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The Search for the Real Jesus Christ

Who was Jesus Christ? Was he God or merely a man? Was he a smart moral teacher? Did he even exist?

Articles from all sides are produced every year in an attempt to answer these questions. They mostly appear around Christmas and Easter due to the importance of those dates in the history of Christianity. It isn’t a surprise given the importance of those questions and the impact of Jesus Christ on human history. Discovering the truth of Jesus changes our understanding of all of human history and all of eternity!

Now, if you aren’t familiar with Snapchat, one of its features is “Discover” which is like a news feed. It is here that you will find news about sports, pop culture, tending profiles, and everything in-between. National Geographic is one of many groups who have a feed in the discover section of Snapchat. They published the story “The Search for the Real Jesus Christ.” When you click on the story, it takes you to this next screen prompting you to complete a quiz. There is only one question to this quiz. Could Jesus have been a real person?

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If they have continued to hold your attention, the next step would be to swipe up and take their quiz. Here is the following screen.

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Could Jesus have been a real person? Which one is it? Here is their answer.

Chose “yes” and you get a smiling emoji indicating your correct answer! A “no” response leads to a red square with a crying face for getting the wrong answer.

This was a bit of a surprise since I normally see published articles that doubt the historicity of Jesus. The surprising part of this is that the existence of Jesus isn’t doubted by mainstream scholars but is commonly doubted by popular publications. Since this is a popular post, I expected to see the opposite. However, here is the quote that concluded the quiz.

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It is true that mainstream scholars don’t doubt the historicity of Jesus. Even one of the most popular non-Christian scholars, Bart Ehrman, affirms the existence of a historical Jesus. Here is his response to doubters in his own words.

So, what do we conclude?

Jesus existed. This doesn’t make Christianity true, but it should compel us to look further into who Jesus was. What we find is that there is strong evidence for the truth of the gospels and for his resurrection. These two facts lead to the best explanation being that Jesus was who he said he was, the Son of God.

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What does Mormonism teach? Interview with Eric Johnson

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Have you ever been at a loss for words when Mormon missionaries knock on your door? Do you wish you had a better understanding of what they believe and how it compares to Christianity? If so, then I would recommend Eric Johnson and Sean McDowell’s new book that just released today! Sharing The Good News With Mormons: Practical Strategies For Getting The Conversation Started will give you the tools you need to have fruitful conversations with Mormons. Check out SharingWithMormons.com for more information.

Eric Johnson, an expert in Mormonism and co-author of Answering Mormons’ Questions: Ready Responses for Inquiring Latter-day Saints and  Mormonism 101: Examining the Religion of the Latter-day Saints, joined me to discuss the important LDS teachings that every Christian should understand.

I hope you enjoy part 1 of this interview as we discuss the teachings of the LDS church. Don’t miss part 2 next week as we dive into Eric and Sean’s new book and look at practical strategies.

 

What questions do you still have about the teaching of Mormonism and strategies for getting the conversation started? Comment below!

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. If you don’t have iTunes, find the podcast and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player. Finally, if you’d rather stick to the radio, you can listen to the show on 100.1 KGBA every Saturday night from 9-9:30 PT.

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A Tactical Approach to Evolution (video)

A few months back, I was invited to a very unique church group. Though I have never seen a church host a group meeting like this one, after leaving I realized that it is probably something every church should have. And if your church won’t create one, consider starting it up at someone’s house.

The group is called Persuade and is hosted every week by Orange County Church in Tustin, CA. This church has a speaker each week (usually a church member) discuss an important or controversial issue. Before I was invited to discuss on creation vs. evolution, they had already covered the kalam, the resurrection, the argument from contingency, and abortion. At the end of every talk, which is about 30 minutes, the audience is encouraged to ask questions and raise objections. In fact, the goal is to stump the speaker.

I was told that they normally spend at least an hour with the questions and objections. They turned out to be serious when they followed up my talk with an hour and fifteen minutes of questions and objections. You could say that the audience was very prepared with questions they had either researched or encountered in personal conversations.

As someone who travels to train churches and students to defend the Christian faith, this was so encouraging. This group had such a yearning to know and defend the truth. They took 1 Peter 3:15 seriously in their desire to always be ready to give a defense for the hope that they have. It was a wonderful privilege to join Persuade that evening and help believers think critically about creation and evolution. I hope that you too are encouraged by the video below to start something like this with fellow believers.

What questions or objections do you have on the topic of creation and evolution? Comment below!

If you are interested in having me speak at your church, camp, or youth group, click on the Endorsements & Speaking page and email me at contact@coffeehousequestions.com. You can select a topic from the list or suggest your own. I am happy to help in any way I can. God bless!

AB 2943: Will the Bible be banned? Interview with Neal Hardin

There’s a lot of discussion surrounding AB 2943. Some Christians think this bill, if passed, is going to ban the Bible. Others don’t think the bill is any problem at all. Neal Hardin, writer at The Religion and Politics Blog, joined me to discuss the language of this bill and how it may affect Christians. He recently traveled up to Sacramento, CA, with a group of pastors in order to speak to the legislators who voted on this bill. What worries Christians is that it will make any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation unlawful business practices. This includes the reparative therapy that Neal has received in the past.

This bill also forced Summit Ministries to cancel their young adult conference in California. I was on staff at Summit, CA, the last two years. However, due to this bill, I will not be joining Summit again this summer.

“Summit’s program helps students develop an intelligent, defensible Christian worldview before they go to college,” Summit President Jeff Myers explained. “Our speakers are leading Christian experts who base their presentations on theology as well as sociology, psychology and science. But the wording of AB2943 is a dog whistle to the left that intelligent Christians holding traditional views are fair game for discrimination, smears and frivolous lawsuits.”

Summit’s program would fall under the proposed law because its lineup includes defenders of traditional man/woman marriage and people who advocate pursuing only those sexual activities approved in the Bible. Myers said it has also been common during prior trainings for students to ask questions of Summit staff about how to address confusion over gender identity and sexual attraction in the context of their faith. By prohibiting such conversations, AB2943 would cripple Summit’s ability to care for and equip its students, Myers said.

“This is the most blatant chilling of free speech in America in my lifetime.”

This is Neal’s third time on the Coffeehouse Questions podcast. Our first discussion was on how Christians can respond to the secular culture in which we live. In our second show together, Neal shared his testimony of same-sex attraction and response to the Nashville Statement. Now don’t miss our third show together as he continues to have great insights on how Christians should be involved in culture and politics.

As mentioned in the show:

Please call these five California Senators and ask them to abstain or vote no on AB 2943. If they do not take your call, please share with the person answering the phone in a kind, loving way, that you’re asking them to abstain from voting or to vote no on AB 2943 when they hear the bill in the Judiciary Committee.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (Chair of the Committee) – 916-651-4019
Senator Robert M. Hertzberg – 916-651-4018
Senator Bill Monning – 916-651-4017
Senator Henry Stern – 916-651-4027
Senator Bob Wieckowski – 916-651-4010

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. If you don’t have iTunes, find the podcast and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player. Finally, if you’d rather stick to the radio, you can listen to the show on 100.1 KGBA every Saturday night from 9-9:30 PT.

Like the Facebook page or follow on Instagram to interact with Ryan and his guests on future shows. Your questions and comments help to make the show more interactive. So, send in those questions at contact@coffeehousequestions.com, FacebookTwitterInstagram, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number for texts only).

Complete Easter Resource: A TV Interview, Blogs, and Podcasts on the Resurrection of Jesus

As we approach Easter this coming Sunday, it will become more common to hear and see objections to the resurrection of Jesus. Some headlines might doubt whether or not Jesus even existed. Others might grant his existence, but reject the resurrection for various reasons. Because of this, I have compiled what I have titled a complete Easter resources. It is complete in the sense that it is everything I have produced on the topic.

Below you will find a TV interview on Truth Matters, 8 blog posts, and 2 podcasts. In these resources you will find the evidence for the resurrection and responses to common objections. I also included a strategy that might be useful this week on how to teach the resurrection to your students. With all of that said, I hope you find this resources helpful and share it with your friends as we prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ this Sunday. God bless!

TV Interview

Blogs

  1. What I learned from the Cross Examined Instructor Academy Part 1: Cold Case Resurrection
  2. The Case for the Resurrection: How do students respond?
  3. The Case for the Resurrection: Was Jesus crucified?
  4. The Case for the Resurrection: Did Jesus die on the cross?
  5. The Case for the Resurrection: Was the tomb empty?
  6. The Case for the Resurrection: Naturalistic Explanations for the Empty Tomb
  7. The Case for the Resurrection: Did the disciples claim to see the risen Jesus?
  8. The Case for the Resurrection: Did the disciples die as martyrs?

Podcasts

  1. How I Taught the Resurrection to High School Students (Podcast)
  2. The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

What questions do you still have about the resurrection? Comment below!

The March For Our Lives: Cultural Beliefs and Worldview Conversations

Today, the March For Our Lives drew hundreds of thousands around the United States. People were marching for human value and against gun violence.

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However, many don’t realize the worldview assumptions behind this any many other cultural beliefs. We are fighting for human value, which is good. But what makes a person valuable? Do all people have value? In the podcast below, I identify what I believe to be four contradictions in our culture and how we can use those cultural beliefs to have positive worldview conversations.

  1. Should we protect innocent lives or a woman’s right to choose?
  2. Should we celebrate women or is gender a social construct?
  3. Should we have gender reveal parties or is gender not connected to biological sex?
  4. Should I fight to end sexual abuse (#Metoo) or the Hollywood movies promoting such behavior (50 Shades)?

Links mentioned in the show

  1. How do we understand religious freedom vs. discrimination?
  2. Responding To Pro-Choice Arguments – Interview with Megan Almon (Podcast)
  3. Defending the Pro-Life Position – Interview with Megan Almon (Podcast)

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.

Like the Facebook page 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 at contact@coffeehousequestions.com, FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number for texts only).

Desperate Hope

In celebration of my 2nd anniversary podcasting, I am giving away 50 copies of Desperate Hope! This opportunity ends in April, so don’t miss out. Simply subscribe to this blog and share it with your friends on social media in order to get your own personalized copy. Once finished, send an email to contact@coffeehousequesions.com with your address and I’ll ship a copy to you completely free!

Human Value and the Image of God – Truth Matters TV

I had a great time joining Truth Matters TV for the second time. The first time on the show we talked about the evidence for the resurrection. This time the topic was the Imago Dei and how it changes what we care about and why we should care. Watch below to see how the image of God becomes the foundation for human value, human rights, and much more!

If you are interested in me speaking at your church or youth group, click on the Endorsements & Speaking page, look through the speaking topics or suggest your own, and contact me at contact@coffeehousequestions.com. I am happy to help in any way I can. God bless!

Desperate HopeIn celebration of my 2nd anniversary podcasting, I am giving away 50 copies of Desperate Hope! This opportunity ends in April, so don’t miss out. Simply subscribe to this blog and share it with your friends on social media in order to get your own personalized copy. Once finished, send an email to contact@coffeehousequesions.com with your address and I’ll ship a copy to you completely free!

 

 

How do we understand religious freedom vs. discrimination?

I just finished a two-week section on religious freedom and persecution with my students. In fact, I stopped writing their test in order to record the podcast and write this blog. I feel bad saying this, but I think it is true. The church has not done a great job at helping young people think about important cultural issues. We spend years with students preparing them to go off to the university, but we often are not equipping them to think clearly on important issues. We also don’t do a great job and helping them know their rights in culture and on the college campus.

This is why my chapter on religious freedom and persecution became so important the last two weeks. I wanted the students to think about controversial issues and debate religious freedom and persecution. I wanted them to see how freedoms are being taken away in the United States, how universities are making “free speech” zones, and how Christians are being persecuted around the world. We have a lot to be thankful for, but we also need to stand up, think clearly, and engage our culture with confidence.

Check out this week’s podcast as I  help you discuss religious freedom with clarity.

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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.

Like the Facebook page 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 at contact@coffeehousequestions.com, FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number for texts only).

Desperate Hope

In celebration of my 2nd anniversary podcasting, I am giving away 50 copies of Desperate Hope! This opportunity ends in April, so don’t miss out. Simply subscribe to this blog and share it with your friends on social media in order to get your own personalized copy. Once finished, send an email to contact@coffeehousequesions.com with your address and I’ll ship a copy to you completely free!

Is The New Testament Reliable?

One of the most exciting parts of my job is the work I am able to do with MAVEN and their groundbreaking approach to mission trips. Brett Kunkle, founder of MAVEN, has created a one-of-a-kind experience that immerses participants in real-life engagement in apologetics, theology, worldview and evangelism in Berkeley, California, and Salt Lake City, Utah. These trips are life changing for students. Their faith is tested, and for some, they are able to share the Gospel for the first time. The students’ confidence grows and they come home with a new excitement to discuss their faith with those around them.

The video below is one of six training sessions the students attended in preparation for their trip to Berkeley. I discussed five common objections to the reliability of the New Testament. 1) It was written long after the time of Jesus. 2) It is not supported by historical evidence. 3) It was messed up and changed over time. 4) It was written by biased Christians. 5) It contains miracles and miracles are impossible. I finished by giving practical tips on how to talk to people who think the Bible is dumb.

I hope you enjoy this talk and contact MAVEN to take your students on this one-of-a-kind experience.

If you are interested in me speaking at your church, camp, or youth group, click on the Endorsements & Speaking page, look through the speaking topics or suggest your own, and contact me at contact@coffeehousequestions.com. I am happy to help in any way I can.

Desperate HopeIn celebration of my 2nd anniversary podcasting, I am giving away 50 copies of Desperate Hope! This opportunity ends in April, so don’t miss out. Simply subscribe to this blog and share it with your friends on social media in order to get your own personalized copy. Once finished, send an email to contact@coffeehousequesions.com with your address and I’ll ship a copy to you completely free!

 

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