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Thanks to many hours by Cheri Deaver digitizing a stack of decades-old audiotapes, this four-night debate from 1991 is now available for free listening here.
Mac Deaver affirmed (and Farrell Till denied): “The alleged moral atrocities ascribed to the God of the Bible are not actual moral atrocities and, therefore, constitute no proof that the Bible is not inspired of God.”
Farrell Till affirmed (and Mac Deaver denied): “The alleged moral atrocities ascribed to the God of the Bible are actual moral atrocities and, therefore, constitute proof that the Bible is not inspired of God.”
If you want to prepare yourself for the kinds of things skeptics use to attack the Bible, this is a good introduction to that field. If you prefer to read this debate, it is available for purchase here.
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This four-night debate is about how the Holy Spirit helps the faithful Christian. It was held at the building of the Fort Sam Houston church of Christ in San Antonio in July 2019.
Joshua Rodriguez (Fremont, California) affirmed: “According to the scriptures, the Holy Spirit only indirectly influences the heart of the faithful Christian.”
Mac Deaver (Sheffield, Texas) affirmed: “According to the scriptures, the Holy Spirit directly influences the heart of the faithful Christian.”
All eight hours are available to view for free at this link.
A four-night public debate is scheduled for July 2019 at the building of the Fort Sam Houston church of Christ in San Antonio, between Mac Deaver and Joshua Rodriguez. At issue is whether the Holy Spirit helps Christians directly, or only indirectly. Make plans to attend, if you can, and please let others know about it. For additional information, see the attached flyer.
Wesley Simons has posted his first 30 minute affirmative speech, which can be viewed here.
By agreement, after a participant posts a speech, his opponent has three weeks to post a speech, and so on, back and forth, until all sixteen speeches are finished.
Wesley Simons and Mac Deaver will be discussing the role of the Holy Spirit in the new birth. Each will have eight speeches (four affirmative and four negative speeches, apiece).
Simons will affirm: The scriptures teach that one must hear, believe, repent, confess and be baptized in water, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins in order to be born again.
Deaver will affirm: The scriptures teach that one must hear, believe, repent, confess, be baptized in water, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins and be baptized with the Holy Spirit in order to be born again.
The debate will be unusual in that it will not be live. Rather, it will consist of a series of recorded speeches, posted online, about three weeks apart. So, the discussion will carry over several months, allowing each speech ample time to be viewed and studied by all who are interested, worldwide.
Simons will have the first affirmative speech, which he hopes to make available in January 2018.
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Roy C. Deaver’s much-used little book on how the Bible authorizes is now available for purchase online here and here. It is ideal for congregational study or in the preacher training classroom, where he spent so much of his life. Thanks to Stephen Bradd for getting the book in digitized form. Info for the book will be permanently listed on our website.
The Warren Christian Apologetics Center has released a brand new title by Mac Deaver critiquing the shortcomings of the humanist outlook. Their website describes it:
This 82 page book is a response to James A. Haught, Editor Emeritus of the Charleston Gazette-Mail, West Virginia’s largest newspaper. For several decades, Haught has published materials advocating a skeptical philosophy of life. Mac Deaver, in The Hopelessness of Humanism, has shown the logical implications and the practical results of a society based upon atheism and agnosticism.
Published in April 2016 by the Warren Christian Apologetics Center, it can be ordered from them at this link.