February 26, 2014
As Francis Schaeffer long lamented, many Christians have tragically put the Arts in the corner of a dark room and allowed the secular authorities to take it over and thus communicate to the Artistic world that Art and the Christians are non-compatibable with one another. From March through May Fill My Cup Coffee Lounge will be featuring a number of Art pieces (both local and abroad) to hopefully help correct this over-sight while placing an emphasis on “Art for God’s Sake” instead of “Art for Art’s sake” and thus help better articulate and communicate Christ through the Arts. Please make plans to come and visit.
*Our featured piece will be an embellished work (Dark Shalom) personally embellished by Makoto Fujimura!
January 10, 2014
We have the honor of hosting Christian Apologist Dr. Subodh Pandit of India at NWACC (Northwest Community College – White Auditorium (Front Main Entrance to the College)) on Friday May 16th at 6:30pm and Saturday May 17th at 1pm (Parts 1 and 2) and afterwards to sign copies of his book at Fill My Cup Coffee Lounge (Rogers Frisco Mall)!!!
Please do not miss this opportunity to bring friends, colleagues and churches to hear Dr. Pandit speak on World Religions, why there must be a God and why Christian theism is the true world view. Dr. Pandit is just finishing up his South African and European tour so it is indeed an honor to host him here in Northwest Arkansas!!! MANY FREE DVDs, books and more will also be given away to all who attend so please make plans to attend and tell everyone you know!!!
Everything is 100% FREE - we just wish to help equip those inquiring as to the reality of God and answering the “Why Christianity?” as well as helping to equip believers and churches on having answers to their faith in an increasingly hostile world (1 Peter 3:15).
*Questions Email: TheMartyrsCry@yahoo.com
NWACC Address: One College Drive Bentonville, AR 72712
EXIT 86, toward ROGERS Turn RIGHT onto SE 14TH ST/US-62 across from Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market and Arvest Bank): http://www.mapquest.com/#b39ff8dfa0500859487d21e5
** If you come into any entrance of the main NWACC building right off of the road there will be signs as well as NWACC faculty that will easily be able to point you to WHITE AUDITORIUM (you can’t miss it) but here is a map of NWACC’s layout if needed (1st floor WHITE AUDITORIUM): http://content.nwacc.edu/marketing/roomMaps/Burns-Hall-Layout.pdf
***Dr. Pandit’s Site: www.SearchSeminars.org and to see the beginnings of one of Dr. Pandit’s presentations on Christianity, atheism and world religions: www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0yIljyu9K8 or www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOy5rsZpZQU
December 8, 2013
Sorry but most of the people I talked to decided we should just cancel our December meeting due to hazardous driving conditions. We will meet next month and hopefully be back on our “every 2nd Monday” schedule! Shoot me an email if you have any questions at all. God Bless and have a very Merry Christmas!!!
November 14, 2013
Though I personally fall much more into the campe of a Francis Schaeffer on the issue, (this article seems to show why my agnostic stance like that of Schaeffer’s might be the more biblical one?) I have often asked Dr. Craig how he reconciles these difficulities in his philosophy with that of the Bible and though he is adament that he is not a concordist this particular article does articulate where some of his viewpoints do have holes it would seem:
October 30, 2013
Just a reminder that starting in October based on request we will begin a breakdown and study of comparative religions.
*Fill My Cup’s comparative religion library is available for everyone to read through and borrow in order to better supplement their knowledge since we can only do so much in a study that takes place the 2nd Monday of every month and lasts for about 90 minutes. ;o)
January: Christianity re-visited (with attention to other off-shoot groups)
March: Open forum – Tentatively a breakdown of Protestant/Roman Catholic/Eastern Orthodox (The Reformation)
April: More Recent Religions
May: Tentative: Begin our systematic breakdown of the narratives of the Bible
June 8, 2013
Now that we are back from our 2 week tour of Italy, Greece and Turkey with Dr. Craig, his wife Jan and others the coffee shop/apologetics library and bookstore is open again (Tuesday – Friday 9am to 7pm and Saturday 9am – 4pm) and just a reminder that our RF Chapter meets every 2nd Monday of the month here at the coffee shop. Look forward to seeing you all again now that we are back in the States!!!
February 5, 2013
*Very sorry for the late notice but due to several factors we are going to change the date to Monday which the shop is normally closed anyway so we will have it to ourselves.
Also I am assuming the only ones attending are the ones I have heard from so if you plan on coming please shoot me an email (ReasonableFaithFayetteville@yahoo.com) so I can plan accordingly.
Per several requests we will begin having monthly meetings (every 2nd MONDAY of the month) beginning March 11th at Fill My Cup Coffee Lounge at 6:30pm, (see below post for directions and address).
The shop is closed on Monday so we will have it to ourselves and it will last until we are all basically ready to go home, (we will plan on 90 minutes but nothing set in stone). By doing the study at the shop we have the opportunity that if someone is new to the realm of apologetics and has additional questions through the month they can stop by any evening that we are open and I will be available for any questions/concerns on a more one-on-one basis; if however one simply wants to meet one time per month only then they can also do that as well.
During our initial meeting I will provide some study guide material as well as books and though I will have an agenda for the rest of the year, we may have the luxury of taking a different approach or spending more (or less) time on a given subject. It will be an informal set of studies and I will be posting our agenda on-line shortly.
Please email me if you plan on attending or have any questions so that I can get a proper head-count for supplies. Thanks again!
September 19, 2012
Where: Frisco Station Mall (Dixieland Road, Rogers)
When: Tuesday – Friday 9am to 7pm and Saturday 9am to 4pm
What: Coffee Lounge featuring “Grounds for Change” free-trade organic coffee and speciality drinks, an assortment of juices, teas, and protein beverages as well light snacks and freshly (instore made) treats.
*Also a small Christian (philosophically directed) book/video store as well as a small showcase of historic artifiacts both authentic and replicas tracing the reliability of biblical archaeology. My own small library from my collegiate studies in history/philosophy are also made available for your own use as well as borrowing if needed.
Nothing here meant to be “forced” upon anyone; just a simple sharing of our own adventures and why we are Christian theist, (and that this is different than church-ianity per se). ;o)
**Free Wi-Fi and smiling faces as well
***Lots of Free items available and 10% of every purchase goes to charity (samaritan house homeless shelter and food bank & ratio christi collegiate charity)
All students and Faculty of the UofA and NWACC get 20% off of coffee/books/videos with valid student ID as well.
Feel free to have your own study groups here, (we are more than willing to open for your study groups during non-business hours if you prefer as well, (just let us know what you were thinking)). *I may be having our RF meetings there in the future but for now we simply would like to spread the word and get the word out that an apologetics oriented bookstore/coffee lounge (with a handful of archaeological artifacts) does indeed exist here in NW Arkansas.
August 21, 2012
As college is back in full swing this week, I hope everyone has had a great Summer!
Just to give a couple of quick updates:
1) The philosophical coffee-lounge with a small book store and mini-museum is set to (Lord willing) open on September 12th. It is located inside of the Rogers Frisco Station Mall and is called “Fill My Cup.” Not only are most of the books geared towards the thinking mind on the reasons behind the dramatic growth in Christian theism from an intellectual standpoint whereas naturalism/materialism is rapidly on decline. *Also from my various collegiate past studies in history/philsophy/religious studies – my own library will be made available to those who would like to either borrow or review books there over a nice coffee or other beverage.
*Also – 10% of every purchase will go straight to charity, (the books/videos/magazines are already cheaper than you can find at Barnes and Noble and other bookstores plus 10% of the sale (not just the profit) will go to charity).
2) Also we will continue working to get some future speakers and events lined up so please check back.
3) We are still working out some of the details on whether continue to meet on campus monthly, the coffee-lounge, or another venue is the best for everyone so don’t hesitate to email me your thoughts.
Other than that I hope all had/having a great Summer and will continue to challenge the status quo if it doesn’t add up! (I recently address an atheist group in which I am friends and asked for any of them to give just 1 reason “for” atheism and not a single one provided an answer other than that they simply didn’t need to have justification for it. Let us not use the same logic when someone asks us why we are Christian theists. (1 Peter 3:15)
April 19, 2012
Special thanks to the Discovery Institute this week on their dialouge on the positive case for “intelligent design” theory over that of naturalism. There really can only be 3 possibilities for causation/design (or apparent design) within cosmogony, cosmology, fine-tuning (or apparent), origin of life, information theory, why there is something rather than nothing at all, etc, etc, etc, and that can best be summed up in the buckets of 1) Chance 2) Necessity 3) Design; we always hear the first 2 options are the only ones on the table, so it was nice to see the 3rd option at least allowed to be discussed.
Thank you for all in attendance both for and against! Nothing bad can come from a sharing of ideas even if we agree to disagree – so thank you all again!
*With that, Reasonable Faith Fayetteville will be having one more meeting in the Silas Hunt Hall the 2nd Thursday of May (May 10th) from 7-9pm as we close out Todd & Erica’s study of the book “On Guard.” We will also be looking forward to September when we resume our meetings; moreover we are definitely open to meeting during the Summer but with school out we will not be in the Silas Hunt Room June – August). We welcome any/all feedback to areas you would like to see covered for next semester!
**During the Summer – I will be planning on visits to various places such as William Lane Craig’s dicussion in the Tulsa areas on the philosophical implications of Chrsitian theism as well as Dr. Gary Habermas on the Historical Jesus. Will also plan on continuning my archaeological studies with visits to various sites and museums I have yet to have vistited on some of the recent findings in biblical archaeology; finally I am tentatively planning to finish up the Summer with a trip to Seattle to further my knowledge of the “intelligent design” movement to seperate fact from fiction and to see how far the “rabbit hole” goes. ;o)
***Lastly please keep an eye on this site as I am planning (Lord willing) on attempting to open up a simple coffee lounge where these ideas and more can be discussed and freely shared with both Christian theist and non-theist alike as well as differentiating between Christ-ianity and church-ianity that we may all be better educated about the faith we profess (or don’t). ;o) – If we are able to get this opened up expect for it to be simple yet multi-faceted and 20% of any/all sales will go to a charity that both theist and non-theist would like to support such as Samaritan House (homeless shelter) or NWA Food Bank.
Possible Future Speakers – to review Philosophy of Religion as well as Comparative Religion:
Both of these speakers will explain their journey and experiences within their own cultures and ethnicities while reviewing “is” the God hypothesis more credible now than ever and “if” so, why would Christian theism be a more logical worldview than atheism, humanism, deism, pantheism, etc, as well as whether or not all is just relative or pointless to ask? (A review of all major world religions is an important part of each of their journeys as they review their search for “truth” in a non-Western context that can teach us all much). *Q&A and discussion would of course follow so please check back regularly.
Dr. Subodh Pandit of India
Alan Shlemon of Iraq (100% Assyrian background)