SES President Dr. Richard Land and SES Faculty Relay 12 Reasons for the Truth of the Christmas Story Through Online Video Series
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES,www.ses.edu) is again sharing its video series, “The Twelve Days of Apologetics,” through a dozen interesting and enlightening online Christmas-themed videos from SES professors, deans and students, including Evangelical leader and SES President Dr. Richard Land.
“As part of the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the faculty of SES and I have produced ‘The Twelve Days of Apologetics’—Christmas version—focusing on providing solid and biblical answers to 12 questions that arise in the midst of the Christmas season,” said Land about the video series in today’s installment of his daily radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive.” “Our SES faculty and alumni will be discussing in four- or five-minute video segments such issues as messianic prophecies fulfilled by the Christ child, the story of the Magi, why we can trust the New Testament, the significance of the virgin birth and the nature of the incarnation.
“I conclude this series with the discussion of why Jesus had to come and be the sacrifice for our sins so that we can be saved from God’s righteous judgment for sin,” Land continued. “For God to be just as well as merciful, a price had to be paid for sin, and Jesus came to sacrifice Himself once—for all—on the cross, as that price and that substitute for all who will accept Him and His sacrifice for their sin, as well as accept Him as their personal Lord and Savior.”
Land added that the videos make great devotionals for individuals and for families. Video topics include “The Existence of God,” “Messianic Prophecies,” “The Virgin Birth,” “Myth Copying,” “The Magi,” “Christmas and Its Pagan Roots,” “Was Jesus Born in a Stable?” and “Why Did Jesus Have to Come?” To view all 12 videos online, click here. Those who begin daily viewing today, Dec. 13, and watch one video per day will complete the series on Dec. 25.
“Why do we give each other gifts for Christmas?” Land added. “Because we are honoring the greatest gift ever given. ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever should believe on Him would not perish, but have life everlasting.’ ‘And to them that believed on His name, to them gave He the power to become the children of God.’ These are two of the most famous verses of the Gospel of John.”
The web-based video series is designed to equip Christians with information that supports the celebration of Christmas. The hope is that Christians, along with those who are skeptical of Christianity, will be informed and impacted as they look at the compelling case for Christmas.
SES is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. Many courses focus on societal issues from a Christian worldview, delve into scientific apologetics or contemplate creation research.
At SES’s apologetics blog, www.WhyDoYouBelieve.org, Land and other SES voices address the most pressing issues of the day. SES also explores ethical issues through its “Ethics in Emerging Technology” program; for more information, visit www.ethics.ses.edu.
Land is featured in his nationally syndicated daily radio commentary, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on nearly 800 stations nationwide, including nearly 200 on the American Family Radio Network, 100 on the Bott Radio Network and almost 400 on the CSN radio network. “Bringing Every Thought Captive” is also podcast daily on the free SES mobile app and airs locally in the Charlotte, N.C., area every weekday. The “Bringing Every Thought Captive” television program, hosted by Land, airs on the NRB Network Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and midnight EST. “Bringing Every Thought Captive” also reaches nearly 2 million households in the Chicago area on the Total Living Network. For details about stations, times, downloads and more, click here.
Land has taught as a visiting or adjunct professor for several seminaries and has authored or edited more than 15 books. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University in England and his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from Princeton University. Land also earned a Master of Theology (Honors Program) degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received the Broadman Seminarian Award as the Outstanding Graduating Student. Dr. Land was the 2013 Watchman Award recipient from the Family Research Council for his leadership on moral and cultural issues. He also received the Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth from Biola University in 2010. Land served previously (1988-2013) as president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral and ethical concerns, with particular attention to their impact on American families. In 2014, he was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow of the ERLC’s Research Institute, and in 2015, he was named in the top 15 of Newsmax’s “Top 100 Christian Leaders in America.”
Southern Evangelical Seminary invites visitors to its web site to join the more than 20,000 people who have already downloaded the SES Apologetics App for Windows mobile devices and Android and Apple phones and tablets. Those with the app can get the very best news and information in Christian apologetics, including articles, audio, video, blogs and more from today’s most able defenders of the Christian faith—William Lane Craig, Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell, William Dembski, Frank Turek, Hugh Ross, Gary Habermas and other well-known speakers, authors and teachers.
Southern Evangelical Seminary has been ranked as one of the top graduate programs for General Christian Apologetics by TheBestSchools.org’s “Top 10 Graduate Programs in Christian Apologetics.”
For more information on SES, visit its web site at www.ses.edu or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (800) 77-TRUTH. For more information about SES’ “Ethics in Emerging Technology” program, visit www.ethics.ses.edu.