A Personal Note about the
Darwin Day Debate
As most of our readers are aware, I participated in a debate February 12, 2009 in which I defended the existence of the God of the Bible. My opponent was Dan Barker, the co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the largest atheistic organization in North America. The debate took place on the campus of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. The venue for the debate held 550 people. It was filled to capacity, and several came that could not get in due to fire regulations. From what I can gather, there were probably about 650-700 who showed up. The entire debate lasted about two hours with alternating speeches from Dan and me and an audience question segment that lasted about 30 minutes.
Read the rest by clicking H-E-R-E.
From time to time we will be listing a few posts that were originally sent out on the LemmonsAid Email List, and then posted to my website.
- A good place to begin would be an excellent outline presented by the late Wendell Winkler to our Prison Epistles Class back in 1981, entitled: “We CAN Understand the Bible.” It was posted in two parts because of its length. Part 1: H-E-R-E; Part 2: H-E-R-E.
- I prepared a sermon for Dick Sztanyo’s class on Apologetics entitled: “Is the Sword Dependable?” I have used it often. Perhaps it could be helpful to you. Find it H-E-R-E.
- I like the lesson J.L. May pointed out from A SLICE OF BOLOGNA, which appeared in The Friend of Truth a few years back. See what you think about it by clicking H-E-R-E.
- John Gipson gave a great illustration regarding: “What’s in a Name,” H-E-R-E.
- How I wish I knew who wrote the thought-provoking poem, “Little Barefoot Buford,” but to me it has remained anonymous. What a powerful lesson it teaches about the importance of inviting others to gospel meetings! H-E-R-E.
More to come later…
Kyle Butt to debate atheist in S.C.
November 7, 2008
Kyle ButtCOLUMBIA, S.C. BNc- A gospel preacher will debate a former Assemblies of God pastor turned atheist at the University of South Carolina.
Kyle Butt, gospel preacher and staff member of Apologetics Press, and Dan Barker, co-president of Freedom from Religion Foundation, will debate the existence of God Feb. 12, 2009.
The discussion will be held in the university’s Russell House Ballroom at 7 p.m.
Barker will affirm, “I know the God of the Bible does not exist,” and Butt will argue, “I know the God of the Bible exists.”
The debate is sponsored by the Pastifarians student group as a part of Darwin Day, said the FFRF website.
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1 Peter 3:15 urges Christians to be ready always to give an answer. The basic idea of the word ANSWER is a DEFENSE. We need to be able to defend the things we believe. The field is Apologetics. We are blessed in the Lord’s church with men who have spent much effort in learning Apologetics. One of these fine men is Brad Harrub. Today I found a series of sermons online by Brad Harrub. If you go here you can listen to the series which is to be found on the site of the Jacksonville (AL) church of Christ, where my friend, Allen Webster labors. Surely one of the topics below would be of interest to you.
- The Scientific Accuracy of the Bible
- The Age of the Earth
- Atheism’s Attack on America
- Creation versus Evolution: Was Darwin Wrong?
- The Value of Human Life
- Questions and Answers
To listen online, click H-E-R-E.
I have just completed reading a very interesting paper regarding the question of whether GAPS exist in the genealogies of Genesis 5 and 11. The paper is available on the AIG website and is written by Dr. Rick Freeman, Professor of Old Testament at The Baptist College of Florida, in Graceville, FL. The page labels the article as “Semi-technical,” and the paper is nearly 10,000 words long, so you will need 30 minutes to an hour of time in which you can concentrate on the reading. I really believe that the effort will be quite rewarding and I would encourage you to make the effort. It will require patience to read the material, but the conclusion reached is faith-strengthening, IMHO.
You can go to that paper by C-L-I-C-K-I-N-G H-E-R-E.
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Today we have uploaded the first in a series of what I am calling “longer studies.” These will be like term paper length on some Bible-related topic or text. I have many of these, some written by myself, and others written by brethren with whom I have shared classes.
This first upload will be: “A Study of the Apocrypha,” written by me on 17 October 1991, as a requirement in Keith Mosher’s class: “History of the English Bible.” It contains a summary of arguments for/against inclusion of the apocryphal books in the canon and a brief annotation of these 15 books.
Check it out by CLICKING HERE.
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