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Do Miracles Really Happen?

Lee Strobel examines the evidence for the supernatural

Influence Magazine on March 26, 2018

Easter is a few days away. Around the world, Christians will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This event, so pivotal to Christian faith, is a reminder that Christianity is an inherently supernatural religion. Unfortunately, in the modern era, many disbelieve in miracles, their skepticism fueled by appeals to science. So, the question naturally arises, do miracles really happen?

To answer that question, Influence magazine senior editor George P. Wood interviewed Lee Strobel about his new book, The Case for Miracles. Strobel began his career as the award-winning legal editor for The Chicago Tribune. After his conversion from atheism to Christianity, however, he turned his attention to apologetics and evangelism and has written bestsellers like The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, The Case for a Creator, and The Case for Grace. He currently serves as professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University as well as teaching pastor at Woodlands Church.

If you’d like a video of Lee Strobel making the case for Jesus’ resurrection, which you can download and use in your church, go here.

Episode 133 Notes

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 01:17 Power for Life sponsor ad
  • 01:55 Introduction of Lee Strobel
  • 02:28 Why did you start The Case for Miracles by interviewing Michael Shermer, the well-known skeptic? And what’s his case against miracles?
  • 05:50 Further problems with David Hume’s argument against miracles
  • 06:50 You next interviewed Craig Kenner, author of a two-volume study, Miracles. What is Craig Keener’s case for miracles?
  • 10:47 Did Hume ignore evidence for miracles from among his contemporaries?
  • 13:38 Does worldview drive the skeptical argument against miracles?
  • 14:31 Is there a well-documented contemporary miracle story you could share?
  • 21:20 What’s the historical case for Jesus’ resurrection? You can view the video Strobel talks about here.)
  • 30:10 How can pastors best use Easter Sunday to help people make an informed decision to follow Jesus Christ?
  • 32:14 Conclusion
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