Free E-Book Alert – Did Jesus Rise From the Dead? by William Lane Craig

DID JESUS RISE FROM THE DEAD? OR IS IT THE HOAX OF THE AGES? 

Seems reasonable . . . perhaps Jesus was comatose. Or perhaps his body was stolen. Or maybe the women arrived at the wrong tomb . . . they were grieving, after all; it would have been an honest mistake. There are any number of explanations.

Dr. William Lane Craig uses well-documented historical facts to explore the evidence that surrounds the days following Jesus’ crucifixion. Without assuming “the Bible says so,” Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? presents positive religious, cultural, and historical evidence for the reality of the resurrection while breaking down the six most common hypotheses used to explain the unusual events that unfolded from the moment Christ breathed his last.

Thoroughly researched, yet deftly digestible, Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? belongs in the library of any apologist, skeptic, or seeker.

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I Am the Resurrection

This was my Easter chapel message at Rock County Christian School last week.  He is risen!  He is risen indeed.

Categories: Preaching, Sermon, Video

Free E-Book Alert – One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian

Real life is long on law and short on grace—the demands never stop, the failures pile up, and fear sets in. Life requires many things from us—a stable marriage, successful children, a certain quality of life. Anyone living inside the guilt, anxiety, and uncertainty of daily life knows that the weight of life is heavy. We are all in need of some relief.

Bestselling author Tullian Tchividjian is convinced our exhausted world needs a fresh encounter with God’s inexhaustible grace—His one-way love. Sadly, however, Christianity is perceived as being a vehicle for good behavior and clean living—and the judgments that result from them—rather than the only recourse for those who have failed over and over and over again. Tchividjian convincingly shows that Christianity is not about good people getting better. If anything, it is good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good.

In this “manifesto,” Tchividjian calls the church back to the heart of the Christian faith—grace. It is time for us to abandon our play-it-safe religion, and to get drunk on grace. Two hundred-proof, unflinching grace. It’s shocking and scary, unnatural and undomesticated … but it is also the only thing that can set us free and light the church—and the world—on fire.

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This and That 04-19-14

 Five Errors to Drop From Your Easter Sermon – If Jesus was born in the fall of 5 or 6 B.C., and if we remember that we don’t count the “0″ between B.C. and A.D., then Jesus would have been 37 or 38 years old when he died in the spring of A.D. 33 (as we believe is most likely). - Andreas J. Köstenberger and Justin Taylor

Heaven Is Real, but Heaven Is for Real Is Really Not - It is more than noteworthy to point out that NDEs are predictably contextualized by the backgrounds and belief systems of those who experience them. As such, they hardly provide a unified conclusion regarding the matters of life and death, heaven and hell, and most importantly the nature of God. Muslims encounter the Holy Spirit as the archangel Gabriel. Buddhists are inexorably guided down the pathway to nirvanic realization of “no self.” And the Burpos, who interpret the Bible literalistically, are now convinced that God the Father has enormous wings, blue eyes, and yellow hair, and God the Son is wingless, with sea-green-bluish eyes, brown hair, and a rainbow-colored horse. And the Holy Spirit? Well, he is bluish! Who would have thought? - Hank Hanegraaff

Creationism Vs. Evolution: The Arguments For Each Side - Evolutionary theory rests on precepts set out by old, obsolete book written over a hundred years ago; Scientifically corroborated by numerous peer-reviewed Facebook posts – The Onion

Categories: This and That

Three Free (or almost free) E-Book Alerts Today

C.S. Lewis: A Life Inspired

A man of reason and vigorous discourse, and a renowned professor of literature and philosophy, C.S. Lewis, always “Jack” to family and friends, never shied from intellectual debate, and through his written works encouraged others to wrestle with the difficult questions of faith. 

A master of visual illustration and allegory, Lewis wrote with the intuitive understanding that his readers wrestled with the same questions about the Christian story, about pain, suffering, and notions of Heaven and Hell, as he himself had wrestled. He also understood that others found reason and imagination to be incompatible aspects of an understanding of God and the universe.

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A Cold Case Approach to the Resurrection

“If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:17).
 
The resurrection. As far as doctrines go, it’s a game changer. Many accept the resurrection without giving it much thought. But isn’t something so important worthy of our wrestling with it? What if we approached the issue of the resurrection in an unbiased manner and assessed it as a cold case detective would evaluate a crime scene? Author J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case detective. He also used to be an atheist. Follow along in this brief presentation of his approach in applying his detective’s expertise to the accounts of the resurrection. Wallace believes the case is nothing but compelling: Jesus is alive!

J. Warner Wallace is a cold case homicide detective, a missions leader, and a church planter. As a result of his work on cold cases, Wallace has been featured on numerous television programs including Dateline, FOX News, and Court TV. Wallace’s visual presentations in the courtroom have revolutionized how capital offense trials are presented in Los Angeles County and across the country. A vocal atheist for many years, Wallace is now an apologist for Christianity and the founder of the ColdCaseChristianity.com Blog, Podcast, and Website. He has a master’s degree in theological studies. He and his wife have four children and live in southern California.

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 The Work of Christ: What the Events of Jesus’ Life Mean for You ($.01)

“The work of Jesus reveals to us who He is. The work and the person may be distinguished but never separated.”
—Dr. R. C. Sproul

Most Christians recognize the importance of Christ’s death and resurrection. But how many of us understand the theological significance of Jesus’ actions before and after the Crucifixion? In The Work of Christ, Dr. R. C. Sproul looks at every aspect of Jesus’ life and work, addressing such life-changing topics as:

Why Jesus’ baptism is relevant for our salvation
The similarities and differences between the temptation of the first Adam and the temptation of Jesus, the “second Adam”
How God uses song to celebrate his redemptive acts
Why the Last Supper marks the beginning of a greater exodus than that of the Old Testament
How Jesus’ death and resurrection are grounded in the eternal covenant among the persons of the Trinity
Why Jesus’ ascension makes a difference in our lives today
What we know and don’t know about Jesus’ return

Moving from Jesus’ existence from before creation through His incarnation, boyhood, adulthood, death, resurrection, and return, Dr. Sproul guides you to a deeper understanding of God’s beautiful promise and purpose behind the works of Christ’s life.

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Free Audio Book Alert – The Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul

 

During the month of April, we’re giving away the unabridged audiobook download of The Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul and read by Lawrence F. Pritchett.

In The Truth of the Cross, Dr. Sproul surveys the great work accomplished by Jesus Christ through His crucifixion—the redemption of God’s people. He considers the atonement from numerous angles and shows conclusively that the cross was absolutely necessary if anyone was to be saved. The Truth of the Cross is an uncompromising reminder that the atonement of Christ is an absolutely essential doctrine of the Christian faith, one that should be studied and understood by all believers.

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Free E-Book Alert – The Doctrines That Divide by Erwin Lutzer

Lutzer examines various controversies that exist within the broad spectrum of Christianity, presenting the issue and the biblical understanding of the doctrine.

Review

A non-combative look at ‘hot button’ issues in the church. (Covenant Communicator 2004-06-03)

A thoroughly readable examination of nine controversial doctrinal issues within Christianity. . . . A must for any Christian concerned with spiritual growth. (Master’s Seminary Journal2004-06-03)

Highly recommended for those interested in why certain churches accept or reject certain beliefs and practices. (Michael Miller Michael Miller, Journal Star 2004-06-03)

About the Author

Erwin W. Lutzer (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary; MA, Loyola University; LLD, Simon Greenleaf School of Law) is senior pastor of the historic Moody Church in Chicago, as well as a popular conference and radio speaker. His many books include The Doctrines That Divide, How You Can Be Sure That You Will Spend an Eternity with God, and One Minute After You Die.
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