Archive for February, 2019

Impact 360 has been releasing some fantastically produced videos. Here is one of their newest ones:

 

Impact 360 has been running some great videos as well as their camps, residency programs, and training.

Speakers who frequent Impact 360 include: Jonathan Morrow (one of Impact 360’s directors), Sean McDowell, J. Warner Wallace, Brett Kunkle, Alisha Childers, Jay Watts, Alan Shlemon, and others.

They have programing for high school students, gap-year students, and young professionals. Impact 360 has several programs one can experience:

  • Propel (one week) – A student leadership training to impact the world out of their identity in Christ. This experience is designed for teens who desire to lead and disciple their peers.
  • Immersion (two weeks) – A worldview and leadership experience for high school students where they will learn what they believe, why they believe it, and how to live it out in the real world. Similar to Summit Ministries.
  • Fellows (nine months) – A year  that offers a unique combination of worldview studies with experiential learning, international travel, and leadership training.

Impact 360 is based in Pine Mountain, GA (about an hour south of Atlanta). They have a beautiful campus (this links to a nice visual tour) that is partly founded by some of the owners of Chick-fil-a. So eating a Chick-fil-a helps fund Impact 360.

Jonathan Morrow, the director of cultural engagement at Impact 360 Institute, holds a Master of Divinity, Master in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, and a Doctorate all from Talbot School of Theology and is an adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University. Some of his publications include:

He has also contributed articles to the bestselling Apologetics Study Bible for Students (which I also contributed several articles: here, here, and here), A New Kind of Apologist, and Foundations of Spiritual Formation: A Community Approach to Becoming Like Christ.

Morrow is doing a fine job at Impact 360. Definitely worth checking out.

Here are some of the other quality videos Impact 360 has produced:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The guards at the tomb of Jesus has been either much discussed or ignored in apologetical discourse around the resurrection of Jesus.  For example, here is William Lane Craig answering a question about the guards at the tomb:

 

Dr. Timothy McGrew, professor of philosophy at Western Michigan University,  has a thorough response to the challenge of Matthew’s veracity concerning the resurrection as it pertains to the guards narrative in Matthew 27:62-66.  It is well worth the read as Dr. McGrew picks apart the criticism that Torley provides against the historicity of the guards narrative.  Torley claims that the narrative is unhistorical for three reasons:

  1. It is mentioned only in Matthew’s Gospel, not in the other three.
  2. This account fails to explain why the body could not have been stolen on Friday night.
  3. We are not told why Pilate would agree to the Jewish leaders’ request.
  4. The Jewish rulers would not have made such a request of Pilate, since a gentile employed by a Jew would not be allowed to work on the Sabbath.

McGrew systematically dismantles each of these reasons.  A quick summary of each rebuttal:

  1. Rebuttal: This is an argument from silence; why can’t a single source be adequate for historicity.  As McGrew points out: “Many of the events of antiquity crop up in only one source.”
  2. Rebuttal: This reason is assuming that the request is made on Saturday morning. Again McGrew points out: “it is not even clear from the text that the request was made on Saturday”
  3. Rebuttal: Just because we are not told why something happens, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.  McGrew: “this is a very odd way to object to historical evidence. Many narratives recount events without affording us an explanation for them, and sometimes we are left to guess what that explanation might be. So what?”
  4. Rebuttal: “Nothing in Jewish law as interpreted at the time would prevent them from making such a request.”

McGrew lays out a clear rebuttal to these charges against the guards at the tomb and will also answer other charges against the historicity of the resurrection in future posts at the blog site: What’s Wrong With the World? Definitely worth keeping up with.

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Dr. William Lane Craig of Reasonable Faith, Houston Baptist University, and Biola University, has just released his new videos on the resurrection.  Share them on social media:

Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?: The Facts

 

Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?: The Explanation

 

There are some great resources on the evidence for the resurrection in addition to these videos.  Check them out when you get a chance:

Other Resources:

Videos:

1. My Apologetics Quick Guide video:

 

2. Dr. Craig’s lecture at the Southhampton, England “BeThinking” Conference:

 

3. Impact360’s animated video on the resurrection:

 

Articles:

“Jesus’ Resurrection” by William Lane Craig at Reasonablefaith.org

“The Case for Christ’s Resurrection” by Gary Habermas in To Everyone an Answer

The Resurrection of Jesus” by William Lane Craig at Reasonablefaith.org

The Argument from Miracles: A Cumulative Case for the Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth” by Timothy and Lydia McGrew

Books:

Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? William Lane Craig (Impact 360 Institute, 2014)

The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach, Michael R. Licona (IVP Academic, 2010)

The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, by Gary R. Habermas and Michael R. Licona (Kregel, 2004)

The Resurrection of God Incarnate, Richard Swinburne (Oxford Univ. Press, 2003)

The Resurrection of the Son of God, N. T. Wright (Fortress Press, 2003)