Poolside Apologetics

June 4, 2019 / by rcdev

John and I were away for Memorial Day weekend enjoying the warm, sunny weather in the pool at our hotel. I had been reading The Case For Life, by Scott Klusendorf, and had left it face-up on the table next to my lounge chair. As we are in the pool, I see a lady walk…

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Are Socialism and Christianity Compatible?

March 19, 2019 / by rcdev

When people say, “History repeats itself,” that’s no joke. Who remembers “McCarthyism” from the 1950’s? Allow me to very briefly refresh your memory. Socialism or Communism (an extreme form of socialism where the government owns all businesses andpersonal property, including homes, as well) was condemned and then Senator Joe McCarthy made it his business to hold…

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The Truth Behind New York’s New Abortion Law

January 29, 2019 / by rcdev

By now you have probably heard the disturbing news about the new law that was passed in New York. On Thursday, January 24th, Satan doubled-down and governor Andrew Cuomo of New York city declared that it is now lawful to abort full-term babies for the healthof the mother.  After the initial shock and wave of horror…

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Should Christians Get Involved With Politics Or Stay Out Of It?

October 23, 2018 / by rcdev

In my city, we have one Evangelical Christian who is currently on city council and will be vacating his seat along with two other council members. To fill these three seats, there are three Evangelical Christian pastors, who are running among other candidates of different faiths. The opposition to these Christian candidates (because they are…

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Why The Culture’s Definition Of Social Justice Is Not Biblical

September 11, 2018 / by rcdev

Social Justice–It’s the battle cry of today’s culture. The Black Lives Matter movement, Occupy Wall Street, and the Women’s March after the last presidential inauguration are some examples of our culture’s plea for social justice. The Social Justice (SJ) movement has an allure that is hard to resist. It appeals to one’s sense of rightness,…

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Do We Really Believe God’s Promise That If We Ask For Anything, We Shall Have It? A Book Review of Fearless Prayer by Craig Hazen

August 24, 2018 / by rcdev

Craig Hazen is a good friend of mine and the head of the Apologetics department under the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, where I received my MA in Apologetics. I have had the privilege of living close to Biola so I have been able to get to know Craig over the last 5…

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What I Wish I Knew Sixteen Years Ago About Sharing The Good News With Mormons

July 26, 2018 / by rcdev

For sixteen years, John and I were neighbors and friends with the nicest Mormon family who lived across the street from us. We knew their beliefs were different than ours, and that they define Christian words differently than we do, but considering we hadn’t completed our Masters In Apologetics at that time, we felt that…

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How To Respond To One Who Doesn’t Care About Truth

May 30, 2018 / by rcdev

What is the most important issue in the world? Think about it. Take a guess. What do we all need in order to make decisions and live our lives in this world and the next? Truth. Apologist Frank Turek says, “If you live by truth, then your eternity is secure. But if you don’t, then…

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My Favorite Resources to Help Train Youth & Anyone in Apologetics

January 30, 2018 / by rcdev

Apologetics is a big, scary word. When I tell people my Masters is in Apologetics, they answer, “What is that?” So I go on to define it as the defense of the Christian faith as I watch their eyes glaze over, and their body language tell me they are shutting down–Apathy. What I’m finding in…

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How Should Christians Respond To Halloween?

October 30, 2017 / by rcdev

How did Halloween begin? Halloween began with the Druids who were ancient religious leaders, priests and teachers who were from Britain but also lived in Ireland. In 1848, millions of Irish immigrants migrated to the United States because of a potato famine. With them, they brought in their traditions, and their Druids. The Druids were…

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When God Doesn’t Make Sense

September 18, 2017 / by rcdev

On the morning of Saturday, September 16th, the Christian Community took a hard blow when we got the news that our friend and apologetics colleague, Nabeel Qureshi, had passed away after a year-long battle with stomach cancer. You may wonder why it was a blow if we knew he had it for the past year….

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Six Reasons Why We Know The Gospel Writers Didn’t Lie

August 31, 2017 / by rcdev

The end of summer and the Labor Day holiday is here. My family has done quite a bit of travel this summer. My husband and I enjoyed spending time with our two adult sons and made some great memories. As a result, my blogging got a little behind, but I’m back! Over the summer, I…

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What Is Truth And Why Should We Care About It?

May 22, 2017 / by rcdev

Author Francis Beckwith taught an Ethics class at the University of Las Vegas. At the end of the semester, a student walked up to him and asked, “Why is truth important?” Beckwith answered, “Do you want the true answer or the false answer?” The hot topic today is fake news. Americans expect truth from the…

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The Youth Exit From The Church And What We Can Do About It.

April 7, 2017 / by rcdev

Last weekend my husband and I had the opportunity to participate in a 2-day training session for prospective Ratio Christi chapter leaders. Ratio Christi is a youth and young adult ministry that trains students in Apologetics—how to defend the Christian faith. They do this all across the country on college campuses and in church youth…

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Why Tolerance Is Immoral

January 30, 2017 / by rcdev

The hot topic these days is the freeze that President Trump put on all immigrants coming into the USA from countries that produce terrorists. Once again, the country is divided over this decision. People want open borders in the name of tolerance. So let’s clarify the meaning of tolerance. Tolerance used to mean that when…

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My Surrender That Became An Adventure

December 15, 2016 / by rcdev

Thirty-two years ago, as I took my last final exam and walked out of Langsdorf Hall at Cal State Fullerton, I said, “I will never take another class again!!” I was so done. That was my plan. But it wasn’t God’s plan. Three years ago, after years of being a stay-at-home-mom, raising boys, and attending…

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Trust Your Instruments

November 13, 2016 / by rcdev

At our church, my husband and I co-teach an apologetics class with our missions pastor, Kevin. Recently, the discussion evolved from the subject of how some people think with their emotions rather than what we know to be true, to how we sometimes feel unworthy to serve because we don’t feel close to the Lord….

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How America’s Presidential Election Debunks Relativism And Proves That Objective Moral Values Exists

October 29, 2016 / by rcdev

It is undeniable that this presidential election has fostered passionate opinions on the part of Democrats and Republicans alike. Each side feels that the other candidate is despicable and should not be running for president. Where does this passion come from? It comes from the belief that the other candidate is wrong or evil. But…

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Why Certainty Isn’t Necessary for Belief in God

October 4, 2016 / by rcdev

Have you ever heard someone say, “Why doesn’t God just show himself so people can believe?” People want certainty when it comes to matters of religion. But when it comes to other areas of our lives, do we really live as though we expect certainty? Not really. I believe we live our lives in confidence….

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Because You Asked Series: Part 2: How Does God’s Sovereignty Work With Man’s Free Will?

August 26, 2016 / by rcdev

Some things about God can be a mystery to us. Scripture tells us that God is Sovereign and we were predestined but we have free will. But how can those two concepts possibly work together? Here, we will look at God’s Sovereignty in three areas: our Predestination, free will combined with the problem of evil,…

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Because You Asked Series: Part 1: Am I A Good Person?

July 29, 2016 / by rcdev

Not long ago I asked some of my friends to answer a question I asked on Face Book. My question was, “If you could ask God just one question and you knew He’d answer, what would you ask Him?” Several great questions came pouring in. I have decided to answer them all in a series…

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Aren’t All Religions the Same?

July 22, 2016 / by rcdev

During a recent discussion with a good friend of mine, the subject came up regarding parents waiting for their kids to grow up to decide for themselves what religion fits them best. This is a matter that I, as a parent of grown children, passionately oppose. Here’s why: As humans, we demand truth in every…

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Five Things to Know About False Faith

July 1, 2016 / by rcdev

I recently returned from Israel where I visited Mount Carmel, the mountain that Jezebel dedicated to the god, Baal. Those who worshiped Baal had a false faith. In idolatry they substituted the truth of God for a lie. They were formal heretics. On Mount Carmel, the prophet Elijah revealed the true God. You can read…

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How Could Jesus Bear The Whole World’s Sins in Just a Few Hours?

June 17, 2016 / by rcdev

For as long as I can remember, I have always wondered how Jesus could suffer, bearing the sins of everyone in the world, and redeem us in just six hours. How could our redemption be so quick when Jesus took on the sins of the entire world? It’s not that I didn’t believe it. I…

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5 Reasons Why Seekers Should Investigate Christianity First

June 3, 2016 / by rcdev

Some time ago, I attended one of Biola University’s Apologetics Conferences called, “Reasonable Faith in an Uncertain World.” Some of the speakers were my current professors. One of those speakers was Craig Hazen who is the head of the Apologetics department at Biola. He had a breakout session where he talked about various world religions….

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Why Belief in God is a Rational Position

May 20, 2016 / by rcdev

As a Christian, the thought of my life without God in it is horrifying. A life without God would mean there would be no transcendent being who is good that I can rely on, who cares about the details of my life, who gives me purpose or that loves me. The idea that an atheist…

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Eight Ways That Heaven Will Heaven Mitigate Our Suffering on Earth

May 6, 2016 / by rcdev

Last week I talked about the reasons why we suffer. Suffering is difficult and most of the time we don’t understand why. Wouldn’t it be helpful to know that Heaven will someday mitigate our suffering on earth? Here’s eight reasons why we can look forward to Heaven in our suffering.  Our suffering will purify us….

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Ten Reasons why God Allows Suffering

April 29, 2016 / by rcdev

For the last few weeks I have been blogging about the problem of evil. This is because the problem of evil is a hot issue with Christians and non-Christians. Some Christians think they shouldn’t endure suffering because they’re Christians. Non-Christians see the problem of evil and suffering as a stumbling block in their investigation into…

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If Belief in Jesus is Required for Salvation, How is that Fair to Those Who Have Never Heard the Gospel?

April 22, 2016 / by rcdev

This is a question I have heard numerous times over the years and that I have even asked myself and I did not know the answer. Why would God send people to Hell if they hadn’t heard about Jesus? What about people in third world countries? This is a question that people struggle with. I…

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Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

April 15, 2016 / by rcdev

What is a good person? How does one define good? Someone who is nice? Kind? Giving? Have you ever heard it said that if you’re a good person, you will go to Heaven? By what or whose standard of measure do we know if someone is good? There’s only one way to know, and that…

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Why is Eternal Punishment in Hell Fair?

April 8, 2016 / by rcdev

Why do our sins, even the little ones we may consider acceptable like white lies, pride etc…sins that don’t seem to hurt anybody, land us in hell for eternity? Doesn’t that seem a little harsh? Does the punishment fit the crime? Questioning our punishment implies that our sin isn’t serious to us. But it is…

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Why Do People Suffer for a Sin Adam Committed Long Ago?

April 8, 2016 / by rcdev

As Christians, it is our responsibility as ambassadors of Christ to be able to answer questions about our faith to the best of our ability. 1 Peter 3:15 says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…” That is my intention…

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Did Jesus’ Resurrection Really Happen? Part 5

March 26, 2016 / by rcdev

Spiritual Resurrection Theory There are two Spiritual Resurrection Theories. One claims that Christ’s body decayed in the tomb and His resurrection was only spiritual. The second theory asserts that God destroyed Christ’s body in the tomb and that His resurrection was only spiritual, and not physical.[1] Both theories maintain that the end result was only…

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Did Jesus’ Resurrection Really Happen? Part 4

March 25, 2016 / by rcdev

In part three, I stated that alternate explanations must take into account all the facts surrounding the resurrection. Let’s see how well the next few explanations do that.  The Myth Theory There is speculation whether Jesus’ resurrection was an actual historical event or whether it is a myth patterned after various “dying and rising” fertility gods…

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Did Jesus’ Resurrection Really Happen? Part 3

March 24, 2016 / by rcdev

Last week, we looked at the Swoon Theory which asserts that Jesus didn’t really die, that He just swooned and in the coolness of the tomb, revived himself, rolled the stone away and got out of it. I explained why that theory makes little sense. Let’s now look at another theory that skeptics purport; the…

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Did Jesus Resurrection Really Happen? Part Two

March 23, 2016 / by rcdev

Last week I wrote about the Hallucination Theory for the resurrection of Jesus and presented arguments against it showing that the Hallucination argument is just not plausible. As I stated last week, that argument doesn’t address all the details we know of the resurrection. Because of this, skeptics have to come up with other theories….

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Did Jesus’ Resurrection Really Happen? Part One

March 18, 2016 / by rcdev

To call into question the truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ which was witnessed by Jesus’ disciples and more than five hundred others just three days after He was declared dead and buried, is to presuppose that the resurrection is the biggest hoax mankind has ever known. However, if Jesus did in fact resurrect…

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What You Can Teach Your Adult Children About Sin

January 6, 2016 / by rcdev

Last week, as I was sitting in my dentist’s chair getting my regular exam, the dentist said, “Hmmmm…there’s a dark spot on that tooth.” I asked him why that would occur and he explained that a lack of blood flow could cause it. The tooth might be dying. This is my front tooth so I…

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Marriage After Kids

November 22, 2015 / by rcdev

John and I just celebrated our thirtieth wedding anniversary. Through those years, we traveled with our boys a great deal and have made some incredible memories. We attended their sporting events, drum line performances, entertained their friends… you name it. But as I glanced once again at the anniversary cards on our mantle from our…

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Proverbs 22:6 Is it a Promise?

October 26, 2015 / by rcdev

As Christian parents, when we start out raising our children, we have high hopes and dreams for them. Even though our children are ultimately the Lords and He only entrusts them to us for their care and training for a short while, we naturally want to take ownership of them. We may have plans for…

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The Fear and Pain of Change

October 12, 2015 / by rcdev

Change—it can creep up on us faster than we anticipate. When it hits, how do we respond to it? This last spring, we sold our fifth-wheel toy hauler because we weren’t using it more than once a year. Both of our boys live on their own now so no one is around for camping anymore…

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The Birds Have Flown the Nest, Now What?

August 18, 2015 / by rcdev

In the August of 2012, my husband and I moved our youngest son, Tom, into college to be roommates with his older brother who would be a senior. Now they were both gone and I felt like my whole life purpose had just walked out the door with them. As a stay at home mom,…

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