78. Evidence for the Christmas Star

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“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”
(Matthew 2:1-2)

This star is often depicted as a bright, roaming globe that shines a spotlight directly on the house of Mary and Joseph for the magi to follow.  If this star actually appeared in this fashion, wouldn’t it be obvious to everyone, not just wise men from the east who studied the stars?  If this star didn’t exist, what would that mean for the truthfulness about the entire Gospel narrative?  Is there evidence outside of the Bible that this star existed?

These questions prompted Andy Reese to dig deep into astronomy, historical records, and the bread crumbs left in God’s Word concerning the historicity of this special star phenomenon.  In this episode he will answer these questions and many more.

Andy Reese is a church leader, teacher, and writer.  His website is andyreese.org.

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Magi – The True Story of the Star of Bethlehem – Video

A Christmas with the Stars – Video

Reconnect Episode 10: Religions, Atheism, and Wars!

Drawing by Danny Martinez - an illustration from Andy Wrasman's book, Contradict - They Can't all Be True.

Drawing by Danny Martinez – an illustration from Andy Wrasman’s book, Contradict – They Can’t all Be True.

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All too often religions are said to cause evil and to cause wars. The Crusades are often times mentioned to support this claim.  Andy interviews Stephen Puls, a Lutheran high school history teacher, who explains what the Crusades were, why they were started, and what went wrong.

In the second segment, they turn towards looking at the role of Atheism in connection with wars!

By the end of this episode, you’ll have some great talking points whenever such an argument against religion arises.   And of course, the goal is to use these talking points to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  A few suggestions on making this connection are also shared in this episode.

Article discussed in show: “The Myth that Religion is the #1 Cause of War”.

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