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Jan
15

Three Approaches to Apologetics (Evidentialist, Classical and Presuppositional)

I was recently a guest on a podcast hosted by Michael Boehm of www.youthapologeticstraining.com discussing the three main approaches toward Christian Apologetics. You can read an article synopsis of Evidentialist, Classical and Presuppositional Apologetics here, and get links to all of the podcasts: http://youthapologeticstraining.com/three-types-apologetics/ Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference Speaker. He is the Director of Family Renewal,...
Jan
15

Interview with Buddy Davis of Answers in Genesis

One of my favorite people in Christian ministry today is Buddy Davis. I first met Buddy and Kay (briefly) when he was speaking in my home state of Michigan in about 2008 or so. He was speaking at a wild game dinner for hunters and outdoorsmen. A lot of the people in attendance were only there to hear stories about hunting big game, and Buddy’s wilderness adventures. But, as he does, Buddy turned the topic to Salvation by faith in Christ alone. It was great to see his boldness and courage in representing Christ, and upholding the authority of Scripture, even to unbelievers. Our children love his books and his music CDs and DVDs. I highly recommend that you have Buddy in to speak at your church, camp or conference. Also, check out Buddy’s blog and his Facebook page (which is one of my favorite social media pages; there is always something inspiring!). Now you can get to  know him better, through this exclusive interview. — Israel Wayne Israel Wayne: How did you get involved in Creation ministry? Buddy Davis: My Creation ministry came about as a result of sculpturing dinosaurs. When I first started sculpturing I believed in evolution. I was a Christian, but all I ever heard was evolution and I accepted it. Early on, an insurance agent stopped by my sculpturing studio and asked if he could give me some literature on creation from the Institute of Creation Research. I agreed and when I read the material, it was like a drink of water in a desert. I could believe the Bible when it talked about Creation! I didn’t have to believe in evolution. I was so excited and I kept reading and studying. There were many scientists who believed in Creation. My dinosaur models drew youth groups from area churches and when the pastor’s saw I had answers about dinosaurs, they invited me to come and speak to their congregation. That started my journey into the Creation ministry. In 1994, I met Ken Ham who had just started Answers in Genesis ministries in Kentucky. He did a conference in my home town of Mt. Vernon, Ohio. After the conference, I showed him my dinosaur models and played him a song that I had written called, “He Makes Dreams Out of Nothing”. That evening opened up my music ministry as well as getting an opportunity to start my children’s ministry. Israel Wayne: How did you begin to do...
Jan
13

Frustrated Preacher?

Over the years, I have known many “frustrated preachers.” By this, I mean people who want to do big things for God (start a ministry, write a book, be a preacher, become a gospel singer, etc.), but things just haven’t come together. I think there are two primary reasons for this: 1. It’s just not your time. You may be feeling a legitimate drawing of the Holy Spirit to a work, but this is not your season. Be diligent in growing where God has placed you, and let Him raise you up in His good time. Foter.com / CC BY-SA 2. There is pride in your heart. This is about you and what you can do for God (and yourself). There is something in you that wants to draw attention to yourself and be noticed and applauded. For your own sake, and the good of the Gospel, God will not let you succeed. He will frustrate you at every turn. It’s true that God allows some proud people to have a platform, but I think He loves you too much to allow success, in that way, to destroy you. Let it go, and learn how to just love Jesus and bless and serve others around you. Evidence of a frustrated preacher #1: He’ll just go off on a rant to anyone who will give him the time of day. He’s like a caged animal and he’s GOT to preach at somebody! Evidence #2 (of the proud frustrated preacher): He’ll dominate a conversation, and he always has to be the one with the insight. It’s never give and take, he’ll never learn from you. He’s the expert, you are the audience. Evidence #3: He is…well…frustrated. The problem is, the Holy Spirit doesn’t get frustrated. The fruit of the Spirit is peace, patience and self-control. Evidence #4: The frustrated preacher often turns prayer time into sermon time. A simple opportunity to thank the Lord for lunch turns into a 10 minute opportunity to expound on every doctrinal pet peeve and pent up frustration at life, the church and others. Just thank the Lord for His blessings and save the sermon for yourself. Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference Speaker. He is the Director of Family Renewal,...
Jan
2

Don’t Judge Me, Man!

If there is one verse from the Bible that is universally known nowadays, it is “Judge not, that you be not judged.” I think it has replaced John 3:16 as the best-known verse in Scripture. Christians and non-Christians alike quote this verse to imply that a person should never criticize the bad or sinful behavior of another person. However, that is not what the passage means at all. Quite the contrary. Let’s look at this passage in context. maveric2003 / Foter.com / CC BY Luke 6:37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”39He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. 41Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 42How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” (See also Matthew 7.) The context of this passage is clearly speaking against hypocritical judgment, where you point out the failures or problems in another person, but won’t deal with your own. The end goal, according to this passage, is for you to eventually help your brother, but in order to do that, you have to get rid of the log in your own eye first. Both the log and the speck are viewed as problematic here, but they must be dealt with in order of priority. Contrary to popular belief, Jesus commands us TO judge in John 7:24, “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” Paul judged other Christians, and he commands us to do the same: “The spiritual person judges all things.” (1 Corinthians 2:15a) “For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already...

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