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Did Man Invent God?

The historical record does indeed reveal a history of error on man’s part. It should be troubling that such error is by no means limited to his speculations regarding the divine, the heavens, and the creator of all things, but also extends to his speculations regarding natural science. For thousands of years men have devised countless research programs, programs that facilitated numerous irreconcilable forms of scientific investigation, that each yielded radical discrepancies of results: Aristotelian natural science yielded the conclusion that reality is teleologically organized by countless intelligible species that we may come to know inductively through a process of abstraction. Lucretian natural science supposed all reality to be organized by particles each possessing substantial reality and existence, which organize themselves as if by magic into composite structures, such that atoms are the only ‘true’ things that exist. Plato supposed all material reality to be undergirded by radically transcendent Forms. Descartes supposed there to be a duality in substances that inform two mutually exclusive classes of ‘things’: Thinking things, and material objects.

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The Apostle Peter Called Us to Be 'Responsive' Christians

If you’re like me, you feel a sense of duty and responsibility as an ambassador of Jesus to share the Good News with others; the Great Commission calling to make disciples. At the same time, you may not feel like an accomplished or gifted evangelist. Don’t feel bad, it’s a common sentiment. Peter’s admonition has comforted and guided me over the years in my efforts to share the Gospel with others:

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Cold-Case Detective Says Science Confirms That a Fetus Is Human

Crime scenes aren't the only locations that have benefitted from scientific advances. Technology is also making it easier to identify fetal humans in the womb . In a recent article in The Atlantic , journalist Emma Green reported that prolife advocates "are tracking new developments in neonatal research and technology - and transforming one of America's most contentious debates." She's right. When trying to answer the critical question, "What is a fetus, and when (if ever) is it human?" Science can now help provide us with an answer, using many of the same categories of forensic technology I've used at crime scenes:

6 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

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Bishop slams 'archaic' marriage certificates - Premier

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Can Cecile Richards Live with All the Ghosts? | The Stream

Some beg to differ. They insist that life is only good when it measures up to our standards. When it falls into a narrow range of experiences — say, when we’re young, and free, and rich, and healthy (not handicapped) and strong and self-assertive. At those times, yes, life is good. In a limited sense, since we know that it’s all fleeting, and all is shadowed by death. But if you can keep your mind off that, you can splash around in the kiddie pool of comfort, youth, and health until you’re really too old, or sick, or sad. What you never want to do is take the risk of diving into the deep end of the pool, where suffering, sacrifice, and spirituality wait — for all you know, like sharks in the water, prepared to rip you apart.

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What's So Special About Christianity? | Cold Case Christianity

Christianity is the Mona Lisa in the room. It stands alone, bearing the unique, singular quality of grace (the undeserved free gift of Salvation). All other belief systems and worldviews share a common logical flaw: they are “works based” and fail to offer the grace of God. And, like my Mona Lisa copies, they are alike in their imperfection. You can spot the truth about eternity the same way you can spot the true Mona Lisa. The Christian offer of Salvation stands out from the rest; it possesses a property of “singularity” marking it as true. The other worldviews display common imperfections, each having been created by people who are far less gifted than the inspired Artist. One worldview – Christianity – reflects the nature of this gifted Artisan and Creator, the others reflect the nature of an ordinary men.

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The disciples of Jesus died for what they knew to be either true or false

There is an important difference between the apostle martyrs and those who die for their beliefs today. Modern martyrs act solely out of their trust in beliefs that others have taught them. The apostles died for holding to their own testimony that they had personally seen the risen Jesus. Contemporary martyrs die for what they believe to be true. The disciples of Jesus died for what they knew to be either true or false.

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Samaritan's Purse reveals grand total after 2017 Christmas shoebox appeal count - Premier

Samaritan's Purse has announced the number of shoebox gifts collected during its 2017 Operation Christmas Child campaign exceeded eleven million.

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Book Review: Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace

Strengths of the Book From the very beginning of the book and throughout, Wallace's mastery of illustrations is on display.  Using actual stories from cases he has worked [the names changed of course], he uses what he has learned in the field to demonstrate to the reader how to objectively and rationally examine the evidence for God and the NT.  The result is a book that many times reads more like a crime novel than an apologetics work. This reviewer was also very impressed with Wallace's ability to explain what could be considered difficult topics to some in very plain language that virtually anyone can understand.  As someone who teaches apologetics, I know that many believers are sometimes intimated by the terms used in many of the typical arguments; however, not only does Wallace explain concepts such as abductive reasoning, circumstantial evidence and the nature of truth in easy-to-understand language, he further demonstrates to the reader that they already do this kind of thinking without even realizing it!  The brilliance of this is that the reader realizes that they don't have to learn a completely new way of thinking to evaluate the Christian worldview, but just apply what they already know to it's claims.

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BreakPoint on Twitter

How can we ground students in the biblical story and empower them to change the world? #PracticalGuidetoCulture http://bit.ly/2qzQWE4  pic.twitter.com/WfVMFKZ5dt

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Mike Licona on Twitter

Mark Your Calendars! Mike Licona is coming to your area and we would love to have you join us. Our next event is January 28 – Catalina Foothills Church Apologetics Conference. Check this link for more information and to register. http://ow.ly/MBWj30i1dtx  pic.twitter.com/OFJBPXtB9H

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If God Doesn’t Heal You

If we set our eyes only on a cure, rather than on the reality of our physical mortality, we may chase after treatments that not only fail to save us, but which also rob us of our capacities to think, communicate, and pray in our final days. We forget that if our healing is not within God’s will, we will need fortitude, peace, and discernment to endure. And if cure does not come, a single-minded focus on healing strands ourselves and those we love with unsettling doubts about the validity of our faith.

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A Thorough Guide to the Non-Canonical Gospels

Many years ago, when I first became interested in Christianity, I encountered a book at a local bookstore entitled, The Lost Books of the Bible . As a new investigator of the claims of the New Testament, I was immediately intrigued. “What?” I thought, “There are books about Jesus that were lost?” I couldn’t help but wonder what these books said about Jesus and why they were allegedly “lost” in the first place. I bought the book and bean to research the historical texts it described. I was disappointed to discover that the book should have been titled, The Well Known, Late Lies About Jesus That Were Ignored By Christians Who Knew Better . These texts were never part of the New Testament canon. They were written late in history and rejected by everyone who knew the truth about Jesus of Nazareth.

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An Interview with Dayton Hartman

I have the great joy of being a husband and a father. I also have been blessed to pastor the church I planted in 2013. My first calling in life is to shepherd my family. My second is to shepherd my church family. If one can have three “callings” in life, my third great love is for defending the truth claims of Jesus. From the first time I picked up a Francis Schaeffer book thirteen years ago, through today, God has grown my desire to proclaim and defend a Christian worldview. Since my first foray into apologetic studies, a lot has happened. I earned an M.A. from Liberty University and a PhD in Church History and Dogma from North-West University. Since then, I have taught classes in world religions, history, and apologetics for a number of colleges over the last eight years. During that time, God has opened a variety of doors for publishing apologetic articles in various academic and popular level publications.

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/god-smiles-when-we-obey-wholeheartedly1

Often we try to offer God partial obedience. We want to pick and choose the commands we obey. We make a list of the commands we like and then obey those while ignoring the ones we think are unreasonable, difficult, expensive, or unpopular. “I’ll attend church, but I won’t tithe.” “I’ll read my Bible, but I won’t forgive the person who hurt me.” Yet partial obedience is disobedience.

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Five Pieces of ‘Out-Dated’ Dating Advice

The Old Testament may not be prescriptive when it comes to dating, but it is certainly profitable. Don’t (necessarily) go buying a couple camels and some heavy bracelets. Certainly don’t marry a woman and her sister (Jacob, Leah, and Rachel in Genesis 29). But you might apply the five following principles from Genesis 24 on the way to your wedding day.

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Colson Center on Twitter

#Capitalists get a bad rap in popular culture. However, a closer look at the vocation of entrepreneurship reveals these examples to be outliers. The real story of #entrepreneurship is one of innovation, creativity, and service. http://bit.ly/2ngyAHI  pic.twitter.com/SzVKHAdkJd

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Reasonable Faith on Twitter

TONIGHT at 7:30pm Dr. William Lane Craig will join Dr Jordan B Peterson and Dr. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein for what will be an exciting 2 hours of dialogue on the "Meaning of Life." Watch the LIVE STREAM Here: https://buff.ly/2nbNsas 

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God Is More Precious in the Valley

The valley is the place of vision? The preciousness of God is experienced in privation? At first this can seem counterintuitive. Didn’t Jesus tell us that the Father loves to give good gifts to his children (Luke 11:9–13)? Yes. Wouldn’t prosperity more effectively communicate God’s goodness to us than privation? Ultimately, yes. In fact, isn’t privation the withholding of good gifts while prosperity is giving good gifts? No, not if privation is a means God uses to give us the best gifts of the best prosperity — which is precisely what he does.

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Believing the Gospels Is Different Than Trusting the Gospel | Cold Case Christianity

In the first chapter of Cold Case Christianity I illustrate the difference between “belief in” and “belief that”. It’s one thing to “believe that” your bullet proof vest can stop a ballistic round, but I’ve known officers who trusted their vests to stop a bullet when they were powerless to do anything in their own defense. In those moments, they moved from “belief that” the vest could save them to “belief in” the vest as a life saver; they transitioned from “belief” to “trust”. We need to do something similar with the claims of Christianity.

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Medical Establishment Opposes Conscience Rights | Evolution News

They medical establishment thus responds to the creation of a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR). How awful, they yell. We want our pro-life colleagues, and those who believe in the Hippocratic Oath, to be forced to violate their religious and moral beliefs in their professional lives.

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BreakPoint on Twitter

#Pray that #ProLife people and organizations have the wisdom, creativity, and resources to craft the ProLife message. @Students4LifeHQ @CMDANational Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! http://www.breakpoint.org/21days/  pic.twitter.com/85o5auSWGn

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BreakPoint on Twitter

#Immigration is an issue that Christians should engage with and also one about which they can disagree. But only if we take the time to understand the issue, at least well enough to separate facts from talking points and rhetoric. #DACA http://bit.ly/2na4rea  pic.twitter.com/NIrqIhNl9W

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Demonic Cheese-Donkeys and Immortal Peacocks: Augustine Does Science

Reading this, I was stopped in my tracks. Here, as clear as day, is a full-blown scientific experiment . Any scientist (I’m a physicist) would recognize this immediately. It is a long-term, comparative study which concludes that the unlikely claim actually appears to be true. It bears many of the hallmarks of the scientific method and does so more than a thousand years before the scientific method was supposedly invented by the likes of Galileo Galilei and Francis Bacon in the 16th and 17th centuries. Augustine, the influential church father, was doing science a millennium before Science (with a capital S) was.

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WATCH: Google Home can't tell you who Jesus is, but will identify Muhammad - Premier

The voice-activated digital assistant, Google Home, can tell you pretty much anything you need to know, but it fails to explain who Jesus is.

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Dr Rowan Williams sends strong message to leaders at WEF Davos summit - Premier

In a stark warning about inequality between the world's rich and poor, a former Archbishop of Canterbury has accused business and political figures of wrongly linking economic growth to better living standards.

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Colson Center on Twitter

“ #Euthanasia corrupts everything it touches.” So writes Wesley J. Smith at #NationalReview . And he’s absolutely right. How many times do we have to repeat it: The right to die will eventually become the duty to die. How much more evidence do we need? http://bit.ly/2rEHCE1  pic.twitter.com/XA6m6A7RGh

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Friday, January 26, 2018 — The Briefing

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Friday, January 26, 2018 — The Briefing

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Southern Seminary on Twitter

As monkeys are cloned in China we recognize that what happens in China won’t stay in China @albertmohler #TheBriefing http://sbts.co/2FitEJW 

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Southern Seminary on Twitter

Big news from China reveals threats to human dignity and the cracking of the worldview in the West @albertmohler #TheBriefing http://sbts.co/2ndzlkO 

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Colson Center on Twitter

Like almost everything, this comes down to #worldview . Transgender activists believe feelings define people. And if our feelings are out-of-sync with our bodies, then our bodies must change—through any chemical or surgical means necessary. http://bit.ly/2nayoul  pic.twitter.com/QvkHvdO5vp

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Reasons Why One Should Accept the Traditional Authorship of the Gospels

The Four Gospels are the primary documents that describe the life and teachings of Jesus. Traditionally since the earliest times of the church, the Evangelists[1] have been ascribed to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Modern critical scholarship has been more critical of the traditional authors. Many scholars will claim either that the Gospels were pieced together by various writers, or that the writings were pseudonymous but given the names of the Four Evangelists to propel their apostolic authority.

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Bleacher Report on Twitter

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What Makes a Christian Martyr Different from Other Faiths’ Martyr

This is a difficult question to answer, but it basically boils down to two things. First, what was the person who was martyred engaged in doing? What was his lifestyle and business, which caused him to be a target? Second, what was the martyr killed for? In the above-mentioned cases of Hindu and Buddhist martyrs, some are engaged in violent or revolutionary activities against another government and so are not true martyrs because they are killed as “enemy combatants.” But many people in this situation are innocent bystanders living in areas viewed as hostile to the government in question. They may be killed inadvertently (or deliberately) because of nationalistic reasons. These deaths would actually be war casualties or genocide, not martyrdom in the religious sense. Others are killed mainly for religious reasons, but without a direct threat to convert or die. These killings are still mostly nationalistic in intent, not true martyrdom. The killing of non-Christians simply because of their religious beliefs and their subsequent refusal to convert to another religion is rare (although not unheard of).

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What Does It Mean to Have Been Created In the 'Image of God'?

My dog, Bailey, is the best pet I have ever had the privilege to live with. We’ve had a number of dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, lizards and guinea pigs over the years, but in my mind, Bailey sits at the top of the list. As I enjoy her company (now that I’m working at home more than ever before), I can understand why so many of us hope that our pets will be part of our eternal life with God. I’m convinced from scripture that animals have souls, but I still have my reservations about whether or not the souls of animals are eternal. I’m not sure that the Bible is emphatically clear on that issue. One thing is certain, however: we humans are different. According to Genesis 1, we have been created in the “image of God”; we are His last creation, placed carefully in our world after God prepared our environment and filled it with other creatures. Much can be said about what distinguishes us from the other creations of God, but three characteristics of humans seem to stand out as the key to understanding what it means to bear the image of God:

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Adam + Eve = All Skin Tones?

Eventually they congregated with others who shared a common language, and instantaneous barriers were set up in the gene pool. Not only would people tend not to marry someone they couldn’t understand, but entire groups that spoke the same language would have difficulty relating to and trusting those they did not understand. These people groups then moved away or were forced away from each other into different parts of the world.

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My Baby’s Heart Stopped Beating

He gives purpose to our suffering (Romans 8:28). My miscarriage didn’t happen in a vacuum. Both my child and I were created in God’s image, designed for his glory. My intentions for my child’s life were not the Lord’s intentions, and my timetable was not his timetable. He chose for that tiny person’s purpose to be fulfilled through seven weeks of life. He chose for my purpose to be further revealed through the death of that little one.

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Christianity Today on Twitter

About 40 percent of those who attend nondenominational churches know someone who has fostered children in the past year http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2018/january/how-protestant-churches-involved-adoption-foster-care.html …

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John Piper on Twitter

Oh Lord, grant us the discernment to distinguish between genuinely helpful critics and the bulls of Bashan and the ravening lions. Psalm 22:12-13.

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Answers in Genesis on Twitter

"Noted in History" You mean written about by people who weren't there decades later based on rumor? That my friend is not history but "his story" not the same at all

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Denny Burk on Twitter

"Do not listen to the words of the prophets who... prophesy a lie to you; for I have not sent them," declares the LORD, "but they prophesy falsely in My name." -Jeremiah 27:14-15 https://twitter.com/stevenfurtick/status/957042414954393600 …

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5 Reasons I’m Glad I Went to Seminary

Currently, I’m a full-time stay-at-home mom raising three children. I run errands, cook meals, and sometimes (if my family’s particularly lucky) I do laundry. I’m more likely to pick up Legos than I am to pick up a theological text, and most of my conversations revolve around the importance of coffee more than the importance of women in the world of theology. But every now and then, one of my friends will find out I went to seminary. Inevitably, they’ll want to know why. It’s a good question, one with a beautiful story of how God moved, called, and led. But sitting here now, surrounded by the beautiful mess of ordinary life, I think the better—and perhaps more important—question is whether I’m glad I went. You see, to the casual observer I have nothing to show for my degree. I’m not a pastor, not a famous writer, not teaching classes, not even leading a Bible study. I’m just . . . me. I have a small blog, and sometimes I speak at women’s events. I raise my kids, follow God, and have no idea what the next step will be.

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