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The Blog is not Dead…

…We are just waiting for our website to be finished. We started the process a long time back and hopefully it will be done very soon. Looking forward to showing off the new site.

We have been insanely busy the last couple of months which has removed any time for our podcast as well (thankful to be busy of course). Hopefully that will restart this week.

Of the the last 47 days we were on the road 34. It’s been crazy, but we have seen hundreds give their lives to Jesus. It’s been astounding to see God move in such an awesome way. From Middle School to College outreach, students have said yes to Jesus all across North America. We had the pleasure of ministering in Ontario and New Brunswick as well as all across the United States.

We have also added a new fast favorite routine to the show that has been really fun to do.

It’s been really fun to weave in Apologetics into our college outreach message. Starting by nailing down the complete incompatibility of relativism and real life to the historicity of the resurrection and its ramifications.

Our daughter Harper has been such a trooper. She has been more miles in her short 10 months than some in their entire lives. She does great and has fun playing on stage during load in and load out.

We are so thankful for all of the prayers and support from everyone. We look forward to a crazy busy 2015 as we wind down the rest of this year.

Episode 3: The No Episode!

 

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The No Episode

Bryan and Karla dive in to all the ins and outs of why one would say no in the magic business.
Why would you say no to a gig?
Why would you say no to an effect?
Why do you say no at an event?
Plus a new segment of the show is introduced!
The Magic Impact Segment. The first installment of the new Magic Impact segment is on maximizing your predictions. How do you make a prediction matter and take it to the next level. What can cause  a prediction to fall flat?
Make sure you subscribe in iTunes as we chart the crazy waters of all things magic, mentalism, illusions, and performing.

 

Bryan Drake Show Podcast Episode 2: Managing the Audience

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Magicians Bryan and Karla discuss the trickiness of managing your audience. Not only in picking the right person, but keeping control while on stage. Whether you do close-up or stage magicians, there are some tips here.

Also Bryan inadvertantly makes fun of a deaf girl onstage without knowing. Fun (read embarrassing) times. For the illusionist, magician, or mentalist in all of us.

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New Magic Podcast from The Bryan Drake Show

New Magic Podcast from The Bryan Drake Show

So it’s finally here.  A project that we’ve been working on for a while now. A brand new podcast for magicians by magicians.

Debate

So this weekend is something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. I am going to see Dr. William Lane Craig debate Sean Carroll at NOBTS.

That may seem somewhat dry and intellectual to some, but I’m telling you nothing has strengthened my faith more than studying apologetics and Christian Philosophy.

This debate is like watching Hulk Hogan or Batman when it comes to debates. Dr. Craig is the heavyweight champion of the world of debates and philosophy.

The debate is about the cosmos. The new tv show which is a reinvention of the Carl Sagan show “Cosmos” purports to be an unbiased look at the cosmos, but that unbiased is kinda laughable. After all the first words I’ve heard from the original series and has been restated about the new series is, “The cosmos are all that there is, was , and always will be.”

That’s a weighty statement. Especially since the idea of the statement fails it’s own naturalistic litmus test.  After all the laws of logic and other things are not “natural” they are not material, but no one disagrees that they exist. The law of noncontradiction itself is not something that can be empirically tested, but yet it’s real.

We will dive into this further after the debate.

2013

This was such a great year for us as a ministry. God took us all over the country and let us share the Gospel with over 30,000 people. I had the opportunity to take the Bryan Drake Show to Guatemala which was a great experience.

My favorite thing about 2013 was seeing hundreds of students come to know Jesus. My 2nd favorite thing though for 2013 was looking forward to the birth of our daughter Harper. At the time of writing this, she isn’t here yet, but we can’t wait.

Thanks for making 2013 an awesome year. Pray with us for an even crazier 2014 (except without looking forward to another child…2 under 2 I don’t think so lol)

Check out this great Flipagram Karla made for us.

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Free Will

Free Will

No Choice

You have no choices in life, but are strictly determined by your genes to do everything you do. There is no free will.

—-Sound a little silly?

See that’s the problem (one of many) with materialism/naturalism. A worldview  that denies the existence of anything immaterial borrows from the immaterial an awful lot to try and prove that there is no God.

Today’s issue is the idea that strict determinism (the idea that there is no libertarian free will) is the way life works. Now call me crazy, but I feel like this is something that just falls apart by being alive. We see and experience the obvious reality of libertarian free will. i am choosing to write this post. You are choosing to read (or not) this post. Free will is an absolute self evident truth.

Atheist Side

Richard Dawkins would claim that we are just basically meat machines wired to propagate our own DNA. That we exist with an illusion of free will. Now the problem with this is that there is absolutely no evidence for this claim. The idea that we have no free will is counterintuitive.

Christian Buddies

That being said, it’s not just the atheist that believes this. I am a Southern Baptist. Over the years the SBC has wrestled the great questions of reformed theology. The questions of the TULIP and other Calvin issues. One thing that some Calvinists hold to is also an idea that there is no free will, but rather God causes everything to be.

This raises a huge problem because it makes God the author of sin and utter cause of evil. Now that seems to directly contradict his moral perfection that is in fact a necessary attribute of God.

So who has it right? Is there free will? Am I merely determined to type this without any choice of my own while at the same time believing that I have the free will to type this even though that’s an illusion that is programmed into me?

I find that too hard of a pill to swallow. After all why would David ask God what the results of his choices be? If there is no choice then what would it matter? Is God the author of all things evil because He enjoys some sort of Cosmic theater?

I think not. I think we can safely lean on the idea that we do in fact have free will. In fact I hope you choose to read this and share it. Although it might be better for me if you had no choice in the matter, and shared it with everyone because you were strictly determined to do so….

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