But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 1 Peter 3: 14-16
As a detective, I’ve learned to carefully examine the words of suspects (I’ve written an entire chapter about this in Cold Case Christianity). Killers don’t often willingly confess to murder, but they usually give themselves away by saying something that is consistent with their involvement as the murderer, or something that
Some would say that the Bible presents an irreconcilable dilemma. Both the New and Old Testament declare that there is only one God. Verses like Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Isaiah 43:10, James 2:19, 1 Corinthians 8:4, 6 and 1 Timothy 2:5-6 make it rather clear; the writers of Jewish and Christian scripture proclaimed the existence of a single, solitary God
I’ve had my share of homicide cases that involved unanswered questions. In fact, every case raises a number of substantial and difficult issues. In my most recent investigation, a “no body, missing” from 1981, the biggest question was simply, “What did the defendant do with the victim’s body?” Another important
Last week I was in the Toronto area, speaking at the 2016 Apologetics Canada Conference. Afterward, several attendees told me they brought unbelieving spouses to the event and were encouraged when they saw a renewed interest in the eyes of their loved ones following our presentations. I could also sense the energy in the room. The attendees were
In this blast from the past, J. Warner discussed the reliability of the Bible as he examines the unifying theme of the Bible. How does the Bible answer the three most important questions related to “worldview”? Is there a single message that spans the Old and New Testament? Does the unity of the Biblical message provide us with any
I have several believing friends that are “perfectionists”. They believe that Christians, filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit, can eventually attain a level of sanctification in this life that results in perfect Christian character. John Wesley (the founder of Methodism) believed the sanctifying grace of God could accomplish such
J. Warner Wallace is interviewed by Pastor Troy Murphy of Green Bay Community Church about the importance of apologetics and theology in the life of every believer. For more information about Green Bay Community Church, visit http://www.gbcommunitychurch.com/
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I often hear statements like this at speaking events when people excitedly share their journey to the cross. I’m sometimes surprised at how many people have a story similar to my own. A few years back, Abdu Murray (an ex-Muslim) interviewed me for his radio show and told me about the role evidence played in his own conversion story.
Of the many skeptical, alternative theories of the Resurrection, the imposter theory is sometimes offered in an effort explain the apparent confusion of the disciples. There are a number of places in the Gospels where followers of Jesus seem to be slow to recognize Him. Mary mistakes Jesus for a gardener, the disciples on the road to Emmaus fail
In this re-posted interview with Meg Meeker of Family Talk, J. Warner Wallace discusses the unique investigative approach he took to examining the evidence in the universe. Can scientists account for the evidence in the universe with purely “natural” explanations? If not, what is the best explanation for this evidence? For more
Many Christians are unaware of the ancient legends, distortions and stories about Jesus known as the “non-canonical gospels”. Maybe that’s why opportunistic skeptics are able to make outrageous and profitable claims about Jesus every Christmas and Easter season. In just the past few years we’ve endured the timely arrival
J. Warner Wallace is interviewed by Leon Fontaine of the Leon Show and talks about the need all of us have, as Christians, to be able to make the case for what we believe. Why aren’t more of us prepared to defend our beliefs? What can we do to change the situation? For more information about the Leon Show, please visit: miraclechannel.ca. For
With the rise in popularity of movies like Zeitgeist: The Movie and The God Who Wasn’t There, skeptical objections to the historicity of Jesus sometimes take the form of comparisons between Jesus and ancient mythologies preceding Him. Skeptics highlight similarities between Jesus and Horus, Mithras, Osiris or other ancient examples of
In the movie, God’s Not Dead 2, I was asked to defend the historicity of Jesus and the eyewitness reliability of the Gospels. Skeptics sometimes claim the New Testament Canon was the creation of 4th Century Catholic Church councils, rather than the reliable preservation of 1st Century disciples of the eyewitnesses. While it’s true the
In this re-posted interview with Meg Meeker of Family Talk, J. Warner Wallace discusses the approach he took with the Gospels when he first began to investigate the case for Jesus. How do we know the gospels can be trusted? Do they contain eyewitness records related to the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus? For more information about
In the movie, God’s Not Dead 2, I was asked to defend the historicity of Jesus and the eyewitness reliability of the Gospels. As a skeptic, I believed that the story of the Resurrection was either a late distortion (a legend) created by Christians well after the fact, or a conspiratorial lie on the part of the original Apostles. It
J. Warner Wallace describes the importance of making the case for Christianity and why every Christian needs to become a good Christian Case Maker in this excerpt from his 2016 Plenary Session at the Apologetics Canada Conference. For more information about Apologetics Canada, please visit their site at http://www.apologeticscanada.com/ .For more
In the movie, God’s Not Dead 2, I was asked to defend the historicity of Jesus and the eyewitness reliability of the Gospels. I’ve often said that the death of the apostles is an important piece of evidence related to the veracity of their claims about the Resurrection. There are lots of folks who are willing to die for what they belie
In the movie, God’s Not Dead 2, I was asked to defend the historicity of Jesus and the eyewitness reliability of the Gospels. Many skeptics reject the eyewitness authority of the Gospel accounts, even though the early Church selected and embraced the canonical Gospels based primarily on the eyewitness authority of their authors. Some
J. Warner Wallace is interviewed by Leon Fontaine of the Leon Show and talks about the evidence for God’s existence. What kinds of evidence can we use to make the case for God? What makes the case so strong? What tools can we borrow from crime scene investigations to help us make the case to others? For more information about the Leon Show,
In the movie, God’s Not Dead 2, I was asked to defend the historicity of Jesus and the eyewitness reliability of the Gospels. Skeptics sometimes challenge the gospels because there appear to be differences between the accounts. As a skeptic myself, investigating the gospels for the first time at the age of thirty-five, I also observed the
In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner Wallace examines the creation of artificial life in the laboratory. Would the creation of such life demonstrate that naturalism is true? Do artificial life experiments prove atheism or theism? For more information, refer to J. Warner’s latest book, God’s Crime Scene: A
I authored a book, Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels, which takes an evidential approach to Christian Case Making (apologetics). That shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone purchasing the book, given its title. I am, after all, a homicide detective. But I occasionally receive a
Rice Broocks, author of God’s Not Dead and Man, Myth, Messiah interviews J. Warner Wallace on the red carpet at the Los Angeles premier of God’s Not Dead 2. Why are movies like God’s Not Dead 2 important for the Church? What was it like to film the movie? Visit the PureFlix website for more information about God’s Not Dead
Most of us who are interested in making the case for Christianity sense a continuing shift in the culture. Christianity is under increasing scrutiny, the nature of the questions are changing, and the issues under debate are more contentious than ever. Christian case makers need to rethink their environment and approach. That’s why Sean
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