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Syndication

Christmas Myths, pt 5

The stories we think of when reflecting on Christmas are inspired more by folklore than they are history.

According to Ben Witherington, "The Christmas portions of the gospel are, perhaps, the most beloved, and the most belabored, texts in the New Testament. Like works of art that have been lacquered with coat after coat of varnish, the original stories are hardly visible anymore."

In our meeting (divided here into 5 parts), we explored which are true, which are false, and what we really know about the time around Jesus' birth.

Direct download: ChristmasMyths-5of5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:13am EST

Christmas Myths, pt 4

The stories we think of when reflecting on Christmas are inspired more by folklore than they are history.

According to Ben Witherington, "The Christmas portions of the gospel are, perhaps, the most beloved, and the most belabored, texts in the New Testament. Like works of art that have been lacquered with coat after coat of varnish, the original stories are hardly visible anymore."

In our meeting (divided here into 5 parts), we explored which are true, which are false, and what we really know about the time around Jesus' birth.

Direct download: ChristmasMyths-4of5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30am EST

Christmas Myths, pt 3

The stories we think of when reflecting on Christmas are inspired more by folklore than they are history.

According to Ben Witherington, "The Christmas portions of the gospel are, perhaps, the most beloved, and the most belabored, texts in the New Testament. Like works of art that have been lacquered with coat after coat of varnish, the original stories are hardly visible anymore."

In our meeting (divided here into 5 parts), we explored which are true, which are false, and what we really know about the time around Jesus' birth.

Direct download: ChristmasMyths-3of6.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:08pm EST

Christmas  Myths, pt 2

The stories we think of when reflecting on Christmas are inspired more by folklore than they are history.

According to Ben Witherington, "The Christmas portions of the gospel are, perhaps, the most beloved, and the most belabored, texts in the New Testament. Like works of art that have been lacquered with coat after coat of varnish, the original stories are hardly visible anymore."

In our meeting (divided here into 5 parts), we explored which are true, which are false, and what we really know about the time around Jesus' birth.

Direct download: ChristmasMyths-2of6.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:52pm EST

Christmas Myths, pt 1

The stories we think of when reflecting on Christmas are inspired more by folklore than they are history.

According to Ben Witherington, "The Christmas portions of the gospel are, perhaps, the most beloved, and the most belabored, texts in the New Testament. Like works of art that have been lacquered with coat after coat of varnish, the original stories are hardly visible anymore."

In our meeting (divided here into 5 parts), we explored which are true, which are false, and what we really know about the time around Jesus' birth.

Direct download: ChristmasMyths-1of6.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:15pm EST

This is part 9 in my current Sunday School class called “What is God Like?” (If you’d like to learn more about the series, check this post on our website.)

This week we continue our discussion of God's immutability. What about the verses that say God repents or has regrets? How do we resolve seemingly contrary texts? Does God change, or is there another explanation?

The handout for this class is available here.

Direct download: Attributes_of_God_class09.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:12pm EST

What is God Like? (pt 8)

This is part 8 in my current Sunday School class called “What is God Like?” (If you’d like to learn more about the series, check this post on our website.)

This week we began a discussion of God's immutability. I also included an interesting discussion after class about the theological influences we all have, and that we're probably unaware of, that affect our understanding of who God is.

The handout for this class is available here.

Direct download: Attributes_of_God_class08.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:10am EST

Update

Just a quick update. Sorry I got behind in posting!

Also, if you are interested in helping support the costs of this podcast, drop a note to scott@tcapologetics.org.

Thanks!

Direct download: 2014-11-23_Update.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:53am EST

This is the audio from the November 4, 2014 meeting of TC Apologetics. In the opening, I explained my reasons for believing in theism - the idea that there is a God. After that, we discussed whether the sentiment "I follow science, not God" makes any sense. (To respect confidentiality and the wishes of some members, portions of the audio have been removed.)

TC Apologetics meets in Traverse City, Michigan on the first and third Tuesday of every month. If you like what you hear, why not join us!

Direct download: 2014-11-04_-_Opening_discussion.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:07pm EST

On October 27, 2014, I was invited to speak to the leaders of the local Community Bible Study on the topic of apologetics. I was given a handful of topics that the group had expressed interest in, so rather than go into any great depth on an individual topic I chose to do a very fast overview. We covered a lot of ground!

It ended up being a great opportunity to explain the current need for apologetics, what apologetics is, and a few tips on how to go about getting your feet wet. I also gave the shortest presentations I've ever given on the reliability of the Bible and the evidence for the resurrection!

If you want a fast overview, give a listen and see what you think. Hopefully this piqued some interest that will result in more people digging in to apologetics than would have otherwise.

Click here for the handout.

Direct download: 2014-10-27_-_Presentation_at_CBS_FINAL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:45am EST