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Briefing Outlines

Briefing Outlines

Christianity and the Future

In the­ol­o­gy it is known as the study of Escha­tol­ogy. The study of future or final things. How will God wrap-up, or con­clude his­to­ry? Some of the sub­jects are: Christ’s sec­ond advent, the antichrist, the great tribu­la­tion, the bat­tle of Armaged­don, the future of Israel, the mil­len­ni­um, the rap­ture, the res­ur­rec­tion, the final judge­ment, the new heav­ens and the new earth, etc.

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The Debate About Gen. 1 – 11

Gen­e­sis 1 – 11 is not a nar­ra­tive of actu­al his­tor­i­cal events as we usu­al­ly define his­to­ry (some­thing that actu­al­ly hap­pened in time and space). Gen. 1 – 11 is seen as the equiv­a­lent of ancient near east­ern cre­ation and flood myths but devoid of most of the ele­ments of pagan­ism. In oth­er words, it is only a work of lit­er­ary genre. Does it matter?In this Brief­ing Out­line it is our pur­pose to show that the pre­pon­der­ance of evi­dence, par­tic­u­lar­ly from the Bible itself, is that Chap­ters 1 – 11, are to be inter­pret­ed as his­tor­i­cal nar­ra­tive and are foun­da­tion­al to the sto­ry of redemp­tion and the trust­wor­thi­ness of the rest of Scrip­ture.

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Postmodernism and Current Theological Trends

The post­mod­ern par­a­digm has spawned many new philo­soph­i­cal and the­o­log­i­cal trends that affect ortho­dox, evan­gel­i­cal the­ol­o­gy. The pur­pose of this brief­ing out­line is twofold: For read­ers to be aware of these trends, and to be able to dis­cern if any of these changes…

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The Orthodox Church: Eastern Christianity

There are 215 mil­lion peo­ple in the world who align them­selves with one of the branch­es of Ortho­dox Chris­tian­i­ty some­times known as The East­ern Church. Beyond some stereo­types, West­ern­ers (Protes­tants) know very lit­tle about the dis­tinc­tive beliefs of this large branch of Chris­tian­i­ty. There are an esti­mat­ed 5.6 mil­lion Ortho­dox Chris­tians in the U.S.

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The Resurrection: Fact or Fiction

As you are no doubt aware, every year around East­er time the major net­works, cable chan­nels, and news mag­a­zines com­pete with spe­cials seek­ing to dis­cred­it Chris­tian­i­ty. Recent­ly the Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel tried to shock Chris­ten­dom with the news that Christ?s tomb had not only been found , but his wife and son?s as well. It was not a hoax, but nei­ther was it seri­ous schol­ar­ship. It?s pro­duc­ers had seem­ing­ly high hopes of deal­ing a fatal blow to the Chris­t­ian faith by under­min­ing the phys­i­cal res­ur­rec­tion of Christ.

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The Triune God: The Foundation of the Christian Worldview

One of the claims we make as Chris­t­ian apol­o­gists is that only the Chris­t­ian world­view ful­ly explains what is. In oth­er words, it con­tains with­in itself the abil­i­ty to answer all the major philo­soph­i­cal ques­tions. In this brief­ing out­line it is my pur­pose to demon­strate the vital impor­tance of the Bib­li­cal doc­trine of the Trin­i­ty as the nec­es­sary foun­da­tion to that world­view. It should, and must be, our pri­ma­ry dog­ma (start­ing assump­tion).

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The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Dis­ci­ples, who became The Twelve Apos­tles put their lives on the line. All but one died a mar­tyrs death. Very unusu­al behav­ior if they had not actu­al­ly wit­nessed the res­ur­rect­ed Lord

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