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Are Old Earth creationists ignorant of their faith?

Back in May I wrote a blog discussing the 10 points of agreement between the Old Earth and Young Earth positions. The blog was not designed or written in order to argue for one position or the other. The goal was to show that both positions hold to essential beliefs that line up with the Bible.

Even though I didn’t not argue for Old Earth creationism, I received comments critiquing that view. The comments seemed to suggest that I hold to Old Earth creationism and then began to show why I don’t have a consistent faith. After a few short responses to the comments, I decided not to respond anymore. I felt like the reader was not trying to understand my position, but instead, he was trying to prove me wrong even though I never took a side.

Since I think this is such an important issue I decided to respond on the podcast. We have to understand the difference between essential Christian doctrines that determine a person’s salvation and other beliefs that we can disagree on. Believing that Jesus rose from the dead and forgave our sins is much more important than our view of the age of the earth.

Listen here for my full comments as I go through the reader’s response and offer my thoughts.

What do you think of my response? Do you have further questions about the age of the earth, death before the fall, or a global or local flood? I will be talking about these in a future podcast, so please comment below!

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Listen to the Coffeehouse Questions radio show on Active Reliance Radio every Wednesday from 4:30-5 PM PT.

Like the Facebook page, watch live, and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. You can also see who will be future podcast guests on the Facebook page and send in your questions to be asked on the show! Send in your questions on FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number for texts only).

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MAVEN: Truth, Beauty, and Goodness with Brett Kunkle

I can’t think of anything more important in today’s culture than worldview and apologetics training for students. They are growing up in a very different world, and so they need truth brought to them in a new way. That is where MAVEN comes in.

MAVEN exists to help the next generation know truth, pursue goodness and create beauty, and to equip those who teach and train them—parents, youth workers, pastors and educators—to do the same.

Listen as I interview Brett Kunkle about his new approach to student worldview training.

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Listen to the Coffeehouse Questions radio show on Active Reliance Radio every Wednesday from 4:30-5 PM PT.

Like the Facebook page, watch live, and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. You can also see who will be future podcast guests on the Facebook page and send in your questions to be asked on the show! Send in your questions on FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number for texts only).

Reader Response: How can God be loving and command killings?

A few weeks back I posted the blog How can God be loving when he commanded killing in the Old Testament? (Video). This video was part of a Q&A filmed up at Hume Lake this past summer. After posting the video, I received a comment from an atheist pointing out seven different issues/questions that he had about the video. So, I have taken the time to record a podcast with my response to his objections. Click on the link above to see the objections yourself, and then listen to the podcast below to get my response!

Comment below with your thoughts on my response!

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Listen to the Coffeehouse Questions radio show on Active Reliance Radio every Wednesday from 4:30-5 PM PT.

Like the Facebook page, watch live, and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. You can also see who will be future podcast guests on the Facebook page and send in your questions to be asked on the show! Send in your questions on FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number for texts only).

Why Apologetics Should Be Relational with Michael Sherrard

Some people think apologetics is about winning arguments and showing people that they are wrong. Others think that apologetics is purely intellectual. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Michael Sherrard, the author of Relational Apologetics, joins me to discuss how apologetics is all about relationships. Listen below as Michael gives practical tips on how we as Christians can make a difference as we defend the Christian faith with holiness, respect, and truth.

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You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Listen to the Coffeehouse Questions radio show on Active Reliance Radio every Wednesday from 4:30-5 PM PT.

Like the Facebook page, watch live, and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. You can also see who will be future podcast guests on the Facebook page and send in your questions to be asked on the show! Send in your questions on FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number for texts only).

4 Apologetic Lessons from The Open Championship

I have enjoyed watching the Open the last two days as I have been resting from a few different trips. It helps that maybe my favorite golfer, Jordan Spieth, is leading the pack. Along with him, some of the world’s top golfers have been competing at the Royal Birkdale Golf Course in Southport, England, for a chance to win $10,250,000. For that large of a prize, these golfers spend countless hours in preparation and have persevered through many issues both before and during the tournament. They also know that in order to win they have to follow the rules and make good decisions and good shots. Image result for the open

I think these are principles that not only make championship golfers, but they also make championship Christian ambassadors. These principles are not only for pastors and apologists, but they are also for students. Listen to this week’s podcast as I look at the Open and point out four apologetic lessons that we can learn so that we will be successful ambassadors for Christ.

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Listen to the Coffeehouse Questions radio show on Active Reliance Radio every Wednesday from 4:30-5 PM PT.

Like the Facebook page, watch live, and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. You can also see who will be future podcast guests on the Facebook page and send in your questions to be asked on the show! Send in your questions on FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number for texts only).

Making the Case for a Forensic Faith with J. Warner Wallace

In my time working with students, I have found that many students have a passion for God yet few could defend Christianity. They often know what they believe, but they don’t know why they believe it! It is for this reason that Coffeehouse Questions exists. I want to be able to help students understand why they believe what they believe and help them answer difficult objections to their faith. This is also the reason that J. Warner Wallace has written his newest book, Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith. Forensic Faith is a fantastic book that is easy to understand and will help you

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  • embrace your duty to defend the truth;
  • devise a training strategy to master the evidence for Christianity;
  • learn how to employ the techniques of a detective to discover new insights from God’s word; and
  • become a better communicator by learning skills of professional case makers.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it. It includes insight that will deepen your faith and give you confidence to talk with your family, friends, and strangers.

J. Warner Wallace’s other books include Cold Case Christianity and God’s Crime Scene. He is a Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, serves as an adjunct professor of Christian apologetics at Biola University and a faculty member at Summit Ministries. Jim also made an appearance in God’s Not Dead 2 which you can see here. Listen below to my two-part interview with J. Warner Wallace as we discuss the importance of being a Christian case maker.

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You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Listen to the Coffeehouse Questions radio show on Active Reliance Radio every Wednesday from 4:30-5 PM PT.

Like the Facebook page, watch live, and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. You can also see who will be future podcast guests on the Facebook page and send in your questions to be asked on the show! Send in your questions on FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number for texts only).

The Fine Tuning Argument with Kendall Brewer

My friend, Kendall Brewer, joined me this week to discuss the teleological argument for God’s existence. You can check out Kendall’s work at Truth Matters.

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Listen to the Coffeehouse Questions radio show on Active Reliance Radio every Wednesday from 4:30-5 PM PT.

Like the Facebook page, watch live, and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. You can also see who will be future podcast guests on the Facebook page and send in your questions to be asked on the show! Send in your questions on FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number only for questions).

How are other worldviews influencing Christianity today?

Barna Group recently partnered with Summit Ministries in order to better understand how competing worldviews like Marxism, Secularism, New Spirituality, Postmodernism, and Islam are influencing the Christian worldview. What they found was almost unbelievable. Their findings show that only 17% of Christians who say that Christianity is important to them and go to church regularly hold a Christian worldview. This means that Christians are being heavily influenced by the culture. Read their report here.

I have been wanted to record an episode for the last few weeks talking about how I taught Christian and Postmodern history to my students. The results of this research directly line up with my lesson and so I knew that now is the time. Listen here to see how I taught my students about different interpretations, bias, and discovering objective truth.

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Listen to the Coffeehouse Questions radio show on Active Reliance Radio every Wednesday from 4:30-5 PM PT.

Like the Facebook page, watch live, and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. You can also see who will be future podcast guests on the Facebook page and send in your questions to be asked on the show! Send in your questions on FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number only for questions).

Starting Faith Conversations

Over the last two weeks I have had multiple questions about how to get people to think about Christianity. How can we motivate students to think about other people and future decisions? What can we do when they are apathetic? How can we initiate conversations about Christianity with friends or family members? This week I answer these questions by giving a few practical steps that we can take to discuss Christianity with those around us.

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Listen to the Coffeehouse Questions radio show on Active Reliance Radio every Wednesday from 4:30-5 PM PT.

Like the Facebook page, watch live, and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. You can also see who will be future podcast guests on the Facebook page and send in your questions to be asked on the show! Send in your questions on FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number only for questions).

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