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The Jesus Myth: Don't Believe Everything You Read

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Was Jesus of Nazareth a real person or just a myth? Most experts agree that Jesus existed as a real person.[i] However, despite the overwhelming evidence supporting a historical Jesus, the Jesus Myth theory—which claims Jesus never existed, or if he did, he didn’t have anything to do with Christianity[ii]—has a growing number of followers due to widespread advancement of these ideas through the Internet.[iii] I first encountered the Jesus Myth theory as a university student in 1984 in a history of Western Civilization textbook; it shook my faith and caused me to walk away from the church for a number of years. We shouldn’t necessarily believe everything we read, but instead should test dubious notions like this one. To test the notion that Jesus of Nazareth wasn’t a real person, one can examine a wealth of ancient, non-Christian documents regarding Jesus and Christianity. Historian Gary Habermas investigated seventeen such sources regarding the Jesus of history.[iv] Although some evid…

Dumb Blondes and Dumb Lawyers

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Growing up blonde had some advantages and disadvantages. One disadvantage is suffering through one dumb blonde joke after another. Then after I became an attorney, I endured one silly lawyer joke after another. My daughter, Megan, loved to tease me with the double whammy--dumb blonde/dumb lawyer jokes.

I wonder just how many women are treated like they are dumb blondes, regardless of their hair color. Or just as bad, I wonder how many women hold this view of themselves. Sadly many girls grow up thinking that their looks are more important than their minds.

But guess what I discovered?

Women (and men) are created in the image of God!

And my God is smart. In fact, Jesus is the smartest man who ever lived. (Yes I ripped off this idea from the brilliant Dallas Willard.) So let's not fool ourselves, ladies, into thinking our minds don't matter. We were created to be smart.

Jesus said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strengt…

Courts and Justice

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Apologetics --Not Just for Men!

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Apologetics...for Women?! Yes, and we didn't need an "Equal Rights Amendment" to accomplish this feat.

In October I had the marvelous opportunity to speak at the Women's Pre-Conference to the National Conference on Christian Apologetics on the topic of "Women, Human Rights, and Christianity." Many brilliant women showed up to speak, learn, and, yes, have fellowship.

Christian apologetics is NOT about arguing. It is simply giving answers to questions, explaining the hope that you have found in your faith. Christianity is an intelligent faith. Our faith is not a fairy tale.

Do you have questions about your faith in Jesus? Do you wonder if Christianity is true? Do you have questions about the reliability of the Bible? Do you wonder if what you are learning in your college textbooks is true? Do you fear standing up to your proselytizing atheist professor? Do you find yourself stuck in a moral dilemma? Do you wonder if the church should embrace same sex marriag…

Back to School!

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"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."  ~ C.S. Lewis
I'm delighted to announce I enrolled at Biola University in the Masters of Arts in Christian Apologetics program.

Never stop learning. Never stop growing. Never stop asking questions. Never stop searching for answers. Never stop helping others. Never stop growing in faith. Never stop loving. Never, never forget how much God loves you.

Apologetics in Indonesia

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There is a common language among both believers and non-believers, and that language is Human Rights. Something stirs deeply in us when we watch the news or read headlines about public beheadings, girls taken captive in sexual slavery, or other horrible events. We know deep in our hearts that these things are WRONG. But why? Why do we care about Human Rights? What gives human beings value and dignity?

Interestingly, today Human Rights advocates influenced by post-modern, atheistic, philosophical teaching have no explanation for "why" Human Right are important. Many such scholars have publicly abandoned the conversation. But Christianity is the only worldview that can make sense of this "Why" question. What gives human beings value and dignity is that we were created by God in His image because He loves us.

How do we know our value? Value can be determined by what a buyer is willing to pay for something. Christianity teaches that God purchased us with the blood of …