Ten Reasons We Fail To Share Our Faith - Part 2 (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast #41) | Cold Case Christianity
J. Warner Wallace continues a two-part program in which he describes ten reasons why we, as Christians, fail to share our faith.
Philippians 1:27–28: Our Love Warns of God’s Wrath
Our love for one another in the face of persecution warns our opponents of the judgment to come.
Top Ten Christian Apologists
This list’s standards are based mostly of my opinions and the impact these ministries have had overall on the defense of the Christian Faith. These great apologists have helped me as a young apologists and many other Christians as well. This is my personal list of the top ten modern day Christian apologists. Also, these apologists are the ones that I have come across, so if you have any other great apologists, then let me know. Finally, here are my top ten picks for the defenders of the Christian Faith. #10: Dr. Frank Turek Dr. Frank Turek has a Master’s degree in Public Administratives from George Washington University and a Doctorate in Philosophy of Religion from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He’s written 4 books and co-authored more books as welled. He’s well known for his book I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist and Stealing From God: Why Atheists Need God To Make Their Case . He’s debated Christopher Hitchens, David Silverman, and many other atheists. He hosts a TV show called I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist and hosts a radio show called Cross-Examined.
When Christian Artists Learn Apologetics - A Clear Lens
During the first class of the morning at the small Christian college, our professor stopped the lecture and used his walking stick, curiously similar to a wizard’s staff, to step from behind the podium to the front of the class. He did this when he really wanted us to listen.
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Q & A with Dr. Craig: How to Cure Slow Thinking
I have a question regarding those apologetics-discussions that come up when I am trying to share my Christian faith. Although I was raised in a fervently Christian home where I received a good education in the faith, and although I am currently studying philosophy at an excellent Christian academic institution (which has also been building up my faith, as my professors are doing a good job of relating sound philosophy to Christian faith), I find that I struggle with apologetics-discussions. I often find myself to be unable to formulate a ready reply on the spot - which distresses me, considering that 1 Peter 3:15 exhorts us to "always be ready to give an account for the hope that is in you." The problem seems to be that I am a slow thinker. I can usually come up with a good answer AFTER the fact, having given it some prayer and reflection, but I am often stumped for an answer on the spot.
The What and Why of Apologetics
The term “Apologetics” comes from the Greek word for “defense” used in 1 Peter 3:15 : “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (ESV). This word is “ἀπολογία” in Greek (pronounced “apologia”). It is the same word from which we get our word “apology”, although giving a good apology in the modern sense of the word requires one to admit the wrong one has done, take responsibility for it, accept the consequences, and commit oneself not to do it again. The sense in which this word is used in 1 Peter is not like that at all. Rather, it carries legal connotations.
The Amazing Evidence and Proof for Christianity
There is powerful evidence and proof for Christianity. Discover the analytical and evidential definitions of proof and evidence as well as the reasons Jesus has so much potent proof. See Robinson book for further proof http://amzn.to/2B9Q02D .
How Not to Win Arguments and Lose People
I know there are plenty of books on apologetics and worldview that help Christians defend their faith. But we cant learn these answers just to win arguments. That is the way everybody else in the world talks about religion. Christianity has never made converts primarily by winning arguments but rather by capturing hearts.
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Beyond Science: Understanding Real Knowledge
A more debated aspect of this type of knowledge is basic mathematic statements and logical deductions. Some philosophers argue that we know 2+2=4 in the same sense that we know a ball is in front of us. It is directly perceived as true. You don't have to go out and observe 2+2 in different environments around the world or around the universe to confidently hold that he product will always turn out to be 4. We understand that it just is that way. Similarly, we experience the same type of understanding when we argue in this way: All men are born. Socrates was a man; therefore Socrates must have been born. That is a logical argument, but we know it to be true directly.
The Best Leaders Are Often Least Noticed: Robert Chapman (1803–1902)
But this turned out not to be exceptional for Chapman. He practiced this kind of love at all levels, great and small. He frequently gave needy people he met the literal coat off his back. Or he’d give away the last bit of money he had, even if it was his train fare home from some place. This happened with some regularity, and when it did, Chapman would board the train and simply ask the Lord to provide his fare, which he always did. The frequent guests who stayed overnight at his home always found their shoes cleaned and set outside their doors in the morning. And since many of the folks who attended his church were domestic workers who had precise work start times, he sought to always begin and end meetings on time.
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How to Spot Sexual Abuse in Your Church
However, his statement, "Within our first year of meeting, [the offender] told me what had happened. I took this as a sign of health on his part, that he came to me and told me about his past," reveals a lack of understanding concerning sex offenders. Why did the pastor think that confession was a sign of health? It could be. But it could also be an act of manipulation to groom the pastor to perceive the abuser's prior offenses and character in a way that allows him to begin to groom and abuse future potential victims. The research from those who treat abusers, as well as my own experiences, strongly suggests the latter, not the former.
Scientists and Christianity It's not What You May Think
Scientist Richard Dawkins, the combative author of “The God Delusion,” has said, “Faith can be very, very dangerous, and deliberately to implant it into the vulnerable mind of an innocent child is a grievous wrong.” I wonder why the good doctor doesn’t just go ahead and tell us how he really feels?
Presidential Biographies: James Madison #4
2. Thomas Jefferson (3rd President- original ranking- #2): Jefferson’s accomplishments as President, Secretary of State, and Revolutionary cannot be understated. He deftly handled relationships with such countries as France and Spain, while also helping to secure borders of the United States for decades to come. One of the biggest splashes of his Presidency was the Louisiana Purchase, which vastly increased the size of the country. However, Jefferson was also a blatant womanizer, a slave owner who pandered to abolitionist leanings while owning slaves, was clearly racist, and encouraged the destruction of Native groups living on the land that was “purchased” from Napoleon. Back on the positive side, he advocated for religious tolerance–even of other faiths–despite his Deistic leanings. His diplomatic skill is beyond dispute. He actively sought compromise and valued even minority opinions–lessons we need to re-learn now. The legacy he left would impact almost every aspect of the country going forward, for good or ill. It is difficult to fully analyze such a complex, contradictory man.
CrossExamined.org | Apologetics Organization founded by Dr. Frank Turek
By Al Serrato God gave us free will so that we can freely choose Him, for freedom of choice is essential to love. But, the skeptic counters, many people do not believe God is real. Why doesn’t God reveal himself more clearly? This question has considerable surface appeal, as it plays on our intuitive sense of fairness. Despite the vast number of people who believe that the evidence for God’s existence, and for Christ’s deity, is more than sufficient to ground...
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Donald Trump Did Not Die for My Sins
I was scheduled to be on CNN this week to debate another commentator about evangelicals and President Donald Trump. Due to breaking news, though, the debate was cancelled. Had I been on the air, I planned to make this point: With all respect to our president, and with my appreciation for the good things he has done, he did not die for my sins, and I have not staked my soul’s salvation on his reputation. That distinction belongs to Jesus the Messiah, and to Jesus alone.
Are You Hiding from God’s Voice?
The gospel reverses our deceit-inducing fear into delight. The Spirit begins restoring the picture of the garden. Now when we hear God speak, our heads peak out from the brush. His words woo us to him. The very message of the Bible is that of a Father drawing us out from behind our self-deceptive fig leaves and clothing us with the spotless Lamb. We begin to see God’s word, not as a thundering voice of judgment, but as the delightful invitation to come and walk with him.
The Identity Argument for the Soul
Thirdly, mental diseases like Alzheimer’s affecting one’s mental life doesn’t necessarily point to the conclusion that they are one in the same. At most, this just shows that the brain and mind can affect or influence one another. In a lecture at the Truth For A New Generation conference in 2012 titled “The Argument For The Soul”, J.P Moreland gave the following illustration. Suppose you’re in a car that has defected doors that won’t open, and the seatbelt can’t be released either. Wouldn’t it be the case that your mobility would be limited by where you can drive the car? Yes. You could go anywhere you wanted to except for places where the car couldn’t fit. Suppose something happened to the steering wheel that caused it to be stuck turned left. In this case, you’d be stuck driving around in circles.
Conflict vs. Conversation
In Joshua 22, there’s a fascinating account of a literal civil war being avoided through conversation. The nation of Israel was separated by the Jordan River, with some tribes on the east side, and others on the west. The western tribes had heard that the eastern tribes had constructed a huge altar just on the western side of the Jordan, and they assumed it was built to honor a foreign god. Fearing that their countrymen’s actions would bring God’s judgment on the whole nation, they geared up for civil war. But, seemingly at the last minute, they sent a group of men to express their concerns to the other tribes. The eastern tribes were shocked at the accusation, informing the delegation that the altar was actually built to remind future generations that tribes from both sides of the Jordan had the right to worship in the Tabernacle. In the end, a simple conversation prevented a conflict.
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Ben Carson Responds to Atheist Group's Suit: 'I Will Not Stop Being a Christian' | The Stream
First of all, taxpayer funds are not used to support the ministry, and secondly, no staff are involved in the Bible study. More importantly, I refuse to be intimidated by anti-religious groups into relinquishing my spirituality or religious beliefs. One of the principles of our nation‘s founding is freedom of religion. I will not stop being a Christian while in service to this country, in fact, it is my faith that helps me serve the nation even better. The relentless attacks on the spirituality of our nation must be resisted. We are not like everyone else, which is precisely the reason that we rose so rapidly from obscurity to become the most powerful and free nation in history.
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After Baptism Gone Wrong, Court Weakens Church Protections
Doe reached out to the church for the baptism, “thereby submitted himself to the church’s rules on that practice,” Berg said. “Church autonomy binds those who associate themselves with the church; you can associate yourself for limited purposes and be bound within that sphere. A parallel case, cited by the dissent, involves the non-Catholic husband who agreed to participate in the Catholic annulment process and then tried to sue his ex-wife for defamation for statements she made during it. He properly lost, because he accepted the terms of that particular process.”
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Religious order has shown 'sceptical attitude' - survivors' group - Premier
A survivors' group has hit out at "unconvincing" apologies from a religious order that ran a controversial care home where children were allegedly abused.
Man charged in churchgoer murder probe - Premier
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'It can and does change things': MPs call for parliament to recognise power of prayer - Premier
Mr Shannon was supported by six other politicians that signed the EDM that welcomed the report's encouragement for "people to recognise that prayer can help to restore strength, enables people to be closer to God and focuses their heart and mind; and believes that prayer can, and does, change things".
Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Movie for Teens | Plugged In Blog
The Greatest Showman : This film tells the story of P.T. Barnum, an impoverished man who rose to fame through a whole lot of tenacity and creativity. He brought together some of society’s most shunned, least-likely success stories to create what would become what he modestly called “the greatest show on earth.” Sure, the real P.T. Barnum might not have been as warm and cuddly as the movie suggests. But if we accept this toe-tapping, tear-jerking musical for what it is, we learn some pretty great lessons: that hard work and creativity pay off: that we’re stronger together than we ever could be alone: and that we should never, ever write people off just because they might look a little different. That’s a great lesson, and a biblical one, too. It reminds us that God made us all different, and that He made us all for a purpose. And when we tap into our gifts and talents and even oddities within us and turn them toward a greater, purer purpose—in the case of this movie, making people happy—we get closer to being the people that God always intended us to be.
Monkey Clones: Harbingers of Things to Come?
The most horrifying aspect of cloning would be that clones might be considered utilitarian objects, for use by the "owner" as he or she wills, as a means of extending life or achieving immortality, or to replace a dead child or lover. Clones might be viewed as replaceable, easily cast away once their use is fulfilled. We as a society already struggle with utilitarianism, where some view human beings as of worth only if they are useful, functional, contributing members of society. Disabled, elderly and the very young and unborn are devalued. We already struggle with organ trafficking, and the sale of embryo parts for research. Euthanasia and abortion threaten the elderly and disabled. How could our society survive the existence of a class of humans created not out of love, or even desire, but as a means to an end?
Fresh details on Bishop George Bell triggers new investigation - Premier
The Church of England has announced there will be a new investigation regarding sexual allegations against former Bishop George Bell.
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It takes a lot of faith and humility to rest and trust God when you’re under attack, when you’re misunderstood, when rumors are spreading about you and people are saying things about you online. When that happens, everything in you wants to rise up and do something about it.
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Three European Alliances Warn Evangelical-Catholic Unity Is Going Too Far
“In recent years we have sensed that the leadership of WEA has moved away from the outlined historic position of the Alliance on unity by endorsing a more ‘ecumenical’ attitude,” the three alliances stated in December. “Unity has become a blurred term to refer to any relationship even beyond the principles that have always characterized evangelicals. Leaders have become less cautious in talking about unity with the Catholic Church as such and have tended to bypass the historic boundaries.”
How to Have Intimacy with God
Some pursue this in high liturgical environments designed to inspire an experience of transcendence and mystery. Others pursue it in contemporary worship events designed to inspire an experience of immanence. Others chase revivals, thinking that proximity to God’s power will result in proximity to God. If we truly trust God, such environments can encourage our intimacy with God. But none of them inherently possesses the power to conjure God’s nearness to us.
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The cop who said God told him to speak to that heroin addicted pregnant mother -- and who then adopted her baby -- is the best of the best of America. He is a living example of the pro-life message. #SOTU