The lion was only 10 yards from our vehicle. The driver/guide had no rifle. The truck had no doors or windows. But our guide said not to worry. The lions view these Safari trucks as large animals -- too big to take down and kill. So as long as we respect them and don't get … Continue reading Don’t stray!
Thanksgiving always brings back memories of the extended family crowded around the dining room table, sharing a feast of favorite dishes, while giving thanks to God for His bountiful provision. Each family brought several potluck items. Aunt Edith always came with creamed peas and onions, and pies (two separate dishes, not together!). She would not … Continue reading Home for the Holidays – Searching for the Lost Family Favorite
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Philippians 2:3 Okay, I have trouble with this one. Like probably most other people on the planet, my first instinct is to put myself first. I am competitive. I like to achieve things and win awards. But as I … Continue reading Selfish ambition?
The Bible is the most complete, but not the only source of historical data. The existence of Jesus as a real person is well documented in sources outside the Bible. The biblical accounts agree with evidence from secular and Jewish historians from the first two centuries A.D. Tacitus – He was a Roman historian who … Continue reading Did Jesus Really Exist? Non-Biblical Sources
Definition of the Legal-Historical Method -- showing something is true (according to some legal standard, e.g. preponderance of the evidence, beyond a reasonable doubt, etc.) by offering available data as evidence. Three types of data are used in the courtroom: Oral Testimony includes eyewitness accounts of the event and other personal testimony bearing on the … Continue reading Resurrection: Miracle or Myth? Legal-historical method
What type of evidence should be presented or admitted? People often comment that one cannot prove biblical events scientifically. But that is not the only kind of evidence to be presented. Operational Scientific Method and Legal-historical Method. Geisler and Brooks discuss two methods of proof commonly used today to establish truth. Failure to understand the … Continue reading Resurrection: Miracle or Myth? Operational Science
What is the proper burden of proof? What should be the burden of proof when evaluating the evidence? Legal standards vary with the seriousness of the issue: preponderance of the evidence, clear and convincing evidence, beyond a reasonable doubt, or as some would like it – beyond even a shadow of a doubt. A few … Continue reading Resurrection: Miracle or Myth? The Burden of Proof
You have read the tabloid headlines . . . .Seen the books on bestseller lists . . . .Watched ‘documentary’ TV shows . . . .Enjoyed The DaVinci Code movie . . . .Listened to your pastor preach that the resurrection of Jesus is a figurative, mystical experience . . . . Issue: Did Jesus … Continue reading Resurrection– Miracle or Myth?
Serendipity – A happy accident or surprise not searched for. Have you ever experienced what seemed to be an unfortunate event and found that God worked out the circumstances for good? In September, when I booked my flight home to Seattle, I wanted to go through Dallas to avoid potential problems with winter weather. So … Continue reading Home for the Holidays – The Journey
When my brother was small, he asked our mother why we didn't have a birthday cake if Christmas was the birthday of Baby Jesus. Good question. So from that time on, every Christmas eve we celebrated the birth of our Savior with a birthday cake. Usually we took the ceramic Christ child and manger from the Nativity … Continue reading Home for the Holidays – Baby Jesus Birthday Cake