Resources – Apologetics Sites

The following sites provide information and resources about the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth and His resurrection, as well as the reliability of the Bible.  (This focus matters most, though the sites often focus on other issues as well.)  I have rated the sites based on the quantity, quality, and focus of resources that each provides to the web visitor (focus means focus on Jesus and the Bible).

Best:

Apologetics 315 – Brian Auten

Better:

Gary Habermas – Gary Habermas (focuses on the evidence for the resurrection of Christ)

The John Ankerberg Show – (includes many video clips of leading biblical scholars)

Lee Strobel – Lee Strobel (a former atheist)

Library of Historical Apologetics – Tim McGrew and others

Ratio Christi – at the Ohio State University – Eric Chabot

Reasonable Faith – William Lane Craig (philosophical, theological, and historical)

Risen Jesus – Michael Licona (focuses on the evidence for the resurrection of Christ)

Truthbomb Apologetics

Good:

Alpha & Omega Ministries – James White

Apologetics.com – Various

Christian Apologetics UK

Cross-Examined.org – Frank Turek

Ehrman Project – (refutes the skepticism of Bart Ehrman; YouTube channel)

Fixed-Point Foundation – Larry Taunton

Josh McDowell – Josh McDowell (Campus Crusade for Christ evangelist and apologist)

Stand to Reason – Greg Koukl and others

The One-Minute Apologist – Bobby Conway (short videos addressing key apologetic topics)

The Poached Egg – Greg West

Ratio Christi – (a campus ministry)

Ravi Zacharias – Ravi Zacharias

True Free Thinker – Mariano Grinbank

The Veritas Forum

Word on Fire – Father Robert Barron

Worldview – Sean McDowell (son of Josh McDowell)

4Truth.Net – North American Missions Board of the Southern Baptist Convention

In addition to going directly to these sites, you can also find many instances of them on YouTube.com by searching on their names.  Some even have their own “YouTube Channel.”

Last updated April 7, 2012

Has God Done Miracles Since Christ?

In this blog post, Craig Blomberg briefly reviews Craig Keener‘s two-volume opus Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, in which ample evidence is offered that the God who worked miracles through Jesus of Nazareth has continued to do so since that time in His name.

Blomberg begins:

This phenomenal two-volume work belongs in the library of every person who is seriously interested in whether or not events akin to the New Testament miracle stories have occurred at other times and places and/or still occur today.  Craig Keener, professor of New Testament at Asbury Seminary in Kentucky, is a well-known atheist-turned-Christian New Testament scholar with what is most likely the world’s most extensive compilation of ancient texts that compare or contrast in some way with any verse anywhere in the New Testament.

Included in the book is Keener’s refutation of “David Hume’s argument that uniform human experience precluded miracles.”  (from Amazon page)

Gary Habermas on Evidence for Jesus Beyond the New Testament Documents

The 27 ancient documents we call the New Testament are, of course, history’s primary source material on the life of Jesus of Nazareth.  In this short clip, Gary Habermas talks about roughly a dozen and a half additional sources – outside the New Testament – which corroborate the historicity of Jesus.

“Overall, at least seventeen non-Christian writings record more than fifty details concerning the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus, plus details concerning the earliest church. Most frequently reported is Jesus’ death, mentioned by twelve sources. Dated approximately 20 to 150 years after Jesus’ death, these secular sources are quite early by the standards of ancient historiography.” -Dr. Gary Habermas

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Related posts:

Non-Christian Corroboration of the New Testament Account: Tacitus

Non-Christian Corroboration of the New Testament Account: Pliny the Younger

Non-Christian Corroboration of the New Testament Account: Josephus

Gary Habermas on the Resurrection

The 1976 Michigan State University PhD. Dissertation of Gary Habermas on the Resurrection of Christ

An Open Letter to James Dobson

Dr. Dobson,

I think the phrase “focus on the family” is a word from God.  I think it has been ever since the beginning when you gave your ministry this name.

This is what the prophet Malachi said would be the watchword of the day of the Lord.  We live in the day of the Lord and it is obvious that the world is not focused on the family.  Rather, it is focused on self.

I pray that all of us who speak in the name of Jesus Christ may focus on the family – just as John the Baptist did, just as Jesus did, and just as His apostles did.  It is not by change of national government that the kingdom of God comes but rather by the changing of individual human hearts.  Since life is lived in the family, that is where we must focus.

As you know, Jesus said “a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household,” and He also said, “Love your enemies.”  This is the way life must be lived if it is eternal life we seek to experience.

Your call to “focus on the family” has been polluted with many other interests.  You seem to have been distracted by business and political concerns.  I pray that your message might be purified so that God’s will might be more clearly understood by people at large.  People need the good news of Jesus Christ if they are ever to break the cycle of sin and destruction.

Please consider these truths, especially with regard to practicing them in the context of family:

Seeking the Kingdom of God Instead of Church

Practicing the Presence of Christ

Whose Approval Do You Want?

Respectfully,

Michael Gantt

Names of the Lord: Jesus Is the Standard

What is the standard by which we are judged?  Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus was lifted up from the earth (John 12:32) – in the flesh on the cross, and in the spirit to heaven.  He is the One to whom we are to look.  He is the One to whom we are compared.

There is no use comparing ourselves to each other (or to Hitler – that’s how low everyone seems to want to set the bar).  We must compare ourselves to the only One who is a true standard:   Jesus Christ.

See also Isaiah 11:12 and John 3:14-15  and How Can God Let Bad People Into Heaven?

The Standard is His name.

Call on His Name

Names of the Lord: Jesus Is the Grain of Wheat

In John 12:24 Jesus observed that unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies to itself, it remains alone – but that if it dies, it bears much fruit.

Jesus used this observation to teach what came in the following verse.  That is, he who seeks to hold on to his life loses it, while he who loses his life for Jesus’ sake will find it.  As with all His teachings, Jesus was preaching something that He practiced.

God lost humanity due to sin.  He was unwilling to remain by Himself alone, so He died to His glorious existence in order to become one of us – Jesus of Nazareth by name.  Then in His human life He made the same choice and once again died to His privileged existence as a descendant of Abraham and David.  These choices were entirely for our sake so that He could be raised from the dead and set on the path to recovery of all His previous glory, plus the glory He gains by this astounding adventure of love and courage.

Like the mustard seed, the grain of wheat became much more that what it was when it began.

Call on His Name

God Clothed Himself with Christ

God clothed Himself with Christ that He might walk among us – that He might walk a mile in our shoes, as it were.

God’s spirit was hidden in Jesus of Nazareth.  Said another way, Jesus of Nazareth was animated by the spirit that is God.

A human being is the union of a spirit and a body, the result of which is a soul.

Our bodies clothe our spirits – even from ourselves.  For what human can distinguish between spirit and soul?

In the case of Jesus of Nazareth, the spirit was the spirit of Him who had made heaven and earth.  We could not see His spirit just as no human can see the spirit of another human.  Yet, His behavior was entirely distinctive.  And His resurrection from the dead to an indestructible life added indelibly to that distinction.

Finally, in the revelation of Jesus Christ, we see that He was…and is…God.

For more on this subject, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

He Who Ascended Is He Who Descended

In Ephesians 4:8-10 the apostle Paul gives in capsule form the grand outline of the journey of Christ.  Of course, since Christ is a type of God this passage outlines the journey of God Himself.

That is, God Himself descended from heaven to become Jesus of Nazareth.  He lived as a man, was crucified, and died.  He arose from the dead, and ascended into heaven where was revealed as God Almighty in the Second Coming.  Thus, He who ascended is He who had descended.  To God be the glory!

For more on this subject, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

The Resurrection of Creation

The resurrection of Jesus Christ was the beginning of the resurrection of all creation – so significant an event that the prophets said it would be “a new heavens and a new earth” (Isaiah 65:17; 66:22).

Therefore, what happened on the third day after Jesus of Nazareth was crucified was the relatively insignificant beginning of the overhauling of everything that is (Job 8:7).

Even God Himself was resurrected.  Everything is new.  Everything.  (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Jesus Christ is the way to think of God.

For more on this subject, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

It Wasn’t Just the Resurrection – It Was the Life He Led, Too

It wasn’t just His resurrection from the dead that so distinguished Jesus of Nazareth from the rest of humanity – though that alone was indeed enough to make Him the most unique human being to ever have lived.  It was also the life He lived before He died – that, too, was unparalleled in human experience.  Who else ever did so much good, taught so much truth, and bore up under so much suffering so nobly and so quietly?

Repent, and Follow Jesus Christ Our Lord!