In this special episode of Three Chords and the Truth: The Apologetics Podcast, Timothy Paul Jones and Garrick Bailey join the student ministry at Five Oaks Church, a radical band of young believers who gather near the metropolis of Minneapolis in the wild and crazy land of Minnesota. Students from Five Oaks Church ask questions about how God created the cosmos, how Moses found out about the creation of the world, whether Jesus was really raised from the dead, how the books of the Bible were selected, and how a good God can allow evil.
Timothy allows one question from someone who may not be a Minnesotan, which leads to a heated debate over the popularity of the name “Agnes” in the vast tracts of trees, tundra, and lakes that constitute America’s Great North. Along the way, the student minister from Five Oaks answers a question from the Infinity Gauntlet, and the students are shocked to discover that their leader likes Superman, “Baba O’Riley,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” but can’t stand America.
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Questions to Consider and Discuss
1. What is apologetics and why does it matter?
2. Is the creation story metaphorical or did Moses describe it exactly the way it happened? How do we know the Bible’s creation story is true if it is written by someone who did not witness it?
3. How can we know that Jesus actually died on the cross and rose from the dead? What about the hallucination hypothesis?
4. How is Christianity different from other religions?
5. Who chose which books and letters that would comprise the Bible? Why is it that the Roman Catholic Old Testament is different from the Old Testament in Protestant Bibles?
6. How can we still believe that God is a loving God when tragedies occur?
Links to Click
If you’re interested in learning more about how to engage people who are skeptical about the truth of the Bible, one great place to start is Truth in a Culture of Doubt by Josh Chatraw and Darrell Bock. To learn more about this book, visit http://www.bhacademic.com
“Baba O’Riley”: song by The Who
“Bohemian Rhapsody”: song by Queen
“The Star Spangled Banner”: song by Jimi Hendrix
“My Passion”: song by Hollis Berry and Timothy Paul Jones, performed by Encomia and Smudge
Reformed Dogmatics : Volume 1: Prolegomena: book by Herman Bavinck
The City of God: book by Augustine of Hippo
Annals: book by Publius Cornelius Tacitus
Homilies on Joshua: book by Origen of Alexandria
“Biblical Reasons to Doubt the Creation Days Were 24-Hour Periods”: article by Justin Taylor
If you are interested in earning a master’s degree online or on campus that will equip you with the most comprehensive apologetics training available anywhere, go to http://www.sbts.edu/bgs/degree-programs/mdiv/apologetics/
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