Reliability of the New Testament


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This week’s Think Through It question asks, “How do we know that the New Testament is reliable?”

There are many reasons to believe in the reliability of the New Testament, but perhaps the most compelling evidence is that the New Testament books that make claims about the miracles of and resurrection of Jesus were written during the time of eyewitnesses and even appeal to the testimony of those eyewitnesses. For example, in 1 Corinthians 15 the apostle Paul is writing on the resurrection and then makes an appeal to a group of 500 people that Jesus appeared to after the resurrection as if to say, “If you don’t believe me, go ask one of them.” If these New Testament claims weren’t true they would have been easily dismissed, but because they were true and verified by witnesses many people believed.

I’m Jason Dees, encouraging you to think through it.

Jackie Robinson


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Sixty-eight years ago today on April 15, 1947 America was changed forever. On that day Jackie Robinson ran across the line in Dodger Stadium becoming the first African American to ever play Major League Baseball. When Herbert Aaron of Mobile, Alabama saw this, he said to his 13-year-old son Hank Aaron, “Son, you can do anything you put your mind to in life.” Jackie Robinson was given this chance to break the racial barrier that had existed in baseball by Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey whose belief in racial equality was fueled by his biblical understanding of the sanctity of every human life. And, he used his influence as a Major League Baseball manager to influence the world for the glory of God. Like Branch Rickey, all of you have influence. Are you using that influence to serve the Lord, or are you letting it go to waste?

I’m Jason Dees, encouraging you to think through it.

Religious Liberty


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In light of the controversy in Indiana and Arkansas I have been asked this week about religious liberty in America. It is important to remember that there is a difference between the freedom of religion and the freedom of worship. The First Amendment of the Constitution says that there shall be no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion. While worship is something that is typically done privately in one’s home or in a church building, religion is something that informs a person’s everyday life. How people conduct their business, raise and educate their children, and interact with their community is all informed by their religion. As Americans we must all protect this fundamental right. Even a quick reading of the Constitution will show that our founders were much more interested in protecting a person’s religious identity than they were in protecting a person’s sexual identity.

I’m Jason Dees, the pastor of Valleydale Church, encouraging you to think through it.