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I Don't Have Enough FAITH to Be an ATHEIST Dr. Frank Turek

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Cross Examining ideas against the truth and Christianity. Brought to you by CrossExamined.org and AFR.net

    The Lazy Approach to Evangelism | with Eric Hernandez

    The Lazy Approach to Evangelism | with Eric Hernandez

    Is it necessary to have all the answers to complex theological or cultural questions when talking to non-Christians? Absolutely not! But the fear of not having a response, let alone a convincing one, can be overwhelming, leading many Christians to shy away from sharing their beliefs. When you feel trapped in such situations, is there an easy way out?



    Christian apologist and author Eric Hernandez knows a thing or two about how to navigate tough conversations with skeptics. This week, Frank invites Eric on the show to talk about his new book 'The Lazy Approach to Evangelism: A Simple Guide for Conversing with Nonbelievers,' a wonderful resource for Christians who want to be more effective as they engage non-Christians with the Gospel (think 'Tactics' combined with 'I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist'!). During the episode, Frank and Eric role play through a lively debate Eric recently had with a feminist lawyer on abortion and answer questions like:



    What are the 5 essential tools for "lazy apologetics"?

    Rebutting vs. refuting - what's the difference?

    How did Eric stump a pro-choice advocate?

    How can Christians defend the faith when talking to people who don't believe the Bible?

    What two principles did the Apostle Paul instruct us to use when dialoguing with non-Christians?

    What did Jesus do when He was confronted with a well-packaged logical fallacy?



    Evangelism can be tough at times, but it's a lot easier when you get a good grasp on how to spot faulty and inconsistent ideas. As you'll hear during this conversation, learning how to graciously shift the burden of proof to your opponent can make a world of difference. Want to learn more about how to master the art of lazy apologetics? Make sure to grab your copy of 'The Lazy Approach to Evangelism' today!



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    Eric's book: The Lazy Approach to Evangelism

    Eric's website: http://www.erichernandezministries.com/

    Debate: Eric vs. Feminist Lawyer on Abortion

    Texas Apologetics: TexasApologetics.org



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    Living in the DAZE of Deception | with Jack Hibbs

    Living in the DAZE of Deception | with Jack Hibbs

    Have you ever believed something that you discovered later on just wasn't true? In an upside down world where lies are well-packaged and truth is constantly suppressed, it's no wonder that both Christians and non-Christians alike have fallen prey to mass deception. But if the Church is struggling to recognize truth from error, what hope is there for people in the secular world who aren't being guided by the unfailing Word of God?



    This week, Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills joins Frank to discuss the inspiration behind his brand-new (and already best-selling) book 'Living in the Daze of Deception: How to Discern Truth from Culture's Lies.' Written in the midst of the unforgettable COVID-19 outbreak, Jack explores the different forms of deception that have been a stumbling block to Christians and secular society, and also provides guidance on how to detect it if and when it comes your way. During the episode, Frank and Jack will answer questions like:



    Why did Jack initially reject the idea of writing this book and what eventually changed his mind?

    How did Jack become the founding pastor of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills and how did the pandemic specifically impact church attendance?

    What convinced Jack to re-open his church during the pandemic?

    Does the Bible instruct Christians to ALWAYS obey authorities, no matter what?

    How are Christians being deceived by other Christians in church?

    Is the transgender craze actually a "new" phenomenon?



    Jesus warned us to "watch out that no one deceives you", which is why it's crucial for all believers to have a solid biblical foundation and to make disciples. As Jack shares personal encounters he's had as a pastor, you'll hear real-life examples of how truth can bring healing, even in the aftermath of past deception. If you want to avoid becoming a future victim of misinformation and doctrines of demons, make sure you grab a copy of 'Living in the Daze of Deception'!



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    Jack's book: https://a.co/d/ap0rzjS



    Jack's website: https://jackhibbs.com/



    Jack's podcast: https://podcast.jackhibbs.com/



    Jack's church: https://calvarycch.org/



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    The Top 10 Hasty Generalizations That Plague Our Society Today

    The Top 10 Hasty Generalizations That Plague Our Society Today

    Have you ever had someone jump to false conclusions about you based on a single comment or tweet? That's what you call a hasty generalization, and people on both sides of the political and theological aisle have been guilty of committing this logical fallacy, many times resulting in the marginalization of whomever is on the receiving end of the accusation. In this current season of political chaos, how can you speak your mind (and share the truth) without falling into the trap of becoming a victim (or maybe even a perpetrator) of these snap judgments?



    This week, Frank addresses 10 hot-button topics in a single podcast episode! How will he cram so much in so little time? Hastily! In this lightning fast discussion on politics, religion, and logical fallacies, Frank will answer questions like:



    Is it racist to care about border security?

    Does being concerned about racial disparities mean that a person is "woke"?

    Is it divisive to call out heresy in church?

    How did Frank respond when someone called him a bigot?

    Do Christians seem to carry a lot of political influence as of late?

    What did the "He Gets Us" ad campaign get wrong...again?



     



    Later in the episode, Frank responds to an email from a skeptic who made a few hasty generalizations in regards to the previous podcast episode featuring Eric Metaxas. Whether it's political issues like border security and election fraud or theological debates like a young earth versus an old earth, we shouldn't make assumptions without having sufficient information. Want to learn more about how to avoid hasty generalizations? Consider attending the Fearless Faith conference in Xenia, OH this upcoming weekend (February 16-17)!



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    Is America Headed for Disaster? | with Eric Metaxas

    Is America Headed for Disaster? | with Eric Metaxas

    Is America headed down a dark path similar to that of Nazi Germany? If history has shown us anything, it's that bad things happen when Christians don't collectively speak out against evil. The German Church of the 1930's is a great example of what NOT to do in a tumultuous time of political crisis, but has the American Church fallen into the same passive trap of doing nothing while evil slowly tightens its grip on our country?



    The groundbreaking book 'Letter to the American Church' hopped off bookshelves across the country and has now become a brand-new documentary film serving as the final clarion call to sleeping Christians and conservatives. This week, the author of the best-selling book that inspired the film and popular radio host, Eric Metaxas, joins Frank to talk about the movie in detail and to expose the inevitable doom that awaits America if the Church doesn't wake up now! During the episode, Frank and Eric will answer questions like:



    What are some of the similarities between 1930's Germany and the West today?

    What mistakes did the Church in Germany make and what should Christians in America do differently?

    Are patriotic Christians guilty of Christian Nationalism?

    What should you do if your church isn't concerned about politics?

    Why does Eric still maintain hope for America?



     



    From open borders to trans ideology, mass abortions and critical race theory, there's more than enough issues that the Church MUST confront head-on while we still have the chance. As you'll hear during this episode, when people are doing evil, Christians are morally obligated to stand up just like Jesus did! How can you make a difference? Start by visiting LetterToTheAmericanChurch.com so that you can watch the film for FREE, share it, and learn how to make your voice heard during this unprecedented time in American history!



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    Eric's website: https://ericmetaxas.com/



    Eric's book: https://a.co/d/dWWQ3bV



    Watch the film: https://lettertotheamericanchurch.com/



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    10 Salvations and Takin’ it to the Streets with Tytus Jones

    10 Salvations and Takin’ it to the Streets with Tytus Jones

    It's a busy week here at CrossExamined! In this midweek podcast episode, Frank reports on the biggest campus event in the history of our ministry and several opportunities for you to get involved in apologetics wherever you are. Then, Phoenix Hayes and Tytus Jones show how we can effectively engage urban communities with the Gospel.



    Tytus is a CrossExamined team member and Christian YouTuber who specializes in the unique field of urban apologetics and why it's needed in the Church today. Having personally encountered friends and loved ones who began to identify as "Hebrew Israelites", Tytus has used these interactions as inspiration to create content that offers a biblical, apologetic response to various identity-based cult groups. During their talk, Phoenix and Tytus will answer questions like:



    What is Urban Apologetics and what resources are available on the topic?

    Who are the Hebrew Israelites and what are their core beliefs?

    How did debating a Hebrew Israelite affect Ty's faith journey?

    What attitude do Hebrew Israelites typically hold toward Jews?

    What is the appeal of Hebrew Israelism and what are some of the inconsistencies in their worldview?

    What is the Yoruba tradition and how have celebrities like Beyonce helped to popularize it?



     



    Urban apologetics often seeks to answer the popular (and false) notion that Christianity is just "the white man's religion." If you know someone who believes themselves to be a Hebrew Israelite or has now become a practitioner of African spirituality, this is the episode for you! And be sure to subscribe to Ty's YouTube channel to learn more about urban apologetics!



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    Join Ratio Christi: https://ratiochristi.org/join/



    Follow Ty on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TytusJones



    Barack Obama vs. The Black Hebrew Israelites by Vocab Malone https://a.co/d/4F6w1VD



    Urban Apologetics by Eric Mason https://a.co/d/ddufLlP



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    Did Jesus REALLY Rise From the Dead? On the Resurrection (Vol.1) | with Dr. Gary Habermas

    Did Jesus REALLY Rise From the Dead? On the Resurrection (Vol.1) | with Dr. Gary Habermas

    What would it take to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Christianity is true? If God exists and Jesus rose from the dead, then Christianity is true. Case closed! The BIG question is, what evidence do we have in support of these truth claims? Furthermore, are skeptics and non-Christians ready and willing to give the resurrection some serious thought and explore the facts?



    In this much anticipated podcast episode, Frank invites the great scholar, author, and resurrection expert, Dr. Gary Habermas, on the show to discuss the first volume of his magnum opus, 'On the Resurrection: Volume 1-Evidences.' Literally decades in the making, Gary sets the record straight on the historical resurrection, responding to common atheist objections, and exposing the areas of consensus in mainstream scholarship surrounding the major events written about in the Gospels. During the episode, Frank and Gary will answer questions like:



    What inspired Gary to dedicate his life to researching this topic?

    What kept Gary from converting to Buddhism?

    Why is it important for Christians to get familiar with the evidence for the resurrection?

    Should Christians appeal to the Gospels when arguing for the resurrection? Isn't that circular reasoning?

    Why do naturalism and the problem of evil fail to disprove the resurrection?



     



    It's impossible to touch on everything covered in this massive 1000+ page resurrection investigation during a single episode, but Frank and Gary will address things like the significance of near death experiences (NDEs), share helpful insights from an unlikely source (Bart Ehrman), and talk about how the resurrection brought comfort to Gary during one of the most painful seasons of his life. Be sure to pick up your hard copy of this astonishing work before it sells out!



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    Order Gary's book from Amazon: https://a.co/d/hU8nEoP



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