Many in our churches who spend time on our college campuses have come across the rather strange sect which teaches about the Mother Goddess. I had not come across this group personally until a recent experience while sharing my faith at Bakersfield College in Bakersfield, California. Normally, I like to avoid writing against groups I […]
Dr. John Oakes is one of the organizers of a Christian Teachers Conference coming up March 6-7 in San Antonio. We wanted to get the information out there. A brochure is below. Detailed schedule, cost and the ability to register will be coming soon.
Dr. John Oakes is teaching an Old Testament Survey class in Bakersfield this week and will be posting notes, power point and audio. Twelve hours of audio are below.
Dr. John Oakes is teaching a twelve hour class on Christian evidence specifically for a group of campus ministry interns in Fresno, California July 11-12. Power Point presentations and audio will be uploaded from the class.
Dr. John Oakes taught a class on the biblical doctrine of predestination for an all-Mexico conference in Toluca, Mexico 7/20/19. The class includes biblical evidence against “once saved, always saved,” a history of the doctrine of predestination, a description of Calvinism, a refutation of Calvinism and a presentation of the biblical doctrine of predestination. Notes […]
[Editor’s note: When this question came in to the web site, I was absolutely shocked to find that I had never posted an answer to this most basic of questions. So, I am publishing this as an article as well.] Question: While sharing my faith with a person of another religion, he was questioning me […]
Dr. John Oakes is teaching in Amman, Jordan, Beirut, Lebanon and Cairo, Egypt. We will be posting outlines, ppts and audio of lessons in English, translated into Arabic. Hard Questions Arabic PPT Hard Questions Audio Freedom in Christ Arabic Audio Existence of God PPT Existence of God Arabic audio From God or Man […]
Dr. John Oakes is teaching a class on the Book of Hebrews Friday and Saturday, 9/14-9/15, along with Robert Carrillo, Gregg Marutzky and Grady King for the Los Angeles School of Ministry and Missions. The updated notes and power point are attached for the use of the students (and anyone else interested. Hebrews Notes LASMM […]
I will be posting many lessons from my current teaching trip. All will be in English, but with translation into Russian, Japanese, or Mongolian. Freedom in Christ Russian FreedominChrist Russian ppt Hebrews Russian 1 Hebrews Russian 2 Hebrews Russian 3 Hebrews Russian PPT Christian World View Russian Christian World View Russian PPT From […]
Dr. John Oakes taught many lessons in Vladivostok, Ulan Bataar and Bishkek. Russian translation of the power points are included here. FreedominChrist Russian ppt Hebrews Russian PPT Shadow to Reality Russian PPT Christian World View Russian PPT
Dr. John Oakes is currently on a teaching trip. Relevant outlines, power points and audio will be posted here. World View PPT Christian World View Messianic Prophecies Study Hard Questions PPT Hard Questions Audio Evidence for Jesus PPT Evidence for Jesus Study Evidence for Jesus Audio God and Science […]
Dr John Oakes is teaching a six week class on the Book of Genesis at ChurchSD in San Diego on six Saturdays, beginning on October 7. The class will be from 9-10:45. The cost of the entire series is $20. Light refreshments are included. For more information or to register, contact Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Notes, […]
[Editor’s note: I have had a lot of positive interaction with Roman Catholic believers, but I also get a lot of comments accusing this web site of being anti-Catholic and biased against that viewpoint. Normally, I simply respond respectfully, but I wanted to give a more complete response and publish it as an article, so […]
Dr. John Oakes is delivered a number of lessons on a missionary teaching trip in South Asia Jan 5-22, 2017. Attached are power points, notes and audio for these lessons. From Shadow to Reality India Audio Existence of God Audio Reliability of the Bible Audio Marriage Divorce and Remarriage Audio Marriage and Divorce Notes Acts […]
Dr. John Oakes recently taught the Book of Matthew in Kiev, Ukraine. The notes and power point, already available at the site, have been significantly updated. Matthew Notes Matthew PPT
Dr, John Oakes is giving a series of classes on the Holy Spirit for the staff of the San Diego Church of Christ. The first class is on the Role of The Holy Spirit in our Lives. The second is The Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts. These will be followed by classes on The […]
Dr. John Oakes is teaching a class on six consecutive Saturdays beginning 2/27/16 from 9:00-10:40 at 4324 Clairemont Mesa Dr. San Diego, CA 92117. The class will be an exposition of the books of Ezekiel and Jeremiah. For those who cannot come, we will be posting the outline, power point and audio. To register, […]
Illumination Publishers just released a new ten hour CD set on the Book of John. The class is by Dr. John Oakes and Robert Carrillo. It is available at www.ipibooks.com
Illumination Publishers just released a new 9-hour CD set. The class is on Christian Theology. It is team taught by Dr. John Oakes and Robert Carrillo. This class provides the basics for understanding who God is, which is, arguably, the most important topic any believer can study. It is available at www.ipibooks.com
Is Baptism a Work of Salvation? I have repeatedly gotten questions at my web site asking about where baptism fits into Christianity. These questions usually come from people who have been influenced by the prevailing theological and doctrinal landscape within evangelical Christianity—primarily from reformed theology and Calvinism. The premise of these questions involves two aspects. […]
Dr. John Oakes is teaching a class in Manila Jan 22, 2016, on the need for apologetics in the post-Christian world, focusing in on comparison of the Christian to other world views. Need For Apologetics PPT Need for Apologetics Audio
Dr. John Oakes taught on Calvinism–its history, basic theology and reasons to reject its basic tenets–in Manila Jan 23, 2016. The notes and power point are included. Answering Calvinism Notes Answering Calvinism PPT Due to technical glitches, only part I and part IV are available in high quality Calvinism I Audio Calvinism IV Audio but the […]
Dr. John Oakes is taught a class on Answering the Hard Questions at the 2015 International Christan Evidence Conference at York College in York, Nebraska, June 19-21. He gave a brief overview of the Christian world view before launching into the Christian answer to the questions both believers and non-believers often struggle with, such as […]
Dr. John Oakes taught a class on Presuppositional Apologetics at the 2015 International Christan Evidence Conference at York College in York, Nebraska, June 19-21. He gave a brief overview of the types of apologetics, followed by an analysis of the strong and weak points of presuppositional apologetics, followed by a discussion of world view apologetics. […]
Dr. John Oakes taught a class on Modernism and Scientific Materialism at the 2015 International Christan Evidence Conference at York College in York, Nebraska, June 19-21. He gave a brief overview of the history of modern science and then give a world view critique of the philosophy, comparing it to Christianity. Here are notes and […]
Dr. John Beggs, physics professor at Indiana University gave an amazing presentation on the the implications of discoveries in neuroscience on the question of human consciousness, free will and the soul. He gave a detailed picture of what we know about brain function from neuroscience, especially from his own research program. He explained how the […]
Michael Burns gave a presentation on The Resurrection World View at the 2015 ICEC at York College in York, Nebraska June 19 and 20, 2015. The class included a historical analysis of the concept of resurrection, an in-depth analysis of the evidence for the resurrection, but also emphasized the implications, both personally and for […]
With the 2015 ICEC in York Nebraska starting 6/19, we are re-publishing an essay by Dr. John Oakes on the Christian World View. It is copied below and is available as an attachmet here: Apologetics and the Christian World View
Editor’s note: The notes below are from one of the speakers at our 2015 ICEC in York Nebraska June 19-21. Randy was gracious enough to let us post his article before the conference. There is still time to register. Contact Jan Oakes at email@example.com FAITH & REASON Randy Hroziencik 2015 International Christian Evidences Conference […]
John Oakes taught a two-part Introduction to the Old Testament for a group of new Christians in San Diego May 17 and 24, 2015. The first class serves as a general introduction as well as covering the Book of Genesis. Genesis is studied as a work of Christian theology-setting out the Christian world view […]
To our readers: I have always supported, in broad terms, what BioLogos has been trying to do on the science and religion front. Their attempt to bring together good science and belief in biblical inspiration is admirable. However, I have felt strongly that they tend too far in the direction of what I call deistic […]
Robert Carrillo and Dr. John Oakes taught a class on Christian Theology in San Diego in the fall of 2011. The audio for the last three classes is attached. Christian Theology PartIV Christian Theology Part V Christian Theology Part VI
John Oakes and Robert Carrillo are team teaching a class on the history of Christianity for the staff of the San Diego Church of Christ over the next couple of months. The notes and power point for the class are available here. John Oakes has a book on the topic “The Christian Story: Finding […]
Dr. John Oakes gave a class which was a comparison of the Christian to other World Views in Edinburgh, Scotland at the Eric Liddle Center 6/13/14. The title was What Is Truth? The audio of the lesson can be found here What Is Truth Audio
Dr. John Oakes gave a presentation for the South Florida Church of Christ in Miami on 9/1/13 on answering the hard questions (the question of evil, the question of suffering and the question of hell). The power point is attached. HardQuestMiami
IPI published two new products from ARS this week. The first is the recording of the entire 2013 ICEC in San Diego on Christianity and Culture. The second is a 12 hour class on World Religions taught by Dr. John Oakes. To order go to www.ipibooks.com or to this link: https://www.ipibooks.com/AllProducts/tabid/59/rvdsfcatid/john-oakes-10/Default.aspx#.UdLaDPlQFqV
Dr. John Oakes taught a class titled Christianity and Bioethics at the 2013 ICEC at San Diego State University. The class includes a discussion of the various technologies which we can assume will be coming in the fairly near future. John proposes the kinds of technologies Christians should embrace and those which they should consider […]
Dr. John Oakes taught a class titled Christianity in a Postmodern World at the 2013 ICEC at San Diego State University. He proposes a rational Christian response to both the good and the bad which comes with postmodern thinking. The class covers the history of modernism and why it was replaced by postmodernism, as well as a […]
Editor’s Note: The essay below if by Randy Hroziencik, a student in our Apologetics Certificate program (see the link on the front page of the site). It is a follow-up to another essay (referred to as essay #2) in which he answered a request to write a defense of atheism. Thanks to Randy for permission to publish […]
Randall Hroziencik, one of the students in our ARS Apologetics Certificate Program submitted a paper on the cultural and theological background to the two Genesis creation accounts, focusing on the genre of the first part of Genesis. We feel that this paper is of a very high quality and offer it for your consideration. Thank […]
Dr. John Oakes taught a six-week class on World Religions on six consecutive Saturdays beginning on 2/23 9:00-11:00. See below for suggested reading and schedule. World Religion Notes World Religion PPT World Rel Audio 1a World Rel Audio 1b World Rel Audio 2a World Rel Audio 2b World Rel Audio 3a World Rel Audio 3b […]
Editor’s note: This recent Q & A is of sufficient interest that we have turned it into an article. See below.
We are pleased to announce that the sixth of an eventual ten courses in our Christian Apologetics Certificate Program series is now available for students to take the course. The topic is The Existence of God. The class is taught by Dr. Douglas Jacoby and Dr. John Oakes. The class is $150 ($125 in the […]
Editor’s note. This article was recently published by Dr. Robert Kurka, a professor at Linconln Christian University and a good friend of us at ARS. He carefully discusses the theological and biblical implications of recent evidence from biology with respect to the origin of human beings. If Adam Be Razed
The attached power point is for a lesson given by Dr. Douglas Jacoby at the 2012 ICEC at UCLA October 20, 2012. Doug taught about the biblical doctrine of heaven, Hades and hell. He also presented a number of the important views on this subject in Judaism and in the early church, as well as reflecting […]
Dr. John Oakes taught a lesson on the Kingdom of God in Guadalajara, Mexico 11/18/2012. El Reino de Dios The audio is available in the EFC store.
Dr. John Oakes taught a lesson for teens on the Christian World View and the Christian answer to the most common hard questions which all human beings ask. Why is there evil? Why is there suffering? Why does God allow killing of nations in the Old Testament? Why did God make hell? PPT Answering the Hard […]
See below for a Q & A of particular interest which was answered by John M. Beggs on the question of whether scientific results about the neural pathways for decision-making can be used to prove that we do not have free will.