Taste the Goodness of God
God’s people should long to hear God’s voice in his word like newborn babies yearn for their mother’s milk.
Does Faith Require God to Be Hidden? (Video) | Oklahoma Apologetics Alliance
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Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon’s Fake Rose Parade Broadcast Angered and Confused a Lot of People
This week, Amazon Prime decided to pull off a sort of comedy stunt when it had Saturday Night Live legends Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon host a Rose Parade broadcast.
What No One Is Telling You About Iran
My sources have been telling me that: 1) it's only a matter of time before the number of these conversions reaches a critical mass, allowing these new Christians to emerge from the underground into the public eye; and 2) it is the Iranian regime that is our enemy, not the Iranian people, many of whom love America and hate what the radical Islamic leadership has done to their country.
Nancy Pearcey's Love Thy Body and Integrating Truth about the Body - Christian Apologetics Alliance
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It is understandable that naturalistic thinkers are uneasy with the concept of miracles. So should we all be watchful not to believe too quickly because its easy to get caught up in private reasons and ignore reason itself. Thus has more than one intelligent person been taken by both scams and honest mistakes. By the the same token it is equally a danger that one will remain too long in the skeptical place and become overly committed to doubting everything. From that position the circular reasoning of the naturalist seems so reasonable. There’s never been any proof of miracles before so we can’t accept that there is any now. But that’s only because we keep making the same assumption and thus have always dismissed the evidence that was valid. At this point most atheists will interject the ECREE issue (or ECREP—extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, or “proof”). That would justify the notion of remaining skeptical about miracle evidence even when its good.
Tire Track Apologetics
Scripture begins with the statement “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” ( Genesis 1:1 ). It is no surprise that many of our apologetic conversations center around this important doctrine. The fact that we are created beings accountable to our Creator has a profound impact on a person’s worldview. However, we know that not everyone accepts this truth.
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Christian apologetics is a constantly growing and changing scene and although it's the one career path that will absolutely guarantee that you'll never be rich, but there's definitely no shortage of "C-list/B-list" apologists out there. These folks are usually uneducated "discernment ministry" types running their own basement/blog "ministries" and defending the faith against the attacks of skeptics, academics, heretics and YouTube atheists. But, there are also a few "A-List" folks who have respectable education, write books, teach at Christian Colleges/Seminaries, debate Bart Ehrman or Richard Dawkins (two resume-making debaters for Christian apologists) and put on Alaskan cruises devoted to apologetics and worship via buffet. Of the "A-List" apologists, William Lane Craig is one of the biggest, so it's no surprise that several in his circle, the newest of which is J. Warner Wallace, are climbing onto the "A-List" and getting exposure (and plenty of endorsements from the staff and friends of Biola). All that being said, when I started reading "Cold Case Christianity" by J. Warner Wallace, I already had an idea what to expect: Card-carrying evidentialist apologetics, mainly philosophical defense of Christianity, plenty of party-line towing with regards to the evidentialist apologists (i.
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7 New Year's Resolutions Every Christian Parent Should Have
Yes, I know. This first one is pretty predictable. We all know that Christians should be doing these basic spiritual disciplines on a daily basis. But let’s face it: It’s really easy to get off track. In the midst of getting our kids through the school year, we tend to prioritize what we view as necessities—like packing lunches—over things that are “optional.” As Christians, however, we should hardly see the time spent with God as optional. Need a good motivator? Require yourself to pray the following at the end of every day you don’t make time for Bible study and (deeper) prayer: “Dear God, I didn’t need to read the Bible or pray today. Amen.” I say that lightheartedly, but it’s a good way to remind ourselves how absurd it is to see spiritual disciplines as optional.
Extraordinary Claims and Extraordinary Evidence
At first this statement may sound reasonable. For instance, I am more likely to believe you if you tell me you had breakfast this morning than I would believe you if you told me that you levitated off the ground this morning without anything holding you up. But does the fact that I believe you if you say you did something ordinary and I don't believe you if you say you did something extraordinary support the statement that "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence?" Actually, it doesn't. Although I may believe that you ate breakfast this morning, I must obtain supporting evidence if I want to actually determine whether or not that fact is true. If you have cleaned up your kitchen, such evidence may be hard to find. I might have to pump out the contents of your stomach, for instance to see what you ate and when you ate it. It is one thing to say that I believe you ate breakfast because it is an "ordinary" event, but it is quite another to actually find enough evidence to validate your claim. My point is that actual validation of any event requires sufficient evidence.
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Argument for the Early Dating of Christian Theology and Christian Writings
Two accusations by skeptics regarding the Christian faith are that the miraculous aspects of the life of Jesus were invented late and that the written accounts we now have in the Bible were also written later than the lifetimes of the supposed authors. It is reasonable to conclude that neither of these accusations are true. The theology that Jesus died for our sins and then rose from the dead is present in the Christian community within 4 years and written down within 17 years of the death of Jesus. Starting with two epistles written by Paul we can date the doctrine of the resurrection to very soon after of the crucifixion of Jesus. It is the overwhelming conclusion by ancient historians – even Christian skeptics - that Paul did actually write these letters. 1 st Corinthians was written by Paul around 53 AD, while Galatians was written sometime before 57 AD. The dating of Jesus’s death is debated, but it is either 30 AD or 33 AD. Using Paul’s writings, the logic goes as follows:
Millennials Can Leave Evangelicalism. But Not Its Pop Culture.
Even at a time when some Christians have walked away from the evangelical label, their nostalgia has persisted. Those who’ve left their childhood faith entirely don’t necessarily walk away dismissing everything they grew up with. Porter, for instance, counts current and former Christians among the show’s fans. He paraphrases writer Mallory Ortberg, who once said that evangelical pop culture is like checking in with an ex: “We weren’t right for each other, but it doesn’t mean I hate them.”
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2 Corinthians 9:6–11: Do You Trust God with Your Money?
In this lab, John Piper reminds us that we do not trust God with our lives like we should when we do not trust him with our wallets.
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Testing the Historical Reliability of the New Testament
Welcome to our ninth blog post in this series focusing on the topic of apologetics! If you’d like to catch up from the start, here’s the link to the first blog we posted: Apologetics: Apologizing for Believing in God? .
Is Christianity a Religion of Peace? (Answering Islam Part 17)
People often criticize the Qur'an for promoting the subjugation of unbelievers. But does Christianity promote the same thing? Let's find out. This is the seventeenth video of our "Answering Islam" series, where David Wood answers the question: "Is Christianity a religion of peace?" For the rest of the series, visit the playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDsMn... PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Acts17 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?... MINDS: https://www.minds.com/Acts17Apologetics WEBSITE: http://www.acts17.net
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Where is a good place to start reading the Bible?
Answer: For starters, it is important to realize that the Bible is not an ordinary book that reads smoothly from cover to cover. It is actually a library, or collection, of books written by different authors in several languages over 1500 years. Martin Luther said that the Bible is the “cradle of Christ” because all biblical history and prophecy ultimately point to Jesus. Therefore, any first reading of the Bible should begin with the Gospels. The gospel of Mark is quick and fast-paced and is a good place to start. Then you might want to go on to the gospel of John, which focuses on the things Jesus claimed about Himself. Mark tells about what Jesus did, while John tells about what Jesus said and who Jesus was. In John are some of the simplest and clearest passages, but also some of the deepest and most profound passages. Reading the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) will familiarize you with Christ’s life and ministry.
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Why I Wish Christians Would Argue MORE (No, Seriously)
C.S. Lewis did the same. Michael Ward says Lewis “relished disagreement and debate.” He mentions one student, Derek Brewer, who remembered how Lewis would sometimes say, “I couldn’t disagree more!” But Lewis never “indicated he was offended or that Brewer was somehow unjustified in holding an opinion Lewis considered mistaken. Though they often differed, this led to a ‘fruitful dichotomy of attitudes,’ not to a chilling of their pedagogical relationship.”
The best explanation
Atheists and Christians are both looking for the best explanation of things. The question is: does our experience of beauty, morality, truth and love fit best with the atheist-naturalist worldview or with Christianity?
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Climate Skeptic Censorship by Google, Twitter, and Microsoft LinkedIn
I have never used DuckyduckGo as a search engine but based on a comment up thread, I ‘googled’ it because I wasn’t sure how it was actually spelled. Didn’t even get one return hit, and I know Google has algorithms to spell correctly, cause I use it as a spell checker. I just tried DuckDuckGo as a search engine and for fun, I asked ‘is Google evil?’ I was surprised to get hundreds of hits back including the one that said Google is the Devil. I guess I have my answer and my thoughts on being long on Google stock is now ‘short’ lived. Plus DuckDuckGo had an option to make their search engine my default search engine. Google just lost one customer today, and I know what starts out slow can quickly turn into an avalanche. After all, who has ever looked at a Google ad anyway? And I have never seen an ad on Facebook. Adblocker works well. I don’t really understand how they actually make money, because as far as I am concerned, advertising is the worst investment a company can ever make. If your company has to resort to paid in your face advertising, then they are probably not really worth buying their product anyway.
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Advice for Another Year of Bible Reading
It’s a dangerous pattern for Christians to read God’s word consistently without having their hearts stirred by what they have read. As much as it is in your power, strive not to walk away from God’s word without having at least one truth move your affections. If you finish your reading for the day, and nothing has moved you, pray and ask God to show you one little thing from what you’ve read that might have an impact on your affections. Stop and pray over that truth or reality. Slow down enough for it to convict, or encourage, or correct, or strengthen hope, or embolden action. Seek, with the Lord’s help, at least one truth that will engage your affections. Since changed hearts are the key to changed lives, may we prayerfully seek not only knowledge of God’s word, but also love for the beauty, wonder, and glory of that word.
Vicar quits residents' group over trees dispute - Premier
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Archbishop hails compassion of communities in wake of terrorism and Grenfell - Premier
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has used his new year message to praise the "depth of compassion" shown by communities responding to terrorism and tragedy.
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3 Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship You Can't Ignore
Contrary to popular belief, emotional abuse can be just as devastating to a victim as a physical assault. Controlling relationships are usually hidden from the public eye. A person who is the victim of abuse is usually unaware of the toll it is taking on them and the stigma surrounding unhealthy relationships leaves victims in the dark.
Are Genesis 1 and 2 contradictory creation accounts?
“While Genesis 1 focuses almost entirely on the physical creation–what God made or made happen and in what order, Genesis 2 begins to elaborate on the why, or purpose, of creation. The Genesis 1 storyteller describes the unfolding scene of the six creation days from a vantage point somewhere just above Earth’s surface, but below the clouds, as God prepared a suitable habitat for humanity. Genesis 2 zooms in on a small portion of Earth’s surface (Eden) and what occurred from the vantage point of one human being (the first human) in that locale, walking and awakening to the sights and sounds all around” (p. 95).
Bethel leader calls for prayer after children fall seriously ill - Premier
CEO of Bethel Music and Bethel Media Joel Taylor has asked for prayers for healing after his two young children fell seriously ill.
Does Jeremiah 29:11 Apply to You?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
These words are the John 3:16 of American cultural Christianity. Watch how often they show up on the Bible verse plaques sold in Bible Belt mall kiosks or posted on Facebook walls, even on tattoos. Whether as home decor or on social media posts, I see this passage claimed fervently by people I know haven’t been in a church service since the first Bush administration.
Naturally, this love for Jeremiah 29:11 has often led more theologically oriented Christians to lament its out-of-context use. So much so that a young Christian recently asked me, “Does Jeremiah 29:11 apply to me, or not?”
My answer: Kind of.
Let me take that back. Yes, it does apply to you, but not in the way many “claim” the passage.
Not a Prosperity Gospel Preacher
Many understand the text to be about God’s favor on one’s life and plans. If I just have confidence and follow my heart , someone might think, God will bless me . That’s not the prophet Jeremiah; that’s Deepak Chopra.
He Will Restore Your Soul
For Jesus, it was a truly hellish moment, which is why, in the words of R.C. Sproul , Jesus’s Psalm 22:1 scream “was the scream of the damned. For us.” Out of a love for us we have hardly begun to fathom, he took upon himself our damnable curse, becoming the propitiation for our sins (Galatians 3:13; 1 John 4:10). And he did it for us so that our curse would be eternally removed and we might become the objects of God’s eternal mercy, clothed forever with the holiness and righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Railway chaplain says people are 'understandably' annoyed by rail fare increase - Premier
A railway chaplain has sympathised with rail passengers who traveled on the first working day of 2018 and were hit with the largest fare rise in five years.
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Why Science Needs God
In all our experience, laws always come from lawgivers. That’s why the best explanation for the orderly and consistent natural laws that make science possible is a rational Law Giver who created and sustains the universe—the same spaceless, timeless, and immaterial Being that created and fine-tuned the universe at the Big Bang. So even if atheists succeed in demonstrating that natural laws can and do explain cause and effect inside the universe, they still have to rely on God for the existence and persistence of those laws.
Get a Basic Overview of the Bible
Virtually every Christian at some point has resolved to read the entire Bible. If we believe the Bible is the Word of God, it’s natural not to want to miss a word of it. If God delivered a letter to your mailbox, I am sure you would read it. But the Bible is a pretty big letter, and its sheer bulk is somewhat daunting, even to the person with the best of intentions. Therefore, few Christians actually keep a resolution to read through the Bible.
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A church-going society is a healthier one
If the goal of a good society is to produce people who can take advantage of opportunities for personal and familial advancement, then the decline in church attendance will only make things worse.
YouTube Star Logan Paul Ripped Online for Posting Video of Apparent Suicide Victim
Logan Paul, who has more than 15 million YouTube subscribers, faced harsh criticism this weekend for posting a video Sunday of he and his friends in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, a region known to be a site of numerous suicides (
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What to say to someone who's not a Christian and doesn't want to hear anything about God because they have health issues and think they're gonna die, (and therefore, I think, are angry against God and people who dare to talk about Him)? Thank you.
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