Posts with the category “juan-valdes”

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Please say “Yes!”
November 26th, 2021
Dr. Juan Valdes continues to challenge us with a deeper look into C.S. Lewis’ work as he deals with God’s wooing and the response of humanity to this Divine pursuit. (Introduction and conclusion writt...  Read More
by Holly Varnum
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Wooed and Pursued!
November 19th, 2021
Please join me today with a featured post from Dr. Juan Valdes, one of our popular RforH speakers! (Today’s blog is the first in a two-part series. Part two will be posted next Friday.) ...  Read More
by Holly Varnum
Challenges Welcome, But Not Really: The 2018 American Atheist Convention
April 26th, 2018
While millions and millions of Christians across the globe celebrated the resurrection of Jesus this past Easter, a group of about 850 atheists gathered in Oklahoma City to celebrate…I’m not sure what...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
Prayer Survives Parkland Shooting Attack!
March 8th, 2018
Frustration and anger are inevitable when we are confronted by the horrors of a tragedy as overwhelming as a school shooting. As parents and grandparents, when we hear “Sandy Hook Elementary” or “Colu...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
The Importance of Clear Thinking in Times of Crisis
November 9th, 2017
Tragedy seems to be the flavor of the month! Orlando, Las Vegas, New York City, and now Southerland Springs, Texas! We all know that sadly, this list is only a small sampling of the horrors and pain w...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
5 Habits of Highly Ineffective Christians
October 26th, 2017
The Chicago Tribune ran a story a while back that caught my attention. A man namedRussell Edward Herman died at the age of 67 and in his will he left trillions of dollars tothousands of people he’d ne...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
The New “F” Word
May 10th, 2017
A few days ago, someone threw an “F-bomb” at me. Well, not exactly. It wasn’t the traditional “F” word, but rather a new one (at least new to me). I was accused, quite condescendingly I may add, of be...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
Can you be a Christian and Not Believe in the Resurrection?
April 16th, 2017
The key to answering this question is to first consider what it means to be a Christian. There are two very distinct ways of defining what it means to be a “Christian.”  One definition does not requir...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
REQUEST DENIED! Part 2: Doesn’t Jesus teach that he will give us anything we ask for?
March 11th, 2017
At first glance, a reading of the words of Jesus in John 14-16 seems to suggest we can have whatever we ask of God. This appears to be in direct contradiction with the passage we looked at in the prev...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
REQUEST DENIED! Part 1: How not to pray.
March 8th, 2017
Asking is something we learn to do at a very early age. When a baby wants milk, he asks the only way he knows how, crying. When a child wants to be carried, he asks for it. When a child wants a toy, h...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
Life Lessons from the Road: Are you a Barnabas?
January 11th, 2017
I will never forget what happened on a cold February day in Iowa a few years back. I was in Des Moines for a weekend apologetics conference and to debate Hector Avalos, an atheist professor at Iowa St...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
Disagreeing with Wisdom and Grace: Lessons from the 2016 Elections
November 12th, 2016
The results of this year’s presidential elections give us yet another opportunity to learn important lessons about dissent. It is not my intention to take sides or promote any candidate. My sole conce...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
Is the God of the Old Testament a Moral Monster? Part 5
October 22nd, 2016
The inspiration of the Bible and its inerrancy are beyond question, but they are often misunderstood by those standing on the outside looking in.  For example, many of the modern critics of God take s...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
Is the God of the Old Testament a Moral Monster? Part 4
October 19th, 2016
Autobiographies are usually very interesting. There are good ones and others that are not so good. One of the challenges is how to know that the author is being truthful and objective about themselves...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
The Pursuit of Truth
October 15th, 2016
“Does not the ear test words, as the palate tastes its food?” Job 12:11  We live in a world where people seem to be out of touch with reality. Whether it’s due to unrealistic dreams and expectations, ...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
Is the God of the Old Testament a Moral Monster? Part 3
October 12th, 2016
Is God an ethnic cleanser? Can God be accused of hating certain people groups? Does God not value human life, even that of children?  If you ask Richard Dawkins, he would probably point you to his rem...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
Is the God of the Old Testament a Moral Monster? Part 2
October 5th, 2016
Chris got into a lot of trouble yesterday and he wants you to help him figure out why. It all started as he woke up, got dressed, drove down Pennsylvania Avenue and parked in a spot with a sign that r...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
Is the God of the Old Testament a Moral Monster? Part 1
September 28th, 2016
What is God like? The answer depends on who you ask. If you ask me, I think the God of the Bible is a loving, gracious, merciful, all-powerful father. If you ask Richard Dawkins, he would probably ref...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
“Much Ado About Nothing!”
August 3rd, 2016
Can everything that we see truly come from nothing?  Let’s evaluate some “experts” answers?What if I asked you to solve the following problem: 2 + 2 = _____ HOWEVER, the answer cannot be “4.” All othe...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
Why did Jesus have to die? Couldn’t it have been done another way?
July 13th, 2016
When considering the nature of these two questions it is important to distinguish between them. The first question, “Why did Jesus have to die?” has to do with the necessity and purpose of Jesus’ deat...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
What About . . . Young Earth Creationism?
July 6th, 2016
Today the church is divided on many topics.  Should Young Earth Creation be one of those topics?IN THE MIDST OF SUCH A HOSTILE AGE, IS THERE A PLACE AT THE TABLE FOR YOUNG EARTH CREATIONISM?Paper pres...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
What About . . . Evil? Did God create it like is says in Isaiah 45:7?
June 8th, 2016
My friend said there’s a contradiction in Isaiah 45:7 because it says God created evil.  How do I answer them?“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all t...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
Can you be a Christian and Not Believe in the Resurrection?
May 25th, 2016
Recently we were asked if it’s possible to be a Christian and not believe in the resurrection.  Here goes!The key to answering this question is to first consider what it means to be a Christian. There...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
Jesus: The Master of Critical Thinking
January 6th, 2016
Have you ever considered Jesus Christ, the thinker?  Let’s dig into it in this Diving Deeper!“Does not the ear test words, as the palate tastes its food?” Job 12:11It is easy to overlook Jesus the Thi...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
The Four Dimensions of Critical Thinking
November 5th, 2015
To critically think requires four skills.  What are they?“Does not the ear test words, as the palate tastes its food?” Job 12:11What if someone assigned you the task of building an elaborate mahogany ...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
Galatians: A Case Study on the Importance of Critical Thinking
October 14th, 2015
Lets learn from the early church to live a life more consistent with the Word of God!“Does not the ear test words, as the palate tastes its food?” (Job 12:11)A Common Problem in the Early ChurchThe en...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
A Biblical Foundation for Critical Thinking
September 30th, 2015
God’s Word is sharper than a sword.  And, it should also be the foundation from which we start our thinking!“Does not the ear test words, as the palate tastes its food?”  (Job 12:11)Ideological Instab...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
The Aftermath of God’s Funeral
July 1st, 2015
Is Friedrich Nietzsche right, is God dead?  What is the impact of such a belief?IntroductionFunerals are incredibly sad occasions. The loss of a loved one can be traumatic and the consequences can be ...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
C. S. Lewis and the Doctrine of the Virgin Birth
March 27th, 2014
Is the doctrine of the Virgin Birth of Christ important?  C.S. Lewis had some insights to that issue!“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a so...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
C. S. Lewis and The Problem of Hell
March 20th, 2014
Let’s talk about Hell!  I know, no one likes to talk about it, but God did and so should we.Read also: C.S. Lewis & God’s Pursuit of Man; C.S. Lewis & Death“Hell is God’s great compliment to the reali...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
C. S. Lewis and Death
March 14th, 2014
Let’s take on a fun topic, death!  No, it’s not “fun”, but it’s important to have answers to it!Read also:  C.S. Lewis & The Problem of Hell;  C.S. Lewis & God’s Pursuit of Man “Death is…Satan’s great...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
C. S. Lewis and God's Pursuit of Man
March 7th, 2014
Does God “pursue” man?  Let’s take a look at what author C.S. Lewis has to say about the topic. Read also:  C.S. Lewis & The Problem of Hell;  C.S. Lewis & Death“The Irresistible and the Indisputable ...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
What is the scientific evidence that the sky is solid?
February 28th, 2014
Juan responds to the claim Dr. Hector Avalos made that the sky is solid.  Does the Bible say that?By Juan Valdes,  Reasons for HopeIn his opening statements, Dr. Avalos asked me three specific questio...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
C. S. Lewis
February 24th, 2014
C.S. Lewis and the argument from joy.  Is it a solid argument and one we should use?If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I ...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
Response to debate question: “How did God create the earth from water?”
February 21st, 2014
Juan responds to the claim Dr. Hector Avalos made the earth from water.  Does the Bible say that?Responding to Dr. Hector AvalosDuring our recent debate, Dr. Avalos raised several direct questions in ...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
Avalos/Valdes Debate 2/16/14
February 15th, 2014
Hear Juan share more answers on Hope Talks Radio.  Listen or podcast here.Juan Valdes — Juan Valdes is a bi-lingual speaker for Reasons for Hope (English and Spanish). He is also the senior pastor of ...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
Good Exegesis Is Not Optional
January 31st, 2014
Good Exegesis is vitally important to the Christian, here’s why!There are numerous valid reasons for doing good exegesis, but two stand out as being exceedingly important.  First, there are many in to...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
What makes Christianity right?
November 8th, 2013
How would you respond to a question an atheist recently asked, “What makes Christianity right?”  Here’s our answer!Q.   What makes Christianity right? There are 100’s of religions, why is Christianity...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella
God is Speaking Loud and Clear
October 17th, 2013
A challenge to the body of Christ to get active in sharing the Gospel!In the last month I have had the privilege of speaking at two of the largest apologetics conferences in the country, the Truth for...  Read More
by Brandon Estrella

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