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5 Amazing Christian YouTube Channels You Need To Know About

From its inception, YouTube has been a popular place for people to share their content. Christians are no exception to this rule. We have enjoyed utilizing YouTube for everything from spreading the message of the Gospel to making entertaining content for other Christians to enjoy. It may surprise you to know that there are quite a few popular YouTube channels that are run by Christians. I would like to take some time and write a short post to inform you about some of these channels in case you do not know about them. There are several good Christian YouTube Content Creators out there who did not make this list. I may decide to make a follow-up list at a later date to mention others who did not make this particular list. The following are 5 of my favorite Christian YouTube channels that I think that you should know about:

5. Theology, Philosophy, and Science

This is an excellent channel for those who are interested in learning more about their faith. They post regular videos on apologe…

Is Science The Only Avenue To Truth?

Q: Can we really know anything apart from science? After all, philosophy and theology seem so speculative. Why should they be considered valid ways to know truth?

A: What you have described is itself a philosophical position called scientism or verificationism. This position holds that anything not accessible to the five senses (taste, touch, hearing, sight, and smell) cannot be known to be true. It was a position that was held by many in the past, but has been abandoned by many. It is still held to by some lay individuals.

As I stated above, this is itself a philosophical position. Therefore, if philosophy is not a valid way of knowing truth, how can you know that scientism is true? This view is thus self-defeating. Can you prove via the scientific method that nothing but what is provable via the scientific method can be known to be true? Of course not! At least, not without arguing in a circle. Yet this is not the only issue with the claim that the scientific method is the only way t…

Are Miracles Possible?

There are some who claim that miracles are not possible. While I do not have space here to address every objection to miracles, I will here address two of the common objections to miracles. After this, I will explain one positive argument that can be offered for miracles. When dealing with objections to miracles, the biggest thing to watch out for is question-begging. Nearly every objection to miracles that I have come across has been, in some way, question-begging. Something begs the question if it assumes what it sets out to prove. That is, the conclusion is assumed ahead of time rather than demonstrated by the argument.

One major objection to the possibility of miracles states that the laws of nature cannot be broken or violated. This objection to miracles fails because the laws of nature are not prescriptive. Rather, they are descriptive. Something is prescriptive if it prescribes how something will act or occur. Something is descriptive if it describes how something usually acts…

5 Qualities of a Good Apologist

On Monday, I published a post introducing apologetics to those who do not know what it is. This post was based on a teaching outline for the Columbus, Indiana chapter of Reasonable Faith, of which I am the Chapter Director. There is one section of that outline that I skipped over in the previous post because I thought it would interrupt the flow of thought in the post. The scope of that post was, after all, narrower than the scope of the meeting. Today, I am going to present the section that I skipped as a separate blog post. So, today I will be posting about 5 qualities of a good apologist. Perhaps this post would best be explained in terms of 5 qualities that apologists should strive to have. That is, these are good qualities for an apologist to have, as well as qualities that will improve his or her apologetic. They are as follows:


1. The Fruit of the Spirit

A good apologist will seek to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit in his or her own life. This is incredibly important. From …

Introduction to Apologetics

I have run across more than one person who has had a misunderstanding about the nature of apologetics. Whether it is the Christian who thinks that "apologetics" involves apologizing for the Christian faith or the person who doesn't think that apologetics is relevant, there are many misconceptions about this branch of theology. What is it? Why should we care? What is the point? These are the questions that I hope to answer in this post.

In 1 Peter 3:15-17, we read, "but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil." In this passage, Peter commands his readers to always be prepared to make a defense o…

Is God Immoral For Creating The Tree Of Knowledge?

Q: I think that God deliberately set Eve up for sin. He knew that Eve would eat from the tree and doom mankind forever. He made the tree anyway. Therefore, it seems that God is to blame for sin. Couldn't God have made the tree in such a way that it was impossible for Adam and Eve to reach the fruit? Couldn't God have made the snake unable to talk? Couldn't God have kept the snake away from Eve? Why didn't He?

-Barry

A: You have presented a string of objections here, so I will address each one of the objections briefly. Before I do this, however, I think it is important to address a larger problem with this objection. At several points, you seem to assume that Eve bore no moral responsibility for a choice that she freely made. As long as human beings have free will to obey or disobey God, we will be responsible for those choices. I think that understanding this is the key to answering your objection.

Let me give an illustration that may help this. I had a friend one time…

Luke 22:14-20

INTRODUCTION ORIENTATION AND CONTEXT Significance of Text Luke 22:14-20 is an important passage about issues central to the Christian faith. This passage is known for its association with the Eucharist. However, this passage was intended to be more than a short story that is read while we partake of a Sacrament. The author of Luke's Gospel intended to send a message to his audience by including this text. The focus of the first half of Luke 22 is on the final Passover meal that Christ shared with His followers. While there is some mention of the preparations made for His final Passover meal with His disciples, the focus appears to be on what happened at the meal itself. Christ used a meal that was highly familiar to the disciples to send a message about Himself and all who follow Him. Christ uses the Passover meal as an object illustration to point out the truth about Himself and His identity, as well as a truth about the unity of believers. Luke 22:14-20 is significant because in it,…

5 Books Every Christian Should Read

The books that a person reads can help shape his or her life. This is true for everyone, including Christians. There are some books that just seem to have a life-changing impact on people. In this list, I mention 5 books that every Christian should read. Each of these books have helped shape my life in some way, and it was difficult for me to reduce this list to just 5 books. I believe that you will be blessed by your reading of these books. I have limited the books here to one per author. There are several other books by each of these authors that I believe are incredible, but I have refrained from including more than one from any author here.

Before I start with this list, I want to point out that none of these books are as important for the Christian as the Bible. None of these books are Bible-substitutes. To treat them as such is therefore wrong-headed. These should not be read instead of the Bible, but should be read as of second importance to the Bible. We should never allow ou…