Apologetics – Is Faith Delusional?

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Apologetics – Ravi Zacharias – Is Faith Delusional?

Is Faith Delusional? – Part One

Is Faith Delusional? – Part Two

Is Faith Delusional? – Part Three

Is Faith Delusional? – Part Four

Is Faith Delusional? – Part Five

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Arcade Fire – Afterlife

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Afterlife, oh my God, what an awful word
After all the breath and the dirt and the fires are burnt
And after all this time, and after all the ambulances go
And after all the hangers-on are done hanging on to the dead lights
Of the afterglow
I’ve gotta know

[Chorus]
Can we work it out?
We scream and shout ’till we work it out
Can we just work it out?
Scream and shout ’till we work it out?
‘Till we work it out, ’till we work it out
‘Till we work it out, ’till we work it out

[Verse 2]
Afterlife, I think I saw what happens next
It was just a glimpse of you, like looking through a window
Or a shallow sea
Could you see me?
And after all this time
It’s like nothing else we used to know
After all the hangers-on are done hanging on to the dead lights
Of the afterglow
I’ve gotta know

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
But you say
Oh
When love is gone
Where does it go?
And you say
Oh
When love is gone
Where does it go?
And where do we go?
Where do we go?
Where do we go?
Where do we go?

[Verse 3]
And after this
Can it last another night?
After all the bad advice
Had nothing at all to do with life
I’ve gotta know

[Chorus]

[Bridge]

[Outro]
Is this the afterlife?
It’s just an afterlife
It’s just an afterlife with you
It’s just an afterlife

Holy Saturday – J.B. Phillips – The well-attested fact

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“I have spoken of the birth of Jesus Christ as a well-attested fact of history, but, of course, it became that, for the most part, in retrospect. For as the Holy Babe grew to manhood it was only here and there that men recognized what they were seeing—God focused in human form. When the final tragedy came and the forces of darkness conspired to put out the Light, probably a mere handful retained their faith. It was the reverberating miracle of the Resurrection, witnessed and vouched for by hundreds of reliable witnesses, which settled the matter, and transformed dispirited disciples into determined heroes prepared to challenge and change the world.”

… J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), God With Us: a Message for Christmas, London: Epworth Press, 1957, p. 9-10

Good Friday – O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

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“O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, Thine only crown;
How art Thou pale with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish, which once was bright as morn!

What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered, was all for sinners’ gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression, but Thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior! ’Tis I deserve Thy place;
Look on me with Thy favor, vouchsafe to me Thy grace.”
… Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153), included in Masterpieces of Religious Verse, James Dalton Morrison, ed., New York: Harper & Bros., 1948, p. 198

Maundy Thursday

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“How easily we forget that the church was founded by disciples who betrayed their master. None was willing to stand by Jesus as the religious and political authorities condemned him to death. At his moment of greatest need, the disciples fled in the darkness. The boldest of the lot, Peter, was the very one who cursed and denied him three times before the cock crew. It was for traitors that Jesus died.”
… Philip Yancey (b. 1949), Soul Survivor, New York: Doubleday, 2001, p. 285

NT Intro – Bart Ehrman & Stephen Colbert

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Watch this video again and take a few minutes to answer the questions below:

Bart Ehrman & Stephen Colbert

How would you respond to his assertion that the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) don’t present a divine Jesus?

How would you respond to his claim that the accounts of Jesus’ crucifixion are contradictory?

This article will be helpful in crafting a response to the above questions:

How God became Jesus

Plain, Every-day goodness – M. Babcock

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“Christianity is not a voice in the wilderness, but a life in the world. It is not an idea in the air but feet on the ground, going God’s way. It is not an exotic to be kept under glass, but a hardy plant to bear twelve manner of fruit in all kinds of weather. Fidelity to duty is its root and branch. Nothing we can say to the Lord, no calling Him by great or dear names, can take the place of the plain doing of His will. We may cry out about the beauty of eating bread with Him in His kingdom, but it is wasted breath and a rootless hope, unless we plow and plant in His kingdom here and now. To remember Him at His table and to forget Him at ours, is to have invested in bad securities. There is no substitute for plain, every-day goodness…. “

Maltbie D. Babcock (1858-1901), Thoughts for Every-day Living, New York: C. Scribner’s sons, 1901, p. 48