Let me ask you a theological question: Are you born again which results in your believing in Christ, or does your faith in Christ result in your being born again? Maybe you think I’m just playing with words, but how you answer that question significantly affects what you believe about man’s sin, God’s salvation, and more important, your eternal security. — John MacArthus, How Firm Our Foundation
No one embraces faith in Jesus Christ based solely on factual evidence. Equally, no one rejects Christianity or loses their faith solely because of a lack of facts. A combination of intellectual, personal and social factors is at work. I would ask readers, whether Christian or not, to explore the life of Jesus fully aware that we form our views on the big questions (and the small ones) through a range of factors. After all, if there is a God, surely we should expect his truth not only to be factually verifiable but also personally satisfying and socially relevant.
- John Dickson, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
When a brother or sister in Christ is suffering from a terminal illness and it is not the purpose of God to heal them but to call them home to Himself, it is always with a combination of sadness of joy that we learn of the temporary loss. So it is as we learned of the temporary loss of Christian academic journalist Dr. William Alnor, beloved husband of Christian apologetics researcher Jackie Alnor. …
A panel of Christian leaders said March 17 that Rob Bell’s popularity among evangelicals — particularly among younger ones — makes it critical for the church to respond with biblical clarity to his new book.
Bell, the panelists said, has redefined the Gospel and his beliefs clearly fall outside historical biblical orthodoxy. In “Love Wins,” Bell denies a literal hell and affirms a form of universalism.
“We wouldn’t be having this panel discussion if John Shelby Spong wrote another book,” R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said. Spong, 79, is a former Episcopal bishop and a well-known liberal scholar who has denied virtually every major Christian doctrine.
“… Rob Bell is a different story. He has a tremendous influence, especially with younger evangelicals, and I think that’s why we have to talk about this. We’re very concerned about the loss of the Gospel.”
Michael Foust, Baptist Press, March 18, 2011
At Apologetics Index we have a collection of research resources on Rob Bell and his theology.
How to Get Apologetics in Your Church -
During the month of September 2010, Apologetics 315 featured a series of blog posts that respond to the question:
“How can I get apologetics in my church?”
Those posts have been bundled in an ebook (Kindle, PDF, Mobi and ePub formats available). You can also listen to podcasts…
The UK’s “Premier Christian Radio” presents “Unbelievable?: The Conference” on Sat 14 May. Equipping you with honest answers to tough questions.
Could be a good conference. But it should be noted that the radio station also broadcasts, “Life Study of the Bible with Watchman Nee and Witness Lee.”
That program is produced by Living Stream Ministries, the organization behind the so-called ‘Local Church’ which theologically is a cult of Christianity.
So buyer beware!