Category Archives: apologetics

Phil Dayvault Presents Major New Evidence from Early Christianity

NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Morgan James’s new release, The Keramion, Lost and Found: A Journey to the Face of God by Philip E. Dayvault chronicles an epic exploration and reveals a revolutionary discovery.

For millennia the world has debated over the story of Jesus Christ. His deity, resurrection, and even existence have been brought into question, and believers and nonbelievers alike have endlessly searched for definitive proof that Christ walked the earth. After years of investigation and research, former FBI Special Agent and longtime Shroud investigator Phil Dayvault has compiled his studies and findings into his revealing narrative, The Keramion, Lost and Found: A Journey to the Face of God.

Having been long accepted among Christians as the greatest physical evidence for Christ’s life, passion and death, many still question the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, the traditional burial cloth of Jesus. But now, after a quest to find ancient oil lamps in Turkey, Phil Dayvault has discovered what he believes to be the truth about the Shroud of Turin. With a compilation of vivid historical writing, photographs of ancient sites and sacred arts, and the discovery of a small mosaic which actually depicts an image of Jesus Christ, The Keramion, Lost and Found: A Journey to the Face of God ties together a fascinating and factual defense for the authenticity of the famous Shroud.

In this new nonfiction, readers are ushered in to join Dayvault and his guide and translator Hafize on his exciting adventure and to experience illuminating new discoveries right along with him. The Keramion, Lost and Found brings history to life and leaves readers feeling enlightened and satisfied. This real life journey leaves no stone unturned, and no questions hanging in the balance. The truth is out there, and The Keramion, Lost and Found: A Journey to the Face of God has found it!

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Phil Dayvault, please call Nickcole Watkins at 516.900.5674 or contact Dayvault directly via his website.

About the Author:
Phil Dayvault currently lives in North Carolina. He is a UNC-CH graduate and has held professional positions with the US government and numerous international companies. Since 1973, he has studied the Shroud of Turin, the traditional burial cloth of Jesus Christ. In 2000, he began independently investigating various aspects of the Shroud, related relics, and sacred art. Phil continues his Shroud studies and writing about other “new, unique, historical, and never-before-seen” discoveries…stay tuned! For additional information, please see:
www.keramion502.com.

More About This Title:
The Keramion, Lost and Found: A Journey to the Face of God by Phil Dayvault will be released by Morgan James Publishing on February 16, 2016. The Keramion, Lost and Found—ISBN 978-1630476427—has 322 pages and is being sold as a trade paperback for $34.99. It is available from finer booksellers everywhere.

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Big Screen Lies — Rock Band Stryper Exposes Bible Myths as the Church Endorses Them

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Nov. 9, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — “You’ve got to love how they portray Christianity, just a freak another fool for the world to see…” (www.Stryper.com). “I applaud the guys from Stryper for speaking out against anti-faith media propaganda in their new song ‘Big Screen Lies’ from their current release ‘Fallen.’ For decades Bible myths on the big and small screen have been met with either deafening silence from the church or the opposite, endorsements from well-known Pastors and Christian Celebrities who desire praise and influence from filmmakers despite the poor content,” stated Rick Dack of Defending the Bible Int’l (www.DefendingTheBible.com).
A simple read-through of Amazon.com film reviews of Exodus: Gods and Kings, Son of God, A.D. The Bible Continues, The Bible: The Epic Miniseries, The Nativity Story, Mary, Mother of Jesus and others is a clear indicator that biblical illiteracy in the church is alive and well. Sadly, some of these films and other content are being used in Bible studies. Yikes.

What are the current “Big Screen Lies and Small Screen Attacks” that the church needs to seek out and destroy?

• God is an alcoholic, sexual voyeur who’s evil (Family Guy, Robot Chicken).

• Christians have low intelligence. Vulgar, money-grubbing pedophile clergy (South Park, The Simpsons).

• Heaven and angels are fiction (American Dad).

• Exploding rock monsters helped Noah build the ark. Noah wanted his grandchildren dead (Russell Crowe’s Noah).

• Noah was an insane drunk (NBC’s Noah’s Ark).

• Noah sold beer and animals. Moses stole Genesis from pagans. (The Discovery Channel).

• Noah’s Ark broke apart and sunk (The Discovery Channel).

• Abraham/Isaac sacrifice mocked (Family Guy).

• The Exodus miracles were faked (The Simpsons).

• The “Exodus” plague of blood — a crocodile attack (Exodus: Gods and Kings).

• Nativity scenes are evil (The Simpsons).

• Angels disguise themselves as children (The Bible: The Epic Miniseries).

• Jesus may have been the son of a Roman/Herodian soldier (The Nativity Story – 2006 film, In Search of Christmas documentary).

• Jesus faked miracles, sexualized crucifixion (Family Guy, American Dad).

• Jesus’ blood is delicious (Lil’ Bush).

• No Barabbas (AD: The Bible Continues).
• Jesus was confused about his identity as the Messiah (Mary, Mother of Jesus starring Christian Bale).

• He (Jesus) was forced into ministry by his mother (Mary, Mother of Jesus).

• Jesus vanished from the cross or was eaten by animals (Jesus: The Complete Story, BBC/Discovery Channel).

• Jesus’ words from the cross are fiction (FOX’s Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Jesus).

• Jesus was drugged to make him appear dead (Jesus: The Complete Story, BBC/Discovery Channel).

• Jesus walks up a mountain – no ascension to Heaven (AD: The Bible Continues).

• Peter became a disciple for the money (The Discovery Channel).

• Paul… (See more examples at www.DefendingTheBible.com)

“Now is the time to counteract Hollywood Bible myths with weekly apologetic church classes and support faith-based rock bands like Stryper who fortunately have the guts to speak out. Those that appear righteous yet say nothing or endorse error in the name of ‘Christian nice’ breed biblical illiteracy and ruin,” stated Rick Dack of Defending the Bible Int’l.

Films that did strive for biblical accuracy include The Gospel of John, A.D. (1984, the original production), In the Beginning, The Story of Jacob and Joseph, Passion of the Christ and Peter and Paul. Admittedly these films aren’t perfect but didn’t couch their films with nonsensical, “creative license” disclaimers that allow straying from the biblical text for dramatic/script purposes such as this example, “this program is an adaptation of Bible stories. It endeavors to stay true to the spirit of the book” (The Bible: The Epic Miniseries).

Rick Dack travels the country with his multimedia “Biographies of the Bible” training classes (www.defendingthebible.com) that reacquaint Church congregations and Bible students with biblical persons and events, stress biblical literacy, expose current media myths about the scriptures, provide information on faith-friendly entertainment alternatives and more. Include this unique ministry on your Churches 2015/2016 calendar.

The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship Responds to John MacArthur’s ‘Strange Fire’

WOODSTOCK, Ga., Sept. 3, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship (TFFPS) is countering John MacArthur’s cessationist theology with the first book published under its own imprint, Strangers to Fire: When Tradition Trumps Scripture.  The 600-page, 35 chapter tome features 26 scholars who specifically target MacArthur’s recently-released book Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship and broader issues underlying cessationism. Strangers to Fire specifically challenges the logic of MacArthur’s argumentation and the validity of his biblical interpretation.

Strangers to Fire (Foreword by J. Lee Grady) is composed of two parts: Part One consists of seven chapters that are direct replies to Strange Fire; Part Two consists of 28 chapters that are classic replies to cessationism (the belief that the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit ceased in the apostolic age) and misuses of the gifts of the Spirit. The 26 scholars who contributed to the anthology are from a variety of Protestant traditions and from three streams of charismatic Christianity: Pentecostal, Charismatic, and Third Wave.

A complete list of the authors is on TFFPS’s Web site, included are Wayne Grudem, J. P. Moreland, Craig Keener, Jack Deere, Jon Ruthven, Sam Storms, Robert Menzies, Horace Ward, Mark Rutland, Gary Greig, Cecil Robeck, Paul Elbert, Stanley Burgess, and William Kay.

Strangers to Fire has already received accolades from the following leaders and Greek scholars: George O. Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Dr. R. T. Kendall (Charismatic), Dr. Michael L. Brown (Charismatic), Dr. Anthony Palma (Assemblies of God), Dr. French Arrington (Church of God, Cleveland, Tenn.), Dr. Vinson Synan (Pentecostal-Holiness), Dr. Derek Morphew (Vineyard), and Larry Tomczak (Charismatic).

Palma calls Strangers to Fire “a formidable apologetic for the present-day continuation of all the spiritual gifts.” A “magnificent collection of essays” (Arrington). A “robust collection of wide-ranging biblical, historical, and theological essays” (Brown). A “masterful collection of scholarly responses by a coterie of excellent scholars” (Synan). “This book is as good as it gets” (Kendall). It is “an excellent biblical defense of the present-day operation of the Holy Spirit’s power” (J. Lee Grady).

Strangers to Fire is available through The Foundation’s Web site at www.tffps.org.

TFFPS was formed in 2005 with the goal of advancing biblical scholarship by sponsoring research and publishing projects within the global Pentecostal-Charismatic family. TFFPS is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.