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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 26, 2010

How Can They Hear? The Power of the Public Proclamation of the Gospel

Go. Stand. Speak… delves into the doctrine of public preaching with experts such as Dr. George Grant, Paul Washer, Greg Gordon, Pastor John Reuther, Rusty Lee Thomas, David Legge, Ray Comfort, Stuart Migdon, Michael Marcavage, Jeff Rose, Shawn Holes, Sean Morris and other Christian leaders and uncovers the big question – Is this quiet, new move of public preaching something that is simply a trend, or is it again the beginning of a move of God where He is simply doing what He always has done, calling His ministers to go and preach His message of repentance and faith where the people gather in the public, regardless of culture, current trends, or the popularity of the message and method? The Apologetics Group and Go, Stand, Speak Ministries presents this Brand New DVD to be released in the summer of 2010 about the forgotten power of public preaching.

I’m as excited about this project as any other we have done for one big reason: 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…
Eric Holmberg

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” Romans 10:14

March 24, 2010

The Bible on Slavery, Sexism and Homosexuality — Bishop N.T. Wright

March 22, 2010

What Would Satan Sing?

We thought this was a terribly clever song – a sort of audio-visual “Screwtape Letter”.

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” Ephesians 5:11

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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November 26, 2009

Check out our interview with TRFW! (The Reformed Faith Weblog)

Eric just did an interview with The Reformed Faith Weblog (TRFW) – go check it out!

The Reformed Faith Weblog Interviews Eric Holmberg, The Apologetics Group

October 28, 2009

TAG’S Product Recommendation for November 2009 – How Should We Then Live? with Francis Schaeffer

How Should We Then Live? with Francis Schaeffer

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‘I have been working in the field of biblical and cultural apologetics for over two decades and I don’t know of any other modern production that is more essential for the thinking Christian to own, watch, absorb and pass on to others. It was worth hundreds of dollars to me when it was released on VHS. And here it is re-mastered on DVD with convenient chapter points and a Study Guide. Wow!’ Eric Holmberg – video producer; Founder and President of The Apologetics Group

This is Dr. Francis Schaeffer’s spectacular series on the rise and decline of Western culture from a Christian perspective. This special edition includes an intimate in-depth interview with Francis and Edith Schaeffer, which is available only in this package.

How Should We Then Live? presents profound truths in simple language and concludes that man’s only hope is a return to God’s biblical absolute: the Truth revealed in Christ through the Scriptures. Each episode focuses on a significant era of history while presenting answers to modern problems. (Twelve 30-minute episodes. Study guide included.)

Section 1: The Roman Age, The Middle Ages, The Renaissance, The Reformation

Section 2: The Revolutionary Age, The Scientific Age, The Age of Non-Reason, The Age of Fragmentation

Section 3: The Age of Personal Peace & Affluence, Final Choices, and the two-segment interview with Francis & Edith Shaeffer: Living with Suffering & Sickness, God’s Leading in L’Abri & Our Lives.

About the Author and Narrator:
Francis A. Schaeffer – an American Evangelical theologian, philosopher, and Presbyterian pastor, is most famous for his writings and his establishment of the L’Abri community in Switzerland. Opposed to theological modernism, Shaeffer promoted an orthodox Protestant faith and a pre-suppositional approach to Christian apologetics, which he believed would answer the questions of the age. A number of scholars credit his ideas with helping spark the rise of the Christian Right in the United States.

Link: How Should We Then Live?

Product Details

Length: 12-30 minutes episodes
Type: DVD-Multi region
Language: English

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June 2, 2009

TAG’s Product Recommendation for June, 2009

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Holman QuickSource Guide to Christian Apologetics

Finding the right angle from which to approach an unbeliever can be tricky without guidance. Some people simply disbelieve God’s existence, some believe in a different deity (or more than one), and some think that who they worship and who you worship are the same when it is plain to you that they are not. Unbelievers have problems with the reliability of the scriptures, the historicity of Jesus or the problem of pain and suffering. Knowing the basics of these issues and their biblical solutions can greatly enhance your introduction of evangelistic basics, tailored to each person’s mindset. While apologetical arguments are not evangelistic techniques in the strictest sense of the words, the information presented here can go a long way in both your understanding of the worldview of the unbeliever and building your faith to accurately stand up to assaults of modern religions.
Chapters include:
1. What Is Apologetics?
2. The Cosmological Argument for God’s Existence
3. The Teleological Argument for God’s Existence
4. The Axiological Argument for God’s Existence
5. Which God Exists?
6. Where Did the New Testament Come From?
7. Is the New Testament Reliable?
8. ExtraBiblical Evidence for Jesus
9. Is the Old Testament Reliable?
10. The Fulfillment of Prophecy
11. What About Miracles?
12. Was Jesus Raised from Death?
13. Did Jesus Claim to Be God? Is He the Only Way?
14. How can God allow Evil, Pain, and Suffering?

About the Author

Doug Powell has a Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. He combines expertise in apologetics with professional skills in graphic design and music to create video and internet resources for discipleship and evangelism. His work also includes design of online medical education courses, corporate Web sites, flash animation, and more. Doug’s music is featured on record labels including Mercury and RCA. Rolling Stone magazine said, “Powell makes music that’s larger than life.”

“This guide is exactly what you would expect from Doug: clear, concise reasoning and rhetoric coupled with a flare for design and artistry…an invaluable resource.” Eric Holmberg, The Apologetics Group

For more great products like this, Go to our website, The Apologetics Group.

September 4, 2008

The Real Jesus: A Defense of the Historicity and Divinity of Christ

By Jay Rogers

Who is the Real Jesus?

Ever since the dawn of modern rationalism, skeptics have sought to use textual criticism, archaeology and historical reconstructions to uncover the “historical Jesus” — a wise teacher who said many wonderful things, but fulfilled no prophecies, performed no miracles and certainly did not rise from the dead in triumph over sin.

Over the past 100 years, however, startling discoveries in biblical archaeology and scholarship have all but vanquished the faulty assumptions of these doubting modernists. Regretably, these discoveries have often been ignored by the skeptics as well as by the popular media. As a result, the liberal view still holds sway in universities and impacts the culture and even much of the church.

This presentation explodes the myths of these critics and the movies, books and television programs that have popularized their views.

Presented in ten parts — perfect for individual, family and classroom study — viewers will be challenged to go deeper in their knowledge of Christ in order to be able to defend their faith and present the truth to a skeptical modern world – that the Jesus of the Gospels is the Jesus of history — “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He is the real Jesus.

Speakers include: George Grant, Ted Baehr, Stephen Mansfield, Raymond Ortlund, Phil Kayser, David Lutzweiler, Jay Grimstead, J.P. Holding, and Eric Holmberg.

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