Dr. John Oakes gave a class/sermon on finding Jesus in the Jewish festivals of Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Tabernacles.  The theme is that we ought to take the time and mental energy to celebrate what we have with God in Christ and the Holy Spirit.   Old Testament Festivals and […]

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John Oakes has been traveling in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia.  Below are some of the audios as well as some notes and power points for the lessons on this teaching trip.   Daniel audio Harare    Daniel PPT     Kingdom of God audio Harare   Kingdom of God notes   Living by Faith audio Harare   Living by […]

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Dr.  John Oakes taught a class, Jesus in the Old Testament: From Shadow to Reality in San Diego on six consecutive Saturdays beginning Feb 22, 2014.   Outline and suggested reading for the class are below.   Jesus in OT Notes      Jesus in OT PPT     The recordings of this class are available at the web […]

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This power point is for a class given by Dr. John Oakes at the 2012 ICEC at UCLA October 20, 2012.  The focus is on the radical claims of Jesus and why, based on the evidence from filfilled prophecy and the miracles of Jesus, a reasonable person will conclude that Jesus’ claims about himself are believable.  […]

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We are reposting an article on a biblical and historical perspective of Christmas from 2007 for your enjoyment.  Merry Christmas.  John Oakes   Is Christmas a Christian Holiday? Christmas sure has taken a beating lately, seemingly from all sides.  The secularists demand that we say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas,  while some believers have threatened […]

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Below is a short but nicely reasoned article on the reliability of the canonical gospels by Brian Colon.   Evidence for the Reliability of the Gospels Brian Colón 10/20/2010 When assessing the truth claims of the Gospel narratives, the first question that usually arises is the question of the burden of proof.  In other words, […]

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The sixth class in our program leading toward a certificate in Christian Apologetics Apologetics and the Miracles of Jesus  Notes: Apologetics and the Miracles of Jesus    Power Point: Apologetics and the Miracles of Jesus 3.71 Mb Apologetics and the Miracles of Jesus Saturday Feb. 20, 2010 Instructors:  Foster Stanback and John Oakes, PhD Location:  Mission […]

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In view of the season, I though I would post this recent question about the Jewish Messiah as an article for your encouragement.   J. O. Question: I’m very confused regarding a Jewish objection to Jesus as the Messiah which goes like this: "The Bible says that the Messiah would be of the tribe of Judah […]

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Reasons For Belief:  A class taught by John Oakes, PhD at Harvard University 10/16/2009.  The subject is reasons to believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. See EFC store for the recording   Reasons For Belief Harvard 2.76 Mb   The Bible: From God or Man? Delos B. McKown:             "Christianity is scientifically unsupported and […]

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Debate Review  Jesus: Man, Myth or Messiah?     A debate on the question "Jesus: Man, Myth or Messiah?’ was put on by the Apologetics Research Society (ARS) as part of its International Christian Evidences Conference June 13 at the Morris Culture Center, Houston Baptist University in Houston Texas.  Over three hundred were in attendance.  Arguing […]

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Responding to Competing Pictures of Jesus  by Dr. Robert Kurka.  Presented at the International Christian Evidence Conference 6/13/2009   2009 International Apologetics Conference                    Dr. Robert C. Kurka Houston, TX                                                  Professor of Theology and Church in Culture June 12-13, 2009                                                       Lincoln Christian Seminary                                                                                                 rkurka@lccs.edu                         "Responding to Competing Pictures of Jesus"   According to […]

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  Scientific Materialism/Naturalism an article by John Oakes, PhD Apologetics and the Christian World View Part II Scientific Materialism/Naturalism In the previous essay we looked at why people ought to think carefully about their view of the world, and at the importance of forming and holding to a consistent world view.  We have considered a […]

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The Miracles Jesus Did Not Do   Note: This is a chapter in an upcoming book by David Eastman and John Oakes on Miracles, to be published by Illumination Publishers, International in late 2007 or early 2008.   It is a truism that you learn almost as much about a person by what they do […]

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The Ultimate Miracle [Note: this is a chapter on the resurrection taken from the book Reasons for Belief by John M. Oakes Illumination Publishers, International  www.ipibooks.com] In the previous chapter we looked at the miracles that Jesus performed, examined evidence that Jesus really did work these miracles and considered what they imply about the miracle-worker […]

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The Resurrection of Jesus An Outline   Q:  Is it logical to believe that Jesus was raided from the dead?   Q:  Why is this important?             1. If Jesus was in fact raised from the dead, this validates all his claims.  If not?..             2. It explains a lot                    The changed […]

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