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Video and Audio: Ahmanson Lectures on the Reliability of the Bible

The Ahmanson Lecture Series is an annual apologetics seminar held at Saddleback Church in Southern California. This year’s topic was the trustworthiness of the Bible, with a great lineup of guests speakers including Sean McDowell, Paige Patterson, Frank Turek, and Douglas R. Groothuis.

I’ve embedded the video from the talks below. If you’re having trouble accessing the links, you can also get the lectures on iTunes.

Why Historians Take the Gospel Seriously: John Dickson
Audio | Video

Dr. John Dickson (PhD) is a historian, author, and public advocate for the Christian faith. As the director of the Centre for Public Christianity (publicchristianity.org), he regularly writes for secular newspapers and appears in the media promoting thoughtful Christianity. Dr. Dickson is also the presenter of the historical documentaries—The Christ Files and Life of Jesus, and is Senior Research Fellow of the Department of Ancient History at Australia’s Macquarie University.

The Reliability of the New Testament: Sean McDowell
Audio | Video

Sean McDowell serves as head of the Bible Department at Capistrano Valley Christian Schools where he teaches Philosophy, Theology, and Apologetics. He has co-authored several books, speaks at conferences in the United States and abroad, and has a passion for reaching the younger generation with the message of the gospel. Listed among the top 100 apologists, Mr. McDowell’s apologetics training was awarded Exemplary Status by the Association of Christian Schools International.

Top Ten Reasons We Know the New Testament Writers Told the Truth: Frank Turek
Audio | Video

Dr. Frank Turek is the founder of CrossExamined.org and the award-winning author and coauthor of three books: I Don’t have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Correct, Not Politically Correct and Legislating Morality. He spends most of his time engaging skeptics and encouraging Christians by presenting I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist at universities and colleges across the nation. A former aviator in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Turek has a Masters from George Washington University and a Doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary.

Following Jesus on the Reliability of Scripture: Paige Patterson
Audio | Video

Dr. Paige Patterson presently serves as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and has served as a president of institutions of higher education for almost 37 years. The focus of Dr. Patterson’s leadership is an intense commitment to evangelism and the task of global missions, based on a foundational component of demanding research and rigorous academic preparation. He has served twice as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

A Biblical View of Truth: Doug Groothuis
Audio | Video

Douglas R. Groothuis received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Oregon. He is a Professor of Philosophy at Denver Seminary since 1993. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, Evangelical Philosophical Society, and Society of Christian Philosophers. Dr, Groothuis has written eleven books; most recently Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith and has published articles in several scholarly journals.

View the video from the 2010 Ahmanson lecture series here.

Video from the Saddleback Apologetics Weekend

Last weekend, the Saddleback Church in Southern California hosted its second annual apologetics weekend. Hosted by pastor Rick Warren, the conference presented several scholars and pastors to discuss the life and person of Jesus Christ. At this time of the year when life seems to get more crowded with activity, these talks offer a great opportunity to remind ourselves of the meaning of Christmas and the God who took on flesh, the incarnate Christ.

If you’re having trouble accessing the links below, you can also get the lectures on iTunes.

Jesus Before He Was Born
Chris Wright (Langham Partnership’s International Director and author of The Mission of God)
Audio| Video

The Radical Message of Jesus
Scott McKnight (Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University)
Audio | Video


The Shocking Life of Jesus

Peter Kreeft (professor of philosophy at Boston College)
Audio | Video

Jesus’ Miraculous Death and Resurrection
Greg Koukl (adjunct professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University and president of Stand to Reason)
Audio | Video

The Jesus Left Behind – The Body of Christ
Philip Yancey (editor-at-large for Christianity Today and popular Christian author)
Audio | Video

HT: Brian Auten

The Life of the Mind and the Love of God

The theme of this year’s Desiring God National Conference is one that is close to our hearts here at Thinking Matters. Much of what we do is concerned with encouraging the intellectual life of the church, and one of the inevitable and important issues that often arises is how we should view the life of the mind in relation to the worship and love of God. Over the last weekend, John Piper and Desiring God ministries gathered a group of speakers to address this question and several others related to the biblical call to think. The conference speakers included Albert Mohler, one the “reigning  intellectuals of the evangelical movement” (according to Time magazine), R. C. Sproul, founder and president of Ligonier Ministries and author of over seventy books, and Rick Warren, evangelical pastor and best-selling author of the purpose-driven series.

Conference Sessions:

Thinking Purposefully for the Glory of Christ
The Battle for Your Mind (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
Rick Warren
Audio: Listen | Download

Thinking Deeply in the Ocean of Revelation
The Bible and the Life of the Mind (Acts 17:22-28).
R. C. Sproul
Audio: Listen | Download

Thinking for the Sake of Global Faithfulness
Confronting Islam with the Mind of Christ.
Thabiti Anyabwile
Audio: Listen | Download

The Way the World Thinks
Meeting the Natural Mind in the Mirror and in the Marketplace (Romans 1:18-32).
Albert Mohler
Audio: Listen | Download

Think Hard, Stay Humble:
The Life of the Mind and the Peril of Pride (1 Corinthians 8:1-3).
Francis Chan
Audio: Listen | Download

Thinking for the Sake of Joy
The Life of the Mind and the Love of God.
John Piper
Audio: Listen | Download

For those interested, John Piper’s latest book Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God is also now available.

Friday Night Miscellany

Here are some headlines from around the web, to take you into the weekend.

Apologetics

Probablity, presuppositionalism, and evidentialism.

Evangelism and epistemology.

New audio from Douglas Groothuis’ lectures for The Next Level Church: A Brief History of Buddhism and Hinduism and A Brief History of Islam

A brief primer on the Problem of Evil.

Theology

Panel discussion with Vern Poythress on his new book, In the Beginning was the Word: Language: A God-Centered Approach to Language

Did Paul invent Christianity?

New book on the darker side of Christmas.

The doctrine of the Trinity and the source of the Christian Mission.

Christianity and Politics

The continuing conversation over the Manhattan Declaration: R. C. Sproul, Ligon Duncan, and Paul Edwards add their voices. Hunter Baker addresses John Stackhouse’s objection that the Declaration is “philosophically and politically incoherent”.

Was the Church responsible for modern welfare?

How cohabitation is a sin against social justice.

Disentangling the politics from the science: What to think about Global Warming.

Rick Warren clarifes his stance on the anti-gay bill being considered by the Ugandan Parliament.

Recent crackdown on Christians in China is described by some church leaders as “the harshest in years”.

Christianity and Culture

Is eating chocolate cake sinful?

The Time Magazine’s top religious stories of the year.

New study reveals the costly effects of pornography. (Also check out JT’s post with a great list of additional resources on the subject)

Other stuff

How pictures overwhelm words. Even when those pictures are stupid.

Robert Wright on how the New Atheism crusade is encountering powerful and possibly pivotal resistance: “Maybe this is the New Atheists’ biggest problem: As living proof that religion isn’t a prerequisite for divisive fundamentalism, they are walking rebuttals to their own ideology.”

The perfect way to cut pizza.

This one is for Glenn: Scar Wars – a Star Wars/Scarface mash-up  (content warning, not for delicate flowers)