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Christians Have the Best Explanation for the Fine-Tuning of the Universe - A Clear Lens

Alister E. McGrath in his book, “Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers & Skeptics Find Faith” wrote, “Reality is emblazoned with signs pointing to the greater reality of God. We need to connect the dots and see the overall picture.”  It wasn’t that long ago when cosmologists discovered that our universe required very specific settings in …

Can feminism be defended with reason and evidence? Jordan Peterson vs Cathy Newman

There was a short discussion recently on UK Channel 4 between Canadian university professor named Jordan Peterson, and a radical feminist with an undergraduate degree in English named Cathy Newman.…

Hebrews 5:7–9: How Did Jesus “Learn” Obedience?

If Jesus “learned obedience” and “was made perfect” does that mean he was ever disobedient and imperfect?

How Do I Start Conversations About God or Christianity? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity

Most of us, as Christians, recognize our duty to engage the Great Commission, but what does this look like in our everyday setting? How can we overcome our hesitancy to share the truth?

The Sex-Change Revolution Is Based on Ideology, Not Science | The Stream

For humans to flourish, they need to feel comfortable in their bodies, readily identify with their sex, and believe that they are who they actually are.

Megachurch pastor compares Andy Savage's critics to 'the devil' - Premier

The lead pastor of a megachurch in Memphis, Tennessee whose pastor Andy Savage has been accused of sexual assault, has rebuked his critics, comparing them to the devil.

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The Missing Link: The Case for Pre-Apologetics

Christians today are facing more challenges than ever. The Poached Egg exists to equip Christians to meet those challenges and be more confident in their faith and become more effective witnesses for Christ. If you find these articles and posts useful, please consider partnering with me in 2018 to continue this work that God has laid on my heart. As someone once said, the Gospel is free, but someone has to pay for the plumbing. You can become a monthly partner for just as little as $5 a month (that’s only $60 a year), the price of a gourmet cup of coffee. Special one time gifts are welcome and encouraged as well. Will you help?

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Kindle Deals in Christian Apologetics: Greg's Top Ten Picks of the Week!

Christians today are facing more challenges than ever. The Poached Egg exists to equip Christians to meet those challenges and be more confident in their faith and become more effective witnesses for Christ. If you find these articles and posts useful, please consider partnering with me in 2018 to continue this work that God has laid on my heart. As someone once said, the Gospel is free, but someone has to pay for the plumbing. You can become a monthly partner for just as little as $5 a month (that’s only $60 a year), the price of a gourmet cup of coffee. Special one time gifts are welcome and encouraged as well. Will you help?

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Confused by All the Attacks on the Bible? Here Are Three Categories to Help You

When it comes to the truth of the Bible, our world has found plenty of reasons to reject it. We are bombarded with a dizzying variety of objections. So much so, that the average believer is quickly overwhelmed.

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Philosophical Contributions to Christian Spiritual Formation: An Interview with Steve Porter: http://bit.ly/2n46fVa  @DWillardCenter @BiolaCCT @biolau @renovareusa #ChristianSpirituality #Pastors #PhilosophyOfReligion #ChristianSpirituality #Church #SpiritualFormation pic.twitter.com/DhMOCmZqWh

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Translating the N. T. Wright and David Bentley Hart Tussle

Hart characterizes Wright’s review as a “catalogue of complaints,” and thinks that Wright’s own work “suffers from a dangerous combination of the conventional and the idiosyncratic, with a few significant historical misconceptions mixed in … imposing meanings on the text that best conform to his own convictions, plausible or not.” Hart concludes one particular point about how to translate a noun in Greek that lacks an article by saying, “Here I am right and Wright is wrong,” but it would not be a stretch to say that this statement characterizes much of Hart’s response.

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Rapid Response: "You Can't Trust the Gospels Because They Were Written by Christians" | Cold Case Christianity

“When I hear someone demand an ancient non-Christian authority, I immediately recognize the objection for what it is: a complaint about the historical reliability of the Gospels. Some skeptics think you can’t trust the New Testament because it was written by people who were friends of Jesus. They assume those who were close to Jesus would lie about (or exaggerate) the details of his life and ministry. But the Gospel accounts have to be assessed based on their own historical merit, and we have to remember the nature of their authors. Let me give you an example from a case I worked many years ago.

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Embryonic Development Reveals “Staggering Complexity” | Evolution News

Oh my. I recently cited a paper on the evolution of embryonic development and how the evidence contradicts evolutionary theory and common descent. Even the evolutionists, though in understated terms, admitted there were problems. Evolutionary analyses are “reaching their limits,” it is difficult to “conclude anything about evolutionary origins,” genetic similarities “do not necessarily imply common ancestry,” and “conserved regulatory networks can become unrecognizably divergent.”

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Listen to @Becca_FolkesUK on #PremierDrive now bravely sharing her story of surviving child molestation. Her new single #12Rounds is her survival anthem & says we're not defined by our bad experiences https://open.spotify.com/album/1SBI26dqoEALLA3a24uzw3 … … …

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Today's quote of the day comes from Romans http://bit.ly/2oc7pBf  #PremierDrive #QOTD #Quoteoftheday #loveofGod #romans pic.twitter.com/1rxerDJjJ3

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Questioning: Christians Should Question Beliefs

In 2007, I spoke at the University of Houston, Clear Lake, on the topic of “Can Truth Be Known About God?” Some of the main points included that we have a responsibility to find what is true, that it is not intolerant to say you think you have truth, and that there is truth to be known. At the end of my talk, several students asked me questions, including one gentleman who sat down with me for nearly half an hour. He was a follower of Eckhart Tolle, the main religious instructor in Oprah Winfrey’s life at that time. His main question was how I could claim to know truth at all through my thinking abilities. He said that I couldn’t know the truth about God until I got beyond my thinking abilities to the point where I experienced God as feeling; not as believing.

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Intelligent Design in Dog Spit and in Rotten Wood | Evolution News

Thousands of proteins in dog spit! This is an order of magnitude more protein types than previous research estimated. Would you have expected so much complex specified information in a clear, sticky, unappetizing liquid? If we estimate an average of 250 amino acids per protein or peptide, three bases per amino acid codon, and four bits per DNA letter, that amounts to 7.5 megabits of CSI in dog spit! A friendly lick from your pet paints your face with intelligent design.

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5 Regrets You Don’t Want to Have If Your Kids Walk Away from Faith

I cannot thank you enough for this blog. My son, who is wayward in faith, is a sophomore at college. He seemingly left the faith as soon as he concluded his senior year of high school. I want to say that I don’t blame him; it was we, the parents, who did not set forth the Spiritual platform from which he would be able to draw on an enlightened and hopefull commitment to the Faith. We bare much blame, and are saddened by his refusal to even attend church.

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The Source of Our Fear When It Comes to Evangelism | Cold Case Christianity

We are afraid about how we might look or what might happen to us . Will we experience something awkward or embarrassing? Will we become uncomfortable? Will we experience some pain? Most of our fear of evangelism is centered on our own desire to be comfortable, and there’s nothing more uncomfortable than being embarrassed or humiliated by our peers. For most of us, it’s bad enough that we might look foolish to strangers, but there’s also the very real possibility that we’ll look foolish to our peers!

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How Protestant Churches Are Involved with Adoption and Foster Care

Overall, about half (45%) of churchgoers say their church has had no involvement with or conversation about foster care and adoption. Leaders at smaller congregations are less likely to encourage families to consider adoption (8%) or foster care (8%), to raise funds for adoptive families (5%), or to provide training for foster parents (2%).

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/when-we-work-together-we-maximize-our-impact

As Verse 10 asks, when you’re serving on your own and you fall down, who’s going to pick you up? When we serve together and one person falls down, the other people just pick him up. Doesn’t that make a simple but profound point? We need to work with other people to encourage each other and minimize our failures.

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Christian entrepreneur gets place on Forbes 30 under 30 list - Premier

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Answering objections to Scripture

Even so, it’s hard to carry on a civil discourse when you’re accused of being a homophobe engaging in hate speech. What’s more, some LGBT supporters express such hostility toward Christians that they won’t listen to a biblical approach to the issue, no matter how faithfully and lovingly delivered.

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Don't Stop Speaking the Truth in Love | Stand to Reason

Christians can err on both sides of the equation when sharing the Gospel or other things the Bible teaches—either not being forthright enough or being offensive in the way they share the truth. Greg cautions, “The Gospel is offensive enough. Don’t add any more offense to it. But we dare not remove the offense inherent to the Gospel.” Peter tells us to give an answer with gentleness and respect. Paul tells us that the cross will offend, and so will other teachings of Jesus. His teachings made a lot of people mad during His time on earth, and his disciples were often met with the same reaction when they passed on His teachings.

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Raising Your Kids for Christ

As a proud father of two young girls, I understand that I have the responsibility to train up my children in the Lord [Proverbs 22:6]. Here are some things that I have found helpful in carrying out that incredibly important task. 1. Family Devotions/Worship Time It is my conviction that families should try to have a scheduled time each day to sit down, read and discuss the scriptures, and to pray and praise the Lord.  This will look different for each family.  In our house, we do catechism questions 1  with the girls during dessert.  Before bed we read an account from the scriptures or learn about one of God's attributes. 2   Lastly, we end our devotional time praying for others. Further, I sometimes lead the family in praise on my guitar. 2. Stop sharing "stories" with your kids In my house we don't read Bible "stories."  We read Bible accounts.  I want to convey to my children that there are good reasons to believe that the events recorded in the Bible actually happened in space and time.  The Bible is not full of "stories" in the same way Cinderella is a "story," but gives an accurate account of history.

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I urge you to set aside 45 minutes to watch Rachael Denhollander's victim-impact statement in its entirety--from her heartbreaking story to her offer of the gospel and of forgiveness to the judge's commendation to the standing ovation. Watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wehpkiflXMs …

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The Apostle Peter Called Us to Be "Responsive" Christians | Cold Case Christianity

When I talk with other Christians about this notion of becoming a “Responsive Christian”, they sometimes worry that I am suggesting a fragile and meek form of Christianity that is timid and tentative; a form of the faith that is patiently waiting to respond, but afraid to make the first move. This is not what Peter is advocating. As a boy, I remember watching the fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. I was a huge boxing fan at the time, and, like everyone else, I had been watching Foreman come up through the ranks, including his dismantling of Joe Frazier on his way to the fight with Ali. Foreman was a scary guy. He was a brutal puncher. He had a bad attitude. I was worried for Ali. In the first rounds of their fight, Foreman threw everything he had at Muhammad Ali. Hundreds of punches. Ali did something very unusual, however; he simply stayed on the ropes and let Foreman throw his punches. He took everything Foreman could offer for several rounds, until Foreman was exhausted. Then, Ali became the consummate counter puncher through the middle of the fight. In the late rounds of the fight, Ali eventually came off the ropes and became the aggressor, delivering a few concise, targeted punches that dropped an exhausted George Foreman to the canvas.

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Only 4 Percent of Gen Z Have a Biblical Worldview - Impact 360 Institute

Our new Gen Z research (those born between 1999 and 2015) with the Barna Group confirms what many have suspected for a while–the number of those with a biblical worldview continues to decline.

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How Ray Ortlund Became Foster Father to a Generation of Church Planters

The Ortlund house wasn’t perfect, though it can seem that way. (Ray’s four children have all grown up to be thoughtful, serious, fairly high-profile followers of Jesus.) Ray struggled through two difficult church situations before planting his own at the age of 58. Unreconciled relationships still ache. But in spite of that—or maybe because of it—his calm encouragement of and gentleness with other church planters has been enormously important.

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4 Ways to become a better listener and a better Apologist

Step one in apologetics is to understand someone’s position. Many skip this step and merely vomit rehearsed arguments as soon as they hear a trigger word like “evolution” or “unreliable”. We like to give textbook answers, but people don’t hold textbook beliefs. Answers are only meaningful when given to relevant questions. So you must know the beliefs of the person across from you as they hold them before you start quoting J. Warner Wallace, Frank Turek, or Ravi. And you will only know their beliefs by listening.

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Albert Mohler on Twitter

I am really thankful for all the encouragement about the release of “The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down” today. I hope it will encourage Christians to pray. #LordsPrayerRevolution http://bit.ly/2DdK2im  pic.twitter.com/ng0ntLdA6Z

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Superintendent: Texas school shooting victim ‘in good spirits’ https://world.wng.org/content/texas_town_holds_prayer_vigil_for_school_shooting_victim … #TheSift @LeighJonesWORLD pic.twitter.com/INsUY5IlqP

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Rethinking Our Apologetics: 2 Historical Jesus Sources

In an effort to provide evidence for the historical Jesus, many apologists rightly go for extra-biblical sources to make their case. However, it’s also very easy to overstate the evidence. Personally, I think there are some really good extra-biblical references to Jesus (like Josephus and Tacitus), but I also think there are some questionable ones too!

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Christians are often accused of taking a blind leap into the dark

Christians are often accused of taking a “blind leap into the dark.” However, my father Josh set out to disprove the Christian faith historically, but instead found the evidence powerful and convincing. So, when he became a Christian, it wasn’t a blind leap into the dark, but a knowledgeable step into the light. He placed the evidence onto the scales, and in his estimation, it tipped in favor of Jesus Christ as the Son of God, resurrected from the dead. You may be convinced by the evidence. On the other hand, you may find it wanting. But the claim that “faith is blind” simply ignores the biblical and historical evidence. In fact, only someone who hasn’t truly weighed the evidence could make such a claim. If you haven’t considered the evidence yet, maybe now is the time.

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Scientific Theory And The Multiverse Madness

And not only the constants can change from one universe to another, the locations of particles relative to each other can also be different. Since there are infinitely many universes in which to arrange the particles, some of these universes will be very similar to our own, just that eventually some initially tiny deviation will lead to an alternative history. Thus, somewhere in the multiverse our lives play out in any which way you can imagine. In this case, in some other universe, Newton could have, indeed, invented the multiverse. But before you pack your bags and search for a universe more to your liking, let me add there's no way to cross over into another universe or even interact with one. This only works in science fiction. Indeed, to my taste, the multiverse itself is already too close to fiction.

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Rising homelessness figures prompt 'crisis' warning from Christian charity - Premier

As new figures reveal a record number of people are sleeping rough in England, a Christian charity is urging the Government to recognise what it has branded a homelessness "crisis".

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In a 50-49 vote, the Senate confirms Sam Brownback as America’s next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2018/january/sam-brownback-is-ambassador-international-religious-freedom.html …

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University pastor suspended for hosting gay wedding - Premier

A university pastor has been suspended indefinitely by her church denomination after it emerged she hosted a same-sex wedding.

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Hearing and the Mission of the Church

The Apostle Paul’s main argument as summarized in Romans 9:6–7 still stands: “But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring.” The Word of God has not failed. So it is with preaching and hearing inside the church. When preachers preach the gospel, some audiences will not believe what they hear. Even if preachers clearly communicate the gospel to their hearers, some will refuse to receive it in faith. Preachers, therefore, should not become frustrated or discouraged. It is not that the gospel message failed to convert the hearers. But God, who bestows hyper-hearing as He wishes, has magnified Himself even in their unbelief. Christ is both the subject and object of preaching. Therefore, the church ought to worship Christ in the Scriptures preached—and heard.

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Video: @HankHanegraaff answers the Q How Are We to Deal With Questionable Bible Translations? https://youtu.be/MK4SCFjWRWk  via @YouTube #Apologetics

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. @godlessnetflix captures how sin can become familiar and attractive, and how the fight against it demands constancy. https://thinkchristian.reframemedia.com/the-persistent-sin-of-netflixs-godless …

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An amazing testimony to the gospel, to the reality of good and evil, and to Christian truth in a Michigan courtroom @albertmohler #TheBriefing http://sbts.co/2Gg5W2i 

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Hearing and the Mission of the Church

The Apostle Paul’s main argument as summarized in Romans 9:6–7 still stands: “But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring.” The Word of God has not failed. So it is with preaching and hearing inside the church. When preachers preach the gospel, some audiences will not believe what they hear. Even if preachers clearly communicate the gospel to their hearers, some will refuse to receive it in faith. Preachers, therefore, should not become frustrated or discouraged. It is not that the gospel message failed to convert the hearers. But God, who bestows hyper-hearing as He wishes, has magnified Himself even in their unbelief. Christ is both the subject and object of preaching. Therefore, the church ought to worship Christ in the Scriptures preached—and heard.

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66 Scientists and Christianity It's not What You May Think
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71 God should decide when my sick baby dies, Pentecostal Christian tells judge - Premier
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