You Don’t Really Believe the Bible, Do You?

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This past weekend, over 22 of us had a faith-building and inspiring time together down in Orange County at the reThink Student Apologetics Conference.  It was definitely clear thinking Christianity on display as we reinforced our confidence in the Christian faith and learned how to better engage with friends and critics alike.

One of my favorite speakers of the weekend was Sean McDowell.  I would highly encourage you to carve out some time to watch this video on why you really can trust the Bible.  Take notes, internalize some key points, then act on it and engage your world with the gospel of Christ! – Arthur

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16

TD Outing: “reThink” Student Apologetics Conference (9/26 – 9/27)

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As we’ve been sharing during TD these last couple of weeks, TD will be heading down to Orange County next weekend (Sept. 26-27) to help provoke each other and our peers to “rethink their worldview, recapture the truth, and then reengage the world for the cause of Christ.”  It’s going to be very valuable for you personally and for your effectiveness in fulfilling your calling as an ambassador of Christ to your world.

This is the last weekend to sign up to go with TD and to get the TD deal (we’ll pay half your tuition).  So, don’t delay!  Bring your $20 and sign up with Sandra at TD tomorrow night or before Sunday School this Sunday.  Hope you can join us!

Here’s the link to all the details:

reThink Student Apologetics Conference web site

 

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us.” 2Cor. 5:20

This is Higher Education???

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Hey TD!

As the school year is now fully underway for you, there are a host of TD alum who have begun another year of “higher education” at colleges and universities across the country; and I wonder if their time in TD was able to help do its part in supporting, challenging, and equipping them spiritually during their years with us … because for many, it’s a spiritual battle – socially, academically, and spiritually.

A few years ago, one TD alum of a major local public university told me that the professor opened the class asking if there were any Christians in the class; because if there were, they wouldn’t be by the time the semester was over.  Another from a prestigious Ive League school emailed me to tell me that she walked out of her class because of the strong assault on her Christian faith by the professor.

At another prominent private university’s Honors English course, the student showed me the very first writing assignment.  The teacher gave the class two paragraphs to begin their essays with; then the students were to complete the essay by finding evidence to support the opening paragraphs.  Here were the opening paragraphs:

  “In contrast to some of the differences between God and human beings commonly assumed in Western culture, Anthony Heck’s poem ‘Sacrifice’ depicts the God of the Hebrew Bible and human beings as having in common a frightening power to determine life or death, and a terrifying, even capricious will, whether good or evil, whose chief purpose above all else seems to be to command others’ obedience; even a sacrificing of a family’s most basic family values or of the human rights of life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness.

     The Scriptural sources for this poem, Heck implies, represent a God whose chief interest is obedience, not love; whose chief interest is punishment, not mercy; revenge, not justice; fear, not human happiness.  The following textual evidence from Genesis, Exodus, and/or 1Samuel supports Heck’s interpretation of these frightening correspondences between God and human kind.

Finish the essay.”

I asked the student if there would be another essay to be able to present the other side.  He said, no, and asked what he should do.  To hear what I told him to do, listen here.

Should you encounter one of these experiences when you head off to college, how will you respond?  Are you equipped?

This month at TD, we plan to offer you some help:

9/12 – Movie and discussion

9/26 – 9/27 – “RETHINK” Student Apologetics Conference  – We want you TD’ers to come so much that we’ll pay for half of your registration costs.  Just sign up at TD this Friday.

See you this Friday! – Arthur

Jenny Featured on Joni’s Blog

Hey TD!

We look forward to seeing you all at our TD Kick-Off meeting this Friday!  It will be a special time.

Did any of you see Joni’s blog today?  If not, here’s her post.  Oops, I mean here’s Jenny’s post!  Maybe we should form a ministry called Jenny and Friends 🙂 Click on the link if you want to see it on Joni’s blog.  Otherwise, here it is … and don’t miss the power of her message. – Arthur

Guest Post by Jenny Liu

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 2, 2014
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Jenny and Joni

“I have volunteered with Joni and Friends for years now, serving at Family Retreats, disability summits, and more. And in that time, Joni, I’ve always marveled how God has used one girl with a broken neck. Back then, I’m sure you felt forsaken by God. Like Jesus when He cried out, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” But as Ravi Zacharias once observed, at that very moment, at the height of Jesus’ sense of desolation, He was, in actual fact, in the very center of His Father’s will. Forty-seven years ago when you were face-down on a hospital Stryker frame, God and His will couldn’t have seemed more distant. But now, it is clear that when you felt the most forsaken, you were actually right in the center of His will. Not without tears and pain… but because of what God has done in your life, so many lives have been changed (including mine). I would not be where I am today and who I am today, were it not for your story, and the ministry of Joni and Friends :). May we all remember that when we feel the pain of deep suffering, it may well be the wedge of God’s will. Soli Deo Gloria!”