11:11 AM Yesterday I received this note from a friend in New Jersey:

Your message this week mentioned apologetics, which sparked my interest. I have long felt that I need to be better equipped to explain or defend the Gospel. I am finished with my Bible study til the fall and I would like an independent study to carry me through the summer. Can you recommend a book or study that teaches apologetics?

There are plenty of excellent resources in this area. Here are two of my favorites:

Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey. Lots of books on apologetics focus on particular problems, but Pearcey goes much deeper and analyzes the cultural trends that have moved us away from any concept of truth. She also shows what happens when truth no longer mattes.
Handbook of Apologetics by Peter Kreeft. This book offers persuasive answers for hundreds of questions asked by believers and non-believers alike. Kreeft has the gift of making complex issues understandable.

11:10 AM Brian Bill's latest sermon on the Da Vinci Code is called The Women in Jesus' Life.

11:09 AM The latest sermon from the series "Understanding God's Plan" has just been posted:

Why Good People Won't Go to Heaven

11:08 AM It's a gorgeous day here in Miami. Bright, sunny skies, a little ocean breeze, temps in the high 70s. I'm saying that by faith because that's how it looks out my hotel window.

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