50. 7 Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus

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Empty Tomb

If Jesus rose from the grave, Christianity is true. If Jesus did not rise from the grave, Christianity is false.

To make a case that the resurrection of Christ occurred, it needs to be shown that Jesus died, was buried, his tomb was found empty, and people interacted with him alive again.

Robert Bowman of Credo House made a list of fourteen evidences to support the resurrection claim of the apostles and early Christian Church. This episode of reconnect focuses on the first seven evidences Bowman listed. With the help of Ben Fisher, Andy Wrasman provides details to flush out Bowman’s brief summaries of these strands of evidence.
Evidences for the Resurrection 1-7

1. Jesus’ Existence

2. Jesus’ Death

3. A Crucified Messiah

4. Joseph’s Tomb

5. Women Witnesses

6. Ancient Theories

Tune in for Episode 51 to hear evidences 8-14.
Show Links

Robert Bowman’s “14 Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ”

Reconnect Episode 7 – “Did Jesus Fulfill All Messianic Prophesies?”

Reconnect Episode 31 – “Tattooing and Flying Drones for Jesus”

Chad Williams – “Proof the Bible is the Word of God” Video

Free Excerpt Featuring 25% of Andy Wrasman’s Book, Contradict – They Can’t All Be True

Reconnect 18. Evangelism through Publishing a Christian Newspaper

Few places have a local Christian newspaper.  Starting a Christian newspaper can be a very challenging yet rewarding ministry and hobby that can bring glory to the Lord in your local area. Chris Thompson started Life in His Hands Christian Newspaper from scratch.  He shares why he did it and how he did it. He shares two things he recommends everyone to do if starting a paper and two things not to do. He shares the price of printing his paper, distribution tips, and so much more. Potentially, you could even use Chris’ layout for his paper and just update a few sections with local ads and replace a few of the local articles each week.  Maybe you are a writer, maybe you are a communications and media expert, maybe you are a graphic artist, maybe you are good at advertising and producing and sharing a product. Maybe this episode is intended for you.

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Reconnect Episode 18Show Links

Life in His Hands Homepage

PDF of issue of Life in His Hands mentioned on show concerning the deaf community in the Inland Empire

Listen to Chris preaching in the park at the sermon series he mentioned near the end of the show

Additional Link: Chris and Andy Talk Tolerance

Reconnect 17. Sharing the Gospel when Defending the Faith

Episode 17
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Reconnect Episode 17
We should be evangelists first and apologists second.  When defending the Christian faith, we should always strive to incorporate the Gospel into our defense.  Why should we do this?  How can we do this?  Andy gives a brief explanation at the start of this episode, before reading an excerpt from his book Contradict – They Can’t All be True to answer these questions, before running these concepts through in practice on Cross Defense, a radio show hosted by Rod Zwonitzer  on KFUO out of St. Louis, Missouri!  Enjoy.

Reconnect Episode 8: Three Things Christians Say to Hurt Their Credibility

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George and Andy, discuss a series of articles from Credo House entitled: 21 Things Christians Say to Hurt Their Credibility.  In this episode they have time to discuss three of these statements:

1. “You can’t use the Bible to prove the Bible.”

2.  “Good question.  I’ll find the answer and get back to you.”

3.  “One white lie will send you to hell for all eternity.”

We want to be credible witnesses of Christ.
We want to be credible witnesses of Christ.

Andy and George agree that some of these statements really do hurt the credibility of our Christian witness and should be avoided, but they come to disagree with at least one of these articles, because they think the statement is in fact Scriptural, thus should be spoken, but maybe there is a better way of presenting the truth to a nonbeliever.

Other questions and topics emerge as they discuss these articles, such as: how do we know the Bible is the Word of God, how should we respond to questions we don’t know the answers, is it possible for Christians to have all the answers to life’s questions, what exactly is revealed to us in Scripture and why, how should we approach preparing answers to difficult questions raised against or about the Christian faith, why should churches teach apologetics, and the very controversial topic of varying degrees of punishment in hell!

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Reconnect Episode 4: Jesus vs. Zeus

Avengers meme that confuses God and god.  There is a difference.
Avengers meme that confuses God and god. There is a difference.

Jay Clair has been a very active member on my Contradict – They Can’t All Be True Facebook page.  

I discovered that he had a blog called Blue Eyed Shy Guy.  The blog stood out to me because I am a fan of Mario 2 for the NES, and to my knowledge it was the only Mario game that featured the Shy Guy characters.  Jay explains the name of his blog at the start of the podcast.  For this show we discuss one of his blog posts that really stood out to me: “What is Meant by God?”.

The blog post originated as a reply to an Avengers meme that his brother sent him.  Many people compare belief in Jesus to belief in Zeus, basically saying, they’re both mythological gods.  Yet, Jay responds with a break down of the difference between God with a capital G and god with a lower case g.  Doing such shows that belief in Jesus is nowhere near the same as belief in Zeus.  His work also shows that there isn’t as many proposed Gods to consider if someone is evaluating the world’s religions for truth.

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