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What Is the Ontological Argument?

June 4, 2019

There are many arguments for the existence of God. Perhaps one of the most famous — and most often misunderstood — is the ontological argument. Dr. J.R. Gilhooly, Assistant Professor of Theology at Cedarville University, explains this argument in the video below.

Unlike most arguments that start with an observation about the world and work back to a Creator, the ontological argument starts with the idea that based on the meaning of the word “God,” there has to be a God. There are many ways to make this argument but the simplest way is this: If it’s possible that God exists, then God exists.

As Christians, we should know and understand that there are good, sound arguments for God’s existence and be prepared to explain them to our skeptical friends.

Watch the video below for more with Dr. Gilhooly.

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Why Is the Old Testament So Violent?

June 4, 2019

As Christians, what are we to think about Old Testament passages that seem violent and ruthless? How do we answer those who think the Old Testament is inconsistent with the love of Jesus shown in the New Testament?

Dr. Dan DeWitt, Associate Professor of Applied Theology and Apologetics at Cedarville University, examines these questions and offers 5 points we should consider when thinking through the divine war that we find in the Old Testament.

  1. We can’t separate God’s promise to deliver the Israelites to the Promised Land from His promise to drive out the nations who stood in their way.
  2. Careful study is needed when working through these passages; language may actually suggest a decisive victory, not total annihilation.
  3. Commands to destroy people are limited to locations that were military centers, not civilian populations.
  4. Divine war was for a limited time and for a specific purpose; God was patient and loving and gave ample opportunities for people to repent.
  5. Commands for divine war in the Old Testament were not intended to wipe out entire people groups; it was about God’s judgment on false religions.

Above all, we must remember that God led His people to the Promised Land, driving out the people before them, so that He could establish His people through whom the Messiah would be born to bring salvation to all nations. As you interact with others on this often concerning issue, point them to a holy, loving God who desires all mankind to be a part of His redemptive plan.

Watch the video to learn more from Dr. Dewitt.

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How Can I Share the Gospel With a Muslim?

June 4, 2019

For many Christians, sharing their faith with a Muslim friend or acquaintance can be intimidating. In the video below, Dr. Matt Bennett, Assistant Professor of Missions and Theology at Cedarville University, shares 4 tips to follow when sharing the Gospel with someone from the Muslim faith.

  1. Pray for opportunities; the more you pray, the more opportunities you’ll discover!
  2. Present Jesus as the One who was anticipated by the prophets and the One to whom all other prophets point
  3. Use the book of Hebrews to show why Jesus’ death and resurrection fits the expectation of the Old Testament
  4. Invite your Muslim friend to study Scripture with you; sharing the Gospel is best done in relationships

Above all, remember, winning an argument is not the same as winning someone to Christ. Watch the video below for more from Dr. Bennett.

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Is a Master of Ministry Really Necessary? 3 Arguments Debunked

January 3, 2019

Man standing in front of small group study

Is there value in pursuing further education in ministry? Is it worth the time and cost? Below we’ll look at three common arguments against starting graduate school in ministry, and discover why they just don’t hold up.

“I’ll just learn as I go.”

You will never be able to take the people you serve beyond where you have been. Apologetics, biblical theology, the nature of the church. These and many more are all things that people need to understand. You can’t teach what you don’t know. The accountability of the classroom will force you to think deeply about these issues. Don’t let the tyranny of the urgent distract you from pursuing the biblical, theological, and ministerial skills that will anchor your ministry. There is no replacement for learning from professors who have refined their understanding of the Scriptures in the furnace of practical ministry.

“I will lose touch with the people I’m ministering to.”

Granted … if you start teaching your middle schoolers or adult fellowship friends with lengthy quotes from Jonathan Edwards (because that’s what your theology professor did), you may not be doing it right. However, having a deep well from which to draw doesn’t stifle your creative juices; it guides them. Effective leaders will use their inherent talents and gifts and draw from a richly equipped tool belt. And although those tools can be acquired over time during ministry practice, graduate school provides a concentrated time of intentional equipping.

“I can’t fathom leaving my ministry.”

You don’t have to! Schools have become quite creative in the way they serve their students. For example, here at Cedarville University, we have designed a one-year, online ministry degree with courses in Bible, contemporary theology, biblical leadership, and biblical care and counseling. With the technology of our day, the classroom has never been more accessible. It’s never too late.

Visit our website for more information about the Cedarville University Master of Ministry.

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