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In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner continues to discuss the practices and principles of good investigations and applies these techniques to the Christian worldview. How do investigators add to their cases evidentially to establish their case in front of a jury? Can this approach be adopted by Christians to help us defend the Christian worldview? If so, what forms and types of evidence would qualify as we add to the case for Christianity? This investigative approach is described in more detail in Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith. Be sure to check out Forensic Faith and the accompanying curriculum. Be sure to watch the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast on NRBtv every Monday and Saturday! In addition, here is the audio podcast (the Cold-Case Christianity Weekly Podcast is located on iTunes or our RSS Feed):

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Five Apologetic Topics Every Christian Should Learn About

On more than one occasion, people have asked me what areas should they focus on in their own study of apolgoetics. These are people that want to engage the culture and are burdened for the people God has placed in their lives. In my opinion, while there are many others not mentioned here, there are at least five apologetic areas every Christian should learn about. What I mean is that over the years of talking to hundreds of college students and others as well, these are the continual topics that always come to the surface. So here are some of my picks:

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Alfredo Bullen on Twitter

thank you for being such a great example of how to deal gracefully with enemies and naysayers..I certainly need God to work that in me!

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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.

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What Does It Mean to "Love Thy Body"? Interview with Author Nancy Pearcey

PEARCEY: It helps to get some background on where the two-story dualism came from. The reason a secular ethic has such a low regard for biology is that it sees nature as a cosmic accident, a product of blind material forces, with no higher purpose or meaning. The human body has been reduced to a collection of atoms, cells, and tissues, no different from any other chance configuration of matter.

8 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.

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mbird on Twitter

Look who I bumped into @LanierTheoLib , the amazing @LeeStrobel and @MarkMittelberg . Lee is such a cool guy, they should make a movie about how he came to faith. pic.twitter.com/5iM5dQhsxP

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WORLD on Twitter

In this week's #Compassion roundup: Cities work to protect homeless from winter’s assault https://world.wng.org/content/homeless_instead_of_penniless_in_the_golden_state/#weather … @SouthernFlyer pic.twitter.com/aUHClA4Eh0

11 Our site is down for Scheduled Maintenance

Sorry, Alpha & Omega Minsitries site is down temporarily for scheduled maintenance. Blame Mark! We'll be back soon!

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Christianity Is Based in Truth, Not Superstition

This distinction, and the importance of pursuing truth can be seen in the following analogy: imagine a person who is suffering from a medical disorder. One day he is fine and the next the disease begins the process of eventually killing him. Initially, he does not know he is afflicted.He “feels” fine. He continues to go about his business, concerned with the problems of everyday life and not suspecting that anything may be different, let alone dreadfully wrong. Eventually, symptoms begin to appear, but they are not particularly troubling to him. After friends insist that he have them checked out, he agrees to see a doctor.This is a big step for him, for he does not “believe” in doctors.He thinks that doctors are often wrong and that they rely too much on pills and not enough on just “living right.” He knows that others really believe in doctors, but he is “sincere” in his belief that doctors do more harm than good, especially when one doesn’t “feel” that anything is wrong. After running a battery of tests, however, the doctor identifies the illness and tells the patient what is wrong.

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This month’s ambassador wallpaper download will remind you to be clear as a good Christian ambassador, not relying on Christian lingo or resorting to empty rhetoric. https://www.str.org/blog/ambassador-wallpaper-download-be-clear# … . pic.twitter.com/bizc6pQL0a

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Top 5 rookie pastor mistakes — Southern Equip

Though it may seem counterintuitive, the best strategy for any pastor assuming a new ministry is to lower expectations of the church but raise expectations of himself. In other words, instead of having a list of things the church must do, he should have a list of actions he must take. His efforts should focus on preaching well, loving his people, winning the lost, visiting people in their jobs and homes, and inviting members into his. People will more readily follow a man who works hard and loves them. There is no shortcut to credibility, but there is a direct route.

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The Point: Yes Is Even Better than No

And then, say “Yes.” What I mean is God’s “Yes.” When the fellah in the Porsche cuts you off, pray for him. Struggling with greed or lust of any kind? Thank God for His creation, and the good provisions you already enjoy.

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Today's quote of the day comes from the book of Isaiah. For more great content from #PremierDrive , click here: http://bit.ly/2oc7pBf  #newyear #newyou #Isaiah #goldfont #renew #eagles #strengthen #qotd #quoteoftheday pic.twitter.com/dbi0Ybas8g

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Enjoy a 30% discount on "Christian #Physicalism ?: Philosophical Theological Criticisms," co-edited by Keith Loftin and Joshua Farris; includes contributions from several Philosophia Christi contributors: http://bit.ly/2CI8oNv  @RLPGBooks @RKeithLoftin #theology #analytictheology pic.twitter.com/qpyxk13nAF

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Aaron Preston on "Analytic Philosophy: An Interpretive History": http://bit.ly/2DGnrqh  . Learn more about his @Routledge_Phil book and his contributions to the "Christ-shaped Philosophy" project and tribute to @DallasAWillard at the EPS website http://bit.ly/2DI1qY6  pic.twitter.com/4Etl3VsK6p

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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:[1]

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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.”

22 Dr. Michael L. Brown on Twitter

Just a reminder: Churchwatch Central is posting blatant falsehoods. Absolute nonsense based on ridiculous conspiratorial theories. Still, when they identify themselves publicly, I'll interact. Until then, they disqualify themselves by posting lies & by hiding in anonymity.

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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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WORLD on Twitter

#Vitals : Hartford pushes government message on pro-life clinics https://world.wng.org/content/california_again_approves_abortion_pill_reversal_class/#speech … pic.twitter.com/lqIxNFlXux

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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.”

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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.

28 Galaxy growth in a massive halo in the first billion years of cosmic history

ALMA is a partnership of ESO (representing its member states), NSF (USA) and NINS (Japan), together with NRC (Canada) and NSC and ASIAA (Taiwan), in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. The Joint ALMA Observatory is operated by ESO, AUI/NRAO and NAOJ. This work incorporates observations with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) operated by AURA. This work is based in part on observations made with the Spitzer Space Telescope, which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology under a contract with NASA. The SPT is supported by the NSF through grant PLR-1248097, with partial support through PHY-1125897, the Kavli Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation grant GBMF 947. Supporting observations were obtained at the Gemini Observatory, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, under a cooperative agreement with the NSF on behalf of the Gemini partnership of NSF (USA), NRC (Canada), CONICYT (Chile), Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva (Argentina) and Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação (Brazil).

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30 Hugh Ross on Twitter

Lag time of xenon/krypton tracer of global mean temperature & actual global mean temperature is less than 100 years. https://www.nature.com/articles/nature25152 … https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-08721-4 …

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Mom, the Skeptic: 'The Authors of the Bible were Liars'

He replied, “Let’s start with this, God made everything, right? But if people said He didn’t, it couldn’t just exist by itself! Only God can make everything by saying a word… and because He’s doing many miracles. (pause) And the Bible.”

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Biola University on Twitter

Biola University is a private Christian university in Southern California, ranked in the top tier of “best national universities” by U.S. News and World Report.

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A Little Bit of Religion is a Good Thing But Don't Take it Too Seriously?

If a particular view of the world is true, the implications must be considered. If one considers Christianity, it’s obvious that one must consider the Bible; what it has to say is that on which Christianity is based. What it has to say about how we are to live, and exactly how seriously we need to take “religion,” is to be respected more so than what we independently think about how we are to live our lives. If the Bible is the word of God, then its direction for how we are to spend our time, and how seriously we are to take our beliefs are of greater importance than merely what we on our own think of it all. This fact is largely why Christians who truly believe in the Bible as the inspired word of God, see it important to go to church on Sundays, to pray and not merely as a means of getting ‘stuff,’ but as a form of communion with God. They see it important to live moral lives, not merely because our acts are aligned with socially acceptable norms or because of a commonly shared moral sense. Christianity means an acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

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Iceland Passes Law to Fine Companies Not Paying Men and Women Equally

According to reports , for the first time worldwide, it’s now illegal for companies to have a disparity in pay based on gender for people working the same job. Employers will have to prove that they are paying men and women equally and if they cannot, they’ll be fined approximately $500 each day they’re out of compliance.

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Bible Answer Man on Twitter

Hi BAM, Could I ask why God would need a Bible Answer Man to speak for Him? Thanks!

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Introducing #LoveandMoney , a partnership between @RELEVANT and @brightpeak ! The all-new section features daily content and resources to improve your financial and relational health. http://bit.ly/2lGewyG  pic.twitter.com/htmV52ihYs

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#Science undergirds our commitment to life. Pray that many people will there are solid scientific reasons for defending unborn human life. #ProLife @FocusFamily #erlc Download #21DaysOfPrayer for Life! http://www.breakpoint.org/21days/  pic.twitter.com/6LHpifv6O3

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Denny Burk on Twitter

I read the word "twitter" in my Bible this morning: "Like a swallow, like a crane, so I twitter; I moan like a dove; My eyes look wistfully to the heights; O Lord, I am oppressed, be my security" (Isaiah 38:14) I confess that it was distracting.

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Today Warren Cole Smith Interviews Dr. Bill Brown, the National Director of the #ColsonFellows Program. http://bit.ly/2EQMOqW  pic.twitter.com/vZWiou9orM

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Huma Abedin sent State Department passwords to her unsecure Yahoo e-mail account

One of the problems with people on the secular left is that they are so fixated on gender and skin color, that they hire, appoint and promote people based on gender and skin color. It doesn’t matter which candidate is competent for the job, it only matters that they appear concerned about “diversity”. Affirmative action is dangerous and damaging in the private sector. For example, Equifax hired a woman who majored in music , and had no background in computer science, to be their head of electronic security.

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Good Deals on Christian Apologetics Books - A Limited Time Offer

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.

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Tom Lambrecht on Twitter

Another denomination hit by division over marriage and sexuality | Biggest Mennonite Conference Leaves Denomination http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2018/january/biggest-mennonite-conference-leaves-denomination.html … ? via @CTmagazine

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The Davenant Institute recently released "Natural Law: A Brief Introduction and Biblical Defense by David Haines and Andrew A. Fulford": http://bit.ly/2EQRBIU  #naturallaw #moralknowledge #bible @DavenantTrust pic.twitter.com/vFWLjiu370

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Denny Burk on Twitter

Co-sign @challies ' concerns about "The 100 Most Influential Evangelicals in America." The list renders evangelicalism as a socio-political ethos rather than as a movement with a theological/confessional core. https://www.challies.com/articles/the-100-most-influential-evangelicals-in-america/ …

46 Judas, The Goddamned, and the Bleakness of the Bible | Think Christian

But, like all good stories, the Bible also contains areas that are open to interpretation. There are cracks that allow our imaginations to slip in and think about the people whose stories we’re reading.The perspectives offered in artistic renderings of Bible stories—particularly those from non-believers—provide a fascinating opportunity for dialogue in this regard. Stories created by artists who are compelled creatively by the Bible, but also bring a skepticism and questioning nature, let us look at familiar texts with new eyes.

47 Wednesday, January 3, 2018 — The Briefing

48 Wednesday, January 3, 2018 — The Briefing

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Southern Seminary on Twitter

U.S. government runs an operation to investigate U.F.O.s—why do we find the question so interesting? @albertmohler #TheBriefing http://sbts.co/2CHykJq 

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Desiring God on Twitter

The Christian life is an all-out battle, but not against society and culture. It’s a fight against our sin and for our joy. https://dsr.gd/2Crx533 

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56 3 Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship You Can't Ignore
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60 7 New Year's Resolutions Every Christian Parent Should Have
61 Pope's message for 2018: forget life's useless baggage and empty chatter - Premier
62 Advice for Another Year of Bible Reading
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65 Christian group highlights role of church after four fatal stabbings in 24 hours - Premier
66 Are Genesis 1 and 2 contradictory creation accounts?
67 IS church attack death toll 'may have been higher if not for residents and worshippers' - Premier
68 Bethel leader calls for prayer after children fall seriously ill - Premier
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70 Railway chaplain says people are 'understandably' annoyed by rail fare increase - Premier
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73 YouTube Star Logan Paul Ripped Online for Posting Video of Apparent Suicide Victim
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76 Gunmen kill 17 worshippers at church service in Nigeria - Premier
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82 Tuesday, January 2, 2018 — The Briefing
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91 William Lane Craig and the Origin of the Universe
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