Apologetics for Hispanic Friends: 5 Recommendations

This Cinco de Mayo:

Remember your Hispanic friends & neighbors in a way that counts for Eternity!

#1. Master Apologist, William Lane Craig has written ten illustrated booklets to help you teach Christian truth to children and answer some of their deepest questions about God.  Details and ordering here.

 

#2. Spanish Edition Apologetics Study Bible
Includes articles that highlight key apologetics aspects of each Bible book, profiles of historic Christian apologists, hundreds of apologetics questions, and answers to today’s faith issues written by well-known, contemporary apologists.
Around $40 for a hardcover edition. Continue reading

Neighborhood Apologetics: 6 Creation Movie Night Picks

3D-Glasses-3-by-Merlin2525{Why not} Host a Creation Movie Night?

Chillax with Compelling Content, Great Snacks & Real People

“Neighborhood Apologetics” is for real people in a natural, friendly setting. It’s for your friends and neighbors, not hostile academics or internet trolls.

Just pop the corn (and pray)
So, while you pop the corn and order the pizza – these high-quality, engaging movies do {at least some} of the heavy lifting.

 


Here are my 6 current picks – what’s your favorite Creation movie?
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Pick #1. Evolution’s Achilles’ Heels  (96 min).

This brand new (2014) release simply and concisely exposes Evolution’s fatal weaknesses. Devastating critiques of Evolution by 15 scientists with Ph.D’s earned at secular universities.

A comprehensive outreach tool that will cause at least some evolution-believers to sit up and listen.

Buy on Amazon (DVD or BlueRay), or directly from Creation Ministries International.

Also available in book form, and, for small group or individual follow-up, you can download a free study guide here.


Pick #2a. A Freebie, from Living Waters (38 min)
Ray Comfort’s 38 min short film, Evolution vs God, boldly interviews leading and aspiring evolutionists – and finds their answers wanting:

Pick #2b. (For a similar type of film, check out Ben Stiller’s exposé of the Evolution camp’s attacks on academic freedom in Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. Available for $2.99 rental or for $13.99 purchase.)


Pick #3. Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution – 60 min

These are so much fun! Great for kids of all ages! Former atheist professor, Dr Jobe Martin, introduces us to the design features of intriguing animals.

So many things I’d never thought about – so many design problems with such elegantly engineered solutions. Like: Why don’t giraffes get light-headed when they stand up after drinking? How do woodpeckers not shatter their beaks? How can beavers swim straight in a fast-flowing river while dragging a heavy tree branch?

Rent it here (instant access; $1.99 for 7 days) or buy individual DVDs or a nice gift boxed set of 3.


Pick #4. Superior “Intelligent Design” Films: 5-in-1  (approx 65 min each)

These 5 high-quality documentary films (broadcast on PBS and translated into more than 20 languages) present the scientific case for intelligent design with engaging, entertaining computer animations and tight logic that will at least make you think and definitely make you marvel.

DVD 1: UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY OF LIFE  and DVD 2: WHERE DOES THE EVIDENCE LEAD transport you inside a living cell to witness jaw-dropping complexity, forever debunks the “simple cell” idea.”
“You go where the data leads you…”

DVD 3: PRIVILEGED PLANET “there’s something about the universe that can’t be explained by the impersonal forces of nature..”.

DVD 4: DARWIN’S DILEMMA considers the geologically-sudden appearance of dozens of major complex animal types in the fossil record without any trace of the gradual transitional steps Charles Darwin had predicted.

DVD 5: THE CASE FOR A CREATOR “Today, science is pointing more directly and more powerfully toward a Creator than any other time in the history of the world.” – Lee Strobel, former atheist and investigative journalist, documents his journey to faith as he followed the evidence.

Buy individual DVD’s or this Intelligent Design Collection directly from Illustra Media and use Coupon Code YTIM15 to save 15%!

Or Rent on Amazon – or Buy for one Low Price (approx $30) for all 5 films!


Pick #5. Origins – How the World Came to Be  – 6 videos, each 30 min

Highly acclaimed and popular creation series – features 15 outstanding men of science and is endorsed by leading apologists and Bible teachers like Henry Morris, Ken Ham, John Whitcomb, and Tim LaHaye.

Josh McDowell calls it a not-to-be-missed “powerful film series…”.

Easily rivals the beauty of a National Geographic or PBS special.
Generous showing rights included with DVD.

The 6 titles in the series are:
1. Origin of the Universe, 2. Earth – a Young Planet, 3. Origin of Life, 4. Origin of Species, 5. Origin of Mankind, and 6. The Fossil Record

Also available in Spanish and French.


Pick #6.  A Question of Origins – 60 minutes
You can watch a
Free Preview of the entire movie here or, for $19, grab your own copy.
Also available in multiple languages.


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15 Free & Nearly-Free Creation Magazines

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There are Creation Magazines and Creationist organizations all over the world!

This week’s road trip took me to the UK, Canada, Australia and all over the USA. The reward – a nice-size stack of free and nearly-free publications – ten popular-level and five technical, pro-level. Enjoy!


Bronze-DNA-icon#1. Acts and Facts
Monthly, full color news magazine published by ICR (the Institute for Creation Research).

Creation, Evolution, and related topics. 100% free sign up for print or digital editions, or read current and archived issues online.


#2. Creation Magazine (since 1978)
Quarterly 56-page full-color family magazine refutes Evolution, presents the true history of the world as found in Genesis. Nature, history, science, the Bible, and related subjects.Dino-Footprint

Great answers to defend your faith; easy conversation starter for skeptical friends. Beautiful, God-honoring, and content-rich. Subscribe for $25 pa (print) or $19 (digital) or access the selected free articles from the archives.


Gerald-G-Creation-Days-Numbers-5#3. Answers Magazine

Quarterly worldview magazine published by Answers in GenesisFull color, award-winning. Pull-out Kids section.

Normally $8 per issue; 25% discounts on subscriptions.


#4. Creation Illustrated (since 1993)

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Bible-based Nature Journal.
The Christian answer to National Geographic
Subscription 1 year (4 issues) – $19.95, or 25% discount

FREE Trial Issue.
Other Freebies Newsletter, Devotionals, Special Offers.


#5. Nature Friend Magazine (since 1983)

Creation-based, monthly nature magazine for children Nature-Kid02that the whole family will enjoy.

Helping families explore the wonders of God’s creation. Each issue costs less than one fast-food meal

1 year subscription (12 issues for $3.20 each)  $38.00

Read a sample issue here.



#6.
 Journal of the Creation Science Movement (founded 1932!)

Anonymous-Flag-of-Britain-1Quarterly journal, current commentaries on creation issues, notices of creation meetings around the UK and reviews of articles in technical journals where they have a connection with creation and Christian topics.

Back issues free to download

The Creation Science Movement also publishes a pamphlet on Creation evidences every alternate month. This, and 4 issues of the Journal are sent to members for annual subscriptions of  £10 (UK) or £13 Sterling (international orders).

Note: The Creation Science Movement was founded in 1932 as “The Evolution Protest Movement” by a small group of Christians concerned by the propaganda that was promoting the theory of evolution as if scientifically proven (!).


#7. Origins (since 1976)struzzo

Journal of the Biblical Creation Society, published three times a year. Seeks to think through issues related to origins from a coherent Biblical and scientific standpoint.

Current issue £5.00

Free sample articles:
Darwin’s struggles with the problem of evil

Why evolutionism is wrong and creation is right (*title responds to atheist article!)

The ostrich: a wonder of God’s creation


#8. The Creation Science Dialogue (since 1985)Canadian-Flag-2-by-Merlin2525

Quarterly, full color newsletter, published by the Creation Science Association of Alberta (CSAA).
Re-examination of science from a young earth perspective and to the discussion of the creation and evolution models. Includes topics not covered in other publications; also has section for younger readers.

Subscription is $8 per year (Canada) – contact CSAA.

Lots of free options – this is a great site:
Digital subscription
Free pdfs: current issue
Free pdfs: archives back to 2003
Searchable articles


scientist#9. Creation Matters (since 1996)

Bimonthly, popular-level
publication of the Creation Research Society. General and scientific news of interest to creationists.

All back issues of Creation Matters 1998 to 2014 available as free pdf downloads


Annual membership ($31 or $38) includes:
 CRSQ Journal (4 issues, Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring).
– Creation Matters popular publication (typically 6 issues).
– Access to full archive of past CRSQ and Creation Matters.
– Membership pricing at online store at significant discounts.
Membership dues: $31 per year paperless; $38 print


#10. Three Free Newsletters published by Creation Research:
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EVIDENCE NEWS
Emailed weekly. Latest discoveries and evidence for Creation and against evolution.
Sample Evidence News and Archive 

CREATION PRINT NEWS
Quarterly (online only outside Aus & NZ). Contains different information than Evidence News or e-Prayer Ministry News. Sample Creation Print News 

e-PRAYER MINISTRY NEWS
Encouraging ministry updates about Creation Research’s ministry around the world. Sample e-Prayer Ministry News

Additional Free resources here


Mammoth-nobg#11. Creation Research Society Quarterly Journal (since 1964)

Peer-reviewed by degreed scientists, world-wide circulation.
Scientific evidence supporting intelligent design, recent creation, catastrophic worldwide flood.

Selected articles and all abstracts are available, free, in printable form.

Membership subscriptions ($31 digital, $38 print):
include the Journal, the popular publication, Creation Matters, access to all archives, discounts on CRS conferences and in the online bookstore, and access to the CRSnet discussion forum.


1298097500 #12.  Answers Research Journal  (online, technical, since 2008)

Professional, peer-reviewed technical journal for the publication of interdisciplinary scientific and other relevant research from the perspective of the recent Creation and the global Flood within a biblical framework.

All published papers may be freely copied, downloaded, quoted, and distributed for non-commercial and non-sale purposes.


#13. Journal of Creation (since 1984)

Butterfly-02-Turquoise-BlueCurrent creation research, in-depth material from many experts in their field.

Wide range of topics includes philosophy, theology, history, archaeology, social sciences.

Develops rigorously logical, biblically-consistent, models; points out the latest flaws in evolutionary arguments.

A one-year subscription ($39) includes three issues, each around 120+ pages

Selected articles in the archives free (donations welcomed, Journal carries no adverts).


pithhelmet#14. Journal of Creation Theology and Science

100% Free – open access, online

Joint publication of the Creation Biology Society and the Creation Geology Society.


jetxee-people-near-a-blackboard#15. Free pdf articles (limited number) (since 2013)

Published by Core Academy of Science*.
Brief articles give an understable look at some aspect of faith, science, or the interaction of the two.

Also, a free newsletter with monthly give-aways for subscribers.

Core Academy of Science provides online and onsite science educational programs for learners from middle school through postgraduate studies. Scientists and scholars who are actively engaged in original research supervise all educational programs, with a special emphasis on resolving the creation/evolution debate.


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3 Apologetics Tools for Little Kids

Are there any good Apologetics Tools for Little Kids?
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Are little kids too young to defend their faith? At what age can they be taught the principles of logic, theology, or the reasons for faith?

There are 3 resources that I’m eager to share at this stop: you can see them for yourself right away by clicking these links:        … or…

#1. A Christian Mom shares 14 Ways she Teaches Apologetics to her 5-year olds
#2. Apologetics Books for Kids: the Young Defenders Series
#3. Browse a List of over 100 Apologetics Resources for 2-yr olds to Teens

…or, read on for a brief description before you decide.

But, first, real quick: two stories about the “too young” issue and some disturbing facts about the theological challenges of contemporary kidhood :


4 year olds: Astute Theologians
A very short story to illustrate that kids already engage in theological discussion – and I’m sure you can add more of the same. Some years ago, my sister-in-love took my then 4 year old nephew with her to deliver food to a homeless shelter.

Kids-Wagon“This is why we need to thank Jesus that we have a nice home,” she told him.

“But why doesn’t Jesus give them a nice home?”

“Ummm…”

And, then to add some urgency to the task of Christian parents, a disconcerting Road Trip discovery:


Atheists are targeting little (and big) kids
Are little kids too young to understand big ideas about God, reality, justice, right and wrong, and logic? The American Humanist Association doesn’t think so. Their website, Kids Without God, is “for the millions of young people around the world who have embraced science, rejected superstition, and are dedicated to being Good Without A God!”

[Hope some smart little kid asks them how to define “good” in the absence of a supreme moral being.]

Kids need apologetics NOW – not later
Sarah Flashing of Women in Apologetics points out that it’s no longer enough to prepare
addon-bucket-and-spade-2children for the world they’ll encounter when they leave home: the world isn’t waiting.

We all know that culture and media are saturated with values that are antithetical to Biblical Christianity and little people are absorbing these ideas through many channels. It’s just still shocking how soon this onslaught starts.

It’s not really possible to hide, probably not even if you ban everything with a screen in your home. But we can equip the next generation with a good defense and, better yet, an effective offense. So, without any more delay, here are three of my newest favorite tools to put in the hands of parents and teachers (and aunts, uncles, grandparents, and big sibs).


#1. A Christian Mom shares 14 Ways she Teaches Apologetics to her 5-year olds

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Natasha Crain shows you how to give kids the basic building blocks for apologetics and clear thinking. Children can be taught to think about the reasons for their faith, to know that there are reasons, and to know that the answers are often complex in the real world. From this list of 14 strategies, I’ve selected two to show you, but you can drop by her site for the rest, and for plenty more quality content.

hear-no-evil-see-no-evil-speak-no-evil#1. The Problem of moral and natural Evil (!)
The family read through the World Vision Children’s Bible and discussed its true stories of global suffering caused by the two types of evil (natural – as in natural disasters) and moral (seen in wars and abuses of power).

Over time, the children realized that the problem of evil is not quickly solved – but they were learning how to think it through and search out God’s perspective rather than pretend it doesn’t exist.

#2. Kids’ Question Night
The family has one night of the week where there is no Bible story or lesson planned for family devotions. Instead, they discuss whatever questions the children have. Because this is where kids already have questions, this is probably the best place to start – not to mention the value of communicating to children that their questions matter and are important to their parents.


owl-family#2. Apologetics Books for Kids: the Young Defenders Series
There are currently two books in this illustrated series:
How Do We Know God is Really There?
and
How Do We Know God Created Life?
third bookHow Do We Know Jesus is Alive? is due out by spring, 2015.

Melissa Cain Travis of Hard-Core Christianity is the talented and well-qualified author, and the engaging illustrations are by Christopher Voss. There aren’t a whole lot of reviews on Amazon yet, but the consensus seems to be that the theology is very sound and explained in a way that little kids will understand and enjoy.


#3. Browse a List of over 100 Apologetics Resources for 2-yr olds to Teens
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The International  Society of Women in Apologetics has compiled a comprehensive list of trusted resources, organized by age categories. This has all the classics and includes books, websites, multimedia, and curricula.

Access the full list here.

 


More later…
There are way more than three great resources for kids out there, but that’s all we have time for today. Before I head back down the road in search of more premium, free, and accessible resources, I’d like to pray for the children of this generation all over the world:


Good Shepherd,
We know that you care particularly for the littlest of the lambs in your kingdom. Help us to take good care of them for you, and, when we fail, please send your angels to keep them in all their ways. Thank you that you watch over them personally, and that you can lead them and comfort them when we cannot. We pray for the little people we know, and for the ones that, seemingly, nobody knows. There are children who are unknown and unloved, and our hearts break for them – help them to know that they are not forgotten by you. Send them whispers of your love. And, Father, we pray that you would raise up mighty-spirited children in this next generation who would love you with pure and strong hearts. We pray that many more tools for truth would be created by your people, and that all young people, in all lands, would have the opportunity to hear the truth. We pray that many millions would come to you and be adopted into your forever family. Thank you, Jesus – we know that you would not have the little ones sent away, but that you would have them come, and be blessed. Amen.


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