Why the Resurrection of Jesus is Important to Me

Apologetics and Theology

Why am I a Christian? What is my faith based on? That depends upon the day. There are days when God’s presence feels so real. I have had numerous specific prayers answered in very dramatic […]

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Does It Matter If Jesus Didn’t Physically Rise From the Dead?

Resurrection

Beginning with the time of the Enlightenment, people have attempted to understand Jesus outside of the supernatural. There is much that is good in Jesus’ teachings and Christianity has shaped the morality of western civilization. […]

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The Resurrection of Jesus

Michael R. Licona, The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2010), 718 pp. Pbk. There are no lack of books on the resurrection of Jesus.  Pastors, scholars, apologists and critics […]

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Did Jesus Rise From the Dead?

Apologetics and Theology

The resurrection of Jesus is one of the most important doctrines of the Christian faith. In this video, William Lane Craig presents the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus.

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Devotions: 1 Corinthians

A devotion based on 1 Corinthians 15:17. In this chapter, Paul is providing an extended treatment on the resurrection, both of Jesus and of believers at the return of Jesus. The reason for this is […]

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7 Things You Need to Know About Jesus

Apologetics and Theology

The point at which a movement usually moves from orthodoxy to heresy is its understanding of Jesus. If we get Jesus wrong, we get everything wrong. 1. Jesus is not a created being. The Arian […]

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One Reason I Will Never Leave Christianity

Apologetics and Theology

I sometimes hear about people leaving Christianity. There are various reasons for this, both theological and emotional. I will never leave Christianity and there is one reason for that. I am convinced that there is […]

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The Most Important Passage for Doing Apologetics

Apologetics and Theology

Please note that I am not saying that this is the most important passage for apologists (1 Peter 3:15 is arguably that). I am arguing that this is the most important passage for doing apologetics. […]

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On the Treatment of the Supernatural

Apologetics and Theology

I just had an article published in the journal Studies in Religion. The name of the article is “On the Treatment of the Supernatural by Zeba Crook.” My article is a response to one that […]

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Advent Four: Resurrection

Apologetics and Theology

When people think of the Gospel, they often think of Jesus crucified. But what role does the resurrection of Jesus play? Most often when people share the Gospel story, they won’t even mention the resurrection […]

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Seeing is Believing

Believing

A number of years ago, I had the privilege of being able to speak at a conference in Belgium on the resurrection. One of the speakers was Gerd Ludemann.[i]  Although I knew I had some […]

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Top Five Apologetics Books

Apologetics and Theology

I often hear requests for suggested apologetics resources.  Here are some books that I recommend for people interested in apologetics. Reasonable Faith by William Lane Craig Fabricating Jesus by Craig Evans Resurrection of Jesus by […]

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Resurrection and Historical Inquiry

When some historians look at the historical Jesus, they will look at his life and teachings and then usually end at his crucifixion.  While they may look at what early Christians believed to have happened […]

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Was Jesus’ Resurrection an Apotheosis?

From time to time, people claim that Jesus’ resurrection was an apotheosis.  An apotheosis was a belief within the Greco-Roman tradition that certain heroes could at death ascend to the realm of the gods and […]

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Why I Believe in the Resurrection

Is believing in the resurrection of Jesus reasonable? Since we have just come out of Easter, I thought I would share why I believe in the resurrection of Jesus.  These are not “proofs.”  If you […]

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Hope’s Reason: Volume One

The first volume of Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics is now complete.  You can find the entire issue here.  I really like how it turned out.  There are articles on Islam, teleology, resurrection, presuppositional […]

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Revisiting the Empty Tomb

Tony Costa reviews Daniel A. Smith’s Revisiting the Empty Tomb in the Review of Biblical Literature.  You can read the review here.

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Empty Tomb Review

Apologetics and Theology

Mike Licona reviews Daniel A. Smith’s Revisiting the Empty Tomb: The Early History of Easter in the Review of Biblical Literature.  You can read the review here.

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The Death and Resurrection of Jesus

The cornerstone of the Christian faith is that of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  If we do not get this, we do not anything.  That is why it is so important to learn […]

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Josephus and Precision Within the Gospels

I presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society today.  Many people have asked what I was speaking on, so I thought I would share.  The title of the paper was […]

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A Unique Gospel

This sermon was preached on Oct. 3 2010 at Woodford Baptist and First Baptist Church Meaford. A Unique Gospel Galatians 1:6-9 Introduction What would it take for you to want to curse someone?  Perhaps for […]

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What Does the Death of the Apostles Prove?

Often times people will point out that the Apostles died for their faith.  This is offered as evidence for the proof of the Gospel, after all, who would die for a lie?  The immediate counter-argument […]

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Five Hundred Witnesses

Apologetics and Theology

One of the most important passages for demonstrating the resurrection of Jesus is the first part of 1 Corinthians 15.  There is one part of this that some people have questioned: Then he appeared to […]

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Historical Resurrection of Jesus

Is the resurrection of Jesus just a matter of faith or can we speak of it historically?  N.T. Wright does a great job in this short video of explaining how we can speak of the […]

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