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September 26, 2010

The Apologetics Group and Go, Stand, Speak Ministries presents “Go, Stand, Speak – The Forgotten Power of the Public Proclamation of the Gospel” – Now available on our Website!

Get ready… Get set… Go, Stand, Speak – The Forgotten Power of The Public Proclamation of the Gospel is now available!

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Go Stand Speak - The Forgotten Power of the Public Proclamation of the Gospel

The long-awaited project was the collaboration of veterans of Christian apologetics media, The Apologetics Group and a growing group of street evangelists headed by Pat Necerato, founder of Go, Stand, Speak Ministries.

In a culture where speaking out about any subject in public has both been lauded as patriotic (“Dissent is the highest form of patriotism”, Howard Zinn, during an interview with TomPaine.com) and discouraged (Ohio Town Violated Pro-Life Advocates’ Free Speech Rights, Federal Court Rules), street evangelism has all but disappeared from the public forum… but that could be changing.

“I’m as excited about this project as any other we have done for one big reason,” says Eric Holmberg, founder of The Apologetics Group. “I believe God will use it to spark the enlistment of hundreds, if not thousands, of public preachers to proclaim His gospel of the Kingdom… It will definitely ruffle a few feathers.”

Evangelist and business owner Pat Necerato, who co-produced this film with Holmberg, states, “The film tackles many questions that need to be answered about public preaching or open air preaching….and about the preachers themselves. Even Christians are asking, is public preaching biblical? Is it legal? Who should be doing it? Why should we do it? How it should be done? What should the message be? This film attempts to biblically answer these and many other questions. It’s our prayer that God will use this film to not only cause an insurgence of new preachers to flood the streets biblically, ethically and lovingly, with the gospel of Jesus Christ, but to also move Christians to encourage public preaching within their own churches.”

So many of our nation’s greatest spiritual revivals have been preceded by the fervent and godly activity of publicly preaching Jesus and him crucified, which begs the question – Why should today be any different?

We encourage you to share this compelling production with your pastor, your family, your church, and get ready to Go, Stand, Speak.

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September 13, 2010

The Apologetics Group – Amazing Grace DVD Product Issues

It has come to our attention that a recent version of Amazing Grace – The History and Theology of Calvinism with Spanish subtitles added has quite a few mistakes in the translation from English to Spanish. These mistakes are substantial enough as to change the meaning of the doctrinal message for those who do not speak English.

Please be advised that The Apologetics Group studio located in Nashville, TN. that produced the Amazing Grace DVD (2004) did not produce or authorize the DVD Spanish subtitle version with all the mistakes. The DVD in question was released by one of our ex-coworkers who now runs a separate company doing business as Apologetics Group, Inc.

We at The Apologetics Group will be exploring the addition of Spanish subtitles to our Amazing Grace DVDs and will make an announcement as soon as one becomes available.

Thank you and we apologize for any confusion about this.

(This is a rush transcript and may not reflect the final draft or message. ~~ The Apologetics Group WordPress Blog Admin.)

March 17, 2010

Amazing Grace – The History and Theology of Calvinism

Just what is “Calvinism?” Does this teaching make man a deterministic robot and God the author of sin? What about free will? If the church accepts Calvinism, won’t evangelism be stifled, perhaps even extinguished? How can we balance God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility? What are the differences between historic Calvinism and hyper-Calvinism? Why did men like Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Spurgeon, Whitefield, Edwards and a host of renowned Protestant evangelists deny the Arminian definition of free will and label it heresy? Why did the Roman Catholic Church condemn the Reformed teaching of predestination and election and embrace free will theology? And why do so many Protestants, perhaps unwittingly, agree with Rome on this issue?

“Amazing Grace – The History and Theology of Calvinism” is the first video documentary that answers these and other related questions. This fascinating three-part, four-hour presentation is detailed enough so as to not gloss over the controversy. At the same time, it is broken up into ten “Sunday-school-sized” sections to make the rich content manageable and accessible for the average viewer.

Part One explores the history of the debate. It begins with the pivotal dispute between Augustine and Pelagius and continues through the semi-pelagian controversy; focusing particularly on the debate between Martin Luther and Desiderius Erasmus. Many viewers will be shocked to discover that free-will theology was NOT the doctrine of the Reformation but instead the teaching of an increasingly apostate Roman Catholic Church. The history section ends with a definitive historical explanation of the issues that arose during the Calvinist/Arminian controversy. By examining the five points of Arminianism and the Synod of Dort’s response, the viewer will clearly see that the Protestant Church understood how the Gospel would be compromised if Arminianism prevailed.

Part Two opens the Word of God, our ultimate authority for life and faith. The five points of Arminianism are put on trial as what would later come to be known as the “five points of Calvinism” are clearly and forcefully presented.

Part Three asks and answers the provocative question: If Calvinism is true, if God is absolutely sovereign; then why should we evangelize? It also explores the vital issue of how to and to whom the gospel should be presented so as to be faithful to the great doctrines of God’s sovereignty, man’s depravity, and the miracle of amazing grace.

Rich in graphics, dramatic vignettes, and biblical analogies, Amazing Grace – The History and Theology of Calvinism also features many of the finest reformed thinkers and pastors of our time: Dr. R.C. Sproul, Dr. D. James Kennedy, Dr. George Grant, Dr. Stephen Mansfield, Dr. Thomas Ascol, Dr. Thomas Nettles, Dr. Roger Schultz, Pastor Walt Chantry, Dr. Joe Morecraft, Dr. Ken Talbot, Pastor Walter Bowie and Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr.

Come learn what the great Baptist preacher C.H. Spurgeon meant when he said,”…to deny Calvinism is to deny the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

“This video series boldly, clearly, and winsomely sets forth the glorious, saving grace of God in its splendor and will help thousands to understand the gospel better and so to be filled with praise for their Savior.” Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, Associate professor of historical theology and social ethics, Knox Theological Seminary, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

“I want you to know that ever since my wife and I bought our first copy when it was new and being mentioned in World Magazine, we have been excited about the product. We’ve ordered more copies for friends. This year my church asked if I would facilitate an eight-week discussion using your DVD. Week after week in our Adult Sunday school some twenty or thirty people have sat riveted by your presentation. The message and the abundant quantity of Scripture, the well-known and not so well-known speakers – all of them excellent communicators, as well as the extremely high production quality – camera angles, lighting, sets and sound, the humorous vignettes have captured everyone’s attention. The Doctrines of Grace are, of course, a wonderful gift from our Lord, but your production is an excellent instructional tool, and if others and their churches are benefiting the way we have been, then I think the Lord must be pleased.” Jack Blake, Charlotte, North Carolina

THIS DVD COMES WITH NEW, VASTLY EXPANDED AND IMPROVED STUDY GUIDE FREE! Over 220 pages of study notes, questions and answers, essays, historical notes, and the entire transcript of the video as a downloadable PDF. Get your copy here:
Amazing Grace – The History and Theology of Calvinism

Product Details

Director: James Gelet
Producer: The Apologetics Group
Encoding: Region Free
Discs: 1
Format: Color
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.33:1
Audio Encoding: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Rated: Unrated (General audience)
Studio: The Apologetics Group
DVD Release Date: October, 2004
Run Time: 4 hours 17 minutes

http://www.theapologeticsgroup.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=219

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