Sunday, April 23, 2017

Week 28: Why Are There so Many Kinds of Churches?

We are starting a new 6-week series called, "BIG Questions Unbelievers Ask." In this first episode, we explore the question, "Why are there so many different kinds of churches?" This is a common point of confusion for many outsiders to our faith.

Key Themes:
  • Survey of the 3 major streams of Christianity: 
    • Ancient Faith
    • Evangelical
    • Pentecostal
  • Downsides of being a Protestant
  • Importance of Christianity unity

Digging Deeper:

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Week 27: What About Contradictions in the Resurrection Accounts?

This is the second part of our discussion about the resurrection of Jesus. We tackle some of the most commonly cited "contradictions" in the resurrection accounts. Are they historically reliable?

Key Themes:
  • What did the sign say that hung over Jesus' head on the cross?
  • How many women went to Jesus' tomb?
  • How many angels were at the tomb?

Digging Deeper:

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Week 26: Why Should I Be Convinced a Man Rose from the Dead?

We're wrapping up our year of discussions on tough questions about the faith. This week we're exploring the importance of the resurrection of Jesus, which is a keystone of the Christian faith. 

Key Themes:
  • 1 Corinthians 15
  • Inter-connectedness between theology and history
  • Evidence of Jesus' resurrection
  • John 12 ("doubting" Thomas)

Digging Deeper:
  • Book: Without a Doubt, chs. 10 and 11

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Week 25: Ask Me Anything

Devotional: How can we be God's friend?

Question #1: How should Christians think about such creatures as "Cro-Magnon Man" or Neanderthals?

Digging Deeper:

Question #2: Why do some Christians believe the KJV is better than other translations?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Week 24: Case Study: Talking to an LDS Member

We're wrapping up our unit on practical ways to engage our OIKOS. This week we're looking at a conversation between the teacher and an LDS member.

Digging Deeper:
  • Here are some deleted scenes from the conversation with Clark.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Week 23: Case Study: Talking to an Analytical Person

We're continuing to discuss some practical ways to engage our OIKOS. This week we're exploring some strategies when we are talking to analytical people, especially those who have de-converted from Christianity.

Key Themes:
  • Brief review of conversation strategies

Digging Deeper:

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Week 22: How Do We Know If We Have the Correct Worldview?

We're continuing to discuss some practical ways to engage our OIKOS. This week we're asking the question, How do we know if we have the correct worldview? We suggest some ways to begin testing our web of beliefs.

Key Themes:
  • Brief review of last week's lesson
  • Reasons why conversion is not a good core belief
  • Three worldview tests: explanatory power, correspondence test, verification test
  • A closer look at the verification test
    • The Bible vs. the Book of Mormon
  • A critical challenge to the Christian worldview: existential test

Digging Deeper: