Warwick Montgomery, Josh McDowell, and Ross Clifford. His book is a significant work in a long history of Christian lawyers using the rules of evidence to defend the Bible and the resurrection of Jesus.

You can read more about his life on Wikipedia.

Here is a short review of his book at Historical Apologetics.

Here is an essay in a theological journal with over 90 people who have use the legal approach to apologetics Juridical Apologists 1600-2000 AD: A Bio-Bibliographical Essay.

Apologetics

“The Real Story of Easter for Children” by “Grandma” Joelee Chamberlain

“The Real Story of Easter for Children” by “Grandma” Joelee Chamberlain is a free audio that harmonizes the resurrection accounts and presents the gospel to kids.

Listen to it on SermonAudio. There is also a PDF of it on the site. You can also listen to this and for other audios on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and other podcast sites.

“The Real Story of Easter for Children” is for children ages 4 to 10, though adults have sometimes listen to them and learn from them, too.

This is something Joelee Chamberlain had taught in women and children’s Sunday school classes throughout the years. So, while it’s for kids, it has material that she developed for adults. I (Paul her son) also helped her with this. I have research this topic too. Also, I have spoken with a number of atheists on this topic. So this audio presents apologetic answers two questions and objections children may run into as they grow up.

She decided to make it as one of her Children’s Bible Audio-Stories for Kids so her grandson and other children could hear it.

This audio harmonizes the resurrection accounts in the Gospels and I Corinthians 15 and connects it to the gospel. After all, the resurrection is part of the gospel. This is a great audio to listen to at any time but especially during Easter season. It can be listened to just for a joy meant or as part of Sunday school or homeschooling.

Children’s Ministry

“More Than a Carpenter” by Josh McDowell free at the Chapel

Get a free copy of Josh McDowell’s book “More Than a Carpenter” at Mission Valley Community Chapel. This is a good introductory or giveaway book on apologetics (reasons to believe). There are over 10 million in print, and it has been used to lead many to the Lord Jesus Christ.

This updated version Josh cowrote with his son Sean McDowell, who is also a Christian apologist.

This book includes evidences from history, prophecy, science, creation, and covers topics like the existence of God, the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, the reliability of the Bible, is Jesus the only way, and the gospel.

Josh also gives personal details and stories, including his struggles growing up with an alcoholic father and being sexually molested as a child by a man who worked his parents farm. He describes how God helped him through these terrible problems when he became a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.

I’ve given this “More Than a Carpenter” away to Uber drivers, a box to a homeschooling group, at booths in Balboa Park, to work man who come to the house, and friends. It is also a popular giveaway on our free resource table.

Come to the Chapel and get a free copy for yourself and one to give to a friend. “His story might change yours…”

More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell book cover
More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell

This is a book of evidentialist apologetics. This is an approach that focuses on the Lord Jesus Christ in both history and prophecy. This is a good approach, as many people already believe that God exists. Classical apologetics is good for those who do not believe that God exists. This is a two-step approach that first argues for the existence of God and then for the Lord Jesus Christ. As noted above, this book also has arguments for the existence of God.

You can watch Josh’s testimony on YouTube Part 1 and Part 2

APOLOGETICS

“ A Jewish View of the Trinity Based on the Hebrew Scriptures” by Jews for Jesus

Here is an article by Jews for Jesus reasoning for the Trinity from the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) A Jewish View of the Trinity Based on the Hebrew Scriptures

I’ve read a number of books on this topic, and this article from Jews for Jesus had some good arguments I hadn’t heard. It’s a good apologetic for the Trinity being in the Old Testament.

It quotes numerous scriptures and discusses the names for God, pronouns, plural nouns with singular verbs for God, plural nouns with plural nouns for God, different Hebrew words for one, and many other interesting points. It is done in a way that is easy to read.

One thing I found interesting was the examples of God having both a plural noun and plural verb. Usually in the Old Testament (Hebrew Scriptures)God is in the plural with a singular verb. This article gave some exceptions along with noting the more standard usage.

This article should be good as a resource for Jewish evangelism. It should also be useful in talking with other people who deny the Trinity like Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Muslims.

You can find posts like this on our website under Jewish Evangelism

“Considering Creation; Do You Like Nature?” an apologetic/evangelistic booklet by Ron Myers

Considering Creation; Do You Like Nature?
Creator-Awareness Evangelism Through Discussing Intelligent Design
By Ron Myers.

CONSIDERING CREATION – DO YOU LIKE NATURE (Eng with Pics, Rev 6 ) – Ron Myers

Considering Creation – Do You Like Nature (Thai with Pics, Published Ver)

Above are links to an apologetic/evangelistic booklet in both English and Thai written by missionary Ron Myers.

This booklet with pictures was written particularly for a Buddhist audience.

Without using religious language, he introduces God as “a Creator, an Owner, a Master Designer or Great Architect.” He does this by pointing to the evidence in ourselves and the world around us (intelligent design). Towards the close of this section, he uses a parable that turns the atheist “gardener” parable on its head.

He then moves from “Creation to Redemption.“ He refers to “the ancient scrolls” (The Bible) that discuss Satan, our first parents (Adam and Eve), and Jesus “Our Creator-God, Savior and Advocate.” He presents the work of Jesus, becoming judgment, and gives a clear gospel presentation.

The above summary does not give this great evangelistic/apologetic book justice, but hopefully whets your appetite to read it… And share it!

You can listen to an about five minute description by the author Ron Myers, and how he uses it here on YouTube

And here’s the author’s better overview, a sort of “virtual” back of the book description, “Consider Creation [is] a highly successful Creation Evangelism dialogue in booklet form and audio format that addresses origins and proposes examples of Intelligent Design which beg the existence of an Intelligent Designer. It has proven very successful among Asian cultures that do not share a our Judeo-Christian worldview or knowledge of God as their Creator. It helps them to come to the conclusion that there must be an Intelligent Designer. It concludes by introducing God and His Word, Creation, Satan and the fallen angels, Garden of Eden, Temptation, Fall, Curse and Banishment from God’s presence, and finally the Promise of a Messiah, His Name and invitation to receive Christ and eternal judgement awaiting those who do not, but God’s loving mercy for all who do.”

Don Myers
Don Myers – Creation Evangelism

 

Christmas Apologetics Resources Online

Here are some online Christmas apologetics resources (Apologetics is reasons to believe/evidences for Christianity) that are free and online.

Here’s an interesting article by Dr. Jonathan Sarfati a Jewish believer in Jesus from Creation Ministries International Christmas and Genesis

Here’s one by cold Case detectives J. Warner Wallace Five Reasons You Can Trust The Story Of Christmas Is True

Here are a number of articles at Frank Turek’s Cross Examined

Here’s a link to a previous post about Tom Cantor’s common sense or parabolic apologetic approach How a Jew Learned the True Meaning of Christmas

Balboa Park Christmas Outreach – David Edwin Hall

Here is a link to David Hall‘s Facebook page where he gives an update on his evangelistic outreach in Balboa Park, has some pictures, and two videos of Christmas carols. One of the Christmas carols is “Silent Night“ and the other is a Ukrainian Christmas Carol. Read about his witnessing and using apologetics to spread the Gospel HERE on Facebook.
You do not need to sign into Facebook to watch this. You can go to Balboa Park on Saturdays to check out this great local ministry. His outreach is set up by the fountain.

Also, David has an updated version of his website. Check it out here for a lot of great apologetic and evangelistic resources
Science Scripture Salvation Outreach

And here he has a website with Christian poetry
Quiet Time Poems

Personally, I think these offer a good balance of “Christianity for the tough minded“ and “Christianity for the tender hearted.“ But after all, God loves everyone, Christ died and rose from the dead for everyone, and the Holy Spirit calls everyone to salvation, so it makes sense that Christianity was made for everyone. The Lord Jesus Christ is returning, and today is the day of salvation – trust in Him today and be saved!