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Worldview and Apologetics in the News

Muslim Converts to Christ Beg Pope Francis to Stop Deceiving Himself

2 WOMEN IN APOLOGETICS – POW Apologetics

As one of the first few women in this field of study (in 1990), I felt like a misfit. I only knew of two other women in my MA program. Yet lately, God has raised up many women to pursue a working knowledge of apologetics. Some of these “everyday apologists” engage in God-conversations to share their faith in Christ, and when applicable, they offer solid reasons for the truth of Christianity (1 Peter 3:15). Other women have earned formal degrees in apologetics, and as a result, doors have opened for them to speak, teach, and write. For example, three women now serve as professors of apologetics at Houston Baptist University.

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Colson Center on Twitter

For our first symposium of the new year, we decided to ask several Christian leaders what they thought might be the most important issues to be faced by the church in 2018. @KristanHawkins @cathiherrod @jwarnerwallace http://www.breakpoint.org/?p=23907&key=facebook … pic.twitter.com/11sR1RvaU6

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The Art of Biblical Integrity for the Christian Intellectual - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Hebrews 3:12 warns us to be cautious “lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.” The writer to the Hebrews here warns us to be especially careful that, although we might assent to propositional truths about God with our intellect, even professing ourselves to be followers of Jesus, our heart can be unbelieving. Such a heart is described as being evil, and thus it has not been regenerated (indeed, when God saves us, he removes from us a heart of stone and gives us a heart of flesh — Ezekiel 36:26). This text, I believe, is therefore referring to individuals who believe themselves to be genuine believers, and yet, unknown to them, still have an unbelieving heart. Verse 19 of the same chapter speaks of unbelief as being the reason behind the inability of the rebellious Hebrews do enter into the promised land. I imagine that, were you to interview one of those rebellious Hebrews, their doctrine would be quite sound. They would be able to tell you about how God had parted the red sea and led them through the wilderness and provided for every one of their needs.

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Yes, Women Need Apologetics, But More Importantly, Apologetics Needs Women

1 Peter 3:15 says that we are to give a ready defense for anyone who asks for the hope that is within. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says that we are to “demolish arguments that set themselves up against the knowledge of God.” Now with words like “defense” and “demolish,” it is not surprising that the field of apologetics has been dominated by men in recent years.

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Ambiguity, Context, and Biblical Interpretation

The SAT is a standardized test that many students have to take.  One type of question in the reading section is called a vocabulary in context question.  These questions will ask the reader what a particular word in the passage “most nearly” means and it will provide four different answers to choose from.  The tricky thing about these types of questions is that, often times, all four options are legitimate definitions of the word in question.  To know which meaning of the word is being used in the passage, the reader has to read the context that the word is in, usually by reading a few lines or even an entire paragraph of the passage.  Only by looking at the context can the reader figure out which of the answer choices provides the correct meaning of the word in that passage.  Context is important in everyday life too.  If you walk into a room and hear me say “I killed that guy” to a friend, that may sound like I committed a crime.  However, if you heard the whole context, you would know that I’m talking about a video game I played earlier.  By “kill” I didn’t mean “murder,” I meant that I took out the avatar that he was controlling.

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3 Failed Naturalistic Attempts at Explaining Consciousness

Consciousness is the most conspicuous obstacle to a comprehensive naturalism that relies only on the resources of physical science. The existence of consciousness seems to imply that the physical description of the universe, in spite of its richness and explanatory power, is only part of the truth, and that the natural order is far less austere than it would be if physics and chemistry accounted for everything. If we take this problem seriously, and follow out its implications, it threatens to unravel the entire naturalistic world picture. Yet it is very difficult to imagine a viable alternative

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The Gospel Coalition on Twitter

The Christian who is interested in knowing his God is the Christian who wants to know what God says about himself in the Bible. — @ThabitiAnyabwil

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/never-be-embarrassed-for-standing-for-the-truth

You may have been trying to get the approval of a certain person for many years. I hate to tell you, but if you don’t have it by now, you’re not going to get it. The good news is you don’t need it! You don’t need anybody’s approval in order to be happy.  

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How to Reconcile with Another Christian

We live in a messy world filled with messy relationships. The church exists in that world, so it isn’t immune to messy relationships. The letter of Philemon is example A. The circumstances of this letter are just messy. Paul is a prisoner, writing a letter to Philemon—a slave master—about Philemon’s thieving and runaway slave, Onesimus. And they are all Christians. Talk about a mess. The church is messy, and it doesn’t get much messier than a slave and his owner in the same church. I tend to think this letter of Philemon resides in our Bibles because it offers one of the most complex, messy relationships the church could ever experience and provides a beautiful picture of how to seek reconciliation in the midst of such relationships. The Apostle Paul approaches reconciliation between these two brothers masterfully.

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Why Make the Case for Christianity, If God Is in Control?

I’ve written a Christian apologetics book that makes the case for making the case . I argue that Christians ought to embrace a more evidential, thoughtful faith and accept their duty to become Christian case-makers. Many people, after reading the book and thinking about this call to become better case makers, have asked, “If God calls His chosen, can’t He achieve this without any case-making effort on our part?” I also pondered this question as a new Christian, and I think the following analogy is helpful, although certainly imperfect.

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Evangelical Christianity: Returning to a Third Way in a Whacky, Polarized World

Third, our ways are not to be the world's ways. Eph. 4:17-19 urges us not to live as Gentiles do. We are not to mirror the world or its ways in going about engagement. When we do, we lose credibility and simply become another interest group vying for power. Too much of our engagement looks no different in style and tone than those we challenge. We need to do better than that. Some of the reason evangelicals have lost credibility is because they have lost sight of being a third way and look no different in tactics than the world. We are called to do better. We must do better. We must be different, a third way, to engage well.

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Westminster Seminary on Twitter

Here's our schedule for the weekend: http://ow.ly/YpD430hKJaj  #WSCConf pic.twitter.com/uP4Otz93zQ

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Moralism is Not the Gospel (But Many Christians Think It Is)

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Do Non-Christians Ever Please God?

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome back to the Ask Pastor John podcast with longtime pastor and author John Piper. We finish the week with a question from a listener named Nancy. “Dear Pastor John, thank you for this podcast. Here’s my question. Can an unbeliever please God? If not, what are we to make of the account of Cornelius in Acts 10? Can you explain this to me? Thank you!”

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Is Philosophy Dangerous For Christians?

The implication being that philosophy is bad or dangerous and that we shouldn’t go chasing after “speculations.”  What I want to explore in this article is that this sort of mind set is not only in opposition to the Bible, but that it is crippling the church at large as far as our effectiveness not only to reach out to those who aren’t Christians (as it makes Christianity seem deeply anti-intellectual and irrational when the Bible paints the opposite picture) but also to the overall growth of us as Christians as well.  Before we can examine whether the charges stick as far as philosophy being dangerous we need to first briefly examine what we mean by the word philosophy .

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Will the Real Christian Gospels Please Stand Up? Part 1

You’ve probably seen the headlines before.  “New Gospel Discovery Shakes Christianity to its Core!”, “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife will Change the Faith Forever!”, “Four Bible Gospels not the Only Christian Gospels!”  Without fail, sensational headlines like this will always pop up when a manuscript discovery is made.  The challenge for believers is taking the time to sift through the grandiose claims for the truth.  As it relates to the idea of “Lost Gospels”, meaning books that speak of Jesus but are not part of the Christian New Testament, the truth is that in the first few centuries of the church, there were books written about Jesus in addition to the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  For those who doubt the claims of Christianity, the existence of such books automatically proves that the depiction of Jesus in the New Testament can’t be considered as accurate and shouldn’t be considered as trustworthy.  But how should Christians think about these so-called “lost&rdq

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WORLD on Twitter

California sheriff: List of missing a ‘constantly moving number’ https://world.wng.org/content/california_sheriff_list_of_missing_a_constantly_moving_number … @LeighJonesWORLD #TheSift pic.twitter.com/jcvtSkk6xO

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Moody Bible President and COO Both Resign, Provost Retires

Many academic institutions have a residence on campus for their president. [MBI] does not. Our board of trustees wanted [Nyquist] to live in close proximity to campus; however, our campus is located in some of the most expensive real estate in Chicago, so the board made it possible for [him] to live across from [MBI] with an interest-only loan at the market rate of 4 percent. [Nyquist] is therefore able to host students and student groups, helping him foster positive relationships with the student body, and generally be available for [MBI] business, which was the board’s desire. The terms of the loan are fully disclosed on [MBI’s] federal disclosure forms.

24 Eric Metaxas on Twitter

I'm preaching on the life of Martin Luther @Prestonwood Baptist Church this morning at the 9:15AM & the 11AM services & signing books after each service. If you can't come in person, watch here! http://prestonwood.churchonline.org  pic.twitter.com/s9bXh3bmUg

25 Renewing Your Mind | Eternal Appointment | Jan 14, 2018

Why do some people respond to God’s Word with praise, while others reject it? From his expositional series in the book of Acts, R.C. Sproul explains the doctrine of election in God's plan of redemption.

26 Lee Strobel on Twitter

Join me at 9:30 or 11 am today at Harbor Church in Friendswood, TX, for my talk on "The Case for Christ" -- and bring a spiritually curious friend! See you there!

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Ravi Zacharias on Twitter

Visiting Jordan and honored to preach at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Amman today. I have beautiful memories from coming here in years past. Please pray for our time together.

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Truthbomb's Top 10 Books Every Christian Parent Should Read

A thoughtful reader on Facebook asked me if Truthbomb had a "Top 10" Book List.  I confessed that we did not, but agreed to put one together...so, here you go! Please keep in mind that these books are aimed toward parents who desire to train their kids to understand what they believe and why they believe it.  Further, it should be noted that these are NOT in any special order. 1. A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today's World by John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle  (Review is here .) 2. Keeping Your Kids On God's Side by Natasha Crain (My wife's review is here .) 3. Talking with Your Kids About God by Natasha Crain (Review is here .) 4. The Case for the Resurrection by Gary Habermas and Mike Licona 5. Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace (Review is here .) 6. God's Crime Scene by J. Warner Wallace (Review is here .) 7. Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace (Review is here .) 8. A New Kind of Apologist  edited by Sean McDowell (Review is here .) 9. On Guard by William Lane Craig 10.

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The Devil Knows How to Discourage You

But God knows this about us, and his many commands that we “magnify him with thanksgiving” (Psalm 69:30), “come into his presence with thanksgiving” (Psalm 95:2), “sing to [him] with thanksgiving” (Psalm 147:7), pray “with thanksgiving” (Philippians 4:6), eat “with thanksgiving” (1 Timothy 4:3), indeed, “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) are not intended as guilt-ridden reminders of how ungrateful we are. Rather, these commands are prescriptions written by the Good Physician to help us escape from chronic bouts of discouragement.

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Before You Believed, You Belonged

Who then does it include? Or a more personal way to ask the question is: Why does it include you? Why are you among those who belonged to the Father before he gave you to the Son? Was it because you had some quality, and God saw this and chose you to be in the group that he would give to Jesus? Did he see that you were willing to come to Jesus or willing to believe on Jesus, and for that reason counted you to be part of those who were his?

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Tabletalk Magazine on Twitter

How many of our disagreements, misunderstandings, feelings of bitterness, and lack of forgiveness in the body of Christ would disappear if we looked at our conflict in light of eternity? http://bit.ly/2lGcxum 

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Lynne Marie Kohm on Twitter

#CSLI President Joel Woodruff on justification "We need a Deliverer who can come and justify us through His actions on our behalf." pic.twitter.com/k1TQukTLGc

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BreakPoint on Twitter

Whatever is causing us to engage in behavior leading to a dropping life expectancy seems to be unique to the United States. I don’t think that this is what people have in mind when they talk about #Americanexceptionalism . #OpiodEpidemic #Loneliness http://bit.ly/2D7uWd9  pic.twitter.com/DLa4YKd5dI

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Bishop of Worcester ties the knot again - Premier

Dr John Inge, Bishop of Worcester has remarried after the death of his first wife, Denise.

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Why We Need to Talk about Trump’s Haiti Remarks

Economist Michael Clemens has also shown that one of the most effective ways we can help people in poor countries is by letting immigrants come to the US. The immigrants benefit from the opportunities, the people in their home countries benefit from the remittances they are able to send home, and we in the US benefit from their contributions as hard-working, value-creating, tax-paying residents. This is true of the Haitians I know living in South Florida, and it’s the truer narrative about immigrants in general: They’re contributors to our country.

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Stephan Daiber on Twitter

This is a brilliant read! Thank you for always seasoning your responses with love! I see a lot of thought has been put into this! May the Lord bless you! Greetings from South Africa!

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How to Reconcile with Another Christian

We live in a messy world filled with messy relationships. The church exists in that world, so it isn’t immune to messy relationships. The letter of Philemon is example A. The circumstances of this letter are just messy. Paul is a prisoner, writing a letter to Philemon—a slave master—about Philemon’s thieving and runaway slave, Onesimus. And they are all Christians. Talk about a mess. The church is messy, and it doesn’t get much messier than a slave and his owner in the same church. I tend to think this letter of Philemon resides in our Bibles because it offers one of the most complex, messy relationships the church could ever experience and provides a beautiful picture of how to seek reconciliation in the midst of such relationships. The Apostle Paul approaches reconciliation between these two brothers masterfully.

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A Short History of Bible Clutter

That is very interesting you bring up this question. I have had people push back when I am giving presentations on this topic saying, “Yes, my Bible is busy, as you say. There is a lot of stuff going on on that page. But, of course, I can read right past that and it doesn’t really hinder my reading at all.” And then I hand them one of these new Reader’s editions, which, I think, have become the biggest purchaser of these Bibles, because I hand them out to everyone saying, “Yes, you have a Bible, but you have a modern Reference Bible. You need a Reader’s edition, because that is what we aren’t doing with the Bible these days, and this is the thing that we have to recover.” Then they read it and they say, “Wow, that really is a different experience.” It changes. I don’t get to a chapter number, no stop signs. I keep reading. I read in the natural sections. When the story takes a break, maybe that is where I take a break or it changes. But I don’t have these artificial markers telling me that this is an intentional unit, and this is meant to be taken just on its own, out of the context of this bigger writing.

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Why Is There So Much Wasted Space in the Universe? | Stand to Reason

If you stumble over this vastness, thinking that it seems disproportionately large compared to the infinitesimally small man and his habitation, remember that the meaning of this magnitude is not mainly about us. It’s about God. “The heavens declare the glory of God .” The reason for “wasting” so much space on a universe to house a speck of humanity is to make a point about our Maker, not us. “Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing” (Isa. 40:26).

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Douglas Wilson on Twitter

In response to the president's alleged rude comment about certain countries, I call upon Christian leaders everywhere to refrain from giving any theocratic admonitions.

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The Origin of Evolutionism: It Didn’t Begin with Darwin

I proclaim to you God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshipped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, “For we are also His offspring.” Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead (Acts 17:23–31; NKJV).

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Memphis Pastor Andy Savage Insists Sex With Teen Was 'Consensual' as He Takes Leave of Absence

Embattled Highpoint Memphis Church Teaching Pastor Andy Savage insisted that a woman accusing him of sexually assaulting her as a teenager lied about the nature of their "consensual" encounter as he announced Thursday that he's taking a leave of absence to allow an independent audit of his ministry.

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Westminster Seminary on Twitter

What should fathers prioritize as the seek to raise their children? Read Dr. Kent Hughes offer 3 "Do's" of Fatherhood from Ephesians 6:4: http://westm.in/2CYbexg 

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Ask Ligonier. A Place to Find Answers.

Maybe you’re leading a Bible study tomorrow. Maybe you’re just beginning to dig deeper. It’s good to know that you can always ask Ligonier. For more than forty-five years, Christians have been looking to Ligonier Ministries, the teaching fellowship of R.C. Sproul, for clear and helpful answers to biblical and theological questions. Now you can ask those questions online as they arise, confident that our team will work quickly to provide clear, concise, and trustworthy answers. When you have questions, just ask Ligonier.

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Praying4_NJ on Twitter

~ @ericmetaxas ...if Jesus commands it, it’s possible. Let’s try! Seriously. Pray for yr enemies right now! pic.twitter.com/Hjw3t7PV2t

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Fantastic Voyage: How Could Noah Build the Ark?

Another factor must be raised. Consider the implications of building such an enormous boat out of wood over the course of many decades. Exposed to the elements, wood tends to warp and decay as it endures heat, cold, and changes in humidity. Imagine trying to complete one part of the Ark decades after another section had been built. The earliest parts of the construction might need repair by the time the Ark was finished. Of course, Noah coated the Ark inside and out with pitch, but we do not know how well this treatment could prevent warping and decay, and we do not know the qualities of gopherwood in these regards.

50 Colson Center on Twitter

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