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If your a male under 25, know what ESPN is, and owned a television at some point in your life, it wouldn’t be a stretch to make the claim that this “call out” scene in the Sandlot could quite possibly be the highlight of your childhood. For those unfamiliar, tensions have been rising all film as the “rag-tag” Sandlot misfits have been the laughing stock of Phillips and his prissy group of talented sluggers. The product of a relentless exchange of insults, Ham “the great bambino” Porter has seen enough and takes a stand against Phillips and his preppy followers by doing the unthinkable. Porter is enraged after having just been told that he “bobs for apples in the toilet, and likes it!” Regaining his composure, he responds with the infamous line, “You play ball like a giiiirlllllllllll!”, as the camera’s pan the field and illustrate the magnitude of the proclamation. Nearly buckled at the knees and fumbling for words, Phillips ups the anty replying, “Tomorrow. Noon, at our field. Be there, buffalo-butt breath.” As the scene concludes with Porter accepting the challenge, the boys part ways with their chest’s held high. There is something about a challenge, a ‘mono y momo’, 1 v 1 showdown that jiggles the heart of all of us. Whether in old Western’s, Disney Movies, or out in our own front lawns, these “call outs” seem impossible to elude or ignore. Incredibly similar to this scene in the Sandlot seems to be the current and historical relationship between the Theists and Atheists. Constantly bantering over a host of topics in which they disagree, debates seem to be the by-product and spectacle in which people around the world can gather to observe these intellectual giants “take the plate.” Backing down to a debate request is like keeping a wall post from your great-great-second removed-great grandparents about the time you wet yourself at Christmas dinner on your Facebook profile. Its a no-no.

To the astonishment of many in the field, the very prominent and respected atheist intellectual Richard Dawkins has turned down not one, but four recent debate offers to debate William Lane Craig this fall at Oxford University. Arguably the most notable names from each side of the coin, a debate between Craig and Dawkins would be one for the ages, a “can’t miss” spectacle. Though the tides are recently changing, the majority of our world still without question holds the false assumption that Christianity has no business in the ring the greats in the scientific and philosophical realms. Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith, recently debated Craig at Notre Dame and in his opening statements admittedly stated that Craig “is the one Christian apologist who seems to have put the fear of God into many of my fellow atheists.” In light of the student and scholarly reviews of the Harris-Craig debate, one wouldn’t be stretching to suggest that Harris may have left that debate a little “frightened” of Craig himself. Dawkins states in summary that his reasons for not participating in the debate are that “I have no interest in this.” For a man typically so quick to engage in argument and discussion, this debate refusal leaves many with the jaw dropping reaction much similar to the one seen in on the Sandlot. As far as statements by Dawkins go, this one is about as bold as it gets. The “banquet of the brains” has by many seemed one the Christians scarcely dine, could William Lane Craig be pulling up a chair?

Thanks for reading,

groundedINtruth

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Yeah, yeah, yeah, I get it. Amongst a busy college schedule, job, team, fraternity/sorority, you may be thinking your headache is bad enough without reading what has to come out of my mouth. For what its worth, I probably wouldn’t blame you for having that opinion on this blog, but hey, you’ve made it this far, your swamped enough, whats a few more minutes to ya?


For those of you I don’t know, I’m pretty stoked your reading this blog. A 19 year old from Pleasanton, California, my name is Kevin Zehnder and I’m to be quite honest I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing with my life. Thankfully, I met this guy named Jesus who has completely transformed my life and given this self conscious and hard headed junior hockey player a hope and purpose that far exceeds anything I could ever put into words. For this of you who know Jesus, you probably can probably close your eyes remember exactly where you were sitting when you received this love for the very first time. If you find yourself thinking that this “love” which you Christians talk about is ridiculous to the point of disgust, I hear ya, I’ve been there before. My goal is not to “convert” anyone here on this blog, however, I do hope that in whatever time you do spend reading what I have to say that I can give you a better understanding and maybe a different perspective of who this Jesus guy is, and why I believe He truly is much more than some irrational delusion.

If you have made it this far, all I can guarantee is that the next time your getting soaked by the sweaty guy, deodorant optional, at DMV for 4 hours you can know that there is worse out there, and for that I guess you did leave with something from this blog! My goal in writing this blog was to provide a resource to discover why on earth we Christians believe what we do. That this God who came to earth and dwelt among us is in Jesus wants us to give us a life in which we could have never imagined. Yeah I said it, God wants to give you life. I can’t explain it or put it into a test tube and analyze it, but God has given me and millions of others something we can’t explain, but I don’t believe its irrational or illogical by any means! So your telling me that you believe in something that can’t be put into a test tube and you still want me to believe it? Now that my friends is where my vision for this blog is just getting started! I myself was very skeptical about the Christian claims of truth, however, the more I dug in and sought the truth about this guy Jesus who claimed to be literally God on earth, I was surprised with what I found. If your ready for a mind blowing look into the evidences and defense of what Christians believe, why the bible is true, and why this Jesus can promise you eternal life in His presence, I’m stoked to have you here. If this blog reaches even one person, and opens their eyes to the truth of the existence and love of Christ, I say praise God for that! If you leave here enraged that I just actually said that Christianity in fact the most plausible explanation for our existence, and that there is scientific and philosophical foundation to believe this, I just ask that with an open mind you would examine the evidence with an open mind regardless of your current position or background.

Apologetics, the fancy name for defense of Christianity, has become a passion of mine, and the depth of my faith in Jesus has grown exponentially since I have began to realize how powerful the truth of Christianity truly is. If you are a believer in Jesus, I would love for you to give this blog a chance to see what it could do to your current relationship with God. I know this is an area of Christianity that seems to get neglected, and if you feel overwhelmed with how to respond to questions about God from friends, family, or anyone else, this is a great place to be heard and to get answers to those things burning inside. I would also like to make it clear that I would be foolish to claim that I’m an expert in apologetics. That’s why I’m leaving the “heavy lifting” on my blog to some of the greats in this field including William Lane Craig, Ravi Zacharias, Lee Strobel, CS Lewis, and an assortment of others. We are told in 1 Peter 3:15 to “have a defense for the hope that is within us”, and I feel as Christians we are unable to articulate a legitimate answer to this question a lot of times. Hopefully at the very least this blog can leave you with some resources to check into.

Sorry for the lengthy post, appreciate your time! Positive, negative, questions, insults to me, tomato throws…..whatever it is…..the thing I would love to see most is discussion and to be able to dialogue together. No hatred, discrimination, just a search for truth.

Have an awesome night,

“groundedINtruth”


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