Monthly Archives: June 2011

Apologetics Bonus Level!

I’ve gone back and updated all the posts on my apologetics series with my notes. You can now read the lessons as they were written.

And as an extra bonus, here are the notes from the lesson that didn’t get recorded.

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“Because the Bible says so” isn’t going to cut it with many of the people we talk to. Here are a few reasons why.

We claim not only that our God is the only god, but that the Bible is the Word of God. These are outlandish claims in a relativistic culture. People may be tempted to dismiss them outright – how could they possibly be true in a world with so many religions and holy books? Read the rest of this entry

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Authenticity with God

When we pray, I think we sometimes try to think of the most holy thing to say. For some of us, there are certain subjects that just don’t come up when we talk to God.

If we want to have a deep relationship with God, we need to be totally honest with him.

That was the subject of my sermon this morning at Crossroads.

Listen to “Psalm 109: Authenticity” on the Crossroads Podcast.

Below is the sermon as I wrote it out. There are only a few additional comments in the audio. Also, the recording started a little late, so my intro is cut off from the audio.

Enjoy!

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Good morning, everyone. And good day to everyone listening on the podcast, whenever you’re getting it. I am Pastor Brian, and those of you who don’t know me very well may be wondering, “why is that guy the head of geek ministries?” Those of you who know me a little better are not surprised at all.

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Apologetics Finale: Jesus

In the final lesson of the apologetics series, we touch on perhaps the most important question of all: how can Jesus be the only way to God? What about all the other religions of the world? And aren’t all religions basically the same anyway?

Apologetics: Jesus (.m4a | .mp3)

And thus ends my Sunday School series. I hope it’s been useful and enlightening to you.

After this week, I’ll be getting back to regular blog posts. I say after this week because I’m preaching this Sunday! I’ll be working on my sermon, which you’ll be able to hear on the Crossroads podcast.

In the meantime, check out the Extra Life Ministries Twitter feed and Facebook page for more content. There’s already been a lot of cool news in gaming and technology this week, with more to come.

Also, my friends are trying to rope me into playing Warhammer 40k. And I’m tempted. Pray for me.

Below is the lesson as written.

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This morning, we’ll talk about our most central apologetic task: defending Jesus Himself. Without Jesus, there’s no point in discussing the rest.

Jesus says this in John 12:32: “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” The term “lifted up,” according to my footnotes, also means “exalted.” Our job is to, in a manner of speaking, make Jesus look good. The best way to do that is to tell the truth about Him.

That means we’ll need to have answers ready for views that oppose Christianity. We need something to say when people ask, “how can Jesus be the only way to God?”

It may be good to start by asking for clarification. If someone asks that question, you still may not know their specific objection. Read the rest of this entry

RCM = XLM

We repainted.

Razorclown Ministries is now officially Extra Life Ministries. Why the change?

It’s now my job at Crossroads. After talking with my boss, we’re gonna try something new: a geek ministry. This blog will be a part of that. I’m über-excited.

I didn’t want it named after me. I’m hoping to start something that grows far beyond me. Besides, I’m just the messenger. When I’m doing my job right, it’s God that does the real ministry.

I couldn’t resist a video game reference. As long as you have an extra life, you have another chance to move forward. God is all about second chances.

I can’t wait to see what God does through this ministry. We’ve got some fun stuff planned.

My fellow geeks, God loves you. And we’re out to prove it.